Quitman Girls Give Cedar Creek First Loss of The Year

The rust showed early on after no practices or games were allowed for the 5th ranked Quitman girls who were forced to shut down for ten days due to COVID-19 contact restrictions resulting in a 48-46 loss to Class C Summerfield this past Thursday evening in one of two games played last week.

The Lady Wolverines managed to get back on track the following day by beating Class A Cedar Creek 46-34 for their sixth win in seven road games under the guidance of assistant coach April Simonelli. Head coach Kyle Leach was in the hospital with the complications from the Coronavirus. With the victory Quitman ended the 2020 portion of the season with a fine 9-2 record.

Summerfield 48 Quitman 46 – Clara Womack scored 11 of her team high 17 points in the final quarter to help the Lady Wolverines draw within the final two point margin but being held to just 15 points in the first half put Quitman in too deep of a hole to overcome.

The loss overshadowed a fine team display from the free throw line where Quitman made 12 of 14 shots and a career scoring night for 8th grader Cali Deal was ended up with 16 points. Brayli Stewart added seven and Bethany Leach six on a pair of first half, three pointers to round out the scoring.  Summerfield was led by Melissa Tate who poured in a game high 28 points that included all but six of the Lady Rebels 24 first half points.

Quitman                     8   7 13 18 – 46

Summerfield           13 11  7  17 – 48

QHS scoring: Womack 17, Deal 16, Stewart 7, Leach 6

SHS scoring: Tate 28, Martin 12, McDaniel 6, Williams 2

Quitman 46 Cedar Creek 34 – The Lady Wolverines outscored home-standing Cedar Creek 19-7 in the final quarter to break open the contest that was knotted at 27 after three quarters of play. Clara Womack and Cali Deal were once again the catalyst for the Lady Wolverines, with22 and 12 points respectively.

Womack, who drained four trey’s in the contest nailed one long bomb and three of four free throws  on the way to eight points in the final frame which was also what Deal scored as result of three baskets and a pair of free throws. Brayli Stewart and Emma Carter also came up big in the fourth quarter by scoring their only two points of the contest. Bethany Leach chipped in with four and Summer Grillette added a second quarter free throw to round out the scoring.

It was a fine defensive effort by the Lady Wolverines that spelled the difference as they held the previously undefeated Lady Cougars, who lost for the first time in ten contests, to single digits in three of the four quarters and didn’t allow a player to score in double figures.


Quitman (9-2)                     8 9 10 19 – 46

Cedar Creek (9-1)              8 7 14   7 – 34

QHS scoring: Womack 22, Deal 12, Leach 4, Carter 2, Stewart 2, Grillette 1

CCHS scoring: Furr 9, Soto 8, Spradlin 8, Adams 7, Venters 2

Saline 59 Ringgold 52 (boys) – Neighboring Saline took to the court for the first time in 18 days to even their record at 2-2 and win their first of the season in three attempts against a Bienville Parish school after two early season losses to Gibsland-Coleman and Arcadia.

Kenton Lee Crawford, who ended with 13 points hit a pair of trey’s while Ethan Roberts (10 points) and Titus Malone (7 points) added four each in the first quarter that saw Saline break out to a 18-8 lead and never look back. Blake Clifton led the balanced attack with 15 points that saw eight players score overall. Ryder Blanchard and Titus Jackson added five accompanied by Will Dyson and Shawn Staggs who scored two each. The victory stopped a three game Ringgold winning streak.

SHS (2-2)      18 12 16 13 – 59

RHS (3-5)        8 15 13 16 – 52

SHS scoring: Clifton 15, Crawford 13, Roberts 10, Malone 7, Blanchard 5, Jackson 5, Dison 2, Staggs 2

RHS scoring: Johnson 22, Cook 9, McCarty 8, Adams 8, Manning 5

Hodge Strong Foundation to Begin Fundraising Activities in January

Several years ago as a member of the Jackson Parish School Board several years ago, Melissa Perry was touched by something that has been a driving force in her life ever since.  She was so deeply moved by the knowledge of just how many at-risk and needy children did not have a sound nutritional food program other than what they received at school that she began using her own money to buy food for families.

When the Coronavirus epidemic hit, causing many children to end up being home-schooled Perry, who is now the Quality Manager at Wesrock Inc., remembered those kids and decided that she wanted to do something to help.

“It seemed like every day I would think back on how many children simply wouldn’t get to eat right if it weren’t for what they got at school,” reflected Perry. “I had an idea of what I wanted to do but I knew that I needed help to make it something that would be really beneficial to the children.”

