Views on proposed sales tax increase to be shared this Monday at Public Hearing

Speak now or forever hold your peace. This instruction that a preacher gives the audience just before uniting a couple at a wedding fits in matrimony is also fitting for what will take place this Monday evening. That is when the final Public Hearing takes place at 5:15pm at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center, located at 182 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro, on the proposed 1% sales tax increase that will be decided in the upcoming Saturday, April 24th, election. 

Proponents and opponents of the referendum will have their chance to voice their opinions before what is expected to be an overflow crowd. The session will take place just before the regularly monthly meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury. Parish officials remind everyone that the “mask mandate” and “Phase 3” social gathering protocol guidelines will be enforced.

Helpful tips involving speaking at a Public Hearing:

(1) Be clear and concise! – Emotions run high at events such as this which often times leads to rambling while speaking. This can dilute the points you are trying to make. 
(2) Present relevant facts on your position! While the platform allows you to voice your opinion, having accurate facts to back up your position gives more credence to what you are saying.
(3) Keep your presentation brief! Make your words count. Often times there is a time limit for each speaker and you want to make sure you say everything you intend on sharing. 
(4) Have your thoughts written down! – This helps you stay on track and remember all that you want to say.
(5) Practice makes perfect! Speaking before a large audience can be overwhelming. Rehearsing what you are going to say will help ease any tension. 

 

Agendas for Police Jury and School Board Monday meetings announced

The agendas for the regularly scheduled monthly meetings of the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) and School Board have been announced. Both bodies will meet on Monday, April 12th with the JPPJ slated to have their session that will be held at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center at 5:30 pm following the Public Hearing on the upcoming Sales Tax election that will take place prior. After months of meeting at the Jonesboro-Hodge High School Cafeteria the School Board will return to the friendly confines of the meeting room at the Central Office,  located at 315 Pershing Hwy. in Jonesboro for a 6:00 pm session.  Visitors are invited to attend but masks must be worn and social distancing is asked to be observed. Links to agendas for both public bodies are shown below.

school board agenda

police jury agenda

 

What you need to know about the upcoming Sales Tax Election

NOTE – This is the eighth part of a series published exclusively in the Jackson Parish Journal regarding the upcoming sales tax election. Over the next several weeks we will look at among other things: what a sales tax represents, how the tax is derived, why parish officials feel that an increase is needed, where the additional funds will be applied and when the new tax rate, if approved, will take effect. Today – Possible changes at Solid Waste Department without tax revenue!

A basic law of physics states that for every action there is a reaction. Further definition of Sir Isaac Newton’s “third law” of physics, explains that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object.

What does that have to do with the upcoming sales tax election? The answer is simple. Without the additional funds being requested by the Jackson Parish Police Jury, changes are going to have to be made in order for the Solid Waste Department (SWD) to be able to continue to operate. During the March 11th meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury Operations Committee several future possible requirements were discussed.

(1) Dumping fees would need to be imposed: The discussion centered on modifying the current residential dumping permit for the landfill and begin charging contractors at the rate of $45/ton for dumping. The hope would be that residents with a Jackson Parish ID would still be able to use the dump for free but a fee may have to be charged for this as well. This is already in place in most parishes across the state.

2) Consolidation of bin sites: In order to reduce expenses of transportation of waste the Police Jury would pick up all bins at the existing road-side sites and consolidate them to one site on the existing properties designated for future bin sites. This would result in residents having to travel further distances in order to dispose of their waste.

3) Independent company to take over waste disposal: The Police Jury would no longer be able to afford to handle their own waste disposal and would be forced to outsource the service. This would mean fees that would be completely at the discretion of the disposal service company and subject to rise each year, would be charged to residents for their services.

(4) Local municipalities charged for dumping: Local municipalities, which now enjoy free waste disposal, would be forced to pay a dumping fee. It was recommended the rate would be set the same as for contractors, which was $45.00 a ton.

