Lifestyle

Wed
13
Mar

Worthington to receive honor posthumously

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Jena native Ginger Denise Worthington was recently selected to receive a prestigious award posthumously.

Worthington, who died August 9, 2017, was recently chosen to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, through The Walden University for the Spring Semester 2019.

This is the largest collegiate leadership honor society in the United States with more than 600 chapters and nearly a million members nationwide.

Melvin and Coral Worthington, the proud parents of Ginger, received the invitation in February from Danielle Sarnicola, Online Chapter Advisor and Julie Ogren, Chapter Advisor.

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Nebo student gets 2019 service award

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Nebo Elementary Sixth Grader Hannah Zeagler was awarded the Louisiana Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Louisiana. The Louisiana Volunteer Service Award recognizes groups and individuals who serve with distinction, demonstrate excellence and have contributed 150 or more hours of service in a calendar year.

Zeagler was also nominated for a 2019 Champions of Service Award by a member of her community. The Champions of Service Awards recognize outstanding volunteers who demonstrate compassion and dedication, leadership and initiative, or innovation and creativity in addressing community challenges.

She enjoys volunteering in her community and across the state. This past year she has volunteered for St. Jude, The Ronald McDonald House, Autism Speaks, Families Helping Families, The Mana House and Special Olympics.

 

Wed
06
Mar

Professor’s antioxidant research leads to snack bar

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When Joseph Francis was growing up in India, he would watch his father mix plants and spices to make home remedies for various ailments.

“He would go to the impoverished areas in the city and use the mixtures to help those that could not afford to go to the hospital or were written off by conventional medicine,” Francis recalled.

Years later, inspired by the remedies that had been passed down the generations to his father, Francis would develop his own interest in the health benefits of certain foods. As a neuroscientist at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, he studies how antioxidants in fruits like blueberries can reduce brain inflammation in people and animals with depression and other health conditions.

Wed
27
Feb

LaSalle jurors attend 95th state convention

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The Police Jury Association hosted many educational opportunities for its members during its 95th Annual State Convention at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on February 13-15, 2019.

Three LaSalle Parish jurors were in attendance: District 8 Juror and President Bard Lambeth, District 9 Juror Brent Farley, and District 10 Juror Casey Jones. Also attending from LaSalle were Secretary-Treasurer Kay Smith; Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Abbie Whittington; and Secretary Jamie Jones.

The PJAL represents all 64 parishes advocating for local government and parish issues at the state capitol and Washington DC.

Governor John Bel Edwards was the guest speaker during Friday’s luncheon. There were two educational sessions which consisted of Ethics and Sexual Harassment Training.

 

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Wed
20
Feb

La. Lions Camp in its 62nd year

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The summer of 2019 marks the beginning of the 62nd year of operation of the Louisiana Lions Camp with 55 of those years in Leesville. On July 9, 1961 the first camping session opened the camp which is located six miles north of Leesville on 170 acres of piney woodlands. To date, over 25,127 children have attended the camp.

Over 4,000 Lions throughout the state of Louisiana are actively working to see that the youth with Diabetes, pulmonary disorders, and mental and physical challenges are able to experience a life impacting week at their summer place.

The camp will operate a one week session for youth with pulmonary disorders, ages 5-15. These applications will be assigned by the LPDCI, Lions Camp Pelican.

Wed
13
Feb

Strawberry season arrives

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For those who wait patiently for those big, juicy Louisiana strawberries each year, the wait is over.

Growers in the Florida Parishes have begun picking, and the weather is working in their favor.

LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Mary Helen Ferguson said some growers in Tangipahoa Parish are starting to pick berries.

 

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Wed
13
Feb

North LaSalle Parish History Tidbit

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The LaSalle Auto Company

We at the Centennial Cultural Center had a pleasant surprise recently when a Texas couple made the trip to Olla to return an artifact from the town’s history.

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Brickerd made the three-hour trip from their home in Grove, Texas, to bring a seal embosser from the LaSalle Auto Company, dated 1926. Mr. Brickerd is a member of a Facebook group called Diggin’ Texas. The group’s page states that it’s “Just a place to show off what you find laying around. Share any ideas on a hot place to look for old lost treasures.”

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Annual Parent Expo termed successful

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Good Pine Middle Principal Melinda Robison speaks with parent Callie Smith at the GPMS booth last week at the annual LaSalle Parish Schools Parent Expo at the Jena Elementary gymnasium/auditorium. Dozens of parents and students, along with school administration, faculty and staff, gathered at JES to host dozens of booths alongside representatives from many local services, area hospitals and more.

 

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Wed
06
Feb

LaSalle ICE Processing Center Honor Roll

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Every month the LaSalle ICE Processing Center in Jena honors employees by selecting outstanding employee, correctional officer and GTI employee of the month. Every quarter, LIPC recognizes a supervisor that has been voted as being the most popular supervisor for that quarter.

The selection is made by supervisors or department heads submitting a nomination, based on attendance, attitude, job performance, knowledge of job duties, willingness to accept or seek additional duties, and professionalism.

 

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Wed
30
Jan

Six ways to teach kids about finance

School time means plenty of lessons to learn in the classroom. But parents usually have to be the teachers when it comes to a subject their kids will need to understand throughout their adult lives – personal finance.

Studies show that teaching finance is not a top priority of the U.S. education system. Fewer than 20 percent of teachers report feeling competent to teach personal finance, according to a Council for Economic Education Survey, and only 17 states require students to take a personal finance course in high school.

“The majority of your kids’ financial education will come from you,” says Kathy Longo (www.flourishwealthmanagement.com), the author of Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations. “Because we parents have such a great influence on how our kids spend, save, and invest, it’s critical that we teach them early and often how we want them to value money.”

 

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