Special Called Police Jury Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 31st

The Jackson Parish Police Jury has called for a Special Meeting to be held at 5:15pm on Wednesday, May 31st in the Nathaniel Zeno, Jr. Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Administrative Building, located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro.

The agenda of the special session calls for the following two items to be considered. 

  1. Consider and act on a replacement for Juror Lynn Treadway’s unexpired term.
  2. Consider and act on amending the JPPJ Project Permit height requirement of
    telecommunication lines over Parish roads from 20 ft. to 16.5 ft. to comply with NEC

Discussion of other topics along with announcements and notifications that may be necessary will follow before adjournment of the meeting. 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Emmett Gibbs, Secretary/Treasurer at (318)259-2361 Ext. 3 describing the assistance that is necessary.


Drew Browning selected to 2023 LBCA Underclassman All-State Games

The second annual LBCA Underclassman All-State Games are set to get underway June 5-7 at Alumni Field on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Drew Browning of Weston High will represent the North Team which will compete against teams from the East, West, and South Region of the state.

Staged by the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association and presented by Marucci Sports, the showcase is designed to give exposure to approximately 100 of the top underclassmen baseball prospects (Class of 2024, 2025, 2026)) from across the state to colleges across Louisiana and the nation.

Players for each team were nominated by their head coach prior to selection. This year’s participants will be evaluated during the three-day event and considered for the team selected to play in the Southeastern Underclassman Shootout in Troy, Alabama later this month.

Browning, who hit .364 for the Wolves with a team high 10 doubles and 25 RBI, while also scoring 21 runs is the only player to make the north Louisiana team that hails from a school smaller than Class A. Admission to the event is free.

Trish Smith named Grand Marshal of 2023 Caney Lake Freedom Celebration Flotilla

Trish Smith has been named as Grand Marshal of the 2023 Caney Lake Freedom Celebration Flotilla that will take place on Saturday, July 1st. The vibrant member of the Ladies of the Lake has been a long time supporter of charitable and civic causes in Jackson Parish and of the Caney Lake Community Foundation. 

To enter the 2023 Flotilla or for more information, go to www.caneylakecommunityfoundation.org

Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District dedicates Training Center with Open House

With a plethora of local dignitaries on hand, the Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District (JPASD) dedicated their new Training Center on Tuesday, May 30th with a traditional Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Open House. Along with many Jackson Parish residents, JPASD administration, staff and Board of Directors, additional well wishers on hand included Town of Jonesboro Mayor James Harris, Louisiana State Fire Marshal Deputy Mark Treadway and representatives of the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance.

The gala event served a dual purpose as the JPASD celebrated their 25th anniversary of being in existence, evidenced by the official public records of the Jackson Parish Police Jury meeting held on May 4, 1998, that is shown below. 

The Jackson Parish Police Jury met in regular session on Monday, May 4, 1998, with the following members present: Ernest Conn, David McManus, Leslie Thompson, Dr. Charles Garrett, and Troy L. Smith. Also present: Douglas Stokes, Assistant District Attorney.
The Police Jury then discussed the creation of a Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District. The Police Jury reviewed the draft ambulance district creation ordinance with Mr. Stokes.
Motion Dr. Garrett seconded Mr. Conn to adopt the ordinance, with Section 3 amended to add that the commissioners will serve without pay and setting the effective date of the ordinance as June 1, 1998. MOTION CARRIED.

“This motion created the Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District. Now, 25 years later, we are celebrating the years of trials and the years of harvest. There are to many to list in thanks for your years of sacrifice and service to Jackson Parish. So I will say it again and again to all of you, THANK YOU!”  – JPASD Director Aaron Johnson

Paddle for the Battle to take place June 10th

Hosted by the Ladies of the Lake and H2Go Paddling and Provisions, the annual Paddle for the Battle kayak and paddleboard races will take place on June 10th. The event benefits the NELA Cancer Foundation with all proceeds going to those battling all types of cancer in Jackson Parish. 

Races and games for children and adults will begin at 10:00am at Caney Lake Landing, located at 7777 Hwy 4 East (by the bridge) and go until 2:00pm. Ticket options, which can be purchased ahead of time online at Eventbrite or the day of the event, are $45.00 for an all inclusive package of races, games, lunch and a T-Shirt or $20.00 for games and lunch consisting of your choice of a fish basket, chicken tenders basket or burger basket. 

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Bobbi at (318) 547 – 4271.

Weston High places four on LBCA All-Regional Team

Four key contributors to Weston High School’s run to the Division V state semifinals in baseball has been named to the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association (LBCA) All-Region II team. Comprised of schools from Claiborne, Union, Lincoln, Jackson, Ouachita, Bienville, Red River, Winn, Grant and Natchitoches parishes, the Region II team is voted for by coaches who are members of the LBCA. 

Representing the Wolves, who had the second highest number of players voted to the elite squad behind five from Ruston High, was: Tait Henderson – Pitcher, Drew Browning – Infield, Bryce Zehr – Outfield and Colton Blundell – Utilty. 

The best part for WHS fans is that all four will be back next year as the Wolves had the most underclassmen selected to the 27 member team. 

The Hitter of the Year in Region II was Alex Dupuy of Natchitoches-Central, with Bryce McGuire of Choudrant being named Pitcher of the Year. Shawn Staggs of neighboring Saline was also chosen as a Utility Player. 

JPSO K-9 unit special guest of Jackson Parish Library on Wednesday

The Jackson Parish Library is pleased to announce that patrons will be able to see a special presentation conducted by the Jackson Parish Sheriff Office K-9 unit on Wednesday, May 31st. k-9Watch as the highly skilled, four-legged member of the law enforcement division for the parish goes through his paces under the guidance of his handler. Presentation will be held in the McBride Room of the Jonesboro Branch beginning at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm at the Chatham Branch. 


Art Club to make Tie Dye T-Shirts on Thursday

tie dyeA “groovy” time will be held by all members of the Art Club on Thursday, June 1st as patrons will go retro by creating Tie Dye T-Shirts. The fun filled sessions for ages 4-17 will take place at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Jonesboro Branch. Registration is required. Please make sure to include your shirt size upon registering.  

T.M.M. Project performs on Friday, June 2nd

Entertainment will be abound on Friday at the Jonesboro Branch when the T.M.M. Project performs for patrons at 10:00am and at 2:00pm. There is no advance registration is required and no cost to attend. 

Summer Reading Program starts

It’s that time again…and we are so excited to kick off our summer with tons of FREE events scheduled just for you!
You may download the Beanstack app and register yourself for our reading challenge or swing by either branch to pick up your registration packet and allow us to help you get registered.
We have great prizes available upon completion. 
Sign up now for weekly Story-time, Arts, Crafts and Steam classes, available for all ages.
We are honored to have weekly guest speakers and performers for your entertainment.
Spend your summer with us!

