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12
Apr

Flooding damages Urania sewer plant

Urania Mayor Pro-Tem Pat McDougald informed his fellow Council members at their regular meeting last week that the town’s sewer plant had flooded as expected with the recent heavy influx of rain and that FEMA may be able to help. He said there is a request out to FEMA for aid regarding the sewer plant damage, which is estimated at over $32,000. He mentioned that Town Clerk Callender planned to attend a meeting with FEMA the next day regarding their request, etc. McDougald led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Terri Corley.
 
Tue
12
Apr

POW/MIA balloon coming to Jonesville

The POW/MIA hot air balloon will be one of some thirty-plus balloons to be featured this weekend for the first annual Four Rivers Balloon Race and Festival, slated April 22, 23 and 24 at Four Rivers Park. The balloon is being furnished by Freedom Flight, Inc, is a nonprofit, educational corporation seeking to honor the sacrifices of military personal and to increase the awareness of the POW-MIA issue thru the use of Hot Air Balloons.
 
Tue
12
Apr

Members of the 2016 LaSalle Riding Club Rodeo Team

Members of the 2016 LaSalle Riding Club Rodeo Team will be hosting the 24th annual Louisiana High School Rodeo Association’s Jena Rodeo this Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 at the Jena Rodeo Arena. Showtime will be at 7 p.m. each evening with gates opening at 6 p.m. Slack will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Rodeo Team members include, front row, from left, Morgan Castell, Madison Ewing, Lacy Stapleton, Raylee Eberwein and Jordan Sharp; back row, Joseph Cole, Cole Burley, Logan Stapleton and Hunter Estis. Not shown - Clay McDaniel, Dakota Scott, Leah Allen and Siarrah Thomas.
 
Mon
04
Apr

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center still open in Jena

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle Parish is still open and operating in LaSalle Parish to assist victims of the recent historic flooding. The facility is located in the Family Life Center of East Jena Baptist Church, at 1220 Pepper Street in Jena.
 
 

 

Mon
04
Apr

Five-year-old Tullos resident Eden Strawn

Five-year-old Tullos resident Eden Strawn, daughter of Tullos Town Clerk Melody Strawn, enjoys a ride on the new zipline at Tullos Memorial Park while five-year-old Dolcy Pickett of Winnfield waits for her turn. Pickett and her mother, Katie, traveled from Winnfield to try out the new zipline. The zipline was made possible for the town through grant funding from The Rapides Foundation.
 
 

 

Mon
04
Apr

Precedented 15th term as Coroner…

Dr. I. C. Turnley, Jr. of Jena was administered his oath last week for a precedented 15th term as LaSalle Coroner by LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews. First elected as Coroner in the fall of 1959, Dr. Turnley took office in July 1960 and has served continually since that time. At the end of his current term in 2020, he will have served 60 years in the office. He is one of the longest serving public officials in the state of Louisiana and has never had opposition for the office since he was first elected 56 years ago.
 
 
Mon
28
Mar

New penny sales tax takes effect April 1st

Beginning this coming Friday, April 1st, shoppers in Louisiana will be paying an additional one-cent state sales tax, bringing the total state sales tax to 5-cents. That is in addition to the 3-cent sales tax collected by the LaSalle Parish School Board, the one-cent collected in both Jena and Olla, and the half-cent collected for the Law Enforcement District. Inside the towns of Jena and Olla, shoppers will be charged a total of 9.5-cents in sales tax, while shoppers outside these towns in LaSalle Parish will be paying 8.5-cents in sales tax. 
 
Mon
28
Mar

Dozens of LaSalle and Catahoula cancer survivors

Dozens of LaSalle and Catahoula cancer survivors recently gathered to celebrate another year of birthdays at the American Cancer Society’s Survivor Celebration Dinner and lit candles on a birthday cake and released balloons in commemoration of their journeys. The dinner was hosted by LaSalle General Hospital in Jena. Survivors in attendance and their guests were treated to a meal of fried fish and received gift bags.   
 

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Mon
28
Mar

Stakeholders, officials get update from LEDD

A large group of LaSalle Parish officials, business people and stakeholders, were given an update from the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD) in a program titled “A Greater LaSalle 2” last week at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena. A similar program was held last year called “A Greater LaSalle 1”.  
 

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Mon
28
Mar

FEMA operating Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently operating a Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle Parish. The facility is located in the Family Life Center of East Jena Baptist Church, at 1220 Pepper Street in Jena. Renee Bafalis, Media Relations Specialist with FEMA, said the office is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12-noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.  
 

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