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Tue
31
Dec

New laws enacted for taxing bodies

New laws enacted by the Louisiana Legislature during its 2013 regular session, which went into effect in August, deal with the way any taxing body conducts their meetings and/or call tax millage elections. Act No. 363 deals with the requirements of any non-elected board or commission that has the authority to levy a tax. 
 
Tue
31
Dec

APPLES Christmas shopping spree

The “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser for the A.P.P.L.E.S. (Assistance Program for People in the La- Salle Parish Education System) program culminated on Friday, December 13th, as the winning tickets were drawn at the Jena Wal-Mart Supercenter. 
 
Mon
23
Dec

Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen

Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen dressed in old style clothing for a recent visit from Good Pine Middle fourth graders to the CCC. McKeithen told the students stories about traditions and daily life of the “old days” such as using a kerosene lamp, sharecropping, cooking over a wood-burning stove and about Mawmaw Nelly, her mother-in-law. Current CCC President Doug Hallmark (far left) cooked gingerbread over the stove with assistance from his daughter, Shawnda Pritt (center). “We’ve been doing the day of Mawmaw Nelly storytelling nearly a decade for area students but this is the first time we’ve had a group from Jena,” McKeithen said. “I love that the kids respond to it the way they do. We want to teach them to be thankful and to learn a good work ethic. Everything we do at the center has a purpose. My heart is for young people and this is all about them growing and making good decisions.”
 
Mon
23
Dec

Two parish schools rewarded for collecting food

Two LaSalle Parish schools collected top amounts of non-perishable goods in the seventh annual Suddenlink “Connecting to Those in Need” food drive for The Food Bank of Central Louisiana. In competition with schools from other parishes, LaSalle High School received first place ($500) in the high school division and Jena Junior High School received third ($100) in their respective division.
 
Tue
17
Dec

Police Jury adopts $6.6-million budget

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury adopted their 2014 budget totaling just over $6.65 million at their regular December meeting held Monday night of last week after conducting a public hearing to receive comments on the budget. With no comments being received, either oral or written, jurors adopted the budget for the coming year 
 
Tue
17
Dec

Jena High Student Michael Bowen

Jena High Student Michael Bowen blows a duck call he made as his classmates and his teacher, Russell Dorton, looks on during their visit to the LaSalle Parish School Board meeting last week. Dorton’s special education class were honored guests at the meeting to lead the pledge and showcase the duck calls the class is making as part of their community based training class. Dorton said the project has been really good for the students and he is very proud of them and their hard work. Shown in background is School Board/Superintendent Secretary Mary Brewer 
 
Tue
17
Dec

Jena High School junior Bryttanye Erwin

Jena High School junior Bryttanye Erwin was chosen as the winner of the recent Most Beautiful Pageant, sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at JHS. Bryttanye is the daughter of Ellis and Stacye Erwin of Jena. In the pageant, she represented the Anchor Club. 
 
Tue
10
Dec

Jena officials adopt new $6.2 million 2014 budget

The Jena Town Council adopted the town’s 2014 year budget total of just over $6.2 million at its regular December meeting held Tuesday night of last week. The budget had been introduced at the November meeting and a public hearing was held prior to adoption last week. The budget totals $6,245,779 in revenue; $5,227,512.76 in operating expenses; and $913,360.71 in capital improvements 
 
Tue
10
Dec

LaSalle workforce up 228 workers for year

LaSalle Parish workforce increased by 228 workers during the past year, according to figures just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). Civilian labor force figures for October 2013 shows LaSalle with 7,274 people employed, up from 7,046 in October 2012. The unemployment rate for LaSalle in October this year stood at 4.7 percent, which is the fifth lowest in the state. Parishes with lower unemployment rates than LaSalle are all in extreme south Louisiana, including Lafourche, 4.1 percent; Terrebonne, 4.3 percent; Lafayette, 4.5 percent; and Cameron, 4.6 percent.  
 
Tue
10
Dec

Officials in the town of Olla recently held a groundbreaking

Officials in the town of Olla recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Olla Recreational Complex’s future walking trail extension, basketball court and bathroom facilities as well as the town’s downtown Farmer’s Market and the trail’s addition of exercise stations. The trail extension, basketball court, bathrooms and market are funded through the Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Live Lively LaSalle! grant. The exercise stations are funded through a $25,000 grant from The Rapides Foundation.
 

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