Jonesboro Man Dies in House Fire

State Fire Marshall (SFM) Report –  Around 1:30am on Tuesday, October 26th, the Jonesboro Fire Department responded to a call at a home located inthe 1200 block of Cox Street. First Responders arrived to find the body of a man, who later was identified as John Newman III, in the living room of the home. 

Following an assessment of the scene, deputies determined the fire began in the utility room area around the home”s breaker box. While an exact cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time, an electrical malfunction within the home’s aged wiring system is suspected.

Deputies have been unable to determine if the victim had been experiencing any electrical issues that may have alerted him to any impending fire danger. However, generally, there are several signs including blown fuses, and flickering lights that can usually provide residents with warnings about electrical trouble. If these occur it is recommended to disconnect power from the troubled area of the home, contact a licensed electrician to evaluate the situation and make any neeed repairs.

It is also recommended , especially in older homes, that an electrical safety certificate inspection be conducted on a home’s system every ten years. In addition it is recommneded to have a smoke alarm and/or sprinkler system installed to provide an alert in the event of a fire and help to safely escape, limiting the threat to life and property. 

The SFM’s Operation Save-A-Life partners with local fire departments to install smoke alarms for free for families that need them. To learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, or to register for a smoke alarm installation, click here: lasfm.org.


Tigers triumph over Titans 26-22

What a difference a week makes. Friday before last, the Jonesboro-Hodge football team was reeling from a disheartening Homecoming defeat that also dropped the Tigers to the cellar in district 1-2A play. Today the Tigers are sky-high after traveling to hight touted North Caddo in Vivian and coming away with a stirring 26-22 victory that has once again put visions of a district championship within reach. 

With the victory the Tigers improved to 7-2 on the year, by far the best year in head coach Terrance Blankenship’s nine year tenure while competining in Class 2A. Better yet J-H improved to 1-1 in district play, the same record that North Caddo has, who still has a very important district game to play when they end the year at D’Arbonne Woods, who is a surprising 2-0 in league play. A victory by North Caddo and a win by Jonesboro-Hodge over Lakeside gives JHHS, North Caddo and DWC 3-1 records with final standings being decided by the tie breaking formula set forth by the LHSAA.

The victory was also very important in Power Point rankings as JHHS leaped three spots from #8 to #5 taking the spot that North Caddo,  who is now 7th in the state had owned. In head coach Terrance Blankenship’s eye the triumph over the Titans was also one of the sweetest he has ever been associated with as a head coach.

“It has been a wild year for sure, especially now as we have gone from the worst loss I can remember to by far best win all in seven days,” laughed Blankenship after the game. “We played like we are capable this week and we had to as North Caddo is a very good team with a lot of talent.”

According to script: Blankenship warned his players before hand that North Caddo was unlike any team they had played all year and easily had more speed than anyone they had faced. Just two plays into the game theTitans gave JHHS a little proof of what he was talking about when 1000 yard gainer, K.J. Black, burst around the left side of the line and race untouched 55 yards to give the Titans a 6-0 lead with just 47 seconds off the clock. 

Tigers respond: It wasn’t quite as fast but after just five plays and 2:24 later the Tigers answered when Tydre Malone, who was under constant pressure from the stout North Caddo defensive line, scrambled to his right and lofted a perfect pass 47 yards down field that Devontae Mozee caught in stride before dragging two defenders the remaining five yars into the end zone.Chance Leonard’s XP attempt was blocked leaving the game tied. 

Miller Time: North Caddo wide receiver Omarrion Miller is rated as one of the top junior receivers in the nation. The LSU commit showed he is the “Real Deal” when on back to back plays to open the second quarter he reeled in passes of 33 and 34 yards, both times with Tigers hanging all over him. His second catch gave North Caddo a 14-6 lead.

Play of the game: North Caddo had beaten JHHS the last four time they played and looked primed to make it five straight as they moved to the Tiger two yard line with just 30 seconds left in the half. A Titan TD would be devastating to the Tigers morale but Mozee proved he is a “Prime Time Players” as well. The versatile senior stepped in front of a pass at the Tiger one yard line and outraced the entire Titan team 99 yards to paydirt to bring JHHS to within two instead of being down by two touchdowns. Tydre Malone sprinted around the right end to easily convert the two point conversion sending JHHS and North Caddo into the half tied.