Gloryway Church in Dodson to present 32nd annual IWOGF Camp Meeting

Gloryway Church in Dodson, LA is pleased to offer an invitation to their 32nd annual International Word of God Fellowship (IWOGF) Camp Meeting. This year’s theme of the powerful three-day presentation is A Time of Healing.  Nightly services will be held June 13-15 at 7:00pm. A one day service will take place on June 14th beginning at 10:00am. Gloryway Church is located at 1194 Hwy 505 in Dodson. For more information call (318) 648 – 8002 or (318) 663 – 3334. 

Seven Jackson Parish residents named to NSU Presidents and Dean’s list for spring semester

Seven residents of Jackson Parish has been named to the Northwestern State University (NSU) President’s and Dean’s List for the 2023 spring semester. Students on the President’s List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern and have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 while Dean’s List honorees must have a 3.5 – 3.99 GPA.

2023 Spring Semester NSU President’s List 

Kyla Claiborne – Quitman
Cara Tucker – Quitman
Kaitlyn Williams – Quitman

2023 Spring Semester NSU Dean’s List 

Anayah Allen – Jonesboro
Skyla Davis-Houston – Jonesboro
Brandon Mitchell – Jonesboro
Georgia Robinson – Jonesboro

Jackson Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet set for June 2nd

The Jackson Parish 4-H Chapter will hold their annual Shooting Sports Banquet on Friday, June 2nd, commemorating the tremendous showing turned in by local participants at regional and state competitions held earlier this year. The event will be held in the gymnasium of Gracepoint Christian Academy, which is located at 1490 South Hudson Avenue in Jonesboro on the campus of the First Assembly of God Church. 

Local 4-H’ers participate in training day in Alexandria

Four local 4-H members traveled to Alexandria this past week to take part in a training day in preparation for upcoming state competition. Representing Jackson Parish in their respective divisions were:
Jake Potts – Diesel Operations
Easton Hall – Zero Turn Mowers
Jana Potts – Child Development
Avery Dark – Poultry Judging

Peterson, McBride pace LA Elite to Inside Exposure Championship

Briley Peterson and Emma Kate McBride led Weston High School to a great girls basketball season this past school year. Now they are pacing their 18U LA Elite team to a sensational summer, including the championship of the recetnly held Insider Exposure Memorial Day Classic in Monroe.

With Peterson patrolling the paint to lead the All-Star squad with 53 points in the tournament and McBride “running the show” from her point guard position, LA Elite won all five games played during the extended holiday weekend.  With the victories, LA Elite now stands at 15-4 on the season. 

LA Elite Tournament Leading Scorers

Briley Peterson (Weston High School): 53 pts
Abbie Hooper (Haughton High School): 45 pts
Justice Young (Arcadia High School): 34 pts
Lexi Robinson (Claiborne Christian): 25 pts
Laiyla Johnson (Delhi High School): 20 pts
Emma Kate McBride (Weston High School): 18 pts
MK Willis (Minden High School): 17 pts


Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist holding Vacation Bible School June 5-7

Vacation Bible School is almost here at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church! Children of all ages are invited to come share in this incredibly spirtual and fun-filled three days that promises an opportunity for all to declare who Jesus is in their lives. With a theme of I’ve Got This With Jesus, the nightly event that is scheduled for 5:00 – 7:30 pm will take place June 5-7 at the Church, located at 908 Evergreen Road in Jonesboro. For transportation needs, please call (318) 259-7595 by 12:00pm (noon) Saturday, June 3rd. If you receive a recording please leave your name, physical address, and phone number. 

End of The Cereal Sagas

Two of the past three weeks, we’ve traded love notes about one of the Major Food Groups.

Been a good run, our time with cereal.

And it doesn’t have to end — not in real life. Not as long as the amber waves of grain are a thing.

But it does have to end here. Time to move on to other Foods, other Friends, other Things.

As an exclamation point, we’ll do something I used to do semi-regularly but we haven’t done yet in the SBJ. Today, a few of you take the wheel and share some Very Personal Stories. Had to leave out so many, including a favorite from a friend who loves cereal so much, he uses many of his favorites in his various passwords. Thank you to all who took the time to bear their Cereal Souls.

From Donnie Golfgame: There was a time in my life I was torn between Quisp, which I’m proud you mentioned, and Quake – which was like a sister cereal to Quisp, although instead of a sister there was a picture on the box of a miner with a light on his hardhat. As George Herbert Walker Bush would say, Quisp was a “kinder, gentler” form of Cap’n Crunch, which we all know is like having a mouthful of thumbtacks in your mouth. Quake, however, was Cap’n Crunch’s evil uncle as far as texture. Eat a bowl of Quake and you weren’t eating — couldn’t eat — anything else that day. Gum carnage.

I noticed when my kids were little that Sugar Crisp had suddenly become Honey Crisp and then later on it was just Crisp on the box. Same thing with Sugar Pops, which became Corn Pops and I think today it might just be Pops. Sugar has gotten a bad rap.

My Top 10, starting at the top:

1. Cap’n Crunch
2. Raisin Bran
3. 40 Percent Bran Flakes, (which now are just Bran Flakes; I always wondered why they didn’t call themselves 60-Percent-Of-Whatever-Else-Was-In-The-Box Flakes).
4. Rice Krispies; (are they just Krispies now? Is rice wrong?)
5. Fruit Loops
6. Corn Flakes, (or is it just Flakes?)
7. Sugar Pops
8. Honey Comb
9. Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries
10. Quaker Oats Oatmeal; (when I was a kid, there was a glass dish inside the oats).

From Duke of Don: There’s nothing more numerous than different people’s sense of humorous, right? I sent your Cereal Piece to a nephew in England. He responded, “Sadly nearly every cereal mentioned is not known to me; here we have our own which are the same as yours only under a different name. My breakfasts are not usually cereal-based but are instead …

1: Muesli (our own make barley flakes, rolled oats, porridge oats, oat bran, every kind of nut crushed up, mixed seeds, and raw cacao pieces plus milk); keeps you going through the day.
2: Croissants with lashings of extra butter, (Sundays only).
3: Porridge
4: Bacon Sandwich
5: Cold meats and cheese when in Europe
6: Crumpets
7: Toast
8: Lashings of coffee
9: Weetabix with warm milk but not very often
10: Corn flakes but only with a gun pointed at my head

From JayVee, Team Captain: First, a resounding NO to Trix, or any cereal with colors, and also to Grape Nuts (who in the world thinks this is really human food?! And why ruin the good name “Grape” by associating it with this product?)

