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

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


Jonesboro Board of Alderman hear water/sewer project estimates at meeting on Tuesday

Engineer Brad Graff gave estimates for recommended water and sewage projects to the Jonesboro Board of Alderman at their special called meeting held this Tuesday, September 21sr at the Town Hall in Jonesboro. The meeting was called following the regularly scheduled town council meeting on September 14th to serve a two fold purspose. One was to learn the costs of the proposed projects and the other to further discuss the amended budget that was supposedly ratified in July still under dispute at the time of the meeting

The three Ordinances that dealt with the Water, Sewer and General budgets were finally passed but it was after press time. More details on that will follow in Sundays’ edition of the Jackson Parish Journal. What was learned was specific amounts on several water and sewer projects were presented by Engineer Graff who highly recommended that the town move forward on. This is due to value that the town would gain for a little amount of money compared to what would be provided by the various grants that are available from the state.  

“In all my years of working with water and sewer grants from the state, I have never seen where for a small matching amount that an entity could basically quadruple it’s money,” said Graff.

Graff opened his presentation by informing the town council of Devin Flowers, James Ginn, Robbie Siadek, Pete Stringer and Nia Evans-Johnson that the state of Louisiana has received 400 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This is to be designated for critical water and sewer infrastructure needs among various applying municipalities and entities to be given on a critical need basis scale. 

The deadline to apply for these grants is November 1st and the program requires a 25% match from the entity for every dollar that is received but Graff pointed out that the timing to apply for this could never be better for the town. 

“You have already received $800,000.00 from ARPA funds and are to receive another $800,000.00 next year,” said Graff. “This is a tremendous blessing as some of this money could be used to match any award that the town is given.”

Graff then identified specific water and sewarge projects that need to be considered:

WATER PROJECTS

Replacement of water meters – Jonesboro is losing thousands of dollars due to not being able to accurately determine the actual amount of water that is being used by customers due to the large number of water meters not working correctly. Replacement of these meters would ensure an increase in revenue 

Purchase and installation of 6 new generators – These would be installed at Water Wells #1, #2, #3, #5, #6 and at the Elevated Tank 

Completion of pumping station at Well #7 – This would take care of ongoing water pressure issues south of Jonesboro and ensure being able to take care of water needs at Correctional Center and Industrial Drive. 

Improvements to existing pump stations – This may not need to be included in future project list if RDA funding that has already been applied for is granted. 

Total cost for all Water Projects: $2,257,000.00
Required matching amount of funds to be paid by Town of Jonesboro: $564,250.00

SEWER PROJECTS 

Purchase and installation of required pumps at lift stations -Would ensure that there are two operational pumps at each station. Purchase of portable generator that could be used on demand also. This is required to ensure that a pump station can operate correctly. Currently almost all lift station only have one operation pump often times causing overflow problems.

Replacement of collapsed mains – Almost 3000 feet of 12″ pipe that are less than 10 feet under the ground is damaged or destroyed. Main areas are from 1200 feet of pipe from South Polk Avenue to lift station extension, 600 feet of pipe on North Cooper Avenue and 1000 feet of pipe that runs behind the Hospital.

Video inspection of over 20,000 feet of line – This would be accomplished by running a line through pipes with video camera attached to be able determine where “spot” repairs needs to be made in system.

Total cost for all Sewer Projects: $2,2000.000
Required matching amount of funds to be paid by Town of Jonesboro: $550,000.00

  

 

 


Tigers eager to get back on field this Friday against Logansport


It will be the second “Tussle between Tigers” this season when Class A Logansport, who uses the same monicker but wears uniforms that resemble LSU, invades Caldwell-Peacock stadium this Friday night. Game time is set for 7:00pm. Jonesboro-Hodge enters with a 2-1 record following the forfeit victory over Vidalia who was forced to cancel due to having players contract the COVID-19 virus the day before the game was to be played. Logansport is 0-3 on the year after dropping contests to Class 3A schools Loyola of Shreveport and Bossier and to Calvary Baptist, which is currently the top ranked Division IV team in the state.

