Waters slam helps Weston “Chase a Win” against Quitman

In the final district 2B contest of the season between the two Jackson Parish rivals Weston beat Quitman 5-3 to draw into a tie with the Wolverines for second place. The victory lifted the Wolves to an 11-7 overall record while Quitman fell to 17-11 on the year.

Weston High got only three hits against Quitman pitching this past Thursday but one will forever be remembered. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning after Ty Simonelli and Ian Tilley had scored to break a scoreless tie, the Wolves responded with Cooper Delaney walking and Kaden Shirley, who was the complete game winner on the mound, slapping a single. Braden Theriot then coaxed a walk to load the bases setting up a grounder to short by Tait Culpepper that plated Delaney. Bryce Zehr then hit a grounder to third that ended up with Shirley getting thrown out at the plate bringing up Caleb Waters.Chase a Win 2

Waters worked the count to three balls and two strikes and then delivered the most dramatic moment in Jackson Parish sports this year when he lofted a drive to left center that cleared the fence and the bases giving Weston a 5-2 lead that stood up despite a 6th inning rally attempt by the Wolverines.

What made the victory all the more sweeter was that prior to the contest, the administration of Weston High had dubbed the contest “Chase a Win” in memory of their former head coach Chase Frasier, who tragically lost his life last year in an auto accident. While the grand slam was an incredibly huge event in the game, what made the moment so special and dramatic was that as Waters rounded second base he pointed to the heavens signifying honor to his former coach. After the contest another touching moment occurred when as the team was joyously celebrating the victory, Lillie Frasier, the young daughter of the fallen coach joined the team on the field and every player and coach alike paid homage to her.


Sulphur Bound! QHS earns trip to Class B state tourney

A few weeks back after Quitman had beaten the top ranked team in Class 3A, head coach Justin Dodson reminded his team that although the win was a big one, they hadn’t accomplished anything yet. They have now!
With the ten inning, 7-3 victory over Converse in the Class B quarterfinals the Lady Wolverines have reached their goal of making the state tournament in Sulphur for the first time since 2015. Now the incredibly youthful and talented Lady Wolverines have just one goal left which is to bring the state title home.

In order to do that #5 Quitman must get past #9 Anacoco, who advanced by upsetting top ranked Forest by a 7-2 score. The contest will be played on Thursday at 3pm on field 15 at Frasch Park. The winner of that contest will play the winner between #2 Holden and #3 Florien on May 1st at 3:00 pm on field 17 for the Class B title.

There were several heroes in the exhilarating extra inning victory but none bigger than Maddie Kaye Brymer. The “big bopper” who had six home runs in the first 15 games of the season but had gone 18 straight without a round tripper and had seen her batting average dip from .600 to .451 found her stroke once again in the perfect setting. Brymer torched Converse pitching to the tune of four hits in five at bats that included a double and a home run that led to three RBI.

QHS earns trip to Class B 2021 2It wasn’t just a display the found again display of power that was impressive but the clutch time in which she delivered as well. It was her double in the top of the fourth that plated Maggie Guyotte to give Quitman a 1-0 lead. Then in the top of the sixth after Converse had taken a 2-1 advantage Brymer struck again by lifting a shot over the centerfield fence that scored Guyotte again to give the Lady Wolverines a 3-2 advantage. Still again in the top of the deciding tenth inning, Brymer came up big when she stroked a single to right center to score Madison Chaplin who had led off the inning with a walk to stake Quitman to the first of the four runs in the frame.

Guyotte, who all season has played well beyond her 7th grade status, also came up big with a four of five effort and three runs scored. This included her final tally in the 10th after she singled to put runners on first and second with no outs that was a catalyst in setting up the big inning.

Finally, there was the herculean effort by 8th grader Cali Deal, who struck out ten in the complete game victory that saw her hold the powerful Converse offense to just six hits over the ten innings. Adding to the awe of the 156 pitches thrown, 102 were for strikes as she improved her record to 15-5 on the year. Deal also helped her own cause by stroking a double in the tenth that scored Guyotte and Brymer and gave Quitman a commanding three run advantage and her second and third RBI of the game.

Jada Naron, the lone senior on the youthful squad plated Deal with the final run with her second hit of the game continuing her playoff effectiveness with her second consecutive, two hit game in as many postseason outings. Madeline Vail also added a pair of hits and Marley Bell chipped in with a single.


Jackson Parish voters emphatically say NO to Sales Tax increase proposal

The public has spoken and the residents of Jackson Parish have overwhelmingly stated that they do not want an increase in the Sales Tax. With 31 of 31 precincts reporting of the 1567 votes cast, which represented a paltry 15.7% turnout, 1173 voted against the tax increase compared to only 394 in favor of adding one percent to the 9.45% sales tax rate currently in effect. Early voting statistics mirrored the opinion as well as 369 voted against compared to 142 voting for the proposal.

Final results of 1% increase of Sales Tax in Jackson Parish
1,173 – Against
394 – For
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1,567 – Votes cast


Shall the Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), be authorized to levy and collect and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”) (an estimated $1,850,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish, all as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from July 1, 2021, with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of waste management, jail and courthouse expansion, road construction and maintenance, and to pay any debt service requirements on bonds issued for such purpose, or any part thereof?


