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Oct

Salena Zito:

The politicians we deserve

In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may have been feeling, and he gracefully bowed out.

His decision was a low point for conservatives hungry for that Midwestern sensibility and sharp wit that he embodied. As former senior political adviser to President Ronald Reagan and head of President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget, Daniels was a rock star in the conservative movement. But the Daniels family had a complicated past. He and his wife had married, divorced and eventually remarried each other.

 

Tue
09
Oct

Ella Ruth Dotson

Ella Ruth Dotson, 78, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was born June 15, 1940 in Holly Ridge to the union of Clyde Jefferson Farmer, Sr. and Rita Bertha Aaron Farmer. Services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Dominick DiCarlo and Dean Gunter officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Dotson, Jr.; parents; and brother, Clyde Farmer, Jr. Those left to cherish in her memory include her son, Johnny L.

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09
Oct

David McDowell

David McDowell, 75, of Dry Prong, passed from this life on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania. He was born March 2, 1943 in Jena to the union of his parents, Ivy and Gladys Ganey McDowell. David was self-employed in equipment sales in the oil field industry. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Chalk Hill Cemetery in the Little Creek Community under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lee McDowell, and Jack McDowell; son, Darren McDowell; and grandson Bradley Keith Phillips, Jr.

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09
Oct

Johnny Robert Parham

Robert Parham, 84, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, October 5, 2018, following an extended illness. He was born November 1, 1933 in Olla to the union of his parents, James Ernest Parham and Etta Mae McDow Parham. Mr. Parham was a veteran of the United States Army and retired as a millwright with Louisiana-Pacific. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. Denver McBroom officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ernestine Hodges; and a nephew, Mark LeBlanc.

Tue
02
Oct

HMC burns note, breaks ground for new facility

There was excitement in the air last Tuesday morning as a large crowd gathered at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania for a note burning and groundbreaking ceremony as the facility began its next massive expansion project.

Administrator Paul Mathews told the crowd the new 21,000 square foot Hardtner Family Clinic will feature five different suites or clinics inside the large building being constructed on the north-northeast side of the main hospital.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Early voting nears for Nov. 6 election

Early voting for the Tuesday, November 6th election is nearing. It will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 23 through Tuesday, Oct. 30. All early voting will take place at the Registrar of Voters office in Jena, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LaSalle voters will be facing a rather long ballot when they vote early or go to the polls on election day.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

‘Go Tell’ Crusade yield 243 decisions

“To God be the Glory” was what members of the task force that planned and promoted the Tomorrow’s Hope ‘Go Tell’ Crusade repeated during a meeting last Thursday as results of the four-day event were reported.

For over a year, a group of local church, community and business leaders planned and laid the ground work for the Tomorrow’s Hope ‘Go Tell’ Crusade which was held four nights, Sept. 23-26, at the Jena High School gym.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Jena Giants’ win streak comes to an end at ASH

By Austin Whatley

The Giants came into this past week on a 17 game regular season winning streak. Their last loss in the regular season came at home in week 7 of the 2016 season against the Marksville Tigers.

This week the Giants would have a big test for that winning streak as they would travel to Alexandria to take on the ASH Trojans who came into the game with a 4-0 record. The Giants defeated the Trojans last season in Jena.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

LaSalle Tigers notch first victory 50-21 over St. Mary’s since 2010

By Greg Jones

The LaSalle Tigers had towait five weeks for that first victory,but the wait ended with avery sweet victory over rival St.Mary’s of Natchitoches.

The Tigers would open thegate of scoring by a groundand pound offense that rackedup 388 yards and 50 points tobeat St Mary’s for the first timesince 2010. This game was wonsquarely on the shoulders ofthe entire LHS Tiger team.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Taylor-Brasseal vows spoken

Emily Taylor and Cody Brasseal exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the home of Emily’s parents, Daryl and Leigh Ann Taylor in Monroe, both formerly of Jena.

Maternal grandparents are Pat Chambers of Monroe and the late Webb Chambers and John and Cindy Kendrick of Trout and the late David Taylor.

 

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