Prayer Walk For The Community

There was a prayer walk from the Courthouse to Town Hall and back Monday morning.  It was held in conjunction with the revival going on at Social Springs Baptist Church.  Billy Davis began the event on the Courthouse steps with an explanation of the march. 

The speaker at the revival this week is John Stroup of Freeway Ministries of Springfield, Missouri.  Troup told those gathered, “We arch into darkness and proclaim Jesus.  We are here to pray over the city and parish.  We proclaim that people can change.  If we lift up Jesus, he will draw all people to himself.”

Before leaving the Courthouse, Ashanti Cole of Freedom Life prayed for a revival in the parish.  Then the marchers headed east on East Carroll Street.  There was a stop at Red River High school.

Davis proclaimed, “The students at school today need help catching up with their scheduled work.  In fact, they all need help!”  (Note:  this week is intersession week which is provided for students lagging behind in their studies to come to school and make up work missed.)

Bro. Stuart Sherman of First United Methodist Church offered the prayer for the students during this pause in the march.

On the road again the marchers went further east to Town Hall.  Davis told the group, “This is the headquarters for the town officials.  I contacted Dr. Cox (Major Johnny Cox) and he was very encouraged and in favor of us doing this today.”

Bro. Nathan Davis of First Baptist Coushatta offered the prayer for the city.  He quoted from Romans 13 concerning submitting to authorities.  And Davis prayed for the city and its employees.  He asked a special blessing on the police force.

Then the marchers turned west and headed back to the Courthouse.

Bro. John Stroup is leading the revival services this week at Social Springs Baptist Church.  Tonight is the final evening service.  It begins at 6:30 pm.


Deputies Investigating a Sunday Night Shooting

A shooting late Sunday Night is currently under investigation by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) and no suspects have been identified at this time.  One victim of the shooting suffered gunshot wounds to the chest.

The Red River Sheriff’s Office report:

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on October 17, 2021 Coushatta Police Officers responded to a call of shots fired in a residential area near Arlington Street and LA Hwy 155. A responding officer was flagged down by a concerned citizen who reported that someone had been shot in the chest.

Minutes later the shooting victim, a black male in his late thirties from Bossier City, was discovered in a crashed vehicle along LA Hwy 155 (Ashland Road) within the city limits of Coushatta. Having suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, he was transported by Life Air Rescue to LSU Health in Shreveport where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in serious condition.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Ratliff at the RRPSO’s Criminal Investigations Division at 318-932-6701 or 318-932-4221.


4-H Junior Leaders Meeting

The 4-H clubs in Red River recently held the Junior Leader October meeting and 3R HYPE (Redoing Red River) project. Local 4-H agent Jacque Fontenot said, “The purpose of this project is for them to look for ways that they can help in their parish and complete a project by writing a grant. I’m proud of all of their good ideas!”

4-H Olympics is coming soon for middle schoolers.  The state 4-H said, “Come and join us at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center! Registration is filling up quickly for the Outdoor Olympics Program! With a cap of 30 youth, be sure to reserve your child’s spot today at the following link:

fs10.formsite.com/lsuagcenter/bpbppthqbn/index.html

This program is open to all current 7th-8th grade 4-H members, and will focus on topics including healthy living, fitness, youth mental health, and nutrition. Participating youth will form teams and compete in an Olympic-themed assortment of fun and active lessons and recreational activities!

If you are interested in serving as a parent chaperone or adult volunteer, please reach out to 4-H Program Coordinator, Adam O’Malley, at AOMalley@agcenter.lsu.edu for additional information on how to serve! You may also reach out to your local 4-H office for additional information regarding the program.


Billy Henry Retires

After many years of service to the students of Red River Parish, Billy Henry, Sr. has retired.  His last day was reported as last Friday.

The high school posted, “Congratulations Mr. Henry on your retirement. Thank you for your service to the students of Red River Parish. We love and appreciate you.”


