JPPJ Solid Waste Committee to meet on Wednesday

The Jackson Parish Police Jury Solid Waste Committee will meet at 12:00pm on Wednesday, August 10th in the Nathaniel Zeno, Jr. Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Administrative Building. located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro.

Slated is the discussion of two agenda items including the purchase of a 2023 Tractor Truck for the Solid Waste Transfer Station and lighting at four gravel bin sites. 

It is possible that a quorum of the Police Jury may be in attendance at the meeting, but no action of the Police Jury as a whole will be taken.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Emmett Gibbs, Secretary/Treasurer at (318)259-2361 Ext. 3 describing the assistance that is necessary.


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Bess’s Parts

Bess was the queen of Hollywood. She was born in Sherman, Texas in 1898. After high school, she attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha where she often performed on stage. In 1916, she played dual parts or characters in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and another in the “Merchant of Venice.” As this production was staged by a women’s college, all of the parts, male and female, were performed by females. All of the characters Bess portrayed were men, which is a testament to her talent.

Within a few years, Bess made her way to Hollywood where she appeared in her first film, a 1923 silent comedy film entitled “Hollywood.” Her talents were such that she made two more feature films in her first year in the business. Within three years, Bess became the go-to-girl in Hollywood. In addition to her other acting abilities, Bess began to get acting jobs because of her beautiful hands. She had what the First National Productions studios claimed were the most photographed hands in the world. One reporter boasted, “Her hands are her fortune, sir!” When a movie studio needed a closeup of a beautiful feminine hand, Bess was the actress they would call first. Many leading actresses of the time, according to one reporter, “ofttimes subject themselves to exposure and their hands in many cases suffer from the elements. Consequently, when a close-up of the hands is to be made, they are in many cases unable to offer their own hands due to the fact that they have not been properly cared for and ‘groomed,’ as it were, for the particular occasion.”

Bess, on the other hand, (pun intended) kept her hands properly groomed. She kept to a strict set of rules for the care of her hands. When out in public, Bess always wore thin silk gloves to protect her hands. Every night, she rubbed her hands thoroughly with the skin of a lemon followed by a special cream concocted by a film studio master make-up artist just for her. She allowed her fingernails to grow abnormally long so they could be easily manicured to fit within the film’s script.

As many actor’s and actress’s careers floundered with the transition of the movie industry from silent pictures to “talkie” pictures, Bess remained busy. In 1935, parts of Bess appeared in “Star of Midnight,” which starred William Powell and Ginger Rogers. Bess’s character is pivotal in the film because the plot hinges on her character’s disappearance. In the film, the audience glimpses her ankles as she enters a taxicab, she waves from the taxi’s window, and speaks a few lines, but no more is seen of her. Her presence in other films varied between a quick view of her waving hand to her speaking a few lines. If you watch a film from the 1920s through the 1960s, you will most likely see all or part of Bess, though you may not realize it.

Although Bess had a lucrative Hollywood career for more than four decades, she thought she was no good at acting. However, Bess became the most prolific actress in the history of motion pictures. She appeared in over 700 films, more than any other actor or actress. She appeared in five films which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, more than any other actor or actress. Those films include “It Happened One Night” (1934), “You Can’t Take It with You” (1938), “All About Eve” (1950), “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952), and “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956). She also appeared in twenty other films which were nominated for Best Picture, more than any other actor or actress. It is doubtful that you will have ever heard the name Bess Flowers, but due to Bess’s parts, she became and remains the “Queen of the Hollywood Extras.”


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Biden’s Build Back Better Act

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in “Letter to the Editor” should not be interpreted as the view of Jackson Parish Journal but solely as the person who submitted the text for publication. 

Democrats are proposing the largest tax increase in over 50 years. 880 pages with more than $2 trillion in tax increases, making it 4 times the tax hike of Obamacare. This bill is designed to reduce our standard of living, helping to reshape the American economy by permanently expanding government control of our lives.

