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Tue
05
Aug

LaSalle adds to workforce figures

LaSalle Parish added 84 workers to its workforce during June as the parish remained among the top four parishes in Louisiana with lowest unemployment figures for the month.  Figures for June, just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), shows the unemployment rate for LaSalle Parish at 4.4 percent, the fourth lowest in  the state.
 
 

 

Tue
05
Aug

Math teachers from kindergarten to twelfth grade participated

Math teachers from kindergarten to twelfth grade participated in professional development workshops last week, focused on increasing math content knowledge of the Common Core State Standards for math. The workshops, held at the Media Center in Jena, was funded by the Rapides Foundation. Each grade level or course met and discussed the meaning of standards and wrote them in “teacher friendly” language. What teachers learned at the workshop will be implemented in the classroom during the upcoming school session, slated to begin next week.
 
 

 

Tue
29
Jul

School opens in just two weeks

The 2014-15 school session will officially begin on Tuesday, Aug. 12th, with teacher-in-service workshops but students will not report to classes until Thursday, August 14th, according to Superintendent Roy Breithaupt.
Officially, the new school term will begin on August 12, when teachers and para-professionals report to in-service training to be held at Jena High School.
 

 

Tue
29
Jul

German Pellets plant taking shape

The new German Pellets plant at Urania is beginning to take shape as construction crews continue work on the $350 million facility, which will be the world’s largest pellet production plant in the world. Site preparation started last year, but delays were caused by unusual winter weather and the demolition of the old Georgia-Pacific plywood and particleboard plant.
 

 

Tue
22
Jul

This week is “Business and Industry Appreciation Week” in LaSalle Parish

This week is “Business and Industry Appreciation Week” in LaSalle Parish and this edition of your parish newspaper is dedicated to its 39th annual salute to progress. This “PROFILE ’14: A Proud Past…A Promising Future” edition features stories of more than 200 businesses and industries in the parish. 
 
Tue
22
Jul

LaSalle Parish retail sales set new record

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish set a new record for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, according to figures just released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collects sales taxes for several agencies in the parish.  
 
Tue
22
Jul

The Town of Urania received a coveted award this year

The Town of Urania received a coveted award this year at the Louisiana Rural Water Association’s Annual Awards Banquet held in Lake Charles July 9th. The town was named recipient of the “2014 Source Water Protection System of the Year” award
 
Tue
15
Jul

Danny Ainsworth, Superintendent

Danny Ainsworth, Superintendent of the Jena Wastewater Treatment Plant, proudly displays the trophy awarded to him in Lake Charles last week when he was named “Wastewater System Operator of the Year”/North for 2014. Shown with Ainsworth are, from left: Rodney Roark, Plant Operator
 
Tue
15
Jul

Olla to get disc golf course at Sports Complex

The Olla Town Council approved a proposal from Recreation District 22 for construction of a 9-hole disc golf course at the Sports Complex, located near La- Salle High School, during their regular July meeting held Tuesday night of last week. Steve Richardson, President of the Board of Directors of Recreation District 22, explained the proposal to members of the council and Mayor Rhonda Elliott 
 
Tue
08
Jul

Jena backs Certified Work Ready program

The Jena Town Council went on record at its July meeting held Tuesday night of last week in support of LaSalle Parish becoming a Certified Work Ready Community. The new program is being advocated by the Central  Louisiana Development Alliance (CLEDA) because of a shortage of a qualified workforce in the area. “Because we are suffering from a shortage of a qualified workforce in LaSalle Parish, we feel that by creating a Certified
Work Ready Community, it will help fill a gap created by increased local employment,” Mayor Murphy McMillin told members of the Council. 
 

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