Jay Mallard Ford announces hard to find truck now in stock

Been shopping for a Ford F-250  Super Duty Lariet Series truck? Then you know that coming across one, especially one in great shape, is about like finding a needle in a haystack. Recently, Jay Mallard, owner of Mallard Ford in Jonesboro, was fortunate to secure a 2019 model that has had only one owner and he is now offering on a first come, first serve basis. 

Equipped with a 6.7 Liter  V8 Diesel this traditional top performer of the Ford Truck Line can be seen by coming to Jay Mallard Ford, located at 601 Hudson Avenue during normal business hours or reserving a special showing by calling Stephanie Norred at 318-259-9881. 


Chatham Rural Health Clinic introduces Amber Ethridge as new Nurse Practioner

Caldwell Memorial Hospital and staff are proud to announce that Amber Etheridge, MSN, FNP-C will be the new nurse practitioner at the Chatham Rural Health Clinic.

Amber has worked in Columbia at Winters Clinic for 3 years and is excited to make the transition to serve the community and surrounding areas of Chatham. Amber was raised in Caldwell Parish and graduated from Caldwell Parish High School. She then continued her education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Amber served patients at the bedside for several years before returning to Maryville University where she obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Amber is married to Josh Etheridge and they have 2 precious boys, Kason (7) and Kastor (5). She also has two fur babies Thor and Loki. Amber and her family are members of North Monroe Baptist Church.

Amber is accepting new patients of all ages and is looking forward to assisting you with your healthcare needs.

Accepting New Patients!

Medicare – Medicaid – Kid-Med – Commercial Insurance


Resident wonders why no action taken against Eros Mayor

DisclaimerThe views that are expressed in the Letter to the Editor section is strictly and solely those of the author and should in no way be construed as the opinions of the Jackson Parish Journal unless otherwise indicated as such. 

There has to be a process, from the biggest cities to the smallest municipalities, in place for the removal of an elected official or local government employee after a State Investigation has uncovered multiple instances of fraud.

Once the investigation has shown multiple infractions of the Louisiana Revised Statutes and tens of thousands of State and Municipal money are unaccounted for and shown to have been improperly handled, why has the State not immediately removed the mayor and any access to the municipality’s financial accounts been sealed from her possible access? There has to be a standard protocol in these situations. Where is it? The fact that nothing has been done shows an alarming flaw in Louisiana Laws.

If a person came to work for you and money started missing, you would investigate. If the investigation clearly showed that actions taken by the person you hired to be the reason for the missing money, you would secure access to the affected accounts to stop further loss. You would not leave access to your remaining assets with this hired person and just hope nothing more would come up missing. You would not stop, with this being the extent of your involvement, or others would look upon you as stupid, and rightly so.

If an investigation has shown where your loss came from, and you do not implement changes to protocol to prevent it from happening again, you can only blame yourself.
If criminal charges are not brought against the person responsible, and justifiable actions taken against that person, then society is the victim.

he violator of your laws will see no reason to stop their actions. Have we truly reached the point where victims of crimes can no longer expect justice to be served? If so, then mankind deserves every step in the inevitable collapse on our way to extinction, for there wasn’t any intelligent life here.

Shannon Morris

Arrest Report (September 17 – 24)


Samuel E Marcia (not shown) – Driving wrong way on one way, DWI, No Drivers License, Leaving scene of an Accident
Alex C Lopez (Simsboro, LA) – Leaving scene of an Accident
Bill Richard (Jonesboro, LA) – Criminal Mischief, Disturbring the Peace
Eric Parker (Hodge, LA) – Theft of Utilities, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Failure to Yield, Expired Drivers License, No Proof of Insurance
Russell Tucker Jr. (Jonesboro, LA) – Theft
Sadie Mixon (Quitman, LA) – Criminal Conspiracy
Torranzec Melton (Simsboro, LA) – False Imprisonment, Battery of a Dating Partner
Cameron Cribbs (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse of a Dating Partner with child endangerment, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II drug
Brandon L Mardis (Ruston, LA) – Bench Warrant for No Drivers License and Careless Operation charge
Christopher R Tyler (Hodge, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery with Strangulation
Jason Pittman (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple Burglary
Joshua Barr (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple Burglary, Theft under $1000.00
Gwendolyn Keith (Jonesboro, LA) – Accessory to the Fact (Simple Burglary)
Robert A Carter II (Niles, OH) – DWI (1st offense)

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Business Services, Items for Sale, Help Wanted, Public / Legal Notices

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BUSINESS SERVICES

stewart stump removal cardStump Removal and Grinding: Call James Stewart at (318) 243-1009 or (318) 768-2554 for your stump removal and grinding needs. Free Estimates! 

