Tourney Time! JHHS in Quitman tourney, Saline vies for Bienville Parish title

All area teams hit the road this weekend with Quitman, JHHS and Saline playing in tournaments Thursday – Saturday and both Dodson and Weston playing single games on Friday.

Quitman is hosting their annual tournament but they along with JHHS and seven other schools will descend on the Ruston Sports Complex for the games that will be played on Thursday and Friday. JHHS will play two boys games and a girls game on Thursday with both playing a single game on Friday while both Quitman squads play one on Thursday and two on Friday. 

It’s tourney time for Saline as well with both teams traveling to Ringgold on Friday to play the winner of Gibsland-Coleman and Castor. If victorious the Bobcats return on Saturday for a chance at the Bienville Parish Tourney title. 

Weston and Dodson play single games on Thursday with the Wolves invading Winnfield and Dodson heading even further south to play Grace Christian of Alexandria. The Panthers turn around on Friday to travel north this time as they take on Claiborne Christian of West Monroe. 

Weston High School keeping tabs on (for) Emory Jones

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Weston High School has been keeping tabs on Emory Jones. Or perhaps a better way to put it is that the administration, staff and student body has been keeping tabs FOR her. 

Emory, the two year old daughter of Jaylan Jones, was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year and is currently undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is one of the nations biggest charity groups that works with St. Jude’s. What this benevolent organization does is provide a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child facing a serious medical crisis at little or no cost.

A major fundraiser conducted by RMH is their annual Pop-Tabs Program. Collected pop tabs are recycled, generating much-needed funds to support the House and the families served each year.

As reported by the area chapter of the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe, this year the largest contribution received from any one business or organization came from Weston High School, donated in Emory’s name. 

On December 1st, an official “weigh-in” will be conducted but estimates indicate that the amount of tabs collected come to around 500 pounds, which would make WHS the top donor this year.

The family of Emory would like to thank all who assisted with the effort and ask that you continue to keep her in your prayers as she continues her battle against this dreaded disease.  

Bombs Away! Quitman boys shoot down JHHS in Tigers home opener

Logan Ponder (QHS) drives past JaDarrion Brown (JHHS) for two of his game high 25 points

Last year, Quitman High called the JHHS gymnasium their “home court” as theirs was out of service for the entire year. In their first game back in 2023, this time as the visitor in Jonesboro-Hodge’s home opener, the Class B Wolverines remembered the range from long distance to take a 61-52 victory over their Class 2A parish neighbor.

It was the Wolverines three amigos from three land, Gavin Caskey, Eli Walker and Logan Ponder that did most of the long distance dialing to the tune of an impressive 9-13 combined performance from behind the arc. As a team, Quitman finished the game by hitting 10 of 16 treys (63%) and 22 of 38 shots overall for a stellar 58% shooting percentage. Adding to the bulls eye marksmanship showing was a 7-8 showing from the free throw line. 

Logan Ponder led the Wolverines with 25 points with Gavin Caskey also reaching double digits with 16 as the pair scored all but 20 of Quitman’s points. Eli Walker added seven, Noah Leah six, Brayden Smith four and Braden Marten three. 

Trailing 7-5, Quitman went on a 14-2 run only to see the Tigers narrow the margin to 29-25. Another 10 point run gave the Wolverines a 14 point lead late in the second quarter but again JHHS rallied, highlighted by Chance Leonard making a layup, stealing the inbounds pass and then draining a fall away jumper as time expired in the first half to draw to 39-31 at the break. 

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Lady Wolverines get defensive in 46-28 victory over JH girls

Cali Deal made 10 of 13 shots and Quitman held JHHS to four points in both the first and second quarters to take a commanding lead en route to the easy victory. With their season best second win in a row and third in the last four games the Lady Wolverines improved to 5-5 on the up and down season to date.

JHHS falls to 2-4 in head coach Shan Jackson’s first year and in unusual fashion. All the losses have come against teams from lower classifications and the wins being against schools from at least the same class as the Lady Tigers. 

Deal led all scorers with 21 points, followed by 12 from Anna Claire Leach to pace Quitman. A.J. Gray netted nine and Jaleigh Burns finished with four to round out the Lady Wolverines scoring that saw only four players make points. 

McKenzie Bradford and Morgan McGee led the Lady Tigers with eight point each with LaRonda McGuire finishing with five. Sanaa Tatum and Jalenya Jackson tallied three each and Nesha Johnson added a free throw for JHHS.

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QHS Scoring: Deal 21, Leach 12, Gray 9, Burns 4
JHHS Scoring: Bradford 8, McGee 8, McGuire 5, Tatum 3, Jackson 3, Johnson 1

Local Cub Scout Pack doing fundraiser to help Jackson Parish family in need

“Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur” – Ennius

Above is the actual Latin quotation of the 3rd century Greek philosopher that when translated means “a sure friend is known when in difficulty.” Another modern day saying that relates to the qoute is “a friend in need is a friend indeed” meaning “a person who helps at a difficult time is a truly reliable person.”

