Former Governor Jimmie Davis to be honored with historical marker


Louisiana College, located in Pineville, LA, will unveil a historical marker in honor of Jackson Parish native and late two-time governor of the State of Louisiana, Jimmie Davis, in a public ceremony on May 7.

The musician-turned-politician, Davis served as the governor from 1944-1948 and again from 1960-1964. Perhaps his most lasting legacy, however, is the Grammy-award-winning song “You Are My Sunshine,” written in 1940 and named one of the greatest songs of the century by the Recording Industry Association of America.

“Gov. Davis is one of Louisiana College’s most famous and successful alumni,” said President Rick Brewer. “We are honored to pay tribute to his lasting legacy as governor and as a prolific songwriter and musician.”

Former Louisiana State Sen. Jim Brown and local historians Michael Wynn and Mike Tudor, whose great-grandfather was a friend of Davis, will speak at the unveiling ceremony. Davis graduated from Louisiana College in 1924 with a degree in history and went on to earn his master’s degree at Louisiana State University, before starting a career in music and later politics.

Known as the singing governor, Davis often performed for crowds on his campaign stops around Louisiana during his gubernatorial races. He was also a long-time Southern Baptist and recorded several gospel albums. While governor, Davis established the State Employees Retirement System in 1946 and built the Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, the residence of the governor since 1963. Davis lived to be 101 years old and died Nov. 5, 2000.

Louisiana College previously honored the late governor with a scholarship in his name in 2020. Students who qualify for full PELL grants and the TOPS scholarship will have remaining tuition covered by the Governor Jimmie Davis Scholarship. The public is invited to attend the unveiling of the historical marker, Friday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at the front of the Louisiana College campus, adjacent to the archway.

Weston upsets Converse to advance to LHSAA quarterfinals

Experts will tell you that If you keep doing something over and over it becomes habit forming. That can be a good or a bad thing. In reference to the Weston baseball team scoring late in the game to steal a victory has been a season saver. For the third straight game and on the biggest stage yet the Wolves tallied late in the game, this time leading to an upset of #7 Converse by a 3-2 score. The victory improved the #10 seed in the Class B playoffs to 13-7 on the year and sets up a quarterfinal matchup against #2 Anacoco that will be played at 5:30pm on Saturday, May 8th at the Jackson Parish Recreation Complex. 

bradenTheriot’s the hero! Of the six Weston starters that have at least 60 plate appearances this season Braden Theriot’s .213 batting average during the regular season was the worst. Since the playoffs began the freshman infielder is hitting at a blistering .400 place,. good for second on the team. He is not only getting more hits but is providing “game changers”. In the opening round against Castor, Theriot smashed a three run homer, his first of the season that helped Weston rally from a 5-1 deficit. On Monday his single in the sixth inning, which was the third straight time he reached first, gave Weston their final advantage. Talk about stepping up!

Grabbing an early lead! After Converse scored a run in the opening frame the “Comeback Kids” immediately rallied to take a 2-1 advantage. Cooper Delaney led off with a single in the top of the second followed by Theriot coaxing a walk. Bryce Zehr’s smash to short was ruled an error that loaded the bases. Tait Henderson then hit a grounder that got through the Converse first baseball that scored two.

shirleyShirley strong! Kaden Shirley does not have an overpowering fastball that blows batters away. Also he has given up more hits (60) than innings pitched (50.2). So how does the lefty have only a 2.90 earned run average. He is crafty. His seven inning, complete game performance against Converse is a perfect example of how the Weston ace wins games. Shirley scattered seven hits over the seven innings and struck out seven as well. What is his best attribute though is that the longer he throws the stronger he gets. Shirley has the mind of a pitcher well beyond his years. He is a thinking man’s pitcher, learns his opponents tendencies and uses that against them late in games. Converse did all their damage in the first three innings and left 8 runners stranded on base. Over the last four Shirley was dominant with two K’s and no hits allowed. 

 


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
#10 Weston 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 4
#7 Converse 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 4

WP – Shirley LP – Hungerford
RBI – Theriot

Jackson Parish Police Jury declares May 1st as “Loyalty Day”

In accordance with the action taken by President Joe Biden, the Jackson Parish Police Jury proclaimed May 1st as Loyalty Day throughout Jackson Parish. Citizens nationwide celebrated the national observance by displaying the flag of the United States as a symbol of pride in our Nation. This will now be an annual observance each year. 

