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Ups and downs; good and bad of 2018

OUT DOORS

I’m sitting here at my computer on the first day of 2018….Oops…2019. I’m betting I’m not the only one who will have trouble remembering that last year is gone and will have to adjust to writing the correct date of the new one.

At any rate, I have looked back over what I have written about over the past year to share some of the ups and downs; the good and the not-so-good that took place during the past 12 months.

To begin, let me put to rest the assumption that as an outdoors writer, I always use my “skill and expertise” to take my share of wild game. Not so in 2018. I didn’t get a wild turkey gobbler nor did I waylay a deer. I suppose I’m stuck with having to eat chicken, pork and beef in 2019.

 

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09
Jan

Jena Little Giants runners up at Super Bowl

The Jena Giant high school football team isn’t the only Jena Giant football team that has made a name for itself in area football. The Jena Little Giants 9-10 year old team were runners-up in their age division at the Red River Youth Football League’s Super Bowl last month after winning most of their 12 games this season after no wins last year.

The league is based in Rapides Parish and included teams in the surrounding area. The 9-10 yearold team is only in their second year of league play after forming in 2017. They competed against six other teams. There was also an 11-12 year-old team for the first time in 2018.

Wed
09
Jan

The left will make 2019 a dark year

Dennis Prager:

I rarely make predictions -- whether of election results or anything else. My policy has always been to say what I believe should be done, not what will be done.

I am making an exception with regard to America in 2019.

2019 will be a dark year in America.

Wed
09
Jan

Newspapers remain important source for small communities

THE COUNTRY EDITOR

We’d like to take a few minutes of your time to remind our readers how important and valuable their community newspaper is to them.

Community newspapers boost the local economy – both through advertising and in news coverage. They showcase community businesses at a time we need to be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. They allow “mom and pop” businesses to reach their most likely customers.

Community newspapers report on “good news” - news of Scout projects, civic club fundraisers, little-league registration, chamber of commerce happenings, church bake sales and students who make the Honor Roll or Dean’s List.

 

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Wed
09
Jan

Charlie L. Whatley

Charlie Leon Whatley, 89, of Baytown, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 28, 2018. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born November 19, 1929 at Trout to the union of his parents, Walter and Florence Whatley.

He was raised on Rural Road 1 near Trout. He began his life of travel when he left the piney woods of Louisiana and joined the Navy after graduating from high school. Charlie was stationed in California out of Port Hueneme where he was assigned to the USS Norton Sound. His ship was the Navy’s first guided missile Test Ship (AVM-1) that went on to fire the first low yield nuclear project warhead (Project ARGUS).

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09
Jan

Beatrice ‘Patsy’ Starks

Beatrice “Patsy” Starks, of Jena, was called by the Lord from her earthly home to Glory on her 80th birthday, Friday, December 21, 2018.

She was born December 21, 1938 to the late Marie Powell and Maurice Vassel. She was reared by her grandparents, Beulah and Volley Kees.

Patsy confessed Christ after becoming an adult in Columbia, Louisiana, and united with the Mars Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Renwick Bacon. In later years, she became a member of the New Evergreen Baptist Church, Rev. Donald Sibley, pastor, and remained a faithful member until her health failed.

Patsy attended Mars Hill and Good Pine High Schools. She was employed and retired from Louisiana-Pacific. Her hobby was talking on the telephone.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at New Evergreen Baptist Church of Jena with Rev. Amelia P. Howard and Rev. Donald R. Sibley officiating.

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09
Jan

Leona Maxine Smith

Leona Maxine Smith, 84, of Aimoch Community, passed from this life on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the Jena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jena.

She was born December 23, 1934 at Aimoch.

Mrs. Smith loved caring for her family, gardening, hunting and fishing, always there to take care of everyone else, and never worrying about herself.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. Willie Beaubeouf officiating.

Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery, west of Olla, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Owen “Wimp” Smith; her mother, Clara B. Powell; and son-in-law, Gary Wages.

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09
Jan

Rev. Larry Prestridge

Reverend Larry Prestridge, 72, of Georgetown, passed from this life at 10 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was born November 1, 1946 to the union of his parents, James and Myrtle Prestridge.

He was a retired Pentecostal Minister, having served for 35 years, and a retired used car salesman and owner of Larry’s Auto Sales for 16 years. He was a member of Georgetown United Pentecostal Church.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Georgetown United Pentecostal Church in Georgetown with the Revs. Donnell Spurgeon and Lonnie Weidner officiating.

Interment followed in the Georgetown Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Pinesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Henry Prestridge, Robert Lee Prestridge and Stanley Ray Prestridge.

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09
Jan

Clifford Poole

Quitman Clifford Poole, 72, of Jena, passed from this life suddenly on Saturday, December 29, 2018.

He was born March 7, 1946 in Jena.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Jena with the Revs. David Poole, Jesse Henderson, and Daren Smith officiating.

Interment followed in the Spring Ridge Cemetery near Aimwell under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Elaine Poole; father, Ernest Poole; mother, Kate Roark; brothers, Alford Poole, Enoch Poole, and Bennie Poole; sisters, Nelda Mitcham, Karon “Kay” Wells, and Ineta Brodnax.

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09
Jan

Holly Diane Lofton

Holly Diane Lofton, 54, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at her residence.

She was born February 21, 1964 in Columbia to the union of her parents, Vernon Coy Jacobs and Diane Elizabeth Powell Jacobs.

To know Holly was to love her. Her family meant so very much to her. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to cook for her family and always enjoyed a fishing trip.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with the Revs. John Norwood and Greg Dunn officiating.

Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Rowdy Wayne Little; her sisters, Charlotte Jacobs and Shanna Hughes; brother-inlaw, Jaron Newby; and step-mother, Mary Jacobs.

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