Arrest Report

Elisha Treadway (Chatham, LA) – Possession of Schedule III and IV drugs, Theft warrants.
John LaBlance (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery
Lucas D. Thomas (Jonesboro, LA) – Resisting an Officer
Kathy K. Nail (Chatham, LA) – Switched plates
Selena R. Clifton (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule II drug
Brock A. Ward (Eros, LA) – Possession of Schedule II drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia
Tineka D. Rushing (Ruston, LA) – Driving under suspension
Jaden K. Washington (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Marijuana
LaDonovan Dill (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the Peace
Charlotte Ballard (Saline, LA) – Warrant out of Austin, TX on possession of drug paraphernalia
Barry L. Boatner (Ruston, LA) – Possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drug, No proof of insurance, Expired license plate
Derrick T. Leslie (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I drug
Lee Bradford Jr. (North Hodge, LA) – Simple Battery
Timothy S. Thomas (Jonesboro, LA) – Theft
Lyndsay Lestor (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrant, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace
Joseph A. Malone (Chatham, LA) – Jackson Parish warrant: Cruelty to a Juvenile with force or violence
S. Livingston (Jonesboro, LA) – Execution of Sentence

Public Hearing to be held Monday, April 12 regarding upcoming Sales Tax election

If you want a good seat, it is advised that you get there early for the public hearing that will be held at 5:15 pm on Monday, April 12th prior the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ). This is the second and final public hearing regarding the upcoming Sales Tax election called by the Jackson Parish Police Jury. 

“We are expecting an overflow crowd,” said JPPJ president Amy Magee. “I hope that is the case as we encourage residents to give their opinions and it also allows for the facts of why the increase is desperately needed to be heard.”

At issue is the upcoming election set for Saturday, April 24th, where Jackson Parish residents will decide if they want to see an 1% increase in the current sales tax rate. 

What you need to know about the upcoming Sales Tax election

NOTE – This is the seventh part of a series published exclusively in the Jackson Parish Journal regarding the upcoming sales tax election. Over the next several weeks we will look at among other things: what a sales tax represents, how the tax is derived, why parish officials feel that an increase is needed, where the additional funds will be applied and when the new tax rate, if approved, will take effect. Today – A “Hard Dollar” look at the Solid Waste Department!

Over the past several weeks information in each edition has been provided about the upcoming Sales Tax election set for April 24th. This was done with the hopes that Jackson Parish residents could be informed with facts about the issue of whether a 1% increase in that tax is needed and not have to rely on gossip and rumors. Today we take a look at some “hard dollar” information regarding the operation of the Solid Waste Department including the revenues and expenses of the different areas involved. The information below has been submitted by the Jackson Parish Police Jury and is on public record.

The Police Jury reduced the millage for the Solid Waste Department by 1.09 mils in 2019 and again by an additional 1.58 mils in 2020.

Commercial garbage pickup to parish businesses is done at very affordable rates. When we polled other parishes on what they charge businesses, the overwhelming majority said they don’t provide this service. The ones that did charged anywhere from $180 to $250 for the same size bin as us (we charge $115.50). Those that charged less used a smaller bin. The standard rate that we got from a commercial business to provide the same service to the businesses was a minimum of $150/month. That would be the rate if they can dump at our transfer station, which if we have to start charging fees, this would likely increase as well.

The C&D Landfill for commercial garbage like debris, scrap metal, tires, etc. This is the primary function of the landfill. It provides a place for people to bring what would likely either have to be burned or just thrown into the woods. Especially after large storm events, this really helps to keep the parish roads clear. Things like shingles, tires, etc. would have to be hauled by residents to another parish. We also have a large commercial grinder that we use to grind down the piles of wood debris and we provide it to the papermill to be used for fuel. It is a small revenue stream, but it helps us maintain our capacity and is a good partnership with us and WestRock.

