Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This year Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 31. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Traditions: Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because Memorial Day weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
Traveling tips! The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts more than 37 million people will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend. With this in mind, the Louisiana State Police would like to offer these travel tips:
· Inspect your vehicle and ensure tire air pressure and fluids are at the proper level · Avoid distractions behind the wheel and pay attention to traffic around you · Watch for motorcycles as many riders will venture out this weekend · With more traffic than normal, allow extra time to get to your destination · Speeding increases the likelihood of a crash as well as the severity of a crash · Designate a sober driver before going anywhere alcohol will be consumed · Never drive impaired or get in a vehicle with an impaired driver · Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained
Click it or ticket! Law enforcement agencies throughout our state are participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign through June 6th and will be ticketing vehicle occupants who choose not to wear a seat belt. Vehicle occupants are encouraged to take a moment to buckle up. It could mean the difference between life or death in the event of a crash.
Motorists who observe impaired or reckless drivers are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) or to dial 911.
Traffic information is available online at 511la.org, by using the 511la app, or by dialing 511 anywhere in Louisiana.
Coaches and Teachers become Principals. Principals move into the front office, some even becoming Superintendents of Schools. It is what could be labeled as the “progression of the profession.” At least for the good ones. David Brown easily falls into that category, so the announcement by the Jackson Parish School Board that the Jonesboro native would be the new Supervisor of Transportation and Maintenance was no surprise and just reward for a man who has dedicated his life to helping the youth of Jackson Parish mature.
“To say I am honored to be selected for this position is an understatement,” said Brown. “It is what your long term goal is when you start a career in education and I am very appreciative of the opportunity.”
Brown, who has worked in the Jackson Parish school system for 24 years, most recently as Principal of the Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School, takes over for Roy Barlow, who retired this year. While “moving on up” was always a goal the decision to take the offer, which one would think would be easy, was a hard one.
“I loved what I was doing,” reflected Brown. “For me it has always been about wanting to help young people mature athletically, academically and as a person. To think about not working with the kids anymore made the decision difficult but in the end this was simply to good of an opportunity to pass up.”
The son of David and Judy Brown of Jonesboro is married to Jennifer (Calhoun) Brown and father of two daughters, Madison, age 21 who recently graduated from Louisiana Tech and Jessica (McClung) who has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and resides at Fort Benning, GA where here husband is an Army Chaplin.
After graduating from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in 1983 where he was a member of the Class 2A state championship winning boys basketball team, Brown worked with his father, who owned Jonesboro Motor Supply for more than a decade. Finally the longing that he had buried for years forced itself to surface. “I always wanted to coach high school sports,” said Brown. “I was fortunate to watch many good coaches and teachers and saw how they impacted kids lives. As I grew older I knew I wanted to try and make a difference for young people too like they did.”
Brown got his first opportunity as the Track and Boys Basketball coach at Quitman High in 1998. He stayed there until 2001 where he moved to his alma mater, leading the Tigers to the state tourney in 2002. In 2004 Brown completed the Jackson Parish tri-fecta by becoming a coach at Weston High where he stayed for 14 years. During his tenure there he led the WHS golf team to two state titles and a state runner-up finish in three years (2010-12) and two state title in track, a boys title in 2011 and a girls state championship in 2014. He also coached the Lady Wolves basketball team and was an assistant on the boys team leading both to several district titles and Class B quarterfinal finishes. In 2018 Brown was promoted to Assistant Principal at Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School before taking over as Principal this past year.
The Jackson Parish Police Jury encourages all local residents to mark your calendars for the June 12th, Jackson Parish Cleanup Event. Police Jury Districts and Municipalities will be in competition to have the cleanest district in Jackson Parish! For more information on how to participate contact your district Police Juror. In the meantime gather up your neighbors to start cleaning up your areas. It’s never too early to show your love for our Parish.
Jay Mallard Ford in Jonesboro is proud to announce that “Little” Gary Harris has joined the local dealership as the new Parts and Service Coordinator. Harris may be new to Jonesboro but not new to the industry. Actually “Little” Gary is one of the longest tenured P/S Coordinators in the state bringing 35 plus years of experience for the benefit of Jackson Parish residents and Jay Mallard customers.
“We are very happy to have “Little” Gary join our staff,” said Jay Mallard. “He brings invaluable experience and will be a great asset to our team.”
For Harris the move is like “coming home.” His first job in the automotive industry was in 1985 working for Jay’s father at the Joe Mallard Ford dealership in Ruston and has been associated with the Mallard group of dealers ever since.
“Mr. Joe gave me my first job right out of high school,” reflected Harris. “To me the Mallard’s are my family and I can’t tell you how happy I am to now be working for Jay.”
Harris’s arrival this past week has immediately brought dividends to the dealership, as an uptick in parts orders and service requests has already been noticed.
“Once the word got out that “Little” Gary was on board, the phones started ringing off the hook,” said Jay. “People he has dealt with for decades won’t do business with anyone but him as he has earned their trust. I am very happy our local residents are now going to get the opportunity to reap the benefits of his experience as well.”
