Town of Jonesboro Receives Clean Audit for 2019 and 2020

(Press Release by Town of Jonesboro) The citizens of the Town of Jonesboro have a reason to celebrate. Something that has not happened in many years has happened recently and that is the town received not one, but two unmodified audit opinions for the 2019 and 2020 audits. An unmodified opinion is the desire of every municipality as it is the best audit report one can get. The Town of Jonesboro has been
removed from the non-compliance list thereby making us eligible to apply for grant funding to
continue making improvements to the town’s infrastructure, streets, and other essential items for
the town.

There are four (4) types of auditor opinions: unmodified opinion or clean report; qualified
opinion or qualified report, disclaimer of opinion or disclaimer report and adverse opinion or
adverse audit report. The highest and best is the one received by the town in its two most recent
years of reports, unmodified opinion.

Mayor Thompson said:

“I am pleased with the progress made by the town over the last three and
one-half years of my administration. While we are not where I would want us to be financially, I
can see that we are on track to becoming more financially solvent. To have not one but two
years of unmodified audit opinions is no small feat. I want to thank the team at City Hall for the
work they put into making this a reality. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve
this kind of audit and is indicative of the commitment to excellence by the team I have
assembled. Our goal is to continue operating at the highest level of efficiency and integrity and
to do what is best for the citizens of the Town of Jonesboro. We aspire to continue achieving
great audit reports.”

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor, while removing the town from the non-compliance list, did
remind us that the town’s fiscal health is still one of concern. We are seeking new revenue
streams and cutting expenses wherever possible. Our goal is to increase revenues so that the
revenues exceed expenses and to continue providing the town’s citizens with quality service.
Jonesboro let’s roll up our sleeves and continue to make the necessary improvements in our

WHS male Athlete of the Year, Davis Tolar, fulfills pledge

Last weekend Davis Tolar packed up and headed to Conway, AR where he will continue his baseball career at Central Baptist College. Excited as he was to get to the campus it was even more important that before he left he visited with the love of his life.

It wasn’t a girlfriend he had to say goodbye to but his “self appointed” little sister, Lillie Frasier, the daughter of Krisitie and his former baseball coach Chase. This is a love affair that was born out of tragedy. In October of 2020, Chase was killed in a tragic auto accident that shook the Weston High family to the core. Especially devasted was Tolar, who had formed that rare kind of bond with his baseball coach and the family, that goes beyond the sport and lasts a lifetime.

His love for Lillie was maybe best exhibited the following spring after Weston had beaten rival Quitman in the contest that the Wolves team had dubbed “Chase the Win” in honor of the beloved coach. As soon as the game was over Tolar rushed over, grabbed up Lillie and carried her on to the field where she could take part in the celebration and be showered with love. davis and lillie

Another example of how much of an impact that Coach Frasier had on Tolar came after the Class B Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association, first team, All-Stater signed his baseball scholarship. Tolar stated that the thing he was most proud of was that he had fulfilled the pledge he had made to himself to work hard and get a scholarship to honor the belief that Frasier had in him. 

It wasn’t just on the baseball field that the son of Nick and Jennifer Tolar displayed his tremendous heart and dedication. The multi talented Tolar was expected to be a major contributor for the Wolves basketball team also. Early on in the season, as he was just rounding into form, Tolar suffered a severe ankle injury. It looked to be another devastating setback that would prematurely end his basketball career. Not a chance! Determined to be on the court again, Tolar gutted through the pain and was instrumental in helping Weston beat Quitman in the final district game of the year. 

Heart and dedication alone doesn’t get you selected as the male Athlete of the Year and be honored at the 2022 Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. You need to have the stats as well. TThis is an area where there is only success to report.

Tolar led Jackson Parish with 9 doubles and 18 hits for extra bases this past baseball season that included four triples and five home runs. With 39 RBI and 30 runs scored he was one of the few in the parish to be a member of the 30/30 club. He also compiled the third highest batting average in the parish, ending the year with an even .500 average at the plate helping Weston to the Class B state quarterfinals and be ranked the #1 team in the state for the majority of the season. In basketball he averaged 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game. 

