Questions arise about Jonesboro’s Board of Aldermen override of Mayor’s veto of Police hire

Questions have arisen in regard to the legality of the Jonesboro Board of Alderman’s override of Mayor Leslie Thompson’s veto of the hiring of a part time Jonesboro Police Department officer. The debate is over the amount of time that a town council has to give before they can officially override a veto that was made by a Mayor.

At the March 9th, regularly scheduled meeting of the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen, Police Chief James “Spike” Harris addressed the council members about hiring Sketea Walker as a part time deputy to replace a full time officer who had been called to active duty by the US Armed Forces. As it was perceived that the move would not cause an increase in funds allocated for the Police Department payroll, the move was approved.  Mayor Thompson then vetoed the move within the allowed three days after the meeting, citing that the Police Department was already over budget and that no funds to hire additional personnel could be allocated when they were already over their financial threshold.  On March 16th a special session was called by the Board, where they voted to override the Mayor’s veto and allow the new officer to be put to work. 

While the legality of the move is still in question, according to the opinion rendered by Jonesboro City Counsel, Doug Stokes, in a letter that was sent to Mayor Thompson, in general terms the override can only be done at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Aldermen. This is detailed in Louisiana Revised Statute 33.406 (A)(3) Subsection C (3), which states that “An ordinance vetoed by the Mayor shall be considered again by the Board of Aldermen at it’s next regularly scheduled meeting after the veto.”

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Aldermen is slated for April 12th. 

 

 

Quitman’s Womack and Smith earn Honorable Mention on Class B All-State team

Clara Womack and Joshua Smith of Quitman High School earned Honorable Mention recognition on the 2020-21 Class B All-State teams announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). The pair of senior stars led Quitman to a 40-9 combined season record that represents one of the best in school history. Womack represents Quitman to a 23-3 season record and averaged 14.3 points, 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She was also recognized as one of the best three point shooters in north Louisiana. The versatile Smith who played all over the floor for the 17-7 Wolverines averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. 

The Outstanding boy player in Class B was Drew Tebbe of state runner-up Anacoco, while the girls team was led by Rylee Jinks of Fairview. Coaches of the Year were Tiffanie Lewis of J.S. Clark, one of the few women in the nation who coached a boys team and Tracy Fontenot of Bell City, who ousted Quitman from the state playoffs in the second round. Fellow district 2B competitor and Class B state champion Simsboro was represented on the boys first team by Jamarion Cato and Chilaydrien Newton on the second team. Complete All-State boys and girls team are shown below.

LSWA CLASS B BOYS ALL-STATE TEAM

Boys

First team

Drew Tebbe, Anacoco, Sr., 5-10, 16.8

Jamarion Cato, Simsboro, Sr. 6-4, 19.5

D’Marcus Fugett, J.S. Clark, Sr., 6-4, 20.2

Shaun Riley, Anacoco, Sr., 6-6, 17.2

Jamarion Clark, Doyline, So. 6-2, 30.8

Second team

Noah Guidry, Hathaway, Sr., 6-3, 13.2

Corbyn Jones, Zwolle, Sr., 6-2, 14.5

Makeal Williams, Stanley, Sr., 6-2, 16.3

Landry Alligood, Anacoco, Sr., 6-0, 19.1

Chilaydrien Newton, Simsboro, So., 6-3, 12.8

OUTSTANDING PLAYER: DREW TEBBE, ANACOCO

COACH OF THE YEAR: TIFFANIE LEWIS, J.S. CLARK

HONORABLE MENTION

Brett Jinks, Fairview; Zeke Lentz, Pitkin; Jamari Markray, Doyline; Joshua Smith, Quitman; Jaydn Lehr, Negreet; Sean Laughlin, Converse; Ethan Clark, Monterey; Dylan Gueldner, Holden; Trevor Daughtery, J.S. Clark; Adam Sabbaghian, Episcopal-Acadiana; Nick Maryland, Simsboro.

