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LaSalle Parish Police Jury

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 1 p.m. last Thursday for the newly renovated Community Center (former Fair Barn) in Jena prior to an open house held until 3 p.m., sponsored by the LaSalle Parish Police Jury. Taking part in the ribbon cutting event were, from left: Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Abbie Whittington, Secretary Jamie Jones, Secretary-Treasurer Kay Smith, Jury Vice-President Mike Crooks, Jury President Bard Lambeth, Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards, and Jurors Jack Zeagler, Bobby Ray Francis and Larkin Jackson. Renovation work was recently completed on the Community Center through a 75/25% Louisiana Capital Outlay grant. Womack and Sons Construction were awarded the contract for the work at a cost of $240,632, which included completely renovating the inside of the facility. Landscaping greatly enhanced the appearance of the facility.
 
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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.
 
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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. 

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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. 

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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).
 

 

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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.
 

 

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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.
 

 

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