Sales Tax Referendum election day this Saturday, April 24th

Polls will open on Saturday, April 24th for Jackson Parish voters to choose whether or not they want to increase the existing sales tax rate of 9.45 by one percent. The proposed increase is being brought forth by the Jackson Parish Police Jury to help offset large operating expenses of the Solid Waste Department.  

The proposition reads as follows: 

Shall the Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), be authorized to levy and collect and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”) (an estimated $1,850,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish, all as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from July 1, 2021, with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of waste management, jail and courthouse expansion, road construction and maintenance, and to pay any debt service requirements on bonds issued for such purpose, or any part thereof?

“Lexi’s Closet ” at Weston High featured in KNOE-TV8 documentary on April 16th

This past Friday, KNOE-TV8 ran a heart warming and touching tribute to Lexi Wise and the efforts that Weston High School has done in memory of the 10-year-old who tragically was killed in an ATV accident in 2019. Below is a reprint of the article. 

If you drive down Louisiana Highway 4, you’ll eventually come across Weston High School. A high school with pride and strength like no other. From the outside, Weston High looks like any other high school but on the inside…the teachers, students, and parents fill the halls with love. Lexi Wise passed away on November 8, 2019. Lexi and her friend got into an accident while riding ATV’s after school. She was only 10-years-old.

“She was really kind and always cared, and always cared about others. More about others than herself,” said Abram Toms, a classmate of Lexi Wise.

Lexi’s mom Pam Wise said there was always something special about her.

“We just always said that there was something just so special about her because she was, she was so caring, and that is what stands out the most,” said, Pam Wise. “It’s astounding sometimes how thoughtful she was of others more so than herself, for Christmas she wrote on her list one time she hoped Jesus had a good birthday,” said Lexi Wise’s dad, Toby Wise.

Lexi Wise passed away on November 8, 2019. Lexi and her friend got into an accident while riding ATV’s after school. She was only 10-years-old.

“I was in shock. I mean we had just, she went to a friend’s house, I mean it was her best friend…it was just a freak accident,” said Pam.

A tragedy no parent should have to go through quickly became Toby and Pam Wise’s reality.

“It’s been hard and honestly, I believe God’s just given me strength,” said Pam Wise.

Her parents said she was the most energetic and compassionate 10-year-old.

“Very thoughtful, always happy…” said Toby Wise. “That’s what most people said after she passed, they just remember the kindness, and that was the resounding theme that kept coming back, was just how kind she was.” 

But most of all, Lexi loved to help others.

“She would come home and say, “Oh mom, this one kid is making fun of this other kid, and I always told her ‘Lexi you treat people the way you want to be treated and that’s the way she was. I mean she always, if she had snacks she wanted to share, she didn’t grab one, she grabbed three or four,” said Pam Wise.

During last Christmas break, Lexi’s mom Pam had an idea to create a closet filled with supplies for the less fortunate students as a way to honor Lexi and what she loved to do most, give back.

“I feel like God just laid it on the heart… it just came to me. Me and my mom were talking, and we were like, you know, we should start something to help kids because that’s what she enjoyed doing,” said Pam Wise.

Pam mentioned the idea to Weston High School’s art teacher, Cyndi Beaubouef who had some of Lexi’s older siblings in class years ago.

“She’s such a caring person. Full of energy and loves kids. She was the perfect person to help get it off the ground. And she was so excited because when I first mentioned it I didn’t really know if it was a possibility and her face just lit up and she was like, I love it,” said Pam Wise.

Beaubouef wanted to surprise Lexi’s parents with a closet full of love so she rounded up some of Lexi’s classmates and got to work.

“It was crammed packed with every discard from the school from floor to ceiling and my high school students cleaned it out. They purged it, swept it, cloroxed it, and disinfected it, and then when they got it completely done they worked with Lexi’s friends in the sixth grade to paint it her favorite color but they worked tirelessly, they never told me no,” said Beaubouef.

Lexi’s closet is a place where any student can go to get supplies they may need, like toiletries, backpacks, clothes, and shoes. Supplies for the closet are bought with money Lexi’s friends raise during bake sales and are also donated from people in the community. Recently, students raised $2,500.

“Me and my friends decided that she was so kind we wanted to raise money for the closet,” said Toms.

Beaubouef and her students, like Abram Toms, worked hard to bring Lexi’s closet to life.

“This is something she would’ve loved to be a part of,” said Toms. “It’s giving to people who are in need, and she loved to do that.” 

The spirit of giving is so much, they have already outgrown the closet space. Beaubouef said soon they will be expanding and may even need their own building.

“I’ve talked to principals throughout the parish and told them what we were doing, so we’re ready to meet their needs too,” said Beaubouef.

Beaubouef said the last few years have been difficult for the Weston High staff and students but the forming of Lexi’s closet has helped bring some peace to their community by honoring Lexi’s memory.

“These kids have known more than most adults have, but they’re still smiling they’re still giving and they’re here every day ready to work hard,” said Beaubouef. “I just feel like we feel her every day. When the sun is beautiful, I feel like the days we help the most kids, the sun is the brightest.” 

