Rhodes Realty opens for business: Meet the team


Rhodes Realty

Rhodes Realty is open for business and is pleased to introduce a team that puts their clients first, while keeping their best interests at heart. Rhodes Realty will serve all ends of the spectrum across the state of Louisiana with commercial, multi, and single family listings from the low to high end. The agency represents buyers, sellers, investors and builders.

“We’re excited to add this to our portfolio of services offered by our other company Rhodes Properties and Development” said Justin Rhodes. “It’s a full service, one-stop-shop for buying, selling, leasing and building property that can service any end of the market.”

Meet the Team:

Rodrick McIntosh (Broker/Realtor): Rodrick graduated from Northwestern State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. During a post-graduation internship for Information Technology at State Farm’s Head Office in Bloomington, Illinois he quickly realized he didn’t want to sit behind a computer and program. Working for his father’s real estate and mortgage company, since he was 18-years-old Rodrick handled mainly foreclosures and first-time buyers. Rodrick stated “It was always my personal mission to help people get financed who couldn’t qualify through local banks & mortgage companies and taking a hands on approach to help them realize their dream of homeownership. I helped many people who couldn’t qualify through typical financing buy homes and they are forever grateful for it because my repeat business is off the charts. I attribute that personal mission I set for myself and this clientele which has helped me be the #1 Selling Agent in Number of Residential properties sold in Natchitoches parish since 2012 to current day. ”

Mario Fox (Realtor): Born and raised in Natchitoches, Mario joined the military when he was 18-years-old and served in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper for 4 years. His wife was then stationed at the Pentagon and Mario jumped into real estate, selling high end, multi-million dollar properties in the DC area.

Mario recently decided to move back to the area after living in Washington DC. He bought a home in Beau Riviera Subdivision, a development of Rhodes Properties and Development. Joining Rhodes Realty felt like a good fit for Mario.

Kathy Richmond (Realtor): Kathy spent some time in the real estate industry in Baton Rouge before moving to Texas to take a corporate job. However, she always knew she wanted to get back into real estate, and the opportunity came at the right time to join Rhodes Realty.

Kathy moved to Natchitoches over 6 years ago. She and her husband John run two businesses: The Sweet Cane Inn and Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant. Their strong leadership team has allowed Kathy to get back to what she loves, being an agent.

The team plans to offer free home buyer seminars to teach the public about the process for buying and selling homes. They will pull credit scores for free and team up with mortgage companies to motivate people to improve their credit scores and get into their dream homes.

“We want to serve our clients to the best of our ability,” the Rhodes Realty team said. “It’s about helping families, one home at a time.”

Rhodes Realty
404 Rapides Drive, Natchitoches, LA
Office: 318-238-3733

Rodrick McIntosh (Broker/Realtor)
Cell: 318-792-2585

Kathy Richmond (Realtor)
Cell: 318-332-8357

Mario Fox (Realtor)
Cell: 318-581-6516

Getting Back to Normal

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Life is getting back to normal in Red River Parish, following snow, intense cold weather, and icy driving conditions. Except for the low temperatures in the teens, we escaped most of the problems other areas had.

School children are back in class. The busses were back on the road Thursday morning. Public and private schools had an extended holiday because of concern with school bus safety on potentially icy roads.

Meals on Wheels rolled again Thursday. The Red River Council on Aging was also closed Monday through Wednesday. The Council’s Depot Diner is open just in time for fried catfish and all the fixings that will be served at lunch on Friday.

State and parish offices are again conducting business. Things are getting back to their regular routine at the courthouse. And the parish library is again open.

Local basketball teams have rescheduled games missed due to the weather. Riverdale Academy will play Briarfield Academy at home on Saturday afternoon. Games begin at 2:00 pm. That game had been scheduled last Tuesday.

Red River missed games on January 16th because school was out. Those games with Winnfield have been rescheduled for Monday January 22nd. Friday night Red River boys and girls teams will host the Many Tigers beginning at 6:00 O’clock.

Most businesses in Coushatta remained open or observed reduced hours this week. They are back to their regular operating hours.

Northwestern State University campuses opened Thursday, Jan. 18 for the beginning of the spring semester. Registration for spring semester classes will be extended through Friday, Jan. 26. This will be the last day that students can register, add courses or make section changes. Students are encouraged to contact their advisor before making schedule changes.


Faith, Family and Hard Work


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Kevin’s Gallery
A Shreveport bookstore was standing room only as Coushatta native and first time author Mary Lashonda Webber made a stop on her multi-city book tour to read excerpts from her new book “Miracles Still Happen… Trust Me.”

