Jonesboro Mayor Issues Statement Regarding “Christmas Lighting” Tradition

Over the years Jonesboro has been known for several iconic things. At one time it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest unbroken sidewalk in the nation. The paper mill (actually located in Hodge) also made news years ago by being home to the largest paper machine ever built.

More recently Jonesboro has laid claim to having the most Christmas lights of a town its size and the annual Christmas Wonderland in the Pines festival has drawn thousands who come to witness the incredible display of down town at night.  According to a statement issued recently by Mayor Leslie Thompson this too will be a thing of the past.

“The Town of Jonesboro has a rich tradition of lighting up the town during the Christmas season.  As we are living in unprecedented times, at some point everything goes through changes.  It is most unfortunate that the town is financially unable to support the Christmas lighting at the same level as in previous years.  No one enjoys the lights more than my family and me, but in order to keep essential city services operating; the budget is unable to sustain lighting as in previous years.” 

“We have met with the Chamber of Commerce on several occasions to suggest alternatives to the town bearing the majority cost for the lighting as in the past.  We suggested that each business would decorate their own storefront, use volunteers, or contract with someone to decorate for them.  The town would be willing to decorate the boulevard and other public spaces (along Hwy 167) which would be at a minimal cost.  In an effort to assist local businesses, the town has agreed to provide lights, which are owned by the town, to businesses which request them.”

“Putting up Christmas lights costs the Town of Jonesboro approximately $112,813 including staff time and expenses for equipment and supplies.  In return the town recoups about $6,000 from businesses paying to put up lights, and there is no real change in the amount of sales taxes during this period.  We lose money every year but have continued to foot the bill because the town was in a more financially secure position prior to 2020.”

“As always, we are willing to work with the Chamber to make things happen for the citizens of the Town of Jonesboro.  These are difficult and unusual times for everyone and no one regrets more than me that we are unable to light up the town at Christmas.  I hope and trust that as you see the numbers here, you will agree that the decision we have made to work with the Chamber to provide minimal lighting was the right decision for all of the citizens of the Town of Jonesboro.”

Thanks for your understanding in this matter.

Mayor Thompson

JHHS Opens Season at Delta Charter This Friday

Even Mother Nature showed that she is ready for some football. This week began with a cool nip in the air as temperatures dropped into the upper 50’s. According to the long range forecast by kickoff this Friday evening much the same can be expected. That is FOOTBALL weather.

The 101st edition of Jonesboro-Hodge Tiger football will begin the 2020 season by venturing to Ferriday to take on Class A Delta Charter who will be entering only their sixth season. Last year the Tigers beat the Storm by a score of 56-28.

See below for the expected strengths and weaknesses of both teams:

Jonesboro- Hodge:

Strengths:  The Tigers return their entire starting backfield from a year ago. Junior Quarterback Tydre Malone and sophomore LaJavion Nichols are expected to have standout seasons with each looking tremendous in pre-season practices and last week’s scrimmage. The receiving corp has good speed and has good open field ability. Defensively the Tigers have decent size and return several who played important roles last year.

Weaknesses: The line is untested and several are moving into new positions. It remains to be seen how well they will do. Another possible problem is the depth of the team. If the injury bug hits certain positions it could derail a promising season.

Delta Charter

Strengths:  The Storm was basically a one man show last year and running back Tre Griffin returns for his final campaign. The senior averaged roughly 104 yards per game and accounted for nearly half (1824) of the 3820 total yards Delta Charter gained in 2019. The Storm rarely throws the ball but when they do Senior Kenzeric  Hollins who caught 11 passes for 252 yards  a year ago is the main target.

Weaknesses: The expected starting quarterback junior Peyton Roberts threw a total of one pass last year and the rushing/receiving production falls off dramatically behind the above mentioned duo. Delta Charter also lost their top three tacklers with many untested and new players being inserted into a defense that gave up 30 or more points in 8 of their 12 contests including the 56 the Tigers put on them.


Expect the Tigers to score early and often……..                  JHHS 48                Delta Charter 16

Jackson Parish Hospital Reminds That October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the next four weeks the Jackson Parish Hospital will be providing important information about breast cancer, lifestyle related risk factors and how to get treatment and/or support.

Whether you or a loved one are worried about developing breast cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through breast cancer treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment this detailed information can help you find the answers you need.

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast. Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control. Breast cancer cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer, too.

It’s important to understand that most breast lumps are benign and not cancer (malignant). Non-cancerous breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast. They are not life threatening, but some types of benign breast lumps can increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer.  Any breast lump or change needs to be checked by a health care professional to determine if it is benign or malignant (cancer) and if it might affect your future cancer risk.

Where breast cancer starts

Breast cancers can start from different parts of the breast. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple. (ductal cancers) Some start in the glands that make breast milk. (lobular cancers) A small number of cancers start in other tissues in the breast. These cancers are called sarcomas and lymphomas and are not really thought of as breast cancers.

Although many types of breast cancer can cause a lump in the breast, not all do. Many breast cancers are also found on screening mammograms, which can detect cancers at an earlier stage, often before they can be felt, and before symptoms develop.

Types of breast cancer

There are many different types of breast cancer. Common ones include ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and invasive carcinoma. Others, like phyllodes tumors and angiosarcoma are less common.

