JHHS vs Winnfield – A historic series that features a new twist

When Jonesboro-Hodge invades Stokes-Walker Stadium to play Winnfield High School this Friday at 7:00pm for the 2021 regular season opener the contest will be filled with historic nostalgia. It will also mark a unique first in the series, that has been played even longer than the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), which is entering it’s 100th year as the governing body of prep athletics in the state, is old.  

You can count on the fingers of one hand a rivalry in the state as old as the one between the two schools that are separated by just 24 miles along Hwy 167. This year’s matchup will be the 94th time the teams have played against each other in the series that began in 1919 and finds Winnfield holding a 49-42-2 all-time advantage after their 28-25 victory in 2019. No game was played last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which ended a LHSAA state record run of consecutive games played against each other at 75 straight years.

This will be the 46th time that JHHS will play at Winnfield, with the home team holding at 27-17-1 advantage. JHHS holds a 26-21-1 advantage in 48 games played in Jonesboro.  It will also be the 30th time that the two Tigers will open the season against each other with Winnfield winning 19 prior compared to 10 for JHHS. 

Thanks to the incredible documentation done by Mr. Eddie Jenkins of Winnfield, who has authored one of the best websites you will ever find about a Louisiana high school football team, you can learn more interesting information about the series by clicking here: winnfieldtigerfootball.com and then go to the sidebar prompt: Jonesboro series. 

The records that have been accumulated only tell part of the tale of these two Tigers though. Remembered also to the generations of Tiger fans from both schools is the checkered past of the “blood hate” rivalry. The history between the two is fraught with upsets, comebacks, decisive wins for district titles, countless fights over the years on the field and in the stands, a “skunking” of a team bus and even a bounty put on a player.

That was during the 1978-79 season when JHHS came to Winnfield having won 7-0 the year before in the first overtime game ever played in the two schools history. It was JHHS junior quarterback, Michael “The Magician” Malone, who scored the winning points leading Winnfield Larry Dauterieve head coach to announce in the newspapers before the game that the JHHS star would not beat them again in this game. 

What was found out later was that Dauterieve had not only predicted this but had actually taken measures to make sure of the outcome by offering a bounty to the player that knocked Malone out of the game. It didn’t take long for the coach to have to pay up either. Early in the first quarter Malone, who did virtually everything for J-H that season, punted the ball to Winnfield. As the ball was in the air, Winnfield All-Stater Ricky Chatman circled around behind Malone and blindsided him in the back of the head with a vicious blow that knocked him unconscious. Ironically it will be Malone’s grandson, Tydre Malone, that will be quarterbacking JHHS on Friday.

With that kind of a background it is hard to believe that there could actually be a “friendly” side to the series, yet there have been occasions when the two squared off there were good tidings felt between fans of both. Coming to mind is former head coach Joey Pender, who got his start at JHHS, being the all-time career victory record holder at both schools.

There has also been several times when cousins and even brothers have played against each other and graduates of one school coaching at the other, including this year with Winnfield graduate Justin Durbin being the offensive coordinator at Jonesboro-Hodge. 

A new standard of “friendly” competition will take place this year. For the first time ever, JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship and Jay Watson of Winfield will share the unique honor of being the first pair of classmates to coach against each other, both having graduated from JHHS in 1990. 

“I am really looking forward to getting together with Jay before the game,” reflected Blankenship. “We go back to grade school and he is one of my oldest friends. Growing up we even used to celebrate our birthdays together as they are only five days apart.” 

Does the fact they will now be on opposing sides take anything away from the “kinship”?

“We share a lot of memories as we played alongside each other from junior high through the state championship “three peat’ years,” laughed Blankenship. “I will always pull for him to be successful in every game he coaches – except for this one.”  

Both come into the matchup on the heels of thrilling victories in jamborees played in Ouachita parish last week. Jonesboro-Hodge beat St. Frederick of Monroe 14-13 at the Bayou Jamb that was played on the campus of ULM this past Saturday when a last second Warrior field goal went wide. The night before Winnfield slipped past home-standing West Ouachita 10-6 by batting down a pass in the end zone as time ran out. 


Jackson Parish remembers Tucker Wallis

The benevolence of the people of Jackson Parish who always step up for grieving families continued to shine this past week through several events in honor of eleven year old, Tucker Wallis, who tragically lost his life in a four-wheeler accident earlier this summer.

This past Saturday a benefit bass tournament was held at Hook’s Marina on Caney Lake that had an incredible turnout. All proceeds from the $50.00 per boat entry fee and other donations made by many who just came out to show their support went to the Wallis family for help with expenses. 

“Greg, Will, Jordyn and myself can not express how grateful and blessed we are for our friends, family, work family and community,” posted Jeanie Wallis on her Facebook page. “We are speechless at the turnout for the tournament  to give honor to Tucker. We appreciate each and everyone more than any of you will ever know.” 

“I don’t get excited much but pulling into the weigh in tonight and seeing our community come together in a big way for the Wallis family put butterflies in my stomach,” said Dusty Nomey. “We had a great time and we are continuing to pray for the Wallis family.”

While the end results of those participating wasn’t the reason for anyone who showed their support a weigh-in did take place which yielded the following results

1st place: Cruz Nomey, Brody Garrett, and Landry Garrett – 12.68lbs
2nd place: Garrett Parker and partner – 10.59lbs
3rd place: Seth Spangler and partner  – 10.42lbs
4th place: Bubba and Trey Pardue – 10.27lbs
5th place: Caleb Waters and Bradley Koonce – 9.25lbs
6th place: Greg Williams and sons –  8.68lbs

“I don’t get excited much but pulling into the weigh in tonight and seeing our community come together in a big way for the Wallis family put butterflies in my stomach,” said participant Dusty Nomey. “We had a great time and we are continuing to pray for the Wallis family.”

Photos from Wallis Benefit Tournament:

Quitman Junior High shows their support 

The first day of the 2021 school year was one where the junior high students at Quitman were actually eager to go to. That was because they knew that they were going to honor their fallen schoolmate and friend Tucker Wallis, who lost his life in a tragic four wheeler accident as well as celebrate the recovery of Dawson Griffin, who also was injured.

“I love our |QHS family and I love the way they honored our sweet Tuck today,” posted Jeanie Wallis on Facebook. “Thank you so much. We are so grateful,”   

Dawson Griffin remembered too! 

