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Tue
12
Nov

Voters to decide on new Congressman Saturday

Vance McAllister & Neil Riser
LaSalle Parish voters will join others throughout the Fifth Congressional District in choosing a new U. S. Congressman at the runoff election to be held this coming Saturday, November 16th. A total of 462 voters have already cast their ballots in the election, choosing to vote early during a period from Nov. 2 through 9. There were also 199 ballots mailed out and many of those will be returned and counted in the total on Saturday night. Officials are predicting a very low turnout in Saturday’s election.
 
Tue
12
Nov

Carol McDougald of Olla

Carol McDougald of Olla, a former member of the LaSalle Parish Library Board of Control, cut the ribbon last Wednesday to officially open the newly renovated Olla Branch of the Library. The library renovation project was a dream of McDougald during her 29½-year tenure on the board. After the brief ceremony, an open house was held to show off the remodeled facility.
 
Tue
05
Nov

The Potty Tannehill Memorial Park in Urania is now officially renovated

The Potty Tannehill Memorial Park in Urania is now officially renovated and open to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at the park. The park bathroom facilities were recently completed, which ended the portion of the park renovation project funded by the Live Lively LaSalle! Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation grant. Those present were: Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin, Urania Town Employee Stanley Lee, LEDD Executive Director Cynthia Cockerham, Olla Councilman Joe Rachal, Urania Town Employee Jay Banes, Olla Town Clerk Wendy Allbritton, Urania Mayor Terri Corley, Olla Councilman Jay Ivy’s granddaughter Leah Steen, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Grant Project Researcher Elizabeth Gollub of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Urania Assistant Town Clerk Chel Williams, Olla Councilwoman Rhonda Elliott, Urania Council members Stacie Strain, Pat McDougald and Jay Ivy and Urania Town Clerk Sandy Callender.
Tue
05
Nov

The Town of Jena celebrated a new portion of the Jena Vision Trail

The Town of Jena celebrated a new portion of the Jena Vision Trail opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at the Jena City Park. The trail’s construction is due to funding from the Live Lively LaSalle! Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation grant. The ceremony was held after the LaSalle Parish 4-H Family Walk on the trail. The walk’s participants were present for the photo along with front (left to right) Jena Councilman Tommy Sandifer, LaSalle Parish 4-H Agent Kim Evans, Olla Council members Rhonda Elliott and Joe Rachal, Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Grant Project Researcher Elizabeth Gollub of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Jena Councilman David Paul Jones, LEDD Executive Director Cynthia Cockerham, Jena Councilman Donny Richardson, Jena Town Clerk Cory Floyd, Jena Assistant Town Clerk Aubrey McAnn and Olla Town Clerk Wendy Allbritton.
Tue
05
Nov

LaSalle Parish schools maintain district performance grade of ‘B’

The Department of Education has announced School Performance Scores (SPS) for the 2012-13 school year, the first under a new system of scoring meant to simplify the scoring formula and raise standards for student achievement. Under the new formula, letter grades are assigned on a simple scale – scores at or above 100 earn an “A” and scores below 50 earn an “F”.
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Tue
05
Nov

District Fair underway

The 105th edition of the North Central Louisiana District Fair opened on Tuesday of this week and will continue through Saturday, November 9, at the fairgrounds next to Olla Elementary School in north Olla. Candy Carroll, director of the fair, said all exhibits were entered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Exhibits will be judged on Wednesday (today) and winners announced. All exhibits must be removed between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
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Wed
30
Oct

Major renovation at Olla Library

Open house is being held at the newly renovated Olla Branch of the LaSalle Parish Library next Wednesday, November 6, beginning at 3 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held during the open house. Renovation work on the library began more than a year ago and was completed in early September. Once the construction was completed, new shelving and furniture was added and books/materials were returned to their home from a temporary location.
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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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