“Christmas Wonderland in the Pines” holiday fesitval activities begin Saturday




Sheriff Andy Brown
Andrew Brown 
Dean Rushing
Brenna Cannady (C-4 Trucking) 
Pamela Jack
Ricky McDowell group riding for God’s Little children
Dirt Bikes
Odie Bradley 
Trey Loyd 
Trey McNeal
Titus Nash 
Ronnie Madere
Trucks & Cars
Belinda Harville
Fire Trucks
Brandon Voss Ward #2 

Leaving from First Baptist Church – Remember you must have your number on a sheet of paper taped to the window of the passenger side of the vehicle.

1. Chief James Harris
2. Jonesboro Fire Truck Chief Brandon Brown, Engine #3, Rescue Asst Blalock Ladder Capt. Wilkerson
3. Honor Guard
4. Grand Marshal
5. Mayor–Jonesboro Lesile Thompson
6. Mayor—Chatham—Gregory Harris
7. Mayor-Eros—Kelly Gryber
8. Mayor Hodge
9. Mayor-East Hodge Hal Mims
10. Mayor North Hodge
10 Quitman Mayor Joe Vail
12 Senator Jay Morris
12 A Rep. Jack McFarland
13 JHHS – Miss Mary Christmas – Tyriana Sly
14 JH Middle Miss Mary Christmas – Miss Jaidon Venzant
15 Quitman-Miss Mary Christmas – Lajaesha Bailey
16 Weston-Miss Mary Christmas – Sarah Bond
17 Richard Lowery family 
18. Alice McWain
19 Amy’s Gymnastics – line up on 7th St.
20 Amy’s Gymnastics – line up on 7th St.
21 Tammy Gunter Vanguard Realty
22 Vanguard Realty
23 Ladies of the Lake 
24 CenterPoint Methodist Church
25 Jonesboro Animal Clinic
26 Jackson Parish Hospital 
27 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Homecoming Queen—Faith Odom
28 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Senior—Emily Borland
29 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Senior-Kaylee Ford
30 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Junior—Gracie Nalley
31 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Junior—Brayli Stewart
32 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Sophomore-Ellie Burris
33 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Sophomore -Abigail Temple
34 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Freshman-Cali Deal
35 QUITMAN Homecoming Court Freshman—Jaleigh Burns
36. JH Middle School Cheer leaders
37. JH Middle School Homecoming Court
38 Weston Homecoming Queen -Taylor Courtney Paige
39 Weston Homecoming Court Senior – Mary Catherine Hay 
40 Weston Homecoming Court Senior – Mattie Claire Beaubouef
41 Weston Homecoming Court Senior – MaKenzie Henderson
42 Weston Homecoming Court Junior – Heili Bryant
43 Weston Homecoming Court Junior – Emma Katie McBride
44 Weston Homecoming Court Junior – Kinleigh Harvey 
45 Weston Homecoming Court Sophomore – Lainee Trosclair
46 Weston Homecoming Court Sophomore – Carroll Ann Foshee
47 Weston Homecoming Court Freshman – Anslee Aldy & Olivia Marsh 
48 Lil Angels Day Care-Sharon Satcher
49 Brown Grove Baptist Church
50. Mercy Medical
51 Uptown Tanning
52. World Finance
53 John Cagle
54 Itty Bitty Boutique
55. Zachary Pepper & Connor St. Hayride
56 Ward #3 Freddy Tolar
Showing the Lights shine Brighter
57 Jonesboro Fire truck Tanker #1 Asst. Chief Siddon
Tayla Jackson 

Calahan, Smith earn “Aaron’s Ace” Award

Justin Calahan and Peyton Smith of Class AA quarterfinalist Jonesboro-Hodge wore the home red jersey’s this past Friday night. This past Monday, they were presented with another red top. This one indicated that they had been named an “Aaron’s Ace”

The two earned the weekly award given to a top athlete from northeast Louisiana by KNOE-TV sportscaster Aaron Dietrich following their performance in the Tigers second round Class AA playoff game against Mangham. 