 

johnnys stump removalJohnny’s Stump Removal: No job too small or too large. Call Johnny McConnell at 318-548-5577 for stump grinding, clean up, top soil fill and other odd jobs. We have over 30 years of experience and insured. Mention code: Jackson Boot to receive a discount. 

 

FOR SALE

Book – “100 year history of JHHS football” 

jh bookA year-by-year description of the first 100 years (1919-2019) of JHHS football. Included is summary of early beginnings, yearly results, rosters, updated team and individual records and a gallery of pictures. Perfect gift for that family member or friend who would enjoy remembering their “glory days”. Cost is $25.00 per book plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To order call (318) 480-1206. 

commerative plateCommemorative Plates – Beautifully etched china plates commemorating Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Jackson Parish. To order contact Wilda Smith at (318)426-6511 or Barbara Johnson at (318) 450-5561.

baseball equipmentBaseball equipment – Three youth batting helmets with faceguards and a complete set of catchers equipment (Mask, chest protector, shin guards) for sale. To make an offer, call 318-475-1152

 

PUBLIC/LEGAL NOTICES

SHERIFF’S SALE

MIDFIRST BANK
# 36798

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

TAMMIE L. FOSTER
A/K/A TAMMIE LASHAY FOSTER WILEY

BEGINNING AT THE SE CORNER OF SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE I WEST AND RUN NORTH 586 FEET TO THE STATE HIGHWAY #17, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST 895 FEET FOR A STARTING POINT, THENCE RUN SOUTHWEST AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST PARALLEL TO THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHEAST AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTHEAST AND ALONG THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET TO THE STARTING POINT, TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS THEREON AND APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING, LOCATED IN JACKSON PARJSH, LOUISIANA.

AND BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE I WEST AND RUN NORTH 586 FEET TO THE STATE HIGHWAY 146, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST 955 FEET TO THE STARTING POINT, THENCE RUN SOUTHWEST PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST PARALLEL TO THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHEAST AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTHEAST AND ALONG THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET TO THE STARTING POINT TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS THEREON AND APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING, LOCATED IN JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA; SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS, SERVITUDES, RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND OUTSTANDING MINERAL RIGHTS OF RECORD AFFECTING THE PROPERTY.

THAT CERTAIN MANUFACTURED/MOBILE HOME SITUATED ON THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY, BEING
A 2005, CAPPAERT 3802, MANUFACTURED HOME, SERJAL NO. CHVM040587621932A AND
CHVM04058761932B, 75.6 X 27.5, WHICH SAID MANUFACTURED HOME/MOBILE HOME WAS IMMOBILIZED PURSUANT TO ACT OF IMMOBILIZATION DATED MAY 0 I, 2006 AND FILED FOR RECORD AS INSTRUMENT NO, 369394 OF THE RECORDS OF JACKSON PARJSH, LOUISIANA.

Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all cost, sale to be made for cash with WITHOUT the benefit of appraisal.

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF
EX-OFFICIO, AUCTIONEER

SHERIFF’S SALE

PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
# 36824

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

CHARLES E WOODS, A/KIA CHARLES
EDWIN WOODS. M CHARLES STEVEN BUCHAN.JR.
WENDY NICOLE HARRINGTON, ROBIN BUCHAN BROWNING

By virtue of a Writ of Seizure and Sale issued out of the Honorable Second Judicial District Court,
Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana, and to me directed, I have seized and taken into my
possession and will offer for sale for cash at the principal front door of the Courthouse, Jonesboro, Louisiana, on Wednesday, the 19th day of October, 2022. Between the hours governing judicial sales, the following property to wit:

COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NW 1/4 OF NE 1/4, SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 2 WEST, JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, AND RUN NORTH 89 DEG. 51’33” WEST. ALONG THE FORTY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 660.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 01 DEG. 20’14” WEST 396.57 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER AND POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE 0,.498 ACRE TRACT OF LAND HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 01 DEG. 20’14” WEST 65.43 FEET; THENCE NORTH 61 DEG. 33’06” EAST 74.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 69 DEG. 45’32” EAST 195.94 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 70 DEG. 14’24” WEST 50.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG. 58’04” EAST 68.05 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 75 DEG. 30’34” WEST A DISTANCE OF 208.09 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER AND POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAlNING 0.498 ACRES AS PER REVISED PLAT OF SURVEY DATED FEBRUARY 13, 1997, BY ALBERT D. HULETT, JR., PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR, LOUISIANA REGISTRY NO. 170;