It is never to early to learn this and thanks to leadership of Cub Scout Pack 523 Director, Brian Hurt, the youth of Jackson Parish and the surrounding area are taught at a young age how to be reliable and be a friend in times of need.

Pack 523 is putting the profound philosophy into action this coming Saturday, December 2nd.  From 11:00 am – 2:00 pm they will be conducting a fund raiser at the old Fred’s Department Store parking lot, located at the corner of Hwy 167 & Hwy 4. All proceeds will go to local resident Jeff Cannady and family. 

Mr. Cannady had an unexpected medical issue which forced three weeks of hospitalization and current therapy he is undergoing. The result was him having to be out of work, minus several paychecks and incurring unexpected and large medical bills, causing financial difficulty for Jeff, his wife Candace and their three children. 

In an effort to be of assistance, Cub Scout Pack 523 will be selling lunch plates consisting of a pulled pork sandwich or chicken leg quarter, with 2 sides, a drink and a desert. Deliveries are possible and pre-orders are okay too, but will not be ready for pick up until 11:00 am. 

Christmas is the time for giving and what better gift can be made than one that helps shows you are true friend in time of need.  




Boys night out! Weston “double dips” Dodson in JV and Varsity contests

Nathan Wages drives for a layup in Weston Junior Varsity victory over Dodson

It was “boys night out” for Weston High School on Tuesday evening as the Wolves “double-dipped” Dodson in a pair of contests that saw only the junior varsity and varsity boys teams from both schools play. 

Weston 73 Dodson 48 (varsity boys) Home standing Dodson jumped out to a 9-2 lead. Then Weston went on a 15-2 run of their own to lead to a commanding 42-24 lead at the half. Bryce Zehr scored a team high 14 points in three quarters and Tait Henderson added 13 points in the same time frame to pace the offensive onslaught that saw the Wolves leading 62-34 heading into the final frame.

Eleven players tallied in all with Tommy Walker, LaJavion Harris and Jude Otwell chipping in with 8 points each and Daniel Watlington draining a pair of treys. Juan Gonzalez, who was also a beast on the boards, Brody Tidwell, and Ethan Taylor finished with four points apiece and both Nathan Wages and Dawson Clifton tallied two for the Wolves who improved to 6-3 on the year by equaling their best scoring total of the year. 

Dodson, who dropped to 1-8 despite putting forth their best offensive effort of the year, was led by Zach Engram, who produced game high stats of three 3-pointers and 17 points. Dakota Glaze and Clay Statham added seven points, followed by six points from Boston Duff and five by Noah Box. Jase Shirley scored three and both Nathan Underwood and Cody King tallied two to round out the Panthers scoring. 

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WHS Scoring: Zehr 14, Henderson 13, Walker 8, Harris 8, Otwell 8, Watlington 6, Gonzalez 4, Tidwell 4, Taylor 4, Wages 2, Clifton 2
DHS Scoring: Engram 17. Glaze 7, Statham 7, Duff 6, Box 5, Shirley 3, Underwood 2, King 2

Weston 47 Dodson 23 (junior varsity boys) Noah Box opened the game by hitting a three pointer to put the Panthers up but that would be all the points the stingy junior varsity Wolves would allow in the first frame that saw Weston score 17 straight points to pave the way to the victory.

Nathan Wages led nine Wolves who scored with 11 points, followed by six each by Cole Otwell, Ashad Harris and Aiden Faulkner. Brody Tidwell finished with five, Daniel Williams and Abram Toms chipped in with four, while Hunter Donaldson sank a three pointers and Kason Roberts added a layup after a steal to round out Weston’s scoring.

Box scored 11 to lead the Panthers with Cody King scoring seven and Sam McCarty adding a three pointer. Colton O’Bryan and Gauge Elliot each sank a free throw as well.

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Weston Scoring: Wages 11, Otwell 6, Harris 6, Faulkner 6, Tidwell 5, Williams 4, Toms 4, Donaldson 3, Roberts 2
Dodson Scoring: Box 11, King 7, McCarty 3, O’Bryan 1, Elliot 1

Strong second half by Class 5A Haughton staggers Saline

The Bobcats stunned Class 5A Haughton by taking an 11-8 first quarter lead but the bigger Buccaneers staggered Class C Saline with a 27-16 third quarter to win 60-39 in the David vs Goliath battle. 

The victory was the second straight for Haughton after dropping their first five games of the season while Saline saw their six game winning streak come to a grinding halt, giving the Bobcats a 7-4 record. Eli Ferguson scored 10 points to lead Saline followed by 9 from Gavon Dailey and 8 by Trent Ledbetter. Conner Roberts had four and both Elijah Calloway and Jay Nash tallied three. Maddox Williams also got a basket. 


