Forest Haven Nursing Home to host “Forest Fest” on Oct. 25th

The Forest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, located at 171 Thrasher Drive in Jonesboro, will be hosting the inaugural “Forest Fest” on October 25th. The public is invited to come help residents celebrate Halloween through receiving “treats” from visitors and participants on hand for the event. Twenty four spots are available to claim where you can distribute items from your vehicle, tent or a termporary structure that can contain Hallowen theme related props and while in costume if you desire. Suggested “treats” for the residents include: coloring books, word searches, stationary, lotions and edible individually wrapped goodies. Participants will have the chance to win a $100.00 gift card and a prize for the best decorated pumkin. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided for all. For more information please contact the Activity Department at Forest Haven at (318)259-2729.

JPRD Summer League baseball/softball schedule

Monday, April 26th
Meme’s Minis vs Mitchell Pharmacy – Age 3&4 – 6:00pm- TBall 1 Field
State Farm vs Jonesboro St. Bank – Age 3&4 – 6:00pm – TBall 2 Field
Mercy Medical vs Jonesboro St. Bank – Age 9&10 boys – 6:00pm – Field 2
Klassy Kleen vs M&M Handy Foods – Age 9&10 girls – 6:00pm – Field 3
Cap Roofing vs Hodge Bank – Age 11&13 girls – 6:00pm – Field 4

Sign Design vs Champion Trophies – Age 3&4 – 7:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Dodson Enterprises vs Mitchell’s Pharmacy – Age 3&4 – 7:00pm – TBall 2 Field
Traina’s Bakery vs Jonesboro Glass – Age 9&10 boys – 7:00pm – Field 2
Todd’s Bailbonds vs M&M Handy Foods – Age 9&10 girls – 7:00pm – Field 3
Listle Real Estate vs Barksdale Credit Union – Age 11&13 girls – 7:45pm – Field 4

Tuesday, April 27th
Pardue Builders vs Johnny’s Pizza – Age 5&6 – 6:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Ables Farms vs Family Pharmacy – Age 7&8 boys – 6:00pm – Field 2
Bucketboat vs Leach Lawn Services – Age 7&8 girls – 6:00pm – Field 3
Academy Mortgage vs M&M Hand Foods – Age 11&13 boys – 6:00pm – Field 1

Affordable Autos vs J & L Works – Age 5&6 – 7:00pm – TBall 1 Field
Kohler Krew vs LA Family Med Clinic – Age 7&8 boys – 7:00pm – Field 2
Ruffled Feathers vs Rise & Grind – Age 7&8 girls – 7:00pm – Field 3
Elite Roofing vs Southern Kustoms – Age 11&13 boys – 7:30pm – Field 1

Anderson, Melton named 1st team All-District in 1-2A softball

Zoie Anderson and Amber Melton represented Jonesboro-Hodge on the district 1-2A All-District first team as reported by JHHS head coach Tracy Taylor. Kaylee Etheridge, Kyla Hayes, Madison Page, A’Briana Paggett and Ja’Kaja Philips earned honorable mention.

Lakeside takes two from Tigers
Jonesboro-Hodge fell 20-5 and 7-0 to Lakeside that left the Tigers winless at the conclusion of district 1-2A play and end the regular season with a 4-15 record. In the first contest Lakeside (15-15, 5-4) took advantage of 8 errors and 9 walks that resulted in runs being scored in every inning. A Xavier Atkins double and Chandler Harvey’s triple were two of the eight hits racked up by J-H. Marcus Thompson had 2 RBI with Dominick Strickland and Nathan Vines plating one each. In the second game Logan Smith, and Strickland had singles and Drew Davis slapped a double for all the offensive production the Tigers could muster as they were blanked for the seventh time this season.

Waters slam helps Weston “Chase a Win” against Quitman

In the final district 2B contest of the season between the two Jackson Parish rivals Weston beat Quitman 5-3 to draw into a tie with the Wolverines for second place. The victory lifted the Wolves to an 11-7 overall record while Quitman fell to 17-11 on the year.

