Jonesboro Board of Aldermen set date for public hearing on surplus property

At the regularly scheduled January 12th meeting that was held via tele-conference the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen introduced an Ordinance in regard to the sale of Surplus Property and set a date of February 9th, 2021 for a Public Hearing to be held for discussion on the matter. 
 
The ordinance would amend the Jonesboro Code of Ordinances to create a section entitled “Surplus Property” and would deal specifically with the authorization to sale of the undivided interest of the Town of Jonesboro in a tract of immovable property.
 
The meeting began with Public Comments  where Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Director Wilda Smith expressed that the Chamber was eager to work closely with the Town in coming year. That was followed by Mayor Leslie Thompson updating the Board on the project he and the Public Works department have been working on in relation to residents that are currently not in the water billing system. 
 
A placement of a mobile home at 415 Northeast Street was then approved after the board voted to accept the December meeting minutes, December bills and the December financial statement that showed a breakdown of actual income/spending in relation to the budget.
 
In final action before the Public Works, Police and Fire Department reports were heard, the board approved the recommendation of Jonesboro Police Chief James “Spike” Harris to rehire Warren Johnson as a full time officer and to change the status of Faylon Napper from full time to reserve due to his Armed Forces deployment. 

School Board recognizes faculty members and students of the year

The monthly meeting of the Jackson Parish School board that was postponed from Monday, January 11th to Thursday, January 14th due to the winter storm that blanketed the area was worth the wait. Instead of the normal, run of the mill meeting that usually takes place the evening was a night of celebration as faculty members and students of the year were recognized.

The meeting that was held at the Jonesboro-Hodge High School cafeteria opened with Board members Mary Saulters, Dennis Clary, Wade McBride, Calvin Waggoner, Gerry Mims and Rickey McBride along with Business Manager Kristi Bass enjoying watching Superintendent David Claxton give plaques and certificates to the various award winners. Gloria Davis was absent.

Representatives from three separate categories received recognized including State of Louisiana faculty award winners, Jackson Parish Faculty and Jackson Parish Students representing Elementary, Middle School and High School divisions.

Two Jackson Parish faculty members received Louisiana Teacher of the Year recognition in their respective fields. Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School teacher/coach Tracy Taylor was named the 2020 Middle School Physical Education (PE) Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Association for Health, PE, Recreation and Dance with Tristen Bergholt earned Teacher of the Year honors by the Louisiana School Counselor Association.

Faculty of the Year award winners for Jackson Parish for high schools were Chevonda Leonard of Jonesboro-Hodge High School as Principal of the Year and Kimberly Shows of Weston High as Teacher of the Year. Additional honorees were Pre-K, teacher Emily Smith of Weston High School for the Elementary School division middle school teacher of the year April Simonelli from Quitman. Receiving awards as Student of the Year were Weston High 5th grader, Anna Shows and both 8th grader Cali Deal and 12th grader Grace Sharplin of Quitman High.

After the award winners were recognized by Superintendent David Claxton the School Board continued with the meeting by approving the minutes from the December session followed by Matthew Margaglio of Kolder, Slaven and Company LLC presenting the June 2020 audit. The board then moved to adopt the recommended payments and declarations of the Executive/Finance and Building and Grounds Committee’s as follows.

Payment of General Fund bills – $2,269,138.20
Payment of Federal Program bills – $172,777,67
Payment of Food Service bills – $88,443.37
Payment of Sales Tax bills – $766,483.03
Payment of Special Education Fund bills – $32,568.42
Payment of District Maintenance bills – $112,462.79

Extend until March 31, 2021 any unused Covid Leave Days from 2020 and to add 10 days if the school system sends and employee home for Covid reasons to be paid from the CARES Act.

Declare as surplus property and discard the portable building at Jonesboro-Hodge (J-H) Middle School that was damaged by Hurricane Laura.

Declare as Surplus and discard the Reznor Heater in the old gym at Quitman High School.

Declare as Surplus and discard the Electric Wheel Chair ramp at J-H Middle School.

Declare as Surplus a Plasma Table (Torchmate II) and controls at Weston High School and move to JHHS welding department to be used for parts.

Purchase from Diadex for the amount of $8,565.00 eighteen (18) Eureka Math Manipulative Kits for QHS K-5 use to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

Accept low quote of $5,964.00 from Contact Paper Group, Inc. for 240 cases of copy paper for all schools to be paid from Title I School District Level funds.

Purchase from Amplify in the amount of $15,355.10 for Science Kits, Teacher Guides/Licenses and student notebooks for Grades 3-5 at Jonesboro-Hodge Elementary School, to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

Purchase from Amplify in the amount of $14,938.88 for Science Kits, Teacher Guides/Licenses and student notebooks for Grades 3-5 at Weston High School, to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

Purchase from Amplify in the amount of $15,771.39 for Science Kits, Teacher Guides/Licenses and student notebooks for Grades 3-5 at Quitman High School, to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

Accept low quote of $16,100.12 from SHI for 50 HP Chromebooks (with academic licenses and White Glove service), One Chromebook Cart, Four Dell Latitude Notebooks (laptops) and 2 Dell OptiPlex Computers for Weston High School to be paid from Title I School Bases funds.

Pay $15,609.02 to Sharon’s Little Angel Day Care Inc. as approved by the LA Department of Education to help early childhood community networks recover from income losses due to the pandemic, to be paid from COVID-19 Community Child Care Recovery Grant.

Accept low quote of $95,000.00 from Southern Roof and Vinyl Siding LLC for roof replacement at the Central Office to be paid from the General Fund

Accept the low quote of $5,967.00 from Bannister Energy Solutions for the re-routing of electrical and fiber wiring at the Central Office.

Following acceptance of policy revisions in the areas of: Purchasing, Bids and Quotations, Sports Injury Management and Concussions, Student Health Services, Child Abuse, Attendance Reports for Student Drivers, Employments of Superintendent and Retired Personnel, School Board Meeting, Suspension, Expulsion, Sale of Surplus, Sick Leave and Electronic Telecommunication Devices for Personnel the meeting was adjourned after Superintendent Claxton made his final comments.