Lexi’s spirit shines brightly throughout the halls of Weston High School. If you want to lend a helping hand, you can drop off your donations at Weston High School.

 

 

 

 

Lady Wolverines play 2nd round playoff contest on Wednesday at Rec Complex

The #5 seeded Lady Wolverines of Quitman High School embark on their journey that they hope ends in Sulphur, LA, site of the LHSAA state tournament, by hosting #21 Monterey on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 pm at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department complex. The Lady Wolverines, who drew a bye in the first round are the only local school left alive in the softball playoffs after Jonesboro-Hodge and Weston both fell in the first round by lopsided margins.

Pitkin 13 Weston 1: First year head coach, Kim Shows, saw her inaugural season at the helm come to a screeching halt as #13 seeded Pitkin blasted the #20 ranked Weston girls in four and a half innings. The Lady Wolves, who finished the year with a 9-18 record, saw any hopes of advancing disappear early as homestanding Pitkin scored five runs in the first and was up by nine before Weston scratched out their only run of the game. Taylor Chatham and Jacie Ledford got the only two hits allowed while Mallory Tolar scored the lone Weston run. 

Winnfield 21 JHHS 1: Zoie Anderson stole home in the second inning for the #29 seeded Lady Tigers only run of the game as #4 Winnfield easily advanced to the second round. Jiffrieuna Bradford got a hit that moved Anderson who had singled to third. With the loss Jonesboro-Hodge ends the season with a 1-21 record in head coach Tracy Taylor’s first year.

Smith pitches Quitman past Weston

Joshua Smith limited Jackson Parish and district 2B rival Weston to a pair of seventh inning hits and Quitman scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings to take the 3-0 victory that moved the Wolverines one half game ahead of Weston for second place in district 2B.

Smith was utterly dominant over the first six innings allowing only a fourth inning walk to Caleb Waters and having Tait Culpepper and Ty Henderson reach on errors. Weston got their first hit in the final frame when Davis Tolar led off with a double. That was followed by a one out hit by Henderson but Tolar was gunned down at the plate attempting to score and then Henderson got tagged out attempting to take third ending the game. 

Lead off batter Luke Morgan coaxed a walk in Quitman’s first at bat, stole second and scored after back to back singles by Riley Duck and Ian Tilley to stake the Wolverines to an early advantage. Logan Ponder doubled, advanced to third on Duck’s second hit of the contest and was brought home by Tilley’s second RBI to double the lead after three innings of play. Beau Carter got the final run the next inning after singling, stealing second and scoring on Ty Simonelli’s hit. With the victory Quitman improves to 16-9 overall and 2-2 in 2B play, while Weston drops to 10-7 and 2-3. The two teams play again this Thursday at Quitman with the first pitch slated to be thrown at 4:30pm. 

Jackson Parish Police Jury Cleanup Committee to meet Thursday

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2020 at 12:00pm in the Sunshine Room of the Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building located on 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro. The hearing has been called to allow Jackson Parish residents to obtain views on the housing and community development needs of Jackson Parish and to discuss the submission of an application for funding under the State of Louisiana FY 2022/2023 Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Program.

Finance Committee Meeting: Immediately following the public hearing the JPPJ Finance Committee consisting of Chairman Tarneshala Cowans (District 5), Amy Magee (District 3)and John McCartney (District 4) will hold session to discuss the health insurance renewal, 2021 surplus items and a letter of request from the Judge’s office. Also to be entertained is a review of the budget, possible amendments and fund reviews. 

Cleanup Committee Meeting: The Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) Cleanup Committee will meet at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center located at 182 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro, LA. Headed by Chairman John McCartney, whose passion for the beautification of Jackson Parish spearheaded the effort to form this panel, District 5 and District 7 representative’s Tarneshala “Niki” Cowans and Lynn Treadway will discuss several items including getting the community involved, organizing cleanup teams, establishing boundaries and having a good will competition to award the area deemed to have been cleaned the best. 

Former Ivan Smith Furniture building to be new Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office

If you have driven down Hwy 167 south by Walmart over the last several days you have noticed that the former Ivan Smith Furniture store building is going through a major modification. That is because work is being done to remodel the building to house the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s office, which has outgrown their current Courthouse location. According to JP Sheriff Andy Brown the hopes are that the move will be completed by July. 

“That is our target date as of now,” said Brown. “Hopefully everything will stay on schedule.”

The move is part of an ongoing facility changes being made that is designed to benefit the residents of Jackson Parish by making governmental departments more accessible. It began with the Jackson Parish Police Jury moving their administrative offices out of their second floor Courthouse location a few months back. Now the Sheriff’s Office will vacate the first floor of the Courthouse which once the move is completed will start to house other governmental departments that are currently located in various parts of Jonesboro. 

“We are looking forward to moving into the new building as there are a tremendous amount of benefits to the move not only to the Sheriff’s Department but to our residents as well,” continued Brown. “The new location will allow our different department areas to be housed in one location instead of being scattered about like we are now. It also gives us better visibility and allow us to be much more accessible.”