There was also discussion pertaining to an advantage of having the tax pass. That would be that the Police Jury would not ask to renew the existing 0.6% sales tax when it expires if the existing sales tax proposal passes. This was decided after the Committee reviewed the amount of revenue needed to run the operation and how much revenue would be estimated from the 1% sales tax. The Committee determined that the surplus collections from the current year until the expiration of the existing tax would be enough to cover the capital needs of the department and that the 1% would cover the annual expenses for the operation.

In the next edition: Changes in revenue/expenses at the Solid Waste Department over the last five years.

Tigers leap to Llewelln Starks Invitational title – Lady Tigers grab second

Jonesboro-Hodge le…le… leaped to first and second place in the high jump, long jump and triple jump to pave the way to the championship of the Llewellyn Starks Invitational held at JHHS this past Thursday. The Tigers also grabbed an additonal second and three thirds in the field and four silver medals and three bronze in the track events to score 150 points to outdistance second place Natchitoches Central by a whopping 41.5 points. Grant High took third with 108 followed by Winnfield with 102 and Holy Savior Menard whose 71 points was good enough for fifth. 

It was only fitting that the Tigers would leap their way to victory in the event that is named after the former JHHS and LSU great, who was a fixture on the professional track circuit before suffering a gruesome injury that ended his career. Starks owns JHHS, Jackson Parish and LSU records in the long jump and competed with the legendary Carl Lewis and Mike Powell on the international circuit. 

It was Devonte Mozee and Detre’vien (Tre) Bowie that finished one-two in the high jump, Justin Calahan and Davion McGuire in the long jump and Bowie and Mozee in the triple jump. Chase Bryant and Skylar Levingston finished second and third in the shot put, Bryant and Quiynotae Henderson placed third and seventh in the discus and Kolby Mitchell grabbed third in the javelin as the Tigers scored 82 points in six events.

The Tiger relay teams placed second in three relay races and Bowie won silver in the 400 meters to highlight the Tiger track accomplishments. In the 4x100M and 4x200M it was LaJavion Nichols, Calahan, Jameon Tate and McGuire while the 4x400M team was comprised of Cameron (Chase) Leonard, Zion Gray, Kamerius Palmer and Bowie, who total 34 individual points in the four events he competed in to lead the Tiger thinclads in scoring.  

Nichols and McGuire took third and fifth in the 200 meters as did Leonard and Cornelius (Rah Rah) Boston in the 110 Hurdles. Savantez Phillips also finished third in the 300 Hurdles. Leonard took 5th in the 800M, and the combination of David Johnson and LaTrevious Bradford finished seventh and eighth in the 3200M to round out the Tigers scoring.

Final results of the 2021 Llewellyn Starks Invitational (boys)

SchoolPoints
Jonesboro-Hodge150
Natchitoches – Central109.5
Grant108
Winnfield102
Holy Savior Menard71
Lakeview56
D’Arbonne Woods44
Alexandria Sr. High JV32.5
Pleasant Hill10

Lady Tigers take second

Xabrianna Jackson scored 38 individual points by winning the high jump and triple jump as well as running a leg with Anteriany Wilson, Laila Johnson and Zymea Hoggro on the gold medal winning 4×100 relay team and 4×200 relay silver medal winners to pace the Lady Tigers to a second place finish. Holy Savior Menard out of Alexandria won the meet with Natchitoches-Central coming in third. Hoggro also won the long jump and took fourth in the 100M while the 4x400M relay team of A’Joriana Hoggro, (who also won third in the high jump), Kaelin Palmer, Johnson and Yahmynne Andrews won the bronze medal. Johnson finished third in the 200M while A. Hoggro and Andrews finished third and fifth in the 300 Hurdles. Additional point earners were Andrews – fourth in the 100 Hurdles, Chamya Waters – sixth in the discus and tied for 7th in the shot put and Harmoni Glands who finished 7th in the long jump. 

Final results of Llewellyn Starks Invitational (girls)


School
Points
Holy Savior Menard155
JHHS93
Natchitoches-Central88.5
Lakeview84
ASH Junior Varsity53.3
D’Arbonne Woods51.5
Winnfield41.5
Grant 29
Pleasant Hill8

Quitman Junior High sweeps own meet

The Junior High  boys and girls track team at Quitman won their own meet in impressive fashion over three other competitors. The junior Wolverines beat D’Arbonne Woods by a 82-56 margin in the boys events while the girls outpointed Choudrant by a 69-55 margin. Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School came in third in both with Choudrant bringing up the rear. 