Biden offered the following proclamation on April 30th.

On Loyalty Day, we celebrate our allegiance to the project of this great Nation and the democratic ideals woven into the fabric of our Constitution. As Americans, we do not command loyalty, but seek to earn it through our actions — including by living up to the principles enshrined in our Constitution and respecting the will of the people as reflected in the democratic process. Drawn together by the promise of equality, freedom, and justice, we are a Nation of shared ideals and strong, resilient people. Here in America, loyalty does not mean fealty to any one leader or political party, nor does it mean unthinking praise or willful ignorance of our shortcomings — it means loyalty to our common ideals, and to one another. It means standing united as one people, even as we cherish our differences and respect dissent.

Our country is a diverse tapestry of many cultures, heritages, religions, and languages, brought together around the values and ideals we all share as Americans. Together, we celebrate our differences and draw strength from our common commitment to perfecting our Union. No matter what challenges come our way, our Nation holds strong together — bound by our Constitution and the rule of law, uplifted by individual liberties and promises of justice we have worked hard in each generation to secure and expand, and consecrated by those who have sacrificed to preserve, defend, and care for our Nation.

We see loyalty in the members of our Armed Forces, who selflessly serve in harm’s way; in their families, who, in the timeless words of the poet John Milton, “also serve who only stand and wait;” in our educators, who dedicate their lives to nurturing young minds; in our first responders, who put their lives on the line to save others; in all those who have the courage to call out our Nation’s imperfections when we fall short, and who continue to push our society to live up to its founding promise of freedom, justice, and equality for all. May 1 is also International Workers’ Day, and we honor the workers whose service and sacrifice has helped turn the tide against the COVID-19 pandemic. On this day, we show our gratitude to our essential workers — and to all of the workers who have organized and fought to improve our Nation and create a fairer and more just society for all.

To acknowledge the American ethos of patriotism and the sacrifices so many of our fellow citizens have made, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529, as amended, has designated the 1st day of May each year as Loyalty Day. On this day, let us reaffirm our commitment to the values that bind us together and honor all those who have defended our freedom.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2021, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon the people of the United States to join in this national observance, display the United States flag and pledge allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

 


QHS Softball 2021 – A magical journey!

Do you believe in magic? If you didn’t before you would now if you watched the 2021 Quitman Lady Wolverines softball team this season who took their fans on a magical journey’s that culminated in a trip to Sulphur to play in the LHSAA Class B state softball tournament. 

Why so magical? It certainly wasn’t because of smoke, mirrors and misdirection. What made this season so magical is the fact that it is believed that never before in the history of Jackson Parish has a team so young accomplished so much.  Playing on of the most difficult schedules in the state the 2021 edition of Lady Wolverine softball proved that age has nothing to do with ability and you are never to young to succeed when you put in the work and dedication to your craft. The resume is incredible. Undefeated District 2B champion, a sterling 27-8 overall record that included victory against five of the seven teams that qualified for the state softball tournament, including a win against the #1 ranked team in Class 3A and the Class C state champion. 

Small school advantage! Often you hear people bemoan the fact that a small school doesn’t provide the opportunities that a larger one does. There is absolutely no truth in that statement when applied to the team that ended up winning the district 2B title, ended up ranked 5th in the state and made it all the way to the Class B state semi-finals. Actually the exact opposite is primarily the main reason that this team was so successful this year. If one third (7th grader – Maggie Guyotte, 8th grader – Cali Deal, 8th grader – Karley Huckaby) of the starting nine, who played such a vital role  would have been at a larger school they wouldn’t have even been on the team but forced to compete on the junior high level and most likely the five freshmen and sophomores (Madline Vail, Skylar Hall, Madison Chaplin, Maddie Kaye Brymer, Averie Williams) would have been playing junior varsity. Instead they not only got a chance to prove their talents on the varsity level they excelled as a team. 