Touchdown Club to meet Thursday! Come show your support for Jonesboro-Hodge by attending a meeting of the JHHS Touchdown Club. Enjoy a scrumptious meal, watch game films and speak with the Tiger coaching staff abou the game on Friday. Meeting will take place in the JHHS locker room at 6:00pm.

Health report: Both teams are still determining who will play certain positions. The Tigers will welcome back leading running back Brantrel Thompson who was out for the Vidalia game but will be missing three more who all have played integral roles this year. Out will be lineman Austin Knotts, defensive end/deep snapper Dominique Strickland and linebacker LeVontae Burks. All are out due to COVID Contact protocal.

Logansport is hoping for the return of quarterback Jacob Contario who in his only start this year led the visiting Tigers to almost double the points (44) against Loyola than they scored (12, 14) in the other two games combined.

Series History: It is kind of hard to believe that another school from north Louisiana has only played Jonesboro-Hodge, who first started playing football in 1919, twice and the first time was only four years ago. In 2017-18 the Tigers opened the season with a 34-19 loss to Logansport who ended up being the Class A runner-up. The next year Logasnsport came to Jonesboro and won 41-28.

Keys to victory!

Don’t be overconfident! Just because Logansport enters with an 0-3 record the Tigers are going to be in for a fight as the visiting Tigers are going to be desperate for a win.
Shake off the cobwebs! It is going to be imperative that the Tigers shake off the cobwebs of inactivity quickly in order to not give Logansport an early advantage.
Players make plays!
JHHS has more talented offensive weapons as any school that Logansport will face. Already it has been proven that Logansport gives up plenty of points so the skill players must take advantage of this.

Town of Jonesboro to take bids on eight items of surplus movable property

The Town of Jonesboro passed a resolution at their regularly scheduled meeting that was held on September 14th that made for provisions of eight items of movable property to be able to be bid on. Each of the items were deemed no longer needed for public purpose and had an appraised value of under $5,000.00 which allowed for the items to be disposed of by private sale. 

See below for wording of Resolution #2121-018 and items that are offered for sale by bid. 

Resolution #2021-018

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF MOVABLE PROPERTY VALUED AT LESS THAN $5,000.00 NO LONGER NEEDED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES, SETTING FORTH A PROCEDURE FOR THE SOLICITATION EVALUATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF BIDS, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN BILLS OF SALE AND TITLES AND PROVIDING FOR MATTERS RELATED THERETO

WHEREAS there are eight (8) items of movable property belonging to the Town of Jonesboro which, due to their age and condition, are no longer needed for public purposes but which may have some value; and
WHEREAS under the provisions of Louisiana Revised Statute 33:4712(F) since each such item has an appraised value of less than $5,000.00, said property can be disposed of at private sale:
BE IT RESOLVED that the following items of movable property, to-wit:

Surplus Items ( Public Works )

1. (ST27) 1991 FlS0 Custom 4×4 Ford VIN: 1FTEF14NXMNAZ6727
5.0 Engine V8, White (Bad rear end)

2. (ST23) 1994 Ford Ranger XLT VIN: 1FTCR1U3RPA74748
3.0 V6 Engine, White (Bad Transmission)

3. (WD 1) 1997 Ford FlS0 VIN: 1FTDF1768VNC57403
4.6 V8 Engine, Red

4. (SW 1) 2001 F250 Super Duty VIN: 1FTNF20L01ED49948
4.1 Triton V8 Engine, White

