School evacuated following bomb threat

Officials say no bomb found

The Guardian-Journal photo/Michelle Bates

Law enforcement, emergency personnel and school officials were at Homer High School Tuesday morning following a called in bomb threat to 911. A sweep of the school was conducted by officials and a K-9 trained in detecting bombs. Fortunately, no bomb(s) were found and students and faculty were allowed to return to class. All three Homer schools were placed on lockdown per school board protocol.



All three Homer schools were placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after Claiborne 911 received a call of a bomb threat at Homer High School.

With the threat called in at approximately 8:45 a.m., school officials, law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to the school. The incident was still under investigation, but Homer Police are interviewing one person, Captain Donald Malray, of the Homer Police Department, said.

“It’s still under investigation, and at this time, we don’t know if the threat is real, but we are treating it as if it is,” he said during an interview at the scene.

Malray said the parents of the male juvenile they are interviewing are also being contacted and brought in. The boy was interviewed and released.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Janice Williams said everyone at Homer High School was evacuated to a safe location while officials investigated the threat. As per protocol, all three schools were placed on lockdown, and law enforcement officials conducted a preliminary sweep of the school, the grounds and vehicles. At this time, nothing has been found.

“We don’t think there’s anything to it, but we have to treat it as if it were a real threat,” Williams said at the scene.

Malray said he’s been in contact with officials at Barksdale Air Force Base to bring in a K-9 trained in detecting bombs to conduct a sweep of the school and the grounds. They did so and cleared the school to resume classes.

Later in the day, Dr. Williams said all was clear and no bomb was found.

Homer Police Lt. Roger Smith, Officer Johnnie Hough and Malray were on scene as well as Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Booth, Jimmy Brown and Detective Randy Smith. Homer Fire Chief Dennis Butcher and Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie McKenzie were also on scene.


Teen injured in Thanksgiving accident



A 13-year-old boy is in critical condition after tumbling out of the back of a moving truck on Thanksgiving Day.

Homer Police Captain Donald Malray said Thursday, November 22, Cardarius McDonald was riding in the back of a pickup truck westbound on Hill Street driven by his older brother.

At some point, McDonald tumbled out of the truck as it was moving and received severe head injuries as well as abrasions to his back.

He was transported to Homer Memorial Hospital where he was airlifted by Pafford Air One to Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. As of press time, McDonald is listed in critical but stable condition.

“Every day since Thursday, we’ve had contact with medical staff at LSU to check on him,” Malray said. “He’s a fine young man and an outstanding football player for Homer Junior High. We’re asking everyone to keep him in your prayers.”


Lisbon Landing kiosk vandalized

The Guardian-Journal photos/Jenni Williams

The new Scenic Byway kiosk at Lisbon Landing was vandalized sometime over the weekend and was reported to the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday.  The perpetrator(s) spray painted “Man G” on the kiosks and “Grder” on the Claiborne Parish Watershed District sign. Investigators said they are looking for information that leads to the arrest(s) of the person(s) responsible for this damage. Please call the sheriff’s office at 927-2011 or the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division at 927-9800.


Haynesville man busted for leaving accident scene


The Guardian-Journal

A Haynesville man was arrested over the weekend for leaving the scene of an accident plus other charges.

According to a news release from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, November 24, Deputy Heath Tingle was dispatched to a vehicle accident on La. Hwy. 2 Alternate. While en route to the location, Tingle saw a privately-owned tow truck towing a pickup that fit the description of the vehicle.

Upon arriving at the scene, Tingle discovered the driver of the vehicle Seabon D. Holyfield, 23, fled the scene of the accident.

Deputy Aaron Christian arrived on scene to assist.

While searching the vehicle, Christian discovered a white plastic bag filled with a green leafy vegetable substance believed to be marijuana.

Holyfield was booked into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with bond set at $500, simple possession of marijuana with bond set at $500 and no driver’s license with bond set at $500.


One Hill Street burglary solved

The Guardian-Journal photo/Michelle Bates

This is one of the two televisions recovered in one Hill Street burglary. It was set on fire in an attempt to hide evidence from police.


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One of several burglaries has been solved following the arrests of several people.

Gemarkus C. Williams, 23, of Homer, was arrested on Monday, November 19, and charged with illegal use of weapons/dangerous instrumentalities with bond set at $10,000, simple battery with bond set at $1,000, simple escape with bond set at $50,000, resisting an officer with bond set at $500, failure to pay child support with a bond of $2,000, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary with bond set at $15,000 and simple burglary with bond set at $15,000.

