Tigers to host Pineville this Thursday


Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers hope to enjoy the sweet taste of victory for the second time in just six days when they host Class 5A Pineville this Thursday evening at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00pm.

The contest was tabbed for a Thursday date instead of the normal Friday night venue per an order handed down by the Director of the Louisiana High School Officials Association Monroe District.

“Due to a shortage of referees in the Monroe District, almost every school in the area was required to play a game on Thursday this year ” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “We were told by the Director at the beginning of the year that we were going to have to play either week two or week five on Thursday, so instead of playing our first home game of the year on Thursday, we chose the Pineville game.”

As it turns out it looks like the short turnaround couldn’t have come at a better time for the Tigers. Bouyed by their 30-26 season first victory over Lincoln Prep last week, that broke the three game season opening losing streak, the team enters the contest motivated and confident.q

“Getting ready to play on a short week is difficult as it takes you out of your normal routine,” reflected Blankenship. “Adjustments have to be made with everything from the practice schedule to getting mentally and physically prepared to play a day early. It makes it a little easier coming off a win though as the memory is one day fresher in our minds. ”

For visiting Pineville the challenge of the Thursday evening contest is just as difficult if not more. First of all the Rebels are still searching for their first win of the season after losing to a pair of Class 2A teams in Winnfield 33-6, and Menard 32-13 to open the season and then falling to Class 4A Tioga 41-7 and Class 5A Barbe 42-0 last week. Then there is always the bane of being the visiting team on a short week – having to make unusual travel arrangements.

While Coach Blankenship knows that Pineville has gotten the short end of the proverbial stick so far and that it is harder to hit the road for these kind of contests he cautions that it will take the Tigers best effort of the year to win this one.

“I guarantee you that the Pineville coaching staff and players have circled this game as a must win,” said Blankenship. “They enter district play next week and if they don’t get this one they might not win one all season. We are going to have to play better than we have so far.”

Injury Report: The Tigers will be without a key offensive performer this Thursday in Jason Blackburn. According to Coach Blankenship, the explosive freshman who played a key role in the Tigers victory this past Friday, severely turned his ankle in practice and will be out for at least a couple of weeks.

“It hurts that Jason went down as he was just now really starting to come into his own,” said Blankenship. “The rest of our backs are going to have to be ready for more extended work.”

Keys to victory!

Cut down on turnovers – The Tigers have turned the ball over 12 times in just the last two games compared to 15 all season last year. Even if JHHS had a juggernaut offense, which they don’t, it is impossible to overcome so many mistakes. Can’t hardly expect the Tigers to go turnover free but if they could limit the miscues to a minimum it would give them a better chance.

Establish a passing attack – The Tigers are averaging less than 100 yards per game through the air and have thrown 8 interceptions compared to four touchdowns, with three of those coming in the second half against Bunkie. For the first time all season a new QB won’t be starting. It is imperative that the Tigers improve in this area.

Defend the pass: This has also been a glaring weakness of the Tigers this season. Granted the secondary is inexperienced but they have to defend better if JHHS has a chance to win this one. All to often opponent receivers roam free in the secondary and when the Tigers have had a chance to make a play, they haven’t been able to capitalize. The secondary can’t get beat like they have so far.

Keys to victory:

Jackson Parish NAACP to host 2022 Candidate Forum on Saturday

The Jackson Parish NAACP Invites You to Meet Your Candiates for Jackson Parish
Mayor Town of Jonesboro
Chief of Police Town of Jonesboro
Member of School Board Districts 5 & 7
Alderman at Large Town of Jonesboro
Alderman Districts C & D Town of Jonesboro

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Come at 12:30 p.m. to meet the candidates
Forum 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Boyer-Bell Memorial Building
763 Beech Spring Hwy – Jonesboro, LA 71251

“YOUR VOICE MATTERS”

This event is being held to encourage citizens to become more involved in local government, by learning about the issues and positions of each candidate. The moderator will pose questions to the candidates and each one will have a limited time to respond. The public will be allowed to submit written questions at this forum. A panel will review the questions before they are posed to the candidates. At the end of the forum, each candidate will be given three minutes to present statements about their candidacy, explain why they are running for office and their position on various issuses.

