Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for May 16-22, 2022.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


NSU Slated to Receive $52 million in Capital Outlay funding

Among a group of bills given final legislative approval by the Louisiana House, House Bill No. 2 presents a comprehensive Capital Outlay budget. This bill has yet to be signed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Once the governor signs the legislation into law, the Section sends agencies letters notifying them of capital outlay appropriations and of the procedures required to initiate funded projects.

Health Performance Center, Planning and Construction – Payable from State General Fund (Direct) Non-Recurring Revenues

$5,000,000

Renovation of Roy Hall, Planning and Construction – from General Obligation Bonds (Priority 5)

$9,765,000

Replacement of John S. Kyser Hall, Planning and Construction – Payable from General Obligation Bonds

Priority 1 – $3,907,680
Priority 5 – $33,195,000
Total – $37,102,680


Summer Reading Program

Children’s Librarian Kala Sims told the Journal, “Here is our schedule for the Summer Reading Program. We are so excited to be able to welcome our children back for a “normal” summer full of fun and special guests.”

Because of the extended school year, our programming doesn’t begin until July and will wrap up on the first Monday of August, the day before school starts.

This summer’s program includes Harvey Rabbit and Friends, the Jubilee Zoo, and Sci-Port.  There is also a reading challenge for children of all ages.

The file below has the complete schedule and information about each event.


Riverdale Academy Class of 2023 Receives Senior Rings

By Molly Seales

A much-anticipated milestone was reached by the Riverdale Academy junior class as they received their senior class rings and officially became the class of 2023. The annual ceremony is traditionally held the day after Riverdale graduation.

Friends and family gathered in the Riverdale gymnasium on Friday, May 13, to celebrate with these students. A “then and now” slideshow created by junior class member Emily Kirkland did a fabulous job of showing past and present memories.

Members of the Riverdale Academy Class of 2023 are Ben Almond, Thad Bates, Emma Clemons, Jessie Kate Cobb, Luke Greer, Collin Hesson, Emily Kirkland, Colton Massey, Mason Murray, Tyler Parker, Molly Seales, James Wagoner, Baylee Whittington, Jace Wilhite, and Sarah Kate York.

Following the ring ceremony, Rodney and Mary Vay Cobb hosted a “Let the Good Times Boil” themed crawfish boil and celebration party for the new seniors and their families. It was a great evening, and the class would like to thank the Cobb family for their hospitality. Congratulations to the Class of 2023 as they begin their last chapter of high school.


Health Fair A Success

The Executive Director of the Red River Council on Aging terms last week’s Health Fair a tremendous success.  “We had over 100 people take part.  That is a lot,” said Liz Cannon.

The health fair is back after a two year hiatus caused by the pandemic.  The Jack and Laura Social Center on Front Street was crowded with exhibitors representing multiple medical disciplines.

Among the vendors were Christus Coushatta, Albertson’s Pharmacy, Louisiana Behavioral Health, the Louisiana Ag Center, Lifepath Hospice, Louisiana Commission for the Deaf, The DeSoto Police Jury, and many others.

Visitors to the Health Fair received helpful information about maintaining good health and a healthy lifestyle.  They also had an opportunity to get various blood test done, have their vision screened, and even receive pneumonia and shingles vaccinations.

And everyone left with a huge goodie bag full of information, candy, chips, pens and pencils.  A lot of useful things and a few fun things too.

Cannon was excited by the turnout.  She said, “The Health Fair is Back!”


Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival This Weekend!

The Grammy winning Commodores are the big name headliner for this weekend’s Natchitoches Jazz R&B Festival but, according to Board Member Lisa Prudhomme, this year’s 25th Silver Celebration Festival offers much much more in the way of entertainment for the entire family.

“Sure, we are super excited about the Commodores,” said Prudhomme. “But at the end of the day, they are just one of 25 great bands who are going to be playing on the riverbank this weekend.”  Prudhomme reminded that a Friday night show has been added featuring Zydeco great Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators and 80’s hairband tribute act, LA Roxx.  Tickets for Friday night’s show are only $10 with active duty military and children 12 and under admitted free.

Prudhomme said that there is a lot of buzz around the return of the Nashville based Journey tribute band Resurrection which will be returning to the festival by popular demand.

