Home Opener! Tigers Host Rosepine This Friday

It’s been a long time since Jonesboro-Hodge heads into what would normally be the fifth week of the season without a loss. Then again, it’s been even longer since the Tigers have played only one game by the second week of October.

That is the result of the Coronavirus eliminating what would have been the first two games on the Tigers schedule against Winnfield and West Ouachita and Hurricane Delta causing last week’s contest against Loyola College Prep to be cancelled.

Regardless, Caldwell-Peacock Stadium will be the site of a battle between undefeated teams from Class 2A this Friday night when JHHS hosts Rosepine. Both schools come into the contest with 1-0 records with J-H besting Delta Charter 37-8 and Rosepine pounding East Beauregard 46-6 in each team’s only contest played to date.

Game time is set for 7:00 pm and tickets will be available to be purchased beforehand and on game day.  It should be noted that per Phase 3 restrictions set forth by the state of Louisiana that only 25% of the stadiums capacity will be allowed to enter but according to JHHS Head Coach Terrance Blankenship that shouldn’t be a deterrent for anyone who wants to come.

“Our stadium has the capacity to sit close to 4000 people which means that we will be able to have close to 1000 fans in the stands,” said Blankenship. “Judging by the attendance we have been averaging over the past several years everyone who wants to come and support us should be able to get in.”

The game is a rematch of a closely contested battle between the two last year that saw home-standing Rosepine take an early two touchdown and hang on for a 30-22 victory in the first ever matchup between the two schools.

Several Eagle players who did damage against the Tigers return this year including running back Grant Ducute who rushed 18 times for 179 and 4 touchdowns against East Beauregard and quarterback Ethan Frey who passed for 172 yards and two scores. Receiver Cole Donahue was the main threat outside catching 4 passes for 119 yards and a score.

The Tigers will counter with what should be a strong offensive attack of their own that will be bolstered by the return of the normal starting offensive line following their absence in the season opener due to being quarantined after they were all exposed to the Coronavirus. Fortunately none came down with the illness. They also have their talented playmakers all in good health for the contest.

Even with a make-shift offensive line running back Brantrel Thompson gained over 100 yards rushing (6-103) against Delta Charter and quarterback Tydre Malone threw for a pair of scores, one each to wide-outs Jamarriyea Lewis and Justin Calahan.

“I am glad to have our big guys up front returning,” said Blankenship.  “We are going to need them this week. The young guys who filled in did a decent job of holding their own against Delta Charter but Rosepine is an entirely different challenge.”

Keys to victory:

  1. Keep Rosepine’s running game in check! The Eagles are good at pounding out yardage and sustaining long drives. This will wear out a thin Tiger defense front.
  2. Playmakers must make plays! The Tigers have as much talent at the skill positions as anybody but they must perform well.
  3. Limit mental mistakes! Can’t have untimely penalties, missed reads or being in bad position. Rosepine is well coached and experienced enough to make a team pay for those type of mistakes.

Prediction:

Expect both teams to move the ball. The difference will be which team can cash in their opportunities the best.  Calling for the Tigers to give the home fans a victory in a shootout!    JHHS 34 Rosepine 30.   


Rick Warren for Judge Campaign Announcement

Republican Rick Warren has announced his candidacy for District Judge for the Second Judicial District, Division B. The district includes Jackson, Bienville, and Claiborne Parishes.     It is important to mention that there are two different judicial races within the district. Rick Warren is running for Division B against Yumeaka Washington. Darrell Avery and Walter May are running for Division A. Residents of Jackson, Bienville, and Claiborne Parish will vote for Division A and Division B.

“It would be an honor to serve as District Judge for the Second Judicial District. I have lived in either Bienville or Jackson Parish for over 50 years, the last 21 years in Jackson Parish. I have practiced throughout North Louisiana for the past 37 years and have handled any kind of legal dispute that could come before my court. I have the experience, the temperament, and the record to serve as your judge.”

Rick’s faith is integral to everything he does. He has been a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Weston since moving to Jackson Parish in 1999. He serves as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Rick is a graduate of Castor High School, Louisiana Tech University, and LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. While he recognizes that judges must follow the law, and intends to do so, Rick personally is an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment and is 100% pro-life. When asked about his judicial philosophy, Rick stated that he believed a judge should follow the laws as written. He does not believe that a judge should legislate from the bench.

Rick has practiced law for 37 years and brings experience as a public defender, as well as his experience in private practice. In these 37 years Rick has handled cases relating to family law, criminal law, estate law, insurance defense, personal injury, and real estate. Rick has extensive jury trial experience. This includes sitting second chair on a death penalty case. Rick’s jury trial experience is what sets him apart. With over 20 jury trials under his belt, he is prepared to control a courtroom in the way a judge should.

Rick is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Western District of Louisiana, the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce, the Claiborne Parish Chamber of Commerce, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the National Rifle Association. Rick has been endorsed by LABI as well as a host of local community leaders.

Rick has been married to Candice Warren since 1978 and they have two sons: Christopher, who is an attorney and is practicing with him while also serving as a public defender, and Will, who is in 5th grade in Weston.

Rick is candidate #75 on your ballot for Judge in the 2nd Judicial District, Division B- Jackson, Bienville, and Claiborne parishes. Election Day is November 3 and early voting begins October 16.


