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LaSalle students excel at Tech…

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Eight Jena High graduates received their undergraduate degrees from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston during Spring commencement held May 21, 2016. They include, front row, from left: Macy Tullos - Bachelor of Science in Animal Science (summa cum laude); Emmalee Smith - Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies concentration in Applied Child Development; Chelsea Juarez - Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology; and Logan Evans - Bachelor of Science in Business Management concentration in Entrepreneurship; back row, Cartez Jack, Jr. - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; Trent Norman - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; and Cameron Windham - Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in chemistry (summa cum laude). 
 
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Board approves contracts for 3 administrators

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Contracts for three school administrators were approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular June meeting held Monday night of last week. Two-year contracts commencing July 31, 2016, and ending July 30, 2018, were approved for the following: Deborah Mayo, Principal at Nebo Elementary School; Greg Jones, Assistant Principal at LaSalle High School; and Dawn Book, Assistant Principal at Olla Elementary School. 
 
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UPS Midstream Services gets La. ‘Lantern Award’

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USP Midstream Services of Jena was honored by Louisiana Economic Development as the Central Region’s 2016 Lantern Award presented during a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Lantern Award winners demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities through the involvement of their businesses and employees.  
 
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Fish fry honors Rep. Abraham

The Ole Boys Club of Jena will host a fish fry honoring U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D., of the Fifth Congressional District, in Jena on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The event will be held at the Community Center in Jena (old fair barn), from 4 to 7 p.m.  

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Louisiana’s U.S. senators facing transition

By Jeremy Alford

Roughly four weeks after endorsing Donald Trump’s bid for president, Louisiana’s two U.S. senators are standing ready to help the presumptive GOP nominee. Calling Trump “our candidate,” Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Baton Rouge Republican, said it’s an easy choice. “I’m for anybody but Hillary,” he said.

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LaSalle’s April jobless rate fall

The jobless rate in LaSalle Parish fell by.5-percent from March to April, as the number of people employed in the parish rose by 74 during the same time period, according to figures just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The low price of crude oil continues to depress employment in parishes in Louisiana where large numbers of jobs depend on the oilfield. 

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“Remembering, honoring the fallen!”

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Those who gave their all in defending the freedoms America enjoys today were honored during an impressive ceremony at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse on Memorial Day – Monday, May 30, 2016. The program, sponsored by the Whatley-Flaherty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5002 of Jena and hosted by members  of the Veterans Honor  Guard, began promptly at 11 a.m.

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Olla program honors World War II veteran

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James David Hall, a veteran of World War II, was honored during the Memorial Day program held at the Centennial Cultural Center in Olla on Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2016, at 2 p.m. Memories of the brave American was shared by his daughter, Glenda Ogg Shaw, and his brother, John Hall. A number of family members were on hand as the life of James David Hall was related. 

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House fire leads to drug arrest

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A house fire at 1141 East Oak Street in Jena ended up with the homeowner in jail facing multiple illegal drug and firearm charges, according to Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon.

At 6:41 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016, the Jena Fire Department was notified of a house fire at the above address. When firemen arrived, the home was on fire and full of smoke. Firemen extinguished the fire and cleared the home of smoke.

McLendon was notified that one of the firemen had observed suspected illegal narcotics inside the home.

A Jena patrolman was dispatched to the scene and received voluntary consent from the homeowner, John Robbins, Sr., 64, to search the residence.

Two Jena patrolmen and a deputy sheriff entered the residence and in a room located at the end of the hallway, observed suspected marijuana plants, along with watering devices and lights. Robbins was read his Miranda rights and transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail.

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Qualifying for fall election set

Qualifying dates for the fall 2016 election have been set for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 20-21-22, according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve H. Andrews, who is the chief election officer for the parish.

Voters will be choosing several officials at the Tuesday, November 8th open primary, congressional/presidential election. The general election (or runoff) will be held on Saturday, December 10th.

First and foremost, the most important race on the November ballot will be that for President of the United States of America. As of this writing, it appears that Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.

Louisiana voters will also be picking a new United States Senator to replace Sen. David Vitter, who says he is retiring at the end of this present term, which ends Jan. 3, 2017.

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