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Six year-old dies in camper fire

A six year-old LaSalle Parish girl tragically died early Wednesday morning, October 26, in a camper trailer fire and officials have arrested her mother in connection with the death. Ayla Breeland, a first grader at Jena Elementary School, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire that occurred at 148 Segrest Road, located just off the Pleasant Hill Road, approximately 10 miles east of Jena.        

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Mon
31
Oct

The Girl Scouts of Troop 522

Girl Scouts of Troop 522 Kyrah Snoddy, 9, Addison Callender, 8, and Natalie Parrott, 8, hold up books that were collected during their recent book drive and bake sale at Mac’s Supermarket in Jena. The Girl Scouts of Troop 522 have set one of their project goals for the year to collect 1,000 paperback children’s books (4th grade level and down) to build a library in the country of Kenya in Africa through the African Library Project. The bake sale raised the $250 needed to ship the books to Africa.     

Mon
24
Oct

LaSalle COA says thanks for support

The LaSalle Council on Aging again thanks individuals and businesses for their continued much needed support in the delivery of services to the senior residents in LaSalle Parish. These contributions help maintain Home Delivered Meals Program, Chore Program, and other services provided by COA to the elderly in order for them to be able to continue to live in their own homes.         

Mon
24
Oct

Early voting underway

Early voting for the November 8th presidential election began on Tuesday, October 25, and will continue through next Tuesday, November 1, with voters being able to cast early ballots at the Registrar of Voters’ office, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day during this period, except Sunday. Voters in LaSalle Parish will be voting for a president and vice president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, Court of Appeal judge, PSC member and on six proposed constitutional amendments when they go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th.        

Mon
24
Oct

Veterans Day events

Several events have been planned to honor veterans of LaSalle Parish in recognition of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. The Whatley-Flaherty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5002 of Jena has announced  the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on that day.       

Mon
24
Oct

LaSalle branding project

Through a parish-wide collaboration, LaSalle Parish, two organizations and three towns now have a new official brand/logo to represent their respective entity through a branding project headed up and funded by the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD). Cynthia Cockerham, LEDD Executive Director of Community Development, and Morgan Smith with The Jena Times served as representatives to the graphic artist for the following entities – LaSalle Parish, the Town of Olla, the Town of Tullos, the Town of Urania, LEDD and the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians.      

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24
Oct

Casie Bradford, a teacher at Jena Junior High School, took part in a skeet shoot at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson

Casie Bradford, a teacher at Jena Junior High School, took part in a skeet shoot at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson, Wyoming during the summer. Four LaSalle teachers – Bradford, Reita Pearson and Kelsie Jolly from Jena Junior High, and Angie Pendarvis from Nebo Elementary School – received scholarships to attend the school where they gained valuable information that can be utilized in teaching hunter education, shooting sports, and other subjects in their classrooms.     

Tue
18
Oct

Dozens of dancers

Dozens of dancers from various tribes and states participated in the Jena Band of Choctaw Eighth Annual Pow Wow in the Pines over the weekend. There were many competitions and exhibitions over the two-day event from the grand entry to a variety of dances including a switch dance where men dressed as women and vice versa.
 
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18
Oct

Local pastors share views on presidential election

With less than three weeks away from the November 8 Presidential election, several LaSalle Parish pastors agreed to share their insights about what is undoubtedly the most controversial and highly negative presidential campaign in the history of the United States. As leaders of local congregations, these men have been looked upon to provide spiritual direction in this most heated moment in the nation’s history as both of the two major party candidates have flaws and undesirablequalities from a Christian  perspective.
 
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Oct

Olla gets sound ’16 audit report

Olla town officials received an outstanding audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, during their regular October meeting held Tuesday night of last week. The findings and summary of the audit was presented to the Council by CPA John Vercher of the Vercher Group. “The town received an unmodified opinion on the financial statement, which is the best audit the town can receive. Overall, you had a good clean report,” Vercher said.
 

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