Red River Defeats Bunkie At Home

By Christy Suggs

Red River played the Bunkie Panthers in the 4th district game of the season at the Pat Strother Stadium Friday night. It was a packed house due to Senior Night. 

The Bulldogs started out with a bang by capitalizing on the 1st drive of the game.  Stanley Maxie ran in a Touchdown and Ryder Hogan followed up with a PAT. (7-0) Both teams were forced to punt on the drives following the TD. 

Bunkie scored a 1 play TD on their 2nd driver tying the score 7-7. 

Next, Wide Receiver D’Evin McDonald caught a 20 yard pass from QB Tre Smith and scored putting the Bulldogs ahead once again. The score at the end of the 1st was RR 14- Bunkie 7.

Red River started on the Bulldogs 39 yard for the 2nd quarter. The Dawgs capped off a 12 play drive with an 8 yard scramble from QB Tre Smith (21-7  Ryder Hogan with the PAT) with 8 mins left in the half.

A failed 4th down conversion by the Panthers turned into an interception by Stanley Maxie giving great field position on Bunkie’s 35 yard line. However, this drive failed to turn into a TD for the Dawgs. Red River went to the locker rooms leading 21-7 at the half.

Bunkie received at the start of the second half. After several plays Bunkie went for a field goal and missed giving the Bulldogs the ball on their own 20 yard line.  A few plays into the Dawgs drive, QB Tre Smith threw a pass that deflected out of Bulldog Eli Harper’s hands into the Panther’s hands.  The turnover  turned bad for the Bulldogs because Bunkie was able to score on their drive.  The 3rd quarter ending score was RR 21 BHS 14.

The next Bulldog drive was a failure but thanks to a great punt from kicker Ryder Hogan the Panthers were forced to start the drive on the 3 yard line.  The Dawgs defense was outstanding and forced a Bunkie Panthers punt from their 2 yard line. This gave the Bulldogs excellent field position at the Bunkie 32 yard line. Sadly, this drive ended with the Dawgs being stopped on 4th down giving the Panthers back the ball.

Once again the Dawg Defense held strong forcing a fumble getting the ball back to our offense.  With a great effort from Leonard Mosely the Dawgs ran in for TD bringing the score to 28-14. 

With another Bunkie turnover, the Dawgs got the ball at the 36 yard line and instantly turned that into a rushing touchdown by Stanley Maxie making the score 34-14.  Ryder Hogan’s PAT was blocked by a Panther.

With it being senior night, Coach Harper changed things up a little by making the kickoff team all seniors, D’Evin McDonald, Stanley Maxie, Stanley Sibley, Tre Smith, Keenan King, Ryder Hogan, Jack Clark Jr. Ashanti Cole Jr., Ronald Perkins, Antron Williams, and Ja’Kyus Palmer. The Dawg defense held off and no harm was done, finishing the game with a Bulldog win. Final Score 35 to 14. 

Red River’s record is now 5-2 for season and 3-1 in district.  The Red River Homecoming and last regular season home game is Friday against Lakeview Gators. Let’s Fill the stands and support this winning team.


Annual Riverdale Rebel Fest Draws Big Crowd

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy held its 6th annual Rebel Fest on Saturday, October 9.  There were many activities for all ages.  Outside activities for kids included a game truck, waterslides, and a bounce house.  A favorite outside activity for all ages was a dunking booth where kids got the opportunity to dunk their favorite, or least favorite, teacher or athlete.  Inside the gym people enjoyed a Rebel punch game and cake walk. Many teams participated in a double-elimination corn hole tournament that was also held in the gym. The winners were Landon Gardner and Ben Hickman. Congratulations guys! As always, a big hit was Bingo, which took place in the lunchroom.  A long day of play and chasing kids around can make everybody hungry and thirsty, so concessions and a delicious meal of red beans and rice were available for everyone attending.  A special thanks goes to Matt Huddleston for providing food plates for everyone to enjoy.

