Special Edition: State Police Investigating Deputy-Involved Shooting in Winn Parish


(LSP REGION 3 NEWS RELEASE)
Winn Parish – On May 25, 2022, shortly after 5:00 p.m. detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations were requested by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office to investigate a deputy-involved shooting involving the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office on U.S. Highway 167 near Dodson.
One subject is deceased.
This is an active investigation and further information will be released when it becomes available.

Town Officials express concern about planned Lil’ Snupe Day

There is a time and place for everything. This is the point that Jonesboro Police Chief James “Spike” Harris tried to get across to the at the special called meeting of the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen that was held on Tuesday, May 24th in the meeting room of Jonesboro City Hall. 

To be more exact Harris informed the council and Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson that now is not a good time and the Fairgrounds is not a good place for the planned Lil Snupe Day Birthday Celebration that is scheduled to take place on June 11th.

“Let me make one thing perfectly clear,” said Harris at the beginning of his impassioned plea to the Town Council. “I am not against having a Lil Snupe Day.  It is just that now is not a good time to have this type of event given the current state of affairs.”  

Harris went on to clarify why he feels the way he does.

“Lets be honest and address the elephant in the room,” continued Harris. “With the tension so high in our town as a result of the shooting last week in Winnfield it is simply a bad idea at the moment to bring a lot of people together in an environment where their protection can’t be assured.”

What Harris was referring to was the shootout last week between young men from Jonesboro and Winnfield that left two people dead, including a teen from Jonesboro and another local teen arrested on charges of murder. Two more were injured. Ever since, threats of retaliation from groups in both towns has dotted social media,. 

“Again, I want it understood that I am not against having the Lil Snupe Day,” repeated Harris. “I just think it would be wise to put it off until tensions between our towns calm down. The combination of the way people are feeling, there will most certainly be alcohol involved and the fact that our force is depleted at present is a recipe for disaster. If it is decided that we are going to go ahead with the event then I recommend that it be moved to the Community Center where better control can be had.”

Jonesboro Board of Alderman Pete Stringer echoed the Police Chief’s sentiments. 

“I am against moving forward with having the Lil Snupe Day at present,” said Stringer. “It is just not the appropriate thing to do right now. In my opinion it would be better to schedule this again later on in the year.”

What brought about the discussion was an agenda item that required the council to consider a request by event planner Danesha Ross to be able to hold the celebration at the Fairgrounds. Over the last nine years the event that commemorates the death of the young national recording artist from Jonesboro has been held at Pierre Park but as everyone agreed had outgrown the location. Ross asked that the Town Council allow it to be moved to the Fairgrounds so the large amount of people expected to attend would not be so cramped.

When Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson was asked what his feeling was on the request by Ross and the comments made by Harris he said he understood both sides. 

“I am torn on what needs to be done,” said Thompson. “I respect what Ms. Ross is wanting to do but at the same time I completely agree with Chief Harris’s assessment of the situation. I want to research this more and I will give my opinion in a couple of days”

 

 


QHS celebrates sports achievements at annual athletic banquet

One of the more productive years in sports competition was celebrated at Quitman High School recently at the annual Athletic Banquet that was held on May 23rd in the gymnasium. The Wolverine athletic program ended the 2021-22 year of competition with a Class B state runner-up finish in golf, state semi-final appearance in baseball and district 2B championships in softball and girls basketball. There were also three individuals who won state championships in track and field.

Below are the awards that were given out as submitted by the QHS coaching staff

Boys Basketball – Head Coach Mike Black

Ladayrun Manning — Offensive MVP
Blake Carter —Defensive MVP
Bailey Keys — Teammate Award
Shane Rowe — Coach’s Award
Luke Morgan — Sixth Man
John Pabaya –Attitude Award
Logan Ponder – Wolverine Award
Ty Simonelli — Leadership Award

Girls Basketball – Head Coach Kyle Leach

All-District Award Winners
1. Cali Deal – 1st Team All District/Honorable Mention All-State
2. Bethany Leach – 1st Team All-District
3. Brayli Stewart – 2nd Team All District
4. Emma Carter – Honorable Mention

