Arrest Reports (September 13th -20th)

Janice Foster (Chatham, LA) – Felony Theft
Glenn F. Whizeant (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrants for Unauthorized Entry and Simple Criminal Damage to Property
Dexstinei Snell (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant for Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Simple Battery, Disturbing the Peace
Movaline M. Wilson (Jonesboro, LA) – Execution of Sentence for North Hodge x2
Bronwyn D. Chandler (Dodson, LA) – Simple Battery
Derwin Bradford (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple Damage to Property
Marcus K. Walker (Jonesboro, LA) – Aggravated Assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer, Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute, Distribution of Oxycodone, Disturbing the Peace, Aggrevated Flight, Possession of SoMg, Non licensed driver

Tigers focus on Logansport after Vidalia game cancelled

Just when you thought that the COVID pandemic had eased up on the LHSAA football schedule that it has wreaked havoc on the last two years it raised it’s ugly head again this past Friday night. Thankfully for Jonesboro-Hodge it affected Vidalia more so than the Tigers, which caused the game to be cancelled.

“I got a a call from Coach Norris about 1:00pm on Friday telling me not to come as his team had been hit with an outbreak of COVID the day before,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “We already had the busses load up and was fixing to head that way.”

Last year the game would have just been cancelled or postponed to hopefully be played at a later date but according to the new LHSAA rules in place this year the team that is responsilble for the game not being able to be played is given a los while the other teams is given a forfeit 2-0 win. 

“It is not the way I wanted to chalk up a victory but it is what it is and the way the new rules read is more fair than last year,” reflected Blankenship. “We had three games cancelled last year that had nothing to do with us but we got heavily penalized in power rating points from not being able to play the games as we got nothing from them.” 

If there was a game that had to be cancelled and a victory given it couldn’t have hit better than this one for several reaosns. First, the trip to Vidalia marked the longest road trip of the year, which looked like it would have to be traversed through constant rain. Secondly the contest was the ultimate “trap” game with the Tigers coming off the incredibly emotional high from the week before. Finally the Tigers were going to be forced to play the game shorthanded as starting tailback Brantrel Thompson was sidelined by, YOU GUESSED IT – He had contracted Covid over the prior weekend which fortunately for the Tiger team meant he had no contact with them. 

This week the Tigers turn their attention to perineal Class A power Logansport who will invade Caldwell-Peacock Stadium for the second time in three years. Game time is set for 7:00pm. For more detailed information on the contest be sure to check out the game preview in the Wednesday, September 22nd, edition of the Jackson Parish Journal. 

Recreation Board to discuss Golf Course Spillway Project

Mr. Paul Riley, of Riley Company in Ruston, will ask the Jackson Parish Recreation Board to consider awarding a bid to repair the Spillway at the Golf Course. This will take place during the Engineers Report phase of the regular monthly meeting that will come after any public comments are made and the approval of the August financials and meeting minutes are accepted. An update on the Archery and additional programs, as well as, the state of the Golf Course will follow at the monthly meeting of the Jackson Parish Recreation District which will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:00pm in the Jackson Parish Golf Course Banquet Room.
1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Public Comments
5. Approval of Minutes and Financials (August)
6. Engineer Report
A. Consider Award for Golf Course Spillway Project
7. Programs/Archery Update
8. Golf Course Update
9. Old Business
10. New Business
11. Set Date and Time for Next Board Meeting
12. Adjourn

Jackson Parish Library Board to meet on Monday

The Jackson Parish Library Board will convene for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 430pm on Monday, September 20th, at the Jonesboro Branch of Jackson Parish Library, located at 614 South Polk Avenue in Jonesboro.  Board members Paula Essemeir, Ann Standley, Carol Massey (President), Judy Cooper, Carolyn Crawley, Lisa Nunn and Lewis Chatham will consider a short agenda highlighted by the discussion and possible adoption of the updated 2021 budget adjustment. Additional discussion items include updates on ongoing projectsa the review and adoption of the minutes from the August meeting and last months financial and statistical reports. It is also expected to be announce that the 2021 Trailblazer Board of Trustees meeting that was scheduled for Friday, September 24th, has been cancelled. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Floyd Knox at
(318) 259-5697.

