Team Cade surpasses previous total

Benefit rakes in $24,000

The Guardian-Journal photos/Jenni Williams

At right, bikers poured onto the Square in Homer following the Team Cade Poker Run. Rickey Bearden won the game, giving back the $250 cash prize to the benefit. In all, 40 participants took part in the Poker Run.

Charlene Killgore and Cade’s grandmother, Cindy Sanders, man the ticket booth during the 2nd annual Team Cade fundraiser.

These little tikes do their part in helping raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by selling lemonade to a lot of thirsty participants.


Man injured in motorcycle wreck


The Guardian-Journal

A Claiborne Parish man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Thursday morning when a car crossed the center line hitting him while on his motorcycle.

According Senior Trooper Scott Moreau, Public Information Officer of Troop E, the accident occurred at approximately 7 a.m. on Dutchtown Road off the Hwy. 79 truck bypass.

According to Louisiana State Police records, the driver of a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Carolyn L. Allen, 52, of Homer, crossed the center line into the other lane of traffic, hitting a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by Byron Burham, 30, also of Homer.

Moreau said Burham received moderate injuries and was transported to Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Shreveport.

Allen was cited for driving left of center. As of press time, more information was not available.


Man arrested for stealing toothpaste


The Guardian-Journal

A Homer man found himself in handcuffs after allegedly stealing toothpaste from a local store.

Kevin D. Boyd, 35, of Homer, was arrested Saturday, May 5, and charged with theft of goods with bond to be set.

According to police, Boyd had taken several boxes of toothpaste and a couple of packs of toothbrushes from a local store in Homer.

He was arrested and booked at the Claiborne Parish Detention Center. Investigating officers were Johnny Hough and Willie Fred Knowles.

In another case, a Shreveport man found himself in jail after a traffic stop was made when officers responded to a complaint of reckless operation.

On Monday, April 30, Tilden Robichaux, 39, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) with bond set at $750, and improper lane use with bond set at $500.

According to police, Officers Franklin Evans and Scott Glenn were dispatched to Hwy. 79 in reference to the complaint. The vehicle was headed southbound on Hwy. 79 inside the corporate limits when Glenn observed the vehicle cross the center line and then swerve back into the proper lane only to cross the white fog line. Glenn then initiated a traffic stop.

It was at that time Evans arrived on scene to assist.

According to reports, Robichaux told officers he was swerving because he was texting and also told them he’d “had a couple of drinks.”

Glenn then performed a field sobriety test, because the officer had noted Robichaux seemed to be stumbling as he walked and his speech was slurred.

Robichaux reportedly performed poorly on the field sobriety test. He placed under arrest and taken to the Homer Police Station where he underwent an intoxilyzer test of which he failed.

Robichaux was then advised of his Miranda rights and transported to the Claiborne Parish Detention Center on the above charges.


Butch Bays’ dream realized

Submitted photo

Student athletes from Summerfield High School guide ‘Old Glory’ to its new home at the Summerfield Fire Station. The flag represents a lifelong dream of the late Brian G. “Butch” Bays, who along with his brothers, donated the property the flag now soars over.


JENNI WILLIAMS, Staff Reporter

This past week Summerfield residents were able to bring to fruition a much anticipated life-long dream of their beloved late mentor Butch Bays.

Bays dreamed of having a ‘big ole flag’ flying over his much loved community of Summerfield on the piece of property across from the school, property that Bays donated to the community and now houses the new District 6 Fire Station and Butch Bays Training Facility.

A conversation held at last year’s annual Summerfield High School (SHS) auction led to a community coming together and raising the funds to bring Bays’ dream to life.

Jim Towns, the auctioneer, overheard the conversation of Bays’ wish for a big ole flag and said let’s do it. And there began a year of donations as word spread throughout the area.

Towns, with nothing to gain personally for this endeavor, spent many hours, missed days of work and lots of energy helping the community complete Bays’ dream.