2021-22 Team Awards:
Emma Carter: Defensive Specialist, Short Corner Sniper
Summer Grillette: Defensive Specialist, Beast Mode Physicality
A.J. Gray: Wolverine Award
Ansley Folks: Most Improved
Cali Deal: Offensive Specialist- 15.3 ppg, Rebound Leader(7.3), FTA Leader/Attacker
Bethany Leach: Offensive Specialist- 10.6 ppg,FT% Leader, Assist Leader, Playmaker
Brayli Stewart: Offensive Specialist- 11.3 ppg, Most 3’s Made, Sideline Sniper

Girls Softball  – Head Coach Justin Dodson

All-District Award Winners
1. Cali Deal – MVP, 1st Team All-District
2. Maggie Guyotte – 1st Team All-District
3. Madison Kaye Brymer – 1st Team All-District
4. Madison Chaplin – 1st Team All-District
5. Madeline Vail – 1st Team All-District
6. Skylar Hall – Honorable Mention
7. Averie Williams – Honorable Mention

Coaches Awards

Defensive MVP-Karley Huckaby
Lady Wolverine Award-Marley Bell
Most Improved-Averie Williams
Most RBI and most home runs – Maggie Guyotte
Highest Batting Average and Slugging percentage -Cali Deal

Boys Baseball – Head Coach Joe Lockhart

All-District Award Winners
Luke Morgan 
Ty Simonelli 
Blake Carter
Ian Tilley
Logan Ponder

Coaches Awards
Wolverine Award – Jake Potts
Offensive Player of the Year – Ty Simonelli
Defensive Player of the Year – Luke Morgan
Breakout Player of the Year – Blake Carter
Pitcher of the Year – Ian Tilley
Utility Man Award – Riley Duck
100th Hit Award – Luke Morgan

Powerlifting – Head Coach Joe Lockhart

Class B State Qualifiers
LaJaesha Bailey
Lillian Crawford
Maggie Ray
Sebastian Guin
Jake Patton

Tennis – Head Coach Tommy Smith

Regional Winner – Kayton Pennington
Regional Winner – Emani Gomez
Regional Winner – Sebastian Ginn
Regional Qualifier – Emma Carter
Regional Qualifier – Hunter Folks
Regional Qualifier – Gage McMurray
Regional Qualifier – Walker Medaries

Boys Track and Field – Head Coach Bradley Speir

Class B State Champion – Bryan Lay, Pole Vault
Class B State Champion – Bailey Keys, Shot Put
Outstanding track – John Pabaya
Outstanding field- Bailey Keys 
Most Improved- Nathan Harvey
Wolverine coaches award – Bryan Lay

Girls Track and Field – Head Coach Bradley Speir

Class B State Champion – Emma Carter, High Jump
Girls outstanding track – Madi Chaplin and Maddie Grace Giddens
Girls outstanding field – Emma Carter
Most improved – Ansley Folks
Wolverine Coaches Award – Lajaesha Bailey

Cross Country – Head Coach Tara Carter

Blue & Gold Award – Maddie Grace Giddens
Leadership Award – Faith Odom
Workhorse Award – Lillian Crawford
Rookie of the Year Award – Tyler Lay
Grit Award – Chance Chaplin
Wolverine Award – Caden West

Cheerleading – Kara Teague (Sponsor)

Wolverine Award – Maddie Grace Giddens
Outstanding Jump – Breanna Brown
Most Spirited – Abi Temple
Leadership Award – Raven Martin
Strongest Man – Layla Shumake
Base of the Year – Emma Hardwick
Backspot of the Year – Breanna Brown
Flyer of the Year – Madison Patton
Perfect Attendance – Anna Bougues


Jonesboro Town Council takes steps to have water and sewer projects continued

Keep on keeping on. That is what the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen instructed City Engineer Brad Graff to do at the special called meeting held on Tuesday, May 24th at City Hall. The way they have asked Graff to continue to work to get the town’s infrastructure in better shape was by approving four Resolutions that will allow Graff to apply for additional grant money from various state and federal Departments. 

Resolution 2022-08: – This resolution addresses the need for new pumps, electrical improvements and piping at the Patterson Pump Station.  By applying for a $35,000.00 from the Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF) it allows the town to put into operation two new pumps that have already been purchased but the town doesn’t have the money needed to put them into operation. 