Weston High got only three hits against Quitman pitching this past Thursday but one will forever be remembered. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning after Ty Simonelli and Ian Tilley had scored to break a scoreless tie, the Wolves responded with Cooper Delaney walking and Kaden Shirley, who was the complete game winner on the mound, slapping a single. Braden Theriot then coaxed a walk to load the bases setting up a grounder to short by Tait Culpepper that plated Delaney. Bryce Zehr then hit a grounder to third that ended up with Shirley getting thrown out at the plate bringing up Caleb Waters.Chase a Win 2

Waters worked the count to three balls and two strikes and then delivered the most dramatic moment in Jackson Parish sports this year when he lofted a drive to left center that cleared the fence and the bases giving Weston a 5-2 lead that stood up despite a 6th inning rally attempt by the Wolverines.

What made the victory all the more sweeter was that prior to the contest, the administration of Weston High had dubbed the contest “Chase a Win” in memory of their former head coach Chase Frasier, who tragically lost his life last year in an auto accident. While the grand slam was an incredibly huge event in the game, what made the moment so special and dramatic was that as Waters rounded second base he pointed to the heavens signifying honor to his former coach. After the contest another touching moment occurred when as the team was joyously celebrating the victory, Lillie Frasier, the young daughter of the fallen coach joined the team on the field and every player and coach alike paid homage to her.

Sulphur Bound! QHS earns trip to Class B state tourney

A few weeks back after Quitman had beaten the top ranked team in Class 3A, head coach Justin Dodson reminded his team that although the win was a big one, they hadn’t accomplished anything yet. They have now!
With the ten inning, 7-3 victory over Converse in the Class B quarterfinals the Lady Wolverines have reached their goal of making the state tournament in Sulphur for the first time since 2015. Now the incredibly youthful and talented Lady Wolverines have just one goal left which is to bring the state title home.

In order to do that #5 Quitman must get past #9 Anacoco, who advanced by upsetting top ranked Forest by a 7-2 score. The contest will be played on Thursday at 3pm on field 15 at Frasch Park. The winner of that contest will play the winner between #2 Holden and #3 Florien on May 1st at 3:00 pm on field 17 for the Class B title.

There were several heroes in the exhilarating extra inning victory but none bigger than Maddie Kaye Brymer. The “big bopper” who had six home runs in the first 15 games of the season but had gone 18 straight without a round tripper and had seen her batting average dip from .600 to .451 found her stroke once again in the perfect setting. Brymer torched Converse pitching to the tune of four hits in five at bats that included a double and a home run that led to three RBI.

QHS earns trip to Class B 2021 2It wasn’t just a display the found again display of power that was impressive but the clutch time in which she delivered as well. It was her double in the top of the fourth that plated Maggie Guyotte to give Quitman a 1-0 lead. Then in the top of the sixth after Converse had taken a 2-1 advantage Brymer struck again by lifting a shot over the centerfield fence that scored Guyotte again to give the Lady Wolverines a 3-2 advantage. Still again in the top of the deciding tenth inning, Brymer came up big when she stroked a single to right center to score Madison Chaplin who had led off the inning with a walk to stake Quitman to the first of the four runs in the frame.

Guyotte, who all season has played well beyond her 7th grade status, also came up big with a four of five effort and three runs scored. This included her final tally in the 10th after she singled to put runners on first and second with no outs that was a catalyst in setting up the big inning.

Finally, there was the herculean effort by 8th grader Cali Deal, who struck out ten in the complete game victory that saw her hold the powerful Converse offense to just six hits over the ten innings. Adding to the awe of the 156 pitches thrown, 102 were for strikes as she improved her record to 15-5 on the year. Deal also helped her own cause by stroking a double in the tenth that scored Guyotte and Brymer and gave Quitman a commanding three run advantage and her second and third RBI of the game.

Jada Naron, the lone senior on the youthful squad plated Deal with the final run with her second hit of the game continuing her playoff effectiveness with her second consecutive, two hit game in as many postseason outings. Madeline Vail also added a pair of hits and Marley Bell chipped in with a single.

Jackson Parish voters emphatically say NO to Sales Tax increase proposal

The public has spoken and the residents of Jackson Parish have overwhelmingly stated that they do not want an increase in the Sales Tax. With 31 of 31 precincts reporting of the 1567 votes cast, which represented a paltry 15.7% turnout, 1173 voted against the tax increase compared to only 394 in favor of adding one percent to the 9.45% sales tax rate currently in effect. Early voting statistics mirrored the opinion as well as 369 voted against compared to 142 voting for the proposal.

