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Two dozen qualify for U.S. Senate seat

Two dozen candidates for United States Senator from Louisiana had signed on the dotted line when qualifying closed last Friday. The winner will replace Sen. David Vitter, who chose not to seek re-election. Voters will choose a variety of office holders at the primary election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, with any runoffs to be held Saturday, Dec. 10. 

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Abraham qualifies for re-election bid

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, officially qualified for re-election at the Secretary of State’s Office in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. A family physician, veterinarian, business owner, veteran and farmer, Dr. Abraham is seeking his second term representing Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District after being elected in 2014. This is the first public office he has held. 

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LaSalle Parish Library’s bookmobile

Six-year-old Marteze Turner of Jena studies a book’s cover while picking out his books to check out from the LaSalle Parish Library’s bookmobile last week. The bookmobile holds dozens of books and travels around the parish to the homes of library card holders who sign up for the free program. During the summer, all parish children are eligible to sign up for the program. 

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Jena student wins fifth in nation in VFW Patriot’s Pen

James Sanders won first in the region and state and fifth place in the nation in the “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest sponsored annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Auxiliary for year 2015-16. When he entered the contest in May, James was a sixth grade student at Jena Junior High School. He will be going into the seventh grade this year. Sanders’ entry was among about 120,000 essays from throughout the nation judged for the competition.  

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Business, Industry Appreciation Week

Officials in LaSalle Parish have proclaimed this week as “Business and Industry Appreciation Week” throughout the parish and urge citizens to show their appreciation to all industries and businesses. The LaSalle Parish Police Jury, School Board, LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD), Olla-Urania- Tullos-Standard Economic Development District (O.U.T.S.), and all four towns have joined in a special proclamation declaring this special week in the parish.
 
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Limited number of honor students beginning in 2020

Revisions to the LaSalle Parish Pupil Progression Plan made by the School Board during its regular July meeting on Monday of last week will limit the number of honor students named at each high school beginning in year 2020.

 

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Heidi Crawford is amazed

Heidi Crawford is amazed at the swirling food coloring after she placed her finger coated with dish soap into the milk while Kenlee Carraway dips her finger into the dish soap as part of an activity for the CCC’s Science Camp last week in downtown Olla.
 

 

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11
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Defendant gets life for murder

A 59-year-old Pineville man was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence on a conviction of second- degree murder in LaSalle Parish, according to LaSalle District Attorney J. Reed Walters. The sentence was handed down by District Judge Christopher Peters in 28th Judicial District Court. 

 

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Audit reveals Jena in sound financial shape

The audit for the year ending December 31, 2015, reveals the town of Jena is in very sound financial condition, as the mayor and members of the Town Council learned during the regular July meeting held Tuesday night of last week. Rev. Reid Terry, pastor of Searcy Baptist Church, opened the meeting with prayer and led in the pledge of allegiance. The Council attended to routine matters such as roll call and approving the minutes, prior to the audit report. Wes Gore, CPA, with the auditing firm of Silas Simmons, LLC of Natchez, Mississippi, met with the council and mayor to go over the contents of the latest town audit. 

 

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A plus for rural medicine

A grant program that offers stipends to nursing school graduate students who commit to work in Central Louisiana two years after receiving their master’s degrees has increased the number of nurse practitioners in the region, giving residents better access to primary care services that are sometimes hard to find in rural areas. The Nurse Practitioner Program is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation and Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health. It is designed to increase people’s access to quality primary healthcare by expanding the healthcare workforce.  

 

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