Summer league Baseball/Softball season ends first week of competition

The first pitch has been thrown and the games have begun for Jackson Parish boys and girls from the ages of 3-13 as the Jackson Parish Recreation Department summer league plays their second games of the schedule. Action for all leagues began this past Monday and continues through Friday. See below for games to be played on Thursday and Friday. Results of games played this week will be available for review in next week’s Wednesday, April 28th edition 

Thursday, April 22nd schedule

LeagueHomeVisitor|Time/Field
3 & 4 TeeMeme’s MinisMitchell’s Pharmacy6:00pm / TBall 1
Dodson Enterprise’sChampion Trophies6:00pm / TBall 2
State FarmPeople’s Bank7;00pm / TBall 1
Sign DesignJonesboro St. Bank7:00pm / TBall 2
9 &10 BoysTraina’s BakeryJonesboro Glass6:00pm / Field 2
Mercy MedicalTraina’s Bakery7:30pm / Field 2
9 &10 GirlsKlassy KleenM&M Handy Foods6:00pm / Field 3
Todd’s BailBondsJohnny’s Pizza7:30pm / Field 3
11-13 GirlsCap RoofingBarksdale Credit Union6:00pm / Field 4
Listle Real EstateHodge Bank7:45pm / Field 4

Friday, April 23rd schedule

LeagueHomeVisitorTime/Field
5 & 6 Co-EdSPSJackson Parish Bank6:00pm / TBall1
Greg Williams LoggingSix Point6:00pm / TBall2
Vanguard RealtyJackson Parish Hospital7:00pm / TBall1
VP RacingJonesboro Animal Clinic7:00pm / TBall2
7 & 8 BoysAbles FarmsLA Family Med Clinic6:00 pm / Field 2
Kohler KrewFamily Pharmacy7:30 pm / Field 2
7 & 8 GirlsBucketboatRise and Grind6:00 pm / Field 3
Ruffled FeathersLeach Lawn Servie7:30 pm / Field 3
11-13 BoysAcademy MortgageSouthern Kustoms6:00 pm / Field 1
Elite RoofingM&M Handy Foods7:45 pm / Field 1

Cadeville Water District which services Eros area residents receives $1.9 million loan

Eros, LA – The Cadeville Water District has received a $1.9 million loan from the Louisiana Department of Health’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program to improve the quality of drinking water for area water customers.

Cadeville Water District President Barry Turner said the funds are being used to construct a water treatment system, a large-capacity ground storage tank, a booster station, and site piping and fencing on recently purchased property along Highway 546. The district recently spent more than $500,000 of self-generated revenue to dig a new well at the site. The well was successfully completed last year.

“The investments in this facility will help us ensure we are providing quality drinking water to our customers and allow us to meet the growing demands on our district,” Turner said. 

In addition to the DWRLF’s administrative order loan, Cadeville Water District recently received $400,000 in state capital outlay funding to construct a new ground storage tank and fiberglass storage building at its Ray Road well facility. Turner said the local system is “matching” that construction project with more than $100,000 in upgrades at that site.

He said those upgrades will allow the Cadeville Water District to efficiently manage the consolidation of the neighboring Robinson Chapel Water District in Jackson Parish, noting that the DWRLF program has issued the district an additional $1.46 million consolidation loan to take over that small, struggling system. The consolidation loan is a 100% forgivable loan program.

JHHS boys win district 1-2A track meet, Girls place 2nd – District 2B meet today

Jonesboro-Hodge claimed the district 1-2A boys track and field title while the girls finished as runner-up in the meet that was run on Tuesday at Lakeside High School in Sibley. In regard to individual honors it was a clean sweep for JHHS as DeTrevien Bowie was named MVP of the boys division while both Xabrianna Jackson and Zymea Hoggro were named co-MVP in girls competition. No team or individual results were available as of press time and will be posted in the Sunday edition

District 2B meet on Wednesday: Six days ago Quitman and Weston High School competed in the Choudrant Invitational. Today they return to the Choudrant High track but this time it is for the district 2B track and field title. Field events are slated to begin at 3:00 pm while the track events will start around 5:30pm. Jonesboro-Hodge traveled to Lakeside (Sibley) yesterday, April 20th, for the district 1-2A meet. 

Choudrant Invitational (4/15): Four Jackson Parish thinclads won gold medals at the Choudrant Invitational ran on April 15th. Podium placers in team competition was Quitman finishing in second in girls competition and third in boys. The individual winners were Briley Peterson (high jump) and Lakerria Austin (100M hurdles) from Weston along with Hunter Folks (Pole Vault) and Maddie Grace Giddens (300M hurdles).

Second place winners from Quitman were: Bethany Leach (triple jump), Janice Pittman (javelin), Faith Odom (1600m), Bailey Keys (shot put). Also taking silver medals were the 4×200 meter relay team of Grace Sharplin, Ansley Folks, Clara Womack and Bethany Leach and the 4×400 meter relay quartet of Sharplin, Summer Grillette, Odom and Emma Carter. Jalexia Clariday finished second in the shot put for Weston and also took third in the discus. 