In her mind there was no better place to start than the largest employment center in Jackson Parish. Over the next several days she spoke with Westrock manager Eric Taylor and mill liaison James Bradford about her desire to get the people in the mill involved to which both whole heartedly threw their support behind. 

The result was the formation of the Hodge Strong Foundation. For the record the 501c3, non-profit organization is supported by many Hodge mill employees but is not directly affiliated with Westrock and is a separate entity.

Fundraising activities are scheduled to begin in January with the plan being that when school starts back in August the organization, in conjunction with the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank, would begin providing “backpack meals” to the at-risk and needy children of Jackson Parish on the weekends. Additional planned programs are to provide tutoring and college/career mentoring.

“I can’t thank (Mill Manager) Eric (Taylor) and Mr. Bradford enough for lending their support,” said Perry. “I also want to thank Hannah Goleman who has been instrumental in helping us with our logo and graphic designs as well as the Northeast LA Food Bank.”

Perry wants those who decide to contribute to their cause to know that every dollar given will stay in Jackson Parish and go solely toward helping the children who need it. Other than the donations that can be pledged by emailing Perry at melissa.perry@westrock.com a spring golf tournament is slated as well as a silent auction to be held.

Jonesboro Board of Aldermen President Pete Stringer Provides Christmas Cheer

For years Jonesboro Board of Aldermen President and District C representative Stringer and his wife Rekkeda have given back to the community. Recognizing the difficult times that the Coronavirus has caused this year Stringer and his wife wanted to do something special this Christmas season.

“This has been very difficult year for so many of our area families,” said Stringer.  “Many have suffered with being sick with the virus and some have even lost their jobs.”

The Stringer’s more than accomplished their goal of putting smiles on the faces of some of the children who reside in his ward. This was done through giving bicycles to ten children in Ms. Jones class at Union Bee Head Start.

“My wife and I wanted to do something special this year so that at least for a little while the parents and kids could forget their troubles and have something to smile about,” reflected Stringer when asked the reason for the tremendous gifts. “On behalf of my wife and I we would like to thank Ms. Jones and the Union Bee Head Start school for allowing us to be a blessing to these children.”

Anderson Named Fire Fighter of the Year

The Yuletide season and a very successful year was celebrated recently when the Jonesboro Fire Department (JFD) had their annual Christmas Party.  The highlight of the event that was attended by virtually every member of the JFD was the recognition given to Captain Wayne Anderson who was named Fire Fighter of the Year.

The 22 year veteran of the department, who is also the Vice-President of the Fire District Board, has served under six Fire Chief’s during his tenure including current Fire Chief Brandon Brown who praised Anderson for his work.

“I know I speak for all the members of all the fire districts in the parish when I say that Wayne is very deserving of this award,” said Brown. “For over two decades Wayne has put his own personal safety and the security on the line for the people of Jonesboro and Jackson Parish. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and skilled person helping to protect us.”

Lifeshare Blood Drive begins Wednesday

The Christmas holidays are known as the season of giving. Beginning on Wednesday, December 23rd and continuing on Saturday, December 26th Jackson Parish residents can give the greatest gift of all – LIFE! This can be done through the much needed donation of blood under the guidance of LifeShare Blood Center who will have mobile drive units at three locations in Jonesboro. See schedule below.

Wednesday – December 23rd

Forest Haven Nursing and Rehab Center (9:00am till 2:00pm)

Jackson Parish Hospital (11:00am to 5:00pm)

Saturday – December 26th

Walmart in Jonesboro (1:00 – 6:00pm)

The blood donation process generally follows these steps:

  1. Before giving blood, make sure that you meet the requirements, get a good night’s sleep, eat regular meals and drink plenty of fluids.
  2. After you present a photo ID and read the information sheet you will undergo a mini exam (temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and iron level) and then provide confidential answers to health history questions.
  3. The donation takes place in a comfortable chair. Most donors feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted and nothing after that.
  4. After the donation, you should sit down and have a snack and beverage. If you experience any light-headedness let your donor technician know and lie down until you feel better. Do not use tobacco products for the next 30 minutes. Leave the arm bandage on and do not engage in strenuous activity or lift heavy objects for the next two to four hours. For the next 24 – 48 hours be sure to increase fluid intake.