“Really happy for those two to get the recognition,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “They have been kind of flying under the radar all year but are very important to our team. We wouldn’t be in the position we are in without them.”

Calahan was responsible for two tiimely touchdowns and an important two point conversion. His first score, which was a 20 yard pass reception improved the Tigers lead to 13-6. His second, which came as result of a 45 yard interception return once again put JHHS by a touchdown after Mangham had narrowed the score to 13-12. As the holder on the Tiger extra point kick attempt with JH up by eight at 26-18, Calahan instead rose up, wheeled around and headed for the endzone. Seeing his path was blocked the heady Senior drew up and lofted a pass that was caught for the two point conversion that put the Tigers up by an all important “two scores.”

Smith finshed the game with 10 tackles from his defensive tackle position that kept one of the most prolific runners in north Louisiana, who had gained over 1500 yards rushing this season, in check. His impressive performance gave Smith 105 tackles on the year and continued a late season surge that has propelled the towering junior to the top of the leaderboard in the entire state regardless of classification in tackles among defensive linemen.

To see the Aaron’s Ace’s segment click here:



Blind Ambition! Limited sight doesn’t stop outdoor enthusiast, Tyler Harvey

(Ben Ledbetter – Jackson Parish Journal)

The crosshairs of the scope settled just behind the shoulder of the deer. The young man reached up and slowly traced his hand down along the stock of the .308 rifle. He slipped his index finger inside the trigger guard and slightly drew pressure. As had been practiced many times before, the countdown started. Three! Two! One! KERPOW! WHUMP!

He knew the shot was true by the sound but he didn’t see the big doe lying in the middle of the lane. He couldn’t. Tyler Harvey is legally blind!

His hunting companion, Brent Mize, saw the result though and was almost beside himself with joy. Ecstatically, he started pounding Harvey on the back in congratulations.

“Dang near knocked the breath out of me,” recalled Harvey.

Mize lifted the rifle again and peered through the scope to view the downed prize. That was not all he saw either. Surprisingly, roughly forty yards further down the line stood another. Even better, this one had horns.

“Tyler!” whispered Mize. “You aren’t going to believe this but I am looking at a spike just past where the doe is. You want him?”

“Heck Yeah!” answered Harvey.

What Mize didn’t know was that Harvey had always wanted to come home with a buck and doe after a hunting trip. He had taken part in killing a deer in other hunts he had gone on before but never had the chance to get two in one day. This was “bucket list” territory.

They quickly took their position again with Mize settling the rifle to his shoulder and drawing aim. Sitting behind and just to the right, Harvey reached around and found the trigger. Again, the countdown proceeded. Harvey slowly squeezed…..

“Let’s go get ‘em!” shouted Mize, who this time refrained from the physical congratulatory expression.

“I told him don’t go beating on me again,” laughed Harvey.

As it turned out, combining to shoot the two deer was the easy part. What proved to be difficult was trying to get them in the side-by-side. Mize recently had surgery on his hand and Harvey suffers from nerve and muscle damage in his right arm. Finally after about four or five attempts the pair succeeded in getting the deer on board.

“It was a chore for sure,” remembered Mize. “I’ve got a bad hand and he has a bad arm. For a little while there I was thinking it would be a miracle if we ever got them loaded up.”

All it really took was just a little coordination of both using their “good side.” The “miracle” had already taken place 21 years ago. That was when Harvey escaped death.

As a ten year old lad, the son of Troy Harvey and Lisa (Worthington) Howard, got run over by a drunk driver while riding his three-wheeler. The damage he suffered was so catastrophic he died on the way to the hospital only to be brought back to life by the paramedics.

Several emergency surgeries followed to repair broken bones, internal injuries and worst of all fluid leaking from his brain. While on the operating table the doctors had to bring him back to life again and again, as they ferociously worked to try and repair the damage.

After many days and multiple operations the prognosis for recovery was still dire.

“The doctor’s told my parents that I would be lucky to survive and that if I did, I most likely would never walk again,” reflected Harvey. “I knew I was going to be all right though.”

