Amite last obstacle on Road to Dome

At the beginning of the Class AA playoffs there seemed to be a clear and cut path that the #7 seeded Tigers would have to take in order to get to the Ceasars Superdome where the LHSAA Class AA state championship football game is to be played next Friday. 

The road stayed as mapped out in the first two rounds that saw the Tigers whip #26 Oakdale and #10 Mangham. Last week J-H was put on an alternate path when #15 Franklin upset #2 Loreauville. This week again the Tigers will venture to parts unexpected when the travel to #6 Amite who ousted #3 General Trass out of Lake Providence. 

“We have already seen that just because one team is seeded lower than another doesn’t necessarily make that team better,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. At this point the seeding don’t mean anything as everyone left is a very good team.”

The opponent this Friday is not only a good team this year but has been for years. During the 7 year reign of Zephaniah Powell  the Warriors have compiled a 76-44 overall,.record and a 35-4 slate in district 7-3A and 9-2A play where Amite dropped down to in 2017. Currently Amite is on a three year winning streak in district play where they won their five games by an average of 36.6 to 9.0. Even more impressively is their play over their last last five games of the regular season and the three playoff games where they have scored 220 and give up just 29, while shutting out their opponent in three of the last four games, including two in the playoffs, one of which was #3 seed General Trass in the quarterfinals. 

“Amite is a very, very good football team that unlike last week doesn’t have any one individual player you have to watch for but several,” said Blankenship. “The are versatile on offense as they will use a power running attack and also spread you wide. On defense they run a 4-2-5 zone based package.”

In Blankenship’s opinion though it isn’t what Amite does that will be the difference in the game but what the Tigers do that is important. 

“I told the kids that from here on out it isn’t about who we play but rather how we play,” said Blankenship. “We proved to ourselves last week that if we execute like we are capable then we can  beat anybody.”

How to get there: There are two primary ways shown to get to Amite but regardless which way you go the time it will take is just a little over four hours in estimated driving time. 
#1 – Take Hwy 167 south to Winnfield where you will then get on Hwy 84 East to Natchez. Get on Hwy 98 east to I-55 South and take Hwy 16 East in Amite. From there go west on Oak Street and the South on Laurel Street.

#2 – Take 167 North to Ruston and get on I-20 East. IN Vicksburg take Hwy 27 South to I-55 and continue until you reach Amite where upon you will follow same directions as shown above. 

 


Spectator buses available for JHHS state semi-final game at Amite

Two buses for spectators who want to travel to Amite, LA to cheer on Jonesboro-Hodge in the Class AA state semi-final football game, will be loading at 12 noon on Friday and leaving at 12:30pm. The price is $35.00 per person. Please DO NOT CASHAPP payment. You may drop off payment at the State Farm Insurance Office located on Hwy 167 before 5pm or meet Latonya Moss after 5pm with payment. No CASHAPP payments will be accepted. Seats are limited and only confirmed upon receipt of payment. 


Pack the Highway the J-H way! Send-off planned for Friday morning

You did it once. Now you are asked to do it again, but on an even bigger and better scale this time. The JHHS supporting group “Angels in the Endzone” is once again asking all Tiger fans to “Pack the Highway” this Friday morning to show the Tigers how their community is behind them as they attempt to reach the Class AA state championship football game. Bring your balloons, signs, horns, whistles… whatever you have, come with it. The team is scheduled to depart from the school at 9:00am so fans are asked to be in position along Hwy 167 south before then for the sendoff. 


JHHS at Amite semi-final contest available to be viewed through livestream site

Technology sometimes can be a wonderous thing. That is especially true for those who can’t make the trip to Amite to watch the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers attempt to reach the Class AA state championship game. Siimply by going online to: https://rb.gy/c3zq6k you will be able to watch the contest from the comforts of your home. Game time is set for 7:00pm. You can also listen to the game on Q94.1 FM radio that will begin broadcasting from Amite at 6:30pm. 


Quitman High to host tourney this weekend

Quitman High School hosts their annual tournament this weekend with thirteen games on tap in the Thursday – Saturday affair that features Jackson Parish schools QHS and JHHS as well as D’Arbonne Woods, Calvin, Summerfield and Cedar Creek. 

