Death Notices

Vinal James Stewart
February 5, 1947 – Augurst 22, 2021

james stewartVinal James ‘Jimmy’ Stewart was born February 5, 1947, in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He was raised in Jonesboro by his grandparents, Vinal and Virginia Stewart and his aunt and uncle, Norma and James Gleason, as a brother to their children, Tommy, Jimmy, and Karen. After graduating from Louisiana Tech University, he moved to Baton Rouge where he graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law. He resided in Baton Rouge until his death from COVID-19 on August 22, 2021, at the age of 74.

“Big Jim” not only practiced law, he was also an accomplished entrepreneur, starting many successful businesses, including Convent Marine and Southern Bulk Carriers. His passions were basketball, reading, and antique cars. He played basketball at Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Louisiana Tech University until a knee injury sidelined him. Later he played on the Ancient Athletes team and was always a serious fan of both college and NBA teams.

He was a prolific reader with interests ranging from science to history, his favorite. He was also quite the antique car buff, owning several through the years. He enjoyed hanging out with his buddies who all know him as his alter ego, “Odell Fern”, a brilliant, eccentric and witty character. However, his pride and joy were truly reserved for his daughters, Kristen Stewart and Katherine Stewart, and his granddaughter, Sage. His wit, brilliant mind, vast knowledge, and love will be missed. To honor Jimmy’s memory, donations can be made to Kelli’s Kloset, 3052 Du Soliel Ct. Baton Rouge, La 70810. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

John Wiseman Newman III
October 20, 1993 – October 26, 2021

newmanJohn Wiseman Newman, III, age 28 of Jonesboro, died in his home’s fire on October 26, 2021. John was born in Monroe, Louisiana on October 20, 1993 to John H. and Renee R. Newman. John loved life and loved the Lord. He was adamant about his faith early in life and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro on November 7, 1999.

John loved the outdoors, hunting, and enhancing his marksmanship skills. During high school, he excelled in Louisiana’s 4-H Shooting Sports and Outdoor Skills program. He represented Team Louisiana on the National level for two years and was a 4-H State Ambassador. After graduating, he volunteered on the local, regional, and state levels as a range officer, safety and skills trainer, and mentor to the younger athletes. John had an intense pride in his niece and nephew. He spent a lot of time with Matthew, nurturing his interests and teaching him life skills from an early age. John enjoyed his cars and was extremely well-read. He particularly loved reading and researching military history.

John was homeschooled through his sophomore year. In his junior year of high school, John was honored with the Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award from the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. He completed his junior and senior years at Bethel Christian School in Ruston, earning several scholarships before graduating in May 2011. Only 17 at the time and unsure of a permanent career path, he attended Central Louisiana Technical College in Winnfield, graduating with honors as a Building Technology Specialist in May 2013.

Before he could even drive, he was already working with the Walker Community Water System, reading meters with his grandfather and mother. After getting his driver’s license, that route was his first paying job. John took the state’s water production/treatment/distribution classes as soon as he was able, and in November 2012, earned all three Class I Licenses, becoming an Operator Specialist for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

In January 2013, John had already begun the testing and application phases with the United States Postal Service and was hired as a rural carrier, following in his mother’s footsteps. He worked in the Dodson and Ruston offices before securing his favorite, our local Jonesboro office. He walked to work his first day, “…because I can!” He loved the job and was good at it, open to working any position that needed help. In addition to his rural routes, he ran city routes, did custodial duties and vehicle and equipment maintenance. At last count, between home offices and offices he loaned out to, John knew approximately 40 routes. The Jonesboro routes were his favorite. He had a fantastic memory for names and addresses and took care of his people, often going back out after hours to help the needs of elderly customers.

John loved life, seemed to always have a pun for every occasion, and will be truly missed. He was predeceased by grandparents John W. Newman, Jr. and Roberta H. Newman. Those left behind grieving his loss are parents John H. and Renee R. Newman, sister Allison Newman, nephew Matthew Earl, niece Ivy Earl, grandparents Raymond and Vertna Roush, aunt Rebekah Newman, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.

A memorial sevice was held on Friday, October 29th at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. 

