Public Forum to address drugs and violence in Jonesboro set for Nov. 2nd

In an effort to form a collaborative strategy to eradicate drugs and violence in the town of Jonesboro, Mayor James “Spike” Harris has called for a Public Forum to be held at 5:00 pm on November 2nd at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center.

The Public Forum will serve as a platform to engage in open dialogue, share ideas, and explore potential solutions to these pressing issues of combating drugs and violence in Jonesboro. 

“In light of the recent tragic incidents that have occurred in our town, I believe it is imperative that we come together as a community to address these pressing issues,” said Harris. “I am calling on our citizens, church and community leaders, as well as, law enforcement, judges and the district attorney’s office to attend so we can develop a comprehensive plan to tackle these challenges head on.”

Harris has outlined some strategy objectives that he feels is imperative in bringing safety and peace to the community. 

“I believe that by working together and implementing comprehensive strategies, we can make a significant impact on reducing drugs and violence in our town,” concluded Harris. “I kindly request your support in rallying the necessary stakeholders and allocating resources to bring this plan into action. Thank you for your dedication to our town’s well being. Together we can make a difference.”

Tigers close out regular season with rivalry game against Winnfield

This Friday, Jonesboro-Hodge will travel to Winnfield for the longest standing rivalry in both schools history that will conclude the 2023 regular season in football.

You can throw the season records for both teams away. It doesn’t matter in this one. For over a hundred years nothing has meant as much to either school as a victory in this one.

The game as Stokes/Walker stadium will mark the 96th time the two have played against each other since the first contest was played in 1919 that finds Winnfield holding a 50-43-2 alltime advantage. For both schools the total of wins and losses represents the most in history. Since 1945 the two schools have played every year but one, when the Covid epidemic caused the game to be cancelled. The contest will also be the 29th time that the two schools, will have played as members of the same district with Winnfield having a slim 15-13 advantage.

Over the years one school or the other is normally part of the equation when it comes to those contending for a district champion or even a state title but this year both have struggled. JHHS and Winnfield both come into the contest with a 1-3 record in District 3-2A play with both having beaten Lakeview and lost to Many, Red River and Mansfield. Overall JHHS is 3-6 while Winnfield is 2-7. In comparative district contests JHHS has scored 76 points while giving up 131 to their four opponents while Winnfield has scored only 36 points and given up 127.

Keys to Victory!

  1. Minimize mistakes! When JHHS doesn’t turn the ball over they have shown they could play with everyone on their schedule.
  2. Continue to run the ball effectively! Against Lakeview the Tigers ran the ball well which opened up the passing attack. That will be imperative this week as well.
  3. Don’t give up “cheapies”! Far to often this year, JHHS has given opponents great field position resulting in easy scores. The Tigers must make Winnfield earn their points.

Town of Jonesboro receives Greener Grounds Grant

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded 25 organizations in 15 parishes a total of $141,133 in Greener Grounds Grants, and Jackson Parish made the list. The grants will help parishes implement the best litter and waste prevention practices and reduction at large outdoor events.

This is the first year the grant program has been available. The grant is a reimbursement grant for up to $8,000 and supports non-profit large outdoor events like festivals, concerts, and parades. To be eligible, events must host more than 1,000 attendees and take place between October 2023 and May 2024.

Grant funds will be used to provide waste receptacles to help prevent litter and reduce waste during the event. In addition to receptacles, items to be purchased include trash bags and litter grabbers. For volunteers, funds will purchase t-shirts, food, and water.

Making the town of Jonesboro eligible for the award was the annual Christmas Wonderland in the Pines festival that will run from November 2023 – January 2024.

“These Louisiana outdoor events are increasing their efforts and taking steps to protect our beautiful state from litter and divert unnecessary waste from the landfill,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “We are proud to support the implementation of the Greener Grounds Grant program. Less litter results in a cleaner and healthier environment and an improved event goer experience.”

Weston splits varsity basketball season opener against Summerfield

Weston High School traveled to Summerfield for the 2023-24 LHSAA season opener for both teams. It was a mixed bag of luck for the two varsity squads with the boys putting on an impressive shooting display that led to a 73-62 victory and the already short-handed Lady Wolves losing yet another player and falling 55-24. 

Weston 73 Summerfield 62 (boys):  Tait Henderson hit 10 of 14 field goals and was a perfect 8/8 from the line leading to a career high 30 points. Bryce Zehr also reached double digits with 16 points and the Wolves hit an impressive 23 of 27 (85%) free throws to break a four game losing streak over the perineal Class C power that stretches back to 2016. Lajavion Harris added nine and Juan Gonzalez seven with Tyler Pardue, Tommy Walker and Daniel Watlington all chipping in with four each.

