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Tue
06
Jan

Top stories in LaSalle Parish for 2014

As the editor reviewed the stories that made headlines in The Jena Times during the year just ended, several ranked among the top events for 2014 in the parish, with stories on elections, weather and economic development leading the way. 
 
Tue
06
Jan

La Dawn Edwards

LaDawn Edwards was administered her oath of office as new mayor of Jena by LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve Andrews during a special ceremony on Monday, December 29th, at the Jena Municipal Building. LaDawn’s mother, Maxine Cooper, holds the Bible while the oath was administered. Edwards assumed duties as mayor on Thursday, January 1, 2015. 
 
Tue
06
Jan

New streets signs

New streets signs went up in downtown Jena about mid-December, which has drawn attention and comments from many residents. This particular sign post with signs is located at the intersection of Oak and Second Street, across from Jena Town Hall.
 
Tue
30
Dec

Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen

Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen dressed in old style clothing for a recent visit from Nebo Elementary fourth graders to the CCC. McKeithen told the students stories about traditions and daily life of the  “old days” such as using a kerosene lamp, sharecropping, cooking over a wood-burning stove and about Mawmaw Nelly, her mother-in-law.
 
Tue
30
Dec

The annual “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser

The annual “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser concluded on December 12 with the winner drawings at the Jena Wal-Mart Supercenter.
 
Tue
23
Dec

Santa Claus

Santa Claus arrived in Jena on Friday night, Dec. 12th, just in time to take part in the annual Jena Christmas Parade. Jena Mayor- Elect LaDawn Edwards and Chief of Police-Elect Scott McLendon joined him atop one of Jena’s fire trucks. The Jena parade was one of many events held throughout the parish as the holiday season approached
 
Tue
23
Dec

Colt Brister, Extension Associate with LSU AgCenter

Colt Brister, Extension Associate with LSU AgCenter, conducted a Soil Testing Workshop in LaSalle Parish last week. He discussed the benefits of taking a soil test and demonstrated how to take a test. Soil testing is available through the LSU AgCenter.
 
Tue
16
Dec

Police Jury adopts $8.4-million budget

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury adopted their 2015 budget totaling just over $8.35 million at their regular December meeting held Monday night of last week following a public hearing on the new budget and
amended 2014 budget
 
Tue
16
Dec

Champion Roper

Logan Stapleton, 14-yearold son of Curt and Kelly Stapleton of Jena, and his team roping partner, Tyler McGuffee of Bossier City, recently won the #9 Shoot-Out at the 2014 United States Team Roping Championship National Finals of Team Roping in Oklahoma City
 
Tue
16
Dec

Law enforcement officers

Law enforcement officers from the area gathered outside Jena High School last Wednesday shortly after school officials notified authorities that a bomb threat had been made against the school. Within 48 hours, detectives had completed an intensive investigation and an 18-year-old teenager had been taken into custody and had been charged with one count of communicating of false information of planned bombing on school property – a felony charge
 

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