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Early voting underway

Early voting for the November 8th presidential election began on Tuesday, October 25, and will continue through next Tuesday, November 1, with voters being able to cast early ballots at the Registrar of Voters’ office, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day during this period, except Sunday. Voters in LaSalle Parish will be voting for a president and vice president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, Court of Appeal judge, PSC member and on six proposed constitutional amendments when they go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th.        

Mon
24
Oct

Veterans Day events

Several events have been planned to honor veterans of LaSalle Parish in recognition of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. The Whatley-Flaherty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5002 of Jena has announced  the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on that day.       

Mon
24
Oct

LaSalle branding project

Through a parish-wide collaboration, LaSalle Parish, two organizations and three towns now have a new official brand/logo to represent their respective entity through a branding project headed up and funded by the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD). Cynthia Cockerham, LEDD Executive Director of Community Development, and Morgan Smith with The Jena Times served as representatives to the graphic artist for the following entities – LaSalle Parish, the Town of Olla, the Town of Tullos, the Town of Urania, LEDD and the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians.      

Mon
24
Oct

Casie Bradford, a teacher at Jena Junior High School, took part in a skeet shoot at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson

Casie Bradford, a teacher at Jena Junior High School, took part in a skeet shoot at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson, Wyoming during the summer. Four LaSalle teachers – Bradford, Reita Pearson and Kelsie Jolly from Jena Junior High, and Angie Pendarvis from Nebo Elementary School – received scholarships to attend the school where they gained valuable information that can be utilized in teaching hunter education, shooting sports, and other subjects in their classrooms.     

Tue
18
Oct

Dozens of dancers

Dozens of dancers from various tribes and states participated in the Jena Band of Choctaw Eighth Annual Pow Wow in the Pines over the weekend. There were many competitions and exhibitions over the two-day event from the grand entry to a variety of dances including a switch dance where men dressed as women and vice versa.
 
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18
Oct

Local pastors share views on presidential election

With less than three weeks away from the November 8 Presidential election, several LaSalle Parish pastors agreed to share their insights about what is undoubtedly the most controversial and highly negative presidential campaign in the history of the United States. As leaders of local congregations, these men have been looked upon to provide spiritual direction in this most heated moment in the nation’s history as both of the two major party candidates have flaws and undesirablequalities from a Christian  perspective.
 
Tue
18
Oct

Olla gets sound ’16 audit report

Olla town officials received an outstanding audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, during their regular October meeting held Tuesday night of last week. The findings and summary of the audit was presented to the Council by CPA John Vercher of the Vercher Group. “The town received an unmodified opinion on the financial statement, which is the best audit the town can receive. Overall, you had a good clean report,” Vercher said.
 
Mon
10
Oct

Healthy Places LaSalle! grant

LaSalle Parish is set to receive another $300,000 from The Rapides Foundation toward phase two of the Healthy Places La-Salle! program. Implementation of the program will be driven by the Live Lively LaSalle! Alliance. The Healthy Behaviors Program Grant will begin November 1, 2016, and will continue through October 31, 2019. 

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Mon
10
Oct

Retail sales holds steady

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish held very steady during the first three quarters of this year when compared to the first three quarters of the previous year, according to figures just released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency. Parish wide, retail sales were actually up slightly, while the town of Olla showed a slight increase, but Jena recorded a slight decrease from the same  period a year ago.  

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Oct

The Jena High School Alumni Association inducted three JHS graduates at the annual alumni banquet

The Jena High School Alumni Association inducted three JHS graduates at the annual alumni banquet held at the Community Center in Jena last Thursday night. From left, Lou Sheppard Myers, niece of Sallie Sheppard Basham, accepted the Outstanding JHS Educator award on behalf of her aunt; C. C. Gaddis, D.D.S., accepted his award as Distinguished JHS Graduate; and Mike Bradford, great nephew of Nick Medica, accepted the award for his great uncle, who was inducted into the JHS Hall of Fame. 

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