How did he know?

“God told me so!” explained Harvey, who then expounded on his statement.

“It was during the last time I had died. I could feel myself leaving my body but then I heard God’s voice tell me, Son, I am sending you back because I want people to see the miracles that I can do. Then I was back in my body.”

For two and a half months, Harvey laid inert in a coma. Doctors and Specialists had warned that even if he survived that he would be incapable of taking care of himself. Then family, friends and the hundreds of well-wishers, got to witness the miracle that God had promised.

“I woke up and walked out of the hospital,” said Harvey with a ‘mile-wide’ smile on his face.

His recovery effort was far from over though. Actually, it was just beginning years and years of rehabilitation and therapy. He now had to learn to live with impaired vision so bad that anything more than a foot away from his face was fuzzy due to unrepairable damage to the optic nerves in his eyes. He also had to retrain the right side of his body to function again due to severe nerve and muscle damage.

Now, 21 years later, Harvey walks about a mile back and forth to work where he has been gainfully employed for the past seven years as a Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy assisting people that come to the Courthouse.

He still walks with a limp and his right arm and hand is still impaired. He also uses a walking stick to help feel his way around. Despite all that, Harvey doesn’t look at life as he is handicapped. Instead he fells luckier than most.

“Most people go through their whole life wondering what their purpose on earth is,” explained Harvey. “I am fortunate in that I know I am here so that people can see the miracles that God can do and does.”

With all that Harvey has achieved, there are still a couple of things that he would like to do. One is to take part in a hunt that ended up with a “trophy” buck hanging on his wall. Another is to drive a truck. Can these desires actually become reality? Who knows, but with all that Harvey has overcome in his life there is nothing that seems impossible. Call it a blind ambition!

JHHS wins redistricting appeal, Quitman denied

Jonesboro-Hodge won their appeal to the LHSAA to be moved into a new district while Quitman lost theirs, well, sort of. Both parish schools received the decision this past week along with the second plan for redistricting issued by the LHSAA for the 2022-2023 school years. There is still one more opportunity for schools to submit another appeal that must be received by the LHSAA by Monday, November 29th. 

In the original district plan that would be in place for the next two years, Jonesboro-Hodge had remained in district 1-2A along with North Caddo, D’Arbonne Woods and Lakeside but three additonal Shreveport area schools were added. This brought the number of schools in the district from Caddo Parish to four, which led JHHS administrative officials to ask to be moved to district 3-2A, citing undue travel expenses and burdens on the student athletes. 

The district that JHHS has now been placed in is comprised of holdovers Lakeview, Many, Red River (Coushatta) and Winnfield, along with new comer Mansfield, which dropped from class 3A to 2A. JHHS Athletic Director and head football coach Terrance Blankenship was happy with the decision, not only because of the “official” reasons the school appeled, but also because of the traditional rivalries that will now be re-established. 

“We have a long history of playing these schools,” said Blankenship. “I am especially glad to see us and  Winnfield back in the same district as now that game will take on even more importance other than just a “rivalry” game.”

Quitman had also appealed the original redistricting plan but they had asked to stay in district 2B instead of being moved with fellow former 2B schools Weston and Simsboro to district 1B where they would join Doyline and Castor.  

The reason for the appeal was that the “new” district 2B would be comprised of holdover Choudrant, Downsville Charter and Forest, both who had been moved from district 3B. Quitman had asked to be moved back to 2B in order to make the athletic competition, especially in regard to track and field, be more fair.

The way it was proposed, Choudrant would have the only track program in the district giving the entire team a direct line to regional qualification.  Meanwhile Quitman, Weston, Castor and Doyline, all who has won state track titles in the last several years, would fight in district just to get a few qualified for regionals. The appeal panel agreed that a change must be made but it was Simsboro that got moved back instead of Quitman. 

“I am glad to see that at least they listened and acted on the reason that we appealed the original district plan,” said Quitman principal Billy Carter. 