Resolution 2022-09: This resolution also addresses the need at the Patterson Pump Station. and is also an application to receive $35,000.00. The difference is that this money would come from Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP). Why the reason for two similar applications?

“The way things look now, we are not expecting to receive the full amount of funds that the grants show available,” said Graff. “It will most likely take both of the grants to come up with the total amount of money needed to bring the pump station to its full capacity.”

Resolution 2022-10: Addresses the need for a new tank and building repairs at the Patterson Pump Station. Application is for $278,400.00 to be received from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). This would be the final piece of the puzzle to get the Patterson station fully operable. 

Resolution 2022-11: Addresses the need for sewer main replacements and repairs to mitigate inflow and infiltration. Amount to be applied for is $750,000.00 through the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Resue Municipal Grant Program. The Resolution allows for Mayor Thompson to act as Official Project Representative and gives authorization to the Mayor to submit an application to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to put this on the Project Priority list for funding.

In further action Public Works Director Calvin Wortham gave an update on two ongoing street repair projects. The first was on Phil Street where additional repair needs have been discovered forcing the Council to approve an additional $4,186.00 more than the original $20,000.00 already approved and originally estimated as what it would take to finish the repairs. The second was in regard to the bridge repair work on Talbot Street where is was learned that all bids are expected to be in house by June 1st.

Mayor Thompson read a letter to the council that he had agreed to not charge event planner Denasha Ross a charge for using the Fairgrounds as since she was not charging an entrance fee and it was for the Lil Snupe Celebration which is an officially recognized day by the town. 

Councilman Pete Stringer took exception to the decision and asked the Mayor to reconsider allowing Mrs. Ross to use the Fairgrounds for free. 

“I think that if we allowed the Fairgrounds to be used free of charge for this event that it would set a bad precedent,” explained Stringer. “What happens the next time when someone wants to use the Fairgrounds and we tell them there will be charge. What do you think the response would be if a tax paying Jonesboro resident is denied free use but we allow an out of towner to get by without paying?”

Mayor Thompson agreed that this is something that needs to be looked at more closely. 

While reading the same letter, Thompson stated that Ross had agreed to supply insurance and security details thus eliminating the law enforcement’s nightmare of crowd control. He also said that by allowing the event to be at the Fairgrounds it would solve a problem had by the Housing Authority of people taking up tenants parking spots and playing loud music in the subdivision all night. 

Jonesboro Assistant Police Chief Cierra Murphy also presented a request she wanted to make sure the Mayor addressed. 

“Just because a company has men wearing shirts with Security written across the front doesn’t mean these people are trained in crowd control or legal to carry firearms,” said Murphy. “Often times the are also illegally carrying a firearm. What I suggest is that Mayor Thompson require a copy of their insurance policy and proof they have the licenses to carry a weapon.”

In final action, Mayor Thompson explained to the Board of why the proposed general, water and sewerage budget had the numbers on it they did. 

 

 

 


Weston High School recognizes 2022 Scholarship Recipients

This summer and fall, area colleges and universities will be well represented by members of the graduating class of 2022 from Weston High School thanks to an extraordinary number of standout scholars receiving scholarships.

Scholarship winners and the awards they received.

Mattie Claire Beaubouef – WHSAA Scholarship, Javious Holden Memorial Scholarship, Forest Festival Scholarship, Northwestern State University Opportunity Award Scholarship, NSU Award.
Gabriel McMillan – WHSAA Legacy Scholarship, I.J. Allen Memorial Scholarship, Farm Bureau Membership Scholarship, NSHSS Visual Arts Scholarship, Jackson Parish 4-H Scholarship, RMEL Foundation Scholarship, Louisiana Tech’s Deans’ Scholarship.
Bryceton Aranda – Woodmen Focus Scholarship, Woodman Louis Leday Memorial Scholarship, Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Community Service Scholarship, Louisiana Tech’s Outstanding Student Award
Haley Collins – NSU Opportunity Scholarship
Mary-Catherine Hay – ULM Ace’s Award
Amya Myers – La. Tech Presidential Choice Counselor’s Scholarship
Abby Monk – ULM Ace’s Award
Thallin Newton – ULM Ace’s Award, Academic Merit Award
Garrison Perry – ULM Academic Excellence Award, Farm Bureau Kathryn Moore Memorial Scholarship, La. Tech’s Outstanding Student Award, Forestry Presidential Scholarship.
Seth Peterson – Chase Frasier Memorial Scholarship, Alonzo and Mabel McCrary-Beaulieu Scholarship
Nathan Shell – La. Tech Outstanding Student Scholarship, Louisiana 4-H Foundation Parish Scholarship, ULM Academic Merit Award
Nathan Stephens– ULM Academic Excellence Award, La. Tech Outstanding Student Merit Scholarship
Davis Tolar – Scholarship & Letter of Intent to play baseball at Central Baptist College
Caleb Waters – Letter of Intent to play baseball at Bossier Parish Community College