On Friday, April 25, the first joint of pipe was placed, using a pipe donated by Towns, and the installation began.

Concrete was poured on Saturday, April 26 and after a much anticipated wait the final piece of pipe was placed and a 15 foot by 25 foot American Flag was raised by the Summerfield baseball team and other student athletes among a number of Bays’ family, friends and neighbors on Thursday, May 3.

Those taking a part in this special event were able to admire Bays’ flag at this year’s annual SHS auction held Saturday, May 5.

The flag and fire station will be dedicated to Bays at an event to be held at the training facility this June.

Bays would have celebrated his 74th birthday this past Monday, May 7.


Jasmine Morelock Field to be featured artist at Jubilee


The Claiborne Jubilee is honored to present Jasmine Morelock Field as the featured artist for the May 26, 2012, festival. No stranger to Claiborne Parish, Mrs. Field was married to Max Morelock of Haynesville and the family often came to the area to visit family and friends. At the Jubilee she will be signing copies of her recently published book Valerie as well as exhibiting her paintings.

Following a retrospective one-man show in 2010, Jasmine started writing the life of her daughter, Valerie.  Valerie was the granddaughter of M. M.and Lalia Morelock of Haynesville. Mr. Morelock was an attorney and Mrs. Morelock was known for her generosity and hospitality.  Valerie and her brother Maurice, a teacher of chemistry at the Louisiana Math, Science, and Arts School in Natchitoches, spent many happy days visiting their grandparents in this area.  This book is honoring Valerie who was murdered at L.S.U. her senior year.  The book entitled Valerie was printed and published locally in 2011 and is available in area gift shops.

In the book are Valerie’s writings in the form of diaries. While paintings are included, the artist projects her philosophy of gratitude for the abundant life of her daughter, the blessings God has bestowed during that life, and joy in the knowledge that she lives. God gave His only son who overcame death so that we would not die but have everlasting life. Valerie was strong in her faith, and she shared that in her life.  Valerie,s friends often remark that she is still a part of their lives today through their joy in remembering her.

Jasmine Morelock Field was involved in the Arts from an early age.  She was always creating in drawing or painting. She began teaching at LSU as she received the graduate fellowship award. Always creating and participating on a professional level, she still was engaged in teaching young people in private and in groups from her home. She taught portrait drawing at Bossier Community College and led classes at the Barnwell Center in watercolor. After teaching art for Southfield Private School, she returned to the classroom at LSU-S and received a professional education degree and certification. With this certification she started teaching for the Caddo Parish Schools.  At the time of the “cross-over,” she enjoyed two years at Eden Garden’s Junior High followed with 8 years at C.E. Byrd. While teaching, she continued to pursue her painting career and achieved many awards on the local as well as national level. With two or more summers and one fall term at the International Arts School of San Miguel Allende, she graduated with the Masters of Fine Arts degree cum laude and had her thesis show in Mexico and also at the Barnwell Garden and Art Center. Her paintings are represented in many public as well as private places.  Her work is described as multimedia and romantic with central interest in color both in Representational and Abstract presentations. 

For more information on the Jubilee, contact Cynthia Steele at 927-2566 or .


Miss Louisiana speaks to Haynesville Youth Council



2011 Miss LaHaynesville Youth Council (HYC) hosted the second annual Community Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 5 at Claiborne Electric Co-op.

Guest speaker for the evening event was 2011 Miss Louisiana Hope Anderson.

A dinner was served, followed by the introduction of Miss Louisiana by HYC President Franeka Taylor.

After an inspirational talk by Miss Louisiana for the attendees, an awards presentation was given to area community leaders by the members of the HYC.

Carnesha Brown presented the Man of the Year award to Willie C. White III.

Brenna Robinson presented Community Leader of the Year to Napolean Meadors, Jr.

Jarius Knowles presented Retired Educator of the Year to Ms. Doris Lewis.