With economic resources under control of politicians and bureaucrats, private sector control of commodities will be greatly reduced. If your Senator or Congressman votes for this bill, then he/she doesn’t care about you, period. It is here to take away options, thereby reducing your freedoms. The pockets of the favored will be full and Americans dazed from the punch from our Socialist Autocrat Ruler, Joe Biden.

He said his tax package would not touch people earning less than $400,000 per year, but families bringing home anything over $50,000 will get a tax hike. The Build Back Better Act will increase the top marginal tax rate for individuals to 46.4%, raise the top bracket from 37% to 39.6%. Higher taxes will apply to individuals earning over $400,000, and married couples earning over $450,000, will pay more. In other words, if you’re married, you’re penalized.

In 2018, the top 1% of earners brought home 21% of the income and paid 40% of all federal income tax, while the bottom 50% paid only 3% of taxes. By increasing the top marginal income tax rate, the bill will dramatically increase small business taxes. The Democrats proudly hold to their motto, “America Last”.

This bill expands the IRS’s tax code, double taxation of investment and savings, increasing the top capital gains tax rate from 20% to 25%, which taxes the added value of business activity. Starting a new business or investing in your business by expanding or growing in size will require you to pay more. This is designed to apply destructive pressure on all small businesses, hopefully getting them out of the way for the big monopolies.

The bill will increase the federal corporate tax rate to 26.5%, exceeding Europe’s 19.99% average, and even blowing away Communist China’s 25%! More business taxes will translate into reduced wages offered, increased prices, and reduced investment back into the business, which is what our elected officials are counting on! This tax code treats many costs of doing and expanding business, as if it were profits and taxes them.

This all leads to their goal of reducing the private sector. Any tax system that directly taxes both the input and the results of that input, penalizes business growth. These tax codes will be a red flag to international trade and a disincentive for any company to want to invest in America.

This bill will give the IRS a lump sum payment of $79 Billion, which it can use any way it wants to “strengthen tax enforcement and expand audits and other enforcement activities. The IRS has a history of overreach and abuse, and they want to give them $79 billion to hire more auditors. Everyone should pay the taxes they owe, but expanding the code and increasing the burden of citizens is wrong.

We should simplify the tax code and reduce the burden of taxes. Implementing provisions of the Green New Deal is a focus of the BBB Act, with $235 billion in tax incentives for green energy. The bill will subsidize labor unions by adding a deduction for union dues, give higher tax credits for union workers and give bonuses to green energy tax incentives that pay union prevailing wages. Newspaper journalist would qualify for a new refundable payroll-tax credit.

Our tax system should be simple, transparent and fair. This bill is another like so many before. The politicians will get their desired players to be awarded the contracts and they will get their kick-back, and American citizens will be the people that get up each day to hear the world laughing at them. It’s got to be fun to the Democrats to manipulate their flock and laugh at how easy it is to get them to do what they wish.

The truth is that these taxes will reduce your purchase power, cause an economic slow down, cause a decline in jobs and see wages bottom out. By penalizing private investments, the government will emerge as sole ruler to be obeyed. They will decide how the economy is organized and who gets to play.

Finally, this tax bill will be, “just what the Democrats ordered”. They can see you now, pacing back and forth in your new tiny living quarters, unable to travel freely, ordered to remain in place by your keeper. Smile at people as you die inside. You have chosen to be a lackey and will never again enjoy what this country’s citizens once held dearest: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

If you don’t vote these traitors out of office, you won’t have anyone to blame but the stupid person you see in the mirror. Thank you for your time.

Shannon G Morris


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Second Quarter District 2, Division B Court Proceedings Released

The office of the District Attorney, Daniel W. Newell issues the following press release regarding the session of criminal court held in the months of April, May and June. The Honorable Judge W. Rick Warren presiding. 