Madison Coody and Andrew McBride named Homecoming Queen/King at Weston High School

https://sasselynnhenanigans.pixieset.com/homecomingparade2020/Friday, January 15th was a night that twelve young ladies, their escorts, friends and family members will never forget as Weston High School celebrated Homecoming by recognizing the King, Queen and her Court along with Miss Merry Christmas 2020.weston homecoming court  

The gala event that took place prior to the Weston vs Forest girls basketball game began with Mallory Tolar, escorted by WHS Principal Ritchie Tolar being recognized as Miss Merry Christmas 2020. This was followed by the introduction of the Queens Court and their escorts in the order of Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior class representatives. The event was then climaxed by the introduction of Madison Coody and Andrew McBride as Queen and King.Miss Merry Christmas

Court members and their escorts included:

Freshman Class: Faith Beamesderfer escorted by Jude Otwell and Carroll Ann Foshee escorted by Tayt Henderson
Sophomore Class: Emma Kate McBride escorted by Bryan McMillan and Hannah McDowell escorted by Mitchel Mathews
Junior Class: Mattie Claire Beaubouef escorted by Caleb Waters, Mary Catherine Hay escorted by Elijah McBride and Makenzie Henderson escorted by Seth Peterson
Senior Class: Lauren Maxwell escorted by Jace Holt, Macie Hall escorted by Cooper Harvey and Audrey Welch escorted by Cody Kent

To see more pictures of the Homecoming ceremony and the Parade that took place earlier please visit:
https://sasselynnhenanigans.pixieset.com/homecomingparade2020/
https://sasselynnhenanigans.pixieset.com/homecomingceremony2021

“Second Season” begins for area prep teams

It is called the “second season” and if you ask any coach they will tell you it is the most important season of all and winning it is one of the main goals of their team. Beginning this coming Tuesday, every local area team and virtually the entire state, starts competing against teams in their respective districts. 

There was a time in Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) when winning district was the only way a team could compete for a state title. Even after second place and even third place teams were allowed in expanded playoff brackets, winning the district title assured a school of a top seeding. Now  in the day of “power points”  determining seedings and virtually every team makes the playoffs  in the overall scheme of things winning district is not as vital as it used to be but claiming the title is still special. 

There is not a player or coach who ever graced the hardwoods that doesn’t remember clinching a district title.  The may not remember the score or even who they played against but they will always remember being the district champion.

It is also something that is talked about again and again years and decades later by old timers who remind all the young whippersnappers that when they played they were district champs. Being a district champion stays with you forever.  

In an effort to provide Jackson Parish Journal readers the best prep information that can be found district standings for each of area schools (bold print) will be provided each week throughout the rest of the season. Official LHSAA Class or Division rankings as well as the upcoming schedule for each for the week of January 20-26 is shown as well. District games are denoted with a (D). Tuesday, January 19th, games are not included due to press time requirements. 

BOYS STANDINGS

District 2-5AOverall District
Ouachita9-82-0
West Monroe8-31-0
Ruston12-21-1
ASH16-50-0
West Ouachita6-60-1
Pineville3-140-2

January 22 (Friday): Ruston at West Ouachita (D), 
January 25 (Monday): Homer at Ruston, 
January 26 (Tuesday): Ruston at ASH (D)

District 1-2AOverallDistrict
Jonesboro-Hodge4-40-0
North Caddo4-140-0
D’Arbonne Woods1-90-0
Lakeside0-50-0

January 22 (Friday): Summerfield at Jonesboro-Hodge
January 26 (Tuesday): Lakeside at Jonesboro-Hodge (D)

District 3-2AOverallDistrict
Many5-00-0
Winnfield7-10-0
Lakeview13-50-0
Red River7-60-0

January 22 (Friday): Lakeview at Winnfield (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Winnfield at Many (D)

District 1-1AOverallDistrict
Calvary Baptist16-52-0
Homer5-62-0
Arcadia8-12-0
Ringgold8-101-0
Lincoln Prep2-90-1
Plain Dealing1-90-2
Haynesville0-50-2
Magnolia SOE0-70-2

January 22 (Friday): Arcadia at Lincoln Prep (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Calvary Baptist at Arcadia (D), Magnolia SOE at Lincoln Prep (D)

District 2-1AOverallDistrict
Delhi5-75-0
Tensas3-13-1
Oak Grove2-12-1
Sicily Island2-31-1
Ouachita Christian4-111-1
St. Frederick7-63-2
Delta Charter2-50-5
Cedar Creek6-80-5

January 22 (Friday): Cedar Creek at St. Frederick (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Ouachita Christian at Cedar Creek (D)

District 1BOverallDistrict
Doyline4-00-0
Dodson5-50-0
Saline4-40-0
Castor3-60-0

January 21 (Thursday):Quitman at Saline
January 22 (Friday): Saline at Dodson (D)
January 25 (Monday): Dodson at Montgomery
January 26 (Tuesday):Dodson at Castor (D), Doyline at Saline (D)

District 2BOverallDistrict
Simsboro13-10-0
Quitman10-30-0
Choudrant9-50-0
Weston8-110-0

January 21 (Thursday): Quitman at Saline, Weston at Ringgold
January 22 (Friday): G’town at Quitman, Union at Choudrant, Franklin Parish at Simsboro, Weston at Forest
January 26 (Tuesday): Choudrant at Quitman (D), Weston at Simsboro (D)

District 4COverallDistrict
Calvin3-30-0
Harrisonburg3-70-0
Georgetown2-90-0
Central-Jonesville2-100-0
Atlanta1-60-0

January 21 (Thursday): Harrisonburg at Calvin (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Atlanta at Calvin (D)

GIRLS STANDINGS

District 2-5AOverallDistrict
Pineville11-42-1
Ouachita9-82-1
ASH8-70-0
Ruston15-51-1
West Ouachita7-40-1
West Monroe6-40-1

January 22 (Friday): Ruston at West Ouachita (D), 
January 26 (Tuesday): Ruston at ASH (D)

District 1-2AOverallDistrict
Jonesboro-Hodge6-40-0
D’Arbonne Woods3-90-0
Lakeside1-30-0
North Caddo2-30-0

January 21 (Thursday): Gibsland-Coleman at Jonesboro-Hodge
January 22 (Friday): Summerfield at Jonesboro-Hodge
January 26 (Tuesday): Lakeside at Jonesboro-Hodge (D)

District 3-2AOverallDistrict
Lakeview11-30-0
Many9-30-0
Winnfield5-20-0
Red River4-70-0

January 22 (Friday): Lakeview at Winnfield (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Winnfield at Many (D)

District 1-1AOverallRecord
Haynesville5-52-0
Plain Dealing5-52-0
Homer4-61-0
Ringgold3-90-1
Calvary Baptist1-20-1
Lincoln Prep1-80-1
Arcadia2-70-2

