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Comments sought on LDWF proposal

Area citizens, and especially waterfowl hunters, are urged to make their comments on a proposal by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which would impact duck hunting on Catahoula Lake.  

 

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LaSalle Parish Parent Expo termed successful . . .

Hundreds of parents and students along with school faculty and staff members from schools throughout LaSalle Parish gathered at Jena Elementary’s gymnasium for the annual LaSalle Parish Schools Parent Expo on Monday afternoon of last week. Dozens of booths were hosted by parish schools, services, area hospitals and others, providing a wide-range of information to parents and students. Free food and drinks were available, as well as various pamphlets and goodies from each booth and door prizes were drawn throughout the evening. Missy Bignar, Homeless Liaison for the LaSalle School System, expressed thanks to all those who provided booths and information, as well as a special thanks to all the parents and students who attended and took part in the event. Originally planned a week earlier, the event had to be cancelled because of inclement weather, and re-scheduled for Monday, January 25th.  

 

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the construction site of the new Ouachita River bridge

This photo taken at the construction site of the new Ouachita River bridge at Harrisonburg, looking east, shows progress being made on the $36.8 million project. The new bridge will replace the old river bridge, shown at left, which is in downtown Harrisonburg. DOTD engineers says construction has been delayed because of the high water levels on the Ouachita River, as well as the heavy rainfall experienced this winter. Work on the span over the river itself cannot resume until the water level drops. The approaches on both sides of the river will be tied into LA 8 once work is completed. The project was originally estimated to be completed late this year, but the delays will push the finish date well into next year. 

 

Mon
25
Jan

Registrar gives info for March election

LaSalle Parish Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer has released some important information concerning the upcoming presidential preference and party election slated for Saturday, March 5, 2016.  

 

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Mon
25
Jan

Locally-led LaSalle SWCD planning session successful

Community leaders with an interest in LaSalle’s natural resources attended a locally-led public meeting on Tuesday night of last week and shared ideas for the development of the LaSalle Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Needs Assessment, according to Sammy J. Franklin, chairman of the LSWCD Board of Supervisors. 

 

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Mon
25
Jan

“How high’s the water, mama?”

A visit to the Old River area in lower LaSalle Parish brings to mind the words of a country song by Johnny Cash. The song begins: “How high’s the water, mama? Two feet high and risin’; how high’s the water, papa” She said it’s two feet high and risin’! Backwater has caused Old River to rise over the past few weeks until it forced the closing of the Riverfront Road on the west side of the river, and required the Old River Loop road to be staked off so motorists would know where the road is located. The photo above was taken last Friday at the Old River Campgrounds, showing the water over the road and in and around the many camps located there. Homeland Security Director for LaSalle Parish Scott Franklin said as of Friday the water was still rising about two-inches per day, but was expected to crest at any time and start falling.

Mon
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. 
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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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
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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.  
 

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