1. Raisin Bran Crunch
2. Frosted Mini Wheats
3 and 4. Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios (tie game)
5. Frosted Flakes
6. Sugar Crisp (as in — add music — “Can’t get enough of them Sugar Crisp.” It’s a different name now — heaven forbid we actually put “sugar” in a name anymore. Gotta eat ’em fast; if soggy it’s a different ballgame.
7. Sugar pops, (ditto previous comment).
8. Raisin Bran

From The Skynman: My go-to is Honey Nut Cheerios. I have ditched the rest. I can do both ways. With milk or without. A handful of HNC for a quick snack is a pick-me-up. And on long trips there is a box in the seat next to me to munch on while I drive and listen to my book on tape.

From Train: If a team of cereal played ball, here’s my batting order:

1. Fruity Pebbles
2. Frosted Flakes
3. Honey Nut Cheerios
4. Lucky Charms
5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
6. Cocoa Puffs
7. Cap’n Crunch
8. Raisin Bran
9. Count Chocula

Naturally, a bowl would coach first, a spoon third, and milk would be the manager.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

JPRD Summer Baseball / Softball Leagues Results

Game Results Weeks Seven
(May 22-26)

11-13 Boys League

Jonesboro State Bank 9 VP Racing 6
Jonesboro State Bank Scoring: Jenson Waggoner 2, Waylon Stroud 2, Tucker Goss, Hayden Seymore, sub, sub
VP Racing Scoring: William Dupree 2, Braydon Robinson, Hunter Ayers, Conner McCorkle, Colt Powell

Mercy Medical 9 Traina’s 7
Mercy Medical Scoring: Colt Keiffer 2, Colton Otwell 2, Remi Upshaw, Raylon Bradford, Conner Moak (sub), River Norton, Cason Rogers
Traina’s Scoring: Conner Moak 2, Leyton Younse 2, Mason Thomas, Cash Linton, sub

Floors By Design 6 Traina’s 6
Floors By Design Scoring: Zach Smudricks, Colton Otwell, Brody Tucker, Jaxon Cheatwood, Aundra Spence, Kamal Cottonham
Traina’s Scoring: Cail King (sub) 2, Conner Moak, Kyptin Caskey, Luke Sims, Cannon Tatum

Floors By Design 6 VP Racing 6
Floors By Design Scoring: Dawson Griffin 3, Asher Rhodes 2, Jaxon Cheatwood
Mercy Medical Scoring: Raylon Bradford 2, Rylan Mauthe 2, Bryce Tolar, Cail King                                                                       

7-8 Boys League

Cherokee Contractors 8 LA Family Med Clinic 6
Cherokee Contractor Scoring: Cruz Nomey 2, Duke Henderson, Hunter Williams, Landry Garrett, Ridge Lewter, Jeremiah Jones
LAFMC Scoring: Asher Norred 2, Kutter Blalock 2, Carter Kelly, Levi Norred

RYCA Energy 13 J&L Works 9
RYCA Energy Scoring: Ryder Gray 2, Remington Davis 2, Braxton Barnett 2, Mason Greer 2, Beaux Gandy 2, Cutter Whisonant, Carson Knox
J&L Works Scoring: Matthew Earl 2, Asher Cooper 2, #8 – 2, Thomas Johns, Reece Johnson, Brantlee Griffin

Elite Roofing 15 RYCA Energy 15
Elite Roofing Scoring: Avery Buchan 4, Jaycob Rogers 3, Carter Williams 2, Kase Matteus 2, Slade Gray 2, Jake Walker, Bryce Mauthe
RYCA Energy Scoring: Remington Davis 3, Ryder Gray 3, Klay Roge 3, Cutter Whisonant, Mason Greer, Braxton Barnett, Kaden Blewer, Caedyn Howard

Jonesboro State Bank 8 Hodge Bank 7
Jonesboro State Bank Scoring:  Koplen Taylor 3, Jax Davis 2, Sutton Vail, Jess Potts, Braxten Theriot
Hodge Bank Scoring: Austin West 2, Cooper Barnes, Andrew Edwards, Mayson Terral Eli Williams, Gabriel Gates 

J&L Works 13 Cherokee Contractors 9
J&L Works Scoring: Maddox Graham 3, Matthew Earl 2, Thomas Johns 2, Reece Johnson 2, Leland Anderson 2, Drew Caldwell 2
Cherokee Contractors Scoring: Ridge Lewter 2, Jeremiah Jones 2, Cruz Nomey, Duke Henderson, Landry Garrett, Rafe Lewter, Crew Tidwell

11-13 Girls League

Mitchells Pharmacy 10 Barksdale Fed Credit Union 10 
Mitchell’s Pharmacy Scoring: Gabby Edwards 3, Dederia Means 2, MaKayla Mercer 2, MyKenzie Maloy, Kayley Friday, Ryleigh Trahan
BFCU Scoring: Rachel Bandy 2, Emma Kate Toms 2, Jenna Lee Hall, Blakelyn Gray, Hallay Taylor, Skylar Lamkin, Kellyn Brister, Carlie Slayter 

Farm Bureau 16 4T Exterior Cleaning 8
Farm Bureau Scoring: Treylan King 3, Addison Phares 2, Karley Whitehead 2, Jaylin Jiles 2, Isabella Blewer (sub) 2, Rachel Bandy (sub) 2, Allison Ramsey, Braniah Malone, Blakelyn Gray (sub)
4T Ext. Cleaning Scoring: Gracie Gray 2, Tessa Reeves 2, Davynee Bearden, Teegan Hall, Braelyn Patton, Cadence Pennington

4T Exterior Cleaning 8 Todd’s Bail Bonds 3
4T Ext. Cleaning Scoring: (only numbers provided on scorebook) #7 – 2, #1, #2, #4, #5, #13, #14
Todd’s Bail Bonds Scoring: Lily LeBlance, Anna Pardue, Aubrey Donaldson 

Mitchell’s Pharmacy 15 Todd’s Bail Bonds 10 
Mitchell’s Pharmacy Scoring: Kylianne Barnes 2, Gabby Edwards 2, Alexa Caldwell 2, Maggie Wall 2, MyKenzie Maloy, Kayley Friday, Bailey Tinsley, Ryleigh Trahan, Ava Canerday, MaKayla Mercer, Dedriana Means
Todd’s Bail Bonds Scoring: Anna Pardue 2, Aubrey Donaldson 2, Lily LeBlance, Kinley Aldy, Allie Fenn, Brooklyn Coody, Skyleigh Webb, Gracie Gray (sub)

