Old Palace Theater added to Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation list

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation released their list of endangered sites adding 14 this year that are in need of restoration. Three of the sites are in Northeast Louisiana, including the Palace Theater in Jonesboro.

This entertainment venue was built in 1925 and was updated to its current style of Art Deco (and some Spanish Colonial Revival) shortly after in the 1930s when stucco was applied to its facade. It has been vacant for decades, but recently the Greater North Louisiana Community Development Corporation has been working to return National Register landmarkt back into an entertainment attraction again.

Founded in 1979, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation (LTHP) advocates, promotes and preserves historic places representing our diverse culture. This helps communities restore their identity as these buildings are part of the unique fingerprint they have on them. Brian Davis, the LTHP Director, explains the process.

“We decide which ones were able to hopefully help by doing some advocacy work and providing more technical services to those sites and their owners,“ said Davis.

Once selected, they visit the sites and speak to the owners to see if it has a possibility to be restored.

“We really do a deep dive on the site’s their owners, their needs, the threats that they’re faced and seeing if there are historic tax credits like state or federal tax credits, other grants or anything else like that that may be able to help fund these projects and get them back in good shape,” said Davis.

To see the full llist of endangered sites selected for 2022 click here

JP7U All Stars make Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament

The goal that head coach Dusty Nomey and staff of Wayne Anderson, Railey Garrett and Michael Davis had was for their Jackson Parish Dixie Youth 7U All-Star baseball to make it to the Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament. 

The locals won only one of the three of the games played during the District 8 tournament that was held in Glenmora but with their third place finish, qualified for state play that will be held in Tioga in July. All’s well that ends well. 

Pineville 17 Jackson Parish 4 – Tournament action began with Pineville racing out to a 4-0 and 9-2 lead in the first two innings of play before taking the “ten run” rule victory by a 17-4 margin. Maddox Graham and Wyatt McGrew paced the locals with two hits and a run scored each with Ryder Gray and Barrett Smith adding a triple and a double respectively. Ridge Lewter, Leland Anderson, Nash Moak and Landry Garrett all added a base hit but three home runs, three doubles and two triples by Pineville, all with men on base, proved to much. 

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Jackson Parish 20 Buckeye 11 – The game got cut short due to a power line that ran to a light standard started smoking. That wasn’t the only thing that was smoking hot that evening though as JP7U opened the game with red hot bats that led to 15 hits and 13 runs in the first inning. It was a total team effort that blasted out 29 hits and every player having at least one hit and scoring at least one run. Maddox Graham led the offensive onslaught with four hits including a pair of doubles while scoring a pair of runs in the first frame. Ridge Lewter (2-2B, 3 RS), Hunter Williams (2 RS), Leland Anderson (2B, RS), Nash Moak (2B, 2 RS) and Landry Garrett(3B, 2 RS) all went 3/3  with Cruz Nomey (2 RS), Barrett Smith (2B, RS), Grant Williams (RS) and Remington Davis (2 RS) getting two hits each. Ryder Gray and Wyatt McGrew added a hit and scored a run.

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Alexandria 16 Jackson Parish 6 – The locals jumped out to a 4-1 lead after one inning of play but the eventual District 8 tourney title winners scored 15 over the next three to elimnate JP7U after three games. Maddox Graham (2B, 3B, 2 RS), Ryder (2B, RS) and Wyatt McGrew (3B, RS) all got two hits in two at bats with Ridge Lewter (RS), HunterWilliams (HR, RS), Nash (2B) , Grant Williams and Landry Garrett (2B) getting a hit each. 

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Public Hearing regarding budget for Town of Chatham set for Tuesday, June 28th

A Public Hearing in regard to the amending of the Town of Chatham budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 and setting of the budget for the fiscal year 2022-2023 has been announced by the Town Council. The Hearing will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 28th at the Town Hall, located at 1709 Oak Street in Chatham. 

