Wed
28
Nov

Early voting underway

Early voting for the December 8th runoff election began last Saturday, Nov. 24, and continues through this coming Saturday, Dec. 1, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Early ballots may be cast at the Registrar of Voters office, across the street from the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this period.

Sandifer reminds voters they must show some form of photo identification when voting.

Voters will face two items on the Dec. 8th ballot.

 

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Wed
28
Nov

OCC in its 25 th year in LaSalle Parish

Through a shoebox a child’s life can be changed, Frances McDonald explained as the reason why the Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – Samaritan’s Purse program is so important to LaSalle Parish and the world.

Frances and her husband, Tony, have served as coordinators of the OCC program for over 15 years at First Baptist Church in Jena, which serves as a Relay Center to collect shoeboxes in the parish. This year 12 churches, one school and eight individuals contributed shoeboxes totaling 1,498 to ship to the distribution center in Pineville and then out to children across the world.

“Each box is a missionary. We call them Missions in a Box,” Frances said. “Each box touches a child and their family and that’s what it’s about. We can’t go to all these countries as missionaries but the boxes can. And all the boxes are prayed over before they’re sent.”

 

Wed
28
Nov

LaSalle schools continue to perform at high levels

Had the state used the same formula for determining District and School Performance Scores (DPS/ SPS) as last year, LaSalle Parish would still be an “A” rated district; however, the formula has changed dropping LaSalle’s final grade to a “B.”

Individual school and district performance scores are figured from a variety of testing procedures and other information, such as the LEAP, ACT, and other factors. All of the combined factors are put into formulas to rate each school and ultimately districts to give them their letter grade based on overall performances. The new formula for this year allows the state to manipulate scores for various reasons but in turn has hurt top rated districts such as LaSalle.

As LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos puts it, the state’s ever-changing grading system makes it somewhat confusing for the public to understand.

 

Wed
28
Nov

Lillie Poole

Lillie Jeanette Lanier Poole, 69, of Manifest, passed from this life on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Manifest and will be sadly missed by family and friends. Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Pisgah Baptist Church of Manifest with Rev. Kenneth Hoots officiating. Interment followed in Andrews Cemetery of Jonesville under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by sons, Steve Poole and Donnie Poole; husband, Donnie Poole; and parents, Ted and Neva Lanier. Those left to cherish her memory include sons, Toby Poole and wife Bee and Earnest Poole; grandchildren, Mallory Poole, Colton Poole, Nathan McBroom, Josh Bordelon and Nikki Mc-Neely; nine great grandchildren; sisters, Jennie Cole, Patt Taunton and Sue Smith. Pallbearers were Johnathan Smith, Boogie Bass, Daymon Bass, Josh Bordelon, Nathan Mc-Broom and Stony Alexander.

Wed
28
Nov

Lucille C. Jameson

Lucille Cassels Jameson, 82, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights.

She was born March 30, 1936 in Eunice to the union of her parents, Hanson and Etha Fontenot.

She was a homemaker who loved gardening and canning.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, in the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Bro. Ronnie Cassels and Bro. Cory Fowler officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Cassels; daughter, Charlotte Perkins; and her parents.

Wed
28
Nov

Leon N. Dearmon

Leon Napoleon Dearmon, 95, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

He was born March 15, 1923 in Sikes to the union of his parents, William Edgar Dearmon and Anna Eliza Dearmon.

Mr. Dearmon was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a truck driver on the beaches of Normandy, and fought in Normandy, northern France, and Rhineland Germany. He was part of the 1st Army, 29th Division, 19th Core, and 82nd Combat Engineers.

Mr. Dearmon was inducted into service January 29, 1943. He was honorably discharged on December 3, 1945. He received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victims Medal.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Charles Howard officiating.

Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery near Olla under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

Wed
28
Nov

Arlice Wilson Atwell

Arlice Wilson Atwell, 80, of Selma, passed from this life on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Alexandria.

He was born February 12, 1938 at Selma to the union of his parents, Willie and Edith Atwell. Arlice was a bright spirited soul and was loved by everyone who knew him. He was a logger in the log woods for many years. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Georgetown United Pentecostal Church with Pastor Rev. Donnell Spurgeon officiating.

Interment followed in the Lincecum Cemetery of Georgetown under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Lee McCrary; his parents; a brother, Thomas Stanley Atwell; a grandson Jacob Gray; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Hall.

Wed
14
Nov

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney (center) looks over memorabilia such as his uniform jacket and photo albums from his service during the Vietnam War alongside Bob Gregory and Mike’s son, Bobby McCartney. Mike McCartney served as the veteran honoree and guest speaker for the Town of Olla’s annual Veteran’s Luncheon last week. He shared briefly about his time in the army and in Vietnam with dozens of fellow veterans and citizens gathered at the Dixie Center in downtown Olla for the special event. Attendees shared a meal served by LaSalle High students and veterans were honored during the event.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Fire Chief John Heath

Fire Chief John Heath is presented a plaque recognizing his induction into the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Hall of Fame by Wayne Prejean, President of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana First Responders Christian Association. Chief Heath has more than 40 years of service as a firefighter, including stints with the U.S. Marines and serving as Chief of the Jena and Summerville-Rosefield Fire Departments. Chief Heath was inducted into the Hall of Fame during an impressive ceremony at the Jena Town Hall on Thursday night of last week.

 

 

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Wed
14
Nov

School Board approves sales tax payments

Annual payment of excess sales tax revenue to all school employees in their November checks was approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular November meeting held Monday night of last week, as recommended by the finance committee.

As recommended by the finance committee, the Board approved payments of $1,408.28 to degreed employees and $985.78 to support personnel (positions that do not require a degree).

The payments are up from the $1,083.29 for degreed and $758.29 for non-degreed employees paid in November of last year.

 

 

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