January 22 (Friday): Arcadia at Lincoln Prep (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Calvary Baptist at Arcadia (D)

District 2-1AOverallDistrict
Ouachita Christian19-23-0
Delhi2-61-0
St. Frederick1-00-0
Cedar Creek12-22-1
Oak Grove7-31-2
Sicily Island0-50-2
Tensas0-20-2
Delta Charter5-42-2

January 22 (Friday): Cedar Creek at St. Frederick (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Ouachita Christian at Cedar Creek (D)

District 1BOverallDistrict
Castor6-60-0
Doyline3-40-0
Dodson0-70-0
Saline0-90-0

January 21 (Thursday):Quitman at Saline
January 22 (Friday): Saline at Dodson (D)
January 26 (Tuesday):Dodson at Castor (D), Doyline at Saline (D)

District 2BOverallDistrict
Quitman14-20-0
Choudrant10-60-0
Weston10-80-0
Simsboro5-50-0

January 21 (Thursday): Quitman at Saline, Weston at Ringgold
January 22 (Friday): G’town at Quitman, Union at Choudrant, Franklin Parish at Simsboro, Weston at Forest
January 26 (Tuesday): Choudrant at Quitman (D), Weston at Simsboro (D)

District 4COverallDistrict
Georgetown5-30-0
Central-Jonesville6-70-0
Harrisonburg2-80-0
Atlanta1-60-0
Calvin1-70-0

January 21 (Thursday): Harrisonburg at Calvin (D)
January 26 (Tuesday): Atlanta at Calvin (D)

Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce elects Officers and Board for 2021

Each year an organization will elect new officers to serve. The Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce is no different and at the regularly scheduled January meeting outgoing Chamber President, Johnny Horton introduced the new officers and board members for 2021. 

president plaque chamberServing as the new President will be Andrea Malone with Darrell Avery stepping into the Vice President role. Karen Tolar was elected as Secretary with Carla Smith becoming Treasurer. Chamber Board members selected were Judie Blalock, Clay Carroll, Johnny Horton, Glen Kirkland Randy Layfield, Dean Rushing, Yumeaka Washington and John Williams. Director, Wilda Smith will continue her duties

The Chamber plays an important role in bettering Jackson Parish for not only the business community bot for all residents. Through their efforts business services are provided, opportunities and endeavors are developed and networking among various business owners is enhanced.

“Krewe of Life” Blood Drive at Jonesboro Library rescheduled for February 1st

The rare winter storm that blanketed the area in several inches of snow last week was beautiful to see but it did cause problems. One was the forced postponement of the “Krewe of Life” blood drive sponsored by Life Share Blood Center that was to take place at the Jackson Parish Library.

This has now been rescheduled for Monday, February 1st from 10:00am to 4:00pm. To register in advance contact Joanna Gibson at 318-259-5697 or go online to: https://donor.lifeshare.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/220661

When you give blood, you give the gift of life as your donation will go to someone battling cancer, enduring sickle cell disease, undergoing surgery or suffering through a traumatic accident. As an added incentive, donors will receive a “Krewe of Life” T-Shirt. (while supplies last)

Several additional activities are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week as shown below. 

Upcoming Jonesboro Branch activities

January 20thBrown’s Hearing Market Research Program (10:00am – 4:00pm)
Participants can evaluate a new digital hearing instrument. This new digital technology is revolutionary in its ability to provide a natural sound experience within a device that is at the same time comfortable, discreet and easy to use. No registration required.
January 21 Break up with Salt (11:30am – 12:45 pm or 5:30pm – 6:30pm)
The virtual program, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, provides information on the good and bad that the use of Salt does to your body. Register by calling Cathy Judd at 318-251-5134.
January 22A New Year – A New You (11:00am – 12:00pm)
The virtual program, sponsored by the LSU-AgCenter, features tips on how to manage your food dollars, staying physically active and having a balanced calorie, controlled diet. Register by calling Cathy Judd at 318-251-5134.
January 28Break up with Salt (11:30am – 12:45 pm or 5:30pm – 6:30pm)
February 1 – “Krewe of Life” Blood Donation Drive (10:00am – 4:00pm)

Upcoming Chatham Branch activities

A take home Fitness Class Program is available for check out by calling 318-249-2980

Children programs

Take Home Art Projects and Surprises are now available. To register call the Jonesboro branch at 318-259-5697 and speak to Terrye Shackleford.

Outreach Services

Monthly personalized delivery of books, audiobooks, magazines and more are available to residents of Jackson Parish, including Nursing Home residents and in-home daycares.

Traditional Services

Provided at both branches are the ability to check out Music CD’s, Graphic Novels, Books, Audio Books, Genealogy Resources, DVD’s, Magazines and E-books for your tablet/smartphone. Fax and copy services are also available. Printing can be done from your Smartphone or Tablets through a free mobile printing app by sending an email along with attachments to: jpl-jonesboro@printspots.com or jpl-chatham@printspots.com

Jonesboro Branch information:

Address: 614 South Polk Avenue
Phone: 318-259-5697
Fax: 318-259-3374
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday (8:00am – 5:30pm), Saturday (8:00am – 12:00pm)

Chatham Branch information:

Address: 1500 Pine Street
Phone: 318-249-2980
Fax: 318-249-2981
Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday (8:30am – 6:00pm), Friday & Saturday (8:30am-12:30pm)

 

Jackson Parish boy hoops teams go undefeated for the week

It might not have been as pretty to eyes as the snow that blanketed Jackson Parish on Sunday and Monday a week ago but for the coaches of the boys basketball teams in Jackson Parish the games played on the following Tuesday thru Friday was a beautiful sight to see.  Instead of a winter storm it was a “perfect storm” that was enjoyed as Quitman and Weston, who celebrated Homecoming on Friday, won both of their contests while J-H played only one but ended up with the most impressive victory of all. 

It wasn’t only the Jackson Parish teams that had a good week but the entire expanded Jackson Parish Journal coverage area which went 13-7 overall in games played January 12th thru the 15th. Area schools Dodson and Winnfield also won a pair of games  with Ruston, Saline and Choudrant winning one of two each. The schedule wasn’t as rewarding for Calvin and Cedar Creek which lost both of their contests and West Ouachita who dropped the only game they played. 

Weston 60 Forest 56 (Friday, January 15th): Jace Holt, who returned to the team earlier in the week after an extended absence, scored 28 points for a second straight time to help the Wolves honor Queen Madison Coody and her court with a victory. The season best tying, second straight win improved Weston to 8-11 and dropped fellow Class B foe, Forest to 2-11 on the year.

