Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office Detention Center celebrates Grand Opening

It is unusual for anyone to want to come to a detention center. Then again it is not every day that a brand-new facility that means added employment for the residents of the parish and thousands of dollars in tax revenue is unveiled.

This past Friday a large throng of local and area dignitaries, well-wishers and supporters came to the new Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, located at 1828 Gansville Road in Jonesboro, to help celebrate the grand opening and take part in a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.

“I began plans over two years ago to do this,” said Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown while speaking to the overflow audience in attendance. “I am pleased to say that I have paid over $6 million dollars for the construction without having our residents pay a single dollar in increased taxes. Not only has the development of the facility not cost our taxpayers any money, but a great number of new jobs have also been created and a large amount of new tax money will be generated which benefits everyone in the parish.”

Designed to hold a capacity of 400 inmates there is also a section that will house up to 50 juveniles, something that Brown says has been a goal of his for years.

“This fulfills a big need. It not only benefits us but the whole state as there is a severe shortage of juvenile facilities.”

He also says there are plans to implement ministry workshops to help put the inmates and juveniles on a better path once released.

“Our goal is to put each person who comes to our facility back on the street reformed and ready to begin a changed and successful life,” said Brown. “That’s our prayer. That is our hope. That is our goal.”

Before the traditional ribbon was cut signifying the official opening Brown explained in detail why the new facility was necessary.

“A little over two years ago LaSalle management got a new contract with ICE and they started housing detainees at the Jackson Parish Correctional Center where we also had our prisoners,” relayed Brown. “The government wanted us to take our prisoners out and since we have been housing them out of the parish.”

Brown went on to thank the many who assisted in the planning and construction as well as those who provided support for the facility equipped with the most current and modern technology on the inside and a high-quality exterior security system.

“If you drive by or enter the jail grounds you are on camera equipped with the latest in Zoom technology,” said Brown. “Our aim was to have the best equipment which would provide the utmost in safety for our inmates, officers on duty and our community,” concluded Brown. “Thanks to the overwhelming support we received from our civic leaders and the tremendous skill of the designer and contractor I feel we have achieved that goal.”

After Jonesboro First Baptist Pastor Brian said a prayer to bless the facility and those associated the activity moved to the entrance to the Detention Center for the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon. Following, those in attendance were invited to tour the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office administrative building that opened in 2022 after the department moved into their newly refurbished and renovated location on Hwy 167 South in Jonesboro.

“We never got to have a grand opening of the new administrative building due to Covid restrictions, so we are using this opportunity to introduce both to the community,” said Brown.

Scenes from JPSO Detention Center Grand Opening 

Walker takes fourth at David Toms Junior Championship

Competing for Quitman High School this past spring, Eli Walker proved he was one of the top “small school” prep golfers in the state of Louisiana. Make that now one of the best in the entire gulf south region regardless of classification.

With rounds of 74-73 and a two day total of 147 at the extremely difficult East Ridge Country Club in Bossier City, Walker solidified his lofty status by finishing in fourth place in the David Toms Junior Championship. 

The impressive scoring total was only three shots back of winner Fox Hambleton of Texarkana, TX and the best among northeast Louisiana linksters who were part of the 63 man field vying for the title of what is recognized as the top junior golf tournament that will be played this summer. 

For complete two day standings click here. 



Andy Brown announces candidacy for re-election as Jackson Parish Sheriff

For the past 19 years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve you as Sheriff of Jackson Parish. Today, I would like to formally announce my candidacy for re-election. During my entire career, I have maintained a high standard of integrity and honesty, which I believe is essential to maintain this position.

Of the multiple issues facing law enforcement today, maintaining public trust is necessary, this has and will be my main objective as your Sheriff. It is important to continually promote elevated expectations and a clear mission for the Sheriff’s Office. Courage, compassion, teamwork, trustworthiness, selfless service, and equal justice define fundamental values that are the cornerstones of law enforcement.

Our deputies are in a position of public trust and great responsibility. They have received the best training available to provide the highest quality service to Jackson Parish. I expect a high quality of character and integrity from the deputies that serve you, and that begins with me.By continuing this training and promoting these values on a consistent basis, we will ensure our standard of quality service and obtain results of the highest caliber.

The past few years have been challenging, especially during the pandemic. The onset of Covid-19 changed the approach to every element of law enforcement. In addition, the declining economy has affected our office, but we adapted to those changes and were able to move forward. I commend my staff and their families for their dedication, sacrifices and perseverance during these challenging times.

My goal remains the same as when I was first elected, which was to make the Sheriff’s Office a professional, trustworthy, and reliable law enforcement organization. I think we have fulfilled that goal and made more accomplishments over these 19 years.
I have built bridges in community relations and will continue to do the same.

I am aware of the challenges and complexities in law enforcement and our parish. I will do all I can to protect and preserve our quality of life in Jackson Parish.

I will continue to do all I can to protect our children and schools.

