Man receives 30 years for attempted
Judicial District Judge Jay McCallum accepted a plea of guilty from defendant
Daniel Champ, of Homer, to one count of attempted second degree murder and one
count of aggravated battery while in court last Tuesday.
to the terms of the plea agreement, Champ was sentenced to 30 years at hard
labor on the attempted murder charge and five years at hard labor on the
battery charges with the sentences to run concurrently.
records reveal that in the early morning hours of July 23, 2011, Champ traveled
from Homer to the Executive Blue Lounge located off of Interstate 20 service
road in Grambling.
an altercation at the nightclub, Champ reportedly struck one man in the head
with a 9mm pistol and then shot the victim, Frankiouvs Goodin, three times at
point blank range as he was lying on the ground.
a former West Monroe High School football player and member of the University
of Louisiana at Monroe football team, was transported by ambulance to Northern
Louisiana Medical Center and later airlifted to LSU Health Sciences Medical
Center for treatment of his injuries.
only by the grace of God that Frank Goodin survived this attack,” said
Assistant District Attorney Cary T. Brown.
pleased to say that Frank has made nearly a full recovery from his injuries and
had the opportunity to be present in the courtroom at the time the defendant
was sentenced. I would like to personally thank Chief Tommy Clark of the
Grambling Police Department for his outstanding work on this case as well as
the Homer and Minden Police Departments for their cooperation in this
investigation,” she concluded.
‘Extending the Vision: Reaching Every
National Crime Victims’ Week recognized
The Guardian-Journal photo/Jenni Williams
The offender organizations at David Wade
Correctional Center sponsored the placement of a wreath on the Courthouse Lawn
in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Crime Victims’ Rights Week began on Sunday, April 22.
year’s national theme is “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim.” Crime
victims endure physical and emotional wounds, costly financial bills and many
other obstacles in their journey for justice. The victims’ rights movement has
made tremendous strides in the last 30 years in efforts to assist these
state has enacted victims’ rights laws, all states have victim compensation
funds and more than 10,000 victim service agencies have been established.
in our laws of crimes, such as rape, have been changed to better reflect the
impact of these crimes on victims. But, there is still much work to be done.
Statistically, only a fraction of victims receive crime victims’ reparations
and more than 50 percent of crimes are still unreported. It is estimated that
fewer than 20 percent of victims receive needed services.
percent of American children are exposed to some type of violence, crime or
abuse in their homes, schools and communities. Children exposed to violence are
more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer from depression and have
difficulty in school. We must all play a part in being part of the solution.
Crime affects each of us and we must help protect and take care of each other.
times, we ask, “What can I do? I am only one person.”
this may be true, one person can make a difference. As an employer, you can be
sympathetic to crime victims and offer understanding regarding necessary time
off from work. As teachers, clergy members, youth workers and health
professionals, you can assist law enforcement in looking for signs of abuse or
sexual victimization in people in your contact area. As parents, grandparents
or siblings, we can be alert to issues that may need to be addressed.
others to seek assistance when you know they are victims of crime and offer
your assistance in an attempt to lessen their stress.
take this time to honor victims of crime, the greatest service you can do for
them is to speak up -- you may be their only hope.
Parish Deputy Donna Smith is the crime victim’s advocate for this parish. For
more information, you may contact her at the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office
of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, information was obtained from
the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Louisiana
District Attorney’s Association.
‘Potluck at the Fair’ slated for May 18
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
second annual “Potluck at the Fair” is right around the corner, so those who
wish to attend need to set their calendars now!
to be held Friday, May 18, the event will feature a potluck style supper.
Entertainment for the evening will feature the Monday Night Choir Boys from
Springhill. They were a huge hit last year, and they are sure to be great this
event is slated to be held at 6 p.m. at the Claiborne Parish Fair Complex in
Haynesville’s regular monthly town council meeting, Bob McDaniel, CAC member,
gave the monthly report, saying that most of the discussion centered on the
“Potluck at the Fair” fundraiser Discussions also included the meal planning, of
which Linda Knox is heading, and also the silent auction.
