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05
Jul

Six amendments to be on fall ballot

Louisiana lawmakers passed six proposed constitutional amendments during their three legislative sessions that stretched from February until June. All the amendment proposals will be on the Nov. 8 ballot at the same time voters are choosing a new president, the person to fill an open U.S. Senate seat and the state’s six U.S. House members, along with numerous other positions and local items.
 
Tue
05
Jul

Budget revisions adopted by Board

Final budget revisions for the 2015-16 school year were adopted by the LaSalle Parish School Board during a special meeting held Monday night of last week. Business Manager Debbie Finlay, CPA, CLSBA, told board members that the general fund is expected to end this fiscal year with a fund deficit of $50,239, leaving a remaining fund balance of near $6.9 million.
 
Mon
27
Jun

Three Indictments

The LaSalle Parish Grand Jury was called into special session on Wednesday of last week and returned indictments against two Tullos men, and a Urania woman, according to LaSalle District Attorney J. Reed Walters. Walters presented the cases to the Grand Jury for the State. The Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against Joshua D. Sant on three charges.   

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Mon
27
Jun

Qualifying for fall election set for July 20-22

Qualifying dates for the fall 2016 election are just three weeks away, having been set for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 20-21-22, according to La-Salle Clerk of Court Steve H. Andrews, who is the chief election officer for the parish. Voters will be choosing several officials at the Tuesday, November 8th open primary, congressional/presidential election. The general election (or runoff) will be held on Saturday, December 10th.   

Mon
27
Jun

Man facing prison time on federal gun charge

A Jena man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of possessing unregistered silencers, which he also constructed and sold, authorities said. Robert E. Durham, 34, of Jena, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.  

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Mon
27
Jun

Very Special Summer Camp

Olla Elementary second grade student Alayna Nowlin gives a high five to Smokey the Bear during his visit to the third annual Very Special Summer Camp in Olla last week. The camp is for students with special needs and hosted by the Centennial Cultural Center (CCC). The CCC personnel and board would like to thank all the volunteers and the main sponsors of the center’s summer camps and other events throughout the year: The Central LA Arts Council, Entergy, Centurylink, Home Depot, Union Pacific and XTO as well as the many other contributors.

Mon
27
Jun

Miracles lead to new building

Members of Searcy Baptist Church have experienced one miracle after another during the past few months that will eventually culminate in a brand new church facility at a brand new location. “God is building a church and in the process of that we’re going to get a new building,” Pastor Reid Terry said. “That’s the message I’ve been telling our people and every person that has come to help.” 

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Mon
20
Jun

LaSalle flood victims get $1-million in aid

A total of 165 people in La-Salle Parish registered for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the severe storms and historic flooding that occurred March 8 through April 8. A total of $1,004,253 was approved which includes funds for temporary housing, repairs not covered by insurance, replacement of damaged property not covered by insurance. The goal is to help the homeowner with the cost of replacing their destroyed homes.  

Mon
20
Jun

More must be done to destroy ISIS Rep. Abraham calls for more action

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., of Alto, is calling for increased action from President Obama’s administration to destroy ISIS in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, FL on June 19th. “We’ve got to strike at all Islamic terrorists where they live,” Dr. Abraham said, “and the administration is not doing all they could be doing.”  

 
Mon
20
Jun

Police jurors get report on Airport

Patrick Newcomb, Airport Manager, gave members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury an update on improvements and operation of the Jena Airport during their regular June meeting held Monday night of last week. Newcomb said because the airport is owned 50/50 by the Police Jury and the LaSalle Economic Development District, he wanted to tell jurors of improvements at the facility and bring them up-to-date on the economic impact the airport has on the community.  

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