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Central Buys City Hall Site

By Woody Jenkins, Editor, Central City News — CENTRAL — The City of Central has purchased 9.55 acres of land near the intersection of Hooper and Sullivan roads for construction of a new City Hall.  The property is located on the west side of Hooper. Mayor David Barrow negotiated the deal with Jay and Ray […]

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Pastor Spell v. Gov. John Bel Edwards Hearing at 5th Circuit in Fort Worth

 On Monday, Oct. 3, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting at Texas A&M College of Law in Fort Worth, held a hearing in the case of Pastor Tony Spell v. Gov. John Bel Edwards.  No decision has yet been rendered in the historic case.  Pastor Spell has already won a final judgment dismissing […]

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Landmark Ruling Protects Religious Liberty, Ends Case Against Rev. Spell

In an historic 5-2 decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court last week ruled that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ edicts closing churches and the subsequent arrest of Rev. Tony Spell for holding church services were illegal and unconstitutional.  This means the pastor’s arrest, imprisonment, house arrest, being fitted with an ankle bracelet, order not to hold church, […]

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Court Ruling Is Must Reading

The Louisiana Supreme Court was the scene last week of a major victory for religious liberty in a case out of Central.  In State of Louisiana v. Pastor Tony Spell, the court struck down Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency orders closing churches and ended criminal charges against Rev. Spell, the pastor of Life Tabernacle Church […]

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Two Years of Hell for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist

 After more than two years of arrests, handcuffs, fingerprinting, imprisonment, home incarceration, ankle bracelets, surveillance, hearings, meetings with judges, and travel restrictions for a crime that doesn’t exist, Rev. Tony Spell is a free man. Last Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court threw out the criminal charges against the Central pastor as illegal and unconstitutional.  His […]

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What’s Next: Deprivation of Civil Rights, Libel

In the aftermath of the Louisiana Supreme Court decision in the case of State of Louisiana v. Pastor Tony Spell, many people have asked what Rev. Spell’s legal options are.  Both state and federal law provide powerful remedies to use when government officials violate a citizen’s rights.  One of the most important is 42 USC […]

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Message to Graduates from Across Time

 In May 1913, Pearl Elizabeth Felps walked to the podium as the valedictorian of the first graduating of the new Central High School, located at the corner of Canal (now Hooper) and Sullivan roads. A copy of her speech was discovered in 2009 and given to the Central City News. It is a timeless message […]

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Why History Is So Important to Me

By Woody Jenkins, Editor, Central City News — CENTRAL — I fell in love with the history of our country when at the age of 9 my parents took us on a two-week driving trip to Washington, DC. It was March 1956 and quite cold. Even though we didn’t really have the money, my dad […]

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Learning from Impeachment of Huey Long

By Woody Jenkins • Editor, Central City News — April 16, 1990, was a day to remember!  The Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge retired from active service when the “new” Louisiana State Capitol opened in 1935.  The Old State Capitol then became a museum.  The event on April 16, 1990, was to kick off […]

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Honor Those Who Paid the Price of Freedom

 I’m remembering my dad, Louis (Little Ory) Jenkins. If he were still alive, he would be 112 years old. He was born in Folsom, LA, on May 25, 1909. He grew up in Ponchatoula, where he was a star football player for Ponchatoula High School (Class of 1930) and the star shortstop for the Ponchatoula […]

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