Tigers Rally Past Rosepine

Jonesboro-Hodge’s contest against Rosepine this past Friday night lived up to the billing of an expected shootout. What no one saw coming though was the way the Tigers would rally three separate times from 15 point deficits to take the 42-41 victory.

Coming into the game the Tiger coaching staff knew their team was talented.  What they didn’t really know how they would face adversity or how resilient they were. Sure J-H was forced to play their season opener with virtually all of their starting linemen sidelined due to be quarantined after being exposed to the Coronavirus but that was against lowly Delta Charter. The victory while sweet was expected.

Rosepine presented an altogether different challenge. Even though the Tigers would be at full strength for the home opener at Caldwell-Peacock stadium this was against a team that had beaten J-H last year and had won their first game of the year by a 46-6 margin.

“We felt that we would find out what we were made of,” said J-H head coach Terrance Blankenship. “I have to admit there were times during the game where I wondered if we had what it took but the guys proved they can face adversity and come out on top. I don’t know if I have ever been prouder of a team since I have been coaching.”

Not only did J-H fall behind by two touchdowns not once, not twice, but three times in the contest they rallied to take the lead and then held Rosepine off when the visitors tried to steal the game on a two point conversion with just seconds left to play. It is safe to say that now J-H can be described as talented, tested and resilient. They also can be described in another way…….

UNDEFEATED!  There was a time in J-H lore where maybe being 2-0 wasn’t that big a deal. It could be said that is was even expected to win the first two year in and year out but that was many years ago. Today it is the cause of tremendous excitement as the last time J-H won their first two the 43 players on the roster weren’t even in grade school yet.

IN A HOLE!  It was all Rosepine in the first quarter as J-H was experiencing a severe case of “fumbleitis.” The result was a Grant DuCote 15 yard scored followed by a two point run and a Ethan Frey to Bryant Merriwether 23 yard connection and ensuing PAT to give the Eagles a 15-0 lead after the first 12 minutes.

“We dug ourselves a hole for sure,” said Blankenship laughingly after the contest. “We couldn’t do anything right on offense or defense at first but they guys didn’t quit and fought through it.” 

BRANTRELL BREAKS FREE! The Tiger offense finally started to click in the second quarter. Tailback Brantrel Thompson, who ended the night with 205 yards and three TD’s on just nine carries got J-H on the board by dashing in from 14 yards out and then later scored again in the quarter on a 67 yard breakaway. He would score another from 53 yards out later in the game.

“Brantrel has home run speed and is just starting to realize his potential,” said Blankenship. “He is incredibly fast and if he gets a step ahead he can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. Hopefully this is just the start of what he will do this year.”

DEFENSE STILL BEING FREYED! While it was a good sign that the Tigers finally started moving the ball the problem was that the J-H defense was still getting shredded by Rosepine QB Ethan Frey. The talented signal caller threw for two more touchdowns to help Rosepine go into the half with a 29-14 lead and maintain the 15 point advantage.

“I don’t know if we will face a better QB than theirs the rest of the year,” complimented Blankenship. “He has a good arm and has good vision. He also plays smart. You can tell he has been well coached.”

The third quarter was much like the second. Both teams continued to move the ball up and down the field with each scoring a touchdown. LaJavion Nichols did the honors for J-H by rumbling in from 23 yards away while Frey threw his fourth TD pass of the game as Rosepine  took what seemed to be a commanding  35-20 lead into the final frame.

“We had proved that we could play with them after spotting them the 15 points,” said Blankenship but we weren’t making up any ground. We needed the defense to step up to give us a chance.”

FANTASTIC FINISH! Whatever defensive coordinator Carlos Hicks told his troops before the fourth quarter worked. Suddenly the J-H defense started getting some stops. Offensively J-H continued to roll as Devontae Mozee reeled in a 7 yard pass from Tydre Malone and Justin Calahan sprinted 23 yards with a pass for another score to narrow the margin to 35-34 after the first two possessions of the final frame.

“It was a complete team effort that turned things around,” beamed Blankenship. “When we scored the second time you could see in our guys eyes that they felt they were going to win this game.”

There was still work to be done but that only took as long as the next possession when Thompson broke outside and outran the Eagle defense for a 53 yard touchdown, his third of the game. This was followed by him running over what turned out to be a very important two point conversion and give J-H their first lead of the game at 42-35.

To their credit Rosepine came right back down the field and scored on a Frey run to close the gap to one. The contest that would have almost 1000 yards in total yards and 83 points scored on the night between the two would be settled on one play. Frey tried to take it over himself but was stuffed by the Tiger defense to preserve the thrilling victory.

RECAP! As a team J-H would crank 515 yards in really what amounted to just three quarters of offensive production after the first quarter debacle.  Thompson, who averaged 22.78 yards a carry wasn’t the only one to have a big game as Malone threw for 230 yards and two TD’s on 12 completions in 25 attempts.  Justin Calahan also caught 5 passes for 119 yards and a score.