Tolar’s decorated high school career is now done. His college career is just beginning.  Like his love for Lillie, his being named 2022 Weston High School male Athlete of the Year will be a part of his future forever. 





Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District celebrates graduation of 12 EMT’s

The Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District (JPASD) is pleased to announce the graduation of 12 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) from the first ever training class that was held in the new JPSAD training center, located at 115 Watts Street in Jonesboro. 

The Class of 2022 is represented by Janet Hinton, Michelle Bartlett, Troy Mason, Angela Tinnerello, Hunter Curry, Mallory Farris, Cody Williams, Stephanie Atkins, Janine Smith, Kourtney Emanus, Abigail Shreve and Daniel Allen.

In a statement posted on the JPASD Facebook page, Director Aaron Johnson expressed his pleasure to be able to hold a training class at their location and offered congratulations to the graduates. 

“We are beyond EXCITED and PROUD to have 12 individuals graduate our 1st ever EMT Class in the Jackson Parish Ambulance Service Training Center. We are thankful to the residents of Jackson Parish for their continued support. With that support we now make a difference in the community through education. The newly built Training Facility is a blessing to us. The future offers even more room to grow. May God use each and everyone of you on this journey in Emergency Medical Services.” 


Police Jury reschedules Tuesday meeting for Thursday

Due to the lack of enough members in attendance, the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury that was supposed to have taken place on Tuesday, has now been rescheduled for Thursday. The entire cast of seven Police Juror’s don’t have to be in attendance to conduct an official meeting but at least four of the seven have to be there in order to establish a quorum. On Tuesday, only Amy Magee, Regina Rowe and President Lynn Treadway were present. The Thursday session will take place at 5:15pm and be held in the Charles H. Garrett Community Center located at 182 Industrial Drive. 

Scheduled Agenda

Call to Order
Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance
Public Comments
Approve Minutes
Adopt the minutes of the June 21st, July 28th, and August 4th Jury Meetings, monthly purchase orders, and the payment of all bills
Approve Committee Reports:
Finance Committee
Adopt the minutes of the August 11th Finance Committee meeting
Consider and act on a resolution to adopt the 2022 millage rates. Roll call vote
Road Committee
Adopt the minutes of the August 4th Road Committee meeting
Consider and act on recommendation from Road Committee to accept quote from LA Revegetation for $16,250.00 to alleviate washouts on the shoulders of State Park Road.
Solid Waste Committee
Adopt the minutes of the July 21st and August 10th Solid Waste Committee meetings
Consider and act on recommendation from Solid Waste Committee to purchase 2023 Tractor Truck.
Consider and act on recommendation from Solid Waste Committee for installation of lighting at 4 gravel bin sites.
Buildings & Grounds Committee
Adopt the minutes of the August 12th Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting
Consider and act on recommendation from Buildings & Grounds Committee for lease of Community Center, contingent on recommended changes by Mr. Darrell Avery, Assistant D.A., for Assisted Living Agency.
Consider and act on recommendation by Building & Grounds Committee to authorize the President of the Police Jury to write a letter to the Mayor of the Town of Jonesboro that stresses the importance of replacing one section of concrete at Veteran’s Park as soon as possible.
Approve Management Reports
Operations Manager Report – Mr. Brad Roller
13. Road Superintendent Report – Mr. Jody Stuckey
a. Accept the Emergency/Off-Schedule Report
14. Solid Waste Superintendent Report – Mr. Robin Sessions
Other Business
15. Engineering Report – Mr. Paul Riley, The Riley Co. of Louisiana
Announcements & Notifications
Juror Comments


JHHS football hosting fund raising events

The Jonesboro-Hodge High School Football team is hosting a 2-Man Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 20th at the Trails End Country Club in Arcadia. Registration begins at 7:00am with a Shotgun Start slated to begin at 8:00am. 

Cost to enter is $200.00 per team and hole sponsors are avaialble for $100.00. The tournament will play in two flights with first prize paying $300.00 per team. Second gets $200.00 and third place in each flight earns $100.00

“We are hoping for a big turnout,” said JHHS athletic director and head football coach Terrance Blankenship. “This fundraiser will go along way in helping us defray the costs of the upcoming season so we would appreciate your support.” 