Student Athletes of the Week announced

Madasyn Watkins, Gage Horton, and Tait Henderson have been named the Student Athletes of the Week at Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman, and Weston High School for the week of November 26th – December 2nd.  jph-logo-1

The honorees are chosen by select members of the faculty and staff from each school after best exemplifying what it means to be a true student-athlete through academic achievement and athletic accomplishment. Each recipient is given a commemorative T-Shirt by the Jackson Parish Hospital, who sponsors the award.

Student-Athlete of the Week

Tyya Davis (11th Grade) – Jonesboro-Hodge High School Girls Basketball

Megan Kelley (10th Grade) – Quitman High School Cross Country 

Leila Roberts (12th Grade) – Weston High School Cheerleader

Autumn Kohler named top PBIS winner at J-H Elementary School

The Jonesboro-Hodge Elementary School Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate our Top PBIS Winner: Autumn Kohler, 4th Grade. She is the first to earn a “golden coin” toward our Book Vending Machine provided through the Reimagine Wraparound Grant.

As defined, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a schoolwide systems approach aimed at establishing positive student culture and individualized behavior supports necessary to create a safe and effective learning environment for all students. 

This system works by rewarding kids for good behavior, good grades, and good attendance in an effort to bridge the gap between literacy and engagement. The school currently has two fully stocked vending machines displayed in high-traffic areas to serve as a constant visual reminder of the importance of reading. We are looking for more winners, every day!

Autumn Kohler


I need to talk with my fellow Walmart shoppers.

First, I wish to commend those of you who shop online and sit in your car with your trunks up, waiting. You are my heroes! I have tried to figure out how to do that, and I have failed on multiple occasions. I gave up. However, you need to go inside and see what happens with all those employees shopping for you. There are multiple employees filling multiple orders simultaneously.

Rule number one of Walmart shopping, you don’t get in their way!

They can’t see you.

They are super busy and moving fast.

Always yield to the employees pushing the multi-basket blue carts. I will tell you a secret, these people know where everything is. If you can’t find something, ask them; but ask politely and quickly. They are in a hurry because someone is in the parking lot with the trunk open, waiting patiently.

Now, for our talk. I’m a guy. I shop like a guy.

If I have three items to purchase, I’m going to shop quickly and efficiently. If I go into the store for dog treats, I am not going to go visit the hair care product section. When I check out, I have all the codes turned the right way so I can scan quickly. I like to shop and check out quickly. I don’t want to keep the family behind me waiting.

In the past couple of weeks, I have shopped for Thanksgiving. I have been sent with lists of specific items. Some of the food items are hard to find this time of year. Here is what I want to say to my fellow Walmart shoppers. It is hard to look for an item squirreled away on a top shelf, with some of you guys in the store.

Don’t go to Walmart to read.

If you are a label reader, go online and read the labels there.

C’mon people, there is no significant difference between Libby’s corn and Delmonte corn. Grab the corn and go.

If you grabbed the wrong corn and it has too much sodium, well that is why God created colanders and rinse water. If you are reading labels on the vitamin aisle, you are abominable. The vitamins will not restore your hair, fix your joints, restore your hearing, or make you look twenty-five again.

You have been duped, move on! There is nothing worse than two people with full carts standing back-to-back reading labels. We are waiting for you to finish so we can move past you.

Walmart is not the place to have your family reunion.

I know that some of you have not seen each other for two weeks but having a family reunion at the end cap on the baking row is not pleasing to anyone. You are causing a traffic jam. The people wanting to turn on that aisle can’t. The people wanting to leave that aisle can’t. My friend is waiting for groceries in the parking lot, and you are holding up the Walmart shoppers. Say hi and move on! Agree to meet in the laundry basket section, no one ever shops there. You can talk all day. You can swap recipes and your list of ailments there.

Sorry to grouse, but you guys need to keep your heads down, grab your items, and go. Walmart is not the place for reading, reunions, catching up, or trying to decide. In Greek, Walmart means “grab it and go!” It is a place of commerce not communion.

The next time, I’m in Walmart waiting on all the people not heeding this great article. I’m going to smile and remember that we have entered the season of Advent. It is the church season of waiting.

We are waiting for our Christ.

I promise, now that I have groused, that I will be smiling knowing that you help me learn patience while waiting for Bethlehem’s baby.

Did You Know??????

The Chicago Bears began playing professional football in 1920. In the 103 year span the franchise has had only 12 wide receivers to gain over 1000 yards in a season, including D.J. Moore who passed the threshold this past week. There have been only five that has done it twice and only two to accomplish the feat in back-to-back years.

Can you name the first one to do it? 

The answer: Marty Booker. 

