Arrest Reports (November 23 – November 30)

Rance Lowe (Chatham, LA) – Possession of Marijuana, Illegal carrying of a weapon, Speeding, Driving under suspension
Michael A. Jackson (East Hodge, LA) – Identity theft (4 counts), Criminal Trespass
Jeanne Ray (Jonesboro, LA) – Monetory Instrument Abuse
John B. Westbrook (Jonesboro, LA) – Violation of Protetctive Order
Quentin C. Brooks (Jonesboro, LA) – Failure to Appear on the following charges: DWI (2nd offense), Flight from an Officer, Falure to secure a drivers license, speeding
Destin Booker (Farmerville, LA) – DWI (1st offense), improper lane usage
Dexter Candler (Jonesboro, LA) – Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile
Dexstinei Snell
(Jonesboro, LA) – Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile
Davis Dobbins (Chatham, LA) – Simple Criminal Damage to Property.

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Fantastic Finish! Tigers rally for victory over Franklin to earn semifinal berth

There are games and then there are games. Some are even special games. Then there are the tiny few in the history of a program that are  games such as Jonesboro-Hodge’s stirring 29-28 come from behind victory over Franklin in the LHSAA Class AA Quarterfinals.

Those are the ones that are remembered forever by the special play or event that took place like “The Pass” (JH vs Springhill-1987) or “The Interception” (JH vs Bunkie – 1988). You can now add “The Drive” to the list. 

It was a game for the ages that was topped off in exhilirating fashion for Tiger fans by an incredible 14 play, 98 yard drive for a touchdown with just 36 seconds left in the game. The score narrowed the 28-13 second half deficit the Tigers faced to only 28-27 with an all important decision awaiting.

Would head coach Terrance Blankenship kick the extra point to tie or go for the win with a two point conversion attempt. There was really no doubt in Blankenship’s mind but the decision was made easier when Franklin jumped offside to move the ball to only a yard and a half out. 

“There was no doubt that after we made that score we were going for the win instead of playing for a tie,” said Blankenship. “First of all we were on the road and secondly I didn’t want to see their quarterback anymore.”

J-H lined up in it’s “jumbo” package, where they put lineman Cartavious Waters in the backfield as a fullback. Senior QB Tydre Malone, who had a tremendous game iwth two TD’s passing and two TD’s running took the snap and burrowed in for the two points setting off a mad celebration in the stands and along the sidelines. 

“This has been a special season for our team as they have had to overcome many very tough things that were thrown at them,” said Blankenship.  “This game was an example as it seemed like everything that could go against us did but guys just refused to let the season end.” 

Tigers have multiple lives!  It is said that a cat has nine lives. This Jonesboro-Hodge Tiger team used up 15 or so just in this one game – but they prevailed. Example: Nine times Franklin fumbled , eight times the ball bounced right back to them, even twice on one play. JHHS fumbled twice and lost them both as the ball hit a players pad and bounded far away. 

Three times in the fourth quarter, Franklin started drives inside JHHS territory, incluidng twice inside the Tigers 25 yard line. A touchdown would have won it for Franklin on any one of the drives. On the first drive, JHHS forced a punt. The Tigers fumbled the return setting up Franklin at the JHHS 24 yard line. JHHS held on 4th down and took over at their own five yard line. Three and out set up a Tiger punt that went all of 15 yards giving Franklin another close shot, this time at the JHHS 20 yard line. Once again JHHS held on downs setting up the game winning drive. 

A tale of two quarterbacks! JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship was told before the contest that Franklin quarterback Zylan Perry was a special talent. The versatile athleted that runs a legitimate 4.44 in the 40 yard dash proved his worth and then some.

“That kid is one of the best athletes I have ever had to try and stop,” said Blankenship. “After it is over, I will still say try and stop because we didn’t come close to that, maybe slowed him down a little at the end of the game.”

Perry rushed for 131 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns and threw for 137 more and another score. It wasn’t so much the yards he made but how he made them. Time and again, the Tigers would have the elusive speedster in their grasp only to see him do a magic act Two of the scores came on fourth down where Perry simply improvised to make the play for the score. 

