Jonesboro-Hodge High School travels to Springhill, LA this Friday night to take on Class 3A North Webster in hopes of winning their fourth game in five starts and continuing their longest winning streak in three years. The start to the season is the best since 2009 but in head coach Terrance Blankenship’s mind, this week will go along way in determing just how good the Tigers are this year.
“North Webster is a very good team and we are going to have our work cut out for us to come away from their place with a win,” said Blankenship. “I look at this game as a good “acid test” to let us know just how good we are.”
According to the unofficial power rankings issued by GeauxPreps.com the Tigers are the 13th ranked team in Class AA. This is six spots lower than the week before despite their 47-26 convincing victory over Logansport, who by being in Class A and winless on the year, actually cost JHHS points with the way Power Rankings are tabulated.
Meanwhile, North Webster sits at #20 in Class 3A after losing to a strong Jena team 27-13 for thier second straight loss after opening the season by soundly whipping Haynesville 34-7 and North Caddo 53-30. It is the victory over North Caddo that raises Blankenship’s eyebrows and gives him the most concern.
“North Caddo has won our district the last two years and was picked to do it again before the season,” reflected Blankenship. “I know that they are a good team, so for North Webster to beat them the way they did is impressive.”
Blankenship also knows that a major key to the contest will be how well his ever improving offensive and defensive front can hold up against what will be the biggest team they have faced to date. North Webster has over a dozen linemen who tip the scales at over 250 pounds including an offensive power package that can go almost 300 pounds across the front.
“Our skill players have carried us so far but this week the guys up front are going to have to win their battles if we are going to have a chance, “said Blankenship. “If we allow North Webster to control the line we are going to be in for a long night.”
JHHS Individual statistical leaders after four games:
As reported by myarklamiss.com on Sunday, September 26, 2021, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 100 block of Jimmy Graham Loop in reference to an aggravated assault with a firearm. Deputies were advised that a man was shot at the residence. Also, 37-year-old Danielle Lashai Wheat called the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and stated that someone attempted to break into her residence and “get her.”
Once deputies arrived at the scene, they spotted the wounded victim at a neighbor’s residence and he mentioned that he gave Wheat transportation to the residence the night before. Deputies observed that Wheat locked herself inside of the residence’s bathroom with the victim’s cell phone and discharged a round at the victim when he knocked on the door to retrieve his phone. The victim mentioned that he had a handgun in the bathroom and believes Wheat shot him with his gun.
According to deputies, Wheat admitted to retrieving the victim’s gun and shooting it through the door. She mentioned that she was in the bathroom when she observed blood coming from the walls and heard the victim talking about “getting her.” Deputies observed Wheat and believed she was under the influence of methamphetamine.
Wheat was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm or Carrying Weapon by a Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery. She was transported and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.
Joseph Joiner was the $50,001 winner at the Super Bee 100 Late Crate race held in front of a packed houseat the Super Bee Speedway in Chatham this past Saturday night that was the feature of three days of racing.
Cade Dillard finished in second with BJ Robnson coming in third. Matt Henderson and Carson Ferguson rounded out the top five after 100 laps of very enertaining racing over the dirt track. To say the fans loved the racing and additonal programs was an understatement as evidenced by Thresa Sneed Delrio who said:
“It was an awesome show !!!! Congratulations to ALL. And the “DRUNK TANK” recognition was definitely entertaining. Reminds me of Talledega’s Redneck Point.”
Trent Stokes was also impressed!
“One hell of a race and limited mods were good too. Caught it all entering 3 and 4 and couldnt ask for a better crate race.”
So was Paul Davis and Matthew Lane Holmes……
“Absolutely, a great race, thanks to you and all the racers, enjoyed it very much,” said Davis. “Probably one of the best races I have ever watched,” echoed Holmes.