Please contact Rose Jackson at 318-347-7580 or Windy Calahan at 318-680-5511 for more
information.


JPSHOF to honor Carrell Dowies and Jimmie Davis for Outstanding Acheivement


The Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame will hold induction ceremonies for the Class of 2022 at 6:00pm this Saturday, October 1st in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Enterring the hallowed hall will be Ted Reeves and Greg Harrell, who prepped at Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Mark Hale and Ashley Butler McCoy from Weston High and Derickal Saulsberry from the now defunct, Chatham High School.

Also being recognized are Carrell Dowies and Jimmie Davis who will be honored with the Outstanding Acheivement Award. Although serving in different generations, the pair was identical in their ability to reach athletes in their care. Both were not only adept in teaching their players the correct way to play sports but how to conduct themselves while doing so.

As a testament to each, scores of players and students at JHHS during their tenures profusely proclaim how instrumental Dowies and Davis was in assisting with the develop their character. Many also state that they wouldn’t have become the adults they are were it not for the values instilled in them by their beloved coach.

Both had tenures as head coaches in football, but it is primarily during their time as assistant coaches that they are remembered best for. As happens often, it is the assistant who spends most of the time in one-on-one conversations with a player. The good assitant becomees an ally, a friend and a mentor. The great ones, like Davis and Dowies also become a guiding force through not only what they say but the examples they set with how they live.

Carrell G Dowies, Jr., was raised in Homer, LA. He graduated from Homer High School, and upon graduation from high school traveled to Louisiana Tech on a full football scholarship. In 1949 he received his bachelor’s degree in education.

He began his coaching career at Jonesboro/Hodge in 1950, before being called into the armed services for the years of 1952-53. After serving his country, Dowies came back to JHHS where he stayed until 1956. Upon his return Dowies initiated an Eighth Grade Basketball program and was part of the coaching staff for both basketball and track State Championship teams, He was a firm believer in teaching the game of basketball to younger boys to prepare them for their high school days and teaching the game of life to his varsity player to prepare them for adulthood. While in Jonesboro, he married Harriett Michaud, formerly from Hodge.

Jimmie Marvin Davis Sr. graduated from Monticello High School in Mississippi before playing for four years at Alcorn State University. In 1974 the 6’5″ 250 lb. lineman was drafted by the Detroit Lions. An imposing figure on the gridiron in 1979 the students, faculty and staff at Jonesboro-Hodge grew to know him as a “gentle giant” who had a heart of gold. For 16 years, the last two as head coach of the JHHS football team, Davis provided his unique form of leadership, friendship and mentorship to countless numbers who played under him.

It was during his tenure that the Tigers completed the iconic “three peat”, winning three straight state championships in football. Countless additional deep runs in the playoffs were made in other sports as well, all of which Davis contributed to. Current JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship perhaps said it best when he recently described what Coach Davis meant to him and many others who played under him.

“He was a great coach but an even better man,” recalled Blankenship. “No player ever had a better friend and mentor. I can’t tell you how many young boys he helped be the person they are today, including me.”

While his devotion to his players and Jonesboro-Hodge High School was unrivaled it fails in comparision to his dedication to his family and the Lord. Davis not only “talked the talk” but “walked the walk” as well.

Dowies and Davis were two great gentlemen from two totally different eras. Regardless, the lessons of life that each taught, the love and friendship they extended and the character they portrayed, will forever be remembered and heralded for generations to come by the ones they touched.

While both are no longer with us, because of the impact both of the men made on their players, the lessons they taught are certain to be passed on from generation to generation of descendants. Greatness never dies…….

MGM Development Group gives update on Jonesboro Senior Village project

If you have driven along Industrial Drive in Jonesboro lately you have noticed that the landscape has changed dramatically. The reason is the site prep being done by MGM Develpment Group, LLC in conjunction of the upcoming construction of the planned Senior Village. 

MGM Group partner, Jeff Glover recently provided a an update on what has taken place so far and a schedule of what to expect over the upcoming months. 

