Sports

Wed
22
Jul

Fall football still undecided

Fall football has not been canceled but the season will definitely not start at its scheduled time.

The truth is, no one is clear when football will happen as everyone waits on Governor John Bel Edwards to move the state out of Phase 2.

Last week social media was a firestorm as it was reported that Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Executive Director Eddie Bonine told Louisiana lawmakers July 13 that his organization will not allow high school football games until the state exits Phase 3 and is in Phase 4.

Later in the week while speaking to the BESE board about the plan, he clarified statements he made since confusion arose due to the fact that there is no Phase 4 in the governor’s plan.

 

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Wed
15
Jul

Keene signs with Centenary

Keene signs with Centenary

Jena High Class of 2020 graduate Barrett Keene signed last week to play baseball for Centenary College in Shreveport. The signing was celebrated by family and friends with refreshments at the JHS Fieldhouse. With the Centenary Gents baseball team, he will play pitcher and first base.

“Before I came here to coach, I saw Brayden pitch against the team I was coaching then, and I was really impressed especially when I found out he was only a freshman. I was excited to come here and coach guys with so much talent like Brayden,” JHS Head Baseball Coach Colton Knuckols said. “The thing I’ll remember the most about Brayden is his willingness to go throw against really good teams. He won a second round playoff game for us and that hadn’t happened in a long time. I’m excited to see him take it to the next level, but he will be missed.”

Wed
15
Jul

When nature shows off her little ones

When nature shows off her little ones
When nature shows off her little ones

Being an outdoors-oriented person brings with it a number of satisfying things. You get to sneak out in the woods during hunting season and try to outsmart whichever wild game species you’re hunting.

Our lakes, ponds and streams are laden with bluegills and bass and catfish and goggle-eyes just waiting to come home with you for a swim in Lake Crisco. The catching is exciting; the eating divine.

There are times, though, when we’re out and about without gun or rod and nature’s youngsters enthrall us as they go about doing what little wild critters do.

Last Sunday as Kay and I were approaching our driveway after church, something caught our eye in the pasture across the road.

 

 

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Wed
08
Jul

La. Senate passes compromise bill to lower auto insurance rates

BATON ROUGE--With the special session nearing an end, the Senate passed a possible compromise bill Monday aimed at lowering auto insurance rates and winning support from Gov. John Bel Edwards, who vetoed a major Republican-backed tort reform plan.

The bill, by Rep. Richard Nelson, R-Mandeville, passed 35-3, with seven Democrats voting in support. The House passed Nelson’s bill 82-9 last week, with 21 Democrats voting for it.

It is one of several bills and resolutions that GOP lawmakers have passed that could serve as substitutes for the one that Edwards vetoed, but it is not clear if the business groups that originally pushed for the changes would agree to the compromises in Nelson’s bill.

 

 

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Wed
08
Jul

Fishing for school bass can be educational

Fishing for school bass can be educational
Fishing for school bass can be educational

Although the sun had not yet appeared over the horizon, the air was already warm and sticky, typical of the onset of another hot July day in Louisiana. This would have been a good day to work on articles in my air conditioned office but fishing guide and friend Eddie Halbrook’s call the night before had a sense of urgency about it.

“I don’t care what you have planned for tomorrow,” Halbrook said, “put it off. The bass are schooling on Grand Bayou and you need to come with me.”

The “Grand Bayou” Halbrook mentioned is Grand Bayou Reservoir, a small 2500 acre impoundment located 50 miles south of Shreveport. I don’t mind admitting a degree of skepticism when Halbrook mentioned that for the past week, he’d been catching at least a hundred bass a day. Skeptical or not, I found myself in the back of Halbrook’s boat as the bright, and soon to be hot, sun made its appearance in a cloudless July sky.

Wed
01
Jul

‘Pilots for Patients’ benefit golf tourney

The second annual ‘Pilots for Patients’ benefit golf tournament will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Caldwell Country Club, located on U.S. 165 just south of Grayson.

This year’s benefit will be held in memory of Linda Whatley of Columbia and Phil Henry of Jena.

Tee time is 1 p.m. and entry fee is $200 per two-person team. Format will be a 2-person scramble.

 

 

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Wed
01
Jul

Remote feral hog trapping offers possibilities

Remote feral hog trapping offers possibilities
Remote feral hog trapping offers possibilities

The frightening commentary about feral hogs around much of the country today is this – if you don’t have hogs on your property now, just wait; they’re coming.

So, what is the problem with having feral hogs on your property? Aren’t they just another species of wildlife that have a right to compete for living spaces? Not exactly – wild pigs not only can but do horrific damage to the landscape, rooting up food plots and fouling water sources. They’re worse than that. Feral pigs also are disease carriers of up to 37 parasites with at least 30 diseases that can be transmitted to people, pets or wildlife. The case is thusly made that wild pigs need to be eradicated or their numbers reduced, but how do you go about that? You can try to shoot them but when harassed just a bit, they become as wary as deer and start doing their damage under the cover of darkness.

Wed
24
Jun

Green Briar - love ‘em or hate ‘em

Green Briar - love ‘em or hate ‘em
Green Briar - love ‘em or hate ‘em

A couple of years ago, Kay wanted a flower bed in a certain section of the front yard. The spot was perfect; it would get just the right amount of sunlight and shade for the lantana she had planned for the bed to grow lush and beautiful.

There was only one problem; the area she chose was already occupied. It was wrapped up in saw briars. I was assigned the task of removing the briars to make room for the lantana. Have you ever tried to get rid of saw briars? You can cut them down to the ground and before long, they take off again. The solution is to dig up the root. Frankly I was shocked when I unearthed the root from the first briar I tackled. It was the size of a volley ball, big and white and almost scary looking.

Eventually, I was able to dig up all the roots and now the little bed is saw briar-free but it took quite an effort to make that happen.

Wed
24
Jun

Belah riders compete for MotoCross World Series

Belah riders compete for MotoCross World Series
Belah riders compete for MotoCross World Series

Two Belah youth will travel to Texas this weekend to battle for a spot in the Word Series of Motocross.

Lincoln Horton, 8, and Noah Carr, 13, will both compete in the Youth South Central Regionals June 26-28 in Conroe, Texas for a chance to head to Tennessee for the World Series in Motocross racing.

“It would mean a lot to get to go there (Tennessee),” said Lincoln, who’s been riding a dirt bike since he was 3 years old. “I’ve only been racing (competitively) for about five months so that would be awesome.”

Lincoln attends Fellowship Elementary School and his parents are Matt and Jennifer Horton.

Noah has been riding since he was 2 years old and started competing two years ago and fell instantly in love.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
17
Jun

Request for JHS Hall of Fame nominations

Request for JHS Hall of Fame nominations

The Jena High School Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the consideration of induction into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame during Homecoming festivities in the fall of 2020.

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