For more information on how to enter or to be a sponsor contact: Terrance Blankenship at 318-533-9200.

Booster Club offers commerative T-Shirts

With the first home game of the season (September 9th) being designated as RED OUT where you are asked to wear red shirts, the JHHS Booster Club is offering special edition Tiger T-Shirts. The catchy clothing apparel is adorned with Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers Football in white and blue letters surrounding a football, helmet and field on the front. In memory of LaJavion Nichols, who tragically lost his life last summer and would be a senior this year, the back contains the phrase Forever In Our Hearts with he #2 set with wings on each side in the back. 

Cost of the T-Shirt is $19.00 regardless of size and all orders must be received by August 26th. You can make your purchase by going to CashApp ($KSmith926) or instant messaging Latonya Moss on Facebook. If using CashApp put the size of shirt you request in the FOR section.

Stevens, Mercer, Smith win annual JPRD 3-Man Scramble

The team of Stevens, Mercer, Smith shot a two day total of 34 under par score of 110 over the par 72 layout to win the annual 3-Man Scramble tournament held at the Jackson Parish Golf Course this past Saturday and Sunday. 

The premier event of the year that annually draws the most participants of any tournament held at the JPGC once again proved it’s populatiry as fifty four teams, consisting of a combined total of 162 players played on the 9-hole course.

“The tourney ended up being one of our best ones yet,” said Tourney Director, Peyton Mitchell. “There wrere lots of good golfers from all over.”

This was evidenced by the increbile low scoring submitted including the 19-under par (53) submitted by the winning trio on the first day backed by the 14 under par (57) round on Sunday. Second place in the Championship Flight went to locals Chad Roden, Brad Porter and Mitchell, who was two strokes back at 112. Nick Banaka, Trent Ellis and Garrett, Dolcheck came in third. 

Winner of the First Flight with a score of 22 under par (122) was KP Miles, John Bell and Landon Nobles. The Second Flight went to Terrell, Hester and McGuire who won on a scorecard playoff after a round of who shot 128 with the Third Flight being won by Wells, Wells and Hodges who shot 132 over the two days.

Stevens, Mercer, Smith5355110
Mitchell, Porter, Roden5656112
Banaka, Ellis, Doicheck5857115
Miles, Bell, Nobles6161122
Howard, Sweeney, Rushing6261123
Dill, Wells, Hooper6162123
Terrell, Hester, McGuire6563128
Patterson, Dodd, Davis6464128
Walsworth, Pardue, Brown6465129
Wells, Wells, Hodges6567132
Pender, Langston, Trosclair6668134
Hill, Vines, Washam6867135

Entergy offering low-income families assistance with their utility bills

Utility bills have sky rocketed this summer. In an effort to help low income families deal with the hike in prices, Entergy Louisiana has partnered with Louisiana United Ways to offer bill payment assistance on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying residential customers across the state.

“We have a total of $4.4 million that our shareholders have allocated to assist our customers,” said Yovanka Daniel, vice president of customer service for Entergy Louisiana.

To qualify, customers must have a total household income of up to 250% of the federal poverty level, which equates to $69,000 for a family of four.

“We are sending out communication to our customers that qualified, to let them know that this is available to them, and it will be available to them on August 17,” explained Daniel.

After a summer of high bills, Daniel said this is a one-time $150 credit.

Customers applying for the $150 assistance plan should have these documents:

Photo ID (driver’s license or state-issued ID, passport)

and one of the following income options for each income earner age 18 or older:

First page of 2021 tax return(s)
2021 W2(s)
Last paystub(s)
Social Security Administration 1099 or 1042S form(s)

Entergy is also offering late payment fee credits for eligible reidential customers beginning August 17th. For details about both programs, visit

Tiger fans requested to buy Bayou Jamb tickets at JHHS

It is time to get ready for a high school football weekend like no other as the annual Bayou Jamb kicks off the 2022 LHSAA season on August 26th – 27th. The Bayou Jamb began in 2006 and is now considered Louisiana’s largest high school football jamboree. For the first time in history the two day contest will be played at Joe Aillet Stadium on the campus of Louisiana Tech in Ruston. 