Sporting a bright blue cast that extends from the kneecap of his left leg and wraps around his foot, Dawson Griffin was welcomed back to school by classmates, faculty and staff. While he currently gets around in a wheelchair the prognosis is good for a complete recovery, something that his mother Tiffany Pullig Griffin and family is thankful for. As expressed in a Facebook post she is also very appreciative of the support received from the Wallis family who despite suffering even more tragedy has been there for her son. 

“These two ladies right here (shown below) are absolutely amazing and so supporting,” wrote Tiffany. “Thank y’all so much for making my baby feel loved. You two will never, ever know how much it means to us. We love y’all.”

Local impressionist paints stirring portrait

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words but no amount of words can provide as stirring a tribute as what local impressionist and former Quitman High School graduate Daren Alexander has created. Known for his ability to do oil portraits on canvas backing Alexander has provided the Wallis family something they will treasure forever. 

“It was 37 years ago our community tragically lost Richie Bovard after a vehicle accident. We were within a few months of being the same age and I remember it well,” reflected Alexander in a Facebook post. “Fast forward to earlier this month…close friends tragically lost their son, Tucker, from a 4-wlr accident. I was asked to paint a portrait of both Richie and Tucker together. Greg and Jeanie Wallis, I pray for peace for y’all.”

Meet the Tigers: Starting QB is talented but ranks are thin

The good news is that Jonesboro-Hodge has one of the more talented and experienced quarterbacks in north Louisiana. The bad news is that the ranks are very thin behind him. Tydre Malone begins his senior season with 1 1/2 years of starting experience under his belt where he has amassed 108 completions in 213 attempts for 1845 yards through the air in a total of 13 games. Included are 20 touchdown strikes and only 8 interceptions. 

It looks like it would be in the Tigers best interest to keep him healthy this season as the three players behind him have attempted only two passes between them in varsity action. Those belong to fellow senior Justin Calahan, who is the starting wide receiver. Junior Dominick Strickland and Sophomore Symean Malone round out the squad.

“We are very thin at Quarterback and need to have Tydre stay healthy for us this year,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “The other guys are good athletes but just don’t have any experience.”

Brad Porter wins Jackson Parish Golf Club Championship

After firing a three-under par round of 69 on Saturday that opened a two stroke lead, Brad Porter returned on Sunday to shoot a three over par 75 to easily claim the 2021 Jackson Parish Golf Course Club Championship. His even par total of 144 over the two days was four shots ahead of Peyton Mitchell, who coupled his second day round of par 72 with an opening round 76 to post a four-over par, 148 total. Coming in third five shots behind was Hunter Alexander, faltered on the second day with a 78 after his 71 on Saturday made him only of four players to finish a round with an under par total in the tournament. 

The first flight went to Marshall Boggs who shot an 83-85 for a 168 total that was two and three shots ahead of Pete and Mike Simonelli.  The most hotly contested flight was the Senior division. Craig Mitchell grabbed first by shooting a Sunday best round of two under par 70 for a two day scored of 146 that made up a nine stroke deficit and was good enough to win by one.  Leigh Cathey had set the tournament pace on Saturday with a 5-under 67 but struggled mightily in day two to finish with an 80 and a 147 total. Rex Johnson was third with a 72-79 total of 151. Bill DeCou shot rounds of 89-85 to take the Super Senior Divison by a whopping 17 strokes over Jimmy Robinson. Roby Serber came in third.


Championship Flight RD 1RD 2TOTAL
Brad Porter6975144
Peyton Mitchell7672148
Hunter Alexander7178149
Eli Walker7875153
Brent Pullig7977156
Trey Howard7680156
Justin Morris75WD
Ritchie Stewart79WD
First FlightRD 1RD 2TOTAL
Marshall Boggs8385168
Pete Simonelli8585170
Mike Simonelli8388171
Joshua Hatton8393176
Robert Price8496180
Senior FlightRD1RD2TOTAL
Craig Mitchell7670146
Leigh Cathey6780147
Rex Johnson7279151
Snook Harrell7483157
Ritchie Tolar7681157
Super SeniorsRD 1RD 2TOTAL
Bill DeCou8985174
Jimmy Robinson9497191
Roby Serber9999198

JPPJ Grants Committee to meet Wednesday

Projects involving the funding received from the American Rescue Plan grant will be the main topic of discussion at 12:00pm this Wednesday when the Jackson Parish Police Jury Grants Committee meets in the Nathaniel Zeno Jr. Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building. Chairman Amy Magee and committee members Todd Culpepper and Tarneshala “Niki” Cowans will also discuss all expenditures associated, as well as, letter of requests for grant funding by other entities.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please
contact Gina Thomas at (318) 259-2361, extension 3 describing the assistance that is necessary.

It is possible that a quorum of the Police Jury may be in attendance at the meeting, but no
action of the Police Jury as a whole will be taken.

Huge payouts await Super Bee Speedway winners this weekend

Huge payouts await the winners of the Super Bee Speedway in Chatham races to be run on Friday and Saturday (September 3-4) including $15,000.00 to the champion of the Joel’s Auto Sales Factory Stock Showdown 75 presented by Southern Roofing. 

Activities will begin on Thursday, September 2nd, with open practicing from 6-9pm followed by qualifying for $1,000 at 9:30pm for the Joel’s Auto Sales Factory Stock Showdown Presented by Southern Roofing.  A full slate of racing in a variety of divisions will then take place over the two days as listed below:

Friday Schedule:

Crate Late Models presented by Bulletproof Tee’s $1,000 to win!
B-Mods presented by Joey Brown Plumbing $400 to win!
Compacts presented by Billy Wayne Smith $250 to win!
Joel’s Auto Sales Factory Stock Showdown Presented by Southern Roofing heats!

Saturday Schedule:

Limited’s presented by BRT Performance 15+ cars $600 to win!
Street stocks presented by ECS Smoke School $500 to win!
Crate Late Models presented by Bulletproof Tee’s $1,000 to win!
Joel’s Auto Sales Factory Stock Showdown 75 presented by Southern Roofing $15,000 to win!

Donations being taken for Hurricane Ida victim’s 

A trailer will be set up near the concession stand for donations of non-perishable items to help those south Louisiana to help those in need!
Examples of items to bring are: Canned foods, Water, Kids toys, Diapers, Toddler-kid clothes, Soap/body wash
For more information call Brandon at 318-794-3898.