While the new plan didn’t totally alleviate the glut of traditional premier, Class B, track and field teams in one district it provide an advantage for local fans. If Quitman had been moved to 2B, then the Wolverines and Weston would have been in seperate districts, elimating some of the importance of the local rivalry. 

In relation to other area schools, the plan to reclassify Dodson and Saline back to Class C and compete in district 2C along with Atlanta, Calvin, Central-Jonesville and Georgetown remained in place. Cedar Creek and Lincoln Prep won their appeal as well. The Cougars got to remain in district 2-1A, after originally being placed in district 1-1A, while Lincoln Prep’s request to move out of 1-1A into 2-1A was granted. St. Frederick, Ouachita Christiana and River Oaks, all from Monroe, make up the realigned district. Oak Grove moved up to Class 2A where they will compete in district 2-2A.

There is still one more opportunity for schools to submit another appeal.  The petition must be received by the LHSAA by Monday, November 29th and the submitting Principal has to appear before the LHSAA Classification Committee on Wednesday, December 1st. 

If you’re dead, why even take a shower?

Former Times sportswriter Jim McLain died a little more than three years ago, something I’d forgotten about until I saw him the other day in Shreveport.

It is not often you get to talk to your friends, in person, after they die. But Mr. McLain, a reporter for nearly 40 years and a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame since 1995 when he was presented the Distinguished Service Award, is nothing if not durable. Even after he’d died, he’d gone about his business, pro that he is.

Turns out that, according to Jim, the only really good part about being dead and not knowing about it is the being, as he describes it, “blissfully unaware.” But once he found out he was dead, well, it was a bit of a different ballgame.

“I might not have known I was dead for several more weeks if I hadn’t gotten a call from my doctor’s office,” he said.

The woman was pleasant when he answered but confused when, after she asked his name, he identified himself as the proposed deceased. The doctor’s secretary even asked to speak to his wife, who verified she’d been cooking and washing clothes all week for the same 80-year-old she’d been married to for half a century.

Mrs. McLain had done that work for nothing, according to the government. A recent Medicare claim filed on behalf of Mr. McLain had bounced back with the notation that, according to the latest records, he was dead.

Sorry. But there you have it. Who said life, or death, was fair?

Jim suggested refiling the claim. Probably a typing error had occurred, he reasoned. But the following Wednesday after the mail arrived, he heard his wife yelling through the shower door, something about the Caddo Parish Registrar of Voters removing him – well, removing his corpse – from the voter rolls. “Hate to say it,” she said, “but it looks like this time, you really are dead.”

Thought No. 1 for Mr. Jim: “Wasted shower.” Thought No. 2: “The government has lost me and if I’m to be found, I have to send out my own search party.” Thought No. 3: “Why am I still hungry?”

He called his local Social Security Administration, hoping to avoid the fiscal pinch of missed checks and the like since, as the Medicare episode had taught him – and as the mutual funds people who wanted to settle his estate would soon tell him – the money gets sort of shut off or redirected once you start showing up dead. This happens to an estimated 14,000 people a year; if the Social Security Administration accidentally kills you, or lists you as dead, it’s good to let them know they have fumbled. You want to get off their Death Master File. You want to be, in the parlance of the agency, “resurrected” or “un-dead.” It’s not too much to ask, and in simplest terms, this is generally what is advised for you to do: go into the Social Security office with proper ID, the forms listing you as deceased, and prove that you have not “got dead.”

Turns out that in Jim’s case, an out-of-state funeral home had turned in his social Security number, obviously by mistake. The problem was quickly solved, a real shot in the arm to Jim but also for his loyal wife, who wasn’t doing all that cooking and cleaning for nothing after all.

Though he never found out how he died, Jim did find out when: March 12. “I have circled the 12th of March on every calendar since,” he said. “The Feds attempted to eliminate me once. They could try again.”