Girls

First team

Rylee Jinks, Fairview, Sr., 5-6, 17.0

Chloey Guidry, Hathaway, Jr., 5-2, 24.0

Josie Ogea, Bell City, Sr., 5-7, 26.0

Rylee Cloud, Fairview, Jr., 5-5, 23.0

Makayla Williams, Stanley, Sr., 5-5, 30.0

Second team

Kylee Strother, Florien, Sr., 5-5, 14.4

Olivia Sepulvado, Zwolle, Jr., 5-8, 19.1

Jordan Semones, University Academy, Sr., 5-6, 19.3

Coco Williams, Fairview, Sr., 5-6, 14.6

Abby Rivers, Converse, Sr., 5-9, 28.0

OUTSTANDING PLAYER: RYLEE JINKS, FAIRVIEW

COACH OF THE YEAR: TRACY FONTENOT, BELL CITY

HONORABLE MENTION

Jalexia Caldwell, Castor; Clara Womack, Quitman; Alexia Hester, Simsboro; Reagan Stanley, Anacoco; Natalie Yancey, Glenmora; Destiny Deville, University Academy; Sydnie Cooley, Lacassine; Madison Suire, Hathaway; Cambree Courtney, Golden.

Finally! Lady Tigers get first victory of the year

How sweet it is! There isn’t much that feels better than a victory. It is made even more sweeter when you finally get to walk off the field victorious after 13 straight losses to start a season which is what the Jonesboro-Hodge Lady Tigers did by beating Ringgold 29-23 on Monday. 

If you have followed the Lady Tigers you could see that it was coming albeit, slowly. Being truthful, at the beginning of the year Jonesboro-Hodge was not good and that is being polite. In all fairness the team is comprised of mostly underclassmen who is getting their first taste of varsity competition and as the old adage goes you have to learn how to crawl, before you can walk then eventually run.

Over their first five games they got beat by an aggregate score of  79-6 and not a single game lasted more than three innings. Then a small step forward was taken when they scored 11 runs against Summerfield and went a full seven innings in the 18-11 loss. Four games against simply better teams came next and they “ten run ruled” each time out. but more hits and runners on base were being produced by the gritty players who despite the setbacks kept working hard to get better. 

The Lady Tigers came within a whisker of getting their first win of the year Saturday before last but fell in extra innings to Ringgold. The good news was that for the first time all year they had scored in three straight games where they compiled as many runs scored than in the previous eight combined. The transition to becoming competitive was really noticed the next two games against Saline and Red River when, although they got “ten run ruled” in both, they scored six and nine respectively compared to the zero and three that they tallied the first time they played the two. 

Then they made the trip to Ringgold for a rematch of their most competitive game of the year. As first year head coach Tracey Taylor said he could see the determination in their eyes to break the year long string. The Lady Tigers stepped off the bus scoring runs. Every starter scored in the first inning with four tallying twice before the first out was made as JHHS scored more runs in the first inning (13) than they had in any game all year. 

It was obvious that Ringgold’s didn’t want to be the first team to lose to the Lady Tigers as after four inning the Lady Redskins held an 18-17 advantage. There was to be no denying J-H on this day though. Playing with a new found confidence of expecting to get on base instead of just hoping, J-H continued to score almost at will, piling up twelve more runs over the last three innings.

“I am so happy for the girls to get this win,’ said a jubilant coach Taylor. “They have worked so hard to get better and you can see they are starting to really progress. Credit needs to be given to Coach (Fabrecia) Jackson, ‘Coach (Cynthia) Cole and Coach (Wayne) Anderson as well as they have really worked hard with these young ladies to help them improve.”

Obviously when a team scores 29 runs their were many offensive stars. Amber Melton and Renisha Evans reached base and scored five times each. Madison Page, A’Brianna Paggett and Zoie Anderson did even one better by getting on base an incredible six times each that led to crossing home plate four, three and three times respectively. Madalyn Freeman and Kyla Hayes got on all five times they batted and added three runs apiece to the total as well. Kaylee Ethridge added two runs and Jessica Bradford one to round out the scoring.

