State Champs! Jackson Parish 12U Win It All

They knew they could do this. After all they were at the same location as they were last year when they were mostly eleven years old competing in the 12U bracket at the Little League Softball State Tournament where they came in second place.

They are twelve now. A year older, a year wiser and lightyears better. Not only did they know they could win the state championship, they did it in dominating fashion. Three games were played by the ten young ladies that made up the Jackson Parish 12U All-Star team. The scores of those games were 17-1, 17-2 and 20-1.  Talk about making a statement!

There are many words you could use to describe these talented ten. Vivacious, committed, cute, dedicated, personable, loving, caring, gritty, coachable, etc…..but the best description of all is STATE CHAMPIONS!

It was the three headed brain trust of Brian “Shorty” Guyotte, Scott Jach and Reggie Hall that worked diligently with the girls day in and day out in getting prepared for the return trip to Vidalia, LA. Team members were: Allison Phelps, Peyton Muse, Skylar Hall, Chloe James, Zoie Anderson, Maggie Guyotte, Elli Dickerson, Gracee Barton, Maddie Brymer and Anna Grace Lee.

Jackson Parish 17 Moss Bluff 1: Jackson Parish pounded Moss Bluff pitching for 15 hits in just four frames to win the opener in convincing fashion. Maggie Guyotte, Elli Dickerson and Chloe James each went 3 for 4 and combined for 11 RBI to lead the onslaught. Peyton Muse also came up big with a 2 for 3 night and 3 RBI. Maddie Brymer, who was the winning pitcher, added two hits with Anna Grace Lee and Skylar Hall getting a base knock apiece.

Jackson Parish 17 Shreveport 2: It didn’t matter if it was a team from the southwest corner of the state or the northwest corner. The names may have changed but the result was the same as Jackson Parish rolled up another 17 run assault to win in four innings again. Chloe James led the way with three hits and was one of four who knocked in three runs along with Anna Grace Lee, Elli Dickerson and Zoie Anderson who each got two hits apiece. Peyton Muse, Skyler Hall, Maddie Brymer and Gracee Barton added hits. Maggie Guyotte got the win by K’ing 6 in three innings.

(Championship) Jackson Parish 20 Vidalia 1: The home team had to think things were going to go their way. Everything was stacked for them. They were playing at home. Playing in front of all their family and friends and playing on the field they knew well. There was only one problem for them. They were playing a red hot group from Jackson Parish that had a chip on their shoulders from not winning it all last year.

Darrell Avery for Judge

People ask why I’m running for judge. The answer is simple – I can make a difference. I have the backbone and integrity to stand up for what’s right. I’ve spent my entire legal career with that goal in mind. The people of Jackson, Claiborne and Bienville parishes deserve nothing less in their judge.

I have deep roots and lifelong family ties to North Louisiana. I graduated from Louisiana Tech and earned my law degree at LSU. I’ve been privileged to help families and businesses navigate legal issues, and I have the credentials and experience to be a judge the people in the Second Judicial District, Division A can be proud to support.

In my thirty eight consecutive years of legal practice, I’ve worked as an assistant district attorney, a defense attorney and built a successful private practice from the ground up. I know what it takes to pull myself up from my bootstraps because I’ve done it.

I grew up hauling hay and herding cattle, and I worked offshore on an oil rig to help pay for school. My opponent recently made a sarcastic remark about my background, but you can rest assured that I understand the value of a hard day’s work.

A judge should never belittle working class families. Folks need somebody on the bench who not only understands the law, but also recognizes what people face when dealing with the legal system. My career has prepared me for this moment to be your judge.

A judge answers to the people, and a judge must understand that his or her role is public service. Public servants should be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, and I promise that I will do that.

 I’ve been married to my wife Donna for 35 years, and we have three sons. We spent a decade of summers at the Jackson Parish baseball fields and participating in youth activities through our church. I’m a hunter and a lifelong member of the NRA.

This election is about choices. One candidate retired 12 years ago after spending a career putting people in jail. I’ve been here with you the whole time, building well-rounded experience that will make me the best choice for the bench. I want the people of Claiborne, Jackson and Bienville to know they can trust me to interpret the law, rule fairly and carry myself with the integrity they expect.


Crappie Bite Is On In Hot Weather

Even fishermen who don’t crappie fish know that one of the best times of the year to catch big old slabs is during the spring spawn when the urge to merge captivates the attention of these tasty fish and they move to the shallows to spawn.

Most also know that crappie tend to bunch up in deep water in winter and lots are caught by anglers willing to brave the elements. However, what about the blistering days of July and August? Do anglers seriously fish for them while risking heat stroke? You bet your best Bobby Garland Baby Shad Blue Thunder jig they do.

I had the privilege of fishing with a crappie expert, Bill Pettit, several years ago and came away with a tackle box full of valuable information about summertime crappie fishing from this dyed-in-the-wool perch jerker.

I met Pettit on Ross Barnette Reservoir just out of Jackson, MS where I was fishing as a guest of the B&M Pole Company. Pettit, a retired postal employee in Jackson, was a veritable walking encyclopedia of crappie knowledge and while we caught fish, he shared tidbits of lore that has helped me over the years to know a bit more about these popular and sought-after fish.

One thing that stood out in my mind was Pettit’s comments about fishing for and catching crappie in the heat of summer.

“In spring, you can find crappie on most any lake in shallow water where spawning takes place. However,” Pettit noted, “once hot weather gets here, you can forget about fishing for them in skinny water. They’re going to be suspended in deep water and it takes some searching to locate them. Once you do, you can catch one big old slab after another, provided you can stand the heat.