Ms. Webber currently makes her home in Holly, Michigan but has stayed in touch with her Red River roots as evidenced by the large contingent from her childhood church, Zion Chapel Baptist Church. Pastor Eddie Ross and about 50 Zion Chapel members made the trip to Shreveport to see her presentation. Throughout the trials and travails of her life’s journey, she has remained grounded in the ethos of hard work, faith and family that she grew up with in the Springville community of Coushatta, Louisiana.

Her book takes the reader from her childhood as the second of 6 children in the Webber family on Postell Road in Coushatta through career success, a family of her own and a recently started business. Along the way, she overcomes all manner of setbacks and obstacles. Armed with determination, unshakable faith and the values of hard work and family, she met the challenges and overcame them. Her story is a truly inspirational one!

Mary Lashonda Webber’s “Miracles Still Happen” can be obtained from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.


Sign Up For Food Boxes



It is time to recertify for the Food for Seniors program operated by the Red River Parish Council on Aging. The January food distribution will be on Monday, January 29th. The distribution was delayed until late this, however the regular distribution is on the second Monday of every other month.

Council Executive Director Liz Cannon said that certification for the Food for Seniors program is good for a year. Most people renew in January, but if you signed up during 2017 that certification is good for a full year.

To sign up, bring proof of income and a picture ID to the council during business hours. The program is open to citizens 60 and older who reside in Red River Parish. Call Regina Horton or Peggy Young at the council, 318-932-5721 for more information.



Fire Units Respond to Local Hotel

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Units from the Red River Fire Department responded Thursday afternoon to an alarm at the Woodland Inn. There was no fire found, however a burst water pipe may have set off the alarm.

Hotel employees evacuated all residents when the hotel’s fire alarm began to sound. When firefighters arrived they checked all rooms to determine that everyone had been evacuated.

There was water running out of the ceiling of the breezeway upstairs, between the front and rear halves of the hotel. Hotel management was checking to determine if a pipe burst as a result of the cold snap this week and that is what triggered the alarm.

One of the owners, John Paul told The Journal, “An iron pipe that carries water to the sprinkler system burst. The 12 degree temperature we had the other night apparently weakened the pipe and when the weather warmed up the pipe burst.“

“When the pipe burst, a sensor noted a sudden loss of pressure, which was interpreted by the system as the fire suppression sprinklers going off” added Paul. This is what turned on the fire alarm at the hotel and notified the fire department.


York Chop in Top 10

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The Best Things in Louisiana has rated the York Chop in the “Top 10 BBQ Joints in Louisiana.” Congratulations to Ward York and his staff. We’ve known it all along that York Chop BBQ is truly outstanding. From the Best Things website, here is their praise for the York Chop:

“9. The York Chop, Coushatta, LA
Don’t let the outside fool you with this little hidden gem of a barbecue place. The York Chop in Coushatta, Louisiana, serves up some might fine barbecue. Besides sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and bulk meats, they serve Southern hospitality with a smile in an environment that feels like home. Open daily, you’ll love the York Chop.”

You’ll recognize the big wooden pig pictured with this article. The Journal found it on the Best Things website.

Photo credit to Mike Wright.

Ward York told The Journal that he is introducing a new burger and calling it the B. B. King burger. He says they take hickory smoked brisket and chop it fine before adding it to ground beef in their hand-shaped patty.

Also the York Chop is introducing Flying Saucers, which are fried bell pepper rings served with ranch dressing. York said, “They are out of this world.” Everyone knows I like to eat, so make mine a B.B. King with a side of Flying Saucers!


Parish to Merge SWEPCO Franchise Agreements


Brian Bond, Vice-President of External Affairs with AEP SWEPCO, presented a Franchise Agreement to the Red River Parish Police Jury at their first meeting of 2018. The agreement, which will not be exclusive to SWEPCO, will allow Southwestern Electric Power Company to provide and maintain services throughout the parish.

The franchise agreement, which will be for a period of fifty years, is designed to consolidate previous agreements with SWEPCO and Valley Electric, who have merged. Bond stated, “SWEPCO had a franchise agreement with Red River Parish. It was a twenty-five year agreement that expires in June. Valley Electric also had one with Red River, it was ninety-nine years. It expires in 2036. We need to consolidate them into a new agreement.”