After both teams managed only seven points in the first eight minutes, Braden Theriot and Landon Roberts scored eight and seven respectively in the game deciding, second quarter that saw Weston win by a 24-13 margin. Theriot, who finished with 12 and has emerged as a solid scoring threat in 2021, was a perfect 7 of 7 from the free throw line where as a team Weston went 10 for 14.

Forest made a run in the second half to make the game close but Holt and Eli McBride, who scored 8 of his 10 points in the contest, was pivotal in helping Weston keep Forest at bay , who had only four players score but all reach double figures. Kaden Shirley added a second quarter trey to round out the scoring for the Wolves. 

Weston (8-11)     7 24 10 19 – 60
Forest (2-11)       7 13 13 23 – 56

WHS scoring: Holt 28, Theriot 12, McBride 11, Roberts 7, Shirley 3
Forest scoring: Seamons 19, Williams 15, Hudson 12, Miley 10 

Weston 74 Atlanta 59 (Tuesday, January 12th): It would be safe to say that things have definitely changed for the better for Weston in their long series against traditional Class C foe, Atlanta as the Wolves won easily for their sixth straight victory over the last three years after dropping 33 of 35 in the previous decade. 

Jace Holt scored a game high 28 points in the first game he has played in 2021 to help the Wolves stop a two game slide and improve to 7-11 on the year. After nearly two decades of being a dominate team in Class C, Atlanta has fallen on hard times in recent years and continue to struggle this season with a 1-6 record.

It was one of the best shooting nights of the year for Weston as they canned 11 shots from behind the arc as a team to pave the way to their season tying high in point total. Davis Tolar led the trey parade with four en-route to a strong 18 point performance. Eli McBride, Kaden Shirley and Cooper Harvey would also go down town as they finished the contest with 13, 8 and 3 respectively. Freshman Braden Theriot chipped in with four.

Weston (7-11)   14 19 17 24 – 74
Atlanta (1-6)     13 13 20 13 – 59

WHS scoring: Holt 28, Tolar 18, McBride 13, Shirley 8, Theriot 4, Harvey 3
AHS scoring: nash 26, Watkins 14, Slauter 6, Jenkins 4, Sykes 4, Nash 4

Quitman 49 Calvin 43 (Friday, January 15th): The Wolverines had to work the hardest to remain perfect in their two games when they grabbed victory out of the jaws of defeat with a tremendous second half rally over Calvin this past Friday night to win their season best fifth in a row by a 49-43 score. In earlier action the night before the Wolverines had no trouble taking down Castor 66-42.

Calvin raced out to a 20-5 first quarter lead over home-standing Quitman and went into the half with a commanding 29-12 advantage. The Wolverines flipped the script in the third to win the quarter by a 21-6 margin and outscored the Cougars 37-15 in the second half to win their 10th of the year against only 3 losses. Calvin fell to 3-3 on the year.

Joshua Smith led the way for Quitman with 15 points and 9 boards with freshman Logan Ponder adding a career high 13 on the strength of making 3 of 6 from behind the arc. Cooper Williams added nine and both Blake Carter and John Pabaya chipping in with five. L.D. Manning added a basket to round out the scoring. 

Both teams struggled with their shooting as Quitman hit only 35.5% of their shots and Calvin making 36% of theirs. From the three point line it was even worse as Calvin and Quitman both shot just a little over 16% but that is where the difference in the game was as the Wolverines made five bombs compared to just three for Calvin.

Quitman (10-3)      5 7 21 16 – 49
Calvin (3-3)           20 8   5    9 – 43

QHS scoring: Smith 15, Ponder 13, Williams 9, Carter 5, Pabaya 5, Manning 2

Quitman 66 Castor 42 (Thursday, January 14th): The Wolverines outscored Castor in every quarter and had a much easier time of it against former district rival Castor thanks to a double-double from Joshua Smith who scored 18 points on a perfect 9 of 9 shooting night  and added 13 rebounds. Cooper Williams was just one point behind with 17 and Ethan Everett chipped in with 7 as head coach Mike Black played the entire 15 man roster and nine players scored.

Quitman shot the ball well from inside the arc making 54.% of their attempts but it was the defensive effort that really stood out as the Wolverines allowed Castor to make only 14 of 53 attempts (26.4%) and just 4 of 18 from behind the arc.

Quitman (9-3)    9 16 22 19 – 66
Castor (2-6)         3 13 14 12 – 42

QHS scoring: Smith 18, Williams 17, Everett 7, Ponder 6, Rowe 4, Carter 3, Manning 2, Walker 2, Pabaya 2

Jonesboro-Hodge 46 Lakeview 44 (Friday, January 15th): Jonesboro-Hodge continued their trek through the “murderer’s row” portion of the schedule with impressive results by overcoming a ten point, third quarter deficit to take down 6th ranked Lakeview 46-44 in a thrilling Class 2A battle. The contest marked the 5th straight game that the Tigers have faced an opponent ranked in the top ten of their representative class. 

After spotting homestanding Lakeview to a 23-13 halftime advantage it was the second half offensive exploits of Ed “Robbie” Kary, Tydre Malone and Javeon Andrews and a tenacious fourth quarter defensive effort that  led the way to the impressive rally. Entering the second half with no points Kary scored 17 on the strength of five trey’s and Malone added 9 points to fuel the rally with the help of Andrews, who  added six of the 11 he totaled. Cameron Joe also chipped in with five second quarters points and Justin Calahan added four in the contest to help J-H improve to 4-4 while Lakeview dropped to 13-5 on the year. 

Jonesboro-Hodge (4-4)   7 6 9 24 – 46
Lakeview (13-5)             15 8 9 12 -44

JHHS scoring: Kary 17, Andrews 11, Malone 9, Joe 5, Calahan 4
LHS scoring: Shields 13, Howard 10, Sowell 8, Pikes 7, Driver 4, Slaughter 2

In other area action Dodson beat Downsville 69-58 and 75-57 in rare back to back contests and Winnfield bested Calvin 84-61 and Jena 77-49 to go undefeated for the week. Saline and Ruston split a pair of games as Ethan Roberts scored a career high 27, including 16 of Saline’s 18 first half points, in the 57-44 victory over Choudrant before the Bobcats fell to Negreet 72-38. Ruston won their sixth straight and district 2-5A opener by pounding Pineville 51-31 then fell to Ouachita 43-37 after being forced to play without freshman sensation Jamadrion Lillard. Choudrant beat Family Community Christian out of Winnsboro 65-11 before the loss to Saline and Arcadia, ranked 2nd in Class A, beat Haynesville 71-29 for their second straight 1-1A victory. 

