‘Team Cade’ fundraiser this Saturday
2nd Annual “Team Cade”
Saturday, May 5
Courthouse Square in Homer
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the
first bike out at 9 a.m.
Registration fee: $25 per player
Route: Begins at Courthouse Square with
the first stop at Outpost Travel Center in Webster Parish. Second stop will be
in Dixie Inn, then on to Cullen. The poker run will then go through Shongaloo
to Haynesville and back to Homer.
Grand prize is $250 cash
(winner to be determined by who has the
Please make sure to turn in your report
card at each stop for a card, then turn the entire report card in to the
The Guardian Journal
Team Cade Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser is this Saturday 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.
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
Trial set in Dunn stabbing case
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
has been set for a woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death.
S. Kirk, 22, is set for trial on Monday, May 21, accused of second degree
murder in the killing of her boyfriend, Vincent Dunn.
to Homer Police, Kirk was arrested on Saturday, July 3, 2010, after officers
responded to the 100 block of Hunter Street in reference to a stabbing. When
officers arrived, there were several family members in the yard who advised a
young man had been stabbed inside the home. That young man turned out to be
Vincent Dunn. Captain Donald Malray found Dunn deceased in a bedroom inside the
collected evidence at the scene, which included clothing and other items of
evidence believed to be used during the commission of the crime.
was detained and transferred to the Claiborne Parish Women’s Jail for her own
safety. She was questioned at the jail, admitted to the stabbing but offered no
to police records, officers have been called to this residence several times in
reference to domestic issues. Dunn also had a restraining order on Kirk in the
past, Malray said.
District Attorney Danny Newell will be prosecuting the case.
Success through Education
Scholastic banquet honors Claiborne
The Guardian-Journal photo/Michelle Bates
Dr. Bob Haley, a Summerfield native,
spoke to Claiborne Parish students, encouraging them to succeed in life by
obtaining a good education.
Claiborne Parish students were honored at this year’s annual Scholastic Banquet
for their achievements in their academic careers.
Haley, who “exudes exemplary leadership wherever he’s been,” according to
Phillip “Butch” Fincher, was the guest speaker. Haley, who has spent his
professional career in the medical field, has faithfully supported Claiborne
Parish in education through the Haley Scholarship Fund for Homer High School
students and has supported the Hightower Scholarship as well as others.
congratulated the honorees for their achievements and praised the banquet
committee for their hard work in honoring these students.
be lifted by those around us,” Haley said. “Academic achievement is the easiest
way to have success in life.”
he said, remember “your roots” in Claiborne Parish. Originally from
Summerfield, Haley talked about a small town and the lessons a small town can
teach a person.
small towns, you have to learn how to get along in life and with people,” he
said. “Bring home a basketful of appreciation and gratitude when you come
quoted someone who once said, “Math may be hard but it’s harder to count your
students are senior students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 in
their high school academic work, or juniors attaining a 3.75 average or
attained an ACT score of 25 or higher. Students also included were juniors and
seniors who qualified for rally, FBLA, or Science Fair competition at the state
level, National Merit Finalist or semi-finalist.
schools included Athens, Haynesville, Junction City, Claiborne Academy, Homer,
Mt. Olive Christian School and Summerfield.
