Thou Shalt Not Steal

On the night of April 23, 2006, David Kotkin, Cathy Daly, and Mia Volmut went to dinner after work in West Palm Beach, Florida. David was a multimillionaire and Cathy and Mia were his assistants. At about 11:15 pm, after they had finished dinner, they left the restaurant and walked into the parking lot. They were unaware that they were being watched.

Four teenagers sat in a dark car and watched as David, Cathy and Mia exited the restaurant. When the trio was about halfway between the restaurant and their vehicle, far enough that they would be unable to run to the safety of either, the teenagers jumped from their parked car. Before the trio could react, pistols were pointing at their faces at close range. The teenagers told the trio to give them their money, cell phones, and whatever else of value they had on them. By stealing their phones, the robbers knew they would be long gone by the time the trio could alert police.

Cathy and Mia gave the teenage robbers a purse which contained about 200 euros, $100, a passport, and airline tickets. Cathy and Mia emptied their pockets of about $400. To the robbers, it was looking like it was going to be a good night. In David, however, they were attempting to rob the wrong man.

David, himself, had a habit of making things disappear and could escape pretty much any situation which presented itself. He had made his fortune by making things owned by other people disappear right before their own eyes. At his peak, David cleverly pulled in thousands of dollars per night.

David remained calm. He carefully studied the faces of the teenage hoodlums. At their insistence, David pulled his pockets inside out. He showed the robbers that his pockets contained nothing of value. The teenagers were surprised that he had no money, no wallet, and no cell phone, when they had made such a big score from his companions.

Finally satisfied that they had taken all there was to take from the trio, the teenage robbers ran to their car and sped away. David had outsmarted the four robbers. By using what he referred to as “reverse pickpocketing” aided by the shadows that the night provided, David hid his cell phone and wallet in the palms of his hands. As the robbers were fleeing, David, cell phone already in his hand, dialed 911 and gave the police the license plate number of the robbers’ car.

Within minutes, police arrested the four teenage robbers and recovered the stolen goods. At the police station, David, Cathy, and Mia easily identified the teenage robbers. Police charged the teenagers with armed robbery and held them without bond. Some of officers knew that David had a habit of cutting women into pieces, but none attempted to arrest him. Rather, several of them asked for his autograph. You know David Kotkin by his professional name. He is master illusionist David Copperfield.


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OPPORTUNITY: NSU – Purchasing Director

Opening Date:
Closing Date: Continuous until filled
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Job Type: Unclassified
Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Supplemental Information:
Northwestern State University Office of Business Affairs seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Purchasing Director.
Review of applications will begin immediately.

To Apply: Send letter of application, resume and complete contact information for three professional references to:
Apply@nsula.edu or submit to:

Human Resources
Northwestern State University
ST. Denis Hall
Natchitoches, La 71497

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, Sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

Employees/Potential Employees- Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer
(318-357-6359)
Students- Reatha Cox, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http;//universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.
Full disclosure statement: http;//university.planning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

*Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the Human Resources Department
Telephone: 318-357-5965

Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university required.
· Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in State Purchasing preferred
· Experience with conducting complex RFP’s required
· Understanding of Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding purchasing and ethics required.
· Professional certification as a Procurement Buyer or Officer preferred
· Managerial experience is essential
· This position also requires the ability to communicate orally and through written reports with/to Subordinates, Supervisors and outside personnel.
· Experience in operating Procurement Management Finance Software; Ellucian/Banner knowledge preferred

Job Concepts:

· Daily supervision of all Purchasing Department staff
· Prepare all necessary documents for bid invitation and opening in accordance with public bid laws
· Review approval of Sole Source requests
· Negotiate complex operating service contracts including but not limited to software agreement, property leases and marketing agreements
· Administer University’s P-Card Program
· Assist with month-end soft close and year-end hard close
· Work with Business Affairs offices for invoicing, budgeting and financial related tasks
· Other duties assigned by supervisor

 


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Arrest Report (May 6-16)

Ledarius Jefferson (Saline, LA) – Domestic Abuse of a Dating Partner
Pamela Lebrun (North Hodge, LA) – Probation & Parole Administrative Sanction, Probation Violation
James Culpepper (Quitman, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery
Lori Boyd (Quitman, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery
Bronson J Benoit (Monroe, LA) – Lafourche Parish Bench Warrant, Contempt of Court
Erin M Irving (Calhoun, LA) – Possession of Schedule II Drug (3rd offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Warrant for Possession of Schedule II Drug
Sammy Farance (Calhoun, LA) – Ouachita Parish Warrant for Theft
Donald Essmeier (Quitman, LA) – Execution of Sentence for Hodge Bench Warrant
Lelsie L Gates (Jonesboro, LA) – Jackson Parish Execution of Sentence Warrant, Obrstruction of Justice
Gwendolyn Keith (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Marijuana
Joshua L Barr (Hodge, LA) – Theft under $500.00
Michael Bynog (Boyce, LA) – Probation Violation
Latrell D Williams (Ruston, LA) – Dog Fighting
Tyreek Smith (Jonesboro, LA) – Resisting and Officer
Dekota H Brewer (Jonesboro, LA) – Criminal Trespass, Theft
MIchael E Shinley (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse, Battery with Child Endangerment
Christopher Smith (Jonesboro, LA) – Reckless Operation of a Vehicle
Tammie Hawkins (Jonesboro, LA) – Cruelty to the Infirm
James McDaniel (Saline, LA) Execution of Sentence Warrant


