According to records kept in the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, more than one thousand drug arrests have been made during the past seven-plus years, or since Scott Franklin was first elected as Sheriff.
The third annual Whitetails Unlimited LaSalle Area Banquet will be held this Saturday, January 31st, at the Jena Fair Barn. This special event will feature raffles, games, silent auction, and live auction, as well as a smoked Boston butt supper
A large crowd of parents and students attended the annual Parent Expo, held at Jena Elementary School on Thursday night of last week. The event is sponsored each year by the LaSalle Parish Title I Program, and involves parents and students from throughout the parish. Its purpose is to inform parents of what is offered in the school system, and provide resources and information to help their children achieve a quality education
Jena High Lady Giant powerlifters Bryttanye Erwin and Madison Erwin competed January 10th at the Louisiana State Championship in Lafayette. Bryttanye, a JHS senior, placed first in the 63 kilogram class, lifting a total of 370 kilograms (815.71 lbs).
The annual tree sale, sponsored by the LaSalle Soil and Water Conservation District, was held on Thursday of last week. Over 100 people crowded into the parking lot behind the LaSalle Parish Courthouse to make their selection and purchase a variety of trees suitable for planting in this area.
The Olla Town Council addressed a host of items up for discussion and decision at their regular meeting for January held Monday night of last week. It was the first meeting for the new town administration and the beginning of the first full term of office for Mayor Rhonda Elliott. Jake Long joined returning council members Madge J. Bailey, Al Cassels, Joe Rachal, Jr., and Mark Richardson, to make up the Council.
The LaSalle Parish School Board members unanimously re-elected Buddy Bethard of Jena (District 6) to serve a second year as President as well as electing Dawn Stott of Olla (District 1) as Vice-President for the 2015-16 year during the board’s regular January meeting held Monday night of last week.
Jena Band of Choctaw Chief B. Cheryl Smith was administered her oath of office for another four-year term by Tribal Judge Henry H. Lamoine of Pineville, who serves as judge for the Jena Choctaw Tribal Court.
Retail sales in LaSalle Parish went through the roof during the year just ended recording a whopping 23-percent gain over the previous year, according to figures just released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency.
J. Christopher Peters was administered his oath of office for a second term as Judge of the 28th Judicial District by his father, Third Circuit Court of Appeal Jimmie C. Peters, during a brief ceremony