“That play not only made the difference in that game but probably our season,” reflected Blankenship. “If they had scored just before the half to go up two scores, that would have made it very difficult for us. Instead we score to tie and get the ball first in the second riding that wave.”

Capatlizing on field position: JHHS started their first drive of the second half on the Titans  41 yard line. The Tigers moved the ball but got stalled on the North Caddo 17. A quick three-and-out by the defense set the Tigers up at the Titan 41 yard line again. This time it took only one play as Tydre Malone split the Titan rush and blasted upfield for the score to go up 20-14. It marked the first time in seven quarters of play that JHHS had led in a agme. 

Once again the Tiger D rose to the occassion and force a punt after only three plays. Actually it turned out to be a “throw” as the punter mishandled a bouncing snap and just picked it up and heaved it down field. The result was JH took over at the North Caddo 38 yard line. Five plays later, the M&M combinaiton struck again with Malone finding Mozee in the corner of the endzone for a 14 yard completion. Again JH failed to convert the point after but the Tigers now had a 26-14 lead.

Remember the Titans: JHHS was sky high but Omarrion Miller quickly brought them back to earth by taking the kickoff all the way to the J-H 12 yard line. The Tiger defense dug in and forced a 4th and 12 but with three players hanging all over him Miller wrestled in a TD pass. Another pass to K.J. Black for two points closed the margin to 26-22. 

Inch is worth a mile: Clinging to the four point lead and desperately not wanting to give North Caddo another chance JHHS was looking at fourth and an inch at their own 39 yard line with 1:32 left in the game. Make it game over. Don’t and North Caddo has only a short field to traverse. What to do? Go for it and make it – Game Over! Don’t make it and North Caddo has a short field to traverse. Punt? Miller was back there. 

Blankenship decided to go for it. Or at least it looked like J-H would. Instead with just one second left on the play clock, Malone went under center and gave a “hardcount” that worked to perfection as North Caddo jumped offsides giving J-H the first down and the victory. What would have happened if they hadn’t bitten onthe fake?

“Glad we didn’t have to find out,” grinned Blankenship. 

Just win baby! For the third straight game the Tigers got out gained by a wide margin and had less first downs. Still J-H has won two of the three and came within a penalty on a two point conversion from having a chance to win all three. How is that possible? 

“Naturally I would like to see us do better statistically,” said Blankenship. “Still I would rather let the other coach win the stats sheet as long as my guys win on the score board.”

Jonesboro-Hodge (7-2, 1-1)6812026
North Caddo (6-2, 1-1)680822

Scoring Summary:

1st quarter: NCHS – Black 55 yd run (2 pt NG)
1st quarter: JHHS – Mozee 52 yd pass from Malone (XP NG)
2nd quarter: NCHS – Miller 34 yd pass from Thomas (Thomas 2-pt run)
2nd quarter: JHHS – Mozee 99 yard INT return (Malone 2-pt run)
3rd quarter: JHHS – Malone 41 yd run (XP NG)
3rd quarter: JHHS – Mozee 15 yd pass from Malone (XP NG)
4th quarter: NCHS – Miller 8 yd pass from Hodge (Hodge to Jackson pass)

YARDSTICKJHHSNCHS
1st Downs1012
Rushes/Yards31 / 9234 / 229
A-C-Yards6-16-1478-18-95
Total Yards239324
Penalties 6-418-52
Tuirnovers 01
3rd down conv.4-152-12
4th down conv.2-43-11

JHHS Offensive Game stats:

Passing: Malone 6-16-147, 2 Td’s, 
Rushing: Malone 17-75, 1 TD; Thompson 10-20
Receiving: Calahan 2-73; Mozee 2-67, 2TD’s; Thompson 2-7

JHHS Defensive Game stats:

Total Tackles: Atkins 17, Waters 8, Andrews 7, Chance Leonard 6, Smith 5, Mozee 5
Solo Stops: Atkins 14, Caters 5, Andrews 4, Chance Leonard 4
Tackles for loss: Atkins 2, Chance Leonard 2, Andrews 1
INT’s: Mozee 2 (1TD), Gray 1


Prep Basketball season tips off for local schools

The LHSAA boys and girls basketball season begins this week with Weston High School doing the honors of tipping off the year on Monday, November 1st when they travel to Summerfield. Quitman High will play the first home game of the year for area schools on Tuesday as they welcome Epps.Game time is slated for 6:00pm for the first of both contests which will be a girls/boys doubleheader. 