Summerfield 55 Weston 24 (Girls) – Just when head coach Stacey Tucker thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Before the season even began, reigning District 1B MVP, Briley Peterson, was shelved to season ending shoulder surgery. Then sharp shooter, Faith Beamesderfer, was felled by another recent injury. Now Weston has lost their best remaining offensive threat as well, with Lexie Millien suffering a head injury that resulted in her receiving stitches and a concussion early in the contest that saw Summerfield jump out to a 12-3 first quarter lead and never look back. Anslee Aldy hit a pair of three pointers that led to a team high eight points and Carly Jo Griffin added six. Olivia Otwell scored three followed by Lainee Trosclair, Jacie Ledford and Nadia Siadek with two each.

Early Voting for General Election to begin on Friday, November 3rd

Early voting for the upcoming November 18th General Election is slated to begin on Friday, November 3rd and run through Saturday, November 11th, excepting the dates of November 5th (Sunday) and 10th (Veteran’s Day). Voting will take place from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm at the Registrars of Voters Office in the Jackson Parish Courthouse, located at 500 East Court Street in Jonesboro.

Click here to see a sample ballot.

Chatham to hold special election for Chief of Police

In the presence of Chatham Mayor Gregory Harris, village councilmembers have voted to adopt an ordinance that calls for a Special Election to choose the Chief of Police.  The special session that was held on October 30th followed a Public Hearing that concluded after no one from the audience shared any views.

Toni Malone, Sue Ann Proffer and Mike Wilson then voted to adopt Ordinance 2023-05, identified as an Ordinance Relating to the Election or Appointment of the Chief of Police for the Village of Chatham – Calling for Special Election. Bernadean James and Laverne Mixon were absent. 

Son of a Preacher Man

Vincent Damon Furnier was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. Vincent’s father, Ether Moroni Furnier, was a preacher in The Church of Jesus Christ. His paternal grandfather, Thurman Sylvest Furnier, was also a minister in the church and became president of the organization in the mid-1960s. Unsurprisingly, Vincent was active in the church. Most people, even Vincent, expected him to follow in the family business and become a church leader, maybe even a preacher, but a series of events altered the trajectory of his life. As the saying goes, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

As a child, Vincent struggled with a series of illnesses. Vincent’s father moved the family from Detroit to Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. The drier climate had the desired effect as the illnesses that plagued Vincent vanished.

In Glendale, Vincent pulled away from the church. Children sometimes need to find their own way in life, and so it was with Vincent. By his twenties, Vincent had stopped going to church altogether although he expressed an interest in returning to church. He explained, “I’m afraid my appearance would be embarrassing for my father. I don’t mean that he would be embarrassed, and he would never tell me. But I don’t think his congregation would like it.” Vincent’s appearance certainly drew attention. Vincent wore makeup and bought all his clothes from the Salvation Army. He sometimes wore his sister’s hand-me-down clothes or something his mother made for him. Vincent disliked anything that looked new. When he bought clothing for his girlfriend, he shopped in antique stores.

Vincent’s life changed forever in 1964 when he and four fellow cross country teammates, Glen Buxtin, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Michael Bruce, participated in Cortez High School’s annual Letterman’s talent show. Vincent and his teammates called themselves the Earwigs, but there was a problem. Other than Glen Buxton, who played guitar, none of the others played musical instruments. To circumvent their lack of talent, the Earwigs dressed to resemble the Beatles, complete with wigs, and pretended to play instruments while a record played Beatles songs. Vincent, the Earwigs’ lead singer, sang parodied lyrics to the Beatles songs. For example, one of the songs they mimed and parodied was “Please Please Me.” In it, rather than singing “Last night I said these words to my girl,” Vincent sang “Last night I ran four laps for my coach.” The reception was better than anyone expected. Vincent and his teammates won the talent show. Because of their strange success, they decided to form a real band. Vincent’s friends learned to play instruments and Vincent began to write songs and to improve his singing voice and stage presence. In his high school yearbook, Vincent said his ambition was to become “a million record seller.”

Vincent and his friends performed under various band names from the Earwigs to the Spiders and Nazz with minor success. Finally, Vincent and his friends decided that they needed a gimmick to succeed. They settled on a band name which sounded innocent and wholesome, which was in direct contrast to their stage shows. The band became somewhat successful, but with that success came pressure, drugs, and alcohol. Vincent became an alcoholic and drug addict. It is likely that Vincent has died more times than any other human in history. On multiple occasions, Vincent has died seven, eight, sometimes ten times in a single evening. Each time, he was brought back to life. Finally, after decades of drug and alcohol abuse, Vincent found a new addiction which took the place of drugs and alcohol. Vincent became addicted to golf. The son and grandson of preacher men also became a born-again Christian. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

For some of the band members, their dream had become a nightmare. After a decade of performing together, the band fell apart. Vincent wanted to keep performing but disagreements with the other band members meant that Vincent could not use the band name. Finally, Vincent found a loophole. The only way he could perform under his old band name was to legally change his name to the band name. In 1973, Vincent legally changed his name. Under his new name, Vincent has sold more than 50 million records. His deaths, as mentioned earlier, were not due to illness or overdose. He continues to die multiple times an evening in various ways as part of his elaborate stage show. You know Vincent Damon Furnier, who became addicted to drugs and alcohol, then became a born again Christian and avid golfer, as Alice Cooper.