Brayden Smith won the 100M and 200M and ran a leg on the winning 4x100M and 4x200M relay teams to record a meet high four firsts. Ethan won the triple jump and Jayden Harts took gold in the long jump along with running legs on the winning relay squads for three first each. Landon Boston also ran a leg on the two winning relay teams. Jake Potts paced the Wolverine field event competitors with gold medals in the discus and shot put while finishing second to Hayden Davis in the javelin. Dakota Knox and Kedarrien Thompson won gold in the 110 hurdles and 400M respectively for Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School which also took first in the 4x400M relays. 

In girls competition Kaleigh King showed her tremendous versatility by winning the high jump, pole vault and 110 hurdles for Quitman. Hallay Taylor also took first in the long jump and ran a leg on the winning 4×200 relays with Marlee Bedgood, Taylor Borland and Emma Harper. Morgan McGee won the discus and shot put to pace Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School who also saw LeRonda McGuire win the triple jump, Rickya Bryant take the 200M and Angel Moss earn being named fasted girl on the track by winning the 100M. Bryant, McGee, Cierra Gray and Realte Atkins won gold in the 4×100 relays as well. 

Weston baseball/softball hosts #1 ranked teams on Monday

It is not often that during the regular season of any sport that the #1 team in the state comes to pay you a visit. How improbable then are the odds that not one, but TWO, top ranked teams play your school on the same day? Local fans will hit the scheduling lottery on Monday when the 8th ranked, Wolves baseball team will host top ranked, Choudrant in a district 2B matchup that has district 2B championship connotations and the Lady Wolves will be right across the Jackson  Parish Recreation Department Complex playing Calvin the #1 ranked softball team in Class C.

Jonesboro-Hodge will also be in action at the JPRD as they put the finishing touches on their softball regular season and play their second to last baseball game against Bastrop. Another top ten matchup take place as well when #6 Cedar Creek welcomes #5 Quitman at 4:30pm. Tuesday finds Quitman and Weston hosting Grant and D’Arbonne Woods respectively in softball matchups while the Quitman baseball team heads to Simsboro.

Weston sweeps Simsboro: District 2B is strongest of Class B schools with top ranked Choudrant, #5 Quitman and #8 Weston residing. Then there is Simsboro. The disparity between the “have’s” vs the “have nots” in district play was never more evident than last Tuesday and Thursday’s  22-0 and 17-0 Weston whipping of the Tigers. Kaden Shirley and Tayt Culpepper combined for a no-hitter in game two while Cooper Delaney and Caleb Waters allowed just one single in the first game. Offensively the Wolves wracked up 31 safeties in just nine innings and scored a dozen or more runs in one inning twice out of the nine they batted in. Waters led the way by hitting for the cycle over the two games and driving in 10 runs. Davis Tolar smacked a homer and a double, scored five, stole five and drove in five while Shirley went 5/6 and scored six runs. Bryce Zehr had three hits and scored six runs and Tait Henderson had three hits, scored three and knocked three in. Braden Theriot, Delaney, Landon Roberts and Culpepper added two hits each as Weston pounded Simsboro pitching for 28 hits. 

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WP – Delaney, LP – n/a
2B – Graham
3B – Waters
RBI – Waters 5, Tolar 3, Shirley 2, Delaney 2, Albert, Graham, Roberts
SB – Tolar 3, Zehr 2, Theriot 2, Shirley 2, Delaney, Waters

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Weston (9-4, 2-0)12050x17160

WP – Shirley, LP – n/a
2B – Delaney, Theriot, Tolar, Waters
3B – Zehr
HR – Tolar, Waters
RBI – Waters 5, Henderson 3, Tolar 2, Zehr 2, Delaney, Roberts, Shirley
SB – Tolar 2, Zehr

Choudrant quiets Quitman bats: Top ranked Choudrant hurlers limited Quitman to one run and six meaningless singles in both games while racking up 21 hits over the two games in the 13-1 and 3-1 sweep of their two district 2B contests. In  the first game the Aggies used eight hits off of losing pitcher Ian Tilley and four Quitman errors to erupt for four runs in the first and six more in the third, none of which were earned, to coast to the 5 inning “ten run rule” victory. Game two was much more competitive as Joshua Smith and Jordan Vail held the vaunted Aggie attack to just eight singles but seven walks and two errors proved to be to much to overcome. Logan Ponder went 2/2 with a walk and drove in Vail for the only run in game one. Vail got two hits and scored the run driving in by Riley Duck in game two. 

