Homer High teen passes away
Homer Elementary teacher also succumbs
Homer High School Junior Ge’Kobe Hunter passed away
Thursday afternoon after he collapsed in the school’s gym. According to
Claiborne Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Janice Williams, he was transported
to Homer Memorial Hospital where he passed away. Hunter was actively involved
in sports, extracurricular activities and was a stellar member of the Future
Business Leaders of America. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday,
September 7, at the school. Also, Homer Elementary Teacher Brenda Bradford
passed away Friday, August 31. She was a fifth grade science teacher. As of
press time, service arrangements were not available. See this week’s edition of
The Guardian-Journal for the full story.
Franklin-Memorial Stadium to be dedicated September 6
The Red Franklin-Memorial Stadium Dedication ceremony
will be at 7 p.m. Friday, September 6 before kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Gates open
at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $7, and all are encouraged to purchase tickets in
advance to avoid long lines. The center section of the home stands will be shut
off at 7 p.m. If you want a seat, be early! At half-time, all Haynesville
Alumni will be recognized by decade of graduation. The Haynesville Golden
Tornado will face off against the North Webster Knights.
Bridge, road closures next week
The bridge over Drain on
Louisiana Highway 534 is being closed for piling repairs.
Beginning Monday, September 9,
at 8:30 a.m., the bridge, approximately 2.76 miles north of the junction of La.
534 Spur and approximately 5.06 miles south of the junction of La. 2 Alternate
will be closed for five days.
All vehicles must detour using Louisiana
Highways 2, 521, 2 Alternate and 534.
Also, a section of La. 9 in
Homer, one-tenth of a mile east of the Homer Square, will be closed for the
replacement of a railroad track crossing. It will be closed to thru-traffic
beginning at 7 a.m., Saturday, September 7, and is expected to be completed by
Sunday afternoon, September 8. Motorists are advised to detour using the Homer
Bypass to Louisiana Highways 2 or 9.
Work on these projects will be
performed weather permitting.
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please
drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work
crews and their equipment.
Claiborne Parish Fair is coming!
Singing at the Fair
Calling all choirs, soloists, musicians, praise dancers,
quartets, trios and duets! One of this year’s fair activities will showcase
area gospel talent. To help us make this event a success, we need your help! On
Thursday night, September 19, at 6 p.m., come and help us “Raise the Roof” and
“Praise the Lord” in song. If you would like to showcase your talent, please
contact Janell Brown at 624-2468, Carla Smith at 624-2221 or 624-3380, Brandy
Holt at 433-0191 or Clair Traylor at 624-0594.
For a full schedule of events, please see this week’s
edition of The Guardian-Journal!
Remembrance, honor on September 11
Renowned guest speaker to talk life, death and after
First Baptist Church in Homer
will host its annual September 11 observance and remembrance program on
Wednesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center.
The purpose of the program is to
remember those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade
Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. as well as those flight
passengers who took down a plane in Pennsylvania preventing another attack.
It is also to recognize police,
firefighters and emergency responders.
A fish fry with all the fixins’
will be available and the event is free of charge. Everyone is invited to
attend this important remembrance and observance.
Don Piper, a nationally known
speaker and author, will be the guest speaker. He was just on Fox News
Johnny Parrack, formerly of the
Kingsmen Quartet, is coming to sing.
Square Deal on the Square this Saturday
The Square Deal on The Square
will be this Saturday on the courthouse lawn. All kinds of goodies will be on
hand including muscadine and scuppernong jelly, jalapeno pepper jelly, salsa
and fresh fig preserves. Get there early before it’s all gone!
Grass fire extinguished quickly
The Guardian-Journal photo/Michelle Bates
Around noon Tuesday, the Homer Fire Department was
dispatched to Keller Street to extinguish a grass fire. According to Fire Chief
Dennis Butcher, it was a controlled burn that got out of hand. Fortunately,
firefighters were able to quickly put it out before it reached any structures.
