Claiborne Jubilee set for this Saturday

Kinnebrew mural dedication set for noon at courthouse lawn

Kinnebrew Mural


The Claiborne Jubilee this Saturday will feature many artists, authors, musicians and one very special event, the dedication of the mural being painted on the north wall of the Kinnebrew building.

The dedication will be held at noon on the courthouse lawn on The Square in Homer, not at the mural wall

The Jubilee will be honoring the artist who created the original painting as well as the students and teacher from Tech who have implemented the design this spring. They are finishing the final touches this week in anticipation of this celebration.

Also being honored is the Ross family from Shreveport who inherited the building last year and has done extensive work on the building in preparation for the mural. Jim Ross’s parents, Jesse and Beverly Kinnebrew Ross left the building to him at their passing, and the community can see it is in good hands.

Many groups in the parish have helped to make the mural possible and they will be recognized as well. These include the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce, the Homer Industrial Board, the Louisiana Division of the Arts through the Decentralized Arts Fund, Ed Watson who lent the use of his scaffolding, and Linda Volentine of the Ford Museum who assisted with the research for the painting.

In addition, numerous area citizens contributed by donating supplies and offering encouragement throughout the mural’s progress. All have been greatly appreciated by the Jubilee and the artists.

A limited number of signed prints will be available to order during the Jubilee festival. The original painting and a sample of a smaller size can be viewed at First Guaranty Bank in Homer. Orders should be paid in advance and left with Candie White at the bank.

The featured artist for the Jubilee is Jasmine Morelock Field, who was married to Max Morelock of Haynesville. She will be signing published copies of her book, “Valerie”. “Valerie” is a book about Field’s daughter, Valerie, who was murdered at LSU her senior year. Valerie was the granddaughter of M.M. and Lalia Morelock of Haynesville.

The book was printed in 2011 and is available at area gift shops. Field will also be exhibiting some of her art pieces at the Jubilee.

For more information, please call Cynthia Steele at 318-927-2566 or .


Single vehicle accident claims lives of two parish residents



Two elderly women perished in a car accident Wednesday afternoon, May 16, after hitting a tree.

According to Louisiana State Police, troopers, along with Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s deputies, responded to the crash around 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Hwy. 79 at Pine Hill Road.

The wreck involved a 2003 Honda Accord, which was driven by Donald L. Perkins, 80, of Haynesville. The passengers, both who were killed, were Mae G. Perkins, 81, also of Haynesville and Marcella A. George, 95, of New Orleans.

State Police say the three were northbound when Mr. Perkins lost control of the vehicle and exited the left side of the roadway, colliding with a tree.

Mr. Perkins was transported to Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Shreveport for treatment of moderate injuries. As of Thursday, May 17, he was listed in serious condition according to officials at LSUHSC.

Mrs. Perkins and George were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Routine toxicology tests are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, seatbelts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and will greatly reduce the extent of injury.

Troop G troopers have investigated 8 fatal crashes in 2012, resulting in 9 fatalities.

The Perkins, who moved to Claiborne Parish after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was members of Friendship Baptist Church in Haynesville where Mr. Perkins served as a deacon.


Neighbors witness theft, two arrested


The Guardian-Journal

Two men were arrested for theft after Claiborne Parish deputies were advised that neighbors had witnessed the incident.

And one man had outstanding warrants on him for another burglary that took place in April.

According to a news release from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, May 20, K-9 Deputy Aaron Christian and Lt. Roger Ellerbe were advised that a theft had taken place at a residence in Claiborne Parish and the neighbors had witnessed the crime.

The vehicle the suspects left the residence in was described to deputies who then began an investigation. A search for the vehicle led deputies to the driver of the vehicle, Michael Cooksey, 49, of Lisbon.

Detective Ben Booth was called on scene.

Cooksey was questioned regarding the theft. He was arrested and charged with criminal trespass with bond set at $500, simple criminal damage to property with bond set at $500 and theft under $500 with bond set at $500.

Witnesses to the crime identified another male involved in the incident as Michael B. Wafer, 46, of Homer. Booth, Christian and Ellerbe then made attempts to locate Wafer. Ellerbe and Christian were aware of outstanding warrants on Wafer obtained by Detective Adrian Malone regarding another burglary.