“We have already had the existing metal buildings on the site torn down and the land is being cleared,” said Glover. “Separately, we granted the Town of Jonesboro a sewer easement through the property to help address some of the maintenance issues with their treatment pond.”

“We anticipate having all of our financing lined up and closed hopefully by the end of October. Construction will then begin in November,” continued Glover. “The construction loan is being provided by CenturyNext bank from Ruston / West Monroe and the general contractor is Magnolia Construction Group out of West Monroe. Magnolia has already opened an account at Pardue’s for supplemental building materials.”

To view the complete architect’s package of drawings click here. 

 

 


Junior High Recap: Season nearing end

The season for the area junior high basketball and football programs are nearing the end with one game remaining to be played, highlighted by Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School celebrating Homecoming on October 4th  The final games dates are as follows: 

September 29th:
Quitman Jr High vs Cedar Creek (boys/girls basketball)
Saline Jr. High vs Doyline (boys/girls basketball)
September 30th:
Weston Jr. High at Doyline (boys/girls basketball
October 4th:
Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School vs Red River Junior High (football) HOMECOMING

Game recaps:

September 22nd:
Weston 19 Dodson 11 (girls)
WJH scoring: Griffin 10, Slaughter 2, Waters 2, Morgan 2, Johns 2, Brown 1
Saline 40 Gibsland-Coleman 33 (girls)
SJH scoring: Sims 13, Jiles 13, Breeland 5, Fine 4, Hough 2
Weston 29 Dodson 7 (boys)
WJH scoring: Tidwell 10, Henderson 6, Harris 2, Phares 2, Lewis 2, Allen 2, Kerinard 2, Zuniga 2, North 1
Gibsland-Coleman 41 Saline 33 (boys)
SJH scoring: Roberts 13, Fontenot 13, Bougues 2, Mauthe 2, Calloway 1

September 26th:
Weston 23 Doyline 3 (girls)
WJH scoring: Griffin 11, Waters 7, Bearden 3, Cuthrell 2
Doyline 33 Weston 32 (boys)
WJH scoring: Tidwell 15, Henderson 14, Lewis 3

September 27th:
JHMS 22 Arcadia 0 (football) 
JHMS scoring: Burks – 2 TD’s, Hayes – 1 TD, Malone – 2 pt run, Walker – 2 pt run


Dugdemona Farm and Feed hosting Fall Trade Days on Saturday, October 1st

Fall Trade Days, hosted by Dugdemona Farm and Feed, will take place from 8:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, October 1st. The event will take place at 132 Lowery Road in Quitman. 

Vendor Booths featuring local arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry and handmade goodies will be on site along with food trucks, a pumkin patch and a petting zoo for the children. As part of the festivities a pet parade and pet costume contest will take place beginning at 10:00am. 


Two for Two! Chatham, Parker win second straight NELHSA fishing tournament


Last year, Taylor and Landin Chatham, the brother/sister fishing team from Weston High got their picture taken regularly after continous top 10 finishes in the Northeast Louisiana High School Anglers Tournament circuit. They made an impressive duo that did so well they qualified for the year ending National High School Fishing Tournament.

Faced with having to get a new partner to compete with this year due to Taylor graduating last May, Landin turned to Jesse Parker from West Ouachita High School. While Parker may not be considered quite as “photogenic” as Landin’s pretty sister was, the new combination is earning their share of camera time after the first two events of the 2022-23 NELHSA Tournament Trail. The neighboring parish pair has also firmly entrenched their names atop the season long points standings by winning the second leg of the “Trail” held at Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville this past Saturday.

Combined with their season opening victory on the Ouachita River in August, Charham and Parker has now swept the fall portion of the NELHSA cuircuit. The next scheduled event will take place on Lake Bruin on January 14th.

The talented twosome landed the maximum five fish allowed for a total weight of 13.84 lbs, including a 4.12 pounder that was the third largest bass caught. While this was .54 pounds more than second place Josh Arrant and Cade Brown the final margin was only .04 pounds as a penatly for one of the fish not being able to be returned to the lake was applied.