SQUIRREL GUNS – THE CHOICE IS YOURS

By: Glynn Harris

            It all started for me about as simple as could be. When I was just a little fellow, my dad placed a little single shot .22 Winchester rifle in my hands and after a lecture and warning that this little gun was no Daisy Red Rider and could hurt or kill you if mishandled, it’s a wonder I was brave enough to carry it to the woods. But I did and actually shot a few squirrels with the .22. That little gun was extra special to me and I still have it.

            With squirrel season opening this past weekend – it kicked off Saturday October 3 – I was in the woods at daylight for the chance to relive my experiences I had with the little single shot .22, but it will remain in my gun cabinet; I packed a different firearm.

            I have several choices for squirrel hunting and on opening day, I was packing my Remington 870 pump with my full choke tube screwed in and I’ll be shooting high brass #6 shot.

            I’m sure some hunters will question my choice for opening day as they like to be more “sporting” and go with a .22. Rest assured, my later hunts will be with my .22 but on opening day, I want to be sure I have enough squirrels for a mulligan; the scattergun is more likely to bag more squirrels than the rifle.

            Later in the season, I’ll be packing my little Remington Model 597. Once I get it zeroed in, this little gun will drive tacks and is lots of fun to shoot and if I use a tree trunk or low branch for a rest, it’s deadly on a squirrel sitting still whittling an acorn or hickory nut. However, if I miss on the first shot and the little rascal takes off through the trees, all bets are off.

            Another option for hunting squirrels is one I discovered a couple of years ago. It’s a Winchester Model 1250 SS break barrel pellet rifle. Here’s what a web site for the sweet shooting little gun has to say…

            “The black composite stock of the Model 1250SS features a comfortable thumbhole grip that gives you great wrist and hand support, making this adult-sized rifle quick to mount and easy to hold on target. A bull-barrel shroud offers a clean design with no open sights. Mounting grooves accept the 3 – 9 X 32 air rifle scope (included).

“For pest control, serious target practice and even small game hunting, this break-barrel rifle delivers up to 1250 fps velocity with alloy pellets. The Winchester Model 1250SS is suitable for adults and those 16 and older with adult supervision.”

I have shot squirrels with the pellet gun and if you get him on the first shot, it works beautifully. However, the main draw-back is noise and excessive movement needed to break the barrel open to insert another pellet, snap the barrel shut and get ready for a second shot. Likely as not, the squirrel is two trees over in a hole by the time you’re locked and loaded for a second shot. Even so, this little gun is really fun to shoot and delivers plenty of knock-down power to send a squirrel to the Promised Land.

I hunt squirrels for two basic reasons. Sneaking up on a squirrel is far more challenging than sitting in a deer stand and waiting for a deer to walk by. I commend dads who deserve a pat on the back for introducing their youngsters to hunting by taking them on a few squirrel hunts before crawling into a deer stand. By coaching a youngster how to sneak, when to stop, what to look for on a squirrel hunt, they’re adding greatly to his love for hunting.

            My second reason? A young squirrel cut into quarters, dusted in seasoned flour and dropped into a skillet of hot oil or a couple of older squirrels cooked into a mulligan make for some mighty fine eating.

FISHING REPORT

BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair with a few reported caught on crank baits, spinners and Rogues around structure. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. No reports on crappie or catfish. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

BLACK BAYOU –  Bream and bass are fair; crappie are slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.

OUACHITA RIVER – The river is rising due to the release of water from Lake D’Arbonne and few fishermen have reported in. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – The lake level is about 4 feet down with the drawdown underway. Crappie have followed the water as it falls with best fishing being in the channel on shiners or jigs. Bass are also in the deeper holes in the channel with crank baits and soft plastics picking up a few. 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 – Crappie fishing has been good this week around the submerged tops and stumps on shiners or jigs. Some bass are being caught around the banks but they are running small to medium size. Topwaters, spinners and soft plastics are picking up a few. Stripers have been best trolling white bucktails or spoons while the bream have slowed down. No report on catfish this week. 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. Some bass are schooling and hitting topwater shad imitations with a few bigger fish caught 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 fair on shiners or jigs. Catfishing has been good on blood bait. Bass have been fair while bream are slow. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318-878-0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN – No report. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.

LAKE YUCATAN – The water is falling and fishing has improved. Quite a few crappie have been caught on shiners or jigs. Fishing for bass and catfish are both improving with bream fishing being fair. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

LAKE BRUIN – Fishing has been basically slow with a few crappie and bream reported.. For information, contact Carlos Gray at 318/766-0075.

A variety of firearms can be effectively utilized when going after squirrels


Jackson Parish Recreation Board Discuss Fee Increase at Golf Course

Compared to the last two months where bomb shell announcements regarding the recreation futures for residents in Jackson Parish the September 21st meeting held at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center was rather tame.

There were no important votes that called for tremendous improvements on the way such as the construction on of an outdoor pavilion on the grounds of the Recreation Department complex on Hwy 4 East or the purchase of land at the golf course to allow for an additional nine holes to be built.

There was a suggestion that the fees at the golf course be raised to support the land purchase but the panel of President Brent Barnett, Ricky Cash, Jeff Hairston, Brandon Lamkin, Rodney Potts, Sullivan Stevens and Chris Womack took no action.

Jackson Parish Recreation Director Tommy Smith gave an update on some of the ongoing fall programs including fall baseball/softball, soccer, archery and the fitness trail use. Rebecca Williams also provided information about activities at the golf course that included membership numbers and banquet rentals.