You can also make financial contributions to the organization that helps ensure a continuously sufficient blood supply for your local medical facilities. You can give in memory or honor of a friend, family member, or other special person and your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Main Street Energy and Nutrition Opens in Jonesboro

Don’t look now but Main Street in Jonesboro is taking on a new life. After years of seeing businesses move out the downtown area has seen the resurgence of businesses opening along the center street this year.

The latest is Main Street Energy and Nutrition owned by Amber Gandy which had a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 10, 2020 with Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce members, Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson, friends and family on hand.

The store which will feature energy and nutrition drinks and accompanying products will be open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 5 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Ms. Gandy invites everyone to come and visit and especially try her loaded tea.

Win Possible $100.00 Gift Card by Participating in Snap Survey

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) would like 15 minutes of your time. For those who qualify, they are even offering a chance to win a $100.00 gift card to Walmart if you would help them by taking part in a survey.

To be eligible you must meet the following three requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Be SNAP eligible
  3. Live in a rural parish in Louisiana specified in the following link: HTTP:/BIT.LY/SNAPSURVEY

At the end of the survey you will have the opportunity to sign up for a raffle to win a $100.00 gift card from Walmart. For any questions, please contact: Linda Fergus at: Lfergus@agcenter.lsu.edu. 



Anyone knowing information about, or the whereabouts of, the heirs or descendants of Melvin L. Baker and Charlotte Ann Beasley Baker, please contact: Steven M. Gatlin, Attorney at Law, 215 Sixth Street, Suite C, Jonesboro, Louisiana, 71251 or call (318)259-8812.


Jackson Parish Police Jury Public Hearing on 2021 Consolidate Budget minutes

The Jackson Parish Police Jury met on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 5:15 PM in the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, 182 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana to conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the 2020 Amended Budget and the 2021 Consolidated Budget.

Members Present: Mr. Todd Culpepper, Mr. Lewis Chatham, Ms. Amy Magee, Mr. John McCarty, Ms. Tarneshala Cowans, and Mr. Lynn Treadway. Absent: Ms. Regina Rowe. Also present, Mr. Darrell Avery, Assistant D.A.

The President, Ms. Amy Magee, called the hearing to order. The invocation was given by Mr. Treadway and Ms. Cowans led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The president opened the floor for comments on the 2020 Amended Budget. The Secretary-Treasurer spoke about the final 2020 budget amendments.

There were no public comments.

The president opened the floor for comments on the 2021 Consolidated Budget.

Ms. Magee asked about the travel stipend for Jurors in 2021 and asked that it be removed from the budget.

With no other comments, the President called for an adjournment to the hearing.

Motion Mr. Treadway, seconded Mr. Culpepper to close the public hearing. Motion carried.


Jackson Parish Police Jury Public Hearing on Parish Roads minutes

The Jackson Parish Police Jury met on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 5:25 PM in the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, 182 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana to conduct a public hearing to receive comments on changes to the Parish Road System.

Members Present: Mr. Todd Culpepper, Mr. Lewis Chatham, Ms. Amy Magee, Mr. John McCarty, Ms. Tarneshala Cowans, and Mr. Lynn Treadway. Absent: Ms. Regina Rowe. Also present, Mr. Darrell Avery, Assistant D.A.

The President, Ms. Amy Magee, called the hearing to order.

The President opened the meeting discussing the ongoing audit finding for the Police Jury spending public funds on roads in the Parish Road System that do not benefit the public. She stated that roads that had the same property owner on both sides of the road and the end of the road were deemed as a private driveway.

The President called for public comments on the road changes and read aloud the details as follows:

  1. Ironwood Road: to adjust the parish maintenance to end at the Joyce Harvey property line. No comments were made.
  2. Burney Road: to adjust the parish maintenance to end at the 181 Burney Road mailbox. No comments were made.
  3. Culpepper Road: adjust the parish maintenance to end at the John Everett property line. Ms. Magee read aloud a letter from Mr. John Everett in opposition to the adjustment of the maintenance line.
  4. Branch Creek Road: to remove the road from the Parish Road System based on only one property owner on all sides of the road. Mr. Chatham stated that he had spoken to the property owner and they did not have any issues with the removal.
  5. Tree Lane: to remove the road from the Parish Road System based on only one property owner on all sides of the road. Mr. Chatham stated that he had spoken to the property owner and they did not have any issues with the removal.
  6. Bill Cole Loop: to remove the portion of the road that is south of the intersection of Jade Road from the Parish Road System. Mr. McCarty stated that he was in favor of the change as the only property owner on that section of the road.
  7. Jade Road: extend the road to include the east-west portion of Bill Cole Loop to the intersection with Harris. No comments were made.