LaJavion Nichols led the defense with 10 tackles and five assists that included three tackles for a loss. Davion McGuire added seven stops and Chance Leonard got six. Connor Webb also came up big with 5 tackles and five assists. JaMarriyea Lewis got his second interception in as many games and Calahan recovered a fumble. 

JHHS (2-0)    0          14       6          22 – 42

RHS (1-1)      15       14       6          6   –  41

1st quarter scoring

RHS – DuCote 15 yard run (DuCote 2-pt run)

RHS – Frey 23 yards to Merriwether ( Smith PAT)

2nd quarter scoring:

JHHS- Thompson 14 yard run (Malone 2-pt run)

RHS – Frey 15 yards to DuCote (Smith PAT)

JHHS – Thompson 67 yard run (2 pt failed)

3rd quarter scoring:

JHHS – Nichols 23 yard run (2-pt failed)

RHS – Frey 37 yards to Smith (PAT failed)

4th quarter scoring:

JHHS – Malone 6 yards to Mozee (Malone to Boston)

JHHS – Malone 23 yards to Calahan (2 pt failed)

JHHS – Thompson 53 yard run (Malone 2 pt run)

RHS – Frey 2 yard run (2 pt run failed)

Player of the Game:
Brantrel Thompson: 9 rushes for 205 yards and 3 TD’s

Jonesboro Residents Band Together to Save Christmas Lights Tradition

For Jonesboro residents this year it wasn’t the Grinch that was threatening to steal the Christmas spirit and more importantly the well know “Christmas Lights” tradition the town is known for. This time it was the double whammy of dealing with COVID-19 and a lack of funds that was normally allotted by the town that ALMOST did for residents of Jonesboro, Louisiana. That ALMOST is capitalized because Jonesboro residents are banning together to save Christmas for the whole town. Just a few weeks ago it looked like it was going to be a dark holiday season.

“People were saying “We have to have lights, Jonesboro has to have lights,” said Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce President Johnny Horton. “So, everyone has just come together with suggestions and bring the community together. People want to get out and do things.”

As a result, the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce and the City of Jonesboro came up with a solution. The city would still put up lights on town property, but the local businesses would have to put up their own. One business owner says she doesn’t mind as it wouldn’t be a “Christmas Wonderland in the Pines” without the lights.

“We know the community is kind of struggling right now,” said Amber Lowe, owner of Grit and Grace. “We are pretty much known for this in Jonesboro, so we are going to do our part and help in the community where we can.”

 These Christmas lights have gone up every year since 1983. However, they’re more important than just making the town festive. It is a big revenue producer for many main street and downtown businesses as well as putting Jonesboro in the minds of people from neighboring towns.

“For our small businesses, the lights have always been something that is very important. It gets a lot of foot traffic out. Some people may not know a lot of these businesses are here, so they get the opportunity to kind of explore and see what we have to offer,” said Lowe.

The chamber of commerce has set up a donation account at the Jackson Parish bank that will help by lights for small businesses. On Saturday, volunteers will be out in the community helping put up the lights on businesses in the community.


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 Operation Committee to Discuss Parish Roads

At 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 21st the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) Operations Committee of Chairman Amy Magee, Lewis Chatham and Lynn Treadway will meet in the Jury Room at the Jackson Parish Courthouse to discuss the Jackson Parish Road System.

First on the agenda is the consideration and recommended action regarding the following roads.

  1. Canard Road
  2. Ironwood Road
  3. Mary West Road
  4. Burney Road
  5. Culpepper Road
  6. Cypress Branch Road
  7. Bill Cole Loop
  8. Branch Creek Road
  9. Tree Lane
  10. Jade Road
  11. Thunder Road

 After that the committee will discuss and recommend action for the 2021-2023 Road Priority List as well as discuss a schedule for road traffic counters for the Parish Road System. There will also be a discussion on how to handle debris hauling on private roads.


JHHS Looks to Stay Unbeaten Against Mansfield

Judging by the records it would seem Jonesboro-Hodge will be in great shape to win their third straight game to open the season. J-H comes into the contest with a 2-0 mark following a thrilling 42-41 victory over Rosepine. Mansfield is 0-2 and hasn’t come close to winning a game.  Yet according to JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship the second straight game at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium will be the Tigers biggest test to date.  Game time is set for 7:00 pm

“Don’t let their record fool you,” warned Blankenship. “Mansfield is a very dangerous club with speed everywhere.  A whole lot of teams would be 0-2 after starting the season against Red River and Minden.”

The Tigers will face a team that has several playmakers. Junior Monquavirus Wells is the leading rusher with 151 yards in two contests. Senior scatback Marcus Bryant, who only goes 5’6” and 160 lbs. is a threat to break it from anywhere but their main thrust is through the air.