The date for the hearing was set by Councilmembers: Toni Malone, Mike Wilson, Laverne Mixon and Marvin Davis during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting held on June 14th. Councilmember Sue Proffer was absent. Also in attendance was Chatham Mayor Greg Harris. 

Close but no cigar! JP8U falls short in District play

The Jackson Parish 8U All Stars outscored their four opponents by a 38-30 margin in the four games  played in the Dixie Youth Region 8 Baseball Tournament held in Alexandria. They also seemingly got all the breaks but unfortunately not the kind wanted. In all four games the locals were designated the visiting team and In three of the four games, JP8U had 14 runners total get fcalled out on bases and fell by a run to late inning rallys.

Rapides East 15 Jackson Parish 14 –  The tournament started in fine fashion for JP8U as they bolted out to a 8-4 first inning lead but Rapides East rallied to tie the game at 12 and again at 14 apiece before scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to win it.  Thatcher Savage and Grant Griffingot on base in all four at bats to lead the locals while Carter Kelly, Mason Tolar, Asher Norred, Brock Cragihead, Koplen Taylor, Ryder Pardue and Caleb Robinson reached twice. Kutter Blaylock and Andrew Seymore got on base twice and Jake once. Eight times JP8U runners got called out on the bases

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Jackson Parish 13 Sabine South 2 – Thatcher Savage scored three runs and Mason Tolar, Brock Craighead, Koplen Taylor and Caleb Robinson scored two runs apiece to help lift JP8U to the “ten run” rule victory. Ryder Pardue and Grant Griffin also scored runs while Asher Norred and Kutter Blaylock got a hit as JP8U scored in each of the four innings including three runs in the first and second inning and six in the fourth. 

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Alexandria 6 Jackson Parish 5 – Down by a 6-0 score, JP8U scored two in the fifth and three more in the sixth with no one out but that is where the rally fell short as Alexandria held on for the victory sending the locals to the consolation bracket and eliminating any chances of making the state tourney. Thatcher Savage reached base in all three at bats to lead JP8U on offense with Caleb Rpbinson, Mason Tolar and Ryder Pardue reaching twice. Grant Griffin, Kutter Blaylock, Andrew Seymore, Brock Craighead, Carter Kelly, Koplen Taylor and Jake Rogers all reached base once.

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Tioga 7 Jackson Parish 6 – JP8U scored three in the first and three in their last at bat but once again fell one run short. Mason Tolar led the offense with by reaching base in all three at bats and scoring two runs and Thather Savage got two hits and scored two runs. Andrew Seymore and Asher Norred also reached base twice and Caleb Robisnon and Grant Griffin scored scored runs. 

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Committee to interview Police Jury Secretary/Treasurer candidates on Monday

After months of taking applications the selection of a new Secretary / Treasurer for the Jackson Parish Police Jury is getting nearer. The next step in the process will take place at 5:00pm on Monday, June 27th when the Policy and Personnel Committee will hold session in Nathanial Zeno Jr. Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Administrative Building, located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro.

Committe members Amy Magee, Tarneshala Cowans and Chairperson Regina Rowe will first discuss among themselves the character, professional competence and  physical or mental health of the applicants. Individual interviews with each candidate will follow

All disscussion will be held in executive session, which pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:16 and La. Rev. Stat. 42:17(A)(1) the public is not allowed to attend.

No binding or final action will be taken during the meeting. Discussion of the appointment of a candidate by the Police Jury will be held at a subsequent open meeting. 

It is possible that a quorum of the Police Jury may be in attendance at the meeting, but no
action of the Police Jury as a whole will be taken.


Town of Chatham shows Patriotic Pride

Through a Pledge 10 Grant awarded by the Jonesboro State Bank and the help of many volunteers, the Patriotic Pride Project was completed in the Town of Chatham. As a way of showing their pride for their town, parish and the United States of America, the people of Chatham put on display fifty (50) USA flags along Hwy 34 in Chatham. 


