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Wed
13
Jan

Prominent oil executive dies

Prominent oil executive dies

This country lost a great patriot, the oil and gas industry lost a dedicated and high qualified professional, and LaSalle Parish lost an outstanding community leader last Thursday morning.

James F. Justiss, Jr, 89, passed away at home in Trout early Thursday, January 7th, 2021, surrounded by his family.

James is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jenna Fae Whatley Justiss; daughter, Jennifer Justiss Williams Loe and husband Reggie; son, James F. “Jim” Justiss, III and wife Donna; grandchildren, Amy Williams Kunkel and husband Matt, Adam J. Williams and wife Maggie, Emma Justiss, Walker Johnson and Richard Johnson. He also leaves behind six “greats”, as he called them: Lane, Owen and Jack Kunkel and Charlotte, Claire and Ben Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James F. “Jick” Justiss and Wilma Augusta “Mac” Morphis Justiss; his sister, Paula Justiss Maddox Ordoyne; brother, Eddy Mac Justiss; and son-in-law, Cliff Williams.

 

Wed
13
Jan

Retail sales good for 2020

Retail sales good for 2020

Despite the shutdown created by the coronavirus pandemic early last year, retail sales for the year just ended remained very strong. Sales parish wide was down only 3.5%, but in the Town of Jena, sales were up by more than 12.5%.

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish are based on sales tax collections in 2020 as released last week by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collect sales taxes for several bodies in the parish.

Overall, retail sales in 2020 parish wide stood at $258.6-million, compared to $267.8-million during the previous year of 2019.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in mid-March, non-essential businesses were closed for several months. However, essential businesses stayed open and continued to operate at a higher level than before the pandemic.

 

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Wed
13
Jan

Four-year-old Chesney Mae Clark

Four-year-old Chesney Mae Clark

Four-year-old Chesney Mae Clark hugs her one-year-old brother Tayten Wesley Clark with excitement as they watch heavy snow fall in their backyard in Jena late Sunday night. This scene was replicated all over the parish as children witnessed a big snow event for the first time in several years.

 

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Wed
06
Jan

Two new programs offered at Rod Brady

Two new programs offered at Rod Brady
Two new programs offered at Rod Brady

Exciting news continues to break from the Rod Brady Campus of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) system in Jena as two new programs were recently announced.

Campus Dean Laurel Comeaux noted the expansion of their services would allow so many new opportunities for those living in and around Jena to earn degrees and skills that will directly transfer to higher wages.

The Jena campus has always been known as an LPN, business, and welding school, but two additional programs will soon allow it to take a giant leap in offering more for those interested in higher incomes at a much cheaper investment than traditional four-year colleges.

 

 

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Wed
06
Jan

Top 2020 FB posts for The Jena Times

Top 2020 FB posts for The Jena Times
Top 2020 FB posts for The Jena Times
Top 2020 FB posts for The Jena Times

As social media continues to have a larger part of LaSalle Parish residents’ lives, The Jena Times is constantly working to improve its online resources to keep readers informed on the latest news.

For many years the LaSalle Parish newspaper has maintained its website, www.thejenatimes.net, and about nine years ago it expanded its operations to include viewing the entire paper each week on computers, laptops, phones, and other devices via its website and through email distribution.

In 2016, a larger effort was made to expand its online services, specifically through the world-wide interaction social media source of Facebook, and to date, that Facebook Page, “The Jena Times Olla-Tullos-Urania Signal” has just under 10,000 followers.

 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Rep.-elect Letlow died last Tuesday

Rep.-elect Letlow died last Tuesday

Just five days before he would have been sworn in as the new Fifth District Congressman, Luke Joshua Letlow, 41, from Start, passed away from complications due to COVID-19 on December 29, 2020.

He was born to Johnny and Dianne Letlow on December 6, 1979, in Richland Parish, Louisiana.

Two of Luke’s favorite phrases were “win the day” and “go, fight, win,” and he did win big in his forty-one years. Recently, Luke’s wife, Julia, lovingly shared a tribute after he won the Louisiana 5th Congressional district race.

 

 

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Wed
06
Jan

COVID-19 paralyzes country

For LaSalle Parish and the rest of the world, there is no doubt that the biggest news story of 2020 was the COVID-19 pandemic and all of its related issues.

COVID-19 was the spotlight of everything from March until the end of the year and so many news stories that appeared in this newspaper during that time period centered upon the coronavirus and its affect on people, events, and life in general.

The first time LaSalle witnessed the impact of COVID-19 was March 13, when it was announced by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards that all public schools would be closed for two weeks in order for the state to slow the spread of the virus. He also limited the number of gatherings to 250 people.

 

 

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Wed
06
Jan

GHOST TOWN

GHOST TOWN

There is no question as to the top news story in LaSalle Parish (and the rest of the country, as well) during the year just ended – it was the Coronavirus Pandemic. After the virus began spreading in this country, steps were put into place to slow the spread, leading to a statewide Stay-at-Home order in March.

 

 

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Wed
30
Dec

LaSalle Parish Volunteer Coordinator

LaSalle Parish Volunteer Coordinator

LaSalle Parish Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie McGuffee and Tractor Supply Manager Tori Spence hold several toys from the overflowing donation box at Tractor Supply in Jena. Over 1,000 toys and other items were donated through the Children’s Advocacy Network (CAN)’s Toy Drive at the LaSalle CASA Office in Jena to help bring joy to children this Christmas. 

 

 

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Wed
30
Dec

Sales tax going up on January 1

Consumers in LaSalle Parish will be paying more in sales taxes beginning January 1, 2021, after voters approved a new half-cent sales tax for the LaSalle Parish Police Jury to finance garbage collection and disposal in the parish in December.

Sales taxes to be collected parish wide include: 4.45-cents, state sales tax; 3-cents, school board; half-cent, law enforcement dis-trict; and half-cent, police jury, for a total of 8.45-cents.

Consumers will pay another 1-cent in sales taxes in Jena and Olla, making the total in these towns, 9.45-cents. In Tullos, the addition of the 1.5-cent sales tax, will make the total in that town, 9.95-cents.

 

 

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