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28
Mar

FEMA operating Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently operating a Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle Parish. The facility is located in the Family Life Center of East Jena Baptist Church, at 1220 Pepper Street in Jena. Renee Bafalis, Media Relations Specialist with FEMA, said the office is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12-noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.  
 

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Mon
21
Mar

Police Jury approves official brand for parish and officers

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury gave approval for the new official brand (logo) for the parish, as well as elected courthouse officials, during its regular March meeting held Monday night of last week. LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD) Executive Director Cynthia Cockerham and Morgan Smith of The Jena Times were on hand at meeting to present the new official brand (logo) through LEDD’s parish-wide branding project. 

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Mon
21
Mar

Flooding situation easing for LaSalle

The flooding situation in LaSalle Parish is easing this week with most of the water gone from the Little River flood basin and water on Catahoula Lake/Old River beginning to fall. Sheriff Scott Franklin, who also serves as Director of LaSalle’s Homeland Security Office, said Monday that more than 100 homes and camps in the Little River flood basin were either destroyed or heavily damaged by the floodwaters.   

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Mon
21
Mar

The Easter egg tree

The Easter egg tree in the Jena Town Park is loaded with hundreds of Easter eggs in preparation for the first annual “Easter in The Park” celebration, sponsored by the Town of Jena. Activities will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Good Friday, March 25th. A large number of area churches have activities planned, many local businesses are helping to sponsor the event, and an egg hunt for various age groups will be held at various times during the day. 

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Mon
21
Mar

LaSalle declared disaster parish

The number of Louisiana parishes included in a major disaster declaration has been expanded including LaSalle, making disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) available to more businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of flooding March 8-13, 2016.  

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Mon
14
Mar

Officials in Olla discuss garbage pickup problems

Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott addressed issues involving town garbage pick-up with the Council at their regular meeting last week. She said that the town’s garbage pickup contract is set to expire on June 1, 2016. She informed the Council that advertising for bids is set to begin on March 16 and will continue through noon on April 12, then the sealed bids will be opened and the Council will make its recommendations. Discussion then ensued between the Mayor, Town Superintendent Henry Ross and Council member Al Cassels regarding the garbage trucks with their heavy load tearing up the roads and cutting too short on turning and tearing up culverts and ditches.

Mon
14
Mar

More than a foot of rainfall fell in LaSalle

More than a foot of rainfall fell in LaSalle Parish within a 24-hour period late Wednesday night and during the day on Thursday of last week, causing major flooding in low lying areas. The Jena Town Park was one victim of the floodwaters, with a major bridge in the park being barricaded early in the day Thursday. High water covered a major portion of the low-lying area of the park. Roads and bridges in low-lying areas throughout the parish had to be closed. Schools dismissed early Thursday and remained closed on Friday.  

Mon
14
Mar

Being compared to the Great Flood of 1927

Old time residents of LaSalle Parish are comparing the flooding along the Little River floodplain to the Great Flood of 1927. The flooding was caused by rainfall totaling from 12 to 22-inches throughout central and north Louisiana, much of which had to travel through the Little River drainage basin. No one can remember the Little River floodplain being flooded over such a wide area, and affecting so many homes, as the flood experienced during the past several days. LaSalle Homeland Security Director/ Sheriff Scott Franklin said as of press time on Monday that between 90 and 100 homes in the parish, mostly in the Little River floodplain, have been flooded by rising waters from the river.  

Mon
07
Mar

Jena plans “Easter in the Park” celebration

Jena Mayor LaDawn C. Edwards told members of the Jena Town Council during its regular March meeting held Tuesday night of last week that plans are proceeding for the first annual “Easter in the Park” celebration, slated for Good Friday, March 25th. The playground in the park will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24, as the park is prepared for the first annual celebration, which will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.  

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Mon
07
Mar

Work begins on removing Trout overpass

Employees with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development began work Monday morning to remove the dangerous overpass on LA 772 at Trout. Dirt from the embankments on both sides of the overpass will be removed and a new roadway will be constructed in the curve, according to a spokesman for DOTD.  

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