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Dec

LaSalle Detention Facility

LaSalle Detention Facility (GEO) Warden David Cole (second from right) and Training Administrator Bruce Spence (second from left), presented the Colonial Trails committee with a $1,000 check last week to assist with expenses for Howdy Neighbor Day, which was held on September 26 at Jena Town Park – (left to right) Colonial Trails Vice President Candy Barton, Spence, Colonial Trails President Blake Phillips, Cole and Secretary/Treasurer Gayla Warren. Phillips, along with the Colonial Trails committee, would like to extend his appreciation to GEO for their donation.
 
Mon
07
Dec

Jena Christmas parade Friday

The annual Jena Christmas parade will be held this Friday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m., with a former Jena business couple, Max and Virginia Mitchell, serving as Grand Marshals. The parade will line up in the Jena Town Park and pull out promptly at 6 p.m., going onto U.S. 84 from Sycamore Street, and traveling west through downtown Jena, turning north on First Street (LA 127) and ending at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse.
 
Mon
30
Nov

Jena Walmart among several bomb threats

The Jena Walmart was among several across Louisiana and the nation to be targeted with a bomb threat late Saturday afternoon, according to LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin. Sheriff Franklin said the LaSalle 9-1-1 dispatcher received what he called a ‘robotic voiced call’ around 6 p.m. Saturday and he was immediately notified. 

Mon
30
Nov

“OCC” sends shoeboxes to children around world

Christmas for thousands of kids worldwide will come from residents of LaSalle Parish in the form of shoeboxes filled with goodies. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is in its 22nd year and Jena First Baptist Church has participated for the past 19 years. In the first year the church participated in the program, in 1997, a total of 25 boxes were filled. 

Mon
30
Nov

An open house

An open house at the newly renovated Community Center (formerly the Jena Fair Barn) will be held Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 1 to 3 p.m. Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury are extremely proud of the improvements made at the Community Center and wish to share those with the public. The building has been remodeled, inside and out, with new restrooms, kitchen, lighting, air/ hearing, painting, tables, chairs, etc. The landscaping has greatly enhanced the appearance of the facility. Everyone is invited to drop by and see the renovated facility.  

Mon
30
Nov

The Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Board Area 60 members attended their first meeting recently at Jena Town Hall. The WDB Area 60 members include the following parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle and Winn. The WDB’s purpose is to provide strategic oversight in collaboration with partnerships and stakeholders to help develop a comprehensive system in the local area and larger planning region. During the meeting, members elected officers: Chair – Lowell Hubbard, a Winn Parish resident and owner of Hubbard Logging; Vice Chair – Allyson Fannin, a LaSalle Parish resident and a LaSalle General Hospital employee in Human Resources and Secretary – Shaunee Huffman, a LaSalle Parish resident and represents The Jena Choctaw Inter-Tribal Council. The Workforce Development Board Area 60 office is located at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse and Gay Stringer serves as executive director. For more information, contact Stringer at 992-8264. 

Mon
23
Nov

Small Business Saturday

As small businesses continue to drive the economy and provide support to many communities, they deserve our appreciation, states Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., president of the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD).
 

 

Mon
23
Nov

Edwards elected as new Governor Lambeth, Wilson elected; Library tax wins approval

Democrat John Bel Edwards of Amite was elected as the next Governor of Louisiana during light voting in the general election held across the state last Saturday. However, LaSalle Parish voters favored Republican David Vitter as 41.5-percent of local voters turned out to cast ballots.
 

 

Mon
23
Nov

Tribal Expo

Les Williston, an Oklahoma Choctaw, talks to Fellowship Elementary second grade students about his large display of Choctaw arrowheads, animal furs and primitive weapons as part of their visit last week to the Jena Band of Choctaw’s annual Expo. The event featured demonstrations of traditional Choctaw dress, language, beadwork, tools, dances, sports and more. Several other local students paid a visit to the expo last week as well as the general public.
 

 

Mon
16
Nov

Runoff election Saturday

The general election, or runoff election for the fall of 2015, will be held this Saturday, Nov. 21, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and remaining open until 8 p.m., according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve Andrews, Chief Election Officer for the parish. Early voting ended last Saturday after six days in which voters were allowed to cast early ballots. Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer said a total of 813 people cast their ballots in person, a total of 118 mail-out ballots have been received back, and another 140 mailout ballots are still out there, and if they are received by election day, they will be tallied.
 

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