Mary Eloise Roesemeier
February 06, 1921 – October 03, 2021

roesmeirMary Eloise Roesemeier, age 100, passed away on October 3, 2021 in Titusville, Florida after a lengthy illness following a fall. She was born in Dodson LA, the daughter of the late Wesley and Ione Johns of Jonesboro, and is survived by her sister Gloria Kelly, also of Jonesboro, her daughter Charlene Edwards of Titusville FL, 2 grandchildren Steven Edwards and Tamara Morgan, 4 great-grandchildren Christopher, Andrea, Taryn, and Jeremiah, 8 great-great-grandchildren Kaiya, Andrew Jr., Oliver, Araya, Muzzia, Manasseh, Miriam, Rebekah, several nieces and nephews, and was loved by many who knew her.

She was a member of the Jonesboro Hodge United Methodist Church and the Heritage Sewing Guild of Jonesboro for many years. In addition to her love of sewing and quilting, she was an avid gardener who loved her flowers.

Funeral services that were held at Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 30, 2021 was officiated by Pastor Rex Shores. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations in memory of Mrs. Mary be made to the Louisiana School for the Blind in Ruston.

Marquita Shankle
December 27, 1951 – October 22, 2021

shankleMs. Marquita Shankle passed away Friday, October 22, 2021 at Northern Louisiana Medical Center after a brief illness. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant for forty-three plus years at Lincoln General / Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston.

Ms. Shankle is survived by her brother, Eddie Shankle and wife, Vickie of Georgia; first cousins, Jerry Shankles and wife Shirley, Don Shankles and wife Mary, Betty Wyatt, Anita Parsley, Johnny Shankles, Charlene Shankles, Elizabeth Shankles; Niece, Lauren Shankle; Nephew, Kyle Shankle and a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceding Ms. Shankle were her parents, Ellis Price Shankle and Willie Nell (Graham) Shankle.

Ms. Shankle loved her dogs and enjoyed caring for them. They returned her love as loyal companions. She enjoyed the company of her many friends and always spent her vacation time in Tylertown, Mississippi where she visited her loving family.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Jonesboro, Louisiana.

C. B. Brown, SR
December 09, 1930 – October 23, 2021

cbrownC.B. Brown Sr., son of Clarence and Ivy Mae Brown, born on December 9, 1930 in Sexton, Sabine County, Texas, succumbed to stroke complications on October 23, 2021 at Rapides Regional Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Brown attended school through the ninth grade all while learning the trade of carpentry from his father.. He continued to pursue this career, acquiring a crew of his own at a young age and later became known as a master carpenter. In 1951 he was drafted to serve in the United States Marines and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. He served a full active term, 1951-1953, for our country. He then met and married Alice Elaine Colley on June 10, 1955.They started their lives in Shreveport, LA then later relocated to Readhimer, LA. They were blessed with three children: Judy, Jan, and CB Jr.

CB loved to share stories of his passions in life; hunting, fishing, and family. CB could sit and tell you every detail from when he killed a deer, caught fish, or found an arrowhead in the woods. He also would remind us on how houses used to be built with square nails and how it made it difficult to get the nail out with the hammer if you messed up. So, you learned real quick to do things right the first time. He used his carpentry skills to make an unknown number of box stands and ladders climbing the highest oaks and pines in Louisiana. One tree in particular, he said that on a clear day you could see all the way to Jonesboro.

He continued working until he was in his seventies and then retired to do what he loved best-hunting, fishing, riding his four wheeler, building things, feeding the deer and fish, gardening, playing multiple musical instruments, visiting with friends, helping others, and spending time with his family- especially his great-grandchildren and grandchildren.

Wow, what an honor to have known such a strong, talented, and caring man who witnessed many changes in our history over the past ninety years. You will forever be missed and always cherished in our hearts.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 29th, at the Strange Methodist Church in Readhimer, La. with interment in the church cemetery following. 