On April 2, Wafer had burglarized the Apostolic Holiness Church in Homer. Two speakers valued at $100 and several canned cokes were stolen from the church.

Deputy David Crump went to the scene and conducted an initial investigation. Malone continued the investigation and discovered information that led to warrants being obtained for Wafer for simple burglary of a religious building and criminal trespass. Deputies received information that Wafer was seen and deputies located him. Wafer ran into the woods and attempted to elude Ellerbe but was later apprehended.

On Monday, May 21, Booth obtained warrants against Wafer for theft under $500, criminal tress pass and simple criminal damage to property under $500. He was booked into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.

Wafer was arrested and charged with simple burglary of a religious building with bond set at $12,000 and criminal trespass with bond set at $2,000 from warrants obtained by Malone; theft with bond set at $500, criminal tress pass with bond set at $500 and simple criminal damage to property with bond set at $500 from warrants obtained by Booth; resisting an officer with bond set at $500, charged by Ellerbe; and failure to pay child support $1,000.

Wafer’s total bond was $17,000.

Booth recovered the stolen air conditioner and returned the property to the victim.


Sentencing set for Claiborne Parish man involved in worldwide porn ring


The Guardian-Journal

Sentencing for a Claiborne Parish man involved in an international porn ring has been set for Wednesday, June 13.

Edward Oedewaldt pled guilty on January 19 to engaging in a child exploitation enterprise and possession of child pornography.

According to Stephanie Finley, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, Oedewaldt was charged with engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise the distribution of child pornography, conspiracy to distribute child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Oedewaldt was arrested in April 2010. Claiborne Parish Sheriff Ken Bailey said his office assisted in his arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) taking the lead on the case. Also involved were the SWAT team and the Louisiana State Police.

“We arrested him without incident and they (ICE) took it from there,” he said. “He was arrested at a residence on Hwy. 519 in the southeast corner of Claiborne Parish, close to the Bienville/Claiborne line.”

The investigation stemmed from the seizure of Oedewaldt’s computer, according to some reports, which allegedly contained child pornography. Oedewaldt was the last of 26 individuals arrested in Operation Nest Egg – a joint investigation which included the Southern District of Indiana – which set off Operation Delego.

In May 2010, Oedewaldt appeared in federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana; however, he was transported back to the Western District of Louisiana. He is currently incarcerated in the Western District of Louisiana, location undisclosed.

“Mr. Oedewaldt is currently incarcerated and is in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service (USMS) at a facility designated by them,” Finley said in an email to The Guardian-Journal.

Just last week, the U.S. Attorney’s office published a press release stating another of those arrested in Operation Nest Egg was found guilty for his participation in “Dreamboard,” an international criminal network “dedicated to the sexual abuse of children and the creation and dissemination of graphic images and videos of child sexual abuse throughout the world.

John Wyss, aka “Bones,” of Monroe, was found guilty of one count of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, one count of conspiracy to advertise child pornography and one count of conspiracy to distribute child pornography.

According to the release a total of 72 individuals were arrested worldwide, and of those, 55 have pled guilty. Wyss was convicted after a four-day jury trial. The press release goes on to say that 25 of the 41 individuals who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy have been sentenced to prison and have received sentences ranging between 15 and 37 years.

Seventeen of the 72 individuals charged remain at large and are known only by their online identities. Oedewaldt and Wyss were arrested as a result of Operation Delego, which is a spinoff investigation from leads developed through “Operation Nest Egg,” the prosecution of another online group dedicated to the sharing and distribution of child pornography.

“Wyss and other conspirators of the nightmare called Dreamboard mistakenly believed that they could commit heinous crimes against children and hide in the shadows,” said Director of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton. “Criminals with this kind of depravity in mind should know that ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations is ever vigilant. For every tactic taken to evade law enforcement, we will adapt our strategies to find them and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”

Operation Delego, as it was named in December 2009, targeted those charged and more than 500 more individuals worldwide for their participation in Dreamboard, which was created to promote child pornography and its distribution in an environment designed to evade law enforcement.

Oedewaldt allegedly served as an administrator and played an active role in decisions that affected its administration, a press release from U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Morrison, Southern District of Indiana, said.