The transfer station and bin sites are an additional service that is crucial to keeping our parish clean and for being affordable to parish residents. All of the garbage from bin sites, businesses, and towns ends up at our transfer station. We load 18 wheelers with all of the garbage and truck it up to Union Parish to their landfill. This is an enormous cost and the Police Jury bears 100% of the burden. Although the towns pay a company for commercial pickup, we allow them to bring their garbage to our transfer station free of charge. We carry the burden for labor, equipment, and dumping fees at Union Parish. If our transfer station was not there, the towns would have to pay their commercial vendors to haul it out of parish and pay the disposal fees at the landfill. No business would do this at a loss, so that burden would be on the towns and ultimately, their residents. Parish residents would likely have to get a contract with a commercial vendor as well and they would set their own rates. Yes, this would mean door to door pickup throughout the parish, but it also means garbage cans all over the roads and a high volume of heavy load garbage trucks driving on our parish roads.

Several things have been done over the years to try to sustain the programs: We got into recycle at a time when the cost was mostly covered by the revenue received for recycling. Even after the revenues went down and it began to cost us more to recycle than to just dispose, the parish continued the program because it was the right thing to do. It was only in 2020 after we had seen an annual loss of over $100k just for having the program that the Police Jury suspended it. In addition to grinding wood in order to keep our current capacity, our department superintendent was even able to sell some of the soil from under the wood pile as fertilizer. This was innovation at its best. They are constantly seeking the best prices and trying to find ways to save money or generate what revenue they can.

The department has been operating at a net loss for years and years. Within the last five years, the deficit is anywhere from $200,000 – $475,000. This is not due to poor management, it is just an incredibly expensive operation to run. The annual sales tax revenues don’t even cover the cost of personnel and dumping fees in Union Parish. On top of those, we also have insurance, equipment costs (fuel, tires, etc.), repairs, and supplies. This deficit has been supplemented over the years by the general fund, but we are getting to the point where the general fund cannot continue to transfer hundreds of thousands year after year and maintain it’s own operation. The general fund has taken some very large cuts, especially with this year’s budget. Our revenues are down from COVID and we have had to decrease our assistance to local organizations like LSU Ag, Pinebelt, Trailblazer, etc. in order to balance the budget for the year. We have deferred maintenance projects and cut spending down to only the very basic services. There is also no budget for us to provide assistance to the municipalities for special road projects.

Priorities of where the additional money gained by the tax increase:

The first priority is to balance the fund. First and foremost, the solid waste department needs to bring in as much revenue as it costs to run it. At minimum, we could keep the operation going as-is, but we wouldn’t have any surplus in the event of equipment needs or for the future.

Landfill expansion: We have a capacity limit on our existing C&D Landfill and we will eventually run out of land. We have adjacent property that we have been looking at that would allow us to double our capacity and be set up for the future, but we do not currently have the funds to purchase it.

Completion of the final four model bin sites: There are four more model bin sites for the parish to construct that would eliminate the road side sites. The road side sites have no security and are typically the worst areas of the parish (think Walker Road). Each site would be approximately $300k – $500k to construct and once the program is finished we would have eliminated the last remaining 13 road side sites. Our bin sites are used throughout the state as the model and are a credit to our parish. DEQ and other parishes have been here multiple times to view various sites and adopt our program.

Equipment needs: we currently have one compact truck that is on it’s last few years of life. This will need to be replaced in the next couple of years and then run over $250k to purchase.

Any additional surplus: once all of this is dealt with, in the event that we do have remaining surplus (which wouldn’t be for years), the proposed sales tax does give us the flexibility to divert funds to road maintenance, and courthouse maintenance. Something that is not often talked about is the elevator in the courthouse. It is grandfathered in, but is not up to code. Some recent legislation will begin any day now where state inspectors will begin fining us for the elevator until we upgrade it. When we got a quote for this a couple years ago, the first stage of upgrades was over $200k. Things like this could be funded with any sales tax surplus.

In the next edition we will look at what is most likely to take place if the Sales Tax doesn’t pass.

Xabrianna Jackson named to “2022 Players to Watch” by Louisiana Girls Rankings

xabrianna jacksonFollowing her performance at the Louisiana Girls Ranking postseason tournament in New Orleans last week, Xabrianna Jackson, who will be a senior at Jonesboro Hodge next year has been propelled her to the 2022 “Players to Watch” in Louisiana list. Jackson, who is the current, two time MVP of district 1-2A in Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) competition played for the AAU team of Williams Brothers Basketball Program out of Ruston, LA during the tournament, which featured some of the best high school talent in the state.  

