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Wed
30
Oct

Show and Tell at Head Start

Good Pine Head Start student Shelby Hailey and her mother, Rachel, show her pet, Lucy the Sun Conure, to fellow three and four-year-old students Grace Johnson (front right), (in background) Dawsen Bird and Teacher II KieAngela Nash during Show and Tell at Head Start last week.
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Wed
30
Oct

Look again at Common Core, LFT urges

The state’s highest education board should seriously consider delaying the full, consequential implementation of Common Core State Standards until problems threatening the success of our children and educators are addressed, according to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee will discuss “the implementation of the Common
Core State Standards and accompanying (high stakes tests) in Louisiana, including the technology requirements of school systems and the implications of halting the transition to Common Core State Standards” at its meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
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Wed
30
Oct

Events slated for LaSalle veterans

Several events have been planned to honor veterans of LaSalle Parish in recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, 2013. The Whatley-Flaherty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5002 of Jena has announced the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on that day. The parade will assemble at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse and leave from there promptly at 10 a.m. and make its way to the Jena City Park. A Veterans Day program will be held at the Amphitheater in the park beginning at 11 a.m. David “Cowboy” Robertson is requesting anyone wanting to enter the parade or be on the program at the park to contact him at 992-8815 (home) or 481-0272 (cell).
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Wed
23
Oct

Supplier is accused of running roughshod over small contractor

Sometimes even the bestrun construction jobs head south, but in two projects involving 84 Lumber’s installed sales division in New Orleans, alleged poor work, bad management, and legal bullying have left several small contractors devastated. The news of a fresh legal entanglement for the Eightyfour, Pa.-based supplier comes less than a year after a similar ProSales report, which involved 84 Lumber and a western Maryland builder
who has waged a four-year legal battle over allegedly shoddy construction by the supplier’s installed sales division that resulted in newly built homes being condemned and the builder in bankruptcy.
 
Wed
23
Oct

Students to participate in Body Walk

What really happens to that sandwich you eat after you swallow it? Students at Jena Elementary, Nebo Elementary, and Fellowship Elementary Schools will find out as they tour the Louisiana Body Walk exhibit November 5, 6, and 7. The Louisiana Body Walk is an exhibit that travels the state to teach students the importance of adopting healthy behaviors. It is part of an innovative program sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the LSU AgCenter. As students tour this representation of the human body, they will explore each of the Body Walk’s eleven stations, by participating in hands on activities that focus on healthy lifestyle choices such as eating nutritious food and getting plenty of exercise.
 
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.
 

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