The athletic department at Jonesboro-Hodge asks that you buy your tickets at the school so that all the proceeds will go to the football program. Cost of ticket is $15.00 and is good for all seven games that will be played over the two days. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate but proceeds gained from ticket sales at the stadium are split among the 14 teams participating. 

FAN JAMB WEEK – Ruston, LA – You have never seen a Bayou Jamb like this before! Don’t miss it!
August 22 – 27, 2022 fans will enjoy signature events such as Fan Jamb Pregame Live, Grill and
Chill Tailgate, Media Day, First Down 5K, and Taste of the Tailgate Cook-Off. A week’s worth of
Bayou Jamb events packed throughout the community of Ruston to give everyone the Bayou Jamb
experience leading up to the Big Games August 26-27th.

Monday, August 22nd:
BAYOU JAMB MEDIA DAY – Ruston, LA – The Bayou Jamb 2022 Media Day will be Monday,
August 22nd, at Ruston Civic Center beginning at 10 am Coaches from the fourteen participating
teams will address the media, and each school will bring two of its top players. Special guests in
attendance include Mayor Ronny Walker, Bayou Jamb Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees,
representatives from Louisiana Tech Athletics, Louisiana Tech Cheerleaders, Regal Blues, and
Tech’s #1 Bulldog, “CHAMP”. The 2022 Bayou Jamb Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees are
Coach Micah Harper, Coach Tommy Reeder and Coach Scott Stone (posthumously). Bayou Jamb
Media Day 2022 is sponsored by Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union

Tuesday, August 23rd
CHARACTER COUNTS PLAYBOOK TOUR – Ruston, LA – Players from participating Bayou Jamb
schools will tour Ruston Elementary School on Tuesday, August 23rd, connecting with students about
the importance of maintaining healthy relationships in the game, in the classroom, and in our
everyday lives. Each student will receive a coupon for one (1) What-A-Burger Kids Meal. Bayou Jamb
Character Counts Playbook Tour is sponsored by Whataburger.

BUSINESS CONNECT – Ruston, LA – Bayou Jamb Business Connect is a networking event for
business professionals held at the Ruston Civic Center Tuesday, August 23rd from 5-7 PM. This twohour event is open to all business professionals. Help welcome Bayou Jamb and its committee
members to meet other professionals, share ideas and resources while learning more about the local
businesses, increase awareness about your own business, make new connections, and connect with
existing clients. Bayou Jamb business connect is sponsored by Zaxby’s.

Wednesday, August 24th
TASTE OF THE TAILGATE COOK-OFF – Ruston, LA – A perfect lunch to kick off football season!
Bayou Jamb is hosting a tailgate cook-off at the Ruston Civic Center on Wednesday, August 24th
from 11-3 pm. Local restaurants and chefs will battle it out for the Championship Title. Don’t miss
cheering for your favorite team while showing support for your favorite school as part of ticket
proceeds go back to participating Bayou Jamb schools. General Admission is $10 or VIT Wristband
(Very Important Tailgater) $25. Purchase tickets at or download our app on Google
Play here. Taste of the Tailgate is sponsored by Louisiana National Bank.

Thursday, August 25th
SALUTE TO SERVICE – Ruston, LA – Salute to Service is a year-round effort to Honor, Empower,
and Connect our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families through sports. To encourage
military appreciation, Bayou Jamb will host a tribute to our service men and women and participating
school’s ROTC students on Thursday, August 25th, at the North Louisiana Military Museum. Please
join us for this free event sponsored by Allied Roofing.

Friday/Saturday, August 26th-27th
FAN JAMB PREGAME LIVE DOWNTOWN – Ruston, LA – Get ready for downtown Ruston at
Railroad Park to transform into Bayou Jamb Campus! The coolest place to pregame for Bayou Jamb!
You can expect a fan-friendly, walkable footprint featuring live music, food trucks, themed restaurant
promotions, and fun activities starting Friday, August 26th, through Saturday, August 27th. We will
pay tribute to our school teachers in this year’s “Teacher’s Rock Lip Sink Contest’. Sponsored by

