Lifestyle

Wed
05
Jun

Fourteen graduate as La. Master Cattleman

Fourteen cattle producers and industry professionals graduated on May 13, 2019 from a Louisiana Master Cattleman course hosted in Jena by the LSU AgCenter.

The Louisiana Master Cattleman Program is a commodity-specific program designed to help beef producers become more profitable and environmentally sustainable, said Jason Holmes, AgCenter agent in Union Parish and regional livestock specialist. The program, which covers all aspects of beef production, began in 2004.

 

 

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Wed
29
May

“Stand Alone When Making a Choice”

This year’s message during the Youth Crime Prevention Program (YCAP) surrounded peer pressure and making choices. Since 2013, the La-Salle Parish Sheriff’s Office and the LaSalle Correctional Center have hosted YCAP and invited eighth grade students to tour the prison and hear testimonies from inmates.

Sheriff Scott Franklin’s vision is to bring eighth graders in every year and allow them to see what life would be like in prison. He chose eighth grade because they already experience peer pressure in junior high. They are heading into high school years where peer pressure will ramp up and go to a higher level due to the availability of vehicles and transportation to go to and from different events.

At YCAP, the students listen to inmates give testimonies of their bad decisions, what led them down that road and what life is like in prison.

 

Wed
29
May

Jena Junior High School honor roll

Honor roll students for the final six weeks of the 2018-19 school year at Jena Junior High School have been announced by Principal Jeremy Cassels, as follows:

Sixth Grade

All A’s – Seth Andrews, Alex Hodges, and Jack White.

A’s and B’s – Sarah Alexander, Emelyn Anglebrandt, Waylon Breithaupt, Emily Calk, Natylie Chapman, Keira Chevallier, Lana Childress, Landon Cockerham, Emma Jones, Madeline Loe, Preston Overstreet, Ethan Reaves, Genesis Rosenberg, Andrew Stephens, Jacob Wiley, and Coben Willis.

 

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Wed
08
May

Local Delta Kappa Gamma members at convention

Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Upsilon member Carmon Cook, who teaches at Olla Elementary, was the first recipient of the Eleanor Blatterman Scholarship Praxis Reimbursement in the amount of $425 and received a certificate of recognition at the DKG State Convention 2019. She was also recognized at the DKG Alpha Upsilon chapter meeting at Nolley UMC on April 15.

 

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Wed
08
May

Weaver-Adams vows planned

Hilton and Becky Weaver of Jena would like to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kalee Renee to Austin James Adams of Larto.

Austin is the son of Ben and Aarica Adams, also of Larto. 

 

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Wed
01
May

Buckle up in your truck, or pay the consequences

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and law enforcement officers across the state are issuing a warning to pickup truck drivers and passengers - buckle up in your truck or risk paying a fine of at least $50.00.

Buckle Up in Your Truck is a special Louisiana enforcement wave that focuses on pickup truck occupants who are not wearing their seat belts. The fine for not wearing a seat belt in Louisiana is $50.00, and subsequent offenses carry a $75.00 fine plus court costs.

“Wearing your seat belt is absolutely the number one thing you can do to protect yourself from serious injury or death in a crash,” Freeman noted. “That’s especially true if you’re driving or riding in a pickup truck.”

 

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Wed
01
May

Soil and water stewardship week promoted by LSWCD

As a part of LaSalle Parish for more than a half-century, the La-Salle Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD) wants to remind everyone that each of us has a connection to natural resources.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 63rd year of Stewardship Week, April 28-May 5, 2019. The 2019 Stewardship Week is themed, “Life in the Soil; Dig Deeper!”

Sammy J. Franklin serves as chairman of the LaSalle SWCD, which includes members, Mike Crooks, vice chairman; Steve Andrews, secretary; Twyman Appleby and Mike McCartney. Cindy Powell serves as district secretary.

The district was formed to assist people in LaSalle Parish by providing maps and related soil data, which can provide information for a variety of land users including homeowners, gardeners, farmers, developers, engineers, community planners, and others.

Wed
24
Apr

LaSalle students participate in Reading Fair

Jena Elementary and Fellowship Elementary students from first through fourth grades recently participated in a 2019 LaSalle Parish Reading Fair where students completed a display to feature book. The reading fair is a literacy event that offered each student an opportunity to share with others a favorite fiction or non-fiction book. The fair was held at the JES Gymnasium.

Students created a project board for a book of his/her choice and were interviewed by judges to talk about the book. The students did an amazing job and impressed the judges with their excitement for reading and their knowledge of their featured book.

 

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Wed
17
Apr

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

William Harvey Blasingame, Jr. and Glenda Joy Chapman Blasingame will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Monday, April 22, 2019. They were married in 1969 in Jena, and have three children – Mellanie (Daniel) Hulsey, Kris (Blake) Nugent, and Will Blasingame. They have five grandchildren.

 

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Wed
17
Apr

Container gardens for every occasion

Make every occasion special by designing and growing containers for summer holidays, weddings, anniversary parties or other special celebrations. Pick a color scheme appropriate for the occasion or a variety of colors and shapes sure to add a festive touch.

Look for opportunities to include edible and flower filled planters. Set containers at your front entrance to welcome family and guests. Use smaller containers to line a pathway and decorate each table.  Fill large pots with tall plants and ornamental grasses to provide privacy and define spaces.

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