Over 100 entrants initially vied for the $50,001.00 which was the largest payout of a dirt track race this year. See below for final results:
Finishing order: 1st. 10- Joseph Joiner 2nd. 97- Cade Dillard 3rd. 1- BJ Robinson 4th. 17- Matt Henderson 5th. 00F- Carson Ferguson 6th. 19- Jamie Burford 7th. 3k- Tanner Kellick 8th. 9- Shane Hebert 9th. 66K- Dylan Knowles 10th. 6X- Rob Litton 11th. 18- Matt Cooper 12th 51 -Tyler Burnett 13th. 6R- Robbie Stuart 14th. 11A- Bubba Mullins 15th. 2B- Tyler Burgess 16th. Dp21- Dalton Patrick 17th. 84- Randall Beckwith 18th. 2L- Trynt Lloyd 19th. ZK21- Mike Patrick 20th. 00S- James Shirley 21st. 26- Dean Abbey 22nd. 1K- Kevin Ramey 23rd. 24- Steve Jernigan 24th. 2- Bo Slay 25th. 6D- Rick Duke 26th. B17- Brandon Ball 27th. 5C- Brad Couch 28th. 27- Chase Delrio 29th. 3- Jamie Traweek 30th. C11- Cliff Williams 31st. 25- Justin Mcree
This Friday, October 1st, is the deadline to register for the upcoming Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) Flag Football and Soccer leagues. Registration is free and easy to do by simply calling the JPRD office at (318) 259-3031.
Flag Football: Boys and Girls from the ages of 5-12 are eligible to play. For the boys they must have turned five and cannot have turned 13 years old by April 30th. The cut off date for the girls is December 31st.
Soccer: Boys and Girls from the ages 4-14 are eligible to play. The cut off date for both boys and girls to turn four and to be no older than 14 is January 1st.
Game Schedule: Both Flag Football and Soccer league games will be held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6:00pm beginning on October 5th
Location: Games will be played at the JPRD field located at 5254 Hwy 4 East, Jonesboro, LA.
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The Jackson Parish Library storms out of September with several program offerings on Wednesday and Thursday and opens October with cool crafts for teens and adults on Friday, October 1st. The three days begin a very busy Halloween month that has everything from a walk-through visual arts exhibition to a live concert.
The fun begins with adults in Chatham enjoying the Check Out Fitness class that begins at 9:00am. Story Time for Toddlers featuring “Pumkins, Pumpkins Everywhere” and craft fun of Pumpkin Dots on a Canvas begins at 10:00am in Jonesboro.
On Thursday, September 30th children in the Play-Grow-Read (PCR) program will enjoy “Science Experiment” beginning at 4:30pm.
The Jackson Parish Hospital Laboratory and Respiratory Department have met all the requirements for Laboratory Accreditation by “COLA”, Commission On Laboratory Accreditation by achieving a Zero Deficiency/100% score in the recent Laboratory Survey. This detailed audit survey reviewed laboratory data and laboratory processes over the last three years. COLA is a leading national laboratory accreditor, whose program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory requirements. This is the 3rd survey in a row that the Jackson Parish Hospital Laboratory and Respiratory Department have scored 100% / no deficiencies! These consistent scores place the JPH Laboratory Department and Respiratory Department in the running to be considered for the COLA “Laboratory of Excellence Award!”
Weston Junior High beat Cedar Creek 47-25 in the boys game played on Monday in Ruston. The victory earn a split for Weston after the Lady Wolves fell 27-16 in the opener. The victory evened the Wolves season record at 7-7 while the girls fell to 4-7 on the year.
The Wolves exploded for 30 second half points to break open a close game at the half as head coach Jacob Otwell employed wave after wave of five man units that wore the home standing Cougars down. Ten players scored on the night for Weston led by nine each by Cole Otwell and Daniel Williams. Trey Trosclair and Colton Blundell hit three pointers that led to 7 and 5 points respectively while Kason Roberts and Shane Reed added four each. Brody Tidwell chipped in with three with Ty Henderson, Beaux Oliver and Drew Browning adding a basket to round out the scoring.
In the girls game, Cedar Creek jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back despite a spirited effort by the Lady Wolves who played with great intensity but had trouble scoring, especially in the second half. Weston played Cedar Creek even the rest of the first half to trail at the break by only 17-12 and limted Cedar Creek to just 10 second half points but managed to scored just two in each of the third and fourth quarters. JaKayla Fourd led Weston with 6 points followed by Carlynn Waters and Carly Griffin who scored four each. Livi Otwell added two.
