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18
Jun

Kindergarteners Hope Langley and Hope Mullican

Kindergarteners Hope Langley and Hope Mullican toast marshmallows to make smores as part of the activities in Jennifer Smith’s class for the Scholastic Summer LitCamp at Olla Elementary. The camp ran from May 21 to June 15 and, according to Scholastic, is a breakthrough summer literacy program that combines innovative, research-based reading and writing lessons with an engaging and interactive summer camp approach. Each of the classrooms were decorated with camping paraphernalia from lanterns and tents to fake fires and backpacks and some of the activities involved camping. Over 200 parish students participated in the camp, which was taught at two locations – OES and Jena Elementary, for students in grades Kindergarten to fifth grade.

 

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18
Jun

Olla to aid Urania with needed water

Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott was granted permission by the Town Council last week to enter into negotiations with the Town of Urania regarding water supply.

Mayor Elliott explained to the Council that Urania Mayor Terri Corley and Urania’s Town Superintendent Russell Turnage met with her recently to discuss Urania’s need for Olla to supply water to them and their request to place an automated valve on the water line at Hwy 125.

 

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18
Jun

Police Jury asked to join opioid litigation

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury was asked at their regular June meeting held Monday night of last week to join litigation against the manufacturers of opioids.

Attorney Walter May, former district attorney of the Second Judicial District (Jackson, Bienville and Claiborne Parishes), addressed the jurors on the issue, as did Attorney Mike Staggs of New Orleans.

 

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18
Jun

Golden Anniversary

Guy Neil and Peggy Campbell of Jena will celebrate their golden (50th) wedding anniversary on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Peggy Campbell, the daughter of Doyle and Barbara Windham, and Guy Neil Campbell, son of Dr. Guy and Louise Campbell, were married on June 21, 1968. They have three children – Amy Franklin, Tammy Finlay and Micah Campbell – as well as eight grandchildren.

 

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Mon
11
Jun

Seven year-old Jena resident

Kingdom Builders’ Ron Windham of Trout, Chester “Sonny” Tarver of Clinton, and Bill Beasley of Ferriday, are all smiles as they work from the rafters during the mission group’s summer project last week at Oak Grove Baptist Church in LaSalle Parish. The builders saved the church thousands of dollars in labor costs.

 

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11
Jun

Seven year-old Jena resident

Seven year-old Jena resident Ellie Kate Cassels and her mother, Tonie, unpack a meal during the recent Summer Meals Kickoff event at Jena Elementary School sponsored by The Dairy Alliance and the LaSalle Parish Child Nutrition Program. Students received a meal and goodies at both Jena and Olla elementary schools

 

 

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Mon
04
Jun

Jena Memorial Day program honors veterans

A Memorial Day program was held at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena on Monday, May 28, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5002 of Jena.

Ralph McCrory, LCDR, US Navy, Retired, served as master of ceremonies and Rev. William Harvey Blasingame, III, US Army Vietnam Era Veteran, gave the invocation, after which Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards welcomed everyone.

 

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04
Jun

WWII Veteran honored during program at Olla

Carnot W. Waggoner, a native of Tullos and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, was honored during the Memorial Day program held at the Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) in Olla on Sunday afternoon, May 27, 2018.

R.V. Couch, president of the CCC Board of Directors, served as master of ceremonies and opened the program with a welcome to all those attending. Rev. Scott Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Tullos, gave the invocation.

 

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Fri
25
May

LaSalle Parish… Worst place to commit a murder!

Statistically, LaSalle Parish ranks as one of the safest places to live in all of the United States. Violent crimes are consistently low and when an unusual murder does occur, it is solved quickly and justice is delivered just as swift.

In the past quarter century, there have been 17 homicides in the parish with six of those coming in the three years of 2014, 2015, and 2016. In all of those most recent murders, law enforcement had the perpetrator in custody within 72 hours and officials within the 28th Judicial District Court believe in abiding by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution: The Right to a Speedy Trial.

 

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Fri
25
May

Decisions determine destiny…

For the past six years, LaSalle Parish students in eighth grade have participated in the annual Youth Crime Awareness Prevention Program (YCAP) sponsored by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office and the LaSalle Correctional Center. This program was created as a way to bring awareness to teenager’s lives that the choices they make could land them in this very place.

The message that inmates who reside in the LaSalle Correctional Center try to get across to the students is that their decisions determine their destiny. So many kids and teens don’t realize that things they consider to be harmless such as sneaking out, lying, hanging with friends their parents don’t approve of, drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco could all lead them down a path of destructive decisions.

 

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