Ricky Glenn Springfield
November 03, 1965 – October 25, 2021

springfieldMr. Ricky Springfield, age 55 of Weston, peacefully entered into his Heavenly rest on Monday, October 25, 2021. Ricky was a loving father, brother and a friend to many people. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and all of the outdoor activities. He will be missed by many.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Joshua Glen Springfield & Anita and Hunter Lee Springfield; brother, Richard Springfield & Stephanie; granddaughter on the way, Mary Jane Springfield; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; Special Friends, Chance Lemoine and Easton Dubois. Preceding him in death are his parents, Riley & Mary Alice Springfield; brother, Ronald Springfield.

Funeral services were held in the Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, October, 28th Thursday with Bro. James Oddo and Bro. Hudie Beaubouef officiating. Interment followed in the Old Bethel Cemetery near Jonesboro under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Honoring Ricky by serving as pallbearers were Clint Allen, Jason Springfield, Butch Springfield, Paul Leedy, Jody Edmiston and Jack Walsworth. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Potts, Moey Lemoine, Danny Potts, Charlie Brown, David Tilley and Richard Morris.

Tigers travel to North Caddo for crucial 1-2A battle

The good news was that all was not lost. The goal of the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers had of winning the district 1-2A championship is still within reach. The bad news is that now the away game against North Caddo this Friday is a must win and the Tigers are still going to be in need of a little help. 

The contest that was believed by virtually everyone who follows high school football would be the deciding factor in who wins district 1-2A this year takes place at 7:00pm in Vivian. North Caddo will welcome the Tigers sporting a 6-1 overall record and 1-0 mark in district play. The Tigers come in at 6-2 and a surprisingly 0-1 mark after beinig upset by upstart D’Arbonne Woods last week. For all intensive purposes it still is the “defacto district title game.” A Tiger win squares both North Caddo and JHHS at 1-1. Even if North Caddo loses to J-H they will still be a heavy favorite to beat D’Arbonne Woods in the regualr season finale, while it is almost a given the Tigers would beat hapless Lakeside. If all the cards fall into place then JHHS, DWC and North Caddo would all finish with a 2-1 record in district play with the final positioning going according to tie breaker procedures. 

Regardless of how the district race ends up the Friday night tilt carries even more weight when considering playoff positioning. This is determined solely on a teams “Power Point” rankings which currently finds JHHS sitting in 8th place and North Caddo controlling the 5th spot. 

A JHHS victory would certainly improve their positioning with the possibility of moving as high as #6 which would be a premier spot as it would mean the Tigers would avoid playing one of the top team in the state in the Quarterfinals. 

“We have been no where close to playing like we are capable the last couple of weeks,” said Tiger head coach Terrance Blankenship. “I am expecting us to be more focused this Friday as the guys know what is at stake.”

Similar attacks! One reason that gives Blankenship encouragement is that North Caddo’s offensive attack is nothing like what has proven to give the Tigers trouble this season. They are not a “smash mouth” team like Winnfield, North Webster, Cedar Creek and DWC but prefers to play a more wide open scheme much like the Tigers incorporate.

“”They are a lot like us as they have a lot of speed and can strike quick” said Blankenship. “While North Caddo will have the most talent on the field of any team we have faced this year we are more suited defensively for their style of attack.” 

Series History! Blankenship is well versed in the North Caddo attack run by John this willbe the seventh time in his nine year tenure he has faced the Titans. Currently the series between the two head coaches leans 4-2 to Kavanaugh including the last four straight, which have given North Caddo a 7-4 advantage in all time meetings that date back to 1939 when the school was known as Vivian High. 

Blue Chipper Watch! It is expected that there will be several college scouts on hand as the game features two of the states leaders in their respective categories. North Caddo features junior, Omarion Miller who is a verbal commitment to LSU and the #2 rated wide receiver in the state in the Class of 2023. Miller, who is the second leading receiver in the state with 974 yards and 13 TD’s according to, has also received offers from Miami, Ole Miss and West Virginia along with a number of smaller schools. TheTigers counter with Sophomore linebacker Xavier Atkins who leads the state with 131 total tackles for an 18.7 tacklets per game average. Atkins also leads the state with 106 solo tackles,which is an incredible 41 more than the next closest competitor. 

How to get there! Hopefully Tiger fans will have a strong presence on hand to show support. It is a long trip though, one that Google Maps estimates to be two hours long. The good news is that once you get to Arcadia and head west you will be traveling on an interstate basically the whole way. until you get close to Vivian. 

