Lifestyle

Tue
03
Dec

‘Tis the season to stuff myself like a turkey and get away with it

Now that summer is out of the way and the holiday season has begun, I can throw out the kitchen window all of those diet restrictions introduced by the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. After all, the whole purpose of the holiday season is to eat. It begins in late October with the mass distribution of candy, which I have no objection. A little candy in somebody’s life can go a long way to produce happiness 
 
Mon
25
Nov

Thanksgiving dinner costs rise 9 percent

Louisiana cooks shopping for Thanksgiving will find the costs of traditional dinner items up for the second year in a row. The 2013 Thanksgiving market basket will average $48.50 for 10 people, according to an LSU AgCenter
survey. “That’s an increase of $4.15 from last year’s Baton Rouge average of $44.35 – or an increase of 9.35 percent,” said LSU AgCenter family economist Jeanette Tucker
Mon
25
Nov

Alexandria to get new manufacturing facility

Governor Bobby Jindal and Executive Vice President Joe Moynihan of PaperWorks Industries announced last week the company will relocate its carton-finishing operations from New York to Alexandria, creating 43 new direct jobs. The company will invest $1.6 million to renovate an existing industrial building for the operations. In addition to the direct jobs, LED estimates the project will result in another 178 indirect jobs, for a total of 221 new jobs in 
Louisiana’s Central Region. The company estimates 21 construction jobs will be created by the project, which will support the Pineville operations of PaperWorks’ largest customer, Procter & Gamble 
 
 
Tue
19
Nov

‘Back the Badge’ program held last week at Whitehall

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne was the guest speaker for the annual “Back the Badge” program sponsored each year by the Whitehall Pentecostal Church. This year’s program was held Tuesday night of last week. Pastor Rev. Joey Paul served as master of ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the event, which included a packed house of first responders along with special guests.
 
Tue
19
Nov

LHS students thanks Airman for his service

Over a dozen LaSalle High students recently wrote letters of appreciation to Sergeant Nicholas S. Fulfaro of the Air Force Reserve and his fellow soldiers, who are deployed overseas. The connection between New York native Fulfaro and LaSalle High is LHS teacher Jason Chisolm – a Captain in the Louisiana Air National Guard. Chisolm, who is also the Mayor of Olla, met Fulfaro while they were deployed overseas.
 
Tue
12
Nov

Christmas concert planned

Come one, come all, to a local Christmas event! The LaSalle Parish Community Choir will present a Christmas concert on November 30, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Jena High Auditorium. The evening will begin with caroling, followed by a chime choir performance and ending with the full choir presenting, The Heart of Christmas, a joyous cantata.
 
Tue
12
Nov

GPMS fall carnival was a great success

Good Pine Middle School recently held their fall carnival, which was a great success with dozens of students and their families in attendance. The attendees participated in various activities such as bingo, a cake walk, dunking booth, costume contests, games and the haunted hallway.
 
Tue
05
Nov

Honoring a National Champion Shortleaf

(Editor’s Note: After a July storm snapped the national champion shortleaf pine tree in southern Arkansas, foresters with Plum Creek took action to carry on the legacy of this special tree. Joe Bob Terral, a native of LaSalle Parish and co-owner of B & T Sawmill at Sterlington, was the craftsman sawyer chosen to create unique lumber from this exceptional tree. The following was written by Richard Stich of the Plum Creek Timber Company.)
Wed
30
Oct

Town/Country Garden Club tours unique nature preserve

By Nelda Tarver.
The Town and Country Garden Club toured Briarwood, now officially known as the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve, located in a remote area of northeastern Natchitoches Parish on October 8, 2013. Caroline, who was affectionately known as “the Mother of the Forest,” considered her life’s work the collecting and nurturing of the native trees, shrubs and flowers of Louisiana and the Gulf Coastal Plain. She was world renown as a conservationist, botanist, artist, historian, author, student of Indian lore and collector of native plants. Today, visitors can come and enjoy the fascinating, peaceful beauty of the forest on a tram ride with Richard or Jessie Johnson as guides. The tram pulls up to a beautiful log cabin that was the last home built by Caroline and her sister. Built in 1950, the log cabin’s porch columns are made of tree trunks personally selected by them.
Wed
23
Oct

Dangerous driving by parents; dangerous driving by teenagers

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many teenagers will be behind the wheel visiting family and friends . . . and often copying behavior of their parents. But, is that a good thing? Not necessarily. New research from SADD and Liberty Mutual Insurance reveals an alarming example of do what I say, not what I do when it comes to distracted and dangerous driving. For example, 66 percent of teens believe their parents follow different rules behind the wheel that they set for their children, with approximately 90 percent of teens reporting that their parents speed and talk on a cell phone while driving.
 

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