Gonna miss her! While virtually the entire roster will be back for next season and even more, there was one lone senior on the team, Jada Naron, that ended her career. She will be greatly missed as she provided great leadership and leaves a tremendous legacy of shining when the lights were the brightest. The bigger the game the better she played. A prime example is her play in the playoffs. For the season Naron had a batting average of .307 but in the three games Quitman played in the playoffs she responded with a .417 average, knocked in runs in each game and stole two bases. From her outfield position she also cleanly fielded all eight attempts she had.

Step by step! An old saying is that the way to climb a mountain is take one step at a time. While Quitman did not reach the mountaintop of high school softball this season they got within sight of the summit continuing a yearly accent since head coach Justin Dodson arrived in 2019. His first year the Lady Wolverines compiled a 13-16 record and last year went 9-6 in the shortened COVID pandemic spring. This year’s exceptional record of 27-8 earned the Lady Wolverines of winning more games than anyone in the state sans a handful of teams. Following the progression it won’t be surprising to see the Lady Wolverines sitting on top of the Class B world at the end of the year.

Stat stuffers! There was hardly a team in the entire state that had the offensive firepower as Quitman did this season. According to statistics provided by MaxPreps.com the 380 runs scored in the 35 games that came out to an average of 10.86 runs per game was second in the state and best in Class B. The 277 team RBI’s were also a Class B best and ranked fourth overall among all high schools in Louisiana and their 24 home runs tied for the best in Class B. The .361 team batting average ended up third best in Class B. When it comes to stolen bases the 186 swiped as a team was by far the best in Class B and second in the state among all classes. As impressive as that was it fails in comparison to some of the individual achievements garnered as shown below:

Class B rankings are in parenthesis:


Name BA HR RBI RS SB W K ERA
Cali Deal .500 (#3) 4 (#4) 32 40 (#5) 16 15 (#2) 181 (#2) 1.68 (#1)
Maddie Brymer .455 (#6) 7 (#2) 59 (#1) (#5) 44 (#3) 9
Madison Chaplin .343 4 (#4) 30 55 (#1) 31 (#1)
Maggie Guyotte .436 (#10) 7 (#2) 38 34 2
Averie Williams .216 14 31 27 (#2)
Karley Huckaby .278 2 23 35 20 (#6)
Skylar Hall .343 23 29 24 (#4)
Madeline Vail .375 22 36 23 (#5)
Jada Naron .307 30 30 16
BA- batting average, HR – home run, RBI – runs batted in, RS – runs scored, SB – stolen bases, W – pitching wins, K – pitching strikeouts, ERA – pitching earned run average

Bayou Nutritional and Energy named Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month

Each month the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce honors a member with the Business of the Month award . For the month of May the winner is Bayou Nutritional and Energy. Upon learning of them being selected Shannon McKinney provided the following statement. 

“We are happy that we were chosen to be Business of the Month and are so grateful that we are able to serve our community,” said McKinney.  “We offer energy teas that help burn calories and boost metabolism and meal replacement shakes. Everything we have is diabetic friendly and contains no sugar.”

Bayou Nutritional and Energy is located at 208 Hudson Avenue next to Salter’s Bus line on the old truck route. Business hours are Monday through Friday 7:00am until 3:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00am until 1:00pm.business of the month

 

 

 

 


Jackson Parish Library announces schedule of events for May

MEETHE STAFF

When you enter the Jonesboro Branch of the Jackson Parish Library you are always greeted by a friendly face ready to assist you with your needs. When it comes to help with reading material and/or help with references the two that you would normally speak with are La Crecia Kelly and Abbie Massey whose wonderful personalities and knowledge make even the most difficult research easy and enjoyable. 

La Crecia Kelly – Circulation/Reference Specialist Coordinator: This vibrant and multi talented person has been employed with the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) for eight years. You will find her assisting patrons in whatever way she can as she has a passion for helping people. La Crecia likes to come up with creative and positive ways to motivate children and create bonds with the many people she comes into contact with. La Crecia lives by two creeds: Always treat others the way you want to be treated and never judge a book by its cover. She is a native of Jonesboro and married with two children. In her spare time she loves fishing, shopping and decorating.