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Quitman00001164

WP – Jones , LP – Tilley
RBI – Ponder

Game Two1234567RHE
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Choudrant (23-3, 2-0)001011x380

WP – Carter, LP – Smith
RBI – Duck
SB – Morgan, Vail

Tigers remain winless in 1-2A play: JHHS broke out to a 3-0 lead over Lakeside but couldn’t make it hold up in the 11-5 loss that dropped the Tigers to 0-7 in district play. Ajay Tew walked to open the contest and went to second on a single by Drew Davis. Logan Smith’s hit up the middle plated the first run before he and Davis scored on Dominick Strickland’s double as the Tigers scored more in the top of the first inning than they had in the previous four games combined.  After Lakeside tied it at three apiece in the bottom of the first, Tew put the Tigers ahead once again by coaxing his second walk, stealing second and third and scoring on an error. Lakeside would tie it up again in their at bat and then take control with four runs in the third. Manuel Hernandez scored the final Tiger run after reaching on an error and coming around on a Davis single. Shoddy defense once again was a bug-a-boo for the Tigers, who made six errors in the contest, that upped the mark to 81 for the season. 

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JHHS (3-11, 0-7)3101000576
Lakeside (10-13, 3-4)314003x1182

WP – Dick, LP – Davis
2B – Strickland
RBI – Strickland 2, Davis, Smith
SB – Tew, Smith

 

Quitman wins three at Buckeye Tournament: The Lady Wolverines capped off an impressive weekend by outlasting Loreauville 2-1 in eight inning for their third straight victory in the prestigious event that fielded many top teams in the state from all classifications. In searlier contests Quitman bested Class 4A Northwood (Shreveport) 13-8 and Class 3A North Webster 5-1. With the “tri-fecta” the #5 ranked team in Class B improved to 23-7 on the year, which represents the most wins in Class B and behind only five teams in the entire state among all classifications and divisions.

Most wins in LHSAA softball

SchoolClass/DivisionRecord
North DeSotoClass 4A26-5
ManyClass 2A26-4
BarbeClass 5A25-2
Notre DameDivision III25-5
WalkerClass 5A24-4
QuitmanClass B23-7

Quitman 2 Loreauville 1: In the battle between “20 plus” game winners, Quitman came out on top in eight innings when Karlee Huckabee’s drive to left field scored Cali Deal, who had opened the frame with a single. It was ‘poetic justice” that Deal scored the game winner. The eighth grader struck out 11 and limited the #6 ranked team in Class 2A that entered the contest with a 20-6 record and averaged 10.5 runs per game, to just one unearned run and four hits to earn her 11th win of the season. 

“This was a really good win for us,” said Quitman head coach Justin Dobson. “Loreauville may be the best team we have faced all year.”

Quitman broke on top in the bottom of the first inning when Madison Chaplin stroked a single, went to second on a grounder by Maggie Guyotte that was ruled an error and scored on a passed ball with two outs. Loreauville tied it in the top of the fourth by virtue of a walk, hit batter and an error. 

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Quitman (23-7)10000001251

WP – Deal (11-5), LP – n/a
2B – Guyotte

Quitman 13 Northwood 8: Behind 5-3, Quitman came storming back to score nine runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the victory over the 11th ranked team in Class 4A. Northwood outhit the Lady Wolverines 10-6 but thirteen walks and three Lady Falcon errors helped lift seventh grader, Maggie Guyotte’s, record to 8-2 on the year. Six consecutive batters reached on walks to Cali Deal, Skyler Hall, Jada Naron and Karlee Huckaby that sandwiched a hit by Madeline Vail. Averie Williams followed with a dribbler to the mound that was misplayed as Quitman scored four runs in the fateful frame before an out was made.  and an error in the third before an out was made. Guyotte followed with a hit, Maddie Kaye Brymer coaxed the fifth free pass of the inning and Deal and Hall followed with hits to reach base for the second time to score the five additional runs in the inning that saw Quitman send 13 batters to the plate.