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Death Notices

Charlene (Loe) Vail
September 28, 1929 – February 16, 2022

vailOur cherished mother, Thelma Charlene (Loe) Vail, 92, passed away on February 16, 2022. She had been unable to recover from a fall the previous October. That, combined with congestive heart failure contributed to her death.

She was born on September 28, 1929 in Quitman, Louisiana. Charlene lived in Quitman in her early years and attended Quitman School. Later she transferred to Jonesboro Hodge High School where she graduated 1946. She attended Louisiana Tech for a short time before marrying Donald Vail on December 24, 1947. The young couple then embarked on a lifetime of travel through 14 states

(including Indiana, New York, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Virginia, New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana) and 2 foreign countries (Spain & England). Some states they lived in multiple times before they finally settled down in Pasadena, Texas in the 60’s. Charlene was proud of her travels and her ability to move and resettle all while raising 4 children.

After moving to Pasadena and finally settling down, Charlene discovered a passion for art. She took classes in many mediums and became an accomplished artist. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s she honed her skills, winning many awards in the local art scene of Southeast Texas. When Don retired in 1988, they moved back to Louisiana and purchased a home on Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville. There, she reconnected with her roots, and once again became active in the local art community.

Charlene had a quirky sense of humor and was full of off-the-cuff comments that became part of the family lore. Her children often referred to her as their own Lucille Ball. After all, she always wanted to have red hair.

Charlene is survived by her children, Donna Vail Newman and husband Charles of San Marcos, Texas, Charles Vail and wife Priscilla of Salem, Oregon, Russell Vail and wife Sandy of Houston, Texas, and daughter-in-law Patricia Adcock Vail of Farmerville, Louisiana. She had 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Newt Tilman Loe and Annie Carson Loe; her brother, Newt Lavelle Loe; her husband of 63 years, Donald Ray Vail; and her son Jerry Vail.

There will be a graveside service for Charlene at Antioch Church in Quitman, Louisiana on May 19, 2022 at 10:30am. There, she will be interred beside her husband, Donald Ray Vail.


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Help Wanted, Business Services, Public Notices

To have your job opportunities, business services or items you have for sale listed or any Legal/Public Notices, Advertisements for Bid, Requests for Proposals and/or Quotes listed – send email to: jpjjacksonla@gmail.com

Help Wanted

Medical- L.P.N.s – $34.24/Hr. L.P.N.s are needed for LTC and Veteran’s care units in Jackson, LA. There is full-time scheduling available. 12-hour shifts are being offered. Fully employer-paid medical and dental. 401(k) with 6% employer contribution and immediate vesting. Call Genna at Worldwide Travel Staffing, 920-618-3939

JPSB Bus Drivers – The Jackson Parish School Board is in search of bus drives. Summer CDL classes begin soon. For more information contact David Brown at 318-548-5708.

Boundary Solutions Inc. – Looking to hire an experienced, or trainable, Rodman. Previous experience as a draftsman is highly desired, but not required. The ideal candidate will play a key role in supporting the day-to-day tasks of survey projects, while working as a member of the survey crew, under the company’s Party Chief. This is a temporary to possible permanent position. For more information, please contact 318.259.2900. Interested candidates may email their resume to: boundary.pls@gmail.com

Business Services

pipes swimmingSwimming Lessons / Water Aerobics: Limited spaces available. Certified Instructor that gives one on one attention. To sign up call Pamela Pipes at 318-533-2983

 

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Quality Electrical & Controls Service: Over 60 years of combined Licensed and Certified experience in Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Control Panels, Electrical, HVAC and Inspections service. Located at 5039 Hwy 4 East, Jonesboro, LA. Contact: Billy Earl Wilhite: (318) 475-2403 or Richard Andrews: (318) 475-5136.  

dirt cheapDirt Cheap Lawn Care, LLC: Licensed and Insured! Any type of lawn care work done at reasonable prices. For quotes or to schedule service call Owner – David Hammock at 318-533-7133 or go by 209 Talbot Street, Jonesboro, LA. “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good!”