ALSO: A CERTAIN TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND SITUATED IN THE NW 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 2 WEST, JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NW 1/4 OF NE 1/4, SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 2 WEST, JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, AND PROCEED NORTH 89 DEG. 51’53” WEST, ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID NW 1/4 OF NE 1/4, SECTION 31, A DISTANCE 660.00 FEET, THENCE PROCEED NORTH 01 DEG. 20’14” WEST A DISTANCE OF 396.57 FEET TO A FOUND ONE (I) INCH IRON PIN, THENCE PROCEED SOUTH 75 DEG. 30’34” EAST A DISTANCE OF 208.09 FEET TO A FOUND ONE (I) INCH IRON PIN AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF HEREIN DESCRIBED 0.109 ACRE TRACT OF LAND; THENCE PROCEED NORTH 00 DEG. 58’04” WEST A DISTANCE OF 68.05 FEET TO A FOUND ONE (I) INCH IRON PIN; THENCE PROCEED NORTH 70 DEG. 14’24” EAST A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO A FOUND ONE (I) INCH IRON PIN; THENCE PROCEED SOUTH 69 DEG. 45’32” EAST A DISTANCE OF 13.01 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF WESTON CHURCH ROAD; THENCE PROCEED SOUTH 02 DEG. 50’29” WEST, ALONG THE CENTERLINE OF WESTON CHURCH ROAD, A DISTANCE OF 94.37 FEET; THENCE PROCEED NORTH 75 DEG. 30’34” WEST A DISTANCE OF
55.19 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 0.109 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING SUBJECT TO ALL RIGHTS OF WAY, EASEMENTS, SERVITUDES AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD OR USE, TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS AND APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING, ALL LOCATED AND SITUATED IN JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA; SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS, SERVITUDES, RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND OUTSTANDING MINERAL RIGHTS OF RECORD AFFECTING THE PROPERTY

Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all
cost, sale to be made for cash with WITH the benefit of appraisal.

9/7/22
10/12/22

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF EX-
OFFICIO, AUCTIONEER

SHERIFF’S SALE

VANDERBILT MORTGAGE & FINANCE,INC.
# 36895

PARJSH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

MARLON M. JARRELL, JR.
A/K/A MARLON JARRELL. JR.

By virtue of a Writ of Seizure and Sale issued out of the Honorable Second Judicial District Court,
Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana, and to me directed, I have seized and taken into my
possession and will offer for sale for cash at the principal front door of the Courthouse, Jonesboro,
Louisiana, on Wednesday, the 26th day of October, 2022. Between the hours governing judicial
sales, the following property to wit:
2006 CMH LOCEL MOBILE HOME BEARING SERIAL NUMBER CS2008343TNAB IMMOBILIZED ONTO AND INCLUDING LOT 2, 3, 4, & 5 OF BLOCK 1 OF EROS, LA, AS SHOWN BY ORIGINAL PLAT AND SURVEY OF SAID TOWN OF EROS, NOW ON FILE AND OF RECORD IN THE RECORDER’S OFFICE OF JACKSON PARISH, LA. TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS THEREON AND APPURTENANCES
THEREUNTO BELONGING, SITUATED IN EROS, JACKSON PARISH, LA. (1208 4 th St., Eros, LA 71238)

Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all
cost, sale to be made for cash with WITH the benefit of appraisal.

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF
EX-OFFICIO, AUCTIONEER
TINA SPILLERS, DEPUTY

SHERIFF’S SALE

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
# 36115

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

JEFFREY JERMAINE BRADFORD
A/K/A JEFFREY J. BRADFORD

By virtue of a Writ of Seizure and Sale issued out of the Honorable Second Judicial District Court,
Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana, and to me directed, I have seized and taken into my
possession and will offer for sale for cash at the principal front door of the Courthouse, Jonesboro,
Louisiana, on Wednesday, the 26th day of October, 2022. Between the hours governing judicial
sales, the following property to wit:

LOT #89-A OF UNIT 4 OF TERRACE HILLS SUBDIVISION TO THE TOWN OF JONESBORO, LOUISIANA, SITUATED IN SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 3 WEST, AS PER PLAT ON FILE AND OF RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, ALL LOCATED AND SITUATED IN JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS AND APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING.

Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all
cost, sale to be made for cash with WITHOUT the benefit of appraisal.

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF
EX-OFFICIO, AUCTIONEER
TINA SPILLERS, DEPUTY

JACKSON PARISH TOURISM BOARD
Minutes for Meeting Held September 2022

Notice Posted: September 19, 2022 @ 9:00 AM
Meeting Date: September 20, 2022, TIME: 5:30
PLACE OF MEETING: The Sunshine Room 160 Industrial Dr., Jonesboro, LA 71251
Roll Call: D. Barlow, K. Spangler, T. Gunter, C. Weeks, D. Barlow, Y. Washington
Invocation and Pledge: T. Gunter gave the invocation with Y. Washington leading the pledge.
Public Comments / Recognition of Guests: Wilda smith with the chamber of Commerce
Approval of Minutes of the April 2022 meeting: Motion made by T. Gunter second by Y. Washington to
approve the minutes as presented. All in favor, Yea.
Approval of the April 2022 Financials and Pay Bills: Motion made by T. Gunter second by Y. Washington to
approve the financials as presented. All in favor, Yea.
Review Old Business:

a. Civil Rights Trail-copies of photos being prepared
b. Music Trail- Signs for tabernacle-sign is being completed -guest speakers arranged- music and
sound is arranged-insurance in place-final arrangements being done -Motion was made by D.
Barlow second by Y. Washington to provide meal for grounds workers for up to but not
exceeding 500.00. All in favor. Yea.
c. Christmas ad-no response-cancelled

Discuss New Business:

a. Fall/winter advertising-Motion was made by T. Gunter and second by Y. Washington for
up to but not exceeding 500.00 for advertising. All in favor. Yea.
b. Media requests- La fishing and outdoor Adventures program ad-entertaining advertising
again
c. Hospitality- Motion was made by Y. Washington and second by K. Spangler to purchase
coffee pots and tables up to but not exceeding 300.00. all in favor. Yea.
d. Advertising- Looking into the Ruston daily reader

Other Business:

a. Chamber and rec- supporting their efforts

Adjournment – 7:30- Motion by D. Barlow second by T. Gunter to adjourn the meeting. Next meeting
scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 5:30PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tent Revival to be held at Jackson Parish Rec Complex Sunday thru Wednesday

A good old fashioned Tent Revival will be held at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Sports Complex this coming Sunday thru Wednesday, September 25th – 28th. Bill Britt, former President of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists and Fopunder/Director of Compel Outreach International in Haughton, LA, will be the guest evangelist. Sponsored by the Jackson Parish Baptist Association and a collaboration of 11 local churches, services will begin at 6:30pm each evening. 


Is this the week? Tigers hope to earn first victory of season this Friday

Jonesboro-Hodge looks to break into the win column for the first time after three straight losses to open the season this Friday evening when the host Lincoln Prep at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium for a 7:00pm clash.

Will this be the week that the Tigers break the longest season opening losing streak in a decade and longest ever in head coach Terrance Blankenship’s tenure.? All indications show that there is a distinct possibility and even probability to get off the snide IF……..

IF the Tigers can continue to show improvement as they have in each of the three weeks prior. Granted the growth has come in baby steps but if the second half of the 24-20 loss to Bunkie is any indications, major strides were finally made.

The main reason for the optimism was the insertion of former offensive/defensive lineman, Dominick Strickland, at quarterback. Injured with a seperated shoulder on his non throwing arm in the first game, the 6’5″ 245 lb. senior was told his days as a lineman were over. Not wanting to see his high school footbal career come to an end that way, Strickland and coaching staff decided to explore what the possibilities of him playing quarterback was. 

For about ten minutes at the end of practice the day before the Bunkie game, Strickland took a few snaps and impressed the coaching staff with his strong right arm and surprising accuracy of his passes. 

After two quarters of zero production by the offense and with the Tigers down 24-0 to Bunkie, Blankenship decided to give Strickland a shot. The effect was immediate.  Strickland starting connecting with his receivers downfield. This forced Bunkie to stop stacking the line which allowed the JH rushing attack to be effective as well. The result was as many points scored in the second half as over the first two and a half games.