“Resurrection played in Prather Coliseum when we had to move the Festival there a few years ago” said Prudhomme. “A fairly small crowd attended because of the move but every person there was totally blown away with their re-creation of a Journey concert.  We knew we had to get them back as soon as possible.”

Natchitoches’ own Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs are going to be quite busy as has been tradition with the band at this Festival.  They will be joined by several guest performers including county star Marty Haggard, doing a tribute to his father Merle, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton, and Natchitoches native and former Voice contestant Deshawn Washington.

“The Natchitoches Jazz Fest is always one of our favorite events to play,” said Moondogs keyboardist Henry Reggans.  “We feel like we have a great set this year and are really excited to be joined by those other great artists.” 

Prudhomme emphasized that the event is family friendly with bouncy houses and other activities for the kids and that there will be lots of food and refreshments, including adult beverages.

She is also excited about the move of the Jazz Stage to the brand new Venue on Front Street.

“The Jazz Stage this year will be in the cool confines of the new Venue on Front Street, (formerly Jimbo’s and The Landing) and it will be a great place to take a few minutes to cool off, have a cool drink and listen to some smooth jazz.  We think it is going to be a great addition to the Festival,” Prudhomme said.  A festival armband will be required for attendance.

Finally, Prudhomme did point out that while attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs, chairs will not be allowed on the amphitheater or in the area immediately in front of or adjacent to the main stage.  However, chairs will be allowed at the other three stages and at the very top of the hill, on the sidewalk and the edge of Front Street.  Tickets are still on sale.  For more information go to http://www.natchjazzfest.com.


Stormy Waters II

By Steve Graf

Bass fishermen are weather fanatics! We are constantly looking at the forecast and what to expect for our next event. We are so enthralled with the weather that we will look at the forecast 10 days in advance so we can start planning our fishing strategy. But nothing gets an angler’s attention quicker than stormy skies. During my 32 years as a tournament angler, there have been a couple of situations that really made me nervous.

Back in 2015 on Toledo Bend was one such day, as the forecast was for clear skies with light and variable winds out of the south at 10 to 15 MPH. But you must first understand that a south wind on Toledo Bend means it’s coming right down the pipe. It’s a lake where even a small amount of wind out of the north or the south can make navigation difficult. The problem with Toledo Bend is that you must run the boat roads which puts you out in the middle of the lake most of the time. To compare, Sam Rayburn has no boat roads, and you can run closer to the bank and get out of the wind most of the time.

But on this one occasion in 2015, the tournament was out of Fin & Feather Resort on the far south end of Toledo Bend. This resort is located on the south bank of what is called Six Mile Bay. A south wind has no impact on this area and is an area you can fish without much of a problem. But as my number was called for takeoff and I headed for the main lake to make a run north and across the lake to Negreet Creek, I was met with 20 plus MPH winds and four-foot rollers (waves). One thing about driving a boat, it’s a lot easier to go against the waves rather than go with them. As I made the turn north in this rough water, it was apparent rather quickly that my run to Negreet Creek was not going to happen.

After riding four-foot waves for about three miles and beating my co- angler and myself to death, I finally came to a pocket on the west side I could pull into and possibly fish. After we gained our composure and dried off from our soaking short run, I told my co-angler to settle in for the day because we were not going to go out and fight that kind of rough water until time to go back for the weigh-in.

Another problem with running in this kind of rough water is the wear and tear on your boat and equipment. I’ve seen anglers come in with trolling motors hanging off or their electronic fish sonars no longer on the boat after a rough ride in. Boat hulls have sustained major damage and anglers have been hurt fighting waves and trying to stay in the boat on these long runs back. At some point as an angler you must ask yourself, “Is it worth tearing up all my equipment for a few pounds of fish?”

The answer for me is a resounding “NO,” as I must not only worry about myself, but I have a co-angler that I’m responsible for getting back safely. After a long day of fishing, we headed back with south winds now exceeding 25 MPH. We were over three miles from the boat ramp, and I knew it was going to take at least an hour to go that distance in that kind of water. So, we left at 2:00 for a 3:00 weigh-in time. It was a good thing we did as I was never able to put the boat on a plane and run. We literally idled the entire three miles back to Six Mile Bay and made our check in time with only two minutes to spare. I’ve only kissed the ground twice in my life, once on Sam Rayburn and this day on Toledo Bend.