Harris Yard Beautification Service: For all your lawn and landscaping needs contact Greg Harris at (318) 245-2349. Free estimates and professional service guaranteed. Based out of Chatham. 

Robinson Lawn Care: For all your residential or commercial lawn and landscaping. Fast and courteous service with professional results. Call Klint Robinson at 318-548-3038. Free estimates. 

For Sale:

Book – “100 year history of JHHS football” 

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

commerative plateCommemorative Plates – Beautiful etched china plates commemorating Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Jackson Parish. To order contact Wilda Smith at (318)426-6511 or Barbara Johnson at (318) 450-5561.

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Kensley Caskey of Quitman High School named winner of Congressional Art Competition

Kensley Caskey of Quitman High School has been named by Louisiana 5th District Congresswoman Julia Letlow the winner of the2022 Congressional Art Competition. By virtue of her submittal American Retirement (shown in banner above) being selected, Kensley has earned a trip to Washington D. C. where she will get to see her artwork displayed in the United States Capitol. 

The Congressional Institute is proud to sponsor “An Artistic Discovery,” the U.S. House of Representatives’ official art competition for high school students. Every year, House Members honors one high school student from their district by selecting a piece of artwork for inclusion in an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol which millions of visitor’s view.


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Quitman falls to Converse in Class B semifinals

Quitman High fell to Converse 7-2 in the semi-final round of the LHSAA Class B state baseball tournament played last Wednesday at McMurry Park in Sulphur, LA. For 6 ½ innings Quitman out hit Converse 6-5 and played to a 2-2 tie. Unfortunately, this was all after the district 4B champion Wildcats opened the game by sending 11 batters to the plate and getting five hits and five runs.

With the loss the top ranked Wolverines saw their season draw to a close with a 17-13 record. Converse improved to 20-7 and advanced to play Choudrant in the state title game where they fell to the now back-to-back Class B state champion Aggies.

In retrospect, the game was over before it had really even began and it can be traced back to what transpired on Converse’s second at bat of the game. It turned out to be the difference in the Wolverines having their spirits buoyed to seeing their hopes of playing in the championship game take a downward spiral.

“When that play happened I had a sinking feeling that things just weren’t going to go our way,” said Lockhart.

What he was referring to was the bunt attempt by Converse after the leadoff batter had walked to reach first to open the game. Quitman hurler, Ty Simonelli threw a perfectly executed pitch, which in that situation is up high. As desired the ball was weakly popped up toward third. The runner on first had taken off on contact and for a second it looked like the Wolverines would get an easy double play but with the third baseman charging in as he is supposed to do when a batter squares around, the ball had just enough juice on it to go over his head and fall harmlessly to the ground on the edge of the outfield.

“It was a poorly executed bunt by the batter but as I watched that bunt sail over our third baseman’s head, I had a sinking feeling that things just weren’t going to go our way, recalled Lockhart.

Instead of Converse having two outs and no one on, they had two runners on base and no outs. As a good team does, Converse capitalized on the break and three hits and two walks later five runs had crossed the plate before the second out of the inning was made.

“That play was the difference in the game,” reflect Lockhart. “It changed the whole mentality of our pitching and defense.

To Quitman’s credit they regrouped after the rough start and played Converse even the rest of the way but the damage done was simply too much to overcome. Lockhart praised his team on how they competed.
“Our guys have nothing to hang their head about,” said Lockhart. “They played hard to the very end and I am very proud of their effort.”

After playing what was easily the strongest schedule of any team in Class B and one of the toughest in the state regardless of classification, Quitman entered the state tournament ranked #1 in Class B even though they had compiled a record (15-12) of just three more wins than losses.

“At the beginning of the year, I honestly wasn’t sure we would win many games,” reflected Lockhart, who has now taken to the state tournament in two of the last three years it was played. “When I was making up the schedule, I tried to fill it with as many defending state champions and semi-finalist from every class I could. I wanted every game to be one that we would have to play well in order to win.”

It was a brutal gauntlet that before district play began found Quitman with an 8-11 record but thanks to the strength of schedule, ranked #4 in the Class B. Playing the tough teams proved to be a good strategy for the Wolverines though as evidenced by their 3-0 win over Choudrant in the their district 2B opener. Quitman would go on to win seven of their next nine games to vault into the top spot in Class B.

“We hit one stretch that was pretty tough and it had me wondering how we would be mentally once we hit district play,” said Lockhart. “To their credit our guys never flinched and approached every game as just the next game. Looking back, playing in those tough games all year is what I believe helped us win our first two playoff games, which were close and against very good teams.”

 


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Tigers preparing for spring scrimmage next Friday

Jonesboro-Hodge will kick off their first scrimmage of the 2022-23 football campaign when they travel to Monroe and along with Class 5A West Ouachita will take part in the St. Frederick’s Spring Scrimmage on Friday, May 20th. The closely controlled session will have first team offenses and defenses lining up against each other on a rotating basis. All first drives begin at the 40-yard line where a team is allowed 6 plays to get inside the 10-yard line. Following a TD or FG the ball goes back to the 35.

