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Tue
08
Jul

Jena backs Certified Work Ready program

The Jena Town Council went on record at its July meeting held Tuesday night of last week in support of LaSalle Parish becoming a Certified Work Ready Community. The new program is being advocated by the Central  Louisiana Development Alliance (CLEDA) because of a shortage of a qualified workforce in the area. “Because we are suffering from a shortage of a qualified workforce in LaSalle Parish, we feel that by creating a Certified
Work Ready Community, it will help fill a gap created by increased local employment,” Mayor Murphy McMillin told members of the Council. 
 
Tue
08
Jul

Jena High Freshmen Taylor Bignar and Catherine “Cat” Bailey

Jena High Freshmen Taylor Bignar and Catherine “Cat” Bailey recently competed in the National Jr. Beta Convention in Richmond, Virginia. Bignar qualified for national competition when she placed first at the state convention  this year with her banner. At nationals, she placed second in the banner category. Bailey placed third at the state convention in color photography, which qualified her for the national competition
 
Tue
08
Jul

Churches band together to help youth seriously injured at camp

A group of churches is coming together to help a Louisiana Baptist youth who was seriously injured while zip lining at a Missouri  camp in early June. And with prayers and an outpouring of support from others throughout the state, Richards and her family have hope for a faster-than-expected recovery 
 
Tue
01
Jul

Officials urge safe driving during long 4th of July holiday

With the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday this year, Louisiana highway safety officials are warning that traffic will likely be heavy on the state’s roads as families take advantage of the extended holiday period to drive
to vacation spots, attend parties and visit friends and relatives.
 
Tue
01
Jul

Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) Volunteer

Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) Volunteer Sharon Arbogast assists Abby Peavy and Austin Hatten with their artwork during the CCC’s annual Art Camp for youth conducted last week at the Center in Olla. The camp was taught by CCC Volunteers Arbogast, recent LaSalle High School graduate Kimmy Doughty and Olla First Baptist Church Family Minister Mike Mitchell. All week, the students worked on different types of art projects and learned different techniques
 
Tue
01
Jul

Voters to face long ballot in fall

In addition to all the public officials who are up for election this fall, voters will also be called upon to decide the fate of fourteen proposed constitutional amendments, some of them involving important issues. Voters will be choosing a  U.S. Senator in statewide voting, and a U.S. Congressman in the Fifth Congressional District. A number of candidates are expected for both of these races. 
 
Tue
24
Jun

Well over 100 Boy Scouts and staff gathered at Camp Attakapas

Well over 100 Boy Scouts and staff gathered at Camp Attakapas in Trout last week, June 15-21, for the annual Summer Camp. Programs included the opportunity to work on a variety of merit badges including cycling, emergency preparedness, fish and wildlife management, shotgun shooting, small boat sailing, and wilderness survival. Youth also had the opportunity to swim and use the climbing tower. Scouts above are enjoying a cool swim in the camp’s lake. Camp Attakapas is currently undergoing a facelift with extensive renovations and construction
 
Tue
24
Jun

Leslie Kirkham gets a hands-on look at a snake

Leslie Kirkham gets a hands-on look at a snake during the Summer Reading Program at the LaSalle Parish Library in Jena last Thursday, as Cydney Parker looks on in amazement. The snake’s owner, Rhonda Russell, principal of Jena Junior High School, was host for the hands-on activities that involved audience participation. Russell also hosted the program in Olla that afternoon. 
 
Tue
17
Jun

Audit reveals Jena in sound financial shape

The audit for the year ending December 31, 2013, reveals the town of Jena is in very sound financial condition, as the mayor and council members learned during a special meeting held Tuesday morning of last week.
Wes Gore, CPA, with the auditing firm of Silas Simmons, LLC of Natchez, Mississippi, met with the council and mayor to go over the contents of the latest town audit 
 
Tue
17
Jun

Good Pine Middle third grade student

Good Pine Middle third grade student Paige Farrington and Olla Elementary fifth grade student Patrick Bailey blow bubbles at the Dixie Center courtyard in Olla last week as part of activities for the Very Special Summer Camp for students with special needs held and hosted by the Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) 
 

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