Mrs. Amanda Cason headed up a baking contest which had three categories: cakes, pies, and “other.”  The winners in the cake category are as follows: 1st place- Pamela Bamberg with her candied pecan king cake, 2nd place- Krista Mancil with her chocolate chocolate-chip cake, and 3rd place- Milton Guidry with his peanut butter jelly cake.  In the pie category J Cardinell took 1st place with his peanut butter pie, Kristi Spradley took 2nd place with her pecan pie, and Lexi Mancil took 3rd place with her caramel apple pie.  1st place in the “other” category went to Hayden Cason for his apple dumplings, 2nd place went to Brooklyn Giddings for her oreo balls, and 3rd place went to Annelise Cason for her pecan pie muffins.  The first-place desserts in each category were sold in the auction later in the evening. Thank you to everybody who participated, and congratulations to all of the winners!

Inside the gym there was a silent auction in which people could bid on many different things.  As activities started to wrap up, people started making their way to the gym for what everybody had been waiting for-the live auction.  There was a variety of different items to bid on including goods donated by retail stores, local small businesses, and some specially made items just for Rebel  Fest.  After all the items had been auctioned off, it was time to see who had won the raffle.  The first-place prize of $10,000 went to Troy Murray.  The second-place prize, which was a 4 night stay in a 2-bedroom cabin at Swaha Lodge on Lake Greeson (including a barge rental), went to Edgar Cason.  The final drawing, which was for a Smith and Wesson M&P 15, was also won by Edgar Cason. Since he had already won a prize, he decided to donate it back to the school.  They drew again for the third-place prize and Jerry Cannon was the winner.  The Riverdale students who sold the winning tickets were Emily Kirkland for the cash prize, Hayden, Easton, and Annelise Cason for the trip, and Ben Moseley for the gun. 8th grader Ayla Knotts sold the most tickets for the 2nd year in a row.

The picture is of 1st grade teacher Lauren Wiggins with her 3 children after her turn in the dunking booth.


The Dale

In October of 1973, OAPEC, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, proclaimed an oil embargo which was targeted at nations who supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War.  The embargo caused an oil crisis which drove gasoline prices up in the United States.  Some politicians wanted to instill a national gasoline rationing program, but President Richard Nixon said a gasoline ration would be a last resort.  By January of 1974, gasoline prices had quadrupled from what they were before the crisis.

Due to shortages, consumers abandoned the large, fuel-thirsty cars in favor of more compact, fuel-efficient cars.  Customers flocked to Chevy Novas, Dodge Darts, and Ford Mavericks and avoided Ford LTDs and Chevrolet Caprices.  One of the most fuel-efficient cars from that era was the Chevrolet Chevette hatchback, which the company claimed would get nearly 40 miles per gallon.  Many people wondered if the America’s “Big 3”, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, could survive.

Consumers’ desire for more fuel-efficient cars brought Geraldine Elizabeth “Liz” Carmichael, president of the 20th Century Motor Car Company, to the forefront.  Liz was a farm girl from rural Indiana who earned a degree in engineering at Ohio State University.  She later met and married a NASA scientist but was widowed when he died tragically.  Liz broke down barriers and became the first female CEO of an American automobile company.  Liz tracked down another talented engineer named Dale Leon Clift who had used motorcycle parts to build a spunky, 3-wheeled roadster in his garage.  Liz convinced Dale to sell her his unique car along with the license for the design for $1,000 upfront plus $3 million after it went into production. 

Once all of the paperwork was squared away, Liz described the company’s upcoming model to the press.  It was a 3-wheeled car for the future built of space-aged plastic which got 70 miles per gallon at a cost of only $2,000 when the lowest priced entry level cars from the Big 3 cost a minimum of $3,300.  Liz named the car after its creator, Dale. 

The Dale was a showstopper at the 1973 Los Angeles International Auto Show.  Crowds gathered around the car and listened in amazement at every detail about the futuristic car.  The Dale was untippable although it only had 3 wheels because of its center of gravity.  The Dale was 300 pounds less than similar sized 4-wheel cars.  It was ingeniously simple.  Each mechanical component could be replaced in thirty minutes or less.  Rather than messy wiring which could eventually prove problematic, every electrical part was controlled by a printed circuit dashboard.  The car was made of an “aerospace plastic” called Rigidex, which could withstand a 50 mile per hour impact with a brick wall.  The Dale was nothing short of an automotive revolution.

