ETC… for Friday, October 18th

Friday night lights this week has both Red River and Riverdale on the road.  Red River has a district contest with Holy Savior Menard in Alexandria.  Riverdale travels to Claiborne Academy in Homer. Kickoff for both games will be 7:00 pm. Fans can listen to the games streaming live by Journal Sports.  Click on the “Listen Bulldogs” or “Listen Rebels” buttons on the Journal menu bar.

From Clara Springs Baptist Camp:

Claim your Clara Springs Mission shirt here. The sizes we have left are youth XS, S, M, & L (They are $15 each), Adult S, M, L, XL ($20 each), 2XL & 3XL ($25 each). Contact Mrs. Mandi and she will send you an invoice and ship it to you for an extra $5. **Pick up is free. Thank you for supporting our Clara Springs staffers on Mission!

The Journal had to laugh at this one.  Posted on Facebook was the Pastor Appreciation gift for Bro. James Hester at Social Springs Baptist Church.  It was a can of SPAM!

The NSU Opera Theatre will present a number of scenes from well-known operas in their fall performance on Oct. 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Runoff For Two Local Offices

Unofficial results from Saturdays election indicate a runoff in the race for Assessor and Police Jury District 2. That election will be held Saturday, November 16th.

Dovie Neal Beard lead the field of three candidates, however Beard did not gather enough votes to be elected.  Beard got 43% or 1355 votes.  She will be in a runoff with Tenisha Canterbury who received 29% or 915 votes. The other candidate, Vaughn Womack received 27% or 852 votes.

There will be a runoff in the Police Jury District 2 race between incumbent Brandon Hillman and challenger Will Worsham.  Hillman garnered 49% or 263 votes.  Worsham got 28% or 149 votes.  Third candidate in the race Sammie Procell got 24% or 127 votes.

In the other local races the incumbents won another term. In the sheriff’s race, Sheriff Glen Edwards won easily against challenger Tom Mangham.  Edwards got 87% or 2695 votes to Mangham’s 387.

Stuart Shaw easily won re-election as Clerk of Court.  Shaw got 78% or 2428 votes.  Challenger Delvin Lewis polled 670 votes.

In other Police Jury races, Shawn Beard won re-election to District 3.  Beard received 60% or 275 votes in defeating Shane Young.  Young got 40% or 186 votes.  Beard posted this statement of thanks to voters:

“I would like to say THANK YOU!!! First, I thank God, to Him be all the glory! Next, my beautiful wife Dovie Giddings Beard for her unbelievable support. She truly is a Proverbs 31 women! Also to my family, for their continued support and prayers. Finally, to the voters of District 3 for your prayers, support, and help. I could not have done it without YOU!!! I will continue to work hard for District 3 and Red River Parish. AGAIN, THANK YOU!!!”

In District 4, inclement Jessie Davis defeated Eric Johnson 301 to 140. And in District 5 June Bug Moore won re-election with 71% of the vote.  Moore defeated Joey Procell 320 to 131.

Here is how Red River voted in the other races on the ballot:

For State Senator, District 31 Louie Bernard won the parish with 59% or 1499 votes.  Douglas Brown got 23% or 590 votes.  Trey Flynn got 18% or 473 votes.  Bernard won the senate seat outright on Saturday night.

For State House, District 22 Gabe Firment got 51% or 963 votes to Carl Ray Lasyone with 49% or 914 votes.  Firment also won throughout his district.

In the Governor’s race, Red River voters went for John Bel Edwards with 44% or 1395 votes, Ralph Abraham got 26% or 819 votes, and Eddie Rispone got 26% or 814 votes.

Ban on Burning Lifted

Red River Fire Protection District Chief Shane Felts is rescinding the parish-wide ban on open burning. Felts took the action Tuesday morning.

Felts said, “I believe we can safely drop the burn ban at this time. I still don’t believe we’ve gotten enough rainfall, but I don’t feel like the fire danger is as bad either. So, I am dropping the burn ban today, October 15, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m.

Town Council Briefed By Autism Support Group

The Town Council received a briefing on the work of the area Autism Parent Support Group and an upcoming event.  Lela Harvey is President of Voices 4 Autism. 

Harvey appeared before the Town Council at the October meeting. She said, “I am here to inform you that Voices 4 Autism will hold training for first responders at NSU on October 26th.  We would like first responders to have an idea of what situation they may be facing when they respond to a residence with an autistic child.”

Harvey described an app under development to inform the 911 dispatcher of an autistic individual at an address of an emergency call.  She also displayed car tags and yard signs to be used to inform first responders.

After the meeting The Journal checked with local first responder agencies.  None of them had been informed that Voices 4 Autism was offering the training.  All said they would look into it.

Unforgettable Concert Saturday

First Baptist Church invites you to an unforgettable night of Christian music this Saturday evening. Five Christian groups will entertain. And guest speaker Brandon Digiloro will inspire you.

Tickets are $5.  Reservations may be made at First Baptist Church. You may call 932-4023 or stop by the church office.