In 1945, General inherited a large multilevel house which was in disrepair. The wooden structure was in danger of collapsing and the masonry was crumbling. The floors creaked and swayed, especially when walked on. The light fixtures in the lower rooms swayed when someone walked on the floors above. One light fixture in the house seemed to be lower with each passing day. General referred to the creaking and moaning of the house’s rotting timbers as ghosts.
General had an architect inspect the house who remarked that “the beams [in the house] are staying up there from force of habit only.” The house was in danger of collapsing. The last straw came in June of 1948 when a leg of a piano crashed through an upper floor and through the ceiling of the dining room. In November of 1949, General moved into a residence nearby so that the house he inherited could be reconstructed. The house had too much sentimental value for it to be demolished.
Not everyone liked General. In fact, some people wanted to kill General and he knew it. For this reason, General surrounded himself with bodyguards, some of which were police officers. At about 2:15 on the afternoon of November 1, 1950, two men, Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo, set a plan into motion to murder General. They had learned that General had moved into the temporary residence. Griselio approached the residence from the west side, while Oscar approached from the east.
Police officer Donald Birdzell stood on the front steps of the residence. Oscar, with pistol in hand, snuck up behind the Birdzell and pulled the trigger. Snap!!! Oscar had forgotten to chamber a round in his pistol. Birdzell turned as Oscar chambered a round. Oscar fired the pistol and struck Birdzell in his right knee. As Oscar approached the steps which led to the front door, another bodyguard stepped out of the residence and shot Oscar in the chest. Oscar collapsed and writhed in pain at the foot of the steps.
Meanwhile, on the west side of the residence, Griselio shot police officer Leslie Coffelt four times at close range. He turned his pistol on policeman Joseph Downs and shot him three times. Griselio shot officer Birdzell in his other knee. Griselio had no more rounds in the gun and stopped to reload. General, who had been taking a nap on the second floor, peered out of a window directly over the front door to see what the commotion was.
General was a First World War combat veteran and was not frightened by the gunfire. People yelled for General to get away from the window. He obeyed their command. At that moment, Coffelt, though severely injured, fired a single shot at Griselio before falling to the ground unconscious. The bullet from Coffelt’s pistol struck Griselio in the head and killed him instantly.
When the shooting was over, three guards were wounded including 40-year-old Leslie Coffelt, who died later that evening during surgery. Oscar survived and spent the next 29 years in prison. In an interview with Time magazine about the murder plot, General calmly said, “the only thing you have to worry about is bad luck.” General grinned and said, “I never have bad luck.” General remarked that he was unafraid because he “had been shot at by professionals” during the First World War.
Although the shooting lasted less than a minute, General survived a murder attempt in what was described as “the biggest gunfight in Secret Service history.” You see, the house General inherited was the White House. General was the Secret Service’s code name for… President Harry Truman.
The Louisiana Tech University (LTU) Office of MultiCultural Affairs in conjunction with Sagegroup America is offering a free ACT PREP workshop on the campus of LTU on Saturday, October 2nd. There will be three sessions with guided lessons in Mathematics, Science, Reading and English that will take place from 8:30am- 1:30pm. All seniors are encouraged to attend at least one of the sessions to have a better chance of acheiving a desired ACT score. To register go to: https://tinyurl.com/LATechOct2
It is a day that all “Nana’s” and “Papa’s” look forward to every school year. On Tuesday, Weston High School celebrated “Grandparents Day” for the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. The event started with the boys and girls enjoying breakfast with their Grandparents followed by the students and Grandparents enjoying time together doing arts and crafts. The day was climaxed with the “Wolfmile” running event where the children were cheered on by family and faculty members.
Both of Ruston’s cross country teams won the Cedar Creek Wallace Martin Invitational held at Lincoln Parish Park (LPP) this past Saturday. As impressive as the victories against a strong field was by the Bearcat boys and girls squads it failed in comparison to the exhibition put on by Ruston High School junior, Lily Garrett.
The daughter of former Jonesboro resident and recent Jackson Parish Sport Hall of Fame inductee, Bob Garrett and his wife Karen, who is a junior at Ruston High School easily won the girls division by finishing in 18:25 over the 3 mile course, an incredible 1:31 seconds better than the runner-up and by far the best time ran in the state to date.
