Claiborne Jubilee set for this Saturday
Kinnebrew mural dedication set for noon
at courthouse lawn
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
dedication will be held at noon on the courthouse lawn on The Square in Homer,
not at the mural wall
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
more information, please call Cynthia Steele at 318-927-2566 or .
Single vehicle accident claims lives of
two parish residents
MICHELLE BATES, Editor
elderly women perished in a car accident Wednesday afternoon, May 16, after
hitting a tree.
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
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.
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.
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.
Perkins and George were both pronounced dead at the scene.
were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Routine toxicology
tests are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.
not all crashes are survivable, seatbelts can greatly decrease the occupant’s
chance of death and will greatly reduce the extent of injury.
troopers have investigated 8 fatal crashes in 2012, resulting in 9 fatalities.
Perkins, who moved to Claiborne Parish after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was
members of Friendship Baptist Church in Haynesville where Mr. Perkins served as
Neighbors witness theft, two arrested
were arrested for theft after Claiborne Parish deputies were advised that
neighbors had witnessed the incident.
man had outstanding warrants on him for another burglary that took place in
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
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.
Ben Booth was called on scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
total bond was $17,000.
recovered the stolen air conditioner and returned the property to the victim.
Sentencing set for Claiborne Parish man
involved in worldwide porn ring
for a Claiborne Parish man involved in an international porn ring has been set
for Wednesday, June 13.
Oedewaldt pled guilty on January 19 to engaging in a child exploitation
enterprise and possession of child pornography.
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
Attorney Eric Holder said this operation marks an important step forward in
protecting children across this country and worldwide.
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,”
Juveniles arrested in scrap theft
juvenile was charged with theft after allegedly stealing a tractor to be sold
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.
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.
third juvenile was arrested and charged with the theft. He was released back
into the custody of his father.
property means private property. No one has any right to proceed onto someone
else’s property and take any materials off that property.
METAL IS NO EXCEPTION.
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
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
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
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.
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 www.usmemorialday.org.
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.
National Moment of Remembrance was signed into law on December 28, 2000, by
former President Bill Clinton.
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
has long been associated with funerals of veterans or of those military
personnel who perished during a foreign war.
to Jari A. Villanueva, a bugler and bugle historian, said “Taps” is one of the
most easily recognizable bugle calls.
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.”
actually began as a revision to the signal for ‘Extinguish Lights’ (Lights Out)
at the end of the day.
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.”
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
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.
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.”
term “3 volleys” refers to the traditional three gunshots at a military
practice originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the
dead from the battlefield,” according to www.arlingtoncemetery.net. “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.
to www.vfw.org, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Gospel Music Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 6 until 9 p.m.
at Homer City Hall.
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.
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.
Fuller Center office is located at Believers Worship Center in Homer, but
meetings are held at Homer City Hall.
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.
many years, Webster Fuller Center for Housing was accepting donations from
citizens in Claiborne Parish.
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.
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.
more information, please call John Markley at 318-927-9132.