Early voting on the Sales Tax Election set for April 10th – 17th

With the exclusion of Sunday, April 12th, beginning on Saturday, April 10th and continuing each day until Saturday, April 17th, you can cast your votes early on the upcoming Sales Tax election that is slated for April 24th. To vote you must go to Room 102 at the Jackson Parish Courthouse, in Jonesboro, LA from the hours of 8:30am – 6:00pm. 

When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:
  • a driver’s license,
  • a Louisiana Special ID,
  • LA Wallet digital driver’s license,
  • a United States military identification card that contains the applicant’s name and picture, or
  • some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.
Voters who have no picture ID may complete and sign a Voter Identification Affidavit in order to vote; however, it is subject to challenge by law.

 

Llewellyn Starks Invitational to run at JHHS on Thursday, April 8th

The Llewellyn Starks Invitational will be run at Jonesboro-Hodge this Thursday, April 8th. The premier track and field event is named after the former JHHS and LSU great who went on to international long jump fame before suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in athletic competition history.  Field events are expected to begin around 3:30 pm with the track events taking place at approximately 5:00pm. 

Tiger thinclads jump for gold! TThe JHHS boys and girls track teams finished in fifth place this past week against a stellar field of many of the top track and field competitors in northwest Louisiana at the Woodlawn Relays held in Shreveport. Individual gold medal winners were: DeVontae Mozee in the triple jump with a leap of 41’9″, and Xabrianna Jackson in the high jump where she cleared 4’8″. Jackson’s leap of 33′ 9 1/2″ also won silver in the triple jump and Zymea Hoggro was third in the long jump will a leap of 14′ 11.” Additional third place finishers were: DeVonta Mozee in the high jump and Davion McGuire in the boys high jump.

 

 

Local prep baseball/softball teams go on the road again

To see your favorite baseball and softball teams from Jackson Parish play this Thursday – Saturday you had better stop by the gas station first. That is because of the ten games scheduled, eight of them will be at their opponents location. Fortunately the distance to travel isn’t very far, that is, unless you are a fan of the Quitman High School softball team. Then you are in for two days (Friday and Saturday) in Wardville, LA which is where the Buckeye Tournament will be played. On Thursday, Jonesboro-Hodge will travel to Lakeside (Sibley) and Saline for their baseball and softball games while Quitman and Weston will head to Choudrant and Simsboro respectively for district 1B matchups. One game will be played at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) where the Lady Wolves of Weston host St. Mary’s of Natchitoches at 4:00pm. On Friday, Jonesboro-Hodge will host Lakeside for a double header in their final district 1-2A contests of the year. The first game is set for 5:00pm at the JPRD. Weston’s baseball team will travel to Winnfield to find out which WHS is best while the Lady Wolves will head to Lakeside. 

Choudrant 14 JHHS 0 (baseball) Jonesboro-Hodge continued to struggle as Choudrant, the top ranked team in Class B, blanked the Tigers 14-0 to run the streak of scoreless games to a third straight time. The same lack of hitting and bad pitching combination that has plagued the Tigers all season was once again the culprit. There is no better way to describe the Tigers troubles this year than what took place in the third frame when Choudrant got more walks (6) in one inning than the Tigers have gotten hits (5) over the last four games, which led to seven runs and opened up a 10-0 lead. It was also in the third inning that the Tigers got their only two hits of the game, when with one out, Ajay Tew and Chandler Harvey sandwiched singles around a groundball that was hit to short by Drew Davis that was ruled an error.  Sadly, all three were left stranded as the scoreless streak increased to 19 straight innings. JHHS fell to 3-10 on the year while Choudrant won their 18th striaight to improve to 21-3 on the year. 

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FCCS sweeps Lady Tigers: At least they didn’t have to travel to Winnsboro to play Family Community Christian. It would have made for a very long trip back home following the 21-1 and 25-3 drumming that was administrated by the 6th ranked team in Division V. In game one, Zoie Anderson hit a triple and was brought home by Madelyn Freeman’s single for the only run. Amber Melton added two hits. There was a little more offense generated in game two for JH as Anderson doubled and scored on Abrianna Paggett’s single in the second followed by DaBrandie Gray walking, Melton reaching on a single, Kaylee Ethridge getting hit by a pitch and JaKaja Phillips getting a hit to score two runs.

