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23
May

Catahoula Memorial Day event

ALA Boyd Mann Unit 163 President Ruth King announces that their Annual Memorial Day Program will be on Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m. The program will be at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 401 Third Street in Jonesville. Pastor John Scott and church members joins ALA in inviting everyone to join them in giving honor to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America. Joining the program will be Fifth District Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., and Third District Congressman Charles Boustany, M.D. Abraham will be speaking and making a presentation of replacement medals to the family of World War II POW Norman Hardie.    
 
Mon
23
May

LPSO has some of best narcotic detection dogs

Once again the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office has demonstrated it has some of the best narcotic detection dogs in the nation as canine officers recently attended their yearly certification. According to LPSO Chief of Operation and K-9 Trainer Daryl Husbands, the U.S. Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 10 Narcotic Detection Certification Trials were held for four days the week of April 25 in Baton Rouge.  
 

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Mon
23
May

Memorial Day programs planned in Olla and Jena

Two Memorial Day programs are planned this weekend to honor the memory of fallen soldiers from this area and from throughout the nation. The first of these events will be held at the Centennial Cultural Center in downtown Olla, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29th.
 

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Mon
23
May

Remembering World War II

He was just 18 years old when he was drafted into the United States Army on August 3, 1943, but this small-framed Midway youth would soon grow up fast as he fought the Japanese in the Pacific Campaign of World War II. J.W. Nix is now 91 and lives in East Jena but his memory of his days in the United States military during the war are as clear as ever.
 

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Wed
18
May

Cancer survivor to be honored

Ask Jena resident Vicky Crooks who is responsible for her being able to celebrate five years of cancer free scans and you’ll quickly get an acknowledgment of “Jesus Christ, my Lord and God.” But ask her who God used to get his results in her life and she just as quickly points to Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

“God orchestrated everything for me to get to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to come under the love and care of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA),” she said. “I am so thankful for all they have done for me during the past five years.”

This week, Crooks will travel back to Philadelphia but this time, she will not be there receiving treatments or getting scans. She will be there as part of an invitation from the organization to celebrate her five years of cancer survivorship at an event deemed “Celebrate Life.”

Mon
16
May

Registrar and E9-1-1 offices to switch soon

Action by the LaSalle Parish Police Jury will allow the offices of the LaSalle Registrar of Voters and the LaSalle Parish Communications District (E9-1-1) to switch in June.  The move is set tentatively for June 10th. The Registrar’s office is presently located in the east end of the  Courthouse, and the LaSalle Communications District office is located at 1009 Courthouse Street,  directly across the street from the Courthouse.  

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Mon
16
May

CLTCC-Rod Brady

CLTCC-Rod Brady graduated six Patient Care Technicians on Friday at the Riverfront Center in Alexandria: (left to right) Campus Dean Laurel Comeaux, Destiny Sikes, Britney McIntire, Brittany Hudnall, Amy Gentry, Jessica Farris and Instructor Amber Lee. Not shown is ShabreAnne Cooper. Gentry and Farris are honor students.  

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16
May

JJHS Archery Team to compete in June

Jena Junior High ALAS-Archery Team qualified to compete at the 2016 NASP World Tournament on June 24-26 at Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. The team qualified for world competition in both bullseye and 3D Challenge while at the 2016 NASP National Tournament on May 12-14 at Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY. The team members heading for world tournament are: front (left to right) Cayden Scott, Rhett Fannin, Daniel Moss, Emily Breithaupt, Riley Bond, Cade Andrews, Jedd Gibson and Luke Smith and back (l to r) Coach Andrew Strong, Kaleb Clark, Timothy McKee, Audrey Pritchard, Korlee Morphis, Kandyce Elliott, Hailey Davis and Coach Kelsie Jolly.

Mon
16
May

Firemen training

Several members of six different parish fire departments attending four days of extensive training recently as skills were honed for firefighter safety.  The training was sponsored and conducted by the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute (FETI) May 2-5 at the Jena Fire Station.  The training promoted firefighter competency and interdepartmental cooperation.

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Wed
11
May

Retired School System Employees

Retiring employees of the LaSalle Parish School System were honored at a "Retirement Tea" last Thursday afternoon at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena. Five of the seven retirees were on hand and Supervisor Scott Windham presented each with a plaque in recognition of their years of seviceto the parish school system. Among those honored were: seated, from left: Betty Westbrooks, para-professional at Jena Junior High Schol, 20.5 years; and Marilyn Andrews, teacher at Jena Elementary School, 15.5 years; standing, from left, Dale Ford, bus operator, 25 years; Angela Smith, art teacher, Jena High School, 30 years; and Gawan Burgess, assistant principal at Jena High School, 33 years. Also honored but unable to attend were Phyllis Alander, para-professional at Jena Junior High School, 14.75 years; and Lori McCarty, teacher at Olla Elementary School, 22 years.

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