Two court dates set for Kirk



            Two court dates for a Claiborne Parish woman accused of simple battery for fighting and the stabbing death of Vincent Dunn is set to be in Ruston City Court on June 20.

            Patishi S. Kirk, 24, formerly of Homer, is also set for trial on July 22 in the stabbing death of her then-boyfriend Vincent Dunn.

            She was issued a citation in May 2012 by the Ruston Police Department when a dispute between her and a boyfriend became physical.

            She was also arrested later on August 20 in Homer by the Homer Police Department after witnesses claimed to have seen Kirk at Mayfield Park riding around the park holding a gun out of a car window. She was charged with aggravated assault. A court date on this charge is pending.

            She was first arrested in July 2010, charged with second degree murder. According to the July 3, 2010 edition of The Guardian-Journal, Kirk confessed to the crime but offered no motive. Police say they found Dunn in a bedroom inside a residence on Hunter Street, where he was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

            Police records indicate officers had been dispatched to the Hunter Street residence on prior occasions in reference to domestic issues. In fact, Dunn had a restraining order on Kirk in the past.


Water meter public records request ‘appears to be frivolous’



            According to a letter from the Town of Homer, it appears that more people are interested in what’s going on in town hall due to a high number of public records requests.

            On May 10, The Guardian-Journal turned in a request asking for water meter logs, utility deposit receipts and a list of checks with those receipts pertaining to a story published where elected officials’ water bill payments were questioned. This newspaper received a letter from Homer Town Clerk Lisa Foster, per Town Attorney Marcus Patillo, saying the town had received “an (unusual) amount of public records requests.

            “At the current time you and others have slowed down the work process of Homer Town Hall with what appears to be frivolous request [sic] and looks more like harassment,” the letter, dated May 15, states. “Most of the information that has been sought have [sic] been investigated by the state auditor, and have concluded that the Town of Homer, Town Hall has no violations.”

            As of press time Tuesday evening, The Guardian-Journal has found no indication the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office has completed their investigation. When the legislative auditors have completed their investigation, their findings will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office and published on their website.

            Also, Eric Sloan, CPA, assistant legislative auditor and director of investigative audit and advisory services, told this newspaper the team sent to Homer is “not through.”

District Attorney Jonathan Stewart, in a story published May 23, also said Louisiana State Police have now been involved in the investigation.

            In the request, this newspaper, as provided by law, gave the town five days to produce the records.

            The Guardian-Journal received the town’s letter on the fifth day and responded, saying the town had until the close of business that day to produce the records. 

            The documents were provided that day and showed deposit receipts from April 22 through April 26 and a list of checks and cash deposited on those dates. The list showed a check from “Alecia N. Smith,” the mayor of Homer, on April 23, in the amount of “$769.48.” On the same date, a payment from District 2 Councilman Michael Wade was shown deposited in the amount of $88.42.

            A review of elected officials’ water bills showed payments were made by Mayor Smith and Councilman Wade on April 22, which is also the date of a previous public records request by this newspaper to see the customer utility payment history of elected officials living within the Town of Homer.

            Since February 11, after the town council voted to disband the Homer Police Department, Police Chief Russell Mills began a barrage of public records requests seeking documents pertaining to the police department’s budget, many of the other funds for the Town of Homer, as well as expenses and related paperwork regarding travel by Mayor Smith and some of the town council members.

            His goal, Chief Mills said in an earlier edition of The Guardian-Journal, was to “find out where the overspending really lies.”

            Since then, the public has frequently shown up in force at the town council monthly meetings and special called meetings questioning Mayor Smith and council members about spending habits with the town’s money.

            And most recently, retired employees and employees of the Town of Homer requested records pertaining to their health insurance coverage, because at least two retired office clerks learned they didn’t have health coverage ending March 31.

            Homer Police Lt. Roger Smith spoke up during the May council meeting, declaring he did not have health coverage either.

            Mayor Smith said the premiums had been paid and town employees have health coverage. To support her statement, Homer resident Azzie Olds, whose daughter works for the Town of Homer, said her daughter has health coverage and didn’t have any problems using her card.

            However, paperwork provided to The Guardian-Journal, with their permission, showed coverage ended on March 31 and was reinstated on May 6, the date of the last Homer Town Council meeting.


Are water meters being read?

This meter, located at 674 West 4th Street, does not appear to have been read in several months. This photo, taken May 9, shows the meter buried in dirt and leaves. The meter cannot be seen in this photo, which prompted a Homer resident to question whether the meters are being read or if residents are paying an averaged water bill each month.