“Lots of times, I’ll get so hot sitting out there under the broiling sun that I’ll quit fishing for awhile, crank my big motor and tear out across the lake at full speed with one purpose in mind, and that is to cool off. After I cool down a bit, I’ll go back and start catching crappie again.”

As Bill Pettit and others attest, crappie fishing can be downright super in summer, provided you know where to locate the fish. In general, once the spawn is over and the weather begins heating up, crappie head for cooler water, which is usually deep water. Being school fish, once you catch a crappie this time of year, chances are excellent that plenty more are where that one came from.

In big open water bodies, such as rivers and reservoirs like Toledo Bend and Ross Barnette, crappie congregate in or near channels. The moving water will attract pods of shad that the crappie will follow for easy feeding opportunities.

In most deeper lakes in Louisiana, crappie will gather around structure that is located next to deep water. Drop-offs that lead to deep water that has structure near its edge are prime target areas.

In the heat of summer, one of the most productive areas to find the crappie stacked up is around the deeper piers and bridge pilings that may dot the lake you’re fishing.

When fishing bridge pilings, it helps to know where the bridge crosses the channel or the bayou or river. The pilings nearest the deep channels are where you’re more likely to find the fish bunched up because likely as not, schools of shad will have taken a liking to the cooler depths as well. When you find shad, no matter the time of year, you’re likely to find crappie as well.

Summer is here and the heat is on. However, if you follow this expert’s advice and if you can handle the hot sun beating down on your head, you stand a good chance of bringing in a box of slabs.


CANEY LAKE – Bream have slowed but some can still be caught on worms and crickets fished around the piers. Bass have been fair in schools with most running small to medium in size. Crappie are fair around the deeper tops on shiners and jigs. Catfishing has been good tight-lining cold worms and blood bait. Night tournaments are being held Thursday nights at Hooks Marina with a 3-fish limit. For latest information contact Bateaux on Caney Lake at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707. 

OUACHITA RIVER – Bass have been fair fishing around submerged tops and in the cuts and around the drop-offs. Crappie are best fishing the middle of the day or late afternoons on shiners or jigs in 10-14 foot water. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been fair on the flats on shiners and jigs fished 8 feet deep in 10-14 foot water. Bass have been best fishing the edges of the channel along the drops on Brush Hogs, Ole Monster worms and Shaky Heads. Bream have slowed and are basically fair on crickets and worms. Catfishing has been good fishing off the banks with cold worms and night crawlers. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream fishing has been good on crickets and worms with most fish running medium to small in size. Crappie have slowed a bit this week with a few caught around the deeper tops on shiners or jigs. Bass have been fair to good with most running medium to small in size fishing soft plastics around the docks and sea walls. Stripers are schooling with best action early and late on spoons and bucktails. Some are also being caught around the lights at night. Catfishing is best tight lining a variety of baits. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

Summertime crappie fishing can sometimes mean “spider rigging”, the use of several poles to find where the fish are staging

Robinson-Washington Hosts “Back to School” Bash at Revamped Pierre Park

It was great fun had by all where youngsters were able to play on the brand new equipment and the parents were treated to useful school supplies. The event was the Yumeaka Robinson- Washington for Judge “Back to School” Bash where the candidate for the Division B Judges seat in Jackson, Bienville and Claiborne Parishes greeted the people and donated school supplies.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to not only get parents and children to see and enjoy this wonderful , newly equipped park but to also try and help those who may need it with upcoming school supplies and such.”

Robinson thanks all those who assisted with making the day a successful one and reminds everyone to remember that school will soon be starting so everyone should be extra careful while you are driving to pay attention to the little ones who may be near roadways.

Pitching in! Several supporters were on site to help pass out supplies

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE COVID 19 Part II of II

As result of the pandemic many HBCUs are cautiously and hopefully opening their doors for the Fall 2020 semester and are resorting to a combination of in person classes and virtual learning. They must do so to combat potential financial losses, although, some schools are offering online classes only.  Online classes can present serious challenges for some students who live in rural impoverished communities because of the lack of availability of internet and broadband access where they live and more importantly a lack of funds and resources to purchase and support online learning

Recently I spoke with Grambling State University President, Dr. Richard (Rick) Gallot regarding how the Pandemic will impact opening of the university.  Gallot indicated that the campus will open this fall and will adhere to a hybrid approach to learning.  Most students will access classes via the internet from their dormitory rooms on campus.  Students, teachers and staff will be required to follow and abide by CDC guidelines, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, practicing good hygiene such as washing of hands, no parties or hosting of mass gatherings, avoiding indoor crowded spaces and sanitizing hard surfaces.  Due to the State of Louisiana nursing requirements, nursing students will be required to attend in class face to- to face settings.

President Gallot also mentioned that on campus students are being provided with new state of the art technology through the FEDERAL CARES ACT with computers, tablets and state of the art Wi-Fi internet connections which will allow students to connect to seven devices including smart TV.  All sports activities are postponed to spring.  Gallot also indicated that dormitories are 90% occupied and online graduate classes are proceeding without interruption

Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans addressing the opening of  universities, noted in a statement to Politico, said:  “A lot of schools are trying to figure out, can we open safely in the fall knowing that we serve a population that is disproportionately impacted by this disease.  Dillard is watching coronavirus rates in Louisiana and will follow state guidelines for schools.”

Recognizing the potential threat of COVID 19, other HBCUs across the nation in consideration of safety and health concerns are optioning to host class entirely online this fall.  Some schools have indicated that they will mandate and employ the use of digital thermometers, COVID 19 test kits for students, restructuring of classrooms for social distancing and reducing campus population.