Recreation Board votes in pay raises for full time employees

The Jackson Parish Recreation Board voted to give 3% pay raises for full time employees at their regularly scheduled meeting held on March 15th held at the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, 182 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana. The decision to up the pay, came by a 3-1 vote among the members present: Ricky Cash, Brandon Lamkin, Rodney Potts and Sullivan Stevens . Absent was Brent Barnett, Jeff Hairston and Chris Womack. Attorney, Steven Gatlin was also present. 

Once the meeting was called to order Jamie Cockerham and Mitchell Nunn asked questions about the pavilion during public comments. This was followed by Rebecca Williams giving updates on activities at the Golf Course and informing the members of the $200.00 given by the Cotton Patch Hunting Club for prizes at the kids fishing tournament. After Jacqueline Blankenship gave an update on the sports complex programs the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting date is set for 6:00 pm on April 19, 2021 at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center in Jonesboro, LA.

Youth Leagues begin practicing at Jackson Parish Recreation Department

The sounds of a ball hitting a mitt and the crack of a bat were heard all over the Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) complex this past week and will continue to do so leading up to the day the umpire will cry “PLAY BALL” denoting the beginning of the summer league baseball/softball leagues season. 

For a master list of teams and coaches of each as well as the practice schedules for each click here: jprec.org

“National Doctor’s Day” celebrated at Jackson Parish Hospital

On March 30th, the Jackson Parish Hospital celebrated “National Doctor’s Day,” which is an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help save our lives everywhere, by honoring their doctor’s on staff:  Sheila Mariano, William J. Slusher, Rebecca Crouch and Paula Parkerson. 

“We would like to thank our physicians for all they do in sharing their skills and expertise, their care and compassion, and for making a difference each and every day. We appreciate each of you!” –  John Morgan, CEO of Jackson Parish Hospital.

The holiday first started in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, and since then it’s been honored every year on March 30 which was the first anniversary of a doctor using ether anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long. Today we continue to celebrate medical advances like these and thank all doctors everywhere who’ve spent so much time and energy mastering their field of expertise.

Cotton Patch Hunting Club donates prizes for JPRD kids fishing tourney

Webster’s Dictionary defines the sharing of knowledge, ideas, etc…. (including money) between two different entities for the purpose of mutual enrichment, as “cross – pollination.” Another way to describe it in general terms is “Good Looking Out!” However you want to reflect on the act of kindness demonstrated by the Cotton Patch Hunting Club, what needs to be said to their members is a big ‘ole THANK YOU|!

There can’t be two different entities much further apart than an adult hunting club and a youth fishing tournament. Yet the “cross pollination” of the hunting club giving $200.00 to the Jackson Parish Recreation Department to be used for prizes was more than “mutually beneficial” it resulted in smiles and memories that will last forever.  Especially for eight year old, Shepard Norred, whose two fish won the tournament held at the lake located at the Golf Course for most and biggest fish caught. Also competing was Jackson, Andrew and Hayden Seymore and Kaleb Roge’.

Remembering a “Birthday Gobbler”

I had a birthday this week and I was reminded of another birthday I had 13 years ago. On March 29, 2008, I was presented a special birthday gift when I slipped out to the woods in Jackson Parish, called in and downed a big gobbler. This brings to mind what is taking place now 13 years later as turkey season in 2021 kicked off for most of us in this part of the state on Good Friday, April 2. Season opened for youth hunters the weekend before and from reports I have seen and heard about, several youngsters were successful in bagging gobblers.  You will note that this year’s season begins a week or so later than it did in 2008 as wildlife biologists and wild turkey experts felt it necessary to delay the season a bit to give gobblers and hens more time to get together before the hunting begins. The goal is to have more hens bred before we start chasing gobblers. The jury is still out on whether or not it will produce more wild turkeys on the ground.