JHHS has a good quarterback as well. Actually according the Tiger all time record book and after the game Friday, you should classify Tydre Malone as great. It was his poise and leadership on “The Drive” that led to two fourth down pass play conversions. It was also his pocket awarenes when after looking for a receiver he took off and ran it all the way to the two yard line. Malone also ran in a pair of toucdowns but also passed for two more. One was on the first drive of the game on a 36 yard completion to Chase Leonard and the other a 43 yard strike to Devontae Mozee. 

The victory improved the Tigers record to 11-2 on the year. It isthe first time since 1993 that a Tiger team has won 11 games in a seaosn and will play in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Standing in the way for a trip to the dome for the Class AA state championship is #6 Amite, who upset #2 General Trass by a score fo 20-2 and will host the Tigers this Friday night. 

#7 JHHS (11-2) 7 6 8 8 29
#15 Franklin (8-4) 16 6 6 0 28
1st quarter

Scoring summary:
1st quarter: JHHS – Leonard 36 yd pass from Malone (Leonard Kick)
1st quarter: FHS – Perry 64 yd run (Perry to Johnson pass)
1st quarter: FHS – Alexander 3 yd pass from Perry (Perry run)
2nd quarter: JHHS – Malone 5 yd run (run failed)
2nd quarter: FHS – Perry 21 yd run (run failed)
3rd quarter: FHS – Gray 5 yd run (run failed)
3rd quarter: JHHS – Mozee 43 yd pass from Malone (Thompson run)
4th quarter: JHHS – Malone 2 yd run (Malone run)

First downs 17 15
Rushes / Yards 30 / 132 32 / 156
Passing (A-C-Yards) 16/23 – 203 9/20 – 137
Turnovers / lost 2/2 9/1
Penaties / Yds 10 – 67 8-51
3rd down conv. 2-14 3-11
4th down conv. 4-4 4-9

JHHS Individual Offensive Stats:

Passing: Malone 16/23-203, 2 TD’s
Rushing: Malone 17-77, 2 TD’s; Thompson 13-55
Receiving: Mozee: 5-82, 1 TD; Calahan 6-65; Leonard 3-55, 1TD; Thompson 2-1

JHHS Indvidual Defensive Stats: 

Total tackles: Atkins 10, Jones 10, Waters 9, Leonard 8, Lewis 8, Andrews 7, Smith 7, 
Solo tackles: Atkins 9, Waters 9, Lewis 6, Andrews 4, Jones 4
Sacks: Waters 1, Andrews 1
Tackles for loss: Waters 3, Andrews 2, Drayton 1, Smith 1
Interceptions: Mozee 1

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2021 Christmas Festival Parade Grand Marshal Dipak Patel honored with coffee greet

What an exciting day it was in Jonesboro as the Christms Wonderland in the Pines Festival kicked off beginning with a coffee for Parade Grand Marshal Dipak Patel, owner of the Budget Inn in Jonesboro.  Several local dignataries, including Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson, Jonesboro Police Chief James “Spike”  Harris and Jackson Parish Police Jury President Amy Magee among others, paid homage to Pital for his unwavering dedication to the community. Following the event there was a concert performed by the children’s choir in the veterans Park, then the parade, and fireworks. 

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Quitman boys and girls fall to Cedar Creek in final pre-holiday action

It will be a welcome break for the Quitman boys and girls basketball teams to get a chance to stay at home over the Thanksgiving holiday. They haven ‘t had the opportunity to do that much so far this season and the road has been unkind.

This is evidenced by their 56-47 and 44-30 losses in the boys and and girls contests against Cedar Creek in Ruston, dropping the boys to 2-6 on the road and the girls to 3-5 in games away from the friendly confines. Overall the Wolverines are 5-6 on the season while the girls have posted a 5-7 mark. The schedule in the short term doesn’t get any easier either, as six of the next eight playing dates have Quitman traveling again leading up to the 2022 portion of the season.

Cedar Creek 56 Quitman 47 (boys) Even though the Wolverines outscored Cedar Creek 13-4 in the second quarter the 19-5 lead that the Cougars took after the first frame was to much to overcome. Carter Hill, Hayden McClusky and Davis Walsworth did all the early damage for Creek with eight, six and five points respectively on their way to all ending in double digits in scoring. Logan Ponder and John Pabaya scored six and five in the second quarter to draw Quitman to within five at the half on their way to 16 and 20 points by games end. Pabaya’s point total is a new season and career best.