Final results of 1% increase of Sales Tax in Jackson Parish
1,173 – Against
394 – For
1,567 – Votes cast

Shall the Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), be authorized to levy and collect and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”) (an estimated $1,850,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish, all as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from July 1, 2021, with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of waste management, jail and courthouse expansion, road construction and maintenance, and to pay any debt service requirements on bonds issued for such purpose, or any part thereof?

JHHS grad Kelton Moss helping to change culture at UTEP

As a young boy growing up in Jonesboro Kelton Moss used to follow local colleges Louisiana Tech and University of Louisiana – Monroe games and dream about playing college football. This past month the 2017 Jonesboro-Hodge graduate lined up against both as the starting defensive tackle for the University of Texas-El Paso.

While it is incredibly impressive for a young man from a small school in north Louisiana to be playing on national television (ESPN televised the games) in a Division One collegiate setting it is nothing compared to the dedication and commitment it took for Moss to be on such a stage.

Flashback to November 24th, 2017. The Tigers had just lost to eventual Class A state champion West St. John in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. As Moss was walking off the rain soaked field the reality that the season was over started to sink in. There was also another realization that him like a ton of bricks. His high school football career was now finished as well.

It was a bitter pill to swallow. Was this the end of his football playing days? Moss certainly wanted to continue following his dream of playing at the next level but no colleges had called despite the fact that he had average over 10 tackles a game (138 in 13 games) and was named All-State.

“When it hit me that my high school career I was sad but I thought that I had a good enough season that some college would call with an offer,” said Moss in a recent interview with the Jackson Parish Journal. “First I was like I would like to go here or there. Then as time went by it was like I didn’t care who called, I just wanted a chance to keep playing.”

Day after day Moss waited on the phone to ring with the news he was so desperately waiting to hear, but it never came. It wasn’t because people behind the scenes weren’t working to try and make his dream a reality, especially his former head coach Terrance Blankenship.

“I called every coach I knew” reflected Blankenship. “Kelton had a special kind of character about him. He was a natural leader and I knew that if someone gave him a shot he would make it. He just needed someone to believe in him.”

Finally the phone rang. Only it wasn’t a college coach on the other end but former JHHS teammate and friend Trayvon Calahan who had gone through the same thing when he graduated but found a home at Kilgore Junior College.

“If it wasn’t for Trayvon calling me I don’t know what would have happened,” said Moss. “I’m so glad he talked me into coming there and check it out. “

What Moss found out was that Kilgore College football wasn’t just any run of the mill junior college program but one of the best in the country. The coaches were demanding and the talent he was competing against was much better than he anticipated.

“I remember after my first practice wondering if I really wanted this,” said Moss laughingly. “Man it was tough. They coached us HARD and the competition for playing time was incredible. I knew though if I was willing to give it all I had that I could do this.”

So he went to work. By the end of his Freshman year that saw Kilgore win the 2018 Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) and the Heart of Texas Bowl game he was an integral part of the defensive line recording 52 tackles (30 solo), 3 sacks (23 yards), 3 forced fumbles and an interception.

His sophomore campaign he registered 59 tackles (36 solo), 9 TFL (23 yards), five sacks and three forced fumbles. At the end of the year Moss was named to the National Junior College All-American (NJCAA) Second Team and First Team All SWJCFC.

Unlike the end of his high school career when his days at Kilgore was over it wasn’t a matter of IF he would continue playing but WHERE. After meeting with several college coaches Moss made the decision to continue his career at the University of Texas-El Paso. Why UTEP? After all, the Miners were a perineal “bottom ten” program having won only a handful of games in the last decade.

“Coach (Dana Dimel) said he saw me as being one of the ones who would change the culture here,” said Moss. “That fell right in line with what I was looking for. I wanted to be in a place where I could make an impact for the school just like our class did at Jonesboro-Hodge and we did at Kilgore.”

