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Fall 2017 DeRidder Football Schedule

The DeRidder High School football team is back in action for the fall 2017 season! The DeRidder Dragons will play nine games from September through November, so don’t forget to come out to the games at home and support your local sports teams.

DeRidder had its first home game against Washington-Marion of Lake Charles last week, and the next game will take place at Jennings High School in Jennings. The game after that will be another away game, this one at Natchitoches Central High School in Natchitoches.

The Dragons’ next home game is on September 29, against Pickering. There are three home games left in the season after this one, including the last game on November 3, providing plenty of opportunities for fans to go out and watch a game in DeRidder. The other games of the season will take place in Tioga and Buckeye.

At Highway Ford, we’re proud to be part of a community that’s so supportive of its local sports teams like the DeRidder Dragons. Find out more about the season here, and check out the merchandise available so you can show off your DeRidder pride, look at the roster, and much more. Have a great season, team.

Be a Courteous Driver and Practice Cell Phone Courtesy

Driving and Cell phones have become two very important things in our lives.  With all the latest technology in vehicles, talking on your cell phone has become commonplace while you are driving.  Many of us like to think that we can safely talk on our phones while driving because we use a hands-free device.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), it doesn’t matter if you’re holding or phone or not, holding a cell phone conversation while driving is just plain dangerous and rude.

When you’re driving and see someone holding their phone and talking don’t you try to avoid driving near them? When a driver is using their cell phone, it can actually cause them to miss seeing up to 50% of the environment around them. This is because the brain quickly switches between paying attention to the road and paying attention to the conversation.

While you might think talking on your phone is the same as talking to a passenger, it isn’t. When you are talking to an adult passenger, they can act as another set of eyes, can easily stop talking when traffic conditions become difficult, and can even help point out potential driving hazards.

To be an attentive and courteous driver, there are three important factors: eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.

So, be a courteous driver and wait until you reach your destination or pull over if you need to talk on your phone. For more safe driving tips, stop by Highway Ford today!  We would be more than happy to help!

Upcoming LSU Tigers Football Games

LSU Tigers Football

The Louisiana State University Tigers are one of the most talented and successful college sport teams in the nation. 2016 has certainly been an exciting year for the Tigers, but the season is not over yet. There are still a few more games to go, so make sure that you don’t miss these upcoming LSU Tigers Football games.

LSU Tigers vs. Florida Gators (November 19)

The Tigers’ match against the Florida Gators was postponed to November 19. Now these two college football heavyweights will meet up for a game that is sure to be filled with edge-of-your-seat action.

LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies (November 24)

On Turkey Day, the LSU Tiger will throw the pigskin in a matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies. It’s an exciting way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday!

SEC Championship Game (December 3)

December 3 marks the date of the SEC Championship Game. Stay tuned to see how far the Tigers advance in the Championship in their pursuit of victory.

Make sure you root for the LSU Tigers during the final days of the college football season this year. We hope to see them advance to the SEC Championship game on Thanksgiving.  Here at Highway Ford, we will rooting for the Tigers and watching them as well!

Memorial Day Events in SWLA

Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day symbolizes many things:  it’s the unofficial start to summer, if the first weekend for great family cookouts, and most importantly, it’s a time to remember all those who fought for us to have the freedom to enjoy our weekends and summer.  If you are looking for local places to spend your Memorial Day weekend, here are some great Memorial Day Events is SWLA to see!

Sulphur Heritage Days:

What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than at a festival that includes music, food, entertainment, and carnival rides!  The Sulphur Heritage Days Festival is celebrating its 9th year and all proceeds go to the Brimstone Historical Society.

The Taste of Louisiana Festival:

You can’t have a party in Louisiana on Memorial Day weekend that doesn’t include food.  Not just any food, but authentic Cajun Food.  The Taste of Louisiana Festival includes many great Creole and Cajun dishes that are a staple of our great state.  In addition, music will feature Cajun and Zydeco bands, to further celebrate our diversity and heritage.

Memorial Day Avenue of Flags:

Memorial Day wouldn’t be complete without honoring the reason for this 3-day weekend.  Be sure to stop by the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags event on Memorial Day at the Orange Grove/ Graceland Cemetery.  Here, you will find a line of flags as you go through the cemetery and a display of eight previous United States Flags in the history circle.

The Ford Driving Dreams Tour: Helping Disadvantaged Students

Students Graduating School

Ford recently partnered with schools in San Jose to help give students better chances for later success. The Ford Driving Dreams tour made its first stop in California, promising to donate money to help motivated students.

According to Ford, the Ford Driving Dreams tour is set to impact over 5,000 students in Norther California with high Latino concentrations. The goal is to help disadvantaged students have more opportunities to pursue higher education.

“We are committed to playing an active role in the community, helping level the playing field for students that want to succeed but lack the resources to do so,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, at the kick-off event in Yerba Buena High School today. Furthermore, he states that “With our local efforts through the Ford Driving Dreams Tour and the Palo Alto Research and Innovation Center, we continue to focus on education and innovation as our top priorities.”

Former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez followed the tour to help motivate students, underscoring the importance of STEM careers. This is just one more way Ford is giving back. Tell us about ways you are trying to give back this holiday season here at Highway Ford in DeRidder, LA!