The Parts and Service Department is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. While drive-ups are always welcome it is recommended to call in advance to 318-259-9881 top ensure the quickest turnaround.
Juliette “Judy” Pardue has been selected for the Forest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center Resident Spotlight for the month of June. A resident for over 16 years, Judy’s sense of humor is always uplifting to the staff and the other residents.
She is an avid New Orleans Saints fan and will tell you “I have been a Saint all my life. Not because I’ve always been good but because my maiden name is Saint.”
“We are honored to have Mrs. Pardue staying with us,” said Forest Have Nursing Home director Sandra Billings. “We are thankful for uplifting spirit and an amusing stories that she shares with everyone.”
Her presence in the family business, Pardue Builders of Jonesboro, afforded her the opportunity to serve her community and amass a large network of friends that she still enjoys getting cards from and talking to on the phone. Judy has five children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren that she is very proud of and the source of constant conversation. She loves to visit with her family and the staff and her favorite TV channel is QVC.
School may be out but opportunities to learn in a fun atmosphere will continue for area youth thanks to an exciting schedule on tap for the month of June at the Jonesboro and Chatham branches of the Jackson Parish Library. Many adult activities are slated as well. See below for the monthly calendar of events for both branches. Highlighting the activities for the month is the announcement that after an extended absence the Bookmobile will once again be making rounds across the parish.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM KICKS OFF
WINNING D.A.R.E. ESSAYS ON DISPLAY
Join us to honor the 2021 D.A.R.E. 5th Grade essay winners from Jackson Parish. We are so proud of our students.
JHES- Zamayah Lewis QHS- Jastyn JordanWHS Kiley Stevenson
Many thanks to the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Department, DARE Officers Lindsey and Cole Stevenson and Sheriff Andy Brown for allowing us to display the essays here at the library.
The ongoing renaissance of new businesses opening in Jackson Parish continues as Superior Outdoors celebrated the grand opening of their newest location with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony this past Monday, May 24th. Hodge Mayor Gerald Palmer, Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce members , friends and family joined to welcome Scott and Heather Bennett at their store located at 4675 Quitman Highway in the Hodge Shopping Center. They invite you to come take a look at what they have to offer for all of the fisherman and hunters in our parish. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00pm.
The newest edition of Superior Outdoors locations joins the every growing network already established in Ball, Jena and Winnsboro, LA featuring one of the largest inventory of innovative and custom fishing, archery and hunting equipment offered in north Louisiana.
If you are planning on going to the lake or celebrating Memorial Day outdoors it is best advised to bring the sunscreen. According to the National Weather Service sunny skies should be predominant for Sunday and most of Monday with clouds moving in later that evening bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms into the Piney Woods on Tuesday.
Forecast for Sunday, May 30 – Tuesday, June 1
Sunday – Sunny in the day, while partly cloudy at night. High – 80, Low – 64 Breezy at 0-5 mph
Monday – Partly sunny in the day, while mostly cloudy at night. High – 85, Low – 64 Light wind
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms High – 87, Low – 66 Light wind
The Jackson Parish Recreation Department summer baseball / softball leagues finished the regular season schedule this past week but still have a week’s worth of games to be played to make up for rainout dates during the season. Please check game times and dates as several changes have been made to the schedule. The 11-13 Girls season is has been completed.
The Ward Four Fire Protection District will hold a Public Meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 31 at the Ward Four FPD Central Station, located at 261 Hwy 505 in Jonesboro, LA. See below for stated agenda:
Call to Order Invocation Recognition of Guests Public Comments, Comments restricted to agenda items only. Read and Approve Minutes of the April 2021 Meeting Consider and Approve May 2021 Financial Reports Old Business: 1. Weston Water System Proposal 2. 2021 Parcel Fee Overview 3. Chief Job New Business: 1. Move Water Meter and Propane Tank at Boat House 2. Comments by Board Members 3. Comments by Assistant Chief 4. Comments by Chief 5. Adjourn
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance in taking part in a meeting of this fire district, please contact the district office at 318-259-6672 describing the assistance needed.
You’re sitting at home at night with the family watching television when you hear something in the attic, something bumping and crawling around. This happened to a Ruston family recently when they discovered that a screen-covered vent to the attic had been compromised.
Checking to see what was making the noise, they were shocked at what they found. A mama raccoon had decided the attic was a good place to give birth to babies. Three tiny baby raccoons were discovered, removed and placed in a cat carrier.
A wildlife rehabilitator, Stacy Eagles, was contacted, she came and picked up the babies to do with them what rehabilitators do; nurture and raise them until they’re ready to be returned to the wild. This piqued my interest to the point I attempted without success to contact Eagles so after an internet search, I located Leslie Greene, a wildlife rehabilitator from Farmerville to discuss just exactly what and why and how a wildlife rehabilitator goes about doing what they do.
“By definition,” Greene began, “our job is to save injured, displaced or orphaned wildlife. Some of the animals I have dealt with include raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, foxes and beavers.”