Once a biopsy is done, breast cancer cells are tested for proteins called estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and HER2. The tumor cells are also closely looked at in the lab to find out what grade it is. The specific proteins found and the tumor grade can help decide treatment options.

How breast cancer spreads

Breast cancer can spread when the cancer cells get into the blood or lymph system and are carried to other parts of the body.  The lymph system is a network of lymph (or lymphatic) vessels found throughout the body that connects lymph nodes (small bean-shaped collections of immune system cells).

The clear fluid inside the lymph vessels, called lymph, contains tissue by-products and waste material, as well as immune system cells. The lymph vessels carry lymph fluid away from the breast. In the case of breast cancer, cancer cells can enter those lymph vessels and start to grow in lymph nodes. Most of the lymph vessels of the breast drain into:

  1. Lymph nodes under the arm (axillary nodes)
  2. Lymph nodes around the collar bone (supraclavicular [above the collar bone] and infra-clavicular [below the collar bone] lymph nodes)
  3. Lymph nodes inside the chest near the breast bone (internal mammary lymph nodes)

Next week we will look at lifestyles that are conducive to breast cancer risk.

3D Mammogram
CT Scan


By: Glynn Harris

            “Puppy Love is an informal term for feelings of love often felt during childhood and adolescence. It is named for its resemblance to the adoring, worshipful affection that may be felt by a puppy.” (Copied)

            I have been on the receiving end of such love for much of my life as a child, teenager and as an adult.

            I recall pups with names like Tippy and Rusty but years have erased most of those memories except I remember what faithful companions they were as they trailed along behind me on ventures to the woods, stopping to investigate a toad or a lizard.

            The first vivid memory of a pup involved a bob-tailed pooch named Jody. He wasn’t supposed to have his tail whacked off. That was reserved for breeds like cocker spaniels which we thought Jody was until we learned his mom, a registered cocker, had a fling with a mixed breed mongrel down the street. It was only after he was ours that we knew without a doubt he was only half cocker spaniel. The other half was heaven knows what.

            Jody had the makings of a good squirrel dog and was just beginning to tree squirrels when he decided to cross the road in front of a car. The Buick won.

            Then there was Bambi, a little bitty doe colored Chihuahua. When Kay and I married, her nine year old daughter, Melissa, was excited to have a pup included in the deal. Bambi grew old, became weak and frail and we had to make the decision no one wants to make. We loved her too much to see her suffer so we did what we had to do. She was no longer in pain but ours was real.

            Next to come to our home to live was Trixie. Her arrival was accompanied with a strange set of circumstances. My wife, Kay, was working in an office down town when someone brought in a matted and dirty little pup that was found wandering the streets and was in dire danger of being run over. Kay’s compassion took over and she brought the little dog home. We cleaned her up, took her to our vet to have her checked out. It was only then that we learned she was a poodle.

            We named her Trixie because she told us her name. Not really but as we called out various dog’s names to her, every time we said “Trixie” her ears perked up so someone had named her that or something similar. Trixie it was.

                There was not a sweeter little dog in the world than Trixie. For the 10 years or so that we had her, she was warm and cuddly and loving, obviously appreciative of being rescued. Just like Bambi, age and ailments eventually rendered her existence miserable. Once again, we had to make a difficult but necessary decision to ease her pain and misery. Gosh, that hurt to have to do that but we loved her too much to do otherwise.

            We waited a year or so before thinking about bringing another puppy into our lives. An ad in the paper described a little Papillion at a kennel and when we arrived, it was love at first sight. There was a tiny fur ball we had to have so we paid the lady, bundled him in a blanket my wife had purchased and brought him home and named him Rufus. Before leaving the kennel, I rubbed the blanket on his mom, placed it in the crate we had for him and when he sniffed his mom’s scent, a little tail began wagging and his whole life, that blanket became his surrogate mom.

            For 16 years, 8 months and five days, he was a vital part of our family, vital to the extent that we spoiled him. Early mornings he had to have a particular treat and at 5:00 in the afternoon, it was his snack bone followed by his daily ride to the park. He was virtually the little boy we never had and we spoiled him rotten.

            Over this past year, he began gradually losing his eyesight and hearing and spent most of the day sleeping. Then last week, more serious problems occurred, difficulty in breathing, he was increasingly in distress and once again we knew we had to make that dreaded decision.

            Just before the lethal dose sent him over the Rainbow Bridge, he reached over and licked my hand and my eyes are getting wet as I write this. Kay and I take comfort in believing that today, he’s free of pain and romping the fields of Heaven with Bambi and Trixie.


BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair this week. A few bream reports have come in. No reports on crappie or catfish. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

BLACK BAYOU –  Bream are fair; others are slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.

