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Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney (center) looks over memorabilia such as his uniform jacket and photo albums from his service during the Vietnam War alongside Bob Gregory and Mike’s son, Bobby McCartney. Mike McCartney served as the veteran honoree and guest speaker for the Town of Olla’s annual Veteran’s Luncheon last week. He shared briefly about his time in the army and in Vietnam with dozens of fellow veterans and citizens gathered at the Dixie Center in downtown Olla for the special event. Attendees shared a meal served by LaSalle High students and veterans were honored during the event.

 

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Fire Chief John Heath

Fire Chief John Heath is presented a plaque recognizing his induction into the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Hall of Fame by Wayne Prejean, President of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana First Responders Christian Association. Chief Heath has more than 40 years of service as a firefighter, including stints with the U.S. Marines and serving as Chief of the Jena and Summerville-Rosefield Fire Departments. Chief Heath was inducted into the Hall of Fame during an impressive ceremony at the Jena Town Hall on Thursday night of last week.

 

 

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School Board approves sales tax payments

Annual payment of excess sales tax revenue to all school employees in their November checks was approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular November meeting held Monday night of last week, as recommended by the finance committee.

As recommended by the finance committee, the Board approved payments of $1,408.28 to degreed employees and $985.78 to support personnel (positions that do not require a degree).

The payments are up from the $1,083.29 for degreed and $758.29 for non-degreed employees paid in November of last year.

 

 

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Giants blow out South Beauregard 49-0 to advance to second round of playoffs

By Austin Whatley

The Jena Giants had a home playoff game last week as for the 4th year in a row the Giants earned a home game in the 1st round of the Class 3A state playoffs. The Giants finished the regular season as district champs and their 8 wins earned them the #12 seed in the playoffs.

The Giants opponent would come from the southwest part of the state as they would take on the #21 South Beauregard Golden Knights. South Beauregard would come in with a 5-5 record but during the week many of the predictions were that the Golden Knights would pull off the upset.

South Beauregard is a very similar team to the Westlake team that came to Jena a year ago and upset the Giants in the 1st round of the playoffs. The Jena Giants senior class remembered how it felt to be upset like that and they vowed to make it sure it didn’t happen again.

 

 

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JHS football team aids in cleanup

For the past four years of high school, senior Shaun Todd has watched as large crowds of football supporters fill the stands each Friday night in support of the Giants - whether at home or on the road.

He has witnessed how those crowds have helped the team in crucial situations and close games to help secure a victory. Todd has also seen how the community supports the Giants off the field, from part-time jobs at local businesses, to helping them with funds to get needed equipment.

 

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Jaxton Layne Elliott

Dalton Elliott is pleased to announce the birth of his baby brother, Jaxton Layne Elliott.

Jaxton was born at 8:08 a.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He weighed 6-pounds 8-ounces and measured 19-inches in length.

 

 

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Five Generations…

The Spence family feels blessed for having five generations of the family on hand for a photo session. PawPaw Robert Spence, Sr. is seated with Sammy Spence; standing from left, PaPa Robert Spence, Jr., PawPaw Robert Spence, III, and Momma, Jessie.

 

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Which “Tater People” do you identify with?

By Sammy J. Franklin

We all can be considered “Tater People” and the question is, which category do you fall into?

Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are just content to watch while others do the work. They are called “Spec Taters”.

Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do the work. They are called “Comment Taters”.

Some people are very bossy and like to tell others what to do, but don’t want to soil their own hands. They are called “Dick Taters”.

Some people are always looking to cause problems by asking others to agree with them. It is too hot or too cold, too sour or too sweet. They are called “Agie Taters”.

 

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Lauretta Brown: Celebrities lose big in election

A host of prominent celebrities waded into the midterm elections over the past few months to lend their endorsements mostly to far-left Democratic candidates, including former President Obama.

However, most of these celebrity-endorsed candidates lost their midterm election races. Here are the results of some of the most high-profile endorsements.

 

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Ellis Daniel Walker Campbell

Ellis Daniel Walker Campbell, Sr., 77, of Trout, departed this life on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania. He was born August 24, 1941 in Trout to the late Link Campbell and Dorothy Walker. Ellis was a hard worker and was employed by Trout Lumber Mill, Denton Lumber Company, Tullos Lumber Company, Louisiana-Pacific, Justiss Oil Co., Belden Wire and Cable, and Mr. and Mrs. James Justiss, Jr. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend to many. Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Trout Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Rev. Jamerson Jackson, officiating. Interment followed in the Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena. He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife, Celestine Campbell; three sons, Perry Beard (Angela), Ellis Campbell, Jr. (Colita), and Nicholas Campbell, Sr.

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