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Jan

Malcolm Doyle Poole

Malcolm Doyle Poole, 75, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in Alexandria Louisiana at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born November 10, 1943 in Jena to the union of Pleas Humble and Sadie Bell Poole.

Doyle was retired from the construction industry, and was a Mason, a member of the Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodge No.327, F&AM, in Jena.

He loved and enjoyed his family and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Jimmy Keene officiating.

A private family burial was held Sunday afternoon at Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Joan Sweeney.

Wed
16
Jan

Diane H. Gardner

Diane Harrison Gardner, 69, departed this life on Friday, January 4, 2019 in her home. “Jehovah is my Shepard, I will lack nothing.” – Psalm 23:1.

She was born October 14, 1949 in Archie to the union of her parents, Mary and Haze Harrison, Sr.

Her hobbies were sewing clothing for many, planting flowers in her yard, and cooking those special meals for her nephew Bobby.

On December 25, 1967, she married Elbert Gardner, Sr. who preceded her in death. Three children were born to this union.

Wed
16
Jan

LaSalle Students and Teachers of the Year

Teachers

LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year” for session 2018-19 have been announced. Honorees include (from left): Jessica Ranton, LaSalle Junior High School, middle/junior high school level; Aubrey McAnn, Jena Elementary School, ele mentary level and Jamie Munson, La Salle High School, high school lev el. (See story on teachers of the year inside this edition.)

 

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Wed
16
Jan

Board members take oaths; elect new officers for 2019

The 2019-22 LaSalle Parish School Board members received their oaths of office during their first regular meeting of the year held Monday night of last week and elected a new president and vice-president to serve during the current year.

The new board, which consists of one new member, Fred Book of Ward 3, received their oaths from LaSalle Parish Clerk of Court Steve Andrews during the meeting. Book replaced his wife, Maple, in an unopposed election last fall.

Returning board members include: Dawn Stott, Ward 1; Jonny Fryar, Ward 2; Virgie Wilson, Ward 4; D’Juana McCartney, Ward 5; Buddy Bethard, Ward 6; Justin Reeves, Ward 7; Dolan Pendarvis, Ward 8; Aimee Paul, Ward 9; and Melvin Worthington, Ward 10.

 

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16
Jan

Retail sales set all-time record

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish for the year just ended set all time records, according to figures just released for 2018 by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collects sales taxes for several bodies in the parish.

Overall, retail sales in 2018 parish wide stood at $269.7-million, compared to $229.7-million during the previous year of 2017. Parish wide, retail sales were up a whopping 17-percent, up 25-percent in the town of Olla, and up 4.5-percent in the town of Jena.

 

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16
Jan

Aslan Jayde Cripps

James and Adrian Cripps of Jena are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Aslan Jayde Cripps.

She was born at 10:54 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. She weighed 6-pounds 6-ounces and measured 19 inches in length.

 

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16
Jan

LaSalle Teachers of the Year

The 2018-2019 LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year” have been announced. These teachers will now enter district competition with the winners going on to state competition.

Aubrey McAnn, a teacher at Jena Elementary School, is the Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Jessica Ranton, a teacher at LaSalle Junior High School, is the Middle/Junior High School Teacher of the Year. Jamie Munson, a teacher at LaSalle High School, is the High School Teacher of the Year.

Aubrey McAnn

Aubrey began her career at Temple Christian Academy in 2006, where she taught Pre-Kindergarten, first grade and second grade. She then took a break from teaching and worked at Jena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Jena Town Hall. In 2015, she started teaching special education at Jena Elementary (Pre-Kindergarten through second) and still holds this position today.

Wed
09
Jan

Lady Giants looking for first win in district; Giants trying to make a run at district title

The Jena Lady Giants start district play this week.

On Tuesday the Lady Giants will be at home taking on the Caldwell Lady Spartans and on Friday they will be on the road at Avoyelles to take on the Lady Mustangs.

Lady Giants Head Coach Stacy Morgan had a tough task coming into this season as she inherited a team that had to replace all five starters from last season and consists of mostly freshman and sophomores with very little varsity experience.

The Lady Giants have started the season 0-13 but have played some close games losing by 5 at LaSalle and 6 at Bunkie. The Lady Giants will play two of the tougher teams in district play this week as Caldwell and Avoyelles come into district play as the favorites to win district.

The Lady Giants will look to get their first win in district play as they would love to knock off one of the favorites this week. So everyone come on out and support these hardworking ladies as they look to pick up their first win.

Wed
09
Jan

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.

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