The 1994 Jonesboro-Hodge High School graduate , who played collegiately at Northeast Louisiana University, now known as University of Louisiana – Monroe, was the first Chicago Bear to gain more than 1000 yards in back-to-back seasons when he gained 1,071 yards in 2001 and 1,189 yards in 2002.

The two seasons were the best in Booker’s 11 year professional career where he played for the Bears, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. In his career he had 539 catches for 6,703 yards, scored 37 touchdowns and was selected to play in one Pro Bowl.

Daily Devotional by Pam Ford Davis

Future Inheritance

Congratulations! You are an heir to a vast fortune!

God has promised an inheritance to each member of His family. The names of His children are recorded in the book of life. Jesus said, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven (Luke 10:20 NASB).”

Apostle Peter wrote about the believer’s future inheritance.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:3-9 NASB).”

Rejoice; God keeps His promises.

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Minutes for Meeting Held November 2023

Notice Posted: November 13, 2023 @ 9:00 AM
Meeting Date: November 14, 2023, TIME: 5:30
PLACE OF MEETING: The Sunshine Room 160 Industrial Dr., Jonesboro, LA 71251
Roll Call: K. Spangler, C. Weeks, S. Joyner, Y. Washington, D. Barlow
Invocation and Pledge: S. Joyner gave the invocation with D. Barlow leading the pledge.
Public Comments / Recognition of Guests: Larry Dousay
Approval of Minutes of the September2023 meeting: Motion made by Y. Washington second by D. Barlow to approve the minutes as presented. All in favor, Yea.
Approval of September financials and Pay Bills: Motion made by S. Joyner second by K. Spangler to approve the financials as presented. All in favor, Yea.
Review Old Business:
a. Ebenezer Park signs-Defer to January 2024 meeting.
b. Promotional items- Motion made by Y. Washington second by S. Joyner for up to but not exceeding 2,500 for items ordered from Crowder Concepts. All in favor. Yea.
c. Welcome signs-Motion made by D. Barlow second by Y. Washington to order 4, 24×36 signs with stands from Ronnie Madere for 325.00. All In Favor. Yea.
New Business:
a. Art contest- 2024 Theme is Explore Jackson Parish
b. Statewide Christmas brochure- completed.
c. Budget- Motion made by Y. Washington second by K. Spangler for budget to remain the same as last year. All in favor. Yea. C, Weeks will turn it in to E. Gibbs on completion.
d. Signage for Christmas- Motion made by Y. Washington Second by S. Joyner for up to but not exceeding 500.00. All in favor. Yea. Signs and #s .
Other Business:
Adjournment- 6:40 Motion by S. Joyner seconded by Y. Washington to adjourn the meeting. Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 5:30

Woodrow’s Father

Charles Voyde is considered by some to be a legend in Texas because of his high-profile criminal history. Charles was a carpet salesman, professional gambler, and a convicted contract killer, a hitman. Charles was born in 1938 in Lovelady, Texas. His criminal career began sometime in the late 1950s and escalated from petty crimes to murder.

Charles had a wife and two children, the oldest of which was Woodrow. In 1968, when Woodrow was seven years old, Charles was arrested for the murder of Alan Harry Berg, also a carpet salesman. Woodrow’s father disappeared from his life. While awaiting trial, Charles and two others were charged with the murder of wealthy grain broker Sam Degelia near McAllen, Texas. In September 1970, Charles was acquitted of murdering Berg. After the first trial for Sam Degelia’s murder ended in a deadlocked jury, Charles was convicted in 1973 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. According to trial testimony, Charles was paid just $2,000 to murder Degelia. In 1978, after serving five years of his sentence, Charles was released for good behavior.

Like Charles, Jamiel “Jimmy” Chagra was a carpet salesman and a professional gambler. Jimmy was also a drug trafficker operating out of Las Vegas, Nevada and El Paso, Texas. In February 1979, Jimmy was indicted by a federal grand jury on cocaine and marijuana smuggling charges in Midland, Texas, and the case was assigned to Federal Judge “Maximum” John Wood. The judge earned the nickname “Maximum” for his tough treatment of drug dealers and smugglers. Jimmy tried back channels, and, when that failed, threatened Judge Wood, but he refused to step down as the presiding judge in Jimmy’s case. Jimmy decided to hire a hitman.

According to courtroom testimony, in April 1979, Jimmy Chagra met Charles and Jo Ann, Charles’ third wife, in Las Vegas. At that meeting, Charles agreed to murder the federal judge for $250,000. In the following month, Jo Ann, using the false name Fay King, bought a Weatherby rifle in a Dallas gun shop. A few days later, May 29, 1979, Judge John Wood was standing outside his car at his home in San Antonio, purportedly looking at a flat tire on either his or his wife’s car. A neighbor heard what he thought was a car backfiring and looked out of his window and saw the judge fall into his car. He had been shot in the back. He fell into and died in his wife’s lap. In the following month, Teresa Starr Jasper, Charles’ stepdaughter, picked up a briefcase which contained $250,000 in Las Vegas from Elizabeth Chagra, Jimmy’s wife.