Michael Shane Boulware, 52,094, pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II Methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor/suspended, 18 months active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Calhaen Delrio, 50,870, pled guilty to Theft Over $1000.00 Less Than $5000.00. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor/suspended, 2 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office and restitution to victim.

Dominique Davis, 52,056, pled guilty to Possession of Schedule I (Flualprazolam) and Possession of Schedule IV. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor/suspended, 2 years active supervised probation and 5 years hard labor/suspended, 2 years active supervised probation (consecutive) and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Forrest B Fife, 52,108, pled guilty to Residential Contract Fraud. He was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor/suspended, 3 years active supervised probation. In addition, he is required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office and restitution to the victim.

Tommy Foster, Jr, 51,233, pled guilty as charged to Resisting an officer with force or violence Count 2 Attempted Disarming of a Peace Officer. He was sentenced to 20 Months at hard labor on each count to run concurrent. He was given credit for time served since 01/28/2021. The sentence was not suspended. He was remanded to the Department of Corrections to continue serving his sentence.

Cornelius Graves, 50,266, pled guilty as charged to Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor/suspended, 18 months active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Dixie Hall, 49,699, pled guilty as charged to Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor/suspended, 18 months active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Ranita Harrell, 51,824, pled guilty as charged to Aggravated Flight From an Officer. She was sentenced to 3 years at hard labor/suspended, 3 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Jennifer Lowe, 51,750, pled guilty as charged to Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine). She was sentenced to 3 years hard labor/suspended, 3 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office. Credit for time served.

Jason E Lucky, 51,495, pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 1 year at hard labor/suspended, 1year active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Stephanie McCoser, 50,970, pled guilty as charged to Attempted to Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). She was sentenced to 1year hard labor/suspended, 1 year active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Gary Lynn Mitchell, Jr, 52,252 pled guilty as charged to Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor/suspended, 18 months active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Michael Heath Potts, 51,150, pled guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm. He was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor/suspended, 3 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Kyle Sanders, 52,203, pled guilty as charged to Exploitation of Persons with Infirmities. He was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor with 1 year suspended, 3 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office and restitution to victim. Credit for time served.

Marcus K Walker, 52,082, pled guilty as charged to Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Hydrocodone). He was sentenced to 2 years at hard labor/suspended, 3 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s Office. Credit for time served. To run concurrent with 51,821.

Marcus K Walker, 51,821, pled guilty as charged to Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor/suspended, 3 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office. Credit for time served. To run concurrent with 52,082.

Marcus K Walker, 52,297, pled guilty as charged to Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle upon a Peace Officer. He was sentenced to 2 years HL consecutive to 51,821 and 52, 082. Credit for time served.

Jason Harvey Watkins, 51,000, pled guilty as charged to Obscenity. He was sentenced to 3 years at hard labor/suspended, 3 years active supervised probation and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office.

Geremi Wyatt, 51,957, pled guilty as charged to Possession of Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (Substituted Cathinone) and Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor/suspended on each count, 18 months supervised probation on each count and required to pay fine and cost to the sheriff’s office. Credit for time served.

Everett Zehr, 50,867, pled guilty as charged to Theft. He was sentenced to 6 years at hard labor/suspended, 3 years supervised probation and required to pay restitution to victim.

 


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Arrest Report (August 1st – 8th)

Joel Acevedo (Shreveport, LA) – Violation of Probation and Parole
Harky C Hoffman (Eros, LA) – Warrant on Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II drug
Tyshon L Jones (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery, Illegal Carrying / Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Josh Walker (Jonesboro, LA) – Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

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


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Business Services, Help Wanted, Public / Legal 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

Business Services

stewart cardStump Grinding: Free estimates! Call James Stewart at (cell) 318-243-1009 or (home) 318-768-2554.

johnnys stump removalJohnny’s Stump Removal: No job too small or too large. Call Johnny McConnell at 318-548-5577 for stump grinding, clean up, top soil fill and other odd jobs. We have over 30 years of experience and insured. Mention code: Jackson Boot to receive a discount. 

issac-septicSepticPlus: For all of your septic repair, service or installation contact SepticPlus. Professional service for your home or business. We are local, reliable and affordable. Licensed and Insured.
(318) 237-3065 / (318) 607-6247

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Quality Electrical & Controls Service: Over 60 years of combined  Lic  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.  