OUACHITA RIVER – The river is fairly high but likely to see a significant rise because of heavy rains. Crappie Masters is holding its national championship this weekend on the river and the influx of high water will make for some interesting and challenging fishing. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – The lake is currently around 3 feet down during the drawdown but heavy rains will slow the drawdown for sure. Currently, the crappie fishing has been best on the flats fishing jigs. Any color with chartreuse in the mix seems to be working best. Look for bass in the run-outs where there is current. Crank baits, spinners and soft plastics are picking up a few. Bream have slowed while catfishing is good on cold worms or night crawlers. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bass fishing has been good on a variety of lures but most of the fish are running rather small. Could these be Tiger bass? Not sure at this point. Striper fishing continues to produce but rains are hampering the topwater action. However, some are still being caught trolling white bucktails and spoons. Catfishing has been fair tight-lining cold worms off the banks. Bream are slow while some crappie are still being caught around submerged tops in deeper water on shiners or jigs. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been best fishing deeper water along the channel edges on soft plastics and crank baits with a few in the 8 pound range reported. Schooling activity has slowed this week. Crappie fishing is fair around the deeper tops on shiners or jigs. Some channel catfish in the 4-6 pound range have been caught tightlining cold worms. Bream are slow to fair. 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.

LAKE POVERTY POINT –Catfishing is fair for smaller sized fish. No report on bass, bream or crappie. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318-878-0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN – Bass have been fair on topwaters early and late and soft plastics during the day. Catfishing is fair. Bream and crappie are slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.

LAKE YUCATAN – The water is rising which will put a damper on what was good fishing last week. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

LAKE BRUIN – Bass fishing has improved on soft plastics. Other species are slow. For information, contact Carlos Gray at 318/766-0075.

Sixteen year old Rufus crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week validating the belief that our pets are indeed special

Important Information You Need to Know!


The Secretary of State has announced that 87% of Louisiana residents have registered to vote in the upcoming November 3rd elections.  Whether it is the presidential election looming, important federal, state and local positions are going to be filled or for the first time ever residents will be allowed to vote on Louisiana becoming a legal sports wagering state the number of people registered is at an all-time high.

It is important that everyone knows their rights, how to register to vote, reviews the ballot, are able to find their precinct and casts their ballots correctly. Shown below is a “Cliff-Notes” version of the what, where, how and when of the upcoming election.  Make sure to let your voice be heard!


October 5th is the final day you can register to vote either in person or by mail. To register in person visit the Registrar of Voters Office in the Jackson Parish Courthouse, 500 E. Court Street, Jonesboro, LA.

To register and vote in Louisiana you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen
  2. Must be 18 years old prior to the next election to be eligible to vote
  3. Reside in the parish in which you seek to register and vote. If you reside in more than one location you can register at only one residence.
  4. Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony for at least five years
  5. Not be under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights.


The deadline to register online to vote through is October 13th. The award-winning GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app was the first-of-its-kind and puts important election information in the palm of your hand.  After downloading the app, you can check your registration status, find your precinct, look at your personalized sample ballot, and watch election results in real-time on election night.

On-line registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  You will receive a voter information card by mail when your registration is complete.  If you do not receive a voter information card within 30 days of registering, contact our local Registrar of Voters Office at (318) 259-2486.


There are several options for you to make your vote count.  Choose the option that works best for you. Most importantly of all make sure that you do your part by letting your voice be heard.

VOTE BY MAIL – Voting by mail is a convenient option for voters who: will be absent on Election Day and during the early voting period, are in the military, are an overseas citizen, have a disability, area a senior citizen, are a student or qualify under one of tHe specific reason allowed by law to vote by mail.  (A list can be found at

You can apply to vote by mail at or by contacting our local Registrar of Voters Office. All voted mail ballots must be received by the local Registrar of Voters Office by 4:30 P.M. on the day before an election, except for military, overseas citizens, and eligible hospitalized voters who have until Election Day.


Early voting is a great convenience for voters wanting to avoid long lines on Election Day. Early voting begins on October 16th and runs through October 27th. Voting hours are 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 pm daily.  Voters in line by 6:00 P.M. each day of the early voting period will be allowed to vote.


It is important that you know the precinct you are registered to vote in and where that is located.  To find your precinct online at, use the GeauxVote Mobil smartphone app or contact the Jackson Parish Registrar of Voters Office. 

Bring a photo ID with you to vote.  You may use a Louisiana Driver’s License, a Louisiana Special ID card, or other generally recognized picture identification card with your name and signature, such as a passport.  You may obtain a FREE photo ID card at the Office of Motor Vehicles by presenting your voter information card.  If you do not have a photo ID on Election Day, you will be required to sign an affidavit and supply personal identification information.

You are allowed three minutes to cast your vote unless you are entitled to assistance or use the audio voting keypad.  Review your ballot ahead of time by going to

Remember, you have the right to a campaign-free zone on Election Day.  Electioneering within 600 feet of the polling site is not allowed and individuals may not bring or wear any campaign literature to the pools.  Private property is exempt.

Coaching Staff Optimistic After Tigers Scrimmage with Pickering

The response from Jonesboro-Hodge High School head football coach Terrance Blankenship following last Friday’s scrimmage with Pickering when asked about what his feelings were was what you would expect from a seasoned veteran of the sidelines – typical “Coach Speak”.

“We did some good things,” said Blankenship. “But there were some things that we have got to clean up before next week.”

Go back before the beginning of any prior season and you would hear about the same thing. The only difference this time was that he said it with a grin on his face which upon further prodding proved to find out that the Tigers performance has led him to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

“I was very encouraged about what I saw” continued Blankenship. “Maybe this is the year that we can bring home a district championship.”