Saturday, August 27th
FIRST DOWN 5K – Ruston Sports Complex, Ruston, LA – Join us for the Inaugural Bayou Jamb First
Down 5K on Saturday, August 26th, 2022, beginning at 7 AM. Enjoy the beautiful course through the
private grounds of the Ruston Sports Complex located in Ruston, LA. Participants registering before
August 12th will receive a 5K t-shirt and commemorative bib. Plenty of food and drinks post-race.
Kids 10 and under can sign up for the Gridiron Gang Dr. Pepper Dash. Register for both events now
at or download our app on Google Play here. First Down 5K sponsored by Ochsner
Medical Center

PACK THE DAC  (Joe Aillet Stadium) – Watch all the football games in comfort with Club
Level access. Covered outdoor seating or indoor air-conditioned area with unlimited food and drinks
and the first football of the season! Great food, atmosphere, and an experience you won’t forget. This
will sell out! Purchase tickets at or download our app on Google Play here

TAILGATING – Joe Aillet Stadium – Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th, @ Joe Aillet
Stadium. In addition to the great football action, our Brookshire’s Grillin’ and Chillin’ Tailgate starts at
3:00 PM on Friday with tailgating, music, and an activity-filled Kid’s Zone sponsored by Raising
Canes. Football fans can set up their RVs, tents, and grills and stay for the weekend to watch all of
the football action. Families are encouraged to come out to see the oversized gas-powered
“Brookshire’s Buggy” along with other fun activities and test your fitness level in the Championship
Tailgate area with the Army, National Guard, and Marine Corp fitness testing and on-site displays.
Reserve your spot today for only $50 by visiting 

2022 Bayou Jamb Game Schedule 

Friday – August 26th
5:30 pm St. Frederick vs. Mangham
7:00 pm Ouachita vs Oak Grove

Saturday – August 27th
11:00 am Lincoln Prep vs Red River
1:00 pm Jonesboro Hodge vs. Franklin Parish
3:00 pm OCS vs Jena
5:00 pm Evangel vs. Cedar Creek
7:00 pm West Monroe vs. Ruston

‘Elvis has left the planet’

We have boots on the ground in Memphis where the PGA Tour event finished this weekend as Elvis Week was kicking off.

“The town,” my friend Jay, a bona fide local, reports, “is full of energy.”

Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977 at Graceland, his Memphis home, and has now been gone, at least in theory, for 45 years, which is longer than he was with us in the flesh, a brief but dynamic 42 years.

Hurts me.

We say he’s been gone “in theory” because people have, somewhat routinely, reported seeing him here and there. You can Google — something Elvis would be surprised people were doing to him today — and read of Elvis sightings from Kalamazoo to remote islands in seas you’ve never heard of. In the early-1990s, there was a raft of Elvis sightings on Texas Street in downtown Shreveport, seems like every other Thursday. I’d answer the phone at the paper and, “You gotta get down here to the corner of Texas and Market! Guy who looks, I swear, looks just like Ebis is…”

Ebis. As in Presley.

Things were like that then.

This “Elvis Spotting” trend has waned over a nearly half-century, but there was a time when there was gossip or sensational newspapers at the grocery store, and once a month there would be Elvis on the Front Page, of course.

He’d faked his death and was living in Aruba. He’d gotten in too thick with the Mafia and was living in a witness protection program at a location undisclosed. He’d had plastic surgery and burned all his sequined jump suits and was employed as a janitor at The MGM Grand in Vegas.

And, the one I found the most plausible of all, he’s been hiding out in plain sight since 1985 as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association where he goes by the name of “Coach Elvis Presley” but, since it’s Sacramento…

If you were in Memphis this week, you probably enjoyed the live band playing and “backing” Elvis on the big screen, the re-showing of a long-ago live concert. You watched the Elvis Tribute Contest Special and all the pretend Elvises/Elvi perform. Probably paid your respects at the annual candlelight vigil.

And you probably concluded as I have, sad as it is, that Elvis really did die 45 years ago, at age 42. I believe it was Horace Logan, God bless him, the producer and announcer of the Louisiana Hayride all those years ago, who innocently uttered what would become an iconic phrase: “Elvis has left the building.”


Do you remember what you were doing when you found out Elvis had left the planet?