As a refresher, here’s what happened on my birthday 13 years ago. This was the second weekend of Louisiana’s turkey season that year and the week before, I experienced something that would quicken the pulse of any turkey hunter. The day before season opened, I drove up to a well site on the back of our hunting club property and surprised a flock of turkeys, including several gobblers that took off. No problem; I knew where I’d be on opening day. That afternoon, I set up my pop-up blind within gunshot range of the well site and the next morning, I was there before daybreak with strutting gobbler and submissive hen decoys in place. Soon after daylight, the gobbling began. My calls were answered immediately and within a matter of minutes, I saw three white heads pop up across the well site and when the three
gobblers spotted the decoys, here they came trying to out-race each other.

What happened next will be forever etched in my memory. All three attacked the gobbler decoy I had out and sent it flying. One of the gobblers separated from the other two and I dropped him. As he lay on the ground flopping, instead of the survivors high-tailing it out of there, they attacked the gobbler on the ground, giving him a pummeling you wouldn’t believe. I swapped my shotgun for my camera and began snapping photos until they eventually
left.

Now to my birthday gobbler. The following Saturday, March 29 on my birthday, I was back in the area with a friend and fellow hunter, Mike Brister, and when daylight came, I heard gobbling back across the well site like the Saturday before. Mike insisted I give another gobbler a try and I hurried across the well site to cut the distance. A few minutes later, I saw a white head as one of the surviving gobblers came in cautiously to my calling. On my 71 st birthday, I put the
pop on him, a fine bird with good beard and spurs. On my birthday this year, I didn’t hunt for one obvious reason; turkey season wouldn’t open for another few days. A lot has happened to my turkey woods over the past 13 years. Much of the land has been sold and is no longer in our hunting club so I’ll have to choose another spot. Even so, I had to be somewhere in woods on our club. Why? Because as author Tom Kelly once wrote….”I don’t hunt turkeys because I want to; I hunt them because I have to.”glynns gobbler

FISHING REPORT – 3-31-21

CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been best fairly shallow with trick worms, jigs and spinners picking up a few. No heavy weight bass were reported this week. The chinquapin bite has started with fish moving shallow and hitting worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good with most of the bigger fish moving shallow while some average sized fish are still being caught beneath the Highway 4 bridge on shiners and jigs. No report on catfish. For latest information contact
Bateaux on Caney Lake at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Some crappie have apparently already spawned as they’re moving to deeper water with shiners and jigs picking up some both shallow and in deeper water. Bass fishing has been better this week away from the banks as some of these fish have also apparently spawned and moved deeper. Best baits have been spinners, crank baits, spinners and soft plastics. Bream are just now starting to show signs of life as they’re moving to shallow bedding areas and starting to hit worms and crickets. Catfishing continues to be good off the banks on night crawlers and cold worms. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bass fishing has been fair this week with some to around 4 pounds caught on spinner baits and Sinkos. Crappie are hitting shiners on yo-yos with some still shallow while others that have already spawned have moved to deeper water. Both crappie and bream continue to bite below the spillway. Catfishing has been fair to good on yo-yos, stump hooks and on noodles. Striper fishing has been fair and the bream are beginning to bite around shallow beds on worms and crickets. Bream are beginning to show up around shallow spawning areas with some caught on crickets and worms. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Cooler stormy weather has slowed fishing a bit. Bass are around the banks and trees. Some catches to 5 pounds have been reported on spinners, crank baits and soft plastics. The bream are showing signs of starting to move to the beds. Crappie are slow to fair this week. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bass fishing has been good on jigs, spinners and soft plastics. Bream and crappie are fair this week. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – The river is still high but starting to fall. No fishing report this week. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – The turn to cooler weather has moved the crappie off the banks and slowed the fishing this week. Catfishing for smaller fish has been good. Bass have improved with some to around 4 pounds reported. Bream are beginning to show up around shallow bedding areas. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – Crappie, bass and catfish have all improved somewhat this week. Bream have yet to start biting. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is very high and rising. No fishing this week. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

Public Notices

Utilities, Inc. of Louisiana Spillway Water Supply is currently in violation of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids as set forth by the State [Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:Xll)] and the Federal Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR Part 141).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) set drinking water standards and requires the disinfection of drinking water. Where disinfection is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants combine with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter present in water to form chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). EPA and LDHH set standards for controlling the levels of disinfectants and DBPs in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acid (HAAs). Some people who drink water containing THMs in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing HAA5s in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