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Northwood (13-11)00511108103
Quitman (22-7)129100x1361

WP – Guyotte (8-2), LP -n/a
RBI – Hall 2, Guyotte, Deal, Chaplin
SB – Williams 2, Deal 2, Chaplin, Hall, Huckaby

Quitman 5 North Webster 1: Cali Deal held the 10th ranked team in Class 3A to just two hits and no earned runs as Quitman broke open a 1-1 game with a run in the third and three more in the fourth. The big inning started with a boule to Skyler Hall roping a double to left center. She scored on an Averie William’s single that moved Karlee Huckaby to second after she had gotten hit by a pitch. Maggie Guyotte then plated the pair with a clutch two out hit. Madison Chaplin, who scored her Class B leading 50th run of the year, Deal and Hall all hit doubles in the contest and Maddie Kaye Brymer stole a base.

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Quitman (21-7)1013000591
North Webster (13-5)1000000122

WP – Deal (10-5), LP – n/a
2B – Chaplin, Deal, Hall
RBI – Guyotte 2, Williams, Brymer, Deal
SB – Brymer

St. Mary’s 13 Weston 2: Three walks, two hit batters and an error led to five first inning runs that propelled St. Mary’s to the five inning, “ten run” rule victory. Both teams managed only two hits in the contest but the difference was five Weston errors and 16 free passes given up by Weston pitching. Lexi Barmore led off the bottom of the first by getting plunked followed by Emma Kate McBride stroking a single. Both scored on Taylor Chatham’s grounder back back to the mound that was ruled an error as Weston narrowed the gap to 5-2 but that was all the damage done on the day by Weston batters other than a third inning single by Mallory Tolar, who took the loss. 

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St. Mary’s (13-9)531131322
Weston (8-15)20000225

WP – n/a, LP – Tolar
RBI – Chatham 2

Lady Tigers continue to struggle: The beat goes on, or maybe it should be said the beatdown goes on. Season long struggles continued for Jonesboro-Hodge who lost to district 1-2A foe Lakeside 15-0 and neighboring Saline 17-2. The defeats dropped J-H’s record to 1-19 on the year that includes six straight losses, all by the “mercy rule”. The contest against Lakeside lasted only 2.5 innings  as the Lady Tigers gave up nine and six runs and got no-hit. Against Saline, Abrianna Paggett and Madison Page drove in Zoie Anderson and Jeffrienna Bradford but by then the Lady Tigers were down by thirteen.

Jonesboro Board of Aldermen have full agenda for Tuesday meeting

A full agenda of 25 items awaits the Town of Jonesboro Board of Aldermen at their regular monthly meeting that is scheduled to be held at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center, located at 182 Industrial Avenue, beginning at 6:00pm on Tuesday, April 13th.

After the perfunctory approval of the month of March minutes, bills, financials and department head reports the Town Council will first visit a resolution involving a 40 year lease agreement between E.L. Johnson and the town followed by James Bradford discussing the zoning of 705 Leon Drive. The proposed termination and hiring of a part time dispatcher by the Jonesboro Police Department as well as discussion involving the override by the board members of the Mayor’s veto of hiring Sketea Walker takes place next. 

Discussion about Operation Clean-up and the setting of a community clean up date will precede comments by Mayor Leslie Thompson, who will then ask for Patricia Cowans to be authorized as a signer for the town and for the Mayor to be authorized to enter into a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of America. 

A public records request will then be heard before a resolution regarding a grant for the airport and four ordinances pertaining to the general budget, water and sewer departments are discussed. Final council and Mayor comments will then be heard before the meeting is adjourned. 