How has his first year as a Division One player faired? Moss, who wears #7 and now weighs 315 pounds, has started every game for the Miners. He has recorded 14 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss and has a sack. More importantly, just like he did at JHHS and at Kilgore, he has helped UTEP change their culture of losing by going 3-2 in the first five games, including being as perfect 2-0 at home.

Moss has now been a part of three programs that while he was there the culture changed from it was ok to lose to where success was demanded and expected. Can one person be responsible for such dramatic changes in fortune?

“It isn’t and never has been just me that brought about the changes,” said Moss. “I like to think though that I have been a part of making our teams better. I work hard to get better personally and to help make our team better.”

“I was fortunate while I was at J-H to have the coaches I did,” continued Moss. “I owe a lot to Terrance Blankenship, Carlos Hicks, James Garsee and Charles Scott who stayed on me to always believe in myself, work hard every day and be ready to overcome any obstacles or adversity that comes. They made a big impression on me and I hope they are pleased to see I listened to what they preached.”

You can rest assured big man, they are not only pleased but very proud of what you have achieved. It’s not just them either. Everyone from Jonesboro and Hodge is.

PSC Endorses Campbell Plan to Let Electric Co-ops Offer Internet Service

Rural electric cooperatives serving 14 North Louisiana parishes were authorized today by the Louisiana Public Service Commission to enter the internet business and help bridge the digital divide.

“Today the Public Service Commission made a bold statement: we are for rural broadband,” said Foster Campbell, PSC member representing North Louisiana.

Meeting online because of the coronavirus, the five members of the PSC voted unanimously for Campbell’s plan to support internet initiatives by Claiborne Electric in Homer and Northeast Louisiana Power in Winnsboro. The two cooperatives will use federal grants and low-interest loans to offer high-speed internet in rural areas from Webster Parish eastward to the Mississippi River.

“Everyone wants internet service now,” Campbell said. “It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.”

Campbell said rural electric cooperatives have for decades served rural residents and businesses, so it’s appropriate that they offer broadband as well.

“During the New Deal the big electric companies didn’t want to bring power to rural areas, so President Roosevelt created electric co-ops and the government helped them get established,” he said. The cooperatives paid back the government assistance and now offer some of the cheapest electricity in the country.

“We’re going to use that successful business model – targeted federal investment – to deliver broadband to areas that have few other options,” Campbell said.

Federal agencies are expected to distribute more than $600 million in Louisiana over the next 10 years as grants to expand high-speed internet service.

“These are our tax dollars,” Campbell said. “Few public needs are as vital now as broadband access, so we should capture these dollars for Louisiana and bring internet benefits to education, health care and business.”

The two Louisiana co-ops are part of a trend across the country of New Deal-era power cooperatives offering broadband. Campbell said North Louisiana has more areas without good internet service than many other regions.

The PSC vote means the two cooperatives can create internet subsidiaries that will seek government grants and low-interest loans to bring fiber-optic and wireless broadband service to members and non-members in their coverage areas. Commissioners said other co-ops in Louisiana may follow suit.


Symptoms and Signs of Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout this month the Jackson Parish Hospital is providing important information about breast cancer, including lifestyle related risk factors and how to get treatment and/or support.

Whether you or a loved one are worried about developing breast cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through breast cancer treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment this detailed information can help you find the answers you need.

Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional. Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two and the presence of these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that you have breast cancer. By performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast. 

The following are signs of possibly having breast cancer:

  1. A change in how the breast or nipple looks or feels.
  2. Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area.
  3. A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast. (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
  4. A lump in the breast. (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.
  5. Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast.
  6. Dimpling anywhere on the breast.
  7. Unexplained swelling of the breast. (especially if on one side only)
  8. Unexplained shrinkage of the breast. (especially if on one side only)
  9. Recent asymmetry (unequal or lack of sameness) of the breasts. Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.
  10. Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Jackson Parish Hospital at 318-259-4435.


McCallum the clear choice, record speaks for itself

McCallum is currently on the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal. Before that, he served as a judge of the Third Judicial District (Lincoln and Union Parishes). Prior to being elected judge, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1992-2002).

As the only candidate who has rendered decisions as a trial court judge, McCallum is uniquely qualified to be our next Supreme Court Justice given that the job requires reviewing other judge’s decisions.