A recent survey by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), conducted  with a network of over 37 private HBCUs, including more than 5,000 students, found that 10 % fewer students said they’d return to school if all instruction is online, that students mental and financial well-being was being diminished by the pandemic, and students were three times more likely to consider transferring to a school that’s closer to home”

It is worth noting that many HBCUs representatives are of the considered opinion and warn that a high percentage of students who take time off from school are unlikely to return and graduate, and that many African American students are also having to overcome socioeconomic disparities, thereby exacerbating the effects of the pandemic.

We also note that according to a recent POLITICO/Morning poll, 60 percent of Black voters strongly or somewhat oppose reopening colleges and universities this fall, compared with 48 percent of white voters. When it comes to reopening K-12 schools,66 percent of Black voters are opposed versus 49 percent of whites.

Without question education of minorities is the single most important tool that has been used to liberate people of color from the dungeons of ignorance, grips and depth of poverty.  No question, it is so important that we save Historical Black Colleges and Universities, but we must never place the jingle of a few dollars or financial gains over life, safety and public health issues of our students, faculty, and staff.  We want our children to be educated but we must always be focused on safely opening our schools.  We may be impacted by some of the detriments caused by kids staying at home and learning online, nevertheless the loss of life due to ill equipped, unprepared and unsafe schools due to COVID 19 is totally unacceptable.

Once again, we must pray mightily, asking Almighty God to help and guide us during this crisis situation, to protect our children, faculty and staff, and  to help us to do the right thing, to make the right decisions and leave the rest and right results up to God who has the whole world in his hands.  Students, faculty, and staff be safe!!

Dr. Herbert Simmons, Jr. is an associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Grambling State University, former President, Grambling State University Faculty Senate and former Chair, Department of Consumer Education and Resource Management, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Major Line Blowout Disrupts Water Service for A Day

What the….. We don’t have any water? This question was asked by virtually everyone on the southern and eastern end of Jonesboro this past Thursday as a major blowout in the line on the Beech Springs Road caused an outage that lasted for hours.

Eventually the water crew of the Jonesboro Public Works system got things back on line but the after effect was that there was a Boil Advisory in place until the lines could be cleared and purified. That was lifted the next day and everything was back in working order as normal.

As one resident who wished not to be identified said. “You don’t think about the guys who work on the lines every day until you don’t have any water, but you sure are thankful for them after they get your water back running.” Well said!

Remember This? Happy Birthday Mennie!

At about 9:30 p.m., July 27, 1975, 33-year-old bank teller Mennie Person was walking by a car dealership called Madison Cadillac when she spotted a unique, custom-made, Cadillac parked on the lot.  She and her husband, Troy, were Cadillac fans.  They owned a 1974 model and were familiar with the 1975 models, but this one was unlike anything she had ever seen.  She was not in the market to buy a new Cadillac, she and Troy were still paying on the one they had, but she just had to get a closer look.  What would it hurt? 

Mennie got closer to the car and noticed that one of the windows was lowered.  She stuck her head in and was admiring the car when someone walked up to her from out of the back parking lot.  The man asked her if she liked the Cadillac, and she said she liked it very much.  The man thanked her and said “That one’s mine, but I’ll buy you one.”  Mennie’s mouth fell open.  She said she and her husband already had a Cadillac and would not be able to pay for a second one.  He explained that he was paying for the car.  It was to be his gift to her.  Mennie was in shock.

The man gently took Mennie by the arm and escorted her to the back parking lot from which he came.  Dozens of brand-new shiny Cadillacs sat waiting for their new homes.  Mennie and the man looked at the different models for just a few minutes.  The man turned to Mennie and told her to “pick one out.”  Mennie was still in a state of shock.  Why would a man she had never met buy her a brand-new Cadillac.  The man patiently waited as Mennie selected a gold and white Cadillac Eldorado.  It listed for about $11,500, which, adjusted for inflation, is just under $50,000 in today’s money.  The man motioned for someone to bring him the keys.

Mennie, still in shock, made small talk with the man.  She thanked him several times and told him that the car was a wonderful birthday present.  Her birthday was just two days away.  Within just a few moments, the man handed Mennie the keys to her brand-new Cadillac and wished her a happy birthday.  The man assured her that all of the paperwork would be taken care of for her.  Since her birthday was coming up, the man handed her a check for an undisclosed amount “to buy some clothes to go with the car.” 

When Mennie mentioned again that she and her husband already owned a Cadillac, the man told her to keep it or to give it to her husband.  She could do whatever she wanted with either Cadillac.  As Mennie provided the necessary information to the dealership to have the vehicle titled in her name, she thought it was too good to be true.  If it was true, would anyone believe her? 

Mennie had never met the generous man who bought her a brand-new Cadillac of her choice, wrote her a check to buy new clothes to go with it, and wished her a happy birthday, but she certainly knew of him.  Everyone, it seemed, knew of him.  Mennie did not need to worry if anyone would believe her.  On her birthday, newspapers around the world shared the story of how Mennie just happened to be in the right place at the right time to receive the generosity of a king.  His name was Elvis Presley.              

For more real stories about real people with a twist, order your copy of “Remember This?” at or listen to his podcast “Brad Dison’s Remember This?”  Brad earned his master’s degree in the subject from Louisiana Tech University. He has written four history books and has been published in newspapers and scholarly journals. Keep up with Brad’s column through the Facebook group “Remember This? by Brad Dison.”


