Symptoms and Signs of Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout this month the Jackson Parish Hospital is providing important information about breast cancer, including lifestyle related risk factors and how to get treatment and/or support.

Whether you or a loved one are worried about developing breast cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through breast cancer treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment this detailed information can help you find the answers you need.

Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional. Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two and the presence of these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that you have breast cancer. By performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast. 

The following are signs of possibly having breast cancer:

  1. A change in how the breast or nipple looks or feels.
  2. Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area.
  3. A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast. (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
  4. A lump in the breast. (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.
  5. Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast.
  6. Dimpling anywhere on the breast.
  7. Unexplained swelling of the breast. (especially if on one side only)
  8. Unexplained shrinkage of the breast. (especially if on one side only)
  9. Recent asymmetry (unequal or lack of sameness) of the breasts. Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.
  10. Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Jackson Parish Hospital at 318-259-4435.


McCallum the clear choice, record speaks for itself

McCallum is currently on the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal. Before that, he served as a judge of the Third Judicial District (Lincoln and Union Parishes). Prior to being elected judge, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1992-2002).

As the only candidate who has rendered decisions as a trial court judge, McCallum is uniquely qualified to be our next Supreme Court Justice given that the job requires reviewing other judge’s decisions.

To be fair, how can someone grade the decisions of others if they have no experience making those decisions? In order to do the job and to be fair in the decisions a Supreme Court Justice is asked to make, that person should have experience in making those decisions. McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has presided over trials and sentenced criminals.

McCallum has also been endorsed by the PACs of the Associated General Contractors, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, the Louisiana Home Builders Association, and the Associated Builders and Contractors. These PACs represent thousands of members and workers who have endorsed Judge McCallum because of his record of fairness.

McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has a pro-life, pro-second amendment, pro-family record as a legislator who co-authored NRA legislation supported by Charlton Heston and Wayne Lapierre.

Again, he is the only candidate who has experience as a Prosecutor, a State Representative, a District Court Judge, and a Court of Appeal Judge. McCallum has the most judicial experience in the race for Louisiana Supreme Court with 18 years as a judge and the most legal experience with 35 years as an attorney.

Because of his record of working with law enforcement to help keep our families and communities safe, McCallum has the law enforcement endorsement of Sheriffs, retired Sheriffs, District Attorneys, retired District Attorneys, Chiefs of Police and retired Chiefs of Police from 15 of the 20 parishes that comprise the Supreme Court district:

Sheriff John Ballance, Bienville Parish; District Attorney John Belton, 3rd JD; Chief of Police Andre Benson, Junction City; Sheriff Clay Bennett, Caldwell Parish; Sheriff Andy Brown, Jackson Parish; Chief of Police Joe Bryan, Spearsville; Sheriff Sammie Byrd, Madison Parish; Chief of Police Tommy Clark, Grambling; Sheriff Kevin Cobb, Franklin Parish; Chief of Police Bim Coulberston, Farmerville; Chief of Police Mark Dodd, Marion; District Attorney Penny Douciere, 5th JD; Chief of Police Don Dufour, Dubach; District Attorney Brian Frazier, 37th JD; Chief of Police Sandy Freeman, Simsboro;Sheriff Dusty Gates, Union Parish; Sheriff Gary Gilley, Richland Parish; Chief of Police Randal Hermes, Louisiana Tech; Chief of Police Eddie Horton, Bernice; Ret. Sheriff Wayne Houck, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Rickey Jones, Tensas Parish; Sheriff Cranford Jordan, Winn Parish; Ret. District Attorney Mack Lancaster, 5th JD; Sheriff Scott Mathews, West Carroll Parish; Ret. Sheriff Steve May, Caldwell Parish; Chief of Police Van McDaniel, Homer; Chief of Police Jerry Melton, Grambling University; Chief of Police Bobby J. Milner, Choudrant; District Attorney Chris Nevils, 8th JD; District Attorney Danny Newell, 2nd JD; Sheriff Jason Parker, Webster Parish; Ret. Chief of Police Minor Patton, Bernice; District Attorney Jimbo Paxton, 6th JD; Ret. Sheriff Jerry Philley, West Carroll Parish; Chief of Police Earl Roberts, Downsville; Sheriff Jay Russell, Ouachita Parish; Chief of Police Lewis B. Russell, Oak Grove; Ret. Sheriff Gary Sexton, Webster Parish; Ret. Sheriff Mike Stone, Lincoln Parish; District Attorney Steve Tew, 4th JD; Sheriff Mike Tubbs, Morehouse Parish; Ret. Sheriff Ken Volentine, Claiborne Parish; Sheriff Stephen Williams, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Wydette Williams, East Carroll Parish.

