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Wed
29
Jan

Funding hikes for higher education, proposed by Jindal

Governor Bobby Jindal joined leaders from higher education systems across Louisiana to announce a funding increase of $141.5 million for higher education institutions for the next fiscal year. The funding hike represents a 6.66 percent increase over the budget for the current fiscal year. This funding includes a new higher education workforce incentive initiative of $40 million that will better prepare Louisiana students to compete in the new global economy.
 
Wed
29
Jan

Sneaux Day in LaSalle…

Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Driver, a student at Good Pine Middle School, enjoyed her “Sneaux Day” by making a snow angel on the Jena Vision Nature Trail at Jena City Park last Friday. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Eric and Meshelle Driver of Jena. Students across LaSalle Parish, as well as adjoining parishes, enjoyed similar activities as they were out of school all day on Friday while up to three inches of snow blanketed the parish. Dangerous driving conditions because of the snow and ice kept many residents inside their homes and numerous vehicles careened into ditches due to icy roads. The LaSalle Parish Police Jury officially closed the LaSalle Courthouse for the safety of those employed in various offices. Freezing temperatures kept most of the snow around throughout Friday and it was not until temperatures rose on Saturday that the snow began to melt.
 
Wed
29
Jan

U.S. Representative Vance McAllister, R-Swartz

U.S. Representative Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, listens intently to a question posed by a LaSalle High School student during his visit last week to address the student body and answer their questions. He was in attendance at the request of LHS American History Teacher Patrick Willis, who had his students write essays on their concerns with the government and present them in a packet for McAllister to later read.
 
Tue
21
Jan

Olla officials receive good audit report for fiscal year

The mayor and members of the Olla Town Council received their annual audit for year ending June 30, 2013 from CPA John Vercher, appointed a new council member to fill a vacancy, and handled several other business items during the regular January meeting held Tuesday night of last week 
 
Tue
21
Jan

The LaSalle Parish School Board has decided to demolish the two-story education building

The LaSalle Parish School Board has decided to demolish the two-story education building at the former Jena Elementary School, located on U.S. 84 east of downtown. The school was left vacant last fall with the opening of the new Jena Elementary School, located just off LA 127 South. The pre-kindergarten wing of the school (seen in foreground) will be spared from the wrecking ball, as will the cafeteria and library.
 
Tue
21
Jan

LaSalle Police Jury re-elect officers for new year 2014

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury re-elected their president and vice-president and extended their secretary-treasurer’s contract for two more years during their regular January meeting held Monday night of
last week. Bobby Ray Francis, who represents District 9, has served as president of the Jury for the past two  years and was nominated and re-elected without opposition as the first item of business as the regular
session began.
 
Tue
14
Jan

Lightning strike causes problem with Urania water

Urania Mayor Terri Corley addressed the recent issues with the town’s water system during the Town Council’s regular January meeting held Monday night of last week. The issue began with lightning striking a relay on the
booster pumps at the town’s wastewater plant, which led to an electrician repairing the relay. 
 
Tue
14
Jan

Darla Little, sales clerk

Darla Little, sales clerk, and Sheila Stephens, owner, assists Sally Chapman with a purchase she made at Sissy’s Home and Gifts in downtown Jena one day last week. Sissy’s is one of the newest businesses in downtown Jena, which helped to contribute to the $211.9 million in retail sales in LaSalle Parish last year. A report just released shows the parish remained steady with retail sales during 2013, following a record setting year of sales in the parish. The town of Jena reported retail sales totaling $98.2 million, almost half of sales made parish wide. Every retail business in the parish contributed to the total in sales for the year. Sissy’s, which opened a little over a year ago, specializes in various gift and home décor items.
 
Tue
07
Jan

Construction on the new $3.9 million UPS Midstream Services

Construction on the new $3.9 million UPS Midstream Services plant near Jena is nearing completion with a grand opening expected within the next month. The Migues Deloach Company, LLC, of Pineville, began construction last fall on the 20,000-sq.-ft. plant in the LaSalle Economic Development District’s industrial park on LA 8 near the Jena Airport. David Grant, UPS Field Services Coordinator and construction supervisor, said another 20,000-sq.-ft. building would be erected directly behind this one as soon as weather permits.
 
Tue
07
Jan

La. attorney agrees with LFT: Act 1 is flawed and imperfect

A Baton Rouge district court judge is scheduled to announce his ruling today (Wednesday, January 8) on whether one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature education bills violates the state constitution. But in a surprise turn of events in late December, an attorney defending the controversial law noted that it is “flawed” and “imperfect.” 
 

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