What do you do when you build an earthworm bed so you can have worms for fish bait and the numbers start growing rapidly? According to Clay Burton, you start selling them.

“We started growing worms for us to fish with and they started multiplying so fast we decided maybe we ought to try and sell some,” Clay said.

With that declaration, Burton Boys Worms business was launched this past December and it has started growing rapidly.

So, who are the Burton Boys? I learned about them and their enterprise while sharing lunch with Carl Burton, their grandfather and a long-time friend. What Carl told me smacked of a good story so I set out to learn more, meeting the boys and their parents recently at the Ruston Farmer’s Market where they had set up shop with their fishing worms.

The dad is Dusty Burton; mom is Kristy and the family lives in the Quitman area of Jackson Parish.

“We got to thinking about what we might want to get the boys as an extra special Christmas gift,” Kristy explained. “We love to fish and had ordered some European night crawlers, worms that are different from the Canadian night crawlers. The Canadian variety require refrigeration otherwise they don’t survive. Not so for the Europeans which can tolerate temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees.”

“Our fishing worm supply started growing so fast there was no way we could use them all so we decided to introduce the boys to the business world by setting them up in a business of growing, marketing and selling the earthworms. We have business meetings every week in order to plan and discuss how to turn the business into a profitable venture,” she added.

Clay has a vision problem, amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye” and it was his idea to use some of the profits of the business to help others with similar problems.

“I have to wear special glasses for my eye condition and I want to use some of what we make by selling worms to help other kids who have the same condition and may need some help to get glasses,” Clay said.

How do you raise enough earthworms to satisfy your fishing needs with enough extra to put on the market?

“Our worm nursery consists mainly of peat moss with some dirt added, We feed the worms such things as banana peels, egg shells, cardboard and grain,” Clay added.

Kristy came up with the idea that in order to attract potential customers, there has to be an attractive presentation of the product.

“We found someone who came up with the design for the containers that are attached to each box of worms. The design features the two boys – one wearing glasses – in a circle surrounded with the logo “Burton Boys Worms”.

The young growing business has already attracted the attention of at least one tackle shop owner, K&M Bait Shop in Farmerville, where the products are available to sell. Hopefully, other bait shops will soon follow suit.

A tip ‘o the hat is in order for Dusty and Kristy Burton for inspiring their sons to want to launch a business.

Oh, one other thing of interest are the ages of these two budding entrepreneurs.

Clay is 7; Cole is 5.

”The Burton brothers, Clay and Cole, have launched a successful business of growing and selling fishing worms.” Glynn Harris photo


CANEY LAKE – The bass are schooling with some in the 4-5 pound range caught on topwater lures with soft plastics taking some beneath the breaking schools. Crappie are around the deeper tops in 17-18 foot water and have been fair on shiners and jigs. Bream fishing is still fairly good around the lake on crickets or worms. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream and crappie fishing is still fair to good around the trees and bushes. No report on bass. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Bass fishing has been fair to good on a variety of lures. Bream are still hitting crickets and worms. The crappie bite has slowed with fair catches on shiners or jigs. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass fishing has been fair to good with topwater lures taking fish early with soft plastic working best later in the day. Crappie are fair with best catches made on shiners or jigs fished the edges of the channels in 18 foot water. Bream are still fair to good fishing worms and crickets around shallow beds. Catfish are biting cold worms fished off the banks. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream are still hanging around shallow beds and fishing is fair to good on crickets and worms. Crappie fishing has been best fishing around the lighted piers at night using shiners with some hanging around deep brush and hitting jigs and shiners. Bass have been schooling some and hitting topwater lures. Also fishing around and under the boat docks on soft
plastics is working. No report on catfish. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
LAKE POVERTY POINT –Bream and catfish have been good while bass and crappie are slow to fair. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – Catfishing is good while bass, bream and crappie are rather slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water continues on a slow fall and fishing has been improving daily with plenty of crappie, barfish, bass and catfish being caught. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

School Board selects Risk Services of Louisiana as Insurance provider for 2022-23

The Jackson Parish School Board has renewed their agreement with Risk Services of Louisiana, to provide areas of insurance. In additional action, the General Fund Budget and Special Revenue Fund Budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year as approved and Southern Concepts was awarded the contract for 20 new lockers at Jonesboro-Hodge High School. 