were: Kyle Acklin, senior at Claiborne Academy, India Adams-Pickens, a senior
at Homer High School, Korsica Anderson, a senior at Homer High School, Nakia
Aubrey, a senior at Homer High School, Sean Bailey, a junior at Haynesville
High School, Caroline Bourn, a senior at Claiborne Academy, Lacy Camp, a junior
at Homer High School, Kennedy Carey, a junior at Summerfield High School,
Myesha Cato, a senior at Athens High School, Jesse Clements, a junior at
Haynesville High School, Kristin Cooper, a junior at Homer High School, Jermund
Curry, a senior at Homer High School, Ke’Atte’ Daniels, a senior at Claiborne
Academy, Khadijah Dean, a senior at Homer High School, Skye Dettenheim, a
junior at Claiborne Academy, Candice Dillard, a junior at Athens High School,
Jessica Dudley, a senior at Junction City High School, Jasmine Dupree, a senior
at Homer High School, Billydia Ellis, a senior at Homer High School, Lianne
Ellis, a senior at Homer High School, Mykeyah Evans, a senior at Haynesville
High School, Shelbe Foster, a senior at Summerfield High School, Jessica
Gilbert, a senior at Summerfield High School, Katie Glover, a junior at
Junction City High School, Kayley Gonzalez, a senior at Claiborne Academy, Selina
Gonzalez, a junior at Claiborne Academy, Ashley Graham, a senior at Athens High
School, Maryanne Gray, a senior at Haynesville High School, Akiyah Green, a
senior at Haynesville High School, Fernando Grider Jr., a junior at Haynesville
High School, Tray Grider, a junior at Athens High School, Kelonte Hamilton, a
senior at Haynesville High School, Jon Harris, a junior at Homer High School,
John Robert Holloway, a junior at Homer High School, Stephanie Horner, a senior
at Homer High School, Tyesha Hunter, a senior at Haynesville High School,
Le’Vert James, a senior at Haynesville High School, Jasmine Jenkins, a junior
at Homer High School, Jamie Jones, a senior at Haynesville High School, Zack
Kidd III, a junior at Mt. Olive Christian School, Jasper Kimble, a junior at
Athens High School, Christina Kemp, a senior at Summerfield High School,
Alhasnat Laghari, a senior at Claiborne Academy, Haider Laghari, a junior at
Claiborne Academy, Candance Lee, a senior at Haynesville High School, Shavon
Lewis, a junior at Athens High School, Johnathan Lindsey, a junior at
Summerfield High School, Courtney Lowe, a senior at Junction City High School,
Bailee Lunsford, a junior at Junction City High School, Mark Lyons, a junior at
Homer High School, Keyana McCoy, a junior at Homer High School, Austin McCurry,
a senior at Summerfield High School, Jessica McGowan, a junior at Homer High
School, Aidan Messina, a senior at Claiborne Academy, Ashley Mitchell, a junior
at Homer High School, Tre’Various Moore, a junior at Homer High School, LaFaye
Muse, a senior at Haynesville High School, Shelby Pace, a junior at Claiborne
Academy, Katie Patrick, a senior at Claiborne Academy, Alyssa Patterson, a
senior at Mt. Olive Christian School, Foster Phillips, a senior at Claiborne
Academy, Logan Puckett, a senior at Summerfield High School, Delaney Roberts, a
junior at Claiborne Academy, Justin Sanders, a senior at Summerfield High
School, Shanice Shelton, a senior at Homer High School, Kameron Simpson, a
junior at Claiborne Academy, Kylie Singleton, a senior at Summerfield High
School, Cathrine Slaton, a senior at Haynesville High School, Frankie Smith, a
senior at Junction City High School, Jasmine Smith, a junior at Athens High
School, Keyon Smith, a junior at Summerfield High School, Samantha Smith, a
senior at Haynesville High School, Hunter Soileau, a junior at Claiborne
Academy, Brittany Starkey, a senior at Homer High School, Rontrette Sturvivant,
a senior at Haynesville High School, Alexandra Taunton, a junior at Claiborne
Academy, Dekeveon Thomas, a junior at Haynesville High School, Lauryn Thomas,
a senior at Summerfield High School, Chardarius Thompson, a senior at Athens
High School, Jacob Tinsley, a senior at Claiborne Academy, Taylor Tuggle, a
senior at Claiborne Academy, Bryce Turner, a junior at Homer High School,
Kristen Turner, a senior at Mt. Olive Christian School, Merdis Watson, a senior
at Homer High School, Janescia Webb, a junior at Haynesville High School, Chris
Willis, a senior at Homer High School, Khadejah Willis, a senior at Homer High
School, Zachary Wilson, a junior at Summerfield High School, and Taylor
Youngblood at junior at Summerfield High School.
HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY, LOUISIANA!
James Madison designated April 30, 1812 as the date that Louisiana would become
the 18th state of the young United States.
hundred years after achieving statehood, Louisiana remains one of the most
distinctive states in the Union. The state’s rich Creole heritage is evident
in its use of the Civil Code, the organization of parishes as local political
units, and the celebration of Catholic traditions such as Mardi Gras.
English-Scots-Irish Protestants left their mark on North Louisiana as they
began settling the uplands in the 1820s. African-Americans arrived with the
first settlers to come to Louisiana. Other ethnic groups have also enriched
the blend of the people we are today.