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Class 5A Parkway walks past Lady Wolverines

(Monday) Parkway didn’t manage but four hits all game but three walks and an error in the fateful fourth inning led to four runs in the 6-5 victory over Quitman. It was a bitter loss to take as the Lady Wolverines squandered a 5-0 first inning lead and ended up leaving six runners on base. Madison Chaplin led off with a walk and then scored on Maggie Guyotte’s double to get things started. Back to back to back singles by Maddie Kaye Brymer, Cali Deal and Madison Vail had the girls halfway to leaving the city of Bossier early but uncharacteristically Quitman left at least one on base in every inning from then and never scored again  Parkway scored a pair of unearned runs thanks to back to back errors in the third to close the gap to 5-2 before coaxing three walks from a tiring Deal that accompanied with Quitman’s third error of the game and a single allowed Parkway to rally. Madelin Vail had three RBI and Jada Naron had two RBI to lead the offense. Quitman stole nine bases with Brymer, Skylar Hall and Vail getting two apiece. 

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WP – n/a, LP – Deal (9-5)
2B – Guyotte
RBI – Naron 2, Deal, Guyotte, Vail
SB – Brymer 2, Hall 2, Vail 2, Williams, Chaplin, Naron

Quitman rally against #1 in Class 4A comes up short

The table was set for a last inning rally. Three straight singles by Luke Morgan, Ty Simonelli and Logan Ponder had loaded the bases and Kyler West had already scored to bring the Wolverines within one of the top ranked team in Class 4A. Then the analytics back fired as when Joshua Smith flied out to right that would have scored Morgan from third, the North DeSoto right fielder tripped Quitman up by firing to third to get Simonelli out, negating the possible run and ending the contest in heartbreaking fashion. 

The four hits Quitman got in the final frame equaled the number they had over the first six against North DeSoto pitching. North DeSoto managed only five hits against three Quitman pitchers but seven free passes, turned out to be the Achilles heel. Three walks and an error led to staring pitcher, Ponder giving up runs in the first and third inning. Warren King came in to keep things close with 1.2 innings of no-run ball but two walks by Jordan Vail and a passed ball in the sixth plated the decisive run. West and Ponder, who had two RBI, had two hits apiece for half of the Quitman hits while Blake Carter had two stolen bases and scored a run. The contest that was played in Stonewall, which is southwest of Shreveport, was Quitman’s 16th road game of the year compared to only two games played at home.

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WP – Remedies, LP – Tilley
RBI – Ponder 2
SB – Carter 2, Morgan

Upcoming Schedule (April 1-2)

Ernie Banks, the great Chicago Cub shortstop who was famous for saying “Let’s play two” would be pleased with the upcoming Monday and Tuesday schedule for both JHHS and Weston baseball team. The Wolves travel to Grace Christian in Alexandria for a twin bill on Monday, while the Tigers take to North Caddo in Vivian for the final two of their three game, district 1-2A set. Even Quitman is going to play two games on Monday, but that will be a Junior Varsity contest followed by the varsity against North Webster as the local baseballer all have long road trips ahead of them. The Weston girls will be on the road as well but only have to travel to Columbia to play Caldwell.  Both the baseball and softball teams from JJHS host North Caddo on Monday.

Thursday, April 1Time
North Caddo at JHHS (Baseball)6:00pm
North Caddo at JHHS (Softball)6:00pm
Quitman at North Webster (Baseball) JV/V4:00pm
Weston at Grace Christian (Baseball) DH2:00pm
Weston at Caldwell (Softball)5:30pm
Friday, April 2
JHHS at North Caddo (Baseball) DH5:00pm

Weston High pair claims inaugural LHSAA Bass Fishing Regional Tournament

In sports there is something called a “home field advantage.” Statistics prove that this is actually more than just a play on words, as more often than not, the team that competes in surroundings they are familiar with comes out victorious. Their is no disputing that it is good to have a home “lake” advantage as well. This was proven after Landin Chatham and Ben Ramsey of Weston High School took first place in the inaugural Region One LHSAA Bass Fishing Regional Tournament held at Caney Lake. The pair took top honors over 38 teams by landing a five fish stringer that weighed 31.10 pounds. Chatham also won the “big bass” competition with a “Caney Lake Lunker” that topped the scales at 10.06 pounds.