In the spare time that he’s been alive since retiring, Jim has written “Double Team Trap,” a Cold War spy thriller available online. If you pick up a copy he’s sure to sign it for you – if you can get to him before the government does. – August 24, 2014

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

Amber Kornegay earns Employee Spotlight at Forest Haven Nursing Home

The “Employee Spotlight” for the Forest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center for the month of November is Infection Preventionist and Quality Assurance/Education Nurse, Amber Kornegay. Amber has been working with the facility for the past 22 years and has been a crucial component of our team during the past year’s pandemic keeping staff and residents safe and apprised of guidelines and education.

Her knowledge base and dedication to learning more about this virus is commendable. Amber has a strong faith in our Heavenly Father and shares it with employees and residents to lift them up and motivate them. She and her husband David, have two wonderful children, Storm and Tori. Amber is a blessing to all and is considered among the best the Forest Haven team has to offer. On behalf of everyone at Forest Haven, we thank you for going the extra mile and look forward to your future with our facility.

Lady Tigers open season with victory over Red River

The Jonesboro-Hodge Lady Tigers beat Red River 43 -31 in the season opener at the Lakeview Tournament to hand new head coach, Kiyyah Deloney, her first career victory. The girls parlayed an amazing 65 rebounds into 26 points in the paint and an 11-2 advantage in second chance baskets. 

Xabrianna Jackson scored 18 points to lead J-H, who held Red River without a point in the first quarter and stormed to a 30-10 halftime lead. Tyya Davis added nine with Zymea Hoggro chipped in with seven. Sydney Malone scored four, Keashiah Andrews 2 and Morgan McGee, Kaelin Palmer and Laila Johnson all hit a free throw to round out the scoring. 

Grandfather’s House

On February 11, 1802, Lydia Maria Francis was born in Medford, Massachusetts. She went by her middle name, Maria, pronounced Muh-rye-uh. She was well-educated and after finishing high school became a school teacher. In addition to teaching, Maria wrote for newspapers and other publications on a wide variety of subjects. She became something of a local celebrity. At 22 years old, Maria published her first book entitled “Hobomok” too much success. Her second book entitled “The Rebels: A Tale of the Revolution”, was set in her home state of Massachusetts. It, too, was successful. She wrote a cookbook, “The Frugal Housewife”, which was considered the authoritative cookbook for much of the United States.

Maria’s passion, however, was for the abolition of slavery. In 1828, Maria married David Lee Child, a Massachusetts lawyer. Together, Maria and her husband edited the National Anti-Slavery Standard in New York. As early as 1833, Maria fought for the abolitionist cause with her “Appeal for that class of Americans called Africans,” the first anti-slavery work printed in book form in the United States. In 1859, when John Brown was arrested for leading an anti-slavery raid in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, Maria wrote to Brown and volunteered to be his nurse. She sent a copy of her letter to Virginia’s governor who denied her request and reprimanded her for her sentiments. The author of her obituary contended that Maria’s writings “undoubtedly had a great effect in helping to create the anti-slavery sentiment of New England,” and noted that “her pen never grew weary in the cause of abolition until the unexpected end was reached.”

Maria is less remembered for her anti-slavery writings and more for a simple poem she wrote about the anticipation she felt at visiting her grandfather’s house near the Mystic River in Medford, Massachusetts. If you visit Medford today, you can still see Lydia’s grandfather’s house and the Mystic River. However, the house looks much different than the one from Maria’s childhood. Maria’s grandfather transformed the small single-story farmhouse into a majestic 2-story home. Sadly, the lush woodland surrounding grandfather’s house has been replaced by residential housing. You will probably recognize her poem though it has been altered with the passage of time. Originally, Maria’s poem spoke of “wood” in the singular usage rather than its plural form, “woods.” Maria’s poem mentions going to her grandfather’s house, not grandmother’s house, and most of us incorrectly associate it with Christmas. Lydia Maria Child’s poem recalls a visit on Thanksgiving Day:

Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood–
Oh, how the wind doth blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood,
To have a first-rate play,
hear the bells ring,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast my dapple grey!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go
Extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood
Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?

hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

Jackson Parish Library closed for Thanksgiving – will reopen Monday

The administration and staff of the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) wishes a Happy Thanksgiving holiday to all residents of Jackson Parish and announces that the Jonesboro and Chatham branches will be closed Thursday thru Saturday, November 25-27. Both branches will reopen on Monday, November 29th.