I was mowing the parsonage grass, front yard, in Homer when the new preacher at First Baptist, my own personal dad, came outside gyrating in a manner that suggested I turn off the mower. Something terrible must have happened, I thought, because he never suggested I quit mowing unless I was on fire or bleeding.

“Elvis died,” he said, and offered a murky explanation, he having just found out his own self. We had a moment of silence.

“Well,” he said, “I’m gonna keep unpacking. You keep mowing.”

Life for us rural non-entertainers rolled on.

Would love to go to Graceland, but the closest I ever got was the 7-Eleven across the street. Wonder if it’s still there. I had a long layover and caught a cab just to get within Elvis’ gravitational pull. I picked up a pay phone — that’s how long ago it’s been — to call a Memphis-savvy friend. It was one of those moments you have to share.

“It’s just like you said it’d be,” I told him. “I’ve been here 20 minutes and everybody I’ve seen on this side of town has those Elvis sideburns. Even the women.”

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Jonesboro Mayor asks business owners to assist again with Christmas Lights

Town of Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson is calling upon local business owners once again for assistance in decorating their locations for the annual Christmas Lights Festival. Thompson recently issued the following letter. 

Dear Downtown Business Owner:

My, how time flies! We are already at mid-year, the point where we begin to think about and plan for Christmas in the Town of Jonesboro. For the last two years, we called upon local business owners for assistance, many of whom graciously put up the lights on their own buildings. The Town assumed responsibility for lighting up the boulevard, provided lights to those businesses who requested them, and town employees (in their off time) assisted business owners with putting up lighting. Somehow, despite our economic woes, we got the job done! Thank you for whatever role you played in making it happen for Jonesboro.

We would like to decorate the town this year and are once again asking that each business owner assist us in this undertaking. My hope is that working together we can make Christmas in the Pines at least equal to last year’s or perhaps better, something we can all be proud of. If you have ideas on how we might make Christmas lighting all that it can be in Jonesboro’s lighting celebration we are open to hearing your suggestions.

Thank you for cooperation in helping to decorate and for your interest in our town. May God bless and keep us all.
Mayor L. Thompson

Recreation Board considers providing assistance at Caney Lake

When the news was presented it caught even several of the Recreation Board members by surprise. Despite being by far the biggest recreation draw in Jackson Parish there is no money alloted to Caney Lake through the Recreation District. 

This was brought to the forefront by Jackson Parish Watershed Commission (JPWC) Vice President, Gary Joyner, during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Recreation Board that was held at the Jackson Parish Golf Course on Tuesday. Joyner made a request for the panel members to agree to contribute $12,000.00 to the JPWC to help with the costs associated maintaining the lake. 

“We (JPWC) do not receive any funding from the state and are asking for your help in our effort to continue to make Caney Lake a premier recreation option not only in our parish but in the state as well,” said Joyner. 

In his very informational presentation, Joyner pointed out that Caney Lake is easily the most recognized lake in the state. This was evidenced by his meeting with state of Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, who in his capacity oversees all state parks and tourism in the state.

“When I mentioned that I was from Jackson Parish, Nungessner gave a big smile and started bragging about how important Caney Lake was to the states tourism industry,” said Joyner. 

Joyner went on to say that according to records, over 55,000 people visited Jimmie Davis State Park and that the JPWC had collected roughly 4,200 envelopes containing boat launch fees at the public boat ramps.

“We would like to do away with collecting boat launch fees to better enhance the experience for visitors to the lake,” continued Joyner. “At present this is the primary way the JPWC generates money to pay us pay for the work we do at the lake but it is not enough.”

Joyner stated that in 2021, $11,060.00 was received in boat launch fees and another $2,500.00 was generated through the sale of permits. This came to a total of $13,560.00 but the JPWC had over $17,000.00 in expenses in maintaining the lake and adjacent areas. 

“If you would assist us with this funding, you would not only be doing our commission a great service but local residents and visitors that use the lake, as we wouldn’t have to ask people to pay for launching their boats,” said Joyner. 

Joyneer further stated that the lake deserves to have money from the Recreation Board allocated to it.