Waltez M. Williams, 18, of Homer, was arrested on Thursday, November 22, and charged with simple burglary with bond set at $15,000 and criminal conspiracy with bond set at $15,000.

Tre’Shavez Williams, 19, of Homer, was arrested on Tuesday, November 20, and charged with accessory after the fact/aiding a felon with bond set at $5,000 and obstruction of justice with bond set at $5,000.

Donvontay “Lilman” Williams, 17, was arrested Tuesday, November 20, and charged with accessory after the fact/aiding a felon with bond set at $5,000, obstruction of justice with bond set at $5,000 and compounding a felony with bond set at $5,000.

According to Homer Police Captain Donald Malray, two flat screen televisions had been taken from the residence of Jakayla Hartwell and sold to a suspect from out of town. Police are currently obtaining warrants for that person, Malray said.

Waltez and Gemarkus Williams are the ones said to have taken the televisions. Malray said the two admitted during questioning to taking the televisions, and police were able to obtain evidence against them. Citizens phone calls also helped solve the case.

Tre’Shavez and Donvontay Williams were also involved in attempting to hide the televisions, Malray said. In fact, police were able to recover one television that had been burned in an attempt to hide evidence.

“All these guys are tied to one family,” Malray said. “Reward money is still available to anyone who has information that leads to the arrest and convictions of the others involved in this case.”

A second burglary in the 1400 block of Hill Street has not yet been solved, but Malray says they are following up on leads. He said they expect to make an arrest or arrests within the next week.

In this burglary, a handgun, rifle, watch and $800 in coin change was taken from the residence. The home was broken into again, but nothing was taken, Malray said.

“With the holidays coming up, I urge people to write down serial numbers on electronics they purchase as soon as they bring it home,” Malray said.

Another good tip is to never, ever leave electronics boxes outside near the trash bin to await garbage pickup, because that can make you a target.

If anyone has any information that will lead to the arrest or arrests of these persons responsible for this latest rash of burglaries, please call the Homer Police Department at 927-4000.


Santa Train coming next Saturday

Christmas Festival sure to have something for everyone


The Guardian-Journal

The annual Santa Train and Claiborne Christmas Festival are set for next weekend and there’s something for everyone!

Set for Saturday, December 8, it kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Christmas Festival, with Santa Claus rolling through Homer around lunch time. Once all the kids have given Santa their wish list for Christmas, families are urged to stroll through downtown Homer at the Square and get some of their Christmas shopping done, drink hot chocolate, relax a little and enjoy the fashion show that will be going on all throughout the day  before the Christmas Parade starts at 4 p.m.

Below is a list of activities for the day. Don’t miss it!


Christmas Festival

The Christmas Festival will be filled with everything one needs to get their Christmas shopping done early. With vendors set to surround the Square in Homer, there will be something for everyone. Vendors will include gift items, food, hot chocolate and more.

New this year will be a fashion show sponsored by Necessities, nestled on the Square just across the street from Homer City Hall. The fashion show will be an all-day event throughout the day to showcase some of the store’s items. Crista Cheney, Christmas Festival coordinator, said if other stores want to participate in the fashion show, they may do so.

Also, Cheney is asking area churches to volunteer to cookout for the Christmas Festival to add variety to what festival goers can choose from. Any church wishing to participate is asked to call her.

Booth rental for vendors is free this year; however, space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. and go well into the afternoon until around parade time.

To reserve booth space, participate in the fashion show or for churches that are willing to cookout, please contact Crista Cheney at 318-927-5888. Please fill it out and mail to Steel Magnolia, ATTN: Crista Cheney, 638 West Main Street, Homer, LA 71040. Or you can stop by Steel Magnolia and pick up a registration form.


Christmas Parade

The annual Claiborne Parish Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m., with lineup at 3 p.m. at Homer High School.

The parade committee is trying to make this year’s parade the biggest and best ever with lots of old and new participants. Whatever form of transportation participants choose to use must be safe. Entrants are required to provide their own sign of identification.

Individuals, organizations, groups or businesses are invited to participate.

Please send the entry form, which can be found in this week’s edition of The Guardian-Journal, to the Claiborne Christmas Parade Committee, Laci Lee and Sacha Matthews c/o Citizens National Bank, P.O. Box 779, Homer LA 71040. Or call 318-927-1099 to pick up a registration form.


Santa Train

Come rain or shine, Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa will come to Claiborne Parish via train provided by L&NW!



He will begin his day-long journey in Gibsland at 9:30 a.m. at the E.W. Merritt Pavilion and make his way to Claiborne Parish, first stopping in Athens at 10:30 a.m. at La. Hwy. 518 and Athens Avenue. A host of activities will take place as Santa makes his first stop in Claiborne Parish.