The JPL also reminds patrons that time is running out on the “Food for Fines” program that has been running throughout the month of November but will end this coming Tuesday, November 30th. The program allows anyone with Library fines to receive $1.00 credit toward the amount owed by bringing a non-perishable food item. See below for more information.

Winn Parish Journal Exec. Editor Chosen to be DLI Executive Academy Fellow

The Parish Journal’s family is proud to announce that one of our own, Executive Editor of the Winn Parish Journal, Jodi Taylor (third to left on last row in picture), has been chosen to be a Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy Fellow.
According to the press release distributed by the Delta Regional Authority, the DLI is an extensive, nine-month executive leadership program that brings together public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders from the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.

The DLI Executive Academy empowers fellows with the tools, experiences, and networks needed to address local and regional challenges. Sessions led by local, regional, and national experts cover policy areas such as infrastructure and transportation, small business and entrepreneurship, workforce development, public health, and other sectors necessary to facilitate economic growth in the region. As a result, DLI fellows graduate with improved decision-making skills, policy development know-how, strengthened leadership capacity, and a mutual understanding of regional, state, and local cultures and issues.

“Every Parish Journal’s editor strives to make a difference in the parish they serve. To that end, I’m very excited to be chosen to be a DLI Fellow to learn all I can to help Winn parish and the Delta Region of Louisiana,” stated Mrs. Taylor.

The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up one of the most distressed regions of the country, facing profound economic, health, educational, and infrastructure challenges. The Delta Leadership Institute was created to empower a corps of leaders with the tools, experiences, and networks to address these local and regional challenges. The DLI Executive Academy trains leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions. DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development. DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

To read the full press release click here. https://dra.gov/newsroom/press-release/delta-regional-authority-announces-2022-delta-leadership-institute-executiv/

Five tips for Handling Picky Eaters

NOTE: The Jackson Parish Journal is pleased to introduce Jennifer Stone as a special guest contributor. Stone is a Community Outreach Coordinator for Yumble Kids, LLC which specializes in publishing recipes and providing informational content about children nutrition for busy parents.

Picky eating refers to when someone either refuses to eat certain foods or only has the same thing over and over again. Sound familiar? This is commonly seen in toddlers, so you’re not alone if you’re trying to deal with it. This article will give you some practical tips for how to deal with your picky eater.

Tip 1: Keep it Healthy
As tempting as it may be, don’t give in to your child’s demands for sugary snacks! When making healthy lunches for kids, you should ensure they’re balanced, with a range of fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. It’s absolutely critical that you eat healthy food yourself, as your child will learn from your behavior.

Tip 2: Make it Familiar
Parents’ and children’s food preferences have been shown to be linked. This isn’t particularly surprising because, as parents, we tend to prepare foods that we like to eat ourselves. Familiarity is pivotal regarding tackling picky eating; children may need to try certain foods as many as ten times before they’ll accept eating them properly.

Tip 3: Make it Together
There is a wealth of research that shows just how beneficial it is to involve your child in the process of meal preparation. This could be simple things like setting the table or mixing ingredients in a bowl, but it’s even better if your little one can get involved with the actual cooking. This will improve your child’s time management and planning skills, as well as their math abilities (weights and measures). As well as that, they’ll learn about potential hazards in the kitchen and how certain meals are prepared. Most importantly for you, they will have pride in the work they have done, making it more likely that they’ll eat the food. Ultimately, that’s what we’re aiming for with our picky eaters.

Tip 4: Show it’s Yummy
If you appear to dislike a particular food, or if you’re a picky eater yourself, your child is likely to emulate that reaction, as has been shown in scientific research. Therefore, it’s important that you lead by example and not show negative feelings when trying new foods with your little one.