Additional bronze medal winners from Weston was Riley McBride (shot put) and Dillon Pardue (3200M) while Quitman had Womack (Pole Vault), Leach (Long Jump) and Odom (800m). The 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams from Quitman comprised of John Pabaya, Ty Simonelli, Harley Brown and Jamall Johnson also won third place. 

 

Life Share Blood Drive at Jackson Parish Library Chatham Branch on April 21st

The Jackson Parish Library, in conjunction with LifeShare Blood Center, will conduct a blood drive at the Chatham Branch on Wednesday, April 21st from the hours of 10:00am – 2:00pm. Donors will receive a LifeShare T-shirt. If unable to attend donations can be made by clicking: lifeshare.org/give.  

BOARD MEETING: The Jackson Parish Library Board held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on April 19th at the Library in Jonesboro. During the session board members discussed current ongoing projects and adopted the minutes from their March meeting. Also discussed and adopted were the March financial and statistical reports. 

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

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

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

CHILDREN PROGRAMS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

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

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

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

OUTREACH SERVICES

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

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

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

JONESBORO BRANCH INFORMATION

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

CHATHAM BRANCH INFORMATION

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

 

NEWS ANCHOR GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

Bill Lunn’s profession as a television news anchor has carried him around the nation. Until the past year or so, he was anchor at a Memphis station and since has relocated to our part of the world as co-anchor for the 10:00 news at Shreveport’s KTBS Channel 3. Our paths crossed, not literally but virtually several months ago when I posted articles on
Face Book I was writing for LA Sportsman magazine and web site about trophy bucks taken in Louisiana during this past season. On one of my articles, Lunn made a comment with content that let me know he had to have been a deer hunter. I connected with him via social media and we were soon exchanging texts and comments mutual to the two of us. During our on-line chats, I learned that Lunn was a native of Illinois, studied Journalism at Northwestern University as well as attending college in Minnesota where he became interested in fishing.

“While in school in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, I became enamored with the In Fisherman show on television that really got me hooked on the sport,” Lunn said.

Although Lunn’s dad was not a hunter, he developed an interest in hunting, becoming a member of a deer lease in Tennessee while he was working in Memphis. However, the sport that has captivated his main interest is turkey hunting.

Upon his move to KTBS, Lunn who now lives in north Bossier Parish in Benton, has sampled the fishing in several waterways in north Louisiana including Cypress Black Bayou, Caddo and Bistineau.
During our contacts on social media, I learned something else about Lunn that captivated my attention more than his interest in hunting and fishing. He has created what he refers to as a “ministry” to youngsters in the Shreveport area.
“After moving to Louisiana, I became a member of Cypress Baptist Church and was impressed with the quality of some of the Christian men in the church. Several are involved in activities that have been beneficial to the community and I felt that I needed to find something that would allow me to reach out to some group; I wasn’t sure which group so I prayed for guidance and direction.

“I was out walking one day and I passed a trash bin and saw three BMX bicycles that had been dumped in the trash. When I lived in Chicago, I worked at a bike shop and am able to repair just about any bike, so I put the three bikes in the back of my truck, brought them home and repaired them and posted on Face Book and gave them away to kids in Bossier City,” Lunn said. “After word got out about my repairing and giving away bicycles, I started getting requests for bikes, donations began coming in along with people giving me old bikes to repair and give away,” he said.

A weekend or so ago, Lunn got the word out of a bike give-away in a Shreveport neighborhood. He had repaired 25 bikes and gave them away to kids who learned of Lunn’s “ministry”.

“I just wanted to touch a kid’s life somehow and some way. I can’t change lives in ways others can but I can fix bikes and make a kid happy. When we were young,” Lunn continued, “bikes were everything and I have learned through this process that bikes are still king.”

He hunts; he fishes; he reports the news but the most notable things Bill Lunn is doing is to make a difference in the lives of kids. Anyone interested in contributing to this bike ministry can contact Lunn through his Face Book page.

FISHING REPORT

CANEY LAKE – Bass and yellow bass have been biting along the points just off deep water with Wacky worms and jigs working best. Dustin Chellette landed the big one of the week, a bass tipping the scales at 11.35 pounds. Crappie fishing has been fair fishing brush off the points using shiners or jigs. The chinquapins have just started hitting worms and crickets in 6-7 foot water. For information contact Bateaux’s 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.BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair on Shaky Heads, jigs and crank baits with some from 2-5 pounds reported. No report on bream, catfish or crappie this week.. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bass fishing has been fair around the shallow grass on spinners, jigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are scattered; bream fishing has been good on crickets. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – The river is still too high with too much current for fishing to be good. No fishing report this week. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Most of the crappie have spawned and have moved out to the flats where some have been caught fishing 8-12 feet deep in 10-18 foot water. Shiners and jigs are picking up some with best jigs this week being Key Lime Pie and Live Minnow patterns. Bass have moved to the deeper holes and spinners, jigs and soft plastics are picking up a few. Bream are just now starting to show signs of life as they’re moving to shallow bedding areas and starting to
hit worms and crickets. Catfishing continues to be good off the banks on night crawlers and cold worms. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream fishing has been good this week on worms and crickets around shallow beds. Both catfish and crappie are being caught at night fishing shiners on yo-yos. Bass fishing has been fair with best lure this week being the Rapala. Striper fishing is slow to fair. Fishing below the spillway is fair for crappie and bream. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Crappie are beginning to move away from the banks with some caught in 8 foot water on shiners or jigs. Bream and catfish are biting and bass are fair this week. Some crappie are still shallow while others have moved to deeper water. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The water is rising but some crappie are starting to move deeper. Catfishing is good while bream are just now starting. No report on bass. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is falling but still too high. No fishing this week. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

