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Tue
25
Mar

Man charged with 2nd degree murder in death of his wife

A 56-year-old Pineville man has been charged in LaSalle Parish with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife on March 13th in the southern part of the parish, according to Sheriff Scott Franklin Michael James Worley was arrested at his home at 320 Nickel Loop, near Pineville, by Rapides Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday, March 18, on a fugitive warrant  issued in LaSalle Parish 
 
Tue
18
Mar

Firemen learn importance of fire behavior at seminar

By Betty Miles
 
Volunteer firefighters from the Jena, Summerville-Rosefield, Whitehall and Olla Fire Departments met at the Jena Fire Department on Tuesday night, March 4, to learn important information about fire behavior from Bobby Strozier, instructor with the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute.

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Tue
18
Mar

Sixteen volunteer firefighters

Sixteen volunteer firefighters from four LaSalle Parish fire departments (Whitehall, Olla, Jena and Summerville-Rosefield) recently participated in a fire behavior flashover trailer live burn simulation at the Jena Fire Station. The simulation was the first time that seven of the 16 firefighters had experienced a flashover trailer live burn. Dan Enterkin, volunteer firefighter for Jena and Whitehall, was one of these seven and he said he is grateful for the experience.

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Tue
18
Mar

New Mayor for Olla…

Rhonda Elliott, new Mayor of Olla, was administered the oath of office by Olla Town Attorney Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., shortly after she was selected by the Olla Town Council to complete the term of Mayor Jason Chisolm, who resigned effective March 1, 2014. Elliott, who was serving on the Town Council and had been serving as Mayor Pro-Tem, had to resign her seat on the Council to be named Mayor.

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Tue
18
Mar

Theft of road signs could result in tragedy

LaSalle Parish officials are extremely concerned about the possibility of a tragedy being caused by the theft of numerous road and street signs in the parish. Authorities report that during one night last week, every road sign on LA 503 from Summerville to Nichols, and all the signs on LA 3071, except for four, were taken from their sign posts (usually above stop signs).

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Tue
11
Mar

Cool Planet Energy facility to benefit La. timber industry

A new energy plant planned for Alexandria will greatly benefit the timber industry of LaSalle Parish and surrounding area, as the facility will harvest yellow-pine wood waste and forest byproducts to make gasoline. Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Cool Planet Energy Systems President and CEO Howard Janzen at the Port of Alexandria last week to break ground on the company’s first commercial- scale facility, one of three bio-refineries Cool Planet will develop in Louisiana.
 
Tue
11
Mar

Fellowship Elementary

Fellowship Elementary third grade students (left to right) Lianna Woods, Ethan Lilly, Aubreigh Davidson and Raelee Reeves listen intently to one of the Dr. Seuss Day readers. Each year FES hosts a Dr. Seuss Day in honor of the famous author’s birthday, which was on March 2. Students and faculty dress as Dr. Seuss book characters and volunteers such as local government officials, business owners, etc. come in and read Dr. Seuss books to the classes.
 
Tue
11
Mar

SHARE!

High School Exchange Program students recently spent a day at the Corley Miniature Farm and Petting Zoo as guests of owners Jerry and Patsy Corley. The SHARE! students attending were: Anna Chan of Hong Kong, Gabriela Olmeda of Ecuador, Dominika Masczak of Poland (all three attend LaSalle High) and also Haley Xiong of China, Caio Barandas of Brazil, Paulina Wojtala of Poland, Julia Bloem of The Netherlands, Olatz Berasategi Aspuru of Spain, Viola Starke and Marei Gatzke of Germany.
 
Tue
04
Mar

LaSalle School System will get increase in MFP

The Department of Education last week released the proposed formula for the 2014-15 Minimum Foundation Program (MFP), which includes a sizeable increase for the LaSalle Parish School System. According to figures provided by the DOE, LaSalle Parish will receive $15,748,279 in MFP funding for the current 2013-14 school year, and that figure will increase by $443,832 for year 2014-15, giving the parish a total of $16,192,110 in MFP funding for next year.
 
Tue
04
Mar

“Coming Soon – Wood Pellets Mill by German Pellets Louisiana LLC”

The sign reads “Coming Soon – Wood Pellets Mill by German Pellets Louisiana LLC” at the entrance of the old Georgia-Pacific plant site in Urania. Except for the building shown in background, there is nothing left of the old G-P lywood/particleboard plant, as they have been demolished to make way for the new German Pellets wood pellets plant. Southern Industrial Contractors, LLC, of Rayville has been on hand for several months clearing trees and getting the site ready for construction of the wood pellets plant, according to Superintendent Ronnie Donaldson.
 

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