Conditions of new agreement with Risk Services as as follows.

(1) $325,139.38 for Property Insurance in fiscal year 2022-23, to be paid from the General Fund.
(2) $174,217.00 for PCAL General Liability Insurance in fiscal year 2022-23, to be paid from the General Fund.
(3) $60,280.00 for Excess Workers Compensation Insurance for 2022-24 (2 years), to be paid from the General Fund.
(4) $1,472.00 for Student Accident & Catastrophic Insurance for the fiscal year 2022-23, to be paid from the General Fund.

Southern Concepts was awarded the contract for twenty (20) new Jorgenson Gladiator lockers for Jonesboro Hodge High School after their bid of $11,686.00 was deemed the lowest. This will be paid from  bidder to be paid from Jonesboro District Funds. 


Jackson Parish schools file official appeal to remain as LHSAA”non-select” schools

Jackson Parish School Supertintendent has filed an official appeal on behalf of Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman and Weston High Schools to stay designated as a “non-select” school by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). 

Earlier in June, the LHSAA changed all three Jackson Parish High Schools from being classified as “non-select” schools to “select” schools. The reason was due to a new definition the LHSAA adopted of what a “select” school is which was as stated as being….

Select shall mean private or public schools that have a state or parish approved designation as a lab school, magnet school, with one or more magnet components, approved charter schools, parish wide approved open enrollment, state recovery-district (RSD)

As Jackson Parish is now an open enrollment school district, the three LHSAA member high schools in the parish fell under the new guidelines. 

The move by the LHSAA created a more balanced number of “select” and “non-select” schools in the state. Prior to the reclassification of schools there were close to 400 “non-select” schools in the state compared to slightly less than 100 “select” schools. Under the new guidelines those numbers came to be 211 “select” schools and 194 “non-select” schools.

JHHS, Quitman and Weston High was able to appeal the ruling based on a provision that stated that even though a school district has an open enrollment policy that any school that has recently been under federal designated enrollment guidelines may be exempted. It was only in 2021 that Jackson Parish was removed from federal enrollment guidelines. 

The appeal will now be submitted to the LHSAA Executive Committee for review at their next round of regularly scheduled meetings set for September 7-8.

Police Jury announces Hodge Fire board and E-911 commission appointments

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury board meembers approved the recommendations to re-appoint the following to positions on the Hodge Fire District and e-911 Commission. Length of term of each are also indicated. 

Hodge Fire Board

Hal Mims to serve a 2-year term ending 12/31/23
Thomas C. Holland Jr. to  serve a 2-year term ending 12/31/23

E-911 Commission

Freddy Tolar to serve a 4-year term ending 12/31/25

Library Board to discuss plans for park and play area in Jonesboro

The vision of having a park and play area for children qt the Jonesboro Branch of the Jackson Parish Library looks to be soon coming to a reality. This Monday at 4:30 pm the Library Board is expected to adopt the plans, authorize the Library Director to request Police Jury give approval and if approved, begin the process to advertise for construction bids  In complimentary action the Board is also expected to approval the advertising for sponsorships of benches and bricks in the park and play area..

A review and adoption of the adjustments to the 2022 budget and taking action on an investment policy will preclude the setting of the next scheduled meeting which is set for Monday, July 18, 2022.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Floyd Knox at (318) 259-5697.