Louisiana: Path to Statehood, a traveling exhibition commemorating 200 years of
Louisiana statehood, will be on display at the Ford Museum until May 15, 2012.
The museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1
p.m. – 4 p.m.
Louisiana: Path to Statehood documents the roles that Louisiana’s unique
geography and cultural history have played on its path to becoming the 18th
state of the Union. The exhibit consists of a series of 10 fabric panels
displaying images and text that tell the story of Louisiana’s early history.
more information, contact the Ford Museum at 318-927-9190 or .
Seniors celebrated with ‘Seniors Day’
The Guardian-Journal photos/Jenni
Above, a large number of Claiborne Parish
senior citizens enjoy a hamburger and hot dog lunch at Mayfield Park last
Thursday as a part of the annual Senior Citizens Day. Top, many Seniors enjoyed
4-wheeler rides at the park. Above, staff of Homer Memorial Hospital offered
free blood pressure checks. Bottom, members of the Homer High School FBLA serve
drinks while picnicking in the park.
LISA D. GAINES, Special to The
past Thursday, the Town of Homer celebrated its very own and surrounding
communities Seniors, with Senior Day.
activities started at the Town Hall where the Seniors were greeted with a gift
for coming and refreshments to enjoy at their leisure. Vendors especially
related to Senior care were set up to talk about things like prepackaged
medicines, the importance of knowing your blood pressure, insurance and burial
needs, and hands on checks of blood sugar levels and other medical needs.
everyone got a chance to visit the vendors, we moved to the beautiful Mayfield
Homer Public Works department was hard at work getting the tents, chairs, and
lunch ready. Lunch was burgers and hotdogs with chips and desert.
seemed to just be enjoying each other’s company and being outside. Different
tables had different games going; cards, Dominoes, BINGO.
some that wanted to play baseball and they all won. The Seniors got to take
4-wheeler rides around the trails at the park and door prizes were given at
you to all the sponsors that helped make this event possible. Thank you to the
Homer High School FBLA club for helping at the event.
Seniors loved it and are already looking forward to next time.
Domestic violence affects everyone
Don’t forget DART radiothon Thursday!
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
violence is one of the top killers of women in the United States. And that’s
why it is so important to talk about an issue that goes on everywhere, even
to Mary Ellen Gamble, who spoke at the Homer Lions Club along with Claiborne
Parish Sheriff Ken Bailey, it is estimated that every nine seconds, a woman is
battered. Eighty-five percent of all domestic violence victims are women.
Domestic violence is the single major cause of injury to women, more than
muggings and car accidents combined. About 30 percent of women’s disabilities
are caused by domestic violence, and 50 percent of all women killed in the
United States are by their husband, boyfriend or partner.
her start with DART opened her eyes to the importance of bringing awareness to
domestic violence and being there to offer services victims and survivors need
to move beyond the abusive relationship. With a background in social work,
Gamble came from a loving home with both parents. So, she really knew nothing
about domestic violence.
time, I knew absolutely nothing about domestic violence,” she said. “So, I applied for the job and got it. And I
found out real fast that there is domestic violence in Claiborne Parish.”
she didn’t think domestic violence in Claiborne Parish is as prevalent as it
is, she said. She got the job, and still didn’t know anything about domestic
from the very first day I started receiving phone calls,” she said. “It amazed
me, and I was ill equipped and I had to learn. So, I started attending every
training that I could that dealt with domestic violence. I read every book that
I could find on domestic abuse. And I talked to people that had worked in the
field for a long time. The best source of my information and my knowledge came
from talking to survivors of domestic violence.
without fail, every woman, their stories are all similar,” she continued.
“There are many social, economic statuses, but their stories are all very
is in the top 5 in the United States with the highest homicide related to
domestic violence. Almost 90 percent of women who report domestic abuse, report
that children have been witness to it. Between 25 and 30 percent of all
adolescent relationships are violent relationship. This number is low, because
it is believed that many are not reported by teens.
a young lady that was abused by her boyfriend in high school and it was two
years before it was ever reported,” she said.
abuse is a crime. It is against the law to physically abuse your spouse.
many times, battery is passed on from generation to generation,” Gamble said.