Ruston cross country coach Dustin Cochran was naturally pleased with the effort of both his squads but was simply overwhelmed by Garrett’s effort.
“We were really pleased with Saturdays results,” said Cochran. “The attitude and effort were great from the time we got to LPP but what Lily did all by herself, on a tough course, in September, was special.”
To give an example of just how impressive Garrett’s performance was, the next best time in the state to date according to MileSplit.com is 18:53.20, turned in by Jenna Key of C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, a full 28 seconds behind Garrett’s time.
Marjorie Louise Kelly July 01, 1933 – September 24, 2021
M. Louise Tatum (Barham) Kelly, age 88 of Bastrop, LA, was escorted by angels through the gates of Heaven on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:37 PM following a long and fulfilling life.
She lived much of the late 1940s through the 1970s in Oak Ridge, LA, attending Oak Ridge High School, assisting in the Barham’s Store and supporting her children in their school, dancing, outdoor and sports activities. Also, assisting with the care of her parents, Claude S. and Mary Eta Tatum as well as her parent-in-laws, R.E. and Emma Barham, of Oak Ridge, LA.
When her children grew up and left the nest in the mid-1970s, she moved to Monroe, LA and then on to Bastrop, LA where she spent many years working in retail businesses in Morehouse and Ouachita parishes. She also spent several years working at the Wal-Mart in Jonesboro, LA. Then partially retired, she worked a few years for Securit Security Services in West Monroe, LA.
She is survived by her children, David W. Barham, Richard Michael “Mike” Barham and Sharon Elizabeth Barham Carter; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great, great grandchild. She is also survived by a sister, Myrtis Lambert; 3 brothers, Robert C. Tatum, Ben Tatum and Billy E. Tatum,and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her love of 43 years, Charles W. Kelly; parents, Claude E and Mary Etta Tatum; brother, Thomas Claude Tatum; sisters, Mary Ann Johnson, Lula May Sharbano, Helen Smith and Rachel Gaberial and grandson Jessie Barham.
Funeral services were held at Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro, LA on Tuesday, September 28th,with Reverend James Barham officiating. Interment followed at Harmony Grove Cemetery, near Dodson, under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Honoring Mrs. Kelly by serving as pallbearers were Zac Carter, Steven Mims, Scott Brown, James Barham, Josh Carter and Jason Barham.
Kevin Lane Taylor September 25, 1968 – September 14, 2021
Kevin Lane Taylor, age 52, of Readhimer, LA traveled through Heaven’s gates to meet his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Kevin was a Magellan Midstream Partner out of Gibson, Louisiana. He was also a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church and he truly enjoyed to fellowship with family and friends. He will be best remembered for his true passion in life and that was caring and cooking for others. He was very loved and will be missed by so many.
Those left to cherish his memory is his brother, Hue Myrle Taylor and Pam; sister, Kathy Taylor Guilliams; niece, Dayna Yocum; nephews, Darren Yocum and Suzanne, Delaine Yocum, Nicholas Taylor and Tara, Justin Taylor and Lindsay, Elijah Guilliams and Erica; 17 great nieces and nephews; a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Huey P. and Glennie Muriel (Hawkins) Taylor; sister, Bonnie Faye (Taylor) Yocum; brother in law, James Kelly Guilliams.
Funeral services were held at Briarwood Baptist Church in Saline on Saturday, September 25, 2021 with Reverend Nicholas Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Strange Cemetery in Readheimer, LA under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were Erin Barnett, Todd Weaver, Wayne Durbin, Brad Weaver, Client Coleman, Kenneth Morgan, Jason Blewer, Josh Hawkins, Brandon Watkins, Nick Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Hawkins, Shawn Barnett, Scottie Barnett, LC Barnett.
David Jackson February 19, 1967 – September 12, 2021
David Levon Jackson was born to the late Marion Jackson Sr., and Sarah M. Nolley Jackson on February 19, 1967. He accepted Christ at an early age at Saint Mary Baptist Church and attended Shady Grove High School, graduating with the class of 1985. He later joined the United States Army before retiring and moving to Houston, Texas.