Jackson Parish Hospital recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is traditionally recognized across the nation as Breast Cancer Awareness Month! As is the tradition, the Jackson Parish Hospital administration and staff joined the movement to raise awareness and educate the community about breast cancer by wearing pink.

As shown below, JPH also closed the month with several unique and creative themes and competitions this past week to continue to bring attention to the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

“Sock It”  To Cancer Day

On Thursday, October 26th, support was shown to knock out cancer through the wearing of wacky socks and favorite sports jerseys. 

Wacky Outfit Contest

In recognition of every cancer being unique, a wacky outfit contest was held amongst the staff on Friday, October 27th.

“Punch Out” Cancer

Employees won prizes by “punching out” sections of the breast cancer awareness symbol on Monday, October 30th.

“Pink Out” Day

On Monday, October 30th the Jackson Parish Hospital’s Radiology department held a “pink out” contest amongst the staff.  

‘Must Saw TV’

The brutally sad and tragic death news of writer and extremely talented actor Matthew Perry this weekend brought to mind happier times when reality, an acquired taste for sure, was moved to the back burner every Thursday night for “Must See TV.”

In the post-Cheers, post-The Cosby Show landscape of NBC Thursday night programming, Perry and the gang took over the TV comedy series world with Friends, and the addition of Seinfeld made it a one-two punch lethal for other networks. Icing on the cake was ER, a drama like spicy forerunners Falcon Crest or Dynasty or Dallas, only set in an emergency room where George Clooney was breaking hearts and mending wounds, all at the same time. (Mostly everyone on ER wore scrubs: what a break for Wardrobe.)

Hard to believe it’s been — 30 years ago? Seinfeld moved to Thursdays in the fall of 1993-94, then Friends came along to join it and ER. An NBC TV exec dubbed it “Must See TV,” and for millions, it was.

My spousal unit, a Friends disciple, says she never missed it. I will never forget getting the cold vocal cord shoulder in a late-’90s Thursday night call to Ramz, as close to a brother as anyone I have. The chillingly brief conversation went something like, “Must See TV night. Thursday. Call you tomorrow.”

Long distance and everything. And not a big TV watcher, I had no idea. Completely out of touch with TV-watching America, was I.

I love Seinfeld, but I’ve caught them all on reruns. Any Friends or ER episode I’ve seen has been by accident. (Chandler was Matthew Perry and Joey was that other guy and Ross was The Guy Who Was Briefly In Band of Brothers and one of the girls was Monica and I don’t know the other two. Blissfully ignorant.)

I was way in the minority because America was NBC’s best friend on Thursday nights in the 1990s. Friends at 7. Then something to get you to Seinfeld at 8—might be The Single Guy or Boston Common or Suddenly Susan, just some sort of half-hour bridge—then something else to get you from 8:30 to 9 when ER aired.

Remember: not everyone had a VCR then. Most did, but many didn’t, and if you had one it was expensive and the size of an ice chest. And often didn’t work well.

No one had a DVR.

(I knew the 1980s monster hit L.A. Law was in trouble when David Spade, during a Saturday Night Live! skit (back when SNL was must-see TV), said, “L.A. Law. Didn’t watch it. Didn’t tape it.” Tons and tons of water cooler talk involved whether or not you “saw” a show or at least “taped” it. “You mean you forgot to TAPE it?!”)

No one under 35 or so will grasp this, but if you didn’t see or tape a show in the fall, it was gone until spring reruns. So, you HAD to see it. Must See TV.

Those days are gone forever, of course. No comedy shows anymore, much less comedy nights. No variety shows. Those days gave way to the DVD and to the glorious option of streaming (which I’ve fully embraced) and to what is falsely billed as “reality TV.” The only real reality TV is sports, and I’m not so sure even THAT’S true when it comes to the NBA playoffs — but that’s another story. And definitely not Must See TV.

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Meet the Tigers! Da’Marious Burns

NOTE: Football is sport where the majority of fans may know the names and numbers of the players but seldom see their faces and get to know them personally. In an effort to introduce the members of the 2023 JHHS football team, Jackson Parish Journal correspondent, Clay Williams, presents a question and answer interview series with Tiger players. Today – Da’Marious Burns!