To be fair, how can someone grade the decisions of others if they have no experience making those decisions? In order to do the job and to be fair in the decisions a Supreme Court Justice is asked to make, that person should have experience in making those decisions. McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has presided over trials and sentenced criminals.

McCallum has also been endorsed by the PACs of the Associated General Contractors, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, the Louisiana Home Builders Association, and the Associated Builders and Contractors. These PACs represent thousands of members and workers who have endorsed Judge McCallum because of his record of fairness.

McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has a pro-life, pro-second amendment, pro-family record as a legislator who co-authored NRA legislation supported by Charlton Heston and Wayne Lapierre.

Again, he is the only candidate who has experience as a Prosecutor, a State Representative, a District Court Judge, and a Court of Appeal Judge. McCallum has the most judicial experience in the race for Louisiana Supreme Court with 18 years as a judge and the most legal experience with 35 years as an attorney.

Because of his record of working with law enforcement to help keep our families and communities safe, McCallum has the law enforcement endorsement of Sheriffs, retired Sheriffs, District Attorneys, retired District Attorneys, Chiefs of Police and retired Chiefs of Police from 15 of the 20 parishes that comprise the Supreme Court district:

Sheriff John Ballance, Bienville Parish; District Attorney John Belton, 3rd JD; Chief of Police Andre Benson, Junction City; Sheriff Clay Bennett, Caldwell Parish; Sheriff Andy Brown, Jackson Parish; Chief of Police Joe Bryan, Spearsville; Sheriff Sammie Byrd, Madison Parish; Chief of Police Tommy Clark, Grambling; Sheriff Kevin Cobb, Franklin Parish; Chief of Police Bim Coulberston, Farmerville; Chief of Police Mark Dodd, Marion; District Attorney Penny Douciere, 5th JD; Chief of Police Don Dufour, Dubach; District Attorney Brian Frazier, 37th JD; Chief of Police Sandy Freeman, Simsboro;Sheriff Dusty Gates, Union Parish; Sheriff Gary Gilley, Richland Parish; Chief of Police Randal Hermes, Louisiana Tech; Chief of Police Eddie Horton, Bernice; Ret. Sheriff Wayne Houck, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Rickey Jones, Tensas Parish; Sheriff Cranford Jordan, Winn Parish; Ret. District Attorney Mack Lancaster, 5th JD; Sheriff Scott Mathews, West Carroll Parish; Ret. Sheriff Steve May, Caldwell Parish; Chief of Police Van McDaniel, Homer; Chief of Police Jerry Melton, Grambling University; Chief of Police Bobby J. Milner, Choudrant; District Attorney Chris Nevils, 8th JD; District Attorney Danny Newell, 2nd JD; Sheriff Jason Parker, Webster Parish; Ret. Chief of Police Minor Patton, Bernice; District Attorney Jimbo Paxton, 6th JD; Ret. Sheriff Jerry Philley, West Carroll Parish; Chief of Police Earl Roberts, Downsville; Sheriff Jay Russell, Ouachita Parish; Chief of Police Lewis B. Russell, Oak Grove; Ret. Sheriff Gary Sexton, Webster Parish; Ret. Sheriff Mike Stone, Lincoln Parish; District Attorney Steve Tew, 4th JD; Sheriff Mike Tubbs, Morehouse Parish; Ret. Sheriff Ken Volentine, Claiborne Parish; Sheriff Stephen Williams, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Wydette Williams, East Carroll Parish.

Early voting begins Friday, Oct 16 and goes through Oct 27, 2020 with Election Day Nov 3

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Jackson Parish Police Jury declares Saturday, October 17th as Volunteer Appreciation Day

It has never happened in Jackson Parish before and hopefully won’t again. A little over six weeks the area residents received their first ever experience of having a storm of hurricane strength rip through the area causing an incredible amount of damage and even claiming a life.

As soon as it was safe to do so recovery efforts went into motion. The result was a tremendous collective effort from not only every local village, town and parish public organizations but also numerous businesses and individuals.

