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Mon
10
Feb

About 350 family members

men, women and children – gathered at the Jena Fair Barn on Friday night, Jan. 31, for the second annual Whitetails Unlimited LaSalle Area Banquet. Special guest for the banquet was Travis “T-Bone” Turner from the Bone
Collector Show seen on cable television. Brian Andrews, Field Director and chairman of the banquet, said nearly $20,000 was raised by the banquet with a large portion of these funds remaining in LaSalle Parish to support the National Schools Shooting Program
 
Tue
04
Feb

LaSalle has fifth lowest jobless rate

Unemployment figures for the month of December 2013 have been released showing that LaSalle Parish has the fifth lowest jobless rate in the state and added another 20 jobs during the month. The jobless rate for LaSalle stood at 3.5 percent, down from 4.3 percent in November 2013. Parishes with lower unemployment rates – all in extreme south Louisiana – included: Lafourche, 3.0 percent; Terrebonne, Lafayette and Cameron, all with 3.2 percent rates.
 
Tue
04
Feb

The two major snowfall events that hit LaSalle Parish

The two major snowfall events that hit LaSalle Parish in less than a week – which is very unusual – was probably the first for this fox as he is shown in a rural area looking for food. Animals in this part of the country are not use to this type of winter weather – including the temperatures in the teens – but their instincts kick in and they can survive.
 
Tue
04
Feb

The 2015 LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year”

The 2015 LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year” were introduced to members of the LaSalle Parish School Board during their regular February meeting held Monday night of this week. The honorees include, from left: Cathy Pittman, teacher at Good Pine Middle School, Elementary Teacher of the Year; Alisha Trisler, teacher at Jena High School, High School Teacher of the Year; and Kylie Andrews, teacher at Jena Junior High School, Middle/Junior High Teacher of the Year. The three educators will now enter regional competition for teachers of the year, with winners in that division going on to state competition.
 
Tue
04
Feb

LaSalle Parish “Students of the Year”

LaSalle Parish “Students of the Year” for the 2013-14 school session were introduced during the regular February meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board held Monday night of this week. Honorees include, from left: Jacob Chandler, an 8th grader from Jena Junior High School, Middle/Junior High Student of the Year; Katie Mae Williams, 5th grader from Olla Elementary School, Elementary Student of the Year; and Kimberly Doughty, senior at LaSalle High School, High School Student of the Year.
 
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.
 

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