EPA cites Foster Farms in Athens
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist order to
Foster Farms to stop discharging pollutants into Louisiana’s waterways.
to a press release from EPA Region 6, the agency inspected Foster Farms,
located near Athens, and found unauthorized discharges of pollutants from its
process wastewater lagoon to an unnamed tributary of Leatherman Creek.
Leatherman Creek drains into Black Bayou and it, in turn, drains into the Red
chicken hatchery should be raising chickens not pollution levels in nearby
rivers,” said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. “We expect poultry
farms to comply with laws that protect water quality.”
Poultry Farms, doing business as Foster Farms Athens Hatchery, operates a
chicken hatchery located approximately two miles east of Athens on the north
side of La. Hwy. 518. The facility has been ordered to immediately stop all
discharges of pollutants into waters of the United States.
30 days, they had to submit to the EPA and the Louisiana Department of
Environmental Quality a certified summary, including photographs, that document
the unauthorized discharges have been stopped.
Farms Director of Communications Ira Brill said the issue was fixed that very
responded to the EPA notice the same day,” he said. “In part, the issue was
caused by unusually high wind conditions which blew some of the pollutants into
they fixed the problem by replacing the aerator with a new, better one which,
he said, eliminated all possibilities of a recurrence.
EPA requirements have been met,” he continued. “We take environmental issues
very seriously, and we took notice of this immediately.”
Farms is known for its generosity in helping the communities in which it
operates by donating their products to various churches and organizations for
fundraisers and other events. In Claiborne Parish, Foster Farms has donated
chickens every year for the Homer Lions Club’s annual chicken charbroil
fundraiser as well as other fundraisers throughout the community.
also a recognized leader in managing its environmental commitments. The
California-based company has earned the state of California’s highest
environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award
(GEELA). In 2009, the company won the prestigious Waste Reduction Awards
Program (WRAP) for its innovative, environmentally-friendly solid waste
recycling programs and policies. Foster Farms was also the proud recipient of
the POWER Award which honors companies implementing programs that serve as
models to others and provide solutions to water issues. Foster Farms is
committed to environmental stewardship and maintains high environmental
standards at all company facilities.
he said the most important thing is providing jobs.
the most important thing is continuing to provide a means by which people can
earn a decent living,” he said. “We are
committed to our communities and our people.”
Kinnebrew mural project coming along
The Guardian-Journal photos/Michelle
Right now, the three murals that are
going on the side wall of the Kinnebrew building are nothing more than blotches
of color and graphite sketched lines. Louisiana Tech University art students
are taking the project on and are receiving credit for it in their class.
Pictured here is just a hint of what will
be the first mural on the Kinnebrew building wall. The picture is projected
onto the wall by an overhead projector as the artists trace it onto the wall
with graphite art pencils. This was done at night so the projection would be clear
on the wall. Art supplies are still needed, although they have enough paint.
Please contact Cynthia Steele for more information at 318-927-2566.
Marathon Oil donates to Relay for Life
Jennifer Kennedy, with Marathon Oil Co.,
donates a check to Elbie Dickens, sponsor chairperson for the American Cancer
Society for $4,500 for the annual Relay for Life. The event will be held at the
Ronny G. Beard Stadium at Homer High School from noon until midnight, Saturday,
April 14. See page 3 for more activities happening during the relay.
Illegal parking leads to arrest
the wrong way led one Homer man straight to a jail cell.
Maddox, 37, of Homer, was arrested on Tuesday, March 20, for improper parking
with bond set at $500, possession of a firearm or carrying concealed weapon by
a convicted felon with bond set at $12,500.
date, Officer Scott Glenn was on patrol and observed a vehicle parked facing
westbound on Pearl Street on the eastbound side of the road. When he made
contact with the driver, later identified as Maddox, he explained his reason
speaking with Maddox, reports say Glenn and Officer Frank Evans noticed that he
was acting nervous, which prompted the officers to pat him down for officer
safety. When asked if they could search his vehicle, reports say he gave verbal
consent to do so, and it was at that time Maddox admitted to having a weapon
between the seats. The gun was retrieved and checked to make sure it wasn’t
are out there taking it to the next step, and because of that a weapon was
taken off the street,” Homer Police Chief Russell Mills said. “The Homer Police
Department has had complaints in the past about people parking in the streets,
and Officer Scott Glenn did his job, and because of a traffic infraction, a
weapon was taken out of the hands of a convicted felon.”