In an effort to show their appreciation board members Amy Magee, Todd Culpepper, Lewis Chatham, John McCarty, Regina Rowe, Tarneshala (Niki) Cowans and Lynn Treadway presented Certificates of Appreciation  and declared Saturday, October 17th Volunteer Appreciation Day at the regularly scheduled October Jackson Parish Police Jury meeting.

Those receiving the Certificates of Appreciation were:

Town of Chatham
Chatham Police Department
Village of East Hodge
East Hodge Police Department
Town of Eros
Eros Police Department
Village of Hodge
Hodge Police Department
Hodge Fire Department District 1
Town of Jonesboro
Jonesboro Fire Department
Jonesboro Police Department
Jonesboro Fire Department District 1
Village of North Hodge
North Hodge Police Department
Village of Quitman
Quitman Police Department
Quitman Fire Department District 1
District 2 Fire Department
District 3 Fire Department
District 4 Fire Department
Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office
Ambulance Service District
Jackson Parish Police Jury OEP Department, Mr. Mark Treadway
Jackson Parish Police Jury Road Department
Jackson Parish Police Jury Solid Waste Department
Jackson Parish Police Jury Maintenance Department
Jackson Parish Police Jury Administration Department
National Guard
Shreveport National Weather Service
State Fire Marshall’s Office
Region 8 GOHSEP
National Guard
Senator Jay Morris
Representative Jack McFarland
McCartney Oil
Reed Plumbing

Police Jury President Amy Magee also read aloud the Proclamation below for Volunteer Appreciation Day in recognition of the Jackson Parish businesses, houses of worship, and citizen volunteers:

WHEREAS, Since the early days of our nation, volunteers have played a vital role in our greatest challenges and triumphs. Volunteer service, whether in times of war or peace is integral in addressing community issues and helps to unite us around a common purpose while still addressing critical needs.

WHEREAS, Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana on Thursday, August 27, 2020; and in her aftermath, the residents of Jackson Parish found their communities in a ‘state of emergency’. The health and well-being of our families, friends, and neighbors which are critical to the continued vitality and prosperity of our parish was threatened.

WHEREAS, our Houses of Worship, our local businesses and our citizens have been dedicated to enriching our towns and villages for decades and have worked hard to make Jackson Parish a better place for everyone. These individuals understand that citizen volunteers are critical to the community.

WHEREAS, the residents of Jackson Parish were able to depend on these volunteers to use their unique knowledge and awareness of the needs in their communities to combine their assets and resources to render an invaluable service during the Jackson Parish Recovery.

WHEREAS, these selfless volunteers were comprised of our businesses, our faith-based organizations, and our citizens they demonstrated commitment through their tireless service. They showed compassion by providing for their neighbors and friends and dedication through passionate involvement and contributions to the overall success of the Jackson Parish Recovery.

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize those who give of themselves for the betterment of their communities, the Jackson Parish Police Jury considers it necessary and proper to highlight those individuals from our businesses, Houses of Worship and citizens for their unwavering support during this critical time.

THEREFORE, the Jackson Parish Police Jury has set aside a day for citizen volunteer service to honor these volunteers, “who through their shared commitment to community service” ,encourage hope, promote benevolence, demonstrate compassion, and strengthen bonds in the Jackson Parish Community. We call upon the citizens of Jackson Parish, as you engage in your activities of service, to use your knowledge, skills, ideas, and creativity to honor, advocate for, and bring awareness to Volunteerism.





Jonesboro Assistant Police Chief Ciera Murphy presented life saver award

She was just doing her job. At least that is the way Jonesboro Assistant Police Chief Ciera Murphy thinks. Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson and the Board of Aldermen thinks differently though and that is why she received a special life savers award at the city council meeting this past Tuesday evening. They felt she went above and beyond her duty and as result saved a man’s life.

The award stems from what took place on August 13th when Murphy responded to a shooting at the Jackson Square Apartments. Upon arriving she saw a trail of blood leading to an upstairs domicile. Murphy entered the apartment and saw a man lying on the floor with blood pouring out of his upper leg.

“The way the blood was pumping out it was obvious that the shot had hit the major artery in his leg and I had to get the blood flow stopped or I knew he would soon bleed out,” said Murphy recalling the event. “I saw a shirt nearby, grabbed it up and made a make-shift tourniquet which I applied above the wound.”