Attorney Steven Gatlin was authorized to contact Weyerhaeuser Inc. about the land purchase and perform a title examination on property for the 2021 budget year and a $100,000.00 certificate of deposit was approved to be made at Peoples Bank in Chatham.

Complete minutes of meeting can be found n Classifieds section under Public Notices

Scheduled activity at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department

Flag Football – Played each Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Remaining games are on October 20th and 27th

Soccer – Played each Thursday at 6:00 pm. Remaining games are on October 15th, 22nd and 29th

Tennis Camp – On October 17th, 21st and 31st from 9:00 – 10:00am

Scheduled activity at the Golf Course

Golf Clinic – On October 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Upcoming Registration information:

Basketball – For ages 5-14  (Boys must be age five by Aril 30th / Girls must be age five by Dec. 31st). Registration will run from November 2nd – 20th. Fee will be $50.00. A late registration will also be offered on November 23rd – 25th for a $60.00 fee. Season is set to run from January 9th – February 27th.

Jr. Cheerleading – (ages 4-12) Registration will run from November 2nd to November 20th. Cheerleading will take place during youth basketball season.


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

The final stretch is a call for citizens to exercise their right to vote to make a difference in the 2020 elections.  Citizens please go register and vote.  We only have a few weeks remaining to REGISTER AND VOTE.  Early voting is already underway in several states.  News accounts show citizens standing in long lines for hours in the heat of the day waiting to cast their ballots.  They have done so even at the risk of contracting COVID 19.  These highly charged and devoted voters are to be thanked and commended for their bravery and commitment to our democracy. Their willingness to endure and suffer from tired bodies and aching feet is a demonstration of remarkable courage, strength, and commitment to their civic duties and responsibilities.  Their commitment is also a glowing testament to the distance citizens will go to cast their precious ballots and to get a glimpse and perhaps a taste of freedom and equality.  Citizens want to believe that in the final stretch, the nation will begin to move with all deliberate speed towards the fulfilment its public pronouncement cited in the preamble of the United States Constitution, and to give reverence and recognition to a national movement that is sweeping across the country, a movement calling for liberty and justice for all citizens.

Once again, we hasten to reiterate that the final stretch to the 2020 election has much to do about restoring public trust and integrity in government, restoring pride and confidence in citizens, and is about committing to a noble calling and pursuit of achieving social, racial, and economic parity and justice regardless of the color of skin, color or texture of an individual’s hair.  This election is sure to test the strength and resiliency of our democracy.  It will shake the very foundation of the nation and should stir the human heart and the soul of the nation.  Citizens will be choosing and deciding the path the nation will take for years to come if not for centuries to come.  In the process citizens should not be swayed by those who are contending that the upcoming election is rigged and there will be widespread voter fraud.  Do not fall for this rhetoric.  Know that YOUR VOTE will only COUNT when you cast a ballot.

There have been reports of so many touching and moving stories and encouraging accounts of countrymen and women standing in long voting lines for hours waiting to cast their ballots and to demonstrate the importance of fulfilling one’s civic duty and responsibility.  Many voters noted that they are willing to stand for whatever time it takes to cast a vote in this election.  They mentioned that although their feet may have become tired and achy from the long wait,. though their bodies may have grown weary from being masked for hours and from practicing social distancing, they were determined not to let any obstacles, or any barriers stop them from casting their vote in this critical election.  Many years ago as people of color were engaged in the marches, protests and demonstrations against segregation, Jim Crow laws and other oppressive tactics and measures employed to disenfranchise African American citizens, an elderly lady of color who was  walking along side Dr. King on the march from Montgomery to Selma was asked, “old lady don’t you get tired from the toil, the endless marching, the blistering and scorching heat, the elderly lady responded yes my feet are tired but my soul is rested”.

In many ways the last stretch to the 2020 election is a reflection of a profound and deeper commonality of hopes, dreams and aspirations of men and women such as Rosa Parks, Fredrick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jimmie Lee Jackson, Thurgood Marshall, Civil Rights crusader Fannie Lou Hammer, Shirley Chisholm, Markus Garvey, Nelson Mandela, Congressmen Elijah Cumming and John Lewis, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, and Viola Liuzzo the only white woman to die in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960.

I want to  extend an invitation to the citizens of Jackson Parish and surrounding communities to attend a candidate forum sponsored by the Democratic Parish Executive Committee and the Jackson Parish Branch of the NAACP, which is to be held on Saturday, October 17th, at the Charles H. Garrett Community center located on 162 Industrial Drive. Jonesboro, Louisiana, beginning at 1: O’clock p.m. You will have an opportunity to hear from candidates running for Judgeships, District Attorney, and US Congress and Senate.  All attendees will be required to practice social distancing and wear a protective mask. I will be the moderator for the event.

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.


Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials to Run October 14th-18th

It is the news that local “Hog Doggers” have been waiting on. After being cancelled this past March due to the Coronavirus, the 25th annual Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials are set to begin at the Winn Parish Fairgrounds on October 14th and last until October 18th.

Local residents and folks from literally all over the world will be flocking to the neighboring parish to the south to watch and compete in the down home tradition and competition of hog baying. The trials, which began in 1995 is named in honor of Winnfield native Earl Long who was an avid boar hunter. What was originally attended by roughly 1200 people a quarter century ago now has more than 12,000 come to the festivities each year. 


