Lifestyle

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.”

 

Wed
30
Jan

BABY

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Beckham Ray Thompson

Beau Riley Thompson would like to announce the birth of his baby brother, Beckham Ray Thompson.

He was born Wednesday, September 18, 2018, at 2:28 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He weighed 9-pounds 7-ounces and was 21-inches long.

 

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Wed
23
Jan

JHS Most Beautiful

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Jena High senior Jordyn Gresham was chosen on Saturday as the 2018-2019 JHS Future Business Leaders of America Most Beautiful Pageant Winner. She is the daughter of Jason and Pam Gresham and represented the JHS Cheerleaders.

Gresham was joined in the group of top contestants by first runner-up freshman Tori Shirley (Cheerleaders), second runner- up junior Anna Paul (Yearbook Staff), third runner-up senior Kensly Mason (Anchor Club) and fourth runner- up senior Genevieve Davis (National Honor Society).

 

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Wed
23
Jan

Judah Grayson McDowell

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Jackson Scroggs is pleased to announce the birth of his baby brother, Judah Grayson Mc-Dowell. Judah was born at 8:34 a.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, at the St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He weighed 5-pounds 6-ounces and measured 18½-inches in length. Proud parents are Zack and Jessica McDowell of Jena. Maternal grandparents are Clifford and Jackie Hooter, and paternal grandparents are Scotty and Terry McDowell, all of Jena.

 

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Wed
16
Jan

Aslan Jayde Cripps

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James and Adrian Cripps of Jena are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Aslan Jayde Cripps.

She was born at 10:54 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. She weighed 6-pounds 6-ounces and measured 19 inches in length.

 

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Wed
16
Jan

LaSalle Teachers of the Year

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The 2018-2019 LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year” have been announced. These teachers will now enter district competition with the winners going on to state competition.

Aubrey McAnn, a teacher at Jena Elementary School, is the Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Jessica Ranton, a teacher at LaSalle Junior High School, is the Middle/Junior High School Teacher of the Year. Jamie Munson, a teacher at LaSalle High School, is the High School Teacher of the Year.

Aubrey McAnn

Aubrey began her career at Temple Christian Academy in 2006, where she taught Pre-Kindergarten, first grade and second grade. She then took a break from teaching and worked at Jena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Jena Town Hall. In 2015, she started teaching special education at Jena Elementary (Pre-Kindergarten through second) and still holds this position today.

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