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Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries are being provided to communities all over this country and through the efforts of one Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout status, Jena is now home to a Little Free Library. Thomas Hailey, son of Tommy and Debra Jo Hailey of Ponchatoula, is working to complete requirements to achieve the status of Eagle Scout, and he chose the Little Free Library as his community service project.
 

 

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Jan

Jena High senior Kelsey Bradford

Jena High senior Kelsey Bradford was chosen as the winner of the JHS Future Business Leaders of America Most Beautiful Pageant on Saturday evening. She is the daughter of Robert and Carol Bradford. In the pageant, she represented the
JHS Lady Giants Softball Team.
 

 

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11
Jan

Jena “Fireman of Year” recognized

A highlight at the regular January meeting of the Jena Town Council on Tuesday night of last week was recognizing and honoring the “Fireman of the Year”. Fire Chief Josh Corley presented a plaque to Captain Charlie Savell for his dedicated service to the Jena Fire Department. Savell has been employed as a full-time fireman for the past 12 years. Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards and members of the Council joined in congratulating Savell on his selection. 
 
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11
Jan

Retail sales down for year

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish were down about 17-percent for the year just ended, according to figures released for 2015 by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collect sales taxes for several bodies in the parish.
 

 

Mon
04
Jan

Top stories for LaSalle in 2015

A review of stories that made headlines in The Jena Times during the year just ended revealed no ‘one story’ could be classified as the top story of the year. Several of them ranked among the top stories for 2015. One of the top stories was the first triple homicide in the history of LaSalle Parish occurred in April of this year at Urania in northern LaSalle Parish.  
 
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04
Jan

Dardenne discusses La. budget problems

Last Wednesday, incoming Commissioner of the Division of Administration (DOA) Jay Dardenne held a press conference in Baton Rouge to discuss the looming budget problems that face the new administration. Lt. Governor Dardenne, chosen to lead DOA by Governor- elect John Bel Edwards, announced that, in the current fiscal year (FY), Louisiana faces an estimated $750 million shortfall.  
 
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04
Jan

Jena High sophomore

Jena High sophomore and Eagle Scout candidate Jacob Chandler holds a helmet from the display of his grandfather, Earl W. Peavy Sr., from Chandler’s recently launched LaSalle Veterans Exhibit at the Jena Cultural Center in Trout. The exhibit consists of multiple displays from local veterans who Chandler interviewed – all for his Eagle Scout service project. The full-length interviews are posted online. The exhibit will be featured in Olla at the Centennial Cultural Center in the next few months.  
 
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04
Jan

Airport facelift

The Jena Airport has finished a much needed facelift project, but more work is needed at the facility if funding can be obtained, according to Patrick Newcomb, Manager of the Airport. “The runway was recently seal-coated and repainted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA). This project gives a much needed facelift to our runway,” Newcomb stated. “The final product looks like a brand new runway with fresh painted markings that make it easier for pilots to identify the landing threshold.” 
 
Mon
28
Dec

The end of an era…

When Dr. I. C. Turnley, Jr. saw his last patient in his office last week, and headed home to enjoy his retirement, it was the end of an era that covered more than a half century plus eight years of serving patients in the Jena area. Dr. Turnley graduated from Trout-Good Pine High School in 1944 and for the next two years, served his country in the United States Navy, and continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1951.  

 

Mon
28
Dec

A.P.P.L.E.S. Program a success

The “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser for the A.P.P.L.E.S. (Assistance Program for People in the LaSalle Parish Education System) program culminated on Friday, December 11th, as the winning tickets were drawn at the Jena Wal-Mart Supercenter. 

 

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