 

Rich get richer in area prep girls play

There simply is no “middle class” among the Jackson Parish Journal coverage area girls prep hoops teams this year. With only a couple of exceptions  there is only two classifications – the “creamers” and the “dreamers.” Both continued their respective directional journeys during games played from January 12th – 18th.

In the “creamer” class, designated so as they are continuing to rise to the top of their respective classifications, the five teams that are represented carry a combined 48-17 record. Quitman, Cedar Creek, Winnfield and Choudrant continued to roll by winning all of their games played. Ruston split a pair but their loss carried no shame as it came to a traditional Class 5A power.  On the flip side the “dreamers”, as those who are dreaming of better fortunes: Arcadia, Saline, Calvin, Lincoln Prep and Dodson failed to taste victory once again and now stand with a paltry 4-38 combined record .

The jury is still out on JHHS, Weston and West Ouachita, who have been the exceptions to the two ruling groups, as they have all been up and down on the season. Weston is trending in the right direction by winning their last three after a yo-yo start over the first 15 games to move to a season best two games over the .500 mark. In the case of Jonesboro-Hodge, they are currently a rudderless ship as head coach Brittani Fields has been sidelined since mid December due to having surgery performed. Her presence has been obviously been missed as the Lady Tigers have dropped their last three after opening the year with six victories in seven games. Her return will be a welcome sight.  West Ouachita has simply played to the mid level team they are. They have beaten the teams they are supposed to and lost to the better ones. Now that district 2-5A play has begun where several teams are very good this year, they have their work cut out for them.  

Quitman 53 Calvin 36 (Friday, January 15th): The battle between the “have” and the “have not” went as expected with Quitman  rolling to their season best, sixth straight victory despite making only 18 of 73 shots for a 24.7% field goal average. The main advantage in the game came at the three point line where Quitman, as they have done several times this season, actually shot better from behind the arc than they did inside it. Eight of the 18 made shots were trey’s with Brayli Stewart and Bethany Leach making three apiece and Clara Womack adding two to lift Quitman to a sterling 14-2 record.

Calvin, who was trailing 50-25 after three quarters and has won only one of eight games played this year, didn’t fare any better with only 14 of 55 shots going in (25.5%)  and only 2 of 12 from behind the arc finding the mark.

Womack led the way with 16 points followed by Stewart and Leach who had 12 and 11 respectively. Cali Deal chipped in with 8 and Summer Grillette, Maddie Vail and Maddie Kate Brymer added two points each. Calvin was led by Trawick with 14 and Caskey with ten. 

Quitman (14-2)   19 16 15 3 – 53
Calving (1-7)        11 11 3 11 – 36

QHS scoring: Womack 16, Stewart 12, Leach 11, Deal 8, Brymer 2, Grillette 2, Vail 2
CHS scoring: Trawick 14, Caskey 10, Womack 4, Pullig 2, unknown 5

Quitman 50 Castor 48 (Thursday, January 14th) Eighth grader Cali Deal was faced with a tough decision. Should she go to the re-scheduled Jackson Parish School Board meeting to receive her Junior High Student of the Year award or play the game against Castor. Head coach Kyle Leach and the rest of the Lady Wolverines are glad she made the choice she did. 

Deal was instrumental in the victory by grabbing 12 rebounds and scoring 11 points, none more important than the two she made with just three seconds left to lift Quitman to the road victory. Her game winning shot came about when after the Lady Wolverines held the ball for the final thirty seconds, Bethany Leach drove the lane and smartly reacted to the Castor defense, which collapsed on her  and found Deal for the short jumper. 

The gym was jumping in the first half as Castor took a 32-22 lead into the break but Quitman came out in the third quarter and blitzed the Lady Tigers 20-7 to turn the game around. Brayli Stewart, who has emerged this year to become a consistent scoring threat, led the Lady Wolverines with 14 followed by 13 from Leach after a fine 3 of 5 performance from the three point line. Clara Womack added 8 and both Maddie Vail and Emma Carter chipped in a basket.

Quitman (13-2)   11 11 20 8 – 50
Castor (6-6)          19 13  7  9 – 48 

QHS scoring: Stewart 14, Leach 13, Deal 11, Womack 8, Carter 2, Vail 2
CHS scoring: n/a

Weston 71 Forest 42 (Friday, January 15th): It is the goal of every coach to have the team peaking heading into district play. Head coach Stacy Tucker seems to have reached his goal. After a yo-yo like, first fifteen games of the year where the Lady Wolves would bounce back and forth from winning one to losing one Weston looks to be hitting their stride. With the surprisingly easy victory that saw Weston get off to a commanding 16-4 start and never look back the Lady Wolves have now won a season best third straight, gained their first victory over a team with a winning record and moved two games above .500 for the first time all year.

After changing from her junior maid dress where she was honored before the contest in Homecoming ceremonies, Mary Catherine Hay, who finished with a team high 19 points, drained three of her four trey’s on the night in the first half to pace Weston to a commanding 34-16 lead. Emma Kate McBride and Briley Peterson also reached double figures with 16 and 15 respectively while Mallory Tolar and Lainee Trosclair add seven and six points each. Mary Beth Bond scored 3 and Lakerria Austin added a pair of free throws to round out the scoring.

Weston (10-8) 16 18 19 18 – 71
Forest (7-5) 4 12 16 10 – 42

WHS scoring: Hay 19, McBride 16, Peterson 15, Tolar 7, Trosclair 6, Bond 2, Austin 2
FHS scoring: Craten 16, Grimes 9, Mulkey 8, Ross 8, Sumrall 1

Weston 60 Atlanta 50 (Thursday, January 14th) In the first of back to back contests, Weston celebrated “Homecoming Eve” by turning in one of the their best balanced scoring performance of the year. All five of Weston’s top point scorer’s were in instrumental in getting the Lady Wolves off to a 21-12 first quarter advantage, led by six apiece from Emma Kate McBride and Briley Peterson.

They were two of the four who finished with double digits with 14 and 13 respectively combining with Lakerria Austin and Mary Catherine Hay, who would add 13 and 10 points in the victory. Mallory Tolar added seven points and Lainee Trosclair ended with three.

While McBride played a key role in the early going it was her play in the fourth that made the difference in the game. With Atlanta playing their best game of the year to date during their 1-6 season and trailing by only one entering the fourth quarter, McBride ruined any hopes of an upset by draining a pair of trey’s and adding a two pointer to help Weston take a nine point advantage over the final eight minutes. Princis Coff led Atlanta with a game high 26 points .