“They have three seniors who can hurt you on the outside,” said Blankenship. “Our defensive backs are going to have their work cut out for them.”

 The “tres amigos” that Blankenship is referring to is 6’3” Joshua Ford who is averaging 18 yards a reception, Adrian Green who caught six passes in the season opener against Red River and cat quick Marvin Garrett who is also a threat to run the ball on reverses. Quarterbacking Mansfield is Sophomore DeKeldrick Thomas who saw his first action of the year two weeks ago against Minden where he threw for 97 yards and rushed for 80 more.

JHHS will attempt to gain revenge from a year ago for the second straight week with an offensive attack that looks to be hitting on all cylinders. Brantrell Thompson is having a breakout year having gained 308 yards and scoring four touchdowns in two games to lead the rushing attack. Junior QB Tydre Malone has passed for a pair of scores in each of the contests and receiver Justin Calahan has close to 200 yards in receiving.

Blankenship knows the contest is like trying to climb another rung higher on the ladder as Mansfield will be the first school from a higher classification the Tigers have faced this year. They will also be the biggest with a front line averaging close to 300 pounds.

“We started with a 1A team, last week played a 2A team and now play a 3A team,” reflected Blankenship. “Also they will have the biggest team up front we have seen so far. They have four or five that go over 300 pounds.”

Keys to victory!

  1. Come out ready to play! For the second week in a row the Tigers have bumbled, fumbled and stumbled their way through the first quarter. That has got to stop.
  2. Hang tough up front! The Tiger line has to play Mansfield’s “big boys” even. If not the Wolverines depth will wear down the Tigers.
  3. Playmakers must make plays! JH has as many playmakers as anybody. They have to perform.
  4. Ride the wave! JH is on a tremendous high following the stirring win last week. Hopefully they can bring that momentum into this week.

Prediction!

This isn’t a “homer” pick.  JH should be able to capitalize off the confidence and resilience they showed last week. Mansfield on the other hand hasn’t tasted success so a quick lead by the Tigers could crush their spirit. Look for J-H to move to newly charted territory and move to 3-0 in a close one. 

JHHS 26     Mansfield 20


THE ART OF WRITING HUMOR

By: Glynn Harris

            As an outdoor writer for going on half a century, there is one style of writing I have always wanted to master, a style that I occasionally and accidentally stumble on but with no consistency. Humor writing.

            I have been an admirer of the writing of one fellow who had it down ” pat”, as in Patrick McManus who died in 2018 at the age of 85. He could reduce me to thigh-slapping guffaws every time I picked up a copy of Outdoor Life or Field and Stream magazines and read one of his humor columns.

            I even got up the nerve one time to write him a letter asking about how I could improve my humor writing. I was astounded and dumbfounded when he answered my letter with a two-page handwritten reply. One thing that stands out in my memory of his reply was that to evoke laughs from readers, the punch line was the key. Have your readers expecting what should be the obvious conclusion to one of his tales was to come out of left field with a zinger that was totally  unexpected. I have three of his books in my library that I’m going to read again after recalling what a special type of writer he was.

            I have a friend, Jim Mize, who writes humor pieces for a number of publications. The title of his three books gives an indication of what you’ll read when you pick one up….”The Summer of Our Discount Tent”; “A Creek Trickles Through it” and “Hunting With Beanpole”

            I had Mize as my guest on my Glynn Harris Outdoors radio program recently and had him discuss how he got into humor writing.

            “I’ve been writing humor stories for more than 30 years and it’s sort of interesting the way I got started,” said Mize. “I had an assignment from a magazine for a fishing story and I injected humor in my introductory and ending paragraphs. The editor contacted me and asked why I didn’t make the middle of the story funny like the beginning and end so I did.”

            Mize said that he began studying humor, how stand-up comics came up with their jokes and how they learned to create them.

            One thing Mize shared was the same thing McManus had said, and that had to do with the punch line.

            “If you’re ending your story with a predictable punch line, something the reader expects, he’s not likely to be impressed. However,” Mize continued, “if the punch line involves an element of surprise, something totally unexpected, that’s what grabs his attention.

            “My first two books contain the stand-up comedy style of stories while ‘Hunting with Beanpole” puts the main character into situations. This fictitious character is unpredictable and jumpy; he is constantly digging himself deeper into the hole he’s created. He is the sort who manages to find the cloud in every silver lining.”

            Chapter titles give you an inkling of what you’re about to enjoy as you follow along on hunting trips with this guy who always finds a way to get himself entangled in one zany episode after another. “When Boxer Shorts Save Your Life”; “The Premonition and the Talking Frog”; “The Stuffed Moose” and “The Campfire Ghost” are among the 25-plus chapters in Mize’s book.

For my readers who are interested in any or all of Mize’s humor books, each of which is illustrated by well-known cartoon artist, the late Cliff Shelby, visit his website www.acreektricklesthroughit.com. You won’t be disappointed.