 

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

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 – Beautifully 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.

 

PUBLIC/LEGAL NOTICES

SHERIFF’S SALE

MIDFIRST BANK
# 36798

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

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

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

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

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

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

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF
EX-OFFICIO, AUCTIONEER

SHERIFF’S SALE

THE MONEY SOURCE, INC.
# 36803

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

PAULA SUE CASCIO

COMMENCING AT AN EXISTING I 1/2 INCH IRON SHAFT AT THE NE CORNER OF THE NE OF SE OF SEC-2-
TOWNSHIP 14 NORTH-RANGE 4 WEST, JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA, AS PER SURVEY BY ALBERT D.
HULETT, JR., R.L.S. DATED MAY 3, 1993; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 08’11” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET TO AN EXISTING 3/4 INCH IRON ROD; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 57′ 42″ WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 240.00 FEET TO AN EXISTING 3/4 INCH IRON ROD, SAID CALL BEING TO SAID IRON ROD; THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DEG. 08’11” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 457.40 FEET TO A 1/2 INCH REBAR FOR THE STARTING POINT; FROM SAID STARTING POINT, THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 08′ 11″ WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 435.05 FEET TO A 1/2 INCH REBAR AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE EMMETT A. BATSON, ET UX, TRACT AS PER DEED RECORDED IN CONVEYANCE BOOK 141, PAGE 351, RECORDS OF JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 57′ 42″WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET TO A 1/2 INCH REBAR; THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 08’11” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 435.05 FEET TO A 1/2 INCH REBAR; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 57’42” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET BACK TO THE POB, CONTAINING 3.005 ACRES, M/L, SITUATED AND LOCATED IN JACKSON PARISH, LOUISIANA,
TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS AND APPURTENANCES THEREUNTO BELONGING. (MUNICIPAL ADDRESS-348 DANI DR., JONESBORO, LA 71251)
TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED UPON, AFFIXED TO OR LOCATED UPON THE ABOVE DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY RESIDENTIAL DWELLING
LOCATED UPON OR TO BE LOCATED THEREON. WHICH DWELLING IS OR MAY BE A MANUFACTURED HOME, AS HEREINBELOW DESCRIBED, WHICH MANUFACTURED HOME IS OR UPON PLACEMENT AND AFFIXATION SHALL BE CONCLUSIVELY DEEMED TO BE REAL ESTATE (THE MANUFACTURED HOME) MAKE: SKYLINE MODEL: 1996 MEADOW RIDGE 0500 SERIAL NUMBER: 2K-53-0773-I YEAR BUILT: 1995

Seized as the property of the above named defendant and will be sold on August 14th, 2022 to satisfy said Writ and all cost, sale to be made for cash with WITHOUT the benefit of appraisal.