Abbie Massey – Circulation/Reference Assistant: Born and raised in Ouachita Parish, Abbie is a newcomer to the JPL having joined the team ten months ago. As a front desk worker she is one of the first faces that is seen when someone enters the Library. With a desire to serve, Abbie is always eager to be of assistance with computer help, copying, faxing, finding a certain book or providing information as requested. With a B.A. in Modern Languages her diversity in language and culture helps bring a fresh perspective to patrons. In her free time Abbie enjoys artsy crafts, reading new book releases, photography, listening to Korean pop music and attending concerts as well as being with her loved ones and playing with her pets. When asked what she liked best about being with the JPL she states that she is so very grateful to be a part of a staff that genuinely cares about their patrons and reaching those in the community. 

May schedule of events for Jonesboro Branch:

May 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th – Children Art Classes at 4:00pm
May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th – Pine Belt at 9:00am – 12:00pm (by appointment only)
May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th – LA Dept. of Health at 1:00pm (by appointment only)
May 15th – Medicare and You seminar at 10:00am 
May 22nd – Marguerite Gray Book Signing from 10:00am – 12:00pm
May 24th – Registration for Summer Reading Program begins
May 25th – Brown’s Hearing from 10:00am – 4:00pm

May schedule of events for Chatham Branch:

May 3rd, 10th, 17th – Children Art Classes at 4:00pm
May 4th, May 18th – Pine Belt from 10:00am – 2:00pm (by appointment only)
May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th – Check Out Fitness from 9:00am – 10:00am
May 20th, 22nd –  Adult Art Craft

Contact information:

Jonesboro Branch: (318) 259-5697
Chatham Branch: (318) 249-2980

 

JPRD Summer League baseball/softball schedule

Thursday, May 6th

Meme’s Minis vs Dodson Enterprises – Age 3&4 – 6:00pm- TBall 1 Field
Mitchell’s Pharmacy vs Jonesboro St. Bank – Age 3&4 – 6:00pm – TBall 2 Field
Jonesboro St. Bank vs Mercy Medical – Age 9&10 boys – 6:00pm – Field 2
Johnny’s Pizza vs Klassy Kleen – Age 9&10 girls – 6:00pm – Field 3
Hodge Bank vs Cap Roofing – Age 11&13 girls – 6:00pm – Field 4

People’s Bank vs Champion Trophies – Age 3&4 – 7:00pm – TBall 1 Field
State Farm vs Sign Design – Age 3&4 – 7:00pm – TBall 2 Field
Jonesboro Glass vs Traina’s Bakery – Age 9&10 boys – 7:30pm – Field 2
M&M Handy Foods vs Todd’s Bailbonds  – Age 9&10 girls – 7:30pm – Field 3
Barksdale Credit Union vs Listle Real Estate – Age 11&13 girls – 7:45pm – Field 4

Friday, May 7th

Jonesboro Animal Clinic vs Jackson Parish Bank – Age 5&6 – 6:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Pardue Builders vs SPS – Age 5&6 – 6:00pm – TBall 2 Field
Family Pharmacy vs Ables Farms – Age 7&8 boys – 6:00pm – Field 2
Leach Lawn Services vs Bucketboat– Age 7&8 girls – 6:00pm – Field 3
M&M Hand Foods vs Academy Mortage– Age 11&13 boys – 6:00pm – Field 1

Six Point vs Jackson Parish Hospital – Age 5&6 – 7:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Johnny’s Pizza vs Vanguard Realty – Age 5&6 – – 7:00pm – TBall 2 Field
LA Family Med Clinic vs Kohler Krew – Age 7&8 boys – 7:30pm – Field 2
Rise & Grind vs Ruffled Feathers– Age 7&8 girls – 7:30pm – Field 3
Southern Kustoms vs Elite Roofing – Age 11&13 boys – 7:45pm – Field 1

Student athletes of the week announced

The student athletes of the week at Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman and Weston High Schools has been announced.  Each week the person who best personifies academic achievement and athletic prowess is selected by staff members from each school  This weeks award winners are baseball players Joshua Smith from Quitman High and Kaden Shirley from Weston as well as DeVontae Mozee from Jonesboro-Hodge who competes in track. The Jackson Parish Hospital, who is the sponsor of the weekly award says congratulations to each of these outstanding student athletes. 

 


Arrest Report

lucasLucas Thomas – Battery of an Athletic Official, Disturbing the Peace, Resisting an Officer (2cts), Possession of Schedule III CDS. His bond is set at $23,500.

