Final Week

This is the final week of the season at Anderson’s produce.  Saturday will be the last day!!    They still have wide selection of vegetables to fill your freezers.  Peas, peas, peas are still in abundance.    Peaches are buy one and get one free all week.   We still have several cuts of meat.  roasts , ground, briskets, and tenderized.   So come on out, get a bushel, or get a peck.

Jason Anderson said, “We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you.”  Anderson’s Produce is at 110 Anderson lane, or phone 318-932-1432.


ETC… for Wednesday, July 28th

Riverdale Academy is recruiting staff members for their yearbook staff.  Anyone in high school is eligible to join the staff.

The Northwestern State University Alumni Association will host an After Hours event at Cane River Brewing on Thursday, Aug. 5.  The gathering will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. for all NSU alumni, supporters and friends.  Those who would like to attend should RSVP to alumni@nsula.edu to ensure an accurate headcount for food.  There is no charge to attend. 

NSU Trivia will begin at 7:30 p.m. following the After Hours event.

The Shreveport office of the National Weather Service noted this week is an anniversary of the Hall Summit tornado of 2013.  It was on July 27th of that year that an EF1 tornado touched down in the parish near Hall Summit and Howard.  The damage path mainly consisted of both hardwood and softwood trees that snapped and were uprooted.  Many residents of that area are still cleaning up from high winds and/or a tornado that ripped through that same area just a few weeks ago.

Here is a tornado the story from May of 2021:

https://redriverparishjournal.com/2021/05/11/the-clean-up/

Here is another story from 2018 of another tornado that went through that same area:

https://redriverparishjournal.com/2018/04/11/tornado-blows-through-friday-night/

After 13 years of service as President & CEO of United Way of Northwest Louisiana, Dr. Bruce Willson Jr., announces his retirement, effective the first quarter of 2022.  Dr. Willson assumed his position as President & CEO in April 2008. With more than a decade of service to Northwest Louisiana, he has assembled a dedicated staff and helped the agency refine its mission and strategy. The net effect of his work has resulted in major outcomes for the agency and the region in the areas of health, education, financial stability, and essential needs. Under his leadership, United Way of Northwest Louisiana opened enrollment for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, introduced the ALICE Report, re-established the 211 health and human service hotline, and opened the Shreveport Financial Empowerment Center in partnership with the City of Shreveport. 


Carolyn Elizabeth Giddings

Carolyn Elizabeth Giddings, known as Libby all her life, went to be with Lord on July 25, 2021..

Born the youngest of four children in 1935, to Vallie and Calvin Griffith, she was doted on by the whole family, especially her big brother John Griffith. She would laugh telling stories about him carting her around in a wheelbarrow, perhaps not realizing he was acting out the latest Bonnie and Clyde escapade.

She grew into a tall, gray-eyed dark haired beauty who caught the eye of Raymond “Bud” Giddings at only 14. He waited for her to grow up and they married in 1952, driving through the parish calling out to their friends to invite them to the wedding the day they tied the knot.

They had many things in common… a love of the “country” where they were both born and raised, fishing and fish fries, long road trips, and time with family. But most of all they shared a love of God and belief in Jesus Christ.

For several decades, they made their home in Shreveport, Louisiana, raising two children to walk in their shared faith. Active members of Lakeshore Baptist, you could find her teaching the girls’ Sunday School class. After deciding that the church needed a library, she got to work. Libby found a room, got books donated, set up the check-out system and organized the creation of the church library. She also served in the Women’s Missionary Union, including a term as President.

Those who knew her know Libby had an artistic soul. But they may not know it all started with a prayer. She prayed and told God she wanted to learn to paint. Libby reached out to someone at PPG where Bud worked and asked if she could have a few colors of the oil paint left over from tinting the decor paint. Instead of just a few, she was gifted one of every color. Yes. God cares about our passions.

Once her children were teens, she found an additional outlet for her passion by working at Artland. It was there that her artistic journey continued with Libby honing her craft, teaching, and selling her realistic landscapes at art fairs all over the South.

Her love of color spilled over into her affinity for gardening. Instead of creating landscapes on canvas Libby crafted stunning flower-scapes in her backyard. She passed on her knowledge of plants diligently to those who cared to learn and daylilies she cultivated bloom across Louisiana and Texas thanks to her generosity.

