Pair from JHHS listed as all-time best linebackers in state of Louisiana

On the Morning Drive Radio Show that is broadcast weekdays from 6:00 – 8:00 am on KMLB 105.7FM / 540AM, local sports media moguls, Aaron Dietrich (KNOE-TV) and Clay Parker (K104 Downs Law Friday Night Scoreboard), recently held a video session where they identified the “Greatest Linebackers from NELA.”  Included on the list were a pair of Jonesboro-Hodge High School greats Johnny Garlington and Eldontae Osborne. 

To see the video click here

Below is the “Elite Eleven” in the order of ranking. 

1. Michael Brooks: 1981-1982 All State – 68 solo and 12 sacks as he led Ruston to state championship, NFL 1987-1996, 1st team All SEC 1985, 2nd 1984, 75 tackles (25 for loss) in 1985 & 75 (19) in 1984. Missed senior year 1986 (knee). Pro Bowl 1992, 2nd team All Pro 1993, 1016 career tackles in 138 career games. 4 interceptions, 7 sacks, 9 FF and 9 FR. 175 in 1990, SB runner up in 1987 and 1989.

2. Bradie James: 1998 All State & Def MVP and led West Monroe to state and national title, Mr. Football, All SEC 2001-2 154 tackles as a senior LSU record, 418 career – 2nd all time. 14 sacks, 33 TFL, 29 pressures. AA 2002, NFL 2003-2012 – 136 tackles (10 TFL, 8 sacks) as a senior and 101 (10 TFL, 6 sacks) as a junior. 10 seasons with Dallas and Houston. Started 126 of 157 career games – 834 total tackles, 16 sacks, and 14 FR.

3. Johnny Garlington All State 1962-1963 for Jonesboro-Hodge, NFL 1968-1977, played 128 games for Cleveland, 9 career picks, 8 FR and 7 career sacks; AFCA All American for LSU in 1967 (as a DE) and 1st team All SEC in 1966 and 1967.

4. Walter Johnson: Ferriday High School – All State 1981-1982, NFL 1987-1989, 2-time D2 All American at Tech 1985-1986, 327 career tackles and 38 (school record) career sacks, In Tech HOF 2013 and their all-century team, 27 sacks as a junior DE and 165 tackles a NG his senior year.

5. Toby Caston: Neville High School – 1982 All State, NFL 1987 – 1993 – played 90 NFL games for Houston and Detroit, 112 tackles, 19 TFL, 9 FF and 6 FR as a senior. 2nd leading tackler with LSU in 1985 and 1st in 1986 with 97, 1st team all SEC in 1986.

6. Barkevious “Keke” Mingo: West Monroe High School – 2007-2008 All State, 08 Def MVP, AA Bowl, 2nd team All SEC 2011-12, played 126 games in the NFL 2013-2020 – 255 career tackles and 12.5 career sacks, Super Bowl champ with NE in 2016, 7 sacks, PD and FR as a senior.

7. Larry Gordon: NFL 1976-1982 (Combs-McIntyre – defunct AFLAO school in West Carroll Parish) All American at Arizona St. 1st rd pick – Started 98 of 100 games for Dolphins. 8 picks and 17 sacks. Died in offseason at age 28 from heart disease.

8. James Haynes: All State 1977 as a guard at Tallulah High School, NFL 1984-1989, played at Miss Valley State and was 1st team all SWAC 1983 (101 tackles & 10 sacks); played 61 games for Saints, “Hitman” had 4 career sacks and 5 FRs

9. Jackie Walker: Carroll High School, NFL 1986-1989, played 57 career games for Tampa Bay; started 4 years at Jackson State – led team in tackles with 131 as a senior, SWAC Def Player of the Year and 1985 D2 All-American teams. Played basketball at JSU also. Also played in the Arena league.

10. Cardia Jackson: All State 2005 – 151 tackles, 207 in ’04 at Wossman, 2nd team All Sun Belt in ’07, 1st in ’08 and ’09 (DPOY too) – 381 career tackles at ULM; NFL practice squad member with GB SB team in 2011.