Key Moments in Bass Fishing History – Part III

Now let’s take a look at the impact of the 1980’s and 90’s, just to see how big bass fishing has become. Ray Scott (who passed away this past May) was the man who had the greatest impact and should be given the credit for everything professional bass anglers have today. Ray, from the very beginning, had a vision and wanted the sport to be on the same level as professional baseball or golf. He wanted anglers to have a career and be able to make a living while providing for their families. It was during the 80’s and 90’s that the sport of bass fishing progressed the most.

In 1980, an Oklahoma boy by the name of Jimmy Houston kissed his first bass and, according to his wife Chris, she got used to smelly kisses from that point on. Jimmy, of course, became a household name with his successful fishing career and the TV host of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors,” still airing today as one of the longest running outdoors TV programs ever. But in 1985, there was a shakeup at the top of which was America’s favorite fish to pursue. After a national survey by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, it was determined that the largemouth bass was now the most popular fish to catch, dropping panfish to number two.

In 1987, working from his garage, Herb Reed created a new bass lure that took the fishing world by storm and created a whole new category for soft plastic stick baits with his creation of the Slug-Go. This was the first of its kind and would later be followed by another bait that just might be the greatest bass lure of all time…the Senko. This one was created from the mold of a Bic Pen by the legendary Gary Yamamoto. This bait has many tournament wins to name. It’s a bait that when professional anglers are asked if they could take a bait from today and go back in time, what bait would it be? Ninety five percent will say a Senko. This versatile bait catches fish all year long, in all types of conditions, and has become a staple for all serious bass fishermen.

Moving into the 90’s, Berkley Bait Company introduces the “Power Worm” with a built in scent that fish will bite and won’t let go. The success of their scented worm encouraged other companies to do the same. It’s also a time when scent became all the rage that some thought, and still think today, is a key to catching fish. Some anglers think it’s a hoax and others believe it really works and won’t fish without adding it to their baits in some form or another. One day I asked Michigan’s Kevin Van Dam, who many consider the greatest angler of all time, if he thinks scents work. He told me, “It doesn’t matter what others think, do you believe it works?” I told him “Yes” and he said, “Then that‘s all that matters. Anglers should always fish with confidence and with things they believe in. This is what makes an angler great….confidence.”

In 1992, Arkansas’s Larry Nixon, the greatest worm fisherman ever, became the first pro angler to earn over $1 million in B.A.S.S. events. To compare, Kevin Van Dam has won over $6 million since the late 1990’s. The closest angler to Kevin is California’s Skeet Reece who is #2 on the “All Time Money List” at a little over $3 million in winnings.

Next week, we’ll look at how the TV cable station, ESPN, changed the landscape of professional bass fishing forever. This one move to primetime TV changed the lives of professional anglers forever and exposed Americans to the sport in a way never seen before. Till next week, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf – Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
& Tackle Talk Live

Louisiana State Police Announce the Commencement of Cadet Class 102

Baton Rouge – The Louisiana State Police has a rich history dating back to 1922 with the establishment of the Louisiana Highway Commission consisting of 16 motorcycle patrol officers. In 1936, separate divisions of statewide law enforcement were combined to form a modern, well equipped, and well-trained force known today as the Louisiana State Police. LSP will add to that history with the commencement of its 102nd Cadet Academy Class.

Cadet Class 102 is anticipated to start in mid-February of 2023. Over the 23-week academy, cadets will receive advanced State Police training in the areas of firearm proficiency, tactical driving, de-escalation techniques, advanced crash investigation, lawful use of force, implicit bias recognition, impaired driving detection, and effective communication and leadership skills to name a few. All of which used to exemplify the LSP Core Values. Upon successful completion of the LSP Training Academy, the newly graduated Troopers will participate in a 10 to 16-week field-training program before beginning their careers of dedication, protection, and service to the citizens of Louisiana.

If you are ready to become one of Louisiana’s Finest, NOW IS THE TIME!

Applications can be downloaded at http://laspc.dps.louisiana.gov and submitted electronically to the Louisiana State Police Commission. The Cadet Class 102 application deadline for new applicants entering the hiring process is October 17, 2022.