The Guardian-Journal

            Are the water meters in the Town of Homer being read?

            This was a question posed to The Guardian-Journal when a picture was taken of a water meter on West 4th Street in Homer on May 9. In a public records request, this newspaper received documents of meter readings for March, April and May of residents’ homes on West 4th Street.

            According to the customer meter reading details, it appears the meter readings may be sporadically read and seem to be averaged each month.

            “For some households, water consumption will not change very much,” said William “Rusty” Reeves, executive director of the Louisiana Rural Water Association. “If you have a family of three or four, you will see some fluctuations. It depends on the makeup of the household.”

            For example, the meter reading for 674 West 4th Street, showed a consumption rate of 3,000 gallons in March and April. According to the “present (meter) read,” in May, the meter shows 813, where the “previous (meter) read,” shows 810 for the month of April. In April, the “present read” shows 810, and the “previous read” shows 807 for the month of March.

            At the residence of 685 West 4th Street, the consumption rate for the months of April and May is 5,000 gallons, and for the month of February, the consumption rate is 9,000 gallons. “Present read” shows 103 for the month of April, with “previous read” at 98.  In April, for the month of March, “present read shows 98, and “previous read” shows 93.

            However, according to Mayor Alecia Smith, in earlier reports in the last year or so, she has been working with Balar Engineers, the Homer Grant Committee and the USDA to secure funds for water infrastructure improvements as well as a new electronic meter reading system.

            The electronic meter reading system will automatically read the meters each month and send its reports back to the town hall office, thereby eliminating human error, Reeves said.

            “When I say the human factor, it’s going to eliminate transposing numbers; it’s going to eliminate manpower,” he said. “You will still have a truck going around with a computer in the truck. It will read the readings over a radio signal. There will still be issues with the location of the meter, or issues with reading the meter. Overall, though, the accuracy is going to be a whole lot better.”

            And to be able to determine if a customer’s water bill is being estimated or actually read, the new meter system will profile that customer’s account for the last 60 to 90 days. This profile will also help determine if the customer has a leak or if consumption has just fluctuated abnormally.

            “(For example) if they are estimating, then you will have a $15 water bill per month, maybe $16 the next month, and then all of a sudden it jumps to $50,” Reeves said. “That’s where the meter reader system is going to take care of those situations.”

            In the state of Louisiana, the average household is calculated at three persons per household, with 6,000 to 7,000 gallons of use averaged. With a larger household, such as a four-person or five-person household, the average water usage is approximately 8,000 to 10,000 gallons per month, Reeves said.

            In the last three months, the consumption rate at Mayor Smith’s home runs about 22,000 to 33,000 gallons per month.

            The funds for the electronic water meter system and other water infrastructure improvements will come from a $3.5 million loan by the USDA. The system will cost approximately $900,000 for equipment and installation.


Council recall petitions in Registrar’s hands



            The deadline to turn in the recall petitions on Homer Town Council members has come and gone.

            As of press time, Claiborne Registrar of Voters Patricia Sanders said petitions were turned in on three council members, but at this time verification of signatures is still ongoing. The deadline was Monday, May 20, and Sanders has 15 days from the deadline to certify the petitions and turn them in to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

            Following the attempted disbanding of the Homer Police Department in February, recall petitions for Mayor Alecia Smith and all five council members began circulating.

            While the deadline to turn in the recall petitions for the council members was May 20, the petition deadline for Mayor Smith is not until August 18.

            The community has been in an uproar and has been divided since the council erroneously voted to abolish the police department and do away with term limits for the mayor.

            And at the same time, Azzie Olds filed a complaint with the district attorney’s office claiming Homer Police Chief Russell Mills did not live within the corporate limits of town as required by Homer’s special legislative charter. District Attorney Jonathan Stewart responded saying Mills was compliant with law, and found no reason to declare the police chief’s seat vacant.

            The Town of Homer and the chief have also seen their share of the courtroom in recent months as well; first to stop the council from enforcing its vote to abolish the police department, then to stop the council from enforcing its abolishment of term limits for Mayor Smith and all five council positions. Most recently, the town and the chief faced off in court concerning an exception filed by the town’s outside counsel Tom Arceneaux saying the issue was moot in that the council withdrew its introduction of Proposed Ordinance 13-003, which Chief Mills believed would have slashed his budget so drastically that his department would fold.

            Second Judicial Judge Jimmy Teat agreed with the town, saying the issue was moot because the town withdrew the ordinance’s introduction. However, he left the door open for Chief Mills to file additional grievances due to allegations Mayor Smith keeps pulling money from his budget and is still attempting to control the police department’s budget without “amending it.”