Directions to North Caddo High School:
Hwy 147 to Arcadia
West on 1-20 
Take exit 26 for I-220 bypass
Take exit 6 for I-49 north
Take exit 231 to LA-170 west
After roughly seven miles turn left onto Camp Road 
Go 0.2 miles and turn left on Airport Drive
Look for school on left – address is 201 Airport Road

QHS Jamboree against Weston on Thursday one of many activities at both schools

The 2020-21 LHSAAhigh school basketball season gets underway for two of the three Jackson Parish schools this Thursday, October 28th when Quitman and Weston will meet for the annual Quitman Jamboree that is slated to tip off at 5:00pm. Tickets are $7.00 each and can be purchased at the door. 

The contests will carry a stark contrast in regard to coaches. In the boys action it will be a battle between 2nd year head coaches Mike Black of Quitman and Jacob Otwell from Weston. In their first year, Black led Quitman to a 15-7 record and a second round appearance in the Class B playoffs while Otwell’s Weston squad closed the year out at 9-19 and a first round playoff loss.

The girls game pits two of the longest tenured coaches in not only Jackson Parish but in north Louisiana in Kyle Leach of Quitman and Stacy Tucker of Weston. Leach led Quitman to the district 2B title and one of the best regular season records in school history at 23-2 before unexpectantly falling in the first round of the playoffs. Stacy Tucker’s Lady Wolves also lost in the first round to end the year at 13-14. 

The contest between the schools is just one of several activities scheduled at both beginning on Wednesday and running through Friday. Schedule of upcoming events:





Faith Odom named Homecoming Queen at Quitman High School

Faith Odom, daughter of James and Cherie (Mathews) Odom has been named Quitman High School’s Homecoming Queen for 2020-21 during the assembly held on Friday night, October 22nd before the QHS vs Grant game. J

Joining Odom as senior class representatives were her court of Emily Borland, Kaylee Ford and Lainey Herman. From the junior class was Brayli Stewart and Gracie Nalley while Ellie Burris and Abi Temple were sophomore maids. Freshmen Cali Deal and Jaleigh Burns rounded out the equisite collection of young ladies. Also playing a big role in the proceedings was Crown Bearer- Jess Potts and Flower Girl – Ellie Schultz.

Jackson Parish Hospital celebrating Respiratory Care and National Infection Prevention Week

Breathing is not something we generally think about, until we struggle to breathe. This week, October 24-30, some of the unsung heroes in the medical field are celebrated and that includes the Respiratory Team at the Jackson Parish Hospital who has been front line defenders of the COVID-19 pandemic for Jackson Parish residents. Sincere thanks and gratitude is given for the compassion, dedication, and selfless way you have strived to improve the lives of patients, one breath at a time. Thank you for all that you do!

The Jackson Parish Hospital also recognized Infection Preventionist, Sandy Kinman last week during National Infection Prevention Week which ran from October 17th – 24th. Established in 1986, IIPW aims to shine a light on infection prevention each and every year. This year’s theme was “Make Your Intention Infection Prevention.” Thank you Sandy for all of your hard work in keeping Jackson Parish Hospital and our community safe and healthy!


Richard Pool preserving a local historical place of worship

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part series about an incredible act of benevolnce that has historical meaning going on in eastern Jackson Parish and the man behind it, Richard Pool! – Ben Ledbetter

God, Country, Family! Those are the three things that Richard Pool has dedicated his life to over the past 76 years. It is the strong ties to this heritage that led him to want to serve his country during a time of war when he was a young man. It is also the internal forces behind his commitment to preserve and refurbish a now defunct and mostly forgotten about church that one of the oldest places of worship in Jackson Parish located in a rural setting on the outskirts of Eros.

As Richard, Charlotte (his wife of 55 years) and I sat around his kitchen table, I soon understood his reasoning why preserving this little chapel in the woods was so important to him. With great appreciation, I also learned more about this incredibly benevolent man and how the creed of God, Country and Family were intertwined into the fabric of his soul.pool3

For a little background, the Salem Baptist Church was built in 1850 following a gathering of a group of men in the blacksmith shop of Wade Pool, of whom Richard is a fifth-generation descendant of. The purpose of the meeting was that they wanted a place of worship for their families. Wade agreed to donate the land whereupon the men of the area pitched in to provide materials and labor to build the church which flourished as gathering place and worship center for the area families who resided around Eros for over 150 years.