FISHING REPORT

BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair around timber with soft plastics picking up a few. Crappie fishing has improved with some caught out from the boat launch on shiners or jigs. Bream are fair with no report on catfish. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

BLACK BAYOU –  Bass are fair around the grass on jigs and soft plastics. Bream and crappie are slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.

OUACHITA RIVER – The river is fairly high and best crappie fishing has been in the river lakes. Bass are best where there is current with Baby Brush Hogs, crank baits and soft plastics working best. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – Heavy rains and run-off has caused the drawdown to be effected as water rose with current and muddy water causing problems. Bass have been best in the deeper channels on crank baits and soft plastics. Some crappie have been caught along the channel edges fishing jigs or shiners 10 feet deep in 15 foot water. No report on bream but channel catfish continue to bite off the banks on cold worms and night crawlers. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bass fishing has improved with mostly small to medium-sized fish caught but there was a report of a 9 pound bass caught last week. Most are hitting chartreuse spinner baits and Shaky Heads in fairly shallow water as the shad are shallow and the bass are following them in. Crappie continue to hit hair jigs around the deep tops in 16 foot water. Catfishing has been good on trotlines using blood bait and cold worms. Bream are slow and stripers are best trolling white bucktails. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

CANEY LAKE – Crappie fishing has been fair around the deeper tops on shiners or jigs. Bass have been best around the channel drops on soft plastics and crank baits. A few bream are being caught on worms and crickets with no report this week on catfish. For latest information contact Bateaux on Caney Lake at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE POVERTY POINT – Crappie are improved somewhat with some caught early mornings on jigs. Catfishing has been fair to good on blood bait. No report on bass or bream. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318-878-0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN – Crappie are improved on shiners and jigs. Bass have been fair while catfish are fair and bream are slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.

LAKE YUCATAN – The water is near standstill and fishing has been good this week. Bass, crappie and catfish are all biting much better. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

LAKE BRUIN – Crappie are fair on shiners while catfish are fair on cold worms. No report on bass or bream. For information, contact Carlos Gray at 318/766-0075.

Three books authored by humor writer, Jim Mize, capture the art of how writing humor is done.


Ruston High Runner with Jonesboro Roots Setting New Standards

Bob Garrett is well known as a former Louisiana Tech quarterback.  In Jonesboro his exploits on the football field are legendary.  As well as he is known If you were to run into him these days in Ruston where he has been a coach and teacher at the Ruston Junior High School for nearly two decades the question would be…….

“Are you Lily’s father?”

That is because Lily, who runs Cross Country for Ruston High has become quite a phenomenon and as one of the elite runners not only north Louisiana but the entire state. Only a sophomore at Ruston High and whose mother Karen was also a tremendous athlete exhibits the kind of dominance hardly ever seen in someone so youthful in a sport that requires incredible stamina and determination usually found in those much older.

Her time recently of 18.43.39 in the three mile run set a new course record at the prestigious Benton Invitational and was a full sixteen seconds better than the runner-up. This was against the best competition in north Louisiana that included such schools as West Monroe, C.E. Byrd and Airline High as well as many other smaller schools.

The mark ranks second in Ruston High School history in the three mile only behind the 18:41.12 ran by Adaiza Austin in 2012. This is now the second time that Garrett has entered the record books at RHS as she already has the best time in the girls 5,000 meters eclipsing the mark set by Marina Givens last year.

Garrett will next be in action at the NSU Pre-State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, October 24th before vying for the District 2-5A championship on Wednesday October 28th. From there she will compete in the LHSAA Regional 1-5A Qualifier on Thursday, November 5th.


The Final Stretch to the 2020 Elections Part II of a II Part Series

For citizens of color this election could well mean the death nail in the coffin, especially in view of the fact that federal courts are now being stacked with young ultra conservative Republican judges and justices who will sit on the bench for the next thirty or forty years.  These conservative judges and justices are predicted to move quickly and with vengeance to overturn or weaken the existence of national liberal policies and ultimately overturn the Affordable Health Care Act, the case of Roe V Wade, overturning gay and lesbian marriages, deciding in favor of striking down the 1965 Voting Rights Act as being unconstitutional and no longer needed.

 The successful appointment of a new justice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will create a conservative majority on the United States Supreme Court and whoever is appointed is expected to repay the favor of having been selected and appointed by the president by rubber stamping and doing the president’s bidding as has been done by the people’s Attorney General Bill Barr.  These new federal bench appointments will in all probability waste no time in moving swiftly to uphold state’s requests to limit voter participation, uphold the government’s goal to outlaw a free press, ruling favorably on state’s requests to limit expansions of Federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, addressing issues regarding lack of fair and affordable housing opportunities embedded throughout our society as well as gentrification of communities across America, the notion of scaling back Social Security benefits, outlawing affirmative action programs and  granting more powers to the executive branch of government should president Trump be re-elected.