Early voting begins Friday, Oct 16 and goes through Oct 27, 2020 with Election Day Nov 3

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Jackson Parish Police Jury declares Saturday, October 17th as Volunteer Appreciation Day

It has never happened in Jackson Parish before and hopefully won’t again. A little over six weeks the area residents received their first ever experience of having a storm of hurricane strength rip through the area causing an incredible amount of damage and even claiming a life.

As soon as it was safe to do so recovery efforts went into motion. The result was a tremendous collective effort from not only every local village, town and parish public organizations but also numerous businesses and individuals.

In an effort to show their appreciation board members Amy Magee, Todd Culpepper, Lewis Chatham, John McCarty, Regina Rowe, Tarneshala (Niki) Cowans and Lynn Treadway presented Certificates of Appreciation  and declared Saturday, October 17th Volunteer Appreciation Day at the regularly scheduled October Jackson Parish Police Jury meeting.

Those receiving the Certificates of Appreciation were:

Town of Chatham
Chatham Police Department
Village of East Hodge
East Hodge Police Department
Town of Eros
Eros Police Department
Village of Hodge
Hodge Police Department
Hodge Fire Department District 1
Town of Jonesboro
Jonesboro Fire Department
Jonesboro Police Department
Jonesboro Fire Department District 1
Village of North Hodge
North Hodge Police Department
Village of Quitman
Quitman Police Department
Quitman Fire Department District 1
District 2 Fire Department
District 3 Fire Department
District 4 Fire Department
Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office
Ambulance Service District
Jackson Parish Police Jury OEP Department, Mr. Mark Treadway
Jackson Parish Police Jury Road Department
Jackson Parish Police Jury Solid Waste Department
Jackson Parish Police Jury Maintenance Department
Jackson Parish Police Jury Administration Department
National Guard
Shreveport National Weather Service
State Fire Marshall’s Office
Region 8 GOHSEP
National Guard
Senator Jay Morris
Representative Jack McFarland
McCartney Oil
Reed Plumbing

Police Jury President Amy Magee also read aloud the Proclamation below for Volunteer Appreciation Day in recognition of the Jackson Parish businesses, houses of worship, and citizen volunteers:

WHEREAS, Since the early days of our nation, volunteers have played a vital role in our greatest challenges and triumphs. Volunteer service, whether in times of war or peace is integral in addressing community issues and helps to unite us around a common purpose while still addressing critical needs.

WHEREAS, Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana on Thursday, August 27, 2020; and in her aftermath, the residents of Jackson Parish found their communities in a ‘state of emergency’. The health and well-being of our families, friends, and neighbors which are critical to the continued vitality and prosperity of our parish was threatened.

WHEREAS, our Houses of Worship, our local businesses and our citizens have been dedicated to enriching our towns and villages for decades and have worked hard to make Jackson Parish a better place for everyone. These individuals understand that citizen volunteers are critical to the community.

WHEREAS, the residents of Jackson Parish were able to depend on these volunteers to use their unique knowledge and awareness of the needs in their communities to combine their assets and resources to render an invaluable service during the Jackson Parish Recovery.