  1. The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), July 29, 1975, p.2.
  2. Tucson Citizen, July 29, 1975, p.1.
  3. The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee), July 29, 1975, p.29.

Arrest reports from August 3 – August 17

It has been a busy first two weeks of August for Jackson Parish law enforcement officials as evidenced by the long list of offenders shown below. Forty eight arrests in all were made between the dates of August 3rd thru August 17th. Twenty two of those were for bench warrants enforced after failing to appear in courts from not only Jackson Parish but surrounding parishes as well. Contributing law enforcements groups were the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jonesboro Police Department , Hodge Police Department and North Hodge Police Department.

List of offenders:

  1. Christopher R. Tyler (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrant, No proof of Insurance, Failure to Secure Driver’s License, Simple Burglary
  2. William Baker (Jonesboro, LA) – Disobeying Stop Sign, Expired Driver’s License , Attempted Flight (Resisting)
  3. Albert Martin (Bienville, LA) – Theft of Goods, Flight from an Officer, Improper Lane Usage.
  4. Michael L. Waldroup (Eros, LA) – Fire Raising on Land, Simple Battery, Disturbing the Peace
  5. Troy G. Wiley (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrants – Aggravated Assault , Criminal Mischief
  6. Amanda Walsworth (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant – Driving under Suspension
  7. David Flowers (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery
  8. David Brown (Jonesboro, LA) – Parole Violations
  9. Michelle Murphy (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrants – no seat belt, Expired driver’s license, Disobey Stop Signs
  10. Shawn J. Lassere (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrants for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving under suspension
  11. Jaclyn Duncan (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrants for forgery and theft
  12. Carrie Swift (North Hodge, LA) – Bench Warrants for Possession of Schedule II and Legend Drugs
  13. John C. Roane (North Hodge, LA) – Warrant for expired driver’s license
  14. Sadie L. Mixon (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrants for DWI (1st offense), Improper Lane Usage
  15. Melanie Murphy (West Monroe, LA) – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Schedule II drug
  16. Stevon Tipton (Calhoun, LA) – Fugitive from Lincoln Parish (Violations of Protective Order)
  17. Kenneth R. Shows ( Chatham, LA) – Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Possession of Marijuana
  18. Jimmy W. Caskey ( North Hodge, LA) – Theft under $100.00
  19. Michaela Sneed (Shreveport, LA) – Possession of Schedule I drug
  20. Kennard C. West (Jonesboro, LA) – Jackson Parish Bench Warrant ( 2nd degree battery)
  21. Desmond Campbell (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the Peace
  22. Sadie Mxon (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the Peace
  23. Dusting W. Lebrun (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrant for Possession of Synthetic Cannibas
  24. Amy Marie Kelley-Lopez (Quitman, LA)- Possession of Stolen Things, Failure to dim lights, Ouachita Parish Warrants – Simple Burglary x 2, Lincoln Parish Warrants – Simple Burglary x 7, Ruston Police Department – Simple Burglary, Introduction of Contraband, Possession of Schedule II drug
  25. John Coy Malachi Parks (Chatham, LA )- Illegal Possession of Stolen Things
  26. Daniel B. Rogers (Jonesboro, LA) – Speeding, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest x 2
  27. Jacob D. Smith (Quitman, LA) – Theft
  28. Sidney Daniels (Jonesboro, LA) Bench Warrant for Traffic Violations
  29. Debra R. Hughes ( Opelousas, LA – Theft
  30. Stephen Doucet (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrant for Driving under suspension
  31. Joshua F. Wallzer (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant for Failure to pay child support
  32. Marcus Jackson (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant for Simple burglary of a motor vehicle, Possession of Schedule I drug (3rd offense), Possession of Schedule II drug , Possession of Synthetic Drug
  33. Chris B. Bowe (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the Peace
  34. Charles W Aytens (Chatham, LA) – Execution of Sentence on Warrant
  35. Aliswon Mason (Ruston, LA) – Possession of Marijuana, Resisting officer
  36. Jimmie Don Amos (Jonesboro, LA) – Aggravated 2nd degree batters, possession of firearm by convicted felon
  37. Derek N, King (Quitman, LA) – Bench Warrant from Lincoln Parish
  38. Samuel Watson (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I drug , Expired driver’s license
  39. Ricky Caskey (Jonesboro, LA) – Open Container, failure to appear
  40. Samantha D. Adams (Jonesboro, LA) – Winn Parish Warrant – issuing worthless checks
  41. Jamer Norris (Jonesboro, LA) – Driving under suspension, speeding
  42. Tony Lee Sesley JR (Jonesboro, LA) – Jackson Parish Warrant for 2nd degree battery
  43. Charles M. Thompson (Ashland, LA) Disturbing the Peace, Resisting an officer x2
  44. Samantha P. Dianne ( Ruston, LA) – Grambling Bench Warrant for Driving under suspension, driving in fire lanes, no seat belt
  45. Samuel D. Watson (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrant for Illegal carry of a weapon
  46. Kyowa D. Reynolds ( Jonesboro, LA) – Simple Battery
  47. Oscar Grimsley (Jonesboro, LA) – Execution of Sentence
  48. Alex Sharp (Winnfield, LA) – Simple possession of marijuana, operating off road vehicle on roadway



The Jackson Parish Journal is pleased to add a new Classifieds section where you can post items for sale, offer job opportunities, professional services, etc… Cost per post is $10.00 per week and can be submitted by email at or by text to 318-480-1206.

For Sale:

5.06 acres of land (Price Reduced) – located one mile East of Jimmie Davis Tabernacle on Hwy. 542, Beech Springs Road, Quitman, LA.  Call (706)745-3933 for more information.  

