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Wed
05
Nov

Runoff needed for new Jena Mayor

LaDawn Cooper Edwards and Donnie Kendrick will face each other at the Dec. 6th runoff election as voters decide who will be the new Mayor of Jena. Edwards led a field of three candidates in Tuesday’s open primary election, capturing 635, or 45.88%, of the votes. Kendrick had 495 voters, or 35.77%, to come in second.
 
Tue
28
Oct

A fall display at the Jena Town Hall representing

A fall display at the Jena Town Hall representing the three candidates running for mayor of Jena – Steve Crooks, LaDawn Edwards, and Donnie Kendrick – remind voters to get out and “VOTE” next Tuesday, at the open primary election. Along with voters choosing a new mayor for Jena, a lot of other office holders will be decided on Tuesday, ranging from U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, to school board members, other town officials, a justice of peace and constable, along with the fate of 14 proposed constitutional amendments
 
Tue
28
Oct

JHS Queen crowned…

Caitlyn Gallaspy was crowned Queen of the 2014 homecoming festivities at Jena High School by Principal Glen “Slick” Joiner during the morning homecoming program last Friday
 
Tue
21
Oct

Early voting ends Tuesday

Early voting for the November 4th open primary election began on Tuesday, Oct. 21st, and will continue through next Tuesday, Oct. 28th, according to Connie Huett, Registrar of Voters. Those wishing to cast early ballots may do
so from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (except for Sunday), at the Registrar of Voters’ office in the LaSalle Parish Courthouse
 
Tue
21
Oct

Jena chosen for national distinction honor

The Town of Jena was chosen as a recipient of the 2014 “America’s Best Small Town to Live, Work and Raise a Family” award which includes the making of a video to be shown nationwide, narrated by football great Terry Bradshaw
 
Tue
21
Oct

Jessi Norwood of Olla sings the National Anthem

Jessi Norwood of Olla sings the National Anthem during the ribbon cutting ceremony last week for The GEO Group’s grand opening of a Staging Facility at England Airpark in Alexandria. A host of national, state and local elected officials as well as GEO leadership and employees and dozens of other were in attendance for the ceremony, including (shown left to right) England Airpark Chairman of the Board Bart Jones, Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy and Jena GEO Facility Warden D.C. Cole.
 
Tue
14
Oct

First nine months retail sales up 15%

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish for the first nine months of this year are up 15% over the same period during the previous year, according to sales tax figures just released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agencyr.
 
Tue
14
Oct

School employees to get extra pay in Nov., Dec. checks

All employees in the La- Salle Parish School System will receive additional pay in their monthly payroll checks in the months of November and December. At the regular October meeting of the school board held Monday night of last
week, members approved one-time stipends to be paid in December.
 
Tue
14
Oct

Sales Associate Gail Tanner assists customer Robert Wilemon of Olla

Sales Associate Gail Tanner assists customer Robert Wilemon of Olla with purchases he made at the Jena Walmart last Wednesday. Retail sales in LaSalle Parish for the first nine months of this year are up 15-percent over the previous year as the economic condition in the area continues to improve. If retail sales continue at this pace for the final three months of the year, an all time record sales year will be set for the parish 
 
Tue
07
Oct

LAE files new lawsuit over education funding

Unless a lawsuit filed recently is successful, more than $60  million state and local tax dollars will go toward Louisiana’s state-approved charter schools during the 2014-15 school year. The Louisiana Association of Educators filed suit on behalf of school districts calling the practice supported by Louisiana law unconstitutional and asks for an immediate discontinuation of the fund disbursement
 

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