I will continue to focus on reducing crime particularly, illegal drugs.

I will continue to protect our senior citizens.

I will continue to create new jobs in our Parish.

I will continue to do my absolute best.

The position of Sheriff is a difficult job at times and a tremendous responsibility, one that I take very seriously. It is a position of public trust and to serve is an honor and privilege. The lack of public trust tears down law enforcement and harms the community.

An effective Sheriff must be trustworthy, possess the desire and ability to recognize deficiencies, and make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions. One must consider the second and third order effects of organizational decisions and how they impact the desired outcome. If you do not possess these abilities, then your decisions often are not fair, impartial, or best suited for the organization.

I am a Christian man who stumbles daily, but one who strongly believes in Godly principles and values. I have tried my best to lead the Sheriff’s Office in a way that pleases God.

I pray for his wisdom and guidance daily. He has truly blessed me with the necessary knowledge and overall experience during the last 19 years to fulfill my obligations to the people of this great parish. I believe that I have earned public trust and will continue to embrace this trust as your Sheriff. I will continue working toward goals and creating opportunities that will have positive impacts on our community.

Thank you for allowing me to be your Sheriff. I humbly ask for your vote and support in the upcoming election.

May God bless, your family, and this great Parish!

Stepping up for Seniors! Randy & Rosemary Ewing leading by example

For decades, Quitman residents, Randy and Rosemary Ewing has “stepped up”. Whether it be in a personal, professional or civic capacity, this wonderful benevolent pair has made a life of answering the call of need for not only local residents but those of the entire state of Louisiana. 

This past week the Ewing’s “stepped up” again, this time coming to the aid of local senior citizens. Through the assistance of another local leader, James Bradford, the two presented a check in the amount of $1,000.00 to Jackson Parish Council on Aging (JPCOA) Director, Linda Wyatt, for the purchase of fans for those in need.

The mission of the JPCOA is to benefit the elderly of Jackson Parish in every capacity hey can through the implementation of programs in the Jonesboro and Chatham centers. Director Wyatt appreciates how the local public has shown their love and care for our senior citizens, especially during this trying summer of oppressive heat. 

“We are so appreciative of the support  that has been given for our seniors,” said Wyatt. “It has come from every sector and has been very beneficial.” 

Over the past several weeks, area seniors have been able to stay cool through the donation of fans from Legacy Hospice and the congregation of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. 

Now it is the Ewing’s that have “stepped up” and are also making a call to all Jackson Parish residents to do their part in assisting our senior’s.

“It is a pleasure for us to be able to help our senior citizens during these really hot days. It is our hope that others will also come to their aid through donations to the JPCOA.” 

If any Seniors who are in need of a fan to keep cool, come by the Jackson Council on Aging office at 120 Polk Avenue in Jonesboro from 8:00am -2:00pm and fill out paperwork.

James Bradford donating check from Randy and Rosemary Ewing to JPCOA Director Linda Wyatt

Jackson Parish School District seeking substitutes for 2023-24 school year

The Jackson Parish School District (JPSD) announces they are in the process of hiring substitutes in several positions for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. Substitute positions available are Teacher, Bus Driver, Cafeteria Tech, Custodian and Secretary. If interested you are asked to stop by the JPSD Central Office located at 315 Pershing Hwy in Jonesboro to pick up an application packet. 

The Jackson Parish School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Police Jury Personnel Committee to meet Monday, July 31st

The Jackson Parish Personnel Committee will meet at 5:00 pm this Monday, July 31st in the Nathaniel Zeno, Jr. Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Administrative Building located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro.

The posting of the vacant position of General Laborer – Grounds Keeper in the Maintenance Dept. is the only one agenda item Chairman John McCarty and committee members Lewis Chatham and Keith Burris have to consider. 

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.

It is possible that a quorum of the Police Jury may be in attendance at the meeting, but no action of the Police Jury as a whole will be taken.

Call to Order
Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance
Public Comments
Agenda Items
1. Consider and recommend to the Police Jury the posting for vacant position of General Laborer – Grounds Keeper in the Maintenance Dept.

Jackson Parish Library announces Summer Reading Challenge winners

The Jackson Parish Library has announced the winners of the Summer Reading Challenge and Attendance Badge Challenge. Winners of the Amazon Tablets and $25.00 Walmart Gift Cards were selected from age groups:

Birth to 7 years old
Ages 8 to 17
Ages 18 and up

Jonesboro and Chatham Branch prizes may be picked up at the circulation desk. 

“Thank you to everyone for showing up and participating,” said Jackson Parish Library Director Floyd Knox. “Our summer was a great success because of YOU!!!”

JPL Summer Reading and Attendance Badge Challenge Winners

Watershed Board approves final Ebenezer Pier work and gives permits

At their regularly scheduled monthly board meeting held on July 20th, the Jackson Parish Watershed District Board approved the completion of the Ebenezer Pier on Caney Lake and granted several building permits. 