Barksdale Fed Credit Union 15 Farm Bureau 7 
BFCU Scoring: Jenna Lee Hall 3, Isabella Blewer 2, Carlie Slayter 2, Rachel Bandy 2, Skylar Lamkin 2, Hallay Taylor, Kellyn Brister, Adelyn Fine, Emma Kate Toms
Farm Bureau Scoring: Addison Faber, Karley Whitehead, Jaylin Jiles, Allison Ramsey, Braniah Malone, Chevy Rae Coleman, Averi Hasley

9-10 Girls League

J&L Farm Supply 15 Southern Charleigh 15
J&L Farm Supply Scoring: Jesslyn (sub) 4, Jow (sub) 3, Isabella (sub) 3, Ashlyn Petre 2, Kendall (sub) 2
Southern Charleigh Scoring: Khaliya Cash 3, Lainey Elmore 3, Ryleigh McCormick 2, Elliot Savage 2, Kelsey Shaw 2, Halle Coody 2, #2

7-8 Girls League

Pink Magnolia 18 Peoples Bank 17
Pink Magnolia Scoring: Harper McBride 4, Carrington Bond 3, Abigail Sullivan 2, Delilah Hudson 2, Ellie Shultz 2, Autumn Kohler (sub) 2, Katie Beth (sub) 2, Savannah Porter (sub)
Peoples Bank Scoring: Charley Linton 4, Presley Carpenter 3, Matilyn Otwell 3, Emma Harvey 2, Ryleigh Puffer (sub) 2, Miriam Shuler, Mary Kathryn Malone, Kaylee Hammonds                     

Pink Magnolia 19 Pardue Builders 13
Pink Magnolia Scoring: Delilah Hudson 3, Caylee Mauthe 3, Carrington Bond 2, Kyleigh Potts 2, Karis Jacobs 2, Ellie Shultz 2, Savannah Porter (sub) 2, Ara Dodson, Willow Tingle, Abigail Sullivan
Pardue Builders Scoring: Cadie Conn 3, Miriam Shuler 2, Ryleigh Puffer 2, Hasley Jordan 2, Kylee Ann Allen, Madison Baker


Pat Thomas Memorial Scholarship Recipients: Where Are They Now?

Following the 2016 death of our mom, Pat Thomas, the Thomas Family Scholarship Fund was established to honor her legacy of service to God, her Church, her family, her community, and to Quitman High School. For the past five years, the Thomas Family have been awarding a one-time $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior at Quitman High School. In addition, three grandchildren were awarded a one-time $1,000 legacy scholarship during this time as well.

The scholarship fund has awarded a total of $8,000 in scholarships to date including this year’s recipient, Madeline Vail. Our family considers it an honor to continue Mom’s legacy and be a small part of each recipient’s journey. Each has continued to excel not only in their education and career, but also in life. So, let’s catch up with our past recipients! – Deidre Hollis

Pat Thomas Scholastic Scholarship Winners 

2019 – Avery Spangler Martin

2020 – Shelby Cumpton

2021 – Araya Coleman

2022 – Faith Odom

Pat Thomas Legacy Scholarship Winners 

2020 – Abigail Thomas Smith

2020 – Ashton Thomas

2022 – Cam Hollis

Piney Hills Harmony to offer guest nights, vocal workshops

(Sallie Rose Hollis ) Piney Hills Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International located in Ruston, is hosting guest nights mixed with sessions aimed at helping singers improve both their voices and their vocal performances.

The chorus is welcoming singers of all skill levels to join them for two nights of settings designed to enhance their choral abilities. The sessions will be held during the chorus’s regular rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. June 15 and June 22 in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, located at 212 N. Bonner.

Piney Hills Harmony currently draws its members from Caldwell, Lincoln, Ouachita and Union parishes. Visitors from other parishes are welcome as well.

During the sessions, participants will receive instruction from a certified director as well as other experienced singers, with guidance on techniques and skills that are essential to becoming a successful vocalist. Musical arrangements will be four-part harmony, requiring both high and low voices. The ability to read music is not required as vocal learning aids will be provided.

A community performance that the visitors can participate in is also in the planning stages.

Piney Hills Harmony is one of approximately 500 chapters of Sweet Adelines International, which was founded in 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by a small group of women who loved to sing and whose dream has spread across the globe.

For more information, contact Sallie Rose Hollis, vice president and membership chair, at sallierose@mail.com. You can also visit www.pineyhillsharmony.org and Piney Hills Harmony Chorus / Sweet Adelines International on Facebook.

Daily Devotional by Pam Ford Davis

Distant Shores

Our Veterans deserve better; we fail to recognize them for their sacrificial service and to offer words of appreciation and encouragement.

Those who served in battle went more than the extra mile; they left the homeland to fight for freedom on ‘far’ distant shores. Many of our finest fought and died there and we are indebted to each of these men and women.

They awoke one morning, oblivious to the reality of it being their last. As we gather with family and friends for Memorial Day celebrations; we have an opportunity to reflect on the supreme sacrifice made by these brave American patriots.

David grieved the deaths of King Saul and his son, Jonathan.

“From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, and the sword of Saul did not return empty. Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions (2 Samuel 1:22-23 NKJV).”

Strengthened through unity…

“How the mighty have fallen in the midst of battle (2 Samuel 1:25a NKJV).”

Free vaccinations available at Jackson Parish Health Unit

Let’s Get Vaccinated! That is the message that Ana Deloach VanEaton, Communications Coordinator for Regions 7 & 8 of the Office of Public Health is trying to convey to north Louisiana residents. To help make that possible, free Covid-19, Flu, and Monkeypox vaccinations are being offered a the Jackson Parish Health Unit, located at 228 Bond St. in Jonesboro, Wednesday – Friday (May 31 – June 2 during times of 8am-4:30pm. Appointments are suggested, but not necessary. To schedule an appointment call (318) 259 – 6601.



Business Services, Job Openings, Items for Sale, Public / Legal Notices

To have published your Business Services, Job Opportunities, Items for sale, Advertisements for Bids, Requests for Proposals, Requests for Quotes, Public Notices, and Legal Notices – send an email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com. Possible costs are dependent on content. 


Forest Haven Nursing Home – Facility Maintenance Position. Must possess general knowledge in Plumbing, Electrical and performing inspection of building to confirm safety guidelines while following LTC, Life Safety and OSHA standards. Apply in person at 171 Thrasher Drive, Jonesboro, LA.

Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District – Full time Paramedic Supervisor, Paramedic and EMT positions available. For more information call JPASD Director Aaron Johnson at 318-259-2877. Resumes can be emailed to: jacksonparishambulance@jpasd.com or sent by regular mail to: JPASD, attn: Aaron Johnson, 115 Watts St., Jonesboro, LA 7125

Jackson Parish Police Jury – Hiring for the open position of Superintendent of the Road Department

Please submit all applications to: Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building, 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, LA 71251. Applications will be received until 4:30 pm on Friday, June 9, 2023. To request a detailed job description, please contact our office at (318) 259-2361 or by email: egibbs@jppj.org.

Description: The Road Department Superintendent position directs the daily operations of the Jackson Parish Road Department. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, and directing, through subordinate supervisors, the work of a staff of maintenance personnel engaged in a wide variety of road maintenance and road repair activities. The work includes: developing work plans and cost estimates along with assigning, supervising, and inspecting the work of crews engaged in activities including maintenance of drainage areas and structures, paved roads, and gravel roads. The work also includes responsibility for maintenance and care of all equipment. This position performs other work as required. Administrative direction is under the Operations Manager.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be 18 years of age.
• High school diploma, or equivalent, required.
• Class E Driver’s License required, Class A Commercial CDL preferred.
• Four (4) year Bachelor’s degree in Management, Public Administration, or a related field or a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible administrative or managerial experience, preferably in the public works area specializing in road, highway, bridge and general construction and construction maintenance work.
o Four (4) year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering preferred.
• Complete understand of DOTD and Louisiana Transportation Act regulations and requirements.
• Certified in bridge inspection.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the organization and operations of a public works department.
• Considerable ability to supervise and evaluate personnel.
• Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with employees, other governmental agencies, and the general public.
• Comprehensive knowledge of computers and computer programs.
• General knowledge of budgeting techniques.
• General knowledge of the principles of supervision, training, and personnel management.
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
• Ability to work safely in all weather conditions, including adverse conditions.
• Can understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Able to work in elevated areas, confined spaces, and on and off ladders.
• Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

Basic Responsibilities:
• The Road Department Superintendent plans, organizes, and administers an extensive road maintenance program for the Jackson Parish Police Jury.
• Coordinates and directs the work of a large staff engaged in a variety of road maintenance and repair activities.
• Has a working knowledge of and follows the State Transportation Act making sure all funds and actions are for public use only as per LRS 48:751.
• Understands governmental operations in relation to public works operations, open meetings, surplus property, Police Jury jurisdiction, and public records.
• Has full understanding of public bid law and requirements for advertising, establishes necessary bid specs and public notices, gathers required estimates and bids from vendors, and makes recommendations for awarding projects.
• Oversees bridge inspections and works with state bridge inspectors.
• Expresses ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, to groups and individuals.
• Attends any required Police Jury or Committee meetings, training classes, or seminars that relate to the incumbent’s role within the department.
• Conducts staff meetings to discuss current work projects, and to coordinate use of heavy equipment.
• Investigates complaints from the general public regarding hazardous road conditions or activities of road crews and determines appropriate action.
• Instructs subordinates on departmental policies and offers assistance to produce full cooperation and high moral conduct.
• Conducts periodic training sessions on safety practices.
• Handles personnel matters including interviewing job applicants, making recommendations for new hires, promotions, and raises, issuance of pink slips, disciplinary action, and other personnel activities, in coordination with Secretary-Treasurer.
• Maintains time and cost records, schedules vacations, relief, and emergency coverage with staff.
• Confers with subordinate supervisors and other departmental staff on injury accidents and safety hazards.
• Understands and interprets engineering plans and specifications.
• Skilled in using a variety of drafting and survey instruments in the conduct of a wide variety of complex engineering research projects.
• Prepares reports and correspondence.
• Prepares various budgets and reports on the condition of the department to present to the Police Jury.
• Directs, coordinates, and assigns supervisors to projects.
• Ensures work is performed in accordance with approved plans and specifications.
• Maintains accurate records.
• Reports work progress and problems to the Secretary-Treasurer.
• Coordinates with OEP Director and FEMA if needed during disasters and seeks for reimbursements.
• Prepares work schedules, work orders, purchase orders, voucher requests, and other required forms.
• May be required to be on 24 hour call out.
• Assures that incumbent’s performance meets or exceeds all Police Jury expectations.
• Sets forth a professional appearance and attitude on and off the job.
• May be required to lift equipment, tools or any combination in excess of 50 pounds.
• Adheres to all traffic laws, applicable Federal and State health and safety rules, local ordinances, and Jackson Parish Policy Jury rules and regulations and policies and procedures.
• Ability to drive various pieces of equipment used by the Police Jury.
• Follows safety procedures and practices as required, as well as wearing required safety equipment.
• May perform duties of the Road Permit Officer including video or still recording of road conditions, review and issuance of Heavy Haul Permits, and follow-up with recommended citations and/or fines.
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Detailed Job Description available upon request. 

Jackson Parish Police Jury is hiring for the open position of Custodian in the Jackson Parish Maintenance Department.

Please submit all applications to: Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building, 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, LA 71251. Applications will be received until 4:30 pm on Friday, May 26, 2023. To request a detailed job description, please contact our office at (318) 259-2361 or by email: egibbs@jppj.org.

Description: Under close supervision, the Maintenance Department General Laborer – Custodian works to make sure that all types of buildings and offices are neat, clean, free from clutter, and safe. This position requires no special training or experience, and performs related work as required by the Supervisor. Laborers in this position class may also be responsible for the operation of a variety of construction and maintenance equipment and for performing manual labor activities as needed and/or required by the Maintenance Department. Job class may oversee in the instruction of inmate trustees assigned to the Maintenance Department General Laborer – Custodian.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be 18 years of age.
• High school diploma, or equivalent, required.
• Class E Louisiana driver’s license required.
• Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds frequently.
• Ability to work safely in all weather conditions, including adverse conditions.
• Can understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Able to work in elevated areas, confined spaces, and on and off ladders.
• Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