Stacking the Federal courts with young, white, aggressive, conservative judges is indicative of President Trump’s goal to seal the fate of his non supporters and reward his supporters.  The Trump administration has taken a page from the playbook of the late former President Richard Nixon.  Nixon defined Politics as “rewarding your friends and punishing the hell out of your enemies.”  Over the last four years President Trump is credited with having appointed more Federal Judges and Justices than any President other than former President Jimmy Carter. Research data show that President Trump with the aid of Senate Majority leader and fellow Republican Mitch McConnel has made 198 appointments to federal benches across the nation. Of this record- speed breaking number of appointments, (198 being appointed), there has not been one African Amerian appointed under the Trump Administration.

Judges and justices who sit on the United States Supreme court and on lower subordinate federal courts speak and rule on important matters affecting the entire nation, matters regarding job discrimination within corporate America, racial injustice and inequality across the land,  disparities in our educational and health care systems, voter’s rights and voter suppression by states, women’s rights and who and how many citizens will sit in trial court jury boxes to name a few.  They will have the final say about the nation’s important business affairs, its social, economic, and political agenda.  It is believed and felt by many political commentators that these judges and justices (who are appointed for life) will play to the politics of reshaping America’s future, rather than being concerned about what is the just, fair and honorable thing to do. Consequently, the playing field of justice will never be leveled.

Thoughts concerning the outcome of the 2002 election have given writers and legal scholars and pundits much to think and write about.  The stakes are high, and reporters and writers must continue to cover as many aspects concerning this election as possible.  I will continue to write about the 2020 election because there is a need for the public to be kept abreast as to what is going on, the public needs to hear both sides of the story.  Having worked in the field of  Criminal Justice and consumer advocacy for much of my professional life and having been subjected to a life of fending for  poor and disadvantaged citizens across the nation, witnessing firsthand the cruelty and unfair treatment visited upon citizens who were barely hanging to the last rung of the social and economic ladders. These experiences have provided me and other troopers with a unique perspective a frontline view and have compelled us to become an advocates, a trench men,  servants of the people,  soldiers for justice, racial equality and fairness, and to become a small faint voices for those who have no one to speak for them. Our work has been and continues to be about the fulfilment of justice in America.

We learned very early in the struggles for civil rights and social justice that complacency is not an option. Why? Because the call of justice is an upward and lofty call that requires one to never give up or give in. It requires one to be persistent, keep praying, keep hoping, keep knocking, keep protesting, and keep beating on the doors of justice and equality until they are opened for all citizens. Advocates of social justice must never choose to become spectators during an election and opt to sit on the sideline while a game of life is being played down on the field by a team of questionable and unsavory politicians. What is important and needed most at this juncture is for citizens to get in the game, mobilize, REGISTER and VOTE and do so as if their life depended upon it. Believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that YOUR vote will count and that you will have made a difference in the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. Every waking hour of the day, citizens and advocates must pursue the call of justice and equality and do so with a resolve never to turn back, to stop or turn around. Someone once reminded us that “justice will not arrive like a lightning bolt, but with persistent and resolve it will occur, all the days of our lives we must pursue justice”.    

Dr. Herbert Simmons, Jr. is an associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Grambling State University, former President, Grambling State University Faculty Senate and former Chair, Department of Consumer Education and Resource Management, Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Remember This? Stanley’s Stump

Stanley Bert Eisen was born on January 20, 1952 in New York City.  On that day, doctors and nurses immediately realized Stanley had been born with a congenital deformity known as Microtia.    The deformity prevented his ear from forming properly and left him deaf in his right ear.  Rather than being deaf in his right ear, it would be better stated that he was deaf on his right side because there was no right ear.  Stanley was born with a stump where his right ear should have been.    

Stanley recalled that he had a “less than optimal childhood.”  His parents refused to acknowledge that Stanley had a deformity.  Rather than explaining his deformity and that he was half-deaf, his parents simply ignored the issue altogether.  Stanley recognized his deformity at an early age when people would stare at the right side of his face.  Stanley looked into mirrors and compared his left ear and the stump on the opposite side.  He knew he was different.  Stanley had trouble hearing on his right side but his family never spoke of his half-deafness.  Stanly recalled, “I was an angry, dysfunctional kid with a real image problem and a hearing problem that put me under constant scrutiny.  My family’s way was, ‘Everything’s OK.  Forward, march.’  But the idea that you make someone stronger by ignoring their pain shouldn’t be called ‘tough love.’ It should just be called ‘no love.’”