Again, anglers face all kinds of weather every season, but nothing affects us or our decisions more than wind. The first question I always ask myself when a decision must be made, “Is it worth it?” Most of the time, the answer is “no” and will always be “no” when it comes to the safety of my co-angler and myself. Until next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!


Opportunity: Social Worker

The River Parish School Board is accepting applications for the following position:

Social Worker

Applicants must be a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent listed in Bulletin 746.

Deadline to submit applications is May 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm. All interested applicants should apply online at http://www.rrbulldogs.com.

For more information, you may contact Nicole Eason at 318-271-2150.

Nicole M. Eason

Red River Parish School Board

Human Resources Department


Riverdale Academy Holds Academic/Athletic Banquet

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy hosted the annual Academic and Athletic Banquet at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church on Monday, May 9. A delicious Cajun style dinner was catered by Hudd’s Catering and delicious dessert was provided by Riverdale student Luke Greer. After the meal, academic presentations began, and they were followed by athletic presentations. Athletic awards are not listed in the article because they have been in previous journal articles.

Beta Club Leadership Awards were given to senior members Kenley Loftin and Renee’ Prosperie, while Molly Seales and Collin Hesson received awards for Most Beta Service Hours. Ben Almond, Tyler Parker, and James Wagoner were recognized for their first-place finish in the Stock Market Game competition. KREB News awards were voted on by the KREB News Staff and were as follows: Most Dedicated-James Wagoner; Best Reporter – Luke Greer; Best News Personality – Ben Almond; and Best Behind the Scenes – Mason Murray. 4H Honor Cords were presented to seniors Kaden Nettles and Chandler Nettles. Brayden Pearah and Caleb Dabbs received 4H Shooting Sports awards, while Shirley Boyd and Madison Chamberlin received Livestock Club and Junior Leader awards.

Various awards were given to students who showed academic excellence or outstanding effort in different subject areas. Coach Jared Smelser presented academic excellence in history awards to Rylee Kate Woodard, Madison Chamberlin, and Chloe Jordan. Dr. Hunter Brown presented the outstanding science student award to his Biology II class, which consisted of Kenley Loftin, Renee Prosperie, Rylee Kate Woodard, and Molly Seales. English and ACT Prep teacher Mrs. Kristi Spradley presented a special acknowledgment ACT Prep award to Sarah Kate York, who increased her math score by 7 points this year, while Emma Nell Clemons was presented with the ACT Prep outstanding student award. Mrs. Spradley presented Academic Excellence awards to the students with the highest GPA in each of her classes. Those went to 9th grader Jadyn King, 10th grader Madison Chamberlin, 11th grader Emma Clemons, and 12th grader Denver Williams. She presented Outstanding Student awards to a student in each class who were hard working and showed great discipline. Those awards went to 9th grader Kacie Harper, 10th grader Hayden Hillman, 11th grader Jessie Kate Cobb, and 12th grader Sidney Free. Math teacher Mrs. Amanda Cason presented her math awards to each class using the same criteria Mrs. Spradley used for her English awards. Academic Excellence awards went to 9th grader Jadyn King, 10th grader Sky McMullan, 11th grader Molly Seales, and 12th grader Renee Prosperie. Outstanding Student awards went to 8th grader Makayla Pickett for Algebra I, 10th grader Madison Chamberlin, 11th grader Mason Murray, and 12th grader Reagan Huddleston. Dr. Hunter Brown recognized 11th grader Mason Murray for placing 3rd in Algebra II at State Literary Rally.

Students who scored at least a 20 on the ACT were recognized. Those students were Luke Greer, Kacie Harper, Collin Hesson, Reagan Huddleston, Ty Jones, Emily Kirkland, Mason Murray, Renee Prosperie, Molly Seales, and Sarah Kate York. Principal’s Honor Roll Awards were presented to students who maintained a 4.0 GPA for the entire school year. Those students were Madison Chamberlin, Caleb Dabbs, Luke Greer, Collin Hesson, Hayden Hillman, Reagan Huddleston, Ty Jones, Will Jones, Chloe Jordan, Jadyn King, Emily Kirkland, Kenley Loftin, Sky McMullan, Mason Murray, Renee’ Prosperie, Molly Seales, Haylee Smith, Madalyn Whittington, and Sarah Kate York.

