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Baby, it’s crazy outside

Bill Murchison

As Cole Porter slyly reminds us: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking / Was looked on as something shocking / Now heaven knows / Anything goes ....”

Well, you know, depending on the state of Puritan politics at a given moment. The Puritan habit of scolding -- and gazing sourly upon -- others for improper behavior is a human constant. And not just among longfaced conservatives, I beg to point out.

Wed
26
Dec

Cody Wayne Ranton

Cody Wayne Ranton, 33, of Olla, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was right where he wanted to be, at home, on his couch, holding the love of his life’s hand.

He was born on August 27, 1985 in Alexandria to the union of Terry and Carol Roshto Ranton.

Cody Wayne was a 2003 graduate of LaSalle High School where he mastered in welding and making others laugh. He immediately began his lifelong career in the oilfield, so he could “own a bunch of junk”.

For the last 6 years, he has been employed at XTO Entergy in Jena where he was grateful to work with such great guys and be able to come home every night to his family.

Wed
26
Dec

Plant indoors now for fragrant in New Year

Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites.  Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty.

Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva is the most common paperwhite variety sold for forcing but there are newer varieties with less intense fragrance, larger blooms and sturdier stems. You may have to wait until next year and order early from specialty bulb companies to find the more unique varieties. So, make a note to do so next year.

For now, plant the paperwhite bulbs available to purchase. You can plant them in gravel or a welldrained potting mix. Both methods yield great results.

Wed
26
Dec

LaSalle Students of the Year . . .

Students of the year 2018-19 from each school in LaSalle Parish met at the LaSalle Parish School Board office on Monday of last week for interviews to determine the LaSalle Parish Student of the Year. Students included: in front, from left, Delaney Richerson, 8th grade, Nebo Elementary School; Kennady McDaniel, 5th grade, Nebo Elementary School; Andrew Paul, 5th grade, Fellowship Elementary School; and Peyton Todd, 8th grade, Jena Junior High School; in middle, Lexi Jo Lasiter, 5th grade, Olla Elementary School; and Alyssa Howard, senior, Jena High School; in back, Mallory Courtney, 5th grade, Good Pine Middle School; Anna Clark, senior, LaSalle High School; and Nick Fryar, 8th grade, LaSalle Junior High School. Students of the year for LaSalle Parish will be introduced at the January 7th meeting of the LaSalle School Board.

 

Wed
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Dec

Students enjoying extended vacation

Students in the three school systems in the parish are in the midst of a long Christmas and New Years vacation, covering a period of 19 days.

Public school and Head Start students dismissed at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th, and will not return to classes until Monday, January 7, 2019.

However, school personnel will report back for professional days on January 3 and 4, but no students will attend school these days.

 

 

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Wed
26
Dec

Olla Elementary cleared for occupancy by DHH

Olla Elementary’s main building was cleared last week by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals for faculty and staff to move back in after a bat infestation that shut the building use down in September.

LDHH issued an order to not allow any public use of the main building until the bats were removed and the entire facility cleaned with sterile cleaning agents. The classrooms were relocated in other school buildings, and the offices were relocated to mobile trailers provided by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“About 2 p.m. Wednesday (December 17) we got the okay that we could start moving back in, so that’s why students were out today and half a day on Wednesday,” OES Principal Dawn Book said. “Everybody has pulled together and worked together well just as we did when we moved out. All the classrooms are moved. We just have to get them back in order.”

 

 

Wed
26
Dec

APPLES Christmas Shopping Spree

The annual “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser concluded on December 14th with the winner drawings at the Jena Wal-Mart Supercenter. LaSalle Parish students sold the tickets with all money going to needy children in the LaSalle Parish School System. Over 7,000 tickets were sold, allowing almost 140 needy children to shop at Wal-Mart for toys, clothing and shoes. 

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Bragging Rights…

Derouen, Audrey Doenges, Gabrielle Dos Santos, Dylan Elliott, Carlee Ewing, Cheyenne Fisher, Clayton Ford, Devin Ford, Isaiah Gardner, Reid Hord, Jasmine Huffman, Madelyn Humphries, Wesley Humphries, Madison Ingle, Devante’ Jack, Stormie Johnson, Alexxis Jones, Kary-Anna Jones, Barrett Keene, Jacob Kimball, Andrew McClure, Imari McCoy, Cambrie Mc-Dowell, Daniel Moss, Destiny Owens, Kutler Paul, Ashley Pecanty, Cydnee Poole, Jason Reeder, Hunter Robertson, Sydni Ruddell, Heather Schrock, Brittney Sellers, Hunter Sharbono, Brian Sharp, Teri Shipley, Bryan Squyres, Keely Stapleton, Zachary Tarver, Aleaha Thomas, Allison Tradewell, Whittman Walters, Jordyn Washington, Cayden Wilbanks, Erin Jane Wilkinson, Sedriana Wilson and Jacob Windham.

 

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Jena High School lists honor roll

Honor roll students for the second six weeks of the 2018-19 school year at Jena High School have been announced by Principal Anthony Jackson, as follows:

Freshmen

All A’s – Audrey Andrews, Collin Ashley, Olivia Breland, Braydon Callender, Randi Creel, Ethan Crooks, Emily Elliott, Aariana Faust, Shania Gaines, Alexis Hayman, Alana Hulsey, Adam Jones, Emma Justiss, Callie McDowell, Kennedy Norris, Nathen Paul, Saige Picou, Ainslee Poole, James Sanders, Aidan Alexander Taunton, Trent Maddox Taunton, Tate Turnage, Bryan Warwick and Kaley Whatley.

3.0 Honor Roll –

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Dec

Thinking about what’s right in America

Star Parker:

Amid this holiday season of reflection, I’m thinking about America’s future.

A new poll from Gallup serves up some sobering data regarding how young Americans feel about their country.

Gallup asked the question, “Do you think the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world, or don’t you think so?”

Eighty percent said “yes,” America is the greatest country, in 2010 and 78 percent said yes in 2018.

However, among 18- to 34-year-olds, 80 percent said yes in 2010 but this dropped by 18 percentage points in 2018 to 62 percent.

 

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