Tournament Schedule:

Thursday
4:00 pm – JHHS vs Cedar Creek (girls)
5:15 pm – JHHS vs Cedar Creek (boys)
6:30 pm – Quitman vs D’Arbonne Woods (girls)
7:45 pm – Calvin vs D’Arbonne Woods (boys)

Friday

4:00 pm – Cedar Creek vs Summerfield (girls)
5:15 pm – D’Arbonne Woods vs Summerfield (boys)
6:30pm – Quitman vs Calvin (girls)
7:45 pm – Quitman vs Ouachita Christian (boys)

Saturday

11:00 am – Calvin vs Cedar Creek (boys)
12:15 pm – Calvin vs D’Arbonne Woods (girls)
1:30 pm – Ouachita Christian vs D’Arbonne Woods (boys)
2:45 pm – Quitman vs Jonesboro-Hodge  (girls)
4:00 pm – Quitman vs Jonesboro-Hodge (boys)


Tiger roundballers open season with win over Quitman

Despite playing with a depleted roster due to half the team still playing football the shorthanded Tigers won their season opener by taking down fellow Jackso Parish foe Quitman by a 73-61 margin. While no individual statistics were available at press time Ajay Tew and Savantez Phillips led the way for the Tigers. The fifth straight loss by the Wolverines dropped their record to 5-7 on the year. 

In girls action, the Lady Wolverines used a strong full court press to force several third quarter turnovers which led to the 43-35 victory over their larger Jackson Parish opponent. The loss dropped J-H under first year head coach Kiyyah Deloney to 1-4 in the early going while Quitman evend their slate to 6-6 after their third win in the last four games. 

Before the varsity games there was a girls and boys junior varsity contest that was two quarters each in length.  The JH boys won by a 13-11 score while the Quitman girls won 13-5. 

In other area action the Saline girls team stunned Calvin by a 43-39 margin giving the Lady Bobcats their second straight victory after opening the year by losing their first nine. The boys fell to 4-8 overall when they came up just one point short in the 66-65 loss to powerful Calvin who remained undefeated and extended their season opening winning streak to 11 games.


Atkins receives “Impact Player of Week” award through special delivery

Former Jonesboro-Hodge head football coach Joey Pender has long been gone from the JHHS locker room. Yet the pride he feels when a player, where Pender won more games than any other coach in school history, does something exceptional. 

As result the former Tiger coach, turned media personality, came back to JHHS to hand deliver the “Impact Player of the Week” award that was earned by sophomore linebacker Xavier Atkins for his play in the second round of the Class AA playoffs. 

“Once a Tiger, always a Tiger,” said Pender, who is a member of the K104 Friday Night Football Show who hands out the weekly award to a top gridiron performer in northeast Louisiana. “I wanted to hand this to him personally to let him know how proud I was for the way he was representing Jonesboro-Hodge through his play.” 

For Pender to bring the award himself meant a lot to not only Atkins, who leads the state in total tackles and solo tackles and is also 8th in the nation in tackles and 4th in solo stops, but to current Tiger head coach Terrance Blankenship, who played under Pender. 

“For coach to take the time out of his busy schedule means a lot to me and Xavier,| said Blankenship. “He is the one who taught me what “Tiger Pride” meant and still goes out of his way to show the guys today what it means to always be a Tiger.”


Jackson Parish Hospital announces Student Athletes of the Week

Each week the Jackson Parish Hospital sponsors a program that recognizes a student/athlete at each of the parish high schools. Select faculty and staff from JHHS, Quitman and Weston choose a representative who best demonstrates great acheivement in their athletic endeavors and in the classroom. This week the Student/Athlete of the Week for the dates of November 22 – 26 are as follows: 

JHHS:  Cameron “Chase” Leonard – junior football player 
Quitman: Eli Walker – Sophomore boys basketball player
Weston: Lainee Trosclair – Sophomore girls basketball player


Jack Frost in Paris

In the summer of 1929, Anne Parrish and her husband, Charles Albert Corliss, were strolling leisurely along the picturesque Seine River in the City of Light (La Ville Lumière), Paris, France. They spent their time taking in the sites and browsing through the numerous bouquinistes stalls along the Seine River.

Bouquinistes, French for booksellers, have sold used and antique books in small green stalls which line the banks of the Seine River at fixed points since 1859. Prior to that, beginning around the 16th century, bouquinistes peddled their books from carts along the river.Anne derived great enjoyment from looking through the stalls of old books. Anne was a lover of books. She was a successful American novelist and children’s book writer. Many of her books appeared on the New York Times best sellers lists.

In one of the 900 bouquinistes stalls somewhere between Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, Anne saw the cover of a familiar children’s book which brought back memories from her own childhood. The book, “Jack Frost and Other Stories”, was worn from age but still in decent enough condition. It was a book like the one she had as a child in Colorado. Although she had never tried to seek the book out, she had never seen another copy. Her mind raced back some 30 years back in time to the Colorado Springs of her childhood. She glanced at the book for only a second or two and her mind was made up. She bought the book for a single franc.