Schedule of Payouts for corresponding races:

Quitman Junior High to host basketball tourney this Thursday and Friday

The Quitman Junior High boys and girls basketball teams are hoping to take another picture like the one shown in the banner above at the end of the basketball tournament they are hosting this weekend. The previous picture came after the junior Wolverines won the Weston Junior High Tourney two weeks ago.

The tournament that will be played in the QHS gymnasium features boys and girls teams from Quitman, Weston, Choudrant, Calvin and Claiborne Christian as well as the Castor Junior High girls. Three games will be played on Thursday beginning with a girls matchup at 4:30 pm between Choudrant and Castor. The Choudrant and Dodson boys teams follow with the Dodson girls playing the “B” team from Quitman in the nightcap set for 6:30pm.

Calvin and Weston tip off action at 4:30 on Friday. The two will play a girls contest first followed by the boys taking the floor at 5:30pm. Quitman’s “A” girls team will then take on Claiborne Christian with the Quitman boys playing Claiborne Christian at 7:30pm.

Admission to each game is $5.00 Masks are required to enter and must be worn while watching the games. 

Thursday Schedule

4:30pm – Choudrant vs Castor (Girls)
5:30pm – Choudrant vs Dodson (Boys)
6:30pm – Quitman “|B” vs Dodson (Girls)

Friday Schedule

4:30pm – Calvin vs Weston (Girls)
5:30pm – Calvin vs Weston (Boys)
6:30pm – Quitman “A” vs Claiborne Christian (Girls)
7:30pm – Quitman vs Claiborne Christian (Boys)


The Most Fun I Ever Had Fishing

I’ve been fishing tournaments since 1990 and have loved every minute with most of the guys or gals I’ve had the pleasure to fish with. I’ve participated in team and pro/am events and each format is unique unto itself. But one question I’ve been asked over the years, is what have I enjoyed the most? Well, my experience with team trails has been awesome and I have had the best partners an angler could ever ask for. Nothing is more fun than you and a buddy (team partner) going out and putting a pattern together and doing well. And nothing is more rewarding than crawling into the back of a touring pro’s boat and catching fish. Fishing at the highest level certainly has its rewards but it can also be your worst nightmare if you draw the wrong pro.

Some pros are super nice and will do whatever they can to help a co-angler catch fish. Then there are some who won’t give you the time of day even if they’re wearing a watch. But the majority of the pros are great guys who want to see their co-anglers succeed. I’ve always tried to make sure my co-anglers catch fish because I’ve been a co-angler myself before and know what’ it’s like to be ignored or even recognized that you’re in the boat. I’ve always looked at it like this… the co-angler that’s fishing in my boat has paid his hard-earned money to fish just like I have. But the difference is that my entry fee is double what the co-angler pays and that’s why you’re at the mercy of the pro/boater in a pro/am event as the pro/boater has complete control of the boat at all times.

But to answer the question of my most rewarding year; was fishing as a co-angler on the FLW Tour in 2004. What an awesome experience that was to get in the boat with some of the best anglers on the planet and watch them work their magic. But the one thing I figured out real early, was that there is no magic…professional bass fishermen are on another level when it comes to skills like reading the water, understanding their electronics, not to mention their ability to cast and put baits in places average anglers would not even attempt. The skill level of the B.A.S.S. Elite and Major League Fishing (MLF) Series guys is off the chart and amazing to see in person. In 2004, I had the pleasure to fish with some of the best to ever wet a hook like former FLW and Basmaster Classic Champion Dion Hibdon, 2020 Elite Series Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt, Japanese MLF Pro Shin Fukea and Texas MLF Pro Kelly Jordan. All of these guys were not only great anglers, but fine people as well. I learned a lot during my eight hours of fishing with each of these guys.

But why was 2004 the most fun I ever had fishing? First of all, I drew some of the top anglers on tour and caught a lot of fish behind these guys as I had three Top 10 finishes that year. But what I really enjoyed the most that year as a co-angler, I did not have to worry about all the details that come with fishing the pro/boater side. Co-anglers don’t have to worry about finding fish, putting gas in the boat, making sure they have enough oil in the reservoir, charging the batteries, or fixing and repairing things on the boat. Co-anglers don’t have to worry about a blown tire on their boat trailer or the wheel bearings going out. All I had to do was show up, put my tackle in the boat and go fishing with the best anglers in America! Not a bad way to go fishing and enjoy the day while learning from the best in the business.

One thing that’s very disappointing to me in 2021, is that MLF (formerly FLW) and the B.A.S.S. Elite Series Pro Circuits have eliminated the co-angler. The Elite Series does have what they call the Marshall program which is where you can apply and pay to sit in the boat and observed all day. But Major League Fishing (MLF) has not allowed that yet as their pros have a referee (who records each fish they catch) and a camera man. So, in the future when someone asks me “What’s the most fun you ever had fishing?” I’ll always reply 2004! Till we meet again, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!!!

Steve Graf

Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School drops season opener

Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School opened their 2021 football season in disappointing fashion as they fell to D’Arbonne Woods Charter (DWC)out of Farmerville by a 42-8 margin. The junior Tigers only score came midway through the third period when Dakota Knox connected with Dylan Hayes who scampered 50 yards after the receptions for a touchdown after DWC who had bolted to a 28-0 halftime advantage. The Junior High Tigers will have their home season opener next |Tuesday against Lincoln Prep. The game will begin at 6:00 pm and be played at Caldwell-Peacock stadium on the campus of Jonesboro-Hodge High School. 

Doug Ireland reflects on induction to LA Sports Hall of Fame

After three decades of serving as Chairman of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame coordinating and organizing the annual weekend of induction ceremonies is pretty much old hat to Jonesboro native Doug Ireland. This year the 1978 Jonesboro-Hodge graduate put on a new hat for the first time as one of the inductees of the Class of 2021.

Instead of being behind the scenes this year Ireland, who was honored as a Distinguished Service in Sports Journalism recipient, was on center stage along with fellow inductees: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Courtney Blades-Rogers, Marques Colston, Glenn Dorsey, Bo Dowden, Pat Henry, Rickie Weeks, Ro Brown, Terry McAuley, and Sheldon Mickles.

The induction ceremony for the Class of 2021, which took place in Natchitoches this past Saturday, followed on the heels of the Class of 2020 being introduced just a few weeks before. For Ireland, there was a huge reversal in roles. 

