Jonesboro-Hodge to celebrate Homecoming on Friday

A full day of activities are on hand for Friday, October 22nd, as Jonesboro-Hodge High School celelbrates Homecoming. The day will begin with an assembly in the boys gymnasium beginning at 9:30am where the 2021 Queen and King will be crowned from among Anayah Allen, Javiniti Anderson, Lawinter Bowie, Xabrianna Jackson, & Abrianna Paggett and escorts Javeion Andrews, Antravious ChargoisTyler Bradford, Justin Calahan, Tydre Malone, & Jamarriyea LewisCartavious Waters.

At 1:00 pm the Homecoming Parade will take place followed by the pre-game presentation of the Queen and her Court along with escorts at 6:30pm. Jonesboro-Hodge will then take on D’Arbonne Woods in the district 1-2A opener for both teams beginning at 7:00 pm. At halftime the Anderson and Reeves family will be honored as a “JHHS Football First Family.”

Additional members of the Homecoming Court and their escorts to be introduced are:
Junior Maids: La Kourtnee Adams, Zoie Anderson, Kyla Hayes, Serenity Mallard
Junior Escorts:Tyler Bradford, Edtravious Drayton, Zion Gray, Cartavious Waters.
Sophomore Maids and Escorts: Mikaya Nash, Daraiyna Gray, Mikaya Nash, Daraiyna Gray
Freshman Maids and Escorts: Angel Moss, Ja’Mari Kimble, Ethan Bradford & Za’Narian Palmer

The faculty and staff at Jonesboro-Hodge also welcomes everyone to come “tailgate” with members of your graduating class, along with friends and family who will be set up in reserved spots on the practice field during the day before the game. Admission is required if not already pre-paid. 

 

JHHS SENIOR MAIDS AND ESCORTS

JHHS JUNIOR MAIDS AND ESCORTS
JHHS SOPHOMORE MAIDS AND ESCORTS
JHHS FRESHMAN MAIDS AND ESCORTS

Public Hearing held on planned Senior living development

The Jackson Parish Planning Commission held a Public Hearing last week in regard to a planned Senior living development to be located in Jonesboro. The meeting was held to allow the public to voice opinions on the proposal to change the zoning of Industrial Drive in Jonesboro from business to both business and residential. 

Chairman Alvin Jones opened the session by informing those in attendance and commission members David Hammock, Henry Bradley, Sam Lamkin and Danettia Hayes that the proposed 17 acre development was contingent on the location being approved for the zoning change. 

The development that is to be constructed on the property owned by Randy McLean is to be puchased by Ciera Development Company out of Houma, LA. Housing units for residents aged 60 and above are slated to be two bedroom homes in a gated community.

The legal description of the property is:

193-402: 230-579: 231-397: 231-415: 235-81: 267-384: 316-325: 374-636: 397-860: 159-170: 172: 174: North one-half of SW of NE, Sec-7-14-3-West & Beginning at the NW Corner of SE of NE, Sec-7-14-3-West for a starting point. Then running due South 660 ft., then running due East 75 ft and 6 inches to the row of CRI&P railroad, then running northwesterly along with the said row of said railroad to a point 15 feet due East of the NW Corridor of SE of NE of Sec-7-14-3-West, then running West 15 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing 20 3/4 acres more or less. Also any and all rights which vendor has to the use of a railroad spur track connected to the CRI&P Railroad Company. Less and except 1.5 acres to Charles E & Geraldine W. Pogue in Block 220-216 for 1987. Less and except 2 acres to Catherine S. Broomfield in Block 340-723 for 2004. Less and except 0.473 acre tract to Richard F. Broomfield, Jr and Rachel D. Skains in Block 374-636 for 2006

 


A True Homecoming! Shannon Brown joins Tiger coaching staff

Homecoming always carries a nostalgic feeling as former graduates and alumni return to take part in the yearly celebration. This year the annual event will take on an additional meaning for the Jonesboro-Hodge football team as JHHS graduate and former Tiger head coach, Shannon Brown, has joined the coaching staff.

