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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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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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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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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.
 
Tue
23
Feb

German Pellets files for insolvency Affects plant built recently near Urania

German Pellets GmbH announced a few days ago that a German court has appointed a provisional insolvency administrator with regard to insolvency proceedings that have been initiated against the assets of the company. German Pellets had built and opened one plant in Urania, and was in the process of building a second plant at the same location. The company also operated another pellet plant at Woodville, Texas.
 
Tue
23
Feb

Early voting ends Saturday

LaSalle Parish Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer announced that early voting for the upcoming presidential preference and party election slated for Saturday, March 5, 2016, will end this Saturday, Feb. 27. Early voting is currently underway, beginning last Saturday, Feb. 20. LaSalle Parish voters can cast their ballot at the Registrar of Voters’ office in the La- Salle Parish Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day until Saturday.
 
Mon
15
Feb

Police Jury opposes open-burn in Grant

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury passed a resolution at their February meeting held Monday night of last week to oppose Clean Harbors Colfax’s request to quadruple the amount of waste it openly burns at its facility north of Colfax. 
 

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Early voting to begin Saturday

LaSalle Parish Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer announced that early voting for the upcoming presidential preference and party election slated for Saturday, March 5, 2016, will begin this Saturday, Feb. 20, and continue through the following Saturday, Feb. 27. 
 

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St. Judes Cancer Survivor Kids

Spencer Clark, left, and Kyle Watson, St. Judes Cancer Survivor Kids, were treated to an “once-in-a-lifetime hunt” by the Jena Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited. The chapter used funds raised at last year’s WTU banquet to pay for the hunt and for taxidermy work for the exotic rams harvested by the boys. The mounts and trophies were presented to them during this year’s banquet held Feb. 4th. Also shown is Brian Andrews, Louisiana Field Director for Whitetails Unlimited. The chapter also made a sizeable donation to the LaSalle 4-H Shooting Sports program with funds raised at last year’s banquet.  
 

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