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Wed
22
May

Daniel Cole seeks Senate Dis. 32 seat

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wed
15
May

Tullos ordinance limits large trucks on certain streets

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The Tullos Town Council approved the adoption and introduction of several ordinances at their regular meeting last week concerning a range of issues such as limiting the number of in-service water meters, forbidding the possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and prohibiting large vehicle use on specific streets.

Mayor Karla Cockerham said the latter issue was raised from a host of citizen complaints revolving around large (multi-axle) trucks either driving along Doyle Street and part of Sycamore Street or bypassing the Hwy 84/165 intersection by turning at Dollar General onto East Hebert Street.

 

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Wed
08
May

Multi parish burglary ring solved

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For four years a sophisticated burglary ring eluded law enforcement in multiple jurisdictions along the Mississippi River in Louisiana and Mississippi. All of that came to an end recently as the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Department obtained warrants for the pair alleged to have orchestrated and conducted the many burglaries.

Brady Cormier, 40, of Vidalia, and Mark Tyler Evans, 24, of Ferriday, were arrested last week by law enforcement officers in Texas on warrants from LaSalle Parish for two counts of simple burglary, two counts of criminal damage to property, and two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit simple burglary.

“These warrants are only for burglaries committed in LaSalle Parish,” La-Salle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin said. “Because of our detectives’ work in solving this burglary operation, the Rapides Parish and Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Offices have also obtained felony warrants for Cormier and Evans for burglaries committed in their jurisdictions.”

Wed
08
May

Womack running for Senate Dist. 32

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Glen D. Womack, of Harrisonburg, has officially announced that he is a candidate for the open position in Senate District 32 created because Senator Neil Riser has termed out.

Womack, a Franklin Parish native, began his business career with one truck and a walk-behind trencher. Now, his successful businesses provide hundreds of jobs across our state in utility management and construction, agricultural services, trucking and directional drilling, as well as commercial building construction.

Womack’s success in business and service to the community is why people have, for years, asked him to consider serving in the State Senate.

 

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Wed
08
May

Diploma Time…

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Honor graduates from both high schools in the parish will lead in commencement exercises this week at each of the schools. Graduation at LaSalle High School will be at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at Tiger Stadium. Graduation at Jena High School will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 10, at Guy Campbell Memorial Athletic Complex.

 

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Wed
01
May

EF2 Tornado hits LaSalle

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A tornado, spun out of a major weather system coming through LaSalle Parish before daylight last Thursday, caused extensive damage in the Searcy and Summerville areas, according to Sheriff Scott Franklin, who also serves as Homeland Security Director.

Representatives with the NOAA’s National Weather Service was in LaSalle Parish on Friday and after visiting the Searcy and Summerville areas, rated the tornado as an EF2, with maximum winds of up to 125 miles per hour. The same tornado struck both areas of the parish.

Sheriff Franklin said he usually gets notification as soon as a tornado is suspected of heading toward the parish, but shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday morning when he received the first alert, the tornado had already touched down in the Searcy community.

 

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Wed
01
May

Sheriff Franklin seeks re-election

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LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin officially announced this week that he will be a candidate for re-election this fall.

In making his announcement, Sheriff Franklin issued the following statement to voters of LaSalle Parish:

“It was twelve years ago this week that I first announced I would be a candidate for sheriff in the fall election of 2007. I left my career with the Louisiana State Police to seek the office of Sheriff to address the drug problem we had in the parish.

“During my first year in office, my team was able to purchase pounds and ounces of illegal drugs, and we made it known to drug dealers and users that this type of activity would not be condoned in LaSalle Parish.

 

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