Sports

Wed
17
Jul

2-man golf scramble is July 19

The Jena Lions Club will host a 2-man golf scramble at 12-noon on Friday, July 19,at the LaSalle Country Club at Trout.

The cost to enter is $120 per team. Cash prizes will be: $240 for first place, and $120 for second place.

 

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Wed
17
Jul

Back-2-School Block Party set for August 12

The annual LaSalle Back-2-School Drive is underway and welcoming help to donate approved school supplies to participating churches, businesses, or the LaSalle Parish Mission Center (Mission House), by Thursday, August 1, to help needy families in the parish.

A “Back-2-School Block Party” will be held Monday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Celebrate Recovery Building (old Jena Elementary School cafeteria) on Highway 84 east in Jena.

 

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Wed
10
Jul

Mill Creek Reservior – Little but loud!

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Louisiana, the Sportsman’s Paradise, is a state known for great hunting and fishing. With a number of wildlife management areas open to the public, hunters have no reason to complain about having no place to hunt.

Ditto for the fishing. From coastal areas bordering the Gulf to a jillion lakes, rivers, bayous and ponds, you don’t have to look far to find a place to wet a hook. Some of the impoundments are massive; some are tiny.

Take Toledo Bend, for example. Covering some 185,000 acres of water, no other lake in the state can compare size-wise. At the other end of the spectrum there is tiny 560 acre Mill Creek Reservoir located just outside the village of Saline in Bienville Parish. Putting a pencil to it, it would take 330.35 Mill Creeks to fill massive Toledo Bend. Even so, Mill Creek has, without fanfare, kept quite a few folks happy since it’s birth in 1971 when Mill Creek was impounded to create this little piece of Heaven.

 

Wed
10
Jul

I remember back when they was fab

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It was just another cold day in November 1963 when the word came down that President John F. Kennedy had been laid to rest and that they had lit his eternal flame. With our stylish young president gone, we wondered where we were headed now as a country. The jury was out that someone with a Texas accent and big ears could inspire us the way JFK had.

We were being told we couldn’t trust anyone over 30. They called it a generation gap - a time when matters of style and substance, values and attitudes, greatly differ between parents and those of their children.

In February 1964 that gap became personified when a Pan Am jet landed at JFK Airport in New York and off walked four lads from Liverpool, England. It was time for America to meet the Beatles.

 

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Wed
03
Jul

Tigers on the prowl in Claiborne Parish

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There could be some exotic wild critters roaming the woods around Lake Claiborne near Homer. For sure, there are coyotes, bobcats, a rare cougar sighting and if they’re not there yet, black bears will be making their appearance.

What about tigers? You’ve got to be kidding, right? Well, they’re not in the woods; they’re in the lake. I’m talking about Tiger bass.

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun

Wood ducks could use a little help finding housing

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When I was growing up and we grabbed shotguns and headed out in winter to the slough to duck hunt, our quarry was wood ducks. Why? They comprised about 99% of the ducks that lived in my part of the country; we seldom saw any other species.

I remember standing in hip boots in the back water of a slough at daylight and hearing the whir of wings and the high-pitched squeal of incoming ducks that would dive and dart kamikaze style through the trees. Trying to connect with one resulted in far more misses than hits. However, should I be lucky enough to down one, my mom and her old Dutch oven could convert a wood duck into manna rivaling that recorded in the Bible.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Jena Giants recognized for outstanding records

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Jena High School had a season for the ages on the baseball diamond this season.

After winning a program-high 27 games and finishing a game away from the Class 3A Quarterfinals, the Giants earned some representation on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s 3A baseball team as senior Shaun Todd made the team.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Bill tighten hazing laws on campuses

BATON ROUGE -- The Senate passed a bill during the recent legislative session to tighten hazing laws since incidents keep occurring on college campuses even though lawmakers took several steps to crack down on the problems last year.

 

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun

Grandson of LaSalle native gets coveted baseball award

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Josh Young was just named to the Conference USA All Freshman baseball Team, but he didn’t get there  the usual way. He is the son of Dr. Jay Young and Natalie Plunket Young of Maryville, Tennessee, and the grandson of June Basham Plunket, a Jena native. He has two brothers, Jared and Jacob.  

Josh was a baseball player/pitcher at William Blount High School in Maryville, TN (just outside Knoxville), and graduated in 2017.   In fact,  he was a very successful pitcher until a torn labrum sidelined him his entire Senior high school baseball season.  

In 2016, he had been all county and all district in baseball and was named a 2017 Perfect Game Pre-Season All American and All Region player.  

 

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