“It was strange for sure to go from being the one asking the questions a month ago to the one being interviewed this week,” laughed Ireland. “I will cherish this forever though, especially with having family, close friends and so many associates there.”

Ireland had a column in the Jackson Independent weekly newspaper and was in local radio beginning at age 14 when he was a two-sport athlete at Jonesboro-Hodge High School. While earning his journalism degree at NSU, he was a news reporter for the Shreveport Times for two years, running the Times Natchitoches Bureau in 1981-82. He spent the next three years as the first-ever assistant SID at UL-Lafayette, then was an award-winning sports editor of the Natchitoches Times before joining the Alexandria Town Talk sports staff in 1987.

In 18 months in Alexandria, Ireland captured 15 LSWA writing contest top three finishes, including records of nine overall awards including six first places in the 1987-88 competition while he covered state colleges, high schools and did general assignment reporting. He picked up six more awards, two firsts, in the 1988-89 contest despite leaving the LSU beat in mid-year to accept the SID post at his alma mater in January 1989.

Ireland added dozens of LSWA awards for writing and publications in 30-plus years as the Demons’ SID, including 33 since 2000. In 2016, he won the LSWA’s Story of the Year award while writing for the Natchitoches Metro Leader. His 1992 Demon football media guide won Best in the Nation for Division I-AA from the College Sports Information Directors of America, and a 1997 historical feature marking Demon great Joe Delaney’s induction in the College Football Hall of Fame was second in a national CoSIDA contest.

Just over a year after taking the Northwestern SID job, Ireland was asked to step in as the LSWA’s Hall of Fame chairman in April 1990. A decade later, he began a process which took root in 2003 when the Hall of Fame partnered with the Louisiana State Museum, ultimately leading to construction of the acclaimed $23 million Hall of Fame museum that opened in 2013 in Natchitoches.

Ireland managed all aspects of the annual Hall of Fame selections and inductions from 1990-2010, and has continued to coordinate elections since while collaborating with LSHOF Foundation leaders as Executive Director to stage the Induction Celebration each year. 

In 2014, the Louisiana Association of Museums presented Ireland its Lois Wyatt Bannon “Heart and Soul: Service Award given to an individual who has contributed significant time and expertise in support of a Louisiana institution(s), enabling it to prosper. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Southland Conference’s Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award for impact in the NCAA Division I league.

Ireland was also named the Alexandria Town Talk’s Cenla Sportsman of the Year for 2012, an acknowledgement of his dual roles with the Hall of Fame and NSU athletics. In February 2008, he was awarded the “Distinguished American Award” by the S.M. McNaughton Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.


Bayles and Goss win final “3 Bass Blast” of the summer

Trey Bayles & DJ Goss had the biggest smiles of all the 32 teams that competed in the final “3 Bass Blast” tournament of the summer season sponsored by Hook’s Marina and with good reason. Not only did the pair take first place in the Saturday evening tournament with a stringer of 11.38 pounds they also took home $2,600.00 for winning the season long “7lb Pot” competition for the fish they caught on June 24th.

August 27th “3 Bass Blast” final results

1st Place: Trey Bayles & DJ Goss TW: 11.38lbs.
2nd Place: Jeremiah Womack TW: 9.38lbs.
3rd Place: Richie Nomey & Joseph Womack TW: 9.04lbs. 
4th Place: Phillip Culpepper & Eric Cousins TW: 7.76lbs.
5th Place: Jamie Williams & Maddox Williams TW: 6.02lbs.
Big Bass: Richie Nomey & Joseph Womack – 7.74lbs

Cruz Nomey and Tucker Goss win Kid’s Tourney

With a catch of 13.72 pounds, Cruz Nomey and Tucker Goss took first place in the Kids Total Weight Tournament held on Caney Lake this past August 15th. Hook’s Marina hosted the event that had 15 boat captains take out 23 young anglers and was sponsored by Bayou State Bass Club & Pardue Builders Supply. 
1st Place  – Cruz Nomey & Tucker Goss  (13.72lbs.)
2nd Place – Carter Green & Seth Smith (9.30lbs.)
3rd Place – Tate Lacour & CJ Colvin (8.75lbs.)
1st period Big Bass Winner (age 9 to 12) –  Carter Green, 9.30lbs (age 4 to 8) Briggs Fletcher, 2.62lbs.
2nd Period Big Bass Winner(age 9 to 12) –  Tucker Goss, 4.64lbs, (age 4 to 8) Cruz Nomey, 2.64lbs.

A Record Trade

Joel Youngblood was such a promising baseball player at Stephen F. Austin High School that he garnered the attention of several Major League baseball teams. In the second round of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft, the Cincinnati Reds signed Joel. Six years later, the Reds traded Joel to the St. Louis Cardinals. The following year, The Cardinals traded Joel to the New York Mets. Joel’s career peaked while with the Mets. He felt comfortable that he would be with the Mets for a long time.

On the afternoon of August 4, 1982, the Mets played at Wrigley Field in Chicago against the Cubs. Joel was the starting centerfielder. In the third inning, Joel was at bat with two players were on base. At the pitch, Joel swung and hit the ball in between the left and center fielders. Joel only made it to first base, but his two teammates made it to home plate. That was okay with Joel. His team had just gained two points. The Mets led 3-1.

In the next inning, Joel was again at bat. As he mentally prepared himself, he was called back to the dugout. He learned that he had just been traded to the Montreal Expos in the middle of the Mets-Cubs game. Mets General Manager Frank Cashen had hoped to make the trade before the game began, but a phone circuit problem delayed the trade. The Expos were short-handed and needed Joel to play at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia that very evening. “Montreal was short players for their game in Philadelphia and they said they really wanted me to try and get there,” Youngblood remembered. “And knowing the guy I am, I said, ‘Sure I’ll do my best.'” He said a quick farewell to his teammates and left Wrigley Field.

Being traded was nothing new to Joel, but the timing of this trade took him by surprise. Joel had to hurry. “It was Saturday, so being on a road trip, you’re not packed,” Joel remembered. “You gotta go change, take a shower, pay your incidentals, go back and get in a cab, and there was only one flight I could catch. It was a 6:05 p.m. flight, which was 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia time.”