The final award of the night was the A.L Sigler Award, which is named after Riverdale Academy’s first principal who valued both academics and athletics as a part of student life. The award is the highest award given at Riverdale. This award was presented by principal Mr. Danny Rester to the senior boy and senior girl who had the highest high school GPA and participated in at least one sport, This year’s A.L. Sigler Awards went to Reagan Huddleston and Renee’ Prosperie.

We are proud of all of our Riverdale students and their academic achievements this year!


Suicide Intervention Training To Be Offered in Coushatta

Christus Coushatta will be one of four sites for ASIST training this summer.  The sessions in Red River will be on June 20th and 21st.  Advance registration is required.

Claire Hetherwick, RPC of the Central Louisiana Human Services District said, “Educators, Law-enforcement, health-care providers, mental-healthcare providers, teens 16 years and older, parents, clergy, administrators, blue and white collar workers, etc. are invited to attend a 2-DAY, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). ASIST is similar to a CPR skill that resuscitates someone to physically breathe again, whereas ASIST helps resuscitate someone into wanting to keep breathing.”

The cost to you is $0, so everyone can have an opportunity to learn this skill. Hetherwick added, “It is our belief, that suicide can be prevented if we all learn how to recognize someone who may be thinking of suicide and help them agree to work towards safety. All mental health professionals can receive 12 CEUs after this training, through Livingworks education, for a $60 fee.”

The schedule of training is:

Avoyelles Parish: May 16/17, 30/31, & Aug 2/3 (CLHSD)

Vernon Parish: June 6/7 (Leesville) (CLHSD)

Red River Parish: Jun 20/21 (Coushatta) (Christus)

Bienville Parish: July 25/26 (Arcadia) (Christus)

REGISTER HERE: savecenla.com/asist


Kentucky Derby Winner: A Model for America

By Royal Alexander

If America—or the world—needed a spark of hope in these difficult times, it was provided at this year’s Kentucky Derby by the winner, Rich Strike.

To call this victory improbable is to galactically understate.  To describe the win as “against all odds” is to redefine the meaning of odds. 

Winning trainer, Eric Reed, almost left horseracing entirely after a tragedy 5 years ago when he lost nearly two dozen horses in a barn fire at his training center in Lexington, Kentucky.  For a short time, he considered the fire might be a sign for him to leave the sport.

Instead, “people I hadn’t seen, people I haven’t talked to in years, my best friends were there in the morning to pick me up,” Reed recalled. “It let me know there’s so much good out there, and then I just decided I wasn’t going to let it take me out.”

During the Kentucky Derby race itself, everything that could have been stacked against Rich Strike, was stacked against him.  He was an 80-1 longshot. The second longest odds of a horse to ever win the Derby.

He was a “claimed” horse—the only Kentucky Derby winner ever to have been purchased in a claiming race—for a paltry $30,000.  This means his owner did not purchase him outright at a private sale, public auction, or syndicate; likely because he showed so little consistency or promise.

In fact, Rich Strike barely made the race at all.  It required another horse to make a last-minute scratch before there was a spot for him.  Rick Dawson, owner of Rich Strike, found out his horse would be running in the Derby about 30 seconds before the Friday morning entry deadline.

Then, the horse started the race from the very worst spot of all—the 20th spot.  In the early moments of the race, he was in the back of the pack—3rd from last.  Rich Strike was behind 17 horses heading into the far turn and behind 14 horses as they entered the stretch.

However, as the race miraculously unfolded, he slowly gained ground by weaving in and out of spots since he was sandwiched between other horses—a stride or two later and he’d have been blocked in—but kept pushing forward.  Always forward, always onward.

Then, because ‘fortune favours the strong and the brave’, (Terence), Rich Strike shot through a gap and maneuvered his way to slide into a position on the rail that had momentarily opened between two other horses. 

From the rail he quietly crept up unnoticed on the two lead horses whose riders were focused on their own duel and were stunned to see him surge past in the homestretch. 