Hayden Davis and Maddox Duck of Quitman High also recorded a top ten finish by coming in 6th place out of the 50 teams who competed with a five fish stringer of 10.36 pounds. Maddox Williams of Saline and his partner Eddie Hyatt, Jr. from Lakeside High in Sibley came in 11th. Another QHS team, Waylon Sullivan and Jake Vail, ended up in 27th place with the Weston High School team of Joseph Irvin and Braydon Brown checking in three spots down to earn a top 30 finish.

Final results of NELHSA Tournament on Lake D’Arbonne

Caney Storage LLC now open for business

Owner/operator, Jeff Hairston, is pleased to announce that Caney Storage LLC, located at 110 North Lake Drive just past the Hwy 4 bridge on Caney Lake, is now officially open for business.  

The easy to access, canopy covered, facility houses a large floorplan of 21 storage spaces, each measured at 13′ wide, 40′ deep and 13’6″ high that is outfitted with a 100v duplex outlet in each space. Addtional spaces are in the plans to be added soon. 

Considering the safety and security of your boat, RV, vehicle, travel trailer and other large movables the facility is surrounded by security fencing, contains bright lighting and a plethora of cameras. 

To reserve a space go to www.caneystorage.com, call 318-348-8822 or send an email to caneystorage@gmail.com.

Aerial view of Caney Storage LLC

JHHS Touchdown Club to meet Wednesday at 7:30 pm


Due to the JHHS vs Pineville football game being played on Thursday, the JHHS Touchdown Club will meet at 7:30pm on Wednesday in the locker room of Caldwell Peacock Stadium on the campus of Jonesboro Hodge High School. All members and any who wish to join are invited to come enjoy a scrumptious meal, review game film and hear from head coach Terrance Blankenship about the final non-district contest of the season against Class 5A Pineville.

Letters in the key of life

Yo Brendan!  

Word is you’re headed to church retreat to begin your high school senior year. I’ve been asked to write a letter of encouragement. You’ll get several from friends for you to read this week. Mine is a humble C+ at best, but I’m honored to be asked …  

You were born the day after I coached my final Little League game. For 10-plus years I had that privilege; most fun I’ve ever had.  

The day before you were born, we lost in the semifinals of the state championship, and if I’d have done just a couple things differently — like called time and talked to my pitcher Scarf one batter earlier — I feel certain we’d have been in the finals. And the team that won it all was better than we were but … they might not have been better than us two-out-of-three, not right then. Not on those days.  

So the next day driving up I-49, thinking about nothing other than what I have just told you, coming home after a week in South Louisiana and wishing I could turn back the clock and wishing I’d gotten my lard butt off the bucket and gone to the mound in the top of the ninth — your dad calls.  

Saw his name on the screen and knew what it was about.  

You had arrived on the scene.  

I felt better right then.  

Even though our little team of 14-year-olds didn’t quite get it done, they did as good as they possibly could have. Still, I was sad over the ending.  

And then your beginning made me happy  

Harmony of the universe and all that. God is like that sometimes.  

I would have loved to have seen you more as you grew up into the wonderful young man you’ve become.  

But I’ve gotten to “watch” you a lot through pictures and mostly through stories from your mom and dad. Every time they mention you, their voices are filled with joy and laughter and gratitude. Every time. It’s been fun to listen. And see.  

Seems all the stories have had happy endings. We’ve been blessed.  

I have a picture posted on my wall of you at age 3-ish sucking down a milkshake at a Shreveport burger joint, your eyes bulging and your cheeks working overtime. I have another picture of you running the bases with a batting helmet on, all business. I remember Brad pushing you into the pool and I remember us playing baseball outside your house.  

Since then, you have learned the joy of live theatre. Learned how to do long division. Figured out how to try and not be scared on a first date. Learned a lot—but you’re just beginning. Keep your mind and heart open for all God is teaching you.  

I am proud of you and love you because your mom and dad are proud of you and love you. There is never anything you could do, good or bad, that would make us love you more or less. We accept you right now as you are and are grateful for you being you.  

Maybe you get the point of all this, which is that I have always been a Brendan cheerleader and that will always be the case. It has made me proud when your parents have called me with a “Little Teddy” update. You were almost named that, but it would have been a disservice to you. You are a Brendan, and a really, really good one.  