Approved by Kent Hightower, Gary Joynor, Roy Barlow, Danny Ponder and Jimmy Waggoner was granting funds not to exceed $4,500.00 for the construction of the pier. Additional amenities of the pier such as having lights placed on the pier, Handicap signage placed, setting a new power pole,  and striping on the parking lot done was also approved.

In corresponding action of improving access to Caney Lake it was agreed to paint parking lines at the spillway parking and put up pedestrian and caution signs as well as having the sidewalk, pavilion, boat launch and sign at Ebenezer Park to be cleaned. 

Building permits were also granted to Rick Warren, Joan Nichols, and John Harrison.

The session opened with the Board agreeing to send a letter of no objection to Mr. Gary Mathes to give him approval to start the process to build a road to his island.

LaDamien Bradford headed to Xavier University through transfer portal

LaDamien “Poppa” Bradford has announced that he has committed to play for Xavier University in New Orleans. Bradford moves to the NAIA member school that competes in the Red River Athletic Conference through the transfer portal after spending two years at Louisiana Tech University and one at Texas A&M.

The hope is that the third time will be the charm for the former Jonesboro-Hodge High School star who led the Tigers to the state tournament in basketball in 2017 to acheive the success that was predicted.

A national recruit coming out of high school, Bradford enjoyed marginal success while at Texas A&M and in his first year at La Tech under head coach Eric Konkel. Things didn’t go as planned in his second year as a Bulldog though as result of attempting to play through nagging injuries and being caught up in Tech’s new coach Talvin Hester’s plans to overhaul the Tech lineup. 

Undaunted, Bradford is optimistic and eager for his next challenge as portrayed in an Instagram post announcing his decision to play for the Gold Rush. 

“My light not dim, they shot it out but again I’m gonna shine,” posted Bradford. 


When I listened to the weatherman on the news last night, I know my brow must have furrowed a bit. No, he wasn’t talking more thunderstorms; something else was about to take place.

Every day or two for a couple of weeks, we were blessed with a shower. Most were light, less than a tenth of an inch but getting a dab of rain has kept things in my yard looking green and nice and needing a mowing every week. What the weatherman said last night that put a knot in my stomach was a forecast that read like this; hot, humid and dry. No rain anywhere in sight for at least the next week. Even though it’s July and things are supposed to be hot and humid with little moisture, these are conditions that we never like to see.

Since I don’t have a sprinkler system installed, I have to drag out hoses and move them around the yard to keep things from drying up.

As much as I dislike hot dry weather and all it involves, I got to thinking about our pets,
dogs especially, that can get into trouble if they stay out too long during the hottest times of year.

What are some basic rules and suggestions that apply to how to take care of your pup
when conditions are like what we are experiencing? I called an expert, Lori Seacrist, one of the owners of Petite Paws Pet Hotel whose job is to take care of the dogs in her care. She shared some important tips and suggestions that will be of value in assuring that our fur buddies stay safe and out of danger during these high heat times.

“It depends a lot on the particular breed and age of dogs. Older dogs and young puppies seem to have more trouble with heat while the ‘smush nosed’ dogs, like pugs and French bulldogs have the most trouble getting enough oxygen to combat the excessive heat. On the other hand, hunting breed of dogs like Labs and hounds can more easily adapt to these extreme conditions,” Lori said.

It is also important when planning outings with your dog during times when the
temperatures are brutal. She suggested that you should plan outings early and late in the day to avoid potential problems.

“If you’re out with your dog during the hottest part of the day, not only the heat but the humidity can affect them just like it does us. Nothing is much worse for dogs and people than to be subjected to high temperatures and high humidity. Be sure your dog’s ‘potty’ breaks are short and in shaded areas,” she said.

“Another thing to consider is the concrete and asphalt like on your driveway. Reach down and touch these surfaces and if it’s hot to your hand, it’s the same on their paws. Walking them on grass or surfaces other than concrete and asphalt is the best bet,” she continued.

What should you do to help your pup should you see that heat is starting to take a toll on the dog’s wellbeing?

“Dogs can be subject to heat stroke and heat exhaustion just like humans can. If your dog seems especially lethargic after being outside awhile in hot conditions, if they seem to drool or you see foam around the mouth, these are red flags. Get the dog to a cool spot and refrain from cooling them down too quickly. Definitely don’t expose them to an ice bath. Instead, use a fan, take a cool rag and put on the paw pads and on the snout to slowly bring the body temperature down,” she added.

Remember these tips to protect your fur baby during these brutal summer days.