was then placed under arrest, taken to the Homer Police Station for processing
and booked at the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.
separate incident, Christopher Bridges, 42, of Homer, was arrested on charges
of enter or remain after forbidden and disturbing the peace, with bond on both
charges set at $500 each.
to reports, on Saturday, March 24, Homer Police Officer Johnny Hough was
dispatched to Pak-A-Bag convenience store in reference to a subject being on
arrival, Officer Glenn noted that Hough had detained Bridges and was placing
him in the back of his patrol unit. Reports say Bridges appeared to be
intoxicated. While Hough detained Bridges, he advised Glenn that he’d been
dispatched to the convenience store earlier in the day for Bridges drinking a
beer from the store without purchasing it. Hough advised that a family member
had come to the store and paid for the beer, but Bridges was told he could not
come back to the store.
was then transported to the Homer Police Station for processing and then booked
at the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.
Summit offers energy career opportunities
The Guardian-Journal photos/Michelle
Emmalee Tingle took the group through
Claiborne Electric’s warehouse to show them where many of the supplies are
housed. These supplies, she said, give linemen what they need to perform their
job efficiently. Right, the tour group stops in the billing department where
Tingle explains what they do and the services they offer.
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
follow-up session to a day-long event at Sci-Port Discovery Center in
Shreveport, students in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program were treated
to a day at Claiborne Electric Cooperative headquarters to find out more about
career opportunities in just one of many areas of the energy industry.
through a grant that came through the Federal Department of Labor, students
between the ages of 17-21 attended the nearly day-long event. Joy Hays, youth
provider for Claiborne Parish, said these kids have to meet certain criteria to
participate in the program. Many face economic barriers, while others are
working below grade level.
youth summit was about showing them different opportunities and career fields
they can enter to support themselves and their families,” Hays said. “That’s
our main focus.”
Trudell, executive director of the Consortium for Education, Research and
Technology (CERT), said the grant was made possible through the United Way
which was geared towards rural parishes this year, including Claiborne. This
part of the grant is to work with kids on how to get into the workforce in
areas of energy.
at the headquarters located right here in Homer, students were treated to a
tour of the facility, where Emmalee Tingle, communications and marketing
specialist for Claiborne Electric, began the tour in the billing department.
Hicks, office manager, talked to them about their part in the whole picture,
including the billing, meter reading, answering questions, selling their
products and other things. Other job duties include processing mail (payments),
posting payments, etc.
skills needed to do this job, she said, include being computer literate,
skilled on an adding machine, phone etiquette skills and strong people skills.
She also said the employees are very knowledgeable about their products and
their tour, youth got to see the day to day operations of Claiborne Electric
and the different facets of the co-op. From the billing department to the
warehouse, Tingle took them through every part of the property where she could
safely do so, explaining what each department does and how it works in
connection with every other department.
the youth returned to the meeting room, Joey White, manager of member relations
and marketing gave an interesting presentation about a co-op, what it is and
White, manager of member relations and marketing, said the difference between
an energy company like Entergy and Claiborne Electric is that Entergy is a “for
profit” business where Claiborne Electric is a co-op, which means the company
answers to its customers.
co-op is a company made up of people who are benefitting from the services the
co-op provides,” White said, adding that Claiborne Electric got its start in
1938, serving 77 members.
Claiborne Electric services 18,000 members, serving in six parishes,
represented by nine board members in each district.
interesting fact to note, he said, is that there are 900 co-ops in the United
States, and if all 900 co-ops were put together, it would make up the biggest
co-op in the United States.
only did he give a history of Claiborne Electric itself, but he gave a history
lesson in electricity.
instance, for those who remember their history, Thomas Edison invented the
first light bulb in 1879, and three years later put together the very first
power station with direct current. That power station served 80 people in that
service area. However, as time went on, Edison’s power station model was picked
up and it spread like wildfire.
