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21
Mar

LaSalle declared disaster parish

The number of Louisiana parishes included in a major disaster declaration has been expanded including LaSalle, making disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) available to more businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of flooding March 8-13, 2016.  

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Mon
14
Mar

Officials in Olla discuss garbage pickup problems

Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott addressed issues involving town garbage pick-up with the Council at their regular meeting last week. She said that the town’s garbage pickup contract is set to expire on June 1, 2016. She informed the Council that advertising for bids is set to begin on March 16 and will continue through noon on April 12, then the sealed bids will be opened and the Council will make its recommendations. Discussion then ensued between the Mayor, Town Superintendent Henry Ross and Council member Al Cassels regarding the garbage trucks with their heavy load tearing up the roads and cutting too short on turning and tearing up culverts and ditches.

Mon
14
Mar

More than a foot of rainfall fell in LaSalle

More than a foot of rainfall fell in LaSalle Parish within a 24-hour period late Wednesday night and during the day on Thursday of last week, causing major flooding in low lying areas. The Jena Town Park was one victim of the floodwaters, with a major bridge in the park being barricaded early in the day Thursday. High water covered a major portion of the low-lying area of the park. Roads and bridges in low-lying areas throughout the parish had to be closed. Schools dismissed early Thursday and remained closed on Friday.  

Mon
14
Mar

Being compared to the Great Flood of 1927

Old time residents of LaSalle Parish are comparing the flooding along the Little River floodplain to the Great Flood of 1927. The flooding was caused by rainfall totaling from 12 to 22-inches throughout central and north Louisiana, much of which had to travel through the Little River drainage basin. No one can remember the Little River floodplain being flooded over such a wide area, and affecting so many homes, as the flood experienced during the past several days. LaSalle Homeland Security Director/ Sheriff Scott Franklin said as of press time on Monday that between 90 and 100 homes in the parish, mostly in the Little River floodplain, have been flooded by rising waters from the river.  

Mon
07
Mar

Jena plans “Easter in the Park” celebration

Jena Mayor LaDawn C. Edwards told members of the Jena Town Council during its regular March meeting held Tuesday night of last week that plans are proceeding for the first annual “Easter in the Park” celebration, slated for Good Friday, March 25th. The playground in the park will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24, as the park is prepared for the first annual celebration, which will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.  

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Mon
07
Mar

Work begins on removing Trout overpass

Employees with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development began work Monday morning to remove the dangerous overpass on LA 772 at Trout. Dirt from the embankments on both sides of the overpass will be removed and a new roadway will be constructed in the curve, according to a spokesman for DOTD.  

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Mon
07
Mar

Trump, Sanders carries LaSalle in primary vote

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders carried LaSalle Parish for the Republican and Democratic party primaries, respectively, during last Saturday’s Presidential Preference Primary. Statewide, Trump led in voting, with Ted Cruz coming in with a very strong second place finish, for the Republicans. Hillary Clinton led the democratic field statewide with a commanding majority. 

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Mon
07
Mar

In honor of Black History Month in February

In honor of Black History Month in February, the Centennial Cultural Center in Olla hosted an art exhibition with artwork from Grambling State University and Northwestern State University as well as a Nigerian art display on loan from Olla resident and Councilman Joe Rachal. The NSU featured artist was Shandi Russell.

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Mon
07
Mar

Jena High senior and art club member Tori Robertson

Jena High senior and art club member Tori Robertson placed Best in Show and received an award of $100 for her art piece at the annual YACA State Convention in Forest Hill. She won the Student’s Choice Award - which meant the majority of students at the convention chose the art piece as their overall favorite of all the artwork in the competition.  

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Mon
29
Feb

Several sentenced, pleas taken during sessions of District Court

Several fines were meted out and pleas taken during early February sessions of 28th Judicial District Court, held in and for the Parish of LaSalle. The Honorable J. Christopher Peters, District Judge, presided at the session. Also at their regular duties were District Attorney J. Reed Walters and assistants, Deputy Sheriffs Jim Arbogast, Christie Greer, and Alan Graham; Deputy Clerk of Court Reba McClure, and Court Reporter/ Administrator Amy Stapleton.  
 

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