5. 2001 Ford F150 XL
VIN: 3FTRF17WX1MA78371
5.1 Triton V8 Engine, White

6. 1990 Ford F150 XL
VIN: 1FTDF15N9LNA32866
5.0 V8 Engine, White

7. 286 Bush Hog Serial# 12-32124
8. Metal Building
8 FT BY 12 FT, Burgundy/White

be and the same are hereby declared to be surplus and no longer needed for public purposes.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that there is hereby fixed for each such item a minimum bid price of $50.00.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution, including the list of surplus property, be published in the legal journal of the Town of Jonesboro on two consecutive weeks.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any individual or entity is invited to submit a bid for any of these items, which bid must be in writing, contain the name and telephone number of the bidder, state the item being bid on and the amount being bid for each item.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that each bid must be delivered and or received by the Town of Jonesboro at the Town Hall in Jonesboro, Louisiana t 128 Allen Ave., Jonesboro, Louisiana on or before 4:00 p.m. on the 11th day of October, 2021.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the bids will be opened in the office of the Town Clerk at the Jonesboro Town Hall on the 12th day of October, 2021 at 10 o’clock a.m. and the results of all bids communicated to the Board of Aldermen at its meeting on the 12th day of October, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Aldermen will accept the highest bid for each item, provided that the minimum bid is met or exceeded, with the Town of Jonesboro being entitled to reject any and all bids for any reason.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor of the Town of Jonesboro is specifically authorized to sign, on behalf of the Town of Jonesboro, any needed bill of sale or vehicle title necessary to convey any of these surplus items to the highest bidder for cash whose bid is accepted.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that each bidder shall be notified within four (4) days at the telephone number provided in the written bid, that the bid submitted has been accepted and must within 48 hours thereafter pay to the Town of Jonesboro the amount of the winning bid.


Super Bee Speedway giving $50,000 to winner of Crate Late Model 100

Drivers from all over the nation will be at the Super Bee Raceway in Chatham this Saturday, September 25th to vie for the championship of the Super Bee 100 and the biggest payout for a Crate Late Model race in Louisiana. The race where $50,000.00 will be paid to the winner will climax three days of dirt track racing that will run from September 23rd – 25th.

Entry fee for contestants is $250.00 and spectators can get a weekend (Thurday-Saturday) pit pass for $115.00 and only $50.00 for kids age 6-10. General admission opens at 4:00 pm each day with pricing being $10.00 on Thursday, $20.00 on Friday and $25.00 for Saturday grandstand admission $10.00 tickets are available for kids age 6-10 on Friday and Saturday. Children five and under get in free. 

 


Recreation board awards bid for Golf Course Spillway repair project

After listening to engineer Paul Riley explain the scope of work that would be involved, the Jackson Parish Recreation Boardwith agreed to accept the bid of $58,000 from T.J. Bond Construction of West Monroe for the repair of the spillway at the Jackson Parish Golf Course.

The action was taken at the regularly scheduled September meeting held on Monday, September 20th in  Jackson Parish Golf Course Banquet Room. Board President Brent Barnett, Ricky Cash, Brandon Lamkin, Rodney Potts, Sullivan Stevens and Chris Womack also agreed to enter into a Co-Operative Endeavor Agreement with the Town of Chatham for the amount of $10,000.00 to come out of 2020-21 money. Jeff Hairston was absent. 

JPRD Director Tommy Smith followed by giving an update on ongoing programs that included a recap of the first annual Steven Morgan Memorial Shoot and a schedule of activities for this fall, winter and next spring. 

The meeting was adjourned after Dwayne “Snook” Harrell provided the board with puchase and lease proposals on fairway mowers. It was decided to table any action until more information and possible additional bids could be gained. 


La. Teachers’ Retirement System pay over 8 million dollars to Jackson Parish beneficiaries

In fiscal year 2021, he Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) paid out more than $2.2 billion in retirement benefits to more than 82,000 retirees and beneficiaries, including $8,226,948.00 to 313 recipients from Jackson Parish. 

Per a report issued on September 20th, the TRSL earned a record 35.7% return on investments for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. The historic return generated more than $6.5 billion in the 12-month period, bringing the System’s assets to an all-time high of $26.9 billion.