Quitman boys throttle Weston 33-10 in season opening Jamboree

L.D. Manning and John Pabaya scored 24 of Quitman’s 31 points and the Wolverines held Weston to just 2 field goals in 16 attempts to take the season opening Jamboree played at Quitman High. As in normal Jamboree rules the game was played in two halves which was the equivalent of two quarters. The Wolverines opened up a 17-7 first half lead before dominating the second half by a 16-3 margin. Ty Simonelli scored four, Shane Rowe 2 and Logan Ponder 1 to round out the Quitman scoring. Eli McBride, Seth Peterson and Ryan Feirn tallied for Weston. 

Girls play to entertaining 29-29 tie

Quitman made four free throws down the stretch to tie up Weston in a very entertaining affair that found both teams take leads and then battle to come from behind. Neither team shot the ball very well from the field but it wasn’t from lack of effort as the two neighboring parish schools combined to take 81 shots in the two quarters of play. That included 15 each from behind the arc. 

Quitman’s Bethany Leach led all scorers with 11 followed by 9 from teammate Cali Deal. Mary Catherine Hay and Briley Peterson topped Weston with 8 apiece followed closely by Emma Kate McBride with seven. Brayli Stewart added six for Quitman. 


School Board to consider stipend for employees, tutors and staff


Stipends for employees, tutors and staff members will be considered by the Jackson Parish School Board (JPSB) at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting that will be held on Monday, November 1st, at 11:00am in the meeting room of the JPSB central office, located at 315 Pershing Hwy in Jonesboro.

The session with open with JaKeshia Robinson Lard addressing the board after the minutes from the October meeting gets brought up for approval. Addtional items to be discussed are payment to La. Delta Community College for Fall 2021 Dual Enrollment tuition, the purchase of 30 Dell All-In-One desktop computers and two (2) Pluxoptix S12C mobile vision screeners.

Also up for discussion is payment of $24,700.00 to LocoRobo Innovations Inc. for registration fees and purchase of drone equipment needed for students in Grades 8-12 at all schools and to provide K3 Literacy Training to a total of 50 educators at Jonesboro Hodge ElementarySchool, Quitman High School and Weston High School.

The stipends slated for discussion carry parameters for each as shown.
Employees – Pay a monthly attendance stipend to employees that have perfect attendance each month (0 days missed). The payment amounts would be as follows: Certified staff and staff required to have a degree (IT
Department, Nurses and Business Office Staff) $500.00 and for support staff $300.00, effective October 1, 2021.
Tutors – For students in grades K-8 at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary School, Jonesboro Hodge Middle School, Quitman High School and Weston High School. Employees are to be paid a rate of $30.00 per hour for certified staff and $15.00 per hour for support staff.
Staff – Pay a one-time compensation stipend in the amount of $2,000.00 for certified staff and staff required to have a degree (IT Department, Nurses and Business Office Staff) and $1,000.00 for non-certified staff.

Beauty and the Beast theme of Jackson Parish Library “Spooktacular”

The Jonesboro Branch of the Jackson Parish Library closed Friday afternoon in celebration of the 5th annual Halloween Spooktacular. If you didn’t attend you missed a real treat. No, this is not in reference to the free candy that was given out by the JPL staff but the jaw dropping backdrops and special effects brought forth through lighting and design that literally took your breath away as you walked through the exhibit that went from one end of the Library to the other. 

As you went from room to room you literally forgot you were in the Library but instead felt like you had been transported to the set of the iconic Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast.” Surely the Library had hired a professional design group to set this up right? Wrong! Every item and detail was designed, put together and built by members of the incredibly talented local staff.

“We started working on this in September,” said Herman Bonnett, who was one of the three main set designers along with JoAnna Gibson and Judy Robertson. “It was a lot of work but to see how it came out made it all worth it.”

See below for a sampling of the sets that were created.


Founder of Salem Baptist Church one of Jackson Parish’s earliest settlers (part two)

Jackson Parish was founded in 1845. In 1850, Wade Pool who is shown above and the founder of Salem Baptist Church, moved to a location in the eastern part of Jackson Parish on a crossroad of the “Old Natchitoches Road” which ran from Monroe to Natchitoches. Geographically, where he settled is just west of Eros, north of Chatham and east of Vernon about 15 miles southeast of Ruston and 25 miles southwest of Monroe.