A district title would be the first in Blankenship’s eight year tenure but the Tigers have been getting closer each year. The last three years they have come in second each season and were just a late score away at North Caddo from winning the district 1-2A championship last year. The cause of the optimism is the return of a talented offensive cast and the promise of an unproven but apparently strong defense.

“I felt coming in we would be able to move the ball on offense and our play showed that we should be in good shape as long as we stay healthy,” said Blankenship. “Our defense didn’t allow a score and we were short a couple of guys so I am in hopes we will be OK on that side of the ball as well.”

It is expected to be breakout season for junior quarterback Tydre Malone and sophomore running back LaJavion Nichols. Both played up to their billing with Malone looking crisp in the pocket and Nichols gaining yardage in chunks as well as being a force at middle linebacker.

“These two have the capability to have an outstanding season if we can keep them on the field,” reflected Blankenship who also mentioned several others who made their presence felt.

“Mosee(Devontae), Calahan (Justin) and Boston (Cornelius) all showed they can be explosive at receiver,” said Blankenship. “Xavier Atkins, who is only a freshman, proved he is ready to play varsity ball also.”

The Tigers open the season this Friday by traveling to Ferriday to take on Delta Charter. Game time is set for 7 pm.

 2020 Jonesboro-Hodge High School Roster

#             NAME                                   POSITION            Hgt         Wgt        Class

1             Calahan, Justin                  WR/DB                 5’8″        170         Jr.

2              Nichols, LaJavion              RB/LB                    6’0″        200         So.

3              Thompson, Brantrel        RB/DB                   5’8″        160         Jr.

4              Lewis, JaMarriyea            WR/DB                 6’1″        180         Jr.

5              Leonard, Chase                 WR/DB                 5’9″        160         So.

6              Boston, Cornelius             WR/DB                 5’10”      175         Sr.

7              Holden, Javious                 WR/DB                 5’9″        160         Jr.

8              Malone, Tydre                   QB/DB                  6’2″        180         Jr.

9              McGuire, Davion              WR/DB                 5’10”      185         Sr.

10           Webb, Connor                   TE/LB                     6’2″        205         Sr.

11           Andrews, Javeon             TE/DE                    6’4″        225         Jr.

12           Bowie, Datre’vien            WR/DB                 6’1″        175         Sr.

13           Malone, Symeon              QB/DB                  6’0″        160         Fr.

14           Mozee, DeVontae           WR/DB                 6’1″        160         Jr.

17           Strickland, Dominick       TE/LB                     6’1″        200         So.

19           Thompson, D’Marrian    WR/DB                 5’10”      130         Fr.

20           Drayton, Ed’Tavious        TE/LB                     6’1″        175         So.

21           Phillips, Savantez             WR/DB                 5’10”      175         So.

22           Thompson, Titus               WR/DB                 5’4″        105         Fr.

23           Leonard, Chance              RB/LB                    5’6″        185         Fr.

24           Atkins, Xavier                     WR/DB                 6’1″        175         Fr.

25           Bolds, Raynald                   WR/DB                 5’9″        150         So.

28           Jackson, Omarrion           WR/DB                 5’9″        145         So.

31           Hernandez, Manuel        WR/DB                 5’8″        145         Jr.

32           Williams, Amar                  WR/DB                 5’10”      165         So.

43           Burks, LaVontae               OL/LB                    5’10”      190         So.

50           Qualls, Jayden                   OL/DL                    6’1″        240         Fr.

52           Henderson, Quiyontae  OL/DL                    6’0″        220         Sr.

53           Bryant, Chaunasy             OL/DL                    5’11”      190         So.

54           Price, Aiden                        OL/DL                    5’11”      220         Jr.

55           Jones, Calen                       OL/DL                    5’10”      185         So.

56           Williams, Terry                  OL/DL                    6’0″        200         Jr.

57           Howard, Quirese              OL/DL                    6’3″        300         Fr.

58           Smith, Peyton                   OL/DL                    6’2″        235         So.

60           Beard, Phillip                      OL/DL                    6’0″        205         Sr.

61           Jones, Demerrius             OL/DL                    5’11”      220         Fr.

63           Bryant, Chase                    OL/DL                    6’1″        225         Sr.

66           Tatum, Josh                        OL/DL                    6’1″        270         So.

70           Knotts, Austin                    OL/DL                    6’1″        340         So.

71           Leonard, Braylon              OL/DL                    5’8″        235         Fr.

72           Levingston, Skylar            OL/DL                    6’2″        330         Sr.

73           Boston, Kehlin                   OL/DL                    5’10”      260         So.

74           Waters, Cartavious          OL/DL                    5’10”      255         So.

80           Atkins, Kalep                      WR/DB                 5’10”      145         Fr.

88           Bradford, Tyler                  WR/DB                 6’0″        160         So.

Head Coach: Terrance Blankenship                                                                         

Assistant Coaches:  Anthony Anderson, Kris Cash, Justin Durbin, Carlos Hicks, Robert Hunter,  Ethan Roberts, Charles Scott                                                                     

