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Man facing prison time on federal gun charge

A Jena man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of possessing unregistered silencers, which he also constructed and sold, authorities said. Robert E. Durham, 34, of Jena, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.  

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Very Special Summer Camp

Olla Elementary second grade student Alayna Nowlin gives a high five to Smokey the Bear during his visit to the third annual Very Special Summer Camp in Olla last week. The camp is for students with special needs and hosted by the Centennial Cultural Center (CCC). The CCC personnel and board would like to thank all the volunteers and the main sponsors of the center’s summer camps and other events throughout the year: The Central LA Arts Council, Entergy, Centurylink, Home Depot, Union Pacific and XTO as well as the many other contributors.

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Miracles lead to new building

Members of Searcy Baptist Church have experienced one miracle after another during the past few months that will eventually culminate in a brand new church facility at a brand new location. “God is building a church and in the process of that we’re going to get a new building,” Pastor Reid Terry said. “That’s the message I’ve been telling our people and every person that has come to help.” 

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LaSalle flood victims get $1-million in aid

A total of 165 people in La-Salle Parish registered for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the severe storms and historic flooding that occurred March 8 through April 8. A total of $1,004,253 was approved which includes funds for temporary housing, repairs not covered by insurance, replacement of damaged property not covered by insurance. The goal is to help the homeowner with the cost of replacing their destroyed homes.  

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More must be done to destroy ISIS Rep. Abraham calls for more action

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., of Alto, is calling for increased action from President Obama’s administration to destroy ISIS in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, FL on June 19th. “We’ve got to strike at all Islamic terrorists where they live,” Dr. Abraham said, “and the administration is not doing all they could be doing.”  

 
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Police jurors get report on Airport

Patrick Newcomb, Airport Manager, gave members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury an update on improvements and operation of the Jena Airport during their regular June meeting held Monday night of last week. Newcomb said because the airport is owned 50/50 by the Police Jury and the LaSalle Economic Development District, he wanted to tell jurors of improvements at the facility and bring them up-to-date on the economic impact the airport has on the community.  

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Judge Chris Peters for Court of Appeal

District Court Judge J. Christopher “Chris” Peters has announced that he will be seeking to fill a vacancy on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8. The election district includes Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides and Sabine Parishes.

 
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American Cancer Society Community Manager Kristen Franks

Wal-Mart Assistant Managers Donna Tuggle and Brandon James present a $15,000 check to American Cancer Society Community Manager Kristen Franks last week alongside several Wal-Mart associates as part of LaSalle Parish’s fundraising efforts for ACS Relay for Life. Every year, the Relay For Life movement raises more than $400 million across the nation and ACS puts these donations to work, investing in groundbreaking research in every type of cancer and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. At present, over $35,000 has been raised this year in the parish with various teams and sponsors who join in to support those who battle cancer in central Louisiana.

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13
Jun

Employee of Month named

Johnny Rosier of Rosier Insurance and Financial Services, recognized Renee Prince as the LaSalle Parish School System Employee of the Month for May during the School Board’s regular June meeting held Monday night of last week. Rosier presented Prince, a para-professional at Jena Junior High School, with a plaque and gift check in recognition of the honor. 
 
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Social Media: Helpful or Harmful?

The LaSalle Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma sponsored its annual essay contest for seventh and eighth graders in the LaSalle Parish School System. The theme for essays this year was, “Social Media: Helpful or Harmful?” Three winners are chosen from the essays: a grand prize winner and winners from both the seventh and eighth grade.
 

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