Tip 5: Cook it Differently
Keep track of what your child does and does not like to eat. Bear in mind that this will change as their senses develop through their early years. Nonetheless, if they’re refusing to eat ‘mushy’ foods, give them a sliced apple instead of applesauce or boiled potatoes rather than mashed. They’ll still be eating the foods that you want them to and that are good for them, just in a different way. If you really want them to eat the ‘mushy’ food, combine it with something more solid that you know they already like. For example, let them dip crackers in the apple sauce.


Arrest Reports (November 12 – 23)

Amanda Morgan (Chatham, LA) – Disturbing the Peace
Jeremy Watson (Jonesboro, LA) – Remaining after forbidden, Sexual Battery
Traneka Richardson (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the Peace
Keary Sarey (Jonesboro, LA) – No Drivers License No plates
Shelby Kelley (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule II drug, Drug Paraphernalia, Warrant for DUS
Casey D. Cathey (Quitman, LA) – Reamining after forbidden, Resisting an Officer, Disturbing the Peace
Austin B. Gray (Jonesboro, LA) – Winn Parish Bench Warrant
Loren K. Desidere (Chatham, LA) – Simple Battery, Warrant
James N. McDaniel (North Hodge, LA) – Theft
Bruce Bryant (Jonesboro, LA) – Second Degree Battery
Demarcus K. Hicks (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrant for no seat b and expired license plate charges

Death Notices

John Thomas Kennedy
02/11/1953 – 11/13/2021

Mr. John Thomas Kennedy, age 68 of Quitman, was escorted through the gates of Heaven Saturday, November 13, 2021. Mr. Kennedy was a retired truck driver and loved time spent with his family and friends.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his daughter, Megan Kennedy; grandchildren, Kade Ougel, Madden McAdams, Kash McAdams; siblings, Wayne Kennedy & Texie, Shirley Williams & Bruce, Barbara Hawthorne & Floyd, James Kennedy & Jill, Sally Kennedy, and Ronnie Kennedy & Melody; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah and Lois Ethel (Smith) Kennedy.

Graveside services were held on November 17th at the Antioch Cemetery near Quitman with Reverend Ray Hearron officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Frances Parker Fowler
November 22, 1943 – August 22, 2021

Frances Parker Fowler died August 22, 2021, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, after a short illness. She was 77 years of age.

Born in Jonesboro, LA on November 22, 1943, Frances was the third child and first daughter of Earl Edward and Ruby Weeks Parker. She graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in 1961 and a month later wed Don while he was on leave from the first of several tours in Vietnam. Just over a year later they welcomed their first child, Deborah, and two years later their second, Michael. As a military family, the Fowlers moved to Georgia, South Carolina, and finally to their longest posting in Mannheim, Germany, and then back to the States and their Louisiana hometown in 1976.

Frances worked at Rowe Plumbing in Jonesboro before taking a position at the soon-to-open Wal-Mart, first in Jonesboro and then in San Antonio. She retired from that company after 20 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Jonesboro First Baptist Church, and in San Antonio St. Pius X Catholic Church. She volunteered for many years during Fiesta at NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio) and made rosaries at St. Pius. She also loved watching the Food Network, particularly Cooking with Bobby Flay.

She helped raise not only her grandchildren but also her great grandchildren and was known affectionately as “Other Mommy.”

As a military wife Frances took advantage of the ability to travel on her own (France, Israel, Greece, Spain, England, Italy), or to explore the rich history of Germany with the family. She never lost that love of traveling, and she and Don continued to travel the world after retirement, often by cruise ship where they always had a balcony room so she could enjoy her morning coffee on the patio. She and Don also served for several years as campground hosts, traveling to various national campgrounds in their RV.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Marion Fowler (2017), and is survived by her children, Deborah Kay Fowler of San Antonio, TX, and Michael Shawn Fowler and wife DeeDee of Quitman, LA; two grandchildren: Meghan Hurley and husband Jay, and Rebecca Froh; four great grandchildren: Danen (14), Kaylinn (10), Stellan (7), and Veyda (1 year 7 months); sisters Fonda McBride (husband Jim) and Shirley Parker, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Parker, and 9 nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Memorial was held Friday, November 19th at Sweetwater Baptist Church in Quitman, LA.