With no other comments or questions, the President called for a closing of the public hearing.

Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Mr. Chatham to close the public hearing and adjourn. Motion carried.

Arrest Reports December 15th – December 21st

  1. Brandon Lewis (Jonesboro, LA) – Bondsman off bond, Failure to appear on Possession of Synthetic Marijuana charge
  2. Ranita L. Harrell (Fayetteville, NC) – Ist offense DWI, Improper headlights, Aggravated flight from and officer, Expired plates
  3. Andrew J. Abraham (Ruston, LA) – Ruston Police Department warrants (x10), Possession of Schedule I synthetic drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia
  4. Clinton D. McDaniel (Choudrant, LA) – Ouachita Parish Sheriff Office warrants (x5), Criminal Trespass, Disturbing the peace
  5. Ricky T. Caskey (Jonesboro, LA) – Jackson Parish Sheriff Office warrants, Failure to appear on Driving under suspension and seatbelt charges, Bench Warrant
  6. Jerry L. Askins (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple Escape, Possession of Schedule I drug, Resisting and Officer, Speeding
  7. Andrea Tatum (Farmerville, LA) – No insurance, Speeding, Switched license plates, Flight from an officer
  8. Bobby L Barnes (Winnfield, LA) – Hodge warrant, Driving under suspension, Improper taillights, Introduction of Contraband (x2)
  9. Edward J. Wyatt (Hodge, LA) – Execution of sentence ( 2nd offense), Open container, Warrant for theft

Police Jury Elects Officers For 2021

At the final meeting of the year of the Jackson Parish Police Jury  which was held at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center this past Monday evening, Amy Magee was chosen as President and Tarneshala “Niki” Cowans was named Vice President for 2021 by unanimous acclaim. Magee, the long-time District 3 representative, will serve as President for a second consecutive year while Cowans, who represents District 5, becomes a top official in her first term.

The election of next year’s officers culminated a loaded agenda that included the amending of the 2020 budget and adoption of the 2021 budget as well as taking action on recommendations regarding how several roads in the parish road system will be now be classified.

The session with juror members Todd Culpepper (District 1), Lewis Chatham (District 2), Magee, John McCarty (District 4), Cowans and Lynn Treadway (District 7) in attendance began with a pair of Public Hearings. District 6 representative Regina Rowe was absent.

Public Hearing #1: The first hearing was held to allow the public to make comments on a pair of ordinances regarding the proposed amending of the current annual operating budget that will expire on December 31st, 2020 and the adoption of the budget for 2021 that will begin on January 1st, 2021. No comments were expressed during the allotted time leading to President Amy Magee calling for a conclusion.

Public Hearing #2: The second hearing was in regard to the Police Jury adjusting where parish maintenance would end on certain roads or their removal from the current parish road system. The new designation was result of an independent auditor’s definition of a driveway being where a roadway had a beginning and end on one property.

While there was no public comment stated during the allotted time given a letter from Mr. John Everett was read by Juror President Amy Magee in protest of having a portion of the road removed from parish maintenance responsibilities.  

Passing of Ordinances:  As soon as the regular scheduled December meeting began the first order of business was adopt the two Ordinances regarding the amending and adoption of the year 2020 and 2021 budgets. A roll call vote was taken that was passed by unanimous decision.

Parish roadway designations: Jury members then were called on to approve designated action on the roadways listed below by roll call vote which saw each approved.  

  1. Ironwood Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at the Joyce Harvey property line
  2. Burney Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at the 181 Burney Road mailbox
  3. Culpepper Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at the John Everett property line
  4. Branch Creek Road: remove from the Parish Road System
  5. Tree Lane: remove from the Parish Road System
  6. Bill Cole Loop: remove the portion of the road that is south of the intersection of Jade Road from the Parish Road System.
  7. Jade Road: extend the road to include the east-west portion of Bill Cole Loop to the intersection with Harris
  8. Bryant Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at the 183 Bryant Road mailbox.

Operation Committee Recommendations: After the adoptions of minutes from the November 9th and December 7th general meetings total agreement other than on Item #1, which was tabled for further discussion, was then given to act on the recommendation of the Operations Committee to hold a public hearing in regard to the following.

