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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ruby Taylor Streetman, 90, of Jena, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, October 11, 201

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Roy Arthur Mercer, 76, of Joyce, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at his home

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wilma Breithaupt, 90, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the LaSalle

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ella Ruth Dotson, 78, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Rapides

Mon
23
Jul

Getting ready for fall election

The LaSalle Clerk of Court’s office was a beehive of activity on the first day of qualifying last Wednesday as candidates showed up to file paperwork for the fall election.

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Wed
18
Jul

unRoark siblings

unRoark siblings – seven-year-old Jedidiah, four-year-old Jaycee and three-year-old Jessa – recently explore the book collection on the LaSalle Parish Library’s Bookmobile. (Parents are Jason and Megan Roark of Jena.) The bookmobile is a mobile library that visits homes and different locations around the parish to those who are not able to visit the library to check out books. This service has been in existence in the parish since 1953. “We love the bookmobile,” their mother, Megan Roark, said. “It’s a wonderful service for parents and the community. The kids look forward to it every two weeks.”

 

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Wed
18
Jul

Retail sales remain steady

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish rose very slightly parish wide during the past fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, according to figures released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collects sales taxes for several bodies in the parish. The LaSalle Parish School Board and the LaSalle Law Enforcement District saw a substantial rise in sales tax collections for the fiscal year, but the towns of Jena and Olla saw collections remaining steady.

According to the collection agency, the school board and law enforcement district saw the increases because of a substantial (one-time) payment of an audit performed by the sales tax agency last summer. Those increases can be noted in collections for the month of August 2017. After seeing retail sales drop by about 17.5-percent between the years of 2014-15 and 2015-16, officials are hopeful that the economy has balanced out and that a steady increase in sales will be in the future.

 

Wed
11
Jul

Hall of Fame for Jena native

Retired Science Teacher Prentiss Powell instructs local youth on how to build a special type of rocket during the Centennial Cultural Center’s Rocket Camp last week at the center in downtown Olla. Students spent the whole week learning about different rockets as well as constructing and launching them as part of the camp. During the summer, the CCC hosts several camps involving science, art and more as well as a camp for students with special needs. For more information about the CCC and upcoming events and/or to volunteer, call 495-7988 or visit www.culturalcenter.us.

 

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Wed
11
Jul

Retired Science Teacher Prentiss Powell

Retired Science Teacher Prentiss Powell instructs local youth on how to build a special type of rocket during the Centennial Cultural Center’s Rocket Camp last week at the center in downtown Olla. Students spent the whole week learning about different rockets as well as constructing and launching them as part of the camp. During the summer, the CCC hosts several camps involving science, art and more as well as a camp for students with special needs. For more information about the CCC and upcoming events and/or to volunteer, call 495-7988 or visit www.culturalcenter.us.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam (a.k.a. Page Turner) with Page Turner Adventures

Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam (a.k.a. Page Turner) with Page Turner Adventures, along with Jase Lisenby as Vincent Van Dough, Bradley Nagler as Mayor Ann Chovi, Karissa Shell as Nan Chovi and Brody Rogers as Leonardo Da Munchi, perform the story, “The Great Pizza Contest,” during the LaSalle Parish Library’s Summer Reading Program Grand Finale at the library in Olla last week. In the interactive performance, the entire audience became the citizens of Mozzarella and helped Mayor Ann Chovi decide whether Vincent Van Dough or Leonardo Da Munchi made the best pizza in town. This tasty tale of conflict resolution is based on the book by Roam. Page Turner Adventures is an Emmy Award-winning company that produces hilarious shows that use the double whammy of comedy and stories to educate, entertain and engage children.

Tue
03
Jul

Board okays stipend for employees

Employees of the LaSalle Parish School Board will see a one-time stipend in their July 3rd payroll check after board members gave their approval during a special meeting held on Tuesday night of last week.

All degreed employees (positions requiring a degree) that worked a minimum of 85 days during the 2017-18 school year, will receive a one-time stipend of $827 as prorated based on previous state raises.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced that LA 8 will be closed at the bridge over Big Creek at Fishville beginning at 8 a.m. next Monday, July 9, for emergency repairs to the bridge. The bridge is located 3.02 miles east of US 165 south of Pollock. The closure is expected to last about three weeks, weather permitting. DOTD has announced detour routes: eastbound traffic will be detoured to US 165 North to Tullos, to US 84 East to Jena to LA 8; and westbound traffic will be detourned to US 84 West to Tullos, US 165 South to LA 8. Motorists who use LA 8 enroute to Alexandria should take note of the closure.

 

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Mon
25
Jun

Lee Worsham, coodinator

A former Jena High School basketball coach who held many honors including the national and state coach of the year and an inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame passed from this life at her home in East Jena last Saturday morning. Carrice Russell Baker won more games than any high school girls’ basketball coach in Louisiana history. Coach Baker coached 26 years at Winnsboro High School, winning four state championships and coached for another 13 years at Jena High School, winning another four state championships. Almost every year the team she was coaching at the time won district and went on to play in the Sweet Sixteen Tournament that year

 

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Mon
25
Jun

Lee Worsham, coodinator

Lee Worsham, coodinator of the Mid-Louisiana Big Rig Truck Show, presented Polly Duncan, Director of the LaSalle Council on Aging with a check for $1,650, the proceeds from the event held in Jena on June 9, 2018. Duncan expressed thanks for the donation and said it would help the Council on Aging to provide benefits to those served by the COA

 

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