Church Bus – Jonesboro-Hodge United Methodist Church is selling small Bus that is equipped with Handicap accessibility. Engine work needed. Contact Paul Sterns for more information at (360) 399-8347.  

Book for sale – “The 100 year history of JHHS football” – An in-depth, year by year review of each season that includes names of players from virtually every year and individual/school records. Cost is $25.00 per copy plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To place your order, call 318-480-1206.

Help wanted:



Boy Scouts of America – For boys in 6th grade through 18 years old. For more information contact: Dawn Slezak at (713) 824-1772.

Cub Scouts of America – For boys and girls in Kindergarten through the 5th grade. For more information contact: Dawn Slezak at (713) 824 – 1772.

Services offered:

Harris Yard Beautification – Professional Lawn Care provided at reasonable rates. Call Greg at (318) 245-2349

A1 Honey Do, LLCBoat house, deck building and repairs. A Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). For estimates contact Mark Droesser, Owner at 318-366-7598 “We do what your honey can’t do”.

Public Notices:

Town of Jonesboro Board of Alderman Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Public Hearing

Called to order by Mayor Leslie Thompson at 5:30 P.M.

Roll Call:  Flowers-Present, Stringer-Present, Siadek-Present, Ginn-Present, and Johnson-Present.

Invocation was conducted by Siadek. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Stringer.

Ordinance #2020-004 Tax Collector Raise, Ordinance #2020-005 Council Raise, Ordinance #2020-006 Sewer Budget, Ordinance #2020-007 Water Budget, and Ordinance #2020-008 Juneteenth Holiday The public was given the opportunity to ask questions regarding any of the ordinances. There was some discussion.


Amendments- Resolution #2020-031, Ordinance #2020-010, Ordinance #2020-011, Executive Session, Take off Kenneth Folden Contract. Motion by Stringer, seconded by Siadek. Motion carried.

Stringer made a motion to change the order of the agenda to move the Public Hearing discussed Ordinances below “Mayor’s Update”, seconded by Siadek. Flowers opposed. Motion Carried.

Public Comments- There were no public comments.

Approval of July Minutes: Motion by Flowers to approve July’s minutes, seconded by Stringer. Motion carried.

Approval of July Bills: Motion to approve July’s bills made by Johnson. Seconded by Stringer. Motion carried.

Approval of July Financials:  Motion by Stringer to approve the July financials, Seconded by Flowers. Motion carried.

Mayor’s Update: “One team, one dream.”

Ordinance #2020-006 Sewer Budget: A motion was made by Stringer to amend Ordinance #2020-006, seconded by Flowers. Motion carried.

Ordinance #2020-0010 Sewer Budget Amendment: A motion was made by Stringer to adopt Ordinance #2020-010, seconded by Flowers. Motion carried.

Ordinance #2020-007 Water Budget: Motion by Siadek to amend Ordinance #2020-007, seconded by Stringer. Motion carried.

Ordinance #2020-011 Water Budget Amendment:  Motion by Siadek to adopt Ordinance #2020-011, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

Ordinance #2020-008 Juneteenth Holiday: Stringer made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2020-008, seconded by Flowers. Motion carried.

Ordinance #2020-004 Tax Collector Raise: Motion by Stringer to adopt Ordinance #2020-00, seconded by Flowers. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Stringer to correct the wording on the Clerk and Tax Collector’s salary from “fixed” to “salaried”, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

Ordinance #2020-005 Council Raise: Stringer made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2020-005, seconded by Siadek. Flowers opposed. Motion carried.

Audit Questionnaire: Motion by Flowers to adopt the Audit Questionnaire, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

Department Head Reports:  Fire Chief Brandon Brown, Police Chief James Harris, and Public Works Director Calvin Wortham gave a monthly update on each of their departments.

Approval of Department Head Reports: Flowers motion to approve the Department Head Reports, seconded by Siadek. Motion carried.

Police Termination-D’Corrian Livingston: Flowers made a motion to accept the termination, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

Police New Hire-Faylon  Napper: Motion by Siadek to approve the new hire, seconded by Stringer. Motion carried.

Mobil Home-920 S. Polk St.- Flowers made a motion to approve the mobile home on 920 S. Polk St., seconded by Siadek. Motion carried.

Consent Decree: There was some discussion regarding the consent decree the Town was served with.

Resolution #2020-029-Authorizing Mayor to purchase new meters: Siadek made a motion to table Resolution #2020-029, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

Resolution #2020-030-Incur Debt: Siadek made a motion to table Resolution #2020-030, seconded by Johnson. Motion carried.

James Bradford-zoning: Mr. Bradford expressed his concerns regarding the zoning of 705 Leon Dr. He requested the council to consider rezoning the area as Residential instead of Business.

Surplus Bids-Fire Trucks: Flowers made a motion to accept the bid made by Emergency Vehicle Resource, seconded by Stringer. Motion carried.

Resolution #2020-028-Fire Trucks: Johnson made a motion to adopt Resolution #2020-028, seconded by Siadek. Motion carried.

Fire Trucks Lease Agreement-Government Capitol : Johnson made a motion to accept the terms of the lease agreement, seconded by Flowers. Motion carried.

Resolution #2020-031 DEQ- Sewer Compliance Upgrade: Flowers made a motion to adopt Resolution #2020-031, seconded by Stringer. Motion carried.

Executive Session: Stringer made a motion to enter executive session, seconded by Siadek. Motion carried.

Stringer made a motion to come out of executive session, seconded by Flowers. Motion carried.