I asked Richard to take me to the church. Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed was that there was a large graveyard on each side of the little building, proving that for many a decade the church had a thriving congregation. While outside, he showed me the new roof he had put on, the new entry way in the front and where he was now redoing the awning on the side.

Upon entering the chapel, it was obvious a lot of work around the pulpit had been done there as well but nothing compared to the kitchen area in the back. This was complete with new interior ceiling, new flooring and a refurbished long counter in front of what looked like new cabinets and appliances. To the side was a stack of lumber that led to the promise of more work ahead. It was easy to see that the $30,000.00 I had been told had been spent on this project was at best a very conservative figure.

Why would a man do such a thing? What reasons could there possibly be that would make a man in his golden years spend his life savings on a church building that no one uses and hasn’t been a place of worship for nearly a decade? With a far-away gleam in his eye that made me think he was recalling another time, Pool began to explain.

“Around nine years ago the membership of the church had dwindled down to where it was just three or four of us left and it was decided that we would quit having services there,” recalled Pool. “For years the building has just sat here empty and it has started to decay from neglect. That really bothered me. I have spent my whole life here other than the two years I went to war and this church has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember.”

“It was important to my mother that her nine kids were church raised and had a relationship with God. If the doors were open, she made sure that we were there,” laughed Pool. “It wasn’t an easy thing to do either. We had to walk about a mile and a half down a trail through woods to get to the church but rain or shine, every Sunday and Wednesday she would gather us up and off we went.”

“I also learned how important it was to be of service to others through what I saw my Father do for folks at the church. He was always doing something to help someone,” reflected Pool. “Back then, almost everybody walked to church and two creeks had to be crossed. My father hand-built bridges and so we could go over them when the water was up. I also remember him sitting outside in his truck and shining his headlights through the front door so we could see on revival nights.” (Back then the church had no interior lights).

“See all those graves out there?” Richard asked as he waved his hands to both sides of the church. “My father dug with a shovel just about every one of those and never took a dime for it. He knew that no one had any money. What he taught us boys about being of service is the main reason we all enlisted to go to war. We felt that it was our duty to be of service to our country.”

“I realize that there probably won’t ever be church services here anymore,” finalized Pool. “I just want it to be in good shape so that is someone wants to use it for a wedding, reunion, reception or some kind of social event it would be a nice place to go.” 

The ties of the Salem Baptist Church and the Pool family go back much further than just Richard’s childhood. In the Sunday, October 31st edition of the Jackson Parish Journal, PART TWO  will visit the history of one of Jackson Parish’s earliest pioneer families and how the area around Salem Baptist became their home.


Wrapping Up 2021 Fishing Season

Each year during the months of October and November, anglers sit down and look at all the different schedules for the many bass tournament trails that exist. There are so many circuits today that fishermen have to choose what they are going pursue the next year. Anglers today are pulled in so many different directions that it’s almost impossible to fish everything going on.

You have a great selection of team circuits (two anglers in a boat) like Bass Champs, The Texas Tournament Trail and now the Pro Texas Team Trail. The other pro/am tours that are on an angler’s radar for the next season, include the ABA (American Bass Anglers) Open Series, The ABA Solo Top 150, Major League Fishing BFL (Bass Fishing League) and the MLF’s Toyota Series. Each of these has a consistent following and each represent different levels of fishing competition. Many of the same anglers follow at least two of these and a few follows three. The Toyota Series is the best of the best and has some anglers actually make a living following this circuit.

For me, at some point in my career, I have followed each of these, but the two that I focus on now are with American Bass Anglers (ABA). For the last few years, I have fished the Open Series and now the new Solo Top 150 that started this year. The ABA Tour has what they call the Ray Scott National Championship. This is, and continues to be, a great event with anywhere from 175 to 200 pros and co-anglers from all over the country. I have qualified for this event 5 of the last 6 years including next year’s 2022 at Lake Eufaula. ABA does a great job of keeping the cost down on all their tours while trying to accommodate the weekend warriors (working man). Their new Solo 150 Pro Tour is a prime example of that with a $600 entry fee for a two-day event with the chance to win $20,000 dollars. No other circuit offers a better payback than ABA does.