Headlining the show is JJ Weeks, a contemporary Christian band from Macon Georgia.  JJ is the lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist.  Other members are drummer Jon Poole, bass guitarist David Hart and guitarist Cody Preston.

Other performers include weRcalled from Branson, Missouri.  Some of their songs include “So I’ll Come” and “Upside Down.” 

From Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky comes Carrollton.  Members include Jordan Bailey, Michael Loy, Stephen Moore, and David Terry.

Crowned in Grace describes themselves as “a worship band that travels from city to city playing worship music for those who will have us.” 

And Jericho March, another Christian rock band.  They describe themselves as a “band that incorporates sounds as wide as the 80’s rock movement to the contemporary sound we now hear inside churches.”

The Guest Speaker for the evening is Brandon Digilormo.  His website describes Digilormo as “evangelist and founder of Insane Ministries, is dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Christ in creative and exciting ways but most importantly in truth.”

CHRISTober FEST will be at First Baptist Church in Coushatta this Saturday evening.  Reserve tickets for $5 by calling the church at 932-4023 or coming by the church office.  Doors will open Saturday at 4:00 pm.  An Unforgettable Night of Christian Music begins at 5:00 pm.

Manufacturing Week Observed

This year Red River High School, along with 9 other schools from North Louisiana, participated in manufacturing tours.  It was part of the observance of Manufacturing Week.

Every fall north Louisiana highlights the workforce needs of manufacturers by celebrating Manufacturing Week. This year from September 30th to October 11th, students and teachers were exposed to the modern manufacturing environment and the skills needed to be competitive for manufacturing jobs. Since its creation in 2011, the participation of students and manufacturers have grown 7 fold.

On October 9, 12 students, along with teachers Ms. Ashley Dees and Mr. Doyle Bell, toured the ADA Carbon Solutions plant in Coushatta. Seventeen students along with their instructors took a trip to Mansfield to tour International Paper. These on site trips allows the students to know what jobs are available as well as put them in contact with potential employers. 

Manufacturing Week encourages early high school students to consider manufacturing training available to them while in high school, through the Jump Start Career Diploma, an initiative of the Louisiana Department of Education. Students following this pathway will graduate with industry based credentials in their chosen field and be career and college ready.

Red River Defeats Winnfield

By Hayley Loe

Friday the Red River Bulldogs played against the Winnfield Tigers in the third game for the district title. The score by the end of the game was 30-27 with leaving the Bulldogs 2-1 in the district.

The touchdowns were scored by Brian Palmer #8, Trey Smith #9, Jonnie Maxie #7 and Camron Keith #3 . All extra points were kicked by Ryder Hogan #34. Ryder Hogan also kicked a field goal from 35 yards that night.

By the end of the 4th quarter the Bulldogs and Tigers were tied 24-24 causing the game to go into overtime.  Each team had the chance to score 10 yards away from the end-zone. The Bulldogs managed to hold off the Tigers from scoring a touchdown, but they managed to score a field goal.

The Bulldogs managed to score a touchdown on their 4th down.  That allowed them to win the game by a score of 30-27.

Next Friday the Red River Bulldogs will go against Holy Savior Menard Eagles in Alexandria.  Kick-off is at 7:00 pm for the 4th game of district schedule.

A Scientific Leap Forward

By Shenell Deville, Principal at Red River Elementary.

Last month there was a $100 donation made to Red River Elementary School (RRES).  This donation allowed RRES to purchase 12 digital scales for the Science Lab used in grades 3, 4, and 5. 

Students are pictured in Mrs. Tiffany Williams 5th grade science class using the scales. Students were rigorously engaged in investigating when mixtures become new substances. 

They mixed oil, salt, water, and pepper together in various combinations and observed the properties. They weighed each mixture separately, compared and then gathered the combined weight. 

Red River Elementary is in the second year of implementing Ph.D Science, a Tier 1 state approved curriculum.  Each unit in the curriculum calls for students to use some type of measuring device.  We did not have any digital scales for our science lab, and teachers and students are thrilled to continue equipping our lab with 21st century digital devices. 

ETC… for Wednesday, October 16th

This is the last week to enter the Gun Raffle at Red River Industries.  Tickets are $5 and the winner will be awarded a Remington 783 Deer Rifle with scope and camo stock.  The rifle will be awarded Friday October 18th.  Get tickets at Red River Industries on US 71.

Abundant Life Worship Center is having a Friends and Family Day on November.  There will be food, games, inflatables, prize and more.  It all starts at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 3rd.

The Town Council of Coushatta voted at their recent meeting to submit their funding wish list for the year. They are applying for Capital Outlay Funding for:

Street lights and sidewalks – $905,280.00

Equipment for sewerage system – $240,000.00

Renovations to Community Center – $630,300.00

Street improvements – $5,580.00

Wastewater treatment rehabilitation – $500,000.00

From the Registrar of Voters office a note that the next election is on November 16th. Early voting will take place Saturday, November 2ndthrough Saturday, November 9th.  Vote at the Registrar’s office in the Courthouse from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm daily.