Rich Strike won because they forgot to tell him that he wasn’t supposed to win, or to even be in the race, or to be able to run that fast—but he didn’t know that.  He thought he could.  And he could.  And he did.

Like a magnet to steel, Rich Strike relentlessly punched through the spring air toward the finish line, and, channeling Secretariat, raced down the home stretch, “like a tremendous machine, ” and then, into the pages of history.

It is both beneficial and deeply satisfying to periodically witness such a dramatic and unexpected example of success against such great odds.

America is also in a race—a race to save her future and achieve her God-given destiny.  Fortunately, unlike Rich Strike, our Nation does not start this race at the back of the pack at 80 to 1 odds.

However, with inflation at a 40 year high, surging food and gasoline prices, a lethal crime wave, a new surge of the China Virus on the horizon for the fall, a potentially nuclear war in Eastern Europe, the hardship caused by our intentionally destroyed energy independence, and with intimidation, hate and threats of violence aimed by the Woke mob at Supreme Court Justices who may be on the verge, after 50 long, cruel years, of righting the barbaric wrong of Roe v. Wade by restoring the right to life and the protection of our laws to the weakest and most innocent among us, we Americans have much to be concerned about.  

But I believe that, like this unknown and unheralded horse, when we rededicate ourselves to stay the course, ‘to fight the good fight, to keep the faith, and to finish the race’ (Timothy) there is really nothing that can stop us as Americans.


Riverdale Students of the Month

This week the final group of Students of the Month at Riverdale Academy were recognized.  The Commander of Coushatta Post 7287 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Barry McCoy presented certificates and gift cards to Dairy Queen to each of the monthly winners.

Students of the Month selected for April 2022:

Elementary – 1st grader Elijah Coe

Middle School – 6th grader Lexi Pearah

High School – 11th grader Thad Bates

Those selected for May 2022:

Elementary – 4th Grader Easton Cason

Middle School – 7th grader Kolten Antilley

High School – 10th Grader Caleb Dabbs

Students of the month in all schools in Red River Parish are selected by their teachers and school staff.  They are recognized for the excellent contribution they make to their classes, fellow students and their schools.


Free Skin Cancer Screening Event

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center is hosting its 31st annual skin cancer screening event in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery on Monday, May 23.

“Skin cancer is very common, but with early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate is very good. This short screening could be a potentially lifesaving decision,” said Dr. Jason Romero, dermatologist, Dermatology & Skin Surgery.

The free event provides individuals an opportunity to be screened by a physician who can answer questions about irregular shaped moles, dark skin spots or areas that could become problematic. The screening just takes a few minutes.

“We are excited to bring this screening back to what it was pre-COVID in our community,” said Dr. Scott Boniol, Medical Director of CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center. “Skin cancer concerns can come with some scary sounding diagnoses like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, but we are willing and able to offer support from diagnosis to treatment and long-term follow up.”

Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly five million people are treated for it each year.  It is estimated that 7,650 people will die from Melanoma, the deadliest type, in 2022. 90% of all skin cancer is caused by Ultraviolet Radiation and sun exposure. This is a wake-up call to take care of your skin.

“Summer is here and that means we are headed outdoors. It is important that we take steps to protect ourselves from skin cancer and get the tests and screenings needed,” said Dr. Cooper Heard, dermatologist, Dermatology & Skin Surgery.

You still have time to register for the 31st annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Event at the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center, located on the CHRISTUS Highland campus. This event is in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery team. It is slated for Monday, May 23 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Screening takes just a few minutes and does require pre-registration. Slots will fill quickly, to register call 318.656.7698.


ETC… For Friday, May 20, 2022

Hickory Grove Baptist Church said beginning June 5th, Worship service will begin at 10:30 am.  This will be our new time.  Please let members know.

Red River schools are surveying parents of school children.  They encourage Parents and guardians to fill out the Parent & Family Engagement Survey. The Parent and Family Engagement Survey consists of 16 items and is designed to gather feedback from ALL parents/guardians about the district as a whole and individual schools.   The survey is designed to be completed by all parents only once per SCHOOL. If the parent/guardian have children in multiple schools, they should complete 1 survey for each school.