  1. Aberdon Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at 168 Aberdon (TABLED)
  2. Wiliiam Shows Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at the Westbook property line
  3. Choctaw Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at the Robert Moore property line
  4. McKeaver Road: hear comments on how the road serves the public
  5. Springfield Road: adjust parish maintenance to end at the Winter’s property line
  6. Clair Road: hear comments on how the road serves the public
  7. Canard Road: adjust parish maintenance to end after the second mailbox
  8. Hire Riley Company for the 2021 Road Projects

Finance Committee Recommendations: Approval on the two recommendations of the Finance Committee was next up for discussion with the Jury agreeing to adopt the proposed 2021 Jackson Parish Library Budget as presented. The recommendation to institute a $25.00 permit fee at the Solid Waste Station for anyone regardless of residential or commercial usage was tabled at the request of Solid Waste Department Superintendent Robin Session who asked for more time to determine what exact charges would be.

Department Reports:

  1. Road – Superintendent Jody Stuckey commented that for the first time his department had absolutely no emergency call outs for repairs.
  2. Solid Waste – Superintendent Robin Session reported on the status of tonnage processed at the Solid Waste station and speculated future work.
  3. Office of Emergency Preparedness – Director Mark Treadway informed the board that he would be stepping down as director after the first of the year and gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccination program that is expected to begin in the parish as soon as official numbers of how much is needed can be determined.
  4. Maintenance – No report given.
  5. Financial – Ms. Gina Thomas discussed the difference in the budget vs actual amounts used.
  6. Engineering – Mr. Paul Riley stated that he is preparing information to be presented regarding the parish road system.

Additional business:

  1. Adoption of the amended 2021-23 Road Priority lists for Blacktop Minor and Overlay
  2. Clarification of previous actions from the November 9th Regular Meeting
  3. George Gryder approved to continue his expired term on the District 2 Fire District Board. New term is a 2-year period ending 12/31/2022.
  4. Accept the resignation of Jay Mallard from the Watershed District Board. No replacement was nominated.
  5. Authorize Darrell Avery to research and present a recommendation regarding the Subdivision Ordinance
  6. Adopting a resolution in support of rural broadband. Unanimously approved by roll call vote.
  7. Suspend the Operations Manager position until May 2021.
  8. Acceptance of the 2021 Road and Solid Waste Material Bids for January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021
  9. Approval of the amended 2020 and Proposed 2021 budget for the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory Commission.
  10. Approval of the 2021 Employee Pay Schedule.
  11. Approval to re-locate all Administrative personnel to the Administrative Building.
  12. Adoption of the Community Center Refund Payment Policy
  13. Adoption by unanimous roll call vote of a resolution ordering and calling a special election to authorize the levying of a 1% sales and use tax.
  14. Discussion of correspondence from Baton Rouge legislature in regard to the Jackson Parish Library’s desire to emancipate from the Police Jury’s control of Library finances.

Final comments:   The meeting was closed following each Juror expressing the hope for all to have a Merry Christmas and to keep District 6 Representative Regina Rowe and her son Christopher Kohler in prayers and considerations during his continued fight with Leukemia.

Ten Tigers Named To 1-2a All-District First Team in Football

Judging by the 2020 district 1-2A All-District football team that was announced this past week the future looks bright at Jonesboro-Hodge.  Of the ten players who were selected as either first team offense or defense, nine will be returning next year for the Tigers, who finished 3-4 overall and in second place in district 1-2A play. Also returning will be five of the eight that were named to the second team.  

“We have a chance to be very good next year,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “It all depends on how the kids handle themselves between now and then and how much work they put in to get better.” 

Davion McGuire (Kicker) is the lone J-H senior selected to the first team. Offensive Lineman Skylar Levingston, defensive end Connor Webb and Wide Receiver DeTrevien Bowie were second team honorees.

Wide receivers DeVontae Mozee and Justin Calahan, who also was named as 1st team punt returner, defensive lineman Javeon Andrews and defensive back Manuel Hernandez were the juniors chosen to the first team. Quarterback Tydre Malone and running back Manuel Hernandez earned second team honors.

Three players from the Sophomore Class earned four first team and two second team spots.  LaJavion Nichols became one of the few players in JHHS history to be named to three first team, all-district positions when he was selected as running back, kick returner and linebacker. Cartavious Waters also was named as first team offensive lineman and second team defensive lineman while Ed’Tavious Drayton earned second team defensive back designation.  The Tigers also had the only freshman receive honors in Xavier Atkins who was selected to the second team as a linebacker.