Quitman (5-6) 5 13 9 20 47
Cedar Creek (3-0) 19 4 9 24 56
QHS scoring: Pabaya 20, Ponder 16, Manning 5, Caskey 5, Duck 1; CCHS Scoring: Hill 19, Walsworith 14, McClusky 10, Norris 8, Middleton 2

Cedar Creek 41 Quitman 30 (girls) Six points by Lizzie McAdams and five more from Alice Fuir led the way to a 17-2 second quarter advantage for Cedar Creek that in all reality put the game away. Cali Deal and Brayli Stewart scored four each and Emma Carter added a basket to give Quitman a 10-6 first quarter lead. The Cougars allowed just four Lady Wolverines to score with Stewart leading the way with 15 followed by Deal with nine. Bethany Leach added four to go along with Carter’s basket to round out the scoring. Sarah Adams led Cedar Creek with 13, just one ahead of McAdams. Millie Venters added eight, Fuir 7 and both Ellie Dickerson and Ava Hartwell made a third quarter basket.

Quitman (5-7) 10 2 10 8 30
Cedar Creek (3-0) 6 17 13 8 41
QHS scoring: Stewart 15, Deal 9, Leach 4, Carter 2; CCHS scoring: Adams 13, McAdams 12, Venters 8, Fuir 7, Dickerson 2, Hartwell 2

Area action:

Saline 71 Arcadia 69: Saline jumped out to a five point, first quarter then held Arcadia at bay to take the narrow win over their larger Bienville Parish rival. Ethan Roberts led three Bobcats in double figures with 21 followed by 18 from Titus Jackson and 14 from Titus Malone. Kenton Lee Crawford came up big at the end by scoring seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter. Stephen Brown helped Saline to the early lead with all five of his points in the first frame. Shawn Staggs and Jacob Jones chipped in with two points each. Abney led Arcadia with 32. The victory improved the Bobcats to 4-7 on the year while Arcadia fell to 2-2. 

Saline (4-7) 17 17 17 20 71
Arcadia (2-2) 12 19 17 21 69
SHS scoring: Roberts 21, Jackson 18, Malone 14, Crawford 9, Brown 5, Staggs 2, Jones 2; AHS scoring: Abney 32, Carr 14, Jones 13, Crawley 7, Pringle 2, Nelson 1

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Jackson Parish Recreation Board makes plans for 2022

The Jackson Parish Recreation Board looked to the future and made operational plans for 2022 at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting held at the Banquet Room of the Jackson Parish Golf Course on Monday, November 15th.

The panel of Ricky Cash, Brandon Lamkin, Rodney Potts and Sullivan Stevens decided to set 2022 board meeting on the third Monday of month at 6:00 pm, excluding holidays along with approving to retain the Law Office of Steven M. Gatlin as their legal counsel. In additional action the Winn Parish Enterprise was selected as the official journal of the Board. Brent Barnett, Jeff Hairston and Chris Womack were absent from the proceedings.

After the minutes and financials from October were approved, Recreation Director, Tommy Smith, gave an update on some of the ongoing programs of the Jackson Parish Rec Department (JPRD) including the archery/shooting range and basketball. He also presented the board with an email received from Mr. Jonathan Plunkett thanking the JPRD for allowing the LACC to have their race at the sports complex, located on Hwy 4 East.

Two more agenda items were tabled including the decision on a bid from DG&E Logging for timber cutting at the Golf Course until more information is received from the bidder on time and date of the project. Also tabled was the purchase of playground equipment for the Village North Hodge until more is learned on what the total cost of equipment and installation would be.

In final action the board agreed to schedule a budget hearing for 11:30am on Monday, December 20, 2021 in the Banquet Room of the Jackson Parish Golf Course followed by the regularly scheduled monthly meeting to be held at 12:00pm.

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W Co-Founders Note — There is some concern around the Designated Writers home office that the news you are about to read could result in his own private bathroom and one of those “Reserved 24 Hours a Day” parking spots. But even so, it’s a small price to pay for such a large honor for our boy Teddy. Fear not — your subscription rate to DW will not increase now that we have a “distinguished” member on staff.