Franeka Taylor presented Educator of the Year to Ms. Willio Hatter.

Jarius Knowles presented Sheriff of the Year to Sheriff Ken Bailey.

Franeka Taylor presented Business of the Year to T&T Bail Bond.

Destiny Norton presented Special Award of the Year to Ollie’s Bistro.

The Board of Directors for the Haynesville Youth Council are Director Joyce Major; Assistant  Director Betty Richardson; and members Beatrice Dixon, Wynona Jackson and Patricia Jackson.

Members of the Haynesville Youth Council are Franeka Taylor, president; Destiny Norton, secretary; Jarius E. Knowles, treasurer; Braley Smith and Carnesha Brown, assistant treasurers; and Jamelah Richardson, Parliamentarian.


Deputies discover alleged marijuana


A Homer man found himself under arrest after passing a vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

Patrick Shawn Halliburton, 23, of Homer, was arrested Thursday, May 6, and charged with possession of marijuana (second offense) with bond set at $5,000 and passing on the right with bond set at $500.

According to a news release from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office(Office (CPSO), Deputy Aaron Christian was patrolling Hwy. 79 South near Prime Time Lounge and observed a vehicle pass another on the right shoulder of the highway. Christian conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver to be Halliburton.

CPSO Lt. Roger Ellerbe arrived on scene to assist.

During the ensuing investigation, Christian discovered a plastic bag containing 1 gross gram of a green leafy substance presumed to be marijuana. The marijuana was found under the ashtray on the center console.

Halliburton admitted that the green leafy substance was his, and he was placed under arrest.

The passenger in the vehicle was released and a juvenile in the vehicle was transported to the sheriff’s office by Ellerbe to await his parents.

Halliburton was transported to the Claiborne Parish Detention Center and booked on the above charges.


Shooting competition to raise funds for Sparta Commission


The Guardian-Journal

In the mood for a little competition? The Sparta Foundation has one coming up in June!

A sporting clays competition will be held on June 16, at Wild Wings, Downsville, during the Louisiana Peach Festival. Beginning at 8 a.m., the entry fee will include $100 per person or $500 for a team. To pre-register, please fill out the form and send the form and payment to the Sparta Shoot, P.O. Box 520, Ruston, LA 71273. Pre-registration deadline is Monday, June 11.

Team leaders will be contacted with further details.

All pre-registered shooters will be eligible for a door prize, which is a $100 cash card from Community Trust Bank.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, which include a title sponsor for $2,500 or co-sponsors for $1,000. Major sponsorships include one five-man team for competition. Station sponsors are available for $200.

Best score trophies will be provided for teams, men, ladies and youth.

There will also be a wobble trap competition.

Door prizes are also appreciated. Lunch will also be provided.

Also, the winner of a shotgun raffle will be announced the day of the event. The winner need not be present to win.

So, what will the winner get? A Browning Maxus Stalker shotgun. The shotgun’s retail value is set at $1,464, and raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each.

All proceeds will benefit the Sparta Foundation’s education efforts in north central Louisiana. The Sparta Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

For more information, please call Rick Hohlt at or call 318-245-5309 or Lindsey Gouedy at or call 318-243-8135.


Mark Your Calendars!


‘Potluck at the Fair” fundraiser set for Saturday, May 18


The second annual “Potluck at the Fair” fundraiser will be held at the Claiborne Parish Fair Complex in Haynesville. The Monday Night Choir Boys from Springhill will be featured again for the entertainment. For more information, please call Keith or Beverlee Killgore at 318-624-1122 or .


Recreation Dept. seeks players for softball teams


The Homer Recreation Department is seeking players for its Co-ed Softball Teams. For more information, or if you have questions, please call Shaquaila Lewis at 318-927-3555.


Voter Education Week May 14-18


Secretary of State Tom Schedler and the state’s registrars of voters are conducting voter education week from Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18.