Basic Responsibilities:
• The General Laborer – Custodian is responsible for housekeeping and maintenance services at the assigned facilities; i.e., Courthouse, Community Center, Blake Building, Fain Building, Health Unit, Annex Buildings, etc. following the instructions from their Supervisor.
• Uses cleaning supplies and equipment to keep the interior of the office buildings looking clean and professional.
• Washes walls and equipment; using ladders when required.
• Cleans and sanitizes restrooms/bathrooms using established practices and procedure.
• Cleans, dusts, and wipes furniture, wood work, windowsills, and stair rails; sweeps, mops, or vacuums floors; empties/cleans wastebaskets and trash containers; empties and cleans cigarette urns; replaces light bulbs; checks and cleans all air handling units and filters, replacing filters as needed; refills restroom dispensers, etc.
• Assists with the setup of facilities for meetings, conferences, events, etc.
• Mops, vacuums, strips, clean, buffs and applies floor sealer and floor finish to hard surface floors; vacuums and shampoos carpets.
• Uses and maintains assigned power equipment and hand tools; buffers, auto scrubbers, high pressure washers, high speed buffers and vacuums, brooms, mops, and squeegees for the cleaning and general maintenance of floors, walls, carpets, furniture, etc.
• Responds to repair or custodial requests quickly and with a professional manner.
• Follows instructions regarding the use of chemicals and supplies; uses as directed.
• Moves furniture, equipment, supplies, and tools on an incidental basis.
• Washes accessible interior and exterior windows, clean blinds, launders cleaning rags and dust mops.
• Attends to emergencies when necessary.
• Loads and unloads materials from trucks.
• Ready to learn from on-the-job training when necessary.
• Follows safety procedures and practices as required, as well as wearing required safety equipment.
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Detailed Job Description available upon request.

Jackson Parish Police Jury – Hiring for the following open position of Operator II in the Jackson Parish Road Department

Please submit all applications to: Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building, 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, LA 71251. Applications will be received until 4:30 pm on Friday, May 26, 2023. To request a detailed job description, please contact our office at (318) 259-2361 or by email: egibbs@jppj.org.

Description: Under general supervision, the Road Department Operator II is a skilled position consisting of complex and specialized trucks and equipment used in construction and construction maintenance work. May train lower-level operators, and acts as lead worker on site. May act as relief operator on all types of equipment as needed. Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be 18 years of age.
• High school diploma, or equivalent, required.
• Class A Commercial CDL Driver’s License required.
• Two (2) years of relevant experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to do the job, preferred.
• Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds frequently.
• Ability to work safely in all weather conditions, including adverse conditions.
• Can understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Able to work in elevated areas, confined spaces, and on and off ladders.
• Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

Basic Responsibilities:
• The Operator II is responsible for operating light, medium-sized, and heavy haul Class A equipment as needed such as tractor-truck, track hoe, packer, and other trucks of like-kind, and to perform manual work functions associated with the maintenance and cleanup of the Road Department and off-site locations.
o Basic operating skills include hauling, loading, picking up and transporting debris, equipment, and supplies.
• Performs mechanisms that are somewhat complex, requiring more dexterity and finesse, as well as operates larger vehicles requiring a higher level of skill to drive/maneuver in and around confined spaces.
• Performs proper pre-start and daily maintenance and service of equipment including lubrication, changing tires, making minor adjustments and repairs, and cleaning.
• Requires a thorough knowledge of general maintenance requirements of various pieces of light to heavy motorized equipment.
• Services, changes tires cutting blades, cleans machine including tracks and makes minor adjustments.
• Recognizes equipment malfunctions or complicated services needs and reports to Supervisor or Mechanic.
• May be required to lift equipment, tools or in combination in excess of 100 pounds.
• Skilled in use of tools and the operation of machines and equipment used in automobile repair and maintenance.
• Must adhere to all traffic laws, applicable Federal and State health and safety rules, local ordinances, and Jackson Parish Policy Jury rules and regulations and policies and procedures.
• Ability to drive various pieces of equipment used by the Police Jury.
• Expected to be cross trained on ALL equipment required of Operator II classification and be available to fill in in the absence of another Operator II as needed.
• May be asked to perform duties of Operator I as needed if qualified, trained, and licensed.
• May be asked to perform duties of Specialty Equipment Operator (Road Grader) if qualified, trained, and licensed (at the appropriate set-up rate).
• Follows safety procedures and practices as required, as well as wearing required safety equipment.
• Required to have the ability to shoot and read grade with laser level.
• Performs road and ditch maintenance and associated work.
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Detailed Job Description available upon request


Sealed bids will be received by the Procurement Section of the Division of Administration, 1201 N. 3rd. St., 2nd. Floor, Suite 2-160, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at 10:00 A.M. for the following:

RFx No. 3000021220, Ice Cream Pints – DOC – DCI, 5/31/23

Bid proposal forms, information and specifications may be obtained by accessing the bid number in LaPac at www.doa.Louisiana.gov/osp or from the procurement section listed above. No bids will be received after the date and hour specified. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids and to waive any informalities.

Tom Ketterer
Director of State Procurement
FAX (225) 342-8688


Village of Chatham
Parish of Jackson
State of Louisiana

A public hearing will be held at 5:30pm June 13, 2023, at Chatham Town Hall located 1709 Oak St Chatham, Louisiana regarding the following Ordinances:
Ordinance 2023 – 01: An ordinance establishing and providing for an amended budget of receipts for the Village of Chatham, Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana for the fiscal year 2022 – 2023 and appropriating out of the treasury the funds necessary for the payment of said expenditures as set forth on the budget.
Ordinance 2023 – 02: An ordinance establishing and providing for a budget of receipts for the Village of Chatham, Louisiana for the fiscal year 2023 – 2024 and appropriating out of the treasury the funds necessary for the payment of said expenditures as set forth on the budget.
Ordinance 2023 – 03: An ordinance allowing for a franchise agreement with Entergy, Louisiana, Inc., and other pertaining matters
A copy of these ordinances may be obtain at Chatham Town Hall. Anyone who needs assistance, please call Town Hall at 318-249-2541 during office hours of Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm and Friday 8pm – 12pm.

Gregory C. Harris


Sealed Proposals will be received by the Jackson Parish Police Jury, Jonesboro, Louisiana, in the Police Jury Administrative Building, 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana, until 2:00 P.M., local time, on Thursday, June 15, 2023. No proposals will be received after this hour or date. On this date and specified time, bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.

REPLACE Boiler Number 1

Complete bidding documents may be obtained from:

PHONE 318/221-8638

upon deposit of $50.00 for each set of documents. Deposit on the first two sets are fully refundable to all bonafide Prime Bidders upon return of the documents, in good condition, no later than ten (10) days of receipt of bids. The deposit of all other sets of documents will be refunded 50% upon return of documents as stated above. Documents are also available in electronic format on CD upon payment of deposit.

All bids must be accompanied by bid security equal to five percent (5%) of the sum of the base bid and all alternates, and must be in the form of a certified check, cashier’s check, or Bid Bond written by a company licensed to do business in Louisiana.

The successful Bidder shall be required to furnish a Performance and Payment Bond written by a company licensed to do business in Louisiana, in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract amount.

A Pre-Bid Conference will be held in the Police Jury Meeting Room 3rd Floor, Jackson Parish Courthouse, 500 E Court Street, Jonesboro, Louisiana on May 30th at 10:00 A.M.