A wise man once told me: Be kind. Love God and your neighbor. Don’t be too hard on yourself. That’s it. Enjoy this life you’ve been given.  

Your friend always,  
Uncle TA  

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu  


Lily Garrett commits to University of Tennessee in cross country


Lily Garrett has climbed to the top of the hill in the cross country rankings for the state of Louisiana. Next year she will be looking at mountains. That is because the daughter of Jonesboro native Bob Garrett and his wife Karen has made the commitment to run cross country with the University of Tennessee, situated in Knoxville, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains.

“Lily was very impressed with everything about Tennessee,” said Bob, who was a standout athlete himself at Jonesboro-Hodge and Louisiana Tech University “It was an advantage that she got to meet several other girls who were being recruited too and they quickly bonded. They all ended up commiting and are keeping in touch with each other almost every day. Very happy for her that she has found a place she seems to be real comfortable with.”

After coming back from her trip, Garrett and her Ruston cross country team traveled to Denton, TX to take part in the 2022 Garmin Milesplit Invitational, which pitted many of the top cross country teams in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana against each other.

We wanted to end September at a race that would really test us and show us where we were,” Ruston head coach Dustin Cochran said. “This race had everything you want. We got to see some of the best runners from Texas and Arkansas, as well as some great North Louisiana talent from Benton, Parkway, and Byrd.

Garrett finished 9th individually in the Girls Elite Race running the 3 mile course in 18:30. As a team Ruston finished in 8th place out of the 50 squads competing.

“Lily has had a big few weeks,” Cochran said. “It’s nice to see her back on the course leading the girls.

Louisiana considering mandatory summer school in hopes of improving literacy rates

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Public school systems across Louisiana may be in line for a change.

The possible adjustment is the result of the state’s literacy crisis, which education leaders say they’re poised to solve with a direct approach.

In referring to his initiative on literacy, State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley said, “I’m not going to back down.”

Brumley explained that he’s tackling literacy gaps among elementary students with a new proposal.

He described his proposal by saying, “If a student in grades kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth isn’t reading on grade level by the end of the school year, they would participate in 30 additional hours of support over the summer.”

But this mandatory summer school has sparked criticism on social media.

According to Brumley, it seems a viable option when taken into consideration alongside the significant number of students who’ve fallen behind due to hurricanes and pandemic-related problems.

“It was a year of starts and stops and interruptions…virtual face to face, virtual starts and stops,” he said. “We have to be laser focused on the current third and fourth graders across the state because of the unprecedented disruptions they have faced the last two years.”

Brumley said less than half of Louisiana’s fourth graders are reading on grade level and then added, “A child that’s not reading on grade level by the end of third grade and certainly by the end of fourth grade, is at a much greater risk to be a dropout.”

During the 30 hours of the proposed summer school, children would meet in small groups with a curriculum that’s been outlined by the state.

Brumley said, “We’re training all K-3 teachers across the state right now… high quality back to the basics approaches around phonics… small groups. And then making sure that at the beginning, we know where they are and at the end, we know where we are. So that as they step into that next school year, the school can have as much real time data as possible.”

Brumley’s proposal will be presented at the next BESE meeting, October 11th.

If approved, it will go into effect during the summer of 2023.


Weston FFA take 2nd in Area One Forestry competition held at La Tech

Weston High School FFA members Alyssa Holland, Avery Evans, Skyler Carter and Landon Pierce took second place in Forestry at the 2022-23 Area One Regional Competition held on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. Evans also had top score in tree disorder identification. 

The four sophomores, under the tutelage of FFA advisor Derek Shields and student teacher Kerrington Bass competed in the following six areas: Tree identification, equipment identification, sawlog estimation, tree disorder identification, map reading, and compass and pacing. 

“Practices have not been exactly pleasant the last few days after having false fall last week and extreme summer this week but they have trudged on and put in some long hours after school to get better,” said Shields following the contest. “Today they were able to reap some rewards from their hard work. Now just got to keep the momentum rolling as we head to state in a couple of weeks.”