Riverdale Academy 2022 Graduation

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy held its 52nd Commencement Exercises last Thursday. Mistress of ceremonies, senior class president Renee’ Prosperie, gave the welcome followed by the invocation and hymn led by Dr. Hunter Brown. The devotional was given by Rev. David Hanna, grandfather of graduate Reagan Huddleston.

Salutatorian Renee’ Prosperie then gave her salutatory address, followed by valedictorian Reagan Huddleston with his valedictory address.

Dr. Hunter Brown presented school honors to the graduates, followed by scholarship presentations.

Ms. Darlene Dickson presented the Adam Lee Perkins Scholarship in honor of her late son. This year’s recipient was Levi Shaver. Sheriff Glen Edwards presented this year’s Sheriff  Scholarship to Renee’ Prosperie, with Ty Jones being the alternate. Mrs. Ashley Cole Guillory presented the Larry Wayne Cole Sportsman Scholarship to Renee Prosperie and Ty Jones. Renee Prosperie was also awarded the American Legion Scholarship. The Scottish Rite Patriotism Award was presented to Denver Williams and Renee Prosperie, and the American Legion Award was presented to Reagan Huddleston and Renee Prosperie.

Principal Danny Rester presented diplomas to the Class of 2022 (an * beside a name denotes honor graduates):

Sarah Dabbs, Sidney Free, Rylee Hodge, Tyler Hodgin, *Reagan Huddleston, *Ty Jones, *Kenley Loftin, Caden Long, *Monroe McCarty, Jake Messenger, Chandler Nettles, Kaden Nettles, *Renee Prosperie, Levi Shaver, *Denver Williams, and *Rylee Kate Woodard.

The senior class led the audience in the alma mater, and finally seniors Kenley Loftin and Caden Long carried on the tradition of passing the torch to juniors Emma Clemons and Luke Greer. Board President Dan Cason gave the benediction, and then the Class of 2022 proudly marched out and tossed their hats. Congratulations Class of 2022! We are proud of you and will miss you greatly!


Red River Places Six on Baseball All District First Team

It was a good year for the Bulldogs baseball team.  The All-District team has been released and it is full of Bulldogs.  Six players were selected to the first team and three others to the second team.

Red River High said, “Congrats to the Red River Bulldogs Baseball Players.  These team member were selected to the All-District 3-2A 2022 teams.”

1st team

P- John Dickey Red River FR.

INF- Tyler Hughes Red River SO..

OF- Kenneth Lazarus Red River SO.

UT- Ryder Hogan Red River SR.

UT- Pierce Kellogg Red River SR.

UT- Chris Carper Red River SO.

2nd Team

INF- Ethan Williamson Red River SO.

OF- Eli Harper Red River JR.

UT- Trenton Grigg Red River JR.


Riverdale Finished Strong in Tennis and Track

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy tennis and track ended on high notes with both teams having athletes place at state. Congratulations to Luke, Will, Julia Grace, Makayla, and the entire tennis and track teams for a fabulous season!

On Wednesday, May 4, the boys’ doubles team of Luke Greer and Will Jones travelled to Vicksburg, MS, to play for the Class AA State Championship in tennis. Greer and Jones came up a little short, losing to a very strong Briarfield in their final match of the year. They brought home Class AA State Runner Up in tennis. With Greer being a junior and Jones a sophomore, look for them to be contenders for the title again.

That same week, on Friday, May 6, 8th graders Julia Grace Riggs and Makayla Pickett traveled to Jackson Academy in Mississippi to compete in the Class AA Field Events Championship. Julia Grace placed 3rd in the shot put, and Makayla placed 3rd in discus. Both of these athletes were competing against varsity athletes.  To finish 3rd at state as an 8th grader is a huge accomplishment. Both have potential to be future state champions.


A Country Boy’s Music Can Survive

By Teddy Allen

Conway Twitty was regretfully low-growling to a woman about how she was standing on a bridge that just won’t burn.

Ronnie Milsap was having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon, somebody with not much sense was making Crystal Gayle’s brown eyes blue, and Barbara Mandrell was singing about sleeping single in a double bed, a situation difficult for a boy like me to contemplate, especially if you’ve ever seen Barbara Mandrell in person, which I did several times in the 1980s.

