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New alderman named for Olla

Anthony Fenoli was named to fill a vacancy on the Olla Town Council during a special meeting held Tuesday night of last week. Fenoli was selected to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Jake Long. He will join Madge Bailey, Al Cassels, Mark Richardson, and Joe Rachal to complete the five-member council.  

 

 

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26
Sep

The Rapides Foundation hosts 200 educators

The Rapides Foundation hosted 200 educators from throughout Central Louisiana at its third annual Symposium held September 14. The Symposium is an annual gathering around a topic of importance, and is a way to recognize the creation of The Rapides Foundation on September 1, 1994. The focus of the 2016 Symposium was education. The Foundation’s public education partners attended the event, including school district superintendents, school board members, BESE board members, and administrators and educators from the school districts in the nine parishes served by the Foundation. Current and former members of The Rapides Foundation Board of Trustees also attended the event. 

 

Mon
26
Sep

Flu shots

Flu shots are being administered at various locations around the parish as residents prepare themselves for the upcoming flu season. Above, Hardtner Medical Center LPN Melissa Womack places a band-aid on Olla resident Ella Emig’s arm after administering a flu shot as part of HMC’s Fast Track Flu Clinic located at their Emergency Room entrance. Flu shots are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign in at the outpatient office with the flu clinic clerk for faster service. HMC’s Director of Nurses/RN Cherry Beth Salter encourages everyone to get their flu shot as soon as possible because there are already reported cases of the flu in the area. LaSalle General Hospital is also giving flu shots in the emergency room. Flu shots are also available from other health providers in the community. The LaSalle Parish Health Unit does not have the flu vaccine yet, but will announce when it is available there.  

 

Wed
21
Sep

“Learn a Skill Day” at CLTCC

CLTCC-Rod Brady Nursing Student Michael Kennedy assists Jena High Senior Harley Taylor to take fellow JHS Senior Amanda Windham’s blood pressure during the “Learn a Skill Day” at CLTCC (Central Louisiana Technical Community College)-Rod Brady campus last week in Jena. Well over 100 parish high school seniors and juniors attended the four sessions about different programs offered at CLTCC-Rod Brady: Nursing (LPN), Welding, Business and General Information. 

Wed
21
Sep

School Board adopts $10.3 million budget

Members of the LaSalle Parish School Board adopted its 2016-17 budget in the amount of $10,319,417 during their meeting on Monday night of last week. Prior to adopting the budget, the board met in special session at 5:30 p.m. to conduct a budget hearing on the 2016-17 budget and budget resolution. The board also adopted the final budget revisions for all funds for the 2015-16 year.

 
 
Wed
21
Sep

Voters have many choices Nov. 8th

Voters in LaSalle Parish will be voting for a president and vice president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, Court of Appeal judge, PSC member and on six proposed constitutional amendments when they go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th. And there are a lot of candidates on the ballots – 13 for president/vice president, 24 for U. S. Senator, two for Congressman, two for Court of Appeal judge and three for PSC member.

Wed
21
Sep

Police Jury seeking help from public

Faced with increasing costs in providing necessary services to parish residents, and less revenue each year, members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury are turning to the public for some help. “The Police Jury has not had a true revenue enhancer for more than 25 years, yet our costs of operating the services in the parish that we are required to fund continue to increase,” notes Jury President Bard Lambeth.

 

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Mon
12
Sep

Additional funds approved for Jena walking trail lights

The Jena Town Council approved additional funding to finish the walking trail lighting project in Jena during its regular September meeting held Monday night of last week. The town has been granted $100,000 from The Rapides Foundation through the LaSalle Economic Development District, to install lights along portions of the walking trail. The town has also received a $4,000 grant from Plum Creek Foundation for the project.
 
 
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12
Sep

In Honor and Remembrance

LaSalle Parish residents stand hand-in-hand to sing “God Bless America” during an “In Honor and Remembrance” ceremony on the lawn of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena on Friday. A large crowd was in attendance for the ceremony sponsored annually by WoodmenLife Chapter 1145 of Jena. The program is dedicated to the memory of those lost in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, and in honor of members of the Armed Forces and all first responders. Members of Boy Scout Troop 14 were on hand to raise the flag and move it to half-mast and the LaSalle Parish Community Choir sang patriotic songs.
 
 
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12
Sep

Three Jena Boy Scouts received

Three Jena Boy Scouts received Eagle Scout status during a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor program at Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena on Sunday afternoon, September 4, 2016. Jeffrey Kirkham, Benjamin Riley, and Jacob Chandler – left to right – received the highest advancement rank awarded in Boy Scouting. During the program, numerous awards were presented and the three scouts were honored with a reception following the event.
 
 

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