In December 1998, EPA set enforceable drinking water standards for TTHMs at 80 parts per billion (ppb) and for HAA5 at 60 parts per billion (ppb) to reduce the risk of cancer or other adverse health effects. Compliance with the TTHMs and HAA5 standards for public water systems servicing less than 10,000 individuals initially became effective and enforceable on January 1, 2004. Compliance with the TTHMs standard is determine by calculating a locational running annual average (LRRA) of quarterly TTHMs sample results. Compliance calculations performed for the 1st quarter of 2021 show that the system’s current TTHMs LRAAs are 81 ppb at sample location DBP03 – 211 Spruce Drive. Thus, the system is currently in violation of TTHMs standards.

Construction of the storage tank has been completed and Utilities Inc of LA will continue to monitor and adjust storage tank capacity. UIL continues to work with an engineering firm and plans to begin construction of a spray atomizer unit which will assist with the reduction of TTHM concentrations. UIL has kept LDH informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. If you have any questions, contact the UIL Compliance Administrator, Vicki Spence at 985-893-6646 – Opt. 2.

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. EPA and LDH do not consider this violation to have any serious adverse health effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure; however, continued long-term exposure to TTHMs and HAA5 levels above the standard (e.g., 20 years of exposure) has the potential to have serious adverse effects on human health.

Jackson Parish Recreation District Board Meeting Minutes
March 15, 2021

The Jackson Parish Recreation District met in regular session on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:00pm in the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, 182 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members Present: Mr. Ricky Cash, Mr. Brandon Lamkin, Mr. Rodney Potts and Mr. Sullivan Stevens. Absent: Mr. Brent Barnett, Mr. Jeff Hairston and Mr. Chris Womack. Also present, Mr. Steven Gatlin.

The Vice President, Mr. Cash, called the meeting to order. The invocation was given by Mr. Cash and Mr. Potts led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Cash opened the floor for public comments. Mr. Jamie Cockerham and Mr. Mitchell Nunn asked questions about plans for the pavilion. Mr. Potts gave an update on the pavilion.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Sullivan to amend agenda to move item #7 golf course update to 4b. All in favor. Motion carried.

Ms. Rebecca Williams gave board update on the golf course including membership, cart stalls, Tuesday Night Scramble/1st Youth Scramble, Youth Golf Clinic, Pledge 10 grant, tournaments, cart lease renewal and banquet rental. Cotton Patch Hunting Club donated $200 for prizes for the kids fishing tournament on March 20th.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Lamkin to approve minutes (January/March Special Call Meeting) and financials (January/February). All in favor. Motion carried.

Mrs. Jacqueline Blankenship gave board update on some of the ongoing programs at the sports complex including baseball/softball.

Motion Mr. Lamkin seconded Mr. Sullivan to approve 3% pay increase for all full-time employees. Motion carried with a vote of 3 yeas, 1 nay and 3 absent.

Next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:00p.m. at the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, Jonesboro. Motion Mr. Cash seconded Mr. Potts to adjourn meeting. All in favor. Motion carried.

Jackson Parish Police Jury’s Monday business meeting Agenda announced

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The Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) business meeting and the Veterans Committee will meet this Monday at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center, located at 182 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro. The two sessions will begin with the Veterans Committee meeting at 5:00pm followed by the JPPJ session approximately fifteen minutes later. 

Discussion about the plans for the 2021 Veterans Appreciation Event is the only item on the agenda for the Veterans Committee while a guest presentation highlights the following session that has additional committee and various boards reports and updates slated. The public is invited to attend but it is requested that all observe the continued mask mandate that is in place and to continue to practice recommended social distancing guidelines. 

Mr. Matt Johns will begin the business meeting with a presentation about the Region 2 Louisiana Watershed Initiative followed by reports from the Policy & Personnel, Operation, Finance and Project committee chairpersons. Police Jury representatives to the Library Board, Sales Tax Commission, Pinebelt Agency, North Louisiana Economic Development Council, Sparta Commission, Workforce Development Board, North Delta Planning Commission and Region 2 & 3 Flood Plain Steering Committee will then provide updates on each. A review of various board appointments and information on the dedication ceremony for the 2nd Lt. Harvel Moore Memorial Highway is the final agenda items to be discussed.