On the way to the airport, Joel realized that in his hasty exit from Wrigley Field, he had forgotten to get his glove. He had used the same glove for 14 years and had no intention of breaking in a new glove. Joel had his cab driver speed to Wrigley Field where he retrieved his glove. As soon as they arrived at the airport, Joel dropped his luggage at the baggage check-in, rushed through security, and ran to catch his flight. He reached his gate with only seconds to spare. The flight departed at 7:05 p.m., the game began at 7:41 p.m., and the flight took 90 minutes.

When the flight landed at Philadelphia International Airport, Joel collected his luggage and hailed a cab. The driver sped to Veterans Stadium and arrived at the end of the sixth inning. He ran into the locker room, changed into his new Expo uniform, and hurried to the field.

Joel said hello to his new teammates in the dugout but had little time to get acquainted. Almost immediately, the Expos manager told Joel that he was next at bat. Joel mentally prepared himself to bat. Rather than thinking over the whirlwind day, he only thought of hitting the ball. Joel was and professional and he was ready for the pitch. He swung and “Crack!” Joel made it to first base safely. With this hit, Joel entered the record books. Joel Youngblood is the only Major League Baseball player in history to get hits for two different teams in two different cities (750 miles apart) on the same day.

Weston Junior High boys fall to Saline

The junior Wolves gave a much better showing than against Summerfield the night before but in the end they fell to Saline by a 32-27 margin.  Reed scored seven of his team high nine points in the fourth quarter to lift Weston to an 11-8 final quarter advantage but the rally wasn’t enough to offset the eight point deficit entering the final frame. 

Brody Tidwell added six and both Daniel Williams and Colton Blundell chipped in with three apiece. Ty Henderson, Kasen Roberts and Dawson Williams scored two. Saline was led by Za’Sean Foster and Gavon Daily who scored all but four of the Bobcat points with 15 and 13 apiece. No report was provided for the girls game. 

Weston hosted Summerfield on Tuesday evening in a rematch of their games last week and will take part in the Quitman Tourney this coming Friday with both the boys and girls teams taking on Calvin.

Items for Sale and Services Offered

To have your service business shown or list items you have for sale, send email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com

Quality Electrical & Controls Service:

Over 60 years of combined Licensed and Certified experience in Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Control Panels, Electrical, HVAC and Inspections service. Located at 5039 Hwy 4 East, Jonesboro, LA. For free estimate contact: Billy Earl Wilhite: (318) 475-2403 or Richard Andrews: (318) 475-5136. “Call us when you want the job done right.”

4T Exterior Cleaning:

House wash, Metal roof wash, gutter cleaning, concrete, deck, and brick/ patio cleaning. For free estimates call Trevor Hall at (318) 475-0347 or email Trevor.hall62@yahoo.com

B3 Lawn Services:

No job to large or small. For complete lawncare and select landscaping services contact: Todd Lowe (318) 623-8532, TJ Wilkerson (318) 480-1328 or Josh Henry (318) 480-1596.
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Harris Yard Beautification Service: 

For all your lawn and landscaping needs contact Greg Harris at (318) 245-2349. Free estimates and professional service guaranteed. Based out of Chatham. 

5G Exterior Cleaning:

“Service you can trust at affordable prices” Commercial and residential cleaning services. Be it commercial buildings, homes, driveways, patio’s, truck’s and trailers, no job to big or small. For free estimates call or text: Ty Garrett at (318) 243-7772 or send email to: tygarett23@yahoo.com 

Parcel of Land in Hodge for Sale: 

The Jonesboro-Hodge United Methodist Church is offering for sale a small parcel of land located right across from the new Hodge Town Hall Building and where the old Hodge Elementary School was located. For more information and to set an appointment for viewing call (318) 480-1206 or send email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com

Book For Sale:  JHHS football – The First 100 Years

jh bookA year-by-year description of the first 100 years (1919-2019) of JHHS football. Included is summary of early beginnings, yearly results, rosters, updated team and individual records and a gallery of pictures. Perfect gift for that grandfather, father, uncle or cousin who would enjoy remembering their “glory days”. Cost is $25.00 per book plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To order call (318) 480-1206 or send email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com


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Death Notices

Jimmy Shaler Howell
April 15, 1969 – August 16, 2021

howellJimmy Shaler Howell, age 52, passed away suddenly August 16, 2021. Jimmy loved fishing, motorcycles, animals, and acting goofy. He also enjoyed cooking.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife, Crystal Howell; children, John Terrell, Elena Dark and Jeffrey, Shaley Degrusha and Shayne, Selena Gooden; grandchildren, Roy Humphries, III, Mathew Humphries, Adam Humphries, Zoe Dark, Axle Dark; mom, Doris Pholsgroff; siblings, Tommy Howell, Jeri Cockrell and Frank; niece, Amber Cockrell; nephew, John Cockrell; great niece, Adalynn Cockrell. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Shaler Howell.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in the Edmonds Chapel with Bro. Bobby White officiating. Interment followed in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Honoring Jimmy serving as pallbearers were Cory Ray, Casey Ray, Carey Ray, Jeffrey Dark, John Terrell and Shaley Degrusha.

William George Blalock
October 22, 1950 – August 23, 2021

blalockWilliam George Blalock, age 70 of Readhimer, Louisiana, passed away from a heart attack on the night of the Blue Moon, August 23, 2021. Mr. Blalock was a gentleman farmer for many years, and enjoyed growing many vegetables and working his cattle. His jovial smile and laugh will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his sisters, Dr. Anna Blalock of Jonesboro, Caroline Blalock and Dolores Blalock, both of Saline; nieces, Mary Brieden and Desiree Brieden Cortez; great nephew, Ezra Cortez; and great niece, Katie Cooper.

Mr. Blalock was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Thelma Helen (Bishop) Blalock; and his sister, Jane Blalock Brieden.

The family has chosen to have a private memorial service at a later date.

Donnie Gibbs
April 17, 1940 – August 26, 2021

gibbsDonnie Gibbs, age 81 of Jonesboro, was welcomed through the gates of Heaven on August 26, 2021. He was a retired small business owner, semi-professional bowler and lumberjack at-heart. He was also a sharpshooter and active-duty veteran of the United States Army and a deacon of Antioch Community Church. He was most at home in the woods, on Black Lake or the Dugdemona River, or in his vegetable garden. His life’s joy was teaching his grandkids how to hunt, fish, and live off the land. His presence will be forever cherished by his loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn Gibbs; son, Mark Gibbs of Jonesboro, and daughter, Tammy Trosclair of Fort Smith, Arkansas; siblings, Gary Gibbs of Goldonna, Rodney Gibbs of Saline, and Karen Duck of Quitman; grandchildren, Roland Alan (Andy) Gibbs, Brooke Sutton, and Tyler Trosclair; five great grandchildren; a host of other relatives, church family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland Gibbs and Inez Martin Gibbs, and brother, Charlie Gibbs, all of Goldonna.