NATCHITOCHES – Acclaimed north Louisiana writer Teddy Allen and influential central Louisiana reporter, editor and publisher Garland Forman Jr. have been selected for the 2022 Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The duo will be inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame next June, LSWA president Raymond Partsch III and Hall of Fame chairman Doug Ireland announced Tuesday.

Allen, who has been north Louisiana’s preeminent feature columnist for over 30 years, has been nationally recognized for his writing while working in Shreveport, New Orleans and Ruston. Author of three books, Allen has been a focal figure for the university communications department at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech, since 2008, and has been part of the Hall of Fame selection committee for two decades-plus.

Forman is the only person to serve as president of both the Louisiana Press Association and the LSWA. While winning hundreds of state writing and editing awards including news, sports and outdoors coverage from both organizations, the Pineville native and Louisiana Christian University alumnus has been a pivotal leader for the LSWA and for over 25 years has been on the Hall of Fame selection committee.

The DSA honor, to be made official next summer in Natchitoches, means Allen and Forman will be among an elite 12-person Class of 2022 being inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. They were selected from a 29-person pool of outstanding nominees for the state’s top sports journalism honor.

The Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism recipients are chosen by the 40-member Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame selection committee based on nominees’ professional accomplishments in local, state, regional and even national circles, with leadership in the LSWA as a beneficial factor and three decades of work in the profession as a requirement.

Distinguished Service Award winners are enshrined in the Hall of Fame along with the 455 current athletes, sports journalists, coaches and administrators chosen since 1959. Just 69 leading figures in the state’s sports media have been honored with the Distinguished Service Award since its inception 39 years ago in 1982.

Allen and Forman will be among the 2022 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class to be spotlighted in the annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday evening, June 25, at the Natchitoches Events Center. The Induction Ceremony culminates the 2022 Induction Celebration beginning Thursday afternoon, June 23, with press conference at the Hall of Fame museum at 800 Front Street in Natchitoches.

A pair of six-time Pro Bowl NFL linemen, New Orleans Saints’ offensive guard Jahri Evans and Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, join the late Tony Robichaux, No. 1 on the wins list for state college baseball coaches, among a star-studded group of nine 2022 competitive ballot inductees.

The LSHOF Class of 2022 also includes two of the greatest women athletes in LSU history, three-time national champion gymnast Susan Jackson and two-time first-team All-America softball pitcher Britni Sneed Newman. Williams, who helped the Tigers’ football team win the 2003 national championship, is joined by another of LSU’s all-time great linemen, the late Eric Andolsek, and pro rodeo great Steve Duhon among the 2022 inductees.

Baton Rouge-Episcopal High School track and field/cross country coach Claney Duplechin enters the Hall next summer still active, with his teams capturing an astounding 64 LHSAA crowns in his career. Rounding out the Class of 2022 is the late Dr. Eddie Flynn, who as a Loyola-New Orleans student won the 1932 Olympic welterweight boxing gold medal for the USA, the last gold medal for an American boxer for 20 years.

The 2022 inductees will be showcased in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum, operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in a partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The striking $23 million, two-story, 27,500-square foot structure faces Cane River Lake in the National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches and has garnered worldwide architectural acclaim and rave reviews for its contents since its grand opening during the 2013 Hall of Fame induction weekend.

The selection of Allen and Forman was announced Tuesday by LSWA president Raymond Partsch III.

“We could probably fill a wing of the Hall of Fame with the amount of hardware that Teddy and Garland have won in their storied careers, which is saying something. But for me, what stands out about this year’s DSA honorees is how they are truly two of the most unselfish individuals that you will be blessed to encounter in our business,” said Partsch.

“From Teddy stepping up to serve as master of ceremonies for the LHSOF Induction year after year to Garland’s tireless work with both the LSWA and LPA, their sacrifices and behind-the-scenes efforts have been immensely valuable to both the LSWA and the LSHOF. We have been truly blessed to have both Teddy and Garland to be a part of our state’s storied sports history and there is no better way to honor them than having them inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.”

One of Louisiana’s more beloved writers, of sports and other things, Allen has piled up awards from the LSWA and many other entities since the mid-1980s. He worked for the Shreveport Journal and The Times in Shreveport, then for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, first covering LSU and then expanding his role to step into the slot as primary columnist as the iconic Peter Finney gradually downshifted his contributions. Recently joining the Online Journals group of 10 northwest Louisiana parish publications, headlined by the Lincoln Parish Journal and the Natchitoches Parish Journal, Allen was previously a featured columnist for Gannett’s north Louisiana papers over the last three decades.