Weston (9-8) 21 12 8 19 -60
Atlanta (1-6) 12 18 10 10 – 50

WHS scoring: McBride 14, Peterson 13, Austin 13, Hay 10, Tolar 7, Trosclair 3
AHS scoring: Goff 26, Winslow 9, Sapp 6, Herbert 6, Stewart 3

In other area action, Jonesboro-Hodge lost to Lakeview 63-45 for their third straight defeat after beginning the year 6-1. Cedar Creek and Choudrant continued to impress with the Lady Cougars taking 46-28 and 59-41 district 2-1A victories over Oak Grove and Tensas and the Lady Aggies besting FCCS and Saline by 53-46 and 60-38 scores. Ruston split a pair of district 2-5A games by beating Pineville 61-56 and losing to Ouachita 73-54 that put the kibosh on a nine game winning streak.

The Elevator Girl

It was foggy in New York on the morning of July 28, 1945. Twenty-year-old Betty Lou Oliver made her way to the 102-story Empire State Building where she worked as an “elevator girl.” At 1,250 feet, it was the world’s tallest building. Prior to their push-button automation in the 1970s, elevators were manually controlled. Elevator operators controlled the elevators speed and direction by moving a large lever. Elevator operators were expected to consistently stop their elevator in perfect alignment with each floor. Betty Lou took the job as elevator girl at the Empire State Building while she awaited the return of her husband, a sailor who was overseas. Betty Lou had given proper notice and was to quit working at the Empire State Building within a couple of days.

At about 8:50 a.m., an Army B-25 Mitchell bomber with a crew of three, piloted by Lieutenant Colonel William F. Smith, Jr., left Bedford Army Air Field in Massachusetts en route to Newark Metropolitan Airport in New Jersey. When the pilot neared New York, he radioed the control station at LaGuardia Field for a weather report. Victor Barden, chief control operator at La Guardia reported to Smith that there was a heavy fog which was down to 900 feet, and visibility was worsening. Barden told Smith to descend to 1,000 feet once he had cleared New York City and was over New Jersey. Regulations at the time stipulated that airplanes flying over New York had to remain at an altitude of at least 1,500 feet to avoid skyscrapers.

Barden radioed to Smith about the thick fog and said, “I cannot see the top of the Empire State Building now.” “Roger,” Smith responded in acknowledgement.

For reasons unknown, Smith descended to 1,000 feet while still over New York City. People on the ground looked skyward as they heard the low flying airplane, but they could only see the thick fog. People in nearby skyscrapers saw the B-25 pass by their windows. They, too, were unable to see the Empire State Building because of the thick fog.

At 9:52 a.m., the B-25 struck the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The force of the crash rocked the building. Fuel from the B-25 erupted into a bright orange flame which destroyed everything on the 78th and 79th floors, and cleared the fog around the building. One of the B-25’s engines broke away from the airplane and flew nearly one hundred feet, tore through seven walls on the 79th floor, destroyed the suspension and safety cables on at least three elevators, and landed with an explosion on the roof of a nearby 17-story building. Other fragments from the airplane and from the building itself landed as far away as five blocks.
Betty Lou was in her elevator above the 80th floor when the airplane struck the building.

She felt a momentary shudder. Suddenly, the elevator plummeted downward. Betty Lou clung to the handrail in the elevator to keep from floating. She felt as though the elevator was leaving her. She worked the controls of the elevator, but got no response. She continued to fall with the elevator. A searing flash of fire enveloped Betty Lou, and she raised her left arm to protect her face. A moment later the fire was gone. Betty Lou tried the controls again, but they still had no effect. She picked up the elevator’s telephone and tried to call the ground floor, but the telephone line was dead. Betty Lou yelled and pounded on the elevator floor and walls.

The elevator continued its decent. At the basement level of the Empire State Building’s elevator system were large oil buffers, one per elevator, which were designed to stop a descending elevator car during an emergency. After falling nearly 1,000 feet, the elevator struck the oil buffer’s piston. However, the elevator was traveling much too fast for the oil buffer to bring the car to a cushioned stop. The elevator struck with such force that it drove the oil buffer’s piston through the floor of the elevator and through the elevator car itself, from bottom to top. The concrete floor below the oil buffer “was crushed like an egg shell.” The piston was so large that, with the exception of an eight-inch space in one of the elevator’s corners, it penetrated and destroyed the elevator. Luckily, this eight-inch space was where Betty Lou was standing when the elevator crashed.

On a normal weekday in 1945, the Empire State Building had a population of about 65,000 people, which consisted of about 15,000 employees and 50,000 visitors. On this day, however, few visitors entered the building because thick fog and intermittent rain limited the views from the observation decks. Only a small number of the building’s employees were working inside the building because it was a Saturday morning. The 78th floor, one of the two floors which had been completely destroyed by fire, was vacant, as were the 81st to 85th floors. Firefighters extinguished the fire in less than fifty minutes. The damage caused by the crash and fire did not weaken the structural integrity of the building. Only a few people were on the streets because of the intermittent rain, none of which were injured by falling debris. Investigators estimated that only about 1,500 people were in the building. Had it not been a rainy Saturday morning, the crash would have certainly been more devastating. Of the estimated 1,500 people in the building, only fourteen people died and another twenty-six people were injured.

Betty Lou was among the injured. She was trapped in the eight-inch space in the corner of her elevator for hours before rescuers located her. She received burns from when her elevator passed through the searing fire on the 79th floor. The force of the elevator’s sudden impact broke her legs and severed her spine. She received bruises and cuts on her body from the oil buffer’s piston and fragments of her elevator. On December 2, 1945, after spending four months in the hospital, Betty Lou left the hospital and was able to walk, albeit with her legs and back in braces, five feet from her wheel chair to a waiting car. When Betty Lou arrived at work on that rainy, foggy, July morning, she had no idea that the events of the day would set a record. You see, Betty Lou Oliver holds the Guinness World Record for “longest fall survived in a lift (elevator).”

Quitman High celebrates spirit week leading up to Homecoming on Friday

The faculty and students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will be enjoying one of the best weeks of the school year over the next several days at Quitman High School (QHS) as they continue Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming celebration on Friday, January 22nd.