Camera Man:  DeMarrion Tatum                                                                              

Managers: T’Keiriyah Martin and Ma’Hogeney Flowers                                                                        

2020 Presidential Election, What Is at Stake?

Part I of a II Part Series

The nation is now bracing for what is predicted to be one of the most divisive, heated, and nasty presidential elections that it will perhaps ever witness.  Voters are vehemently committed to their positions and choices no matter what candidates have said or done.  It is obvious that voters are willing to overlook serious character flaws and defects, moral shortcomings and calls for truthfulness, decency, and respect for the rule of law.  It seems not to matter to many voters that a candidate purposely and repeatedly lies, promoting and feeding the public with disinformation about the deadly consequences of the COVID 19 Pandemic and boasting if I were to shoot and kill someone on Fifth Avenue in New York nothing would be done about it.  Health and medical science are about to be replaced and controlled by advocates at the White House who have no experience or expertise in anything but politics.

Equally disturbing and concerning is the fact that without any real proof or evidence to prove otherwise, President Trump is alleging that mail in ballots lead to widespread election and voter fraud.  He is seizing and contending that depending on the outcome of the election, and should he lose the election, he may not concede the outcome and will forego submitting to a smooth transition of power in January 2021.  Unbelievable and surprising things are happening in real time.  We are witnessing the decay and undermining of our democracy while the public seems to be numb and helpless to do anything about what is happening.  The citizenry must not despair.  It must react and heed the words of the late congressman John Lewis from the state of Georgia, “get in good trouble.  If it’s not right, if it’s not fair, say something, wake up America”.  Wake up America your future is at stake.

We are told by the FBI and US State Department sources that foreign governments such as Russia, China and Iran are once again attempting to influence the outcome of our elections. Their efforts and techniques are very sophisticated and are having to be constantly monitored and tracked.

A lot is at stake in the upcoming 2020 Presidential race!  The outcome of the 2020 election will determine the strength of our democracy and the direction in which the nation will adhere to for years and generations to come.  Consequently, citizens must appreciate the fact that the future of the nation, of our children, grandchildren, and generations to come is at stake.  If citizens do not register to vote NOW, vote and pack polling places in November, they too will be guilty of marginalizing the impact and future of our democracy, ideals, and time-honored principles that have guided the nation for centuries.  While we readily acknowledge that  the nation is  quite a distance way from achieving and living up to its worthy and defining principles of freedom and justice for all, and while much has been accomplished we are not there yet, but we must believe with hope, patience and toiling that we will arrive at a just and desired destination.  America must never give up on its stated creed and declaration of achieving social justice and civil rights and freedom for all citizens.  Brick by brick and step by step we will get there.

Citizens must clearly and convincingly understand that the November 2020 Presidential election is more than about registering and fulfilling their civic duties of voting.  Voting in November is about the role and responsibility in determining the future and shape of things to come.  It is about protecting citizens’ rights and freedoms to have access to quality, affordable health care.  It is about a woman’s right to choose what she can do with her body and young people having the opportunity to realize their dreams and aspirations regardless of skin color, gender, or station in life.  It is about addressing issues of police brutality which has engulfed and inflamed communities of color throughout the nation.  Voting in the November election is about addressing long standing, overdue actions regarding fixing a broken Criminal Justice System.  This election is also about states actions to suppress voter participation and growing concerns about the environment, climate change and outlawing affirmative action.  Voting in the 2020  election (Senate and Congressional, Judges, and District Attorney races) among other things mentioned must be about a referendum on racial injustice, inclusivity, systematic discrimination, and inequality in America and who is best to address and provide remedies for curing these debilitating maladies which have plagued the nation for much too long.

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.

U S Congressman Ralph Abraham Endorses Darrell Avery for District Court Judge

U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-Alto) has endorsed Republican Darrell Avery in his bid to become the next Division A District Court Judge for Claiborne, Jackson and Bienville parishes.

“Darrell Avery is a good man who cares about his community and the Constitution, said Abraham. “ He will be a judge who stands with law enforcement to keep our communities safe. I encourage Jackson, Claiborne and Bienville parishes to elect him judge.”

Conservatives and Republicans are lining up behind Avery’s bid for judge. Abraham joins U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and state Senator Stewart Cathey in endorsing Avery. Avery is seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Judge Jenifer Clason, who is retiring, in the Second Judicial District.

“I’ll be a judge who defends our constitutional rights and serves with honesty and integrity. That’s why Louisiana’s conservative leaders are rallying behind my campaign. Thank you, Congressman Abraham, for your support in my bid for judge,” Avery said.

Cassidy said previously, “Darrell Avery is a conservative who understands that judges interpret law, not write it from the bench. His experience, fair-mindedness, integrity and values make him an ideal choice for district judge, and I am proud to endorse him.”

 Avery has practiced law for 38 years as an assistant district attorney, defense attorney and civil litigator primarily in the Second Judicial District. He built and maintains a private law practice in Jonesboro. Avery has received the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project Pro Bono Award for delivering high-quality legal service and has also received the Martindale Hubble Award for legal knowledge and ethics for 22 consecutive years.

