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Tue
30
Aug

Meeting a local health need

LGH to open Senior Behavioral Health Unit 
 
LaSalle General Hospital in Jena is undergoing extensive renovation as it prepares for the opening of a new geriatric psychiatric unit set for October 1. According to LGH Chief Executive Officer Lana B. Francis, the new Senior Behavioral Health Unit will feature 16 adult beds.

 

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Tue
30
Aug

Skeet shoot raises funds for 4-H shotgun program

LaSalle Parish 4-H raised approximately $1,500 through a 4-H Benefit Skeet Shoot recently hosted at the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range at Summerville. Proceeds from the shoot benefited the parish’s 4-H shotgun program. There were over two-dozen participants in the shoot from ages 9 and up. Half of each entry fee went into a prize pot. The winners of the skeet shoot were: 1st place – Nathan Francis ($110), 2nd place – Benny Hailey ($66) and 3rd place – Tim Reaves ($44). Each of the winners donated their winnings back to the shotgun program.

 

Tue
30
Aug

Third suspected church burglar arrested

The third suspect in the La-Salle Parish church burglaries turned himself in to authorities last week with all three still behind bars after bonds were set in 28th Judicial District Court. Lewis J. Hayes, 48, of Pineville, surrendered to deputies at the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office last week after news stories of warrants issued for his arrest were published.

 

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Mon
22
Aug

Church burglaries solved

Three Jena men have been identified as the ring of burglars responsible for breaking into and stealing from LaSalle Parish churches over the past three months. According to LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin, two of the three men were arrested late last week with a third man still at large.       

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Mon
22
Aug

Jena named second safest town in state

The Town of Jena has been named by CreditDonkey as the second safest town in Louisiana, coming in just behind Brusley. The rating is based on crimes committed in each town/city in the state. Despite facing hurricanes, oil spills, flooding, and other obstacles, Louisiana has shown itself to be a dynamic and enduring state. While cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge are the most recognizable, it’s the smaller, less well-known spots that stand out as the Pelican State’s safest.      

Mon
22
Aug

School enrollment down

Early enrollment figures for the public and private school students in LaSalle Parish showed a slight decrease from the past school year, down from 2,922 last year to 2,845 this year – a decrease of 77 students. When you add in the students who are home schooled (84), the total number of students in the parish is down by 116 students – going from 3,045 last year to 2,929 this year.    

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Mon
22
Aug

Celebrate Recovery begins in LaSalle

There is a new addiction recovery program in LaSalle Parish – one that is endorsed by most evangelical groups and judging by its record over the past 25 years – it works. While many have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous and their 12-step programs, many do not know that there is actually a Christian alternative to the treatment of addictions such as alcohol and drugs. It’s called, Celebrate Recovery (CR).  

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Mon
15
Aug

Our sincere apology

Last week, this newspaper printed the open house dates for all the schools in the parish. The only problem, the correct list did not make it into the paper. We had carefully obtained the correct dates and had the story stored on our server. But in pulling the pages together, somehow the open house story from last year was inserted into the space.   

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Mon
15
Aug

Three more churches burglarized

During the past two weeks, three more LaSalle Parish churches have been burglarized, increasing the number of churches in LaSalle to seven since July 17 when the first church burglary was reported. The latest, Nolley Memorial Methodist Church in Jena, was burglarized Tuesday night, August  9, where the burglar only took a small amount of coins from inside the church.      

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Mon
15
Aug

Jury supports El Camino plan

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury went on record during their regular August meeting held Monday night of last week in support of the 2002 Master Plan Study of the El Camino East-West Corridor plan. Jena attorney Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., a member of the El Camino East-West Corridor Board of Directors for more than 30 years, spoke to jurors and presented a resolution in support of the plan, which was unanimously adopted by  the Jury.        

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