Investors invested heavily in the revolutionary car.  Once the cars were available to the general public, the stock price was expected to skyrocket.  The investors were sure to become wealthy.  Things began to unravel when, in late January of 1975 20th Century Motor Car Company salesman William D. Miller’s body was found in his office in Encino, California.  He had been shot four times in the head.  A local news team investigating the murder made an unannounced visit to the large airplane hangars the company listed as its factory.  To their surprise, the factory was completely empty.  There were no workers, no tools, and no cars.  There was no evidence that there had ever been a car factory at that location.  Liz was missing too.

Liz fled to Texas to avoid prosecution, but she continued promoting the Dale under a new name, the Revette.  Liz was successful enough that the Revette was featured on an episode of the game show, The Price is Right.  A California regulator happened to be watching the gameshow and immediately recognized the unique vehicle.  Investigators tracked Liz down and arrested her outside of Dallas, Texas.

Investigators learned that Liz was not her real name.  Since 1961, federal agents had warrants for her under a different name for fraud, theft and counterfeiting.  Liz was convicted in 1975 on the earlier federal charges after a nearly 2-year investigation and trial. 

While appealing her case, a television producer under the guise of a perfume merchant bailed Liz out of jail.  Liz had promised the producer an exclusive exposé on the Dale story.  Before the exposé could be completed, Liz disappeared again.  Twelve years later, another television producer, a producer for the NBC series Unsolved Mysteries, found Liz working at a flower stand under the name Katherine Johnson in, as irony would have it, Dale, Texas.  Liz spent another 32 months in jail related to the fraud surround the Dale automobile.

Liz’s whole life story was pure fiction.  In reality, Liz had been married to four different women and had a total of ten children.  Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael was a man by the name of Gerald Dean Michaels. 

Sources:

  1. The Post-Star (Glens Falls, New York), December 1, 1973, p.1.
  2. Hemmings.com. “Cars of the Fuel-Short Seventies.” Accessed October 12, 2021. hemmings.com/stories/article/cars-of-the-fuel-short-seventies.
  3. Makes That Didn’t Make It. “The Makes That Didn’t Make It.” Accessed October 15, 2021. makesthatdidntmakeit.com/dale.

Rebels Take Down #1

Story by Molly Seales.  Photos by Ryan Prosperie

Friday night football on October 15 had high stakes for the Riverdale Rebels.  It was senior night, and the winner of the game would clinch the District 3 1A Championship.  The team that stood in their way was the WCCA Rams.  For most of the season, the Rebels had held the #1 spot in the Impact Sports MAIS Coach’s Football Poll. However, after the Rebels fell by one touchdown to Class 2A Claiborne Academy on October 8, the poll dropped them from #1 to #5 and placed WCCA in the #1 spot.  The Rebels, playing without senior Monroe McCarty who is out for the season due to an injury, knew what they had to do. Behind the leadership of seniors Kaden Cason, Ty Jones, Jake Messenger, Chandler Nettles, and Denver Williams, the Rebels came out ready to play.

The Rebels wasted no time getting down to business.  On their first offensive possession, Jake Messenger ran in a long touchdown to draw first blood. The 2-point conversion was successful, making it 8-0 early. However, they were not done. On the Rams 2nd possession, Ty “Bones” Jones intercepted a pass and ran it into the end zone for an early touchdown of his own. With 7:37 left in the 1st quarter, the Rebels had stunned WCCA with an early 14-0 lead, and they never looked back.  At the end of the game the final score was 40-28 in favor of Riverdale.  It seemed like that coach’s poll may have inspired the Rebels to come out and show what they were capable of!