Meet The Tigers

What’s your name, grade, number, and position?
Da’Marious Burns, 12th, #7, Wide Receiver  /Defensive Back

What are your hobbies outside of football?
I like cooking, talking on the phone with friends, and studying film. I also play basketball and run track for the school.

What is your favorite pregame meal?
One of my favorites is a chicken sandwich and a salad. Something light that keeps me full until after the game. 

What is your favorite subject in school?
History, specifically U.S., because it’s very easy for me and I like to learn about the country’s past.

Who would you say is your biggest motivation in life?
My mother, because she always keeps me going and is always telling me positive things
whenever I am down.

What college/NFL player/professional athlete do you take inspiration from?
On defense, I just watch any of the top safeties in the NFL. For offense, I’ve always loved Odell Beckham Jr. Travis Hunter is a player I’ve loved watching this year as well, and he has that two-way ability like me.

What college/NFL player/professional athlete do you take inspiration from?
Tank Dell, his route running and speed is awesome to watch, and even though I play corner he helps me to study from the other side of the ball.

What is something important a coach has taught you?
Coach Hicks has taught me so much stuff that it’s hard to single out just one thing. A favorite of mine is handle your business because that can help me out both on and off the field.

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve always felt like I’ve been doubted. When I first arrived at Jonesboro-Hodge, people just looked at me as the tall kid, and that is it. I’ve been working harder to make sure that wasn’t true, and that there’s more to me than just my height, and I feel that I have really grown as a player because of that.

What are your thoughts about the team’s play so far this season?
We’re improving every week and are coming off a good win last week. Hope to keep that going this week.

What are your expectations for the Winnfield game?
We’ve got to win this game, and I have a lot of confidence that we are going to execute our gameplan.

What are your plans after graduation?
I want to major in cyber security, it is something that I did during a summer program this year and I really enjoyed it. I hope to learn more about it in college, and in my future own several businesses. I also would love to continue my football career if I am given the opportunity. If I had my choice, Oregon would be the dream school to play at. I’ve always loved their jerseys.

Lastly, what are your goals for the rest of this season for yourself, and the team?
For the team, we’re getting better each week and I just want to be better as a team as the regular season comes to an end, and then be ready for the playoffs. For myself, I want to be a better player than I have been, and also try to teach the younger players how to be better as much as I can before my high school career comes to an end.

Quitman High School celebrating Homecoming Week

A full week of activities are taking place at Quitman High School in celebration of Homecoming Week highlighted by the introduction of the 2023 Homecoming Court prior to the QHS vs Claiborne Christian basketball game on Friday, November 3rd.

The celebratory week began with Mix It Up Monday on Monday where students dressed as their favorite teacher, coach or administrator followed by a softball game between Quitman Junior High and Benton. 

On Tuesday, students and faculty came to school dressed in their favorite Halloween costume, BBQ Dads and Soccer Moms. The Pre-K enjoyed trick or treating and the varsity Wolverine basketball teams played against Dodson. 

Upcoming events (Wednesday – Saturday)

Wednesday, November 1
(1) Whisk Up the Past Wednesday: Dress as your younger self or pin a picture of your younger self on your chest.   
(2) Picture Day: Fall Sports Pictures and make up fall pictures to be taken

Thursday, November 2
(1) Toss It Up Thursday: Dress like your grade level.
PreK – 5th Grade: Blue
6th – 8th Grade: Western Style
9th – 10th Grade: Tropical Style
11th – 12th Grade: Wear your PJ’s
* As an alternative anyone can wear NEON
(2) PBIS rewards for K-5th Grade
(3) ACT at QHS
(4) Turkey Trot Kick-Off
(5) Softball game: QJH vs Castor (5:00 and 6:00 pm)
(6) Basketball game: QHS at Summerfield (5:00 pm)

Friday, November 3
(1) Five Star Friday – Dress Your Best!
(2) Pep-Rally Assembly at 9:00 am
(3) Homecoming Court Presentation at 5:30 pm (Doors Open at 5:00 pm)
(4) Basketball Game: QHS vs Claiborne Christian (Following presentation)

Saturday, November 4
(1) Regional Cross Country Meet at Lincoln Park in Ruston

Jackson Parish Police Jury to host Veteran Day Brunch on November 11

The Jackson Parish Police Jury invites you to come and show your appreciation to those who put their lives on the line to help give us the freedoms we enjoy by joining for the Veterans Day Brunch Celebration that will be held on November 11th.

The event will begin at 10:00 am at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center, located at 182 Industrial Drive. There is no cost to attend and no reservation required. 

Time running out to reserve booth for Quitman Community Market on Nov. 4

Time is running out to reserve a vendor booth for the upcoming Quitman Community Market that will take place on November 4th at Quitman Community Church, located at 146 Brooks Chapel Road. 