ANDY BROWN, SHERIFF
EX-OFFICIO, AUCTIONEER

SHERIFFS SALE

HODGE BANK & TRUST COMPANY
# 36619

PARISH OF JACKSON
STATE OF LOUISIANA

ASHLEY COLLETTE WALKER
INDIVIDUALLY AND AS NATURAL TUTRIX
FOR MrNOR

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

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

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

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

8/17/22
9/21/22

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

Jackson Parish School Board Special Called Meeting
August 8, 2022

The Jackson Parish School Board met in a special called meeting at 9:00 a.m. on August 8, 2022 at Jackson Parish School Board, 315 Pershing Highway, Jonesboro, La.
The following were present for roll call: Dennis Clary, Gloria Davis, Calvin Waggoner, Gerry Mims, Rickey McBride, Mary Saulters and Wade McBride
Absent: None
Dennis Clary gave the Invocation.
Wade McBride led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The meeting was called to order by President Gloria Davis.
A motion was made by Dennis Clary, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried to approve payment to La. Delta Community College in the amount of $22,092.88 for the Jump Start Dual Enrollment Summer Courses, to be paid from 2021-2022 Jump Start Summer Grant.
A motion was made by Rickey McBride, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried to accept low quote of $2,114,000.00 from Triad Builders ($784,000.00 Base Bid Weston High School additions and renovations and $1,330,000.00 for the Additive Alternate #1 Bid for Quitman High School additions and renovations, to be paid from ESSERS II/III.
A motion was made by Dennis Clary, seconded by Wade McBride and carried to accept low bid of $55,933.00 from Bannister Energy Solutions for materials, labor and equipment for the transformer relocation at Weston High School, to be paid from ESSERS II/III.
Superintendent’s Comments were given at this time.
A motion was made by Gerry Mims, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to adjourn at 9:40 a.m.

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Jonesboro Board of Aldermen to discuss pay raises for Public Works Dept. employees

To be or not to be. That is the question – AGAIN! Borrowing from the opening phrase of the William Shakespeare play, what is in question in this case, is whether or not the employees of the Jonesboro Public Works Street and Water Department will be given a pay raise. 

It is not the first time the topic has come up over the past several of months but even though there has been much discussion to the pro’s and con’s of the move, nothing has yet been done about it one way or the other. 

Per the agenda posted, once again, the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen will discuss and possibly finally make a decision on the disposition of this matter when they meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, August 9th. The session will take place at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center, located at 182 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro. 

Board members Devin Flowers, Robbie Siadek, Pete Stringer, Nia Evans-Johnson and James Ginn, along with Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson will first focus on their attention on a settlement proposal that could possible bring to an end the Stringer vs Town of Jonesboro lawsuit. This will be done in Executive Session, meaning that everyone except those who have a direct interest in the suit will be asked to clear the room. 

Once the room is open to the public again, a vote by the board members to approve of the July bills and financials, as well as, Department Head reports will be taken up for discussion. This will be followed by the request by the Jonesboro Police Department to have Isreal Smith and Sirena Jackson’s employment status changed from part-time to full time. 

Before Mayor Thompson and Council members make their final comments a report by the Compliance Office and the Appointment of a Town Clerk will conclude the final agenda concerns. 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if you need special accomidations, please inform Town Hall prior to the meeting to make the necessary arrangements. 


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VFW Post 4317 named All-American Post for 5th straight year


For the fifth consecutive year, Edwin Brown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4317, Jonesboro was selected an All-American Post at the VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri on July 18, 2022.

All-American means that a post is one of the top fifty posts in the United States based on such criteria as membership increase, assistance to veterans, community service, holding of patriotic events, fundraising, and excellence in competitions (Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Americanism).

“Each year the requirements for All-American increase and for each of the past five years our dedicated post and auxiliary members have persevered to meet these requirements,” commented Philip Lawrence.

VFW Post 4317 was also selected an All-State Post for the sixth consecutive year at the Louisiana VFW State Convention on June 18, 2022.

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Part V: Woody to Water! – The Chronology of Caney Lake

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

With the year of 1975 reaching the summertime season the construction of Caney Lake was now on “all systems go!” The land had been secured, the plans for clearing had been approved, the bids had been advertised and now all that had to be done was the letting of the contract.

It was also during that time the Jackson Parish Police Jury reassigned Woody McDonald to a new five year terms to the Jackson Parish Watershed Commission. This was an important move as he had been instrumental in original planning and development stage and was well versed in what had already taken place and what should happen moving forward.

In the July 4th edition of the Shreveport Journal, McDonald was qouted telling the Jonesboro Lions Club during their monthly meeting that “Jackson Parish should have its Caney Lake by 1977 and certainly no later than 1978.” The main reason for the optimistic projection was the news that $1,700,000.00 had been officially allocated by the State Bureau of Outdoor Recreation.