The rules of being or becoming a member of Dreamboard were very graphic in nature and required the members to continue to post child pornography on the site or distribute other sexually explicit posts of children under the age of 12 in order to continue access to the website.

“As alleged in court documents, Dreamboard was a self-described global ‘community’ of pedophiles dedicated to the relentless victimization and exploitation of children 12 and under,” said Assistant District Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Using sophisticated methods to evade detection by law enforcement, Dreamboard members allegedly used the power and anonymity of the Internet to motivate each other to commit their horrific acts of sexual abuse of minors and trading in child pornography.”

U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said this operation marks an important step forward in protecting children across this country and worldwide.

“The members of this criminal network shared a demented dream to create the preeminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation but for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of a nightmare,” Holder said.


Juveniles arrested in scrap theft


The Guardian-Journal

A juvenile was charged with theft after allegedly stealing a tractor to be sold for scrap.

According to a news release from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, April 30, the parish’s criminal investigation division was contacted by a citizen regarding the tractor. Detective Darren Keel responded to the call and conducted an investigation into the matter.

The tractor in question was not operational and was stolen to be sold for scrap metal. Keel discovered that three juveniles had taken the tractor and sold it to Top Dollar Scrap Yard in Homer for cash. Two of the juveniles did not have knowledge that the tractor was taken without permission and were not charged.

The third juvenile was arrested and charged with the theft. He was released back into the custody of his father.

Private property means private property. No one has any right to proceed onto someone else’s property and take any materials off that property.


If you do not have permission to retrieve items off of property that is not yours, you will be charged with trespassing and theft.


Lions Club Chicken Charbroil a success

The Guardian-Journal photo/Michelle Bates

The 2012 Homer Lions Club Chicken Charbroil was a huge success again this year! With chicken, baked beans, potato salad and bread, lunch on Friday, May 18, was a good ole Southern favorite that goes for good causes. Special thanks goes to Regions Bank, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden, Raeford Farms, Jerry Bailey at Moon’s and the Lions Club Charbroil Committee. The charbroil is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Homer Lions Club and the proceeds go towards Lions charities as well as community donations.


Burham account set up at GBT

The account set up to help the Burham family defray medical costs has been set up at Gibsland Bank and Trust. Donors may contribute in his name to any branch of Gibsland Bank and Trust. Bryon Burham was seriously injured in a vehicle accident a few weeks ago and will undergo a long recovery. Pictured above is Bryon at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) with his two children. His leg was seriously injured and he has three fractures in his back.


Pot Luck raises $13,000

The Guardian-Journal photos/Michelle Bates

The 2nd Annual Pot Luck at the Fair raised approximately $13,000 in its quest to raise money for improvements to the Claiborne Parish Fair Complex, which include the replacement or repair of several of the buildings AC units along with other improvements. Special thanks goes to all those who donated for the silent auction, the volunteers who put in the time to make it a go, the churches for donating the food and to the Monday Nite Choir Boys for providing such inspiring entertainment.


Memorial Day a time to pause and remember


The Guardian-Journal

On Monday, May 28, the United States will observe Memorial Day, a federal holiday set to remember fallen soldiers who have fought in the U.S. Armed Services.

Memorial Day is set aside as a day to “actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” states

Memorial Day is observed, the website states, by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes, by visiting memorials, by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon, by flying the “POW/MIA” Flag as well, by participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day and for “Taps” to be played, and by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

The National Moment of Remembrance was signed into law on December 28, 2000, by former President Bill Clinton.

“This Act recognizes in law a commemoration begun on Memorial Day in May 1997, when “Taps” was played at 3 p.m. on many radio and television stations across the Nation as Americans paused to remember the men and women who have lost their lives in service to our country,” Clinton said in a statement on December 28, 2000. “It is my hope that the establishment of the National Moment of Remembrance in law, along with the creation of the White House Commission, will promote greater understanding of the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday for all Americans.”

“Taps” has long been associated with funerals of veterans or of those military personnel who perished during a foreign war.

According to Jari A. Villanueva, a bugler and bugle historian, said “Taps” is one of the most easily recognizable bugle calls.

“The melody is both eloquent and haunting and the history of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded in controversy,” Villanueva said. “‘Taps’ is unique with the United States military, since the call is sounded at funerals, wreath-laying and memorial services.”