Jonesboro-Hodge 2020 All-District representatives

First Team Offense:

RB – LaJavion Nichols-Sophomore

WR – Devontae Mozee-Junior

WR – Justin Calahan-Junior

OL – Cartavious Waters-Sophomore

Kicker – Davion McGuire- Senior

Kick Returner-2 LaJavion Nichols-Sophomore

Second Team Offense:

QB – Tydre Malone-Junior

RB – Manuel Hernandez-Junior

WR – DeTrevien Bowie-Senior

OL – Skylar Levingston-Senior

First Team Defense:

DL – Javeon Andrews-Junior.

LB – LaJavion Nichols -Sophomore

DB -31 Manuel Hernandez – Junior

Punt Returner – Justin Calahan – Junior

Second Team Defense:

DL – Cartavious Waters – Sophomre

LB – Xavier Atkins-Freshman

DB -Ed’Tavious Drayton – Sophomore

Flex – Connor Webb – Senior

Jonesboro Board of Aldermen Move Forward With Operation Clean-Up

Operation Clean Up is now in full swing. After several months of discussion the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen put into motion the process of cleaning up five dilapidated properties located in the city limits of Jonesboro that include the burning of any and all immovable structures.

The program is designed to not only clean up unsightly areas of the town where the owners did not have sufficient funds to do so but to also provide training for the Jonesboro Fire Department in safely and effectively fighting fires within the town of Jonesboro.

Each owner of the five properties gave the town permission to demolish and burn the structures on site subject to the conditions that the town of Jonesboro would assume all risks associated with the burning of the buildings and be liable for any damages caused to movable property on any other locations.

Further stipulations are that the town is not responsible for removing any debris left after the structure has been burned and that the cost of such removal shall be borne by the owner. Also the town of Jonesboro shall not be required to pay the owner of the property for any damages to any improvements on the designated property.

The owner of the property must warrant that any structures to be burned are not insured or mortgaged to any individual, firm or corporation and both parties (town and owner) must satisfy themselves that the structures contain no asbestos or other harmful chemicals or substances. 

The properties are located at: 221 Northeast Street, 416 Northeast Street, 424 Northeast Street, 134 Lawrence Street and 207 Wood Street. in Jonesboro. No exact date on when the clean-up of each property is to begin has been set as of yet.    

In further action taken at the regularly scheduled, December 8th meeting the attending council members of Devin Flowers, James Ginn, Robbie Siadek and President Pete Stringer (Nia Evans-Johnson was absent) declared that Tax Notice #0105002800 be designated as surplus property and that the starting bid amount should be no less than the cost of advertising . For more detailed information please contact City Hall during normal business hours.

The council also voted to allow a mobile home to be placed at 2407 Wayne Street and Police Chief James “Spike” Harris provided his department report. No reports were given by Fire Chief Brandon Brown or Public Works Director Calvin Wortham.

In final action after the minutes of the October 13th, October 15th and  November 24th minutes were approved board members approved the closure or twelve bank accounts at the Jackson Parish Bank that were no longer used.

Local Prep Hoop Teams Have Limited Schedule

The homecoming of former star player and head coach Ryan Bond back to Weston High highlighted the local prep basketball scene last week that was limited due to COVID outbreaks at several schools either in the area or at the ones scheduled to be played. Limited play continues this week with just three tilts slated at present. Given the current conditions it is recommended t to verify with the schools to see if the games scheduled will still be played:

This week’s schedule (December 17th – 22nd)

Thursday, December 17th: Weston at Calvin (B&G) – 5:00 pm; Quitman at Summerfield (B&G) – 6:00 pm

Friday, December 18th: Quitman at Cedar Creek (B&G) – 6:00 pm

Results from last week: (December 8th – 15th)

Ruston 70 Weston 38 (boys) For the first time since becoming head coach at Ruston High Ryan Bond returned home to lead his Class 5A Bearcats to a resounding victory over his alma mater. The Wolves hung tough early on until a 29-5 second quarter blitz by Ruston blew things open.

Jace Holt, who finished with 15 on the night, drained a pair of three’s and scored all ten of the Wolves first quarter points to keep Weston within two after the first quarter but Ruston went on a 29-5 run in the second to blow things open.  All thirteen players on the Bearcat roster scored led by 15 from Jay Lillard as Ruston continued one of their best opening season stretches in many years by winning their sixth straight without a loss. Jonesboro native Rollin Belton added eight.