Remember This? Perry’s Plight

E.A. Perry was born on January 19, 1809.  Later that same year, Perry’s father abandoned the family.  In November, 1811, Perry’s 24-year-old mother contracted tuberculosis and died on December 8, 1811.  Perry’s 27-year-old father, still estranged from the family, died from an unknown cause just three days after Perry’s mother.  Perry, his brother, and sister, were split up.  Perry’s brother lived with his paternal grandparents in Baltimore, Maryland.  His sister lived with family friends in Richmond, Virginia.  Mrs. Frances Allan convinced her reluctant husband, John, a wealthy merchant in Richmond, to foster Perry.   

Living in the Allan household afforded Perry a good education.  Frances, unable to have children of her own, adored and protected young Perry.  Frances introduced Perry to the genteel life which came with being a member of the Allan family.  Despite the high standing of the Allan family, however, Perry could not escape his status as a foster child.  To John, Perry was a drain on his finances.  As Perry grew older and more independent, he and his foster father clashed.  John was strict with Perry and was stingy with his money.  Perry longed to be on his own and to become a member of genteel society. 

In February, 1826, Perry enrolled at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  John begrudgingly paid Perry’s tuition, but failed to provide him enough money to live on.  Perry excelled in his studies but struggled with his newfound freedom.  He drank and gambled away what little money he had to cover his expenses.  By the end of his first year at the university, Perry had accumulated debts nearing $2,500.00, which adjusted for inflation, would be just over $40,500 in today’s money.  John refused to help Perry cover the debts and their relationship worsened.  Unable to repay his debts, Perry abruptly left the university.    

On May 26, 1827, using an alias to escape his creditors, Perry enlisted in the United States Army at Boston, Massachusetts.  In addition to lying about his name, Perry also lied about his age.  He gave his age as 22 years old, when in reality he was 18.  Whether he gave a false age as another way to keep his creditors from tracking him down or for some other advantage can only be speculated upon.  His enlistment paperwork showed that Perry agreed to serve for a period of five years “unless sooner discharged by proper authority.”  Perry listed clerk as his occupation.

Perry prospered in the army.  In just nineteen months, Perry rose from the rank of private to Regimental Sergeant Major, a meteoric rise which was uncharacteristic, especially in peacetime.  Perry became the company’s clerk, which brought him into constant contact with the company’s officers and relieved him of participation in more rigorous duties.  By December of 1828, however, Perry decided he wanted out of the army because he was unable to secure commission without having been educated at West Point.  He still owed the army three and a half years.  Perry spoke with Lieutenant Howard, who said he would agree to his discharge upon reconciliation with his foster father and if he provided an acceptable replacement to serve in his stead at no cost to the army.  Perry wrote to his foster father but John refused to answer his letters.  Only after Perry told John of his plans to enter West Point did John agree to aid in Perry’s resignation from the army.     

On February 28, 1829, Frances Allan died.  For a short time, Perry’s and John’s relationship improved.  John provide Perry with money along with a new suit of clothes and all of the necessary accessories for a young man of status.  In addition, John provided the required permission for Perry to resign from the army along with funds for Perry to hire a substitute soldier.  Perry left the army with several recommendations from his commanding officers in support of his application to West Point.       

In May of 1829, Perry hand-delivered his application to Washington and delivered it to the Secretary of War.  He returned to his residence in Baltimore and anxiously awaited news of his appointment.  When, in July, 1829, he had received no word, he walked the forty miles from Baltimore to Washington to check on the status of his appointment.  Perry’s impatience did him no good.  Perry had no choice but to walk the forty miles back to Baltimore.  Finally, in March of 1830, Perry received his appointment at West Point.

The other cadets looked up to Perry because he was slightly older and because of his previous university and military training.  In his spare time, Perry wrote poetry.  His fellow cadets enjoyed his writings and many of them agreed to share the cost of publishing a book of his poems.  The treasurer of the academy withheld $1.25 from each participating cadet’s $28.00 monthly check until the amount reached $170.00.  

Perry’s reputation grew and he confidently boasted that, with his previous educational background and military experience, he would complete the four-year program at West Point in only six months.  However, Perry was stunned to learn that his previous experiences and his rank as Sergeant Major would not enable him complete the program at West Point in a shorter timeframe. 

Perry learned other disappointing news as well.  While Perry was at West Point, John had remarried and had fathered twins.  Perry would no longer inherit any of John’s wealth.  Perry was distraught and was determined to resign from West Point.  If he abandoned West Point without John’s permission, he would not receive his backpay.  Perry wrote to John and requested his permission but John refused to reply.  In his own notes, John commented “I do not think the boy has one good quality.”  In January, 1831, Perry abandoned his duties at West Point.  During the court martial, Perry was charged with “gross neglect of duty,” and “disobedience of orders.”  On March 6, 1831, the court found Perry guilty of both charges and dismissed him from West Point.  The academy withheld Perry’s last paycheck but forwarded a check to him for $170.00, the money the cadets had raised for Perry’s book of poems.  In May, 1831, a publisher delivered 136 copies of Perry’s book, one for each cadet who had raised money for its publication.  Perry dedicated the book “to the U.S. Corps of Cadets.”