”When your dog exhibits behavior such as excessive panting during hot weather, take steps to cool your pet down.” Courtesy photo


CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been best fishing around the docks and grass lines early mornings on top water lures. They’re also hitting at night with Carolina rigs, big 10 inch plastic worms and deep diving crank baits picking up some nice sized fish. Crappie are fair around the deep brush on shiners or jigs. The bream bite is slow. For information contact Caney Lake Landing at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU –Crappie have been fair on jigs; bass best on topwater lures around the brush. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
BUSSEY BRAKE –Bass fishing continues to be fair to good with spinners with trailers and flipping jigs around the brush working best. The crappie are scattered around the brush. Bream have slowed. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole at 323-8707.
OUACHITA RIVER – The water level is dropping this week. Bass are best fishing in the cuts where there is a bit of current. Topwater lures, crank baits and spinners best. Crappie are best fishing shiners or jigs in the river lakes as well as around sunken tops in the river. Bream are fair. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been best fishing the flats fishing 6-8 feet deep in 12 foot water. Bass fishing has been good early mornings fishing topwater lures around the grass. Later in the day, look for them on the points with square bills and swim baits working best. Bream are on starting to slow down off the beds. Catfish continue to be caught fishing cold worms and night crawlers off the banks. For latest information, call Anderson Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – The Majestic Big Bass Classic took place last weekend with some nice bass caught but not as many big ones as last year. Bass fishing has been best fishing around the docks and grass lines with swim baits and soft plastics or spinners. Night fishing has been best for crappie fishing shiners under the lights around the piers and boat houses. Bream are fair. Catfishing is best fishing noodles with a variety of baits. For latest information, call Kel’s Cove
at 927-2264 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfish and bream are biting. Bass and crappie have slowed but a big 10.36 pound bass was caught early one morning this week. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is on a slight rise with lots of catfish being caught. Some good bass have been caught but crappie have slowed a bit. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

Women’s Empowerment Brunch to take place August 5th

Registration is continuing for the Women’s Empowerment Brunch that will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 5th at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, located at 1712 Church Street in East Hodge.  Special guest speaker of the “Shades of Pink” attire event that will commence in the new Fellowship Hall will be local attorney, Mrs. Yumeaka Washington.  

You can RSVP by scanning the QR code below. 

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.

With the 2023-24 school beginning in less than two weeks in many areas, it is a good idea to have children immunized to lessen the possibility of being exposed. To help make that possible, free Covid-19, Flu, and Monkeypox vaccinations are being offered a the Jackson Parish Health Unit (JPHU), located at 228 Bond St. in Jonesboro, Monday – Friday (July 24-28) during times of 8am-4:30pm. Appointments are suggested, but not necessary. To schedule an appointment call (318) 259 – 6601.


Back to School Revival Night set for August 4th

The Children’s Department of the Jonesboro Assembly of God (JAG) sends an invitation to all parents and children from the ages of 5-12 to attend Back To School Revival Night on Friday, August 4th. Sister Sunni Hoffman will be the special guest speaker of the event that will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the  JAG sanctuary, located at 1490 South Hudson Avenue in Jonesboro. 


Words are dangerous.

We have become a visual culture. Moving pictures transport truth. The written word is falling behind. Publishers, both print and digital worry that your attention span doesn’t last much past the headlines.

Headlines, especially on the Internet, have become clickbait. Headlines that promise secrets or salacious details turn out to be ads for Amway or some other dubious product. Then who cares about what the Kardashians are doing? Who died and left those yahoos as important people? Come on culture! You can do better. Get some new role models to use your words on.

But I want you to ponder the printed word. These precious articles that many of us slave over for your entertainment and enlightenment. They are dangerous because words can be misunderstood and misinterpreted.

Consider the word “run.”

I have given up running, but I ran for office. My refrigerator runs even though I don’t. I enjoy running to the refrigerator for the running water it supplies. The other day I ran to the sporting goods store to look for running shoes that provide comfort as I walk. I have only tipped the top of the ski run when it comes to the word run. The only run I know little about is the run in my hose. Actually, my hose is a garden hose, my wife wears the kind of hose that has runs. I know I’m just running on at the mouth!

As I write or speak the word, I encode the message. Through hearing or reading, you receive the message then you decode it. What if your decoding is different from the message I encoded? There is a whole lot of space to foul up. What happens to the written or spoken word when we add in double speak. Let me run this by you.

In 1950 Claude Pepper ran against George A. Smathers. Smathers was known for his twisted oratory, especially in front of crowds he considered bumkins. I was reminded of this campaign, last night in a Board meeting at the Methodist Church. We have very serious and studious meetings.

Campaigning against Pepper, Smathers said:

”Are you aware that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy.”

We twist words for our own advantage.

We need fixing!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

With a word God created, with the Word he saved us.

It just takes a word…

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

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


Jackson Council on Aging – Applications are being accepted for a Transportation & Meal Driver to work 5 hours a day Monday – Friday. Must have valid driver’s license, good work ethics with Senior Citizens, and have the knowledge to do paperwork involved in job duties. Applications will be received at the Robert Riddle Senior Center, located at 120 Polk Avenue in Jonesboro from 8:00am – 3:00pm on Monday-Thursday and 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on Friday. For more information call (318)259-8962.