Booth Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. Costs are as follows:
$30.00 – Inside Booths with electricity
$20.00 – Outside Booths with electricity
$15.00 – Outside Booths without electricity

Vendors will set up from 8:00 – 9:00 am the morning of the event. The sale of animals is prohibited and no pets are allowed. To register or for more information call or text (318) 533 – 2014.

Proceeds from the Quitman Community Market go toward Outreach Programs for the community. 

Jackson Parish Early Childhood Program eligibility parameters introduced

The Jackson Parish School District announces that the Jackson Parish Early Childhood community Network has partnered with Early Learning Centers across Jackson Parish to offer high-quality early childhood seats for eligible children under the ages of three (3) years old. 

Where to Apply

Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School Student Service Center
440 Old Winnfield Road (Hwy 167 South)
Jonesboro, LA 71251
(318) 259 – 8802

Participating Child Care Centers

Sharon’s Lil Angels
605 Maxwell Drive
Jonesboro, LA 71251
(318) 395-2888

Cornerstone Early Childhood Center
773 Walker Road
Jonesboro, LA 71251
(318) 259-4001

Family Eligibility

Parent / Legal Guardians must meet one of the following requirements. 

  1. Works at least 20 hours a week
  2. Attends an accredited school or training program as a full time student
  3. Attends a combination of work and school
  4. Is actively seeking work
  5. Participated in a transitional living program
  6. Receives disability income
  7. Is experiencing homelessness
Family SizeGross Monthly Income

Daily Devotional by Pam Ford Davis

Dirt and Grime

The Lord Jesus is sinless; holy and pure.

“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin (1 John 3:5 NASB).”

I haven’t seen any recent ‘Ivory Soap’ television commercials or magazine advertisements. As a Baby-boomer, I clearly remember their claims of nearly 100% purity. Their bold message made Procter & Gamble successful. Customers placed their trust in the purity of the product. Ivory soap was used for hand washing and bathing; as a bonus children played with floating bars of the soap during bath time.

Can lives stained by sin claim purity?

Christ cleanses us of all the dirt and grime of sin.

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9 NASB).”

We don’t voice empty claims; we brag on Jesus purity!

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:20-21 NASB).”


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

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Brookwood Homes – Used and Repo Mobile Homes as low as $10,000.00. Call 318-644-2226.


100 Year History of JHHS Football – Only 22 copies remain for purchase. Relive the great memories, players and teams in this comprehensive season-by-season review of Jonesboro-Hodge High School football from 1919 – 2019. Cost of book is $25.00 each or $40.00 for two. Free shipping. Wonderful Christmas gift for father, son, brother, uncle or just a great friend. To order call 318-480-1206 or send email to


Site Manager – Rampart Multi Family Complex:

Rampart Multi-Family, a top leader in the property management business, currently has an opening for a Site Manager at a Multi-Family Complex located in Jonesboro.
Job Purpose
The Site Manager supports the Company’s efforts in the day-to-day implementation of policies, procedures and programs that will assure a well-managed, well-maintained property. The Site Manager must provide “in charge” responsibilities for the property. These responsibilities include being on-call 24 hours, managing and delegating work to staff. Conduct all business in accordance with company policies and procedures, Fair Housing, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other laws pertaining to apartments.
Duties include but are not limited to:
· Provide excellent tenant service. Respond to tenant requests/problems in a timely and courteous manner, and generate work orders directed to vendors or maintenance staff. Follow-up with the tenant to ensure satisfactory resolution of the issue. Ensure that there is 24-hour emergency coverage for the property at all times.
· Conduct periodic inspections of the property and tenant spaces to ensure compliance with leases and the proper upkeep of the property.
· Ensure that property and lease files are properly maintained and kept up to date in accordance with company Prepare and maintain appropriate tenant lease files, records, correspondence and file notes.
· Assist with administering tenant occupancy including providing the new tenant with an introduction letter regarding emergency contacts, insurance requirements, rent collection procedures, and maintenance request procedures.
· Obtain estimates/bids for repairs at the property. Generate and track Service Orders, approvals and distribution.
· Sort, code and ensure accuracy and compliance with contracts of all property related invoices.
· Collect and organize all property information in a format for quick reference.
· Prepares or directs assistant to prepare, memos, faxes, email, maintain files, prepare expense reports and other administrative forms, copying, and arrange for courier service and overnight deliveries.
· Assist in the production of monthly and annual reports, preparation of transaction related documents, Maintain contact information, and aid in the production of departmental reports (e.g. business plans, financial statements.
· Detailed verification of all invoice amounts and information with approved Service Orders or Contracts.
· Ensure proper property coding on invoices.
· Investigate cost reduction opportunities.
· Assist accounting with questions related to the property and resolution of vendor issues.
· Other duties as assigned.
· 3+ years of directly relevant Apartment Management experience.
· Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required.
· Strong working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel.
· Effectively prioritize and multi-task.
· Excellent people skills.
· Ability to effectively delegate responsibility of duties to support staff and maintain follow up to ensure completion of assigned duties.
· Strong working knowledge of general office equipment (copiers, fax machines, scanners).
· Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with peers, managers and clients.
· Dependable & flexible as well as possessing the ability to maintain a high level of
· Proactive, initiate follow-through.
***Salary is based on experience***
Rampart/Wurth Holding Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $30,000 per year
• 401(k)
• Dental insurance
• Health insurance
• Paid time off
• Vision insurance
• Bachelor’s (Preferred)
• Property Management: 1 year (Preferred)
• Supervising: 3 years (Preferred)
• Yardi: 1 year (Preferred)
• LIHTC: 1 year (Preferred)
• Driver’s License (Preferred)
Work Location: In person