Wade Pool was born in 1825 to Mary (Wright) Pool and Stephen Caldwell Pool. Exactly where he was born is debatable but it is known that it was either in East Feliciana Parish in Louisiana or Amite County, Mississippi which share a common border. The reason for the debate is due to the way records are listed which lead credence to both locations being possible birth places.

By 1836 Wade’s family had resettled in Catahoula Parish. Around 1845, when Wade was at the age of 20 he is thought to have traveled to Texas with his favorite uncle Baxter Pool. Five years later, Wade moved to Jackson Parish where it is said that he bought a full section of land but since the Courthouse burned records of this transaction was lost.

A blacksmith by trade, Pool set up his shop in front of his house. In August of 1850 a group of farmers met there with the intent of organizing a church, which they decided to call Salem Baptist Church.
It is not known exactly where the name Salem came from but according to an article written by Vera Canady in 1960 it is believed to have been in honor of a preacher who was banished from a colony named Salem for preaching religious freedom.

For several years thereafter Wade’s blacksmith shop was where the church held services, with Wade serving as the Church Clerk, as there was not a church or school located anywhere near there. Eros did not have its beginning until some 48 years later, in 1898.

Now at the age of 30 and still a bachelor, it was in 1855 that Wade would begin to notice his future wife Elizabeth Temperance Pierson (shown below) who was 16 years younger than him and lived about three miles away. As fate would have it the Civil War broke out and Wade joined the Confederate States Army. When Wade returned in 1865, after being a prisoner of war and “paroled” to Monroe, LA, the pair was married.

In 1874, the Pierson family donated two acres of land to the Salem Church where a log house was built (shown below) . Not only were church services held on the site but Mrs. Mary Collins, wife of Sam Collins also taught school there. A spring, that was located behind the structure and still known today as the old “Church Spring” furnished water to the church and was where baptisms were held.

Around 1886, just a few hundred yards from where Wade Pool had his blacksmith shop, a new church was built with a small room in the back for a classroom where the present day structure is still located. In 1893 another structure was built following a fire to the original building, which was used until 1949 (shown below)when the present building was first built just four years after Richard Pool was born.

Knowing the history of the church and the Pool family makes it easy to see why restoring Salem Baptist Church is so important to Richard Pool. It also makes it easy to see how his tremendous act of benevolence is intertwined into his dedication to God, Country and Family.


Sealed bids for Hodge baseball field being recieved until Monday, November 1st

The Village of Hodge is accepting sealed bids until Monday, November 1st for the purchase of the old Hodge baseball field, located just north of the Hodge Baptist Church. Bids will be opened and taken into consideration at the November 2nd town council meeting that is slated to begin at 5:00pmat the Town Hall. The sale of the field was approved at a special Town Council meeting that was held on October 12th after it was determined the location didn’t serve a purpose for the Village anymore.

Many years ago the field was one of the more focal points of sporting activities in Jackson Parish dating back to the 1940’s. Amateur, high school and semi-pro baseball and softball teams routinely used the facility for over 50 years that was complete with a large parking area, spacious stands behind home plate, concession area, hurricane fencing and lights on the field on top of 60 foot poles.

Age and heavy usage finally caught up to the facility and without any repairs or improvements made it was finally deemed unsafe for use. The stands, fencing and light poles were torn down and removed leaving just a vacant, grassy lot that the Village of Hodge had to maintain, which according to Hodge Mayor Gerald Palmer had become burdensome.

“Years ago it served a great purpose for our community but all that is gone away now,” said Palmer. “Now it is nothing but an area that we have to spend labor and fuel to keep it mowed so it won’t become an eyesore.”


Jackson Parish Hospital celebrates Halloween with Costume Contest

The Jackson Parish Hospital celebrated the Halloween weekend with a costume contest among the different departments and individuals to the great fun of all who participated. Winning first place was the ER Department, and their Alice in Wonderland theme followed by the Kool Aid Man – Dr. Jason Thomas.