Agenda of September 20th Library Board meeting:

• Call to Order: Welcome
• Invocation
• Roll Call Essmeier______ Cooper______ Nunn ______ Standley______Crawley ______ Massey ______ Chatham______
• Public Comments
• Approval of Minutes
• Review and adopt the minutes from the August 16 regular board meeting.
• Report of Director: Statistical and Financial.
• Review and adopt August financial reports.
• Review and adopt August statistical reports.
• Unfinished Business
• Updates on ongoing projects.
• New Business
• Review and adopt the updated 2021 budget adjustments.
• 2021 Trailblazer Board of Trustees meeting that was scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021 has been cancelled for in-person this year.
• Adjournment

Addtional activities at the Jonesboro and Chatham Branches (Monday and Tuesday, September 20-21)

Monday, September 20th:

Check Out Fitness Class at 9:00am (Chatham Branch
Childrens Art Class (Ages 4-8) at 4:00pm (Chatham Branch)

Tuesday, September 21st: 

Disaster Care Management Program (DCMP) from 9:00am – 5pm (Jonesboro Branch)
Assistance provided for those still recovering from Hurricane Laura. For more information call (844) 711-9DCM or go online to:
Brown’s Hearing on site from 10am – 4pm (Jonesboro Branch)
Information provided on new hearing technology available.

Bookmobile Schedule

Monday, September 20th

8:30am-9:00am: Shania’ Love Bugs
9:15am – 9:45am: Long Leaf Apartment Complex
9:55am – 10:10am: Oak and 4th Street in Hodge

Tuesday, September 21st

8:00am – 12:00pm: Weston High School 


Mozee, Malone and Atkins awarded by area media for performances against West Ouachita

When Class 2A Jonesboro-Hodge beat upset Class 5A West Ouachita by the impressive margin of 41-20 on Friday, September 10th, it caught the eye of media outlets across northeast Louisiana. As result, three Tiger standouts received special awards for their performances during the game.mozee award
Named “Impact Player of the Week” by K104 Radio and the Friday Night Scoreboard Show was DeVontae Mozee. The senior defensive back was chosen over 11 other candidates from northeast Louisiana schools from all classifications. He along with quarterback, Tydre Malone and linebacker, Xavier Hall also received the KTVE Channel 10 and KARD FOX 14 “Beast of the Week” Award.
Mozee returned two interceptions for touchdowns from 50 and 60 yards out which equaled the all-time Jonesboro-Hodge record of most interceptions returned for a score. He also made six tackles and added a pair of receptions from his wide-out position on offense.
Atkins also tied a JHHS all-time, school record with 19 individual solo tackles. He also added one assist, two sacks and two tackles for a loss. Malone was incredibly affluent in orchestrating the upset. The senior signal caller completed 13 of 23 passes for 157 yards and added two rushing touchdowns.

Chatham Town Council agrees to sell Chatham Medical Clinic to Jackson Parish Hospital

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting held on September 14th, Chatham Town Council members Toni Malone, Marvin Davis, Sue Proffer and Mike Wilson agreed to accept the bid by the Jackson Parish Hospital (JPH) to buy the Chatham Medical Clinic. In subsequent action, Ordinance 2021-08 was enacted that would authorize Chatham Mayor Gregory Harris was authorized to execute a cash sale deed with the JPH in the amount of $190,000.00. LaVerne Mixon was absent. 

A public hearing was also set for October 12th at 530pm at the Chatham Town Hall where discussion of the sale can be made by town constituents. Also at the same hearing, Ordinance 2021-07 which authorizes Mayor Harris to advertise for bids to sell surplus property located at 6537 Hwy 34 to the highest responsible bidder, will be discussed. This followed approval to adopt Resolution 2021-016 that declared the location as surplus property and after a motion was agreed upon that would set the minimum acceptable price for property at $15,000.00. A final item will be on the agenda at the Public Hearing in Octover regarding the rezoning of 6551 Hwy 34 from residential to business

 In additional action it was agreed to add the generators for the water plant to the agenda and to look at contracting with consultant to complete budget and application for the grant for generators.


J-H Middle School blanks Winnfield 24-0

You could say that a message was sent. With the 24-0 blanking the 2021 edition of the Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School Tigers gave notice to Winnfield this past Thursday evening that they plan on having the upper hand in the rivalry between the two for years to come.

It doesn’t matter if you are in Junior High or High School. Beating Winnfield is always a top priority. It especially is special when you are playing them for the first time in your life after hearing from your parents, uncles, cousins and family friends all about the games they played against the biggest rival Jonesboro-Hodge has.

Leading the charge was Marquis Baker who rushed for over 80 yards and Dakota Knox who had two rushing TD’s. Knox also connected with Jason Blackburn for a score as well. Not to be overshadowed was the fine play by the defensive unit that held Winnfield scoreless. 

Tigers travel to Haynesville on Tuesday! 