Jackson Parish Journal – Does making money while meeting new people and greeting old friends sound appealing? If so, you may be perfect for opening of Account Executive position selling advertising for the JPJ. If interested call (318) 480-1206 or contact us at jpjjacksonla@gmail.com.


The Jackson Parish Police Jury is hiring for the following open position. 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, August 11, 2023. To request a detailed job description, please contact our office at (318) 259-2361 or by email: egibbs@jppj.org.

POSITION: General Laborer
DEPARTMENT: Jackson Parish Road Department

Under close supervision, the Road Department General Laborer performs unskilled manual labor, operation of light equipment requiring no special training or experience, and performs related work as required by the supervisor. Laborers in this position class are also 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 Road Department.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be 18 years of age.
• High school diploma, or equivalent, required.
• Class E Driver’s License; progression towards a CDL license a plus.
• Three (3) months of experience in the operation of equipment listed above preferred, but not 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 is responsible for performing industrial and safety housekeeping of assigned areas following the instructions from their Supervisor.
• Operates Police Jury-owned vehicles, such as pick-up trucks, backhoe, street sweeper, dump trucks, farm–type tractors, bush hog cutters, boom mowers, etc. as required.
• Operates hand and power tools and equipment, such as mowers, chain saws, air compressor, small compaction equipment, etc. as required.
• Mows grass and rights of ways with hand power equipment.
• Uses hand tools to load and unload sand, dirt, gravel, and hot and cold mix asphalt.
• Repairs pot holes.
• Required to inspect and repair equipment as directed by department procedures, as well as be able to make repairs to parish roads, curbs and sidewalks.
• Performs road and ditch maintenance and associated work.
• Cleans culverts and other drainage structures including placing rip rap and filter cloth.
• Sweeps streets, shop, and sidewalks; cleans up debris and materials from roads, bridges, and culverts.
• Flags traffic when needed.
• Manually moves and transports equipment, materials, etc.
• Loads and unloads materials from trucks including debris, sand, dirt, gravel, etc.
• Cleans trucks, replaces blades, and other maintenance of equipment as needed.
• Performs building maintenance, cleaning offices, restrooms, and shop as needed.
• Assists operators, truck drivers, mechanics etc. with specific projects as requested.
• Performs a variety of other heavy manual work in connection with the maintenance of streets, bridges, and drainage of parish roads.
• 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 Watershed District
Minutes for Meeting Held July 20, 2023

Notice Posted: July 10, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Meeting Date: July 18, 2023, TIME: 5:30
PLACE OF MEETING: The Sunshine Room 160 Industrial Dr., Jonesboro, LA 71251
Roll Call: T. Gunter, K. Spangler, C. Weeks, Y. Washington, D. Barlow
Invocation and Pledge: T. Gunter gave the invocation with D. Barlow leading the pledge.
Public Comments / Recognition of Guests:
Approval of Minutes of the May 2023 meeting: Motion made by Y. Washington second by D. Barlow to approve the minutes as presented. All in favor, Yea.
Approval of the May 2023 Financials and Pay Bills: Motion made by T. Gunter second by K. Spangler to approve the financials as presented. All in favor, Yea.
Review Old Business:
a. Civil Rights Trail- complete success
b. Art contest- Has been judged- reception tentatively set for September.
c. Promotional items- Motion made by T. Gunter second by Y. Washington for up to but not exceeding 200.00. All in favor. Yea.
d. Fishing Pier-ribbon cutting in a few weeks pending Fire Marshal inspection.
e. Christmas Ad- Motion made by D. Barlow second by Y. Washington to use 2,500 Grant Money to promote
Discuss New Business:
Other Business:
Adjournment – 6:30 – Motion by T. Gunter second by D. Barlow to adjourn the meeting. Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 5:30PM

Sheriff’s Sale

# 37171


By virtue of a Writ of Seizure and Sale issued out of the Honorable Second Judicial District Court, Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana, and to me directed, I have seized and taken into my possession and will offer for sale for cash at the principal front door of the Courthouse, Jonesboro, Louisiana, on Wednesday, the 2nd day of AUGUST, 2023. Between the hours governing judicial sales, the following property to wit:


Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all cost, sale to be made for cash with WITH the benefit of appraisal.




# 37182
GERALD ALAN WATTS, in his capacity As Administrator for the ESTATE OF RUTH WATTS


By virtue of a Writ of Seizure and Sale issued out of the Honorable Second Judicial District Court, Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana, and to me directed, I have seized and taken into my possession and will offer for sale for cash at the principal front door of the Courthouse, Jonesboro, Louisiana, on Wednesday, the 9th day of August, 2023, Between the hours governing judicial sales, the following property to wit:


Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all cost, sale to be made for cash WITHOUT the benefit of appraisal.




