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Tue
01
Jul

Voters to face long ballot in fall

In addition to all the public officials who are up for election this fall, voters will also be called upon to decide the fate of fourteen proposed constitutional amendments, some of them involving important issues. Voters will be choosing a  U.S. Senator in statewide voting, and a U.S. Congressman in the Fifth Congressional District. A number of candidates are expected for both of these races. 
 
Tue
24
Jun

Well over 100 Boy Scouts and staff gathered at Camp Attakapas

Well over 100 Boy Scouts and staff gathered at Camp Attakapas in Trout last week, June 15-21, for the annual Summer Camp. Programs included the opportunity to work on a variety of merit badges including cycling, emergency preparedness, fish and wildlife management, shotgun shooting, small boat sailing, and wilderness survival. Youth also had the opportunity to swim and use the climbing tower. Scouts above are enjoying a cool swim in the camp’s lake. Camp Attakapas is currently undergoing a facelift with extensive renovations and construction
 
Tue
24
Jun

Leslie Kirkham gets a hands-on look at a snake

Leslie Kirkham gets a hands-on look at a snake during the Summer Reading Program at the LaSalle Parish Library in Jena last Thursday, as Cydney Parker looks on in amazement. The snake’s owner, Rhonda Russell, principal of Jena Junior High School, was host for the hands-on activities that involved audience participation. Russell also hosted the program in Olla that afternoon. 
 
Tue
17
Jun

Audit reveals Jena in sound financial shape

The audit for the year ending December 31, 2013, reveals the town of Jena is in very sound financial condition, as the mayor and council members learned during a special meeting held Tuesday morning of last week.
Wes Gore, CPA, with the auditing firm of Silas Simmons, LLC of Natchez, Mississippi, met with the council and mayor to go over the contents of the latest town audit 
 
Tue
17
Jun

Good Pine Middle third grade student

Good Pine Middle third grade student Paige Farrington and Olla Elementary fifth grade student Patrick Bailey blow bubbles at the Dixie Center courtyard in Olla last week as part of activities for the Very Special Summer Camp for students with special needs held and hosted by the Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) 
 
Tue
17
Jun

Theresa and Lee Worsham presented Polly Duncan

Theresa and Lee Worsham presented Polly Duncan, executive director for the LaSalle Council on Aging with a check for $500, the proceeds from the first annual Mid-Louisiana Big Rig Truck Show held Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, at the Jena fairgrounds
 
Tue
10
Jun

School Board OK’s payment of supplements

The June meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board was short and relatively quiet, as members moved through a 13-item agenda and then went into an executive session to discuss litigations. One important item on the agenda approved by the board was to authorize payment of the June sales tax supplement as follows: degreed personnel (position requires a 4-year degree) in the amount of $4,933.14, and non-degreed personnel (position does not require a 4-year degree), in the amount of $3,453.14.
 
Tue
10
Jun

The Jena Town Council

The Jena Town Council has approved a proposal for the construction of the Third Street Plaza, to be paid for with funds from a $1-million DOTD Transportation Enhancement Grant, which was approved two years ago. The Plaza would start at the Jena Town Square and proceed south to Pine Street, and include a trail and a traffic lane on both sides, and parking for about 78 cars down the middle of the Plaza
 
Tue
10
Jun

Jena native and NFL Defensive

Jena native and NFL Defensive Tackle for the Washington Redskins (formerly of the Dallas Cowboys) will be in Jena on Saturday to hold the Inaugural Jason Hatcher 7-on-7 Championship Tournament, which will feature area high school football teams. Hatcher recently signed to play for the Washington Redskins after spending eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboysfrom 2006-2013. 
 
Tue
03
Jun

The Veterans Honor Guard

The Veterans Honor Guard hoists the American flag outside of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse during the annual Memorial Day Program. Several local veterans participated in the ceremony and the keynote address was given by Rev. Carl Gulde, who is a 1st Sgt of the U.S. Army (Retired) as well as a Desert Storm Veteran and pastor of Bethel Baptist Church
 

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