”Bill Lunn is shown with a happy youngster, recipient of a bike, repaired by Lunn.” Courtesy photo

Ceadimo Fashion Taxes & More LLC opens in Jonesboro on April 28th

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clara jacobsOn April 28th, Ceadimo Fashion Taxes and More LLC, owned by Clara Jacobs, will join the ever growing list of new businesses opening in Jonesboro. The address to the fashion design retail store is at 103 Miracle Place, Jonesboro and appointments can be made by calling 318-480-9951.

“Ever since I was a little girl  I had dreams of being a fashion designer/retailer” said Jacobs. “I look forward to gaining your business.”

Wyatt and Wilkerson win Jonesboro Fire Department Water Ball Fight

Tim Wyatt and Kyle Wilkerson took first place in the inaugural Jonesboro Fire Department “Water Ball Fight” held this past Saturday, April 17th. The fun competition had opposing teams attempt to move a cask in the air that was attached to a cable by shooting it with a stream of water in a style similar to a tug of war.  The winner was declared when the cask was moved to the opposing teams base. Coming in second was Wayne Anderson and Matt Whitman. While the event was entertaining for all who participated and witnessed it also held training value in the maintaining and use of a high pressure fire hose so that the applying of a directional flow of water is most accurate while assisting with fires.

Water ball fight contestants:

Team 1: Kyle Wilkerson and Tim Wyatt
Team 2: Kelly Sha and Todd Lamkin
Team 3: Brandon and Braydon Brown
Team 4: Joey Norton and Kyle Robinson
Team 5: Matt Whitman and Wayne Anderson
Team 6: Lacey Brown and Phillip Brown
Team 7: Dustin Siddon and Halee Siddon
Team 8: Aaron Blalock and Michelle Mullins

Training a Milkman

Late on the Friday afternoon of December 5, 1901, E.L. McKeen, a local milkman in North Tonawanda, New York, was delivering his milk as usual.  This was in the era before automobiles were commonplace, so McKeen delivered his goods in a wagon pulled by a single horse.  He took his time whenever he made his rounds so as to not put unnecessary strain on the horse.  When moving at a slow pace, the horse could work all day with just a few, short breaks.  If the milkman hurried the horse, it required much longer and more frequent breaks.  The milkman usually seemed to be in no hurry whatsoever.
On this day, the milkman made his deliveries as if he had all the time in the world.  His load consisted of numerous small cans and large barrels of milk.  At every intersection, the milkman casually looked both ways to make sure no other traffic was coming.  When he neared the railroad crossing at Lincoln Avenue, the milkman coolly looked down the railroad tracks.  The milkman saw the Lockport train heading his direction on the tracks of the New York Central railroad.  The milkman, unable to properly gauge the speed at which the train traveled, decided that he could make it across in plenty of time.
 
The train, being the fastest mode of transportation of the era, barreled through the town at a speed that many people thought was impossible only a couple of decades earlier.  The engineer blew the train’s whistle as a warning, but the milkman paid little attention to it.  The engineer engaged the train’s braking system, but it was unable to stop in time.  Just as the horse stepped onto the tracks, the Lockport train struck.  The horse took the brunt of the violent impact and flew through the air.  The milkman and his wagon slammed against the train.  The cans and barrels of milk exploded in a large white gush and covered the milkman.  The force of the impact reduced the wagon to nothing more than kindling wood and scrap iron.
 
Witnesses to the collision rushed to the milkman’s aid.  The horse was dead.  They feared the milkman was dead as well, yet in the pile of debris, they noticed movement.  The milkman, covered from his head to his feet with cold milk, shivered as he dislodged himself from the pile of broken wood and iron.  Some of the townspeople helped the milkman stand up and asked if he needed medical attention.  The milkman reassured them that he was just fine.  He escaped with barely a scratch.
 
Several of the witnesses relayed another incident which happened three and a half years earlier at the same crossing at about the same hour by a milkman.  In that incident, which occurred in early May of 1897, a milkman was crossing the railroad tracks at the same intersection when he was struck by the same train, the Lockport train.  That collision nearly killed the milkman.  He spent the next couple of weeks confined to his home recovering.
 
The townspeople brought up yet another incident in which another local milkman was struck by a train.  About five years earlier, a milkman was walking, seemingly without a care in the world, along the railroad tracks between North Tonawanda and Gratwick when he failed to get off of the tracks in time.  The train struck the milkman but only slightly injured him.
 