WHS   10   5   7   8 – 30

RHS    12 29 21 16 – 78

WHS scoring: Holt 15, Mathews 4, Stewart 4, Roberts 2, McBride 2, Theriot 2, Shirley 1

RHS scoring: Lillard 15, Dean 10, Chatman 10, Belton 8, Scott 6, Jones 5, McNeal 5, Wilson 4, Pilgreen 4, Thomas 4, Brewster 3, Dimmer 2, Dobbins 2

Ruston 65 Weston 44 (girls) After three quarters of play the Lady Wolves were leading 43-41 but a 24-1 blitz by the Lady Bearcats in the final frame led to the lopsided loss. A pair of trey’s in the second by Emma Kate McBride and two more in the third by Lakerria Austin as well as 11 points by Mallory Tolar and 15 of Briley Peterson’s 16 points on the night had Weston in prime shape to upset the Class 5A school after three periods but Weston managed only one free throw in the final quarter as foul trouble set in.

WHS   14 18 11   1 – 44

RHS    19 12 10 24 – 65

WHS scoring: Peterson 16, Tolar 11, Austin 10, McBride 6, Barmore 1

RHS scoring: J. McWain 18, Hintee 12, Spencer 6, Jackson 4, McCallister 4, K. McWain 3, Evans 2 

Weston 50 Atlanta 40 (boys) Jace Holt scored all of Weston’s points in the first quarter for the second consecutive game and the Wolves raced out to a 30-11 halftime lead that held up. Holt scored 12 of his game high 28 in the initial frame and Braden Theriot scored all six of his points in the second to pace the Wolves to the big bulge at the break. Davis Tolar chipped in with 9, Eli McBride added four, Kaden Shirley two and Cooper Harvey one to round out the scoring.

The victory ended a three game slide and improved the Wolves record to 5-9 on the season.  Atlanta dropped their second in a row after having their first five games of the season cancelled due to an outbreak of COVID at the school.

WHS (5-9)    12 18 11  9 – 50

AHS (0-2)        3   8 14 15 – 40

WHS scoring: Holt 28, Tolar 9, Theriot 6, McBride 4, Shirley 2, Harvey 1

AHS scoring: Nash 18, Watkin 8, Jenkins 7, Sykes 7

Weston 55 Atlanta (girls) 42 Briley Peterson’s nine points in the second quarter led the way to a team high22 points and Lauren Maxwell added 13 on the strength of a season best three, 3-pointers to pave the way as Weston continued their roller coaster ride of winning after a loss. Each scored six in the first quarter to give the Lady Wolves a 17-8 early advantage.

Emma Kate McBride drained a pair of treys on the way to 10 points while Mallory Tolar and Lexi Barmore added three each. Lakerria Austin and Mary Catherine Hay also each scored basket as Weston improved to 7-6 on the year. Atlanta, who had almost as many free throw attempts (38) as points (42) fell to 0-2 on the year. 

WHS (7-6)    17 13 14 11 – 55

AHS (0-2)        8 12 11 11 – 42

WHS scoring: Peterson 22, Maxwell 13, McBride 10, Tolar 3, Barmore 3, Austin 2, Hay 2

AHS scoring: Goff 23, Sapp 12, Herbert 5, Stewart 2

Homer 62 JHHS 47 (boys) The Tigers saw their record even at 2-2 in the disheartening loss to Homer who won their first game of the season after three losses. The difference in the game was the third quarter when Homer stretched a seven point halftime lead to a commanding 20 point advantage. The Tigers , who made only 4 of 18 attempts from the three point line scored almost as many points in the fourth quarter (23) as they did the first three combined (24).

JHHS (2-2)           10   7   7 23 – 47

HHS (1-3)             14 10 20 18 – 62   

JHHS 54 Homer 35 (girls) The Lady Tigers outscored Homer 33-15 in the second half to win their 5th straight and sixth in seven games. Xabrianna Jackson and Chamya Waters scored 21 and 20 to lead the way for Jonesboro-Hodge who moved up to #6 in Class 2A following the victory. Yahzmynne Andrews added 11 and Sydney Malone a basket as only four players scored in the contest. Homer dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

JHHS (5-1)    9 12 15 18 – 54

HHS (1-4)     13 7   5 10 – 35

JHHS scoring:  Jackson 21, Waters 20, Andrews 11, Malone 2

HHS scoring: Williams 11, Young 9, Webb 8, Curry 7

J-H Junior High 33 Calvary Baptist 24 (girls)

Jonesboro-Hodge Junior High Lady Tigers improved to 4-0 on the young season as Morgan McGee scored 14 points and Tyra Davis recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. LeRonda McGuire added 7 points and dished out 6 assists while Angel Moss scored 2 points, pulled down 5 rebounds and added 2 steals. Ja’Mauri Kimble, Jaidon Venzant, Angel Moss and Realte’ Atkins were also lauded by head coach Cornelius Dunaway for their defensive effort.


