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Funding for three Projects at Jena Airport announced

A total of $415,000 for three aviation projects at the Jena Airport have been announced by area legislators. State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia, and State Representative Terry Brown of Colfax made the announcement last week, noting that the projects are funded by both federal and state dollars.
 
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Treasure Heart Designs Co

Treasure Heart Designs Co. is officially opened for business with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. The shop, located at 1825 East Oak Street in Jena, is owned by Brandi Eubanks and specializes in Matchpoint linen clothing, Bohemian-style clothing, Louisiana-themed gift items, Drake t-shirts, wallets, leather cuff bracelets, rustic outdoorsman art, magnets, scarfs, jewelry, home décor and much more. The shop also offers create-your-own artwork, headbands and initials.
 
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Ag programs prepare high school students for college and workforce

Seven Jena High FBLA students recently qualified to compete at nationals after winning awards in five competitions at the 2015 FBLA State Leadership Conference in Lafayette.
As Louisiana educators try to prepare students for a growing number of careers in seemingly divergent fields — science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and mechanical trades — agriculture could provide common ground for training the state’s workforce of the future. High school agriculture programs consist of courses in ag sciences, basic mechanics and leadership as well as FFA chapters.
 
Tue
24
Mar

Jindal has bills to end Common Core

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced last week that he would support a package of bills in the upcoming legislative session, slated to begin in April, to remove Common Core from the state’s public education system.

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Jena High Senior Breanna Morace

Jena High Senior Breanna Morace recently received a ribbon and plaque for her first place and Best in Show wins at the National Beta Convention for her drawing of a young girl.

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Tue
24
Mar

Olla Named Cleanest City Again!

A community clean-up effort in the Town of Olla, led by the Olla Pinewood Garden Club and town officials, prepared the town for judging in the Cleanest City contest last Wednesday. Mayor Rhonda Elliott announced Monday that Olla placed first in District 8, and will now be judged in the statewide contest.

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Tue
17
Mar

Litter on roads

Litter on roads and highways are the result of individual actions, and the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office has announced an immediate crackdown on those who litter in the parish. Sheriff Scott Franklin said he would be placing ‘no litter’ signs on major highways in the parish, pointing out that littering carries a fine up to $1,500. He has also announced stepped-up patrols designed to catch those who litter, and those who practice what has become known as “dumpster diving”, where individuals take garbage from dumpsters, open and go through the contents, and leave it outside the dumpster to be scattered by the wind.

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17
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The Jena Airport

The Jena Airport, seen here looking north, has undergone many improvements since being taken over by the LaSalle Economic Development District several years ago. With the addition of an Airport Manager – Patrick Newcomb – many other improvements are on the drawing board, with some slated for completion this year.

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Tue
17
Mar

“In God We Trust” sign to be displayed in Jury meeting room

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury voted unanimously during their March meeting held on Monday night of last week to display a sign in the jury’s meeting room with these words, “In God We Trust”. The resolution passed by the Jury stated, “In God We Trust pursuant to congressional mandate became the United States national motto on July 30, 1956, shortly after our nation led the world through the trauma of World War II.

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Mar

Jena seeks grant to upgrade water lines

The Jena Town Council voted at its regular March meeting held Tuesday night of last week to apply for a $35,000 grant to upgrade two water lines on its system.

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