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Tue
17
Dec

Jena High School junior Bryttanye Erwin

Jena High School junior Bryttanye Erwin was chosen as the winner of the recent Most Beautiful Pageant, sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at JHS. Bryttanye is the daughter of Ellis and Stacye Erwin of Jena. In the pageant, she represented the Anchor Club. 
 
Tue
10
Dec

Jena officials adopt new $6.2 million 2014 budget

The Jena Town Council adopted the town’s 2014 year budget total of just over $6.2 million at its regular December meeting held Tuesday night of last week. The budget had been introduced at the November meeting and a public hearing was held prior to adoption last week. The budget totals $6,245,779 in revenue; $5,227,512.76 in operating expenses; and $913,360.71 in capital improvements 
 
Tue
10
Dec

LaSalle workforce up 228 workers for year

LaSalle Parish workforce increased by 228 workers during the past year, according to figures just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). Civilian labor force figures for October 2013 shows LaSalle with 7,274 people employed, up from 7,046 in October 2012. The unemployment rate for LaSalle in October this year stood at 4.7 percent, which is the fifth lowest in the state. Parishes with lower unemployment rates than LaSalle are all in extreme south Louisiana, including Lafourche, 4.1 percent; Terrebonne, 4.3 percent; Lafayette, 4.5 percent; and Cameron, 4.6 percent.  
 
Tue
10
Dec

Officials in the town of Olla recently held a groundbreaking

Officials in the town of Olla recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Olla Recreational Complex’s future walking trail extension, basketball court and bathroom facilities as well as the town’s downtown Farmer’s Market and the trail’s addition of exercise stations. The trail extension, basketball court, bathrooms and market are funded through the Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Live Lively LaSalle! grant. The exercise stations are funded through a $25,000 grant from The Rapides Foundation.
 
Tue
03
Dec

Taxpayers receive tax notices for year 2013

Tax statements for 2013 for LaSalle Parish taxpayers went out in the mail a couple of weeks ago and taxes are due by the end of December. The tax statements were mailed by the La- Salle Parish Sheriff’s Office, as the Sheriff is the ex-officio tax collector for the parish. Taxes are based on assessments assigned by the La- Salle Parish Assessor’s office
 
Tue
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 
 

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