Library to host parent meeting for School Board on April 12th

On Monday, April 12th at 6:00pm the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) will host on behalf of the Jackson Parish School Board a parent meeting with JPL Director Floyd Knox as special guest speaker. Know will inform parents of what the branches of the Library has to offer students not only during the school year but in the summer as well. 

SUMMER READING T-SHIRTS ON SALE: The 2020 Summer Reading t-Shirts are now on sale for $3.00. Come get yours while supplies last. Various youth and adult sizes to choose from. Available at both branches.

CHECKOUT FITNESS! Each Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Mail-out routines are also available.  For more information please call 318-259-5697.

SNAP and Unemployment Assistance! Ms. Tyanne Williams, Client Services Manager for the Pine Belt Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency will be available for consultation by appointment only from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Wednesday, April 6th. Topics include SNAP and social security benefits, unemployment assistance, Medicare/Medicaid enrollment, social security card applications, commodities and senior food boxes

CHILDREN PROGRAMS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

ART VIDEO AVAILABLE:  Easter is behind us but that does not stop Mrs. Terrye from making art video’s ! Now she is moving on to spring time and nothing says spring time like butterflies and flowers! To see her newest video go to the Jackson Parish Library Facebook page.

ART CLASSES once again be held at both branches over the next two weeks beginning on Monday, April 5th and running through Thursday, April 15th. Classes will run from 4:00-5:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday at the Jonesboro Branch on Monday’s from 4:00-5:00pm at the Chatham Branch. For questions or to sign up, please contact Ms. Terrye Shackleford at 318-259-5697.

SIGN UP FOR STEAM: Registration has begun for children (Pre-K – 3rd grade) art classes for the month of May that will be centered around the exciting and educational STEAM program. This wonderfully, unique program features fun projects in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Pick-up packages will be available during Art Class hours that are shown above for each branch. steamlibrary

READING EGGS AND MATH SEEDS: Due to the popularity and response received in March this “in-home” program for Pre-K – 7th grade children is continuing through the month of April. If interested in having your child participate please call Ms. Terrye Shackleford at (318) 259-5697.

OUTREACH SERVICES

Monthly personalized delivery of books, audiobooks, magazines and more are available to residents of Jackson Parish, including Nursing Home residents and in-home daycares.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Binge Box – Checkout multiple movies for one week that counts as only one checkout. 
 
Vox Books  (Books that talk) – The first audio books that live in print books. The attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read along. No need for computers, tablets or CD’s. Simply push a button to listen and read. 
 
Flipster – An easy to use resource for viewing best selling digital magazines. 
 
Freegal Music – Service that provides access to virtually every song ever recorded in over 100 countries. Includes catalog of legendary artists and over 40,000 music videos. 
 
Chilton Automotive Guide – A must for those do-it-yourself auto repair projects. Provides detailed sketches and instructions on virtually every repair job and new parts installation for all makes and models of automobiles. 
 
rinterOn – Printing can be done from your Smartphone or Tablets through this free app by sending an email along with attachments to: jpl-jonesboro@printspots.com or jpl-chatham@printspots.com
 
Fax and copy services: Available at both branches. Pricing dependent on size. 
 

JONESBORO BRANCH INFORMATION

Address: 614 South Polk Avenue
Phone: 318-259-5697
Fax: 318-259-3374
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday (8:00am – 5:30pm), Saturday (8:00am – 12:00pm)

CHATHAM BRANCH INFORMATION

Address: 1500 Pine Street
Phone: 318-249-2980
Fax: 318-249-2981
Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday (8:30am – 6:00pm), Friday and Saturday (8:30am – 12:30pm)

 

Student athletes of the week named at Jackson Parish High Schools

Quitman High School’s Eli Walker, Zoie Anderson of JHHS and Caleb Waters from Weston were named Student Athlete of the Week at their respective schools for the period between April 4th – 10th. The weekly award is sponsored by the Jackson Parish Hospital. Each honoree was chosen by select staff of each school as the ones who demonstrated superior academic achievement and athletic skill over the course of the week. Walker is a freshman baseball player at Quitman, Anderson a sophomore softball player and Waters is a junior baseball player. Congratulation to each.  