Stanley also struggled to fit in at school.  Being deaf on his right side, Stanley found it hard to tell from which direction sounds originated.  When everyone else responded to a sound by looking in a certain direction, Stanley usually looked the other way.  In a crowded room, he had a hard time differentiating people’s voices.  All of the voices sounded like jumbled up gibberish.  Because of his deformity the other students at his school treated him cruelly.  They teased and bullied him endlessly.  Stanley struggled with depression and social isolation.  He became a loner as his distrust of people grew. 

Stanley found solace in music.  His parents listened to classical music, which Stanley loved.  Stanley aimed his good toward the speakers and eagerly absorbed everything from Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Stephen Sondheim.  On February 9, 1964, the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show in what were the early years of the British Invasion.  Twelve-year-old Stanley watched in awe.  The Beatles wore their hair long, which quickly became fashionable.  Stanley realized that wearing his hair long would hide his deformed ear and it was in style.  Once his hair grew long enough, strangers stopped staring at his deformity.  “What I found over the years,” Stanley said, “was that what you deny and cover up doesn’t cease to exist, and even if you can hide something from the public, you can’t hide it from yourself.”

Stanley became an artist.  Through the years, he has earned millions of dollars off of his artwork which includes portraits, abstracts, and logos.  Art collectors around the world proudly display his work among their collections.  The prestigious Wentworth Gallery still sells his original artwork in their galleries.  Stanley’s work in the arts afforded him the required surgeries to rebuild his disfigured ear.  In 1982, 30-year-old Stanley had fiver surgeries in which doctors removed cartilage from one of his ribs and constructed a new right ear.  Still self-conscious, Stanley kept his hair long, which was in style in the 1980s.

In 1988, Stanley saw the London company perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.  He claimed that that show changed his life.  Stanley said “I had this momentary revelation, an epiphany where I went, ‘Wow, I can do that.”  For ten long years, Stanley dreamed of playing the part of the Phantom, a disfigured musical genius who was in love with a young protegee whom he had trained.  Finally, in 1998, Stanley got an audition to play the Phantom in the Toronto, Canada, production of The Phantom of the Opera.  In its ten-year run at the Pantages Theatre, the play had sold more than seven million tickets at $135 each for decent seats.  Stanley felt a personal connection to the Phantom.  He explained, “Here’s somebody who has a disfigurement that they’re covering and they’re trying to reach out to a woman, and, as much as they want to do it, they don’t know how.  Well, that pretty much summed up my life…”                     

To play the part of the Phantom required multiple auditions for singing, movement, and acting.    Stanley realized that this audition process was probably his only shot to play the Phantom.  Stanley prepared as best he could.  He had seen the play numerous times and knew the songs by heart.  There was no need for Stanley to worry.  Stanley passed the audition and got his coveted role.  For the first time since the 1960s, Stanley cut his long hair.  He had a month of rehearsals and voice lessons six days a week to prepare for the production.  Stanley told a reporter that playing the part was “the hardest work [he had] ever done.”  The critics, doubtful at first, thought he brought something special and new to the character.  Once his stint with the Toronto company ended, Stanley returned to his artwork. 

His most recognizable piece of art is well known around the world.  He was the artist who created the logo for the band KISS with its lightning bolt s’s.  He created the artwork for several of their album covers as well.  He was also one of the four artists who created KISS.  Stanley adopted the first name of one of the Beatles, the band he watched on the Ed Sullivan Show so long ago.  For the last half century, the world has known Stanley Bert Eisen as Paul Stanley. 

Sources:

  1. The National Post (Toronto, Canada) March 12, 1999, p.4.
  2. The Windsor Star, March 12, 1999, p.16.
  3. The Star-Phoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), May 26, 1999, p.29.
  4. Calgary Herald, May 27, 1999, p.48.
  5. Lansing State Journal, June 27, 1999, p.40.
  6. The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) January 3, 2001, p.20.
  7. New York Daily News, April 7, 2014, p.34.
  8. The Daily Item (Sunbury, Pennsylvania), April 13, 2014, p.B2.
  9. The Vancouver Sun, April 25, 2014, p.42.
  10. WentworthGallery.com. “Paul Stanley.” Accessed June 14, 2020.
    http://wentworthgallery.com/stanley.html.


Arrest Report October 15th – 21st

  1. Robert L Daniel III (Pineville, LA) – Bank Fraud
  2. Bradley A. Lutrick (Jonesboro, LA ) – Possession of Synthetic Marijuana
  3. Christian B. Bowen (Calhoun, LA) – Disturbing the Peace, Resisting an Officer, Remaining after being forbidden
  4. Joshua W. Turner (Jonesboro, LA) – Driving under suspension
  5. Albert J. Morton (Winnfield, LA) – Theft , Aggravated flight
  6. Cnarles L. Stevenson (Hodge, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery
  7. Kacy Greer (Jonesboro, LA) – Theft, Criminal Conspiracy
  8. Contavious Adams (Jonesboro, LA) – Theft, Criminal Conspiracy
  9. Edward J. Wyatt (Jonesboro, LA) – Bench Warrant for theft  and execution of sentence.