            Chief Mills and his attorney, Pam Breedlove, have 30 days from the May 16th court date to file those grievances.


CPSB breaking state law with Course Choice Program?

Claiborne Schools Superintendent says ‘no’



            Claiborne Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Janice Williams is up in arms following a statement by State Superintendent John White who said the school system may be breaking the law.

            According to a published article in The Times of Shreveport, White reportedly accused Dr. Williams of breaking state law when she circulated a notice allegedly telling parents not to allow their children to sign up for Course Choice classes.

            Course Choice allow students “to enroll in a broad selection of core academic, college-preparatory and career training courses,” according to the Louisiana Department of Education’s website,

            Dr. Williams cautioned parents before making any decisions about enrolling their children in courses outside Claiborne Parish Schools.

            “I want to caution you before changes are made to your child’s educational program or signing up for online or courses being offered outside of Claiborne Parish Schools,” she said in the notice published in the May 16 edition of The Guardian-Journal. “It has come to my attention that individuals are going door to door soliciting personal information on students and offering electronic devices for student participation.”

            She went on to encourage parents to use extreme caution when giving out their children’s demographic information and to contact their child’s school principal before making a final decision.

            Dr. Williams said parents had no idea their children were being enrolled with this company and a “green van” has been seen in their neighborhoods passing out these flyers and enrolling students without her knowledge or that of the schools.

            “What upsets me most is parents are coming to me telling me they didn’t know their child was enrolled and they don’t know how to un-enroll them,” she said. “I don’t know what to tell them, so I give them the number they gave me to Kristina Posey (LDOE Office of Content) and the number on the flyer. That’s all I know to do right now.”

            She even went so far as to contact Claiborne law enforcement authorities with her concerns.

            District 11 Rep. Patrick Jefferson said while the concept of Course Choice is ideal, its delivery is what he, Dr. Williams and others are concerned about.

            “It is a hot issue right now,” Rep. Jefferson said, “so much so, that I’ve been talking to principals in Lincoln Parish as well as Bienville. This (Course Choice Program) is not working as it was intended to work.”

            In fact, he filed House Concurrent Resolution No. 153, which is set to be heard before committee this week asking the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to “study issues relative to the implementation of the Course Choice Program and submit a report to the House and Senate Education committees by September 30, 2013.”

            He said he met with Dr. Williams as well, because he was upset about what he was hearing about a company called FastPath Learning, which reportedly offer these courses. His concern is not necessarily about the company’s intended purpose, but rather how it appears to go about garnering business.

            “Course Choice has its place,” Jefferson said. “It’s a good concept; however, the way it’s being run is not – at all. Part of the challenge was the misinformation.”

            According to a flyer from FastPath Learning, it offers free laptops to students who enroll with the company.

            According to FastPath’s website, the company provides a computer tablet to each student enrolled for the reading courses and a personal media player for the math course for free.

            “Students return their learning devices at the end of the school year,” the website continues. “If students lose or break their learning tool, that’s OK – parents are not responsible for replacing them, and students can still complete the course using a school computer and internet connection.”

            Another issue Dr. Williams is concerned about is the financial aspect, because the school system simply does not have the funds to provide a monitor, required by state law, for the students enrolled in the program.

            In the last three years, the Claiborne Parish School Board has let go approximately 80 faculty and staff to make up for the shortfall in Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funds each year, she said. Also, in the past five years, two schools – Pineview and Athens High Schools – have been closed with students spread among the remaining schools in Claiborne Parish.

            Another concern is the value-added evaluation performance scores for teachers, she said.

            “Students who sign up with Course Choice, their testing scores will be computed and sent back to the schools,” Dr. Williams said, “which will reflect on the teachers’ performance. (Those) test scores will impact that teacher’s performance score.”

            Originally, when Acts 1 and 2 became law, one-sixth of the school district’s MFP was going toward Course Choice classes, she said. Since the funding portion has been found unconstitutional, the state now has to find another funding source for the Course Choice Program.


Lions Chicken Charbroil a success

The Guardian-Journal photo/Michelle Bates

The Homer Lions Club Chicken Charbroil was a huge success as the club raised funds for this year’s charity donations and its signature charity, the Lions Eye Foundation. Pictured are from left, Lion Buddy Pixley, Honorary Lion Pam Suggs, Lions Dwayne Woodard, Mal Hausman, Jim Hatch, R.B. Moore, O.P. “Pete” Pearson and Don Taylor. Pictured front are Lions Fred Lewis and Kendra Palmer. A special thank you goes to Regions Bank for the use of their parking lot for the event, Jerry Bailey of Moon’s for cooking the chickens, Raeford Farms for providing the chicken, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Minden for providing soft drinks for the Lions Club members, and Piggly Wiggly for providing paper products. Thank you also goes to community members for supporting their local Lions Club.


