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Mon
16
Jan

Olla officials to open bids on sewer project

Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott announced to members of the Town Council at their regular January meeting held Tuesday night of last week that the town is advertising for bids for the FY 2016 LCDBG (Local Community Development Block Grant) sewer project to clean out manholes and improve the sewer system.
 
Bids will be opened on Tuesday, January 17th at 10 a.m. at the Olla Town Hall, the mayor noted.

Mon
16
Jan

Police Jury outlines desperate need for tax

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury is facing a situation that most of its members have never witnessed - a shortfall of money that may see valuable services to the public eliminated if a proposed half-cent sales tax is not approved by voters in April. The problem was addressed during the Jury’s regular January meeting held Monday night of last week.
 
“I don’t know of any other way to put it other than its bad,” Jury President Bard Lambeth said. “We are faced with a financial situation that is only getting worse each month and if something isn’t done to increase our revenue we could see the laying off of employees before the end of the year, which means important services to the parish will not be available.”

Mon
16
Jan

Pageant Winner

Jena High School junior Taylor Bignar was chosen as the winner of the 2017 JHS Future Business Leaders of America Most Beautiful Pageant held last Saturday evening at JHS.

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Mon
16
Jan

Poetry published…

Three Olla-Standard Elementary School students, Emma Foy, Emily Barton, and Abbie Maxwell, recently had their poetry published in the 2016 children’s anthology, Accomplished. All students in Kim Long’s 4th grade classes participated in the national poetry contest last year and had their poems submitted for the publication, along with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from throughout the United States.

Mon
16
Jan

School Board elects new officers for ‘17

The LaSalle Parish School Board elected officers for 2017 at their first meeting of the new year January 9, and chose a veteran of the board to lead them during a year when major decisions will be made.
 
Ward 10 Member Melvin Worthington was unanimously elected as the 2017 LaSalle Parish School Board President and Ward 4 Member Virgie Wilson was unanimously elected as the board’s vice-president.

Wed
11
Jan

Justiss Oil makes painful decisions

Officials feel worst is behind them 

 

By Craig Franklin 

In the words of Justiss Oil Company President Jim Justiss, 2016 will be remembered as a year “where painful decisions had to be made” in regards to the company that has been a fixture in LaSalle Parish since 1946.

“But, I think the worst is behind us,” he continued. “We’re still here, still going, and we’ll continue to be here for years to come.”

Not since the oil crisis of the late 1980’s when the price of oil dropped as low as $12 per barrel has the industry faced such difficult times as in recent months. In January of 2016, the price per barrel had plummeted to $28 but adjustments at Justiss had already begun.

 

Wed
11
Jan

Good Pine Middle Teacher Chasity Sherrill

Good Pine Middle Teacher Chasity Sherrill points out which plants are which in one of the 4x8 box gardens to para-professional Gloria Turner and students (left to right) DeArius Cooper, Jacob Wiley and Gabriel Conley. The planting boxes make up part of the GPMS school garden provided through The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Good Food Project and donations from a man out of Connecticut. GPMS is one of four parish schools to take part in the project to grow seasonal plants such as tomatoes, peas, cabbage and more.

 

Wed
11
Jan

Tullos officials making wishlist

The Tullos Town Council’s first meeting of the New Year last week centered around discussion of upcoming grant applications, current grant funding, officer candidates and more.

Town Clerk Melody Strawn asked the Council what would be their wishlist for the upcoming parish-wide Blue Cross-Blue Shield grant application. The discussion was continued from last month were the Council expressed interest in applying for LED lighting in the Tullos Recreational Park.

Police Chief Gary McDaniel suggested to the Council that the Tullos ballpark could be considered for the grant application since if it had lighting, new seating, etc. then it could be utilized by the community. There was a lengthy discussion about the ballpark and the suggestion with the Council members deeming it a good idea, so Strawn added it to the wishlist. Strawn will present the ideas to Cynthia Cockerham with LEDD, who serves as the grant administrator.

 

Tue
03
Jan

Local businesses see up-tick in Christmas shopping

There is no doubt that LaSalle Parish’s economy is industry driven; more specifically, it is oil industry driven.

As the dust, or rather, mud settled after the recent presidential election, many local businesses experienced an increase in local spending during the Christmas holiday shopping season, as the promise of a better oil industry seemed to prompt residents into spending with anticipation.

“Really, since Black Friday, business has been good,” said Mac’s Graphic Design owner Robert Neal. “I absolutely think the (presidential) election had something to do with that. The fear of the unknown associated with that election has eased and most people are just relieved that the entire election process is over.”

 

Tue
03
Jan

Jena native Chelsea Ganey

Jena native Chelsea Ganey and her roping partner, Tillman Saucier of Pollock, hold a check for $284,000 after they won big at the Priefert World Series of Team Roping Grand Finale XI in Las Vegas on December 10. “We were definitely motivated that day,” Ganey said about their win. “We just said let’s go get another one caught, and that’s it.”

 

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