ETC… for April 25th



Abundant Life Worship Center is planning a “Ladies Night Out.” It will be held at the Armadillo Grill at Crossroads on Friday, May 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Come for dinner. Enjoy the comedy skit “At the Feet of Jesus.”

Northwestern State University has earned the 2018-19 Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs. This is Northwestern State’s eighth time to receive the designation. “Northwestern State is honored to once again be recognized as a military friendly school,” said NSU Vice President for Technology, Research and Economic Development Dr. Darlene Williams. “This distinction can be attributed to the outstanding faculty and staff at NSU who view it as a privilege to serve our military through the offering of exceptional academic programs and support services.”

This edition of The Journal is coming to you from “the road.” The whole editorial staff is spending a week in Denver on a super-secret assignment. First time entering the mountains was driving north through Raton Pass from New Mexico into Colorado.

Friday night we went to a Cubs game at Coors Field. It was a long walk in thin air (elevation 5280 ft.) but made it OK. Cubs prevailed in a cold rain. The scoreboard showed 37 degrees but Cubs bats were hot! Final was Cubs 16 and Rockies 5. Local news station called the Rockies “embarrassed” by the Cubs.

Woke up Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow, but the reporting went on, snow or no snow. Looked nice to someone from the south. Snow lasted most of the day in 39 degrees.

By Sunday afternoon the sun had returned and the temperature was in the 60s. No chance to get back to Coors Field, cheap seats gone. Cubs won on Sunday and split the series 2 games to 1.

Color Run is Saturday

RRPJ-Color Run-18Apr25The Third Annual Color Run put on by Riverdale Academy is this Saturday. The color run will take off from the Coushatta Country Club at 4:00 pm.

Dress is casual, jogging shorts and shirt that you don’t mind getting messy. The idea of a Color Run is that joggers will pass stations on the route where color will be applied. Use your imagination. The photo accompanying this article tells it all.

It is all in fun. And the event benefits Riverdale Academy. For more information check out their Facebook page.

Get Ready for Camp

RRPJ-4-H Camp-18Apr25Red River 4-H participants are headed to Camp Grant Walker June 11th. Terry Foster is with the LSU Ag Center and directs the 4-H program in the parish. Foster is asking people in the community to help send kids to camp.

In her sponsorship letter Foster said, “Camping is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have. It’s a learning experience that helps boys and girls appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, gain independence, get along with others, and appreciate people with different interests and backgrounds.

“One of the most important things children learn from camp is to be self-sufficient. That is, they learn they can survive for four days on their own” added Foster. Part of learning self-sufficiency is parents limiting their calls to true emergencies and campers leaving their cell phones and electronics at home.

Camp dates are June 11th through 15th. Foster said, “It will cost each participant $180, including t-Shirt and parish photo. I would like to invite you to join our list of sponsors supporting the youth representing Red River parish at Camp Grant Walker. I am requesting a donation of your choice for this worthwhile program.” Donations may be sent to: Red River 4-H Office, P.O. Box 1364, Coushatta, LA 71019.

Junior High Prom

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Prom is a special occasion. But it isn’t just reserved for high school Seniors!

Students attending Red River Junior High School held their prom on April 14th at the Red River Junior High Gymnasium. The gym was beautifully decorated for the occasion.

There was Royalty in attendance. Members of the Royal Court were:
6th Grade: Prince – Nehemiah Harris Princess – Kamiera McDonald
7th Grade: Prince – Darius Solton Princess – Jaedynn French-Solton
8th Grade: King – Jamilleun Wilson Queen – Talasia Smith
Overall Best Dressed Male – Ronderion Thomas
Overall Best Dressed Female – Jaedynn French-Solton
Best Dressed Couple – Zintayvious Smith & Jaedynn French-Solton


You May Get Less News With Social Media Changes

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If you follow The Journal on Facebook, have you noticed that our articles are coming farther apart? Have you noticed that some don’t show up in your feed for a few days? Facebook has made changes recently in how they show you posts from people you are friends with or folks you follow.

The Journal feeds all stories in each issue together every Wednesday and Friday morning. Many readers take advantage of this free subscription. They also are assured of getting the news on a timely basis.