11. Eldonta Osborne: Jonesboro-Hodge – All State 1984, NFL 1990, played for Shreveport Pirates of CFL from 1994-1995, 112 tackles as a junior at LA Tech and 395 in his career, 4 interceptions as a senior at J-Hodge, recorded 1 sack in 12 games for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals


LA Housing Corp. and USDA Rural Development to host meeting at Jonesboro Town Hall

The Partnerships that Build Community statewide tour makes a stop in Jonesboro on Wednesday, August 17th. Sponsored by the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development division the session will take place at 10:00am in the meeting room of the Jonesboro Town Hall. 

Newly appointed leaders, LHC Executive Director Joshua G. Hollins and USDA Rural Development State Director Deidre Deculus Robert, will lead the tour in an effort to strengthen partnerships, improve housing services statewide, and increase the utilization of critical housing programs for urban and rural communities throughout Louisiana.

Members of LHC’s executive team will provide updates on new and existing programs, including the Developer Assistance Plan – a new program that aims to provide relief to housing developers experiencing rising costs. Attendees will learn about upcoming funding opportunities, homeownership programs, energy and water assistance, the forthcoming adjudicated properties initiative and much more. USDA Rural Development will discuss programs that impact housing in urban communities.

Building and assisting communities is the core of Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) and their mission to ensure that every Louisiana resident is granted an opportunity to obtain safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing. LHC reaches this goal through a multitude of housing partnerships and energy programs including HOME, LIHEAP, Neighborhood Landlord, Section 811, and Continuum of Care funding to name a few. The presentation will include Statewide and Regional data showing LHC’s ongoing commitment to Louisiana affordable housing and energy assistance.

For more information, visit: lhc.la.gov/press-releases/lhc-usda-announce-statewide-tour


WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge “Heart of Louisiana” does features story on Jimmie Davis State Park

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The state of Louisiana is rushing to open state parks that were closed and damaged by Hurricane Laura. One of those that just reopened is Jimmie Davis State Park, which holds most of the state records for bass.

From daybreak to the final hour of daylight, fishermen flock to this Louisiana state park, hoping to hook the big one. Jimmie Davis State Park is located on Caney Lake, a long-time bass fishing hot spot.

When you look at the list of the 20 biggest large mouth bass caught here in Louisiana, 16 of those 20 fish were caught right here at Caney Lake.

Dusty Nomey of Jonesboro is one of those fishermen hoping to catch an even bigger bass.

The record on this lake is almost 16 pounds for a large mouth. What’s your record?

“I’ve got a 13.27, a 12. and last year before last had 11.97, not going to quit till you get the big one. I’ve got to get a 15.99. If I get a 15.99, I’ll be about done,” said Dusty Nomey.

This clearwater lake was enlarged when it was damned in the 1980s, and it created an ideal habitat for fish.

“Whenever it was formed they left, they didn’t under cut all the trees and all that just let it grow. It’s just a better environment for them,” Nomey said.

Near the shoreline you see the heavy grass beds that fishermen believe are the secret to their success at Caney Lake .

“People come from everywhere to Caney Lake because of the big fish,” Nomey said

Is this the best fishing in Louisiana?

“Without a doubt,” Nomey answered.

And if you are not in a fishing boat, this splash pad is a great way to cool off on a hot day. It’s located at a sandy beach where you can swim in the lake.

“We call it our day use area. our pavilions are out there. we have a lot of area out there for the families come in, and if they don’t want to go, if they don’t want to get in the lake we have the beach out there,” said Troy Traina.

If you want to spend the night and spend a few days, Jimmie Davis state park has several waterfront cabins with their own fishing piers, and a number of campsite for rv’s, trailers and tents.

“We put a lot of effort into making this place a lot better, and it’s a beautiful park,” Traina said.

Jimmy Davis State Park is also a great place to sit on a dock over Caney Lake, watching the last boat head in for the evening and then enjoying the colors explode on the horizon.

To see entire video feature click here.

 

 

Creation Eclipses Creator

Daniel Lawrence “Dan” Whitney was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He grew up in a church-going family. His father, Tom, held many jobs. Tom was a school administrator, entertainer – he played guitar for the Everly Brothers – a preacher, and he raised pigs, horses, and cattle. Tom left for work early each morning and returned home late each night. There was no break on weekends either. Tom preached multiple services at different churches. Every free moment Tom had was spent tending to the never-ending chores required to keep the farm running properly.