Ordinance #2020-009 Water Rates: Stringer made a motion to introduce Ordinance #2020-009 and set a public hearing for September 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Council Comments: Comments were expressed.

Mayor Comments: Comments were expressed.

Adjournment: Flowers made a motion to adjournment the meeting, seconded by Stringer. Motion carried.


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 The Ward Two Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners met in regular session on August 11, 2020 7:00 pm at the District Office. By Roll Call the following members were present: Alton Fallin, Charles Hopkins, and Mack Williams. Absent were George Gryder and Bill Wheelis. There was one public visitor recognized, Mrs. Deana Thomas.

There were 1-additions 0-deletions offered to the agenda, meeting called to order by Chairman Williams, followed by invocation. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to accept the agenda as presented, addition of apparatus per Mr. Hopkins request, and proceed into business, motion Mr. Hopkins, second Mr. Fallin, motion carried. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to accept the minutes from July 14, 2020 meeting minutes, motion Mr. Hopkins, second Mr. Fallin, motion carried. Corrections/Approval: None.

 In the order of Old Business: Chief Manning delivered the July Fire report for 5 total calls as follows: 2 Fire, 0 Grass/Brush, 0 EMS, 2 MVA, 1 public tree removals. Fuel report for July was on hand of 327.9 gallons, fuel usage was 33.1 gallons. Apparatus/Equipment Maintenance – None. Misc. the signs are still in process of being placed around the ward, need to order some more signs. PIAL – Getting bids on clearing and leveling new training site have received oneVbid so far. July training 9 members attended. Purchasing agent reports for July 2020 was reviewed. Gap Report was noVchange at 100%. P card addressed with 2 signatures, Mr. Jim Manning and Ms. Donna Snow, on account and $2000.00 monthly limit and a P Card policy developed for P Card use, Mr. Williams entertained motion, motion Mr. Fallin second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried. Land clearing bid by J & L Works LLC acceptance if no lower bids, motion entered by Mr. Hopkins, second Mr. Fallin, motion carried. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to proceed into new business, motion Mr. Fallin, second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried.

In the order of New Business, Financial Report for m/e 07/31/20 was presented. The bill review was completed by Mr. Williams. Presentation of Bills for July was discussed. A resolution was read in full as follows: BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage(s) are hereby levied on the 2020 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by Ward Two Fire Protection District:


Ward Two Fire Protection District, Maintenance & Operation 11.23 mills

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proper administrative officials of the Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to spread said taxes, as hereinabove set forth, upon the assessment roll of said Parish for the year 2020, and to make the collection of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in the manner provided by law.

The foregoing resolution was read in full; the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes: Yeas-3 Nays-0 Abstained-0 Absent -2 Mr. Williams entertained motion to retain Mrs. Deana Thomas as Ward 2 Fire Protection District notary, motion Mr. Fallin, second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried.

 The Action List was reviewed- added equipment apparatus for acquisition of rescue truck for Vernon Station. Board members were asked if needed to make any comments, none. There being no further orders of business motion entertained by Mr. Williams to adjourn, motion by Mr. Fallin to adjourn, second Mr. Hopkins, meeting declared adjourned by the chairman at 7:50 p.m.

M.A. Williams, Chairman

Donna Snow, Secretary

Death Notices August 10-17

Larry Melvin Pardue                 May 13, 1938 – August 13, 2020

Mr. Larry Melvin Pardue Sr., age 82 of Jonesboro, LA passed away peacefully at his home while surrounded by his family on August 13, 2020. Larry was born in LeCompte, La on May 13, 1938. He is preceded in death by his parents Victor Carl and Jewel (Tumlin) Pardue, brothers Victor and John Pardue, sisters Max Quarles and Connie Spurlock.

Larry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Juliette Saint Pardue. Together they raised 5 children Tamera Morgan (Stephen), Lauri Brown, (Scott), Susie Nomey, Larry Jr. (Samantha), Joey Pardue (Kori), plus 2 bonus children Troy Dane Johnston and Wendy Davis, all of Jonesboro. He will be remembered by 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Larry was a proud graduate of Weston High School. He co-founded Pardue & Quarles in 1969, alongside his late brother-in-law John Ed Quarles. He created a business that felt like home to all that walked in, whether it was drinking coffee in the back or swapping stories about what the fish were biting even though he wouldn’t tell a soul what bait he used. He was the epitome of a hard working man. Larry was passionate about the community and his church. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. He was a staple in the Jonesboro community.  Larry was known for his quick wit, big smile, and love for his family. He kept things interesting with his jokes, dancing, and stubborn demeanor. Larry spent many hours with his kids and grandkids on the pond, in the deer stand, or in the garden. He’d take you fishing, but you can bet he stood at the back of the boat to put himself on the fish. And don’t think he’d give up a shot at a buck, even if it was his 10 year old granddaughters first hunt.

Larry was an avid outdoorsman, it didn’t matter what time of the year it was but you could find him pulling a 4-wheeler, a boat, or a tractor. He’s hunted all over the south and has the antlers to prove it. When hunting season was over, you could find him in his garden or on the lake. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church Building & Grounds fund or the charity of your choice.