Davis Tolar officially signs with Central Baptist College

With a large throng of well-wishers on hand, Davis Tolar of Weston High School officially signed scholarship papers on May 16th to attend Central Baptist College, located in Conway, AR. The son of Nick and Jennifer Tolar will play baseball for the private Baptist based College which is a member of the NAIA and NCCAA and competes in the American Midwest Athletic Conference.

“I have a great love for the game,” stated Tolar in his 2022 NCSA Recruiting Profile. “Since losing my baseball coach in a tragic accident, I have become even more dedicated to fulfilling my dream of playing at the next level. He believed that I could achieve that and now it is my job to prove him right.”

As the primary catcher and spot pitcher for Weston this spring, Tolar was named to the district 2B first team after leading the team with a .500 batting average on the year. He also collected 9 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, 39 RBI and scored 32 runs. On the mound, Tolar struck out 15 in 13.1 innings pitched while compiling a 3.15 ERA. From his catcher’s position he had a stellar .981 fielding percentage and threw out 15 base runners attempting to steal.


JHHS Lady Tiger Basketball holding fundraiser

It’s that time now for preparation for the 2022-2023 Lady Tiger basketball season. To start off the summer, the Lady Tigers will be selling popcorn as our first fundraiser for the year. This fundraiser is 100% online and items that you buy will be shipped directly to your home. The Lady Tigers will receive 50% of all proceeds. Funds will be used for summer camp travel and participation as well as uniforms for next year. Thank you all in advance for your help. – JHHS Girls Basketball Coach Kris Cash

Below are the pop-up stores for every Lady Tiger. Simply click on link beside the Lady Tigers layers name to shop at one of their stores. The stores will be open until Thursday at 4:00 PM. 

DaRaiyna Gray – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/r289fx0f
Madison Houston – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/0lgi9z90
Jalenya Jackson – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/a3720qzo
Ja’Mauri Kimble – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/8g226vix
Sydney Malone – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/l9bp973k
Morgan McGee – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/bet00g33
LeRonda McGuire – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/5i5t9xd3
Angel Moss – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/945jsgp3
Jaidon Venzant – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/v2o6h2d6
Tyya Davis – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/08gt3lg3
Kaelin Palmer – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/zl934fx7
JaRaven Washington – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/m5x5z3x5
Ajoriana Hoggro – https://popup.doublegood.com/s/j5mq9k64


Paggett/Hall selected as Paula Jones Williams Memorial Scholarship winners

Jonesboro-Hodge High School graduates, A’Brianna Paggett and Jasmine Hall have been selected to receive the second annual Paula Jones Williams Memorial Scholarship. This award was established in 2021 in memory of Paula Jones Williams who was a JHHS graduate and beloved educator in the Jonesboro-Hodge school system for 34 years.
“There were several deserving applicants and the choice was difficult but my family and I would like to congratulate A’Brianna and Jasmine as the winners of the scholarship,” stated family spokesman, Clay Williams. “Mom loved them both and I know she is happy with our decision. Best of luck as you pursue your dreams!”


Emma Kate Toms selected as cast member in play Frozen Jr.

Emma Kate Toms, who is in the Jackson Parish gifted and talented academic and music programs and attends Quitman High School, has been selected to be in the cast of the Disney Production based play, Frozen Jr. The 11-year old daughter of Emily and Jarrod Toms, will make her stage debut as a member of the blue cast where she will perform the role of “Middle Anna”.

“I am loving practicing for our performance and can’t wait to sing,” stated Emma Kate.

The play that will run from June 15-18 at the Ruston Community Theatre is directed by Steele Meogle and sponsored by Jonesboro State Bank / Pledge 10.