“The market proved to be very favorable for investors throughout FY 2021,” said Philip Griffith, TRSL Chief Investment Officer. “Our assets in both the domestic and international equity space performed very well as did our alternative assets and real estate investments.”

Griffith acknowledged the TRSL Board’s commitment to ensuring the primary feature of the retirement system’s portfolio is diversification among investment assets.

“The board has always understood the importance of a highly diversified portfolio, and has been diligent in ensuring system assets are spread over a variety of asset classes,” Griffith said. “Diversification is the best protection against risk and essential to generating returns that meet the long-term investment goals of the System.”

Over the longer 10-year period, the retirement system has earned 10.18% on its investments. TRSL’s investment assets are used to fund monthly retirement benefits for retirees and beneficiaries.

“The board couldn’t be more pleased with the returns for this fiscal year,” said TRSL Board Chair Holly Gildig. “Our investment decisions are based on the long-term health of the System, and are always made with the best interests of the System, its members, and participating employers in mind. We understand the importance of TRSL benefits to the local economies of this state.”

Almost 90% of the retirement dollars TRSL paid out goes to individuals who live in Louisiana where they buy goods and services and contribute heavily to their local economies. See below for a chart showing number of recipients and amount in dollars of benefits paid by the TRSL in north Louisiana parishes.


Part-time position available at Jonesboro branch of Jackson Parish Libary

The Jonesboro Branch of the Jackson Parish Library is seeking a knowledgeable and enthusiastic person for a part time position as a circulation and reference assistant. This was announced at the Jackson Parish Library Board meeting that was held on Monday, September 20th. For more information click here:  www.jacksonparishlib.org/job-postings

In additional action at the meeting held at the Jonesboro Branch, Director Knox informed board members Carolyn Massey (President), Judy Cooper, Ann Standley, Lisa Nunn and Lewis Chatham that delivery of the new Bookmobile has been delayed and hopes are now it will be here in time for the Christmas Parade. Paula Essmeier and Carolyn Crawley was absent. 

In regard to the Chatham Branch, the storage building is nearing completion and work continues on painting and repairs to the ceiling caused by the sprinkler system. Discussion centered on the specialized playground for handicapped children and the plans being done by Architect Wayne Coco.

President Massey then informed the board that the Trailblazers Board of Trustees meeting had been cancelled with no future date set for this year. Acknowledgement was also given to the Library’s staff for the work that has been done in preparation for the October 29th event celbrating Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that will be held at the Jonesboro Branch. 

Scheduled events for Wednesday – Friday

Wednesday, September 22nd
“Toddler Time” from 10:00am – 11:00am (Jonesboro Branch)
Check Out Fitness for Adults at 9:00am (Chatham Branch

Thursday, September 23rd
Office of Public Health – Jeanette White (Jonesboro Branch)
Childrens Art Class from 4:00pm – 5:00 pm (Jonesboro Branch)
Candle Creations for Adults at 2:00pm (Chatham Branch)
P-G-R Childrens Class at 4:30pm (Chatham Branch)

Friday, September 24th
Disaster Care Management Program assistance from 9:00am – 5:00pm (Jonesboro Branch)

BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, September 22nd
8:30 am – 12:00pm (Weston High School)
1:15pm – 1:45pm (Pierre Park)
1:55pm – 2:15pm (Caney Creek)

Thursday, September 23rd
8:00am – 10:30am (J-H Middle School

 


Mize brothers were catalyst’s to Tigers gridiron success in 1960’s

NOTE: Jonesboro-Hodge High School is one of the most storied football programs in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). To honor the families who are in part responsible for the Tigers great legacy the Jackson Parish Journal is proud to sponsor a new program called “First Families of JHHS Football.” Beginning with the JHHS vs Logansport game this Friday night, September 24th and continuing at each home game hereafter, one or more “First Families” will be recognized. 

