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06
Feb

LEDD proud of economic endeavors

The President of the LaSalle Economic Development District, Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., responded very favorably to an article appearing in The Jena Times last week concerning the recent announcement that LaSalle Parish leads the state in percentage of business growth.

Dorroh, who has served almost 30 years as president of the District, enthusiastically stated in an interview with The Times:

“This is great news. Of course, many factors go into such an accomplishment. We certainly have had unusually good leadership in local government in the past few years. We have an exceptionally hard working labor force in La- Salle parish and are becoming known for that.

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Mon
06
Feb

Students of the Year

LaSalle Parish School System

Students of the Year for the LaSalle Parish School System were recognized during the school board’s regular February meeting held Monday night. The honorees include, from left: Middle/Junior High level, Robert Joseph Kendrick, an eighth grader at Jena Junior High School and son of Kathleen and Steven Kendrick of Jena; Elementary level, Isabelle Thompson, a fifth grader at Olla Elementary School and daughter of Casey Dale and James Thompson of Olla; and High School level, Sarah Abigail Guinn, a senior at Jena High School and daughter of Tammy and Kevin Guinn of Jena.

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Mon
06
Feb

Teachers of the Year

LaSalle Parish School System

LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year” were recognized during the regular February meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board held Monday night of this week. Honorees include, from left: Jamie Munson, LaSalle High School, high school level; Kristin Webb, Nebo Elementary, elementary level; and Chantel Towell, Jena Junior High School, middle/junior high level.

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Mon
30
Jan

Schedler responds to Trump’s voter fraud investigation

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler issued the following statement last week in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement of a national voter fraud investigation.

“I take any and all allegations of fraud very seriously, but I can only speak on behalf of the election system here in Louisiana since it is the one I control. Louisiana did not have any widespread irregularities or allegations of fraud during the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle.

Mon
30
Jan

LaSalle ranks at top in business growth

SmartAsset recently completed its second annual study on places receiving the greatest amount of investment in their local economics and LaSalle Parish ranked in the #1 spot in Louisiana for business growth.

LaSalle ranked at #10 of all Louisiana parishes in the overall incoming investment index, according to SmartAsset.

Mon
30
Jan

Abraham thanked for help to reverse gun grab measure

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) last week scored a victory when Congress agreed to review, and likely revoke, a final rule by the Obama administration that would blindly strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.

The NRA issued a special word of thanks to three members of Congress, including fifth district Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, for their help in scoring the victory.

Mon
30
Jan

Work is currently underway on a project

Work is currently underway on a roofing project at the Jena Town Hall, in downtown Jena. C & L Roofing Company was awarded a contract last fall to build a pitched roof over the present roof at a cost of $128,500.

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Mon
23
Jan

LaSalle leaders reflect on year 2016

Several factors make bright outlook for 2017

There is no denying that the price of oil has a direct impact on LaSalle Parish and this past year record low oil prices played an important factor in the bleak economic picture of most businesses and residents; however, as the price of oil appears to be on the increase, there is a rejuvenated spirit developing among parish leaders that have most projecting a better year for 2017.

Several business leaders and public officials weighted in on what they expect in the year 2017 as they reflect back on the year that just ended.

Mon
23
Jan

Sen. Riser to run for treasurer post

La. State Senator Neil Riser, R-Columbia, confirmed to this newspaper last week that he would be a candidate for State Treasurer to fill the seat vacated by John Kennedy, who was elected as U.S. Senator last fall.

He was in Jena to join members of the Ole Boys Club for lunch last week when he spoke with a representative from The Jena Times.

Mon
23
Jan

LaSalle ranks at the top

Where you live really matters

Location matters – enormously. If you’re poor and live in Louisiana, it’s better to be in LaSalle Parish than in East Carroll Parish or Orleans Parish. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to La- Salle, the better you will do on average. Children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, more likely to go to college and more likely to earn more.
 
LaSalle Parish School System Secondary Supervisor Tish Taylor, who found the information through an online source, recently discovered these 2015 findings and was quite pleased with the study’s results. 

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