David met and married Shawna Hall Jackson on March 28, 2013 in Houston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents Marion Jackson Sr., and Sarah M. Nolley Jackson; Three brothers: Al Andrew Jackson Sr., McArthur Jackson, and Marvin Lee Jackson.
Those left to cherish the loving memories of David; his wife Shawna Hall Jackson; Three Daughters: Keuana, Kristian, and Kamara Jackson all of Wimauma, Florida; One son: Noah Jackson of Houston, Texas. Five grandchildren: Janiya Wheeler, Jakobi Wheeler Jr., Jaliya Wheeler, Tamare’ Williams and Mackenzie Jackson; Brothers: Oliver (Barbara), Carl, Marion Jr., and Lee Jackson all of Saline, Louisiana; Sisters: Rosa Jackson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Joyce Vincent (Eric) of Garner, North Carolina, Mary Burks (Yamada) of Arcadia, Louisiana; Aunt: Willie B. Williams of Jonesboro, Louisiana; Mother-in-Law: Myrtle Spaulding of Kansas City. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A graveside service under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro was held at the Shady Grove Cemetery in Saline, LA on Saturday, September 25th.
Bobby Mixon Bradshaw October 13, 1935 – September 18, 2021
Bobby Mixon Bradshaw, 85, passed away on September 18, 2021, in Richmond, Texas. She was born to Douglas and Muriel Mixon on October 19, 1935, in Ruston, Louisiana. Bobby was preceded in death by her parents Douglas and Muriel Mixon, husband Robert S. Bradshaw, Sr., and brother Jack Mixon.
After graduating Valedictorian of Jonesboro – Hodge High School, Bobby worked as a stenographer and secretary for Lion Oil Company in Eldorado, Arkansas, and Midland, Texas. Later in life, Bobby was an office manager for several doctors and dentists in Katy, Texas.
Bobby met her beloved Bob in Midland, and they were blessed with two sons and 38 years of marriage. Bobby and Bob eventually settled in Katy, Texas, where they served as active members of the First Baptist Church and later rejoiced in the birth of their grandson, Brian.
Bobby loved being a grandmother, reading, tennis, international travel, and sharing her life’s stories with family and friends. Although she struggled with chronic illness, Bobby kept the faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her sons and family rejoice, knowing she is now resting in God’s eternal Heaven.
Bobby is survived by her sons Robert S. Bradshaw, Jr., of Katy, Texas, John R. Bradshaw and wife Cathy of Boerne, Texas, grandson John B. Bradshaw of Brownsville, Texas, brother Jim Mixon of Sterlington, Louisiana, and many nieces and nephews in Texas, Louisiana, and Australia.
A graveside funeral service was held Friday, September 24, 2021, at 10:00 A.M., at the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Friendship, Louisiana, with Reverend Robert Leach officiating.
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For Sale: Book on 100 year history of JHHS football
A 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Excellent Condition. Solid floors. Metal sides and roof. Dimensions: 56″ tall x 93″ long x 60″ wide. $3,000.00 or best offer. Owned by Jonesboro-Hodge Methodist Church. For more information or to set appointment to see trailer call: 318-480-1206.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
Spillway Estates Water System Water System Failed to Take Corrective Action Following Identification of a Significant Deficiency On December 05, 2018 the Louisiana Department of Health and (LDH) performed a detailed inspection and engineering evaluation of our water system called a sanitary survey. During this sanitary survey, they identified one or more significant deficiencies in our system. As our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. According to EPA’s Ground Water Rule, we were required to correct the deficiency (or deficiencies) or work with the State to develop a plan to correct the deficiency (or deficiencies). However, we failed to correct the deficiency or contact the State before the established deadline and have therefore violated a requirement of the Ground Water Rule.
What should I do? There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.
What does this mean? This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours. This significant deficiency has the potential to result in lack of proper treatment and oversight of the water system. Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches. While we have not detected any evidence of contamination or other health threats related to our source water, we are still committed to correcting the deficiency to eliminate the threat of contamination.