The Riverdale offense was on fire, having a total of 424 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Rams. Sophomore quarterback Ryder Huddleston was 3 for 6 in passing for 41 yards and no interceptions.  Jones had 1 reception for 39 yards, and Messenger had 2 receptions for 2 yards. Most of the Rebels’ yards came on the ground. They had 384 rushing yards. Messenger was in beast mode and had 25 carries for 302 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jones had 5 carries for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns. Junior Ben Almond had 3 carries for 6 yards. Sophomore Kyle Guillory had 4 carries for 15 yards, while Ryder Huddleston had 2 carries for 2 yards.

The Riverdale defense put up an outstanding effort against the solid Rams offense. Messenger had 2 solo tackles and 2 assists (2 TFL), while his cousin Ben Almond had 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, and broke up 5 crucial passes. Jones had 5 solo tackles, 8 assists (3 TFL), and an interception for a 40-yard touchdown. Guillory had 1 solo tackle and 2 assists (1 TFL), while Ryder Huddleston had 6 solo tackles, 7 assists (1 TFL), and 1 PBU.  Senior Reagan Huddleston had 7 solo tackles in his first game of the season and was a key player on defense. Senior Denver Williams was in beast mode with a solo tackle, 4 assists (4 TFL), and 3 sacks for a loss of 32 yards. Sophomore Hayden Hillman rounded out the defense with a solo tackle and an assist.

The Riverdale Rebels will travel to Learned, MS, this Friday night for their final regular season game against Rebul Academy. Because they won the district title, the Rebels received a bye for October 29.  They will play their first playoff game on Friday, November 5, in East Point at Marston Stadium.  We are so proud of this team, the coaches, and our Friday night nurses, Nikki Bryant, Nicki Caskey, Dawn Almond, Edith Gryder, and Kayla Shaver. These ladies don’t get the recognition they deserve, and we are grateful to have them taking care of our boys on Friday nights!


All District Softball Players

This year the Riverdale Lady Rebel Softball Team is the class 3AA district champs, South AA champs, and Class AA state runner up.  Several players have been honored with a spot on select teams.

These softball players were named to the District 3AA All-District team. 2nd team all district players (front row, left to right)-8th grade right fielder Hanna Catherine Huddleston and sophomore 3rd baseman Kylie Donald.

1st team all district players (back row, left to right)-senior center fielder Rylee Kate Woodard, freshman catcher Jadyn King, freshman shortstop Chloe Jordan, and District 3AA MVP junior pitcher Jessie Kate Cobb. Congratulations to these Lady Rebels!

Reporter Molly Seales contributed to this report.


Happy Anniversary

This is the 218th anniversary of the U.S. Senate’s ratification of a treaty with France that was the Louisiana Purchase.  So, it could be said that October 20th is our birthday!

On October 20, 1803, Senators voted 24 to 7 in favor of ratification of the treaty. 

The deal had been struck on April 30th of 1803 by James Monroe and Robert Livingston with the head of the French Treasury.  It took seven months for the U. S. Senate to ratify that sale.

It wasn’t until 1812 that the state of Louisiana was admitted to the Union.

The Journal found this old map of the Louisiana Purchase territory on the Library of Congress website.


4 Constitutional Amendments on Ballot for November 13th

By Royal Alexander

As you may know, there are four proposed amendments to our state Constitution on the ballot for November 13th (postponed from Oct. 9, 2021, due to the impact of Hurricane Ida).  I wanted to address and summarize them here.

The first, Amendment No. 1, does not change our tax rates but does involve the centralized collection of state sales taxes and takes significant steps “toward consolidating and streamlining our unusually fragmented state and local sales tax system.” (parlouisiana.org).  A vote “for” Amendment 1 would allow for the creation of a single government state sales tax collector (instead of multiple different government bodies as is the case now—even in the same parish) to manage all relevant matters including collection of sales taxes and electronic filing of taxes while also providing tax policy guidance and rules regarding sales tax audits. 

