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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Tue
18
Sep

More from first paper in parish

By Sammy J. Franklin

Last week, my column was about material found in a copy of Catahoula Parish’s first newspaper, established in 1854 in Harrisonburg (at which time LaSalle Parish was part of Catahoula.)

In his second volume of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, the late H. Ted Woods, publisher of The Caldwell Watchman-Progress in Columbia, quoted from a copy of the Harrisonburg Independent dated April 3, 1861.

There were some very interesting articles and other materials highlighted by Woods and we’d like to share more from that edition of the parish’s first newspaper.

The following appeared in that edition of the newspaper:

Tue
18
Sep

An open letter to President Trump

By Erich Reimer:

Anonymity seems all the craze nowadays. On social media, as sources for entire news reports, and even now op-eds, such as the latest by an alleged senior Trump Administration official in the New York Times this week in which he claims to be a part of a “resistance” within the President’s own government.

In contrast to all of that, here is an open and honest letter to our President – bylined and everything. I speak only on behalf of myself, and while none of us in this great country agree on everything I believe my sentiments are shared in part by many others as well.

I voted for you in 2016 and was grateful to be able to serve as a chair on your campaign. Like many others, I did not support you in the primary. I did not, and still do not, agree with everything you say or do. When I disagree, I state it. I remain true to my values and beliefs.

 

Tue
11
Sep

First newspaper in Catahoula in 1854

The other day I was reading “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, written by H. Ted Woods, the late editor of The Caldwell-Watchman Progress in Columbia.

I cut my teeth in the newspaper business under the leadership of Woods, starting to work at the Watchman when I started my freshman year at Columbia High School in 1955. Years later, Woods wrote two editions of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, of which I have both copies.

I had never noticed the article about the first newspaper in Catahoula, which reportedly was started in 1854. It was The Harrisonburg Independent published by J.Q.A. Taliaferro, who was also president of the Catahoula Parish Police Jury.

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Gil Gutknecht: If you can’t communicate

Having come of age listening to GOPac tapes under the tutelage of a younger Newt Gingrich and observed at close hand the Speakerships of several others, permit me to offer some observations and a recommendation.

Newt distilled it down early on saying, “If you can’t communicate, you can’t govern.” Newt Gingrich was (and still is) a fabulous communicator. He had the ability to take complex subjects and reduce them to simple, understandable statements. He helped the entire class of ’94 become better at telling our story. He understood that the media and the angry Left would never give us any slack, so we had to take our message directly to the American people. And we did.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Sorry, Democrats, you found fool’s gold

By Matt Vespa

It’s a good week for the Democrats. That’s what fellow Democrats, anti-Trump stooges, and members of the media think about this whirlwind week of news. Michael Cohen has a plea deal over alleged campaign finance violations, along with bank and tax fraud charges.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s short-lived campaign chief, was found guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges as well. For Manafort, these allegations predated the 2016 campaign. For Cohen, the alleged payments for these reported affairs, while slimy, is not necessarily illegal.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Icon business to close doors soon

By Sammy J. Franklin

An icon business, which dates back to the early oilfield days of this area and has a very colorful history, will be closing its doors forever in the very near future.

Charles O. Williams and Hank Cooksey, owners of Hayes Lumber Company of Jena, announced last week that the business will be permanently closing its doors following an inventory liquidation sale, which is now underway.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Derek Hunter:

Liberals find new levels of low

Every time I think the political left has hit bottom they break out a shovel. This week it was a jackhammer and a backhoe, and deeper they went.

It started with almost 350 newspapers banding together against President Trump to declare themselves to free and independent of groupthink and bias. Each of them declared themselves, in one form or another, to be champions of truth. If you missed it in your paper it was likely just under 1,000-word write-up of whatever the latest wild Omarosa claim was that day.

Tue
28
Aug

H.W. Crocker III:

The late, great USA

Is anyone really surprised by New York governor Andrew Cuomo saying, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” The Left has been saying that, if not quite so bluntly, for decades. The only difference is that many more Americans now hold that view, including a disconcerting number of putative “conservatives.”

Dani Lever, a spokeswoman for Governor Cuomo, added that President Donald Trump’s Bull Moose patriotism “ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions.”

Tue
21
Aug

Democratic socialism wrong for America

by Michael Busler 

Many Democrats running for state and national elections in November are running on a Democratic Socialism platform. These candidates are following the model pushed by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The candidates offer free health insurance to all Americans, free college tuition, higher taxes on those who contribute most to the economy and government control of many markets. Many millennials may agree.

Tue
21
Aug

This is priceless!!

One of my faithful readers shared an email with me the other day. I have read a version of this before, but it’s worth repeating for our younger generation. Enjoy!

“Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

 

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