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Wed
22
Apr

LaSalle looking to reopen for business

LaSalle looking to reopen for business

All of LaSalle Parish’s top public officials and leaders met Monday morning at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse to start the process of getting the parish back open after being shut down by COVID-19.

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Wed
15
Apr

Continuing the legacy

Continuing the legacy

“If my momma was still alive, she would have been leading the pack in feeding people during this time,” Stacy Foy of Olla said of her mother, Gayle Meredith, last Wednesday while filling cups of vegetable beef soup. “She passed away four years ago and what we’re doing is keeping her legacy alive.”

Foy and other family members have been averaging feeding around 300 people two or three times a week for the past three weeks outside of the family business, Alkies, in Olla. One day they fed around 400.

“It started out with just our family buying and cooking a meal from our own pockets and out of our own kitchens,” she said. “But once we started feeding people, donations starting coming in and volunteers started helping.”

 

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Wed
15
Apr

COVID-19 Update

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards delivered remarks late last week that sent shock waves through most of Louisiana.

During his daily coronavirus briefing last Thursday, the governor said that he expects measures ordered to slow the spread of the coronavirus to remain in place through the end of May, although he is not ready to officially say yet whether he will extend the Stay at Home order when it expires on April 30.

Nationally, President Donald Trump is leaning towards opening the country back up to some sense of economic normalcy May 1, but the governor’s order would supersede the President’s directive should he decide to extend his executive order.

 

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Wed
15
Apr

Love story inspires local film maker

Love story inspires local film maker

Local filmmaker and Olla native Jessi Norwood had her short film, Summer Reins, accepted into the 2020 International Christian Film Festival in Orlando, Florida, which was set for May but is now postponed.

Norwood earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Filmmaking from The Los Angeles Film School in November 2019 and is a 2013 graduate of LaSalle High School. She is the daughter of John and Traci Norwood of Olla.

“When I saw that I was selected into the film festival, I was beyond excited,” she said. “It’s an overwhelming feeling to know someone thinks your film is worth viewing. When you are a low budget independent filmmaker and you shoot short films, a chance to have that film be seen at a festival is important. Also, a few years ago I attended the International Christian Film Festival to watch other people’s films and now, years later, my short film will be a part of the festival. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

 

Wed
08
Apr

Retail sales down

Retail sales down

Retail sales for the parish and town of Olla are down slightly for the first quarter of 2020, but sales in the town of Jena are up for the first three months, according to figures just released by the Concordia Parish Sales Tax Collection Agency.

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Wed
08
Apr

The absent Shepherd

The absent Shepherd
The absent Shepherd

All across the nation and world today, Christians are celebrating Easter isolated in their homes; there is a great absence felt by many. What does the Church miss by not being together?

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Wed
08
Apr

New COVID-19 orders

New COVID-19 orders

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards extended his Stay at Home executive order last week to now include the entire month of April.

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Wed
01
Apr

LaSalle native receives prestigious FBI award

LaSalle native receives

Jena native Holle (Peavy) Dukic has received a prestigious national award for excellence through her work as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) at the FBI Academy in Virginia.

Dukic is the daughter of Earl and Margaret Peavy of the Eden community and a graduate of Jena High School. She has been employed with the FBI since September 2003.

She was awarded the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence, Excellence in Training and Professional Development, in September 2019 by FBI Director Christopher Wray at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. along with each member of the HIG Training Team.

Wed
01
Apr

Spike for gun and ammunition sales

Spike for gun and ammunition sales

Across the nation gun and ammunition sales have seen a considerable increase overall with a local spike as well for ammunition and specific firearms.

Carl Smith, owner of Blade-n-Barrel in Jena, which is a popular supply store for firearms and ammunition, said sales in his store have increased significantly in the past week compared to the amount of sales this time last year.

“I can’t really compare sales right now with the past months because it was hunting season but if I look at sales this month last year they are definitely up,” Smith said. “Gun sales have been up for only specific guns right now, but it’s ammunition sales that have skyrocketed. I’d say it’s been about 75% up on sales of handguns and AR-15s, but ammunition sales have been triple what they were this time last year.”

 

Wed
01
Apr

GHOST TOWN

GHOST TOWN

As the statewide Stay-At-Home order went into effect last week, the streets of downtown Jena resembled a ghost town as residents abided by the order. This photo was taken at 7 p.m. when traffic would normally be busy through the downtown area but as shown above, no vehicles could be found. Life in LaSalle Parish, as well as most parts of the country, has come to a stop due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

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