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Peggy Phillips LeMay

Peggy Phillips LeMay, 79, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born Tuesday, July 11, 1939 in Stamps, Arkansas to the union of her parents, Paul Oscar Phillips and Irene Warner Smith Phillips.

Mrs. LeMay was a resident of Jonesville and a member of Evangeline Baptist Church of Wildsville.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Pine Hill Baptist Church of Urania with the Revs. Chase Weeks and Cory Fowler officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Hill Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Robert Phillips and Larry Phillips.

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Hortenscia Langley

Hortenscia Langley, 81, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, January 4, 2019. She was born September 10, 1937 in Hidlago, Texas. Mrs. Langley was a stay at home mother who loved her family dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Langley; father, Pedro Liscano; mother, Angela Delarosa; brother, Tomas Liscano; and two sisters, Petra Corando and Bertha Reyes. Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, Joseph Langley of Columbia, and Jesse Langley of Dry Prong; daughters, Angela Shirley of Trout, Mary Clark of Pineville, and Rose Langley of Georgetown; and sister, Eva Flores of Rio Grande City, TX.

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Jan

Kernie Wayne King

Kernie Wayne King, 57, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Friday, December 28, 2018, in Ferriday.

He was born Saturday, January 7, 1961 in Jonesville to the union of his parents, J. R. King and Kathleen King.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31 at Jonesville First Baptist Church in Jonesville with Rev. Todd Whittington officiating.

Interment followed in Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

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Jan

Jimmie Ruth Hamilton

Jimmie Ruth Hamilton, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Gadsden, Alabama.

She was born April 4, 1946 in Manifest.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Ashton Clark officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Hamilton; father, James Brown; and mother, Claire Pippins Brown; and three great-grandchildren.

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Jan

Neva Mary Ford

Neva Mary Ford, 86, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

She was born Sunday, December 25, 1932 in Jonesville to the union of her parents, George Washington and Mary Brown Cockerham.

Mrs. Ford was a member of the Oak Grove Free Methodist Church.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, at Oak Grove Free Methodist Church with the Revs. Emitt Belgard and Bo Edwards officiating.

Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wonnie Aubrey Ford; seven brothers, Walton Cockerham, Lloyd Cockerham, Moses Cockerham, Shelton Cockerham, George Cockerham, Ray Cockerham, and Willie Cockerham; three sisters, Annie Crooks, Joyce Franklin, and Alice Cox; granddaughter, Karen Gail Neal; and daughter-in-law, Linda Ford.

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09
Jan

Foundation awards school grants

The Cliff Williams Memorial Foundation has provided educators in LaSalle Parish with more than $1,214,405.56 in grants since it was formed in 1990. For the current school year, a total of $39,952.75 in grants was approved by the Foundation for various teachers in the LaSalle Parish School System.

The Foundation was formed when Justiss Oil Company honored the memory of Cliff Williams with an endowment gift to be used for the educational needs of children in LaSalle Parish.

Cliff, the son of Pat and Charles Williams of Jena, was married to Jennifer Justiss Williams Loe, and is the father of Amy Williams Kunkel and Adam Williams.

Cliff was a petroleum engineer and Justiss Oil Company’s Vice-President of Drilling and Production Operations for seven years prior to his untimely death about 30 years ago.

 

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09
Jan

Billy Wood Ford wins #1 ranking

Billy Wood Ford pulled out all the stops during 2018 trying to finish as the #1 dealership in the Ford Memphis Zone X Region. They did it. Announcement was made last week that Billy Wood Ford had finished as the #1 dealership in the region.

Memphis Zone X Region has 44 formidable Ford dealers and Billy Wood Ford claimed the #1 ranking for the first time in the 70-year history of this Jena dealership.

The entire Memphis Zone consists of 205 Ford dealerships in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and parts of Missouri and Kentucky, and Billy Wood Ford ranked #7 YTD in volume.

Ford’s Select Dealer Division has a total of 1,692 small to medium size Ford dealers across the United States and Billy Wood Ford ranked #168 in new Ford sales volume.

How does this even happen in a small town such as Jena, with a population of around 3,500 people? Avid community involvement, outstanding customer service, and “Really Good Billy Wood Ford” deals!

Wed
09
Jan

Board approves contract for new JHS field house

The LaSalle Parish School Board approved a contract for construction of the new Jena High School Field House during a special meeting held Thursday night of last week.

Gentry Construction of Monroe was the low bidder on the base bid in the amount of $1,698,000 for the 10,000-sq. ft. field house. Bids were opened and tabulated on December 13, and taken under advisement so architects could confirm the bid met all specifications.

The board chose not to accept three alternate bid proposals, and will handle items covered in the alternates in a separate fashion.

Bill Land, Architect with LAND 3 Architect, Inc. of Monroe, went over the bid proposal with board members during the special meeting and recommended the low bid be accepted.

 

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09
Jan

Catahoula Lake is private land

On December 28 the Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision to privatize Catahoula Lake, meaning the lake is no longer a public hunting area.

The appellate court ruled in favor of 9th Judicial District Court (Rapides Parish) Ad Hoc Judge James H. Boddie Jr.’s decision on May 16, 2016 that landowners surrounding the lake actually own the majority of what is known as Catahoula Lake since the lake is “manmade.”

The trial in 2016 of the Crooks vs State lawsuit was very extensive and lasted for a long time before the decision was rendered. LaSalle Parish residents Steve and Era Crooks filed the class action lawsuit against the State of Louisiana on May 6, 2006 but it took over ten years to make it to trial.

 

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Jan

This is a good time to prune trees

By Dan Gill

Get It Growing

Virtually all trees in our landscapes will need to be pruned during their lives — particularly in the first two decades after planting. Sometimes a tree may need to be pruned in some way to help it, such as dealing with storm damage, reducing limb weight, removing dead limbs and stopping the spread of disease.

Trees are also pruned to adapt them to our urban environment, including keeping limbs from coming in contact with power lines, rubbing against the home, hanging too low or obstructing views. Pruning may also be done to make trees more attractive and useful in the home landscape.

When pruning, you must have a clear idea of what you are trying to accomplish. Ask yourself why you feel the tree needs to be pruned, and then carefully consider which branches need to be cut to achieve your goal.

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