Remember This? Ian’s Intervention

n March of 1974, 26-year-old Ian Ball hatched a terrible plan.  He rented a white Ford Escort under the name of John Williams, a most common name, and collected four sets of handcuffs, Valium tranquilizers, a large caliber revolver pistol, a small caliber revolver pistol, spare ammunition, and a pair of gloves.  Owning firearms in England required special permits and licenses which Ian did not possess.  He prepared a rambling ransom note in which he ultimately requested £2 million in £5 bills.  The demand specified that the money was to be delivered in 400,000 £5 bills.  He demanded that the money be placed in twenty suitcases and put on a specific airplane for Switzerland.  In addition to the money, he requested that Queen Elizabeth II appear on the plane in person to sign some paperwork which he deemed necessary.  Ian was unaware that the Queen was in Indonesia on a State visit.  Ian Ball was mentally ill.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on March 20, 1974, newlyweds Mark and his wife Anne, along with Alexander, James, and Georgina, were returning to Anne’s mother’s home from a nearby movie theater.  About 200 yards from her Anne’s mother’s home, a white Ford Escort sped past them.  Suddenly, the driver of the Ford Escort slammed on the brakes and swerved the car in front of them.  Alexander had only a split second to respond.  He slammed on the brakes and brought their car to a screeching halt just inches from the Ford Escort. 

A young man with light red hair and matching beard exited the Ford Escort and walked toward their car with a pistol in each hand.  It was Ian Ball.  James exited the car under the assumption that something Alexander had done while driving had upset the driver of the Ford Escort.  James’s plan was to try to diffuse the situation.  James held his hands in front of Ian to show that he was not a threat and tried to speak with Ian.  From a distance of about six feet, Ian shot James in his right shoulder.  James, who had the proper licensing to possess and carry a gun, returned fire.  James was right-handed and the gunshot to his right shoulder weakened his grip.  His shot missed Ian.  James’s weakened grip caused his automatic pistol to jam. 

With James no longer a threat, Ian turned his attention to the occupants of the car.  He went to the rear door on the driver’s side and tried to open it.  Mark and Anne struggled to hold the door closed.  Ian ordered, “Open, or I’ll shoot!”  Georgina opened the rear passenger door and ran from the car.  James, unable to clear his jammed pistol, jumped into the car through the door Georgina had opened.  He saw Ian raise the pistol toward the window and instinctively jumped in between the gunman and Mark and Anne.  Ian fired into the car.  The bullet shattered the window and struck James in the hand.  Ian fired another shot into the car which struck James and knocked him back out of the passenger side rear door.  Alexander exited from the driving position of the car to confront Ian.  Ian shot Alexander in the chest.  Alexander fell back into the driver’s seat.  Ian turned back to the two remaining uninjured occupants of the car, Mark and Anne. 

Ian opened the rear driver’s side door, grabbed Anne’s forearm, and began pulling.  Mark grabbed her wrist and pulled in the opposite direction.  Ian was paying little attention to Mark.  He said to Anne, “Please, come out.  You’ve got to come.”  Anne replied, “Not bloody likely.”  Ian persisted but Anne was determined not to exit the car.  During Ian’s and Mark’s tug-of-war over Anne, her dress split down the back.  Rather than panicking, Anne had “a very irritating conversation” with Ian.    

Police constable Michael Hills was patrolling on foot nearby and heard the screeching tires and the gunshots.  He was the first officer on the scene.  Assuming that the quarrel was over a traffic accident, the unarmed officer approached Ian.  He touched Ian’s shoulder and Ian shot P.C. Hills in the stomach.  Before collapsing onto the pavement, P.C. Hills radioed into the station that he had been shot.

The gunshots got the attention of everyone in the area.  Ronald Russell, a 6’4” former boxer, was driving home from work when he saw Ian shoot P.C. Hills.  He pulled his vehicle to the side of the road and walked to the scene.  Meanwhile, Glenmore Martin positioned his car in front of Ian’s car to prevent him from escaping in it.  Glenmore exited the car and tried to approach Ian, but Ian aimed a pistol at him.  John McConnell, a journalist for the Daily Mail, approached and tried to reason with Ian.  John said “Don’t be silly, old boy.  Put the gun down.”  Ian shot him.  The journalist fell to the pavement.  As Ian turned his attention back to Anne, Ronald stealthily approached Ian from behind.  The former boxer punched Ian in the back of the head.  Stunned, Ian lost his grip on Anne.

Anne quickly backed out of the passenger side of the car.  Ian escaped Ronald’s grasp and ran around the car to get to Anne.  Anne quickly jumped back into the car with Mark and shut the door.  Ian struggled to open the door.  He noticed that more policemen had arrived and realized his plan had failed.  Anne watched as Ian nervously scanned the area for an escape route.  When Anne noticed that Ian had spotted a clear route away from the scene, she yelled through the window, “Go on.  Now’s your chance.”  Ian ran.  Policeman Peter Edmonds heard P.C. Hills’s radio call for help and arrived in time to see Ian fleeing the scene.  He took chase and quickly tackled Ian in what one witness called “a splendid rugby tackle.”  While searching Ian’s rented car they found the handcuffs, tranquilizers, and ransom note.  

Ian eventually pled guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping charges, and received a life sentence in a mental health facility.  Nine years later, Ian wrote a letter to a member of the British Parliament in which he claimed that the whole incident had been a hoax.  Ian also claimed that he had been framed.  Ian remains in a mental health facility.