“We were out like 8 hours today, and we came in pretty good with a good bag,”  Chatham said. “It was fun and exciting for sure,”  Ramsey added

The event was one of four LHSAA regional tournaments that were held across the state. Region 2 was held on Toledo Bend Reservoir, Region 3 at the Atchafalaya Basin and Region 4 anglers fished at Bayou Segnette in Westwego, LA. The top 10 boats from each regional advance to the LHSAA state championship tourney that is scheduled for April 3-4 on Cross Lake in Shreveport. Complete tournament results can be found on the LHSAA website. 

 

Traina’s Bakery will be open on Easter Sunday

Has this ever happened to you? It is the morning of the big day where a host of friends and/or family is coming to your house to eat dinner. For days you have been preparing. Better give one final check, you think and then you realize you have forgotten a certain dish or upon counting the number of people that is supposed to attend you realize you don’t have enough food cooked. If this happens or you simply don’t want to do the cooking, Bruce Traina and the staff at Traina’s Bakery invite you to place your order, even if it happens to be on Easter Sunday as they will be open till 2:00pm. See below for the “Easter Special” menu.

Carrie Smith qualifies for Louisiana High School Rodeo Association state competition

Carrie Smith of Weston High qualified for Louisiana High School Rodeo Association (LHSRA) competition by finishing in tenth place in the pole bending competition at the Northeast Rodeo held at the Expo Center in Ruston, LA on Saturday, March 27th. The lone Jackson Parish entrant also competed in the barrel racing event.  At present no location has been given for the state competition that according to the website of the National High School Rodeo Association, which is the governing body of the LHSRA, will be held sometime between the dates of May 30 -June 5. 

Jay Mallard Ford says “thank you” for allowing them to service you

The “last call” to get your oil changed at a discount has been made. Today is the last day of the two month promotion so you had better hurry to get it done. Since February 1st, Jay Mallard Ford has been offering $10.00 off all oil changes regardless of make or model of your vehicle. The response was outstanding as many Jackson Parish residents and neighbors took advantage of the discount and prepared their vehicle for spring. Owner Jay Mallard  wants everyone who visited his service department to know that he is appreciative and looking forward to continue to service your service, parts and new or used car sales. Keep posted for future sales and discounts. 

The Unsinkable Ship

It was the largest ship afloat.  At over 800 feet in length, nearly three football fields long, it was a floating city.  Its engineers used cutting edge technology in every facet of its design.  It was considered to be the fastest and safest ship afloat.  Each officer aboard the ship was hand-picked based on his prior service record and on a rigid seamanship examination which focused on sea currents, tides, geography, and wind.  Its crew was also hand-picked based on the strictest of criteria.  The ship boasted two brass bands, two orchestras, and a theatrical company.  It had a company of physicians and fireman in case of emergencies.  

Engineers designed the ship with nineteen water-tight compartments which could be closed in thirty seconds by simply turning a single lever.  Engineers designed the doors of the water-tight compartments in such a way that they would close automatically if they came into contact with rushing water.  The ship could stay afloat even if as many as nine of the nineteen compartments flooded.  Many people, including its designers, builders, and owners, considered the ship to be unsinkable. 

Engineers designed the ship specifically for passenger traffic with every known convenience and comfort imaginable.  Every possible amenity was made available to first-class passengers, fewer amenities for second-class passengers, and even fewer for third-class. The likelihood of the ship being destroyed by fire was unimaginable because the ship would not transport combustible cargo.  Due to all of the ship’s safety features which rendered it practically unsinkable, the ship carried only twenty-four lifeboats, the number required by law.  Cumbersome lifeboats detracted from the travelers’ views of the ocean.  Similarly, the ship carried only the number of cork lifejackets required by law.  Only about two dozen circular life-buoys decorated the decks of the ship.  The buoys were almost considered decorations rather than life-saving devices. 