The Secretary of State is encouraging all Louisiana residents 17 years of age or older, who are not registered to vote, to take advantage of this opportunity.

Claiborne Parish Registrar of Voters Patricia Sanders will be at:

Monday, May 14

• the Haynesville Housing Office, located at 1953 Mill Street at 10:30 a.m.

• the Haynesville Library, located at Main Street at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 15

• Council on Aging, located at 608 East 4th Street in Homer at 11:30 a.m.

The following week, she will be at the Homer Housing Office, located at 329 South Fourth Street in Homer, on Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m.

Please come by and check your voter registration and ask questions about the services the registrar’s office offers for voters.

The deadline to register to vote for the November 6 election is October 9. Presidential electors (President/Vice President), U.S. Representative and Lisbon Mayor and Aldermen will be on the ballot.

All Claiborne Parish voters should check their voter registration information in preparation for the presidential election this fall:

• If you have moved in the last 18 months, and/or have not voted since the 2008 presidential election,

• If you have changed your mailing address to your physical address or vice versa,

• If you have married, re-married or are divorced,

• If your driver’s license name or address is not the same as your voter registration, and/or

• If you have not received a current voter information card.

Citizens can register to vote on line at or, at your parish registrar of voters office, office of motor vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries or by mail. For more information, please contact your local registrar of voters office at 507 West Main Street in Homer or call 318-927-3332.


The Chairs Are Coming!


Keep your eyes open for new chairs to appear in the window of the former Delta Interiors building on the south side of the square. The three purchased last year will be joined by more in the days to come. The chair auction will be held May 26 during the Claiborne Jubilee on the square in Homer. Proceeds will be used to further arts activities in the parish including the Jubilee Players and the continuation of murals throughout the parish.

Anyone who has a chair to contribute to be painted by themselves or someone else should contact Cynthia Steele, 927-2566 or .


Mural Print Deadline Approaches


Anyone planning to order a print of the Kinnebrew Building mural should see Candie White at First Guaranty Bank.  Prints are available in two sizes: one for $150 for the size of the original painting, 20”x80”, and one for $60 for the smaller size, approximately 12”x36”. The original painting and an example of the smaller size are both on display at the bank. 

Orders will be taken through June 6 and payment is required at the time of ordering. For more information, contact Cynthia Steele, 927-2566 or .


Health Fair coming next week


Webster Parish Head Start and David Raines Community Health Centers will host its annual resource fair. This event will be held Tuesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Minden Civic Center, located at 520 Broadway.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

This resource fair will provide an awareness of services that are within the community by conducting health screenings, nutrition education, social service guides and much more.

The goal is to connect individuals and families to available resources that are within our parish and surrounding parishes.

This is a prime opportunity for agencies and community partners to take an active role in sharing information and resources that support children and families in our community.

Refreshments, door prizes and informational materials will be given to participants at no charge.

Any agency or organization that would like to participate in the resource fair, please contact Tammy Rallins at 318-377-7022, ext. 211.


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

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.

Golden Eagle Training & SafetyGETS 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:".




Claiborne Parish tourism initiative is underway


JIMMY DEAN, Feature Writer

The 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,Brochures and the Two Disc Driving CD available at several area locations - Click to Visit Claiborne Parish has a driving tour CD set that you will find interesting,” says John Watson, Executive Director of the Chamber.

“The CD is one part of a major initiative aimed at helping others see and appreciate what is wonderful about Claiborne Parish,” Watson notes.

Asked 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

Also, a 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.

Finally, television ads have appeared describing Claiborne Parish as a desirable tourist destination.

Describing 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The new tourism website,, 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.

The 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.

Highlights related to Homer, Haynesville, Lisbon, Athens, Summerfield, and the parish’s historic cemeteries are all mentioned on the website.

Some 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.

The set 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.

Of 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 production.