What’s Happening? Events Taking Place in October

Want something to do but don’t know what is going on? Maybe you have heard about something that is taking place but don’t know where to find any information about it. The Jackson Parish Journal is hoping this new site will be of value to you. See below for activities and events that are taking place this week or in the near future.

RESIDENTS ROCK (month of October): The Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce announces that October is national Residents Rights Month in Louisiana. Forest Haven Nursing Home invites you to get involved by showing off your artistic talents to the residents there.

Participation is simple. First find a rock that is not too big. Second paint it however you want. It can be a picture of anything you want to portray or provide some kind of inspirational meaning. Once finished drop it off at a designated box located at the front door of the facility. They will then be given to residents in an effort to brighten their day and rooms.

Concerts in the Park (October 22nd): The Jackson Parish Tourism Committee and Jackson Parish Library invites you to come and enjoy good fellowship and music each Wednesday evening throughout the month of October at Veteran’s Park in downtown Jonesboro.  Come one and all as there no admission fee charged. This week it will be the 1940’s/big band and patriotic songs sung by the Belles at 5:30-6:30 pm.

CAMP MEETING (October 19-22): Full Gospel Temple located on 773 Walker Road in Jonesboro announces the 2020 Camp Meeting will begin on Monday, October 19th and run until Thursday, October 22nd. Each day will at 10:00 am and again at 7:00 pm inspirational services will be taking place led by several dynamic speakers. Youth services will be held that Tuesday thru Thursday at 5:30 pm. For more information please contact Pastor Joel Sneed at 318-237-1583.   

Trunk or Treat (October 31st): The Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce and local businesses invite you to participate in the first annual “Trunk or Treat” that will be held on Main Street in Jonesboro on Halloween Day, October 31st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Come and participate in the festivities that will have businesses and individuals with wares and goods in the trunk of their vehicles for you to choose from while enjoying fellowship with others.

Fall Decorating Contest: (Month of October) The Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the following businesses have entered the Fall decorating contest: Grits and Grace, Serendipity, Sunrise and Company, Forest Haven, Jackson Parish Bank, Driving done right, Kay’s design and Protective Insurance.

Participants are reminded to please keep in mind that decorations should be in your window or door entering your business. Winners will be announced on Halloween Day, October 31st.


CLASSIFIEDS

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 which can include pictures is $20.00 per month and can be submitted by email at jpjjacksonla@gmail.com 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.

 

PUBLIC NOTICES:

Ward Two Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners Meeting Minutes from October 13th

The Ward Two Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners met in regular session on October 13, 2020 7:00 pm at the District Office. By Roll Call the following members were present: Alton Fallin, Charles Hopkins, and Mack Williams. Absent were George Gryder and Bill Wheelis. No public attendant.

There were 1-additions 0-deletions offered to the agenda, meeting called to order by Chairman Williams, followed by invocation. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to accept the agenda as presented with addition to old business from February 2020 meeting to amend minutes, and proceed into business, motion Mr. Hopkins, second Mr. Fallin, motion carried. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to accept the minutes from September 15, 2020 with noted amendment/correction to delete Mr. Hopkins second because Mr. Fallin provided second, motion Mr. Fallin and Mr. Hopkins, motion carried. Corrections/Approval: 1.

 In the order of Old Business: Chief Manning delivered the September Fire report for 16 total calls as follows: 4 Fire, 0 Grass/Brush, 0 EMS, 1 MVA, 10 public tree removals and Other 1 good intent. Fuel report for September was on hand of 395.9 gallons, fuel usage was 207.1 gallons.

Apparatus/Equipment Maintenance –None. Misc. the signs are still in process of being placed around the ward. PIAL – Property is cleared and road built at new training site. Awaiting bids on concrete work and fencing. September training 9 members attended. Purchasing agent reports for September 2020 was reviewed. Gap Report is 100%. Amendment to February 2020 minutes to make offer of employment to Sandy Evans with start date of March 1, 2020. Mr. Williams entertained motion, motion Mr. Fallin, second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to proceed into new business, motion Mr. Fallin, second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried.

In the order of New Business, Financial Report for m/e 09/30/20 was presented. The bill review was completed by Mr. Williams. Presentation of Bills for September was discussed. Donna Snow’s change of hours from 9-12 Monday, Wednesday, and 8-12 Friday to new hours 5:30-7:30 Monday, Wednesday and 9-1 Saturday were discussed. Mr. Fallin made a motion to accept change, second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried.

 The Action List was reviewed-nothing added.

 Board members were asked if needed to make any comments, none. There being no further orders of business motion entertained by Mr. Williams to adjourn, motion by Mr. Hopkins to adjourn, second Mr. Fallin, meeting declared adjourned by the chairman at 7:45 p.m.

