Wed
09
Jan

This is a good time to prune trees

By Dan Gill

Get It Growing

Virtually all trees in our landscapes will need to be pruned during their lives — particularly in the first two decades after planting. Sometimes a tree may need to be pruned in some way to help it, such as dealing with storm damage, reducing limb weight, removing dead limbs and stopping the spread of disease.

Trees are also pruned to adapt them to our urban environment, including keeping limbs from coming in contact with power lines, rubbing against the home, hanging too low or obstructing views. Pruning may also be done to make trees more attractive and useful in the home landscape.

When pruning, you must have a clear idea of what you are trying to accomplish. Ask yourself why you feel the tree needs to be pruned, and then carefully consider which branches need to be cut to achieve your goal.

Wed
02
Jan

Medicare rationing starts New Year’s Day

Andrew Quinlan:

Free market proponents have long argued that government involvement in health care ultimately leads to rationing. Bureaucrats at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) are now proving them right by allowing partnered insurance companies to interfere with the recommendations of doctors without safeguards or patient protections.

The new policy, dubbed “fail first,” permits insurers to force Medicare patients to initially try a cheaper treatment course, only paying for their doctor’s original plan if the first treatment fails.

This new “policy” raises a range of troubling questions, including:

• How many patients will suffer painful or adverse side effects from cheaper medicines when insurance companies overrule doctors to pad their bottom line.

 

 

Wed
02
Jan

The highlight of my Christmas

The country editor

As editor, I get invited to many activities during the Christmas holidays. I always enjoy the senior citizens Christmas dinners held in all four of our towns and getting to visit with old friends and make new ones.

I enjoy a lot of the activities in our community during the Christmas season, and then when family gathers at my home on Christmas day.

But this year there was a special event that quickly became the highlight of my Christmas 2018. It was the “Old Fashioned Christmas at Eden Chapel” held Sunday afternoon before Christmas.

The celebration began when a little before 4 p.m. the children present were asked to come to the back of the church to ring the church bell. They said this was the practice when the church was in full operating mode to signal that it was about time to start services.

 

Wed
02
Jan

Upward Basketball enters 14th year in Jena

As the Upward Sports organization begins its 24th year of existence, Jena First Baptist Church’s involvement in the Christian-based sports ministry begins its 14th year where during that time more than 1,500 youth have experienced basketball in a Christ-honored style.

“For me, its all about the kids,” Jena FBC Youth & Recreational Minister Terry Townsend said. “It’s about them learning the sport of basketball and learning about the love of Christ.”

Townsend, who has been at FBC for 25 years, said he first learned about Upward while attending recreation conferences in the early 2000’s.

“That’s when I first met Caz (McCaslin - founder of Upward Sports),” Townsend said. “He was attending those conferences promoting Upward and I knew this was something that God was leading us to do here at First Baptist.”

 

Wed
02
Jan

LaSalle Parish All-CENLA Football Honors

LaSalle Parish placed 12 football players on the 2018 All-Cenla Team announced recently by The Town Talk newspaper.

The all-star roster is the product of several media personalities from the Central Louisiana area with additional input from coaches in the area. It is the compilation of all high school football teams in all classifications in the Alexandria paper’s seven-parish coverage area from Mississippi to Texas in Central Louisiana.

Listed below are the players selected and what was said about each:

First Team Offensive Line: Aaron Boyette, Jena, 6-0, 260, Sr. - Boyette was a leader of the Giants’ offensive live and bounced back strong after breaking his leg last year. Jena scored 32 points per game and nearly amassed 3,000 yards this season with Boyette as the anchor.

 

Wed
02
Jan

Charles J. Walters

Charles Julian Walters, 91, of Olla, departed this life to his heavenly home on Friday, December 21, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena, Louisiana. The location of his departure was the scene of where, as a young boy, Charles played many a game of baseball and enjoyed his early life.

He was born in Rochelle, on November 29, 1927, to the union of Julian Leroy and Carrie Adams Walters.  

He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church near Olla, where he served in many capacities, including song leader, Sunday School teacher, and as a deacon for over 70 years.

Charles worked for International Paper Company for most of his working life. After retiring, he worked for many companies in and around the Olla area.  He was a dedicated husband to his wife, Betty Jane, for over 70 years. He was a dedicated Dad to his four children.

Wed
02
Jan

Russell Corbett Reeder

Russell Corbett Reeder, 60, of Summerville, passed from this life on Saturday, December 22, 2018, from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Olla.

He was born May 28, 1958 in Alexandria to the union of his parents, Corbett Reeder and Jessie “Jack” Boyd Reeder.

Russell was a native of Jena, and worked in the oilfield for most of his life. Starting out as a floorhand, working up to a driller, and towards the end of his oilfield career he served as a drilling consultant. In most recent years, he worked as a truck driver, Russell could be considered a multi-tasker. You name it, he could do it. Above all, he loved his grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville with the Revs. Jesse Henderson, Johnnie Phillips and Leslie Tam officiating.

Interment followed in the Summerville Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
02
Jan

“Big Al” Randall

Alvis “Big Al” Randall, 76, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, December 21, 2018, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

He was born October 29, 1942 in Clarks to the union of Wilma and Arvel “Tootie” Randall.

Alvis attended Olla Elementary School in Olla and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1961.

He served in the United States Navy and upon his return, he met and married his wife, Mildred Jiles Randall. After the birth of their son, Mark, the family moved to Thibodeaux.

Upon graduation from Nichols State, Al spent several years in the teaching and coaching profession. After moving back to his hometown, he worked many years in the oilfield industry.

“Big Al” was an avid sports fan. He loved coaching and watching track and field. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cooking, but most of all spending time with his family and lifelong friends.

Wed
02
Jan

Lois P. McMillin

Lois Pentecost McMillin, 87, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, December 23, 2018, in Jena.

She was born March 15, 1931 in Jena to the union of her parents, Walter Pentecost and Lizzie Wright Pentecost.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Craig James and Johnnie Phillips officiating.

Interment followed in the Richardson Cemetery of Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry W. McMillin, Jr. of Jena; her parents; and brother, Clarence Pentecost of Jonesville.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her brothers, Huey Pentecost of West Monroe, and Charles Pentecost of Manifest; son, Kenneth McMillin and wife Paula of Jena; grandchildren, Robert K. McMillin and wife Danielle of Jena, and Jaime Hudspeth and husband Bo of Jena; great grandchildren Cassidy McMillin, Landen McMillin, and Bran Hudspeth.

Wed
02
Jan

Mary Christine Hays

Mary Christine Hays, 62, of Mexico, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain.

She was born November 14, 1956 in Mexico, the daughter of Robert O. and Patricia A. (Branch) Piper. On October 9, 1981 in Bismarck, North Dakota, she married Scott Hays, a native of LaSalle Parish.

Mrs. Hays was a 1975 graduate of Mexico High School. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 20 years at Audrain Medical Center and Pin Oaks Nursing Home. Mary was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church.

Mary fought a long and difficult battle with MS, although it did not prevent her from doing many of the things that she loved most. She was able to continue working as a nurse at Pin Oaks Nursing Center for several years in spite of her challenges. She loved caring for the residents and working alongside the coworkers that she loved so dearly.

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