Brenda Michelle Bishop          Sept. 29, 1962 – August 15, 2020

Mrs. Brenda M. Bishop, age 57 of Hodge, entered into Heaven on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to many.  Mrs. Bishop was a retired merchandiser who loved spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Michael Bishop; children, Michael Paul Ellington & Ashlee, Kevin Ellington & Rachel, Jason Bishop; grandchildren, Eli Ellington, Carson Ellington, Whitten Ellington, Ayla Ellington, Callan Ellington, James Ellington, Sadie Ellington; siblings, Denise Foy & James, Micheal Quinton, Amanda Woods & Brian; uncle, Robert Quinton, Jr.; step-father, Thomas Chesney; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Mrs. Bishop was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Quinton, Sr. and Sandra Faye (Whitten) Chesney; grandparents, Robert Whitten and Melba (Duck) Whitten.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at North Hodge Assembly of God Church with Reverend Geary Phillips officiating. In lieu of flowers Brenda had requested that donations be made to Pilots for Patients at or Pilots for Patients, 3127 Mercedes Drive, Monroe, LA 71201

***COVID-19 Precautions of Mask & Social Distancing Should Be Observed For Service Attendance***

George Edward Freeman        Sept. 09, 1962 – August 15, 2020

Mr. George Edward Freeman, age 57 of Jonesboro, died Saturday, August 15, 2020, following a period of declining health.  Mr. Freeman loved the outdoors and he loved his family. Those left to cherish his memory are his life partner, Linda Boykin; son, Cody Freeman; siblings, Peggy Alford and Lewis Freeman; a host of other family and friends.  Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Edward Freeman and Iva (Davis) Freeman.

There will be memorial service held in his honor 6:00 -8:00 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in the chapel of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations in his honor be made to the charity of your choice.

***COVID-19 Precautions of Mask & Social Distancing Should Be Observed For Service Attendance***

Ted Bosch                  December 26, 1970 – August 11, 2020

Mr. Ted Warren Bosch, age 49 of Dry Prong, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Dorothy Bosch; father-in-law, Jon Odom. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carol Odom Bosch; children, Erin Bosch, Adam Bosch; grandchildren, Kai Matu’u, Kane Matu’u; siblings, Deidra Terral and Terry, Pat Bosch and Lisa, Christy Luke and Reynold, Tim Bosch and Melissa; mother-in-law, Barbara Otwell and Dennis; brother-in-law, Daryl Odom; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial services will be announced at a later date.


Cleasy Ernest Futrell        February 02, 1942 – August 12, 2020

Mr. Cleasy Ernest Futrell, age 78 of Quitman, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  He retired from the Hodge Paper Mill after 42 years of employment.  Mr. Futrell was a very creative and talented artist who also enjoyed time spent gardening.  He was a devoted minister who truly loved the Lord and he will be remembered for being a wonderful man of God.  His family was his prized possession and he loved each of his family members with his whole heart.

Mr. Futrell is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Eula Murphy Futrell; his son, Adam Futrell and wife Rachel; grandchildren, Crystal Futrell, Chris Futrell and wife Traci, D.J. Futrell and wife Amanda, Courtney Futrell, John Walker and wife Jessica, Carrie-Lynn and Grace Futrell, Dakoda Morse, Cheyenne Nugent and husband Lee, Nathan Morse and A.J. Futrell; great grandchildren, Maci Futrell, Abigail Futrell, Gabi Lee Futrell, Chris Futrell, Jr., Nevaeh Futrell, Lucas Futrell, Laila Futrell, Alec, Bella Walker, Jules Walker, Ellington Walker, Nova Lee and Natalie Nugent; sisters, Diana Hammons and husband Charles, Pat Mason; brother, Charles Futrell and wife Becky; brother-in-law, Jerry Murphy and wife Wanda; sisters-in- law, Girline Smith, Martha Murphy; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones.  He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Futrell; parents, E.J. and Helen Futrell; siblings, Doyle Futrell, Mary Ellen, Deloris and husband Travis; nephew, Edwin Futrell; great grandchildren, Willow Raine, Mauryk-Renn; sisters-in-law, Allie Lunsford, Laverne Murphy, Lois Carlile; brothers-in-law, Wayne Murphy, T.D.”Doc” Murphy, J.C. Carlile, Marion Smith, Tommy Lunsford.

A graveside service was had at Springhill Cemetery at 3:00PM with Reverend Rick Cole officiating.  Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were Chris Futrell, D.J. Futrell, Dakoda Morse, Nathan Morse, A.J. Futrell, Lee Nugent.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Terry Carpenter, Randy Mason, Allen Hammons.


Murline Brooks                           March 12, 1944 – August 11, 2020

Mrs. Murline Brooks, age 76 of Monroe and formerly of Quitman, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  She was a nurse that enjoyed exploring her recipe books and cooking.  Mrs. Murline was a huge fan of Christmas time and loved making Christmas crafts.  She loved and adored her family and church family.

She is survived by her children, Tina Brooks, Staci Spurlock, Dr. Steven Futrell; siblings, Robert Barry Shug and Patricia Ann (Aldy) Womack; sister-in- law, Fannie Fletcher; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Aubrey Brooks; parents, Murlin and Willie Womack. A graveside service was held at the Mount Olive East Cemetery with Reverend Charles Penuell officiating.  Burial was under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were Gilbert Pickens, Dwight Lamkin, Steve Matlock, Jody Terral, Mathew Boughton, Eric Holers, Tom Teprovich. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jackson Parish Recreation Board Moves Forward with Outdoor Pavilion Project

The Jackson Parish Recreation Department Complex already offers more amenities than most any in north Louisiana. It is soon going to become second to none thanks to the approval of the Jackson Parish Recreation Board who agreed to move forward with a multi-million dollar outdoor pavilion project.

Board member’s Brent Barnett, Ricky Cash, Brandon Lamkin, Rodney Potts, Sullivan Stevens and Chris Womack unanimously agreed to move forward with the project at their July 20th meeting after engineer Paul Riley of Riley Company in Ruston discussed the plans and costs involved for construction. Jeff Hairston was absent.