Due to Tom’s frequent absences, from an early age, Dan spent most of his time with his grandfather who helped out at the Pawnee City sale barn adjacent to Dan’s family’s pig farm. Dan helped his grandfather load and unload trucks of pigs and cattle. Dan so loved the livestock sale barn that he spent every free moment there. Working at the sale barn with his grandfather, Dan became close friends with his grandfather’s friends despite the differences in ages. They eventually became comfortable enough with Dan that they shared their life stories with him, which he loved hearing. Dan later credited his time at the sale barn as one of the most important experiences that shaped his life.

When Dan was fifteen years old, his family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where his father was offered a job at the fifth largest Christian school in the United States, The King’s Academy. Following high school, Dan worked as a bellhop at the Hyatt Regency hotel in West Palm Beach, a job that “opened the door” for his future career. Dan made the guests feel at ease. They were drawn to Dan’s outgoing nature. He shared funny stories with them and told them jokes.

Dan realized that his best bet was to get a college education. He enrolled in college and majored in drama and speech. During his junior year of college, a few of Dan’s friends convinced him to try standup comedy at a local open mic night. At first, Dan was intimidated when he saw other comedians, all dressed in suits, studying their jokes on note cards. Dan was no quitter. Although he thought he was a novice in a room full of professionals, Dan made it through his first performance. The crowd’s reaction was enough for Dan. He was hooked. He dropped out of college determined to earn a living as a comedian.

Dan performed without pay at open mic nights until he was booked to do a fifteen-minute standup routine as the opening act for the band Chicago. From there, he made guest appearances on radio comedy shows where he began incorporating characters into his repertoire. Dan said later, “I wanted to create an Archie Bunker character that was likeable.” He based the character on a combination of people he knew in Nebraska and Florida, as well as his college roommates who were from Texas and Georgia. To complete the character, Dan jettisoned his Nebraska accent and incorporated a southern accent. The character he created was so likeable that he focused solely on it and dropped the other characters. Eventually, Dan’s fictitious character became so popular that it eclipsed its creator. The character that Daniel Lawrence “Dan” Whitney created is known around the world as … Larry the Cable Guy.


Arrest Report (August 9th – 15th)

Ariel McGee (Jonesboro, LA) – Theft, Disturbing the Peace
Andrew Jacobs (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant on Domestic Abuse Battery Charge
Amy Garrett (Jonesboro, LA) – Simple Battery
Isaiah Barr (Hodge, LA) – Simple Battery
Steven Kujana (Hodge, LA) – Simple Battery
Landon B Austin (Quitman, LA) – Warrant on Simple Battery charge

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Business Services, Help Wanted, Public / Legal Notices

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FOR SALE

Book – “100 year history of JHHS football” 

jh bookA year-by-year description of the first 100 years (1919-2019) of JHHS football. Included is summary of early beginnings, yearly results, rosters, updated team and individual records and a gallery of pictures. Perfect gift for that grandfather, father, son, grandson, brother, uncle or cousin who would enjoy remembering their “glory days”. Cost is $25.00 per book plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To order call (318) 480-1206 or send email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com

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PUBLIC/LEGAL NOTICES

SHERIFF’S SALE

MIDFIRST BANK
# 36798

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

TAMMIE L. FOSTER
A/K/A TAMMIE LASHAY FOSTER WILEY

BEGINNING AT THE SE CORNER OF SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE I WEST AND RUN NORTH 586 FEET TO THE STATE HIGHWAY #17, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST 895 FEET FOR A STARTING POINT, THENCE RUN SOUTHWEST AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST PARALLEL TO THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHEAST AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTHEAST AND ALONG THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET TO THE STARTING POINT, TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS THEREON AND APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING, LOCATED IN JACKSON PARJSH, LOUISIANA.

AND BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE I WEST AND RUN NORTH 586 FEET TO THE STATE HIGHWAY 146, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST 955 FEET TO THE STARTING POINT, THENCE RUN SOUTHWEST PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHWEST PARALLEL TO THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTHEAST AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY 150 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTHEAST AND ALONG THE HIGHWAY 60 FEET TO THE STARTING POINT TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS THEREON AND APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING, LOCATED IN JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA; SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS, SERVITUDES, RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND OUTSTANDING MINERAL RIGHTS OF RECORD AFFECTING THE PROPERTY.