The inaugural “First Family of JHHS Football” to be honored are: Lowell, Leslie and Rodney Mize. From 1963- 1968 these three brothers, who were all decorated running backs and multi-sport athletes, left a legacy at JHHS by setting new school records and helping lead the Tigers to certain heights, never before been achieved in school history.

Lowell Mize: (1963-64, 1964-65) – Some would say that perhaps what Lowell should be most known for was being the  player to beat out legendary JHHS, LSU and NFL great, Johnny Garlington for a position. Entering the 1963-64 season, Garlington was slated to be the Tigers main threat at running back but it didn’t take long for first year coach, Henry “Bobby” Stone, to recognize that the team would be best served by having Mize manning the backfield and keeping Garlington primarily on defense. Stone’s decision paved the way for the Tigers first district championship season in 13 seasons. It must be remembered that at that time JHHS competed in Class AA, the top classification in the state and the district comprised of Ruston, Neville, JHHS and Haynesville – all powers in schoolboy football. Mize and quarterback Robert Marrus became the first pair of backfield mates in school history to both gain over 900 yards in a season. In the contest against Neville, Mize was instrumental in helping the Tigers set a new school record of a 22-play scoring drive (all rushes) by carrying the ball for over half of the rushing attempts. In the 1964-65 season Mize was instrumental in leading the Tigers to a second straight district championship for the first time since 1930-31 and the first berth in the state semi-final’s since the 1945-46 state championship season. Mize ended the year with 1198 yards to become the first running back in JHHS history to rush for over 1000 yards in one season. He also was the first two accumulate over 2000 yards career rushing that resulted in him being named first team all-district for two years and signing a scholarship to play football for Louisiana Tech University.

Leslie Mize: (1965-66) Although only getting the opportunity to start at tailback for one year, Leslie quickly made a name for himself. While his rushing yardage numbers weren’t as illustrious as his older brother’s his contributions to the offense helped the Tigers became the first team in school history to make the state playoffs and go undefeated in district play for three consecutive years. It was a 14-14 tie against Ruston that relegated the Tigers to a 2nd place finish after Ruston was declared the winner of the game by virtue of more first downs. This marked the first time the LHSAA used that format to break ties. The “middle” Mize would end up making 2nd team all-district after finished 2nd in scoring totals among district competitors, trialing only fellow teammate James Early, who would go on to star at LSU, by a 60-54 margin.

Rodney Mize (1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68) In another unique oddity of the 1965-66 season, during the playoff game against Jesuit, there were four sets of brothers on the field for what is believed to be the only time in LHSAA history. Jesuit had a pair of brothers and JHHS had the Williams brothers as well as Leslie and Rodney Mize. The “baby” brother played on defense that season before moving over to the offense to continue the “family tradition” of running the ball for his junior and senior season. In 1966-67 the Tigers would finish with a 3-3 district slate and miss the playoff’s but Rodney would make 1st team All-District after his fine season of 786 yards rushing on 118 attempts and scoring 60 points on the year. In his senior season Mize never hardly came off the field as he played both ways and was instrumental in leading the Tigers to their fifth consecutive non-losing season for the first time in school history.
When he rushed for 127 yards against North Caddo, it marked the only time in school history that three separate family members had rushed for over 100 yards in a contest in five straight seasons. The youngest Mize concluded his JHHS career with being recognized as the JHHS Best Back and Athlete his Junior and Senior Year as well as leading the district in scoring and making first team All-District his Junior and Senior seasons.


Jackson Parish Museum Board welcomes Melinda Garrett as newest member

Jonesboro resident, Melinda Garrett was introduced as the newest member of the Jackson Parish Museum & Fine Arts Association during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting that was held on September 20th. In additional activity, Wilda Smith was selected to serve as secretary/ treasurer of the board replacing Mark Culpepper and 4:00pm on the third Monday of each month was agreed to be a permanent meeting time and date. 