Please visit http://www.lsp.org/recruit.html for more information on the hiring process, qualifications, physical fitness standards, and frequently asked questions. For additional questions and information, please contact LSP Recruiters at LSPRecruiting@LA.gov or by visiting http://www.facebook.com/LouisianaStatePoliceRecruiting.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Two (2) years of experience as a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified peace officer in a full-time position, whose job duties include armed duty with the power of arrest, (jailer/correctional officer experience does not qualify); or

· A minimum of sixty (60) semester hours from an accredited college or university, (must provide transcript or degree); or

· Any two (2) year combination of Options 1 and 2 above, whereby thirty (30) semester hours will be equivalent to one (1) year of experience; or

· Three (3) years of continuous active military duty in the United States Military, (must provide a DD-214 or letter from current commanding officer verifying service), effective October 1, 2001.

For those applicants not meeting LSP minimum qualifications at this time, immediate positions are available within the Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police through the Louisiana State Civil Service System. For more information on the DPS Police please visit http://www.lsp.org/dps_police.html and http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov.

To learn more about how you can become a Louisiana State Trooper, go to http://www.lsp.org/recruit.html where you can find information on the recruiting and training process. There you can also obtain information on our benefits, qualifications, and most frequently asked questions.

Contact Information:

Sergeant Monroe Dillon

Louisiana State Police
Recruiting/Public Affairs Section







“It’s loose!”

Depending on what is happening at the moment, those could be very good words.

If you are working on the plumbing in your house and trying to replace a fixture, those words mean success. After years of not being disturbed, plumbing joints and fixtures can freeze up. Care must be taken loosening a plumbing fixture otherwise you risk flooding a room of your house. I also know what happens when the pipe wrench hits the bottom of that porcelain seat in the bathroom.

For a child anticipating the first visit of the tooth fairy, those words bring hope. The baby tooth has worked its way loose and once extracted from the mouth can produce financial rewards if placed under a pillow. In listening to children talk about this, I am glad to report that the tooth fairy has adjusted her reward for inflation. Back in the day, a tooth brought a quarter at the most. I have learned the tooth fairy deals with paper currency now.

Having something loose can be bad news too. If the whatchamacallit has come loose from the thingamabob and a service call is required to rejoin these two objects, those words are never good to hear.

If the lion, tiger, or bear has managed to escape the confines of the cage and is roaming the zoo, that is not good news. You would not want to be at the zoo the day one of those animals got loose.

“It’s loose!”

I heard those words one Sunday. I had backed the boat down the ramp into the water. I need to determine if boating on a Sunday is some violation of ministerial decorum. I figured if I finally learned to back the boat, I could use the boat, even on Sunday.

I had removed all the clips, clamps, and knots that keep the boat affixed to the trailer when I am driving. I had backed into the water and was almost proud of my precision. I did note that I had backed a bit too far into the water. I pulled forward a tad.

Funny thing about a pontoon boat, it doesn’t take much water to float it. Not much at all, really. In pulling the trailer forward just a smidge, I freed the boat. It’s loose was a reference to my boat floating away. It was good news and bad news all in the same sentence.

The boat was loose and floating away. The good news was that it had only floated off of the trailer; it had not floated away from the trailer. I did discover that when your investment is floating away, you become agile again. I saved the boat. The bad news was me swimming to wrangle a loose boat.

My kids were also owners of the boat and after hearing about the boat getting loose, upped the insurance on me and the boat.

The Apostle Paul described himself as the chief of sinners. With all the dumb things I do, I want to say to Paul, move over buddy I have you beat. I remind myself of the verse that says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”

Confession begins the process by which Jesus forgives us and heals us from the hurt that sin causes. When you confess your sins, you start something good for your life. You allow Jesus into your life and he can free you from the noose of sin. Through the grace of Jesus, you can say about your soul:

“It’s loose!”