Keeping our Churches Safe

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Leaders of all churches in Red River Parish are encouraged to attend a church security meeting on Friday. The Sheriff’s Office and Parish Office of Homeland Security will hold an instructional session on Friday.

Church security is a big concern following the recent shooting at a church in Texas and other incidents at houses of worship across the nation. The meeting will be this Friday, November 17th at 2:00 pm. It will be held in the Courtroom on the second floor of the parish courthouse.


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Red River Observes Veterans Day

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There were celebrations and remembrance ceremonies all over Red River Parish last week. Churches and schools and others joined the theme of “Thank A Veteran.” The Journal is presenting the observances in pictures to amplify the narrative.

The Air Force Junior ROTC program at Red River High put a great program together. On Thursday, the auditorium was filled with vets, students, faculty and their guests. Men and women who served in all branches of the military were saluted. The high school band played patriotic songs and there were emotional videos presented. And afterwards vets were treated to a lunch in the library.

Christus Coushatta Health Care Center invited veterans to lunch Thursday. They served delicious barbecue sandwiches with all the trimmings from a local caterer.

Friday morning Red River Elementary students put on their salute to veterans in the school Gym. The high school ROTC color guard presented the flags. Students took parts in the program that saluted veterans.

On Saturday night and Sunday morning local churches presented their own thank you services. Social Springs had their program Saturday night. On Sunday several churches saluted their members who had served our country.

The Journal observed an increase in patriotism compared to the past few years. We asked people why? Answers were mainly that the recognitions of veterans came because of the negative news in society and the recent attacks of terror in our country.

We have lots of pictures, so enjoy them.


Sewing For Veterans

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There is a very active group in town that goes out of their way to care for others. They have sewn and knitted blankets for nursing home residents. They have worked with children and with the less fortunate. They make knit caps for cancer victims. And for Veterans Day they went all out, making blankets for vets to keep them warm this winter.

They are the group called “Sewing God’s Love” and they meet at the sewing house across from First Baptist Church on Alonzo Street. For the past few months, the ladies of the group have been making beautiful red, white and blue blankets. Last Sunday morning they presented them to veterans who attend Wesley Chapel, First Baptist and First Methodist churches.

When The Journal visited their workshop this week, the ladies told of any upcoming projects they are working on to benefit members of this community. One project is to go to the nursing home and help residents with making Christmas decorations.

If you would like more information please call either First Baptist Church or First Methodist Church. Or just drop by the sewing house on Alonzo street Monday morning about 9:30. The coffee pot will be on!

The New Face of Downtown

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Renovations are underway along Front Street in downtown Coushatta. Work is progressing on revitalizing buildings and the stage. And the Santa House is also due a new coat of paint.

The town and Chamber of Commerce have been talking about improvements for some time. Several months ago The Journal reported that in an interview with Mayor Johnny Cox that improvements would be forthcoming. Cox said he would give back his pay as Mayor to pay for the improvements.

We spoke with Councilman Peter Drake this week on a walking tour of the improvements. Drake says the new wood columns that have been installed will remain natural for a while to give time for the wood to weather. Drake said they would be wrapped with festive ribbon for Christmas.

As you drive down Front Street you will notice that renevations are well past the half way point on the stage. The project is to replace rotten wood and double the size of the stage. The structure is also getting a new roof.

Drake said the Santa House would be repainted in time for the Christmas Festival. The Christmas Parade has been set for Thursday December 7th. Details are being worked on at the Chamber’s monthly meeting Thursday at noon in the police jury room on the third floor of the Courthouse.

Also in the plans is a new coat of paint for the buildings on Front Street. Councilman Drake says this will occur after Christmas.

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Parish Sports Update



The Red River Bulldogs are on the way to Rosepine Friday night for the second round of the football playoffs. A good luck wish was expressed for the team at Monday’s school board meeting.

The Bulldogs pulled off an impressive win against North Caddo last Friday. School Superintendent Alison Hughes wished them good luck this week.