 

blandMichael Bland – Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling. His bond is set at $13,000.

 

martinLouis K. Martin – Possession of Schedule II CDS, Driving under suspension, and other traffic offenses. His bond is set at $11,500.

 

woodallStephen Woodall – Possession of a Schedule II (2 CT’s.), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, execution of sentence warrant. His bond is set at $39,267.50.

 

thompsonTevon Thompson – Possession of Schedule I drug, Possession of Marijuan, traffic offenses. His bond was set at $4500.

 

jonesCrystal Jones – DWI, Possession of Marijuana, Careless Operation. Her bond was set at $4,500.

 

waferJames Wafer – Possession of a Schedule II CDS, Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.

 

choatePaul K. Choate – Possession of Schedule II, Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia. His bond is set at $12,000.

 

barnettDaniel L. Barnett – DWI, Possession of Alcohol by a Minor, Open Container, Careless Operation. His bond was set at $5,000. 


Death Notices

Floye Mae Bryant
April 15, 1927 – April 22, 2021

fbryantFloye Mae Bryant, age 94 of Jonesboro, passed away surrounded by her loving family Thursday, April 22, 2021. Her family was her whole heart. She would go to the moon and back for her children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Patsy King (Jerry), Elaine Gerrin (Tommy), Kathy Mansfield, Francine Hart (Phil), Ray Jones (Brenda), Joanie Simon (Roy), Ronald Bryant (Nina); grandchildren, Jeremy King (Crystal), Brian King (Amy), Michael Diggs (Nicki), Christina Smith (Mark), Tonya Dupree (Lee), Warren Goff (Tammy), Emily Campbell, Shay Gilbert (Chase), Cameron Hart (Caetie), Tori Hart, Bridgette Jones (Brandon), Anna Brigman (Robbie), Joshua Norman (Brandi), Megan Geter, Breanne Bryant, Brandon Bryant; 22 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Wayne Bryant; parents, Walter Francis and Annie Lucille (Spitzer) Butler; siblings, Elgie Butler, Elvin Butler, Luther Butler, Donnie Butler, Johnny Butler .

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in the Southern-Edmonds chapel with Reverend Yancy Martin officiating. Burial followed in McDonald Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

The family would like to express their gratitude and thank special caregivers Flora Cockerham, Patricia Davis, Felecia Johnson and Shree Ellis for taking such good care of their mother. Their care meant the world to her. Serving the family as pallbearers were Jeff Brooks, David Westbrook, Wendell Bryant, Chuck Blalock, Greg Stephens, Will Treadway.

Nancy Ann Bryant
August 3, 1942 – April 30,2021

nbryantNancy Ann Bryant, age 78 of Jonesboro, LA, was called to her Heavenly home on April 30, 2021 following a lengthy illness. She was a loving mother and Nanny who adored her family. She was a teacher in the school system for forty years.

Nancy is survived by her son, Wendall Bryant and wife Melanie; daughter, Shelley Hill and husband Gary; grandchildren, Garrison Hill, Amalee Hill, Mallory Hall; great grandchild, Chloe Hall; sister, Janis Fletcher. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.E. Bryant, Jr.; son, Randall Bryant; parents, Emmett and Quinnie (Gaar) Lowrey; sisters, Faye Anderson, Karen Hall; brother, Billy Lowrey.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in the Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Stuart Toms officiating. Burial followed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as Pallbearers were Kevin Hall, Sonny Terrill, Ronald Bryant, Bill Pipes, Mark Daniel, Chad Hall.

Gloria Jean (Henderson) Hall
November 29, 1948 – April 28, 2021

hallMrs. Gloria Jean (Henderson) Hall was escorted into the presence of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 28, 2021 following a lengthy period of declining health. Jean was a kind and loving person who loved her late husband Keith and all of her family and friends. From a child she loved the out-doors, her pets, her dog “Eskimo” and when she was able she loved to work in her flower beds and help her late husband Keith work in the watermelon field at their Hall’s Farm acreage. They were known for growing some of the largest watermelons in the area. She and Keith had been selected Watermelon Queen and Melon Man at the annual Saline Watermelon Festival.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sister, Myrtle Walsworth; brother-in-law, Jody Hall; sister-in-law, Gail Martin; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester Hardy & Lillian (Shackleford) Henderson; siblings, Virgil Henderson, Adren Henderson, Hazel (Henderson) Bates and Ruth (Henderson) Hall.