JACKSON PARISH WATERSHED MEETING MINUTES

The Jackson Parish Watershed District met Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 5:00 PM in the Jackson Parish Sports Complex. Present: Mr. Lavelle Smith, Mr. Jimmy Waggoner, Mr. Jay Mallard, Mr. Bert Brown and Mr. Daniel Ponder. Absent: Mr. Roy Barlow.

The invocation was given by Mr. Waggoner.

There were no public comments.

Motion Mr. Ponder, seconded Mr. Brown, to approve the minutes of September 15, 2020. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Ponder, seconded Mr. Waggoner, to pay all bills. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Ponder, seconded Mr. Mallard, to have a 2’ x 3’ sign created to display at Ebenezer; using a sunset photo as the backdrop. Getting electricity to run the water gage is in process.

Motion Mr. Brown, seconded Mr. Ponder, to approve a boathouse permit for Mr. Larry Bates, at 210 Grandview Drive, Chatham. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Brown, seconded Mr. Mallard, to adjourn at 5:23 PM. Motion carried.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Minutes of the Jonesboro Fire District # 1 meeting on October 14th

  1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL:

Mr. Dodson called the meeting to order at 18:15 pm the following members were present and the Board achieved a quorum.

Invocation by: Mr. Terrance Blankenship. Pledge of Allegiance by: Mr. Wayne Anderson

Roll Call: Board Members Present: Mr. Berry Dodson, Mr. Wayne Anderson,  Mr. Terrance Blankenship Board Members Absent: Mr. Danny Folden, Mrs. Conchita Doyle

  1. Public Comments: NONE
  2. Recognize Visitors: Fire Chief Brandon Brown, Aaron Blalock, Curtis Roller
  3. Approve Minutes

 Mr. Dodson called for a motion to approve the minutes for the August 20, 2020 meeting, Motion by Mr. Anderson, 2nd by Mr. Blankenship, all in favor, motion carried

  1. Approve Payment of Monthly Bill

 Mr. Dodson called for a motion to approve the payment of monthly bills for the months of August, September & October Motion by Mr. Dodson, 2nd by Mr. Blankenship, all in favor, motion carried

  1. New Business: None
  2. Old Business: NONE
  3. NEXT MEETING DATE & TIME:

The next regular meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2020 at 6:00pm at the Jonesboro Fire Department, 104th Street, Jonesboro LA 71251

  1. BOARD COMMENTS: None
  2. ADJOURN: Mr. Dodson called for a motion to adjourn at 18:35 pm: Motion by Mr. Blankenship, 2nd by Mr. Anderson, all in favor, Motion carried.


Candidates Forum Set for Saturday, October 17th

At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, the Jackson Parish Branch of the NAACP, in partnership with the Democratic Parish Executive Committee (DPEC) will host a candidate’s forum. 

The forum is open to all candidates running in the November 3, 2020 general election and will be held at the Charles Garrett Community Center located at 182 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro, Louisiana. 

This election has so much at stake, not just for Louisiana, but for the nation as a whole.  We have invited all of the candidates and many have responded affirmatively for participating in the forum. 

It gives an opportunity for the general public to meet the candidates and most importantly to hear them talk about their plans for the people of Louisiana.  DPEC and the NAACP believe that an informed electorate is critical to the future of our nation. 

The platform is designed to assist in giving the information you need to make an informed decision when you enter the voting booth.  A moderator will ask questions of the candidates.  Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions to possibly be addressed by the candidates.

As we are still dealing with COVID 19, please know that all guidelines for safe distancing will be observed.  Everyone entering the facility will be required to wear face masks.  Please mark your calendar for this very important, informative candidate’s forum and come out and bring a friend.  We hope to see you there.


Governor Edwards Announces Louisiana Will Stay in Phase 3 Throughout October

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 until at least November 6th per the statement released by Governor  Jon Bel Edwards. The continuance of the move from Phase 2 keeps the strong COVID-19 mitigation measures in place that are being observed including a continued statewide mask mandate.

“I am announcing that Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 as we continue to implement the mitigation measures developed for the state by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and supported by health experts that are having a positive impact in our battle against this public health emergency,” said Edwards. “All of the data shows improvement in the states situation because of the measure in place and due to the hard work of the people in Louisiana.”

“We know that as schools return to in person learning, restaurants and bars open more widely and more events begin to take place there is more risk to spreading COVID,” continued Edwards. “I also am concerned about how Hurricane Delta will impact our ability to operate community testing and cause people to be displaced.”

Earlier last week Edwards announced that alcohol could be sold at sporting events in the parishes that qualified and had opted to re-open bars for on-site alcohol consumption. This is the only change in the original Phase 3 order mandated in September. 

In addition, the Louisiana Fire Marshal will issue guidance for fairs and festivals which will allow event producers to submit a plan for approval. Currently no outdoor fair or festival shall have more than 500 people in attendance.