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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).
 
Tue
12
Nov

Local citizens

Local citizens (left to right) Craig Breithaupt, Tom Watkins, Todd Fannin, Hank Cooksey and James King practice a Christmas song as part of the LaSalle Parish Community Choir. The choir will present a Christmas concert on November 30, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Jena High Auditorium.
 
Tue
12
Nov

Voters to decide on new Congressman Saturday

Vance McAllister & Neil Riser
LaSalle Parish voters will join others throughout the Fifth Congressional District in choosing a new U. S. Congressman at the runoff election to be held this coming Saturday, November 16th. A total of 462 voters have already cast their ballots in the election, choosing to vote early during a period from Nov. 2 through 9. There were also 199 ballots mailed out and many of those will be returned and counted in the total on Saturday night. Officials are predicting a very low turnout in Saturday’s election.
 
Tue
12
Nov

Carol McDougald of Olla

Carol McDougald of Olla, a former member of the LaSalle Parish Library Board of Control, cut the ribbon last Wednesday to officially open the newly renovated Olla Branch of the Library. The library renovation project was a dream of McDougald during her 29½-year tenure on the board. After the brief ceremony, an open house was held to show off the remodeled facility.
 
Tue
05
Nov

The Potty Tannehill Memorial Park in Urania is now officially renovated

The Potty Tannehill Memorial Park in Urania is now officially renovated and open to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at the park. The park bathroom facilities were recently completed, which ended the portion of the park renovation project funded by the Live Lively LaSalle! Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation grant. Those present were: Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin, Urania Town Employee Stanley Lee, LEDD Executive Director Cynthia Cockerham, Olla Councilman Joe Rachal, Urania Town Employee Jay Banes, Olla Town Clerk Wendy Allbritton, Urania Mayor Terri Corley, Olla Councilman Jay Ivy’s granddaughter Leah Steen, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Grant Project Researcher Elizabeth Gollub of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Urania Assistant Town Clerk Chel Williams, Olla Councilwoman Rhonda Elliott, Urania Council members Stacie Strain, Pat McDougald and Jay Ivy and Urania Town Clerk Sandy Callender.
Tue
05
Nov

The Town of Jena celebrated a new portion of the Jena Vision Trail

The Town of Jena celebrated a new portion of the Jena Vision Trail opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at the Jena City Park. The trail’s construction is due to funding from the Live Lively LaSalle! Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation grant. The ceremony was held after the LaSalle Parish 4-H Family Walk on the trail. The walk’s participants were present for the photo along with front (left to right) Jena Councilman Tommy Sandifer, LaSalle Parish 4-H Agent Kim Evans, Olla Council members Rhonda Elliott and Joe Rachal, Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Grant Project Researcher Elizabeth Gollub of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Jena Councilman David Paul Jones, LEDD Executive Director Cynthia Cockerham, Jena Councilman Donny Richardson, Jena Town Clerk Cory Floyd, Jena Assistant Town Clerk Aubrey McAnn and Olla Town Clerk Wendy Allbritton.

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