As the townspeople spoke of the three separate incidents in which trains had hit milkmen in the vicinity, McKeen confidently told them that trains were unable to kill him.  Because of his belief that he was invincible, at least with trains, McKeen was willing to take chances most people would be too afraid to take.  You see, it was not three different milkmen in the stories the townspeople told, but one.  It was McKeen who had tempted fate and survived being hit by a train on three separate occasions.
 
 

Arrest Report

Henry Lassere (North Hodge, LA) – Warrant
Colby LaBlance (Jonesboro, LA) – Aggravated assault, Domestic abuse battery
Mike Powell (Dodson, LA) – Warrant 
Justin C. Barr (Hodge, LA) – Disturbing the peace, Public intoxitation
Benjamin M. Jiles (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant
James Martin Jr. (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I & IV drug, Possession of Legend Drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia
James McDaniel (Jonesboro, LA) – Theft
Earl R. Allen (Choudrant, LA) – Domestic Abuse battery

Louisiana Dept. of Health puts temporary pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Louisiana Department of Health announced Tuesday, April 13th, that it is placing a temporary pause on all administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the state. LDH says providers in the state of Louisiana will continue to use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and all Louisianans are encouraged to take advantage of the available vaccines, so the state can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have recommended that the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution over six reported U.S. cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot.

“Today’s pause in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is out of an abundance of caution. This morning, I had a call with White House officials and other governors to discuss this issue as we work to safely get as many Louisianans 16 and older vaccinated as quickly and safely as possible. While I understand that this news may be concerning, I remain committed to working alongside public health experts to make sure people can get the answers they need to make an informed decision,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “Right now, there are two safe and effective vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – available and being administered in Louisiana and I encourage everyone in Louisiana to keep their appointments and to take advantage of the vaccines we have available. Nearly one million Louisianans have already completed their vaccinations against COVID-19. There have been around 85,000 Johnson and Johnson doses administered in Louisiana and no reported cases of this rare blood clot that we are aware of. In the short-term, this means some community vaccination events may have to be rescheduled or shifted to use Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for now and working with the team from the Louisiana Department of Health and health care officials, we will continue the important work of administering vaccines.”

As of April 12, LDH says that more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

The CDC said it will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, LDH is temporarily pausing in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution.

According to LDH, the adverse events appear to be extremely rare. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, chest pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Minor side effects are a normal sign the body is building protection. Side effects may include pain and swelling in the arm, fever, chills, tiredness or a headache. Most side effects will go away in a few days or less.

Chevonda Williams of JHHS named Principal-of-the-Year semi-finalist

Jonesboro-Hodge High School Principal, Chevonda Leonard, has been named as a semi-finalist for the 2022 Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) Principal of the Year Award. The 1986 JHHS graduate and member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Hodge has been Principal at JHHS since 2018 and a member of the Jackson Parish School System since 2000.

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, recognizes and celebrates some of the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. These programs provide an opportunity to acknowledge those teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s education profession.

This year, school systems from all across the state submitted nominations to the state-level Teacher and Principal of the Year process. All Teacher and Principal of the Year Semifinalists will be honored at the 15th Annual Excellent Educators Awards Gala that will be held virtually on the evening of July 16, 2021

Quitman earns bye in LHSAA softball playoffs, JHHS and Weston on road

On the strength of their #5 ranking in Class B, Quitman High School earned a first round bye in the LHSAA softball playoffs scheduled to begin on Monday, April 19th. Jonesboro-Hodge and Weston will open on the road against Winnfield and Pitkin respectively. 

The Lady Wolverines won district 2B in undefeated fashion and ended the season with a sterling 25-7 overall record. They await the winner of  #12 Oak Hill and #21 Monterey, who is scheduled to play on Monday. Tentative game time for the Quitman contest has been set for 6:00pm on Tuesday, April 20th at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Complex located on Hwy 4 East just outside of Jonesboro. 

The Lady Wolves, who finished 3rd in district 2B and had a 9-17 overall record, is seeded #20 in the Class B bracket which garnered them a trip to #13 Pitkin, who has an 18-13 record . A victory there would earn them the right to play #4 seed Converse, also on the road. Jonesboro-Hodge got the #29 seed after a 1-20 season which pits them against long time rival Winnfield, who checks in at #4 in Class 2A after compiling an 18-9 record and a second place finish in district 3-2A. For complete bracket listings of all classes and divisions click here:  https://www.lhsaa.org/softball

 

Student Athletes of the Week announced

Xabrianna Jackson, Dillon Pardue and Cali Deal have been selected as the Student Athlete of the Week for their respective high schools. The award program sponsored by the Jackson Parish Hosptial recognizes a student athlete from each of the three Jackson Parish High schools (Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman, Weston) that best exemplifies academic and athletic achievement. Jackson is a junior at JHHS and a member of the girls track team. Pardue, who is a sophomore at Weston also runs track, while Deal plays softball for Quitman. 