There is no burn ban in Homer at this time, Butcher said, because there have
been no problems. In fact, this fire is the first controlled burn they’ve dealt
with. However, Butcher advises citizens to be aware of the dry conditions and
use extreme caution. Always, always have an adequate water source and manpower
close by to extinguish any flames if they get out of control.
Senior Expo set for September 7
The SALT Council of the
Claiborne Parish TRIAD invites all senior citizens to the annual Senior Expo
set for Saturday, September 7 at Homer City Hall. Registration begins at 8:30
a.m. and the expo starts at 9 a.m. All festivities will end at noon with a free
hamburger lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Local health and government agencies will
provide booths with helpful information, along with blood pressure checks. This
year, Sheriff Ken Bailey and Scott Freeling, of Willis Knighton, will be our
featured speakers. Door prizes will be given away and we will be featuring
BINGO! (Charitable gaming license E5821). All seniors are encouraged to come
out and enjoy!
Butterfly Festival September 14
The 15th annual Haynesville
Celebration of Butterflies will be held September 14 at the Claiborne Parish
Fairgrounds in Haynesville.
The festival features a parade,
seminars, a butterfly conservatory stocked with plants and butterflies in all
four stages of metamorphosis, many children's activities, vendors, musical and
dance entertainment, and several contests for which prizes are awarded.
The butterfly-themed parade,
which begins at 9 a.m., includes a pet parade with trophies awarded for the
largest, smallest, most unusual, and best-decorated pets. To enter, contact
Linda Knox; (318) 624-1606; e-mail .
For more information, please
pick up a copy of this week’s edition of The Guardian-Journal!
Downed power line sparks grass fire
The Guardian-Journal photos/Michelle Bates
A power line that snapped caused a grass fire along
Louisiana Highway 9 at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 2 late Tuesday
afternoon, causing fire to spread over a large area of land into the woods.
Along with the Homer Fire Department, the Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry
was called out with their dozer to plow a fire line around the area into the
woods to contain the blazes. An ambulance from Pafford Ambulance Service was
also on scene just in case emergency personnel got overheated. Claiborne
Electric arrived on scene within minutes to cut power to the line and repair
it. As of press time, the blaze had been contained. For more, see this week’s
edition of The Guardian-Journal!
Poultry Field Day set for September 18
A Master Farmer field day for
poultry producers will be held Sept. 18 at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research
The event will begin with
registration at 9 a.m., followed by presentations on pasteurization of broiler
litter, calibrating litter spreaders, using filter strips and evaluating fan
dust using water-collection units.
To attend, please call the Hill
Farm Research Station at 318-927-2578, Jason Holmes by email or at 318-368-2999
or Lavergne by email or at 225-578-2473. For the full story, please see this
Claiborne Parish tourism initiative is
JIMMY DEAN, Feature Writer
Claiborne Chamber of Commerce has put together an assortment of materials to
highlight where to go and what to do and see in Claiborne Parish. “Whether
you’re a visitor or a local resident, Claiborne Parish has a driving tour CD
set that you will find interesting,” says John Watson, Executive Director of
is one part of a major initiative aimed at helping others see and appreciate
what is wonderful about Claiborne Parish,” Watson notes.
what else is a part of the initiative, Watson explains that a colorful tourism
brochure has been prepared. In addition, there is a new website
cemetery brochure includes a map of the parish with the locations of 156
cemeteries in the parish or within a few miles of the parish line.
television ads have appeared describing Claiborne Parish as a desirable tourist
the tourism brochure, Watson says it highlights points of interest in Homer,
Haynesville, Athens, Lisbon, Summerfield, and other areas of Claiborne Parish.