Santa Claus will stop via L&NW Railroad at Delta Interiors in Homer between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Several activities will be going on as the children get to see Santa and tell him their Christmas wish list. Also, get your picture taken with Santa Claus. Pictures are $10 and all proceeds will go to the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART). Also, DART is doing their annual Christmas Cash raffle. For $1, get a ticket for $300 in Christmas cash.



The Santa Train will stop at Church Avenue in Haynesville between 1 and 1:15 p.m. and go to the Claiborne Parish Fair Complex. There will be goodies for Haynesville Wee Care, Head Start and children in grades Pre-K through fourth grade.


Santa Train is coming!

Plan to have your picture made


Each year, Santa arrives in Claiborne Parish on the LN&W Railroad. He comes to visit with the children at Delta Interiors in Homer. Santa will be available for pictures with your child. This is an annual fundraiser for DART. Pictures are $10 each and can be picked up later in the day at Delta.

Claiborne DART is very grateful for Delta Interior’s contribution to this fundraiser. They provide the photographer, the pictures and the cards for the pictures. DART receives all the proceeds from the sale of Santa pictures.  DART volunteers will be on site to sell tickets for Santa pictures that morning before Santa arrives and tickets will be available as long as Santa is there. DART will also be selling raffle tickets for the annual Christmas cash giveaway. For a $1 donation, you can take a chance to win $300 Christmas cash. The drawing will be held on December 20 and the winner will be notified immediately.

We will be looking forward to seeing you on December 8th for the Annual Christmas Santa Train event at Delta Interiors.

For more information, please call Mary Ellen Gamble at 927-2818.


Spirit of Christmas Food Drive applications available

Application deadline set for December 14


Those who would like to receive a food box at Christmas should pick up an application at the Homer Food Stamp office or at the Claiborne Parish Police Jury. After completing the form it should be returned to either location accompanied by a print out from the Food Stamp Office. Deadline for receiving applications and forms is December 14. Boxes may be picked up at the First Presbyterian Church in Homer on December 21 from 1-4 pm or at the City Hall in Haynesville. For more information call Dwayne Woodard at 927-2222.

The food drive is sponsored by Brookshire’s and donations for the drive may be dropped off there in designated boxes. Individual items are welcomed and pre-packed bags are also available for purchase.

In addition to the Lions Club volunteers, the 4-H Junior Leaders will be collecting and sorting the donations. 


Boys and Girls Club to temporarily close for relocation


To those of you that are not aware, the Claiborne Parish School Board has declared the old Homer Junior High Building occupied by the Boys & Girls Club as surplus property.  This means that we must vacate the building and relocate.  The CPSB has been very generous in allowing us to use the building over the years and we are very appreciative.  They are offering us the use of the old 5th and 6th grade building across the street where the Alternative School was located. This means that we will be closed as of December 1.  We are sorry for the interruption in our afterschool program, but it cannot be avoided.  We will start making this transition during the month of December.  At this time, we do not have a projected reopen date for the Homer Unit as the school board must first move their stored supplies before we can move into the building. Please accept our apologies and watch the newspaper for the date we reopen.



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

DART Christmas Raffle!

Claiborne DART is conducting its annual Christmas Raffle. For a $1 donation, you are entered to win $300 Christmas cash. The drawing will be held on Thursday, December 20. For tickets or for more information, please call Mary Ellen Gamble at 927-2818. Raffle tickets will also be available at the annual Santa Train event on December 8.


CCC to enjoy a day out for Christmas December 1

The Community Coordinating Council will spend the day in Shreveport for several activities which include “Songs of the Season,” a dramatic musical with live animals to tell the birth of Jesus Christ, a buffet meal, and a tour of Christmas decorated homes. The cost of the trip is $60. This covers all activities and transportation. All money must be in by Friday, November 23. There will be no refunds after Monday, November 26. For more information, or for questions, please call Valena Lane at 318-243-6676 or your area coordinator.


Homer Town Council to meet December 3

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


Police Jury to meet December 5

The Claiborne Parish Police Jury will meet at 9 a.m. in the police jury meeting room for its regular monthly meeting. A public hearing in regards to a proposed amendment to Ordinance 703 will take place at 8 a.m. preceding the meeting. For more information or for questions, please call their office at 318-927-2222.