Funeral services were held under the outdoor pavilion of Antioch Community Church in Goldonna on Sunday, August 29, 2021 with Reverend Hayward Hossler officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Mark Gibbs, Andy Gibbs, Robert McFearin, Andrew Morgan, Don Price, and Buddy Durbin. Ricky Durbin and David Morgan will serve as honorary pallbearers.

James “Pop” Hargrove
August 9, 1945 – August 27, 2021

POPJim Hargrove, age 76 of Jonesboro, met his Heavenly Father on Friday, August 27, 2021. He was known as “Pop” to his family and to most anyone who knew him. He loved to hunt, fish, and to go “pyrooting” in his old green jeep. He was also a collector of many guns and knives. Jim often lost track of time when watching The Weather Channel, Gunsmoke, and The Andy Griffith Show. He was a gentle, fun, and loving man who loved his family.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; E.L. (Pug) and Verda Hargrove, and his youngest grandson Tucker Wallis. He is survived by his wife; Phyllis Hargrove; sister; Cheryl Hyde, two daughters; Wendy (Gene) Crowell and Jeanie (Greg) Wallis. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Colby Collinsworth, Will (Torey) Wallis, Jordyn Wallis, Brooke Collinsworth, and Noah Collinsworth, and one great-granddaughter, Sunni Wallis.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 in the Paradise Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Matt Whitman officiating. There was no graveside service held.

Residents brace for Hurricane Ida

Once bit, twice shy! Last year when Hurricane Delta roared through Jackson Parish still harboring hurricane strength winds it took a lot of residents by surprise. Even though the predictions are that Hurricane Ida isn’t expected to impact the area nearly as badly as Delta did last year, that obviously won’t be repeated this time around.

With the news of the tropical storm coming ashore as a Category 4 hurricane and possibly ripping through the area on Monday and Tuesday, residents were quick to flock to the stores and gas stations to stock up on essentials they found themselves without last year.
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“I won’t be caught like I was last year,” said a woman who was sitting in a long line at the Murphy’s gas station in front of Walmart to fill up her car. “I am going to be ready this time.”

As precaution, DOTD crews will be monitoring the storm and are prepared to address any roadways that are affected due with road crews, equipped with chain saws and additional equipment necessary, on standby.
You are reminded that if you encounter downed trees or power lines do not attempt to go over them or around.
Likewise if an area is underwater you are advised to turn around and not attempt to pass through. Travel should be restricted and only if required when there are severe weather conditions present.

See below for sites you can check before you begin traveling to ensure your safety.
For information on the storm: https://gohsep.la.gov/emergency/ or you can also text: ‘IDA’ to 67283
For road condition information go to: www.511la.org/

Recommended supplies to stock:

Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
Personal hygiene items and sanitation items.
Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
Battery operated radio (again, have extra batteries)


Tigers slip past St. Frederick’s 14-13 at Bayou Jamb

Bayou Jamb organizers couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the first of the four contests played Saturday at Raymond Malone Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The 14-13 Jonesboro-Hodge victory over St. Frederick High School in Monroe was certainly worth the price admission.

To sum it up, the “shortened” game lasted only two quarters but there were enough emotional twists and turns that had to be survived to last a season. What was supposed to be a glorified scrimmage ended up being a wild roller coaster ride that one minute had a team flying high and the next groveling in despair.

Jonesboro-Hodge head coach Terrance Blankenship was hoping to see a better version of Tigers than he had witnessed the week before in the controlled scrimmage against Cedar Creek. At the beginning of the game it looked like not only had the Tigers not progressed they looked worse.
Quickly JHHS fell behind thanks to a first series fumble that gave St. Fred’s great field position that the Warriors took full advantage of by scoring in just four plays. To their credit the Tigers regrouped and rebounded thanks to an aggressive defense that forced two straight interceptions that JHHS turned into touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead into the first break. Both teams looked rather lackluster in the second half when with under two minutes left to play suddenly the emotional lid of the game was blown off.

St. Fred’s was facing third down and lofted a pass down the left sideline. A Tiger defender was in perfect position to grab the Tigers third interception of the game but the St. Fred receiver pushed him away and came down with the disputed completion at the Tigers seven yard line. A following burst up the middle narrowed the margin to one point. Bummer!

The Tigers were obviously down after the turn of events but once again JH regrouped and snuffed the two point conversion attempt turning the frowns on the players faces into high fives as the lead was preserved. Happy times were here again! There was now only 1:46 remaining on the clock and J-H was going to receive the kickoff. Certainly St. Frederick would attempt an onside kick which the Tiger coaching staff attempted to prepare the players for.

Money in the bank, right? Oh no. Not on this day. Again the roller coaster went into motion and again the Tigers emotions went spiraling downward. Incredibly St. Frederick’s recovered the attempt setting them up at the Tiger 48 yard line. Two completed passes and an offside penalty against JHHS later, the Warriors were looking at a first and goal from the Tiger 7 yard line with 34 ticks remaining on the clock. Momentum was totally with the Warriors now and JHHS seemed to be faltering badly. What was worse is that St. Frederick didn’t have to score a touchdown as they had one of the better placekickers in north Louisiana at their disposal if needed.

JHHS sophomore linebacker, Xavier Hearne, would have no part of that scenario though. First, Hearne pressured Warrior QB Garrett Taylor into an errant throw then planted him for a 12 yard sack that moved the ball back to the JHHS 19 yard line. Still it looked bad as St. Fred was still well inside their kicker’s range who with only 23 ticks left lined up what would be the game winning shot.

The snap was good and the kick strongly sailed away. From the sideline it looked like it was going to be good but fortune stayed with the Tigers as the ball “slipped” just outside the left goal post preserving the Tiger’s Bayou Jamb victory. Even if the field goal would have been good, JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship was pleased with the Tigers effort.