“Edgefield, Coushatta and Martin are the three incorporated entities that we provide service to, along with rural customers within the parish, and, of course, we have mining operations.” Bond added that “we’ve got more tree trim dollars than we’ve ever had in the state of Louisiana, eighteen million dollars a year, that we are spending throughout the parishes that we serve. That [trees] is your number one cause of outages.”

Bond, who has been with the company for 36 years, went on to say, “It is a privilege to provide safe, affordable and reliable power to our customers, and we do so in a large area of northwest Louisiana now, particularly with our Valley merger.”

The Police Jury will begin the process necessary for consideration of the agreement.


ETC… for January 19th



The cold snap is ending, but it still feels chilly out. Maybe not time to put away the heavy coat just yet. Temperatures broke the freezing mark on Thursday afternoon and much warmer is forecast for the weekend.

Saturday night is dance night at the Council on Aging on Front Street. The council’s monthly dances are moved to the third Saturday of each month for 2018. The Playmates will play tomorrow night and admission is just $6.00 for a great time.

New Northwestern State football coach Brad Laird and his team will open the 2018 season at Texas A&M before hosting Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Grambling to kick off a five-game home schedule.

“It’s a great schedule for us,” said Laird. “The opportunity to go to Kyle Field and play Texas A&M is very exciting, getting to play in one of college football’s great venues. Coming back here to play that second week in Turpin Stadium against Grambling, what a great week that will be, filled with excitement about playing an in-state rival.

The Demons’ 2018 schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 2 at Texas A&M TBA
Saturday, Sept. 8 Grambling 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15 *at Lamar TBA
Saturday, Sept. 29 *at Southeastern Louisiana TBA
Saturday, Oct. 6 *Nicholls 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 *Sam Houston State 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 *at Central Arkansas TBA
Saturday, Oct. 27 *Houston Baptist (Homecoming) 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 *at Abilene Christian TBA
Saturday, Nov. 10 *McNeese 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15 *at Stephen F. Austin 6 p.m.

*indicates Southland Conference games


No School Wednesday

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Red River Parish students are getting another day off because of the wintery weather. Temperatures are predicted to remain in the teens or twenties and only get above freezing after lunch on Wednesday.

Superintendent Alison Hughes notified The Journal that Red River Parish schools will remain closed on Wednesday (today). The wintery weather has kept the big yellow school busses parked at the bus barn.

That means that Riverdale Academy also will be closed on Wednesday, January 17th. And also the Council on Aging will remain closed. Director Liz Cannon said that they do not put their vehicles on the road when school is closed for inclement weather.


A Little Snow Goes a Long Way

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Snow fell in Red River Parish from the wee hours Tuesday morning until about 10:00 am. The snow, or the advance preparations for snow shut down much of the activity in the parish. Some remained on the ground however the National Weather Service predicted that local accumulation would be less than an inch.

All schools, both public and private, were closed. So were state and parish offices. Town hall was open Tuesday morning. At the courthouse only the Sherriff’s Office was open. Steps were restricted to use the center aisle because of icing. The parish highway barn was working, monitoring roads for problems to develop.

Many state and Interstate roadways were closed by the state Department of Transportation due to the danger of ice accumulating on elevated sections. Most elevated roads in the Shreveport area were closed, as was the Highway 154 bridge over Lake Bistineau in Bienville Parish. Authorities caution against any non-essential travel.

Several functions were cancelled including the Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels deliveries and lunch service at the Depot Diner. The state voting machine warehouse located next to Dairy Queen was closed. That word came from the Commissioner of Administration, Jay Dardenne in Baton Rouge. The state closed its offices in 48 of our 64 parishes.

The Red River Parish Library was closed Tuesday due to the weather. Librarian Trey Lewis told The Journal that the decision on whether to open today will be made this morning. His concern is travel conditions.

Workers for CP-Tel got a day off. They are installing fiber optic cable underground I the Whispering Pines subdivision. The company is laying fiber optic cable throughout the Coushatta area to provide high speed internet to businesses and homes.

Basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night were cancelled. Girls Coach Missy Antilley told The Journal that the boys and girls games against Winnfield would be made up on January 22nd. Riverdale Academy posted that their games were cancelled also. Date for the makeup has not been set.

Two events at Social Springs Baptist Church were cancelled because of the weather. Bro. James Hester told The Journal that the Senior Adult Luncheon and the Men’s Bible Study Group did not meet on Tuesday.

The Red River Cowboy Church has cancelled its Wednesday night service because of the weather. At Liberty Baptist Church, Bro. Harry Bamburg says their scheduled Wednesday night events will be held.