Bids shall be accepted only from Contractors who are licensed under La. R.S. 37:2150-2163 for the classification of MECHANICAL Work.

Evidence of authority to submit the bid shall be required in accordance with R.S. 38:2212(A)(1)(c) and/or R.S. 39:1594(C)(2)(d).

Any person requiring special accommodations shall notify the Jackson Parish Police Jury of the type(s) of accommodations required not less than seven (7) days before the bid opening.

Jackson Parish Police Jury
Emmett Gibbs,


The Jackson Council on Aging has declared the following items as surplus property and authorized disposal of each item separately by sealed bids to the highest bidder.

One(1) 2010 Ford Transit
One(1) 2016 Ford Transit T-35 Passenger Van

These items may be inspected Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm & Friday 8am-2:00pm at Jackson COA Office, 120 Polk Ave. Jonesboro, LA

Bids submitted for each vehicle item must be submitted in sealed envelope, clearly marked SEALED BID
no later than 1:00pm Friday July 14,2023.

All items are to be sold “as is”.

The Jackson Council on Aging reserve the right to reject any or all bids.



Death Notices

Eva Jo Dye
October 29, 1933 – May 25, 2023

dyeEva Jo Dye, age 89 of Jonesboro, ascended to her Heavenly home on Thursday, May 25, 2023. She was caring mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother and will be missed.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Robert Dye, Danny Dye (Betty); grandchildren, Stacie Marie Dye, Cynthia Michelle (Dye) Coleman (Ronnie), Kimberly Lynn (Dye) Day, Danny Dye, Jr., Tammie Jo (Dye) Marin (Arnulfo), Mary Beth Wilson (Ryan); 13 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; brother, Jimmy Terral. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ramey Lee Dye; parents, Bailey and Eva (Watts) Terral; 10 siblings.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Palmer officiating. Burial followed in Ansley Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Charles Wayne, Floyd Walker, Tracy Johnston, Mark Cloud, Bo Watson, Todd Kenney.

Rachael Marie Askin
March 25, 1966 – May 26, 2023

askinRachael Marie (Trahan) Askin, age 57 of Quitman, made her way through the Heavenly gates on Friday, May 26, 2023. Rachael was most content at home with her family; especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren anytime they could get together for a visit. She could usually be found at home with the sounds of detective dramas or cooking shows playing in the background. Rachael was a sweet soul with a good heart.

She leaves behind her husband, Rodney Askin; children, Allison Thibodaux and husband Kevin, Mitchell Chaisson and girlfriend Catherine Ber, Rodney Askin, Jr. and wife Shannon; 7 grandchildren; siblings, Hilda Lassere, Raymond Trahan and wife Mandy, Henrietta Trahan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Alice (Guidry) Trahan; sister, Linda Trahan.

As per Rachael’ wishes she will be cremated.

Douglas Grant Woods
June 30, 1948 – May 22, 2023

woodsDouglas Grant Woods, age 74 of N. Hodge, LA passed away on May 22, 2023 in his home. Douglas was born on June 30, 1948 in Minden, LA. He grew up and graduated in the little town of Gibsland. He went to work at the Shell Plant in Minden, and later he went to work for the L N & W Railroad.

In 1975 he moved to N. Hodge and started working for the N L & G Railroad and then the KCS Railroad, retiring on disability with a total of 30 years. In his earlier years, he fished, hunted, and became an Amateur Ham Radio Operator.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Andrea Denise Johnson Woods, sons, Richard Douglas Woods and wife Cheryl of Ozark, Missouri, Robert Blake Woods and Danielle Milam of Brooklet, Georgia, daughter, Tiffany Shae Woods and husband Eric Smith of Ruston, LA, grandsons, Christopher Woods, Grant Woods, Garrett Woods, Gavin Woods, Gage Woods, Aaron Woods, Daniel Woods, and Gaige Kimbell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Woods and Katherine Davis Ried, son, Christopher Woods, and brother, Delbert Woods.

The funeral service was held on Friday, May 26, 2023 at the North Hodge Assembly of God Church, officiated by Bro. Geary Phillips and Bro. Lance Huckaby. Burial followed in the Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Eric Smith, Tom McLemore, Hunter McLemore, Austin Creamer, Allen Edwards, and Bubba Moffett

Ronald R. Williams
May 8, 1967 – May 12, 2023

robert williamsRonald Ray Williams was born in Arcadia, LA, on May 08, 1967, the eldest child of Rev. Charles E. and Evangeline Williams.

Ronald accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and joined Springhill Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and later united with Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of his father. His formal education was received at Shady Grove High School and he graduated in the Class of 1985. Ronald continued his education at Louisiana Technical Vocational College in Ruston, LA, where he received certification in automotive mechanics.

After his formal education, his passion for work and independence found Ronald working various jobs but later finding his niche as an entrepreneur. Ronald loved to work and give others advice on how to build their business endeavors.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Vester and Vill Williams, Sr., maternal grandparents Annie Lee and Scott Mamon and former wife Xzavier Combs.

He leaves to cherish his memories one daughter, Cassiopeia Combs of Jonesboro, LA; parents Charles E. and Evangeline Williams of Jonesboro, LA; siblings: one brother, Darren Williams of Randallstown, MD; two sisters, April Williams of Jonesboro, LA and Deborah (Robert) Qualls of Grambling, LA; grandchildren: Xzaviour Combs, Xzane Butler and Earlmias Wimberly all of Jonesboro, LA; nieces: Christian Williams of Fort Worth, TX, Rylee Moran of Jonesboro, LA, LaDonna (Kyle) Davenport of Grambling, LA, Lakeisha Qualls of West Monroe, LA , Rakeita Qualls of Ruston, LA; great nieces: Aryana and Brooklynn; one nephew: Landon Williams of Jonesboro, LA; a god brother: Roderick (Marilyn) Bradford of Vicksburg, MS: aunts, Eddie T. Delton of Los Angeles, CA, Bobbie (Ladell) Maxwell and Thelma Williams of Omaha, NE; uncles: Jesse Mamon of Simsboro, LA, and Vill Williams Jr. of Omaha, NE; a special cousin: Jacqueline Bradley of Monroe, LA; bonus children: Jumaze Combs of Houston, TX and Christopher (Marquita) Combs of Jonesboro, LA; a special friend, Leslie Moore of Baltimore, MD; bonus grandchildren: Cartier Dozier and Milan Baker both of Baltimore, MD; best friends: David Williams, Charlette McCardie and Craig Martin; family friends: LaRhonda Watson and Brandon Moran.