There are not many who have done more for their alma mater than Brown. As an athlete he was an instrumental part of the “three peat” years on the football field and an outstanding baseball player. After getting his degree from Louisiana Tech he became first an assistant and then the youngest head football coach and athletic director in JHHS history, a position he held for eight years (2000-2005)(2010-11) compiling a 41-38 record and winning two district championships. From there Brown left to become a coach in multiple sports, including head football coach, at Cedar Creek High School before moving into administration. Now he is coming home.

Brown began duties as a Biology teacher and as an assistant on the JHHS coaching staff on Monday. JHHS head football coach Terrance Blankenship, who was a teammate in school and worked under Brown as an assistant was ecstatic over the good fortune.

“It isn’t every day that you are able to add a quality coach to your staff during mid-season,” beamed Blankenship. “Especially someone who has the knowledge and teaching ability that Coach Brown will bring. This is a great day for Jonesboro-Hodge.”

Tigers eager to begin “second season”

Coming off the best pre-district performance since 2005, the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers will take their impressive 6-1 record into the 2021 Homecoming game against D’Arbonne Woods. The Friday night contest that is slated to begin at 7:00pm at Caldwell-Peacock stadium will be the district 1-2A opener for both teams.

The contest culminates a full day of activities beginning with the Homecoming Assembly in the boys gymnasium where the Queen and King will be presented to the student body. At 1:00pm the Homecoming Parade will begin followed by an afternoon of tailgating by alumni. Thirty minutes prior to the game the Queen and her cout along with escorts and family members will be introduced to the crowd followed by the game. While the Tigers are eagerly looking forward to embarking on their 1-2A schedule, head coach Terrance Blankenship is eager to simply get this game behind his team. 

“For a coach there is not a game each year that causes as much worry as Homecoming,” said Blankenship. “There are so many distractions that can cause a player to lose their focus that it is very difficult to keep them on point.” 

This week’s opponent – D’Arbonne Woods: At 4-2 on the year the Farmerville based school is enjoying their best  season start in their seven years of LHSAA competition. After dropping their first two games in close battles, the Timberwolves have won four in a row for the first time ever. The four victories equal the amount of games won in the last three years combined. Leading the renaissance is Tommy Tharp, who is in his first year at D’Arbonne Woods after a ten year career at Mangham. It was there the  32 year, veteran coach won three district championships and finished as state runner-up for three consecutive years.

Unique offensive scheme: The Timberwolves will utilize a unique offensive scheme based on misdirection and deception. At Mangham it became known as the “Dragon Wing” as in it’s base form the offense lines up in a Wing-T formation. What makes Tharp’s version unique is that in most sets the scheme incorporates the shotgun and spread formation. It has proven to be very effective as it keeps defenses guessing as to who will handle the ball as it is not unusual for several different players to take a direct snap. 

Players to watch for: Carlos Alejo is the quarterback of the offense but Gavin Rawls and Regan Walker will also receive snaps. Alden Auger has led the team in touches from both the backfield and as a wideout. Addtional contributors are Hayden Gray and Cameron Jackson. 

Series history: Jonesboro-Hodge is looking for their fifth straight win in the series that began with a 21-20 Tiger victory in 2015, which marked the very first varsity game in D’Arbonne Woods history. Since then the Tigers have had no problem with the Timberwolves, especially the last two years that has seen JHHS win 66-6 in the 2019 Homecoming contest and 36-0 last year. 