Approval of Amendment 1, in summary, would: 1). create a new commission with representatives of state and local agencies; 2). provide for electronic filing and create a process for combined state, local and remote sales tax collection for all taxing authorities in the state.; 3). the Commission would remit revenue to the collector for each local taxing authority and to the state revenue department; 4). the Commission would also issue policy advice where needed and develop rules relative to the audit process. (parlouisiana.org).

It should not be difficult to understand that streamlining our complex, obsolete, patchwork quilt system of sales tax collection would greatly assist businesses already located here and, importantly, those we hope to attract to Louisiana.  It removes bureaucratic red tape and provides a much simpler method by which companies and businesses can comply with the law.

The second, Amendment No. 2, essentially would provide for an income tax “swap” whereby the maximum possible rate of individual income tax would be reduced from 6% to 4.75% and ultimately to 4.25% when the corresponding tax reform statute is coupled with this Amendment.  In return, however, the Amendment and the tax changes it would spark would eliminate the federal tax deduction (and limit excess itemized deductions to only health care expenses) for state individual income tax filers.  Again, though, the elimination of the federal tax deduction (and limiting of excess itemized deductions) would presumably be offset by lower state individual income taxes. (parlouisiana.org).  It’s also worth noting that included in the package of reforms that would follow with approval of Amendment 2 is the reduction (and hopefully, eventual elimination) of the franchise tax rate—a punitive tax on capital and retained earnings.

Approval of Amendment 2 would greatly assist our existing businesses and likely cause corporations across the country to take another look at Louisiana given the potential for job creation and significant new business opportunity.

The third, Amendment 3, involves the taxing authority for new levee districts and allows levee boards (ones created since 2006) to raise up to a 5-mill property tax without voter approval.  I know it likely won’t surprise readers to know that I oppose allowing a levee board, based upon its own authority, to levy property taxes without voter approval.  I realize levee districts serve a very important purpose in our state—primarily the construction and maintenance of levees—but so do many other government agencies that don’t possess the power to unilaterally raise taxes by a vote of their board.   I don’t mean to appear to target levee boards or districts, I simply feel voters should always decide on tax increases.

The fourth, Amendment 4, involves allowing for the transfer of a greater amount of dedicated funds—increased from 5% to 10%—to the state general fund to plug a state budget deficit.  Let me say first that I am aware of the vigorous debate policymakers frequently have about how many dedicated funds there are in our Louisiana Constitution.  Funds that, no matter how bleak the economy or catastrophic the storm may be that hits our state, cannot be used for anything else but their dedicated purpose.

I don’t have the opportunity in this article to fully address this issue but let me say this: Louisiana is constitutionally required to maintain a balanced budget and how that is done is generally up to the governor, but I believe dedicated funds should remain dedicated.  If the Legislature ever wishes to alter or “unlock” these constitutional dedications it may do so in the same way they were dedicated in the first place, by constitutional amendment. (statutory dedications would be addressed by statute).   However, in the meantime, I feel it best they remain to fund those policy determinations and priorities for which they were originally dedicated.  Again, if state government ever wants to undertake real reform and broadly “undo” these dedications it is certainly free to do so which would require a state constitutional convention.  (Also, the state constitution can be amended—and has been many times!—in a piecemeal fashion with the approval of two-thirds of each body and a majority of voters in a statewide referendum/public vote.)

Please know I realize there are many ways to analyze and consider the foregoing Amendments.

Perhaps, in A. 1, some prefer leaving tax collections in the hands of several different government authorities, with more local control; Perhaps, in A. 2, some state taxpayers prefer to retain the federal tax deduction and not alter the individual state income tax rates; perhaps in A. 3, some prefer to allow levee districts and boards to unilaterally raise up to 5 mills in property tax without voter approval because of the dire circumstances flooding and hurricanes constantly present in our state; perhaps in A. 4, allowing a greater use of dedicated funds—from 5% to 10%—is necessary because Louisiana does periodically face economic difficulties and, arguably, the governor needs that latitude.