Westinghouse took the idea even further, inventing alternating current, which
can go over longer lines, up to 200 miles away from the power station. By 1900,
all the large cities in the U.S. had electricity, and by 1920, many of the
smaller communities had it too.
news was, by 1935, rural areas still didn’t have access to electricity and were
still cooking with fires, reading by candlelight or lanterns.
then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed all that by championing their
cause and pushing through the Rural Electrification Act.
when rural communities couldn’t afford to have electric companies run electric
lines from the cities, they formed co-ops, in which all members of the co-op
agreed to pay a portion of what it would cost to bring electricity to their
do consumers get their electricity? White said Claiborne Electric primarily
gets its power from coal, but do use some natural gas. While he commends
alternate energy sources, saying they are needed, coal is still one of the most
plentiful fuels in the U.S. and is easily mined. It is also the most cost
effective fuel to use for power plants.
passed around a handout which showed the cycle of electricity and how it gets
from its fuel source to our homes. The chart shows a generating station where
the fuel (coal) is burned to produce the electricity, which is then sent to a
substation where the voltage is increased. Transmission lines from the
substation, which carry the higher voltage electricity, carry the electricity
to a substation that reduces the voltage so that distribution lines can carry
it to homes and businesses at a voltage they can handle.
then took over the presentation, discussing energy efficiency, safety and
is very important, she said, because wise energy usage also means a lower
electric bill. It also means that affordable fossil fuels would still be used
for future generations. Some ways to save money and electricity is through
using energy efficient bulbs, power strips, “smarter” appliances and heating
and cooling homes and businesses.
their efforts to help Claiborne Electric customers, the co-op offers rebates
for efficiency. For example, Claiborne Electric just installed a smarter, digital
meter for every member in the co-op.
meters are able to report in to us multiple times an hour to help our members
see where they are using the most electricity during the day or during the
month to help them save,” she said. “Electricity has revolutionized the way we
live, and it has continued to enhance the way we do things every day. It would
be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to live without it.”
that’s why safety is so important.
must treat electricity with the respect it deserves,” she said. “Electricity is invisible and quiet, very
dangerous and even deadly.”
are taught not to “stick their fingers in or use metal objects in a toaster” or
“don’t use electricity near water.”
while personal safety is important, it’s also important to remember that
substations are dangerous too.
though they are fenced and locked, sometimes people get curious (children and
adults) and climb those fences,” she said. “Almost all of that equipment can be
deadly, and no one belongs in a substation who isn’t qualified to work there.”
the equipment linemen and other employees of Claiborne Electric use vary
depending on their particular job description. Linemen have to wear fire
retardant shirts/jackets, low-voltage work gloves (if working on or around a
meter base or changing out a meter), high voltage work gloves (when employees
are working with anything more than 240 volts, rubber sleeves, hard hats, and
safety glasses. These are just a few of the safety precautions linemen must use
when working with electricity.
safe around electricity is important and that’s why those who choose career
opportunities in this particular energy industry have to be certified in
several areas. Education is an important part of the energy industry because
technology is constantly changing, from the billing department to the linemen
who work on the power lines that deliver electricity to members’ homes.
tour was comprehensive and informative in giving youth their options and what
they can do if they choose to enter a career in the energy industry. For more
information, please call Claiborne Electric at 318-927-3504.
Ford Museum to feature traveling state exhibit
Louisiana: Path to Statehood, is a traveling exhibition commemorating 200 years
of Louisiana statehood and begins its statewide tour in April. Presented by the
Louisiana Bicentennial Commission, the exhibition will be featured in Louisiana
museums and libraries through April 2013.
Herbert S. Ford Memorial Museum is one of the inaugural sites for the opening
of this exhibit. Becoming Louisiana: Path to Statehood is the result of
collaboration between Exhibition Curator Herman Mhire, Graphic Designer Kate
Ferry, and Historian Charles Elliott. The exhibition documents the roles
Louisiana’s unique geography and cultural history played on its path to
becoming the 18th State of the Union, and consists of a series of 10 fabric
panels displaying images and text that tell the story of early Louisiana history.
Charles Elliott’s historical text as a guide, Mhire researched the collections
of the Louisiana State Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection for
relevant historical paintings, engravings, documents and maps. He and Ferry
subsequently collaborated on the design of the panels, integrating images and
typography into a rich tapestry illustrating early Louisiana history.
Exhibition themes include: “The Path to Statehood,” “The Geography of Power,”
“From Chiefdoms to Colony,” “Empowering a French Creole Colony,” “Evolving
French Creole Louisiana,” “New Powers, Old Purposes,” “Expanding a Spanish
Colony,” “A Creole Colony Purchased” and “Challenges on the Path to Statehood.”
is a Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts in the College of the Arts,
University of Louisiana, Lafayette and former director/chief curator of the
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, where he organized more than 200
exhibitions presented in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2004, the
Minister of Culture of France named Mhire a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and
has produced award-winning art direction in print design, television,
animation, and illustration for local, regional and national advertising
campaigns for more than 25 years. Her clients include state and local tourism,
political campaigns, construction, healthcare and the restaurant/hospitality
industry, state and local libraries, arts organizations and non-profits.
teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Louisiana and American History at
Southeastern Louisiana University. He received the 1997 William Coker Award in
Gulf South History for “Bienville’s English Turn Incident: Anecdotes
Influencing History” and the 2012 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Award
for Individual Achievement in the Humanities.