Affidavit of Succession and Certificate of Service









Death Notices

Amy JoAnn King
August 28, 1963 – July 27, 2023

kingAmy JoAnn King, age 59 of Chatham, made her way to her Heavenly home on Thursday, July 27, 2023. Amy was a jokester that loved to laugh and make others laugh. She was a homebody that enjoyed spending time with her beloved fur-baby, Cookie. She loved the Lord and her family with all of her heart; especially her grandchildren. She absolutely adored her grandchildren and dotted her love on them every chance she got.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Justin Dickens and wife Natalie, Kiley Wages and husband Tony; grandchildren, Chelsey Dickens, Kaitlyn Dickens, Jonathan Dickens, Mandi Dickens, Konner Jumper, Abagail Wages, Emileigh Wages; great granddaughter, Audrey Mae; nephew, Mark Hammers; niece, Sarah Hiatt; best friend, Marcy Hammers; friends, Judy Frank, Rachel Anderson, Sharron Truelove, Angela McLain; cousins, Faye Hall, Susan Christian, Jan Breedlove, Ron Hall; fur-baby, Cookie; a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her granddaughters, Natalie Jumper, Gracy Dickens; parents, Joe and Beverly Ann (Osborne) King.

Her family plans to have a private family celebration at a later date.

Gary Kotchka
May 11, 1938 – July 21, 2023

kotchka(William) Gary Kotchka, 85, of Jonesboro, Louisiana passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, July 21, 2023. Gary was born on May 11, 1938 in Steubenville, Ohio to Norman and Alyce Kotchka. He grew up in Monaca, a small town in Western Pennsylvania along the Ohio River. After high school, Gary joined the Air Force and served several years. His service was cut short when a pre-existing heart condition was discovered during a physical. Through high school and his Air Force service, Gary distinguished himself on the baseball field and his passion for the sport led him to later become a Little League coach in Jonesboro. Gary was also an avid cyclist and fisherman and loved being in the woods and finding new fishing holes. He certainly fit in well in the “Sportsmen’s Paradise” of his adopted state.

Upon arriving in Jonesboro, Gary started working for the paper mill in Hodge, LA and retired from the mill in 2001, after 38 years. In 1964, Gary married Jonesboro native, Patricia Hanna, and together they adopted Brian in 1974. Brian brought joy to their lives for 23 years until his untimely passing from cancer in 1997. Gary loved to travel and learn about new places and thought nothing of hopping in the car for a drive up to Maine to visit with family. He took Brian on a multi-state trip to visit Washington DC, West Point and the Naval Academy that created memories for a lifetime.

Gary is survived by his brother, Darrell Kotchka of Zelienople, PA; sister-in-law, Nancy Kotchka of Phoenix, Arizona; numerous nieces and nephews; dearest friend, Sarah Lolley; loyal canine friend, Scout; and two daughters from a previous marriage, Pamela Umthum and Angela Sams, both of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia Hanna Kotchka; his parents, Norman and Alyce Kotchka; infant son, Jon Patrick; infant daughter, Anne Marie; son, Brian Kotchka; brother David Kotchka; and sister, Rita Adania.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service for Gary to be held on Saturday, August12 at the Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro. The time will be announced at a later date. Donations in memory of Gary Kotchka can be made to the Jackson Parish Recreation District, P.O. Box 315, Jonesboro, LA 71251.

Veronica Gail Eddines Ceaser
March 8, 1962 – July 13, 2023

ceasarMs. Veronica, Gail Eddines Caesar, age 61, passed away on July 13, 2023. She was born March 8, 1962 to Susie Boatner(Graves) and Frank Eddines.

Gail was preceded in death by Her mother and father, her brother Cedric Graves and her Husband Michael Ceasar.

She leaves to mourn her passing 3 sisters Shelia( CT), Sandra(Bruce) both of Stockton Ca. And Cathey of Ruston La. 3 brothers Don, Michael and Lynn all of Yakima , Wa. And a multitude of other family and friends.

A graveside service was held on Friday, July 28th, at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Clay, LA under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 

Donna Jean Sumner
June 2, 1942 – July 22, 2023

summerDonna Jean Sumner of Jonesboro, Louisiana passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2023 in West Monroe, Louisiana. She was 81 years old. Donna loved to fish and enjoyed reading in her spare time. She loved caring for animals and was affiliated with the Humane Society.

Donna is survived by her husband, Harvey Sumner; sons, Mark Madsen, Paul Madsen and wife, Janna, Mark Sumner and wife, Jessie; 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elinore (Ryman) McGinn; and sister, Gerry Lynn Unrugh.

As per Donna’s wishes, she will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held.

Excessive Heat and Humidity continues to plague Jackson Parish

It could be worse. At least the conditions here locally aren’t as bad as they are in the southwest United States where temperatures ranging from 110 – 119 degrees are being experienced daily resulting in Excessive Heat Warnings being issued and heat related deaths spiking to record setting numbers. 

Still it is oppressively hot in the Piney Woods. With daily reading in the high 90’s added to the high humidity rate, the “feel like” temperature has been over 100 degrees for weeks.  What is worse, the National Weather Service predicts that it will get even worse in the month of August. 