“Taps” actually began as a revision to the signal for ‘Extinguish Lights’ (Lights Out) at the end of the day.

“Up until the Civil War, the infantry call for Extinguish Lights was the one set down in Silas Casey’s (1801-1882) Tactics, which had been borrowed from the French. The music for ‘Taps’ was adapted by Union General Daniel Butterfield for his brigade (Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac) in July 1862.”

Villanueva goes on to say that Butterfield was not pleased with the call for Lights Out, feeling that the call was too formal to signal the days end. So, with the help of the brigade bugler, Oliver Willcox Norton, revised “Taps” to honor his men while in camp at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, following the Seven Day’s battle in 1862.

So how did it begin its association with funerals? The first “official” reference to the “mandatory” use of “Taps” at military funeral ceremonies is found in the U.S. Army Infantry Drill Regulations for 1891.

“The first use of ‘Taps’ [was] at a funeral during the Peninsular Campaign [Seven Day’s Battle] in Virginia,” Villanueva said. “Captain John C. Tidball of Battery A, 2nd Artillery ordered it played for the burial of a cannoneer killed in action. Since the enemy was close, he worried that the traditional 3 volleys would renew fighting.”

The term “3 volleys” refers to the traditional three gunshots at a military funeral.

“This practice originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield,” according to “Once each army had cleared its dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to go back to the fight.”

So the use of “Taps” on Memorial Day signifies the beginning of the National Moment of Remembrance, a time to reflect on the significance of the sacrifices made by fallen heroes so that their families and fellow citizens could enjoy the freedoms of today. Another popular way Memorial Day is observed is through a nationwide distribution of “Buddy Poppy,” a poppy flower given out in honor of Memorial Day. The first poppy distribution was conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) in 1922, and the poppy was soon adopted as the official memorial flower of the VFW.

According to, it was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided the VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. Today, the Buddy Poppies, a trademark of the VFW, are still made by disabled and needy veterans in VA hospitals.

“The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans,” the website says.

Other ways Memorial Day is observed includes people who visit memorials and cemeteries and visit the monument in Washington, D.C. Also, it is commemorated through parades across the United States, barbecues and picnics and other summer season fun. While it is a day to commemorate, pause and remember, it is also the unofficial beginning of the summer season.

Interesting to note, NASCAR’s Indianapolis 500 is one of the longest running traditions in conjunction with Memorial Day. This car race has been held yearly on the Sunday preceding the holiday since 1911.

For more information on Memorial Day, its associations and history, visit any one of the websites cited in this story.


Gospel Celebration fundraiser for Fuller Center for Housing

Celebration set for June 1


The Guardian-Journal

A Gospel Music Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 6 until 9 p.m. at Homer City Hall.

The celebration is hosted and sponsored by the Claiborne Parish Fuller Center for Housing. The celebration will feature The Faithful Eight, Claiborne Parish Detention Male Choir, Mt. Calvary Choir, Lane Chapel CME, Mt. Superior Baptist, White Oak, the Haynesville Community Choir, First Ebenezer Baptist Choir, Moses Johnson, First Baptist, 4-His Glory and the Claiborne Male Church.

The gospel celebration is a fundraiser to help raise money to help those who need repairs done to their homes. The Greater Blessings Project began a few short years ago, and at first, had some trouble getting started. They were only raising enough money to do small repairs, but as word got around, donations began picking up.

The Fuller Center office is located at Believers Worship Center in Homer, but meetings are held at Homer City Hall.

In the December 8, 2011 edition of The Guardian-Journal, the Rev. Russell Grigsby, president of the Claiborne Parish Fuller Center for Housing, said the group is seeking volunteers with fresh ideas on how to make the organization grow in Claiborne Parish as well as raise more funding so that maybe in the near future, they can begin construction on a new home for someone in need.

For many years, Webster Fuller Center for Housing was accepting donations from citizens in Claiborne Parish.

Grigsby and others in the community saw a great need right here at home. And Claiborne Parish, more so, needs a program like this because Claiborne is a rural parish and tends to have a higher low-income population.

The board hopes to begin raising enough funds to build a home, but so far, they’ve only been able to raise enough to make repairs to existing homes.

