Lifestyle

Mon
11
Dec

Employee of Month named

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

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

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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Mon
27
Nov

Two very special people – Buck and Margaret Jones - will be honored for their 80th birthdays

Two very special people – Buck and Margaret Jones - will be honored for their 80th birthdays with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Woodmen Lodge Hall on U.S. 84 in Jena. Hope to see you there! A card basket will be provided, but no gifts please. Your presence is the only gift necessary.

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Mon
20
Nov

GPMS fall carnival successful!

Dozens of students and family members attend the annual Good Pine Middle Fall Carnival where there were a variety of activities and games such as a cakewalk, archery shootout, face painting and much more. Earlier in the day, several employees of the LADD Center and residents of LaSalle Nursing Home were treated to a cakewalk and Bingo while assisted by several GPMS students.

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Mon
20
Nov

JES Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The JES Library Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest winners for Pre-Kindergarten were: Overall - Cason Crooks, first place - Logan Munson, second place - Harper Townsend and third place - Thaliyah Snyder.

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Mon
13
Nov

“Empowering Education” tour with country music artist plans stop in Jena

CMT has announced the eight colleges that will participate in its first ever statewide “Empowering Education” tour with country artist and Louisiana native, Courtney Cole.

Cole named the colleges earlier on social media, confirming plans to return to her home state in the spring with free concerts at eight community and technical colleges. The tour with Cole is part of a multi-faceted partnership between CMT, Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) and Louisiana Calling that aims to increase the number of work-ready residents in the state.

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Mon
06
Nov

Annual Tales on the Trails

Mardi Gras crewes, pumpkins and motorcycles were only a few of the subjects that area children recently learned about at the fourth annual Tales on the Trails. The free event is sponsored by the LaSalle Parish Republican Women to promote literacy. It featured stations manned by various local organizations such as the Busy Bees Garden Club as well as the LaSalle Parish School System’s Special Education Department, East Jena Baptist Church and more.

Dozens of children took part in the activities and had stories read to them at each of the stations. Each child received up to two books each from the bookstore if they visited at least six stations.

 

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Mon
06
Nov

Members of Michael Dempsey Lodge No. 327 F&AM

Recently honored outstanding Jena High School students with coveted awards. The 2017 Honesty and Integrity awards were presented to junior class members – Kaleigh Leanne Smith, daughter of Ralph and Rachel Smith and Ashley and Chad Brown; Maggie Suzanne Engles, daughter of Brent and Melissa Engles; and Charles Raymond Phillips, son of Raymond and Ginger Phillips. JHS senior Jacob Tanner Chandler, son of Sheila Chandler and the late Denny Chandler, was recipient of the 2017 Patriotism Award.

Mon
30
Oct

Natalee Jean Stapleton

Ashton, Cutler and Aubrey are pleased to announce the birth of their baby sister, Natalee Jean Stapleton.

Natalee was born on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. She weighed 8-pounds and measured 20¾-inches in length.

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