After returning to Shreveport with The Times in the early ‘90s, Allen moved east to his beloved alma mater, Louisiana Tech (bachelor’s 1982, master’s 1984), in 2008 as a writer and editor in the university communications department. Over the last decade, he has done radio broadcasting for Tech sports (football color analyst, and recently, some baseball play-by-play) and serving as a master of ceremonies for many events at the university and for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the better part of the last two decades.

He has multiple times won prestigious honors including the Associated Press Sports Editors national feature writing award and the LSWA Story of the Year, Columnist of the Year, and Sportswriter of the Year awards. For his general interest columns, he has earned both the Ernie Pyle Award as the top columnist in Mississippi and Louisiana and been named Columnist of the Year in the LPA.

Allen’s work has been featured in the Poynter Institute’s annual “Best Newspaper Writing.”

He is co-founder of, an online publication including columns, features and video segments.

For four-plus decades, Forman has developed a reputation for being one of the most honored, well-respected sports journalists in not only Central Louisiana but the entire state.Forman started reporting while a student at then-Louisiana College in the late 1970s. That led to freelance work for both the Eunice News and Ville Platte Gazette in 1980. Seven years later, Forman was named managing editor of the Bunkie Record and remained there until the fall of 2018 when he was named publisher of the Ville Platte Gazette and six other papers.
Now based in Ville Platte, he currently oversees 13 weekly newspapers as publisher for the Louisiana State Newspapers group across north and central Louisiana.

The 2022 Induction Celebration will kick off Thursday, June 23, with a press conference and reception. The three-day festivities include two receptions, a youth sports clinic, a bowling party, and a Friday night riverbank concert in Natchitoches. Tickets for the Saturday night, June 25 Induction Ceremony, along with congratulatory advertising and sponsorship opportunities, are available through the website.

Anyone can receive quarterly e-mails about the 2022 Induction Celebration and other Hall of Fame news by signing up on the website.

The Induction Celebration weekend will be hosted by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the support organization for the Hall of Fame. The LSHOF Foundation was established as a 501 c 3 non-profit entity in 1975 and is governed by a statewide board of directors. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Foundation President/CEO Ronnie Rantz at 225-802-6040 or Standard and customized sponsorships are available.

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Parent speaks out after her child injured due to unsportsmanlike play in high school game

editors note: During the Quitman vs Hicks boys basketball game in the Saline Tournament last weekend an unfortunate incident took place that ended up in Quitman player Ty Simonelli being injured. Below is response from the perspective of his mother April, who also coaches at Quitman High. 

Thank you all for the calls, messages and the prayers. Ty hit his head pretty hard tonight after a Hicks player flipped him over his back. JPH took great care of him and the CT scan was negative!

Now for what I want to say as a mama…ty simonelli 1

There is no room in sports for that kind of unsportsmanlike conduct. If you’re a coach and encourage or allow your players to disrespect the game of basketball and other players like that, you need to find a different career path. Ty could have been paralyzed or even killed in that one play tonight. Is that really worth winning one game in high school basketball??? Oh yeah and the Hicks player walked away while laughing. 

But on the other side of that same coin are coaches who do teach sportsmanship and worry more about what kind of people their players are becoming than points on the scoreboard. While this was all going on, our girls and Saline’s girls’ team stopped their pregame talk to come together to pray for Ty.

THAT is what it’s all about. So many Saline parents have messaged me checking on him and it means so much to me. We can be competitors on the court or in the field and still be caring and compassionate toward each other. Thanks again for all of the love and prayers for Ty

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Best in floats and decorated vehicles in 2021 Christmas Parade announced

It was obvious that hours and hours of preperation went into the many spectacular floats and vehicles that were decorated for the 2021 Christmas in the Pines Parade that took place on Saturday. Below are the ones selected by the judges as being the best in each catergory. 