J-H Middle School selects Burns, Thompson and Kingston as Student of the Week

Ashton Burns, KaDarrien Thompson and Francis Kingston were the Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School Student of the Week winners. Each week a sixth, seventh and eighth grader who best exemplifies good discipline and has accrued impressive academic achievement is chosen be select faculty members.

Caney Lake angler lands two ten pounders on back to back casts

Caney Lake has been a fabled bass fishery for decades thanks to Florida-strain largemouth bass being stocked over 20 years ago. On March 28, Pineville, La., angler Dustin Chelette added to the lake’s storied legend when he caught a pair of trophy largemouths on back to back casts. The first bass tipped the scales at 10.17 pounds (26.5-inch length) and the second came in at 10.93 pounds (24 inches).

He was fishing a slow-tapering weedy flat in 2 to 3 feet of water near the north end of Caney, a place he knew held spawning largemouths. He started catching small bass, and in time reasoned that bigger bass likely were deeper. So he moved his boat deeper on the slope, probing 4 to 6 feet of water with black-and-blue bass jigs. It wasn’t long that he hooked his first lunker. He deposited the fish in his boat’s aerated live well, and on his next cast to the exact same spot hooked a bigger, stronger, and much tougher bass. Figuring he’d had about as good a day fishing as possible and he headed in. Back at the dock he found someone to take pictures of him and his fish, then released them back into Caney Lake.

Ladies of the Lake help beautify Main Street

Tammy Gunter, Dana Butler, Lindy Kneipp, Trish Smith and Debbie Swan, who are fondly referred to as the “Ladies of the Lake” was on Main Street in Jonesboro in an effort to help restore some beauty to the Boulevard. This was done through the planting of flowers and cleaning of the various benches along the way.  

“We are so appreciative to these ladies who always enter in our Christmas parade and have been very supportive in the past of our Boulevard,” said Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Director Wilda Smith. “Wish we had others that would take such an interest. All I have to do is say we need and they are there to serve.”

Trosclair, Ducote, Harrell, Teat and Teat win Tuesday Night Scramble

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You could say the field got “snookered” as in losing to the team of Tim Ducote, Paul Trosclair, Jimmie and Bo Teat that was led by A Player, Dwayne “Snook” Harrell. The 11-under, 25 carded over the par 36 course was bolstered by three eagles and was one better than Brad Porter’s team of Ray Walsworth, Roby Sarber, Robbie Richard and Gary Willis. Third place went to Tommy Cruse, Sony Gill, Jeff Conville, Bryan Roberts, Patricia Warren and Claude McMillian who finished 8-under. 

ScoreTeam
25 (11 under)Harrell, Ducote, Trosclair, Teat, Teat
26 (10 under)Porter, Walsworth, Serber, Richard, Willis
28 (8 under)Cruse, Gill, Conville, Roberts, Warren, McMillen
29 (7 under)Craig, Wells, Henson, Everett, Roberts
31 (5 under)Stewart, Hill, Bowman, Butler, Cardwell

Moyna’s Family

Moyna Macgill was an actress from Northern Ireland. She performed regularly in London’s West End, and also appeared in film and, many years later, in television productions. Her husband, Edgar, was a successful English politician, and had served as the mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar, England. Theirs was an upper middle-class family.

Their daughter, Brigid, was born in a Central London hospital in 1925. Brigid had an older stepsister from her mother’s previous marriage, and two younger brothers, Edgar and Bruce. When Brigid was nine years old, her father died of stomach cancer. That same year, Moyna got engaged to a former colonel with the British Army. Moyna and her children moved in with the former colonel and his children. For five years, the two families lived in a tense environment. The former colonel ruled his home like a tyrant. Moyna wanted to escape.

Events of World War II had a profound effect on the lives of Moyna and her family. In 1939, war with Germany was inevitable. In addition to Moyna’s desire to escape from the former colonel, she also wanted her family to escape from the looming war. Moyna secretly finagled passage for herself and her children to Canada aboard an ocean liner called the RMS Duchess of Atholl.