JHHS season stats to date: Jonesboro-Hodge has scored 223 points while giving up 126 in the six games of actual competition. That computes to a 37.16 – 21.0 points per game average. Individual statistical leaders are:

Passing: Tydre Malone (76-126-1074, 13 TD’s, 5 INT’s)
Rushing: Brantrel Thompson (65-372, 4 TD’s), Malone (55-165, 5TD’s)
Receiving: Devontae Mozee (17-370, 8 TD’s), Jay Lewis (19-316, 1 TD), Justin Calahan (18-188, 2 TD’s)
Offensive Touchdowns: Devontae Mozee – 8, Tydre Malone – 5, Brantrel Thompson – 4, Justin Calahan – 2
Tackles: Xavier Atkins – 110, Peyton Smith – 55, Javeon Andrews – 45, Cartavious Waters – 32
Solo Stops: Xavier Atkins – 90, Peyton Smith – 38, Javeon Andrews – 36
Sacks: Xavier Atkins – 6, Javeon Andrews – 5
Tackles for loss: Xavier Atkins – 14, Javeon Andrews – 10
Interceptions: Devontae Mozee – 3, Xavier Atkins – 1, Jay Lewis – 1, Justin Calahan -1 
Forced Fumbles: Javeon Andrews – 4, Peyton Smith – 2, Xavier Atkins – 1, Jay Lewis – 1, Ed Drayton – 1
Fumbles Recovered: Xavier Atkins – 2, Javeon Andrews – 2, Devontae Mozee – 1, Ed Drayton – 1
Defensive Touchdowns: Devontae Mozee – 3, Xavier Atkins – 1, Justin Calahan – 1
Kick Return TD’s – Brantrel Thompson – 1 (77 yards)
Punt Return TD’s – Devontae Mozee – 1 (73 yards)
PAT conversions: Chance Leonard – 4

 


Recreation Board makes move to govern spending

Following a lengthy executive session, the Jackson Parish Recreation Board unanimously voted to restrict the amount that purchase orders could be written for without prior board approval to $1000.00. The action was taken by Recreation Board President Brent Barnett, Ricky Cash, Jeff Hairston, Chris Womack and Sullivan Stevens during the regular scheduled monthly meeting held on Monday, October 18 at the Banquet Room of the Jackson Parish Golf Course Clubhouse. Rod Potts and Brandon Lamkin were absent. 

The private session followed Jackson Parish Recreation Department Director Tommy Smith providing updates on the ongoing Cart Shed and Spillway Projects at the Golf Course. Smith indicated that the dirt pad was now ready for construction to proceed on the new Golf Cart Shed to be built and that work to repair the spillway was set to begin next week. Updates on the flag football and soccer games that are being played each Tuesday and Thursday as well as usage of the Archery Range and biking trails. Discussion also took place about the possibility that soon skeet shooting may be able to be offered and the desire to see bikiig and/or motocross clubs be formed. The meeting began with the Board agreeing to accept the amended 2021 budget and the proposed 2022 budget. 


Heritage Quilt Guild selected as “Artisit of the Month” at Jackson Parish Library


The Heritage Quilt Guild has been selected as Artist of the Month for October at the Jackson Parish Library. Three examples of their beautifully crafted work is currently on display at the Jonesboro Branch, located at 614 South Polk Avenue, including the 2021 donation quilt “Golden Beauty”.

Tickets for the opportunity to win this quilt are available at $1.00 or six tickets for $5.00. Funds received are used for supplies to make “Comfort Quilts” for families who have lost their home to fire and donation stocks for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

On November 4-5 the Heritage Quilt Guild will present the “Airing of the Quilts” at their Annual Quilt Show. “The session will go from 9:00am – 4:00pm where members of the Guild will demonstrate basic quilting basics such as:
Four and Nine Patch
Scrapp String Lattice
Playing with Dresden’s

Additional quilts and pattern work:

Activities at Chatham Branch (October 20 – 21)

Wednesday, October 20th:
9:00am – Check out Fitness 
Thursday, October 21st:
2:30pm –  Adult Wine Bottle Art
4:30 pm – Play/Grow/Read Session “Every Mummy has a Mommy” 

Wednesday, October 20th:
8:00am – 12:00pm: Weston High School
1:15pm – 1:45pm: Pearrie Park
1:55pm – 2:15pm: Caney Creek

Thursday, October 21st:
8:00am – 10:30am: J-H Middle School

Governor Edwards reappoints Regina Rowe to Sparta Groundwater Commission

BATON ROUGE — On October 15th, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Included was the re-appointment of Jackson Parish Police Jury member Regina Rowe to the regina roweSparta Groundwater Conservation District.