It points out that 10 buildings in the parish are listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
brochure includes pictures of the Claiborne Parish Courthouse, Herbert S. Ford Museum, Lisbon’s Killgore House, the mural on the west wall of
Haynesville’s Killgore Pharmacy, Homer’s Old Town Cemetery, the Hill Farm,
Summerfield’s Alberry Wasson House, and Lake Claiborne.
cover of the “Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, Cemetery Guide” notes that it is
intended to be “A guide to finding the resting places of your ancestors.” A
brief description gives directions for each of the 156 cemeteries There is also
a map in the brochure marking the approximate location of each.
tourism website, www.claiborneparishtourism.org, describes Lake Claiborne State Park and lists local lodging such as Panther Creek Bed and Breakfast at
Summerfield and Lake Claiborne Vacation Cottage on Harmon Loop.
website describes “eateries” such as the Rebel Stop and Moon’s toward
Summerfield, Port-au-Prince on Lake Claiborne, Sunrise Bakery and Restaurant
and Homer Seafood and Pizza as well as Yesterday’s Grill in Haynesville.
related to Homer, Haynesville, Lisbon, Athens, Summerfield, and the parish’s
historic cemeteries are all mentioned on the website.
parish events are plugged including the Butterfly Festival, the Claiborne
Jubilee, the 4th of July Fireworks and Boat Parade, Lake Claiborne Antique Auto
and Bike Show, and the Christmas Festival.
consists of two CDs with 41 tracks of information highlighting areas of
interest around the parish. For only $3 visitors or local residents can learn
things about Claiborne Parish that’s not in the history books, stories passed
down from grandparents to grandchildren that has become the stuff of local
legend and lore.
course, the internet website is free as is the tourism brochure. With the
cemetery guide available for $1 and the driving CD sets for $3, the whole
tourism package is available for $4, a token cost to cover expenses of
local citizens donated many hours to the brochures, the cemetery guide, the
driving CDs, and the website.
and CD sets are available at the following locations:
Killgore's Pharmacy & Gift Shop
Claiborne Parish Library
* Delta Interiors
Chamber Office at Ford Museum
only are available at the following:
* Lake Claiborne State Park
* Haynesville City Hall
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School Board to meet September 5
The Claiborne Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. in
the board meeting room for its monthly meeting. For more information, or for
questions, please call their office at 318-927-3502.
Boys and Girls Club Annual Banquet September 5
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Timber Ridge will host its
annual banquet at 7 p.m. The event will be at the Claiborne Parish Fair Complex
in Haynesville. The Guest Speaker will be Demetric Evans, with the theme “Don’t
Be a Sideliner: Get into the Game.” Tickets are $20 and are available from any
board member or employee. No tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets must
be purchased in advance. For more information, please call 318-624-1188.
Square Deal on the Square September 7
The monthly Square Deal on the Square will be on the
courthouse lawn in Homer Saturday morning. Lots of goodies for everyone,
including muscadine and scuppernong jelly, jalapeno pepper jelly, salsa and
fresh fig preserves.
Homer Town Council to meet September 9
The Homer Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. in Council
chambers, located inside Homer City Hall for its monthly meeting. For more
information, or for questions, please call their office at 318-927-3555.
Middlefork Water System to meet September 9
The Middlefork Water System will meet at 6 p.m. in the
Lisbon civic Center.
Police Jury to meet September 11
The Claiborne Parish Police Jury will meet at 9 a.m. in
the meeting room at the police jury complex for its monthly meeting. For more
information, or for questions, please call their office at 318-927-2222.
FBC Homer to host 9/11 program September 11
First Baptist Church in Homer will host its annual 9/11
remembrance and observance program in the family life center. Everyone is
welcome to attend the fish fry and service. Don Piper will be the guest speaker
and Johnny Parrack will be singing as well. There is no charge for the fish
fry. For more information, please call the church at 318-927-3596.
Homer Lions Club to meet September 12
The Homer Lions club will meet at noon at Walter’s Cafe.
A representative from Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries will be the guest
speaker. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest!
Claiborne Parish Fair Queen Pageant set for September
The Claiborne Parish Fair Queen Pageant will be held
Saturday, September 21st at 5pm. Boys ages 0-5 and girls ages 0-18 are
encouraged to enter. Please refer any questions, comments, or application
requests to Pageant Director Dustyn Williams at email@example.com or
Homer Lions Club to meet September 26
The Homer Lions club will meet at noon at Walter’s Cafe.
The guest speaker will be Denise Odom, Executive Director of the Louisiana
Lions Eye Bank. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest!