“You learn to do what you’re taught. I can assure you that the children know
what’s going on in the home.”
almost always leads from verbal to physical, she said, which almost always
leads to serious battery or death.
doesn’t she just leave?” she asked. “It is very difficult to leave an abusive
relationship. This is something that those of us who did not grow up in abuse find
hard to understand sometimes. Statistically, if a batterer knows a woman is
about to leave him or even if she has actually severed the relationship, this
is the most dangerous time for her. Why? Because he is losing his power and
control and the only way he feels he can gain it back is by hurting or killing
the victim severs the relationship, she, or in some cases, he, feel they have
no resources, nowhere to go. Often, Gamble said, the victim has no money and is
afraid for herself and her children. And while DART does not tell the victim
what to do, it does offer services that can help her get back on her feet and
can offer resources that can help them get away from her abuser.
believe in empowering a woman so that she can make decisions that are best for
her and often her children,” Gamble said.
ways DART offers help is through assisting them in filling out the paperwork
for a restraining order, and if the restraining order does not work, then they
offer a safe place to go if they do not already have one available. The DART
advocate (Gamble in Claiborne Parish) will often times go to court with the
organization also empowers the victim, giving them tools to work with as they
transition from the abusive relationship to a life without abuse. One such
example is through safety tips, what to do when at work and at home, how to
protect the children.
services are also offered at no charge, and the organization does offer some
assistance through Christmas gifts and limited children’s services. DART will
guide a survivor through the processes of getting services they need, such as
housing assistance, community services, the court system and law enforcement.
here to help and while we have no authority over law enforcement or the courts,
we can help a victim/survivor to better understand how the system works and try
to help her through the process,” she said. “All of our services are free and
enforcement is there to help as well. Bailey said his deputies are trained to
deal with disturbance calls as well as domestic violence calls. They know what
to do and how to handle the situation before it really gets out of hand after
deputies are trained to go on these calls and separate them, find out what’s
going on,” he said. “It might not have come to a physical altercation. He may
have just been verbally abusive. I’m embarrassed to say that we did this, but
15 or 20 years ago, when we went on a disturbance call, this is what we said,
‘If we have to come back out here, somebody’s going to jail.’ That’s what we
did and that’s so wrong. The next time we go out there, somebody’s going to be
when deputies arrive on the scene of a disturbance call, if there is any sign
of physical altercation, “we cuff ‘em and stuff ‘em.” Somebody’s going to jail,
not always men we take to jail,” he said. “We take women too.”
some statistics in Claiborne Parish, which proved to be an eye-opener as to how
prevalent domestic violence is in Claiborne Parish.
last six months, the sheriff’s office has responded to 82 disturbance calls.
These figures do not include the Homer or Haynesville Police Departments’
quite a lot for rural Claiborne,” he said. “We’ve also gone on 31 domestic
violence calls. It’s here, and domestic violence is a growing problem.”
mentioned, his deputies are trained on what to look for and how to separate the
parties. He made a comment several years ago, and it’s stuck since then.
should never hurt to go home,” Bailey said. “Unfortunately it does, and that’s
one of the most dangerous calls that we go on -- a disturbance call. You never
know what you’re going to get into when you get there.”
doesn’t matter what race, what economic status, domestic violence is everywhere
and it affects everyone.
one of those things that really concern us, and that’s why we send two or three
deputies to a disturbance call,” he said. “If you’re about to arrest someone
and another family member comes into the room saying, ‘What are you arresting
my father for?’, then you have another problem. That’s what we deal with every
sheriff’s office also has a form for domestic violence victims to fill out, and
when the aggressor goes to jail and bonds out, then the victim is notified.
talked about the silhouettes on the courthouse lawn on the Square in Homer
every October, which commemorates every victim who lost their lives to domestic
violence. As of right now, there are about 97 silhouettes, which represents
deaths in Claiborne and surrounding parishes.
last death, Bailey said, is the case in which a girlfriend stabbed her
boyfriend to death. The case he speaks of is the arrest of Patishi S. Kirk, who
is accused of stabbing her boyfriend, Vincent Dunn, to death. Trial for her
case has been set for Monday, May 21.
violence is a heartbreaker, and a lot of them are the same families that we get
calls on,” he said.
discussed a case without getting into the details, saying that they have one
offender behind bars that has already threatened to kill his significant other
when he gets out.
already tried about twice,” he said. “Right here in Claiborne Parish.”
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".