Lake Claiborne Boat Parade, Fireworks Show slated for July 5

The 2013 Lake Claiborne Boat Parade and Fireworks Show is set for Friday, July 5. The boat parade begins at 7:15 p.m. with line up at Pleasure Point Marina. The route will make its way around the lake to Lake Claiborne State Park. A commemorative hat is given to each boat parade captain while supplies last, with one hat per boat only. This year’s show is expected to be better than ever, with more fireworks this year than any other time! Beginning at 9 p.m., the fireworks show will be a spectacular event with 1,330 display effects. Handling the fireworks show again this year is Artisan Pyrotechnics of Wiggins, Miss.


Jubilee celebrates the arts

The Jubilee Players salute the United States Flag during the National Anthem during Saturday’s annual Claiborne Jubilee. The Players presented a program in memory of the lives lost serving the United States military. The Memorial Day tribute included patriotic music, poems and stories about the history of Memorial Day. For more on the Claiborne Jubilee, please pick up an edition of this week’s The Guardian-Journal.


Reward offered in Wafer case


The Guardian-Journal

            The Claiborne Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced that it has received a pledge of $10,000 for a reward for the arrest and conviction for the person or persons responsible for the murders of Ruby Wafer and her son, Devion.

            Terry Willis, president of the Claiborne Chapter, said this case has been an emotional roller coaster for him.

            “She could have been my daughter or he could have been my grandson,” Willis said. “I can only imagine how the family must feel. My prayer is that this will remove this violent person or persons from our streets and bring some closure to her family and to the community.”

            Willis said he will release additional information as soon as legal details are worked out.

            Little Devion Wafer was found face down in Beaver Creek off Highway 2 on March 23, 2011, near Lisbon Landing. His mother, Ruby Wafer, just 19-years-old, was found just two weeks later at a vacant store at Highways 2 and 806.

            Mother and son had been declared missing on March 21, 2011, and Claiborne authorities searched the area around where both sets of remains were found to no avail. According to the April 7, 2011 edition of The Guardian-Journal, the U.S. Marshal’s Service joined the search for Devion’s mother. At the time Ruby Wafer was found, she was fully clothed but no other items were on her person or around her. There was no cell phone, purse or any other items that might help authorities find her killer, Claiborne Parish Sheriff Ken Bailey said at the time.

            The family has mourned the loss of the Wafers since then, and Sheriff Bailey is doing all he can to make sure the one or ones responsible are brought to justice.

            “This is not, by any means, a closed case,” he said. “It’s been an open case from day one and it will stay open until it is solved. We’re asking for people to come forward with any information about this case.”

            For information, please call the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-927-2011.

            Any callers with information on this case will remain anonymous. They do not want any names, just information.


Homer man accused of sexual assault


The Guardian-Journal

            A Homer man has been arrested after being accused of sexual assault.

            Andrew D. Critton, 37, was arrested Thursday, May 16, and charged with sexual battery with bond set at $25,000, and simple burglary with bond set at $12,000.

            According to Homer Police, Sgt. Van McDaniel was dispatched to a home in the 800 block of East 4th Street in reference to a sexual assault.

            The victim, reports say, told police Critton came into the home without permission, came into her bedroom where she and her baby were asleep and woke her up. Police say the victim told them Critton began touching her in an inappropriate manner and she tried to get him to leave the residence.

            Critton left the house after others in the home were notified of what was going on.

            According to police, Critton was picked out of a photo lineup, and a warrant for the above charges were issued. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Claiborne Parish Detention Center for booking.

            In a separate incident, two women were arrested on Friday, May 17, for battery following a report that Terry Scott hit them. However, reports say it was the other way around.

            Erica Tate, 32, of Homer, was arrested by Officer Frank Evans for domestic abuse battery with bond set at $2,000.

            Jewel Tate, 52, of Homer, was arrested by Officer Scott Glenn for aggravated battery with bond set at $500.

            According to police, Evans received a phone call by Sgt. McDaniel in reference to a domestic dispute in the 800 block of East 4th Street.