THAT CERTAIN MANUFACTURED/MOBILE HOME SITUATED ON THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY, BEING
A 2005, CAPPAERT 3802, MANUFACTURED HOME, SERJAL NO. CHVM040587621932A AND
CHVM04058761932B, 75.6 X 27.5, WHICH SAID MANUFACTURED HOME/MOBILE HOME WAS IMMOBILIZED PURSUANT TO ACT OF IMMOBILIZATION DATED MAY 0 I, 2006 AND FILED FOR RECORD AS INSTRUMENT NO, 369394 OF THE RECORDS OF JACKSON PARJSH, LOUISIANA.

Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all cost, sale to be made for cash with WITHOUT the benefit of appraisal.

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF
EX-OFFICIO, AUCTIONEER

SHERIFFS SALE

HODGE BANK & TRUST COMPANY
# 36619

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

ASHLEY COLLETTE WALKER
INDIVIDUALLY AND AS NATURAL TUTRIX
FOR MrNOR

A CERTAIN LOT OR PARCEL OF GROUND SITUATED IN JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, TOGETHER WITH ALL BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING, SITUATED IN THE SALTER SUBDIVISION AS REVISED, AND ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK AND RECORDER OF JACKSON PARJSH, IN CONVEYANCE BOOK OF PLATS A, PAGE 5 OF THE CONVEYANCE RECORDS OF JACKSON PARISH AS LOT SIX (6) OF SAID SUBDIVISION.

TOGETHER WITH ANY AND ALL PRESENT AND FUTURE BUILDINGS, CONSTRUCTIONS, COMPONENT PARTS, IMPROVEMENTS, ATTACHMENTS, APPURTENANCES, FIXTURES, RIGHTS, WAYS, PRIVILEGES, ADVANTAGES, BATTURE, AND BATTURE RlGHTS, SERVITUDES AND EASEMENTS OF EVERY TYPE AND DESCRIPTION, NOW AND/OR IN THE FUTURE RELATING TO THE PROPERTY, AND ANY AND ALL ITEMS AND FIXTURES ATTACHED TO AND/OR FORMING INTEGRAL OR COMPONENT PARTS OF THE PROPERTY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LOUISIANA CIVIL CODE.

THIS PROPERTY OR ITS ADDRESS IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS 105 SALTER AVE., JONESBORO, LA 71251

Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold to satisfy said Writ and all
cost, sale to be made for cash with WITH the benefit of appraisal.

8/17/22
9/21/22

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF
EX-OFFICIO AUCTIONEER
TINA M. SPILLERS, DEPUTY

 



Legislative Auditor pinpoints major problem of Town of Jonesboro finances

On August 1st, Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson and Mayor Pro Tempere, Nia Evans Johnson, received a correspondence from Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA), Michael J. Waguespack. The opinion that was disseminated allowed for a couple of interpretations to be construed. In summary and borrowing from the old Clint Eastwood classic film, the information received could be classified as: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good: Waguespack confirmed that the most recent audit submitted on fiscal year ending 6/30/2021 showed that the Town of Jonesboro was in compliance with audit law. It was also stated that the LLA had discontinued the monthly fiscal and grants monitoring process. This was welcome news since for several years the town has been out of compliance.
The Bad: The correspondence also stated that the LLA was concerned about the Town’s poor fiscal health. It was also noted that the Town’s financial condition would be even worse than what was reported in the 2021 audit were it not for the influx of ARPA funds.
The Ugly: Waguespack recommended the Town take immediate action to resolve utility billing procedures and especially problems associated with meter reading and billing. As the Legislative Auditor clearly identified, utility revenue collections is significant to the Town’s fiscal health.
This has been known by local officials ever since they took office but despite the problem being brought
to the forefront in Town Council meetings many times over the past several years sadly, nothing but
continued banter has ever been the result. For the record it has been many years since meters have
been able to be accurately read because of their inoperable condition. Each month the town loses
revenue due to this when it should be a major revenue source.

 


JP Sports Hall of Fame names Bethany Leach as 2021-22 QHS Female Athlete of the Year

The new buzz word in regard to athletic competition over the past several years is analytics. Webster’s dictionary defines analytics as the information resulting from the systematic analysis of data or statistics. 
Some say the use of analytics helps a team play to their fullest capacity. Others say that by making decision based only on statistics that it ruins the game.