“You apply funds to the Golf Course and the Sports Complex, which is understandable,” said Joyner. “Yet the lake brings in the most revenue for the parish, by far has the most people use it and doesn’t get anything. It is easily the most valuable part of the recreation options in the parish and deserves to have money applied toward it.”

Recreation Board member Jeff Hairston, said he was surprised when he first learned that the Rec Board didn’t provide money to the lake. 

“When I first got on the board, I was amazed when I learned we didn’t put any money toward the lake.”

After further discussion the general consensus was that the board would be in agreement to work with the JPWC but a formal application for a Co-Operative Endeavor Agreement neeed to be submitted. 

The meeting opened with Bruce Thomas addressing the panel of Ricky Cash, Brandon Lamkin, Hairston, Chris Womack, Rod Potts and Sullivan Stevens asking for a progress report on the new nine holes that is planned to be built at the Golf Course. JPRD Director Tommy Davis stated that as part of the five year plan, the first three years involve the cutting and removal of timber which is continuing. It was further stated that the Board is continuing to look at ways to finance the expected 3.2 million dollars it would take to complete the long term project.

Additional discusssion centered on the audit that was presented last month. Questions were raised to further clarify why their was such a drop in revenue in concessions and why there wasn’t better records to identify the loss. Suggestions were also made to have better accounting and recording of point of sale items. 

The meeting ended with no action taken on the requests made by the villages of East Hodge and North Hodge, citing more information needed to be learned before any action could be taken. 

Jonesboro Cub Scout Pack 523 earns National Summertime Pack Award

The Jonesboro Cub Scout Pack 523 has just completed a very busy summer highlighted by earning the National Summertime Pack Award. The awardis acheived by doing one big activity for June, July, and August. The local Pack did a major activity in all three months. 

Starting in June, Scouts went on a Fishing Derby at Caney Lake where they reeled in not only 50+ fish, but a day’s worth of memories. In July the Scouts blasted off into Space & Science with exhibits at Sci-Port. Then later in the day they dove deep under the water at Shreveport Aquarium. The Scouts rolled into the their final activity in August by going bowling on National Bowling Day Aug. 13.

Scouts that took part in this summers events are:

Conner Cannady
Drake Montgomery
Elijah Shell
Hudson Hurt
Levi Callaway
Nolan Thomas

Amber Thomas
Brian Hurt
Candace Cannady
Mark Thomas

Jackson Parish Museum receives two artifacts

The Jackson Parish Museum and Fine Arts Association JPMFAA) received two artifacts this past week, one representing an original industry in the parish and the other that predicts what the future would hold fpr residents nearly one hundred years ago. 

The actual items received and accepted by the  JPMFAA board members this past Tuesday duriing their regularly scheduled monthly board meeting was a two-man, cross cut saw and a manuscript of a speech given to the Eros High School graduating Class of 1938.

The saw was donated by Jerri Tolar of Ruston, whose father was James Stovall Tolar of Jonesboro. The owner of the saw was Willie Wyatt from the community of Wyatt, LA.

The original manuscript that was delivered by Reverend W. R. Lyons of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Eros was donated by Debra Cheek Whitaker of Rayville, who found it while cleaning out a trunk she had purchased from the Dr. Yeager Estate in West Monroe. 

Both can be viewed at the Jackson Parish Museum, located at 515 South Cooper Avenue in Jonesboro by along with other historical artifacts by appointment during the week or on Saturday’s from 10:00am – 1:00pm. 

Globe Life taking appointments in Jackson Parish

Globe Life Family Heritage Divison Regional Director, Jamie Antley, announces that he will be in Jackson Parish through the remainder of August. Appointments can be made discuss your Life, Cancer, Heart, Stroke, ICU and Accident specialty insurance policies are by calling (318) 488-1218 or (318) 232-1810 and through email at

“What sets our company apart is that we pay directly to you, to use any way you see fit and in addition to any other insurance you have,” said Antley. “Coverage is guaranteed to be renewed as long as you live and premiums never increase due to age or because of claims filed.”

Globe Life has a A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, A+ Superior rating for financial strength by A.M. Best Company and serves more than 13 million policy holders. It is the preferred Life Insurance Company of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. 

“The best part is that you get back every dime you pay for your coverage,” continued Antley.