The exact plans called for 4,971 acres to be inundated with water, considered to favorably compare in size to existing north Louisiana waterways, Lake Claiborne and Saline Lake. The dam site would cover 52 acres consisting of a dam that was to be 6,500 feet long and comprising of two million cubic yards of dirt.

Additional plans called for the lake to cross Hwy 4, requiring one large bridge and two smaller ones to be constructed with the water to spread about a mile north of the road and five miles south of it. The average depth was slated to be 16 feet with the deepest part near the dam to be at 55 feet. Primary tributaries would be Caney Creek, Smith Branch, Cypress Creek and Hancock Creek.

Three hundred acres had also been set aside for a state-maintained park site that would be available for both day and night use but the money allocated had nothing to do with that. “The park site will cost much more than this,” said McDonald in the article.

On October 3rd of 1975, state Representative E.L. “Bubba” Henry of Jonesboro announced that the Louisiana Department of Public Works had accepted the bid from Tobilar Inc., out of Rayne, LA for clearing work in the Caney Lake Reservior.

Tobilar’s bid was $675.00 per acre to clear the 83 acres of dam site and $284.00 per acre for 2,470 acres located in three tracts of the lake site. The total bid amount came to $757,505.00, far less than the $1,082,860.00 submitted by the next lowest competitor.

The contract called for the removal of all trees, brush, vines, logs, vegetation, undergrowth, loose stumps and other floatable material and fences within the limits of the stated acreage. All trees, undergrowth and sound stumps were to be cut flush with the ground where practical. Where conditions made this impossible no more than 18 inches were to be allowed to protrude up.

As the calendar rolled into the spring of 1976, questions started to arise as to why it was taking so long for the work to be done. One reason was that since the contract hadn’t been let until October, Tolibar Inc. was dealing with winter weather which caused delays. Another reason for the “slow go” was by design to avoid the errors made when other lakes had been constructed.

“We are trying to capitalize on everyone else’s mistakes,” McDonald was quoted in a March 26th, Monroe New Star article. “We are going to circumvent all the problems they have had since they flooded theirs.”

One situation they wanted to avoid related to the potential for good fishing.

“We have learned that it is better to completely cut, remove and burn all the debris instead of just hurrying and leave all that behind,” McDonald stated. “This takes longer but will provide the lake with a better oxygen content.”

While all attempts were made to avoid mistakes, a most egregious one soon would be brought to light.

Next Week – Hubba Bubba!


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Award winning journalist, Teddy Allen, entertains Chamber of Commerce Banquet attendees


It never fails that anytime two or more people congregate to talk, someone will break out with a story. It is a sure as the sun coming up in the east in the morning. Most of the time you will simply grin and act like you are listening and maybe even give a timely nod or a grin, if you like the reciter.

Telling a good story that keeps a person’s attention is an art that very few people have. Oh sure, there are many who can talk up a storm but coming across someone who is enjoyable to listen to is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. They are few and far between.

Then there is Teddy Allen, storyteller extraordinaire. If story telling is an art, he is the Michelangelo of the mouthed word.

Allen is the rare individual that while telling a story you block out everything else to pay rapt attention to. This is especially true if you have heard his recitations before as you know that either it is going to be warm and funny or will bring you back to a place that is fond and dear to your heart.

This past Thursday, the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce (JPCC) held their annual banquet at the Community Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. It will be a time that the members and guests in attendance will remember for a long time as Allen was the Guest Speaker.

The banquet started with a social hour and a silent auction where bids were placed on merchandise donated by local businesses and ended with the recognition of sponsors, past JPCC Presidents and current Chamber members.

JPCC President, Darrell Avery, opened the program by welcoming those who came. Reverend Wayne Morrow then gave the Invocation which was followed by JPCC Vice President, Yumeaka Washington, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and ULM student, Jonathan DeCou, providing a stirring rendition of the national anthem on his trumpet.