It is a contest that JH Middle School head coach has had circled since the season opening scrimmage that saw Haynesville have the upper hand. That was then. This is now. JH Middle has since gotten on a roll by shutting out Lincoln Prep in a controlled scrimmage and blanking Winnfield this past Thursday. Game time is set for 5:30pm.

Inaugural JHHS Football “First Family” award to be presented to Mize brothers during game this Friday

In conjunction with the JHHS Athletic Department, the Jackson Parish Journal (JPJ) is sponsoring and will present the inaugural “First Family” Award to a deserving family of former Tigers at halftime of the JHHS vs Logansport game on Friday, September 24th. This program, which is planned to be continued at each JHHS home game from here on out, is designed to connect the fans of today with the greats in Tiger football lore of yesteryear. 

Receiving the initial award will be Lowell, Rodney and Leslie Mize who played at Jonesboro-Hodge from 1963-1968. More information on each will be featured in the Wednesday edition of the JPJ. Additional “first family” award winners scheduled to be honored at future JHHS home games this season are members of the Anderson and Stringer family.

As this is a new program, many more families who are steeped in either Jonesboro-Hodge or Jackson High legacy are being contacted for future designation and nominations are asked to be sent in. To nominate a possible “first family” recipient you are asked to contact the Jackson Parish Journal at: 

Award winners will receive a plaque that recognizes them as being a JHHS “first family”along with the receiving of the “100 year history of JHHS football” book, where the former players can recollect their “glory years” through detailed accounts of their playing days. 


Quitman Junior High hosts Choudrant on Tuesday

It has been a banner year to date for the Quitman Junior High boys and girls basketball teams. Under the tutelage of head coaches Mike Black and Kyle Leach the junior Wolverines are just one point from both teams navigating the first 20 games of their combined schedule in undefeated fashion after both won thier games at the Claiborne Christian Tournament held this pastweekend. 

The Quitman boys ran their record to a perfect 10-0 by taking out Choudrant 31-5 while the girls improved to 9-1 by downing the Lady Aggies 28-4. The QJH 6th grade boys and girls saw action as well with the boys winning their game against the tournament host and the girls falling by one point to Claiborne Christian in overtime. 

Eight players scored in the boys contest led by Brayden Smith and Brayden Martin who nine and seven points respectively. Abel Leach and Taden Thomas added four and three each followed by two points apiece from Larson Boston, Jayden Harts, Landen Boston and Siler Nelson. In the girls game, assistant coach April Simonelli expertly took the reins for head coach Kyle Leach who was out after contracting RSV. Maggie Guyotte led the way with 11 points followed by Anna Leach with nine. Hallie Kate Pullig added four with Kinsley Ponder and Addison Fenn tallying two each. 

Local fans will get a rare opportunity to see the two top Jackson Parish junior high squads in action at home, along with a bonus treat, when QJH hosts Choudrant on Tuesday, September 21st. The extra provided is being able to also catch the boys and girls 6th grade teams in action as well. The 6th grade girls will tip off action beginning at 4:00pm followed by the 6th grade boys, junior high girls and junior high boys contests. 

The home games, which are the second to last on the schedule this year, follows a Monday contest at Calvin that is slated to begin at 5:00pm. School offiicials ask that you observe COVID-19 safety protocal by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing guidelines. 

Quitman Junior High Boys Roster: Abel Leach, Kace West, Maddox Duck, Larsen Thomas, Brayden Smith, Landon Boston, Siler Nelson, Jayden Harts, Ethan Johnson, Asher Schultz, Brayden Martin, Taden Thomas, Jack Thomas 
6th Grade Boys: Aiden Rhodes, Asher Rhodes, Caden Jackson, Matthew Odom, Kobie Williams, Mason Howard, Bradley Woods

Quitman Junior High Girls Roster: Maggie Guyotte, Ava Caskey, Addison Fenn, Ava Cannady, Anna Leach, Emma Walker, Kinley Walker, Taylor Borland, Brooklyn Brown, Kaleigh King, Jana Potts, Briley Jones, Hallie Kate Pullig, Kinsley Ponder
6th Grade Girls: Brenna Lamkin, Breelyn Boone, Lily Jones, Halley Taylor, Klea Blalock, Braelyn Patton, Allie Robertson, Emma Toms, Avery Watson, Briley Bowers


Chamber of Commerce announces October/November calendar of events

We look forward to this time of year in Jonesboro when things become very active. There are several events that will be sponsored by the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce that need to put on your calendar. 