The Queen awarded medals to the people who protected the would-be kidnap victims.  James Beaton received the George Cross, the highest award for courage.  P.C. Hills and Ronald Russell received the George Medal, the second-highest civilian award for bravery.  P.C. Edmonds, John McConnell and Alexander Callender received the Queen’s Gallantry Medals, the third-highest civilian award for bravery.  She awarded Glenmore Martin with the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct.  During the ceremony, as the Queen presented Ronald Russell with the George Cross medal, she said, “This medal is from the Queen of England, the thank you is from Anne’s Mother.”  Anne, Princess Anne, is Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter.  The Queen’s home, Buckingham Palace, was the group’s destination when Ian intervened.

Sources:

  1. The Guardian (London, England), March 21, 1974, p.1.
  2. Social Security Administration. “Top 5 Names in Each of the Last 100 Years.” Accessed October 2, 2020. https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/top5names.html.
  3. Hagen, Carrie. “The Bloody Attempt to Kidnap a British Princess.” Smithsonian Magazine. Accessed October 2, 2020. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bloody-attempt-kidnap-british-princess-180950202/.


SCAM ALERT! Jackson Parish Woman Alerts BBB About A Fake Check Scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is alerting residents of northeast Louisiana about a fake check scam after being alerted by a Jackson Parish woman who had a fake check processed through her account to a company called Song More Decisions our of Buffalo Grove, IL.

“A fake processed check went through her account,” said Jo-Ann Deal who is out of the BBB office in Monroe. “The scammers didn’t send the fake check to her but put it in her bank account.”

The local woman, who asked to remain anonymous, asked the bank to stop the transaction so thankfully she didn’t lose any money. The check is an example of how scammers are savvier as it had her name, address and account number processed into the check.

Deal furthered echoed that this is why it is so important to look at your bank account regularly. She says it is now possible a scammer can get your banking information through a data breach or through anywhere that you paid a check.

If you do get a check like this, report it to your bank immediately, the BBB and to the Attorney’s General office. If you have any questions you can contact the BBB at 318-387-4600. Your call will be answered by a recording but you will receive a call back within 24 hours.


Eros Man Arrested on Four Counts Of Indecent Behavior With A Juvenile

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested David Issac McMillan of Eros on four counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. According to the arrest warrant the charges involve four different children and details lewd acts that McMillan coerced the children to perform on him when he took them into the woods to “look for deer bones.” McMillan has been booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center and is being held without bond.

Additional arrests made in in Jackson Parish from October 5th – 11th.

  1. Mattew J. Gay (Jonesboro, LA) – Expired License Plate, Expired / No MVI Sticker, No Proof of Insurance
  2. Deloris Knight (Chatham, LA) – Simple Battery
  3. Carlton A. Sampson (North Hodge) – BenchWarrant
  4. William R. McCurdy Jr. (Eros, LA) – Warrant for failure to appear on possession of drug paraphernalia charge
  5. Marcus Jackson (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant for failure to appear on driving under suspension charge
  6. Robert L. Harmon (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic abuse battery involving strangulation
  7. Kevin M. Jackson (Jonesboro, LA) – Bienville Parish Probation and Parole warrant
  8. Jimmie Thompson (Saline, LA) Bondsman off bond for possession of schedule II drug (original arrest date (01/01/2020)
  9. Robert Tonnang (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the peace
  10. Courtney Dennis (Hodge, LA) – Disturbing the peace
  11. Joshua O. Edwards (Hodge, LA) – Possession of Schedule I drug
  12. Lamario M Hicks (Chatham, LA) – Simple robbery / theft


Business Leaders Respond to Jonesboro Mayor “Christmas Lights” Decree

It is hard to let something that has come to be near and dear to you go by the wayside. Most folks are settled in their ways and when you have something that you enjoy you just don’t want to see it stop taking place.

A week ago Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson caused quite a stir when he published a statement that the Town of Jonesboro would not be able to afford putting up the plethora of Christmas lights that the town has become noted for.

The reasoning given was sound and the explanation was understandable but that didn’t stop residents from business leaders to teenagers from voicing their opinions and offering ideas to keep the tradition going. See below for a small sampling of some of the comments and ideas that were provided.

Wilda Smith – Director of Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce: We are working very hard to see that there is Christmas lights this year in Jonesboro. As many of you may not know the chamber is not funded by federal, state or local government. Our income comes from dues, cookbook sales, Tee Shirts. We spend between 10 and $14,000 every year on the Christmas festival that is paid for by the chamber. Chamber has never had to pay anything for the lights or salaries for the town employees.

Trish Tolar – Southern Kustoms Car AutoCare Service Center:  As some of you may know, I offer screen printing at my business Heyhunner Portable Buildings and Carports! In the past I have supported communities by purchasing a “town tee” with my own logo along with many other small businesses in town. This year I would like to print my own town tees with the proceeds going towards the Christmas lights. This would keep 100% of the business and profits right here in town. Would anyone be interested in purchasing a tee or having their business name on the tee?

Johnny Ray Horton – President of Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce:  In times past we have all enjoyed the Christmas lights in Jonesboro, Hodge and surrounding areas in Jackson Parish. People from all areas of the parish would decorate their homes and businesses with lights and ornaments.

Well, all of us have grown up now and most of the ones who have decorated in the past have either passed away or have grown too old to continue the tradition. Now is the time for the younger generation to step up!

 It would be wonderful if we could create a trail of lights across Jackson Parish like from Clay to Jonesboro, to Weston and Chatham.  This would require that everyone join in and do their part.  I know that everyone has been dismayed by recent events but if we come together we can make Christmas in Jackson Parish bigger and better than it has ever been.