Anne was elated to find a book like the one she had cherished as a child. Her husband was less than enthusiastic and was “skeptical as to its literary value”. Anne explained that she wanted the book not because it was an important literary work but for its sentimental value. Anne’s husband challenged her to recall anything about the contents of the book. She thought for a moment and remembered a story about a girl named Dorothy who hated her nose. Her husband, still skeptical, shuffled through the book until he came upon the story of Dorothy, just as Anne has claimed. Her husband knew it was useless to question her further and shuffled through the pages. Just then, something caught his eye. On the front page of the book, the flyleaf, he saw a name and address written in a childlike scrawl. He looked at the book with a seriousness that took Anne by surprise. Without saying a word, he turned the book around and pointed to the writing in the book. Anne read the childish scrawl and was just as shocked as her husband. Written in the book was the original owner’s name, “Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber St., Colorado Springs”. Anne had unknowingly bought her own childhood copy of “Jack Frost and Other Stories”.


Youth Basketball League and Junior Cheerleading announces record signup numbers

On the heels of a large turnout last year for the boys and girls youth basketball leagues and junior cheerleading sponsored by the Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) a record number of youth has signed up this year. 

“We have had an unbelievable response to the registration for the youth basketball and cheerleading this year,” said JPRD Director Tommy Smith. “Last year we had 220 kids sign up for basketball. This year the number is at 310 and the number that have signed up for cheerleading is up from 25 to 43.”

Smith states that even though the registration period is over that late registars will be taken over the next several days but once teams are formed and uniforms are ordered no youth will be able to added. For more information call 318-2597247.


“Par 4” Christmas Fair set for Saturday at Jackson Parish Golf Course

Thanks to the collaboration between area small business vendors and the Jackson Parish Recreation Department, local residents will get the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for unique arts, crafts and wares from over 30 talented individuals from the area. In addtion, there will also be several food trucks on site. The event will take place in the Banquet Room of the Jackson Parish Golf Course on Saturday, December 4th from 9am to 5pm.


Library enjoys donations from the Golden and Thompson family

Christmas has come early for the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) thanks to the wonderful donations from the Golden and Thompson families. It is the patrons who visit the Jonesboro and Chatham branches that actually will reap the rewards from the gifts given by being able to view an incredible assortment of ornamental Christmas houses and book of geneology of several longtime Jackson Parish families. 

With the help of Mrs. Betsy Golden, who kindly donated the countless number of beautiful Christmas themed houses, the staff of the Library spent hours and hours unboxing and preparing the display for your enjoyment. 

Patrons can also learn about several families from Jackson Parish as well as lots of history through a wonderful book of geneology compiled by Mr. Glenn Thompson. Below is an excert from the email that Mr. Thompson sent to JPL Director, Floyd Knox that explains more about the kind donation. 

My wife, Bettie Maurine Moore, grew up in Jonesboro. Her father, Cleveland “Buddy” Moore, was Jonesboro City Marshal for many years. Bettie and I met at La. Tech in 1952 and were married in the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, on Aug. 21, 1955. We enjoyed a wonderful marriage for 64 years before she passed away on June 23, 2020.
“Bettie and I enjoyed genealogy research. Bettie conducted extensive research on her ancestors, but unfortunately, she became ill before she could document the research. So, I am preparing a genealogy-photo album on her Moore, Gilbert and McConathy ancestors, based on her research.
“… The 12″ x 12″ book will contain about 100 pages, with genealogy charts, maps, photos and discussions on each stage of her ancestor’s lives.
“… I would like to donate a copy of the book to the Jackson Parish Library, as a memorial to Bettie.”

Mr. Thompson’s book will be available for in-house viewing only in Jonesboro and can be requested to view in-house at our Chatham branch.


Food Bank NELA Announces December Food Distributions

Monroe, LA – The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, in partnership with the cities of Waterproof, Tallulah, Jonesboro, Ruston and Monroe, will host mobile food distributions during the month of December for people in need of food.

According to Feeding America’s 2021 Food Insecurity Projections, one in five Northeast Louisianans struggle with food insecurity. The distributions are open to residents who need food and live in the parish the distribution takes place. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Distribution in Jackson Parish will be on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Sports Complex, ;located at 5254 HWY 4, east of Jonesboro.

Applications to receive food can be found at foodbanknela.org/find-food. Applicants must meet financial guidelines set by the United States Department of Agricultural to receive assistance. Applications to receive food will also be available at the distribution.

The distributions will be a “drive thru” service with volunteers loading food boxes into the vehicles. Recipients will not be required to get out of their vehicles, and are asked to clear space in their trunk prior to the distribution if possible.

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana has hosted drive-thru food distributions throughout the 12-parish region they serve since the pandemic began. This is in addition to over 60 regular program and partner agency distributions. For those in need of food who live outside of these distribution parishes, help is also available. Visit foodbanknela.org/find-food or call the Food Bank at 318-322-3567 to find a local food distribution.