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

Tips to “Keep the Beat” going shared by BC/BS

February is American Heart Month, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is promoting awareness of heart disease and how Louisianians can delay or prevent it.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States,” said Dr. Vindell Washington, Blue Cross executive vice president and chief medical officer.

“While people 65 and older tend to be at a higher risk, heart health is something to be mindful of at any age.”

With rising rates of obesity and high blood pressure nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting increasing cases of heart disease among younger people.

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Jena Giants fight hard to the end but come up short

The Jena Giants earned the #20 seed in the class 3A state playoffs after finishing the season with a 17-11 record and 6-4 in district, which was good enough for 2nd place in district.

The Giants came into this season looking for a playoff win as the last two years have seen the Giants earn home playoff games for the 1st round but have come up short in both games. This year the Giants would have to go on the road to take on the #13 Northwest Raiders of Opelousas.

The Giants had a lot of confidence coming into the game as they brought a veteran roster, which included mostly juniors and seniors into the game.

 

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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
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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor:

I agree with our Senator John Kennedy that we should build the wall, because it is badly needed and the money, if we use American products and labor, will not go anywhere. It just circulates here to provide food, clothing and shelter for our citizens. A good portion of it even winds back up in the U.S Treasury in the form of taxes. Economics 101.

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Bogus gun research revealed

By John Stossel

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present... Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would... A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.”

Her fellow Democrats Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren quickly agreed.

Warren tweeted: “Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency...”

Yikes.

Not every problem in America should be declared an emergency -- or used by a president to justify acting without Congress.

But why are guns on the Democrats’ “emergency” list anyway?

Wed
27
Feb

Words of wisdom from a great leader

One of my faithful readers forwarded me an email the other day with a few famous words of wisdom from one of the world’s greatest leaders, Winston Churchil. I had read some of them before and wanted to share some of them with my readers.

Winston Churchill had a brief but eventful career in the army. He became a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1900 and in May, 1940, he became Prime Minister of Britain.

He received many honours and decorations in his lifetime including an honorary citizenship of the United States in 1963 and he won the Nobel Prize in Literature 1953 to name only a few.

 

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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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