The Best of Haunted Louisiana

haunted graveyard

There are plenty of unforgettable and spooky Halloween hangouts for you and the family all across Louisiana, but only a few that are undeniable must-sees. Here’s our quick list of the best of haunted Louisiana this year:

Haunted New Orleans

Everyone knows that New Orleans is one of the most haunted places in United States, but did you know that there are tons of renowned and well-respected tour groups ready to tell you every chilling detail of this scary city? These walking tours are great for history lovers and thrill seekers alike. Check out Haunted History Tours or one of the many other groups in New Orleans for your next trip.

Myrtles Plantation

Down in St. Francisville sits the eerie Myrtles Plantation, “one of America’s most haunted homes.” Built around 1796, this house is about as old as a building can be in America. It’s full of horrible history and paranormal occurrences, and it’s ready for you to pay a visit!

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Like the rest of New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery is one of the most haunted places in the country, with a long history of hauntings and the supernatural. From its voodoo connections to its long list of questionable characters, this cemetery is guaranteed to leave you with a chill in your bones.

We think this is the best of haunted Louisiana, but of course there’s more to do and see out there!   Tell us of some of the best Haunted places you’ve been to here at Highway Ford!

Best Hot Dog Recipes

Summer Grilling

Despite the hot dog’s seemingly low position in the food hierarchy, it has long been a summertime favorite. Who doesn’t love a smoky hot dog straight off the grill? But, did you know there is so much more you can do to a hot dog besides simply adding ketchup or mustard?

Here are some great hot dog recipes to spice up your favorite summertime food.

  • Nacho Dog. Add chunky guacamole, a grilled tomato-chipotle sauce, cheese, jalapenos, salsa, and tortilla chips to take your hot dog to the next level.
  • Pretzel buns. Try swapping out the bread for a new hot dog taste. Use a soft pretzel bun for your grilled dogs and add your favorite toppings to excite your taste buds.
  • Texas Dog. With crunchy coleslaw, a sliced pickle, and a touch of barbecue sauce you might feel like you’re at the Texas State Fair.
  • Brooklyn’s Corniest Hot Dogs. These hot dogs redefine what a corn dog is. Pile caramelized onions, bacon, corn, and cheese on top of these dogs for a tasty New York-inspired treat.
  • Pescabrat. For something completely different, try whipping up these handmade fish-filled brats.

What is your favorite way to enjoy hot dogs? Share your favorite hot dog recipes in the comments below.  If you have your own recipe for hot dogs, share it as well!

Get in Line with Student Safety Month by Learning about School Buses


Yellow School Bus

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see any school buses until September. Some schools have a year-round schedule and many schools continue to have summer activities that use buses as transportation. That is why June is recognized as Student Safety Month, and why we want to focus on keeping students safe on the bright yellow school bus.

Here are some facts about school buses that illustrate why taking the bus is the safest way for your child to get to school:

  • Students are eight times safer riding in a school bus than in a passenger car.
  • Only 1% of students killed while travelling to school are killed while riding on a school bus; 58% are killed by a teen driver and 23% are killed by an adult driver.
  • School buses keep students safe with their large size, flashing red lights, well-trained drivers, cross-view mirrors, reinforced sides, bright color, and stop sign arms.
  • School buses save about 2.3 billion gallons of fuel each year by keeping an estimated 17.3 million cars of the road each school day.

This research comes from the US Department of Transportation and the American School Bus Council.

Do you send your kids to school on the school bus? Why or why not?  Tell us your thoughts here at Highway Ford!

Ford Motor Company Gives Back Almost $100 Million to Charities

People Working together

When it comes to impacting our world, Ford Motor Company is serious about making a difference. The automaker is limitless in its efforts to shaping the way we move, but the company also ventures to get involved in local communities, serving in those places where it provides vehicles. During 2014, Ford and Lincoln dealers provided almost $100 million to charities and local causes.

Each year, Ford asks its dealers around the world to report their charitable giving in the Survey on Dealer Giving. The survey results tell of dealers’ involvement in the local community, not only in giving financially, but in giving of their time as well. Dealership employees gave close to 1 million volunteer hours as they supported the local community by involving their hands and feet.

“These amazing results exemplify the pattern of caring and compassion we have come to recognize among Ford dealers across the globe,” said Edsel B. Ford II, chair of the Salute to Dealers awards program, which recognizes the philanthropy of Ford dealers.

“We know that regardless of the challenges our dealers face, contributing at this level is done not just out of a sense of duty, but out of a passion they share with their employees and customers.”

Based on the survey, 82% of both Ford and Lincoln dealers gave to various organizations to positively impact the community.

Here at Highway Ford, we are proud to be able to pitch in and make our community a little better and a little brighter. Together with other Ford Motor Company dealers, we truly are changing the world.

Ford Helped Feed the Hungry This Thanksgiving with Truck Donation


During the holiday season, we all should remember those who are less fortunate than us. For Thanksgiving, Ford helped feed the hungry with a donation of a new truck to The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club.

This vehicle will travel through the Detroit area and serve a portion of the 5,000 meals a day provided by the Bed & Bread Club. The service visits neighborhoods and provides a sandwich, fruit, a drink, soup, and a snack to needy residents.

“We’re proud to help the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club travel to those in need, because hunger never takes a holiday,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, in a statement. “By addressing the issue of hunger through other programs such as Ford Mobile Food Pantries, Ford Focus on Child Hunger and Meet Up and Eat Up, we are going further to create stronger communities.”

Ford will continue its hunger relief efforts throughout the holiday season and all year round. The new Bed & Bread truck, an E-350, is part of a $1.3 million investment from Ford to help end hunger.

Will you be participating in any charitable food drives this holiday season?

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