Engineers determined that the ship was safest when traveling at full speed whether in calm waters, in fog, or during storms, for at least four reasons.  First, if the ship struck another vessel, the force of the impact would be distributed over a larger area if it was traveling at full speed.  Due to the strength of the ship’s construction, the other vessel would sustain the brunt of the damage.  Second, due to the ship’s speed, weight, and construction, it would almost certainly destroy the other vessel, probably cut it in two, if traveling at full speed while only receiving damages that could be easily remedied with a paint brush.  Traveling at only half speed, the ship would sustain more damages to its bows.  Third, at full speed the ship could more easily steer itself out of danger than at half speed.  Forth, in case of striking an iceberg, the ships bows would only be crushed in a few feet further at full speed than at half speed.  At most, only three of the water-tight compartments would flood, which left six to spare before the ship was in danger of sinking.     

On a cold, April night, the ship sailed at full speed in a dense fog in the North Atlantic Ocean.  In the bowels of the great ship, members of the black gang, crewmen who garnered the nickname because they were covered with sweat and coal dust, moved coal by shovel and cart into one of the numerous furnaces. The passengers, oblivious to the workers toiling away below, enjoyed a variety of music, food, and other forms of entertainment.  Some passengers sat in steamer chairs along the decks in the chilly, salty air.  

In the crow’s nest, the highest lookout point on the ship, a single crewman struggled to spot any sign of danger in the thick fog.  Most of the passengers were well asleep by this point.  “All’s well,” the crewman shouted from the crow’s nest at exactly 1 a.m.  At 2 a.m., the crewman in the crow’s nest called out “All’s well,” again.  He yelled the same at 3 a.m.  A few minutes after 3 a.m., the crewman in the crow’s nest yelled that there was something ahead that he was unable to make out.  In the thick fog, the crewman could only make out the faintest outline.  He yelled to officers below that it must be another ship.  The crewmen tried to turn the ship to avoid a collision, but it was too late.  Then the crewmen saw that it was not another ship but a large iceberg.  The ship made only a slight shudder when it struck the iceberg.  Most of the passengers were unaware that they had struck anything.  The ship’s crew was only slightly concerned because the ship was unsinkable.

Conditions on the ship quickly spiraled out of control.  Water quickly filled one water-tight compartment after another.  The ship began to list.  Passengers were awakened by the numerous sounds of plates, glasses, and a host of other items as they crashed to the floor.  They scurried to the ship’s decks to see what had happened.  Few passengers donned life jackets, and even fewer made it into the less-than-adequate number of lifeboats.  The ship sank slowly into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.  Most of the passengers and crew perished in the sinking of the unsinkable ship.       

People around the world know the story of the Titanic, and how the ship sank after it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean with an enormous loss of life.  However, the story you read above was a work of fiction, a novella by Morgan Robertson.  The name of the ship in Robertson’s novella was not the Titanic.  The fictional ship he created was called the Titan.  His book, originally entitled Futility, seemingly recounted the events of the wreck of the Titanic.  However, Robertson’s Futility was published … in 1898, fourteen years before the Titanic sank.  

 

 

 
 

New SCAM reported taking place across North Louisiana

A new scam is sweeping the nation and operating in our area. According to investigators, victims are getting emails that claim to be from Norton Anti-Virus. Norton Anti-Virus is a popular and widely used anti-virus software program. Officials say the email will claim that the victim’s Norton account has been shut down or they owed a refund of $199.00. They also say there will be a phone number or a link to reach out to the scammers.

Investigators tell us calling the number or clicking the link, allowing the scammers to have access to your computer and any banking information you have on your computer. This is just one step away from the scammers to try to move money from your savings account into your checking account leaving the victim believing they were given money as a “refund deposit”. Then, the scammers will put in the wrong amount of money in the transfer and as the victim to pay them back with a gift card to save their job at Norton. Officials say one recent victim bought $8,000 in gift cards.

