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Tue
21
Jan

LaSalle Police Jury re-elect officers for new year 2014

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury re-elected their president and vice-president and extended their secretary-treasurer’s contract for two more years during their regular January meeting held Monday night of
last week. Bobby Ray Francis, who represents District 9, has served as president of the Jury for the past two  years and was nominated and re-elected without opposition as the first item of business as the regular
session began.
 
Tue
14
Jan

Lightning strike causes problem with Urania water

Urania Mayor Terri Corley addressed the recent issues with the town’s water system during the Town Council’s regular January meeting held Monday night of last week. The issue began with lightning striking a relay on the
booster pumps at the town’s wastewater plant, which led to an electrician repairing the relay. 
 
Tue
14
Jan

Darla Little, sales clerk

Darla Little, sales clerk, and Sheila Stephens, owner, assists Sally Chapman with a purchase she made at Sissy’s Home and Gifts in downtown Jena one day last week. Sissy’s is one of the newest businesses in downtown Jena, which helped to contribute to the $211.9 million in retail sales in LaSalle Parish last year. A report just released shows the parish remained steady with retail sales during 2013, following a record setting year of sales in the parish. The town of Jena reported retail sales totaling $98.2 million, almost half of sales made parish wide. Every retail business in the parish contributed to the total in sales for the year. Sissy’s, which opened a little over a year ago, specializes in various gift and home décor items.
 
Tue
07
Jan

Construction on the new $3.9 million UPS Midstream Services

Construction on the new $3.9 million UPS Midstream Services plant near Jena is nearing completion with a grand opening expected within the next month. The Migues Deloach Company, LLC, of Pineville, began construction last fall on the 20,000-sq.-ft. plant in the LaSalle Economic Development District’s industrial park on LA 8 near the Jena Airport. David Grant, UPS Field Services Coordinator and construction supervisor, said another 20,000-sq.-ft. building would be erected directly behind this one as soon as weather permits.
 
Tue
07
Jan

La. attorney agrees with LFT: Act 1 is flawed and imperfect

A Baton Rouge district court judge is scheduled to announce his ruling today (Wednesday, January 8) on whether one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature education bills violates the state constitution. But in a surprise turn of events in late December, an attorney defending the controversial law noted that it is “flawed” and “imperfect.” 
 
Tue
07
Jan

LaSalle’s employment figures strong

The employment figures for LaSalle Parish remained strong as the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) released civilian labor force data for the month of November 2013. LaSalle Parish’s unemployment rate dropped from4.7 percent in October to 4.3 percent in November 
 
Tue
31
Dec

The annual “Christmas for Needy Children”

The annual “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser concluded on December 13 with the winner drawings at the Jena Wal-Mart Supercenter. Top ticket sellers are shown with APPLES program tutors and liaison at the drawing: front row (left to right) LaSalle Junior High top seller Hannah Couvillion, Nebo Elementary top seller Preston Webb, Jena Elementary top seller Adalynn Brinson and Good Pine Middle top seller Nicholas Pritchard and back row (l to r) Homeless Liaison Debbie McCartney, tutor Connie McCann, tutor Phyllis Alexander, tutor Rose Brown and tutor Emma Longmire 
 
Tue
31
Dec

New laws enacted for taxing bodies

New laws enacted by the Louisiana Legislature during its 2013 regular session, which went into effect in August, deal with the way any taxing body conducts their meetings and/or call tax millage elections. Act No. 363 deals with the requirements of any non-elected board or commission that has the authority to levy a tax. 
 
Tue
31
Dec

APPLES Christmas shopping spree

The “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser for the A.P.P.L.E.S. (Assistance Program for People in the La- Salle Parish Education System) program culminated on Friday, December 13th, as the winning tickets were drawn at the Jena Wal-Mart Supercenter. 
 
Mon
23
Dec

Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen

Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen dressed in old style clothing for a recent visit from Good Pine Middle fourth graders to the CCC. McKeithen told the students stories about traditions and daily life of the “old days” such as using a kerosene lamp, sharecropping, cooking over a wood-burning stove and about Mawmaw Nelly, her mother-in-law. Current CCC President Doug Hallmark (far left) cooked gingerbread over the stove with assistance from his daughter, Shawnda Pritt (center). “We’ve been doing the day of Mawmaw Nelly storytelling nearly a decade for area students but this is the first time we’ve had a group from Jena,” McKeithen said. “I love that the kids respond to it the way they do. We want to teach them to be thankful and to learn a good work ethic. Everything we do at the center has a purpose. My heart is for young people and this is all about them growing and making good decisions.”
 

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