Obituaries

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Tue
11
Sep

Giants pick up big 41-0 win over Rayville

By Austin Whatley

The Jena Giants came into week 2 of the LHSAA football season sky high after blowing out the Winnfield Tigers in week one. The Giants would welcome the Rayville Hornets to town and would look to start the season 2-0 for the second straight season.

Rayville has always been an athletic team that relies on their team speed and this year would be no different. The Giants would try to use their speed and strength to counter the speed of the Hornets.

The captains for the Giants would be Shaun Todd, Zyrek Norl, Aaron Boyette, and Casey Spicer.

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep

LaSalle blanked by Caldwell 42-0

By Greg Jones

The weather was not friendly on this night as the Tigers faced an uphill battle all night at Caldwell Parish High school on Friday night.

The Tigers could not get the offense going on the rain soaked field and that left the Spartans in the driver’s seat all night. Caldwell would take advantage of mishandled snaps on special teams and use a short field to take an early lead.

The Tigers would only have one turnover on the night, but blocked punts and punt returns out of nowhere would doom the Tigers. Caldwell would score 22 points in the first quarter and only have 20 yards of total offense.

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Honeycutt Drug Store under new ownership

Dr. Richard Djapni is pleased to announce that he has purchased Honeycutt Drug Store in downtown Jena from Phil and Ellen Henry and will continue to operate the pharmacy in the same manner customers have experienced in the past.

Phil and Ellen Henry purchased the drug store in January 1988 from V. J. and Lena French, and operated the business for just over 30 years before deciding to retire.

Dr. Djapni, PharmD, RPH, said he would continue to operate the drug store with the same friendly staff, same hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thorugh Friday, offering the same professional service customers have become accustomed to at the firm.

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Annual La. Food Fellows Program seek applicants

Applications are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 21, for the annual Louisiana Food Fellows program, a unique opportunity that trains people to become leaders in the local food movement.

Participants will attend four evening workshops beginning Oct. 4 that will give them the resources, skills, and inspiration they need to become change agents in Louisiana’s local food system. National experts from across the country will lead workshops on a variety of topics, including an overview of the food system, grassroots organizing, food policy, and determining your role in reshaping your community’s food system.

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep

First newspaper in Catahoula in 1854

The other day I was reading “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, written by H. Ted Woods, the late editor of The Caldwell-Watchman Progress in Columbia.

I cut my teeth in the newspaper business under the leadership of Woods, starting to work at the Watchman when I started my freshman year at Columbia High School in 1955. Years later, Woods wrote two editions of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, of which I have both copies.

I had never noticed the article about the first newspaper in Catahoula, which reportedly was started in 1854. It was The Harrisonburg Independent published by J.Q.A. Taliaferro, who was also president of the Catahoula Parish Police Jury.

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Gil Gutknecht: If you can’t communicate

Having come of age listening to GOPac tapes under the tutelage of a younger Newt Gingrich and observed at close hand the Speakerships of several others, permit me to offer some observations and a recommendation.

Newt distilled it down early on saying, “If you can’t communicate, you can’t govern.” Newt Gingrich was (and still is) a fabulous communicator. He had the ability to take complex subjects and reduce them to simple, understandable statements. He helped the entire class of ’94 become better at telling our story. He understood that the media and the angry Left would never give us any slack, so we had to take our message directly to the American people. And we did.

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Purvis ‘Earl’ Cotten

Purvis “Earl” Cotten, 83, passed from this life on Monday, September 3, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 29, 1935 in Harrisonburg to the union of his parents, Purvis and Eva Young Cotten. Earl was a proud Navy veteran and served the United States on the USS Shanagri-La. An avid bluegrass music enthusiast, Earl enjoyed playing his fiddle, visiting the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree, and listening to Bill Monroe. Earl was happiest while hunting in the Miss- Lou area woods, especially during squirrel season. He served as Concordia Parish’s constable and owned and operated Earl Cotten and Sons Painting. Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at Meyer Bend Pentecostal Church near Harrisonburg with Brother Robert Martin officiating. Interment followed in the Westbrooks Swilley Cemetery under direction of Bateaste Memorial Funeral Home of Natchez, MS.

Tue
11
Sep

Sharel Renee Miller

Sharel Renee Miller, 63, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in Winnfield. She was born May 8, 1955 in Sikes to the union of her parents, John Beryl and Johnnie Mae Crews Miller. Renee was a wellknown animal advocate. She worked tirelessly and was an overachiever for the PAWS Animal Society. She was lovingly referred to as The Cat Lady. Renee was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept.9, in the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Father Louis Sklar officiating. Interment followed in the Old Bethel Cemetery, west of Clarks, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Stacy Renee Nugent Rials; her grandmother, Edna Miller; and her son-in-law, Dustin Kyle “Duck” Anding.

Tue
11
Sep

Edith Ann McDaniel Price

Edith Ann McDaniel Price, 80, of Winnfield, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at her home after a long and protracted illness. She was the daughter of the late Simon G. McDaniel and the late Audie Townsend Mc- Daniel. Mrs. Price was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winnfield where she was organist for more than 50 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Louisiana Tech and her Master’s in Organ Performance from Northwestern State University. Mrs. Price was retired as a piano instructor having taught children from Winn and surrounding parishes for more than 50 years and was co-owner of Southern Funeral Homes, Inc. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at First Baptist Church in Winnfield with the Revs. Calvin Phelps, John Holland, and Steven Smithson officiating. Interment followed in Garden of Memories under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry L.

Tue
04
Sep

Tracking student progress in stateAn

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) has released data demonstrating how students in grades 4-12 are progressing toward fully mastering key concepts and skills in English language arts (ELA) and math year-after-year.

The release marks a significant step in the implementation of the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in which Louisiana leaders committed to developing a new tool to provide a more comprehensive view of school and school system performance.

 

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