IF the Tigers can cut down on mistakes! Jonesboro-Hodge neared school record territory against Bunkie by committing seven turnovers. It wasn’t just the number of turnovers but when they happened as well. Especially the last two against Bunkie when after clawing their way back from a 24 point deficit the Tigers closed the gap to four points and had the home team reeling. An interception that bounced off the receivers chest and a judgement error when trying to field a punt allowed Bunkie to escape with the win. 

IF the Tigers don’t get over confident! Say what? How can a team that is 0-3 be over confident. Jonesboro-Hodge hasn’t lost to Lincoln Prep/Grambling in 20 years.  The Tigers have beaten the Panthers the last six times they have played them and the last time the two met, JHHS won by 50 points. Added to the fact the current edition of Tigers have consistently beaten their neighboring parish counterpart their entire junior high and high school career in football it could lead to JHHS being complacent and expecting an easy win.  

The Tigers better be ready though as this year’s edition of Panthers seems to be a different breed of Cat’s. Under first year head coach Glen Hall, despite being undersized and outmanned, L-Prep has won two of their first three games, beating Class 2A Madison Parish 14-0 and district rival Plain Dealing 48-20. Last week Arcadia saddled the Panthers with their first loss by a surprising 44-0 margin. 

Xavier Atkins visits Texas A&M University

atkins2In the it “never hurts to keep your options open” category, Jonesboro-Hodge junior linebacker and LSU committ, Xavier Atkins, took  a visit to Texas A&M University when the Aggies played the University of Miami this past Saturday. 

“I really enjoyed my visit and appreciate the coaching staff for inviting me,” said the three star recruit. “The environment was crazy and I really liked the agressive way their linebackers played.”   

 


Hale led Weston to baseball heaven

According to Webster’s Dictionary, heaven is described as paradise, nirvana and the promised land.  The opposite of that is identified as a place of eternal fire.  During the years of 1976 and ’77 Weston High School enjoyed both Heaven and Hale. 

You may notice that, although it is pronouned the same as the opposite place of heaven in the biblical sense, the latter is spelled differently. That is no misprint. In this case, this is the last name of the person who made the two words that are diametrically opposed in the world of religion, synominous when being applied to Louisiana High School Baseball. 

In reality, Mark Hale, who is being inducted as a member of the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame (JPSPHOF) Class of 2022 is remembered as in both senses. Ask anyone what it was like trying to hit against the author of the best single season in Jackson Parish prep baseball history and they will quickly tell you it was H – E – double toothpicks. Ask anyone who was a teammate and they will tell you it was Hale who led the Weston baseball team to the most hallowed ground in prep baseball and started what is still today the best dynasty of spring sports in Jackson Parish.

“He was the man,” said fellow JPSHOF member Phil Cockerham, who had the fortune of playing shortstop during the two years Hale dominated opponents on the mound. “Playing in the field was easy when Mark was pitching. Nobody hardly ever made contact. The most action I got was from throwing the ball around the infield after he struck the batter out.”

Hale pitched at a time before there was a JUGS gun that measured how fast a pitcher threw the ball. General consensus among those who played with and against the burly flame thrower is that easily his pitches were in the high 90 mile an hour range at the least. A Hale pitch was the epitomic descripiton of the adage “you can’t hit what you can’t see.”

According to best friend and battery mate, Leamon “Peanut” Stewart, the rocket like offerings was almost impossible to hit and just as hard to catch.

“Mark threw the ball so hard all I could really see was this little dot coming at me,” laughed Stewart. 

It wasn’t only that Hale had a fastball that was so fast it looked like a pea, it had constant movement on it which caused his buddy much pain. 

“In between innings I would have to spray ICE (chemical agent that was used in those day to numb the pain) on my hands just so I could catch him,” recalled Stewart. “It came so fast and had so much movement, I hardly ever caught one of his pitches in the webbing.”

As an example of just how hard Hale threw, Stewart relayed the story of before Weston was to play in the Class C semi-finals their senior year. 

“He was warming up before the game behind the bench and started to shower down on his throws,” said Stewart. “He wound up and chunked one and the next thing I remember was Coach (Mike) Staples rubbing cold water on my face.” 

Hale had thrown the pitch so hard that it broke through the webbing and smashed into Stewart’s eye. 

“Our backup catcher that year was in the eighth grade and everytime Mark would pitch to him he would knock his mitt off his hand,” continued Stewart. “I had to catch that game with one eye closed shut.”

