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Wed
23
Oct

Daughter of local man is hero after saving life

Wed
23
Oct

Highway program public hearing set next Tuesday

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced a series of public hearings to present the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Preliminary Highway Program and hear comments on the program. The public hearings will be conducted by the Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee. They will be held throughout the state and will focus on projects and priorities in each area. The meeting for LaSalle, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, and Tensas Parishes will be held at 10 a.m., next Tuesday, October 29th, at the Franklin Media Center, 7923 Prairie Road in Winnsboro.
 
Wed
23
Oct

State education board tweaks Common Core rules

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 8-1 to adjust some rules for use of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) last Wednesday, a day after hearing five hours of emotional testimony from supporters and critics of the program. Modest tweaks were made by BESE to the regulations governing the state’s shift to tougher testing and educational standards in response to critics who wanted the standards scrapped altogether. A group of LaSalle Parish parents appeared before the LaSalle Parish School Board at its October meeting to express their displeasure with the new curriculum saying students were having to learn two years of work in one year. “We have attempted to do something . . . to say, ‘We heard you,’” BESE board member Connie Bradford said. She had recommended the changes.
 
Wed
23
Oct

Police Jury agree to expand coverage area for Jena VFD

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury approved a motion during its regular October meeting held Monday night of last week to authorize Waterworks Districts No. 1 to request the Jena Fire Department to cover some areas serviced by the district, which have not been covered before. Waterworks District No. 1 provides water and sewer services to a large area including Trout, Good Pine, Midway, Airport Subdivision and adjoining property. However, it has been brought to the attention of the district that a few areas served by the district have not been included in the legal description of the district. The action by the Jury will allow the district to designate those areas and submit the description of the areas to the Jena Fire Department for coverage. Customers in Waterworks District No. 1 pays a monthly fee for fire protection, which is provided by the Jena Fire Department.
 
Wed
23
Oct

Riser, McAllister in runoff for 5th congressional seat

State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia and Vance M. McAllister of Monroe, both Republicans, earned the right during the primary election last Saturday to face each other in a runoff election on November 16 to decide who
will represent the fifth congressional district in Congress for the next 13 months. The winner will fill out the unexpired term of Congressman Rodney Alexander, R-Ruston, who resigned in September to accept a position as Secretary of Louisiana Veterans Affairs after being appointed to the post by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Fourteen candidates were on the ballot last Saturday in hopes of making the runoff for the unexpired term, which ends in January 2015. The winner in the Nov. 16th general election will face voters again next fall in the regular congressional election for a full 2-year term in Congress.
 
Tue
15
Oct
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The Jena Band of Choctaws broke ground last week

The Jena Band of Choctaws broke ground last week for a walking trail expected to be complete in mid-November. The ¼-mile long trail, funded by the Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s “Live Lively LaSalle!” grant, will include seven fitness stations, a playground and picnic tables and benches.
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Tue
15
Oct
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Parents air concerns over Common Core

A large group of parents gathered at the regular October meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board held Monday night of last week to express their concerns over the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) being taught in public schools. Justin Reeves, father of a 3rd grader at Fellowship Elementary School, was spokesperson for the group of parents. Reeves began, saying “I agree with the goal of the Common Core State Standards, which as I understand, is to raise the standard of our children’s education to be competitive on a national and international level. However, I do not feel like we are successfully implementing the necessary steps to successfully transition our students to the new curriculum.”
Tue
15
Oct
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Olla Council introduced three ordinances at October meeting

The Town of Olla Council approved the introduction of three ordinances as well as a change order last week at the town’s October meeting held Tuesday night, after lengthy discussion ensued for two of the four items. The ordinances were as follows - Ordinance 2013-004: An ordinance relative to the prohibition on the use of operating commercial vehicles with engine compression brake devices (known as Jake Brakes) without a muffler in good working condition; and to provide for related matters; Ordinance 2013-005: An ordinance to authorize annexation to corporate limits of the Town of Olla, known as the Olla Airport; and Ordinance 2013-006: An ordinance adopting rules and regulations for the marking of all Town vehicles owned by the Town of Olla. A public hearing has been set for Tuesday, November 12.
Mon
07
Oct
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The Jena High School Alumni Association inducted three new members into the JHS Hall of Fame

The Jena High School Alumni Association inducted three new members into the JHS Hall of Fame during a homecoming banquet held last Thursday night at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena. Inductees included James F. Justiss, Jr., left; the late Jeddie Ray Hodges, Sr., represented by his wife Maxine Hodges; and Mike “Bugs” Francis. The three are shown with their plaques immediately following the induction ceremony. JHS graduate and former coach, Ray Thompson of Bossier City, was the guest speaker for the event, which was attended by a large number of JHS alumni, along with guests. Pictures of the three honorees have been added to the “Hall of Fame” display in the lobby of Jena High School.
Mon
07
Oct
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JHS Principal Glen “Slick” Joiner crowned Lakerielle ‘Lak’ Kittlin as Queen

JHS Principal Glen “Slick” Joiner crowned Lakerielle ‘Lak’ Kittlin as Queen of the Jena High School homecoming festivities during the pep rally held at the school last Friday. Lakerielle is the daughter of Kimberly Kittlin and Kevin Patterson.
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