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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center still open in Jena

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle Parish is still open and operating in LaSalle Parish to assist victims of the recent historic flooding. The facility is located in the Family Life Center of East Jena Baptist Church, at 1220 Pepper Street in Jena.
 
 

 

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Five-year-old Tullos resident Eden Strawn

Five-year-old Tullos resident Eden Strawn, daughter of Tullos Town Clerk Melody Strawn, enjoys a ride on the new zipline at Tullos Memorial Park while five-year-old Dolcy Pickett of Winnfield waits for her turn. Pickett and her mother, Katie, traveled from Winnfield to try out the new zipline. The zipline was made possible for the town through grant funding from The Rapides Foundation.
 
 

 

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04
Apr

Precedented 15th term as Coroner…

Dr. I. C. Turnley, Jr. of Jena was administered his oath last week for a precedented 15th term as LaSalle Coroner by LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews. First elected as Coroner in the fall of 1959, Dr. Turnley took office in July 1960 and has served continually since that time. At the end of his current term in 2020, he will have served 60 years in the office. He is one of the longest serving public officials in the state of Louisiana and has never had opposition for the office since he was first elected 56 years ago.
 
 
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Mar

New penny sales tax takes effect April 1st

Beginning this coming Friday, April 1st, shoppers in Louisiana will be paying an additional one-cent state sales tax, bringing the total state sales tax to 5-cents. That is in addition to the 3-cent sales tax collected by the LaSalle Parish School Board, the one-cent collected in both Jena and Olla, and the half-cent collected for the Law Enforcement District. Inside the towns of Jena and Olla, shoppers will be charged a total of 9.5-cents in sales tax, while shoppers outside these towns in LaSalle Parish will be paying 8.5-cents in sales tax. 
 
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28
Mar

Dozens of LaSalle and Catahoula cancer survivors

Dozens of LaSalle and Catahoula cancer survivors recently gathered to celebrate another year of birthdays at the American Cancer Society’s Survivor Celebration Dinner and lit candles on a birthday cake and released balloons in commemoration of their journeys. The dinner was hosted by LaSalle General Hospital in Jena. Survivors in attendance and their guests were treated to a meal of fried fish and received gift bags.   
 

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28
Mar

Stakeholders, officials get update from LEDD

A large group of LaSalle Parish officials, business people and stakeholders, were given an update from the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD) in a program titled “A Greater LaSalle 2” last week at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena. A similar program was held last year called “A Greater LaSalle 1”.  
 

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Mar

FEMA operating Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently operating a Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle Parish. The facility is located in the Family Life Center of East Jena Baptist Church, at 1220 Pepper Street in Jena. Renee Bafalis, Media Relations Specialist with FEMA, said the office is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12-noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.  
 

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Mon
21
Mar

Police Jury approves official brand for parish and officers

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury gave approval for the new official brand (logo) for the parish, as well as elected courthouse officials, during its regular March meeting held Monday night of last week. LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD) Executive Director Cynthia Cockerham and Morgan Smith of The Jena Times were on hand at meeting to present the new official brand (logo) through LEDD’s parish-wide branding project. 

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Mar

Flooding situation easing for LaSalle

The flooding situation in LaSalle Parish is easing this week with most of the water gone from the Little River flood basin and water on Catahoula Lake/Old River beginning to fall. Sheriff Scott Franklin, who also serves as Director of LaSalle’s Homeland Security Office, said Monday that more than 100 homes and camps in the Little River flood basin were either destroyed or heavily damaged by the floodwaters.   

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21
Mar

The Easter egg tree

The Easter egg tree in the Jena Town Park is loaded with hundreds of Easter eggs in preparation for the first annual “Easter in The Park” celebration, sponsored by the Town of Jena. Activities will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Good Friday, March 25th. A large number of area churches have activities planned, many local businesses are helping to sponsor the event, and an egg hunt for various age groups will be held at various times during the day. 

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