We all get to decide how to vote!   While we are deciding, we should remember that while the matter of taxes and taxation is often controversial, they are critical issues for a self-governing people.  Oliver Wendell Holmes said that taxes are the price we pay for civilization.  Daniel Webster said that the power to tax is the power to destroy.  Therefore, the goal for public policy makers in Louisiana is to thread the needle and find the happy medium in between—tax rates and a tax system that doesn’t suffocate and kill the free market and Louisiana businesses but also allows for a modest and frugal local, state, and national government.


ETC… For Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Riverdale Academy football takes a week off this Friday.  The game at Learned, Mississippi has been cancelled by Rebul Academy.

Mark your calendars for Friday.  It will be the last Fourth Friday Fish Fry of this year at Clara Springs Camp.  They said, “We will start back in January Lord willing. We can’t wait for Friday to fellowship and eat amazing fish cooked by Martin Baptist Church with y’all!”

During this year’s Homecoming celebration, Louisiana Tech University will honor the legacy of legendary Coach Leon Barmore through a special feature-length documentary and statue unveiling.  Coach: The Leon Barmore Story Premiere is 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21 in Howard Auditorium.  Coach Leon Barmore Statue Unveiling will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22 at Thomas Assembly Center.

Landon and Micah Webb are the Parish winners of the 4-H state pumpkin growing contest. Congratulations.  They are pictured below.


Deputies Investigating Sunday Night Shooting

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on October 17, 2021 Coushatta Police Officers responded to a call of shots fired in a residential area near Arlington Street and LA Hwy 155. A responding officer was flagged down by a concerned citizen who reported that someone had been shot in the chest.

Minutes later the shooting victim, a black male in his late thirties from Bossier City, was discovered in a crashed vehicle along LA Hwy 155 (Ashland Road) within the city limits of Coushatta. Having suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, he was transported by Life Air Rescue to LSU Health in Shreveport where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in serious condition.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) and no suspects have been identified at this time.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Ratliff at the RRPSO’s Criminal Investigations Division at 318-932-6701 or 318-932-4221.


Red River Homecoming Celebration Plans

Here are the plans for alumni and friends to take part in Bulldog Homecoming 2021.  Assistant Principal Cristal Carper said there will be tailgating and an alumni tent in the parking lot.

Red River is hosting Lakeview High’s Gators for their Homecoming opponent.  This is a district game and the last home game of the season.

Carper said this information needs to be added concerning the Alumni tent:

The Alumni Tent will be open from 5:30pm-6:30pm for refreshments and one free ticket for every person of a graduating class that ends in a 1.

For full information, see the graphic below.

Earlier the Journal reported on the naming of the Homecoming Court and the revealing of the young lady chosen as Homecoming Queen at halftime.  See the story here:

https://redriverparishjournal.com/2021/10/12/queen-a-secret-until-halftime/

 


Pre-Educator Pathway

Red River schools are offering the Louisiana Pre-Educator Pathway to interest high school students in becoming educators.  Rene Hester reported on their progress at the monthly school board meeting.

Hester began by noting that 60% of teachers teach within 20 miles of where they went to school.  She said, “Our educator riser students are working through dual enrollment with universities and technical schools.” She noted that the program will cultivate highly skilled educators through a grow your own imitative.

The instructor of the program is Nicole Bailey.  She told the board, “This gives the student  some background on what it is like to be an educator.  It differs from traditional teacher education in that students identify an area of interest and spend more time with a teacher in that study area.  It gives them an opportunity while still in high school to get their experience and knowledge of the subject.

Student JaNya White came to the meeting and said, ”I am a junior this year.  I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember.  I enjoy the first and second grade with the kids.  It is really fun and I enjoy the opportunity.

Hester said this is the first year.  We currently have three high schoolers in the program.  And we hope to grow it in coming years.


“Colorblind” Defined

“Colorblind” is an exaggerated term handed down over time, referring to individuals who have abnormal color vision. About eight percent of males and less than one percent of females have faulty color perception from birth.