For me, it’s been the tale of two seasons. The first half of the year was not anything special, but I kept myself in contention with hopes of a better second half. At one point, I thought that my season was doomed. But I had a strong finish in the last two ABA Open Series events with a 2nd place finish at Sam Rayburn and a 7th place finish at the ABA Two-Day Championship on Lake Texoma. This landed me a 5th place overall in the Angler of the Year standing for 2021 and qualified me for the Ray Scott National Championship at Lake Eufaula Alabama. This is an event I’m really looking forward to next April!

I’m still currently fishing the new TTO Pro Team Tour with one more event left for 2021 at Lake Sam Rayburn on November 20th & 21st. Even though my tournaments are coming to an end, I will use this time to experiment and learn new techniques or maybe get better at finesse fishing. But one thing is for certain, I do not worry about winterizing my boat as I continue to fish all through the winter months and prepare for 2022. So, this fall, enjoy the fall feeding frenzy and get ready for some of the best bass fishing action of the year! Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf,

The Salty Brahma celebrates grand opening with ribbon cutting

Tyler and Kenzie McCurdy celebrated the grand opening of their new business The SaltyBrahma on October 14th with a ceremonial ribbon cutting with several members of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce on hand. The newest clothing store in the downtown Jonesboro business district is locateda at 206 Jimmie Davis Blvd. Hours of operation are Monday- Friday 10 AM – 5:30 PM  and on Saturday from 10 AM -1:30 PM.To learn more you can call to 318-476-1869. 

Shred Day is Saturday at Jonesboro State Bank

Hopefully you have already gathered up all the documents you want to discard of safely. If you haven’t time is running out as “Shred Day” is this Saturday from 10am – 2:00pm. Local residents and businesses are encouraged to come to 109 Jimmie Davis Blvd for the annual event sponsored by Jonesboro State Bank / Pledge 10 to take advantage of the free opportunity offered to protect yourself from possible identity theft. 

J-HMS announces Faculty/Support Members and Students of the Month for October

Each month Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School selects a Sudent of the Month for the 6th – 8th grade. Winners are chosen from who best exhibits P.A.W.S. behavior, which stands for:
Prepare yourself
Act Respectfully
Work Together
Safety First

Winners for the Month of October are: 

Alyssa Watts – Sixth Grade
Vanessa Clifton – Seventh Grade
Timothy Sellers – 8th Grade

Also to be congratulated as faculty and staff member for the month of October:

Faculty of the Month: Kristopher Cash, 8th Grade Math
Support of the Month: Mary Davis, Title 1 Paraprofessional

8th Grade boys basketball wins one of three 

The eighth grade boys beat Ringgold last Thursday but then ran into trouble against Arcadia and D’Arbonne Woods Charter. Raiden Searcy scored nine and Dwayne Palmer added eight and the Junior Tigers held Ringgold scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to take the 27-7 victory. Jason Blackburn chipped in with five, Dylan Hayes scored 3 and Jamarcus Dozier tallied two to round out the scoring.

A 15-3 first quarter deficit was too much to overcome in the 39-13 loss to Arcadia. Jason Blackburn paced the locals with 11 points followed by one each from Dylan Hayes and Dwayne Palmer. Against D’Arbonne Woods the junior locals trailed by only two after the first quarter but DWC methodically pulled away for a 32-17 victory. Jason Blackburn once again was top point scorer with eight. Dakota Knox added three while Kyron Atkins, Dylan Palmer and Raiden Searcy scored two each. 

Seventh grade boys split pair of games

Every player on the 7th grade team scored for JHMS who also held Arcadia scoreless in the first and third quarters to take 32-25 victory. Jamarcus Dozier led the way with 9 followed by 8 form Jeramiah Jefferson Tyson Burks scored 5 with both John Self and Troy Baugh adding four each. Derrime Malone and Dylan Hayes hit a basket each to round out the scoring. A 17-4 third quarter by D’Arbonne Woods spelled doom  in the 40-20 loss. Dylan Hayes scored 8 and Tyson Burks added six to lead JHMS. Micah McGee finished with four and Jeramiah Jefferson two. 