What was done? Utilities Inc of Louisiana is pleased to inform our customers the deficiency noted has been successfully resolved. Prior to LDH inspection, UIL determined the ground storage tank located on Navajo Road required replacement due to its deteriorating condition. At the time of inspection, LDH observed the ground storage tank to have corrosion citing this as a significant deficiency. The engineer hired by UIL submitted plans and specifications to LDH and were approved on May 19, 2019.
On September 15, 2020, ground storage tank replacement was completed in addition to other improvements to the water site. These improvements included: 5hp booster station, new station piping, rehabilitation of chlorination equipment and site restoration including an access driveway.
UIL continues to work on improvements to the water system and keep LDH informed of progress being made.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
For more information, please contact: Vicki Spence, UIL Compliance Administrator at 985-893-6646.
Town of Jonesboro Public Hearing October 12, 2021
A public hearing will be held October 12th, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. to discuss the purposed Ordinance #2021-010 Nuisances. An ordinance amending section 20-55 of the code of ordinances of the Town of Jonesboro by adding thereto a section (d) defining noxious weeds or grass or other deleterious, unhealthful or noxious growths, providing for matters related thereto and providing an effective date for the amendment.
The question of whether or not the Town of Jonesboro actually had an operating general budget in place was finally put to rest this past Tuesday, September 21st, when Ordinance 2021-007 was adopted. Also approved were Ordinances 2021-008 and 2021-009, which ratified the Water and Sewer Budgets for 2021-22.
The move was taken during the Special Called meeting of the Town of Jonesboro Board of Aldermen when Town Council members Devin Flowers, Pete Stringer, Robbie Siadek, James Ginn and Nia Evans-Johnson approved the motions made by Johnson and seconded by Flowers. For the record, the amended General Budget was voted on by roll call vote where Flowers, Stringer, Siadek and Evan-Johnson voted Yea and Ginn voted Nay.
Much discussion was had prior to the vote on the General Budget that centered on the question of whether or not the town was operating on a 50% rule of operations funding which Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson claimed or if the Council had legally adopted a budget in July. After town attorney Doug Stokes provided his response to the request to provide clarification it was agreed by everyone that the town did indeed pass the budget and the amendments the Mayor proposed were able to be voted on. In other action Town of Jonesboro Engineer presented several proposals regarding water and sewer projects and explained that the town would be responsible for at least a 25% match of funds if grants to be applied for were approved.
The meeting opened with two concerned citizens speaking about animal control problems and wanting to see the town grow during public comments. Renee Stringer then asked the Council to be mindful of all the issues the town has when voting on the Budget amendments.
Is it better to have a ball control or a quick strike offense? This is an age old debate among football coaches and arm chair quarterbacks everywhere from all levels. That discussion will continue for as long as offenses continue to take snaps but if the statistics from Jonesboro-Hodge’s 47-26 victory over visiting Logansport means anything analytically then a clear answer was determined. At least, for this past weekend’s contest.
The final stats show that ball controlling, Logansport ran 64 plays compared to just 41 for the quick strike artists of JHH. They also totaled 23 first downs comparted to just 14 for JHHS. Oddly there was just roughly ten total yards separating the Tigers with ball controlling, Logansport hammering out 341 yards and quick striking, Jonesboro- Hodge ringing up 351 yards. What is best then? Running 23 more plays? Having 9 more first downs? Take your pick, as in the end the Tigers 21 point total advantage is really all that matters as that allows the Tigers to chalk one up in the win column.
Third straight a best for Blank! Actually that is the third straight victory of the year to date for JHHS after the season opening loss. The 3-1 record is the best start in head coach Terrance Blankenship’s nine year tenure that began back in 2013, as is, the point differential after four games of 110 – 68.
Three in two! Justin Calahan stepped in front of a Logansport pass and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to break open the game. it was the third interception returned for a score in two games, the first time that has happened in the new millenium.
(Four) ever remembered! When senior wide-out DeVontae Mozee caught the 11 yard touchdown strike from Tydre Malone in the fourth quarter that gave JH a 35-26 lead it propelled both of them into the all-time annals of JHHS football. Mozee moved into sole possession of second place for most touchdown receptions in a game with four while Malone moved into a tie with four others for second place for most TD passes thrown in one game.