Thelma Faye Massey
February 20, 1939 – November 10, 2021

Faye Massey, age 82, of Conroe Texas passed away Wednesday November 10, 2021. She was born February 20, 1939 to Lamar and Grace Hathaway in Quitman, Louisiana. Faye grew up in Weston, Louisiana and graduated from Weston High School in 1957. She and her family moved to Texas in 1975. She started her career at Wackers in Kingwood before it moved her to Conroe where she also worked at Winns and Randall’s. Faye retired from Wal-Mart after many years of employment. She enjoyed retirement by sewing, reading, and visiting friends and family back home in Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Geri Gaines, and grandson, Dakota Massey. She leaves behind her sons Tony Massey and wife Kim, Craig Massey and wife Veronica, and Lance Massey, grandchildren Felicia Massey, Alex Massey and wife Becky, Kyle Massey, and Ryan White, sisters Natalie Ford, Linda Hightower, and Sharron Hathaway, and many other family members in Louisiana.

Funeral services were held in Conroe, TX Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Cashner Funeral Home and again at Edmonds Funeral Home on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Faye was laid to rest in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Jonesboro, Louisiana.

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For Sale:

Book – “100 year history of JHHS football” 

jh bookA year-by-year description of the first 100 years (1919-2019) of JHHS football. Included is summary of early beginnings, yearly results, rosters, updated team and individual records and a gallery of pictures. Perfect gift for that grandfather, father, uncle or cousin who would enjoy remembering their “glory days”. Cost is $25.00 per book plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To order call (318) 480-1206 or send email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com

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Quality Electrical & Controls Service:


Over 60 years of combined Licensed and Certified experience in Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Control Panels, Electrical, HVAC and Inspections service. Located at 5039 Hwy 4 East, Jonesboro, LA. For free estimate contact: Billy Earl Wilhite: (318) 475-2403 or Richard Andrews: (318) 475-5136.  www.qualityecs.com
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Dirt Cheap Lawn Care, LLC:

dirt cheapLicensed and Insured! Any type of lawn care work done at reasonable prices. For quotes or to schedule service call Owner – David Hammock at 318-533-7133 or go by 209 Talbot Street, Jonesboro, LA. “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good!”

4T Exterior Cleaning:

House wash, Metal roof wash, gutter cleaning, concrete, deck, and brick/ patio cleaning. For free estimates call Trevor Hall at (318) 475-0347 or email Trevor.hall62@yahoo.com

Harris Yard Beautification Service: 

For all your lawn and landscaping needs contact Greg Harris at (318) 245-2349. Free estimates and professional service guaranteed. Based out of Chatham. 


Village of Hodge
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November 7, 2021

The Village of Hodge will be accepting bids for the purchase of the old ball field containing 7.166 acres, more or less. The minimum bid for the property will be $40,000.00. All bids for the purchase of the Old Ball Field must be in writing, must state the name, address and telephone number of the bidder and must be in the hands of the Village of Hodge, Louisiana no later than Monday, December 6, 2021 at 12:01p.m. Bids may be delivered to the Village Hall or mailed to the Village of Hodge at P.O. Box 280, Hodge, LA 71247. No bid received after the deadline will be considered. Each bid must include a security deposit of five (5%) percent of the bid amount which shall be forfeited by the successful bidder if the successful bidder does not, within three (3) days of being notified of the bidder’s successful bid pay the remaining portion of the purchase price bid. Bid will be opened, in a public session at the Village of Hodge Town Hall at 2:30p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021. The bids will be read aloud. At its meeting held on Tuesday, December 7,2021, beginning at 5:00p.m. the Board of Aldermen will examine all of the submitted bids, evaluate those bids and decide whether to accept any bid. The VILLAGE OF HODGE reserves the right to reject any bid for any reason. The content of the full ordinance can be reviewed at the Town Hall during the hours of 8:00a.m – 3:30p.m. Monday thru Friday. If, you any question please feel free to the call the office at 318-259-4704 or 318-278-0188.