Other readers tell us they prefer getting their articles from social media. And that is great with us. They enjoy sharing them with friends and acquaintances. The purpose of this post is to alert social media readers that changes recently put into place by Facebook may be limiting the news you receive and the timeliness of receiving those articles.

So if you wish to receive The Journal by email each Wednesday and Friday morning, free subscriptions are available. And there is no charge. Just go to our website,, and click on the “Subscribe” button on the menu bar. You can share articles from the email as you have been from your social media page. You can be reassured we do not merchandise the email list to people wishing to sell you stuff.

Awards Program is May 15th

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Darlene Martin is a Career Teacher at Red River High. Seniors are making plans for their last days in the classroom and for Graduation. She notified The Journal that a special awards ceremony will be held prior to graduation.

Martin said, “Red River High School will host a Senior Awards Program on May 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. This program will honor our seniors and their accomplishments while at RRHS. All awards and scholarships will be presented to students during this program rather than during the graduation ceremony.“

Graduation is scheduled for May 22nd at 6 p.m. at the Pat Strother Memorial Stadium (weather permitting).

Get Tested!

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Recently The Journal reported on the program offering Red River High School students information on Sexually Transmitted Infections. That presentation told students that northwest Louisiana, including Red River Parish, have very high rates of STIs.

The Nursing Supervisor of the Red River Health Unit, Yashica Turner passed along that free testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases and STIs if available at the Caddo Parish Health Unit. Those extended hours testing sessions are Thursday April 26th from noon until 7:00 pm and Saturday April 28th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Turner says the Red River Health Unit also offers these tests every day during their regular operating hours. Turner added that there would be a charge for tests at the local health unit.

CASA celebrates success stories and the advocates behind them

CASA of Central Louisiana held its annual Awareness Social April 19. It was a powerful program filled with a celebration of success stories and a silent auction to raise funds for the CASA program, which serves Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine Parishes.

The speakers were two former foster youth miracles:

Jarvis Spearman is a 23-year-old social work major and graduating senior at Grambling State University. He was raised in the foster care system along with his siblings. He works with the Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston as an alumni staff and life skills specialist. He’s worked in the Chafee Independent Living Skills Program for the past 4.5 years. He also serves as president for the Louisiana Youth Leadership Advisory Council (LYLAC).

“I never had a stable life and I came into the foster care system at 6 years old,” said Spearman. “I never had the love and support I needed so I had to find it for myself.”

Htet Htet Rodgers is a rising senior at Northwestern State University. She entered the foster care system at 13 years old, where she found her forever family. She believes all youth should receive the love and support her forever family gave to her and wants to be an advocate for those who don’t. She is a member of the National Foster Youth Institute’s eadership Corps and a federal reviewer for the Children’s Bureau.

“The foster care system was a haven I didn’t know I needed,” said Rodgers. “I got a forever family, but many other kids didn’t.”

Now Miss CENLA, Rodgers has decided that her platform will be foster support when she competes in the Miss Louisiana pageant this summer.

Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington spoke about the benefits children like Spearman and Rodgers receive by having CASA advocates that give them a voice.

“I love to see these success stories,” he said. “Our system couldn’t make it without all the CASA advocates.”

Become a CASA Advocate and help CASA of Central Louisiana ensure that every foster child has a caring competent volunteer in all judicial proceedings. If you are at least 21 years of age, respect the inherent rights of children to grow up with dignity in a safe environment, and would like to advocate for a child’s best interests in court, become a CASA Advocate today! For more information call (318) 238-2446.


Superior Livestock Cattle Auction Happening – today!


LIVE from the Natchitoches Event Center

57,000 cattle are expected to be auctioned today at the Superior Livestock Gulf Coast Classic Cattle Auction taking place today at the Natchitoches Events Center. More than 300 cattlemen from across the country are attending the live video auction which will feature calves on cows, feeder cattle, weaned cattle, and bred stock cattle. All cattle will remain on the farm until delivery. The auction will continue until approximately 5:00 p.m.

Organizer Emily Smith stated that “the auction is usually held in larger cities like Fort Worth. Bringing this many people from states like Montana, South Dakota, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana is great for the area.”

The cattle auction is being broadcast live online at

For more information, please contact Emily Smith at (318) 471-2771.