“I was concerned at first but as a whole we looked a lot better today than we did last week,” said Blankenship. “We still have a lot of things to correct before this Friday but I was pleased to see the progress that was made.”

The concern was warranted as JHHS received the opening kick of the game and promptly fumbled it away at their 30 own yard line after only three plays. St. Frederick ran three plays of their own before Taylor found Thomas Marsala across the middle to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead after the ensuing PAT.

On the next possession Brantrel Thompson gave the Tigers a little spark with a couple of nice runs but the Tiger drive stalled forcing a punt. The Warriors once again took to the air but this time Chase Leonard tipped the ball at the line. Devontae Mozee corralled the floater at the St. Fred 45 yard line and sprinted down the left sideline to paydirt bringing JHHS to within 7-6 with 4:12 remaining in the first half.

Mozee would score again 52 seconds later thanks to the quick reaction of cornerback Justin Calahan who intercepted the second St. Fred aerial on the first play of their next series setting JHHS up on the Warrior 30 yard line. Tiger QB Tydre Malone wasted no time in making St. Fred pay as he launched a beautiful pass up the seam to Mozee who had split two defenders and caught the pass in stride as he crossed the goal line. Thompson ran the 2 point conversion in giving the Tigers the 14-7 advantage that stood up until the final minute of play. By virtue of his two touchdown effort, Mozee was named Bayou Jamb Player of the Game for Jonesboro-Hodge, resulting in him receiving a $250.00 scholarship from Academy Sports in Monroe.


Jonesboro Mayor pledges support for Christmas Lights

To the residents of Jackson Parish the news given by Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson is “String Music”. As in, it won’t be long before you will see employee’s from the Town stringing Christmas lights up and down Jimmie Davis Boulevard in preparation of the annual “Christmas Wonderland in the Pines.”

This past week Mayor Thompson gave his pledge to Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Director Wilda Smith that the town will do everything that can be done to bring back the tradition that Jonesboro is recognized for all over the state.

“We are looking forward to participating in getting Jonesboro ready for the upcoming Christmas season,” said Thompson. “While we can’t do everything we have done in the past we are certainly going to do everything that money will allow to help the business community and residents enjoy the holiday season.”

Mayor Thompson also stated that as in the recent past that local businesses, churches and organizational groups are going to be asked to take care of lighting their own establishments.

“In order for the town to be the showcase it is known for we are going to need help from the business community,” said Thompson. “It is my hope that by working together we can re-establish our reputation as one of the prettiest Christmas settings that can be found.”

Nichols and Holden honored at Bayou Jamb

The two Tiger players who tragically lost their lives earlier this summer, LaJavion Nichols and Javious Holden, were honored with a stirring tribute at halftime of the JHHS vs St. Frederick football game. Carrying framed jerseys of both players, a strong contention of family members and friends of both players were asked to go to midfield where Bayou Jamb officials first introduced the players to the crowd, gave condolences and asked for a moment of silence in their honor.

“We are very appreciative of the game organizers to honor our guys and their families like this,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “The way they recognized the players meant a lot to the families and our team.”

Eros – “The Town That Was”

NOTE: In an ongoing series published exclusively in the Jackson Parish Journal the history of Jackson Parish and all the communities that are located in it is being examined. Today we look at the birth of Eros. 

According to Wikipedia there is only one other town in the United States named Eros than the hamlet located on Hwy 34 in eastern Jackson Parish. The other is in north, central Arkansas just four mile from the Missouri border.
What makes the Jackson Parish version unique is that unlike the other locale that was named after the mythical Greek “God of Love” the local community was named after an asteroid, making it one of the most uniquely named incorporated towns in the United States.

According to records it was a local lady who lived in the area where Tremont Lumber had built a new mill in 1898 that gave the town it’s name. The way it happened was one day Mrs. Pearl Collins, who was interested in astronomy, read that a German astronomer had discovered the 433rd asteroid ever documented and named it Eros.
Enamored with the way it sounded and having already the want to have the community get a Post Office she submitted the name to the Louisiana Postal Service. On October 23rd, 1899 she received approval from the state and the town not only had a Post Office but a new name.

After five years of operation “Mrs. Pearl” had a new building erected, the only structure in the town that covered by insurance and in 1906 the first rural route in Jackson Parish began mail delivery. Just before 1920 the town boasted a population of more than a 1000 residents, quite a large number for such an out of the way place. It was by far the largest town in the parish.

The Tremont Lumber Company was not only the largest lumber mill in Jackson Parish at the time but one of the largest in North Louisiana. As result, the thriving community was one of the fastest growing in north Louisiana with families moving in by such numbers that the construction of houses couldn’t keep up and many were forced to sleep in tents for months before permanent lodging could be built.eros2

There were three hotels, one of which boasted over 100 rooms, a newspaper (Eros Plaindealer), three doctors, three churches, a jail, a bank, its own telephone exchange and the first high school in Jackson Parish which over 600 pupils attended. Eros also had the first movie theater in the parish where silent movies were shown in what was called a “hippodrome” type theater. Movies were only shown at night when it was dark enough.

This was an open-air affair that was a precursor to the “drive-in” theaters that boomed across the nation years later. At that time viewers would watch the shows in their wagons or on a blanket that was spread on the ground, except for Dr. Hearn, who was longtime Chatham resident Howard Hearn’s father. He had the only automobile in Jackson Parish – a 1912 Ford.

Then on the night of April 8th, 1920 catastrophe struck when a tornado almost wiped the community off the map. Not only was virtually every building in the town leveled it also dealt the mill a might blow. Miraculously no one was killed although several were buried in debris suffering from bad cuts and bruises. This included on one man who was taking a bath in one of the hotels only to be picked up by the wind and deposited roughly one hundred yards away still in the tub. Showing resilience the town’s people rebuilt the mill and most of the town, although in a smaller fashion, but in 1926 a great fire struck which closed the mill for good and ended the boom days of Eros.

Next week – Eros Today!

Meet the Tigers! JHHS coaching staff small but skilled

It is the bane of small school football in Louisiana. At larger schools (like those in Class 3A-5A) there is plethora of coaches. Naturally, at every football program there is a head coach and an offensive and defensive coordinator. At some of the larger schools like West Monroe or Ruston, there is also a receivers coach, tight ends coach, offensive line coach, defensive line coach, linebackers coach, secondary coach and a kicking coach.

