What Will the Weather Do?

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Short answer is “remain cold” through Thursday. The graphic shows what is up for the next day. Red River Parish is in the purple or “Hard Freeze Warning” area, just south of the “Winter Storm Warning” pink area over much of northwest Louisiana.

Our local forecast for Wednesday is a Wind Chill Advisory and a Hard Freeze Warning until mid-morning. The overnight low this morning is expected to be about 15 degrees. The day will warm to 34 in the afternoon then back down to about 19 degrees early Thursday. The weekend should be warmer. Skies will be mostly clear so there will be plenty of sunshine.

 

Happy Snow Day from Christus Coushatta

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What a beautiful sight to see here in Louisiana! We hope you enjoy your snow day, but remember to take caution and keep yourself and your family safe.

❄️Avoid unnecessary travel as roads may be iced over and unsafe to drive on.

❄️Stay warm and hydrated as you play outside. Don’t forget gloves, scarves, and hats!

❄️Remember, our Emergency Department is available 24/7 should you need our services.

☃️Happy Snow Day!! `

 

Working on the Railroad

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The Union Pacific Railroad is updating their track that runs through west Red River Parish. Crews are renovating crossings and replacing the crossties.

On Monday afternoon the crew shown here blocked the crossing at River Road and Highway 1 for a few hours. They were replacing the surface structure between the rails. Another crew was spotted a few miles north. They were working on the crossing immediately south of the big curve and the old Co-op.

Other crossings north of Armistead are slated for refurbishing. The railroad has placed materials at each crossing including piles of rock. Also bundles of new ties were placed beside the track at numerous locations. The UP is working from south to north and the tie replacement equipment was in northern Natchitoches Parish and the vicinity of Lake End early this week.

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Welcome Lavora Wilson

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CHRISTUS Coushatta Health Care Center has seen exponential growth in offered services over the last few years and has welcomed a number of passionate and skilled practitioners to their Medical Staff. CHRISTUS Coushatta team has been encouraged by the desire and dedication of the practitioners who choose to provide care in all five of their locations. The latest addition to their staff proves to be no exception. Administrator, Brandon Hillman, and Director of Operations, Justin McKnight, proudly announce and welcome the return of Nurse Practitioner, Lavora Wilson, to CHRISTUS Coushatta Rural Health Clinic. “We could not be more excited to have Lavora return home to care for our community, friends, and family. Her passion in healthcare and her relatability align nicely with our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” stated Justin McKnight.

Lavora Wilson is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over twenty-two years of nursing experience ranging from women’s health, family practice, and urgent care. She received her Master’s degree from Grambling State University in 2004. She is no stranger to the area, having worked in Coushatta for nearly fifteen years. Lavora moved to Dallas briefly, but is very excited to return home to work at CHRISTUS Coushatta Rural Health Clinic. She and husband, Michael, have three sons and one daughter. Lavora enjoys reading, traveling, watching LSU and NFL football, and spending time with family and friends.

Lavora has a thoughtful and caring approach to practicing medicine and her thorough skills as a practitioner instill trust that appropriate, preventative care is being fostered in our community. Lavora’s personal healthcare focus is on community wellness, as she treats all patients with courtesy and respect. When asked to share her personal mission, Lavora stated, “I strive to provide quality, compassionate, personal care to my patients while also being a blessing to them.” Please join CHRISTUS Coushatta Health Care Center in welcoming home Nurse Practitioner, Lavora Wilson.

Wilson is shown above with Christus Coushatta Administrator Brandon Hillman and Director of Operations Justin McKnight.

 

 

ETC… For January 17th

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A reminder that the Women’s Conference is scheduled for Saturday January 20th at Red River Cowboy Church. Guest speaker will be Christian comedian Tammy Whitehurst. There is still time to register at www.faithofacowgirl.org. It is $20 and that includes lunch and a t-shirt.

