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Jena Airport seeing major improvements

The Jena Airport just ended a very successful year with more than $400,000 of improvements funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), according to Patrick Newcomb, Airport Manager. Several years ago after seeing the need for vast improvements at the airport, the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD) took over operation of the facility from the LaSalle Parish Police Jury.  
 
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Busy Bees Garden Club member Jenni Moss

Busy Bees Garden Club member Jenni Moss directs two children across a pirate’s plank during the third annual Tales on the Trails, a free event sponsored by the LaSalle Parish Republican Women to promote literacy. The club’s station featured the plank, a pirate story read to the children and a treasure hunt in a sand-filled pool. The entire event featured a dozen stations where over 100 children took part in games and activities and had stories read to them. Each child received up to two books each if they visited at least six stations.  
 
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Rep. Abraham advocates for additional federal flood relief

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, continued advocating to the President and the United States Department of Agriculture for additional flood relief and assistance in the wake of historic flooding in Louisiana. Dr. Abraham wrote to President Obama asking for additional flood relief resources for the city of Monroe, which experienced more than two feet of rain that led to the displacement of thousands of people from flooded homes.
 
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Olla grants request from League

Jeffery Lasiter, a representative of the Northwest LaSalle (NWL) Baseball League, along with a dozen others on behalf of the league were on hand at the Town of Olla’s regular Council meeting on Tuesday night of last week with a request. Lasiter presented their request for vehicle access to the concession stand to be able to drop off supplies as well as take out the trash, etc. In recent weeks, the access was barricaded due to vehicles parked in the area as well as damage done to the grounds, which hindered mowing.
 
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Workforce Board request approved by Police Jury

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury, meeting in regular April session on Monday night of last week, gave approval to the Louisiana Workforce Development Board Area 60 to apply for supplemental funding for their programs. The resolution adopted by the Jury states: “The Louisiana Workforce Development Board Area 60 desires to seek diverse funding opportunities to increase employment and training services in Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle and Winn parishes.  
 
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Food Bank’s “Good Food Project” grows in LaSalle

Olla Elementary fifth grade science students in Melba Hodge’s classes along with other LaSalle Parish students recently were a part of something that youth have done for centuries – learn to grow plants. The OES students, along with others from Jena Elementary, Jena High and Good Pine Middle, were presented with the opportunity to care for two 4x8 raised wooden beds of seasonable vegetables and other plant life as part of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Good Food Project. The beds will be replanted twice a year and the Food Bank offers follow-up help, technical support, demonstrations and more to project participants throughout the school year.  
 
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JJHS Archery Team is recognized

The Jena Junior High Archery Team was recognized during the LaSalle Parish School Board’s regular April meeting held Monday night of last week. The JJHS team, which participates in the ALAS (Archery in Louisiana Schools) program, is set to participate in national competition for NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) in Louisville, Kentucky on May 12-14, 2016. JJHS Principal Rhonda Russell introduced the team to the board and public as well as JJHS teacher and program instructor Kelsie Jolly and ALAS State Coordinator Robert Stroede. During the meeting, the Board approved out-of-state travel for the team members and school chaperones to attend the national competition.  
 
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First quarter retail sales drop

Retail sales for the first quarter of 2016 in LaSalle Parish dropped by about 8.5 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2015, according to figures just released by the Concordia Parish Sales Tax Collection Agency. Sales taxes collected by the LaSalle Parish School Board dropped by 8.5 percent, taxes collected by the Law Enforcement District dropped 9.5 percent, and sales taxes collected by the town of Jena dropped only 2 percent during this period.
 
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Flooding damages Urania sewer plant

Urania Mayor Pro-Tem Pat McDougald informed his fellow Council members at their regular meeting last week that the town’s sewer plant had flooded as expected with the recent heavy influx of rain and that FEMA may be able to help. He said there is a request out to FEMA for aid regarding the sewer plant damage, which is estimated at over $32,000. He mentioned that Town Clerk Callender planned to attend a meeting with FEMA the next day regarding their request, etc. McDougald led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Terri Corley.
 
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POW/MIA balloon coming to Jonesville

The POW/MIA hot air balloon will be one of some thirty-plus balloons to be featured this weekend for the first annual Four Rivers Balloon Race and Festival, slated April 22, 23 and 24 at Four Rivers Park. The balloon is being furnished by Freedom Flight, Inc, is a nonprofit, educational corporation seeking to honor the sacrifices of military personal and to increase the awareness of the POW-MIA issue thru the use of Hot Air Balloons.
 

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