Junior Girls beat Ringgold, fall to Arcadia

The JHMS girls team split a pair of one sided affairs beating Ringgold 30-12 and losing  to Arcadia 29-11. LaKayla McGuire scored 14 in the victory with Jalenya Jackson adding seven. Jessica Jacobs scored 4, Makenley Ray 3 and Ralei Bradford two. Against Arcadia, LaKayla McGuire scored 7 but two points each by Jaiden Jenzant and Shacoria Mallard was all that could be additional mustered.

QHS/WHS Junior High Cross Country meet held at JPRD

Quitman and Weston High Schools combined to host a K-8 Cross Country meets this past Saturday at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Complex.  Schools competing were Quitman, Weston, Cedar Creek, Ruston Home School Association and Cypress Grove Elementary. 

Top Ten finishers in the various divisions from QJH and WJH (places in parenthesis)

7th-8th boys: (1) Taylor Huddleston – QJH (2) Brayden Smith – QJH, (3) Gage Horton – QJH, (4) Taden Thomas – QJH, (6) Rylen Reynolds – QJH, (7) Tyler Huddleson – QJH, (9) Jayden Harts – QJH, (10) Ty Henderson – WJH
5th-6th boys: (3) Mathew Odom – QJH, (4) Jack Thomas – QJH, (10) Waylon Sullivan – QJH
5th-6th girls: (3) Addison Phares – WJH, (10) Elsie Flynn – WJH
3rd-4th boys: (1) Noah Spillman – Quitman, (4) Joseph Rachel – Quitman, (7) Shepard Norred – Quitman, (8) Jaxen Culpepper – Weston, (9) Aiden Marsh – Weston
3rd-4th girls: (2) Audrinna Martin – Quitman, (3) Karlee Altheimer – Quitman, Anna Pardue – Weston
K-2 boys: (1) Asher Norred – Quitman, (2) Shelby Johns – Weston, (3) Kutter Blalock – Quitman, (6) Andrew Seymore – Quitman, (8) Eli Jones – Weston, (9) Drake Montgomery – Weston, (10) Remington Davis – Weston
K-2 girls: (1) Abigail Sullivan – Quitman, (2) Kaine Stassen – Weston, (7) Madi Spillman – Quitman, (10) Johanna Holland – Weston

Special thanks to Kristi Tolar of Sasse Lynn Shenanigans, LLC and Cherie Odom for the carousel of pictures shown below. For many more pictures of the meet click here:

Police Jury Finance Committee to hold meeting on Friday

The Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) |Finance Committee of Chairperson Tarneshala “Niki” Cowans, Amy Magee and John McCarty will hold a meeting at 12:00pm on Friday, October 29th. The group which is meeting each week during the month of October will hold session in the Nathaniel Zeno Jr. meeting room of the JPPJ Administration Building.

Agenda items include a review of month-to-date financials, Purchase Orders and recommended budget amendments as well as a review of the 2021 budget amendments and 2022 budget items.
It is possible that a quorum of the Police Jury will be in attendance at the meeting but no official action of the Police Jury as a whole will be taken.

In accordance with the Disabilities Act, if you need assistance, please contact Gina Thomas at (318) 259-2361, ext. 3, describing the assistance that is necessary.

Rosabelle, Believe

Erik Weisz was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest. When Erik was four years old, his family emigrated to the United States. The family settled in Appleton, Wisconsin and changed their last name to the German spelling Weiss. Erik adopted the German spelling Ehrich. To lessen confusion, this article will refer to him by his birth name, Erik.

Erik’s family moved often to find work. His father, Mayer Samuel Weisz, was a Rabbi who was often in search of employment. In 1882, they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Five years later, they moved into a boarding house in New York City. To help earn money for the struggling family, young Erik held several jobs. At nine years old, Erik made his public debut as a trapeze artist under the name “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air”. Erik often performed in small tent acts, dime museums and circus sideshows, usually with another performer to double the draw and to share expenses. For the rest of his life, Erik’s world revolved around entertaining and amazing crowds of people.