money will either go towards replacing tables and chairs at the Claiborne
Parish Fair Complex, replacing/repairing the air conditioning units at the
complex and also other needs for the Fair Building, he said. However, the
tables and chairs and air conditioning units will more than likely be the top
Mayor Sherman Brown said, an LGAP grant is expected to be awarded in May for
air conditioning repairs at the Fair Building. He explained that in this
program, parishes are grouped together in its funding cycles, and this year,
Claiborne Parish is in the last group. And this could very well be why the town
gets grants early in the year, mid-year or late in the year.
money is there for Claiborne Parish, and it just hasn’t been through all its
processes yet,” he said. “He (Mark Parenti, LGAP program manager) said it
wasn’t a matter of if, but when.”
more information on the event, please call Keith or Beverlee Killgore at
318-624-1122 or .
other news, Haynesville Town Attorney Danny Newell is still in the process of
drafting an ordinance to change the election dates for the town’s municipal
elections, which if or when adopted, would change the current election dates
for council members and the mayor to coincide with congressional races.
sent a letter to the Louisiana State Secretary of State’s Office requesting a
copy of an ordinance similar to what the town wants to do in order to have
something to go from in drafting the ordinance for Haynesville. Mayor Sherman
Brown said that as of the date of the council meeting, Newell had not received
a response to his request, and if no response is given, then he will “start
hopes to have a draft ordinance in hand for the May meeting in order to hold
the first reading.
intent of changing the election dates is to save the town money by not being
the only items on the ballot.
to election rules and regulations, each item on the ballot is paid for by the
entity on the ballot. For instance, if council members are up for election,
then the town has to pay a portion of the costs to hold the election.
March’s meeting, the council agreed to move forward with changing the election
dates. However, with those changes comes an extension of current
council/mayoral terms. Mayor Sherman Brown said he would stay as long as he
could past his normal term limit, but would not be able to stay through the
entire extension, citing health reasons.
agenda was the bush hog that was declared as surplus some months ago, but Brown
requested the item be tabled. He said he learned that parts have been taken off
the bush hog, but the body is still good.
(District 2 Councilman Herbert Taylor), it’s not worth trying to bid, so we’re
going to table that because it’s been gutted,” Brown said. “So we won’t be
putting that item up for bid.”
next CAC meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 7.
mayor’s FYI report, on Thursday, April 26, sealed bids will be opened for
street overlays for the town.
this morning (April 19), five sets of plans have been picked up,” Brown said.
“That does not mean necessarily that we will get five bids. It has to be a
company certified in the State of Louisiana to do streets. They have to be
licensed in the State of Louisiana to do this type of work.”
other funding news, additional Delta Regional Authority (DRA) funds are highly
possible through the CDC. Brown said. If awarded, these funds would go towards
water line replacements. The areas that need to be replaced, he said, total
approximately $35,000, but the grant would only be for $15,000. The town agreed
to put up $2,000, which would total $17,000 for the repairs that need to be
May 3, the Town of Haynesville will observe its second annual National Day of
Prayer at noon at the Corner Porch at the intersection of Main Street and Hwy.
79, which will be coordinated by Marie Bailey.
business news, Morgan’s Blooms and Rooms is preparing to open on Main Street,
Brown said. It is set up to be a flower shop as well as an interior decorating
talking about the North Louisiana Economic Partnership meeting that was held in
Homer last week, Brown talked about promoting Haynesville to everyone, “because
you never know who you are going to talk to.”
all about perception, he said, and in his many travels throughout his life, he
doesn’t want to live anywhere else “but here.”
NLEP is a “one stop shop” to expanding businesses as well as encouraging new
business within communities.
invited them to Haynesville,” he said. “I want them to see the old Dollar
General, I want them to see Main Street. I want them to see Double D’s on the
north of town. I have several locations that I want them to see.”
enthusiasm for his town, he listed several other locations including the
railroad and other areas that he sees as prospective businesses. He was excited
coming away from the meeting, because he now feels they have another avenue in
which to promote Haynesville.
said in his FYI report that oilfield activity is picking up in the area, which
should be good for local businesses.
next meeting of the Haynesville Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday,
May 17, in council chambers located behind City Hall. For more information or
questions, please call their office at 318-624-0911.
‘Team Cade’ fundraiser coming up fast!
