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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).
 
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.
 

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