Saturday, October 9th: Volunteers Needed for “Saving Christmas” in Jonesboro. If interested you are asked to meet at 8:30 AM in the pocket park. Please bring cleaning supplies and zip ties as decoration of empty storefronts and the pocket park will take place.

Saturday, October 9th: “Stepping in the Fall-5PM – 8 PM

Monday, October 25th: “Forest Fest”, contact the activities department at Forest Haven for more information

Saturday, October 30th: “Trunk or Treat” in downtown Jonesboro from 4PM -6PM

Sunday, November 7th: Annual “Christmas Open House”, 1PM- 4 PM

Saturday, November 27th: Grand Marshal, coffee at 10 AM,

Saturday, November 27th: “Christmas in Toy-land” parade rolling through Jonesboro at 4:30 PM.

Parade forms can be downloaded from, or you can come by the Chamber od Commerce office, located in between the Jonesboro Police and Jonesboro Fire Department buildings. 

Weston Jr. High boys and girls take wins at Claiborne Christian Tourney

There are what could be described as some “unwritten rules” that a coach follows in respect to filling out a schedule. As example, the Homecoming opponent is usually a weak team. Another is in regard to basketball tournaments it is a “given” for a coach to try and give the home fans the best opportunity a chance to see their team win.

Either the coaches at Claiborne Christian don’t subscribe to that theory or they made a serious blunder in judgement by pitting their squads against Weston in their tournament played this past Friday night. In fairness to the Crusaders braintrust maybe they were going on what they saw earlier in the season when both WJH squads were still finding their way. They should have gotten an update……

Adding another page to what has turned out to be a remarkable turnaround story of the Weston Junior High basketball season, especially for the girls team, WJH swept Claiborne Christian by scores of 15-11 in the girls game and 31-6 in boys action. The victories continued the success both teams have had in September where they have only dropped one game each. 

Weston 15 Claiborne Christian 11: (girls) It kind of makes one wonder what head coach Jennifer Tolar told her girls at the half. Whatever she said was brilliant as Carly Griffin scored six points, JaKayla Fourd added a free throw and Weston held Claiborne Christian scoreless in the pivotal third quarter. The result was the erasing an 8-4 deficit and to take an 11-8 lead into the final frame that Weston made hold up. Griffin led WJH with 8 points, followed by four from Carolynn Waters. Abby Martindale also added a basket to go with the point scored by Fourd.  

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Claiborne Christian260311
WJH Scoring: Griffin 8, Waters 4, Martindale 2, Fourd 1

Weston 31 Claiborne Christian 6: (boys) In what turned out to be a complete mismatch, eight players scored and all 18 players that suited up received good playing time. A 16-2 third quarter advantage blew the game open after the Wolves went into the locker room with a 9-2 advantage. Cole Otwell tallied nine second half points to lead the team in scoring followed closely behind by eight points from Drew Browning. Shane Reed added four with Daniel Williams, Colton Blundell, Ty Henderson and Kasen Roberts chipping in with two each. 

Weston Junior High4516631
Claiborne Christian20226
WJH Scoring: Otwell 9, Browning 8, Reed 4, Williams 2, Blundell 2, Henderson 2, Roberts 2

Full lineup of Board meetings set for Monday/Tuesday

A full slate of board meetings is set for Monday and Tuesday. On Monday alone there is four seperate board meetings on tap including sessions of the Jackson Parish Museum & Fine Arts Association, Library Board, Hodge Fire Protection District and Recreation Board. On Tuesday the Tourism Board will meet. 

Time and location of each board meeting:

Monday, September 20th: 

4:00pm – Jackson Parish Museum & Fine Arts Association to meet at the Jackson Parish Museum, located at 515 S. Cooper Avenue in Jonesboro.
4:30pm – Jackson Parish Library Board to meet at Jonesboro Branch of Jackson Parish Library located at 614 Polk Avenue in Jonesboro.
6:00pm – Hodge Fire Protection District to meet at North Hodge Fire Station located at 5207 Hwy. 167 in Quitman, LA.
6:00pm – Jackson Parish Recreation Board to meet at Jackson Parish Recreation Golf Course Banquet Room located at 524 Country Club Road in Hodge, LA.

Tuesday, September 21st:

5:30 pm – Tourism Board to meet in Sunshine Room of the Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building, located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro. 



Pine Bluff, AR native Ben Pearson, was a pioneer and innovator when it came to promoting the sport of archery way back when. Pearson started the first company in the U.S. to mass-produce archery sets and equipment which ultimately led him to be induced into the Archery Hall of Fame. The company Pearson started would eventually be sold to a large corporation and by 1988 had 360 employees with an annual payroll of $100 million…..big time stuff.

