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09
Apr

DU banquet held March 30

The Catahoula Lake Misc Chapter of Ducks Unlimited held a Gunbash/Crawfish Boil Friday night, March 30, at the Jena Community Center, where money was raised through memberships, raffles, and an auction. Overseeing the event was Tommy Jackson, Region 1 Director for Louisiana and Russell Dorton, local member. Thousands of dollars were raised at the event for DU programs with DU highlighting that 83% of all money donated goes to waterfowl and wetlands conservation and education. For more information, visit www.ducks.org.

 

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Mon
09
Apr

A ribbon cutting ceremony

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Saturday morning during Tractor Supply Company’s grand opening ceremony in Jena. The new retail outlet opened in March at 356 Airport Drive (LA 8) in Jena, and held its formal grand opening Thursday through Sunday. Management, team members and Jena officials joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Shown from left are Tre Brown, Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon, Assistant Manager Tori Spence, Delmare Ratcliff, Kathy Guin, Manager Mike Ford, Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards, Kassie Mae Deville, Nancy Stone, Jessie Humphries, and Team Leader Connie Hebron. Not shown, Team Leader Kathy Kirkland. Tractor Supply has retail outlets in more than

Mon
02
Apr

Jonesville Balloon Festival plans “Gospel Music” day

One of the highlights of the 3rd Annual Four Rivers Balloon Festival planned April 20-22 in Jonesville will be Sunday’s day-long gospel singing featuring well-known performers throughout the Festival’s final day. Headlining the gospel entertainment will be award-winning Jeff & Sheri Easter, along with their daughter Morgan.

They are set to take the stage from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 22. The opening gospel act at 10 a.m. will be the Todd Tucker Family. The Tuckers are well-known in the area, as Todd is the minister at Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church.

 

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Mon
02
Apr

Gareth Liam Smith

Steven and Morgan Smith of Jena are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gareth Liam Smith. He was born at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Alexandria. He weighed 7-pounds 1-ounce and measured 19 inches in length.

Maternal grandparents are J.D. and Mellanie Randall of Jena and Jeff and Robbie Tarpley of Natchitoches. Maternal great-grandparents are Harold “Buddy” and Margaret Book of Larto and the late Howard “Monk” and Clarice Tarpley of Jonesville.

 

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Mon
26
Mar

Ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held last Thursday morning, March 22, for the new location of the Phoenix Family Life Center, a division of Cognitive Development Centers of Seaside Healthcare, at 3683 S. First Street in Jena. This home and community based behavioral health care provider, with over 25 offices throughout Louisiana, offers services to families and individuals to help them work toward achieving their maximum potential in their homes, schools, and communities.

Mon
26
Mar

Competitors get their

Competitors get their tractors ready for the spring show sponsored by the LaSalle Antique and Tractor Club on Saturday, March 17, at the Jena fairgrounds. Club sponsors issued a big thank you to everyone who competed at the show and those who helped stage it. Members of the Club are now making plans for their annual fall tractor pull and show, which is slated for Saturday, October 20, 2018. Mark your calendar and don’t miss this annual fall event.

 

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Mon
19
Mar

National School Breakfast Week at LJHS

National School Breakfast Week, a weeklong celebration of the School Breakfast Program, was observed at LaSalle Junior High School during the first full week of March. The school celebrated with decorations, special menus, events and celebration, and more. Increasing breakfast participation is a goal for many SNA members, and at LJHS various elected officials and community leaders joined in the celebration. A different theme was observed each day during the week, as follows: On Monday, officials from AJ&J Thornton Oil Company from

Tullos joined the school to help serve breakfast. The slogan for the day was, “The Oil Field Feeds the Future!”. John Thornton, Bro. Bo Prather and Michael Sullivan helped served breakfast. Kelsey Ponds was the winner of the $10 gift card given by Thad Ivy.

 

Mon
19
Mar

Former resident named Military Spouse of Year

A former LaSalle Parish resident and Jena High School graduate was recently named the 2018 Lou-isiana National Guard Spouse of the Year.

 

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Mon
12
Mar

Delmer Cockerham, maintenance supervisor

Delmer Cockerham, maintenance supervisor for the Jena Town Park, and Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards pose for a picture with the town’s newest addition of equipment. Mayor Edwards said over the years the park has expanded and covers a lot of space that has to be mowed and maintained and a larger, faster mower was needed for the work.

“Delmer does an outstanding job in keeping the park area beautiful and this larger zero-turn mower will allow him to do the work with greater speed. It is something that has been needed for work in the park for a long time, and we are glad to be able to furnish him this piece of equipment.” The heavy-duty commercial Kubota zero-turn mower was purchased under the state bid contract, with funding for the purchase being included in this year’s town budget.

 

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Mon
12
Mar

Anniversary

W. F. and Genny Corley Long celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Sunday, March 11, 2018. They were married on March 11, 1949 at Georgetown Baptist Church. They are blessed with three fantastic children – Mike, Donna, and Andy. They are also blessed with eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The last 69 years have been a truly amazing journey for W. F. and Genny. The family will plan a celebration in their honor at a later date

 

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