The guiding purpose and primary objective of the Sparta Ground Water Conservation District Commission is to conserve, protect, restore, and maintain the Sparta Formation Aquifer as a continuing source of high quality, potable water for current and future consumers by promoting conservation measures and the development of alternate sources of fresh water, pursuant to the authority and responsibility granted by the State of Louisiana.


Forest Haven Nursing Home expecting big turnout for “Forest Fest” on Oct. 25th

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The Forest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, located at 171 Thrasher Drive in Jonesboro, will be hosting the inaugural “Forest Fest” on October 25th.The public is invited to come help residents celebrate Halloween through receiving “treats” from visitors and participants on hand for the event. Twenty four spots are available to claim where you can distribute items from your vehicle, tent or a termporary structure that can contain Hallowen theme related props and while in costume if you desire. Suggested “treats” for the residents include: coloring books, word searches, stationary, lotions and edible individually wrapped goodies. Participants will have the chance to win a $100.00 gift card and a prize for the best decorated pumkin. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided for all. For more information please contact the Activity Department at Forest Haven at (318) 259-2729.


McDonald Memorial Baptist Church hosts “Backin’ the Badge” Breakfast

The 6th annual “Backin’ the Badge” breakfast was held Monday, October 11th in the McDonald Memorial Baptist Church Family Life Center. A team of church members along with their sponsor Jonesboro State Bank, served breakfast for all area First Responders. These men and women represented the Jackson Parish Sheriff”s Office, Firefighters, EMT’s, Police Departments and Wildlife and Fisheries Department. 

“This has always been a time to show our appreciation to these who serve our communities and give thanks for all they do to ensure our freedoms,” quoted Regina Rowe. “A great breakfast and fellowship was enjoyed by those who attended.”

Pictures from “Backin’ the Badge” breakfast:

 


J-HMS boys and girls basketball travel to D’Arbonne Woods


The boys and girls teams from the Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School traveled to Farmerville to take on D’Arbonne Woods Jr. High this past week with the boys dropping both games and the girls splitting a pair. In the only game that the locals came home victorious, ShaCoria Mallard scored six of her game high nine points in the fourth quarter to lift the 6th/7th grade girls to a 17-16 victory. Lakayla McGuire added six and Sanaa Tatum scored two. In the7th/8th grade girls game JHMS fell 25-16 with Mallard and McGuire once again being high scorers with 6 points and 5 points respectively. Jaidon Venzant added three and Ja’Raven Washington chipped in with two.

In boys action the 6th/7th grade team fell 48-20 while the 7th/8th grade squad lost by a 30-26 margin. Dylan Hayes led the way with 8 points followed by six from Tyson Burks. in the first game. Micah McGee scored 4 and Jeramiah Jefferson added two. Jason Blackburn led the 7th/8yh grade squad with 8 points followed by Dakota Knox with three. Kyron Atkins, Dwayne Palmer and Raiden Searcy added two each.

Museum Board announces renewed membership drive

Jackson Parish Museum Board and Fine Arts Associatioin president Barbara Johnson introduced a letter that she has sent out to former members asking them to once again renew their membership. The letter was also presented to board members James Fitzpatrick, Mark Culpepper, Wilda Smith, Ben Ledbetter, Marry Hoover and Melinda Garrett at the regular monthly session held on Monday, October 18th at the Museum and Fine Arts building located at 515 South Cooper in Jonesboro.

The Museum and Fine Arts Association operates mainly through funds that are donated by businesses and individuals. There are several different ways you can show your support of the Museum, which houses many historical relics from former businesses and organizations as well as many interesting personal items from some of Jackson Parish’s most iconic residents.