The drive to five! Before Malone passed for his four TD’s, the rangy senior scrambled to his right and took off down the sidelines. Forty yards later and with at least five Logansport defenders, who had attempted to tackle him, laying on the turf Malone crossed the goal line for the Tigers first score. The long run was part of the 228 yards in total offense he accounted for on the night with 165 yards through the air and 63 on the ground.
Atkins at it again! Sophomore linebacker Xavier Atkins tied a school record with 19 solo tackles two weeks ago against West Ouachita. This week the hard hitter went one better. By making 17 solo stops and adding 5 assists Atkins set a new JHHS school record with 22 total stops. Included in his incredible production was one sack, one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery.
Making it count! Logansport had 29 rushing attempts compared to just 22 for Jonesboro-Hodge. Still the Tigers outgained Logansport on the ground by a 186-86 margin. This was mainly due to a second quarter 40 yard scamper by quarterback Tydre Malone and back to back fourth quarter rushes by Brantrel Thompson of 34 and 32 yards.
A record to forget! Not all records are ones you want to remember. Another entry into the all-time annals was recorded as well Friday night but this is one head coach Terrance Blankenship would just assume forget. The 13 penalties JHHS committed in the game put the 2021-22 Tigers into a tie for second place for all time penalties received in one game. Combined the two teams accounted for 22 infractions for a total of 174 yards.
1st Quarter: (LHS) 5 yard rush ( XP No good) 2nd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 40 yard run (Stevens – XP) 2nd Quarter: (LHS) 7 yard reception (2-pt good) 2nd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 68 yard pass to Mozee (XP-no good) 2nd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 6 yard pass to Mozee (Thompson 2-pt run) 3rd Quarter: (LHS) 12 yard reception (XP – no good) 3rd Quarter: (LHS) 16 yard reception (XP – no good) 3rd Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 9 yard pass to Mozee (XP – no good) 4th Quarter: (JHHS) Malone 11 yard pass to Mozee (Malone to Lewis) 4th Quarter: Brantrel Thompson 32 yard run (XP- no good) 4th Quarter: Justin Calahan 61 yard INT return (XP – no good)
Rushes / Yards
JHHS Individual Offensive stats (Passing) – Malone 10-16-165, 4 TD’s, 2 INT’s (Rushing) – Thompson 10-107 yards, 1 TD; Malone 9-63, 1 TD; Lewis 1-16 (Receiving) – Mozee 5-97, 4TD’s; Lewis 3-60; Leonard 1-5; Calahan 1-3 JHHS Individual Defensive stats (Total Tackles) – Atkins 22, Leonard 7, Smith 7, Lewis 6, Andrews 6, Calahan 4, Mozee 4,Jackson 3, Jones 3 (Solo Stops) – Atkins 17, Leonard 7, Lewis 5, Smith 5, Andrews 5, Calahan 4, Mozee 3,Jackson 3 (Tackle for Loss) – Atkins 1, Leonard 1, Smith 1, Andrews 1, Jones 1, Waters 1 (Sacks) – Atkins 1, Andrews 1 (Interceptions) – Lewis 1, Calahan 1 (Fumbles Recovered) – Atkins 1
Now is the time to nominate the grand marshal, who will be honored in the 2021 Christmas parade. To nominate someone for Grand Marshal of the parade, all nomination forms can be picked up at the front window of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce or download from jacksonparishchamber.org. Only one form per person can be submitted. If an organization, club, or church wishes to nominate someone, they can list their name on the one form for that nominee. No letters of recommendation will be excepted. The president of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Malone, will give the nominations to a secret committee, and they will make the decision on who is Grand Marshal, who is a resident of Jackson Parish. The nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Jackson Parish chamber of commerce Monday, October 25 at 12 noon. Wilda Smith, the director of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce will then then give them to the president. Coffee will be served to honor the 43rd annual Grand Marshal of the Christmas Festival at the Jonesboro Town Hall Community Room at 10 am on November 27th, 2021.