CCC Christmas Spectacular December 6

The Community Coordinating Council will go to Marshall and Jefferson, Texas. The trip includes shopping, tour of three homes, viewing of Christmas lights in Marshall, and a buffet meal. The cost of the trip is $60. All money must be given to your coordinator on or before Friday, November 23. There will be no refunds after Monday, November 26. For more information, please call Valena Lane at 318-243-6676 or your area coordinator.


School Board to meet December 6

The Claiborne Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the 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.


SkyWarn Class slated for December 6

CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) will host a SkyWarn Class at the Homer Fire Station at 6 p.m. This class is put on by the National Weather Service. Persons who have gone through this class before need to be recertified every two years. If you are interested in this class, please call 318-927-2961 to sign up. Seating is limited, so please register early.


Homer Lions Club to meet December 13

The Homer Lions Club will meet at noon at First Presbyterian Church. Lion Cynthia Steele will provide the meal. The guest speaker will be Kim Green, administrator for Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest. (Please remember, this will be the only Lions Club meeting for the month of December.)


Caroling by the Campfire at Lake Claiborne December 15

Enjoy an evening at the Nature Center of Lake Claiborne State Park featuring carols sung by local groups and hot chocolate. Santa Claus will also make an appearance and take photos with the little ones. Remember to bring your own cameras. If your school group or choir would like to participate in the singing, or if you want more details, please call the park office at 318-927-2976.


Food Boxes to be distributed December 17

The Homer Christian Coalition will be distributing food boxes on the third Monday of each month with the next date on December 17. We no longer make deliveries. Please make arrangements to pick up your boxes between the hours of 8 until 10:30 a.m.


Haynesville Town Council to meet December 20

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.


CCC to travel to Presidential Inauguration January 19

The Community Coordinating Council will travel to Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The cost is $500, which includes transportation, lodging for three nights and nine meals. The first installment of $300 is due by December 4, with the final installment of $200 due by January 3. For more information, please contact your coordinator.



McMullan Realty, Springhill - Announces Opening of Their New Website


Denny McMullan of McMullan Realty Company in Springhill, LA, announces the opening of their McMullan Realty - Springhill, LAre-designed website as of 2012-08-06, with all current listings now available at:


Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home, commercial or investment property, McMullan Realty Company can help. They take pride in taking the time to get to know each and every client individually - listening to their specific needs and wishes. They are ready to negotiate the best deals, determine your optimal selling price and provide you with all the necessary facts you need to make a confident, informed decision.


From the first walk-through to the signing of papers, McMullan Realty will be with you every step of the way. Their experienced agents are ready to help you achieve your real estate goals.


McMullan Realty Company was established in 1961 by Dennis and Evelyn McMullan. Continuously family owned and operated, McMullan Realty Company has specialized in REAL ESTATE SALES AND MARKETING in the North Webster Parish, Louisiana and Southwest Arkansas areas for more than 50-years.


Denny McMullan, broker at McMullan Realty, stated "We were looking for a web designer to re-build our existing site and someone that we could depend upon to maintain our site in a timely manner. After reviewing several area realtor sites, we came across Claiborne Parish web designer, Key-Comp Web Design, we visited the Key-Comp sites for Claiborne Parish realtors and were very impressed (JT Taylor Realty, Northest Properties & Toney Johnson Real Estate). We contacted Joel Ponder of Key-Comp Web Design, he subsequently submitted a very reasonable proposal for the design and maintenance of our site. We accepted the proposal and have been very pleased with the results. If any of you know anyone who wants a new website or has a site that is in need of a re-do, we strongly recommend Key-Comp. You can contact Joel via his new website at:"

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.


Hilltop Campgrounds & RV Park announces opening of their website

HilltopCampgrounds.comHilltop Campgrounds & RV Park (Princeton/Haughton, LA) is proud to announce the opening of their website as of 06/10/2012, online at

Hilltop Campgrounds and RV Park is a work-camper, family and pet friendly park located just minutes from I-20 and I-220. The park is always clean with on-site management and maintenance for a worry free stay. The rental prices include lot, electric, water, sewer and trash pickup.

The park is located less than five miles from Haughton and 3 minutes from I-20 (Haughton/Fillmore exit - Hwy 157 North), and just 10-15 minutes from all the Hottest Gaming Locations in Shreveport-Bossier.

The park is open to the public year round. Features include Fishing and Swimming in their 5 acre natural spring pond. hiking & biking nature trails and beautiful, peaceful & serene surroundings throughout the year.

The park owners stated that "We contracted a Claiborne Parish based website designer, Key-Comp Web Design, and are very pleased with the results and recommend their services to anyone needing a new website or a face-lift of an existing site . Key-Comp can be contacted via their website at"



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

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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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