Cars & Trucks
1st place Abigail Temple
2nd place. MaKenize Henderson
Float Business
1st place. Jackson Parish Hospital
2nd place. Vanguard Realty
3rd place Uptown Tanning
Float church
1st place Centerpoint Methodist
2nd place Brown Grove Baptist
Float Family & Friends
1st place Ladies of the Lake
2nd place. Richard Lowery Family
3rd Lajaesha Bailey

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Jonesboro-Hodge boys open season Tuesday by hosting Quitman

The Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers will begin tip off their 2021-22 basketball campaign this Tuesday, November 30th when they host neighboring Quitman. The game is slated to begin at 7:00pm or just after the girls teams from both schools play.
The opener will mark a school record 15th season overall for head coach Allen Tew, that includes 13 as the head boys basketball coach. It also will be the first home game for new girls basketball coach Kiyyah Deloney who won her inaugural effort as the Lady Tiger’s head coach with a win over Red River (Coushatta) in the Lakeview Tournament. Both the boys and girls teams from Quitman enter the contests with a 5-6 records.

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Six from Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office graduate from North Delta Training Academy

Six Jackson Parish Sheriff Office (JPSO) Deputies were part of 41 law enforcement graduates representing 14 agencies across north Louisiana who have earned their POST certification. Completing the 18 weeks of physical training and rigorous examinations at the North Delta Training Academy are Carlos Jackson, Trevor Tolbert, Justin Bass, Mandy LaBlance, Jeremy Dark and J.D. Maxwell. The graduation ceremony was held on Monday, November 22 at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff Office Rifle Range The JPSO congratulates all the local graduates on a job well done.

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Atkins named K104 Scoreboard Show “Impact Player of the Week”

Jonesboro-Hodge linebacker, Xavier Atkins, has been named “Impact Player of the Week” by the panel from the K104 Downs Law Friday Night Scoreboard Show. By virtue of his 17 tackles, 2 for loss, a forced fumble and a sack in the Tigers 28-18 second round playoff victory over Mangham, Atkins was chosen over 12 others being considered.

Atkins not only had a big game last week but has had a season for the ages. The sensational sophomore has obliterated school records for total tackles (195), solo stops (166) and tackles per game (17.7). More impressivley the 6’1″ 185 pounder leads the entire state, regardless of classification in all three of the those categories and is second in the nation, just six behind the leader, in solo stops and seventh in overall tackles.

Those totals will continue to climb after Jonesboro-Hodge defeated Franklin this past Friday to advance the Tigers to the Class AA semi-finals for the first time since 1990 where they will travel to #6 Amite.

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Thanks to a mom who loved birds, I developed an interest in songbirds as a kid growing up in Goldonna. When she heard the song of a bird with which she was not familiar, she would reach up on a shelf, pick up her tattered bird book, summon my brother, sister and me to follow her to the yard to try and find the bird that was singing a new song.
Once the bird was located, mom would thumb through the pages of her book until she found it. She’d show it to us and explain what it was and why it was here. With that humble beginning, I learned to love song birds, especially in trying to identify them.
There are still some species that visit my yard I’m not sure of, especially those that hang out in the thickets and woods just over the fence. I pretty well know the ones that have a taste for the bird seed I keep at my feeder. I’m talking about regular visitors such as cardinals, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, blue jays and red bellied woodpeckers. I will occasionally spot one foraging in the trees across the fence I can’t identify. I see some of these especially during the spring migration when all sorts of warblers pass through this area.
We are undergoing a transition in the bird world right now as some species head south for the winter while others are just arriving from northern states. We have said goodbye to the hummingbirds that spent the spring and summer sucking up on the sugar water we fed them. Others that were here but have departed include the fun-to-watch purple martins.
I could write a book about my frustration of trying to attract martins to my boxes. When I was growing up, martins would build nests in anything you hung up for them. As an adult, I have installed state of the art martin boxes, attractive gourds – you name it – and have yet to attract any. The lucky folks who have martins every year have had to bid them adieu until next spring; they’ve moved on to the tropics for the winter.
Other species that have moved on include the indigo buntings, painted buntings, blue grosbeaks among others. One we seldom see but love to hear it sing is the wood thrush; they’re gone too. While some are leaving our area, folks interested in keeping up with birds have perhaps already seen some of those that spend the winter with us. I have already spotted a pretty little bird with a slate gray back and white underside on the ground around my feeder. It’s one I grew up calling a “snow bird”, but in reality, it’s a junco.
Another I’ll be looking to see any day now is a white throated sparrow, a bird slightly larger than most sparrows but true to the name, has a white throat with splash of yellow around the eyes. Another bird I occasionally see in winter is the hermit thrush. These birds with rusty tail and olive brown back, white underside covered with spots, have the tell-tale habit of slowly raising its tail several times a minute.
Some of the birds spending the winter in these parts are seldom seen until we have snow. Once we get those rare snows that cover the ground, at least two species show up in my yard, birds I never see any other time. One is the Eastern Towhee, a pretty little black, orange and white bird that lives in the thickets and is virtually out of sight until it snows. Another I have seen during periods of snowfall is the fox sparrow, a rather large sparrow, brownish on top with a white breast accented by a dark spot in the center.
I’m sure any reader who follows me who is a card carrying ornithologist will snicker at my rather lame attempt to describe and use proper names on some of these. Let ‘em snicker; I just enjoy watching and feeding them and attempting to figure out what they are.