Louisiana: Path to Statehood will be accompanied by a collectible, fine art
commemorative poster, measuring 27 inches by 39 inches, featuring an image of
an 18-star United States flag, circa 1812, made by residents of Hope Plantation
to fly over the Arsenal in Baton Rouge, from the collection of the Louisiana
State Museum. The poster is available for sale on the Louisiana Bicentennial
Commission website, Louisianabicentennial2012.com.
Louisiana Bicentennial Commission was created to mark the 200th anniversary of
Louisiana’s attainment of statehood as the 18th State in the Union. Through
both education and celebration, the commission’s goal is to commemorate the
Louisiana Bicentennial in every corner of the state. These activities include
projects to be undertaken by the state seeking to harmonize and balance the
important goals of ceremony and celebration with the equally important goals of
scholarship and education.
Louisiana: The Path to Statehood will be at the Ford Museum from April 3
through May 15. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m.
until noon. Admission is $3 per adult and $1 per child. For more information,
contact Linda Volentine, project director of the Ford Museum at 318-927-9190 or
exhibition’s state tour has been made possible by Coca-Cola, Entergy,
Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Bollinger Family Foundation,
Haynie Family Foundation, The McMains Foundation, Zuschlag Family Foundation,
AT&T, Goldring Family Foundation, Union Pacific Railroad, Louisiana
Lottery, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Your votes in the presidential primary
results are in for Louisiana voters on their choice for the Republican
nomination, which overwhelmingly went to candidate Rick Santorum.
Santorum brought in 48.99 percent of the vote, or 91,305 votes. His fellow
Republican nomination candidates didn’t fare so well. Former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney raked in 26.69 percent of the vote, or 49,749 votes, while Newt
Gingrich only received 15.91 percent of the vote, or 29,655 votes.
Democratic ballot, Incumbent President Barack Obama received 76.45 percent of
the vote, or 115,087 votes. Those Democrats running against Obama, each
received less than 20 percent. “Bob” Ely got 6.57 percent or 9,895 votes, Darcy
G. Richardson got 5.15 percent or 7,750 votes and John Wolfe received 11.83
percent or 17,804 votes.
Republican side, those not in the top three included Michele Bachmann, who
received .33 percent or 622 votes, Randy Crow, who received .10 percent or 186
votes, Jon Huntsman, who received .13 percent or 242 votes, Ron Paul, who
received 6.15 percent of 11,460 votes, Rick Perry, who received .51 percent or
955 votes, and Charles “Buddy” Roemer, who received 1.18 percent or 2,203
nominees in both parties saw an increase in voting numbers. In fact, Santorum
also took Claiborne Parish by 54.60 percent, or 350 votes, while his strongest
opponent, Romney took in only 25.59 percent, or 164 votes. Gingrich received
14.51 percent or 93 votes.
on the ballot in the Republican Party included Bachmann, who received only two
votes, Crow, who received none, Huntsman, who received one vote, Paul, who
received 21 votes, Perry, who got only two votes and Roemer, who received eight
how the votes broke down by each precinct in Claiborne Parish.
“Bob” Ely: 01: 0, 03: 1, 05: 1, 07: 4, 08: 1, 10: 0, 11: 1, 21:
0, 22: 0, 31: 2, 34: 1, 35: 0, 36: 0, 37: 0, 38: 0, 40: 0, 41: 2, 42: 1, 51: 1,
81: 0, 82: 0, 84: 0, 85: 0, 86: 0, 87: 0, 88: 3, 89: 0, 91: 0, 92: 2, 93: 0,
94: 0, 96: 0, Early voting: 7, Provisional votes: 0.
Obama: 01: 21, 03: 3, 05: 31, 07: 23, 08: 47, 10: 27, 11: 14, 21: 0, 22: 18,
31: 15, 34: 35, 35: 4, 36: 11, 37: 0, 38: 9, 40: 2, 41: 4, 42: 0, 51: 8, 81: 5,
82: 1, 84: 5, 85: 9, 86: 0, 87: 33, 88: 5, 89: 2, 91: 0, 92: 8, 93: 14, 94: 0, 96:
0, Early voting: 60, Provisional votes: 0.