Investigators say the victim will not realize the money came from their savings account, not from Norton, until they have already spent money on gift cards. If you get a call that you suspect is a scam, you are asked to call the Jackson  Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-259-9021. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Arrest Report

Carlos M. Harris (San Antonio, TX) – Possession of Marijuana, No license, Improper Display, 
Brandon G. Malone (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Marijuana, Execution of Sentence
Kevin Sanders (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse, Battery with strangulation, Unauthorized use of a vehicle
Destiny Coker (Winnfield, LA) – Possession of Schedule I & II drug, Drug paraphernalia
Joel Acevedo  (Jonesboro, LA) – Resisting an officer (X 3), Remaining after being forbidden
Claude H. Mathis III (Quitman, LA) – Simple Burglary, Possession of Schedule I drug
James D. Mathis (Quitman, LA) – Simple Burglary, Possession of Schedule I drug
Jimmy. J. Hunter Tilley  (Quitman, LA) – Simple Burglary
Shandriece L. Grant (Chatham, LA) – Disturbing the Peace
William Roach (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of  Schedule I drug, No tail lamps
Austin B. Gray (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple criminal damage to property 
Alex Lutrick (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple criminal damage to property
Andre M. Anderson (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I & II drug, Driving under suspension, No headlights
Jeremy S. Maxwell (Jonesboro, LA) – DWI (1st offense), Careless operation, No driver’s license
Roland A. Gibbs (Goldonna, LA) – Possession of Schedule I & II drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Driving under suspension, Aggravated flight, No seatbelt, Failure to yield at stop sign 
 

Public Notices

Utilities, Inc. of Louisiana Spillway Water Supply is currently in violation of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids as set forth by the State [Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:Xll)] and the Federal Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR Part 141).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) set drinking water standards and requires the disinfection of drinking water. Where disinfection is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants combine with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter present in water to form chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). EPA and LDHH set standards for controlling the levels of disinfectants and DBPs in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acid (HAAs). Some people who drink water containing THMs in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing HAA5s in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

In December 1998, EPA set enforceable drinking water standards for TTHMs at 80 parts per billion (ppb) and for HAA5 at 60 parts per billion (ppb) to reduce the risk of cancer or other adverse health effects. Compliance with the TTHMs and HAA5 standards for public water systems servicing less than 10,000 individuals initially became effective and enforceable on January 1, 2004. Compliance with the TTHMs standard is determine by calculating a locational running annual average (LRRA) of quarterly TTHMs sample results. Compliance calculations performed for the 1st quarter of 2021 show that the system’s current TTHMs LRAAs are 81 ppb at sample location DBP03 – 211 Spruce Drive. Thus, the system is currently in violation of TTHMs standards.

Construction of the storage tank has been completed and Utilities Inc of LA will continue to monitor and adjust storage tank capacity. UIL continues to work with an engineering firm and plans to begin construction of a spray atomizer unit which will assist with the reduction of TTHM concentrations. UIL has kept LDH informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. If you have any questions, contact the UIL Compliance Administrator, Vicki Spence at 985-893-6646 – Opt. 2.

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. EPA and LDH do not consider this violation to have any serious adverse health effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure; however, continued long-term exposure to TTHMs and HAA5 levels above the standard (e.g., 20 years of exposure) has the potential to have serious adverse effects on human health.