WHEREAS, these selfless volunteers were comprised of our businesses, our faith-based organizations, and our citizens they demonstrated commitment through their tireless service. They showed compassion by providing for their neighbors and friends and dedication through passionate involvement and contributions to the overall success of the Jackson Parish Recovery.

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize those who give of themselves for the betterment of their communities, the Jackson Parish Police Jury considers it necessary and proper to highlight those individuals from our businesses, Houses of Worship and citizens for their unwavering support during this critical time.

THEREFORE, the Jackson Parish Police Jury has set aside a day for citizen volunteer service to honor these volunteers, “who through their shared commitment to community service” ,encourage hope, promote benevolence, demonstrate compassion, and strengthen bonds in the Jackson Parish Community. We call upon the citizens of Jackson Parish, as you engage in your activities of service, to use your knowledge, skills, ideas, and creativity to honor, advocate for, and bring awareness to Volunteerism.





Jonesboro Assistant Police Chief Ciera Murphy presented life saver award

She was just doing her job. At least that is the way Jonesboro Assistant Police Chief Ciera Murphy thinks. Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson and the Board of Aldermen thinks differently though and that is why she received a special life savers award at the city council meeting this past Tuesday evening. They felt she went above and beyond her duty and as result saved a man’s life.

The award stems from what took place on August 13th when Murphy responded to a shooting at the Jackson Square Apartments. Upon arriving she saw a trail of blood leading to an upstairs domicile. Murphy entered the apartment and saw a man lying on the floor with blood pouring out of his upper leg.

“The way the blood was pumping out it was obvious that the shot had hit the major artery in his leg and I had to get the blood flow stopped or I knew he would soon bleed out,” said Murphy recalling the event. “I saw a shirt nearby, grabbed it up and made a make-shift tourniquet which I applied above the wound.”

Within minutes additional Jonesboro Police Officers, Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Emergency Responders with the Ambulance Service arrived, secured the area and stabilized the victim who eventually made a full recovery.

“There is no question that Assistant Chief Murphy saved this young man’s life,” said Jonesboro Police Chief James “Spike” Harris who did the honors of giving Murphy the award. “It is a true blessing to have someone with her knowledge and capability on our force.”

Candidates Forum Set for Saturday, October 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor Edwards Announces Louisiana Will Stay in Phase 3 Throughout October

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

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

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

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

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

Home Opener! Tigers Host Rosepine This Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keys to victory:

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


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

Rick Warren for Judge Campaign Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


By: Glynn Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

LAKE D’ARBONNE – The lake level is about 4 feet down with the drawdown underway. Crappie have followed the water as it falls with best fishing being in the channel on shiners or jigs. Bass are also in the deeper holes in the channel with crank baits and soft plastics picking up a few. No report on bream but channel catfish continue to bite off the banks on cold worms and night crawlers. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – Crappie fishing has been good this week around the submerged tops and stumps on shiners or jigs. Some bass are being caught around the banks but they are running small to medium size. Topwaters, spinners and soft plastics are picking up a few. Stripers have been best trolling white bucktails or spoons while the bream have slowed down. No report on catfish this week. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

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

LAKE POVERTY POINT – Crappie are fair on shiners or jigs. Catfishing has been good on blood bait. Bass have been fair while bream are slow. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318-878-0101.

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

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

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

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

Jackson Parish Recreation Board Discuss Fee Increase at Golf Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scheduled activity at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department

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

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

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

Scheduled activity at the Golf Course

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

Upcoming Registration information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remember This? Ian’s Intervention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  1. The Guardian (London, England), March 21, 1974, p.1.
  2. Social Security Administration. “Top 5 Names in Each of the Last 100 Years.” Accessed October 2, 2020.
  3. Hagen, Carrie. “The Bloody Attempt to Kidnap a British Princess.” Smithsonian Magazine. Accessed October 2, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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