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Mon
09
May

Diploma Time…

Honor graduates from both high schools in the parish will lead in commencement exercises this week at each of the schools. Graudation at LaSalle High School will be at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at Tiger Stadium. Graduation at Jena High School will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 13, at the Guy Campbell Memorial Athletic Complex. Honor graduates for both schools are shown above: front row (l to r), JHS Valedictorian Kalee McGuffee, JHS Valedictorian Kourtney Bacle, JHS Salutatorian Emily Bordelon, JHS Valedictorian Morgan Pittman and JHS Valedictorian Abigail Boothe; middle row (l to r), JHS Valedictorian Paige Mulvihill, LHS Salutatorian Sydney McBroom, LHS Valedictorian Megan Laird and JHS Valedictorian Kelsey Bradford; back row (left to right), JHS Valedictorian Jessey Mason, LHS Valedictorian Brandon Fryar, JHS Valedictorian Jacob Peters, LHS Valedictorian Jonathan Lee and JHS Valedictorian Madison Walker; and not shown, JHS Valedictorian Victoria Francis.   

Mon
09
May

Contracts for three administrators approved

Two-year contracts for three school administrators were recommended by Superintendent Roy Breithaupt and approved by the La-Salle Parish School Board during its regular May meeting held Monday night of last week. Anthony Jackson was named as Assistant Principal at Jena High School and given a two-year  contract, beginning June 1, 2016 and ending May 31, 2018.  

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Wed
04
May

History made at Jena Airport

History was made at the Jena Airport recently as for the first time ever a commercial flight took off from the airstrip located on LA 8 near Jena.

According to Patrick Newcomb, Jena Airport Manager and Director of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot for Justiss Oil Company, the commercial flight was in the form of a charter flight that was made even more special because of its nature.

“It was a truly historic event for LaSalle Parish and Jena but what made it even better was the fact that this first flight saved the life of someone,” Newcomb said. “The charter flight flew from Jena to Jackson, MS where a team of two doctors was picked up and flown to another location in Mississippi where they harvested a heart from an organ donor. The team and the harvested heart were then flown to another location where they performed the heart transplant operation on a patient.”

Wed
04
May

LaSalle ranks #2 in state for graduation rates

With graduation rates at 96.6-percent for the 2014-15 school year, LaSalle ranked at number two in the state, according to information just released by the Louisiana Department of Education.

East Carroll Parish edged LaSalle Parish out of the number one spot by only 1.7 points with a Graduation Rate of 98.3. 

LaSalle Parish also ranked number 3 in the state as a Top Growth District based on increases in cohort graduation rate from 2012 to 2015.  The base expectation for all high school students is that they will graduate in four years. The cohort graduation rate represents the extent to which schools achieve this desired outcome.

A cohort of students is established upon first-time entry in 9th grade.  Cohort graduation rates are reported, released, and calculated as a part of the accountability system for the prior year’s graduating class.  The data is simply not available until after the accountability window is closed for the current year. 

Wed
04
May

Times-Signal takes on brand new look

By now, you have noticed that your parish newspaper has definitely taken on a brand new look. With the change, the staff at the Times-Signal will be able to offer our readers a more diverse publication, with a lot of additions.

The most noticeable difference is the size of the paper. In order to change printers, we had to adjust the size of the paper to fit most new presses. The narrow web size is becoming a standard in the newspaper business.

“We delayed changing as long as we could, but problems with receiving quality printing from our old printer had reached a point that it was becoming a problem and our paper was not as sharp and presentable as it use to be,” stated Sammy J. Franklin, editor/publisher.

Mon
02
May

Times-Signal takes on brand new look

By now, you have noticed that your parish newspaper has definitely taken on a brand new look. With the change, the staff at the Times-Signal will be able to offer our readers a more diverse publication, with a lot of additions. The most noticeable difference is the size of the paper. In order to change printers, we had to adjust the size of the paper to fit most new presses. The narrow web size is becoming a standard in the newspaper business.      

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Mon
02
May

Double Homicide

LaSalle’s second double homicide in just over a year occurred last week and once again quick action by local law enforcement had the alleged murderers in custody in less than two hours after the discovery of the victims. Two Tullos area residents, Joshua D. Sant, 26, and Austin W. Dyess, 19, have been charged with the murders of two Texas residents, Demond Rafeal Garner, 26, and Chelsey Nicole Copling, 19, both of Hawkins, Texas.    

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Mon
02
May

Local welding student wins gold at state

CLTCC-Rod Brady Welding Student Samuel Spinks, 19, of Jena recently received a gold medal in welding at the 33rd annual 2016 SkillsUSA Louisiana Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference in Shreveport and Minden. Spinks is a second-semester welding student at Jena’s Rod Brady campus of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College. Spinks will advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will take place in June in Louisville, Kentucky. He will compete against the gold medal winners from other states.   

Wed
27
Apr

The Jena Times will have brand new look in next edition

The Jena Times Olla-Tullos-Urania Signal will take on a brand new lok with the next edition, according to an anouncement by Editor-Publisher Sammy J. Franklin.

"We have been considering the new look for quite some time now and finally reached a decision within the last few weeks to enact the changes," Franklin said.

The size of the newspaper will be a bit smaller, but the capabilities of the staff will be greatly increased.

"By going to a new size, we will be able to break the newspaper into more sections, which should improve the presentation of news," he said.

Additionally, more color will be available for advertisements and pictures.

Mon
25
Apr

Fallout over revised budget begins

By Jeremy Alford
 
Hinting at a second special session that may start the day after the ongoing regular session ends, on June 7, Gov. John Bel Edwards made a personal appearance before the House Appropriations Committee last week to reveal his proposed budget changes to address $750 million in less revenue for next fiscal year. “We’re going to live in the real world,” Edwards told lawmakers.
 

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