Jonesboro Fire District #1 Special Called Meeting Minutes
March 23, 2021

Mr. Dodson called the meeting to order at 18:02pm. The following members were present and the Board achieved a quorum. Roll Call: Berry Dodson – present, Wayne Anderson – present, Conchita Doyle – present, Terrance Blankesnship – present. Absent – Danny Folden. Visitors present: Fire Chief Brandon Brown, Aaron Blalock, Curtis Roller
Invocation by Terrance Blankenship. Pledge of Allegiance by Conchita Doyle.
Public comments: NONE
Approve Minutes: Mr. Dodson called for a motion to approve the minutes for the January 21, 2021 meeting. Motion by Mr. Anderson, 2nd by Mr. Blankenship. All in favor, motion carried 
Approval Payment of Monthly Bill: Mr. Dodson called for a motion to approve the payment of monthly bills for the months of February and March. Motion by Mr. Anderson, 2nd by Mr. Dodson. All in favor, motion carried.
New business:
Mr. Dodson called for a motion for the Jonesboro Fire District to purchase 5 SCBS masks. Motion by Mr. |Dodson, 2nd by Mr. Anderson. All if favor, motion carried.
Mr. Dodson called for a motion to enter into a contract with BSTROZ1 consulting to collect the 2021/2022 parcel fee roll. Motion by Mr. Anderson, 2nd by Mrs. Doyle. All in favor, motion carried.
Old business: NONE
Next meeting date and time: The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 15th, 2021 at 6:00pm at the Jonesboro Fire Department, 104th Street, Jonesboro, LA 71251
Board comments: NONE
Adjourn: Mr. Dodson called for a motion to adjourn at 18:19pm. Motion by Mrs. Doyle, 2nd by Mr. Anderson. All in favor. Motion carried. 

Death Notices

Miriam Maria Kelly
February 05, 1936 – March 28, 2021

Mrs. Maria Kelly, age 85 of Dodson passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2021 after a lengthy period of declining health. Mrs. Kelly was a hard-working lady who always did the best she could in any situation. She was a firm believer in doing the right thing. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and loved her step-children and step greats as one great family.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Harmony Grove Cemetery near Dodson with Johnny Pyles officiating. Interment will be in the cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Tom Kelly; children, Christina Labbe, Javier Labbe & Kathy and David Labbe & Brandy; grandchildren, Ethan David Labbe and Emma Mirelle Labbe; stepchildren, Gaynell Kelly, Gweneth Dingler & Jerry, Camilla Pyles & John; 9 step-grandchildren; 3 step-great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Harmony Grove Cemetery near Dodson with Johnny Pyles officiating. Interment will be in the cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers will be Gaynell Kelly, Ethan Labbe, Johnny Pyles, David Labbe and Phillip Palmer.

Mary Lucille Howard
August 24, 1932 – March 21, 2021

Mrs. Mary Lucille Howard, age 88 of Quitman, was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 21, 2021.  Mrs. Howard was a loving and kind lady who enjoyed life and spending time with all of those around her.  She had a great love for all of her family and the grands and the great grands filled her heart with joy..

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Marlene Dark & Joe, Donna Lynn Howard; grandchildren, Amanda Turner & Jason, Seth Dark & Mercy, Adam Reading Catlin & Jessica, Terri O’Neal & Jason, Dustin Reed Catlin & Dorothy; great grandchildren, Meredith Turner, Avery Dark, Braedyn Turner, Slaton O’Neal, Maci Jane Catlin, Teddi Renee Catlin, Addison Paige Catlin, Amelia Elise Catlin, Leah Lucille Catlin; sisters, Bonita Kennedy, Shirley Tibbit, Janie Skains, Irma Kelley; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Howard; parents, Hodge J. & Willie Mae (Beatty) Hammons; siblings, Elmer Hammons, Henry Hammons, Josie Byrd, Carl Hammons.

Funeral services were held on Frida, March 26th at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church with Reverend Bob White officiating.  Interment followed at Mt. Olive West Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were Seth Dark, Mark Hammons, Jason O’Neal, James Hammons, Jason Turner, Cody Hammons.

Donald Daniels
August 25, 1963 – March 17, 2021

Donald Daniels, age 57, went to be with the Lord on March 17th. Funeral services were held on March 27th at the Paradise Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro, LA. Interment followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home.