There will be a memorial service to honor Jean to be held at a later date

Avis Walsworth
July 2, 1940 – April 25, 2021

walsworthMrs. Avis Anderson Walsworth, age 81 of Quitman, was called to her Heavenly home April 25, 2021 following a lengthy illness. Avis was always full of joy and thoroughly enjoyed her time spent with her church family, friends and neighbors. She loved her family deeply and they were always at the top of her list. Mrs. Walsworth was a great cook and her home-made rolls were always looked forward to at home, church meetings and family gatherings. Her other great passion, besides her cooking, was playing the piano or keyboard. She loved to make music and when the children were younger she would have them lined up in church singing as she played the accompaniment.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, Rev. David Walsworth; children, Sandra Walsworth, Mike Walsworth & Alayna, Regena Lynn Porter & Randy and Rev. David “Bubba” Walsworth & Amy; a large number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; siblings, James “Jim” Anderson & Gale and Alverne Cannady. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd Elton & Lessie (Mall) Anderson; brothers, Joe Waymon Anderson and Robert Anderson.

A private graveside service was held on Wednesday, April 28th, under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Serving the family as pallbearers were Brandon Lamkin, Brian Lamkin, Michael Walsworth, Kerry Mullins, Shawn McMillan and Randy Porter.


Two North Hodge police officers arrested after illegal search

As reported on KNOE-TV and various media outlets across the state, two North Hodge Police Officers were arrested on April 28th in connection with an illegal search. Katie McCormick and Christy Jinks were both charged with malfeasance in office. McCormick has since resigned and Jinks was suspended. 

Additional arrests made by the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office:

Selena Clifton – Possession of Schedule II drug
Justin Barr – Disturbing the Peace by public intoxication
James Martin Jr. – Possession of Schedule I & II drug, Possession of Legend Drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia, traffic offenses
James McDaniel – Theft
Ean Allen – Domestic Abuse Battery
Malcolm Cagnolatti III – Felony Theft
Elbert Higgs – Possession of Schedule I drug (2nd offense), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Careless Operation
Jonah Norred – Possession of Schedule II drug
Maxwell Horton – Unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, out of state warrant
Dominque Davis – Possession of Legend Drug (5 counts), Possession of Schedule III & IV drug, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, traffic offenses
Nathaniel King – Possession of synthetic marijuana, Introduction of Contraband
LaDonovan Dill – Disturbing the Peace
Barry Boatner – Possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drug, traffic violations
Timothy S. Thomas – Theft
Lindsey Lester – Simple criminal damage to property, Disturbing the Peace
Joseph Malone – Warrant for cruelty to juveniles
April Brooks – Unauthorized entry into an inhabited building, Criminal trespass
Chelsea Jiles – Disturbing the peace
Krista Jordan – Possession of Schedule II drug
Shannon C. Davidson – Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
Colby LaBlance – Domestic Abuse Battery, Aggravated Assault
Mike Powell – Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
Rebecca Meredith – Simple burglary, Theft of a motor vehicle
Courtney Kinman – Simple battery, Resisting an Officer
Jason Keys – DWI (1st offense), traffic violations

Rally falls short – Quitman ousted by Anacoco in Class B state semi’s

A frantic last inning rally came up just short as Quitman lost 9-8 in heartbreaking fashion to Anacoco in the LHSAA Class B state semi-finals played Frasch Park in Sulphur this past Thursday. The loss ends the #5 seeded Lady Wolverines season with a 27-8 record while Anacoco, who beat their third straight higher seeded opponent, improved to 20-16. 

WHAT A GAME! – The contest was truly befitting of the environment in which it was played as the two teams battled back and forth the entire seven innings. Six times the lead changed hands or was tied and three times a team came back from at least two runs down to go ahead or tie. There was almost a fourth time…..