To become a member of the Museum and Fine Arts Association mail your check or money order to:
Jackson Parish Museum
515 South Cooper Ave.
Jonesboro, LA 71251

Membership opportunities:

Benefactor$500.00
Patron$250.00 – $499.00
Guardian$100.00 – $249.00
Business $75.00
Non-Profit Org.$40.00
Family$40.00
Individual $25.00
Sr. Citizen / Student$15.00

In additional action taken by the board Wilda Smith stated that the prized portrait of Alverne Davis (wife of former Louisiana Governer JImmie Davis should be received from the Secretary of State’s Office in Baton Rough in the next several weeks where it will be prominently displayed in the Jimmie Davis room at the Museum. President Johnson also informed the board that information on how to make reservations for tours of the Museum is now avialable on the Facebook page and that local schools are being reached out to. The meeting was adjourned after the next meeting date of November 15th was set. 

Anderson and Reeves family to be honored at Homecoming

What is believed to be the largest collection of professional football players from Jonesboro-Hodge ever assembled at one time will be on hand at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium this Friday night when two of the most prestigious families of JHHS football heritage will be honored.

Over four decades of Tiger lore will be represented when the Reeves and Anderson’s will be honored as a  “JHHS Football First Family” during the Homecoming contest against D’Arbonne Woods scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. Receiving plaques and the “100 year history of JHHS football” book  will be the Reeves family consisting of brothers Alden and Ted, who will also accept the award for their father Ira, and the Anderson clan of Anthony, Stevie, Scotty, Byron and Thyron along with Carlos Hicks.

The resume of the combined group is beyond comparison. Each were decorated players during their years at JHHS, with most still represented in the JHHS all-time record book and in college.  Four of the Anderson’s (Anthony, Stevie, Scotty, Thyron) and Carlos Hicks all played professional football as did Alden Reeves, who was one of the first JHHS graduates to play in the NFL.  After their playing days both Alden and Ted Reeves, along with Byron and Anthony Anderson and Carlos Hicks became high school and/or college coaches.

Summary of each “JHHS Football First Family”

Ira Reeves – Although he never played at JHHS, the father of Alden and Ted was instrumental in assisting with the growth of the program. Reeves was an educator of 35 years before retiring as the Secondary Supervisor for Jackson Parish Schools and served as a  public servant for the Town of Jonesboro in the capacity of City Councilman and then Mayor for over a twenty year perod. He also was instrumental in the construction of Caldwell-Peacock stadium in 1960 and one of the main orchestator’s of the Paper Bowl, that was hosted at Jonesboro-Hodge from the years of 1959-64. Reeves also served as an early committee member of the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame.

Alden Reeves – A member of the what is considered the best backfield ever assembled at JHHS, Reeves earned All-District honors in 1962 and 1963 including being named Honorable Mention All State in 1963. The four-sport star also earned All-District honors including being named District MVP in basketball in 1963 as well as winning the state championship in the Pole Vault and second in the triple jump. Reeves still holds the all time record at JHHS in the Pole Vault. After a stellar four year career at Louisiana Tech where he lettered each year, Reeves was drafted by the Washington Redskins. From there the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee coached high school football for 45 years, including 27 years at Captain Shreve in Shreveport where he won a state title. 

Ted Reeves – The versatile all-around athlete was a four sport letterman at JHHS, including being named All-District in football, baseball and track. After graduating in 1975, Reeves played baseball at Northwestern State University, where he led the team in batting in 1978. For seven of his nine seasons as an assistant coach on the JHHS staff, Reeves was the defensive coordinator that included 7 district championships, a Class AA semi-final appearance in 1986 and the “Three Peat” state championship years of 1987-89. In 1986-87 he led the Tigers defense to what is still a school record of 15 shutouts over the two year span. Reeves was also the head baseball coach at JHHS from 1982-90 where his teams won 7 district championships and was named Coach of the Year six times. 

Anthony Anderson – The first of what is hands down the most decorated family in JHHS history, Anthony led JHHS to a state runner-up finish in 1980-81 and left the school as the all-time single season and career passing leader in completions, attempts (still holds the record) and touchdowns. After signing with Grambling State, Anderson was moved to the defensive backfield where he starred from 1983-86 and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. The successful businessman is also currently a volunteer assistant on the JHHS coaching staff where he has been instrumental in assisting the Tigers to their best season to date since 1993.