After the minutes of the August meeting, payment of bills and the financial report was approved Board President Barbara Johnson stated that we had received a great response on memberships. Discussion continued with thoughts and ideas that would draw attention to the museum. Suggestions included, decorating the building for Christmas, contacting area Louisiana history teachers about setting up field trips and possibly serving hot chocolate in front of the museum the day of the Christmas parade iand handing out flyers.

The next meeting is scheduled for 4:00pm on October 18th to  be held at the Museum and Fine Arts building located at 515 S Cooper Ave, Jonesboro, LA.


First Annual Stephen Morgan Memorial 3D Archery Shoot has large turnout

A few years ago, Stephen Morgan and Anthony Denton started working on the Jackson Parish Bowhunters Archery Range which is located at the Jackon Parish Recreation Department Complex on Hwy 4, east of Jonesboro. Sadly, last year Stephen passed away. He was a dedicated archer and passed on his knowledge to many. His efforts, which laid the foundation for the range that is enjoyed today, are still felt and appreciated today. In honor of Stephen, his wife Tammy and their family, this past Saturday the first annual Stephen Morgan Memorial Shoot was held that saw a total of fifty-seven shooters that participated in 13 different classes.

Special thanks are given to the following sponsors who helped make the shoot a tremendous success.

4-T Exterior Cleaning, Hoot & Holler, Superior Outdoors, Nichols, Weston Wolf Stop, J&L Works, DJG Enterprise, Gordan Smith, Spotted Dog, Pardue Builders, Dirt Road, Dirt Road Apparel

Winners from each class and scores:

Men’s Known Class:
1st Place: Matthew North – 202; 2nd Place: Lukas Homan – 194; 3rd Place: Jeremy McKinney – 190

 

Senior Known Class:
1st Place: Rodney Wiley – 212 (won on tiebreaker): 2nd Place: Devery Rowland – 212; 3rd Place: Chad Dyess -207

Men’s Bowhunter Class:
1st Place: Devin Rowland – 200; 2nd Place: Daniel Laffitte – 193; 3rd Place: Heath Hall – 182

Women’s Known Class:
1st Place: Tina North – 190; 2nd Place: Heather Turner – 147

Women’s Bowhunter Class:
1st Place: Jeanie Rowland – 189; 2nd Place: Darby Taylor – 183; 3rd Place: Cheyenne Allen – 162

Young Adults Open Class:
1st Place: Shane Rowe – 192; 2nd Place: Easton Hall – 171; 3rd Place: Nathan Shell – 169

Young Adults Fixed Class:
1st Place: Luke Morgan – 174; 2nd Place: Kyler West – 137

Youth Fixed Class:
1st Place: Raelynn Shell – 183; 2nd Place: Beaux Oliver – 163; 3rd Place: Eli Rowe – 157

 

Traditional Class:
1st Place: Anthony Denton – 158 (not pictured); 2nd Place: Joe Nunn – 153 (not pictured); 3rd Place: Mark Tarver – 149

Elementary Fixed Class:
1st Place: Jase Warren – 140 (not pictured); 2nd Place: Hayden Seymore – 118(not pictured)

Elementary Open Class: 1st Place: Jake North – 187

Junior Shooter Class (above age 6):
1st Place: Allie Middleton – 142; 2nd Place: Remington Williams – 119; 3rd Place: Tucker Williams – 99

Junior Shooter Class (under age 6):
1st Place: Landen Hatten – 118 (not pictured); 2nd Place: Layden Hatten – 100 (not pictured)

Long Shot Challenge: Chad Dyes (7/8″ from center) 
Quest Bow Drawing Winner: Ben McKinney (donated by Superior Outdoors)


Can You Open This?

or centuries, humans have looked for ways to preserve food. Common methods for preserving meat included salting, drying and smoking, which made it easy to store or transport. Preserving other food varieties proved more difficult.