OH SO CLOSE! – Quitman came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning needing three runs to pull even after Anacoco had broken a 6-6 tie by scoring three in the top half of the inning. it seemed like a desperate situation at first but hope immediately blossomed after walk to Skylar Hall was sandwiched around base hits by Cali Deal (2/4, 2B, 2RS) and Madeline Vail (3/4, RS, RBI) that loaded the bases with no outs. Anacoco managed to get an out but then Karley Huckaby then lined a double to left that scored Deal and Hall brining Quitman to within one. Averie Williams was then walked to reload the bases.  Sadly, the runners were left stranded there as Anacoco escaped by getting the final two outs needed with no further damage.

YOU GO GIRL! Try to imagine yourself in this scenario. You are an 8th grader playing for the first time in your life on the biggest stage in Louisiana high school varsity competition. Suddenly you are thrust into the spotlight of being so desperately needed in order to keep your team’s chance of winning a state title alive. Scared? Nervous? Most probably wouldn’t have even been able to breathe. Not Karley Huckaby. Cool as a cucumber, this pressure player ripped a shot down the third base line to bring Quitman to the brink of what would have been perhaps the greatest victory in school history. It wasn’t her only time to shine in the game either as Huckaby tied for the team lead with three hits and four RBI while also scoring a run and stealing a base. Big props to her for stepping up on the big stage. 

EARLY ADVANTAGE! Quitman jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Cali Deal started the frame with a double off the fence and went to third on a grounder by Hall that was misplayed by the Anacoco pitcher. Vail then got an infield single to load the bases setting up a Jada Naron grounder to short that scored Deal.  Huckaby then followed with a single up the middle to score Hall and Vail. 

GUYOTTE’S SHOT! – With two outs and down by two in the bottom of the sixth inning it looked bleak for the Lady Wolverines. Huckaby was on first after reaching on a fielder choice and Madison Chaplin coaxed a walk bringing up the youngest player in the state tournament. Proving true talent knows no age limit, Maggie Guyotte drove an 0-1 pitch into the gap in left center for a double to plate the pair and tie the score setting up the dramatic seventh inning. 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
#9 Anacoco 0 0 4 1 0 1 3 9 14 4
#5 Quitman 0 3 1 0 0 2 2 8 10 2

WP – Davis, LP – Deal (15-6)
2B – Deal, Guyotte, Huckaby
RBI – Huckaby 4, Guyotte 2, Vail, Naron
SB – Hall 2, Huckaby

Jackson Parish Police Jury to hold business meeting Monday, April 3rd

The Jackson Parish Police Jury will have their regularly scheduled monthly business session at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center at 5:15pm on Monday, May 3rd. Agenda items included discussion of reports from the Finance, Parish Cleanup, Policy & Personnel, Project and Operations committees as well as updates from the following boards and commissions.

Broadband Steering
Library Board
North Louisiana Economic Development
Pinebelt CCA
Region 2 & 3 Floodplain Steering
Sales Tax Board
Sparta Groundwater
Workforce Development Board 

A review of the status of committee assignments as well as discussion of old and new business will also take place along with announcements and notifications on other topics.

Wolverines advance to quarterfinals in LHSAA baseball playoffs

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Luke Morgan took one square in the back and Joshua Smith loaded up Quitman onto his back to carry the Wolverines past Doyline 1-0 in ten innings. With the victory Quitman improves to 19-11 and will now travel to #3 Elizabeth later in the week for the Class B Quarterfinal matchup.

LITTLE BIG MAN! Morgan, who reached all five times he came to the plate, opened the bottom of the tenth by doing what he has done a north Louisiana best 11 other times this season – getting plunked. The team’s leading hitter with a  .506 average then did something else that he has done more than any other player in north Louisiana and tops in Class B when he stole his 41st base of the year. That set up back to back single from Riley Duck and Ian Tilley, the latter bringing Morgan home for the victory.lukejoshua 

INCREDIBLY EFFICIENT PITCHING PEFORMANCE! The old adage in baseball is your opponent can’t win if they cant’ score. In one of the finest pitching performances of the year Smith never let a runner past second, struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter – all in a herculean effort of ten innings of work. Perhaps the most amazing stat of the game was that Smith threw only 102 pitches of which 77 were strikes.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H 5
Doyline 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Quitman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 11 0

WP – Smith, LP – Spears
2B – Tilley
RBI – Tilley
SB – Morgan 2, Simonelli, Carter