If you would like to join in please let me know. As Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce President this year I am committed to building up the Parish and it’s businesses. Please join me and many others in making this happen.

Obviously there were many more comments and ideas that have been shared. Have you got a good thought on how to help save our “Christmas In Wonderland” tradition? Feel free to comment here.


Shorthanded Tigers Down Delta Charter 37-8

The bitter taste that was in JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship’s mouth from the news he received two days prior to last Friday’s season opener was replaced by the sweet taste of victory following the Tigers 37-8 victory over Delta Charter.

“When life deals you a lemon, you have to make lemonade” said Blankenship now entering his 8th year at the helm. “We always use the saying – NEXT MAN UP – but in this case it was next CLASS up.”

What Blankenship was referring to was that on the Wednesday prior to the contest he got the unbelievable news that five of his players, all starter and all seniors, had been exposed to the Coronavirus and would have to be quarantined for 10 days.

Just like that he team that was expected to have eight seniors on the field, with almost all of them expected to be playing both ways, was down to only three seniors and minus virtually the entire starting offensive and defensive line. Forced to miss the contest was Chase Bryant, Skylar Levingston, Phillip Beard, Cornelius Boston and Quiyontae Henderson. 

Slow start! With a front line now consisting of Freshmen and Sophomores who just two days before had no dreams of being on the field the Tiger coaching staff knew they had to get the replacements up to speed quickly.

“We coached them hard early on,” said Blankenship laughingly following the contest. “We didn’t have a choice. We had to get them adjusted quickly. They knew what they were supposed to do but it is entirely different from doing it in practice to having to do it in your first live game.”

The result of the early action went as expected as the offense found no running room or time to pass and Delta Charter running backs constantly got to the second level of the defense.  The Tigers managed to hold fast though by holding Delta Charter on downs in the red zone and a tremendous over the shoulder interception by Junior JaMarriyea Lewis that thwarted another scoring opportunity.  Delta Charter did take a 2-0 lead on J-H, who at their own 12 yard line had a snap on a punt attempt sail over the head of the punter and bounce  through the end zone.

Making adjustments! It looked even bleaker after the Tigers first possession of the second quarter saw them go three and out followed by a six yard punt that gave Delta Charter the ball on the J-H 40 yard line. It was at this point you could start to see the “coaching up” being done by Blankenship, Carlos Hicks, Anthony Anderson, Charles Scott, Kris Cash, Justin Durbin, Robert Hunter and Ethan Roberts starting to sink in.

The adjustments the coaching staff made had an immediate positive impact. First it was the defense that held Delta Charter to a “three and out.” J-H then took over at their own 30 yard line following the punt and in just four plays the Tigers cashed in their first touchdown of the year.

Speedy junior back, Brantrel Thompson got things started by breaking outside and dashing for 20 yards. Quarterback Tydre Malone followed with another 20 yards on an impromptu scramble. Malone then hit Lewis for 16 yards followed by LaJavion Nichols powering his way 12 yards to paydirt. An attempted two point conversion was unsuccessful but the momentum was back on the Tigers side as the half ended.

Fast start! The Tigers wasted no time at all to extend their lead when Justin Calahan fielded the opening second half kickoff on the left hash at the 30 yard line, raced across the field and outran would be Storm tacklers. Malone followed by connecting with Calahan for the two point conversion giving the Tigers a 14-2 lead with just 12 second gone by in the third quarter.

The Storm coaching staff then decided to “roll the dice” by going for a fourth down at their own 40 yard line. The move backfired though as the suddenly aggressive Tiger defense stuffed the play. After two plays that found the Tigers facing a 3rd and 17 from their own 43 yard line Malone lofted a beautiful pass down the sideline that Lewis ran under around the Delta Charter 40 yard line and tip-toed his way down the sideline to deliver a “game-ender” blow that put J-H up 22-2 following the Malone two point conversion scamper.

Building on the momentum!  To their credit Delta Charter gallantly fought back with a 10 play, 62 yard drive for a touchdown to narrow the margin to 22-8. J-H recovered the attempted onside kick at mid field though and went on a nine play drive of their own climaxed by a Malone to Calahan hook up of 14 yards to up the score to 30-8 after Thompson ran the two point attempt over.

J-H got a final score with just second left in the game when Thompson excited  Tiger fans with his incredible speed by taking what seemingly looked like a harmless handoff 52 yards to the endzone in a blink of an eye. Manuel Hernandez followed with his first extra point conversion of his young career to give the Tigers the 37-8 victory.

Game balls! Obvious choices for outstanding players of the game were JaMarryea Lewis (TD reception, INT), Justin Calahan (KO return for TD,reception for TD, 2 pt. conversion) and Brantrel Thompson (9 rushes – 103 yards, 1 TD, 1 2ptr.)on offense and LaJavion Nichols (12 tackles, 5 assists) on defense.. The not so obvious but just as important to the victory were the young linemen Aiden Price, Quirese Howard, Josh Tatum, Austin Knotts and Cartavious Waters who remarkably matured as players during the contest.

“The young linemen grew up tonight,” said Blankenship after the game.  “Sure, they made mistakes but they kept plugging. Let me tell you they were completely exhausted. A couple of them even had to have help getting their uniforms off but they gave us all they had and I am really proud of the way they fought.”