Libby’s quick wit never dulled, even as she aged, keeping everyone on their toes with her smart, feisty comebacks. Through it all she remained spirited, and yes, a little stubborn, but most of all sweet and loving.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 1:30 PM Wednesday, July 28th at Bethel Baptist Church near Martin, LA. Bro. Wiley Cole will officiate services. Interment will follow in Bethel Baptist Cemetery near the church. The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until the time of services at the church.

Libby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and siblings Hazel and Ralph. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Keith; her daughter, Carol with husband William; her brother John; granddaughter Abby with husband Bryan; two great grandchildren, Jonathan and Hayden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honoring Libby as pallbearers will be Bryan Hoeffner, Jonathan Hoeffner, Hayden Hoeffner, Chris Moore, and Eric Griffith, and Jim Witte.


Coushatta Man is Traffic Accident Victim

Saturday morning, just after 8:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 1, south of U.S. Highway 84.  The crash claimed the life of 31-year-old Marvin Rogers.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2010 Nissan Altima, driven by Rogers, was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 1.  At the same time, a 2005 GMC Envoy was traveling northbound on La Hwy 1.  For reasons still under investigation, Rogers crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the northbound GMC.

 

Rogers was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash but was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the GMC, who was restrained, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

 

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

 

Although the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, Troopers would like to remind the public that inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. Motorists need to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving. More information on distracted driving may be found online at nhtsa.gov.

 

In 2021, Troop G Troopers have investigated, 19 fatal crashes, resulting in 20 deaths.


Try Out For Volleyball

Monday and Tuesday will be tryouts for the Lady Bulldog Volleyball Team.  Coach Ellie Drew is calling all potential players.  And she said that players must complete their physical exam prior to trying out.

Tryouts will be in the new gymnasium behind the Junior High building.  That new gym was constructed with volleyball facilities.

See the flyer below.  Email Coach Drew  at edrew@rrbulldogs.com with questions.


Summer Football Camp

By Molly Seales

On July 14-16, about 22 young men from grades 3-11 gathered on the field at Marston Stadium for summer football camp.  Excitement is already in the air for football season as the varsity Rebels are coming off of a state Class 1A runner-up finish and are seeking the championship this year. When I asked Head Coach Jared Smelser about camp, he said, “We started with some basic agility drills and blocking schemes.  Some of the varsity players offered their help, and it has paid off.  They are working hard.”

Last year Riverdale football coaching staff gained a huge asset with the addition of defensive coordinator Jensen Spillum.  Spillum was a standout on his team at Class 5A Wakeland High School in Frisco, TX, and he is currently a college student majoring in secondary education at Northwestern State University.  He is passionate about the game and has brought much positive energy to the program.  When I asked him about the camp he said, “These are great kids who are working hard and love the game and/or have found a love for the game.  Like Coach Jared said, we are going over basics of offense and defense. Our varsity players are amazing role models for these young men and are helping with their technique and skill.”

Many of the youngsters at camp were members of last year’s Class 1A Pee-Wee Swamp Bowl Runner Up team, and they are working extra hard to try to bring the championship trophy to Riverdale for the first time in school history.  The Little Rebels will lose Cannon Breedlove and Preston Eaves as they move up to 7th grade, but they will return all of their other starters. While the younger football players worked hard at camp last week, the varsity Rebels have been conditioning all summer, working out in the newly renovated weight room from 6:00-8:00 a.m. every weekday except for Friday.  This shows their passion and dedication to their school and football team.

This year the Riverdale football season will kick off on Friday, August 13, as the Rebels take on the Central Pioneers in a home game in East Point.  We all can’t wait to see them under the Friday night lights and wish the Little Rebels and the Rebels good luck this season!

Photo credit: Keri Dortlon


Cruisin’ Front Street

Beard’s Automotive and Scott Bamburg invite all automotive enthusiasts to a show and shine on historic Front Street Saturday August 28th.  The event is from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Bamburg told the Journal, “Everyone is invited to attend. Beards Automotive  is hosting a car, truck, bike, rat rod, or anything you want to show event.”  Bamburg added, “No entry fee will be charged as this will be a show and shine event. The event is open to all clubs and individuals who has anything they would like to show off.

For several years the Coushatta Chamber held a car show in Coushatta.  The last show was in May or 2019 and the 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 shutdown.  Bamburg said the chamber had assisted him in securing the location for the August event.

Bamburg said, “This will be our first event. Hopefully it will turn into an annual event for the town of Coushatta.”

At this time, Bamburg is looking for food vendors for the show and shine.  Anyone seeking more information on Cruisin’ Front Street can call Bamburg at Beards Automotive, 318-932-0819 or his cell 318-510-9097.