By: Glynn Harris

I love a good book, especially if it has anything to do with the outdoors. Fortunately my library has been restocked with some gems this fall. With Christmas just around the corner, my thinking is that my readers who love the outdoors will want to take advantage of some good outdoors-related books as special gifts to a hunters/fishermen/nature lovers et al on your Christmas gift list.

            Here are some such books I can highly recommend, not only for their content but because they were written by outdoor writer friends, each of whom is an expert at producing top quality products.


By: Jim Casada

            I have known Jim Casada for years and I find his writing capable of holding my attention for hours on end. In his book, Casada covers just about everything you could imagine a country boy might experience from growing up in the Smoky mountains.

            My initial thought was that this book, although fascinating to read, would be somewhat removed from my growing up in the deep south. I found I was wrong because so many of the experiences he had paralleled mine growing up in rural north Louisiana.

            Chapter headings cover holiday tales and traditions, seasons of the year, tools, toys and boyhood treasures (including sling shots, BB guns, marbles and pocket knives.) He winds up with some precious memories, many of which triggered special memories for me.

This book of almost 300 pages has a number of vintage photos giving life to his stories.

To order an inscribed copy, send a check for $29.95 plus $5 for shipping to Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Dr., Rock Hill, SC 29730 or through his website at www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com.


By: Jim Spencer

If you hunt wild turkeys, this book is a must have for your library. Spencer has chased turkeys all across the United States and in three foreign countries and this is his second beautifully illustrated book in a series about ornery gobblers, most of which beat him at the game of turkey hunting.

For an inscribed copy, send a check for $22 plus $4 shipping and handling to Spencer at Treble Hook Unlimited, P.O Box 758, Calico Rock, AR 72319 or e-mail to modernmountainman@gmail.com.


By: Rob Simbeck

You don’t have to be a hunter or angler to thoroughly enjoy sitting down and reading Simbeck’s book. He’s more of a naturalist and his expert research and writing skills cover just about any critter that flies, crawls or swims in the south.

This book is available at all book stores for $18.95 or you can order your inscribed copy by going to Simbeck’s website at robsimbeck.com.


By: Jim Mize

Interested in outdoors humor? Jim Mize can fill the bill with his latest volume of the mishaps of a do-everything-wrong fellow he calls Beanpole.

Amazon.com offers this book for $12.95 or inscribed copies can be ordered at Mize’s website, acreektricklesthroughit.com. 

Good books, all. You won’t be disappointed.


BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair around the grass, sunken tops and logs on jigs and spinners. No report on other species. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

BLACK BAYOU –  Bass have been fair around structure on soft plastics. Crappie and bream are slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.

OUACHITA RIVER – Crappie have been fair in the river lakes and submerged tops in the river on shiners or jigs. Bass fishing is fair in the cuts and in the back of the river lakes on soft plastics and spinners. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – The lake is down some five feet. Crappie have been best on the edges of the channels with some caught on the flats in the afternoons on shiners or jigs. Look for bass in the deepest holes in the channels on tail spinners and crank baits. Bream are slow while catfishing is good on 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 – The crappie bite has slowed but a few are being caught in deep water fishing jigs or shiners in the open water 25 feet deep in 30 foot water. Lower your bait to the bottom and reel up two turns is best. Bass are running small to medium in size with some caught deep on soft plastics and some fairly shallow on spinners and crank baits. Catfishing is fair on trotlines baited with chicken livers. Stripers and bream are slow. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been best in deeper water with spoons and tail spinners picking up a few. The yellow bass are starting to bite in deep water with some caught on jigging spoons and tail spinners bounced off the bottom. Crappie fishing has been fair around deep tops on shiners or jigs. Catfishing is fair with some caught around the boat docks on chicken livers.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 – Crappie fishing has been best fishing around the boat slips afternoons with some caught in the mornings on the south end of the lake on shiners or jigs. Catfishing has been good this week. No report on bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318-878-0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN – Bass are fair on soft plastics and jigs with crank baits picking up a few around the piers. Crappie, bream and catfish are slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.

LAKE YUCATAN – The water is high and slowly falling. No fishermen this week. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

LAKE BRUIN – Crappie fishing has been fair in the canals on shiners of jigs. Bass, stripers, catfish and bream are all slow. For information, contact Carlos Gray at 318/766-0075.                             

A good book about the outdoors makes a great Christmas gift