Country musically, it was a simpler time, a time I thought was forgotten until last week’s effort about the mournful passing of the entertaining singer and keyboard wizard Mickey Gilley at 86 prompted grateful mail that I am still answering. I thought the last fan of the Urban Cowboy music era had been stored away in some dusty attic, like the unwanted steel guitar and dobro.

Wrong. There are apparently more out there like me who wonder what happened to “our” music and have a hard time listening to anything past 1985 billed as “country.” Oh, every now and then a Toby Keith has squeaked in an “I’m Just Talkin’ ’Bout Tonight.” Travis Tritt got “Bible Belt” and “10 Feet Tall And Bulletproof” past the guardians of what passes for today’s country.

And thank goodness the new-schoolers weren’t looking when Lee Ann Womack showed up singing about how she should be ashes by now and also that she was a little past Little Rock but a long way from over you, (something “you” should be ashamed of).

It’s like the Statler Brothers sang when they sensed the sands shifting those hard-to-believe 35ish years ago: “I’ll tell you friend/a mandolin/won’t get you on a TV show/…whoa no…”

But there was a magical time, a bit after the Glory Days of George Jones and Johnny Cash, Mighty Merle and Roger Miller and Tammy Whynot (oops; typo?), Loretta Lynn, Jeannie Seely and Marty Robbins, all the fastball pitchers of my pre-driving days. After them came Gilley and the Gang, Country Music’s last stand.

Gene Watson picked the wildwood flower. Rosanne Cash explained the way we make a broken heart, and Rodney Crowell said she was crazy for leaving, a No. 1 song written by the great Guy Clark.

The Judds had to explain to momma that he was crazy. Don Williams was livin’ on Tulsa time, Keith Whitley was no stranger to the rain, all George Strait’s exes lived in Texas, and Emmylou Harris, the female standard bearer in this bureau, said she’d walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham if she just had two more bottles of wine, and thank you Delbert McClinton for writing that.

Alabama. Wow. Nothing quite like old Alabama and old flames and Dixieland delights. The pre-Elvira Oak Ridge Boys in the Y’all Come Back Saloon. Janie Frickie was down to her last broken heart, and Con Hunley (“You Lay A Whole Lotta Love On Me”), Earl Thomas Conley (“Heavenly Bodies”) and John Conlee (“I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You”) had sound-alike names but sound-different-but-top-shelf hits.

The Bellamy Brothers. The dynamic Ricky Skaggs, who begged his girl not to cheat in their hometown or he’d tell Uncle Pen. Juice Newton, the queen of hearts. Vern Gosdin, who just wanted Joe to set ’em up and play “Walkin’ The Floor.” Not too much to ask, right?

Kenny gambling and Dolly warning me that it was going to be a hard candy Christmas unless I worked 9 to 5, and together they were islands in the stream.

Marshall Tucker. Charlie Daniels. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and “An American Dream.” And Sir Edward Rabbitt, who loved him on a rainy night and some rocky mountain music.

Two heavyweights were 1) Willie and the geographically challenging, ever-moving whiskey river, and 2) Waylon warning mommas not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys.

But if they did, well, that was OK too. Because Hank “Bocephus” Jr. said country folk and cowboy folk can survive … back when they were playing our song.

I’ll go punch up the next five tunes. . .Anybody got a quarter? A solid? Anyone?

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Top 28 Brackets Announced

Many Bulldog and Lady Bulldog teams have advanced to the top 28 in recent years.  Now the best of those teams were invited to return to their alma mater for games featuring the all-time best.

Ready for some DAWG action this weekend! Come out and support a great event! Games will be played at the Red River Gym.  See the full line-up below.

Rosters are set and ready to roll. The first game will start at 12:00 Noon. ALL teams need to arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 am to fill out player waivers.

3pt contest & Skills Challenge will be in between games.  Admission is $5 and concessions will be sold.


Opportunity: Social Worker

The River Parish School Board is accepting applications for the following position:

Social Worker

Applicants must be a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent listed in Bulletin 746.

Deadline to submit applications is May 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm. All interested applicants should apply online at http://www.rrbulldogs.com.

For more information, you may contact Nicole Eason at 318-271-2150.

Nicole M. Eason

Red River Parish School Board

Human Resources Department