Many local citizens donated many hours to the brochures, the cemetery guide, the driving CDs, and the website.

Brochures and CD sets are available at the following locations:

* The Grapevine

* Port-au-Prince Restaurant

* Killgore Pharmacy

* The Rebel Stop

* Claiborne Parish Library

* Delta Interiors

* The Chamber Office at Ford Museum

Brochures only are available at the following:

* Courtyard Florist

* Lake Claiborne State Park

* Haynesville City Hall

* The Guardian-Journal


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News Briefs

Carrying Concealed Handgun Permit Class on May 26th in Springhill

A Carrying Concealed Handgun Course, required for the Louisiana State Police Handgun Permit, will be conducted in Springhill, LA on Saturday, May 26th, 2012. Anyone wishing to register for this class may do so online at or by calling 318-268-5052 or 318-927-5026 and request a registration form. The cost of the class is $50 per attendee. Information on submitting course fee by mail is on the registration form and if registering by mail, money orders or cash only for registration fee, no checks accepted and registration fee is not refundable. The course is from 8am to 5pm, with the classroom session in the morning and range session in afternoon. Location of the classroom and range will be on registration form. Pre-registration is required and registration forms along with fee must be in by Wednesday, May 23rd. Certificates will be issued after completion of class along with applications for Carrying Concealed Handgun to the LA State Police. Applications may also be obtained by going to the Louisiana State Police website and clicking on the Carry Concealed Handgun section. For further information or questions, call 318-268-5052 or 318-225-1366.


CP Special Services to destroy records

Claiborne Parish Special Services will be destroying all special education records on students who exited the program during the year 2006. If you would like a student’s records, please contact 318-927-2496 on or before June 7. You must provide a picture ID to obtain records.


Headstart now taking applications

Headstart is now taking applications for 3-4 year old children born before October 1. Headstart is located at 2050 Mason Drive in Haynesville or 111 Murrell Street in Minden. Complete services are offered for all children including children with special needs. For additional information, please call Sharon Warren in Claiborne Parish at 318-624-2157 or Tammy Rallins in Webster Parish at 318-377-7022.


Police Jury to meet May 9

The Claiborne Parish Police Jury will meet at 9 a.m. in the police jury room at the police jury complex for its regular monthly meeting. For more information, or for questions, please call their office at 318-927-2222.


‘An Evening of the Arts’ set for May 10

Claiborne Academy Elementary will present “An Evening of the Arts”, a music and art show at 6:30 p.m. with the music program. The art show and silent auction will follow.


CPSB holds Retirees Reception May 10

Claiborne Parish School Board Retirees Appreciation Reception will be Thursday, May 10, at the Claiborne Parish School Board Annex, 418 East Main St. in Homer (across from the School Board Office)  from 5 until 6 p.m.


School Board to meet at May 10

The Claiborne Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the school board meeting room at Central Office for its regular monthly meeting. For more information, or for questions, please call their office at 318-927-3502.


Free Cancer Screening at HMH May 10

Homer Memorial Hospital will be conducting free breast cancer screening mammograms on Thursday, May 10. To qualify, you must be 40 years of age or older, no insurance or very high deductible and not had a mammogram within one year. Call Adrienne Willis at 927-1400 for an appointment. These services are paid for by a federal grant.


Whitehall Cemetery Memorial Day set for May 12

Whitehall Cemetery Memorial Day will begin at 11 a.m., with a memorial service and lunch to follow. Bring lunch and lawn chairs and come join us for the day. If you have loved ones buried there, please remember we need your donations for the upkeep of the cemetery. Donations can be mailed to: Whitehall Cemetery Association, c/o Wayne Kilpatrick, 760 Highway 521, Haynesville, LA 71038.