Then there are others, mostly those from the “old school” that don’t care one way or the other about analytics. They know that while stats are good to know that what makes a winner is what is inside a player. How much effort does a player give? How encouraging is a player to their teammates? How many times are they willing to sacrifice their body to help save a play? To sum it up, how much heart does a player have? These are things that can’t be measured but are easily noticed.

It is those intangibles that sets Bethany Leach of Quitman High apart from the others. They are the main reason that she has been selected as the Female Athlete of the Year and will be honored at the annual Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet that will be held on October 1st in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

For the record, if you are of the persuasion to look only at the analytics, Leach easily qualifies for the selection in that regard as well. Since being inserted into the starting lineup in the opening game of district play when she was only in the eighth grade, Leach has earned first team All-District honors. That  ties her with only one other QHS girls basketball player in the last 20 years to have accomplished such a feat and barring any unforeseen injuries next year will certainly become a five time designee.

At the school awards banquet last year, Leach was named as the top Offensive Specialist for the third year in a row and led her team in Assists and Free Throw Percentage. As a 10th grader she led the Lady Wolverines in two-point field goal percentage and overall field goal percentage. Analytics anyone?

Basketball is just one of Leach’s talents. She also excels in track and field. This past year Leach helped her team earn point in the state meet by running legs in he 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays. As a junior she won the Outstanding Field Event Performer Award despite severely injuring her ankle prior to the district track meet. Perhaps most remarkable is that while in the 8th grade she ran cross country, participated in the state meet as a member of the 4×400 relay team and even won third in state in the long jump on her way to being named Team Track MVP.

Is analytics applicable to the classroom as well? If so, Leach meets the criteria there as well having compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average for four straight years. That includes being a member of the prestigious BETA Club.

What sets Leach apart has nothing to do with the things that can be measured, but by what can’t. Analytics will tell you she is only a little over five feet tall. What can’t be measured is the size of her heart for winning and willingness to be a leader through a tremendous work ethic. In this she is a giant.

Maybe that is the result of her father also being her coach. Not only a coach but an “old school” coach who was around when teaching a player what it meant to be a winner had nothing to do with crunching numbers and pouring over statistics. Like father, like daughter!


Tigers to host Grant High on Friday for preseason scrimmage

That special time of the year when “Friday Night” takes on a whole new meaning is now only a matter of days away. There is nothing quite like the glorious evening when you drive to your local high school and see the lights on the football stadium on. As you pull up a wide grin uncontrollably breaks out across your face. Your heart starts racing.  You just want to YELL! 

Are you ready for some football? YOU BETCHA! Been ready! Was ready for the new season to begin as soon as the last one ended. That is the way it is when your team has one of the most successful seasons in school history and the expectations of an even better one thyis year are on the horizon. 

This weekend the majority of the nearly 400 representative high schools of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) begins competitive play in pre-season scrimmages to mark the “un-official” opening of the 2022 prep football season. 

Locally, the fans of Jonesboro-Hodge will be treated to a matchup against Class 4A, Grant High School beginning at 6:00pm at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium. 

JHHS Head Coach Terrance Blankenship, now entering his school record tying 10th year as the Top Tiger, is eager to see the 2022 edition take to the field. 

“It has been a long hot summer and the guys are ready to hit someone beside their teammates,” laughed Blankenship. “We are excited about the prospects this season holds as the guys have worked hard. They want to take that next step.”

The “step” that Blankenship is referring to is advancing past the Class AA state semi-finals, which the Tigers achieved for the first time in three decades last season. 

On Saturday, August 27th, JHHS will participate once again in the annual Bayou Jamb. This year the season opening jamboree will be played for the first time at Joe Aillet Stadium on the campus of Louisiana Tech. JHHS will open the second day of play in the event that features 14 of the top teams in North Louisiana against another Class 4A school, Franklin Parish out of Winnsboro in a 1:00pm matchup.

The regular season begins with a bang the following Friday, September 2nd, when the Tigers venture to Lake Providence where JHHS will play General Trass High School. The contest will be one of the premier season opening matchups in the state as game pits last years best Class AA teams from northeast Louisiana  against each other. 

 


Corporate limits of Chatham to be reclassified as a Village

The corporate limits of Chatham will be reclassified as a Village. The move was made official by the Chatham Town Council members Marvin Davis, Toni Malone, Sue Proffer, and Mike Wilson during their regularly held monthly meeting on August 9th. Laverne Mixon was absent. 