The Riverdale Rebels were not so fortunate last Friday. They were defeated by Briarfield Academy from Lake Providence. Final score was 22 to 0. Riverdale had posted an impressive 7 and 0 record in district play this year, the first time the school had won all of their district games.

Friday night Journal Sports will provide a live stream of the Bulldogs at Rosepine. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm. The broadcast begins at 6:45. It can be heard via the Journal’s website or on The game Friday night can also be heard on KRRP 950.

Basketball is underway for both Red River High and Riverdale Academy. The Bulldogs played the Wolverines at Mansfield last night. On Thursday night Riverdale travels to West Monroe for boys and girls games at Northeast Baptist. Those games begin about 6:00 pm. Use the same websites above to listen to the basketball games.

Beard’s Automotive is Ready for the Holidays



The NAPA Holiday Savings Flyers are in at Beard’s Automotive Parts and Supplies. There are great gift suggestions, at holiday low prices, for the mechanic on your gift list.

Their selection of tools is excellent this year. There are screwdrivers, locking pliers, socket sets, lights, code readers and much more. Here is a great stocking stuffer suggestion, the BlueFuel Lithium-Ion Jump Starter and Mobile Power Supply. It charges mobile devices as well as up to 20 jump starts per charge. The price is just $59.99.

Beard’s Automotive suggests you give the gift of sight, sound and safety this Christmas. Dual sports action and dash cameras are on sale at $69.99. Or give the Smart Hitch Camera and Sensor System for $99.99.

While shopping Beard’s Automotive, give yourself the gift of reliability this holiday system. Trust your vehicle’s electrical system to NAPA Legend batteries. There is one for every application.

Get your NAPA Holiday Savings Flyer today at Beard’s Automotive Parts and Supplies, on Ringgold Avenue.

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The Turkeys Have Arrived

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Turkeys, cases of turkeys, and everything else you could want for your Thanksgiving meal have arrived at Rivertown Market. The Journal was able to take a sneak-peak at the preparations necessary to feed our parish a fantastic holiday meal.

Before the sun thought about getting up an over-stuffed 18-wheeler left far southeast Louisiana headed our way. And just as the sun was beginning to break through the dark it pulled into the loading dock.

It was all-hands-on-deck as the Rivertown staff rolled the huge pallets of food and supplies off the truck and into the back of the store. Then the staff has to break the pallets down and re-stock the store shelves.

They have pallets of cooking oil. Red River residents fry a lot of turkeys, and probably lots of fish, fries and other delicious goodies. There were cases of bananas, cornbread mix, all varieties of fresh produce, and several pallets of milk and dairy products and on and on.

So when you are shopping think a little while about what goes into putting those products on the shelf for your selection. It is quite a process, as The Journal found out Tuesday morning.

Early Voting Very Light

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All across Louisiana early voting for next Saturday’s election was reported to be extremely light. Same held true for Red River Parish.

A check with the parish Registrar of Voters office revealed that 141 people voted early. There are over 6,000 citizens registered to vote in the parish. That is about a 2 percent turnout.

Polls will open Saturday morning at 7:00 am. There are three tax proposals from the Town of Coushatta on the ballot. And there is a runoff for State Treasurer. Because of the light ballot and lack of controversial issues the turnout Saturday is also expected to be light.

ETC… for November 15th



The parish is getting a new ambulance. The police jury approved funding several months ago and at this month’s jury meeting Supervisor Jessie Davis reported that the new ambulance is being equipped now. Davis said, “There will have to be a final inspection by the medical folks before it can be put into service.” The new ambulance is expected to be in service by next month, according to Davis.

Sewer integrity testing is scheduled to wrap up Friday in the Southern Hill and Springville neighborhoods. The tests are being made to detect leaks, breaks and other problems with the sewer system in the area.

A reminder that Women’s Conference ’17 is being held Friday and Saturday at Victorious Life Ministries. Co-Pastor Marsha Miller is coordinating the event which is sponsored by the Women of Victory.

Who got his or her first deer? Send pictures to The Journal and we will feature your child or grandchild (or maybe your) first kill. Email them to Send the basics such as when and where for the story. We’ll include in a future issue.