Attendees were then treated to the scrumptious feast catered by Linda Peevy. Allen then took center stage where over the next 30 minutes he consistently evoked good feeling and laughter while also causing his audience to reflect on their own experiences through his uniquely, talented way of describing events that took place in his life.

Allen’s ability to enrapt an audience was perfectly voiced by JPCC President Avery after the program.

“While listening to him tell one story, I found myself thinking back to a similar time with my family,” reflected the JPCC President.

Telling stories is just one of the many talents that Allen has. He is the author of three books and is the radio broadcaster for the Louisiana Tech football and baseball programs. Most think though that his best contribution to the world of communication is as a sportswriter and columnist.

He certainly has the credentials to vouch for that.

Over his 30 plus years as newspaper journalist in places such as Monroe, Shreveport and New Orleans, as well as, writing for the nationally syndicated Gannett News Company, Allen has garnered multiple Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) awards. This year Allen also earned the Distinguished Service Award by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

There needs to be a Hall of Fame for storytelling. Allen would be in the inaugural class.

Teddy Allen’s column can be found in every Wednesday’s edition of the Jackson Parish Journal.

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Pictorial of 2022 Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

The Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet this past Thursday, August 4th at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. See below for a pictorial of special guests, award winners, corporate sponsors amd attending members.


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Xabrianna Jackson makes Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame history

Can #3 be # 4 and #1 at the same time? No, this is not one of those number riddles and the answer is a history making yes. For the first time in Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame history, Xabrianna Jackson has been named as female Athlete of the Year.   

She, along with classmate Devontae Mozee, Ty Simonelli and Bethany Leach from Quitman and Davis Tolar and Mary Catherine Hay of Weston High School, will be recognized at the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame (JPSHOF) annual induction ceremonies that will be held on October 1st at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Selected by members from the athletic department and administration of Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Jackson’s legacy of athletic acheivement on the basketball court and in track and field will be one that will not soon be forgotten.

“There has been several great girl athletes that have come through our program over the years,” said JHHS Athletic Director Terrance Blankenship. “Almost all of them established their legacy through one or two years of outstanding performance. Xabrianna has been great since the first day she stepped on campus.”

The granddaughter of JPSHOF member and legendary JHHS and Chatham High coach, Jo Ann Jackson, also established a new school record of being named district MVP for three straight years. Jackson tied another school record by being named first team All-District for four straight years as well as setting a new mark for most career steals.  She also is one of a few players in both the boys and girls basketball program to have scored over 1,500 points in her career.

Perhaps her greatest legacy on the court was how well she performed when the games counted the most. This is verified by her leading the Lady Tigers to an undefeated district championship in each of her last three years. Over her four years JHHS compiled a 24-3 record in district play.  

 A perfect example is the way Jackson ended her senior season. Heading into district play the Lady Tigers were languishing with a less than stellar 5-12 record. Over the final nine games of the regular season, including six district 1-2A contests, Jackson led JHHS to a 8-1 record.  

Jackson also excelled in track and field where during her career she won district championships in the triple jump, long jump and high jump while also running legs for district winning relay race teams. As a junior she finished 3rd in the Class 2A state meet in the triple jump.  

Exemplifying what it means to be a true student athlete, Jackson was a member of the BETA Club and graduated with a composite 3.7 grade point average. She will attend the University of  Louisiana in Lafayette where she plans to major in Social Work. 


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Cotten’s Karate team named Team of the Year runner-up at USKA National Awards Ceremony

Cotten’s Karate in Jonesboro, under the guidance of Sensei, Buster Cotten, was named Team of the Year runner-up at the 2022 United State Karate Alliance (USKA) National Awards Ceremony held in New Orleans on July 23rd.