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
Team Cade Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser is expected to be bigger and better this
year, and is to be held on Saturday, May 5, on the courthouse lawn on the
Square in Homer.
year’s fundraiser was in honor of Cade, and his parents, Holly and dad Casey,
have been very involved in efforts to help the foundation find a treatment and
possibly a cure for their little boy.
fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 5, on the courthouse lawn on the
Square in Homer.
food and fun for all, there will be several items raffled off as well as
chicken plates for sale for $7 each. Plates, to be served from 11 a.m. until
12:30 p.m., will include leg quarters, beans, chips, bread and a cookie.
prizes include a Bennelli 12-guage pump shotgun displayed at Michael’s Men’s
Store, a hope cedar chest built by Artis and Bobbie Sue Powell, $200 worth of
gas provided by Emerson Oil and a four-gallon fish cooker made by RV Works.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at several locations throughout the parish at
the fire departments in Homer and Haynesville will be doing a boot drive, so if
you see a fireman in the middle of the street holding a boot out, please donate
what you can! The Haynesville Fire Department will be doing a boot drive in
Haynesville and the South Bossier Fire Department will also be doing one as
well. The boot drives will begin at 9 a.m.
those who enjoy riding the two-wheel variety, a poker run will take place that
morning starting off at the Square in Homer. Registration begins at 8 a.m.,
with the first bike out at 9 a.m. Riders will return to the Square by noon.
Registration will be $25 per player, and the grand prize for the poker run is
poker run will be an 85-mile run with the first stop at Outpost Travel Center
just across the parish line into Webster, and the last stop will be in Homer at
more information about the fundraiser, call Holly Liles at 318-548-2659 or
Tommy Sanders at 318-548-2681. For information on the poker run, please call
J.T. Williams, coordinator, at 318-453-5529 or Ricky Bearden at 318-927-9740 or
Transition Forum to be held by CPSB
Claiborne Parish School Board Special Services Office is holding a Transition
Forum for Junior High and High School Special Needs Students in Claiborne
Parish and their parents.
Forum will be held on May 1, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Willis Knighton
Conference Room at 104 Morris Circle, Homer. Agencies that will provide help
with your special needs students’ transition from school to life outside of
school will be there to explain their services and answer your questions.
area that will be covered are -
Vocational guidance and career counseling
Evaluation of rehabilitation potential
Medical evaluation, work site evaluation, vocational training
College, technical college or Certificate programs
the job training, job placement services
Assistance Technology such as wheel chairs, hearing aids
Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED)
would like to find out what services are available, come to the Transition Forum.
Please sign in at the door when you come so that we can have a record of your
attendance. If you have any questions, please call robin Burcham, Special
Education Teacher at Homer High School at 927-4480.
will be door prizes and refreshments will be served.
Grant requests turn towards historic
Pictured above are Cynthia Steele, Shelly
King-Town of Homer Grant Writer, Mayor Alecia N. Smith, Jessica Richardson-CLG
Coordinator/Tax Credit Reviewer, and Lisa Foster-Town Clerk.
April 18, Jessica G. Richardson-CLG Coordinator/Tax Credit Review with the
Division of Historic Preservation met with Mayor Alecia N. Smith, Shelly
King-Grant Writer, Cynthia Steele, Councilwoman Carlette Sanford, and Lisa
Foster-Town Clerk to discuss the historic preservation plans for the Town of
Historical Committee members not present were Dwayne Woodard, Rusty Billings,
Steven Koskie, and Carolyn Lumpkin.
Local Governments can receive state and federal funding for historical
preservation. The CLG Historic Preservation Planning Grants are reimbursable,
50/50 (cash) matching grants.
grants can only be used for planning, survey/evaluation, registration, public
education, and pre-development projects.
order for the Town of Homer to apply for CLG grants, the Historical Committee
has to locate the community’s historic properties through survey and
evaluation. Survey and evaluation are on-going activities, because each year
properties become fifty years old and are eligible for Nation Register Listing.
Town of Homer Historic Committee’s goal is to complete the survey of historical
district this year, and apply for CLG funding to develop design guidelines for
Alecia N. Smith finds it imperative to keep the Town of Homer’s Buildings on
the CLG’s Historic Preservation list in order to maintain the Town of Homer’s
character, quality of life, and long-term economic development.
Golden Eagle Training & Safety
Announces the Opening of their 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 20 years, Golden Eagle Training & Saftey (GETS) has offered 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".