While one important item on the agenca was approved, another got tabled. That involved possible raises for the Mayor and Council members. In addiitional action the July financial statement and meeting minutes were approved leading up to a a pair of Resolutions being passed.

Resolution 2022-13 authorized the take over of New Hope/ St. Clair bank account and other related
matters.
Resolution 2022-15 adopted the Residential Antidisplacement and Relocation Plan in accordance with a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) for Fiscal Year 2022.


J-H Elementary School to host Back-to-School Prep Day on Tuesday

On Wednesday, August 17th, students of the Jackson Parish School District will begin the 2022-23 school year. The day before, (Tuesday, August 16th) Jonesboro-Hodge Elemetary School, located at 2105 South Polk Ave. in Jonesboro, is hosting  a Back-to-School Prep Day from 4:30 – 6:30pm. The event hosted by new J-HES principal, Danielle Copeland, will take place in the school gymnasium.

Parents and students will enjoy a bevy of introductory activities such as meeting the teachers and administration as well as have the opportunity to complete required paperwork. Information about LEAP Scores, Title 1 Comprehensive Needs Assesment (CNA) and Wraparound Services will also be available along with the opportunity to sign up for Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) membership and register for the Online Spirit Store.


Part VI: Woody to Water – The Chronology of Caney Lake

NOTE: Today most people only know that Caney Creek Reservoir and Caney Lake State Park is considered one of the jewels of Sportsman’s Paradise, as the state is called. Few remember the countless trials, tribulations, pitfalls and roadblocks that had to be overcome or the role that Woody McDonald played in changing the woods into water. This week – Hubba Bubba!

Finally, it looked like all the I’s had been dotted and T’s crossed and the construction of the lake was moving along at a good pace. While it had taken a nearly a decade to get to that point the one thing that the project had always seemed to have going for it was that the political powers in Baton Rouge were generally on board with getting the lake completed.

One of the main cogs of the governmental machine that powered the process was State Representative, E.L “Bubba” Henry. The Jonesboro resident had been a key figure in getting things accomplished since day one. When Woody McDonald first pondered the idea of building the lake, Henry was one of the first people he talked to.

If McDonald is considered he “Father of Caney Lake,” then Bubba would be the favorite son.

“Bubba was very instrumental in Caney Lake getting built,” reflected McDonald. “It probably would have never gotten done were it not for the years of work he put into it.”

Whether by design or just plain luck, it seemed that Bubba was always in the right place at the right time every step of the way.

“Before he got elected as State Representative, Bubba was heavily involved with the state Public Works Department and held a lot of influence with them,” said McDonald. “He played a big role in getting the plans and engineering pushed through.”

In 1968 Henry was elected as the Louisiana State Representative from District 13 that covered Jackson, Bienville and Ouachita Parishes. Over the next four years no one in the state had their star rise in the political arena of Baton Rouge as high as Bubba, except for one.

That was Edwin Edwards, who in 1972 was elected as Governor of the state. Edwards and Bubba was tight as bosom buddies in those days, even to the point of Edwards playing a large role in Bubba being chosen as Speaker of the House through his strong endorsement. 

There couldn’t have been a better person to lead the voice in Baton Rouge for the completion of the lake than Bubba, now commanding in the third most powerful seat in Louisiana politics. That is until the summer of 1976. Suddenly the tremendous asset became a huge liability.

It really wasn’t Bubba’s fault. More so it was simply a case of the two “Alpha dogs” unable to share the limelight. Soon Edwards and Henry begin distancing themselves from each other. During the regular legislative session that summer the fued reached a boiling point when Henry refusal to back some of the Edwards administration spending programs.

That set the stage for a no-holds-barred political war between the two camps that at times got downright nasty. The battleground – Caney Lake!

Next Week – Shots are fired!


Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, August 21st

Third Sunday in August! Sounds familiar? It’s Annual Homecoming at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 908 Evergreen Road, Jonesboro, LA. The worship service begins on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. The guest evangelist will be the Reverend Dr. Robby D. Williams, Pastor, St. Rest Baptist Church, Minden, LA.

Pastor Reginald L. Staten and the entire Pleasant Grove church family shout out to each of you in the words of our homecoming theme: “Come Home to Friends and Family,” based on St. Mark 5:19, on this day of celebration and fellowship.