Late one night in late 1940, Moyna gathered Brigid, Edgar, and Bruce, along with their belongings, and left London. Moyna and her children never saw the former colonel again. Moyna’s oldest daughter, a newlywed, remained in London. After a four-and-a-half-hour trip, Brigid’s family arrived at the docks in Liverpool.

The Duchess of Atholl was a grand ship, about two-third the size of the Titanic. In December of 1939, the British military requisitioned the ship for troop transportation. Although the ship was not supposed to be used for passenger transportation at this point in the war, Brigid’s mother got herself, her children, and what little they brought with them, aboard the ship. Many people have theorized that Brigid’s mother used her celebrity status or her late husband’s political connections to gain passage to Canada.

Later that afternoon, the Duchess of Atholl left Liverpool and headed into the Atlantic Ocean toward Canada. Rather than traveling in a straight line, the ship zigzagged through the ocean to lessen the chances of being struck by a torpedo from a sneaky German submarine. On the night Moyna, Brigid, Edgar, and Bruce left England, Germany began a nighttime bombing raid on Liverpool, the main Atlantic seaport, in what is referred to as the Liverpool Blitz. Brigid’s family had escaped just in time.

Several days later, Moyna and her family arrived in Canada and eventually made their way down to New York. With no money and few possessions with which to barter, their futures seemed miserable. Just when their situations seemed hopeless, a kind family took them in and helped them gain a foothold on their new lives in America. Moyna and her children had heard that America was the land of opportunity, and the kind family helped reinforce that notion.

Had Moyna and her family waited just one more day to leave Liverpool, they might not have survived the Liverpool Blitz. During World War II, after Moyna and her family traveled to the new world on the Duchess of Atholl, the ship was struck by several torpedoes from a German submarine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

Within two years of their arrival, Moyna began acting in Hollywood films. From 1943 to 1945, Moyna appeared in no less than ten films. The Irish Times ranked Moyna Macgill 35th in Ireland’s greatest film actors of all time. In her more than four decades in film and television, she appeared in productions including The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Twilight Zone, and Black Beauty. Her children followed her into theater. Edgar became a multiple award-winning theater, film, and television producer. He produced Broadway plays such as The Subject Was Roses, Promenade, and Gypsy. Bruce became a television producer, television writer and screenwriter in a career which spanned over thirty years. He worked on such iconic television shows as The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, Wonder Woman, Knight Rider, The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, The Odd Couple, and Murder, She Wrote. Brigid’s acting career has spanned eight decades so far. Brigid occasionally shared the screen with her mother. Her other numerous film credits include The Manchurian Candidate, Blue Hawaii, and Beauty and the Beast. Like her brother Bruce, Brigid also worked on the Murder, She Wrote television series. Moyna Macgill is better known for being the mother of Brigid than for her work as an actress. You see, Brigid’s family called her by her middle name. The rest of the world knows Brigid as… Angela Lansbury.

Lobby at Mitchell’s Pharmacy now open

Thanks to Louisiana Governor, Jon Bel Edwards, declaring that the state would move into Phase 3 of the mandated Coronavirus protocol you can once again go inside Mitchell’s Pharmacy. For months the only way business could be conducted was by using the drive through windows, which resulted in many times having to wait in long lines that wrapped around the building . To say the required protocol was frustrating is an understatement. 

“I am very glad to see that we are getting back to some sort of normality,” said owner Dwayne Mitchell. “I want everyone to know how much my staff and I appreciate our customers for their support and patience during these trying times.”

As with virtually every businesses across the state, shelves remained stocked full of items as inventory was hard pressed to be moved with no one allowed to go inside. While the situation caused financial problems Mitchell said he understood that there was really no other choice to be made.

“Our business, just like every other in the state, has suffered through hard times during the pandemic,” said Mitchell.  “There was really no other way to handle the situation though in order for everyone to stay safe as possible.”

Job Opportunity: NPSB seeks Student Services Secretary

NPSB: Department of Exceptional Student Services Secretary

SITE LOCATION(S): Central Office

QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or Equivalent, Associate or bachelor’s degree preferred, excellent communication skills, and proficiency in computer skills.

SALARY: According to the parish salary schedule.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 months

WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 14, 2021; 4 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcript, and two letters of reference.

EOE