G. Richardson: 01: 2, 03: 2, 05: 4, 07: 3, 08: 1,
10: 0, 11: 4, 21: 0, 22: 1, 31: 3, 34: 1, 35: 0, 36: 0, 37: 0, 38: 0, 40: 0, 41: 0, 42: 1, 51: 2, 81: 1, 82: 0, 84: 0, 85:
0, 86: 0, 87: 0, 88: 1, 89: 0, 91: 0, 92: 3, 93: 0, 94: 0, 96: 3, Early voting:
6, Provisional voting: 0.
Wolfe: 01: 3, 03: 2, 05: 0, 07: 4, 08: 1, 10: 0, 11: 1, 21: 1, 22: 1, 31: 4, 34: 0, 35: 0, 36: 0, 37: 0, 38: 0, 40: 1, 41: 0, 42:
0, 51: 2, 81: 1, 82: 0, 84: 2, 85: 0, 86: 0, 87: 0, 88: 1, 89: 0, 91: 2, 92: 5,
93: 0, 94: 0, 96: 0, Early voting: 9, Provisional voting, 0.
Bachmann: All precincts show no votes for Bachmann except Precinct 85, which
shows one vote. In early voting, she received 1 vote, and none in provisional
Crow: Crow shows no votes in all precincts, including early voting and
Gingrich fared better showing votes in several precincts. They are as follows:
01: 7, 03: 1, 05: 5, 07: 21, 08: 2, 10: 2, 11: 1, 21: 1, 22: 0, 31: 3, 34: 0, 35: 0, 36: 2, 37: 0, 38: 0, 40: 3, 41:
0, 42: 7, 51: 2, 81: 2, 82: 0, 84: 3, 85: 1, 86: 0, 87: 0, 88: 5, 89: 0, 91: 0,
92: 4, 93: 1, 94: 0, 96: 1, early voting: 19 and provisional voting: 0.
Huntsman also received no votes in all precincts except 42: 1. He received no
votes in early voting or provisional voting.
Paul also fared better but not by much. He received votes in the following
precincts: 05: 1, 08: 1, 22: 2, 31: 2, 36: 3, 38: 1, 42: 1, 51: 1, 85: 1, 88:
4, 92: 1, 96: 1, early voting, 2 and no provisional votes.
Perry received no votes in all precincts, except one in Precinct 22 and one
vote in early voting.
didn’t do much better, only receiving votes in Precincts 07, 08 and 88, which
showed one vote each. In Precinct 92, he received two votes and received 3
votes in early voting.
Romney brought in more votes than any other Republican candidate except
Santorum, who won parish wide by 54 percent. Romney’s votes by precinct are as
follows: 01: 7, 03: 7, 05: 3, 07: 26, 08: 7, 10: 0, 11: 3, 21: 0, 22: 6, 31:
10, 34: 0, 35: 1, 36: 5, 37: 0, 38: 2, 40: 3, 41: 0, 42: 3, 51: 5, 81: 4, 82:
0, 84: 4, 85: 3, 86: 0, 87: 0, 88: 12, 89: 0, 91: 3, 92: 10, 93:
2, 94: 1, 96: 1, early voting: 36, and provisional voting: 0.
votes by precinct are as follows: 01: 42, 03: 22, 05: 13, 07: 51, 08: 9, 10: 0,
11: 4, 21: 1, 22: 12, 31: 25, 34: 1, 35: 0, 36: 7, 37: 0, 38: 3, 40: 1, 41: 7,
42: 16, 51: 10, 81: 6, 82: 0, 84: 12, 85: 4, 86: 1, 87: 0, 88: 10, 89: 0, 91: 9, 92: 25, 93: 2, 94: 0, 96:
2, early voting: 55, and provisional voting: 0.
Athens 1 Percent Sales and Use Tax
Village of Athens’ one percent sales and use tax passed overwhelmingly by 81.82
percent of the vote, or 36 votes. Only 8 people voted against it. Precinct 51
showed 30 votes and early voting showed six votes, both in favor of the tax.
What is the ‘Boom or Bust’ byway?
those who have traveled La. Hwy. 2 through Claiborne Parish, many already know
that it is a scenic byway.
not many know that it is called the “Boom or Bust” Scenic Byway. The term “Boom
or Bust” is derived from parishes in which their economies are based on cycles
in the agriculture industry, the timber industry, the gambling industry and oil
and gas. Claiborne is known mainly for its timber industry.