Haynesville Town Council to meet September 26
The Haynesville Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. in
council chambers, located behind city hall, for its monthly meeting. The date
was moved due to conflicts with scheduling with the Claiborne Parish Fair. For
more information, or questions, please call their office at 318-624-0911.
Homer/Mayfield School Reunion set for September 26-28
The Homer/Mayfield School Reunion will be at Homer City
Hall, 400 East Main Street. All alumni and those who would like to participate
in any of the events, please contact Cleveland Wilson Jr. at 318-927-2037 or
Marie Gray at 318-927-6705, or by P.O. Box 327, Homer LA 71040
McMullan Realty, Springhill - Announces Opening of Their New Website
Denny McMullan of McMullan Realty Company in Springhill, LA, announces the opening of their re-designed website as of 2012-08-06, with all current listings now available at: www.McMullanRealty.com.
Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home, commercial or investment property, McMullan Realty Company can help. They take pride in taking the time to get to know each and every client individually - listening to their specific needs and wishes. They are ready to negotiate the best deals, determine your optimal selling price and provide you with all the necessary facts you need to make a confident, informed decision.
From the first walk-through to the signing of papers, McMullan Realty will be with you every step of the way. Their experienced agents are ready to help you achieve your real estate goals.
McMullan Realty Company was established in 1961 by Dennis and Evelyn McMullan. Continuously family owned and operated, McMullan Realty Company has specialized in REAL ESTATE SALES AND MARKETING in the North Webster Parish, Louisiana and Southwest Arkansas areas for more than 50-years.
Denny McMullan, broker at McMullan Realty, stated "We were looking for a web designer to re-build our existing site and someone that we could depend upon to maintain our site in a timely manner. After reviewing several area realtor sites, we came across Claiborne Parish web designer, Key-Comp Web Design, we visited the Key-Comp sites for Claiborne Parish realtors and were very impressed (JT Taylor Realty, Northest Properties & Toney Johnson Real Estate). We contacted Joel Ponder of Key-Comp Web Design, he subsequently submitted a very reasonable proposal for the design and maintenance of our site. We accepted the proposal and have been very pleased with the results. If any of you know anyone who wants a new website or has a site that is in need of a re-do, we strongly recommend Key-Comp. You can contact Joel via his new website at: www.KCWD.com."
Ford Museum Seeking Veterans' Photographs
The H.S. Ford Museum has received a grant from Entergy that will enable us to make its exhibits more interactive. Our first emphasis will focus on honoring our military veterans, especially those with a connection to North Central Louisiana. For this project, we are requesting the public's help in gathering photos, formal as well as candid photos that capture everyday life in the military. Artifacts and photos are needed from the Civil War era to the present. Items can be sent to the museum at or mailed to P.O. Box 157, Homer, LA 71040. The museum is opened Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm for anyone wishing to deliver material in person.
Hilltop Campgrounds & RV Park announces opening of their website
Hilltop Campgrounds & RV Park (Princeton/Haughton, LA) is proud to announce the opening of their website as of 06/10/2012, online at www.HilltopCampgrounds.com.
Hilltop Campgrounds and RV Park is a work-camper, family and pet friendly park located just minutes from I-20 and I-220. The park is always clean with on-site management and maintenance for a worry free stay. The rental prices include lot, electric, water, sewer and trash pickup.
The park is located less than five miles from Haughton and 3 minutes from I-20 (Haughton/Fillmore exit - Hwy 157 North), and just 10-15 minutes from all the Hottest Gaming Locations in Shreveport-Bossier.
The park is open to the public year round. Features include Fishing and Swimming in their 5 acre natural spring pond. hiking & biking nature trails and beautiful, peaceful & serene surroundings throughout the year.
The park owners stated that "We contracted a Claiborne Parish based website designer, Key-Comp Web Design, and are very pleased with the results and recommend their services to anyone needing a new website or a face-lift of an existing site . Key-Comp can be contacted via their website at www.KCWD.com."