Perry continued to write poetry and short stories.  His works were published in various journals and periodicals in the United States.  He also continued with his old habits of drinking and gambling, a combination which usually led to disaster.  On October 7, 1849, Perry died destitute at the young age of forty from an unknown cause which has been debated ever since.  He failed to achieve the status of a gentleman, which he had witnessed while a part of the Allan family, and was not accepted into polite society.  Since his death, however, Perry has been praised for his works such as “The Black Cat,” “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and a host of other tales of horror and suspense.  E.A. Perry was the alias of Edgar Allan


  1. Russell, J. Thomas. Edgar Allan Poe: The Army Years. West Point, New York: United States Military Academy, 1972.
  2. National Archives Catalog. “Enlistment Papers for Edgar A. Perry [Poe].” Accessed September 9, 2020.
  3. National Archives Catalog. “Trial of Cadet E. A. Poe.” Accessed September 9, 2020.
Earliest Known Portrait of E.A. Perry

Arrest report September 21 – 28

Below is a listing of people arrested by the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) and Hodge Police Department (HPD )including the charges brought against them during the dates of September 21-28.

  1. Anthony L. Bates (Jonesboro, LA) – Reckless operation, Disturbing the Peace (Public Intoxication), Open Container, Possession of Drug Paraphernaila
  2. Zackary Evans (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  3. Bobbie L. Monk (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant for Possession of Schedule I drug, No Driver License, Improper Lane Usage
  4. David L. Harrell (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the Peace (Public Intoxication)
  5. Barnabus Salsberry Sr. (Chatham, LA) – Indictment for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile 
  6. Barnadus Salsberry Jr. (Chatham, LA) – Indictment for Third Degree Rape  
  7. Melissa Keene (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple Battery
  8. Byron G. Ford (West Monroe, LA) – Probation Violation, Possession of Schedule I & II drugs
  9. Halie Sutton (Eros, LA) – Possession of Schedule I drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  10. Tytiuna E. Brown (Baton Rouge, LA) – Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  11. Maurice D. Davis Jr. (Carville, LA) – Possession of Marijuana, Speediing
  12. Xavier A. Lodge (Carville, LA) – Possession of Marijuana

Death Notices

Nell McDaniel                        November 14, 1932 – September 23, 2020

Mrs. Nell McDaniel, age 87 of Jonesboro, walked through the heavenly gates surrounded by family Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  Mrs. Nell enjoyed hobbies such as baking, painting, embroidering and sewing.  She was a member of Bear Creek Methodist Church in Quitman.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother that will be truly missed.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Marilyn Willis (Vic), Kay Welch (Greg), Teresa Havard, Donna Ponder, Linsey Smith; 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren; sister, Colleen Ponder; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Woodrow Ponder, William McDaniel; son, Billy Paul Ponder; granddaughter, Misty Dawn Culpepper; parents, Burley and Virginia Dora (Neal ) Rieson; 5 brothers, 3 sisters.

A graveside service was held at the Springhill Cemetery near Jonesboro with Reverend Kelly Havard officiating.  Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were be Addison Borland, Logan Willis, Landon Willis, Jared Norsworthy, Slade Havard, Hunter Deese and Kolten Deese.


Ruby Pearl Hampton            July 30, 1935 – September 26, 2020

Ruby Pearl (Sims) Hampton entered life on July 30, 1935 in Gooden Lake, Mississippi and transitioned to her heavenly home on September 26, 2020 at the age of 85.  Mrs. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Hampton; parents, Thomas Sims and Joe and Mary Green; brothers, J.W. Sims and Jesse Sims.

Mrs. Hampton is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Green, Elaine Osborne and Shirley Dickson; brother, Billy Green and wife Margarette; daughters, Mary Smith and husband Cade, Patricia Maddox and husband Dewayne, Dottie Foster and husband Stan, Leslie Foreman; sons, Cliff Hampton and wife Jill, Travis Hampton and wife Renee, David Hampton and wife Margie.  The legacy of Mrs. Hampton also includes 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  Numerous nieces and nephews have also benefitted from years of love and role modeling from Mrs. Pearl; special family friends, Robbie and Flor Siadek and family

Mrs. Hampton loved her Lord, her family and her church family.  She leaves an ongoing legacy of following the risen Savior with numerous members of her family serving Him as Pastors, Deacons, Music Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, Children’s Activities Support and other roles in churches throughout multiple states.  She served as a caring, guiding hand for children and grandchildren alike while reflecting her belief in God and shining His love to others.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm at the Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel services immediately following. Brother Travis Hampton and Brother Stan Foster will officiate.  Mrs. Hampton’s body will rest at the Midway Baptist Cemetery beside her husband, Gene Hampton.  Pallbearers for the ceremony are the ten grandsons of Mrs. Pearl, Chris Roller, Brad Roller, Brian Roller, Cade Smith, Jr., Spencer Foster, Ryan Hampton, Tyler Hampton, Logan Hampton, Dusty Hampton and Seth Foreman. 


George Coleman                   October 13, 1948 – September 17, 2020

Mr. George Coleman went to be with the Lord on September 17th at the age of 61 years old. Viewing was held at the Paradise Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro on September 25th with a graveside service following on September 26th at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


Claude Dickerson                  March 05, 1941 – September 24, 2020

On September 24th Mr. Claude Dickerson passed away at the age of 79 years old. A public viewing will be held on Friday, October 02, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 pm at the Paradise Funeral Home Chapel located at 700 Pershing Hwy in Jonesboro, LA. Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 03, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Winnfield Cemetery in Winnfield, LA.