Brown and Evelyn Cassell from the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist
Bureau came to the Homer Lions Club to speak about Louisiana’s scenic byways,
namely the “Boom or Bust” Scenic Byway.
gave a little bit of background on her job and what she does with the
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, saying the Scenic Byways
encompass Caddo, Bossier, Webster and Claiborne Parishes. However, she said,
Caddo and Claiborne benefit the most from the byways because each have loops at
Claiborne Parish, the scenic byway includes the Lisbon Landing area, Hwy. 806
(the Arizona Community), the old Methodist Church, Arizona Academy (located
near there from 1867 until 1869) which became a public school in 1910, the
Brick Tower and an historic home. It also includes Lake Claiborne State Park.
really want to re-energize people about the byway,” Brown said, “because I
really think we’re on the verge of taking advantage of the potential of
bringing a lot of visitors off Interstate 20 and getting them up here on to
Hwy. 2, which is the main part of the byway.”
the ways the bureau is working to draw in travelers is through what she called
interpretive kiosks, which are informational panels at several points along the
byway to explain its history or why it’s important. There are different panels
at each of the four parishes.
describes the byway as a whole, and the other panels talk about the other
things to do in the community,” Brown said.
showed some different examples from Caddo and Bossier Parish as well as in
Sarepta in Webster Parish.
gives the opportunity to tell people more about the byway, how to move along
from one parish to the other along the byway and some of the stories and some
of the reasons you should go along the byway,” she said. “Even though it is
designated as a scenic byway, it talks about the rural areas in our
said they hope to have a ribbon-cutting soon after the interpretive panels are
in place. They also hope to have Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne to come be a part of the
even though this is a multi-parish endeavor, each parish will design its own
brochure highlighting their own parish. Then she discussed several items of
interest in Claiborne Parish.
Claiborne State Park is one of the best jewels that you have,” she said of
Claiborne Parish, with its nature trails and all the things it has to offer.
also said there are going to be several projects along the byway to help bring
awareness to the public about the hidden jewels along the byway. Some projects
will include cleanup projects and other things.
hidden gem in Claiborne Parish on the byway is the Herbert S. Ford Museum, she
never get bored coming through there,” Brown said. “Every time I come, there’s
always something new to see. They do a great job and we really appreciate
having them along the byway.”
way they are working to draw tourists in is through audio/visual handheld
guided tour so they can hear more of the stories in each parish.
little look like little iPhones that are GPS activated, so as you go along the
byway and you hit certain points, it will start talking about that area,” she
said. “They can be picked up at different locations on Interstate 20 as well as
Hwy. 2. One of them will be located in Greenwood at the Stateline Visitors
Center, and at our main office in downtown Shreveport, and here at Lake
Claiborne State Park.”
if the traveler is going through a wooded area and the handheld device starts
talking about the trees and the industry, it shows a video of the trucks and
how it’s hauled out, but it also shows that those trees are replanted.
don’t want people to think that we destroy our land,” she said. “We want them
to know that we are regenerating those areas and they are being replanted.”
devices can be rented and returned at any location along the byway that offers
the devices. Visitors do not have to pay to rent the devices; however, the only
way they will pay is if they don’t return it.
said they will also soon have apps for the iPhone or Android smart phones so
that people can go to a website and view the videos instead of renting one from
the centers. The handheld devices should be available in May, she said.
new scenic byway signs will be put up along the route, which will designate it
as the “Boom or Bust” byway. The signs will show timber and oil and gas
industries, of which the four parishes are known for.
also recognized several people in Claiborne Parish who have helped along the
way to make sure the project came to fruition. Recognized were Mac Brakefield,
Cynthia Steele, John Watson, Linda Volentine and Darden Gladney.
out more about the scenic byway in Northwest Louisiana, please go to Louisiana
Byways at www.louisianabyways.com and click on “Boom or Bust” Byway. Also, for
more information, please call Brown or Cassell with the Shreveport-Bossier
Convention and Tourism Bureau at 318-429-0648 or 1-800-551-8682, extension 139.