Hale’s pitching stats in 1977 is still unrivaled in Jackson Parish prep baseball history. In eight starts Hale compiled a perfect 8-0 record, with four no-hitters. In just 59 innings he struck out 99 batter, which equates to 1.67 batters per inning. He ended the season with a 1.90 ERA but take out the game which he tried to pitch while suffering from the flu where he gave up 8 earned runs, his ERA drops below 1.00 per game. 

His fastball wasn’t all that Hale had going for him either. Standing at 6’3″ and weighing around 260 pounds with thighs the size of tree trunks, Hale was a most imposing sight. Added to that was the “mean streak” he pitched with. If you managed to get a hit off him the next time you came up you were the one most likely to get hit. Ever got hit by a ball thrown 100 miles an hour. OUCH! 

In 1976 Hale pitched Weston the the Class C state semifinals, which at the time was the furtherest the school had ever advanced in any sport. One year later Westson beat Simsboro for the schools first state title. It started nearly a decade long run of greatness that included three consecutive state titles (1982,83,84) and three more state runner-up finishes (1980,81,86).

Hale pitched collegiately at East Texas Baptis College for a short period of time, but It is a shame that he came along when he did. In those days, it was rare that a player from a school the size of Weston got noticed by college or pro scouts.  In today’s world with all the social media capabilities available, there is no doubt that he would have been coveted by everyone at every level. 

Sadly, in 2017 died at the age of 58 years old from multple myeloma, which is a cancer of mature plasma cells in the bone marrow. While his life was cut short, the legacy he left will last forever. 

 

 


Junior High recap: JHMS wins first of year

Both Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School and Jonesboro-Hodge High School entered their week of competition on similar ground. Both were searching for their first win of the year and both were playing Lincoln Prep. Hopefully the varsity squad will follow suit with their junior high counterparts who won 28-14 to give Trevaun Calahan his first victory as a head coach.

“We did good and are making steady progress each week,” said Calahan. “We are going to enjoy this win but we are still far from where we can be.”

Tyson Burks scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers. Dylan Hayes and Jamarion Harrel also reached paydirt with TJ Walker adding a pair of two point conversions. 

With the victory JHMS improves to 1-2 on the year with a another contest against Red River on the road coming on Thursday. 

“I told the guys to enjoy the feeling, but that we are going to have to quckly put this behind us and get ready for Red River,” said Calahan

Weston Jr High Boys get defensive against Calvin

Weston Junior High didn’t allow Calvin a single point in the opening quarter leading to a 23 -3 halftime lead en route to the 37-14 home victory . Brody Tidwell scored 16 of his game high 20 points in the second and third quarter to pace the Wolves. Ty Henderson added seven followed by four from Alex Lewis. Weston also got season best productions from Thomas Truelove and Hunter Donaldson who chipped in with three points each. 

Lady Wolves fall in overtime

The Weston junior high girls turned in their best performance in a quarter all season  but fell short in overtime against home standing Calvin. Down 16-6 at the break Weston came storming back by outscoring the Cougars 15-1 in the third to take a 21-17 lead heading into the final frame. Calvin then tied the contest up at 26 and outscored Weston 7-2 in the extra period to sneak away with the win. 

Carly Jo Griffin led Weston with 16 points followed by Carlynn Waters with nine. Baylee Brown added three. 

Saline sweeps Dodson

Saline gave their fans something to cheer about ibefore embarking on four straight games away from home by sweeping Dodson as the girls won 33-20 and the boys took a 40-13 victory.  

Fifth grader, Jalynn Jiles led the junior girls with 14 points followed by Kassidy Sims who added 13. Ally Rine pitched in four and Adyren Breeland added a basket. for Saline who improved to 9-3 on the season. 

With Conner Roberts pouring in 22 points the junior Bobcats went above the .500 mark at 6-5 on the year. Roberts was dominating from the start as he scored one more point in the first quarter alone than Dodson managed all game. Gunner Fontenot added seven, Jackson Bougues pitched in five and Rylan Mauthe added a basket to round out the scoring. 

 

 


Recreation Board mulls several Cooperative Endeavor possibilities

Several Co-Operative Endeavor possibilites were discussed by the Jackson Parish Recreation Board at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting held on Monday in the Banquet Room of the Jackson Parish Golf Course facility. 

