Wed
23
Jan

“Dee Dee” Hunter

Dlolita “Dee Dee” Hunter, 51, of Jena, entered eternal life on Monday, January 14, 2019.

She was born October 31, 1967 in Jena to the union of J. B. Hunter, Sr. and Laura Hunter.

Dee Dee confessed Christ at an early age and was united with New Evergreen Baptist church and later united with the Trout Creek Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Roger Green.

Dee Dee attended Jena High School, graduating with the Class of 1986. She was employed as a supervisor at Garan, Inc. of Jena until her health failed.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at Trout Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Rev. Jamerson Jackson officiating.

Interment followed in Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Laura Hunter; and two sisters, Donnitta Hunter and Adrienne Hunter.

Wed
23
Jan

“Pee Wee” Fitzgerald

Kenneth Ray “Pee Wee” Fitzgerald, 62, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, January 17, 2019, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born December 20, 1956 in Columbia to the union of his parents, Bill Junior Fitzgerald and Caroline Merlene Womack Fitzgerald.

Known to everyone as “Pee Wee”, he was a loving son and brother and a list of his friends would be endless because of his wonderful personality, a trait which allowed him to make friends everywhere he traveled being a trucker that went all over the United States.

Love for his family and his passionate love for trucking had to give way for his love of biking. He was a member of “Band of Brothers” and was a Caldwell Parish High School graduate of Class of 1975. Pee Wee never met a stranger and he will never be forgotten as his legend will live on in the hearts of all those who knew him.

Wed
23
Jan

JHS Most Beautiful

Jena High senior Jordyn Gresham was chosen on Saturday as the 2018-2019 JHS Future Business Leaders of America Most Beautiful Pageant Winner. She is the daughter of Jason and Pam Gresham and represented the JHS Cheerleaders.

Gresham was joined in the group of top contestants by first runner-up freshman Tori Shirley (Cheerleaders), second runner- up junior Anna Paul (Yearbook Staff), third runner-up senior Kensly Mason (Anchor Club) and fourth runner- up senior Genevieve Davis (National Honor Society).

 

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Wed
23
Jan

Jury re-elect same officers

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury at their January meeting held Monday night of last week chose to keep the same officers for the upcoming year. Election of officers was the first item on the agenda.

Bard Lambeth was re-elected as president and Mike Crooks was re-elected as vice-president for the upcoming year. Both men were elected without opposition.

As required by law, jurors set their regular monthly meeting date for the second Monday of each month, at 6 p.m., at the Police Jury meeting room of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse.

At the request of the Board of Control of the LaSalle Parish Library, jurors voted to approve a resolution authorizing the incurring of debt and issuance of $1-million of limited tax certificates of indebtedness, with repayment of the debt to be made from revenue generated by the present tax millage collected by the Library.

Wed
23
Jan

LaSalle leaders reflect on year 2018

The year 2018 saw La-Salle Parish experience remarkable growth in job creation and that, coupled with an improved oil industry, proved to be one of the best years in recent memory.

With many in the parish directly or indirectly linked to the price of oil, its relatively improved price saw most back to work and getting back to a lifestyle that was enjoyed prior to the near shutdown a few years ago.

The industrial site in Urania, now home to Drax Biomass’ LaSalle BioEnergy Plant and the soon to be opened LaSalle Lumber Company, has encouraged many from throughout the parish as the new jobs in the timber industry means a sustained source of employment for many in La-Salle Parish. These plants also mean many logging companies will now save thousands of dollars each year by not having to transport logs many more miles to a mill in another parish.

 

Wed
23
Jan

Belah-Fellowship Water System gets $4.1 million loan

Senator Neil Riser and LaSalle Parish Police Jury President Bard Lambeth have been notified that the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program has approved a $4.1 million loan to refurbish a water treatment storage and distribution lines for the Belah-Fellowship Water System. The system serves approximately 1,500 people.

Nationwide, USDA awarded $1.2 billion in loans and grants for 234 projects to rebuild or improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure. More than 936,000 rural residents in 46 states will benefit from these investments.

Although the Belah-Fellowship Water System has needed major renovation work for several years, an EF2 tornado that struck the area in April 2017 caused the system to sustain further damage.

 

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Wed
23
Jan

Judah Grayson McDowell

Jackson Scroggs is pleased to announce the birth of his baby brother, Judah Grayson Mc-Dowell. Judah was born at 8:34 a.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, at the St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He weighed 5-pounds 6-ounces and measured 18½-inches in length. Proud parents are Zack and Jessica McDowell of Jena. Maternal grandparents are Clifford and Jackie Hooter, and paternal grandparents are Scotty and Terry McDowell, all of Jena.

 

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Wed
16
Jan

LaSalle Lady Tigers beat Northwood-Lena

The LaSalle Lady Tigers picked up a much needed district 3-1A win against Northwood-Lena at home this week. The Lady Tigers then welcomed the Logansport Lady Tigers to Olla.

The Northwood game would be a one sided affair with Kenzie Long leading all scorers for LaSalle. Bree Hester, Kylie Hillestad, and Lexi Snoddy would add to the scoring during this matchup.

 

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Wed
16
Jan

Lady Giants play at home Friday; Jena Giants open up district play

The Jena Lady Giants opened up district play this past week as they played the Caldwell Lady Spartans on Tuesday and the Avoyelles Lady Mustangs on Friday. The young Lady Giants would have a tough task as Caldwell and Avoyelles are the favorites to win district 3-3A.

The Lady Giants came into district play with a record of 0-13 as they have a very young team with very limited varsity experience. The Lady Giants start three sophomores and two freshmen as the rest of the team consists of sophomores and freshmen.

The starting five for the Lady Giants are Bristen Evans, Candace Hudnall, Kennedy Norris, Emily Breithaupt, and Audrey Pritchard.

 

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Wed
16
Jan

Rescuing marriage from the liberals

Scott Morefield:

I try not to be a judgmental person. Especially of late, I typically prefer to leave the obnoxious moralizing, shallow virtue-signaling, and hysterical hand-wringing to the Leftists, who after decades of godlessness finally seem to have what’s ‘moral’ and ‘immoral’ down pat, being high priests and priestesses of their own invented ‘religion,’ after all. But I try to live and let live, respecting other people’s viewpoints and understanding that, though I may see the world through a particular lens, others may see things in an entirely different way.  

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