TRIP DOWN SOUTH TO “TIBBY-DOE”

If you live in south Louisiana, you call the name of the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, “Tibby-doe.”

If you live in north Louisiana up in red-neck country, you call the city by the same name as folks in Cajun country. North or south, its pronounced “Tibby-doe.”

I mention Thibodaux, home to some 16,000 residents because I just got back from there. Last weekend, the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) held its annual conference to celebrate the 75th year the organization has been in existence.

From my front door in Ruston to the Hampton Inn on Canal St. in Thibodaux, your odometer reads 275 miles. It’s a long haul from just about anywhere north of Alexandria. I was there for a brief time but there are several things that stand out about this city. When I left Ruston, my yard was in the process of burning to a crisp due to lack of rain. I drove into town Saturday morning with windshield wipers slapping out a tempo. It was raining and folks I talked to mentioned that it rains there nearly every day due, I suppose from its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Saw an awful lot of greenery there.

If you looked on a map, move your finger down, down again and way down to Baton Rouge. Thibodaux is 68 miles south of Baton Rouge. It’s 60 miles south west of the Big Easy.

The country up this way is known for its plethora of pine trees and fields of corn and soy beans. Down there, I saw hundreds of thousands of acres of sugar cane. You’d drive by a field and it was sugar cane as far as the eye could see.

Water? You want to see lots of water? Thibodaux is surrounded by canals and bayous and streams and cypress breaks. It sits on the banks of Bayou Lafourche. I spotted several vehicles parked along Highway 90 with folks sitting in lawn chairs and holding fishing rods. Although I didn’t see any, these same waters are home to a whole boatload of alligators.

Digging into the history of the city, it was founded in the late 1700s on the banks of the Lafourche and was a trading post between New Orleans and the Bayou Teche country. In 1808, Thibodaux became the parish seat of Lafourche Parish after the Louisiana Purchase was completed. The city was named for one of the early settlers Henry Schuyler Thibodaux. Probing a bit further, a travel guide commenting on Thibodaux a “classic Cajun community, big on fishing and reasons to party.”

I’ll bet that’s right.

Today, the city is home to Nichols State University, a four-year university offering over 100 programs of study with top ranked Nursing, Business, Biology, and Culinary Arts. For the sports fan, I learned that such well known college and professional football players are from this area. They include Eric Andolsek, Alan Faneca, Jarvis Green, Jordan Mills and Doug Moreau.

The city has been mentioned in several well known songs, such as Jerry Reed’s Amos Moses where he mentions the parents of Amos as “Doc Milsap”. I’m afraid Reed didn’t research the area well enough, located in his song as “forty-five minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Milsap? That doesn’t sound like a Cajun name. Doc “Broussard” or “Breaux” maybe.

I enjoyed my stay down there and would recommend to folks in this part of the country to plan a visit to the city of Tibby-doe. Oops….Thibodaux.

”The area around Thibodaux features swamps and lots of water.” Glynn Harris photo

FISHING REPORT

CANEY LAKE – Bass continue to school with some caught on topwater lures while bigger fish are hitting DD-22 crank baits of big plastic worms on the channel edges and drop-offs. Crappie are fair fishing shiners or jigs around the deeper tops. Bream fishing is fair 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 fishing has been good on crickets fished around the trees. Bass and crappie slow to fair. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – The river is on a slow rise Bass are best fishing the cuts with shad imitation lures. Crappie are best up the bayou and around tops in the river. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – The crappie are in the typical summer pattern as they have moved deep in the channels with jigs and shiners picking up a few. Bass are better around grass early mornings on topwater lures and buzz baits. Later in the day, some are being caught on crank baits and soft plastics. Bream are fair in the sloughs while catfish continue to bite fishing night crawlers or cold worms off the banks. For latest information, call Anderson Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bass fishing has been fair this week with soft plastics picking up a few. The crappie have moved to brush along the channels and best catches have been made fishing shiners 8-10 feet deep in 16 foot water. Catfishing has been fair to good on cold worms or blood bait. Bream are fair on crickets. No report on stripers. For latest information, call Kel’s Cove at 927-2264 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing is fair while crappie and bream are slow. Bass have been fair with a 6 pounder reported. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – Catfishing has been good on yo-yos. Bass are fair while bream and crappie are slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is on a slow fall and fishing in general has been rather slow. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.