There was another archery aficionado who became not only a fan of Pearson but a trusted friend. His name was Sterling Harrell and he lived in Ruston. When Harrell passed away in 1995 at the age of 71, he had engaged the assistance of Pearson in a number of projects in Louisiana, the most notable of which was to try and convince the LA Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to start a new program for hunters in Louisiana. When bow hunters climb into their stands in a few short weeks, they have Harrell to thank for his part in our state having an archery season for deer.

An internet search of Harrell’s name reveals some fascinating and interesting information. For one, the search revealed a tribute to Harrell by associates of Pearson in Pine Bluff. Watching the tribute, I learned that Harrell would often take bus loads of kids to visit Pearson in Arkansas and later was instrumental in implementing a successful archery program at LA Tech in 1960. Harrell was affectionately referred to in the tribute as “Mister Longbow”.STERLING HARRELL

In order to gather more information on this area’s pioneer in archery, I visited with Harrell’s 75 year old son, Van, who shared memories of growing up with a father consumed with the love for shooting a long bow.

“Before moving to Ruston, we lived in Shreveport in a heavily populated neighborhood but there was a golf course just down the street and dad would take us down there shoot our bows,” said Harrell. “After moving to Ruston in the 1950s, dad organized a group of youngsters and taught them how to shoot bows. They’d go out once a week and he’d let them pop balloons and other targets. Ben Pearson came down and helped him develop an archery range out on the east side of Ruston out past Woodland Park,” he said.

During my internet search, I found a fascinating clip of Sterling Harrell doing something he became known for around the area, “trick” shooting with his bow. He would roll discs out in front of him and would put and arrow through them as they rolled and incredibly, he would often shoot the rolling discs while holding he bow behind his back. Remarkable skills the man had.

owever, Sterling Harrell was not perfect. I once stopped by his home for an interview and he invited me to shoot a long bow, something I had never done. He strapped the guard on my arm to protect me from injury when releasing the bow. However, he strapped it on the wrong arm – I didn’t know the difference – and when I shot, all the hide was peeled off my arm from elbow to wrist. A red faced Sterling apologized.

When I visited Ruston’s new 3-D archery range at Lincoln Parish Park recently, my thoughts were on my friend Sterling Harrell and the impact he had on scores of kids, many of whom are now grandfathers who are likely to visit the new archery range. Had such a range been available when he was still alive, there is no doubt that Harrell would be one of the first to give the new range a try. Thanks to Sterling Harrell for instilling the love for shooting bows and arrows to so many who are active archers today.




CANEY LAKE – Bass to around 8 pounds have been reported with best catches coming on the deeper points on jigging spoons, tail spinners and crank baits. Some are still schooling and hitting shad imitation lures. Crappie continue to be fair with best catches made around the deeper tops on shiners or jigs. Bream have moved a bit deeper and are fair on worms and crickets. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498
or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
OUACHITA RIVER – The water level is at a stand-still again this week. Bass have been best in the mouth of cuts on shad imitations and in river lakes around stumps on jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are around the deep tops in the river fishing jigs 15-20 feet deep in 25 foot water. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass have been fair fishing around the boat docks early and late on a variety of lures including jigs, soft plastics and spinners. Crappie fishing has been best fishing the deep holes out on the flats fishing shiners or jigs 15 feet deep in 18-24 foot deep water. Bream fishing has slowed while catfish are still biting cold worms fished off the banks.. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream fishing continues to be fair to good on crickets with most caught around the piers and boat docks. Stripers are schooling and are hitting shad imitations with white bucktails taking some beneath the surface. Bass fishing has been best at night fishing around the lights with plastic worms and Shakey heads. Also some are being caught on topwater lures as well as jigging spoons. Crappie fishing is best fishing 10 feet deep in 14-17 foot water on shiners or jigs. No report on catfish this week. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331- 2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass are fair around the grass and trees on Wobble heads, crank baits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are scattered and fair; bream fishing is fair to good on worms and crickets. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream fishing has been fair to good on crickets and worms. Bass are fair on soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been fair with mostly smaller fish being caught. Crappie are slow to fair. No report on bream or bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The lake is being lowered and fishing is slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.


Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center will host a recruitment event Wednesday, September 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the HUB Music Hall, 201 Washington St., Monroe, La. Interviews with hiring leaders will be held on the spot for allied health and nursing career opportunities. Available positions are with Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center. Participants will learn about Ochsner LSU Health’s exceptional benefits, career opportunities and team culture. For more information visit Ochsner LSU Health Career Events.