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18
Jan

Officials discuss closing railroad crossing in Olla

Over two-dozen people were on hand at the Town of Olla Council’s January meeting on Tuesday night of last week to discuss the closing of the Cypress Street railroad crossing. DOTD Highway/Rail Safety Engineer Bill Shrewsberry of Baton Rouge was in attendance as well as Union Pacific Manager of Industry and Public Projects Engineering Todd Harris of Spring, Texas and Statewide Railroad Coordinator Gretchen Ferguson of Alexandria, along with several other DOTD and Union Pacific representatives to answer questions and concerns from the mayor, council members and public. 
 
 
Mon
18
Jan

Jena Cultural Center damaged during recent storm

The Jena Cultural Center, located in Good Pine, was damaged during a thunderstorm, which swept through this area on Friday night, January 8th, according to Pam Davis, Director. Lightning struck one of the large pine trees on the eastside of the building causing a transformer to blow. The blast from the lightning shattered the glass in several windows on the east side of the Cultural Center.  
 
 
Mon
18
Jan

School Board elect officers

Members of the LaSalle Parish School Board unanimously elected Dawn Stott of Olla (District 1) to serve as President, as well as electing Charlie Anderson of Jena (District 9) as Vice-President, for the year during the board’s regular January meeting held Monday night of last week. 
 
 
Mon
18
Jan

LaSalle Clerk of Court

LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews, right, administered the oath of office to members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury before they began their regular January meeting on Monday night of last week. Members taking their oaths from left include: Casey Jones, District 10; Brent Farley, District 9; Jack Zeagler, District 6; Clifton Jackson, District 5; Bard Lambeth, District 8; Mike Crooks, District 7; Larkin Jackson, District 4; Jerry Harris, District 3; Buddy Poole, District 2; and Eddie Coolman, District 1. Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Abby Whittingon is shown seated.  
 
Mon
11
Jan

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries are being provided to communities all over this country and through the efforts of one Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout status, Jena is now home to a Little Free Library. Thomas Hailey, son of Tommy and Debra Jo Hailey of Ponchatoula, is working to complete requirements to achieve the status of Eagle Scout, and he chose the Little Free Library as his community service project.
 

 

Mon
11
Jan

Jena High senior Kelsey Bradford

Jena High senior Kelsey Bradford was chosen as the winner of the JHS Future Business Leaders of America Most Beautiful Pageant on Saturday evening. She is the daughter of Robert and Carol Bradford. In the pageant, she represented the
JHS Lady Giants Softball Team.
 

 

Mon
11
Jan

Jena “Fireman of Year” recognized

A highlight at the regular January meeting of the Jena Town Council on Tuesday night of last week was recognizing and honoring the “Fireman of the Year”. Fire Chief Josh Corley presented a plaque to Captain Charlie Savell for his dedicated service to the Jena Fire Department. Savell has been employed as a full-time fireman for the past 12 years. Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards and members of the Council joined in congratulating Savell on his selection. 
 
Mon
11
Jan

Retail sales down for year

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish were down about 17-percent for the year just ended, according to figures released for 2015 by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collect sales taxes for several bodies in the parish.
 

 

Mon
04
Jan

Top stories for LaSalle in 2015

A review of stories that made headlines in The Jena Times during the year just ended revealed no ‘one story’ could be classified as the top story of the year. Several of them ranked among the top stories for 2015. One of the top stories was the first triple homicide in the history of LaSalle Parish occurred in April of this year at Urania in northern LaSalle Parish.  
 
Mon
04
Jan

Dardenne discusses La. budget problems

Last Wednesday, incoming Commissioner of the Division of Administration (DOA) Jay Dardenne held a press conference in Baton Rouge to discuss the looming budget problems that face the new administration. Lt. Governor Dardenne, chosen to lead DOA by Governor- elect John Bel Edwards, announced that, in the current fiscal year (FY), Louisiana faces an estimated $750 million shortfall.  
 

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