Golden Eagle Training & Safety - New Website
Steve Risner (Homer, LA) and Butch Shaver (Shreveport, La) announce the opening of their new Golden Eagle Training & Safety website, now online at www.DefensiveTraining.us.
For more than 18 years the founders of Golden Eagle Training & Saftey (GETS) have certified nearly a thousand Law Enforcement/Correctional Use of Force Instructors and certified over seven hundred civilians in Carry Concealed Handgun Classes for permits to carry concealed.
GETS offers Instructional/Certification courses for the General Public, Law Enforcement & Corrections, School Resource Officers & Staff, Churches, Organizations and Companies.
GETS training for the public includes: Carrying Concealed Handgun Permit Class, Personal Safety Course, Women’s Safety & Self-Defense Course, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (known as SHARP), Weapon Retention & Disarming (if you carry a firearm, you need to know how to effectively retain it or disarm someone who has one), Escape & Evasion, and Advanced Carrying Concealed Handgun Courses.
Certification courses available for Law Enforcement and Correctional Agencies include: Defensive Tactics (DT), Impact Weapon (IW), Weapon Retention and Disarming (WRD),
Ground Avoidance/Ground Escape (GAGE), Spontaneous Knife Defense (SKD), Inmate Control, and Pressure Point Control Tactic (PPCT).
For the educational arena (School Resource Officers & Staff) they offer: Safe Schools Resource Officer (SRO) Training & Certifcation, Basic & Instructor Certification Classes in Human Factor Research School Safety ( Bullying) & Healthy Children and Disruptive Student Management (DSM).
They have also held "Surviving a Critical
Incident Courses" for churches in Bossier City and will be glad to do the same with any church in your area.
Steve Risner said "We have contracted Joel Ponder, long time resident of Claiborne Parish, and designer/webmaster of many of our local area websites, to rebuild our website and we are very pleased with the fine job he is doing for a very affordable price. If any of you know someone who wants to start a
website or has one that needs a facelift, we strongly recommend Mr. Ponder. You can contact Joel via his new website at: www.KCWD.com."
Local CPA Signs On as ClaiborneOne Sponsor
The accounting firm of Steven J. Koskie, CPA LLC has signed on as a sponsor of the ClaiborneOne website.
Steve Koskie, Managing Member of the firm said, "Back in the fall, we decided we were going to enhance our presence on the internet. So many people now use the internet as a key way to get news and information. By improving our website and overall web presence, we felt we could achieve two important goals. They are, first, to be of more service to our existing clients and, second, to more effectively reach out to new clients."
After reviewing the web traffic statistics for ClaiborneOne the decision to become a sponsor was made. "I was surprised by the amount of web traffic that goes through the ClaiborneOne web site. ClaiborneOne provides a great service as a 24 hour a day clearinghouse of parish news and information that reaches literally around the world."
Steven J. Koskie CPA LLC is located at 417 North Main Street in Homer. The firm focuses on preparing personal income tax returns, business income tax returns, and bookkeeping/accounting services for business. The firm also provides a variety of financial planning services for individuals and consulting services for business.
"Our experience covers a broad horizon. We have a lot of experience in oil & gas as regards income tax, lease negotiations, and royalty/working interest accounting. We also are very engaged in agricultural endeavors like poultry farming, timber farming and cattle operations. Through the years, I've helped manage some very significant investment portfolios of stocks, bonds, and limited partnerships. When it comes to helping businesses, having 10 years experience as a controller and CFO for significant private companies gives me a unique hands-on perspective of what business owners face in their daily lives. I know their problems and opportunities because I've lived with the very things they deal with everyday. Plus the fact that I've dealt with the day-to-day business decisions of my own firm for a decade."
"We look forward to serving the citizens and businesses of Claiborne Parish and the surrounding area for many years to come. We have a vested interest in the growth of the area and work hard to provide a high quality service. This means much more than delivering a tax return or a set of books to a client. We have the privilege of helping people live their lives and manage their resources. That responsibility to our clients is why we say our income tax, accounting and consulting services require we make a point to 'Provide more than numbers on a page'."
