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03
Dec

Jena Band of Choctaw Tribal Council Member

Jena Band of Choctaw Tribal Council Member and Tribal Historic Preservation Director Dana Masters shows Fellowship Elementary first grader Jackson Yates how to play the Choctaw game of stickball as part of their recent Choctaw Thanksgiving exhibition to showcase their culture to area students. Masters explained that the game is a full contact sport with no protection padding or helmets and the players use two sticks with curved netted ends to scoop up, catch and throw the ball at their team’s pole to score. She told students that the game was played by the tribes to settle disputes between tribal members and other tribes to avoid going to war and that the game
could be deadly but it was used to keep the peace within a tribe
 
Tue
03
Dec

“Operation Christmas Child” 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 twentieth year and Jena First Baptist Church has participated for the past 17 years. In the first year the church participated in the program, in 1997, a total of 25 boxes were filled. “A total of 1,571 shoeboxes were filled and delivered to a distribution site in Pineville on November 25, thanks to the efforts of many parish citizens,” Frances McDonald said with a twinkle in her eye, knowing that the number surpassed the record set last year
 
Mon
25
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).
LEDD is supporting “Small Business Saturday” which this year is November 30th. First, there was Black Friday. Then, there was Cyber Monday. Now, there’s Small Business Saturday, a day for all the small businesses
that fuel the economy and invigorate our community. 
 
Mon
25
Nov

Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin shows off the plaque Jena received after being named as winner of one of the 2013 Great Places in Louisiana award

Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin shows off the plaque Jena received after being named as winner of one of the 2013 Great Places in Louisiana award. The award is sponsored each year by AARP’s Livable Communities Council,  the Center for Planning Excellence and the Lt. Governor’s Office. The award recognizes organizations, communities and local governments that are working to make their community livable for people of all ages and abilities.  Judges critiqued affordability, accessibility, community engagement, walkability, and public transit among other measures when judging the entries for the award. Development of the Jena’s Vision plan was cited in the application submitted for the competition
 
Mon
25
Nov

Protests targets Common Core

Several LaSalle parents and students joined others across the country in a protest that called for keeping their children home from school on Monday of last week. The protest was against  Common Core State Standards that Louisiana adopted in 2010, and which has come under fire by many parents, teachers, and others during the past few months 
 
Tue
19
Nov

Grant funds will aid in economic development

Bobby Ray Francis, president of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury proudly announces approval of grant funds, which will aid in economic development in LaSalle Parish.
 
Tue
19
Nov

U.S. Army Veteran

U.S. Army Veteran Tommy Hudnall and his guest, Linda Bignar, are served by Bethsaida Suarez and Bethany Russell during the annual Veterans Day Banquet held at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena. Hudnall is a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Members of the Jena High School Beta Club, Drama Club and Band hosted the annual event, served the meal and provided entertainment for the veterans in attendance.
 
Tue
19
Nov

McAllister elected

Vance McAllister
Vance McAllister, a political newcomer, defeated a well-established candidate in light voting last Saturday to become the new U.S. Congressman from the Fifth Congressional District. McAllister, who largely self-funded his campaign, beat establishment candidate Neil Riser, State Senator of the 32nd Louisiana District, in a special runoff election for the vacant congressional seat.
 
Tue
19
Nov

Warriors of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Warriors of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, and their families, were recognized and honored during a ceremony dedicating a Veterans Plaza on the grounds of Jena Pines Casino in Creola at noon on Saturday, Nov. 9th. Tribal Council members taking part in the ceremony were, from left: Christine Norris, Chief Cheryl Smith, Dana Masters, Christy Murphy, and Ricky Jackson, a U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipien
 
Tue
12
Nov

School Board members learn at LSBA meeting

Nine members of the LaSalle Parish School Board attended a professional development session in Monroe on Monday of last week and were brought up to date on education matters in the state. The session was sponsored by the Louisiana School Board Association (LSBA).
 

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