Young American Patriotic Art Contest winners at Quitman High School announced

Recently Quitman High School held a Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The artwork is on display at the Jonesboro Branch of the Jackson Parish for those that would like to support these students and come check it out. The top four finishers and their submittals as well as all entries are shown below. 

1st Place – Kensley Caskey

Youth league game scores and upcoming games schedule

 

Game results of May 19-20

Field 1 Results

Centric Fed Credit Union 7 Johnny’s Pizza 4 (11-13 boys)
(CFCU Scoring) Carter LaGrandier 2, Greg Hendricks 2, Rylan Mauthe, Emmanuel Hopkins, Brody Tucker (Johnny’s Pizza Scoring) Liam Weaver, Kolt Keiffer, Aiden Phares, Landon Fannin

VP Oil Change 9 Elite Roofing 4 (11-13 Boys)
(VP Oil Change scoring) Tucker Goss 2, Dawson Griffin 2, Gunner Fontenot 2, Cail King, Hayden Seymore, Krypton Caskey (Elite Roofing Scoring) Conner Moak, Aiden Rhodes, Asher Shultz, Kobie Williams

Cubs 13 5A Pump & Hose 0 (7-8 Boys)
(Cubs Scoring) scoring n/a

Johnny’s 15 Castor 0
scoring n/a

Field #2 Results

Traina’s Bakery 11 Mercy Medical 8 (9-10 Boys)
(Traina’s Bakery Scoring) Mason Thomas 2, Cannon Tatum 2, Jake Moak 2, Tripp McBride 2, Jensen Waggoner, Gunner Garrett, Croston Cummings (Mercy Medical Scoring) Raylon Bradford, Waylon Sullivan, Cason Rogers, Burch

Ables Farms 6 HD Remodeling 5 (9-10 Boys)
(Ables Farms Scoring) Hayden Essmeier 2, Bentley Ponder 2, Noah Spillman, Eli Lamkin, (HD Remodeling Scoring) Axel Coe 2, Aaron Lowe 2, Aiden Reed

Field #3 Results

Bucketboat 6 Pardue Builders 5 (9-10 Girls)
(Bucketboat Scoring) Isabella Blewer 2, Sky Watkins 2, Rachel Bandy Amelia Staggs, Julie Ford, Faith Burns (4T Exterior Cleaning Scoring) Anna Phelps, Amelia Staggs, London Burks, Rachel Bandy, Teegan Hall, Kamryn James

Ruffled Feathers 12 Barksdale Fed Credit Union (7-8 Girls)
(Ruffled Feathers scoring) Ryan Kate Wyatt 3, Kate Keiffer 3, Ryliegh McCormick 3, Presley Carpenter 3, Brelaina Hall 2 (BFCU Scoring) Kylee Ann Allen 2, Raylie Hall, Abigail Sullivan, Natalie Sullivan, Harley Jordan

Family Pharmacy 19 Grit & Grace 7 (7-8 Girls)
(Family Pharmacy scoring) Hannah Aldy 3, Ashlyn Petre 3, Ainsley Bougues 3, Adeline Anderson 3, Aubrie Allen 3, Madi Spillman 2, River Waggoner (Grit & Grace scoring) Halle Coody 2, Charley Linton 2, Scarlett Aucoin, Emma Gray, Elliot Savage

Field #4 Results

Listle Real Estate 10 Southern Kustoms 10 (11-13 Grils)
(Southern Kustoms Scoring) Alivia Anderson 2, Molly Beaubouef 2, Timberly Wilson, Gabby Edwards, Sienna Box, (Listle Real Estate Scoring) Jade Cook 2, Malena Listle 2, Marie 2, Ralieigh Medaries 2, Tu-Tu, Genna Ford

Barksdale Fed Credit Union 14 Farm Bureau 4 (11-13 Girls)
(BFCU Scoring) Carlynn Waters, 2, Lily Jones 2, Brenna Lamkin 2, Adysen Breeland 2, Avery Watson 2, Emma Toms, Brenna Lamkin, Demi (Farm Bureau Scoring) Breelyn Boone 2, Kaylee Friday 2, 

