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Wed
29
May

Catahoula Lake case

With the rights of thousands of Louisiana sportsmen on the line, Attorney General Jeff Landry is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s decision in Crooks & Crooks v. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, according to an article which appeared in Louisiana Sportsman on May 20, 2019.

“The Crooks case is one of the greatest threats to Louisiana’s hunters and fishermen,” said General Landry. “In addition to jeopardizing the public’s right to access and use many Louisiana waterways for hunting, fishing, and habitat conservation – the suit also potentially could cost the State’s taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.”

Wed
29
May

Small business optimism up 1.7 points for April

Optimism among small business owners continued its steady climb in April, with the NFIB Small Business Index increasing 1.7 points to 103.5. Sales improved in April, the inventory soft spot seen in last month’s report rebounded, and profit trends posted a very solid advance.

Job creation plans gained, hiring remained strong, and expectations for sales, business conditions, and credit conditions all improved.

“America’s small and independent businesses are rebounding from the first quarter ‘shut down, slow down’ and don’t appear to be looking back. April’s Index is further evidence that when certainty and stability increase, so do optimism and action,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan.

 

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Wed
29
May

The Tullos Farmers Market

The Tullos Farmers Market is joining with five other Central Louisiana farmers markets in June to celebrate Rural Farmers Market Month. On June 7th & 21st, Tullos will feature face painting and storytelling for children and on June 21 they will be carving and decorating zucchinis and watermelons as cars. 

 

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Wed
29
May

Youth Crime Awareness Prevention Program 2019

Jena Junior High eighth graders tour a LaSalle Correctional Center (LCC) dormitory and hear from an inmate as part of the seventh annual Youth Crime Awareness Program (YCAP). Eighth graders from across the parish visited LCC in Urania to attend YCAP and hear advice and personal testimonies from inmates on what they hope will change the lives of the students.

 

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Wed
22
May

Memorial Day programs slated

Two Memorial Day programs are planned this weekend to honor the memory of fallen soldiers from this area and from throughout the nation.

The first of these events will be held at the Centennial Cultural Center in downtown Olla, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26th.

The Veterans Honor Guard from VFW Post 5002 of Jena will participate in the events, along with numerous local citizens.

 

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Wed
22
May

Pritchard Baptist Church

Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community is surrounded by water as Old River floods the community. Although the church could still be reached by motor vehicles over the weekend, it required driving through the flood water. Water stage on Black River at Jonesville Locks and Dam on Monday stood at 53.48-ft, with flood stage at 50-ft. In the last flood of 2016, the stage reached 53.8-ft, and during the big flood of 1973, the stage of the river reached 59.65 inches. No one is sure how the heavy rains over the past weekend will affect river levels in the area, as restricted flow is being allowed into the Mississippi River, which is well beyond flood stage. 

 

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Wed
22
May

Daniel Cole seeks Senate Dis. 32 seat

Daniel Cole of Jena officially announced this week that he will be a candidate for the empty District 32 Senate seat, subject to the action of voters at the fall elections.

Incumbent Senator Neil Riser has termed limited out and cannot seek re-election for this position, leaving an empty seat.

State Senate District 32 includes all of Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin and LaSalle as well as certain precincts in Avoyelles, Concordia, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland and West Feliciana parishes.

 

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Wed
22
May

Prominent ex-Jena businessman dies

Philip Ray Henry, R.Ph., 67, of Jena and former owner of Honeycutt Drug Store in downtown Jena, lost his battle with cancer on the evening of Monday, May 13, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 28, 1951 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the union of Vergil Henry of Mangham, and Ruth Fleming Henry of Archibald.

Phil, as he was affectionately known by everyone, grew up on a farm, doing regular farm chores. He worked on the farm, feeding livestock, helping with crops, picking cotton, and driving the farm tractor, something he still enjoyed doing around his home in Jena until his declining health prevented him from the activity.

 

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Wed
15
May

Board addresses problems at Olla Elementary School

At the outset of the May meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board on Monday night of last week, President Justin Reeves took a few minutes to address the problems at Olla Elementary School and inform those present of the steps being taken by the board.

“All buildings have been cleared by the state health department for re-opening tomorrow (Tuesday, May 7), with the exception of the gymnasium and auditorium,” Reeves said. “Both of these facilities will remain closed to all students, personnel, etc.”

“The gym will remain closed until bats are removed, the building professionally cleaned, and sealed and the auditorium will be closed to prevent possible bat infestation in the future,” he noted.

 

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Wed
15
May

Former Jena official proposes a method for repairing streets

Former Jena council member A. D. “Buddy” Willis addressed the Mayor and members of the Jena Town Council at their May meeting last Tuesday night, suggesting a way to obtain funds to repair all streets in Jena.

“I propose that you appoint a committee to study the possibility of calling a one-half cent sales tax for the town, with the funds being dedicated strictly for street work,” Willis said, adding that he would volunteer to serve on the committee.

While at the meeting, Willis discussed flooding along Willis Blvd. in East Jena, inquiring if the fire department is ever used to clean out culverts.

 

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