Memorial Day at Hurricane Cemetery May 12

Memorial Day at Hurricane Cemetery, located five miles north of Arcadia on Hwy 519, will be held on Saturday, May 12. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs. The annual membership meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 11 under the pavilion. Anyone interest in the cemetery is invited to attend this meeting. If you have flowers at the cemetery which you wish to keep, please remove them by Monday, April 30 or they will be discarded during cleanup of the cemetery.


Homer Housing Authority to meet May 14

The Homer Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. for its monthly meeting, at 329 Oil Mill Street. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call their office at 318-927-3579.


Middlefork Water System meeting set for May 14

The regular monthly meeting of the Middlefork Water System will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lisbon Civic Center. Middlefork Water System is an equal opportunity provider.


Haynesville Town Council to meet May 17

The Haynesville Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers, located behind City Hall, for its regular monthly meeting. For more information or for questions, please call their office at 318-624-0911.


‘Potluck at the Fair” fundraiser set for Saturday, May 18

The second annual “Potluck at the Fair” fundraiser will be held at the Claiborne Parish Fair Complex in Haynesville. The Monday Night Choir Boys from Springhill will be featured again for the entertainment. For more information, please call Keith or Beverlee Killgore at 318-624-1122 or .


HHS Class of 1962 to hold reunion May 19

The Homer High School Class of 1962 will be celebrating with a 50-year reunion. There will be an open house from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m., in the family life center of First Baptist Church in Homer. Friends are invited to attend and enjoy a time of visitation.


‘Ride for the Mansion’ set for May 19

A fundraiser for the Tupelo Children’s Mansion will be held at Haynesville United Pentecostal Church, with registration at 9-10 a.m. The cost is $25 per bike, with $10 for a passenger. The last bike out will be at 10:30 a.m. There will be free hamburgers and hotdogs. For information, please contact Ron Rawson at 318-624-2817 or , or call Bro. Gary Taylor at 318-624-2265. For large groups, please RSVP if possible. No alcohol or strong language, please.


Old Town Cemetery meeting set for May 19

The Old Town Cemetery meeting has been set for 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Haynesville.


Homer Christian Crusade to distribute food on May 21

The Homer Christian Crusade will distribute food from 9:30 until 11 a.m. at 4229 Hwy. 79/Pearl Street. Please call 318-927-6898 if you need directions. Please do not come before the scheduled time. We promise to try and get each one before 11 a.m. Also, please bring boxes for your food.


HMH Community Health Fair slated for June 2

The Homer Memorial Hospital and Life Care Community Health Fair will be held at Homer City Hall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please come out and get free screenings and enjoy all the other exciting activities of the day. For more information, please contact Adrienne Willis at 318-927-1400.


Homer Juneteenth Celebration slated for June 15-17

The Homer Juneteenth Celebration will be fun for all with several activities over the course of the event. On Friday, June 15, a pageant will be held at 6 p.m. at Homer City Hall for ages 4-20. The pageant includes a $25 entry fee. On Saturday, June 16, a parade will be held, with lineup beginning at 9 a.m. in front of the education building and Ebenezer Baptist Church. Please bring your four-wheelers, motorcycles, horses, floats, sport cars and trucks, etc. A fun day at the park will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a cook-out contest, bounce house and water slides. That evening, at 7 p.m., the Juneteenth Ball will be held, featuring guest speaker Rashid Young, Homer High School Class of 2005 and a former Grambling State University football player. Host classes will be 2005 and 2006. The entry fee is $5. On Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, the Juneteenth co-ed softball tournament will be held. For more information, please contact Annette Young at 318-927-2372 or Shaquaila Lewis at 318-927-3555.


Hunter Smith Reunion June 28-July 1, 2012

The Hunter Smith family reunion will be held in Haynesville. For more information, please contact Maud Smith at 318-927-3422 or go to


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.

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.

Steven J Koskie CPA LLCSteve 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 RealtyJ.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 ConsultingDNG 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.

Key-Comp 2012Since 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 (which includes Claiborne Parish Police Jury, Town of Homer & Town of Haynesville),, 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



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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