Uptown Tanning 12 Cubs 11 (7-8 Boys)
(Uptown Tanning Scoring) – Caleb Robinson 3, Thatcher Savage 3, Carter Kelley 2, Asher Norred 2, Maddox Graham, Chance LeMoine (Cubs Scoring) Grant Williams 2, Ryder Pardue 2, Ridge Lewtor, Mason Tolar, Bentley Hall, Baylor Garrett

Schedule of Games

Thursday, May 26 

LEAGUE AGEHOME VISITORFIELD TIME
3-4 Wee BallJim NeatherlandJonesboro State BankT Ball 16:00pm
Grit & GraceTigersT Ball 26:00pm
Mitchells Red SoxT Ball 17:00pm
MaxwellsYankeesT Ball 27:00pm
9-10 BoysHD RemodelingTraina’s BakeryField 26:00pm
Ables FarmsMercy MedicalField 27:30pm
9-10 GirlsBucketboatPardue BuildersField 36:00pm
4T Exterior CleaningLeach Lawn CareField 37:30pm
11-13 Boys VP Oil ChangeJohnny’s PizzaField 16:00pm
Elite RoofingCentric Fed Credit UnionField 17:45pm
11-13 GirlsSouthern KustomsFarm BureauField 46:00pm
Listle Real EstateBarksdale Fed Credit UnionField 47:45pm

Tuesday, May 27

LEAGUE AGEHOMEVISITORFIELD TIME
5-6 Tee BallRyca EnergyBravesT Ball 16:00pm
Jonesboro State BankAstrosT Ball 2 6:00pm
Jonesboro Animal ClinicDavid Mauthe TruckingT Ball 17:00pm
CardinalsA’sT Ball 27:00pm
7-8 Boys5A Pump & HoseJonesboro State BankField 26:00pm
Jackson Parish HospitalCubsField 16:00pm
Klassy KleanUptown TanningField 27:30pm
7-8 GirlsGrit & GraceRuffled FeathersField 36:00pm
Barksdale Fed Credit UnionFamily PharmacyField 37:30pm

Games against Castor (Wednesday, May 28)

LEAGUE AGEHOMEVISITORFIELDTIME
7-8 GirlsGrit & GraceCastorCastor9:00am
9-10 GirlsBucketboatCastorCastor10:45am
11-13 GirlsFarm BureauCastorFarm Bureau12:30pm

East Bound and Up

Louisiana Tech’s baseball team, proud of its “rally trains” that often opportunistically chug across the tracks beyond J.C. Love Field’s outfield fence, found itself last weekend in need of a rally bus.

Or two.

Or more.

The 12-hour one-way trip to play Charlotte in North Carolina in the final three-game series of the regular season began mid-morning Tuesday aboard a pair of busses. This happens at a school Tech’s size many times each season. Few charter flights at mid-majors.

Most people don’t appreciate the grind of sports travel. You just think it’s hard getting to the family reunion and not losing your mind or getting in a fistfight once you’re there. That’s a ride for a quarter on a drugstore pony compared to moving an entire team from Point Home to Point Lord-Help-Us-All.

Flying commercial with a baseball team is stressful for lots of reasons — cost, long layovers or delayed flights, and mainly airport check-in folk who, God love them, are not usually prepared for the amount of equipment a team needs to transport.

You can get through a line faster at the world’s worst DMV. But say what you will about the DMV, they don’t make you take your shoes off to walk inside.

The friendly skies my ass.

But a bus, you can control. Until you can’t.

And that’s what happened.

I was tagging along with the team and, having driven to Carolina and back many times, knew my butt would be numb. Didn’t know my mind would be too.

Tech’s first leg was to Hoover, Alabama. Six hours, practice, sleep, Wednesday ride the next six hours, practice, sleep, play Thursday and Friday, play Saturday morning and ride all night the 12 hours back to Ruston.

It worked out that way and wasn’t bad, most things considered — unless you consider what should have been a Silver Streak-like, stop-at-Cracker-Barrel-for-lunch, Straight Shot to Hoover.

Unfortunately, you do have to consider it, and it was stupefying.

Our drivers stopped in Tallulah for an emergency kidney transplant. (Check that: for a soda pop.) Then we stopped an hour after lunch and only 80 minutes from Hoover because one of the busses needed to rest for 15 minutes or it might “explode.” Something about calibration or restoration but more likely a fabrication, which in this case was driver talk for “I need a heater and another soda pop.”

