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07
Mar

Trump, Sanders carries LaSalle in primary vote

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders carried LaSalle Parish for the Republican and Democratic party primaries, respectively, during last Saturday’s Presidential Preference Primary. Statewide, Trump led in voting, with Ted Cruz coming in with a very strong second place finish, for the Republicans. Hillary Clinton led the democratic field statewide with a commanding majority. 

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Mar

In honor of Black History Month in February

In honor of Black History Month in February, the Centennial Cultural Center in Olla hosted an art exhibition with artwork from Grambling State University and Northwestern State University as well as a Nigerian art display on loan from Olla resident and Councilman Joe Rachal. The NSU featured artist was Shandi Russell.

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07
Mar

Jena High senior and art club member Tori Robertson

Jena High senior and art club member Tori Robertson placed Best in Show and received an award of $100 for her art piece at the annual YACA State Convention in Forest Hill. She won the Student’s Choice Award - which meant the majority of students at the convention chose the art piece as their overall favorite of all the artwork in the competition.  

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Mon
29
Feb

Several sentenced, pleas taken during sessions of District Court

Several fines were meted out and pleas taken during early February sessions of 28th Judicial District Court, held in and for the Parish of LaSalle. The Honorable J. Christopher Peters, District Judge, presided at the session. Also at their regular duties were District Attorney J. Reed Walters and assistants, Deputy Sheriffs Jim Arbogast, Christie Greer, and Alan Graham; Deputy Clerk of Court Reba McClure, and Court Reporter/ Administrator Amy Stapleton.  
 

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Mon
29
Feb

Presidential primary slated this Saturday

LaSalle Parish voters will join voters from throughout Louisiana on Saturday to participate in the presidential preference primary election, according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews. Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Remember, photo identification will be needed at the polls.
 

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Mon
29
Feb

Death claims ex-Jena Fire Chief, current JP

Death claimed the life of a former Jena Fire Chief and current Justice of the Peace, serving District 4 in LaSalle Parish, last Saturday. Donny Ray “Don” Smith, Sr. died Saturday following a brief battle with cancer. Smith served the Town of Jena as Fire Chief from 1980 until his retirement two years ago. During his tenure, the Jena Fire Department witnessed vast improvements, including building the new fire station on West Bradford Street in Jena, as well as sub-stations in Midway and in north Jena.  
 

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Mon
29
Feb

State Treasurer visits here

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy, who is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated this fall by Sen. David Vitter, was in Jena last Thursday afternoon and met with several local officials and businessmen. Kennedy spoke briefly about the state budget problems that legislators are tackling during a special session now underway in Baton Rouge.  
 

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Mon
29
Feb

Republican ranks grow in LaSalle

During the eight years between presidential preference primaries in LaSalle Parish – 2008 and 2016 – the ranks of Republican voters has greatly increased and the number of Democrats fell by a large amount. For years the Democrats dominated the voter registration in the parish, but during the past few years, that ratio had changed. 
 

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Tue
23
Feb

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts prepare to race in the 2016 Delta District Cub Scout Pinewood Derby held in Jena on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The event was held in Palmer Hall of Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena. The overall winners in the derby were Morgan Hawn, Blake Grayson, and Samuel Newcomb. Pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles.
 
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23
Feb

HeadStart student Demarion Jones with Arleen Walker

HeadStart student Demarion Jones with Arleen Walker presented Cleveland Riser Jr. with a medal as a local black historian honoree of HeadStart’s Black History Program last week. Riser is a retired educator of the LaSalle Parish School System. Over a dozen local black historians were honored during the program, which included students singing several songs and performing a “Who Am I?” skit where each honoree plus others were introduced by a student.
 

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