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12
Sep

In Honor and Remembrance

LaSalle Parish residents stand hand-in-hand to sing “God Bless America” during an “In Honor and Remembrance” ceremony on the lawn of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena on Friday. A large crowd was in attendance for the ceremony sponsored annually by WoodmenLife Chapter 1145 of Jena. The program is dedicated to the memory of those lost in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, and in honor of members of the Armed Forces and all first responders. Members of Boy Scout Troop 14 were on hand to raise the flag and move it to half-mast and the LaSalle Parish Community Choir sang patriotic songs.
 
 
Mon
12
Sep

Three Jena Boy Scouts received

Three Jena Boy Scouts received Eagle Scout status during a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor program at Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena on Sunday afternoon, September 4, 2016. Jeffrey Kirkham, Benjamin Riley, and Jacob Chandler – left to right – received the highest advancement rank awarded in Boy Scouting. During the program, numerous awards were presented and the three scouts were honored with a reception following the event.
 
 
Tue
06
Sep

Kylee Patten, an 18-year-old senior at LaSalle High School in Olla

Kylee Patten, an 18-year-old senior at LaSalle High School in Olla, added to the Republican party ranks last Wednesday when she registered to vote for the first time. Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer points out where Kylee needs to sign her registration form during the process. Business has been brisk at the Registrar’s office as many who has never voted before, or who has turned 18, gets qualified to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
 
 
Tue
06
Sep

LaSalle High Assistant Principal Greg Jones

LaSalle High Assistant Principal Greg Jones presents military veteran Ray Duke of Olla with the American flag that flew over Tiger Stadium in Olla for the past two years during a recent flag removal and replacement ceremony at the stadium. Duke was given the flag in recognition of his many years of dedication and support for LaSalle High and other parish schools.
 
 
Tue
06
Sep

Rainfall record in August?

Listening to most folks talk, you’d think it never rained in August before this year. But records reveal that August has had some significant rainfall over the years. The Jena Times has records compiled by former Jena resident Clay White, which he kept from 1976 until he moved last year, and your editor has been keeping tabs on rainfall since that time.
 
 
Tue
30
Aug

Meeting a local health need

LGH to open Senior Behavioral Health Unit 
 
LaSalle General Hospital in Jena is undergoing extensive renovation as it prepares for the opening of a new geriatric psychiatric unit set for October 1. According to LGH Chief Executive Officer Lana B. Francis, the new Senior Behavioral Health Unit will feature 16 adult beds.

 

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Tue
30
Aug

Skeet shoot raises funds for 4-H shotgun program

LaSalle Parish 4-H raised approximately $1,500 through a 4-H Benefit Skeet Shoot recently hosted at the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range at Summerville. Proceeds from the shoot benefited the parish’s 4-H shotgun program. There were over two-dozen participants in the shoot from ages 9 and up. Half of each entry fee went into a prize pot. The winners of the skeet shoot were: 1st place – Nathan Francis ($110), 2nd place – Benny Hailey ($66) and 3rd place – Tim Reaves ($44). Each of the winners donated their winnings back to the shotgun program.

 

Tue
30
Aug

Third suspected church burglar arrested

The third suspect in the La-Salle Parish church burglaries turned himself in to authorities last week with all three still behind bars after bonds were set in 28th Judicial District Court. Lewis J. Hayes, 48, of Pineville, surrendered to deputies at the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office last week after news stories of warrants issued for his arrest were published.

 

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Mon
22
Aug

Church burglaries solved

Three Jena men have been identified as the ring of burglars responsible for breaking into and stealing from LaSalle Parish churches over the past three months. According to LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin, two of the three men were arrested late last week with a third man still at large.       

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Mon
22
Aug

Jena named second safest town in state

The Town of Jena has been named by CreditDonkey as the second safest town in Louisiana, coming in just behind Brusley. The rating is based on crimes committed in each town/city in the state. Despite facing hurricanes, oil spills, flooding, and other obstacles, Louisiana has shown itself to be a dynamic and enduring state. While cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge are the most recognizable, it’s the smaller, less well-known spots that stand out as the Pelican State’s safest.      

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