The murder of the federal judge prompted a massive investigation, and, in August 1979, Jimmy Chagra was convicted in absentia in federal court of continuing criminal activity and sentenced to 30 years without parole. Five months later, Jimmy was captured in Las Vegas and sent to Leavenworth federal prison. While in prison, Jimmy bragged to another inmate, Jerry Ray James, that he had Judge John Wood killed and provided some specific details. Jerry Ray shared the information he learned with investigators. In September 1980, Charles was arrested in Van Horn, Texas following a 10-hour cocaine-fueled standoff with police. It was when news broke of the 10-hour standoff that Woodrow learned the whereabouts of his father whom he had not seen in over ten years.

During interrogation, Charles admitted to killing Judge John Wood. In all fairness, during the same interrogation he also claimed to have killed several other people including President John F. Kennedy. In April 1982, a federal grand jury indicted Jimmy, Jimmy’s little brother Joe Chagra, Jimmy’s wife Elizabeth, along with Charles and Jo Ann for conspiracy and other charges in the John Wood murder case. Joe Chagra made a plea-bargain for a lesser sentence. Elizabeth Chagra was found guilty of conspiracy for delivering the $250,000 payment to Charles’ stepdaughter. Jo Ann, who bought the rifle that killed Judge John Wood was sentenced to 25 years in prison for obstruction. Charles, the hitman who admitted to killing the judge, was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences for the murder. Jimmy was ultimately acquitted of hiring Charles to kill Judge John Wood but was found guilty on numerous drug trafficking charges.

In the late 1980s, Charles and Woodrow grew closer. Woodrow visited his father in prison at least once a year. In 1985, Woodrow became a bartender and began helping his father to get a new trial. In 1987, when Charles married his fourth wife by proxy, Woodrow stood in for his father during the ceremony. Charles argued that his legal representation was not adequate in his 1979 trial. “No matter what you did,” Charles said, “you have a right under that Constitution to a fair and impartial hearing of your peers, and I did not get that.” In 1998, Woodrow told reporters that it was the “sad truth” that the legal system “seems to work a lot better for those who have enough money.” Woodrow fought to get his father a new trial until March 21, 2007, when the 69-year-old contract killer died in prison of a heart attack.

Woodrow once said the fight to get his father a new trial cost a lot of money, but his bartending job paid more than most bartending jobs. You see, Woodrow, the son of a hit man, was a bartender at the Boston, Massachusetts bar “where everybody knows your name.” The name of the fictional bar was Cheers. Charles Voyde Harrelson was the father of actor Woodrow “Woody” Harrelson.

Death Notices

Henry Robert “Bobby” Stone
November 13, 1929 – November 22, 2023

bobby stoneHenry Robert “Bobby” Stone died peacefully in his sleep nine days after his 94th birthday on November 22, 2023.

Bobby Stone was a man larger than life to many people. He was a people person and never met a stranger. He had an amazing and wonderful life which revolved around faith, family, football, friends and fishing.

Bobby was a high school football star for Tifton High School, class of 1948. He was a three sport stand-out playing baseball, basketball and football, where he was honored as an all-district player all four years of his high school career. After high school he had a football scholarship and received Junior College All American honors at South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia.

After graduation, Stone joined the U.S. Air Force for four years. While in the Air Force, he played in the first football bowl game at Wimbley Stadium in London, England. They played in front of the Queen of England and won the U.S. Armed Forces Football Championship. Bobby was the Team Captain and received the Winners Trophy.

After the military, Bobby found a home at Louisiana Tech University where he earned a Masters plus 30 in Education and played football. He was named to the Gulf States All Conference team as an offensive guard and defensive linebacker in 1955 and 1956. Legendary Louisiana Tech head football Coach Joe Aillet was quoted saying “Stone is a great line-backer. He is good at diagnosing plays; and he is never fooled”. After college, he taught history and coached football and track. He was the head football and track coach for Jonesboro Hodge High School for many years (1963-71). Later, he served as principal for Union Elementary school and then worked for the Jackson Parish School Board until he retired.

In 2008, Stone was recognized by his peers to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bayou Classic in Monroe, Louisiana, “in recognition of his lifelong dedication to providing a positive influence on high school athletes and students.” In 2016, Stone was inducted into the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame.

Football brought Bobby Stone to Louisiana, but the best part was meeting Jane Pittman, his wife of 62 years. Bobby and Jane married and made Jonesboro, Louisiana their home in 1960 and lived there the rest of their lives. After Jane died in 2019, Bobby spent his days going to Jonesboro United Methodist Church, visiting with friends and family plus fishing on Caney Lake.