In 1894, while performing with his brother, Theodore, Erik met another sideshow performer named Wilhelmina Beatrice “Bess” Rahner. Within a short time, Erik and Bess married. They performed together for the remainder of Erik’s career.

On October 21, 1936, Erik lectured before the male student body of McGill University in Montreal. Topics of his lecture included his ability to withstand immense pain without so much as a wince. Following his lecture, he answered questions from the students. One student asked if it was possible to painlessly pass needles through his cheek. Rather than verbalizing an answer, he took out a hat pin and ran it through his cheek. He showed no sign of pain. At the end of his lecture, Erik invited them back to his dressing room for further discussion if they were interested. To his surprise, many of the students took advantage of the invitation, including Jocelyn Gordon Whitehead.

During the discussion in Erik’s dressing room, Whitehead remarked, “You would hardly feel a blow in the stomach, would you?” “Certainly no,” Erik replied. Erik was unprepared for what came next. Before he could tighten the muscles in his stomach to lessen the blow, Whitehead gave Erik “two short-armed punches to the pit of his stomach.” Erik shuddered because, as he told the boys, he was not prepared for the punches.

While giving his final performance in Montreal on the following night, the crowd noticed that Erik doubled over in pain several times. Ever the showman, Erik fought through the pain and finished his performance before a cheering crowd. Erik complained of severe stomach pains, something that had never bothered him before.

A few days later, while performing alongside Bess in Detroit, Michigan, Erik collapsed. After he regained consciousness, to the surprise of everyone present, Erik continued with his act. After the show, Erik checked into a local hospital. On the following day, doctors operated on Erik for appendicitis. Following surgery, Erik showed symptoms of swelling of the tissue that lines the abdomen called peritonitis. Erik’s peritonitis was linked to his burst appendix. Erik underwent a second surgery to save his life from the effects of peritonitis. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to save Erik. He lived long enough to say his final goodbyes to his family and friends who surrounded his bedside.

Bess was saddened by her husband’s passing but she held out hope that she would soon be in contact with Erik. “Long before he died,” Bess explained, “we agreed that whoever should go first would try to return to the other. We agreed upon a message, phased in code. It was known only to the two of us. The compact was to last 10 years and no longer. After that period, the one of us still alive was to abandon hope either in the possibility of the survival of the dead, or their ability to communicate with the living.” Bess said, “In his last hours, he said to me: ‘Beatrice, I’ll come to you somehow, even though I have to go through hell.”

On the first anniversary of Erik’s death at 8:30 p.m., the exact time of Erik’s death, Bess held a séance in an attempt to contact her beloved Erik. She anxiously awaited a communication from Erik which said “Rosabelle, Believe”, the code words she and Erik had decided upon. The words did not come. She repeated the séance on the second anniversary of Erik’s death, then the third and fourth. News of the séances spread throughout the world and other people began holding séances to try to contact Erik. In 1936, on the tenth anniversary of Erik’s death, Bess prepared for the final séance to contact Erik, as per their agreement. At 8:30 p.m., Bess and other believers in psychic phenomena, one of which was a Los Angeles superior court judge, gathered on the roof of a Hollywood hotel to try to make contact with Erik one final time. They were not the only ones trying to contact Erik. People held simultaneous séances in sixteen cities in the United States, England, Australia and Canada, but no lights flickered, no objects moved without explanation, and no one heard “Rosabelle, Believe.” All was quiet. Bess never received the message from Erik that she so longed to hear. On February 11, 1943, seventeen years after Erik’s death, Bess died from a heart attack. She never remarried.

People still hold séances each year on the anniversary of Erik’s death to try to make contact with him, but all attempts have failed. Erik was an illusionist, stunt performer, and is most remembered as an escape artist. He died on Halloween night in 1926. On this Halloween night, if your lights flicker or you hear a strange sound, it may just be Erik trying to make contact with the living world. You may not recognize the name Erik Weisz, but you certainly know him by his stage name…Harry Houdini. Happy Halloween!