Jason Eugene Lawrence
January 6, 1979 – March 23, 2021

Mr. Jason Eugene “Big Boy”,Lawrence, age 42 of Chatham, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  In his short 42 years Mr. Lawrence found many things that he enjoyed in this life.  He enjoyed spending time fishing, riding motorcycles, riding 4-wheelers and drag racing.  He really enjoyed cooking and sharing the tasty treats he made with others.  Those that knew and loved him lovingly called him “Big Boy”, “Biggin” or “Chops”.  Mr. Lawrence loved his daughter, fiance, family and his dogs above all else. Those left to cherish his memory is his fiance, Brittany Brooks; daughter, Jazzmine Stuckey; brothers, Joe Lawrence (Shirlene), Josh Lawrence (Robyn), Joshua Lawrence, Jr., Brian Evans (Jessica); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Eugene and Peggy Nan (Dark) Lawrence. The family of Mr. Lawrence plans to hold a memorial service at a future date.

Allen Davis Long
February 07, 1927 – March 19, 2021

Mr. Allen Davis Long, age 94, passed through the gates of Heaven on Friday, March 19, 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Mr. Long is a former resident of Quitman, La and is know by his friends as “Flip”.  Those that knew him best know that he is celebrating a joyful reunion with his beloved wife, Joy Long. Those left to cherish his memory is his son, Dr. Cecil Allen Long and wife Debora; grandchildren, Heather Ann Standifer and husband Adam, Jacob Michael Long and wife Bailey, Lucy Allen Long; great grandchildren, Levi, Darcy, Rowan.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Millicent “Joy” (Cole) Long; parents; 1 brother; 6 sisters. Funeral services were held on February 27th at the Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Reverends Joey Anderson and Charles Penuell officiating.  Burial services will be private and under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Alice Lorene Weeks
November 10, 1926 – March 28, 2021

Mrs. Lorene Weeks, age 94 of Danville, passed into Heaven Sunday, March 28, 2021. Mrs. Weeks was a native of Danville but following her marriage to Rupert Weeks, a member of the U.S. Air Force, she traveled to many different states. She was able to experience the different aspects of our country through these travels and learned to relish the best of each area that they lived. In 1999 it was time to come back to her roots in Danville so she left California and returned home. Mrs. Weeks was an avid gardener, loved to make beautiful quilts and thoroughly enjoyed the times she was able to spend with the family she loved so much and her friends.

Those left to cherish her precious memory are her daughters, Dorothy Jean Leeper & Ralph and Linda Diane Nale & Bert; grandchildren, Nicholas Pacenza and Amanda Pacenza; great grandchild, Cooper Wyatt Pacenza; brother, Prentis Ralph Robinson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rupert Weeks; father, John Bunyon Robinson; mother, Willie (Stinson) Robinson; siblings, J. B. Robinson, Doris Robinson Lucky, Gene Robinson. The family will hold a memorial service for Mrs. Weeks at a later date to be determined by her family.

Discussion held about having ceremony to dedicate portion of Hwy 34 in Chatham war hero name

After receiving correspondences from the Town of Chatham and LA Senator Jay Morris, the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ), Project Committee voted to recommend to the entire Police Jury, to take part in ceremony that would rename of a  portion of Hwy 34 to the “Second Lieutenant, Harvel Moore Memorial Highway.” The tentative date set for the dedication ceremony is set for April 9th at approximately 10:00 am. moore2

The actual renaming of the portion of road that runs from the north to south city limits in Chatham, was made official in 2019  through ACT 26, presented by Morris to the LA legislature. While the bill passed no funds got allocated, so the project was stalled until the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) informed Morris recently of funding being received from a private investor.

Moore, who was a Chatham resident and both Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient, was killed in action in World War II. An inspiring documentary on the war hero told of how after 75 years his remains, which were on Tarawa Island in the Pacific Oceans was brought back to Chatham so they could be placed next to his mother. 

In additional JPPJ committee activity,  the Operation Committee agreed to request the full board to assist the Jackson Parish Recreation Department to expand the parking area at the JPRD complex on Hwy 4 East and accept a revision to the 2021 Road Program. The Policy and Personnel Committee accepted the retirement of Linda Blackstock from the Road Department.

All committee recommendations will be placed on the agenda and brought in front of the entire JPPJ for official enactment at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting set for Monday, April 12, at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center.