Game score and statistics:

JHHS         0       6       16     15 – 38

DCHS        2       0       6       0    –   8

Scoring:

1st quarter:

Delta Charter – Safety when punt on snap went out back of endzone

2nd quarter:

JHHS – LaJavion Nichols 12 yard rush (2 pt attempt no good)

3rd quarter:

JHHS – Justin Calahan 70 yard kick-off return (Tydre Malone pass to Calahan)

JHHS – Jammariyea Lewis 57 yard pass from Malone (Malone run)

4th quarter

Delta Charter – 4 yard run (2 pt. run – No Good)

JHHS – Calahan 9 yard pass from Malone (Brantrel Thompson run)

JHHS – Thompson 52 yard run (Manuel Hernandez PAT)

JHHS STATS

Passing:

Tydre Malone                    5/11 – 68 yards                2 TD’s, 1 INT

Rushing:       

Brantrel Thompson         6 – 103 yards                     1 TD, 2-pt conversion

Tydre Malone                    9 – 69 yards                        1 TD, 2-pt run, 2-pt pass

LaJavion Nichols               6 – 40 yards                        1 TD,

Receiving:

JaMarriyea Lewis              2 – 69 yards                        1 TD

Justin Calahan                   1 -9 yards                            1 TD

Davion McGuire               1-3 yards

Brantrel Thompson         1 – (-3)

Tackles:

LaJavion Nichols               12 Tackles           5 Assists

Javious Holden                    6 Tackles           1 interception

Davion McGuire                 5 Tackles            3 Assists

Ed’Tavious Drayton           5 Tackles            2 Tackles for loss

JaMarriyea Lewis                5 Tackles           1 interception

Xavier Atkins                        5 Tackles           2 Assists

Connor Webb                      4 Tackles            2 Assists

Javeon Andrews                 4 Tackles            2 Assists               2 Tackles for loss

Chase Leonard                    3 Tackles            3 Assists

Chance Leonard                 1 Tackle              1 Assist

DeVontea Mozee               1 Tackles            1 Assist

Cartavious Waters             1 Tackles            2 Assists

Peyton Smith                                                     2 Assists              

 

                 

 

 

 

 

THOUGHTS ON KIDS AND HUNTING

What a blessing it was to have been reared and introduced to hunting by a dad who did it right. He started me at the bottom, tagging along behind him and watching how he did it.

Squirrel hunting was how it began. As a little tyke, I’d sit on a log beside him and watched how he located and downed squirrels. Later, he felt I had gained enough experience that he let me pack along a little single shot .22 as we sat together. I made some mistakes for sure, miscues like squirming when I should have been still, whispering too loud, stepping on dry leaves or a stick that popped as the squirrel we were watching skedaddled.

Eventually I was able to master to a degree the art of hunting squirrels and later was introduced to hunting ducks down in the swamp. It was only after I had gained some confidence in hunting small game that hunting deer and turkeys became my passion and success I have had I attribute to the fact that my dad started me off the right way, at the bottom.

Last week, I ran across a Face Book post by friend and fellow hunter, John Brown, Jr., former videographer for the National Wild Turkey Federation. The point of Brown’s post had to do with teaching kids to do it the right way, exactly the way I learned.

Brown was talking with a friend who is a mature and wise hunter and was telling the friend about taking his own daughter hunting with him. The friend responded, “John, do you know why hunting is so important to us? Do you know why we love it so much, why we care for the animals we pursue? It’s because when we were young and learning to hunt, we developed a strong appreciation of simply seeing a deer. We went afield countless times without hearing a single turkey gobble, much less killing one. Nothing was guaranteed. And then he added….if you want her to be a lifelong hunter and gain a true understanding of why we must love and care for the animals we hunt, make it a challenge.”

Brown added, “As I hung up the phone I began to think about my own path to becoming a hunter. The more I reflected on my life as a hunter, the more what my friend had shared took on merit. Now think back about your own path and the role those challenges played in your development as a hunter. Did you begin with small game like squirrel and rabbit, or maybe doves? I firmly believe that these small game lessons are an important factor in one’s ability to successfully move to the next level. And it’s not just about learning the skills, it’s about doing so on your own and experiencing the trial and error that firmly plants within us the knowledge needed to advance.”          

I also had Brown as guest on my radio program, Glynn Harris Outdoors on Sports Talk 99.3 and in plugging the program on Face Book, I had several comments from those reading my post that agree with how to get youngsters interested in hunting.

Some comments included one who said “As a beginner I didn’t really learn to love it until taking game was not the main focus; the scent of trees, the earth and seeing birds and animals. Some of my favorite hunts were those when I never fired a shot.” Another suggested “Stop hunting while they’re still having fun.” Another said “Make sure there is action; something to shoot. Deer hunting can be boring for kids.”         

In today’s world with a plethora of activities in which our kids have the opportunity to partake, learning to hunt or even wanting to sometimes take a back seat. If our desire is to see the sport of hunting we love continuing into the years ahead, it is imperative that we instill in our youngsters that same desire that we find so special.

In his post, Brown summed it up with an expression of just how important it is to do it the right way. “I’m afraid,” Brown concludes, “that by bypassing these critical steps in the development of a hunter, we are harming our ability to create individuals who will become lifetime hunters.”

FISHING REPORT

BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair on crank baits, spinners and Rogues around tops fairly shallow. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. No reports on crappie or catfish. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

BLACK BAYOU –  Bream and bass are fair; crappie are slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.