BUSSEY BRAKE –Crappie are scattered and fair. No report on bass, bream or catfish. For
latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Fishing overall is rather slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707
for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Crappie fishing has been best fishing around the deep tops in the river,
fishing 15 feet deep in 20 foot water on shiners or jigs. Bass are fair in the cuts and in deep holes
on soft plastics, crank baits and Rat-L-Traps. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole
Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Most of the crappie have migrated to the deep channels with best
catches made fishing jigs or shiners 17-18 feet deep in25 foot water. Bass are also moving deep
with best catches made on deep diving crank baits, soft plastics or jigs. Bream fishing is slow
while catfish are still biting cold worms fished off the banks.. For latest reports, call Anderson’s
Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Stripers are no longer schooling on top as the shad have moved to deep
water. Trolling white bucktails could pick up a few. Bass to 3-4 pounds have been caught fairly
deep with Chatter baits working best. No report on catfish or bream. For latest information, call
Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
CANEY LAKE – Jigging spoons bounced off the bottom in deep water are producing catches of
yellow bass. Bass are better on the deeper points and some to around 8 pounds are being caught
on deep diving crank baits and oversized plastic worms. The crappie have moved deep with best
catches made on shiners or jigs fished out from the dam and around the Highway 4 bridge. No
report this week on bream or catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia
Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been fair to good with mostly smaller fish being
caught. Crappie are fair around the coves on the north end and also the south end with Bobby
Garland jigs working best. No report on bream or bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point
Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The lake is down two feet and fishing overall has been quite slow. For
information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water level is fairly stable but except for a few bass being caught,
fishing is generally slow. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

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Jackson Parish Recreation District Board Meeting Minutes

The Jackson Parish Recreation District met in regular session on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:00pm in the Jackson Parish Golf Course Banquet Room in Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members Present: Mr. Ricky Cash, Mr. Brandon Lamkin, Mr. Rodney Potts and Mr. Sullivan Stevens. Absent: Mr. Brent Barnett, Mr. Jeff Hairston and Mr. Chris Womack.

The Vice President, Mr. Cash, called the meeting to order. The invocation was given by
Mr. Potts and Mr. Stevens led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Cash opened the floor for public comments. There were no public comments.

Motion Mr. Stevens seconded Mr. Lamkin to approve minutes (October). All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Lamkin to approve financials (October). All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Smith gave board update on some of the ongoing programs at the sports complex including archery/shooting range and basketball. He also gave the board an email from
Mr. Jonathan Plunkett thanking the JPRD for allowing them to have their LACC race at the sports complex.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Lamkin to table bid from DG&E Logging, Inc. for timber at the golf course until more information is received from bidder on time and date of project. All in favor. Motion carried.

No action was taken on the finish mower.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Lamkin to table playground equipment for Village of North Hodge until more information is received on total job cost and installation. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Cash seconded Mr. Stevens to set 2022 board meetings for every 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00pm excluding holidays. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Cash to declare Winn Parish Enterprise as the official journal for 2022. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Lamkin to approve resolution to retain the Law Office of Steven M. Gatlin, L.L.C. for 2022. All in favor. Motion carried.

Budget hearing scheduled for Monday, December 20, 2021 at 11:30am in the Jackson Parish Golf Course Banquet Room followed by the regular scheduled meeting at 12:00 noon.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Lamkin to adjourn meeting. All in favor. Motion carried.

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