Per Riley, the budget money would consist of the following:

  1. $278,000.00 to be paid by the state
  2. $250,000.00 – $400,000.00 to be paid by the Jackson Parish Police Jury
  3. $1,722,000.00 – $1,872,000.00 to be paid by Jackson Parish Recreation District (depending on how much the JP Police Jury provides)

“This is a great day for the people of Jackson Parish,” said Recreation Director Tommy Smith. “To be able to have an outdoor pavilion on the grounds is something that we have been wanting for years. Thanks need to be given to our board members who have worked diligently to make this dream come true.”

Once completed such long standing traditions that have gone by the wayside over the past years as the Jackson Parish Rodeo and Play Days can take place again. The pavilion also will allow for many additional parish activities to take place as well.

In other action the board agreed to enter into a $8,287.01 Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Town of Chatham to purchase 4 trash receptacles, 4 surface mount pedestals, 4 picnic tables and concrete for pads.

Nathan Crane of Watermark Golf presented his findings for the golf course renovation program and the board rejected all bids for the LCWF tennis courts. Director Smith gave an update on the ongoing summer sports programs, Rebecca Williams did the same on the golf course and all financials and minutes from June were approved.

The next regular scheduled meeting was set for Monday, August 17th at 12:00 noon at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center in Jonesboro.

Ward 3 (Chatham) Fire Protection District Adopts Resolution to Set New Millage Rates

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Ward 3 Fire Protection District held on August 3rd at the Chatham Fire Station training room board members Freddy Tolar, Dwight Cooper, Wayne Whitman and Margaret Waggoner unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution to set millage rates for 2020 at 9.99 mils. James Mixon was absent.

In other action the board received a final update on the sale of a truck, discussed purchasing a new mower and heard the updated plans on the new training building which now has the road completed to it. Also a policy was adopted announcing that the district would no long fill in swimming pools.

Entire minutes of the meeting are shown in Classifieds section of the Jackson Parish Journal.

LHSAA Announces Prep Football Season to Begin on Oct 8th-10th

It looks like we will have a prep football season after all. That is if the state of Louisiana has moved to Phase 3 by then. This past week the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) sent a memo to member schools by Executive Director Eddie Bonine outlining certain regulations and guidelines pertaining to football, volleyball, cross country and swimming.

Notable recommendations implemented for the sport of football now state that scrimmages and jamborees are no longer an option this fall. The association had previously mentioned the possibility of preseason contests taking place the week before an October 8th regular season start date.

Team boxes are now extended an additional ten yards to each team’s respective 15-yard line. Within the box only essential personnel is permitted and all must wear a mask and maintain a six foot distance at all times. Players, when not playing, must also wear a mask.

It has also been determined that instead of schools reworking schedules for a shortened season that the season would start with each school playing teams shown on the third week of the schedule . While some parameters have been set there is still discussion going on about how long the regular season will be and how many playoff teams would be considered.

Currently a six game regular season followed by the playoffs and the state championships to be played on the weekend of December 12th, which is the normal time that the state title games are played in the Superdome, seems to have the most leverage.

A longer regular season with shortened playoffs and moving the state championship venues to other locations are also being considered as well as re-combining “select” and “non-select” schools in the playoffs for a one year period.  Also noted was that football teams could have the option of playing a bowl game as an “extra” contest should it not make its respective playoff field.

For olympic fall sports, similar guidelines were also established. You may read more about each sport’s guidelines by clicking HERE.

League Play Ends for JPRD – All-Star Teams Announced

It was short and sweet and now it is over for summer league play of the Jackson Parish Recreation Department. All in all it turned out to be a very successful campaign as despite all the restrictions and problems caused by the COVID-19 epidemic the eight teams that competed were able to finish the season without a hitch.

“We were very happy with the way things turned out,” said JPRD director Tommy Smith. “To say that we had challenges to meet is an understatement but thanks to the staff, parents, coaches and the players we made it through with no problems.”

Six league champions were crowned with Leach’s Turf Divas’ (9-10 girls) and Catfish Inn (11-13 girls) winning titles in undefeated fashion. Additional league winners were:  Heyhunner’s (7-8 girls), Traina’s Bakery (7-8 boys), Rhode’s Farms (9-10 boys) and Jonesboro Glass (11-13 boys).

All-Star teams announced

Girl’s teams from the 7-8 and 12U leagues from Jackson Parish were selected that took part in All-Star competition this past weekend. Due to publishing deadlines complete tournament results and game scores will be provided in the August 19th edition of the Jackson Parish Journal. Rosters for each are:

Jackson Parish 12U All-Stars: Players-  Maggie Guyotte, Peyton Muse, Skylar Hall, Anna Grace Lee, Madison Brymer, Elli Dickerson, Zoie Anderson, Allison Phelps, Gracee Barton, Chloe James. Coaches- Brian Guyotte, Reggie Hall, Scott Jach

Jackson Parish 7-8 Coach Pitch All-Stars: Players – Hannah Aldy, London Burks, Teegan Hall, Sally Keiffer, Landry Horsfall, Skylar Lamkin, Mykenzie Macoy, Tessa Reeves, Ella Simonelli, Amelia Staggs, Maggie Wall, Ryleigh Trahan, Rachel Bandy. Coaches – Patrick Staggs, Corey Aldy, Kristyne Anderson, April Simonelli

Leach’s Line Drivers celebrate last game of the season!
Champion! Catfish Inn went undefeated to win the 11-13 JPRD softball league