OUACHITA RIVER – Best bets for crappie has been spider rigging jigs in the river lakes. The Crappie Masters tournament was won with 14 fish weighing an average of 2 pounds each, proof that the river has some big crappie. Bass are fair in the run-outs on shad imitations. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – The lake level continues to drop with the drawdown underway. Look for best crappie fishing on the flats as the fish have moved from the channels to escape too much current in the channels. Jigs and shiners are picking up some fish. Bass are in the deeper portions of the old sloughs and have been best on soft plastics including drop-shot rigs. Bream have slowed while catfishing is good on cold worms or night crawlers. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – The cool down accompanied by windy conditions has slowed down fishing in general. However, some crappie are still hanging out around the submerged tops in deeper water and hitting shiners or jigs. Bass fishing has been fair on a variety of lures but most of the fish are running rather small. Striper fishing has been fair trolling white bucktails or spoons. Catfishing has been fair tight-lining cold worms off the boat docks and piers. Bream are slow. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been fair to good this week with most caught on shaky tails and jigs along the edges of the channels. Schooling activity has slowed this week. Crappie fishing is fair around the deeper tops on shiners or jigs. Catfishing has been fair tightlining cold worms. Bream are slow to fair. 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 gradually starting to improve on shiners or jigs. Catfishing has been good on blood bait. Bass have been fair while bream are slow. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318-878-0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN – Bass have been fair on topwaters early and late and soft plastics during the day. Catfishing is fair. Bream and crappie are slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.

LAKE YUCATAN – The water is falling and fishing has improved. Catfishing has been good, bass are fair while crappie are slow to fair but some big slabs reported. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

LAKE BRUIN – Bass fishing has fair on soft plastics. Stripers are fair at night around lighted piers. For information, contact Carlos Gray at 318/766-0075.

If youngsters are to evolve into hunters, they have to start at the bottom learning as they go.

Important Constitutional Amendments Are to Be Voted on During November Election

To say that is important to vote in the November 3rd elections goes without saying. After all this election will determine who will be elected into offices ranging from the President of the United States to who will serve as a local Justice of the Peace or Alderman.

There is another section of the ballot that is also vitally important to Louisiana residents as well and that is the seven constitutional amendments and a proposition that will be voted on. These cover key and often controversial issues such as abortion, sports betting, property value and taxes, disaster aid, budget restrictions and manufacturing exemptions for taxes.

Often times the way an amendment is worded makes it hard to understand exactly what a vote for or against means. See below for each amendment as stated and what a yea or nay vote would mean.

Amendment 1: Do you support an amendment declaring that to protect human life, a right to abortion and the funding of abortion shall not be found in the Louisiana Constitution?

  1. Yea Vote: State that nothing in the Constitution protects a right to abortion
  2. Nay Vote: Leave the Constitution with no specific language on abortion

Amendment 2:  Do you support an amendment to permit the presence or production of oil or gas to be included in the methodology used to determine the fair market value of an oil or gas well for the purpose of property assessment?

  1. Yea Vote: Allow for a well’s oil and gas production when valuing it for property tax assessment.
  2. Nay Vote: Keep the current methods of oil and gas well assessment

Amendment 3:  Do you support an amendment to allow for the use of the Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, for state costs associated with a disaster declared by the federal government?

  1. Yea Vote: Allow the Budget Stabilization Fund to be tapped when there is a federally declared disaster.
  2. Nay Vote: Continue to restrict use of the Budget Stabilization Fund to revenue shortfalls.

Amendment 4:  Do you support an amendment to limit the growth of the expenditure limit for the state general fund and dedicated funds and to remove the calculation of its growth factor from the Constitution?

  1. Yea Vote: Create a new state budget spending limit with probable slower growth.
  2. Nay Vote: Continue the current method for an expenditure limit.

Amendment 5:  Do you support an amendment to authorize local governments to enter into cooperative endeavor ad valorem tax exemption agreements with new or expanding manufacturing establishments for payments in lieu of taxes?

  1. Yea Vote: Provide new options for manufacturers and local governments to schedule payments instead of property taxes for industrial expansions.
  2. Nay vote: Leave the current system as the only set of options for property taxes, payments or exemptions for manufacturers. 

Amendment 6:  Do you support an amendment to increase the maximum amount of income a person may receive and still qualify for the special assessment level for residential property receiving the homestead exemption?

  1. Yea Vote: Allow homeowners with higher incomes to qualify for the property tax assessment freeze.
  2. Nay Vote: Keep the current income threshold for property tax freezes.

Amendment 7:  Do you support an amendment to create the Louisiana Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund to preserve the money that remains unclaimed by its owner or owners?

  1. Yea Vote: Protect unclaimed property money in a new trust fund.
  2. Nay Vote: Keep the current program that benefits the state general fund.

Proposition:  Shall sports wagering activities and operations be permitted in the parish of ______?

  1. Yea Vote: Permit sports wagering in the voter’s parish.
  2. Nay Vote: Forbid sports wagering in the voter’s parish.


What’s Happening? Local Events Taking Place in October

Don’t know what to do this weekend or next? 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 8th, 15th, 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.

  1. October 8th – rock/blues/soul singer Josh Love will perform from 5:30- 7:00 pm.
  2. October 15th – folk/soft rock singer Jon Sorenson will provide his “coffeehouse sound.” Also that evening is the Jackson Parish Art Contest Awards Ceremony.
  3. October 22nd – 1940’s/big band and patriotic songs will be the theme 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.   

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.