That doesn’t include the strength coach and/or nutrition coach. Add to that the Junior Varsity and even the freshman team also often times have their own head coach and assistants. It is not uncommon for a large school program to have at least ten or more full time employed coaches. This is not true at schools in smaller classifications, far from it.

What makes a small school coach’s job even more difficult is that they don’t get to just coach the team. At any time and on any day, even game days, it is not unusual to see one of them mowing and/or painting the field, bringing items to the concession stands, repairing practice equipment, supplying water for the players and even driving a bus to the games.

This is exactly what Jonesboro-Hodge High School head coach, Terrance Blankenship and his staff does every day. Not only is Jonesboro-Hodge listed as one of the smallest Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) schools in Class AA, the second to smallest class in the organization, they also have one of the smallest coaching staffs. The size of the paid coaching staff is three. That is not a misprint. There are only three paid coaches who are responsible for the varsity, junior varsity and freshman football teams.

“Besides myself, there are only two other coaches on the staff that are paid to be high school coaches,” said Blankenship. “On game days we also have our junior high coach and two volunteer coaches that give us a hand.”

Entering his ninth year at the helm, which is tied for the second longest tenure in Tiger history, the home-grown head coach doesn’t look at the number of coaches on his staff as a detriment though. As he knows, what the staff is lacking for in quantity is made up in quality.

“We may not have the number of coaches some schools have but Carlos Hicks (Defensive Coordinator) and Justin Durbin (Offensive Coordinator) both have tremendous experience and are great teachers of the game,” boasted Blankenship. “Our junior high coach, Kris Cash, would make a fine addition to any high school staff and our two volunteer coaches Anthony Anderson, who played in the NFL and Robert Hunter, who also helps at the Junior High, are very knowledgeable and tremendous assets. Sure it would be great to have more coaches but I feel our guys are receiving great instruction.”

This is evidenced by the fact that each year Jonesboro-Hodge, despite often times ending the season with a losing overall record, routinely has players earn scholarships and end up playing on the next level. In every season that the current staff has been together there has been at least two players move on to play college football from each class. Not bad for a program that usually dresses out only 20-25 upperclassmen each year and has had only two winning seasons over the last eight years.

That in itself is a deceiving stat. During Blankenship’s tenure the Tigers have a 35-46 overall record. By being a small school that plays in a small district (four teams) the Tigers often are required to “play up” in pre-district contests for several games each year in order to fill out a complete schedule. Playing larger schools, who sometimes have double the number of players and coaches doesn’t usually reflect well in the win-loss column. What should be recognized is that the Tigers have finished second in district play for five straight seasons and have reached the quarterfinals twice.

“Scheduling is a challenge year in and year out,” reflected Blankenship. “Whereas most schools have six to eight district games out of ten possible dates, we have only three which means we always end up playing larger schools or have to make long road trips, which is hard on a team that has a lot of players going both ways.”

This year is no exception. The second game of the season finds JHHS playing Class 5A, West Ouachita. A trip to Class 3A North Webster (Springhill) is also on tap as well as long road trips to Bunkie and Vidalia. Regardless the Tiger staff is eager to get the 2021 season started and is looking forward to breaking the “second place string” and bringing home the district 1-2A championship trophy.

“We are going to strap it up and give it our best shot,” said Blankenship. “Hopefully the strong pre-district schedule will work in our favor to help us bring home a district title.”

Meet the staff:

Head Coach Terrance Blankenship: Coaching Career – 22 years. JHHS head coach – 9 years. Overall record – 35-46, no district titles, two quarterfinal playoff appearances. Was a member of the Tigers “three-peat” state championship teams before graduating in 1990. “Blank” as he is known to his friends received his degree from Grambling State University in 1996. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at JHHS in 1999 before moving to Grambling High in 2002 and Arcadia High in 2005 before coming back to JHHS in 2011. Became the Tigers head coach and Athletic Director in 2013.

Defensive Coordinator Carlos Hicks: Coaching Career – 11 years. The 1998 JHHS graduate played defensive back at Grambling State (1998-99) and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (2000-03), now known as the University of Louisiana before playing three years of professional Arena League football. Began his coaching career in 2010 where he has spent all 11 years at JHHS.

Offensive Coordinator Justin Durbin: Coaching Career – 17 years. The 1998 Winnfield High School graduate played football for four years and earned his degree at Louisiana Tech in 2003. Made coaching stops at Tioga, Winnfield, Leesville and Natchitoches Parish before coming to Jonesboro-Hodge in 2018.

Assistant Varsity and head Junior High coach Kris Cash: Coaching Career – 8 years. Graduated from Grambling High in 2007 and Grambling State University in 2011. Has been head coach at Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School and assistant on varsity staff for last six years.

Volunteer Assistant Coach Anthony Anderson: The 1982 JHHS graduate who also starred at Grambling State University before graduating in 1986 brings six years of professional football experience where he played in the defensive backfield for three years in the NFL and three year in the Arena League. Was a volunteer assistant in 2000-01 before coming back once again in 2018.

Volunteer Assistant Coach Robert Hunter: The 2012 JHHS graduate and youngest member of the staff, helps with both the Junior High and Varsity teams. Has been with the football program since 2016.


Ward Four Fire District to name new Chief at Monday meeting

Board member of the Ward Four Fire Protection District (FPD) will appoint a new Fire Chief at their meeting that will take place on Monday, August 30th. The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm at the Ward Four FPD Central Station located at 261 Hwy 505 which is just across the road from Weston High School.

The appointment of a new chief became necessary last month when former Fire Chief Scott Savage retired after a 30 plus year career of public service. In additional business a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Weston Water System is to be discussed as well as the granting of Servitude for the Poda property.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance in taking part in the meeting of this fire district, please contact the District Office at 318-259-6672 describing the assistance needed.

Chamber of Commerce banquet postponed

At the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce August meeting the board decided to postpone the annual chamber banquet which was scheduled for September 16. The decision was based on the governors mandate of masks, CDC guidelines and the lack of being able to get a speaker to commit. This is unfortunate due to this being the largest source of income that the chamber has every year with the exception of membership dues, which Chamber Director Wilda Smith requests all members to get caught up on. 

“We need the support of the community in order for us to support the community.,” said Smith.

Also, the chamber voted not to sponsor Halloween in the park. However, to be supportive and so that members can participate in the “trunk or treat” a new date and time for this event will be announced later.