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Tue
18
Feb

Support the CCC: keep good culture in the parish

The Centennial Cultural Center, Inc. exists to stimulate, encourage, nurture, promote and produce good culture and fine arts in LaSalle Parish, and when possible the social and economic environment of the area – this is the center’s mission statement, but they need us to uphold it. After serving the parish for over a decade, the CCC in Olla is in need of funding to remain open. “The center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) funded by state grants, donations and fundraisers,” Former CCC President Fern McKeithen said. “The grant money is just not there anymore. And the grants we have received have been cut in half. Our corporate support has diminished as well. Without  dditional funding, we won’t be able to keep going.”
 
Mon
10
Feb

Garbage problem in town of Urania

Urania Mayor Terri Corley addressed concerns regarding the town garbage during the Town Council’s regular February meeting held Tuesday night of last week. She explained to the Council about the recent issues with residents placing loose garbage in the containers for town personnel to pick up. She said the containers are for bagged garbage only
 
Mon
10
Feb

The third snowstorm in two weeks hit LaSalle Parish about mid-morning

The temperature stood at 32-degrees when this photograph was snapped shortly after the snow started to fall in downtown Jena. A week earlier, the parish received 4-inches of snowfall, coupled with about a half inch of sleet
which covered the roads and ground ahead of the snow, causing major problems in the area. The snowfall last week lasted until early afternoon when the temperature rose just above freezing and it all melted in a short time
 
Mon
10
Feb

About 350 family members

men, women and children – gathered at the Jena Fair Barn on Friday night, Jan. 31, for the second annual Whitetails Unlimited LaSalle Area Banquet. Special guest for the banquet was Travis “T-Bone” Turner from the Bone
Collector Show seen on cable television. Brian Andrews, Field Director and chairman of the banquet, said nearly $20,000 was raised by the banquet with a large portion of these funds remaining in LaSalle Parish to support the National Schools Shooting Program
 
Tue
04
Feb

LaSalle has fifth lowest jobless rate

Unemployment figures for the month of December 2013 have been released showing that LaSalle Parish has the fifth lowest jobless rate in the state and added another 20 jobs during the month. The jobless rate for LaSalle stood at 3.5 percent, down from 4.3 percent in November 2013. Parishes with lower unemployment rates – all in extreme south Louisiana – included: Lafourche, 3.0 percent; Terrebonne, Lafayette and Cameron, all with 3.2 percent rates.
 
Tue
04
Feb

The two major snowfall events that hit LaSalle Parish

The two major snowfall events that hit LaSalle Parish in less than a week – which is very unusual – was probably the first for this fox as he is shown in a rural area looking for food. Animals in this part of the country are not use to this type of winter weather – including the temperatures in the teens – but their instincts kick in and they can survive.
 
Tue
04
Feb

The 2015 LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year”

The 2015 LaSalle Parish “Teachers of the Year” were introduced to members of the LaSalle Parish School Board during their regular February meeting held Monday night of this week. The honorees include, from left: Cathy Pittman, teacher at Good Pine Middle School, Elementary Teacher of the Year; Alisha Trisler, teacher at Jena High School, High School Teacher of the Year; and Kylie Andrews, teacher at Jena Junior High School, Middle/Junior High Teacher of the Year. The three educators will now enter regional competition for teachers of the year, with winners in that division going on to state competition.
 
Tue
04
Feb

LaSalle Parish “Students of the Year”

LaSalle Parish “Students of the Year” for the 2013-14 school session were introduced during the regular February meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board held Monday night of this week. Honorees include, from left: Jacob Chandler, an 8th grader from Jena Junior High School, Middle/Junior High Student of the Year; Katie Mae Williams, 5th grader from Olla Elementary School, Elementary Student of the Year; and Kimberly Doughty, senior at LaSalle High School, High School Student of the Year.
 
Wed
29
Jan

Funding hikes for higher education, proposed by Jindal

Governor Bobby Jindal joined leaders from higher education systems across Louisiana to announce a funding increase of $141.5 million for higher education institutions for the next fiscal year. The funding hike represents a 6.66 percent increase over the budget for the current fiscal year. This funding includes a new higher education workforce incentive initiative of $40 million that will better prepare Louisiana students to compete in the new global economy.
 
Wed
29
Jan

Sneaux Day in LaSalle…

Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Driver, a student at Good Pine Middle School, enjoyed her “Sneaux Day” by making a snow angel on the Jena Vision Nature Trail at Jena City Park last Friday. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Eric and Meshelle Driver of Jena. Students across LaSalle Parish, as well as adjoining parishes, enjoyed similar activities as they were out of school all day on Friday while up to three inches of snow blanketed the parish. Dangerous driving conditions because of the snow and ice kept many residents inside their homes and numerous vehicles careened into ditches due to icy roads. The LaSalle Parish Police Jury officially closed the LaSalle Courthouse for the safety of those employed in various offices. Freezing temperatures kept most of the snow around throughout Friday and it was not until temperatures rose on Saturday that the snow began to melt.
 

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