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Wed
06
Mar

Former Mayor of Tullos succumbs

Charles Edwin Newsom, 65, of Tullos, passed from this life on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania following an extended illness.

He was born January 3, 1954 at Urania to the union of his parents, John Paul Newsom and Cordie V. Allbritton Newsom.

Charles served two terms – from January 2011 through December 2018 – as Mayor of the Town of Tullos. He led the town through some trying periods, but was most proud of having secured the Dollar General store for the town, along with other improvements made in the town during his tenure as Mayor.

He retired as a well pumper with Hunt Petroleum a few years ago. He had a BA degree in Industrial Arts Education and he was an active member of Springhill Baptist Church near Kelly. He was an avid deer hunter.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, from the sanctuary of Springhill Baptist Church with Pastor Elvis Price officiating.

 

Wed
06
Mar

May announces for Senate post

Retired Caldwell Parish Sheriff Steve May has announced his candidacy for the Louisiana Senate District 32 post, subject to action of voters at the Fall 2019 election.

Throughout his career in law enforcement Steve May has always had a desire to help and serve people. He has strived to make Louisiana a better place to live, work, and raise a family. His experience as Sheriff and recent appointee to the Caldwell Parish Industrial Development Board, which promotes the economic development and stability of the parish, will be an asset to Senate 32 and Louisiana.

Steve will continue working with stakeholders at the local and State level to make this district a regional economic engine to create jobs, improve educational opportunities, defend our 2nd Amendment rights, and protect life.

In making his announcement, May issued the following statement to Senate District 32 voters:

 

Wed
27
Feb

Big election year for voters in state

This year, Louisiana voters will go to the polls to elect a large array of officials, from governor and all statewide officials, to legislators, and on down to police jurors.

With qualifying just over five months away – August 6-7-8 – very little movement in any of the races, other than governor, has been noted in the state.

The primary election is just a little over seven months away, falling on Saturday, October 12. A run-off election would follow five weeks later on Saturday, November 16.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who will be seeking his second term this fall, has drawn opposition from two Republicans. U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., of the Fifth Congressional District and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone, have announced they will seek to be Louisiana’s next governor.

 

Wed
27
Feb

Jena FBC time capsule unearthed

Over twenty years ago, in June 1998, a time capsule for the children of Jena First Baptist Church was buried beneath the church sign and unearthed this past November by Pastor Dominick DiCarlo and Assistant Pastor Terry Townsend.

The capsule’s contents were on display for the church’s 175th anniversary celebration on November 4, 2018. Members and guests were welcome to claim their items or those of family members from the capsule.

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Jena native holds book signing event

Christie Collins Lypka recently released her new book, “Sunshine Through the Rain”, which is now available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The book is set in Jena and Olla and there are several locals mentioned in the book.

Last Tuesday afternoon, Lypka held a book signing event at the LaSalle Parish Library, where she got to renew friendships with many of her former classmates from the JHS Class of 1986.

“The book signing was a chance to not only sale some books but a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with old friends. Being in Jena felt like coming home. The town will always hold a special place in my heart,” stated Christie, adding her thanks to everyone who attended the event.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

Wed
20
Feb

Fellowship Elementary Pre-Kindergarteners

Fellowship Elementary Pre-Kindergarteners Andry Anderson and Carson Crooks throw beads and candy to fellow FES students during the annual FES Pre-K Mardi Gras Parade behind the school on the playground. The students rode in wagons, battery-operated or pedaled vehicles, etc. decked out in purple, gold and green garland, tulle, balloons, beads and more while wearing masks or sunglasses and hats. Pre-K teacher is Bridget McDowell. Anderson is the daughter of Chris and Carrie Anderson. Crooks is the son of Daniel and Morgan Crooks. 

 

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Wed
20
Feb

La. law states school officials can’t comment on personnel

A rally was held at the Urania Town Square on Tuesday afternoon, February 12, in what was described by its organizer as a show of support for Dawn Book, principal of Olla Elementary School, who is presently on administrative leave.

Book was placed on administrative leave the first week of February.

Jena Junior High School Principal Rhonda Russell was named the acting principal at OES. JJHS Assistant Principal Jeremy Cassels was named the acting principal for JJHS in Russell’s absence and Jessica Marks, Assistant Principal at OSES, was re-assigned as acting assistant principal at JJHS.

Rally organizer Kyli Smith said the event was planned as a way to express support for Book.

“We thought it important to show Dawn our support,” Smith said. “We had about two dozen people there, which was pretty good considering we only planned it three days earlier.”

 

Wed
20
Feb

Jury approves committee appointments

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury approved President Bard Lambeth’s appointment of committee members to serve during the year 2019, during the jury’s regular February meeting held Monday night of last week. Those committees and members include: Finance – Bard Lambeth, Larkin Jackson, Brent Farley, Jerry Harris, and Mike Crooks Courthouse – Lambeth, L. Jackson, Crooks and Jack Zeagler Fringe Benefits – Lambeth, Buddy Poole, Farley and Eddie Coolman Insurance – Poole, Crooks, and Clifton Jackson LaSalle/Grant Landfill – Lambeth, Crooks, and Farley Parish Road – Coolman, Poole, and Zeagler Airport – Harris, Casey Jones, and Coolman Hardship – Jones, Farley, Crooks, and C. Jackson Bid Opening – Lambeth, Ricky Jones, L. Jackson, and Crooks Screening – Lambeth, Jones, Harris, Farley, and Crooks Community Center – Lambeth, Zeagler, L. Jackson, C. Jones, and Crooks Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer spoke with jurors concerning a recent seminar she had attended.

Wed
13
Feb

FBI Special Agent

FBI Special Agent Robert King, left, thanks area sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders for allowing their departments to join the newest child abduction team, the Alexandria JCARD team. The training will allow 40-plus specially trained officers to respond to any agency in Central Louisiana that has a child missing or possible abduction - possibly saving their lives.

 

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Wed
13
Feb

Doug Harvey

Doug Harvey (far right), the new plant manager for LaSalle Bioenergy, and Communications Officer Annmarie Sartor (second from right), both with Drax Biomass, speak with Town of Urania Attorney Lloyd Hennigan and several Council members – Pat McDougald, Tom Douglas and Dawn Book – prior to the Council’s regular meeting last week.

 

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