J.T. Taylor Realty/Dimex Sales - Now Online
J.T. Taylor Realty has provided Real Estate Sales and Buyer Representation in Homer, Haynesville and Claiborne Parish for Commercial, Residential and Timberland Properties since 1984.
With over 56 years experience in the Commercial and Home Markets, J.T. Taylor offers a wealth of knowledge To Help You Avoid the Pitfalls of Buying, Selling or Remodeling a property!
For over 10 years, Dimex Sales has offered a full line of Portable Buildings for Home, Home/Office, Construction Sites, and Storage needs.
DNG Consulting - Now Online
Based in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, DNG Consulting, LLC provides a wide range of consulting services to meet the needs of a variety of client types. DNG Consulting assists clients in Mergers & Acquisitions, Management Organization Study & Re-structuring, Project Management, Critical Path Recovery Scheduling, Construction Claims Analysis, Business Development, Professional/Technical Recruitment Services and Fuel Services.
Don Grimes, President of DNG Consulting, and wife Bea are long time Claiborne Parish residents. The Grimes' have been involved in promoting Claiborne Parish for many years.
Key-Comp Web Design Announces the Opening of their Redesigned Website
Key-Comp Web Design was originally established in 1980 as Key-Comp Computer Services. Providing computer programming and support services in Monroe, LA, Ouachita Parish, re-locating to Claiborne Parish in September of 1987.
Since 1996, Key-Comp has provided web site design, hosting and maintenance to a variety of businesses and organizations, including those in Homer, Haynesville, Tulsa, Monroe, Shreveport, El Dorado, and Gibsland.
Key-Comp's services also include Print/Web Ad design, Business Card design, Logo design, software training, system analysis/purchasing, custom database programming and Special Event & Family Reunion Photography. Visit Key-Comp's Portfolio to view their work.
Key-Comp is operated by, long time Claiborne Parish residents, Joel Ponder & Pam Thompson-Ponder (Pet Pampering Grooming & Boarding) with photography and graphics design assistance by their sons, Homer High grads, TJ & Tanner.
Key-Comp designed many of our local sites including ClaiborneOne.org (which includes Claiborne Parish Police Jury, Town of Homer & Town of Haynesville), ClaiborneSheriff.org, Claiborne Chamber of Commerce, J.T.Taylor Realty & Dimex Sales, Northeast Properties, Toney Johnson Real Estate, Advertising Unlimited, and DNG Consulting. Key-Comp's Portfolio presents legacy/retired designs that include Allison Law Firm (Shreveport), Homer Memorial Hospital, Hall Boat Lifts, Speech Language Pathology & Associates and Gibsland Bank & Trust.
Key-Comp's new sites are produced using the most current & popular Content Management Systems (CMS) that will allow their clients to easily add and/or delete content. Key-Comp has built this owner friendly functionality (password protected & secure) into their sites for years, however almost all of their clients have opted to depend upon Key-Comp for maintenance and updates - Key-Comp says "(Concentrate on Your Business - We'll Handle the Web)".
Redesign projects now underway include Golden Eagle Training & Safety and McMullan Realty (Springhill).
For more information on Key-Comp's services visit www.KCWD.com.
Claiborne One Site Now Features Area Image Archive
Archives Now Online include:
Money Available for New or Expanding Businesses in Homer
The Claiborne Chamber of Commerce now has monies to lend through the Revolving Loan Program. Anyone who is interested in starting a business or enlarging an existing business within Claiborne Parish may be eligible. These funds were received from the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program to assist small businesses and provide for jobs in Claiborne Parish. Loan preferences will be made on the basis of job creation. Further information may be obtained by contacting John Watson, Executive Director of the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce at (318) 927-3271. The Claiborne Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunity provider. To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
Smoke Detectors For The Elderly Offered through TRIAD
TRIAD of Claiborne wants all seniors age 65 and above, to have a smoke detector. You may also qualify if you're disabled. Having a smoke detector can mean the difference of life or death. Smoke detectors are available without charge. If you don't have a smoke detector, call 927-2011.
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