Wed
24
Apr

Fifth Annual LEDD Luncheon

Leaders from across LaSalle Parish gathered in Jena last Tuesday, April 16, to hear glowing reports from industry officials about the economic condition of the parish. The session was held at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena.

The LaSalle Economic Development District’s (LEDD) fifth annual “A Greater LaSalle” luncheon heard from several of La-Salle’s top employers and taxpayers who shared with mayors, parish officials, and LEDD members how their businesses are fairing.

Without a doubt, each one shared exciting news about LaSalle’s robust economy and how the now diversified parish economy is providing huge dividends for employment and overall economic stability and growth.

 

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Wed
24
Apr

Survey reveals support for several items in state

By Madeline Meyer

BATON ROUGE—Majorities of Louisiana residents support legalizing gambling on professional sports and possession of a small amount of marijuana for recreational use while opposing stricter gun laws, according to an LSU survey released Thursday.

The Legislature is expected this spring to consider legalizing sports gambling. Statewide, 59 percent of survey respondents support the idea while only 35 percent oppose it.

There is virtually no difference in opinions on the issue between Republicans and Democrats. The distinctions lie among the age groups.

 

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Wed
10
Apr

Fellowship Elementary Third Graders Addison Crooks and Shelby Norris

Fellowship Elementary Third Graders Addison Crooks and Shelby Norris study a butterfly perched on their fingers while behind them their classmates Randy Waits, Ethan McClure and Ashton Stapleton study another butterfly on a flower outside their school as part of a class butterfly project. The FES third graders along with other LaSalle Parish third grade classes at Nebo Elementary, Olla Elementary and Good Pine Middle took part in a project that  involved growing butterflies in a special butterfly kit in an over 20-day process of metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly.

 

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Wed
10
Apr

Another Giant signs to play at next level

Another Jena Giant football player signed his letter of intent to play football at the next level last Thursday at Jena High School.

Senior Casey Spicer signed an impressive four-year academic scholarship with Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi that totals over $100,000, where he will also play football for the Majors.

“We are excited for Casey and what the future holds,” Jena Head Coach Jay Roark said during the signing at the school’s home economics building. “He was a valuable member of our program and I know he’ll do well at Millsaps.”

 

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Wed
10
Apr

Lady Giants start playoffs this week

The Lady Giants played four more games this past week. The Lady Giants came into the week trying to improve their power ranking as much as they can as they will finish up their regular season on Tuesday of this week and find out who they will be playing in the playoffs on Wednesday.

This past Monday the Lady Giants traveled to take on the Grant Lady Cougars. The Lady Giants would have a chance in the final inning with the bases loaded and down by two runs but couldn’t convert as they lost 5-3.

Nana Wilson had 3 hits in the game while Alyssa Howard and Kennedy Norris had 2 hits each.

 

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Wed
10
Apr

Giants stay undefeated in district with two wins

The Jena Giants played three more games this past week. The Giants came into the week as the only undefeated team in district play and a two game lead in the district standings over Caldwell.

On Monday the Giants played a non-district game against Glenmora. The Giants scratched together enough hits to pick up a 5-2 win. Shaun Todd and Jaidikus Johnson both had 2 hits each as Johnson also had an RBI.

Barrett Keene also had a double and 2 RBIs. Keene also picked up the win for the Giants as he pitched 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 4 strike outs.

 

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Wed
10
Apr

If not an emergency, what is it?

Cal Thomas:

The flood tide of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border cannot and must not continue. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said of it, “The system is broken and overwhelmed. It is a national emergency.”

The definition of emergency might help focus attention:

“A sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.”

 

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Wed
10
Apr

More good news for parish noted

I have had a large number of comments on our lead story from last week noting that more than $24-million in building projects are underway at the present time in LaSalle Parish. We titled the report “LaSalle Parish booming!”

In the story, we quoted Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., President of the LaSalle Economic Development District, where he notes that the significant number of projects is a clear indication that the efforts to diversify our economy are successful.

He noted that some thirty years ago, the parish was a two-industry oriented parish and when both of those industries took a turn for the worse, the parish was severely affected.

 

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Wed
10
Apr

Cleo Nichols

Cleo Nichols, 90, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

He was born January 18, 1929 in Boyce to the union of his parents, William Daniel Nichols and Lillie Coutee Nichols.

Cleo was a member of Jena First Baptist Church, Boyce and Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodges for over 50 years (Past Master); Eastern Star (Past Worthy Patron); Blue Lodge; Scottish Rite; and El Karubah Shrine.

Mr. Nichols worked in the oil field most all his life and retired as Drilling Superintendent from Justiss Oil Company in 1982. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the 224th Infantry from 1951 to 1952.

He loved his family, loved to hunt and fish, had an incredible sense of humor and was very loved by anyone who knew him.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at First Baptist Church of Jena with the Revs. Craig James and Dominick DiCarlo officiating.

Wed
10
Apr

Burl Lively

Burl Lively, 85, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Jena following a lengthy illness.

He was born December 3, 1933 in Columbia to the union of his parents, Claudius Davenport Lively and Katie Mae Harveston Lively.

Mr. Lively retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation. He loved riding horses and working cows. He also enjoyed farming and was happiest when driving a tractor or combine. He had a big heart and was loved by all who knew him.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Denver McBroom officiating.

Interment followed in the Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Burl “Poncho” Lively; sister, Mary Lynde; and brother, Claude Lively.

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