With a Wizard of OZ theme the Revenue Cycle Department  of Kelsey Thomas, Edwina Diffey, Cassidy Walters Hall, Zerada Poland, KaDana Leonard, Kay Welch, Chantel McNeal, Samantha Taylor, LaWanda Sanders and Kara Brown
Addtional divisions that participated and their themes were:
50’s girls- CandicenRyan Leach clinic
Scary clown- Central Supply
Witch – Dietary
Zombies- Radiology
Coronavirus – Paige Head Parker

See below for some of the creative costumes that were displayed:

 


Grace Church joins “Sunday Service” schedule

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 include your church for “Sunday Services”  contact the JPJ at (318) 480-1206 or email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com

See below for the church services available for your enjoyment. 

 

Jonesboro First Baptist Church

Click on link below and follow the steps outlined.

http://fbcjonesboro.net/livestream

1. press RESOURCES tab located on the tool bar at top of the page
2. press RECENT VIDEO icon
3. press arrow to play

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church 

Click on following link:

https://www.facebook.com/Pleasant-Grove-Missionary-Baptist-Church-444730749022201/

Sweetwater Baptist Church

click on following link:

https://facebook.com/sbc71268

Grace Church

click on following link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/176598142384058/permalink/4571385606238601/?sfnsn=mo

 

May God’s blessings be granted unto you!


Quitman Jr. High Softball goes finishes fall season undefeated


It was already believed that Quitman High School would have a good softball season this spring. Judging by the way the Quitman Junior High team played this fall, the Lady Wolverines are going to be good for years to come. Really good!

This is evidenced by the Junior Girls going undefeated over their ten game fall schedule and really being challenged only once. That was in the final game of the year that took place Saturday against Claiborne Christian that ended in a 7-7 tie. Just a few hours before the Lady Wolverines lambasted Logansport by an 8-2 margin.

On Thursday, Maggie Guyotte combined with Brenna Lamkin and Hallie Kate Pullig to no-hit Montgomery Jr. High and Claiborne Christian in 6-0 and 6-1 victories. The pair of shared no-no’s were the fourth and fifth no-hotters that Guyotte had thrown in the very successful season that saw her give up only one earned run and seven hits, while striking out an incredible 47 batters in 21 innings stretching over 9 games. Brenna Lamkin also never gave up an earned run this season in five games where she struck out 16 in 7.2 innings pitched.

Leading the way offensively for the year was Hallie Kate Pullig who garnered 10 hits in 14 official at bats for a robust .714 batting average that included 2 doubles, 2 triples, six runs scored and 10 RBI. Guyotte was second on the team with a .625 average and led Quitman with 4 triples, 2 homeruns and 11 RBI. Zoee Williams hit .615 and led the team with 3 doubles, while also socking a round tripper and knocking in 7. Avery Watson scored nine runs and hit .571 with Kinsley Ponder scoring five and knocking in five after getting four hits in seven at bats.

Anna Leach hit .462 and led the team with 14 runs followed by Briley Bowers who hit .375 and took a team leading 11 walks. Breanna Lamkin hit .364 with 6 RBI and 5 runs scored and Addison Fenn hit .357 with 6 RBI and 4 runs scored.Allie Robertson scored 8 runs and Emma Walker got three hits including a triple. Emma Toms and Rayleigh Medaris knocked in three runs each.

As a team Quitman hit .449 with 79 runs scored while gathering 62 hits and coaxing 60 base on balls through either walks or getting hit by a pitch.

MY INTRODUCTION TO DEER HUNTING

When I was growing up out on the rural route, falling leaves, southbound geese calling from the skies overhead, me trading short pants and tee shirts for sweats as weather started cooling down meant one thing for this country boy. It was time to go hunting. We were limited in the wild game we were after to basically squirrels. Deer? We didn’t have any. I can remember growing up that if someone in the community reported finding a deer track, most of the community would head to the spot where a deer crossed the road and marveled at the thought that an actual deer had made that track.

Eventually I grew up and although deer had responded to trapping in areas where they had deer and released in our part of the state, squirrel hunting remained my passion. My job transferred me to Claiborne Parish and once squirrel season opened, I had already scoped out the woods around Homer to find where most of the oaks and hickories grew knowing that acorns and hickory nuts would attract squirrels. I soon developed a friendship with James White who also loved to squirrel hunt. However, every year as November rolled around, I’d be left alone as my friend would bid me adieu as he headed out to deer hunt.