With the news of Bobby’s death, there have been many comments about “Coach Stone” and the influence he had on so many lives. One former Jonesboro student said “Jane and Bobby Stone cut a big road through here. They are the people we look up to”. Another former student said, “we really love Bobby Stone…many of us called him “Coach” all of his life”.

Bobby was born in Tifton, Georgia on November 13, 1929. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, and his parents, Sydney and Jack Stone, Sr.

Those left to cherish Bobby’s memory are his two sons, Andy Stone and his wife Karen of Brentwood, TN; and Tim Stone and his wife Beverly of Madison, MS plus five grandchildren who call him “Pop”, Katie Stone Walker and her husband, Patrick Walker of Nashville, TN; Drew Stone of Nashville TN; Jackson Stone of Bremen, AL; Ella Stone at University of Mississippi and Emma Stone at Louisiana Tech University (4th generation!) plus Bobby’s brother Jack Stone, Jr. and his wife Ann of Tifton, Georgia and nieces and nephew, Jan Massey; Pat Stone; Gayle Short and their families; and many friends.

A graveside funeral will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Tifton, Georgia on November 30, 2023 at 10:00 AM. The Reverend John Hughes will officiate. A Celebration of Bobby Stone’s Life will be held in Jonesboro, Louisiana at the Jonesboro United Methodist Church on December 14, 2023. Visitation with family and friends will begin at 10:00 AM and the presentation will begin at 11:00 AM. The Reverend Randy Dark will officiate.

The family asks that any donations be made to the Jonesboro-Hodge Methodist Church, P. O. Box 156, Jonesboro, Louisiana 71251.

Linda Dianne McDow
June 14, 1951 – November 27, 2023

mcdowLinda Dianne (Stanley) McDow passed away in Monroe, Louisiana on Monday, November 27, 2023. She was 72 years old. Linda and her husband Rickey, retired as co-owners of Master Tech Automotive in Jonesboro. She loved to sit in her porch swing and look at nature. Linda enjoyed working in her yard and cutting the grass on her riding mower. When her health was good, she and her family attended Mount Olive Baptist Church. Linda gave of her time helping with the Casa Toy Run, a charity event which provides toys for underprivileged children each Christmas.

Linda is survived by her husband, Ricky McDow; son, Terry McDow; sister, Doris Robinson; nephew, Jay Robinson; cousins, Donna Culpepper (David) and Gus Steve Morris; and brother-in-law, James McDow (Martha).

She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Cecil Stanley and her mother, Adell (Robinson) Stanley.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM with Bro. Rick Cole officiating. Burial will be at Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Jay Robinson, Gus Steve Morris, David Culpepper, Charlie Wayne, Rick LaJay and Travis Ables.

Helen Virginia Gillum
June 27, 1931 – November 25, 2023

gillumHelen Virginia Griffin Gillum, 92, longtime resident of Jonesboro , Louisiana left this earth for her heavenly home on November 25, 2023 following a long and productive life, and the struggles of living with Alzheimer’s disease. She was the backbone of her family and lead with a quiet strength.

She is survived by sons: William Emory (Bill) and wife Elaine, and David Wayne and wife Karen, grandchildren: Lindsey (Walt) Henson, Lauren (Barry) Jones, Jeffrey Gillum, Lance Gillum, Kara (Douglas) Bradley, seven great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Gray Gillum; parents, W.H. and Edith (Green) Griffin.

Visitation was held on November 28, 2023 at Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro, Louisiana. A graveside service will be held in her honor at 2:00 pm on November 29, 2023 at Conway Cemetery in Conway, Louisiana.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Johnny Golden, Ronny Green, James Earl Wiley, Randy Layfield and Randy Shows.

The family has asked that memorial donations be sent to either First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, LA, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Town of Jonesboro becomes Christmas Wonderland in the Pines

The town of Jonesboro turned into the Christmas Wonderland in the Pines when the annual production of one of north Louisiana’s renowned holiday celebrations opened a month long of festivities on Saturday. 

wesley hortonThe delightful day for young and old alike began with the commemorating of Grand Marshal, Wesley Horton, who then along with representatives of area schools, churches, civic organization and businesses took part in the traditional Christmas parade.

Attendees to the gala event were also entertained by vocal performances by the youth of Cornerstone Christian Academy, North Hodge Assembly of God Children’s Choir and the Gifted and Talented musicians of Jackson Parish schools. Local recording artist Hank Staples also gave a concert in the Pocket Park and climaxing the festive day was the traditional fireworks display which lit up the night sky as did the millions of lights that adorned the downtown area. 

2023 Christmas Wonderland in the Pines Pictorial

Jackson Parish Hospital: 2023 Outstanding Rural Health Organization

Earlier this month, the Jackson Parish Hospital was recognized at the 2023 Outstanding Rural Health Organization of the Year by the Louisiana Rural Health Association (LRHA).

On November 6th, Chief Executive Officer, John Morgan, accepted the award on behalf of JPH at the LRHA Rural Health Summit Award Luncheon.