The Life Celebration Service was held on Saturday, May 27th, 2023 at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Interment followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home.  

Police Jury deals with a controversial issue at Tuesday meeting

The meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury this past Tuesday was not your normal, run-of-the-mill kind of meeting. Most agendas contain mostly governmental issues and concerns. This one had an item attached that on the surface asked for a simple action to be taken but put each juror on the spot to take either a conservative or liberal stance about a controversial social issue.

The session started on a somber note when Juror Amy Magee asked that an addendum to the agenda be made regarding the issuance of a Proclamation in honor and memory of Ward 7 representative Lynn Treadway, who passed away the day before.

Gerald Long, the point person for US Senator Bill Cassidy, picked up the spirits of all in attendance next. His detailed update of the ongoing Broadband Connect Program included applauding the panel for their part in what he called “setting the bar” for the state. (For more on that see the “Broadband Project in Jackson Parish Rapidly Moving Forward” article)

Lewis Chatham, Magee, John McCarty, Todd Culpepper (President), and Tarneshala “Niki” Cowans then approved recommendations from the various committees including the following:
1. Allow Mr. Culpepper and Mr. (Brad) Roller to reach out for any legislative assistance with regard to the East Hodge Water System which is down to one operating pump.
2. Approve a $500 per month salary increase for the Coroner.
3. Accept the bid of $403,307.50 from Amethyst Construction for Contract I – Asphalt Project for the 2023 Road Program.
4. Accept the bid of $284,280.00 from Dreher Contracting for Contract II – Surface Treatment Project for the 2023 Road Program.

Up to this point and following the agreement to let Edquado Howard and Walter Johnson attend a LSWA Workshop in Shreveport, LA on July 11 & 12, 2023 the members of the jury had been in total unison with their action. That changed when the next agenda item was presented.

The agenda item was stated as such: Discuss and act on giving the President authority to send a letter to Library Board asking that the book titled Families, Families, Families be removed, and any similar books be removed.

This brought much discussion on how the book, which portrays non-traditional family and social values, should be interpreted and what rights the jury members had to make any recommendation or act. As opposing sides stressed their point, quiet comments could be heard in the audience and heads nodded in agreement or dissension. Loud applause even broke out after one particular point had been stressed.

When the vote was finally called for it was agreed by a slim 3-2 margin that President Culpepper would be given authority to send a letter to the Library Board requesting the book be removed.

The session quickly moved forward from that point with approval given on:
1. Provide a Resolution for Jackson Parish to join the state Attorney General’s lawsuit against FEMA.
2. Renew the lease agreement with E-911 Communications District for the Blake Building.
3. Approve the election results of the Health Unit Tax renewal.
4. Adopt a proclamation in honor of Mr. Milton Bryant.
5. Adopt a proclamation in honor of Mr. Lynn Treadway

One item was not approved but instead referred to the Finance Committee for further research, which involved the request by Pine Belt Discuss Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency for financial assistance.

In closing comments, Jury members reminded those in attendance that while opinions and beliefs may be different at times the panel stood united in their commitment to work together to do what is best for the parish and reaffirmed their respect for each other.

Broadband Project in Jackson Parish rapidly moving forward

At the meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury that was held on May 23rd, Gerald Long, who serves as the point person for US Senator Bill Cassidy’s office, provided an update on the ongoing Broadband Expansion Project in Jackson Parish.

Cassidy helped author and pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law last year. This Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is set to distribute a total of $65 billion in broadband funding for the deployment and adoption of affordable and reliable high-speed internet over the next five years. All states will receive a minimum of $100 million with the remaining $60 billion being distributed to states according to their levels of unserved and underserved areas. Through his continued effort, the state of Louisiana was the first state to receive money from this Act.

Long opened by reminding the jurors of the last time he had the opportunity to address the panel. He also complimented the group on the effort they have put forth and expressed his excitement for what the future holds for Jackson Parish.

“The Broadband Program started roughly three years ago, and I remember my first meeting with you where we talked about creating a task force to bring this to Jackson Parish,” said Long. “Believe me you guys have raised the bar. Your work has been an example throughout the state and something that I think you can be genuinely proud of.”

Next Long spoke about the priority this project has on a statewide basis and provided projections on what is hoped to be an estimated completion date.

“The important thing that we want to relate to you is that we are going to finish the game. This is not going to be a project that is going to be done haphazardly and it will continue until completion,” stressed Long. “The timeline for the state of Louisiana is that by the end of the calendar year 2029, every household and business in the state who wishes to have reliable and affordable internet service will have the opportunity to be connected.”

From there Long spoke specifically about what is currently taking place in Jackson Parish and complimented the local government leaders for how they positioned the parish to receive top funding from the Grant.

“In the original GUMBO (Granting Unserved Municipalities Broadband Opportunities) package passed by the Louisiana Legislature, Jackson Parish did great.” Said Long. “This is the result of you putting up the highest percentage of “match money” in north Louisiana and through your outstanding contribution, your portion of the GUMBO money ended up being 6.8 million dollars.”

(By definition “match money” is the non-federal share of the total project costs that a grantee is required to contribute to achieve the purposes of the award)

“What this means for Jackson Parish is that 1991 homes and 150 businesses have been identified to be immediately connected with high speed, affordable internet services,” beamed Long. “Furthermore, the provider (broadband installation company) has told us that additional locations will be added as they are close enough to the original sites that it can be done feasibly for them.”

Adding to the exciting news, Long then let the audience know that has also learned that in August or September of this year that the state is in line to receive a huge windfall from Cassidy’s Infrastructure Bill and an even more astounding amount in the future.

“While meeting with Governor (Jon Bel) Edwards the other day, I was told that In August or September, the state was going to receive $225 million dollars and over the next five years will get 2.5 BILLION dollars from the Federal Government.”

Long concluded by saying that as a result of this recent news, instead of the original five-year timeline projection of having every resident in Jackson Parish connected to high-speed internet if they desire, the project completion date could be as short as 3-4 years now.

Mercy Medical Health Center adds new Doctor to the staff

Mercy Medical would like to introduce Dr. Hoa Nguyen.

A graduate of medical school in 1993, Dr. Nguyen has served as an ER Physician in the Monroe area beginning in 1997 and for the last 13 years, as the ER Director at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Nguyen is married with 4 beautiful daughters and during his off time, enjoys spending time with his family, cooking gourmet meals, and traveling.

Dr. Nguyen decided to join Mercy Medical full time to give back to the community providing quality care in a rural area. Due to his vast medical experience, he has already been able to serve the community with life saving diagnoses in the short time he has been on staff. We are excited to offer an additional provider to our urgent care/walk-in clinic.