The Light celebrates three years of publishing

Feb, 15 online version

Surviving one year, ready for the next

By Sherri L. Jackson

In 2009, “I’ve had my share of life’s ups and downs. God’s been good to me,
and the downs have been few. I would guess you can say, God has blessed
me. But there’s never been a time in my life, He didn’t bring me through.”

OK. Let me stop shouting and get through this column. I had to get that
off of my chest as we enter 2010, a new decade, a new season. This has been one crazy year with talks of a down economy, stimulus packages and such. For many people,it’s been down right hell. With that said, we’re here to tell
the story. That’s a blessing in itself because many people are not here to
tell how they made it over.

Because we are still here, we are obligated to make life worth living
for ourselves and for others. We are obligated to make sure that no one
is left behind in any arena of life. We are obligated to be the keepers of our
brothers and sisters. We will not meet these obligations
by making New Year’s resolutions. We will do so by making sure our walk matches our talk, which means we will just do it.

We must also remember that to take care of others, we must take care of
ourselves first. That means we must make sure our hearts, minds and souls
are healthy.

It would be ludicrous to think that 2010 will be all good all of the time.
However, it’s not ludicrous to believe that we can tackle whatever comes
our way, especially if we remember that we are keepers of our brothers
and sisters.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes.
Remember, we are survivors and we are here to tell the story.

2009 Men of Substance Awards Dinner, June 22, Pineville, LA

Enjoy these photos from the 2009 Men of Substance Awards Dinner held Monday, June 22, at the Main Street Community Center in Pineville, LA.

All photos by Al Cotton

Sherri L. Jackson’s trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla.

Please enjoy these photos from my trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlanda, Fla. I had a great time with my friend Carla Joseph.

The Light celebrates two years of publishing in Central Louisiana



Sherri L. Jackson, Publisher
Sherri L. Jackson, Publisher

This big Light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This Big Light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This Big Light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. 

Everywhere I go, in my neighbor’s home, Jesus gave it to me, I’m gonna let it shine . . .

You get the picture. The Light is officially 2 years old. This issue marks the beginning of Volume 3 in newspaper language.

I’m happy-glad. I’m proud as a peacock that this Light continues to shine in Central Louisiana, and it’s getting brighter every issue.

I’m also excited and blessed because as the song says, “millions didn’t make it, but I’m one of the ones who did.”

Certainly, I can think about lots of things that didn’t go right and the continuous lack of money, but I choose to focus on the fact that I haven’t missed a printing date. That’s an accomplishment. I’ve known newspapers to cease publishing after only less than a year.

I’m especially grateful to my advertisers who helped push me through another year. As always, we can use and we certainly need many more to advertise to reach an important goal this year.

The Light has big plans for this publishing year. I think that you will be pleased and welcome the changes.

One of my greatest moments this year is that The Light was the only local newspaper to publish a special edition to observe the historical fact that Barack Obama was elected to the presidency of the United States of America.

There were a few business leaders in the community to help me pull off the feat. I know that you appreciated the issue because people were asking for more copies. However, funds only allowed me to print so many.

If you were lucky enough to get a copy, hold on to it and keep it as a family heirloom to pass down to the next generations.

We may not be as big or as old as others, but we’re a force as a newspaper that fills an important niche.

Keep picking up The Light. There’s no need to be in the dark

The Light is now on MySpace

Check out The Light’s new MySpace page at

There you will find a slide show from the 2008 Women of Distinction Awards Dinner.