This recognition is a testament to our organization’s unwavering commitment to enhancing access to health services and information in our local communities through innovative and comprehensive approaches. The criteria considered for this award included outreach, preventive health and education, quality and efficiency of care, and robust community support and involvement. Serving rural areas is deeply ingrained in our organizational mission, and this award fuels our dedication to further bridge the healthcare gap and positively impact the lives of individuals in our local communities.

Jackson Parish Hospital expresses sincere gratitude to our exceptional staff and the communities we have the privilege to serve! This award is a collective achievement, reflecting the dedication of all involved. As we celebrate this achievement, we renew our mission of being the provider of choice for our communities by providing the very best patient care around. – John Morgan

Learn more about Jackson Parish Hospital’s organizational transformation and continued dedication to providing quality and compassionate care to patients by visiting

CEO, John Morgan, accepting 2023 Outstanding Rural Health Organization Award

Quitman Basketball Tourney slated for this Thursday and Friday

Area prep basketball teams renew their 2023-24 season this week highlighted by the annual Quitman High School Tournament that will be played this coming Thursday and Friday at the Ruston Sports Complex. Cost of admission is $10.00.

Nine schools will compete in 16 games that features the Jonesboro-Hodge boys team and both Quitman High squads playing three games each over the two days. The JHHS girls will also play a pair of contests along with various boys and girls teams from Ruston High, Haughton, Cedar Creek, D’Arbonne Woods, Summerfield, Hornbeck and Plain Dealing. 

QHS Tournament Schedule

Additional Prep Schedule for Monday – Sunday

The week begins with Weston High making the short trip to Dodson for a pair of contests featuring the varsity girls and boys teams on Monday, November 27th. WHS will follow that up with a trip a little further down Hwy 167 on Thursday, November 30th, to take on Winnfield High in girls and boys action. First game tip off on both nights is set for 6:00pm. 

A juicy matchup that is full of local flavor takes place on Tuesday, November 28th as Jonesboro-Hodge will host Quitman for three contests. The tri-fecta begins with a junior varsity contest at 5:00 pm followed by the varsity girls and varsity boys taking the court.

Saline High also has a big week ahead beginning by heading to Haughton on Tuesday for a girls and boys game that is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm. Later in the week a chance to be crowned parish champion will be on tap as the always competitive Bienville Parish Tournament will be played in Ringgold from November 30th – December 3rd. Matchups and game times are to be announced. 

Christmas Parade Contest Winners announced

The annual Christmas in the Pines Parade took place on Saturday to the delight of the multitude of visitors that lined the streets of Jonesboro. There were a bevy of floats and decorated vehicles that helped those in attendance enjoy the festive atmosphere and also vied for the title of being in their respective classes. See below for the winners of each group as judged by representatives of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce as well as the winners of the Best Decorated Christmas Tree. 

Best Business Float

1st Place: Indigo Salon
2nd Place: Barksdale Federal Credit Union
3rd Place: Flynn’s

Best Church Float

1st Place: Centerpoint United Methodist Church

Best Family & Friend Float

1st Place: Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Department
2nd Place: Richard Lowery
3rd Place: Jackson Parish Bowhunters

Best Car/Truck

1st Place: Amber & Clay Bryant
2nd Place: Erin Humble
3rd Place: Alice McWain

Christmas Tree Contest Winners

1st place – Christmas Candyland
2nd place – Fishin Tree
3rd place – Grinch
4th place  – Royal Christmas


Someplace in my collection of books is 14,000 Things to be Happy About. It is a pick-me-up kind of book. These books and others remind us of all the small things for which we can be thankful. I know I need a nudge every now and then.

Take this article, how are you reading it? Back in the day, the television was in the den. The stereo was often in your bedroom. It was never far enough way from the adult who insisted that you turn it down. The telephone was on the wall, usually in the kitchen. If you were lucky there was an extension phone in your bedroom.

The news was delivered daily. In the morning some nice person threw a newspaper onto your driveway. In the evening, Walter Cronkite would tell you everything, so that you would know “that’s the way it is.” On rare occasions your favorite television show would be interrupted by a “News Bulletin.”

Where I grew up, you were more likely to have a “weather bulletin.” Mail came once a day, except on Sunday. The mailbox was eagerly watched for the daily delivery. There could be almost anything in your mailbox. Everything I have described is residing on your phone. I am thankful for technology that allows me to be productive and stay connected.

Speaking of connections, are you thankful and happy about the connections in your life? This week we find out about our connections, don’t we? This is the week that family descend upon us. Ready or not, here they come! Thanksgiving is also the time when we find out that those family connections come with traditional culinary expectations.

I wish to announce that this year for Thanksgiving, my tribe has shunned turkey! I put my foot down! No one likes turkey, why do we do the annual complaining about the dry turkey, or worse come up with some exotic recipe to try and outsmart the dry turkey? Eat steak!

