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18
Nov

Prominent Jena leader succumbs

Prominent Jena leader succumbs

The Jena community and LaSalle Parish lost a prominent businessman, leader and cattle farmer with the death of William Bohman “W.B.” McCartney, Sr. last Saturday, November 14, 2020, when he was called to Heaven.

Mr. Bo, as he was better known, was born December 29, 1922, to the union of Will and Lottie Holloway McCartney. He would have been 98 later this year. He was born on a dairy farm in Urania and had many fond memories of milking, delivering, and selling milk for 12½-cents a quart. When asked how people paid 12½-cents, his reply was always, “Oh, that didn’t really matter. Nobody ever paid us in money anyway.”

After his schooling, he eventually went to work in the local oilfields, clearing locations with crosscut saws and mule teams. He worked for Hunt Oil, making .80 cents an hour until the war was over and the men returning from the war were all given their jobs back.

 

 

Wed
18
Nov

Jury introduces $7.181-million budget for 2021

Police Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury introduced their 2021 budget totaling just over $7.181-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 2021 budget will be held at 5:45 p.m., Monday, December 14, when jurors meet for their regular December meeting.

The proposed budget contains $5,181,825 in the general fund and other parish wide funds, and $2-million in JTPA funds, which are used for health and welfare programs and administered through the Police Jury.

 

 

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Wed
18
Nov

Early voting to begin Nov. 20

Early voting for the December 5, 2020 election will begin Friday, November 20, and continue through Saturday, November 28.

Early voting will be held at the LaSalle Registrar of Voters’ office in Jena (across street from LaSalle Courthouse), from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. During this period, the Registrar’s office will be closed on Sunday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day and day after, Nov. 26-27.

LaSalle voters have three items to consider on the Dec. 5 ballot - runoff for Congressman, sales tax for police jury, and one proposed constitutional amendment.

 

 

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Wed
18
Nov

Small Business Saturday

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).

LEDD is supporting “Small Business Saturday” which this year is Saturday, November 28th.

First, there was Black Friday. Then, there was Cyber Monday. Now, there’s Small Business Saturday, a day for all the small businesses that fuel the economy and invigorate our community. Shoppers can show their support by pledging to shop small on November 28. If millions of people shop small, it will be huge.

 

 

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Wed
11
Nov

Auditor says Urania is healthy financially

The Town of Urania’s audit report review was a main topic of discussion at the November meeting of the Council last week. The findings and summary of the budget was presented to the Council by town auditor CPA David Vercher of the Vercher Group.

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Wed
11
Nov

Trump carries LaSalle

President Donald Trump again carried LaSalle Parish by a whopping 91-percent in this year’s presidential election. Four years ago, LaSalle gave Trump 88-percent of the vote, making it the second parish/ county in the country in percentage vote for the president.

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Wed
11
Nov

School Board approves sales tax payments

The LaSalle Parish School Board approved payment of November sales tax supplement during its regular November meeting held Monday night of last week.

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Wed
04
Nov

Homecoming 2020

Jena High School will observe its 2020 homecoming this Friday, November 6, 2020, with a full day of activities, according to Principal Anthony Jackson. Amid a remarkable 2020 that has included the COVID-19 pandemic, several events have been altered from their historic norms for this year’s unique celebration.

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Wed
04
Nov

Coveted award for Fire Chief of Olla

Coveted award for Fire Chief of Olla

Joe Thompson, longtime Fire Chief for the Town of Olla, has been named recipient of the 2020 Father Red Ginart Firefighter of the Year award.

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Wed
04
Nov

Group asking state to enforce boundaries on Catahoula Lake

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is asking the state and federal government to enforce refuge boundaries of Catahoula Lake in the wake of the recent lawsuit changing ownership of the lake.

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