While basking in the sunshine can be a wonderful thing, extreme heat can be deadly, especially to children, older people, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions.

Here are some tips offered by the American Red Cross on what can be done to protect yourself and loved ones from the heat. 

1. Be sun smart
It’s best to avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day, but sometimes that can’t be avoided. When out in direct sunlight, wear (and regularly reapply) sunscreen, and cover your head with a hat. Remember to take regular breaks indoors or in a shady area to avoid getting heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing will also help you to stay cool.

2. Wetter is better
Heat escapes through the skin, which is the largest organ in the body. So, the more skin you can cool down, the better. There are various methods for how to cool your skin down in baking hot weather. For example, drenching a t-shirt and keeping it wet can be very effective. If you’d rather not walk around in wet clothing, you can buy cooling spray, or having a cool shower will work just as well. You can quickly cool yourself down by putting your hands and feet in cold water. Wrists and ankles have lots of pulse points where blood vessels are close to the skin, so you will cool down more quickly.

3. Drink plenty of water
In hot weather, it’s important to avoid caffeine and make sure you’re drinking lots of water. If possible, drink isotonic sports drinks to replenish the lost salts, sugars, and fluids Both cool and hot drinks will work to keep your core temperature at the same temperature, so consuming hot drinks will not cool you down more effectively than cold drinks. In the heat, you should avoid drinks containing caffeine, including tea and coffee. It’s typically best to stick to water.

As you sweat throughout the day, the liquids you are losing need to be replaced to avoid dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness or confusion, and headaches. If untreated, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion. If the person’s condition gets worse, you should call 911 for emergency help.

4. Limit your alcohol
Mixing too much sun with a few too many drinks is not a good combination. Alcohol causes dehydration, which can hit especially hard if your body is already struggling to stay cool in the summer. Drinking alcohol can also make it harder to get a good night’s sleep, something that’s already difficult in warmer temperatures.

While you may fall asleep quickly, you’re likely to have poor-quality sleep and wake up earlier than usual – not exactly the refreshing sleep you’ll need. Try to drink in moderation and read more advice on how to keep cool at night during a heatwave.

5. Eat light meals to feel cooler
When it’s hot, you are far better off sticking to light, well-balanced, regular meals. Food with a high water content like strawberries, cucumber, celery, and lettuce, will also help to keep you hydrated and cool in summer weather. You can also try foods with high fluid content like soups and stews that contribute towards hydration levels.

6. Limit physical activity to cooler parts of the day
It’s important not to disrupt your routine too much because of hot weather, but sometimes you may have to. An early morning run may feel punishing when you’re nice and sleepy in bed, but it could be dangerous to exercise in the blazing midday sun and risk dehydration, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Take the temperature into consideration when planning your day and, if you can, limit physical activity to when it’s cooler. If you do decide to workout or play sport, ,make sure to drink lots of water and take more breaks than usual to make sure you’re not putting any extra stress on your body. You should also make sure you take a cold shower after exercising to cool down and follow our other advice for staying cool throughout the day.

7. Know the risks
The heat can have a serious effect on your physical health, and especially during a heatwave, it’s important to look out for signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Many people believe that heat exhaustion and heatstroke are the same things, but heatstroke is potentially far more serious.

Heat exhaustion is caused when the body loses excess water, salt, and sugars through sweating. It can be treated by having plenty to drink, keeping out of the sun, and knowing how to cool down.

Heatstroke occurs when the body’s temperature becomes dangerously high and the body is no longer able to cool itself. Symptoms include confusion, headache, nausea, and muscle cramps.

Another symptom is paler skin than normal – depending on your skin tone this could mean your skin looks ashen, grey, or a more yellowish hue. It might be easier to notice this change in colour on the palms of hands, nails, or eyes, gums, and tongue.

Heatstroke can develop with little warning and quickly lead to a person becoming unresponsive. It’s vital to cool them down as quickly as possible by wrapping them in a wet sheet or clothing and dialing 911. Babies and children are more vulnerable to increasing temperatures, so stay informed and follow our guidance on how to keep a baby cool in the heat.

Learn first aid advice for someone with heatstroke or heat exhaustion through these online resources.

First aid for someone with heat stroke: symptoms and signs
First aid for someone with heat exhaustion: symptoms and signs
First aid for a child or baby with heat exhaustion: symptoms and signs


Jackson Parish Police Jury to hold Special Called Meeting on Thursday, July 27th

The Jackson Parish Police Jury announces that a Special Called Meeting will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, July 27th. The session will be held in the Nathaniel Zeno, Jr. Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Administrative Building, located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro. The single agenda item to be considered for approval is the hiring Teressa Ann Johnson as Custodian in the Maintenance Department.

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.

OMV hacked! Offers free credit monitoring and ID theft protection

The Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is offering a complimentary Norton LifeLock Standard™ identity theft protection and credit monitoring package for a period of one year to Louisiana residents impacted by the recent MOVEIt data breach. 