We were eastbound, but down. Uneasy riders.

Because there were too many hitches in too many git-a-longs, we finally worked out a compromise with the drivers. It was something like, “Can we borrow the keys?” They drove and there were no more unscheduled stops. Probably just a misunderstanding.

Probably.

The Bulldogs lost to Charlotte’s 49ers, the hottest team in the league at 11-1 against Conference USA opponents in their most recent four series, in Game 1, 11-3. Most things considered, semi-embarrassing. But as they’ve done all season, the ’Dogs rebounded to win the next two, 8-3 and 14-5, making the ride home much less painful.

The busses might have stopped, but they didn’t slow Tech down. Pretty resilient, these Bulldogs.

Funny thing about a baseball team. On the road, they stumble into a restaurant or truck stop and fan out in their street shorts and tees and the people inside don’t know if the carnival is in town, if the roadies for Motley Crue are hungry, or if the church men’s group is stopping for gas and a Peanut Pattie on the way to help clean up after a hurricane. All shapes and sizes, these baseball guys.

But on the field, if you’ve watched them play, who they’ve become is easy to recognize. Tech bussed to Hattiesburg, Miss., Tuesday — you get the feeling they’d have walked if necessary, so eager are they to play — to begin the Conference USA tournament today. They’re 38-18 overall, 20-10, and second place in the league. A tournament title is on the line, maybe a berth in next week’s regionals.

Their coach says his guys are just ready to get the show back on the road.

“This time of year, you need to be playing loose, having fun, and we seem to be doing that,” Lane Burroughs said. “I don’t know how we’ll do this week. But I can assure you of this: these guys aren’t ready for the season to end.”

They don’t want to stop anymore.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

 


Legacy League shines spotlight on participants

The Jackson Parish Legacy League continued their play this week with games that took place on Field 3 of the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Sports Complex, located at 5254 Hwy 4, just east of Jonesboro.

The League is not about winning or losing or even keeping score but rather designed to give young people with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities the opportunity to compete in a fun filled environment under volunteer assistance.

In conjunction with the Jackson Parish Recreation Department, the Jackson Parish Journal is pleased to shine a spotlight this week on a couple of the competitors as well as provide photographs of those who received medals.

This week: Markel Cooper, Jarod Louviere

Markel Cooper – Markel is a 7 year compassionate young boy who loves numbers and letters! He received four certificates at his school Weston High School for A honor roll all year, top of the class in ELA, top of the class in Math, and the Biggest Heart Award! He loves school and loves eating pizza! He also enjoys attending Rivers of Joy Ministries church. His parents Marcus and Charlisaer Cooper twin sisters and brother are extremely proud of him.

Jarod Louviere – Jarod is the 12yr old son of Waylon & Jennifer Louviere. Jarod is such a loving child and will make friends with anyone. He wants to be a cop when he grows up and will write you a ticket and arrest you on the spot. He loves his older twin brothers more than mom and daddy. Jarod was a child abuse case that caused him to have brain injury. He is paralyzed on the left side but it doesn’t stop him.


Southern Plainsmen Quartet at Jonesboro Branch of Jackson Parish Library on Friday

The Jackson Parish Library is pleased to announce that the Southern Plainsman Quartert, which includes Quitman native Tim Thomas, will present a concert at 3:00pm at the Jonesboro Branch, located at 614 South Polk Avenue. Organized in May,1978 in the rolling pine-hills of West-Central Louisiana, the quartet is an outreach of the Southern Plainsmen Ministries, Inc., a non-profit Christian organization. The ministry, supported by the contributions of its Christian friends, appears in Christian churches regardless of denominational affiliation on an expense plus freewill-love-offering basis.

In 1998, the twentieth year in the ministry, THE SOUTHERN PLAINSMEN were appointed “Louisiana’s Ambassadors of Goodwill” by Governor Mike Foster. This is an honor not taken lightly by THE SOUTHERN PLAINSMEN. They are proud of their Christian heritage, proud to be American and proud of the State and Communities from which they hail.

For more about the Southern Plainsmen Quartet click here: http://www.southernplainsmen.com/

LDWF presents “Baby Alligators” at Chatham Branch on Thursday