The Quitman Junior High boys and girls continued their winning ways by sweeping Choudrant with ease in games played this past Tuesday. The girls won their ninth of the season against just one loss by a 33-10 margin while the boys remained perfect at 11-0 by virtue of their 38-23 triumph. QJH 38 Choudrant 23 (boys): The Junior Wolverines won every quarter to methodically pull away for the easy victory. Braden S. scored seven of his game high, nine points in the first half to pace Quitman to a 17-12 lead. Jaden tallied five of the seven he finished with in the third quarter to help up the lead to ten before Larsen scored four of his six points in the game and Landon scored all four of his points in the final frame to give Quitman the final 15 point victory. Abel Leach added four with Asher Schultz, Braydon M., Siler and Jack all scoring two each
Quitman Jr. High (boys)
Choudrant Jr. High
QHS scoring: Braden S. 9, Jayden 7, Larson 6, Landon 4, Leach 4, Schultz 2, Brayden M. 2, Siler 2, Jack 2
QJH 33 Choudrant 10 (girls) Quitman outscored Choudrant 17-2 In the second and third quarters to waltz their way to the easy victory. Maggie Guyotte and Anna Leach scored eight and seven respectively to pace the rout. Kinsley and Ava Caskey added five each and Kinleigh chipped in with four. Emma |Walker and Hallie Kate Pullig rounded out the scoring this two each.
After the Weston Junior High girls lost by a 21-12 the boys got redemption by blasting the home standing Cougars 37-16 to come home with a split of their two games. With the victory the boys improved to 6-7 on the season while the girls fell to 4-6. Shane Reed scored seven and Brody Tidwell added five to pace the ten Wolves who scored. Ty Henderson, Drew Browning, Cole Otwell and Dawson Clifton all pitched in with four each followed by two from Trey Trosclair, David Michael Gandy and Jake North with two and Daniel Williams with one. Carly Griffin led the Lady Wolves with seven followed by Carlynn Waters and Livi Otwell with three and two respectively.
JaKayla Fourd and Carly Griffin each scored as many points as Dodson did as a team to help Weston improve to 5-6 on the season this past Thursday evening. Live Otwell added four and both Carolyn Waters and Hayden Harrell chipped in with a second half basket. The Lady Wolves also set a season best defensive mark by not allowing a point in two consecutive quarters.
In the second to last game of the 2021 season the Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School football team beat Lincoln Prep 24-0 at Caldwell-Peacock stadium this past Thursday evening. The victory moved the junior Tigers record to 3-2 with only the Homecoming game against D’Arbonne Woods on October 5th to be played.
Jason Blackburn got the scoring started in the first quarter when he stepped in front of a Lincoln Prep pass and rambled 42 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Blackburn would give the Tiger a 12-0 lead soon after when took a pass from Dakota Knox to the house for his second score of the game. Knox and Dwayne Palmer would round out the scoring with touchdown runs.
A few scenes of the game compliments of Casey Ray.
In an effort to assist Jackson Parish residents in being able to “go to church” when they are not actually able to take in a service at their favorite place of worship the Jackson Parish Journal (JPJ) is pleased to host “Sunday Morning Service.” The hope is soon Churches from all over the parish will partner with the JPJ so that their services shown will be able to be accessed each Sunday. To have your Church participate please contact the JPJ at (318) 480-1206 or by email at: email@example.com
This week’s services from the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro as well as the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church is available for you to view.
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After seeing the devastation to the communities in southern Louisiana due to Hurricane Ida, the Weston Wolves baseball team organized a disaster relief supply drive. They encouraged the student body and community to bring bottled water, personal hygiene items, clothing, canned food items, cleaning supplies, and school supplies. Items that were donated were sorted by students at Weston High School and the Wolves baseball team and will be brought to the West Monroe United Way.
The United Way will get the items to those affected by Hurricane Ida. The Wolves baseball team were not the only students involved with helping out those affected by Hurricane Ida. The Weston High School cheerleaders also packaged individual boxes with personal hygiene items, medical supplies and snacks. The FBLA students also packaged mop buckets with cleaning supplies. This was headed up by Weston High School student Mattie Claire Beaubouef who is also the State FBLA Reporter. These items were brought to the Louisiana Loggers Association for distribution.
Weston High School would like to thank everyone who sent donations to the school.