Stevie Anderson – Perhaps best remembered for “THE CATCH” which propelled JHHS to the first of three straight state championships, Stevie still holds all time JHHS records for most single season and career touchdown catches. The first team All-District and All-State selection in 1987 also left school as the single season and all time record holder in catches and yards gained as well as still being the school record holder with 3 interceptions in a playoff game. The All-Conference performer at Grambling State University , where he averaged over 28 yards per reception his junior and senior seasons was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993 before becoming a member of the New York Jets where he played for three years. He finished his pro career in 1997 after spending three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The succesfull entrepreneur and motivational speaker is still competitive today having qualified for the 2022 Senior PGA Tour.

Scotty Anderson – Baby brother by no means takes a backseat when it comes to laurels earned. The 1996-97 All-District performer still holds school records for all-time single season and career catches and career receiving yards and is highly ranked in single game, season and career records.  After a stellar career at Grambling State University, Scottie became the third Anderson brother to play in the NFL when  he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2001, where he played until 2003. A couple of years in the Arena Football Legue was followed by a stint in the Canadian Football League where he played for the Calgary Stampeders and Winnepeg Blue Bombers. 

Byron Anderson – School record entries started for Byron the first game he ever played when he combined and Hiawatha Walton combined for a school record 275 yards passing in the last game of the 1996-97 season. By the end of the 97-98 campaign, “Big Play” Byron owned the school record for touchdowns in a single game and season and had the second most yards passed for in a single game. The All-District MVP is also listed among school leaders in single season passing yardage. Following his career at J-H, he along with twin Thryron, signed with Jackson State and then transferred to Grambling where he played for four years. Following his playing days Byron became the head football coach at Ringgold before moving to Ruston High as an assistant and completing his coaching career as an assitant in college at Missouri-Southern and the University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff 

Thyron Anderson – On the receiving end of most of Byron’s aerials was brother Thyron who parlayed a tremendous three year high school career into becoming one of five Anderson’s to star at Grambling State University over a 15 year period. His 185 yard receiving performance in 1997 is still the standard for yards single game receiving in JHHS history. He is also listed in the school record books in career receiving catches and both single season and career yardage and touchdowns as well as TD’s caught in one game. During his five year career in the Candian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger Cats, Thyron compiled nearly 2500 receiving yards including his 2004 season where he caught 76 passes for 1147 yards. In 2005 he signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints. 

Carlos Hicks – “Cousin” Carlos rounds out the First Family of Anderson’s by making a name for himself on the defensive side of the ball. It didn’t start out that way as Hicks was named first team All-District as a running back in his first three years of varsity competion before becoming the District MVP on defense his senior year. From there Hicks went on to star in the defensive backfield at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) where he earned All-Conference honors. A short stint in the Arena League was followed by Hicks coming back to JHHS where he has been an assistant coach and defensive coordinator since 2012. 


Destinee Mills named to NSU Homecoming Honor Court

Jonesboro-Hodge graduate, Destinee Mills has been named to the Northwestern State University 2021 Homecoming Honor Court. The daughter of Rawlie and Tachau Mills is in her junior year and is a criminal justice major. Mills is also a member of the Iota Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Trio Student Support Services and Alpha Lambda Delta. As part of the 24-member honor court, Mills will participate in activities during Homecoming Week at Northwestern State and will be presented at halftime of the Homecoming game against Southeastern Louisiana on Oct. 23.

The court also includes Ar’Nijah Bradley of Grand Cane, DeShod Dixon of Alexandria, Eben “Garrett” Cook of Lindale, Texas, Grace Gosserand of New Roads, Jamarcia Broadway of Shreveport, Jessica Mullican of DeRidder, Jonatan Jimenez and Kyle Scott of Bossier City, Jude Garrett of Youngsville, Katelyn “Katie” Kennedy of Baton Rouge, Kaylynn Semien and Matthew Courville of Opelousas, Logan Graves of Verda, Mekayla Jenkins of Jennings, Natalee Cook of Vivian, Raegan Washington and William Roberson of Natchitoches, Sarah Sargent of Lake Charles, Sheridan Duet of Thibodaux, Treyvin Aucoin of Rayne and Landon Stephens of Spring Hill, Tennessee.