Within minutes additional Jonesboro Police Officers, Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Emergency Responders with the Ambulance Service arrived, secured the area and stabilized the victim who eventually made a full recovery.

“There is no question that Assistant Chief Murphy saved this young man’s life,” said Jonesboro Police Chief James “Spike” Harris who did the honors of giving Murphy the award. “It is a true blessing to have someone with her knowledge and capability on our force.”


The Jackson Parish Journal is pleased to offer a Classifieds section where you can make announcements, post items for sale, offer job opportunities or professional services and review public notices. Cost per post is $10.00 per week and can be submitted by email at or by text to 318-480-1206.

For Sale:

5.06 acres of land (Price Reduced) – located one mile East of Jimmie Davis Tabernacle on Hwy. 542, Beech Springs Road, Quitman, LA.  Call (706)745-3933 for more information.  

Facemasks – Show your school pride with special designed cloth facemasks for Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman, Weston, LA Tech, Grambling, ULM, LSU and the New Orleans Saints. You can even add personal monograms. Adult and children sizes available. Only $5.00-$7.00.Call 318-475-0349

Church Bus – Jonesboro-Hodge United Methodist Church is selling small Bus that is equipped with Handicap accessibility. Engine work needed. Contact Paul Sterns for more information at (360) 399-8347.  

Book for sale – “The 100 year history of JHHS football” – An in-depth, year by year review of each season that includes names of players from virtually every year and individual/school records. Cost is $25.00 per copy plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To place your order, call 318-480-1206.



Jackson Parish Police Jury Business Session Minutes from October 5th, 2020

The Jackson Parish Police Jury met in Business Session Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:15 PM at the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members present: Mr. Todd Culpepper, Mr. Lewis Chatham, Ms. Amy Magee, Mr. John McCarty, and Mr. Lynn Treadway. Absent: Ms. Tarneshala Cowans and Ms. Regina Rowe.

The meeting was called to order by the President, Ms. Magee. Mr. McCarty gave the invocation and Mr. Treadway led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The President opened the floor for public comments.

Ms. Carol Massey, President of the Library Board stated that the Library Board had met and voted unanimously in opposition of rededicating their surplus funds to the Solid Waste Department. She stated that they were developing a 10-year plan and discussed some of the projects.

With the conclusion of public comments, the President called for the review of the 2019 Audit Exit Interview. The Secretary-Treasurer reviewed the results of the 2019 Audit and discussed the audit finding for the road program and the management notes for the financial close procedures and for the surplus balance in the Library Fund. She detailed the recommendations to clear the items.

The President called for Committee Reports.

Ms. Magee, Chairman of the Operations Committee, provided a summary of the September 23rd meeting. Ms. Magee invited Mr. Glen Kirkland, Tax Assessor, to give the Jury information and an approximate valuation on proposing a new millage for the Solid Waste Department. The Secretary-Treasurer provided the timeline for a tax election.

The Jury discussed proposing an election to the public to rededicate the surplus balance in the Library fund to the Solid Waste fund.

The Jury discussed cleaning up the Pardue Loop property and Mr. Chatham gave a report on having the State Department burn the debris to clear the land.

The Jury discussed authorizing limited overtime, as needed, for the Solid Waste grinding crew to grind and clear storm debris from the landfill.

The Jury discussed the options for purchasing the property adjacent to the landfill to increase the landfill capacity.

The Jury discussed the need for a larger boom truck for the Solid Waste department. Ms. Magee stated that there was a possibility to get grant funding for the equipment since it was needed during the storm recovery.

The Jury reviewed the Committee recommendations for Bob Watkins, Bryant, Fails, Folks, Go Thru, Into, Palmer, Preacher Martin, Thunder, and Womack-Otwell Roads. No changes were made to the recommendations.

Mr. Culpepper, Chairman of the Finance Committee, provided a summary of the September 24 th meeting.

The Jury discussed the monthly financials, the Weather Event checklist, the Village of East Hodge request, and reviewed the budget amendments.

Ms. Magee gave a summary of the meeting with Mayor Mims that the Committee had requested.

The Committee reviewed the estimates for the Coroner’s office a/c unit.