As in the past each day will have a special meaning that began with Twin Tuesday where members of the student body found a friend to match with where they dressed alike. January 20 will be Wanna-be Wednesday where participants come to school dressed like people in the profession they hope to be a part of after their school days. Thursday is Class Color Day where each grade comes to school dressed in the color assigned for their class. This year’s color selections are:

12th grade – Blue
11th grade – Pink
10th grade – Black
9th grade – Green
8th grade – Red
7th grade – Orange
6th grade – Yellow
5th grade – Tie Dye
4th grade – Pink
3rd grade – Yellow
2nd grade – White
1st grade – Blue
Kindergarten – Red
Pre-K – Purple

The last day of the week is designated as Freedom Friday where everyone is asked to show their Patriotism by wearing red, white and blue clothing. All outfits should be appropriate for school and adhere to QHS handbook guidelines. No low cut shirts, short pants or dresses and no leggings as pants will be allowed. Capping off the day will be the presentation of the Homecoming King, Queen and Court at the Quitman vs Georgetown basketball game.

JPRD basketball league has picture day

This past Saturday was one of those rare occasions for an athlete that it was important to not only play well but to look good too. That was because it was picture day for the youth who are competing in the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Basketball Leagues.

Pictures are a wonderful way to remember things. There is not a single person, who when looking at a photo of prior days, doesn’t immediately go back in their mind to that time and place where they were when the photo was taken. Everyone especially loves to see pictures of when they were young.
For an athlete, a picture can also be a great motivator, especially when that picture has been shown in a publication or some sort of media. Nothing like having someone come up to you and say that they saw your photo.

With that in mind the Jackson Parish Journal Sports Department is asking for your help in acknowledging the youth of the area who are competing in the JPRD basketball league by forwarding an action photo of the young person. You can either send photos by email to: jpjacksonla78@gmail.com or text them to 318-480-1206. Please include the name of the person in the photo and what team they play for. As a disclaimer some photos may not appear the week they are sent as space is limited but before the season is complete each one will be published.

Saturday, January 23rd games at Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School

9:00 am Pelicans vs Lakers (5-6 boys/girls)
10:00am Warriors vs Bulls (5-6 boys/girls)
11:00am Blazers vs Magic (7-8 boys/girls)
12:00pm Hawks vs Jazz (7-8 boys/girls)
1:00pm Mystic vs Sparks (9-10 girls)

Saturday, January 23rd games as Jonesboro-Hodge High School

9:00am Liberty vs Wings (11-12 girls)
10:00am Rockets vs Raptors (9-10 boys)
11:00am Kings vs Grizzlies (9-10 boys)
12:00pm Spurs vs Warriors (11-12 boys)
1:00pm Lakers vs Bulls (11-12 boys)
2:00pm Timberwolves vs Celtics (13-14 boys)

Results of games played on Saturday, January 16th

Age 5-6 league: (Boys and Girls)

Pelicans 14 Warriors 5
Scoring: (Pelicans) Ainsley Bougues – 6, Jacob Toms 2, Adeline Anderson 2, Grant Williams 1, Natalie Sullivan 1, Jaylee Hough 1, Braxton Lawson 1 (Warriors) Eli Stringer 4, Hudson St. Clair 1

Bulls 32 Lakers 3
Scoring: (Bulls) Jagger Ingram 8, Kutter Blalock 8, Koplen Taylor 6, Savannah Porter 3, Maddox Graham 2, Carter Greer 1, Clay Burton 1, River Waggoner 1 (Lakers) Kylee Ann Allen 1, Braxton Theriot 1, Tommy Sessions 1

Age 7-8 league: (Boys and Girls)

Jazz 35 Magic 15
Scoring: (Jazz) Knyleigh Leach 10, Jaxen Culpepper 6, Caiden Jackson 6, Parkey Nomey 5, Ella Simonelli 4, Emerson James 4 (Magic) Hannah Aldy 8, Kash Gandy 4, Kaine Stassen 1, Antley Wright 1

Hawks 23 Blazers 6
Scoring: (Hawks) Jace Tinsley 10, Bentley Ponder 6, Brooklyn Keifer 2, Jase Reed 2, Ryder Pardue 2, Lizzie Sullivan 1 (Blazers) Elliot Savage 3, Cooper Roton 2, Caleb Robinson 1

Age 9-10 (Girls)

Mystics 42 Sparks 6
Scoring: (Mystics) Kinsey Ponder 14, Klea Blalock 8, Rachel Bandy 6, Syla Malone 5, Allie Fenn 3, Teyton Naron 2, Raeleigh Medaries 2, Maggie Wall 2 (Sparks) Bailey Tinsley 3, Skylar Lamkin 1, Allie Robertson 1, Lily Duck 1

Storm 37 Sparks 10
Scoring (Storm)Jalynn Jiles 20, Braelyn Patton 7, Hallay Taylor 6, Skyleigh Webb 2, Emma Kate Toms 1, Anna Pardue 1 (Sparks) Bailey Tinsley 2, Skylar Lamkin 2, Avery Hasley 2, Demi McCrudy 1, Annalise Bougues 1, Allie Robertson 1, Lily Duck 1

Age 9-10 (Boys)

Rockets 33 Grizzlies 7
Scoring: (Rockets) Kobie Williams 10, Quantavious Campbell 9, Eli Henderson 7, Mason Thomas 6, Jason McNeil 1 (Grizzlies) Asher Burns 2, Ryder Gray 2, Tucker Wallis 2, Joseph Delaney 1

Kings 16 Raptors 9
Scoring: (Kings) Hayden Seymore 10, Noah Spillman 2, Jenson Waggoner 2, Brody Tucker 2, Spencer Strickland 1 (Raptors) Jameon Jefferson 6, Ayden Watkins 2, Andrew Watkins 1

Age 11-12 (Girls)

Dream 13 Liberty 13 (OT)
Scoring: (Dream) Emma Walker 5, Ava Caskey 4, Jaidon Venzant 4 (Liberty) Anna Claire Leach 5, Jada Conner 3, Ralei Bradford 2, Carly Jo Griffen 2, Abby Martindale 1

Liberty 18 Wings 7
Scoring: (Liberty) Anna Claire Leach 11, Jada Conner 4, Abby Martindale 2, Avery Watson 1 (Wings) Hallie Kate Pullig 3, Breanna Lamkin 2, Taylor Borland 2

Age 11-12 (Boys)

Warriors 36 Bulls 26
Scoring: (Warriors) Taden Thomas 10, Christopher Harrell 7, Brody Toms 6, Ty Henderson 3, Rylan Reynolds 3, Mason Howard 2 (Bulls) Brayden Martin 10, Gunner Fontenot 6, Shane Reed 6, Remy Kennard 3

