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Wed
27
Feb

Jena FBC time capsule unearthed

Over twenty years ago, in June 1998, a time capsule for the children of Jena First Baptist Church was buried beneath the church sign and unearthed this past November by Pastor Dominick DiCarlo and Assistant Pastor Terry Townsend.

The capsule’s contents were on display for the church’s 175th anniversary celebration on November 4, 2018. Members and guests were welcome to claim their items or those of family members from the capsule.

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Jena native holds book signing event

Christie Collins Lypka recently released her new book, “Sunshine Through the Rain”, which is now available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The book is set in Jena and Olla and there are several locals mentioned in the book.

Last Tuesday afternoon, Lypka held a book signing event at the LaSalle Parish Library, where she got to renew friendships with many of her former classmates from the JHS Class of 1986.

“The book signing was a chance to not only sale some books but a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with old friends. Being in Jena felt like coming home. The town will always hold a special place in my heart,” stated Christie, adding her thanks to everyone who attended the event.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

Wed
20
Feb

Fellowship Elementary Pre-Kindergarteners

Fellowship Elementary Pre-Kindergarteners Andry Anderson and Carson Crooks throw beads and candy to fellow FES students during the annual FES Pre-K Mardi Gras Parade behind the school on the playground. The students rode in wagons, battery-operated or pedaled vehicles, etc. decked out in purple, gold and green garland, tulle, balloons, beads and more while wearing masks or sunglasses and hats. Pre-K teacher is Bridget McDowell. Anderson is the daughter of Chris and Carrie Anderson. Crooks is the son of Daniel and Morgan Crooks. 

 

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Wed
20
Feb

La. law states school officials can’t comment on personnel

A rally was held at the Urania Town Square on Tuesday afternoon, February 12, in what was described by its organizer as a show of support for Dawn Book, principal of Olla Elementary School, who is presently on administrative leave.

Book was placed on administrative leave the first week of February.

Jena Junior High School Principal Rhonda Russell was named the acting principal at OES. JJHS Assistant Principal Jeremy Cassels was named the acting principal for JJHS in Russell’s absence and Jessica Marks, Assistant Principal at OSES, was re-assigned as acting assistant principal at JJHS.

Rally organizer Kyli Smith said the event was planned as a way to express support for Book.

“We thought it important to show Dawn our support,” Smith said. “We had about two dozen people there, which was pretty good considering we only planned it three days earlier.”

 

Wed
20
Feb

Jury approves committee appointments

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury approved President Bard Lambeth’s appointment of committee members to serve during the year 2019, during the jury’s regular February meeting held Monday night of last week. Those committees and members include: Finance – Bard Lambeth, Larkin Jackson, Brent Farley, Jerry Harris, and Mike Crooks Courthouse – Lambeth, L. Jackson, Crooks and Jack Zeagler Fringe Benefits – Lambeth, Buddy Poole, Farley and Eddie Coolman Insurance – Poole, Crooks, and Clifton Jackson LaSalle/Grant Landfill – Lambeth, Crooks, and Farley Parish Road – Coolman, Poole, and Zeagler Airport – Harris, Casey Jones, and Coolman Hardship – Jones, Farley, Crooks, and C. Jackson Bid Opening – Lambeth, Ricky Jones, L. Jackson, and Crooks Screening – Lambeth, Jones, Harris, Farley, and Crooks Community Center – Lambeth, Zeagler, L. Jackson, C. Jones, and Crooks Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer spoke with jurors concerning a recent seminar she had attended.

Wed
13
Feb

FBI Special Agent

FBI Special Agent Robert King, left, thanks area sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders for allowing their departments to join the newest child abduction team, the Alexandria JCARD team. The training will allow 40-plus specially trained officers to respond to any agency in Central Louisiana that has a child missing or possible abduction - possibly saving their lives.

 

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Wed
13
Feb

Doug Harvey

Doug Harvey (far right), the new plant manager for LaSalle Bioenergy, and Communications Officer Annmarie Sartor (second from right), both with Drax Biomass, speak with Town of Urania Attorney Lloyd Hennigan and several Council members – Pat McDougald, Tom Douglas and Dawn Book – prior to the Council’s regular meeting last week.

 

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Wed
13
Feb

Jena Mayor reports on two town projects

Mayor LaDawn Edwards reported to members of the Jena Town Council at their regular February meeting held on Tuesday night of last week that work on the Third Street Plaza project is underway and proceeding nicely.

Crews from Progressive Construction Company, LLC, of Alexandria, moved onto the site in mid-January and started work on the project. This project has been on the drawing board since 2012 when the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded Jena a $1-million Transportation Enhancement Grant.

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Ground broke for new JHS field house

School board officials, administrators, coaches and others gathered in the west end zone of Jena Giant Stadium last Thursday afternoon to break ground for the new 10,000-sq. ft. JHS field house.

Early last year, the LaSalle Parish School Board approved construction of the new facility and after plans were drawn, bids were taken in December 2018. At their January 2019 meeting, the board awarded the contract for construction of the field house to Gentry Construction of Monroe, who submitted a base bid of $1,698,000.

 

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Wed
06
Feb

High-speed chase through LaSalle Man steals multiple vehicles

A 38-year-old West Monroe man is behind bars after stealing multiple vehicles and leading officers on a dangerous, high-speed chase through LaSalle Parish and into Rapides Parish Wednesday morning, January 30.

John David Cameron is being held in a LaSalle Parish Jail on several charges following his capture in the Tioga area after the chase ended.

 

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