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.


Jackson Parish Schools receive donations in honor of Judie Blalock


Andrea Malone, president of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce (JPCoC), met with the Principals of Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman and Weston High Schools last week to present each with a check on behalf of the Chamber members and in honor of Ms. Judie Blalock who passed away earlier this year. The donation was presented to each to help the faculty of each school purchase supplies.

Blalock, who graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge in 1968, was a dedicated teacher in the Jackson Parish School System for years. She also was a Cheerleader Sponsor and President of the Jackson Parish Federation of Teachers. After retirement “Ms. Judie” was the secretary of the Jonesboro Study Guild, Board Member of the JPCoC and President of the Jackson Parish Museum Board.

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Ribbon Cutting at Trinity Agency to take place on September 3rd

The revitalization of the downtown business district will receive an additional boost this coming Friday, September 3rd with the grand opening of Trinity Agency, located between Uptown Tanning and Four Corners on Jimmie Davis Boulevard. Festivities will take place at noon as David and Christy Henderson, along with members of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce, family and friends will cut the ceremonial ribbon. The public is invited to attend to meet the new owners but you are asked to please take COVID precautions by wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing as best possible.


CLEAN OUT FREEZER DAY SET TO AID THE HUNGRY

I love it when I can open my freezer and dig out a package of venison marked “back strap” or “tender loin”. I know that this time tomorrow, I’ll be sitting down to dine on steaks that are not only delicious but some of the healthiest food to be found anywhere.

Deer season begins in Louisiana in a couple of months and I realize I’d have to eat venison just about every day between now and then in order to finish off the packages of venison I have in my freezer. Once season opens, I hope to take another deer or two so I’m faced with a dilemma – where will I put this year’s steaks? There are too many packages left in my freezer from last season.

Hunters for the Hungry to the rescue. This organization, formed in 1994 in Baton Rouge, has the perfect solution to your problem. A group of hunters gathered to discuss sharing game and fish in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Contacting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, donations were given to their dining hall. The response was so great that the Society ran out of storage room so they enlisted help from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
The organizations is now in operation statewide and has partnered with five major food banks around the state. Their mission is to encourage hunters and anglers to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors by sharing their bounty of wild game and fish in order to combat hunger.

The organization annually schedules Clean out the Freezer days to allow hunters to do what many of us need to do; clean out freezers to make room for more this year and donate the excess to this worthwhile program. Clean out the Freezer days this year are set for September 23-26 around the state at conveniently placed locations, namely businesses that process wild game. To find out locations near you, visit http://www.cleanoutyourfreezer.com. Not only do these processors take donated wild game, should you wish to donate a deer you down this coming season, you can do so at no cost to you; the Hunters for the Hungry program pays the processing fee for deer being donated back
to the program.

How popular has this program become? Just last year, a total of 50,347 pounds of wild game and fish were donated to the program. It is also gratifying to note that the area of the state donating the most was here in northeast Louisiana with a total of 17,226 pounds provided for the hungry.

FISHING REPORT

BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been good one day; slow the next. Soft plastics fished very slow are picking up a few. Crappie are scattered and bream are fair. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream are fair; crappie are scattered and slow to fair. Bass are best around the edge of the grass and trees on soft plastics and jigs. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323- 8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Bass have been fair at the mouth of the cuts on shad imitations. Crappie are around the tops in the river and in the river lakes. Jigs and shiners are taking a few. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass fishing has been fair with some schooling fish hitting topwaters and Rat-L-Traps. Bigger fish are in the deep channels with some caught on jigs, crank baits and soft plastics. Plastic frogs and spinners are taking some around the moss and grass. Crappie are in the channel with some caught on shiners and jigs fished 15-22 feet deep in 25-30 foot water. Bream fishing is fair around the beds on worms and crickets while channel cats are biting cold worms off the banks. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream fishing continues to be fair to good on crickets. Crappie have been best fishing 10 feet deep in 17 foot water around submerged tops on shiners or jigs. Best jig pattern this week has been the Purple Mist. Bass have been better at night fishing around the lighted piers on soft plastics. Stripers have been schooling and hitting shad imitation lures and trolling white bucktails when they’re down. No report on catfish. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
CANEY LAKE – Bass are schooling and hitting a variety of shad imitation topwater lures. Some bigger fish are hitting soft plastics and crank baits fished in the deeper channels and drop-offs. Some are hitting black spinners along the banks at night. Crappie fishing has been best fishing jigs or shiners around the deeper tops. Bream fishing is fair on worms and crickets around bedding areas. Catfishing is fair fishing a variety of baits around the piers and boat docks. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been fair with mostly smaller fish being caught on the far side of the lake in the “jungle”. Bass, crappie and bream are slow. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – Crappie are quite slow. Bream are scattered and fair. Bass are best early mornings on topwaters with soft plastics taking some up in the day. Catfishing is fair to good on yo-yos baited with shiners. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is on a slight rise but fishing has been good, especially for
catfish. Crappie are slow to fair fishing 10-12 feet deep around the piers. Bass in the 2-3 pound
range have been fair to good. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.