James started gently working on me telling me how much fun it was to hunt deer suggesting that I come with him to give it a try. My excuse was that I didn’t own a rifle while he countered with the suggestion that the shotgun I used for squirrel hunting would work fine; I’d just need to substitute buck shot for the # 6 shot I used for squirrels. One thing that started making me think that deer hunting could possibly be fun was the
morning I was squirrel hunting alone when I heard the bawling of a hound in the woods near
where I hunted. I was somewhat upset at the prospects that my squirrel hunting was about to be messed up when I saw movement out front and a big heavy-antlered buck stepped out, stopped to look my way before bounding away. Admittedly, I felt a little tingle that hearing a squirrel cutting a hickory nut never gave me.

I finally agreed to go on a deer hunt with my friend and on November 24, 1967, James picked me up where I joined him and his three sons to hunt deer with Bill Bailey near Summerfield in northern Claiborne Parish. Once we got there, the five of us spread out along a narrow pipeline where I was instructed to sit tight, enjoy the scenery until I heard Bailey’s hounds headed my way.
I was enjoying the scenery and the chill of a November morning when in the distance, I heard the hounds. Then I realized that the bawling of the hounds was growing closer so I started scanning the woods out front when suddenly, a buck appeared on the pipeline in front of me but instead of dashing across like deer usually do, this buck made a turn and headed down the pipeline that would put him directly in front of me at no more than 20 yards. I raised my shotgun and fired. Just to make sure the deer wouldn’t get away, I fired twice more in rapid succession…..BLAM…BLAM…BLAM. The deer collapsed on the spot. I not only killed the buck but shot half his 10-point rack off which I found and later reattached. This was long before the days of cell phones so I had to wait for my friend to show up so I could tell my story.

Once James got there, he admired the buck and congratulated me on getting such a fine deer on my first ever deer hunt, but he had a question; why did I shoot him three times. I countered that he was still standing. James comment still makes me chuckle 54 years later…”Son, you have to give him time to fall.”


FISHING REPORT

CANEY LAKE – Bass are on submerged points next to the deeper holes with deep diving crank baits and oversized plastic worms working best. Crappie are still around the tops but some have started moving to deeper water where most will be once cold weather sets in. Bream are slow to fair on worms and crickets. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249- 2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass have been fair around the grass and trees on crank baits and Rat-L- Traps. Crappie are scattered and fair; bream fishing is fair on worms and crickets. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Fishing overall is rather slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707.
OUACHITA RIVER – Bass are best in the river lakes on soft plastics and jigs. Crappie are best in river lakes and around tops in the river. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been best fishing 12-14 feet deep in 20 foot water on the flats on shiners or jigs. Bass have been in deep water and hitting soft plastics and crank baits with some fairly shallow around the grass on topwaters and spinners. Bass have been fair fishing soft plastics and crank baits around the boat docks early and late. Bream fishing has slowed while catfish are still biting cold worms fished off the banks.. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Stripers continue to school and are hitting shad imitation lures when the fish are up top. When they go down, white bucktails are working best. The bream have started biting fairly well on crickets fished off the banks. Bass fishing has been fair with some caught on topwater lures fairly shallow. Crappie are mostly in deep water with shiners or pink colored jigs picking up a few. No report this week on catfish. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been good with mostly smaller fish being caught. Crappie are off and on with best catches for some real slabs early mornings around the boat slips. No report on bream or bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.

Main Street Trunk or Treat enjoyed by “kids” of all ages

It just gets better every year. Jackson Parish civic leaders, business owners, orginizations and “kids” of all ages turned out in droves this past Saturday to enjoy the Main Street, Trunk of Treat, put together through the tireless efforts of Nicole Garrett and Brea Nomey. From one end of Jimmie Davis Blvd. to the other and on both sides of the street, displays were set up as families dressed in Halloween costumes paraded up and down receiving all kinds of goodies. The JPCC would like to thank all who participated and helped make this a safe and fun way to “Trick or Treat.”

See below for a small pictorial of some of the fun. 


Sweetwater Baptist Church holds “Back to School” Youth Rally

Sweetwater Baptist Church in Quitman was the host to 110 young adults in grades 6-12 this past Wednesday who participated in a “Back to School” Youth Rally. After enjoying a scrumptious meal the large gathering was first treated to an uplifting praise and worship concert by the “We Are Called” band that precluded the worship service led by Luke Hockenjos of Ruston who delivered an a motivational and inspirational message. Organizers of the rally from the church would like to thank all who participated in helping bring the word of God to the youth and lending their support.