There was a vote of the people coming to Gibsland this week. The quorum approved my motion to get rid of turkey in favor of steak. The change was approved with two amendments. I cook steaks and we have dressing. They have not figured out that the menu change gave me the right to hang out by the grill, ALONE. Have I mentioned that I am thankful for solitude on Thanksgiving? I’m grateful for people who understand introverts!

I am thankful for my family and my friends. I am thankful for the stories that will surround this Thanksgiving. I know with a menu change there might be a revolution in the tribe. I could be overthrown. I’m thankful that in my house on Thanksgiving there will be four generations represented. What stories will you tell about this Thanksgiving?

I am thankful that for just a few minutes I was a part of your life. Thanks for reading these articles! I know not everything in your life brings you joy, but there is so much for which you can be thankful. If nothing comes to mind quickly, you can borrow my book.

Let me quote from another book: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” That’s all it takes to be thankful. A good God loves you with a love that endures, no matter what!

Jimmie Davis Tabernacle: Harmonizing History and Melody in Louisiana

(Bayou Explorer) – In the heart of Jackson Parish, just outside the hamlet of Quitman, the Jimmie Davis Tabernacle stands as a testament to a man whose life story is a captivating blend of music and public service. This unique landmark honors the memory of Jimmie Davis, the ‘Singing Governor,’ whose voice and leadership left a lasting imprint on the state. Erected on his family’s original homestead, the Tabernacle offers visitors a tangible connection to Davis’s roots, with the family home preserved as a snapshot of history and a celebration of his musical and gubernatorial legacies.

The Tabernacle is more than a monument; it is an active symbol of Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage. As a venue for gospel singings, it resonates with Davis’s love for sacred music, while also standing as a beacon for Christian values. The site’s serenity and historical significance create a poignant atmosphere for visitors to explore and reflect on the achievements of this multifaceted figure, whose most famous song, ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ remains an emblem of joy and warmth.

Jimmie Davis’s journey from a modest upbringing to the heights of country music fame and political influence is an inspirational tale of determination and talent. His contributions to Louisiana’s infrastructure, education, and welfare during his governorship, despite contentious political climates, are evident across the state. The Tabernacle, including replicas of his homestead and the Peckerwood Hill Store, immerses travelers in the ambiance of early 20th-century Louisiana.

A pilgrimage to the Jimmie Davis Tabernacle is a must for anyone interested in the intertwining of music, politics, and history. It stands as a proud reminder of a man whose work and spirit continue to shine as brightly as the iconic song he penned. Whether you are a history buff, a country music enthusiast, or a soul searching for a piece of Louisiana’s heart, this unattended yet unforgettable landmark beckons with stories of a bygone era and a melody that echoes through time.

Jimmie Davis – the “Signing Governor”

Tourism Board turns focus toward Christmas

The Jackson Parish Tourism Board met on November 14th with the focus being squarely on Christmas. With Kelly Spangler, Christie Weeks, Sandy Joyner, Yumeaka Washington and Deneise Barlow in attendance, the panel voted to secure signage for Christmas, for up to but not exceeding $500.00. It was also reported that the statewide Christmas brochure promoting Jackson Parish was completed. 

Promotional items from Crowder Concepts were agreed to be purchased for up to but not exceeding $2,500.00 and four, 24″ x 36″ welcome signs with stands was approved to be bought from Signs Designs for $325.00. In final action the panel voted to keep the budget the same as last year.

The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 in the Sunshine Room of the Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building, located at 160 Industrial Avenue in Jonesboro. 

Jackson Parish Library to present two December productions

The administration and staff of the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) is well known for producing some of the most entertaining and creative displays and events you would ever want to experience. This December, patrons of the Jackson Parish Library will get the opportunity to enjoy not one but two incredible presentations.

From 9:30 – 11:00 am on Saturday, December 2nd, the JPL will present The Island of the Misfit Toys at the Jonesboro Branch, located at 614 South Polk Avenue. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa, share cookies with Mrs. Claus and have caricature sketches done by Artist, Jim Tindall. 

The monthly entertainment shifts to the Chatham Branch, located at 1500 Pine Street, on December 16th where from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (noon) The Polar Express will be presented. Again, pictures with Santa and caricature sketches done by Artist, Jim Tindall will be available. 

“Toddler Time” at Chatham Branch on November 28th

 It will be “Toddler Time” two times over on Tuesday, November 28th at the Chatham Branch as a mini movie will be presented at 10:00 am and again at 4:30 pm where young boys and girls will get to enjoy Learn to Talk with Ms. Rachel

Bookworm Story Time on Wednesday

The Jonesboro Branch invites parents to bring children up to the age of five to join for Bookworm Story Time at 10:30 am each Wednesday where songs, snacks and a story will be presented. No registration required.