See below for the schedule of competition


Monday/Tuesday holds busy slate of Board Meetings

As is normal for the third Monday and Tuesday of each month a heavy slate of Board Meetings are on tap as shown below. 

Monday, May 16

4:00pm – Jackson Parish Museum and Fine Arts Association
4:30pm – Jackson Parish Library Board
6:00pm – Jackson Parish Recreation District Board
6:00pm – Hodge Fire Protection District #1

Tuesday, May 17

5:30pm – Jackson Parish Tourism Board
5:30pm – Jackson Parish Police Jury Meeting


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Bryceton Aranda named winner of 2022 JPCC Community Service Award

On May 11th, the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce represented by Randy Layfield, presented Bryceton Aranda with the 2022 Community Service Award. Bryceton is the son of Blair and Greg Aranda of Jonesboro.

It was the volunteering of what little free time he had from his after-school job to clean the rooms of the Jackson Parish Museum and dust and polish the furniture that got him nominate. His going beyond the call of duty after seeing the saddle that Gov. Jimmie Davis used riding Sunshine all covered in mold and dust and returning on another day to restore the leather to its supple luster is what separated him from others mentioned

Bryceton has been active in various community and patriotic endeavors for many years as a member of Chapter 115 Woodmen Life. He also received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for character and patriotism. Bryceton plans to attend LA Tech and major in nursing after graduation. 


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Fyzical Therapy celebrates 20 years of service in Jonesboro through generous donations

Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center in Jonesboro, recently celebrated their 20th year of service to residents in Jackson Parish with an open house where patrons and guests had a chance to enjoy food and fellowship. This past week, Dr. Jerry Yarborough and his team showed their appreciation once again by making two very generous donations of $500.00 each to the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce and His Hands Ministry. 

“On behalf of both of our organizations, I would like to give Dr. Jerry and his staff a very big thanks for their generous donations and their service to the community over the past 20 years,” said JPCC Director Wilda Smith. 

Are physical limitations or pain impacting your ability to move, function and enjoy life? Give the FYZICAL therapists a call at (318) 259-9899 or go by their location at 900 Pershing Hwy in Jonesboro. They can help decrease your pain, restore your mobility and ensure your independence! You may be able to avoid surgery or even having to take prescription medications as well. 


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Jonesboro Cub Scout Pack 523 participates in “Trash the Trash Day”

Jonesboro Cub Scout Pack 523 had a big day picking up trash this past week in celebration of International Trash the Trash Day. Working a two-mile section of Pinegrove Road in Bienville Parish, the nine participants collected twenty-four, 55-gallon trash bags worth of rubbish. They also removed four tires that were in the ditch alongside the road

Trash the Trash Day is an international Messengers of Peace project for Scouts around the world, where each Scout is challenged to bring a friend or family member along and pick up at least one Kilo (2.2 pounds) of trash each on the first Saturday in May.

To learn more about Scout’s, Trash the Trash Day and how you can be of assistance click here.


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OPPORTUNITY: NSU – Purchasing Director

Opening Date:
Closing Date: Continuous until filled
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Job Type: Unclassified
Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Supplemental Information:
Northwestern State University Office of Business Affairs seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Purchasing Director.
Review of applications will begin immediately.

To Apply: Send letter of application, resume and complete contact information for three professional references to:
Apply@nsula.edu or submit to:

Human Resources
Northwestern State University
ST. Denis Hall
Natchitoches, La 71497

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, Sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

Employees/Potential Employees- Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer
(318-357-6359)
Students- Reatha Cox, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http;//universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.
Full disclosure statement: http;//university.planning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

*Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the Human Resources Department
Telephone: 318-357-5965

Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university required.
· Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in State Purchasing preferred
· Experience with conducting complex RFP’s required
· Understanding of Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding purchasing and ethics required.
· Professional certification as a Procurement Buyer or Officer preferred
· Managerial experience is essential
· This position also requires the ability to communicate orally and through written reports with/to Subordinates, Supervisors and outside personnel.
· Experience in operating Procurement Management Finance Software; Ellucian/Banner knowledge preferred

Job Concepts:

· Daily supervision of all Purchasing Department staff
· Prepare all necessary documents for bid invitation and opening in accordance with public bid laws
· Review approval of Sole Source requests
· Negotiate complex operating service contracts including but not limited to software agreement, property leases and marketing agreements
· Administer University’s P-Card Program
· Assist with month-end soft close and year-end hard close
· Work with Business Affairs offices for invoicing, budgeting and financial related tasks
· Other duties assigned by supervisor

 


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