Baord members Brent Barnett, Ricky Cash (President), Brandon Lamkin, Rodney Potts, Sullivan Stevens and Chris Womack reviewed applications submitted by the Jackson Parish Watershed Commission, Town of Chatham, Village of North Hodge and Village of East Hodge. 

After thorough discussions, each was tabled for final decision until more information can be provided with the exception of the application from North Hodge which was approved. Final decisions are expected to be received at next month’s meeting that will be held on October 18th. 

The meeting began with Bruce Thomas being the first of three to make public comments.  Thomas, who also appeared before the board last month asking what the disposition of the  “back nine” project at the golf course was, indicated that after research he was pleased to announce that loans for were available through the Louisiana Bond Commission for addtional funding for the project. 

Gary Joyner, Vice President of the Jackson Parish Watershed Commission followed and presented the Board with a written Co-Operative Endeavor applicaiton that he was told would be needed when he spoke to the panel last month.  Joyner and also touted the publicity that Caney Lake had received in last month’s Bassmaster Magazine where Caney Lake was voted as the fourth best Lake in the Central Region of the United States. Christy Weeks, President of the Jackso Parish Tourism Board completed the Public Comments portion by endorsing the application submitted by Joyner and the Watershed Commission. 

“I appreciate the Board’s consideration to work with us in our effort to make Caney Lake even more enjoyable for our residents and those who visit,” said Joyner. “I also think it is very refreshing to see three parish agencies all pulling together in one accord for the benfit of us all.”

JPRD Director Tommy Smith followed by updating the panel of the activities taking place at the Sports Complex. This included recapping the second annual Steven Morgan Memorial Archery Shoot sponsored by the ackson Parish Bowhunters Association and the cross country meet, hosted by  Quitman High School. Smith also announced that a Tent Revival would take place on the grounds this coming Sunday thru Wednesday, September 25th-28th. Smith then indicated that the flag poles and batting cages for the Sports Complex had arrived.

In regard to the Golf Course, it was announced that memebership had increased by eight members during the last month improving the number to an even 200 members. The board was then asked to direct their attention to the shore of the lake behind the Clubhouse where the new pavillion/gazebo has been built. 

Before the session was adjourned the Board  went into Executive Session regarding personnel decisions. No commments were made after. 

 


Beautification of Jonesboro project burns another house

The ongoing Beautification of Jonesboro project continued on Monday with the burning of an abandoned house located at 374 Old Winnfield Hwy in Jonesboro. According to Jonesboro Fire Chief Brandon Brown, several more sites are scheduled to be burned in the upcoming weeks. 

Mayor Leslie Thompson and the Jonesboro Fire Department reminds residents that if you would like to participate in the project by having dilpidated and abandoned structures such as a house or outlying building burned, call Jonesboro City Hall at 318-259-2385.

The Beautification of Jonesboro project is designed to remove blighted and unsafe structures within the city limits of Jonesboro. As part of the project if you have a structure burned or razed it is the responsibility and requirement of the owner to clean up all debris. Failure to do so is subject to fine.  


Memorial donations received by Jackson Parish Museum and Fine Arts Association

Donations made in memory of several outstanding residents of Jackson Parish have been received by the Jackson Parish Museum and Fine Arts Association (JPMFAA). Those being honored through the monetary gifts were Holbrook McClean, Mary V Runyon, Aylon Pate, J L Byrd, Buster Sullivan and Esther Bedgood.

Museum Board President Barbara Johnson made the announcement during the regular scheduled meeting of the JPMFAA board that was held on Monday at the Museum located 515 South Cooper Avenue in Jonesboro. 

“We are so very appreciative of the people who made the donations to the Museum in the name of these wonderful people who meant so much to so many,” said Johnson. “Each left a legacy to be remembered which goes hand in hand with the effort of our board to create an atmosphere for all to be able to remember the history of our parish.”

 


Cammie Netherland joins Jackson Parish Hospital Chatham Medical Clinic staff

The Jackson Parish Hospital (JPH) is pleased to announce that Cammie Netherland has joined the staff of the Chatham Medical Clinic as the Family Nurse Practitioner. Netherland, who was raised in Quitman and now resides in Weston, holds a Master of Science in Nursing and was employed at St. Francis Medical in Monroe before joining the JPH team of dedicated professionals. 

Eager to assist you with your health care needs, Cammie and the staff at Chatham Medical Clinic invites you to visit their location at 804 Chatham Avenue in Chatham. To make an appoinment call 318-249-3200.