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14
Mar

Being compared to the Great Flood of 1927

Old time residents of LaSalle Parish are comparing the flooding along the Little River floodplain to the Great Flood of 1927. The flooding was caused by rainfall totaling from 12 to 22-inches throughout central and north Louisiana, much of which had to travel through the Little River drainage basin. No one can remember the Little River floodplain being flooded over such a wide area, and affecting so many homes, as the flood experienced during the past several days. LaSalle Homeland Security Director/ Sheriff Scott Franklin said as of press time on Monday that between 90 and 100 homes in the parish, mostly in the Little River floodplain, have been flooded by rising waters from the river.  

Mon
07
Mar

Jena plans “Easter in the Park” celebration

Jena Mayor LaDawn C. Edwards told members of the Jena Town Council during its regular March meeting held Tuesday night of last week that plans are proceeding for the first annual “Easter in the Park” celebration, slated for Good Friday, March 25th. The playground in the park will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24, as the park is prepared for the first annual celebration, which will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.  

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Mon
07
Mar

Work begins on removing Trout overpass

Employees with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development began work Monday morning to remove the dangerous overpass on LA 772 at Trout. Dirt from the embankments on both sides of the overpass will be removed and a new roadway will be constructed in the curve, according to a spokesman for DOTD.  

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Mon
07
Mar

Trump, Sanders carries LaSalle in primary vote

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders carried LaSalle Parish for the Republican and Democratic party primaries, respectively, during last Saturday’s Presidential Preference Primary. Statewide, Trump led in voting, with Ted Cruz coming in with a very strong second place finish, for the Republicans. Hillary Clinton led the democratic field statewide with a commanding majority. 

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Mon
07
Mar

In honor of Black History Month in February

In honor of Black History Month in February, the Centennial Cultural Center in Olla hosted an art exhibition with artwork from Grambling State University and Northwestern State University as well as a Nigerian art display on loan from Olla resident and Councilman Joe Rachal. The NSU featured artist was Shandi Russell.

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Mon
07
Mar

Jena High senior and art club member Tori Robertson

Jena High senior and art club member Tori Robertson placed Best in Show and received an award of $100 for her art piece at the annual YACA State Convention in Forest Hill. She won the Student’s Choice Award - which meant the majority of students at the convention chose the art piece as their overall favorite of all the artwork in the competition.  

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Mon
29
Feb

Several sentenced, pleas taken during sessions of District Court

Several fines were meted out and pleas taken during early February sessions of 28th Judicial District Court, held in and for the Parish of LaSalle. The Honorable J. Christopher Peters, District Judge, presided at the session. Also at their regular duties were District Attorney J. Reed Walters and assistants, Deputy Sheriffs Jim Arbogast, Christie Greer, and Alan Graham; Deputy Clerk of Court Reba McClure, and Court Reporter/ Administrator Amy Stapleton.  
 

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Mon
29
Feb

Presidential primary slated this Saturday

LaSalle Parish voters will join voters from throughout Louisiana on Saturday to participate in the presidential preference primary election, according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews. Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Remember, photo identification will be needed at the polls.
 

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Mon
29
Feb

Death claims ex-Jena Fire Chief, current JP

Death claimed the life of a former Jena Fire Chief and current Justice of the Peace, serving District 4 in LaSalle Parish, last Saturday. Donny Ray “Don” Smith, Sr. died Saturday following a brief battle with cancer. Smith served the Town of Jena as Fire Chief from 1980 until his retirement two years ago. During his tenure, the Jena Fire Department witnessed vast improvements, including building the new fire station on West Bradford Street in Jena, as well as sub-stations in Midway and in north Jena.  
 

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Mon
29
Feb

State Treasurer visits here

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy, who is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated this fall by Sen. David Vitter, was in Jena last Thursday afternoon and met with several local officials and businessmen. Kennedy spoke briefly about the state budget problems that legislators are tackling during a special session now underway in Baton Rouge.  
 

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