The ceremony was part of the four day (July 21-24), United State Karate Alliance World Championships where fifteen members on the team collaborated for 47 individual and team awards. Included was Jacob Jones being named Grand Champion in Youth Weapons and Brody Cotten winning first in Team Weapons, Team Kata and Self Defense. Bryce Cotten also finished first in the national points standing for the (16-17) Kumite division 

Three Cotten’s Karate members have made the USKA National Team and will travel to Columbus, Ohio over Labor Day weekend to represent the USKA at the Professional Karate Commission International Championships.

The next major tournament the team will compete in will be the Louisiana State Championships on October 29 at Louisiana Tech’s Lambright Center. 

“Our students trained hard for the World Championships with some training as many as 10-15 hours weekly,” said Cotten. “We plan to have a good group representing our team at the state championships.” 

2022 United State Karate Alliance World Championships Results:

Second in Self Defense first in Team Weapons; Second in Team Kata; Second in Ippon sparring; Second in Weapons; Fourth in Kata; Third in Sparring
National Points standings: (10-11 advanced boys) Second in kata and sparring ; 12U weapons — Third

Addie Clark:
Second in Team Sparring; Third in Ippon sparring; Second in Chanbara; Second in Sparring
National Points standings: (6-7 beginner) – Second in kata and sparring

Brock Moore:
Second Team Sparring; Third in Ippon sparring; Fourth Individual Sparring
National Points standings: (8-9 beginner) Sixth place in kumite; Ninth in kata

Jolee Moore:
National Points standings: (5U beginner) Fifth in kata

Jacob Jones:
Grand Champion Youth Weapons; Second (16-17) Adv. Kata, weapons and sparring; Second in team sparring
National Points standings: (14-17) second in weapons; Second (14-15) second in advanced Kata and advanced kumite

Brody Cotten:
First in team weapons, team kata self-defense, second in kata and weapons
National Points standings: (12-13 M/F Advanced Kata) Second in kata; Second in kumite; Third in weapons

Bryce Cotten:
Second in team fighting; Fourth in weapons; Second in ippon sparring and fighting
National Points standings: (16-17 Intermediate/advanced) Second in kate; First in kumite; Second in weapons

Owen Hebert
National point standings: (8-9 beginner) Fifth in kumite; 7th in kata

Conner Jackson:
Second in sparring; Third in ippon sparring
National Points standings: (Intermediate 8-9) Eighth place in kata; Sixth in kumite

Brennen Jackson:
Second in team sparring, Third in chanbara
National Points standings: (6-7 beginning) Ninth place in kumite

Austin Jackson:
Second in kata and sparring, Second in ippon sparring
National Points standings: (5U beginners) Second in kata and sparring

Chace White:
Second in kata and sparring; Fourth in Ippon sparring
National Points standings: (Intermediate Men) Third in kata; Fourth in kumite

Larry Banks:
Second in Ippon sparring; Third in sparring
National Point Standings: (Black Belt men) 10th place in kata

Caden Holloway:
Second Sparring, weapons, kata, Ippon sparring, Chanbara; Fourth team kata
National points: Second weapons / (beginner 6-7) – Second Weapons and Kata; (6U) – Weapons

Levi Colvin:
Second Ippon sparring; (14-15 M/F Intermediate/Advanced) Fourth in Kata; Third Self Defense; (14-17) Second Team Weapons
National Point Standings: (12-13 M/F Intermediate) Kata; Fifth in kata; Second in kumite


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School Board to have Special Called Meeting on Monday, August 8th

Paying Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) for the Jump Start Dual Enrollment Summer Courses will be the first item of discussion of the Jackson Parish School Board at their special called meeting that will be held on Monday, August 8th. The session will take place at 9:00am in the meeting room of the Jackson Parish Schools Central Office, located at 315 Pershing Avenue in Jonesboro. 

Addtions and renovations at Weston High School and Quitman High School, as well as, considering to accept the low bid of $55,933.00 from Bannister Energy Solutions to relocate a transformer at Weston High School will also be discussed.


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