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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Tue
15
Oct

A simple heist solved after 70 years

By Morgan Tarpley.

Readying to head off to war, one man makes a steal, literally, of a lifetime. I’m definitely not condoning thievery, but in this case one man’s theft developed in to quite a fascinating story, spanning decades, travel across the world and all involving one woman. “When Ruby Hazen saw a photo of herself from 1943 on the Internet last month, she couldn’t quite believe her eyes. ‘I was amazed,’ the 92-year old, who resides in Silverlake, Washington, said. The picture on OregonLive.com ran with the headline, ‘Ruby Ruff Where are you?’
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Tue
15
Oct

Parents concerned about Common Core

By Sammy J. Franklin.

A large number of parents with school age children appeared before the LaSalle Parish School Board at their meeting last week to express their concerns over the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) school reform program. Views expressed at that meeting can be found in a separate story on the session. Judging from comments from board members, school systems throughout the state are “locked into the program” and there is little, if anything, local school boards can do about it. Although he supported the program at the outset, recent news reports indicate that even Gov. Bobby Jindal is having second thoughts about the program in Louisiana.
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Mon
07
Oct

Newspapers very important to communities

By Sammy J. Franklin.
This week is National Newspaper Week. It is a time for newspapers to reflect on their mission in the communities they serve, and to let folks know about that mission. A career in the newspaper industry requires us to do a lot of different tasks. But the end result is for us to serve the needs of our communities and give a voice to the people we serve. Each year, the National Newspaper Association, of which we are a member, collect a number of columns from various newspapers and submit them for publication to emphasize the importance of newspapers in our country.
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Mon
07
Oct

Minimum Wage Madness: Part II

By Thomas Sowell.
A survey of American economists found that 90 percent of them regarded minimum wage laws as increasing the rate of unemployment among low-skilled workers. Inexperience is often the problem. Only about two percent of Americans over the age of 24 earned the minimum wage. Advocates of minimum wage laws usually base their support of such laws on their estimate of how much a worker “needs” in order to have “a living wage” — or on some other criterion that pays little or no attention to the worker’s skill level, experience or general productivity. So it is hardly surprising that minimum wage laws set wages that price many a young worker out of a job.
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Mon
30
Sep

A Selfless Donation saves Three Lives

If you were given the chance to save three lives, would you do it? First, I think we’d have to ask what was at stake? What would we have to do to save those lives? In a recent real-life situation where three lives were saved, it was due to one man donating a kidney. An online article by Sarah B. Weir entitled, “Man’s Kidney Donation Is ‘Missing Link’ for Three Transplants,” gives the detailed account of how one man’s willingness to donate led to three kidney transplants, therefore the saving of three lives. Here’s the remarkable story.
 
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Mon
30
Sep

Lots has changed over past 46 years

A lot has changed in Jena and LaSalle Parish over the past 46 years. You see, it was 46 years ago this week that I arrived in Jena to become editor of your parish newspaper. I had found out in the summer of 1967 that R. W. and Ival Wagner were wanting to sell The Jena Times and Olla Tullos Signal. After several visits, I talked them into selling it to me but since they had just sold the Catahoula newspapers that year, they wanted to wait until the first of 1968 to sell because of taxes.
 
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Tue
24
Sep

Syria and Obama: Part II

Chickens are coming home to roost for Barack Obama, both at home and overseas. When he first entered the White house, to worldwide acclaim, and backed by huge majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, he could do whatever he wanted — and could do no wrong, in the eyes of the mainstream media. People believed whatever he said, whether about how he would cut the federal deficit in half during his first term or how people could keep their current insurance and their current doctor under ObamaCare, which would also insure millions more people and yet somehow lower the costs at the same time.
 
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Tue
24
Sep

A lot of events are on the calendar

This coming Sunday is the official first day of fall. Leaves are beginning to change colors, and cooler weather is on the way, we hope. Autumn would be one of my favorite times of the year if it was not for all the leaves and pine straw falling causing my yard work to get in high gear. As fall breaks, there are many activities planned around the parish, especially in the next three weeks or so. There will be something for everyone to do. Former residents will be coming home for many of the activities and it will be a time of celebration.
 
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