            When Officer Evans arrived on scene, he was met by Erica and Jewel Tate, who wanted to report Scott hit them. According to a witness who saw the incident, police say, the two Tates were the aggressors, saying Scott was hit with a broom, a shovel and a baseball bat. Police say the witness reported Scott did hit Erica Tate, but only after she hit him.

            Scott came to the police station and gave a voluntary statement. Afterwards, the two women were placed under arrest and transported to the Claiborne Parish Women’s Jail for booking.



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's Pharmacy & Gift Shop

* 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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Archived Guardian Journal Headlines & News Briefs from November 1999

News Briefs

CCC sponsors Bound for Baton Rouge May 30

The Community Coordinating Council will sponsor a Bound for Baton Rouge tour to visit several areas in Baton Rouge, including the governor’s mansion, the state capitol and to attend a legislative session. The cost for the trip is $85. Deadline to register is Wednesday, May 8. For more information, please contact Clora Hendricks at 318-624-3121 in Haynesville, Joe Etta Williams at 927-9444 in Homer, Valerie Cooper at 318-497-3755 in Lisbon or Valena Lane at 318-243-6676.


Bailey Family Reunion set for June 1

The annual Bailey Family Reunion will be at Holly Ridge Assembly of God Church on Holly Ridge Road in Claiborne Parish. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Please bring old photos, momentos and a camera to record new memories. Bring a covered dish, dessert, etc., for the noon meal. Wear your reunion t-shirt that declares you as a “Descendant of William and Hannah Smith Bailey!” We’ll see you there!


Public Hearing, Homer Council meeting June 3

A public hearing will be at 5:45 p.m., in council chambers at Homer City Hall to obtain views on the housing and community development needs of the town and discuss the submission of an application for the LCDBG Program for the year 2014-15. At 6 p.m., the Homer Town Council will meet for its monthly meeting. For more information, or for questions, please call Homer City Hall at 318-927-3555.


Police Jury to meet June 5

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


School Board to meet June 6

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


LifeHouse Ministries Benefit June 8

LifeHouse Ministries, of Ruston, will host its second annual Open House BBQ Benefit, 813 North Trenton Street, at noon. Plates include brisket, chicken, sausage, all the fixins and homemade desserts. Tickets are $10. To become an event sponsor, or for more information about the ministry or the benefit, please call 318-237-6611 or .


Haynesville Town Council to meet June 20

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


9th Annual Senior Extravaganza June 27

The ninth annual Senior Extravaganza, sponsored by the Community Coordinating Council, will be at the Claiborne Parish Fair Complex in Haynesville, 1563 Fairgrounds Drive, for a day of fun. Enjoy a delicious meal, an array of senior talents, hear our legislators, win a door prize and witness the awarding of certificates. A $10 donation is requested. Admission is by ticket only; no tickets are sold at the door. For more information, please contact Clora Hendricks at 318-624-3121 in Haynesville, Joe Etta Williams at 318-927-9444, or Valerie Cooper at 318-497-3755.


Advanced Concealed Carry Class June 29

There will be an advanced concealed carry weapons class at DWCC’s firing range from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Only qualification required is that you have attended one of the GETS CCH classes or have a current CCH permit. The cost of the class is a non-refundable $50 registration fee. No checks, please. Cash, a cashier’s check or money orders, which can be made payable to Golden Eagle Training and Safety, mailed to: c/0 Steve Risner, 201 Quail Trail, Homer, La, 71040. The class is limited to 30 shooters and 300 rounds of ammunition. Please bring a sack lunch and drinks. For more information, please call 318-286-7411, 318-927-5026 or 318-268-5052. The deadline for registration is June 15.


Boat Parade, Fireworks Show set for July 5

The annual Lake Claiborne Boat Parade and Fireworks Show has been set for Friday, July 5. To make a contribution to this wonderful community event, please send contributions to P.O. Box 181, Homer, LA 71040.


Homer/Mayfield School Reunion set for September 26-28

The Homer/Mayfield School Reunion will be at Homer City Hall, 400 East Main Street. All alumni and those who would like to participate in any of the events, please contact Cleveland Wilson Jr. at 318-927-2037 or Marie Gray at 318-927-6705, or by P.O. Box 327, Homer LA 71040


BGC’s Men’s and Women’s Conference rescheduled for September 28

The BGC’s Men’s and Women’s Conference that was set for April 26 and 27 has been rescheduled. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to change our conference date to Saturday, September 28. In making changes, we also lowered the registration amount to $10 per person. For more information, please contact Patricia Elmore at 318-255-3931, Ethel Dansby at 318-927-3417 or Alma Malone 318-624-0362.



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

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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