Lifestyle

Wed
28
Aug

Bryar Christopher Ford

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Dillon and Crystal Ford of Dry Prong are proud to announce the birth of Little Bryar Christopher Ford. He was born at 4:26 p.m., on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, weighing 6-pounds and measuring 19 inches in length. He is already loved by so many, including his Nanaw and Tataw, his Aunt Donna and Uncle Devon, and of course by his big brothers, Mikey, Dillan, and Cory, and sister, Kenzie.

 

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Wed
21
Aug

Art and Folk Festival returns for 64th year

Back for its 64th year, the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival welcomes everyone to Columbia to experience regional art, folklife demonstrations, great live music, amazing food, and more.

The festival is set to take place on Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic Columbia as Main Street transforms into the oldest Art and Folk Festival in the state.

Live music is on the calendar provided by Sam and Smoke, the Caldwell Community Choir, Steve Cagle and the Smackwater Band, Brian Martin, the best of Elvis by Todd Martin, and more.

The event promises fun for the whole family including a kids’ area with petting zoo and train rides. A car show, sponsored by Caldwell Bank and Trust Co., is also on the day’s agenda.

 

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Wed
21
Aug

Professional Development Day for LaSalle

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Teachers and other school personnel from throughout the parish were on hand on Tuesday of last week for Professional Development Day at Jena High School as they prepared for the 2019-20 school year.

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Wed
14
Aug

New trade deal to boost America’s digital economy

Congress will soon vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a monumental deal that modernizes North American trade for the 21st century.

USMCA will help American tech businesses drive economic growth and create jobs.

“Digital trade” encompasses a wide variety of activity. Any time a business in one country uses the internet to deliver their services abroad, that’s digital trade. When firms sell software or cloud-computing services overseas, that’s digital trade too.

 

 

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Wed
14
Aug

Urania officials concerned about speed limits in town

Urania Mayor Terri Corley said in light of the recent tragic accident of the Sears/Smith family there have been further concerns about the speed of the log trucks that drive through town.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sears/Smith family and what happened has caused a lot of concern with our situation and the log trucks,” Corley said. “We’ve done everything in our power to get DOTD to come and lower the speed limit. We need help with the speed limit being lowered and we will keep pushing for it.”

Council member Bill Brown said he has had quite a few people voice this concern to him as well. He said they have spoken to many on the state and local level and it seems their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

 

 

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Wed
07
Aug

Local burn survivor receives special gift

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A LaSalle Parish youth was recently selected as the recipient of an all-expense paid trip to a burn survivor conference in California; a trip that also includes tickets to Disneyland.

The presentation was held Friday morning, July 26, at the home of Greg and Kelli Schneider in Belah. Their son, 12 year-old Austin, was burned last year and the news caught the attention of a New Jersey foundation which specializes on helping youth recover from burn injuries.

The Sander & Matits Burn Foundation co-founder Joe Matits delivered the news personally at the Schneider home.

 

 

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Wed
31
Jul

CCC’s Annual Drama and Literacy Camp

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Volunteer Instructor Fern McKeithen teaches local youth the art of public speaking in preparation for their play performance later that week during the Centennial Cultural Center’s annual Drama and Literacy Camp last week in Olla. The camp features instruction in drama, speaking, reading and writing in cursive and at the conclusion of the camp, participants perform a short play and receive a backpack with items such as books, stickers, pencils and other back-to-school items. The camp is sponsored by the Dollar General Summer Literacy grant, which the center received for the first time this year, as well as Drax Biomass through a monetary donation and employee volunteers for the camp. The CCC personnel and board would like to thank Dollar General and Drax Biomass along with all the volunteers and sponsors of the center’s summer camps and other events throughout the year.

Wed
24
Jul

Catahoula Health Center held open house last week

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A new health clinic has opened in the former Catahoula Parish Hospital building in Jonesville and local officials there are hoping this is the beginning of bringing the hospital back to life.

The Catahoula Health Center is now in operation with official ribbon cutting ceremonies and grand opening events held Tuesday, July 16. The clinic is owned and operated by Russel Smith, MD, Robert Harvey, PA, and Robert’s wife, Holly Guilot-Harvey, RN.

 

 

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Wed
17
Jul

Why you should spend more time outdoors -- at the office

Americans don’t get out much anymore. We’re indoors for 90 percent of each day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

For a big chunk of that time, many of us are behind a desk. One study found that just one-quarter of office workers spent more than an hour outside each day.

Research shows that people who are cooped up all day have less energy and worse moods. That’s bad news not just for them but for their employers. After all, a happy, energetic worker is more productive.

Consequently, employers ought to encourage their staffers to spend more time outdoors during the workday. Oddly enough, urging employees to log fewer minutes at their workstations can yield better outcomes for bosses.

 

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Wed
10
Jul

AgCenter partnership helps cancer survivors

The LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed program and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans cancer survivorship program are working to provide nutrition information to patients in Washington Parish.

The cancer association — in partnership with the Bogalusa Strong Healthy Communities Coalition, the LSU AgCenter SNAPEd program, Bogalusa YMCA, the City of Bogalusa, Our Lady of The Angels Hospital and Riverside Medical Center — was awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to establish a cancer survivorship group in Washington Parish.

Working with the Healthy Communities coalition, AgCenter nutrition professionals joined the cancer association to become a founding partner of the cancer survivorship program.

 

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