Lakers 35 Spurs 24
Scoring: (Lakers) Asher Schultz 12, Elijah Jackson 11, D.J. Palmer 10, David Gandy 2 (Spurs) Brody Tidwell 13, Jackson Thomas 5, Jackson Bougues 4, Larson Thomas 2, Scout Johnson 2, Matthew Odom 2

Age 13-14 (Boys)

Timberwolves 40 Celtics 21
Scoring: (Timberwolves) Noah Leach 15, Jacob Gill 10, Kace West 5, Walker Medaries 5, Caden Brown 3 (Celtics) Brayden Smith 9, Cash Ussery 6, Peyton Joyner 2, Skyler Strickland 2, Reed 2

Celtics 36 Pelicans 31
Scoring: (Celtics) Jude Otwell 12, Jacob Gill 8, Peyton Joyner 4, Skyler Strickland 4, Brayden Smith 3, Walker Medaries 3 (Pelicans) Bryce Zehr 14, Sawyer Watkins 6, Payton Nomey 4, Brock Henderson 4, Jeramiah Jefferson 4

Angler vs Elements

A question that I have been asked often is “Would I rather fish in cold or hot weather?” For me, it’s a no brainer…I’d rather fish when it’s 35 degrees than 95 degrees any day! Why? Because I can put on enough clothes to stay warm but I can’t take enough off to get cool. Nothing is worse for me than fishing in the hot sun with sweat dripping off my nose. Also, another fact of summer time fishing is that there’s usually an early bite, so after 9:00 AM you’re babysitting your catch the rest of the day trying to keep them alive for the weigh-in. Another simple fact, is that at my age (59) I just don’t handle the heat like I used to. The heat literally drains the life out of me and will have me asking myself, “Why am I out here?”

Today, there’s been such advancement in clothing technology when it comes to keeping you warm or cool. Thermal underwear today is light weight, thin and just plain awesome. It’s amazing how something so thin will keep you so warm. Thirty years ago, when you fished in cold weather, you looked like the Michelin tire man and every move you made from getting into your boat to getting up on the front deck, was a major challenge. Oh, you hope and prayed you did not have to go to the bathroom as it took 15 minutes just to navigate your clothing looking for Mr. Tinkle in order relieve yourself. I still contend that makers of “Depends” under garments were invented by bass anglers!

With outerwear today, things are a lot different, as you only need a couple of layers of clothing and a really good rain suit in order to stay warm and dry. The last word there is very important “dry.” One thing I learned very early in my fishing career, was do not pinch pennies when it comes to a good rain suit. SPEND THE MONEY! Bass Pro Shops 100 MPH suit is a very good choice and if you want the best and don’t mind spending $1000, take a look at the suit from Simms. All really good rain suits are made using Gore-Tex fabric which sheds water and breaths really well. A good rain suit is worth its weight in gold when it comes to staying warm and dry. This is such a mental thing for an angler as you just don’t fish very well mentally if you’re wet and cold. It’s the worse combination for all outdoorsmen but especially for bass fishermen. Prepare to spend $500 or more for a good rain suit, but again, it’ll be the best money you’ll ever spend and it will last you up to ten years if you take care of it.

Thermal underwear has also come a long way since the days of the white waffle cone pattern that restricted your every movement due to their fit and thickness. Thermals today are paper thin with the advancements in fabric technology that keeps you super warm and they fit so much better. They pull moisture away from the body keeping you dry as well. These advancements now allow anglers to layer themselves so much better without hindering your ability to move.

Once again, tournament fishing is just like any other sport…it’s a mental game. Anglers need every advantage they can get. You have to try and control every phase of fishing you possibly can and that includes preparation. Having the right apparel and rain gear is just as important as making sure all your tackle is in great shape as well. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook! For more great angling tips, tune in every Monday at 12:00 noon to Tackle Talk Live on Facebook or catch us on our You Tube channel.

Steve Graf

Natchitoches Parish School Board seeking applicants for two positions

POSITION: MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN / WAREHOUSEMAN

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Basic reading and writing skills. High School Diploma
  2. Valid Louisiana Driver’s License.
  3. Basic knowledge of the various phases of maintenance and repair.
  4. Any mechanical certification is a plus (preferred).
  5. Additional criteria as the Board may establish.

SALARY:
Starting salary – According to parish school salary schedule.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 Months

DEADLINE: Monday, January 25, 2021 4:00 p.m.

WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
Phone: (318) 352-2358
Fax: (318) 352-8138

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcript, and one letter of reference.


JOB VACANCY: Benefits Coordinator and Payroll Assistant

QUALIFICATIONS:
Technical College, Associate Degree, or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (preferred).
Proficiency in computer skills
Computer Literate (Word, Excel, MS Office)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities of the Benefits Coordinator and Payroll Assistant include: Assisting Accountants, Managers, and the Director in the Accounting Department to maintain accurate employee benefit and payroll records.

Assist Payroll accountant preparing payroll runs and payroll reporting.
Assist in setting up new hires and maintaining employee record.
Processing documents as required for the department.
Organize payroll benefits enrollment periods.
Work through accounting-related issues with external vendors.
Be lead contact with vendors such as TRSL, First Financial, etc., to maintain accurate benefits data.
Assist Accounting Department with assigned bookkeeping duties.
Lead person in communication with any district employees and their problems with the handling of their payroll.
Responsible for wage verifications.
Other duties as assigned.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 months

DEADLINE: Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel
Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal Street, P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016

Application packets should consist of a letter of application, resume’, original transcripts from institutions awarding degree, (3) job related references.

EOE

Arrest Report

January 11-17, 2021

1. Jessica Williams (Jonesboro, LA) – Disturbing the Peace, Simple Battery
2. Jason J. Pittman (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I Synthetic, Disturbing the Peace, Public Intoxication
3. Michael Bynog (Boyce, LA) – Probation Violation
4. Benjamin M. Jiles (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I Synthetic (second offense)
5. Garth D. Sullivan (Quitman, LA) -Resisting an Officer, Domestic Abuse Battery, Bench Warrant
6. Rhonda R. Hays (Quitman, LA) – Bench Warrant
7. Eric A. Parker (Quitman, LA) – Unauthorized Entry, Remaining after being forbidden
8. Kimberly S. Brown (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Schedule I drug, Possession of Schedule I Synthetic
9. Christina Staggs (Jonesboro, LA) – Criminal Damage to Property