The retina at the back of the eye contains two types of cells responsible for vision, rods and cones. The rods are responsible for night vision and operate under dim light conditions. The cones are responsible for color vision and operate in daylight conditions. There are three types of cones: blue, green, and red, which act together to help us see a magnificent range of colors. An abnormal gene can cause the deletion of certain cones and results in a hereditary color vision abnormality.

Hereditary color vision abnormalities cannot be cured. It is impossible to restore to the eye those elements in the retina which nature did not provide at birth. Some acquired color vision detects may be helped, as with the surgical removal of a cataract.

This series of informative articles about your vision is presented by Family Eye Care at 6007 US 71 south of Coushatta.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 318-702-2100


Down Memory Lane

By Louise Long

I found an old photo taken at the radio station in Coushatta.  This was back in the 1980s when Marvin Desidar ran the radio station.

The people in the photo beginning at top left are Herman Frank James.  Born June 5, 1923 and died July 1, 1991.  He is buried in Tomas Wren Cemetery.  He married “Billie” Labrilla E Thomas.  She was born August 27, 1928 and died on March 26, 2008 at age 79.  She is also buried in Thomas Wren Cemetery.

Second is Joy Thomas.  She was born July 3, 1930 and died March 28, 2006 at age 75.  Thomas is buried the Thomas Wren Cemetery.  She first married A. Donovan and later married Buddy Pickett.  There were two children Joy Dawn Pickett and Denise Picket.

Next is Bobby Glen Scott.  He was born September 13, 1938 and died July 10, 2021 at age 82.  Scott is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery.  He married Sarah Giddings on June 27, 1959.  She was born October 23, 1943.  Their children are Tony Scott born October 19, 1960 and Pamela Jean Scott born December 18, 1961.

Fourth is Reverend Mike Fort.

Fifth is David Layfield.  He was born August 21, 1955 and died January 6, 1994 at age 38.  Layfield is buried in Bethany Cemetery.

And sixth is Marvin Desidar, the man at the radio station.


WIC Benefit Increase to Continue

The Louisiana Department of Health is extending the additional WIC Benefits through December. 

Families and pregnant individuals participating in Louisiana’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will continue to receive extra help with purchasing fruits and vegetables through a Continuing Resolution of the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act.

Through December 2021, women and children will continue to receive an increase to their cash value benefit (CVB), which is the amount of money provided each month for the purchase of fresh, frozen and/or canned fruits and vegetables. Under the Continuing Resolution, CVB are $24 for children, $43 for pregnant and postpartum persons, and $47 for breastfeeding persons.

This comes after a 388% increase from July 2021 to September 2021 for children (from $9 per month to $35 per month) and a 318% increase for women (from $11 per month to $35 per month) through the American Rescue Act, which was passed in July 2021.


Red River 4-H Reports To School Board

The parish 4-H program made a presentation to the school board on Monday.  Several students along with 4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot told of their experiences in the program.

Ninth grade student Rafe Suggs spoke by video, “4-H is a lot more than animals.  I just went to the Junior Leadership Conference at LSU. I am Secretary in Junior Leaders.  We collected hurricane relief supplies, we have made go bags for foster kids, and went to nursing homes and did crafts for residents.”  Suggs added, “I got to meet a lot of people from my state and area.”

Another program participant, Elliott Grant appeared on a video.  Grant is an eleventh grader.  “My favorite experience was going to camp where I was a camp counselor. A couple of years back I entered the Sports Broadcasting competition and other activities.”

Another eleventh grader, Justin Madison said, “My favorite thing is giving back.  I took part in Ag Magic and was a counselor.  I am in Junior Leaders also.”

Adison Bounds was at the meeting.  She is the first Shooting Sports Ambassador elected from Red River Parish.  Bounds said, “I love shooting sports and am excited about the first time ever getting to be an ambassador.  Part of my duties on the board is to show kids fun gun safety and how much fun it is to shoot.  It helps me to be a better leader and to give back.”

4-H Agent Fontenot told the school board they are looking forward to the BB Shooting contest coming up at the State Fair on November 6th.