Jackson Parish Police Jury Upholds 2020 Tax Roll Assessments and Millage Rates

The Jackson Parish Police Jury unanimously agreed to uphold the 2020 tax roll assessment and adopt the 2020 millage rates as presented by Tax Assessor Glen Kirkland at the regularly scheduled meeting that was held on September 14th. Changes requested by Regency Intrastate Gas LLC and Range Resources LLC were denied.

Jury members Todd Culpepper, Lewis Chatham, Amy Magee, John McCarty, Regina Rowe, Tarneshala “Niki” Cowans and Lynn Treadway also totally agreed to adopt the 2020 millage rates as follows. 

 General Alimony – 5.39 mils

Roads & Bridges – 5.23 mils

Roads, Asphalt, Paving – 4.55 mils

Recreation District – 4.63 mils

Heath Unit – 0.80 mils

Library & Bookmobile – 4.90 mils

In other business the Police Jury approved the recommendation of Parish Engineer Mr. Paul Riley to perform repair work on Shalimar Road for a cost of $42,000.00, Rosco Road for a cost of $75,000.00 and Hatten Road for a cost of $10,690.40. The quote of $328,939.10 from Co-Heir Drainage for products for a culvert and gasket for the repairs on Rosco Road was also accepted.

Additional action saw Request for proposals (RFP’s) awarded to Graham County Land Company for debris removal, Volkert, Inc for Debris Management and Monitoring and AG Witt for Disaster Recovery Consulting.

A resolution to adopt the following Jackson Parish Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan was also agreed upon by a roll call vote that showed: 7- Yeas, 0- Nays, 0- Abstains


BE IT RESOLVED, by the Jackson Parish Police Jury, Jonesboro, Louisiana in legal session convened that WHERAS, the Jackson Parish Police Jury adopts the Jackson Parish Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update.

WHEREAS, the people and leaders residing within Jackson Parish recognize the threat that natural and man-made hazards pose to people and property; and

WHEREAS, undertaking hazard mitigation actions before disasters occur will reduce the potential for harm to people and property and save taxpayer dollars; and

WHEREAS, an adopted all-hazard mitigation plan is required as a condition of future grant funding for mitigation projects; and

WHEREAS, the Jackson Parish Police Jury participated jointly in the planning process with the other units of local government within Jackson Parish to prepare a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Jackson Parish Police Jury hereby adopts the Jackson Parish Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update as the official plan.

For complete Police Jury meeting minutes visit the Public Notice sector of the Jackson Parish Journal Classifieds Ads section

JHHS Football Season Begins on October 2nd

Are you ready for some football? The answer is a resounding YES and thank goodness the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers are going to get to play. If you have followed the back and forth banter of the leadership of the LHSAA then you know the prep football season was in doubt for a while.

Three times before in the 101 year history of Jonesboro-Hodge football a season been cancelled. The Coronavirus threatened to cause a fourth to be set aside but thankfully the 2020-21 edition of Tigers will get to take to the field beginning on October 2nd.

It is on that Friday where JHHS will open the season on the road at Delta Charter, located in Ferriday in a rematch that saw J-H win by a 52-26 score. Originally this was the third game of the schedule but while the pandemic that has caused much grief over the last several months didn’t cause the season to be cancelled it did wipe out two very important games for the Tigers.

The first was the season opener against rival Winnfield that caused a break in the series for the first time since the 1940’s. The second was the loss of Class 5A West Ouachita who brought with them the promise of lots of fans to Caldwell-Peacock Stadium as well as important power ratings for the Tigers.

“I hate we didn’t get to play the first two games” said Head Coach Terrance Blankenship. “They meant a lot to our season for different reasons but on the positive side we are going to get to compete for a district title, which is our main goal and have the playoffs to look forward to.”

After going east for the first game, J-H will head west to Shreveport for game two where the Tigers will face Class 3A Loyola Prep who won 41-0 last year and left a bad taste in the Tiger’s mouth by running up the score late in the game.

Much to the delight of Tiger fans Caldwell- Peacock stadium will be the site of the next three games with Rosepine, Mansfield and Huntington of Shreveport paying a visit. The Tigers had a shot at victory in all three of these contests last year but lost each in the fourth quarter.

“I am looking forward to getting another shot at these guys again,” reflected Blankenship. “We have a shot to win each of these games and hopefully the experience we gained will put us over the top this time.”

District 1-2A play begins on November 6th with J-H traveling to D’Arbonne Woods in Farmerville who the Tigers set school records against in a 66-6 throttling. North Caddo then pays a visit followed by the season ender at Lakeside in Sibley in a rematch of one of the most exciting games Tiger fans have witnessed in years where J-H came out on top 48-43 to secure second place in district play.

See below for the Tigers 2020-21 schedule.

Special Meeting of Police Jury Called For Wednesday Regarding Storm Debris Assistance

The public is invited to a special meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury that will be held at 4:15 pm in Room 301 of the Jackson Parish Courthouse on Wednesday, September 23 to consider and act on possible storm debris assistance for Jackson Parish municipalities.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Gina Thomas at (318) 259-2361, extension 203 describing the assistance that is necessary.