To activate your membership online and get protection at no cost to you, see enrollment instructions available at nextsteps.la.gov. OMV will also be emailing notices to individuals with an email on file whose information was involved in the incident.

Additionally, OMV has established a toll-free call center, open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, to answer questions that individuals may have. If you believe your information was involved and have questions about this incident, please call (866) 861-8717.

These resources are being offered in response to the MOVEIt data security incident announced last month that involved personal information of individuals who were issued a Louisiana driver’s license, identification card and/or vehicle registrations.

OMV encourages all Louisianans whose information was involved in this incident to actively monitor for the possibility of fraud and identity theft by reviewing your financial statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. If you notice any unauthorized activity, contact the relevant financial institution or the credit bureau reporting the activity immediately.

For more information on how to protect your identity and a list of FAQ, visit nextsteps.la.gov. To read the official notice posted by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), visit expresslane.org.

Jackson Parish Rec League All-Stars enjoy tremendously successful summer

Over the years, Jackson Parish has earned a well deserved reputation of fielding tremendously talented and successful teams in Dixie Youth and Little League All-Star competition. The summer of 2023 is no exception. 

Despite often drawing from the smallest population base of any of the teams played against in the various age categories, the youth of the Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) not only held their own in district and state play, they excelled.

A total of 119 boys and girls made up the ten teams that Jackson Parish entered into Dixie Youth and Little League All-Star play. Seven were boys teams (7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U) with three being girls teams (8U, 10U and 12U).

From the “dandy dozen” that on average made up the teams, amazingly six of the ten squads qualified for state tournament play after three district championships and three runner-up finishes were recorded. Of the six, the 10U girls won the Little League state championship, the 12U boys finished as Dixie Youth state runner-up and both the 13U and 11U boys earned third place finishes. Adding to the success gained was the 8U boys winning an impressive nine straight games in district and state competition and the 13U boys earning the Sportsmanship Award. 

Several factors can be attributed to the great success. Of course, when performances like what was shown this summer is achieved, there obviously has to be a lot of talented players in the area. This can be attributed to not only their skills but the support and encouragement their parents give. Were it not for their dedication and effort to make sure their child is at the ball park each day the youth would never be able to have the chance to compete and realize their potential.

Credit also has to be given to the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Board members, Director Tommy Smith, and the administrative staff, for providing local youth with one of the best complexes in the state to perfect their skills on.

Last, but certainly not least, and in reality probably most important to the continued success that Jackson Parish enjoyed in All-Star play this summer are the coaches who volunteer their time. 

For weeks before All-Star tournament play begins each spends countless hours helping the boys and girls prepare to play, usually after putting in a full day’s work. Then it really gets tough.

Imagine how tiring it would be to go to work and then driving to places as far away as Alexandria, Many, Monroe and Bossier City, often times getting back home after midnight, only to have to get up early and do it all again day after day. 

Sometimes the situation demands that extremely far travel is required. As was the case this summer, several teams ventured to the Lafayette and New Orleans areas for state competition play requiring these wonderful volunteers to take days off from work and spend their own money in travel expenses. 

It is not just the ones who coach the All-Star teams that are to be commended but each and every one who volunteered their time to coach the nearly fifty teams that make up the JPRD summer league baseball and softball program. It was their guidance during the summer season that helped prepare the certain ones chosen for All-Star play to enjoy success. 

2023 Jackson Parish All-Star Teams 

(Photos provided by Ashley Wyatt – Ruffled Feather Photography)


Tourism Board discusses upcoming projects

On July 18th, the Jackson Parish Tourism Board held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting in the Sunshine Room of the Jackson Parish Administration Building in Jonesboro. 

After deeming the dedication of the Civil Rights Trail a complete success, members Tammy Gunter, Kelly Spangler, Christie Weeks, Yumeaka Washington and Deneise Barlow have now turned their focus on additional projects and events scheduled for the near future.

Expected to be first is a “Ribbon Cutting” ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the Ebenezer Fishing Pier on Caney Lake that will take place as soon as the Fire Marshall gives the go ahead from their final inspection. Next will be awarding the winners of the Art Contest in a reception that has tentatively been set for September.

Also approved was the expenditures of up to but not exceeding $200.00 for promotional items and up to but not exceeding $2,500.00 in grant money on a promotional Christmas ad. 

After announcing that the next meeting of the board would be at 5:30 pm on August 8th the meeting was adjourned. 

Mason Bosch named AP Scholar with Distinction

Mason Bosch, son of Tim and Melissa (Eubanks) Bosch of Jonesboro, has been named AP Scholar with Distinction at Cedar Creek High School.  The prestigious award is earned by the student who recorded the highest level of achievement in their AP courses. It also means the award winner has completed a culminating project that demonstrated their ability to apply knowledge gained in the coursework to real-world situations.

The 2023 Cedar Creek graduate led a group of sixteen who earned AP recognition with being named as AP Scholars and six more earning AP Scholar with Honors designation. 

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.