School Board moves forward with Quitman, Weston parking lot addition

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Jackson Parish School Board (JPSB) held on April 12th, Mary Saulters, Gloria Davis, Wade McBride, Rickey McBride, Gerry Mims and Calvin Waggoner authorized Board President, Dennis Clary, to sign a  Form of Agreement was entered into with Riley Company of Louisiana Inc. for technical services associated with the Quitman and Weston School Parking Lot Addition project. 

terranceThe meeting started with Terrance Blankenship being recognized as 2020-21 PCAL Jackson Parish and Regional Bus Driver of the Year followed by the 2021-22 School Calendar being approved and Ms. Davis reporting on the Executive Finance Committee meeting held prior. Approval to pay standard General Fund, Federal Program, Food Service, Sales Tax, Special Education and District Maintenance bills was then authorized followed by payments on the specific items listed below:

(1) $5,000.00 to SoftskillHigh for site licenses for JHHS and Weston High School to be paid from Career & Technical  6% Minimum Foundation Allocation
(2) $8,956.16 to Teachers Pet-Office Center for 32 Computer Workstation Desks for Quitman High Business Computer Lab to be paid from QHS Local Vocational Account ($6,271.56) and JPSB Career Development Funds ($2,684.60)
(3) $21,171.98 to 3B Outdoor Equipment for two (2) Exmark Lazer Z, S-Series, 26.5 HP Lawnmowers to be paid from Parish Wide District Funds
(4) – $7,050.00 to Louisiana Delta Community College for Spring Dual Enrollment Tuition to be paid from Supplemental Course Allocation Funds.
(4) – $7,500.00 to University of Louisiana-Monroe for Spring Dual Enrollment Tuition to be paid from Supplemental Course Allocation Funds.
(5) $17,937.11 to SHI for renewal of Microsoft License to be paid from the General Fund.
(6) $25,677.26 to Frontline Education for the implementation of Human Resources Capital Management to recruit and hire online, to be paid from ESSER II-pending LDOE approval or 2021-2022 General Fund. There will be an annual recurring fee of $13, 281.75.

In addition the Board agreed to accept the Jackson Parish School Board 2021 Redistricting Proposal submitted by North Delta Regional Planning & Development District at a cost not to exceed $15,000.00. Cost are allocated by Tasks in the Scope of Services with a 10 percent built in contingency fee, to be paid from General Fund. The 2020-2021 Summer Enrichment program, to be paid from ESSER III, pending LDOE approval was also agreed upon as well as the acceptance of $70,559.00 provided by a 2021 LPSC Public Entity Energy Efficiency Grant in the amount of $70,559.00 for lighting improvements at Quitman High School.

In regard to personnel, a one-time additional compensation of $1,500.00 for Certified, $750.00 for Non-Certified Employees, $375.00 for Part Time employees was voted on with Rickey McBride abstaining. This compensation is for staff that worked in-person to prepare, prevent and respond to the 2020 Covid crisis, to be paid from ESSER I funds, pending LDOE approval. No action on adding a temporary position of Asst. Bus Mechanic on an hourly basis.

The low quote of $39,688.00 from Mechanical Systems and Service, LLC for labor and materials regarding the Quitman High gas piping project and $6,230.00 from Dubach Air and Heat to purchase a Trane-4 ton, self contained gas package unit with a one year labor warranty for QHS room #9 was accepted. Both are to be paid from Quitman District Funds. 

Out of state travel for Mattie Claire Beaubouef and Dillon Pardue, Weston High School and Zoie Anderson, Jonesboro Hodge High School to attend National Beta Convention, Orlando, Florida, June 25-28, 2021 was then approved.  Students will fund their travel expenses for this trip.

In final action it was agreed to purchase two (2) Type C – 77 Passenger Blue Bird Vision buses from Ross Bus Sales, not to exceed $200,000.00, to be paid from 2021-2022 General Fund and to declare a pair of International buses as surplus and selling to Ross Bus and Equipment Sales.

 

 

 

 

Early eagles gives Tuesday night scramble winner scorecard playoff victory

The six man team of Dawson Tolar, Ritchie St., Rickey Robinson, Rick Brown, Tyler Pardue and Ethan Everett made a eagle (3) to win the Tuesday night Scramble held at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department golf course by a scorecard playoff. Second place went to Hunter Alexander, Cason Womack, Hunter Wells, Keith Cardwell and Bryan Roberts after finishing in a tie at 8 under but managing only to make a birdie on the decisive hole. Both teams also made an eagle (2) the par four first hole. In the youth scramble held last week also Noah Leach, Cam Dill and Austin shot a five under par scored of 31 over nine holes to beat Eli, J. Davis and Brody by one stroke. 

Tuesday Night Scramble Score
D. Tolar, St. Robinson, Brown, Pardue, Everett ** 8 under (28)
Alexander, Womack, Walls, Cardwell, Roberts 8 under (28)
R. Tolar, Eddie G., Greg F., Clay G., G. Willis ** 7 under (29)
Cathey, Boggs, Leach, Davis, Watkins 7 under (29)
Porter, Walsworth, DeCou, Davis, Vail ** 6 under 30)
Cruse, Gill, E. Tolar, Smith, Hudson 6 under (30)
** – won on scorecard playoff
Youth ScrambleScore
Leach, Dill, Austin 5 under (31_
Eli, Davis, Brody 4 under (32)