Tigers travel to North Webster for “acid test”

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.”

Tough in the trenches! (back row) Sullivan Stevens, Aiden Price, Terry Williams, Quirese Howard, Austin Knotts, Josh Tatum, Catavious Waters (front row) Ku’Wan Atkins, Calen Jones, Braylon Edwards, Gregory Escobar, Logan Edwards

JHHS Individual statistical leaders after four games:


(Passing) Tydre Malone: 39-65-566 yds, 6 TD’s, 1 INT
(Rushing) Brantrel Thompson: 30-241 yds, 3 TD’s; Tydre Malone: 23-79, 3 TD’s; Ed Drayton 11-53, 1 TD
(Receiving) Devontae Mozee: 9-217yds, 6 TD’s; Jay Lewis: 9-187; Justin Calahan: 9-87, Chase Leonard 8-76


(Total tackles) Xavier Atkins 56; Peyton Smith 25; Javion Andrews 18; Jay Lewis 15, Devontae Mozee 12
(Sacks) Xavier Atkins 3, Javion Andrews 1
(Interceptions) Devontae Mozee 2 (2 TD’s), Justin Calahan 1 (1 TD), Jay Lewis 1, 
(Forced Fumbles) Javion Andrews 2, Xavier Atkins 1, Peyton Smith 1, Jay Lewis 1
(Fumble Recovery) Xavier Atkins 2, Javion Andrews 2, Ed Drayton 1

How to get to game: (estimated driving time) 1 hour 39 minutes

According to Google Maps :

Take Hwy 147 to Arcadia
Take I-20 West to Dixie Inn
Take Hwy 371 North (exit 44) to Springhill 
Take South Arkansas Street – Address of school: 101 South Arkansas Street, Springhill, LA

Eros woman arrested after shooting a man through a bathroom door

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.

Joiner claims $50,000 Super Bee 100 first prize

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


Deadline is Friday for JPRD Flag Football and Soccer Leagues Registration

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.

JSB / Pledge10.com announces “Shred Day” coming soon

Did you know that any document that has personal information on it – such as names, addresses and account numbers – can be used to comprimise your identity? That is why it is important to SHRED your documents rather than just put these into the garbage or recycling bin. This is a great way to securely protect your privacy and help protect you from being defrauded.

JSB / pledge10.com is committed to helping you protect your information and encourages you to begin to gather all important documentation that you would want safely destroyed in preparation of the FREE community shred event on Saturday, October 30th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. 


Teen and Adult Crafts available for pickup October 1st at Jonesboro Branch

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.


Wednesday, September 29th
Cornerstone (9:00am – 10:00am)
Gracepoint (10:15am – 11:30am)

Thursday, September 30th
J-H Elementary School (8:00am – 2:00pm) 

On Friday, October 1st the following takes place at the Jonesboro Branch:

JPH Laboratory and Respiratory Department earns COLA accredidation

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!”

front row: L to R: Davetta Caldwell, phlebotomist; Alash Paggett, phlebotomist; Teresa Jones, Respiratory Department Manager; Millie Burnum, Laboratory Department Manager; Vicki Pyles, Medical Technologist; Kim Guin, phlebotomist; Back Row; L to R: James “Bud” Simmons, Medical Technologist; Michael Shows, Respiratory Therapist; Connie Shackelford, Medical Technologist; Biketria Leonard, Registration Clerk; Christi Breedwell, Respiratory Therapist

Big second half lifts Weston Junior High boys past Cedar Creek

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. 

Weston Jr. High girls662216
Cedar Creek1166427
WJH scoring: Fourd 6, Griffin 4, Waters 4, Otwell 2
Weston Jr. High boys107141647
Cedar Creek768425
WJH scoring: Otwell 9, Williams 9, Trosclair 7, Blundell 5, Roberts 4, Reed 4, Tidwell 3, Henderson 2, Oliver 2, Browniing 2

The General Plot

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.

Free ACT Prep sessions offered to high school seniors on Saturday at La Tech University

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


Weston Pre-K and Kindergarten enjoy “Grandparents Day”

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. 

Garrett turns in fastest 3-mile time in state to win Wallace Martin Invitational

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.


Death Notices

Marjorie Louise Kelly
July 01, 1933 – September 24, 2021

kellyM. 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

taylorKevin 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

jacksonDavid 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

bradshawBobby 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

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.