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State Treasurer John Schroder speaks to a group of small businessmen in St. Joseph. Other speakers, seated at the table, were St. Josehp Mayor Elvadus Fields and Distrct 34 Sen. Katrina Jackson. (Photo by Candice Head.)

Small businesses urged to apply for CARES grants

State Treasurer John Schroder and District. 34 Sen. Katrina Jackson were in St. Joseph last Wednesday to encourage Louisiana business owners to apply for up to $15,000 in grants from the CARES Act to help them recover from COVID-19 related expenses.

“Our small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they’re hurting because of the financial impact of COVID-19,” Schroder said. “I encourage every small business owner to visit our website, take the eligibility quiz and apply if they meet the requirements. We don’t want our businesses to close. We want them to thrive.”

Full slate of candidates qualify for Nov. 3 elections

Candidates qualified for state and local positions in Tensas Parish recently. 

Those running for the position of District Judge 6th Judicial District Court, Div. A are Angela L. Claxton, Democrat, Tallulah; and Linda Watson, Democrat, St. Joseph.

Those running for the position of District Judge 6th Judicial District Court, Div. B are Laurie Brister, no party, Lake Providence; and Joy Jackson, Democrat, Tallulah.

Christopher Cooley

Christopher Cooley

New manager settles in at wildlife refuge

Christopher Cooley has taken the reins as the new refuge manager for Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. 

“I wanted to have an opportunity to have a greater impact on the conservation of wildlife and natural resources,” Cooley said. “I see working in the National Wildlife Refuge System as an opportunity to make a difference for both wildlife and people. “

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Optimist Club members are, from left, Aletha Carter, Chris Jackson, Cashell Whitney, Deborah Bass, Mat Thomas, Dorothy Bright, Dorothy Bass, Annie Marshall, Deborah Parson and, not shown, Veletha Jackson.

Optimist Club celebrates 50 years of service

Organized on Jan. 13, 1970, in the home of Aletha Mae Bellows Carter in Newellton, the Optimist Club marked 50 years of service to the community this year.

There were 18 ladies attending the first meeting. The Optimist Club name was given by the Late Matilda Jackson. Clara Bass served as the first president of the Optimist Club. The Optimist Club colors are navy blue and white.

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Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller, right, swears in Kalisa Davis on Oct. 21, 2019. Davis has many friends in Tensas Parish.

Davis earns law degree, passes bar in Kentucky

Kalisa Nikia Davis received her Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law on May 10, 2019. 

She took the Kentucky Bar Exam in July and passed. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller swore in Davis on Oct. 21, 2019. Davis attributes all of her success to God, who has been training her since she was ten to begin a journey she never imagined she would travel. 


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