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WWII heroism medal returned home

A World War II heroism medal, awarded to a sailor born in Good Pine, was returned to Jena during a special ceremony on Saturday, November 18, 2017, some 72 years after the sailor was declared missing in action.

Todd Creekman, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), Executive Director Emeritus, Naval Historical Foundation, delivered the medal along with other medals and insigna to which Navy Ensign Lee Roy McDonnell was entitled, to Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards during the ceremony.

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OCC program delivered 1,821 shoeboxes

Through a shoebox a child’s life can be changed, Frances McDonald explained as the reason why the Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – Samaritan’s Purse program is so important to LaSalle Parish and the world.

Frances and her husband, Tony, have served as coordinators of the OCC program for over 15 years at First Baptist Church in Jena, which serves as a Relay Center to collect shoeboxes in the area. This year 17 churches, one school and ten individuals contributed shoeboxes totaling 1,821 to ship to the distribution center in Pineville and then out to children across the world.

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Small Business Saturday

As small businesses continue to drive the economy and provide support to many communities, they deserve our appreciation, states Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., president of the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD).

LEDD is supporting “Small Business Saturday” which this year is Saturday, November 25th.

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Landfill closing Dec. 1st

The LaSalle-Grant Landfill, located just off LA 127 north of Jena, will be closed effective December 1, 2017, according to Dave Clabo, Municipal Marketing Manager for Waste Connections, operator of the landfill.

Clabo addressed members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury at their regular November meeting held Monday night of last week.

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Police Jury introduces budget for $7.0-million

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury introduced their 2018 budget totaling just over $7.0-million at their regular November meeting held Monday night of last week and called a public hearing on the budget for the December meeting prior to final adoption.

The public hearing on the proposed 2018 budget will be held at 5:45 p.m., Monday, December 11, when jurors meet for their regular December meeting.

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John Schroder elected; garbage millage approved

LaSalle Parish voters went to the polls last Saturday and helped elect Republican John Schroder as the next state treasurer and gave an overwhelming vote of approval for renewal of a 10.65-mills property tax to continue to provide garbage collection and disposal in the parish.

Turning out just under 15-percent strong, LaSalle voters gave Schroder a convincing majority of the votes cast, 1,135 votes or 88%, compared to 161 votes, or 12% for challenger Democrat Derrick Edwards.

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Jena veteran David “Cowboy” Robertson was surprised with an award presented by the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Jena veteran David “Cowboy” Robertson was surprised with an award presented by the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians during the Veterans Day program at the Jena Town Park. Chief Cheryl Smith presented the award to Robertson to show appreciation for all that the veteran does to promote the armed forces and his community.

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Jena officials introduce new $6.2 million budget

The Jena Town Council introduced the town’s 2018 year budget totaling nearly $6.2 million at its regular November meeting held Tuesday night of last week and called a public hearing for the December meeting to receive any comments on the budget.

The budget totals $6,177,115.26 in revenue; $5,190,774.96 in operating expenses; and $1,436,000.00 in capital improvements.

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School Board okay sales tax payments

Annual payment sales tax revenue to all school employees in their November checks was approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular November meeting held Monday night of last week.

As recommended by the finance committee, the Board approved payments of $1,083.29 to degreed employees and $758.29 to support personnel (positions that do not require a degree).

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Election Saturday

Louisiana voters will return to the polls on Saturday, November 18, to complete the selection of a state treasurer to replace John Kennedy, who was elected as one of Louisiana’s two U.S. Senators last year.

LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews, the parish’s chief election officer, said polls would open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., with a photo ID required when voting.

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