The Wednesday night Bible Study at First United Methodist Church in Coushatta is cancelled tonight due to the weather. Rev. Curtis Carroll says the study of Mark will resume next Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 20th. Victorious Life Ministries will host it from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Their Facebook post said, “In Celebration of the life of Markebra Inez Barnes, family and friends will gather at The Life Church to share memories, connect in prayer, and praise God for her life.”

Here is some good advice that Sherry Pickett posted on the Red River Elementary PAW Parents Facebook page. “Due to the threat of winter weather, Many Schools will be closed. This would be a great time to wash your child’s jackets.”

Snow doesn’t happen every day in Red River Parish. So send us your snow pictures. Thanks to Susanne W. and JB for some that went in this edition. We would like to get more. Also, take that picture now, before it melts, for your Christmas card next December.

A Final Thought: Just editing these snow pictures makes me cold! Stay warm friends.

 

It’s a Snow Day!

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Early this morning white fluffy snow began falling across Red River Parish. As of 5:00 am most of it is not sticking, however it is making driving dangerous and thrilling most school children.

A winter storm warning was issued Monday by the weather service for most of northwest Louisiana, including our parish. School officials made the call at mid-afternoon not to risk putting school busses on the road in adverse conditions. Red River Parish Schools and Riverdale Academy cancelled classes for today.

Other activities in the parish are also on hold. The Council on Aging is closed today. There will be no delivery of hot meals to their clients or service of hot lunch at the Depot Diner on Front Street.

Yashica Turner told the Journal that the Red River Parish Health Unit will be closed today because of the weather.

State Department of Transportation officials are in the process of closing roadways that have elevated sections such as I-49 and US 80 throughout the Shreveport area. Expect other sections to be closed if icing occurs.

The best advice is stay home if you do not have to get out. The forecast calls for snow to continue falling this morning. Temperatures should fall to the mid 20’s by midday and remain below freezing through noon Wednesday. It will be cold, in the teens overnight Wednesday morning and continuing cold for the next few days. A hard freeze warning has been posted for tonight.

Weather Advisory Closes Schools

 

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The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for Red River Parish along with most of northwest Louisiana. Light to moderate snow is expected in our area beginning this evening. The winter weather advisory is effective beginning at 3:00 am and lasting through 6:00 pm Tuesday.

The Red River Parish School Board cancelled school for Tuesday due to expected wintery weather. The weather service cautions that up to an inch of snow could accumulate overnight and cause icy and slippery road conditions, especially on Tuesday morning. Superintendent Alison Hughes notified the Journal of the school closure about 3:45.

Check the weather service website or tv newscasts for further updates.

Home Destroyed by Fire

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A mid-morning fire damaged the home of Buddy Weaver on Tuesday. As you can tell from the photos, the structure was completely destroyed.

Red River Fire Chief Shane Felts told the Journal the first alarm was received at 11:19 am and the trucks arrived at the scene at 11:30 am. Felts said, “We had assistance from Bienville Fire Districts 4 and 5 for water support and manpower.”

At this time, Felts said there has been no cause of the blaze determined. The Journal thanks the fire department for photos accompanying this article.

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Flu Outbreak Hits Red River Parish

 

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Probably someone you know has had the flu this winter. It is a nationwide health issue and there are some things you can do to lessen the impact.

Here in Red River Parish the Health Unit continues to offer flu shots. Nursing Supervisor Yashica Turner told The Journal, “We are still offering flu shots.” Turner acknowledged that this year’s vaccine does not seem to protect against the most common strain of fly, however she said, “If you get he vaccination and then get the flu your case will be less severe.”

Turner said, “We have plenty of vaccine. Please call 932-4087 and check your eligibility to receive it.”

Our public school system dodged the bullet. Superintendent Alison Hughes said, “The timing of the Christmas vacation helped lower the impact. The flu was spreading at the beginning of the holiday, and much of it had run its course by the time classes resumed this week.” Hughes says at the most severe only about 5 percent of children were absent due to the flu.