Wed
15
May

Board addresses problems at Olla Elementary School

At the outset of the May meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board on Monday night of last week, President Justin Reeves took a few minutes to address the problems at Olla Elementary School and inform those present of the steps being taken by the board.

“All buildings have been cleared by the state health department for re-opening tomorrow (Tuesday, May 7), with the exception of the gymnasium and auditorium,” Reeves said. “Both of these facilities will remain closed to all students, personnel, etc.”

“The gym will remain closed until bats are removed, the building professionally cleaned, and sealed and the auditorium will be closed to prevent possible bat infestation in the future,” he noted.

 

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Wed
15
May

Former Jena official proposes a method for repairing streets

Former Jena council member A. D. “Buddy” Willis addressed the Mayor and members of the Jena Town Council at their May meeting last Tuesday night, suggesting a way to obtain funds to repair all streets in Jena.

“I propose that you appoint a committee to study the possibility of calling a one-half cent sales tax for the town, with the funds being dedicated strictly for street work,” Willis said, adding that he would volunteer to serve on the committee.

While at the meeting, Willis discussed flooding along Willis Blvd. in East Jena, inquiring if the fire department is ever used to clean out culverts.

 

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Wed
15
May

Gil Gutknecht: Those early men of faith

You have to hand it to President Trump. He definitely knows how to pull the strings of our friends on the Left. He managed to drive them into a deeper orbit last week with his speech to the NRA. It was bad enough that he reaffirmed his loyalty to the Second Amendment and in our right to defend ourselves. But, he wasn’t satisfied. He went further. He pledged that as long as he was the President, we would remain a nation under God.  

The Left went apoplectic.  

They apparently never learned what our founders said and believed. William Penn warned, “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.” Those words are totally foreign to the Left. Unwittingly, they choose agnostic socialists who will surely become tyrants. Venezuela is but the latest example.

 

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Wed
15
May

Why the left mocks the Bible

Have you ever wondered why the left mocks the Bible and belivers. As residents of the “Bible Belt” we do not understand some of the things folks in other regions of the country do and say about the Bible.

Dennis Prager recently wrote a column on Townhall Daily explaining some of the reasoning. I felt our readers would like to read his column. It follows:

“At PragerU, we have released about 400 videos on virtually every subject outside of the natural sciences and math. Along with two billion views, the videos have garnered tens of thousands of comments. So we have a pretty good handle on what people most love and most hate.

“For example, any video defending America or Israel inevitably receives many negative responses. But no videos elicit the amount of contempt and mockery that videos defending religion, explaining the Bible, or arguing for God do.

 

Wed
08
May

America founded with belief in God

Jim Huntzinger

The Shining City upon the Hill is very well a manifestation of St. Augustine’s City of God.  The origination of the Shining City was to be the City of God; this was the vision John Winthrop portrayed in his sermon on the Arbella.  It is also the vision portrayed by our Forefathers as the Colonial pastors articulated from their pulpits that a righteous civil government was one modeled after the Ancient Hebrews in the Sinai Desert.

This vision of the City of God was finally manifested by our Founding Fathers into the Compact [Declaration of Independence and Constitution] which formed the United Sates of American; the Shining City upon the Hill, which set its moral foundation upon the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.

Wed
08
May

Fond memories of graduation day

Almost 175 LaSalle Parish seniors will participate in graduation exercises this week with ceremonies at LaSalle High School on Thursday night and at Jena High School on Friday night.

For the past several weeks, the staff here at the newspaper has been working on a special souvenir graduation edition, featuring pictures of all the seniors, and greetings from family and businesses.

That special section can be found in this edition of your newspaper, along with a host of other information about graduation.

As we enter this time of the year, my thoughts always go back to my graduation day. I was the second in a family of ten children to graduate from high school. My oldest sister graduated when there were only 11 grades – in the last class of that era, and I was second. Another sister followed by receiving her high school diploma.

 

Wed
08
May

Brenda Ann Melvin

Brenda Ann Melvin, 75, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born August 24, 1943 to the union of her parents, Willie Joseph and Odelia Ann Angeron.

She was a loving individual to all who knew her, and always brought a smile into the room. Ms. Brenda loved and enjoyed gardening in her spare time. She served as church secretary for many years at Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Interment will follow at a later time in a private family ceremony.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Steven Brian Melvin of Jena; her daughter, Alysa Dawn Melvin Schrock of Jena; one sister, Billie Marie Bowdoin and husband James of Norfolk, VA.; three grandchildren, Matthew James Nugent, Heather Marie Schrock, and Anna Mae Schrock.

Wed
08
May

G. C. Cooper

Garey Clifford “G.C.” Cooper, 87, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was born July 21, 1931, the son of Robert Cooper and Annie Mackey.

Bro. G. C. accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and united with Trout Creek Baptist Church in Good Pine.

G.C. lived in Jena, from the time he was born until the time of his passing. He was employed with Humphries Motors, where he worked for 45 years and became part of their family.

G.C. wore many hats as a man striving to support his family, supporting the community, and the youth of Jena. He worked from 8-5 at Humphries Motors then headed straight to the ballpark, where he helped coach and umpire ballgames. He helped any child that needed his help with a big Kool-Aid smile.

Wed
08
May

Rose Marie Cockerham

Rose Marie Cockerham, 60, of Olla, passed from this life on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Monroe.

She was born November 9, 1958 in Columbia to the union of her parents, Oscar and Geneva Palmer.

Rose Marie loved being outside tending to her yard. While she mowed and weeded everything herself, she had a special talent for growing beautiful flowers. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Carl Griffith officiating.

Interment followed in Good Hope Cemetery near Kelly under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Elmer Palmer and Marvin Palmer.

Wed
08
May

Carole Wright Aplin

Carole Wright Aplin, 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Zachary, LA on May 5, 2019, following a lengthy battle with breast cancer.

She was formerly of Aimwell and Jena. Carole was born on March 10, 1944 in Harrisonburg, to George Gratton Wright and Mattie Lee Wright. She was a 1962 graduate of Harrisonburg High School. She worked with her sister, Patsy White, in her daycare, and was retired from the Jena Walmart with 20 years service.

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