$15-M rail link helps Drax
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A one-year old rail link has increased capacity to deliver more sustainable biomass from Drax’s LaSalle BioEnergy pellet plant in Urania to its United Kingdom (UK) power station, taking thousands of trucks off local roads. The $15 million rail link and other initiatives have already... + continue reading
Graduation ceremonies set for June 11 & 12
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The 2020 senior class of LaSalle Parish high schools will be conducting graduation ceremonies next week at the two parish football fields. According to LaSalle Parish school officials, the ceremonies will be conducted differently this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with the... + continue reading
Open for business
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For the first time in two months, barbershops, hair salons, and restaurants were opened to the public last Friday, May 15, as part of the governor’s Phase One of re-opening the state. Shops all over LaSalle Parish have been extremely busy since Friday as residents take advantage of the re-... + continue reading
Police Jury fills LGH board seat
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Tom Watkins, a Jena banker for the past 41 years, was named to the LaSalle General Hospital Board of Commissioners by the LaSalle Parish Police Jury during its regular May meeting held Monday night of last week. Watkins, who is presently senior vice-president at Southern Heritage Bank in Jena,... + continue reading
National Day of Prayer
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Around 100 LaSalle Parish residents turned out for this year’s National Day of Prayer at two events last Thursday, May 7. It is believed to have been the only in-person public prayer events held that day in Louisiana. The Jena event was held at the Jena High School football stadium where... + continue reading
$15-M rail link helps Drax
Graduation ceremonies set for June 11 & 12
Open for business
Police Jury fills LGH board seat
National Day of Prayer

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Jena Elementary Honor roll students for the final six weeks of the 2019-20 school year at Jena Elementary School have been announced by Principal Deedra Zeagler, as follows: First Grade All A’s – Joseph Allen, Sara Andrews, Ryleigh Bryant, Landen Chapman, Landon Corley, Daylon... + continue reading
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
LaSalle Parish Sheriff and Homeland Security Director Scott Franklin once again reminds residents that numbers being displayed daily by the state regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in LaSalle are not entirely accurate. “I have repeatedly asked for the state to clarify the numbers for... + continue reading

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All-Composite JHS athlete noted
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Jena High Senior Softball player Brooklyn Burlew was the recipient of the Louisiana State High School Athletic Association All-State All-Academic 4.0 Composite Softball Team Honorees. Burlew has maintained a 4.0 GPA and also played basketball and track and field. Only a few dozen other players... + continue reading
Teaching in unprecedented times
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
In this unprecedented time in our state, country and world, some workers are working from home in ways they never had before. Educators are counted in that number. Though it’s commonplace for teachers to bring their work home, trying to keep in touch with students and condense the spring... + continue reading
Oil industry facing bleak future
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 and the oil glut generated by the Saudis and Russians have created a perfect storm for the oil industry, and the Louisiana energy industry is teetering on the verge of collapse, according to one of the industry’s top advocates. “We’re... + continue reading

Obituaries

Bessie Otwell Sanders
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Bessie Otwell Sanders, 88, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

David Alfred Wilson, known to most as “Bub,” passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Joey Keith Allen, 65, of Nebo, passed from this life on Monday, June 1, 2020.

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Shirley Crooks Elliott, 83, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, May 31, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria .

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Lillie Gail Young Arnold, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Sports

Outdoors activities place focus on fishing, Outdoors activities place focus on fishing
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Okay you can put away your shotgun, your bow, your deer rifle and squirrel gun for awhile. We’re about to kick off the month of June and there’s no hunting season open and won’t be... + continue reading
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Society

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
The Natchitoches-Northwestern State University Folk Festival, a perennially popular event held each July at NSU since 1979, will not take place in its traditional format, according to Dr. Shane... + continue reading
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I was humbled by your actions
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
I really don’t know where to begin, other than to say thanks to everyone who had a hand in surprising me on my 80th birthday. I was very humbled and appreciate your efforts, although I’m... + continue reading