Jackson Parish Police Jury

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, November 3, 2023. To request a detailed job description, please contact our office at (318) 259-2361 or by email:

POSITION: General Laborer: Grounds Keeper
DEPARTMENT: Jackson Parish Maintenance Department

Under close supervision, the Maintenance Department General Laborer – Grounds Keeper works to maintain Police Jury grounds and participates in ground construction activities. Work requires considerable working knowledge of motorized equipment and hand/power tools in order to perform grounds work activities. Job class may oversee in the instruction of inmate trustee(s) assigned to the Maintenance Department General Laborer – Grounds Keeper.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be 18 years of age.
• High school diploma, or equivalent, required.
• Class E Louisiana driver’s license required; progression towards a CDL license a plus.
• One (1) year of grounds maintenance experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.
• 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 – Grounds Keeper is responsible for grounds keeping and maintenance services at the assigned facilities; i.e., Courthouse, Veteran’s Park, Community Center, Blake Building, Fain Building, Health Unit, Annex Buildings, etc. following the instructions from their Supervisor.
• Cleans, repairs, and services all equipment used in grounds maintenance such as mowers, blades, vehicles, and a variety of hand/power tools and maintains a schedule for each.
• Plants and trims lawns, trees, bushes, hedges, and shrubs using hand tools or motorized vehicles.
• Landscapes new ground areas seasonally, repairs damaged ground areas, replaces bushes, hedges, shrubs, and trees.
• Plants, cares for, and maintains flower beds and lawns; fertilizes and treats soil when needed for plant growth.
• Applies herbicide and pesticide chemicals to grounds, trees, bushes, shrubs, and lawns in order to control plant diseases and insects.
• Locks and unlocks assigned buildings; secures building when facilities are not in use, checks for unlocked doors and windows, reports any unauthorized occupants, turns off lights.
• Removes ice from sidewalks and parking lots, and spreads salt or other treatments on sidewalks and parking lots during icy conditions.
• Assists with the setup of facilities for meetings, conferences, events, etc.
• Consults with Supervisor regarding orders for supplies for all aspects of grounds keeping; e.g., equipment, parts, blades, herbicides, pesticides, flowers, bushes, or trees.
• Drives a vehicle, such as a car, truck, or van, to pick up other workers, supplies, and materials.
• Assists Maintenance General Laborer – Custodian with general custodial duties when necessary and available such as:
o Performs general housekeeping and cleaning of building interiors using cleaning supplies and equipment to keep the interior of the office buildings looking clean and professional.
o Mops, vacuums, strips, cleans, buffs, and applies floor sealer and floor finish to hard surface floors; vacuums and shampoos carpets.
o 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 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.
• 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

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, November 3, 2023. To request a detailed job description, please contact our office at (318) 259-2361 or by email:

POSITION: Supervisor
DEPARTMENT: Jackson Parish Maintenance Department

Under administrative direction of the Operations Manager (or the Secretary-Treasurer in the absence of the Operations Manager), this position is a working supervisor role that plans, oversees, and coordinates the various operations of employees who repair, clean, and maintain Police Jury buildings and grounds. Supervisor performs complex maintenance tasks and other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be 18 years of age.
• High school diploma, or equivalent, required.
• Class E Driver’s License required; progression towards Class B Commercial CDL a plus.
• Requires specialized training beyond high school that can be obtained in one year or less.
• Three (3) years of journey-level experience in construction and/or maintenance work, including one year of experience in a specialty building trade and as a lead worker or supervisor or have equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
• Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds frequently.
• Able to work safely in all weather conditions, including adverse conditions.
• Understands, follows, and communicates 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 Maintenance Department Supervisor is responsible for carrying out orders given by the Maintenance Superintendent which includes performing periodic (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) inspections of assigned areas, maintaining documentation records, and following up with staff to make corrections, adjustments, etc.
• Expresses ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, to groups and individuals.
• Performs periodic (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) inspections of assigned areas and maintains documentation records; is expected to follow-up with staff to make corrections, adjustments, etc.
• Prepares work schedules, work orders, purchase orders, voucher requests, and other required forms.
• Reviews, approves, and submits Maintenance Department timecards in the absence of the Superintendent.
• Estimates material and labor costs for repairs, remodeling, alterations, and installation projects.
• Orders and issues tools, equipment, and supplies.
• Maintains material and equipment inventories; places orders when necessary while managing to budget.
• Performs complex repair and maintenance tasks.
• Oversees a staff of skilled and semi-skilled workers, as well as inmate trustees, in such maintenance duties as painting, carpentry, masonry, cement work, custodial tasks, building and grounds, and general upkeep involving structures, furnishings, equipment, floor coverings, acoustical ceiling, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and related systems.
• May establish new preventive maintenance programs and procedures.
• Directs and works alongside Maintenance Department staff.
• Handles routine personnel matters, recommends pink slips and other disciplinary actions or customer-related items that arise to Superintendent.
• Acts as fill in/backup staff in the event of absent personnel.
• Acts in the absence of the Superintendent and assists in managing the Maintenance Department staff and its overall operation.
• May be required to be on 24 hour call out.
• Works directly with the Secretary-Treasurer in Superintendent’s absence.
• Attends any required Police Jury or Committee meetings, training classes, or seminars that relate to the incumbent’s role within the department.
• 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 100 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.
• Able 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.
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Detailed Job Description available upon request.


The Village of North Hodge

The following property has been declared surplus and will be taking sealed bids. All items will be sold “AS-IS” and may be viewed at the Village Hall located at 5204 Quitman Hwy, North Hodge, LA 71247 during regular office hours. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 8AM-2PM. Bids must be received by Tuesday, November 7, 2023 by 2PM. Bids may be dropped off at Village Hall during regular business hours or mailed to P.O. Box 520, Hodge, LA 71247. Bids will be opened at the next scheduled meeting
held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 6:00PM. The Village of North Hodge reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

1. 2008 Dodge Durango – VIN# 1D8HD38N58F146123 – Minimum Bid $500.00 (OBO) – needs interior work and coil pack.


Village of Chatham, LA Public Hearing Minutes

The Village of Chatham held a public hearing on October 30, 2023, at 5:30pm at Village Hall located at 1709 Oak St Chatham, LA to hear comments from the public regarding Ordinance 2023-05 – An Ordinance Relating to the Election or Appointment of the Chief of Police for the Village of Chatham, Louisiana: Calling for Special Election. The hearing was called to order by Mayor Gregory Harris. Present were council members Toni Malone, Sue Ann Proffer and Mike Wilson. Absent were Bernadean James and Laverne Mixon. No public attended the meeting. Toni Malone motioned, Sue Proffer seconded and approved by all to adjourn. The public hearing was adjourned at 5:57pm.

Village of Chatham, LA Regular Call Meeting Minutes

The Village of Chatham held a special call meeting on October 30, 2023, at 6:00pm. Present were Mayor Gregory Harris, and council members Toni Malone, Sue Ann Proffer and Mike Wilson. Absent were Bernadean James and Laverne Mixon. No visitors were present. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Harris. Council member Toni Malone lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Mayor Harris gave the invocation.

Mike Wilson motioned, seconded by Toni Malone and approved by all to adopt Ordinance 2023-05 – An ordinance relating to the election or appointment of the chief of police for the Village of Chatham, Louisiana, Calling for Special Election

Mike Wilson motioned, seconded by Toni Malone and approved by all to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 6:15pm.


Death Notices

Debra Ann Bennett
January 19, 1954 – October 29, 2023

bennettDebra Ann Bennett passed away in Shreveport, Louisiana on Sunday, October 29, 2023. She was 69 years old. Debra never met a stranger and she loved her children very dearly. She loved God and her ministry was telling people about the Lord. Debra loved her husband, Carl and they loved to travel, especially to the beach.

Debra is survived by her husband, Carl L. Bennett of Quitman, Louisiana; daughter, Rachel (Joe) Cobb of Quitman, Louisiana; son, Anthony (Stephanie) Lizana of Collinsville, Virginia; daughter, Lori (Jason) Ingram of Bossier City, Louisiana; grandchildren, Hannah L. Cruthirds of Biloxi, Mississippi, Salvatore & Christian Guagliardo of Vancleave, Mississippi, Alyssa Rae Chavez (Ridge) of McKinney, Texas, Brandon (Sky) Chavez of Shreveport, Louisiana, Cora Belle & Leona Lee Lizana of Collinsville, Virginia, Madison Lizana of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Elijah (Sierra) Lizana of Patrick County, Virginia; 3 great grandchildren; sisters, Peggy (Patrick) Padden of New Orleans, Louisiana, Gayle Reno of Ada Taylor, Louisiana; brother, Tommy (Sharon) Frye of Arcadia, Louisiana; and many other beloved family and friends.