The Secretary-Treasurer reviewed the recommended budget amendments.

The President reviewed the assignments of the Policy & Personnel, Veteran’s, Project, Economic Development, and Parish Cleanup Committees. Mr. Chatham stated that the Veteran’s Committee had not met in October. Ms. Magee notified the Jury that the Project Committee would meet on Wednesday, October 7th

With the conclusion of Committee Reports, the President moved on to Continued Business.

The Jury reviewed the status of committee assignments.

The Jury reviewed the nominees and actions needed for parish board appointments.

The President moved to New Business.

The Jury reviewed the Subdivision Ordinance. Mr. Culpepper gave a summary on an issue with the ordinance. The Jury asked Mr. Paul Riley to review the issue and present it to the Operations Committee.

The President opened the floor for discussion of other topics.

The Jury reviewed the Proclamation to be presented at the Regular Meeting.

The President opened the floor for announcements and notifications.

Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Mr. Chatham to adjourn. Motion carried.

Jackson Parish Police Jury Project Committee Meeting Minutes

October 7, 2020

The Project Committee met Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Courthouse, 500 E. Court Street, Room 301, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members present: Mr. Todd Culpepper, Ms. Amy Magee, and Ms. Regina Rowe. Absent: none.

Also present, Hospital COO Jason Thomas, and Parish Engineer Paul Riley.

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Ms. Rowe. Mr. Culpepper gave the invocation and Ms. Magee led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

There were no public comments.

The Committee reviewed the letter of acceptance from Mr. Simmons for the offer to purchase 9.9 acres behind the Jackson Parish Hospital at the appraised value of $44,550 and all closing costs, including, but not limited to costs of preparation of the deed, Act of Partial Release to be executed by the lender, Iberia Bank, and recording costs.

The Committee reviewed the Hospital Boards intention to bare half of the cost of the appraised value. Mr. Riley stated that they would need to get an updated survey and description of the property. Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Ms. Magee to recommend the Jury purchase the land at the appraised value, authorize acquiring a new survey and description of the property, and authorize the President to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Jackson Parish Hospital to split the cost of the land. Motion carried.

The Committee discussed the final plans for the new building on Industrial Drive. They discussed names for the building and meeting rooms, department relocations, security, and additional uses for the building.

Mr. Culpepper proposed naming the Jury Meeting Room the “Nathanial Zeno Meeting Room”.

Ms. Magee proposed building a fenced area for storage for OEP equipment.

Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Ms. Magee to adjourn. Motion carried.


Jackson Parish Recreation District Board Meeting Minutes

September 21, 2020

The Jackson Parish Recreation District met in regular session on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 12:00 noon in the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, 182 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members Present: Mr. Brent Barnett, Mr. Ricky Cash, Mr. Jeff Hairston, Mr. Brandon Lamkin, Mr. Rodney Potts, Mr. Sullivan Stevens and Mr. Chris Womack.

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

Mr. Barnett opened the floor for public comments.

Mr. Freddy Tolar commented on the land purchase made at the golf course at the previous board meeting and suggested going up on the fees to support the purchase. Mrs. Anita Waggoner thanked everyone for moving forward with getting the outdoor pavilion. Mr. Barnett moved on to the next item on the agenda.

Motion Mr. Hairston seconded Mr. Cash to approve minutes and financials (August). All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Tommy Smith gave board update on some of the ongoing programs at the sports complex including Fall baseball/softball, flag football, soccer, archery and the fitness trail. He also gave the board an update on the storm damages.

Ms. Rebecca Williams gave board update on the golf course including membership and banquet rentals.

Motion Mr. Hairston seconded Mr. Womack to authorize Steven Gatlin, attorney, to contact Weyerhaeuser about land purchase and perform title examination on property for 2021 budget year. Motion carried with a vote of 6 years and 1 nay.

Under old business, the board discussed money the Police Jury and State may have to help with the construction of the outdoor pavilion.

Motion Mr. Barnett seconded Mr. Lamkin to approve $100,000 Certificate of Deposit at Peoples Bank in Chatham. All in favor. Motion carried.

Next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:00 noon at the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, Jonesboro.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Cash to adjourn meeting. All in favor. Motion carried.