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Tough session for La. business may lead to tougher re-elections

By Jeremy Alford
LaPolitics.com  The business lobby notched a small win on the final day of the legislative session last week when a handful of bills targeting Louisiana companies and the taxes they pay were given a three-year expiration dates. But it only slightly sweetened what was otherwise an an unsavory end to a painful two months. From the day the session convened, on April 13, to the day it adjourned, last Thursday, June 11, business and industry seemed more like it was on the table than at the table.
 
 
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22
Jun

Crew of 88 volunteers build Standard Church

In a modern day barn-raising, Standard Baptist Church in Olla has a brand new sanctuary thanks to community support and the work of over 80 men from five states and twenty churches. The men form a crew of Carpenters for Christ, which is based out of Montgomery, Alabama at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, and spend a week per year building a church somewhere across the nation. To date, the crew has built a new church every year (excluding one) since 1983. Besides Alabama, the crew is also made up of men from Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
 
 
Mon
22
Jun

Tullos officials get bad report on water system

Tullos town officials received some terrible news from their engineers on the town’s water system during a special meeting held Monday night of last week. Mayor Charles Newsom said he had held a conference call with Pan American Engineers Jacob Guillory and Tom David, II, about a week ago and “things just don’t look good for our town water system.”
 
 
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22
Jun

“Carpenters for Christ” in action

Over eighty men built Standard Baptist Church in Olla a new sanctuary in the course of a week. The men form a crew of Carpenters for Christ based out of Montgomery, Alabama and led by Co-Directors Bill Summers and Steve Fuller and Construction Coordinator Mitch Marshall. The men are shown left to right - Summers, Rev. Shad Tibbs (pastor of Standard Baptist Church), Fuller and Marshall - inside the new sanctuary’s rising structure.
 
 
Mon
15
Jun

LaSalle woman named “Volunteer of the Year”

A LaSalle woman has been named as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for the LaSalle Parish School system, with an award being presented by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL). Kathy Visoria, who has been involved in LaSalle Parish Schools since 2009, was the recipient of the honor as volunteers throughout the state were recognized during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge last week.
 
Mon
15
Jun

Amaya Hinton decorates a barn picture frame

Olla Elementary first grade student Amaya Hinton decorates a barn picture frame with LaSalle Parish Deputy/D.A.R.E. Officer Jenny Parker, her daughter Sophie and volunteer Anna Smith as part of activities for the second annual Very Special Summer Camp in Olla last week.
 
Mon
15
Jun

High school students Shannon Smith, Charlie Spicer and Hunter Robertson

High school students Shannon Smith, Charlie Spicer and Hunter Robertson operate their robots in a competition, marking the end of a three-day robotics camp hosted last week at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College-Rod Brady campus (CLTCC) in Jena.
 
Mon
15
Jun

School employees get ‘Christmas in June’ bonus checks

Employees of the LaSalle Parish School system will receive a Christmas gift in June when their monthly payroll checks arrive next week. Degreed employees will see an additional $4,783.14 gross payment in their checks, while support personnel (non-degreed) will see an additional $3,348.14 gross payment in their checks.
 
Mon
15
Jun

State budget approved

The Louisiana Legislature approved a $24-billion budget last Thursday night with just minutes to spare before the mandatory 6 p.m. deadline to adjourn the session. Higher education will be funded without cuts after the budget, with more than $700 million in new revenue, passed in both houses of the Legislature.
 
Mon
08
Jun

Children still sell lemonade

Children still sell lemonade on street corners and front yards in LaSalle Parish to buy bicycles and other things off their wish lists. Last week, six-year-old Dylan Pearson was doing just that in his front yard, selling lemonade for $1 and cookies for $.25 to save up money to buy a new bicycle.
 

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