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30
Nov

The Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Board Area 60 members attended their first meeting recently at Jena Town Hall. The WDB Area 60 members include the following parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle and Winn. The WDB’s purpose is to provide strategic oversight in collaboration with partnerships and stakeholders to help develop a comprehensive system in the local area and larger planning region. During the meeting, members elected officers: Chair – Lowell Hubbard, a Winn Parish resident and owner of Hubbard Logging; Vice Chair – Allyson Fannin, a LaSalle Parish resident and a LaSalle General Hospital employee in Human Resources and Secretary – Shaunee Huffman, a LaSalle Parish resident and represents The Jena Choctaw Inter-Tribal Council. The Workforce Development Board Area 60 office is located at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse and Gay Stringer serves as executive director. For more information, contact Stringer at 992-8264. 

Mon
23
Nov

Small Business Saturday

As small businesses continue to drive the economy and provide support to many communities, they deserve our appreciation, states Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., president of the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD).
 

 

Mon
23
Nov

Edwards elected as new Governor Lambeth, Wilson elected; Library tax wins approval

Democrat John Bel Edwards of Amite was elected as the next Governor of Louisiana during light voting in the general election held across the state last Saturday. However, LaSalle Parish voters favored Republican David Vitter as 41.5-percent of local voters turned out to cast ballots.
 

 

Mon
23
Nov

Tribal Expo

Les Williston, an Oklahoma Choctaw, talks to Fellowship Elementary second grade students about his large display of Choctaw arrowheads, animal furs and primitive weapons as part of their visit last week to the Jena Band of Choctaw’s annual Expo. The event featured demonstrations of traditional Choctaw dress, language, beadwork, tools, dances, sports and more. Several other local students paid a visit to the expo last week as well as the general public.
 

 

Mon
16
Nov

Runoff election Saturday

The general election, or runoff election for the fall of 2015, will be held this Saturday, Nov. 21, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and remaining open until 8 p.m., according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve Andrews, Chief Election Officer for the parish. Early voting ended last Saturday after six days in which voters were allowed to cast early ballots. Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer said a total of 813 people cast their ballots in person, a total of 118 mail-out ballots have been received back, and another 140 mailout ballots are still out there, and if they are received by election day, they will be tallied.
 
Mon
16
Nov

Community to join for Thanksgiving worship

A community-wide Thanksgiving worship service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22nd at the First Baptist Church in Jena, sponsored by the LaSalle Ministerial Alliance. The service will begin at 6 p.m. with the song service, which will be provided by area churches.
 
Mon
16
Nov

Jury introduces $7.29-M budget

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury introduced their 2016 budget totaling just over $7.29-million at their regular November meeting held Monday night of last week and called a public hearing on the budget for the December meeting prior to final adoption. The public hearing on the proposed 2016 budget will be held at 5:45 p.m., Monday, December 14, when jurors meet for their regular December meeting.
 
Mon
16
Nov

LaSalle’s high schools show marked gains for SPS scores

The Louisiana Department of Education released high school report cards last week and both parish high schools received passing grades with considerable increases in overall points. The official School Performance Scores (SPS) are tallied from a varied array of data, including graduation rates, ACT scores, end-of-course tests, and diploma index. To score an “A,” schools must have a perfect 100 score or higher. The score is reflective of the 2014-15 school year.
 
Mon
16
Nov

LaSalle students make great gains on PARCC

LaSalle students were recognized by the state for having the seventh largest increase in Mastery and above from the 2014 testing as compared to the 2015 testing. LaSalle Parish School System Secondary Supervisor Tish Budemer and Elementary Supervisor Kathryn Tyler noted that third through eighth grade students and their parents will receive a reporting sheet this week detailing how they did on the PARCC tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
 
Mon
09
Nov

School Board approves Early voting ends Saturday extra pay for employees

Members of the LaSalle Parish School Board voted at their regular November meeting held Monday night of last week to approve extra sales tax payments as well as one time stipends to all school employees. The board authorized payment of November sales tax supplement as follows: Degreed (position requires a 4-year degree) in the amount of $1,083.29 and Support (position does not require 4-year degree) in the amount of $758.29 to be paid with the November 2015 payroll disbursement. 
 

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