For more information, please call John Markley at 318-927-9132.



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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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.


Carrying Concealed Handgun Permit Class on June 23rd in Homer

A Carrying Concealed Handgun Course, required for the Louisiana State Police Handgun Permit, will be conducted in Homer, LA on Saturday, June 23rd, 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 is the Homer Fire Department and range portion will at DWCC. Pre-registration is required and registration forms along with fee must be in by Wednesday, June 20. 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.


Homer Lions Club to meet May 24

The Homer Lions Club will meet at noon at Nicky’s Mexican Restaurant. David Watson, a former NCIS agent, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss some of the white collar cases he has worked and how to prevent fraud and identity theft. All Lions Club members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest!


Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp registration May 30-31

The Boys and Girls Club Summer Enrichment Camp will hold registration from 8 until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, and from 4 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. The camp is from June 4-28 from 8 a.m. until noon on Monday through Thursday. For grade levels Pre-K-12, there will be music, arts and crafts and lots of fun! Registration fee is $20.


Charity Fishing Tournament June 2

The Lake Claiborne Charity Fishing Tournament will be held with corporate sponsorships available. Gold level sponsorship is $1,000, silver level $500 and bronze level $250. Each team entry must be a two-person team with paperwork completed and received no later than June 1 at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to Medcamps of Louisiana, a summer camp for children facing a variety of challenges, mentally and physically. For more information, please contact Jamey Herring at 318-433-1453 or .


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 Town Council to meet June 4

The Homer Town Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in council chambers, located inside city hall. For more information, please call their office at 318-927-3555.


Police Jury to meet June 6

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


School Board to meet June 7

The Claiborne Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. at central office for its regular monthly meeting. For more information, please call their office at 318-927-3502.


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.


Haynesville Town Council to meet June 21

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, please call their office at 318-624-0911.


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


Car Show set for July 1

The “Old School New School” Car Show will be held from 2 until 6 p.m. at the Haynesville Community Center. Classes include street rods, muscle cars, customs, classics, bikes and imports. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Embracing Family Reunion. For more information, please contact Curtis Hunter at 301-379-9642, Kenneth Smith at 240-535-4897, or .


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.



Golden Eagle Training & Safety - New Website

Steve Risner (Homer, LA) and Butch Shaver (Shreveport, La) announce the opening of their new Golden Eagle Training & Safety website, now online at


Golden Eagle Training & SafetyFor more than 18 years the founders of Golden Eagle Training & Saftey (GETS) have certified nearly a thousand Law Enforcement/Correctional Use of Force Instructors and certified over seven hundred civilians in Carry Concealed Handgun Classes for permits to carry concealed.


GETS offers Instructional/Certification courses for the General Public, Law Enforcement & Corrections, School Resource Officers & Staff, Churches, Organizations and Companies.


GETS training for the public includes: Carrying Concealed Handgun Permit Class, Personal Safety Course, Women’s Safety & Self-Defense Course, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (known as SHARP), Weapon Retention & Disarming (if you carry a firearm, you need to know how to effectively retain it or disarm someone who has one), Escape & Evasion, and Advanced Carrying Concealed Handgun Courses.


Certification courses available for Law Enforcement and Correctional Agencies include: Defensive Tactics (DT), Impact Weapon (IW), Weapon Retention and Disarming (WRD), Ground Avoidance/Ground Escape (GAGE), Spontaneous Knife Defense (SKD), Inmate Control, and Pressure Point Control Tactic (PPCT).


For the educational arena (School Resource Officers & Staff) they offer: Safe Schools Resource Officer (SRO) Training & Certifcation, Basic & Instructor Certification Classes in Human Factor Research School Safety ( Bullying) & Healthy Children and Disruptive Student Management (DSM).


They have also held "Surviving a Critical Incident Courses" for churches in Bossier City and will be glad to do the same with any church in your area.


Steve Risner said "We have contracted Joel Ponder, long time resident of Claiborne Parish, and designer/webmaster of many of our local area websites, to rebuild our website and we are very pleased with the fine job he is doing for a very affordable price. If any of you know someone who wants to start a website or has one that needs a facelift, we strongly recommend Mr. Ponder. You can contact Joel via his new website at:"

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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