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Tue
02
Jan

LSU AgCenter agriculture agents gather for training

LSU AgCenter agronomy, horticulture, forestry and animal agents from across Louisiana met during the AgCenter annual conference on the LSU campus on Dec. 13 for training and information.

At the agronomy session, AgCenter experts taught the basics of soil fertility. It was the beginning of a series of classes designed to refresh agriculture and natural resource agents on the foundational aspects of agricultural production.

“In this restructuring, we have fewer people to do things, so it’s kind of an organized effort to make sure people are equipped with the educational tools they need,” said Dan Fromme, a corn, cotton and grain sorghum specialist at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria.

 

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Tue
02
Jan

Cost of living adjustment affect SNAP, other benefits

A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2018 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, as well as benefits through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP).

The COLA is based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, as measured from the third quarter of 2016 through the third quarter of 2017.

 

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Tue
26
Dec

LHS International Christmas Fair

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LaSalle High student Kade Hillestad talks to a fellow LHS student about Christmas traditions of Costa Rica and serves snacks from that country during the recent LHS International Christmas Fair in the LHS Gymnasium. LHS Teachers Jamie Munson and Steven Smith’s World Geography classes hosted the fair as part of team assignments to showcase over a dozen countries and their traditional Christmas foods, décor, dress, etc. The LHS student body as well as faculty and parents were in attendance.

 

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Tue
26
Dec

Christmas at the Mission House

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The LaSalle Baptist Ministry Center’s annual Christmas At The Mission House event was another tremendous success as reported by all who attended.

The event was held last Wednesday and Thursday and was the culmination of much work from many volunteers in an effort to spread the love of Jesus in the form of extra food and presents for needy children.

 

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Mon
18
Dec

Julian Avery Moses

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Pyper Moses is pleased to announce the arrival of her little brother, Julian Avery Moses.

He arrived in this world at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Alexandria.

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Mon
18
Dec

Franklin-Watkins vows set

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Reagan Drew Franklin and Devin Austin Watkins are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

The public is joyfully invited to attend a marriage celebration reception set for Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 5 p.m., at the Jena Community Center. The couple will be married earlier that day in a private ceremony.

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Mon
11
Dec

Town and Country Garden Club notes

The Town and Country Garden Club of Jena held its annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the Justiss Plantation. Hostesses for the occasion were Donna Justiss and Pam Davis.

Those present included Barbara Murphy, Lisa McCann, Sis Welch, Nelda Tarver, Mary Ann McMillin, Pam Davis, Donna Justiss, Beth Zoller, Audrey Maxwell and Cynthia Bradford.

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Mon
11
Dec

Employee of Month named

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Shellie Butler, secretary at Nebo Elementary School, was named Employee of the Month for December and was recognized and honored during the December meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board last week.

Johnny Rosier of Rosier Insurance of Jena recognized Butler and presented her with a plaque and gift bag.

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Mon
04
Dec

LHS Senior Named to All-State Band

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LaSalle High Senior Daniel Wesson recently represented the LHS Band in the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association (LMEA) All-State Concert Band with a performance at the LMEA Professional Development Conference in Baton Rouge. He is the first student to represent LHS in the All-State Band in a decade. The concert was held on November 20 with Wesson playing the tuba. The conductor was Alfred Watkins.

Wesson passed two rounds of auditions to earn a seat in the elite group. The first round was held at West Ouachita High School on September 30. There, Wesson earned the top slot on tuba competing against students from other schools in the sixteen-parish district, which qualified him for statewide competition in Pineville on October 14. The auditions consisted of playing all twelve major scales, two advanced etudes and sight reading.

Mon
27
Nov

Jena Choctaw Youth Dancers at COA

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Jena Band of Choctaw Youth Dancer Devin Stapleton demonstrates the fancy dance at the LaSalle Council on Aging last week as part of Native American Heritage Month. The youth dancers shared their Choctaw heritage with attendees from the demonstration of different dances to the Choctaw language with a brief reading from an English-Choctaw Bible.

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