Tue
02
Oct

60th Anniversary

Harlon and Jo Nobles recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married August 24, 1958 in Bastrop. The couple was honored at a reception hosted by their children on Sept. 1, 2018, at the Family Life Center at the Belah United Pentecostal Church. Harlon and Jo have three children – Karen Wilkinson and Lisa Brown, both of Jena, and John Nobles of Pineville. They also have ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Along with family there was a host of friends to help celebrate this special day.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Everything we print important to someone

By Sammy J. Franklin

“Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”

It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Why is anyone a Socialist?

By John C. Goodman

Socialism is the most discredited ideology in the history of political thought. That’s assuming you don’t count cannibalism as an ideology.

During the last century, socialist ideologues killed, tortured and starved innocent people on a heretofore unimaginable scale.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Linda Ann Hudnall

Linda Ann Hudnall, 69, of Sharptown, passed from this life on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.She was born January 2, 1949 in Owensville, Kentucky to the union of her parents, Lilburn Scott and Mary Marie Spence Purvis.Services were held at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Bro. John Spears officiating.Interment followed in Tidwell Landing Cemetery of Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy S. Hudnall; daughter, Rhonda Hudnall Cockerham; and brothers, Harold Wayne Purvis and William Earl Purvis.Those left to cherish in her memory include her son, Ronnie Hudnall and wife Amy of Trout; sister, Betty Nugent and husband Junior of Trout; grandchildren, D. J.

Tue
02
Oct

Velda Dean Keene

Velda Dean Keene, 80, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in her residence.She was born May 20, 1938 in Walters to the union of her parents, Hugh and Audie Nugent.Ms. Keene was a lifelong resident of the LaSalle Parish area.She was a homemaker and was known for her love of basically anything outdoors. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening in her spare time as a devoted mother and grandmother to her loving family. She was certainly a Proverbs 31 wife and devoted to her church and serving the Lord.Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at East Jena Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Norris, John Hebert and Clyde Sanchez officiating.Interment followed in the Hair Cemetery of Jena under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Sam Keene.Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss are her daughter Lisa Keene Robbins and husband James of Jena; son, Rev.

Tue
02
Oct

Reba M. Huffman

Reba McLawchlin Huffman, 89, of Walters, went to be with the Lord at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.She was born August 30, 1929 in Walters to the union of Tom and Inez McLawchlin.Mrs. Huffman lived her whole life in the Walters community. She was a member of Pritichard Baptist Church.For many years, she owned and operated a children’s clothing shop in Jena. She also owned and operated Bayou Cypress Gifts with her daughter.As a Proverbs 31 wife, she lived her life loving her husband, providing for her children and others, and serving our Lord. She enjoyed reading, crafting and making desserts. Her home was welcoming and always had a fresh cake to greet family and visitors.Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at Pritchard Baptist Church with the Revs.

Tue
02
Oct

Helen Cassady

Helen Autina Guin Cassady, 74, of Beckville, Texas, passed from this life and into her Heavenly home on Friday, September 28, 2018, in Carthage, Texas.She was born June 5, 1944 in Lena, LA to Mallie M. and Gladys Arnold Guin.Helen married the love of her life and best friend, James Marvin Cassady, on December 19, 1960 in Sharp, LA and together they celebrated 57 years. She was a member of the Sanctuary of Pentecost in Carthage, Texas, since 1976.Helen was a devoted wife, creative soul with a green thumb, dedicated prayer warrior and a Godly woman. Her humble spirit and contagious smile touched so many.Services were held at 10 a.m, Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Sanctuary of Pentecost in Carthage with Rev. Dennis Landtroop officiating.Interment followed at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct.

Tue
25
Sep

Jurors at Region VIII meeting in Catahoula

Elected and appointed officials from eight parishes gathered on Thursday, September 20, 2018, for a meeting at the Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church’s Family Life Center near Jonesville.

Catahoula Parish hosted the meeting for members of the Police Jury Association. In addition to Catahoula Parish, Region VIII includes Avoyelles, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn.

LaSalle Parish was well represented at the meeting. Those attending included President Bard Lambeth and wife Kathy, Vice President Mike Crooks and wife Gaile, Jurors Larkin Jackson and wife Vicki, Jack Zeagler and wife Vickie, Brent Farley and wife Reacy, and Casey Jones and wife Oleva, Secretary-Treasurer Kay Smith, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Abbie Whittington and husband Kenny, and Secretary Jamie Jones and husband Adam.

 

 

Tue
25
Sep

Bats cause problems at Olla school

An infestation of bats has shut down use of the main building at Olla-Standard Elementary School in Olla by order of the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals but the unusual situation has not stopped student learning.

“It’s a very unusual situation, one that no one could have anticipated, but we are very blessed to have a staff in Olla that went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our students there only missed two days and were back continuing their education,” LaSalle Superintendent Janet Tullos said.

Bats were initially discovered in the building over the summer and were removed. Everyone thought the issue had been resolved as no evidence of any bat could be found. That was, until last week, when the bats came back to the school.

 

 

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Tue
25
Sep

‘Third Street Plaza project’ contract signed

Jena Mayor LaDawn C. Edwards officially signed all contract documents related to the Jena Multi-Modal Connectivity Project (commonly referred to as the Third Street Plaza project) last Friday morning.

The contracts were signed following a brief special meeting of the Jena Town Council at which council members approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign all necessary documents from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD).

LaDOTD awarded Jena a $1-million Transportation Enhancement Grant in 2012 for the Third Street Plaza project after the administration of Mayor Murphy McMillin had applied for the grant.

 

 

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