Haynesville to move forward with
municipal election changes
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
Haynesville Town Council voted to move forward with the process of getting
approval to change their municipal election dates to coincide with
Thursday, March 15, the council voted to have an ordinance drawn up that will
be introduced in the April meeting. Following the ordinance introduction, a
public hearing will be held before the May monthly meeting and it will be voted
on at the regular monthly meeting.
they voted to move forward, each council member had a chance to have their say
as to why they are in favor of it or against it. At first, District 5
Councilwoman Carla Smith was against it, saying she didn’t feel it was a good
idea if Mayor Sherman Brown wouldn’t go on as part of the extension that would
result in the election changes. She also raised concerns that if he didn’t
continue into the extension, that would mean holding a special election to fill
the mayor’s seat, which would in turn cost the town more money.
talking about 18 months,” Brown said. “Question remains, of which I don’t have
the answer, that if the council votes to extend that 18 months, and it’s
approved by the Secretary of State’s office, would a special election be
necessary if I chose to leave.”
more than a year left in the current term, then a special election would have
to be held. And if the answer is no, Brown said, the next option would be to
tie it in with the regularly scheduled election. If that’s not the case, he
said, then the next option would be to serve through January 2014.
not in a position to promise that,” Brown said. “I want to save the town some
money, and I don’t know what my health is going to be like a year from now.”
council has only a limited time to make a decision on this and get the
ordinance process in motion, because they must have these requested changes
approved at least one year prior to the election date cycle they wish to go to.
idea behind moving the town’s election cycle to coincide with the congressional
elections is, as mentioned, to save the town money. And by doing this, their
municipal election costs would be cut in half. In other words, if the town’s
municipal elections were on the ballot with the congressional elections, the
town’s cost would be cut in half and the congressional portion would be paid
for by other means. If there are more than two elections on the ballot, say the
town council, congressional elections and constitutional amendments, then the
town’s cost would be cut even more.
passed, the ordinance would then go to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office,
who would then forward it to the Department of Justice for pre-clearance.
council voted by a roll call vote, and all voted in favor of moving forward
with the request and having Town Attorney Danny Newell draft an ordinance.
District 2 Councilman Herbert Taylor was absent.
said he is very proud of the accomplishments made over the last four years for
left tonight, I would still say the same thing,” he said. “We still have things
coming up, and there are things that we’re trying to get started that more than
likely I will not be able to see through. That doesn’t stop progress for the
town. I’ve enjoyed working with this council, I’ve enjoyed working with the
staff that we have and I’ve enjoyed working with this community, the support
from the media. In a manner of speaking, I’ve had a gravy train.”
of health concerns, Brown had announced a couple of months ago that he would
not seek another term as mayor. And since then, he has made it clear in every
meeting that he appreciates everyone for their support during his term. As he’s
said in previous meetings, he loves his job, he loves his community and he
loves the people.
other news, the council approved a hazard mitigation plan in order to be
eligible to receive relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) if it’s ever needed. Brown said each parish and each municipality within
the parishes have to adopt a resolution to this effect, because if they don’t,
they won’t be eligible for these funds.
lines, Police Chief Anthony Smith discussed what’s called narrow banding, which
means law enforcement and emergency personnel radio frequencies would be
narrower than it is now.
January 2013, whoever is not on this system will be fined $1,000 per day,”
Smith said. “We would not be able to talk to Claiborne Parish. Claiborne Parish
would not be able to talk to us. On the fire departments, no pages would be
going out. It would affect the police department, the fire department, city
workers, everybody who talks to the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office.
good thing for us is 90 percent of our radios we purchased through Harrington’s
in Minden, and we’ll be able to use those radios,” he continued. “The only
thing we would have to pay for is the programming. And this grant would
hopefully pay for these.”
funds would be distributed throughout the parish through Homeland Security,
with the cost -- at least for Haynesville -- will be about $5,000 to $8,000 to
program each patrol unit, handheld unit and each pager.
effort to switch these agencies to the narrow band is statewide, so that all
agencies can communicate when needed.
only drawback to going to the narrow band is that those who avidly listen to
their scanners will not be able to anymore. The scanners won’t work with these
frequencies thereby rendering them obsolete, he said.
month’s Citizens Advisory Committee Report, Ms. Martha Trinko gave an update,
saying they decided to do away with the citywide rummage sale. Instead, they
will be going to bake sales roughly two times per year because the bake sales
brought in about the same amount of money as the rummage sales -- with a lot
Claiborne Parish Fire District #3 requested that titles to three trucks be transferred
from the Town of Haynesville to the fire district as requested by their
auditors. Currently, there are three trucks which are in the town’s name.
council also approved:
resolution by the Town of Haynesville opposing the moving of the Council on
Aging from the Department of Elderly Affairs to the Louisiana Department of
Health and Hospitals.
communications policy for the physically disabled.