Best Bass Catching Baits For The Fall

For me, the fall is my favorite time of the year to bass fish. Those hot summer days are behind us and cooler days and nights take over. This in turn cools the water surface temperature down which helps to trigger a good feeding frenzy. Today, we’ll take a look at few of the best fall baits you need to have tied on the next time you go fishing.

First, let’s tie on an oldie but goodie, a spinnerbait! Now with this bait, you want to keep it simple. Keep in mind that bass are feeding on shad or baitfish trying to fatten up for the winter months. So, the color you choose, should be white or if the water has a little stain, use chartreuse and white combination. I have found more success by using a smaller spinnerbait like a ¼ oz. with two small 1 ½ or #2 willow leaf blades. I like double silver blades if the water is clear and a silver/gold combination if the water is stained. Again, you’re trying to imitate small shad, so smaller blades tend to look more realistic. My favorite ¼ oz. spinnerbait is called a “Humdinger” which has small blades and comes in several blade combinations, but again I like the double willow bait the best. One thing that I feel really sets the “Humdinger” apart from other spinnerbait brands, is the living rubber skirt, which has more action coming through the water than your traditional silicone skirt.

Next, a crankbait can be a great choice when targeting bass that are chasing and feeding on shad or baitfish. Again, you’re trying to match the hatch so again, keep it simple. I like a bait called a “Bandit” which comes in three different series: 100, 200 or 300. The 100 series is shallow running crankbait that runs 2 to 4 feet deep depending on what size line you’re throwing. The 200 series for me is my personal choice and runs 6 to 8 feet again depending on the size line you’re using. And the third series, is a 300 which runs 8 to 10 feet deep. When it comes to color, choose either a pearl-colored bait with a black back, a chrome with either a blue or black back and my personal choice is what Bandit calls the “splatter back” which is a white crankbait with black paint splattered across the back of the bait and has a yellow belly but sometimes I’ll alter this yellow belly with hot red fingernail polish.

One more option is a topwater bait like a chugger, prop bait or a walking style bait like a “Zara Spook”, “Chug bug”, or my personal choice, a “Yellow Magic” (Pop R type of bait). Nothing gets the blood flowing more than a bass exploding on a topwater bait! Everyday can be different; you have to let the fish tell you what they want each day. Some days they want a bait that walks from side to side, and on other days, they may want a slow retrieving prop bait like a small or medium size Whopper Plopper. Also, always, always, always make sure you a have “ SPRO” topwater frog tied on no matter what. When the bass are eating the frog, it can get very exciting really quick.

This fall when you head to the lake, I hope this will help make your decision making easier. The fall can be an awesome time to be on the lake, as bass migrate up the creeks and gorge themselves on shad. It’s also a great time for another reason, a lot of anglers are hunters and are in the woods chasing Mr. Buck; leaving the lakes less crowded. So, take the time over the next two months and lock in on some of the best bass fishing action of the year. Make sure to check out the Tackle Talk Live show every Monday at 11:00 AM on our You Tube channel or on our Facebook page. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf


Ward 3 Fire Protection District makes plans for upcoming holidays and events

The Ward 3 Fired Protection District discussed plans for Halloween and the Christmas Parade at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting held on October 4th at the Chatham Fire Station training room.

In attendance was, Ward 3 Fire Chief Danny Peel, Freddy Tolar, Wayne Whitman, Margaret Waggoner and Chatham Mayor Greg Harris. Visitors Laverne Mixon and Eddie Waggoner were also present. Absent was James Mixon.

Board members also agreed to proceed with the training center’s next process and heard an update on the status of the storage building. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, December 6th.