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Senior Louisiana State Trooper Charles Turnage

Senior Louisiana State Trooper Charles Turnage lowers the American flag at the foot of Vision Bridge in the Jena Town Park to half-staff as Sgt. Jay Sanders (at right), Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon and Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards, along with members of the Jena Police.

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Qualifying next week

By Greg Jones

Qualifying for the fall 2015 elections will be held next week and already many candidates have already announced their intentions and are on the campaign trail daily. The election is just over two months away.  Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews, Chief Election Officer for LaSalle Parish, has announced qualifying dates, times and fees to be charged. The Clerk of Court’s office will accept qualifying papers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 8-10.

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Mon
24
Aug

School enrollment up Student count at 3,045 in parish

Early enrollment figures for the public and private school students in LaSalle Parish showed a slight increase from the past schoolyear, increase from 2,854 last year to 2,922 this year – an increase of 68 students.  However, when you add in the students who are home schooled (80), plus another 43 students enrolled in private schools not seeking state approval in the parish, the total number of students in the parish is up by 35 students – going from 3,010 last year to 3,045 this year. Figures released last week for the three school systems in the parish – LaSalle public schools, Temple Christian Academy and La- Salle Head Start – shows the public systems with more students and the private school also showing an increase  

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Aug

Rep. Terry Brown seeks re-election / District 22

State Representative Terry Brown of Colfax has announced that he intends to seek re-election to the District 22 seat in the LouisianaHouse of Representatives at the fall election. In making the announcement, Brown issued the followingstatement to District 22 voters:   

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Mon
24
Aug

Hasten Bunting tests

Hasten Bunting tests his driving skills on the State Farm driving simulator during the first annual D.A.R.E. Safety Expo on Saturday at Jena High’s Guy Campbell Memorial Athletic Complex. Hasten is the son of Brad and Amy Bunting of Jena. Dozens of personnel with law enforcement, hospitals, organizations and more hosted booths with games, prizes and information to the hundreds of attendees. The event was held to promote safety and health education for the parish  nd was a cooperative effort involving safe and drug-free community participants and officers  from the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office. Hot dogs and water were provided for lunch. (See more  hotos inside this issue.) 

Mon
17
Aug

Jury consolidates 2 voting precincts

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury adopted an ordinance during its regular August meeting held Monday night of last week to consolidate two more voting precincts in the  parish. District 1, Precinct 2 was consolidated with District 4,  Precinct 3, at the Summerville Voting Building, and District  9, Precinct 4 was consolidated with District 9, Precinct 1,  at the Whitehall Fire Station. The action is effective with  the fall elections this year.  There will be a total of 24 precincts in the 10 districts in the parish following the passage of this ordinance.
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17
Aug

A new school year

Jena High School seniors, from left, Sierica Jenkins, Kassie Humphries, Jada Jackson and Ashley Jones, discuss their class schedules for the new school year during their first day of school as seniors last Friday. A total of 142 seniors are enrolled at JHS this year, more than in several years. For the past few years, around 100 students have graduated each year at JHS. Total enrollment remained steady with 539 in all four high school grades enrolled this year, just four more than the 535 enrolled last year. Students reported to classes in all public schools around the parish, in addition to the Head Start School in Good Pine, last Friday, the first day of the 2015-16 school session. Students at Temple Christian Academy reported for their first day of classes on Monday of this week.
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Aug

40 years and counting

Dr. Kenneth Paul Mauterer, left, was presented a plaque in honor of his four decades of service to the citizens of this area by Dr. Brian Smith, Chief of Staff at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania. About 200 leaders, friends and family members turned out in Urania on August 6th to surprise the Olla native upon his completion of 40-years of dedicated service in the community.

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Mon
10
Aug

LPSB administrator honored with award

Melinda Jones Edwards, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance in LaSalle Parish, was presented the Wilfred Broussard award for 2015 at the Louisiana Child Welfare and Attendance Personnel Conference. It was held June 17-19 in 
Baton Rouge. The award is named after Mr. Broussard, as he was dedicated to the students of his district and our state. Mr. Broussard compiled the first handbook for Child Welfare Supervisors.
 
 

 

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Classes begin on Friday

The 2015-16 public school session in LaSalle Parish officially gets underway this week, according to LaSalle Superintendent of Schools Roy Breithaupt. Teachers will report for in-service training at Jena High School on today, August 12th. Other training has been planned for Thursday, Aug. 13th, as well as teachers will be getting their classrooms ready for the new school year.
 
 

 

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