She was preceded in death by, her parents, Thomas Theron & Mavis B. Frye; and nephew, Thomas Daran Frye.

As per her wishes, Debra will be cremated. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro. The memorial service will begin at 11:00 AM with Bro. Russ LaFleur officiating.

JHHS Chomps Down on Gators for First District 3-2A Victory

A long standing football adage is hold an advantage in the time of possession and you will win. With nearly flawless offensive production, especially in the first quarter, JHHS debunked that theory on Friday night in the 34-22, district 3-2A victory over Lakeview. 

The victory broke a four-game losing streak for JHHS and improved their record to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in district competition. Lakeview lost their fifth straight to fall to 3-6 and 0-4. 

The Gators have a unique offensive approach. With all eleven players lining up tightly inside the tackle box, Lakeview runs, runs and then runs some more. The ground oriented, clock chewing, Lakeview attack gained 351 yards and held the ball for roughly 35 of the 48 minutes in the contest including all but three minutes of the second half. 

JHHS had just seven possessions all night, including only two in the second half. That was plenty though as the Tigers scored the first four times they had the ball and again on their first possession of the second half.  The other two times JHHS went on offense, one drive ended with an interception just before the half with JHHS trying to throw a last gasp long bomb and the Tigers taking  knee as time wound down in the contest. 

More points trumps more plays every time!

There is a simple theme to Jonesboro-Hodge’s games this season. Score 20 or more points, and you’ll win. The Tigers accomplished that in the first quarter alone and it was in their 34-22 victory over Lakeview, giving JHHS their first district 3-2A victory of the year.

Lakeview won the toss, and elected to receive the ball to start the game, moving 
49 yards in 5 plays for an opening touchdown, and a 8-0 lead. J-Hodge answered less than a minute later, thanks to a 39-yard touchdown on a perfectly executed reverse from Da’Marrious Burns to narrow the gap to 8-6.

J-Hodge’s defense got the ball back immediately for the Tigers, with Ken’Wuan Atkins recovering the first of several Lakeview fumbles in the game on the first play of Gators next possession. Continuing a trend of introducing a new offensive formation every week, the Tigers went to the wildcat formation by putting Burns at QB, who took the direct snap for a 25-yard gain. Chance Leonard then carried it in from 3 yards out to give the Tigers a 12-8 lead with a little more than 7 minutes left in the 1st quarter.

The fireworks continued as Lakeview responded with their second touchdown.

Once again, J-H came right back. 

Leonard scored from 10 yards out to give the Tigers a 20-14 lead after the most explosive first quarter of the season and then tallied for a third time, breaking off a 48-yard touchdown run for his longest gain of the season.  Demerrius Jones plowed in for  the 2-point run, to give the Tigers a 28-14 lead but Lakeview responded by grounding out a 16 play, 74 yard drive and two point run to make the score 28-22 at the half. 

Jones continued to make his presence felt on Lakeview’s first possession of the second half by recovering a fumble near midfield. Two plays later, the Tigers put the finishing touches on their near perfect offensive performance.

The final score of the night came when Symeon Malone hit Burns with a short pass in the right flats. Showing tremendous field vision, the Tigers most explosive playmaker of the year cut back to the left, took advantage of some great downfield blocking and outran a host of Lakeview defenders for a 42 yard touchdown to put JHHS up by the final 34-22 margin. 

The win was huge for the Tigers goal of making the postseason, who now look to be a lock for the Division IV playoffs. With only the traditional rivalry contest against Winnfield left in the regular season, the victory vaulted JHHS into 17th place in the power rankings and in great shape to make the 32 team field regardless of the outcome next week. 



Annual Main Street “Trunk or Treat” Halloween Celebration slated for Oct. 31

The annual Main Street “Trunk or Treat” in celebration of Halloween is now less than a week away! Individuals, churches, schools and businesses are all welcome to participate! The event will be on Halloween Night, Tuesday, October 31, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Those who will be providing treats may park anywhere on Jimmie Davis Boulevard, aka, Main Street, but you must there before 5:00 pm as the road will be blocked off at that time. To make sure you stocked appropriately, normally 1500-2000 kids come through so make sure you have enough candy and treats!

“We are so excited to see your creative ideas and we are so thankful for each and every one of you that participates to make this event great for the kids of our Parish.”- Nicole Garrett


Quitman boys, Weston girls win season opening Jamboree

The Quitman boys and Weston girls took victories in the all Jackson Parish Jamboree that opened the 2023-24 LHSAA basketball season for small schools. After the two schools played a five minute junior varsity girls and boys contest in the newly renovated Quitman High School gymnasium and letter jackets were presented to Quitman athletes, the Lady Wolves toppled Quitman 29-22 followed by the Wolverines turning the tables on Weston by a 49-24 margin.