“To qualify to become a wildlife rehabilitator, you have to be licensed by the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and you have to work under someone already licensed for a year. Then you have to have the proper equipment and facilities for animals with which you will be working, develop a working knowledge of medications and antibiotics needed to care for animals that are injured,” Greene said.
An official with LDWF has to come and inspect your facilities before you are granted a license, which Greene acquired three or four years ago. Her interest in baby critters started when as a youngster, she had a baby raccoon she raised from an orphan.
“I became very interested in this little guy and my interest grew until I decided I wanted to do what I could for other juvenile wild animals,” she said.
Greene added that this time of year, from January through late spring, wild animals are giving birth to offspring and is the busiest time of year for a rehabilitator.
“It’s a 24-7 job especially this time of year as I get calls frequently to help out in a situation involving recently born wildlife that have encountered problems,” she added.
One of the more interesting and heart-warming situations Greene has encountered is on- going at the present time when she had to rescue three baby beavers she currently tends.
“I am having so much fun with the little beavers and find they are quite social animals. They make baby sounds almost like a human baby, are very social and need the emotional touch and bonding I am only too glad to give them,” said Greene.
While some animals can be released back in the wild in shorter times, beavers take quite a bit longer. Red foxes, for instance, can usually be released within six months, gray foxes five months, raccoons nine months, it can take beavers up to two years before it is safe to return them to the wild.
“Beavers live in family units with parents and older siblings and it takes up to two years before they’re ready to leave the den and go looking for their own pond. I don’t mind,” she said, “because these little fellows are so much fun.”
What to do if you find a raccoon in your attic or find a baby squirrel that fell out of a nest? Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. You can find Leslie Greene on Face Book.
CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been fair to good with the drop-shot rig working best with average sized fish reported. Crappie are around the deeper tops and hitting jigs and shiners fished 12 feet deep in 15-25 foot water. Bream are on the beds and hitting crickets and worms. No report on catfish. 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. OUACHITA RIVER – The water is falling and fishing is improving. Bass are best in the river lakes on spinners and soft plastics. Crappie are fair to good fishing jigs and shiners around tops in the river and river lakes. No report on other species. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707. LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass fishing has been fair fishing the deeper holes in the channel with drop-shot rigs with some along channel edges on Rogues and plastic frogs. Crappie fishing has been fair on the flats on shiners and jigs fished 10-15 feet deep in 20 foot water. Bream fishing is good on 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 are on the beds and fishing has been good on crickets and worms. Bass fishing has been best for medium sized fish around the docks and edge of grass on topwaters, soft plastics and spinners. Crappie fishing is fair around the tops and better below the spillway on shiners or jigs. Catfishing is good on night crawlers or cold worms while some stripers are being caught at night around lighted piers. For latest information, call Kel’s Cove at 927-2264. BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair fishing spinners or jigs around the banks and edge of levee. Bream fishing has been good on crickets and worms on beds around the willows. No report on crappie or catfish. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707. BLACK BAYOU – Bass fishing has been good on jigs and spinners around the grass. Crappie are fair and scattered. Bream fishing is good on crickets and worms. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information. LAKE POVERTY POINT – Bass to 5-7 pounds have been caught. Catfish and bream are good. Crappie are slow. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101. LAKE ST. JOHN – Crappie are fair on spider rigs. Bass are best early on topwaters. Bream are on the beds and catfishing has been good on yo-yos baited with shiners. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821. LAKE YUCATAN – The water level is mostly stable with crappie, barfish and catfish biting quite well. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.
The Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce (JPCC)2021 “Style Show” that scheduled for June 4th has been postponed until a yet to be determined date later this fall. The announcement was given by JPCC director Wilda Smith this past Saturday. The “Style Show” which was set to be held at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Golf Course was designed to give local businesses a chance to showcase their inventory to the public.
Free Adult Nutrition programs are offered through the month of June by the LSU-AgCenter that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or office. Seven sessions are offered that will cover topics such as physical activity, stretching the food dollars, food safety, making healthy choices and more!
Dates and topics to be covered: June 2 – Make half your plate fruits and vegetables June 4 – Make half your grains whole grains June 8 – Dairy: Switch to Skim or 2% Milk June 9 – Vary your Protein food choices June 22 – Food Safety June 23 – Shopping smart on a budget.
When you register you will see dates, times, and topics. Select the topics you are interested in, select one or more! Jackson Parish native,Cathy Schimmel Judd teams up with area nutrition agent, Layne Langley to provide this great learning opportunity for our area. Please call the LSU AgCenter for more information, 318-251-5134.
(1) The Y Liquors, LLC is looking for a person to work Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, from the hours of 3pm-12pm or as needed. If interested please apply in person at 1309 Hwy 813 or call 318-395-2010 & ask for Shelia.
(2) Gracepoint Christian Academy is adding to their team. If you are interested, visit the website to download an employment application. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Gracepoint Christian Academy 1691 S. Hudson Avenue Jonesboro, LA 71251