Brown covered several things, including the old city hall building. They are
looking at Louisiana Tech architecture students to take on the old building as
a project this summer. Brown said he is still awaiting word on it.
business is reopening in Haynesville where Tammy’s Kitchen used to be. Too
Tall’s Barbecue is moving to that location.
next meeting of the Haynesville Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday,
April 19, in council chambers located behind City Hall. For more information,
or for questions, please call their office at 318-624-0911.
Watershed discusses finances, public concerns
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
quarterly Claiborne Parish Watershed District meeting was short and sweet last
Thursday, as they discussed a few things, like finances and a few public
good news, they said, is with the recent rains, Lake Claiborne is full and has
peaked. Everything seems to be operating normally now.
seems to be reasonably happy,” said Commissioner Chic
Hines. “We are operating back at normal right now.”
note, the dam inspection was postponed until Thursday, March 29 because of the
inclement weather over the first part of last week.
finance report, Commissioner Phillip “Butch” Fincher said that as of March 22,
cash balances show $155,883.93 in the checking account. There are some checks
still out, he said, but these were not figured into this balance. After all the
remaining checks clear, he said the balance would show approximately $150,000
in the bank.
right now, sales tax collections revenue is averaging about $16,000 per year.
have paid our notes down on the permanent marker project, so the outstanding
balance over the next two years is a $9,000 note per year without interest,” he
said. “We have about $18,000 left on that, and we won’t owe another note until
his report, Fincher said they have a $100,000 CD (certificate of deposit)
coming due on Wednesday, March 28. He received bids from four banks including
Capital One, Gibsland Bank and Trust, First Guaranty Bank and Citizens National
Bank. Bids from each bank are as follows: Capital One offered a CD with a one
year lock for .25 percent interest, Gibsland Bank and Trust offered a 12-month CD
for .3 percent, First Guaranty Bank offered a 12-month CD for .8 percent and
Citizens National Bank offered a 12-month CD for .5 percent.
recommended renewing First Guaranty’s offer and it was approved unanimously by
recommended using approximately $75,000 out of the general account and putting
it into another CD at First Guaranty for the same interest rate, which would
leave about $75,000 in the checking account. The balance will increase as the
year goes on, Fincher said, because there are no major projects in the works at
was also approved unanimously by the commission.
other watershed news, Dr. Haynes gave a report on the Homer Lions Club meeting
he attended, because representatives from the Louisiana Tourism Scenic Byway
spoke, talking about the scenic byway through Claiborne Parish, which includes
Lake Claiborne at Lisbon Landing.
kiosk has been built at Lisbon Landing, it has yet to have an informational
panel put on it or a place to insert brochures for the public. The
representatives passed around an example of what will be at the kiosk when it
is completed. It will include information on the scenic byway and why it is
called the “Boom or Bust” scenic highway.
expected to be completed in May.
Dr. Haynes gave a report on the fishing pier project, which will be done by the
Claiborne Parish Police Jury and completed by the end of next year.
public comments portion of the meeting, a concerned citizen mentioned duck
blinds that had been placed in the boat run from Darbonne and Beaver Creek. It
is a safety issue, he said, and they need to be moved. As of Monday, The
Guardian-Journal received information that the blinds had been moved.
concern is the lack of cleats at Lisbon Landing for boaters to tie up their
boats while the boater moves their truck or vehicle from the boat launch or to
the boat launch for loading.
problem is, Commissioner Chic Hines said, the cleats have been put out time and
time again, but they keep getting stolen.
need some good ideas,” Hines said. “We’ve talked about it and tried to come up
with something [to stop it].”
suggested cementing in metal cleats and epoxy the screws in to keep them from
next meeting of the Claiborne Parish Watershed District Commission will be held
in June. Look to upcoming editions of The Guardian-Journal for the date and
time. The commission normally meets on the fourth Thursday of each quarter
(every three months) at the police jury complex in the conference room. For
more information, please call their office at 318-927-5161.
Key-Comp Web Design Announces the Opening
of their Redesigned Website
Claiborne Parish web designer, Key-Comp Web Design, announces a complete redesign of their 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.
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Redesign projects now underway include Golden Eagle Training & Safety and McMullan Realty (Springhill).
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