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Two men sentenced to life in prison for murder convictions

Two local men, Austin Dyess of Olla, and Randy Eugene Waits of Urania, were sentenced to serve the remainder of their natural lives in prison without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence, according to J. Reed Walters, LaSalle Parish District Attorney.

The two were sentenced by Judge J. Christopher Peters, District Judge of LaSalle Parish. The sentencing took place in the 28th Judicial District Courtroom in Jena on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

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Jobless rate for October lowest in past three years

The unemployment rate in LaSalle Parish for October dropped to levels not recorded in the past three years, and is the lowest of any parish north of the I-10 corridor in South Louisiana.

At 3.8 percent, LaSalle’s rate ranks at number 9 in the state. Only eight parishes in the extreme southern part of the state had lower rates, and those only slightly lower.

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Jena Christmas Parade

The annual Jena Christmas parade will be held this Friday, December 8, beginning at 6 p.m., with Jimmie C. Peters, former 28th Judicial District Judge and Court of Appeal Judge, serving as Grand Marshal. The Jena Merchants Association and Colonial Trails, sponsors of the event, have announced the theme of the parade this year: “I Believe.”

The parade will line up in the Jena Town Park and start promptly at 6 p.m., going onto U.S. 84 from Sycamore Street, traveling west through downtown Jena, turning north on First Street (LA 127) and ending at Elm Street.

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10th anniversary of a longstanding partnership

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the longstanding partnership between LaSalle Parish and The GEO Group’s LaSalle ICE Processing Center (LIPC), which is operated by The GEO Group.

The facility, formerly known as the LaSalle Detention Facility, is located on Pine Hill Road in Jena.

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“Good Food Project” expands in LaSalle

Nebo Elementary is now added to the list of LaSalle Parish schools with their own school garden thanks to The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Good Food Project.

The NES students, along with others including Olla Elementary, Jena Elementary, Jena High and Good Pine Middle, have the opportunity to care for two raised wooden beds of seasonable vegetables and other plant life as part of the Good Food Project. The beds will be replanted twice a year and the Food Bank offers follow-up help, technical support, demonstrations and more to project participants throughout the school year.

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Pellet plant operating

Start-up production officially began last week at LaSalle BioEnergy after the completion of a series of ongoing upgrades and repairs following the plant’s acquisition by DBI in early April 2017.

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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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