Warring parties struggled to keep their armies fed. Battles were usually fought in the summer and early fall when food was easily replenished. Both sides understood that winter battles were rare because of the lack of food. In many cases, soldiers returned to their homes for the winter and regrouped in the spring. Napoleon Bonaparte was largely responsible for changing that aspect of warfare.

In the first decade of the nineteenth century, Napoleon’s French Army and its allies fought in what is referred to as the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). One of Napoleon’s main difficulties was keeping his quarter of a million soldiers fed. It was Napoleon who said, “An army marches on its stomach,” which means that to be effective an army needs a constant supply of good food. If Napoleon could find a way to keep his soldiers fed, they could continue to fight year-round. This tactic would give Napoleon the advantage.

In the early years of the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could devise an inexpensive method for the preservation of large amounts of food. In 1809, French confectioner Nicolas Appert displayed bottles of fruits and vegetables preserved in sealed glass bottles. The food only spoiled if the seal was broken. Appert, who is considered the father of canning, won the prize on the condition that he would share his process with the public. The process was slow, expensive, and the bottles were easily broken. The Napoleonic Wars ended before the canning process was perfected.

In 1810, British merchant Peter Durand patented the first process to seal food in cans rather than in glass bottles. In 1811, a Londoner named Bryan Donkin bought Durand’s patent, developed Appert’s process further, and packaged food in sealed air-tight cans made from tinned wrought iron. The process was still expensive as each can was made one at a time by hand at a rate of about six per hour. Eating the expensive canned foods became a status symbol for the upper crust to flaunt their wealth. Although canned food was too expensive for ordinary citizens, the British Army and Royal Navy provided canned food for its men. Wars remained the main demand for canned food.

Hungry people used varying methods to get into the cans with varying success. The cans were so tough that manufacturers printed instructions on each can explaining the method to open them with a hammer and chisel. Soldiers on the battlefield often cut their hands and fingers as they struggled with their bayonets and knives to open the cans. Another common method was to smash the cans with whatever was handy, which usually resulted in spillage of most of the can’s contents.

In the early 1850s, manufacturers began using steel rather than wrought iron in their cans. The steel cans were thinner, lighter, and easier to open. As the thinner cans became more common, clerks in grocery stores opened cans for customers to take home.

In 1858, Ezra J. Warner patented the first practical can opener, which was little more than a blade that cut into the lid. The user repeated the cuts all the way around the can in a sawing fashion until the lid was able to be opened enough to get the contents out. It’s hard to believe that the first can opener was invented almost 50 years after the invention of the tin can. The standard toothed wheel can opener, the one found in most homes today, was invented in 1926, over 110 years after the tin can was first patented.


Wyatt Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Now Hiring

The time to be awesome is now!

Wyatt Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is hiring a Director of Nursing and LPN’s for all shifts at our long-term care facility in Jonesboro, LA.

Director of Nursing position – RN Required, salary and benefit package commensurate with experience.

LPN positions – Licensed Practical Nurse certification required
Please call Ron Frazier at 318-259-3290 for more information.

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Fall Activity schedule announced by Jackson Parish Recreation Department


Registration is underway and will last until October 1st for the Flag Football and Soccer Leagues that will play games at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department, located at 5254 Hwy 4, east of Jonesboro. Games will be played on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s during the month of October. 

FLAG FOOTBALL: 

The leagues are for boys and girls from the ages of 5-12. To be eligible the youth must prove they have turned five years old and do not turn 13 years old by specified cutoff dates. For the boys the cut off date is April 30th and for the girls it is December 31st. To learn more and/or to register call the JPRD during working hours at (318) 259-3031. There is no cost to register.

SOCCER: 

The leagues are for boys and girls from the age of 4-14. To be eligible the youth must by 4 years old and can not be 15 years old by January 1st. To learn more and/or to register call the JPRD during working hours at (318) 259-3031. There is no cost to register.