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Wed
01
Jul

The million-dollar question: What will school look like in August?

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released school reopening guidelines late last week but there are still more questions than answers in regards to what will actually take place in LaSalle Parish once August 13 arrives.

“There are many things that we will be required to do for the safety of our students but the truth is many of the guidelines are optional and the LDOE is leaving local districts latitude in how they choose to implement certain recommendations they issued,” LaSalle School Superintendent Janet Tullos said Friday.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March when Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards closed schools LaSalle officials have continuously worked on plans for reopening.

 

 

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Wed
01
Jul

Sheriff, Clerk of Court each begins 4th terms

Sheriff, Clerk of Court each begins 4th terms

LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin and LaSalle Parish Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews each begins new 4-year terms today, July 1, 2020. Each was elected for the first time in the fall of 2007, and took office in July 2008.

Andrews is the seventh Clerk of Court to serve LaSalle Parish in its 110 year history. The parish was established in 1910.

Former Clerks and their time of service follows: J. H. Bradford, ten years, 1910-20; J. E. Nugent, four years, 1920-24; Q. R. Hudson, 24 years, 1924-48; J. E. Nugent, 14 years, 1948-62; Joseph D. “Joe” Nugent, 26 years, 1962-88; Steve H. Crooks, 20 years, 1988-2008; and Steve D. Andrews, 2008 until present.

 

 

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Wed
01
Jul

COVID-19 update

The state count for COVID-19 cases in LaSalle Parish as of Monday morning was 97 – up 11 cases from last week – but local officials continue to maintain those numbers are not accurate.

“When you look at all the details that we are afforded each week through the reports, the actual total number of positive cases we have had in our parish since they started keeping count is 60,” LaSalle Parish Homeland Security Assistant Director Dana Chapman said. “Many factors are not given by the state when they release the total number to the public.”

For instance, in LaSalle, 28 have prison addresses, 8 were counted twice, 2 were counted three times, 1 was counted four times, and 1 has a Lafayette address, according to Chapman.

 

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Wed
01
Jul

Approximately 50 fire

Approximately 50 fire

Approximately 50 fire departments and fire vehicles from across the state attended the memorial service for longtime Fire Chief and LSU fire fighter instructor Bobby Strozier Saturday afternoon in Belah and then conducted a fire truck procession from Belah to Jena. Strozier, 70, died April 18 but due to COVID-19 the large memorial service was postponed until last Saturday. Shown above, trucks turn onto the Midway Cutoff (LA 3104) from LA 8 and pass underneath a large American Flag flown from a crane provided by D&B Crane Service.

 

 

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Wed
24
Jun

LaSalle Parish youth Noah Carr

LaSalle Parish youth Noah Carr

LaSalle Parish youth Noah Carr, left, and Lincoln Horton will race this weekend at the South Central Regional Motocross against the top riders from Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas for a chance to advance to the “World Series” of amateur motocross in August held at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Tennessee. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
24
Jun

Early voting is now underway

Early voting for the July 11th presidential primary election is presently underway, and will continue through Saturday, July 4th, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

This election was first scheduled for April 4, and then moved to June 20 because of the shutdown due to COVID-19, and finally moved to July 11th, as the lockdown continued.

Also in connection with the virus outbreak, early voting for this election is being held for two full weeks, which began June 20, and extending through Saturday, July 4. Ballots can be cast at the Registrar of Voters Office in Jena during this period, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, except for Sundays.

Wed
24
Jun

Census is important

LaSalle Parish residents are being encouraged to respond to their 2020 Census request, either by filling out the questionnaire and mailing it back, or going online and completing the form.

“We cannot over express how important the numbers revealed by the Census are to funding for agencies in the parish,” stated June Fowler, president of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury.

The U.S. Census Bureau mailed questionnaires in March to area residents. Those who did not receive the questionnaire should call 1-866-872-6868.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
24
Jun

Tullos officials approve amended, new budgets

The Tullos Town Council approved the adoption of Ordinance 2020-003 for the 2020-2021 budget and 2019-2020 amended budget during its June meeting held Monday night of last week. A public hearing was held prior to the meeting with no public comments.

Town CPA David Vercher and Town Accountant Stephanie Lemoine with KnightMasden were on hand at the meeting to answer questions. Vercher said the town was set as of right now for its budget to operate within the targeted 5% variance.

Wed
24
Jun

LaSalle COVID-19 update

The state count for COVID-19 cases in La-Salle Parish as of Monday morning was 86 – up 9 cases from last week – but local officials continue to maintain those numbers are not accurate.

“When you look at all the details that we are afforded each week through the reports, the actual total number of positive cases we have had in our parish since they started keeping count is 55,” LaSalle Parish Homeland Security Assistant Director Dana Chapman said. “Many factors are not given by the state when they release the total number to the public.”

For instance, in LaSalle, 28 have prison addresses, 8 were counted twice, 2 were counted three times, 1 was counted four times, and 1 has a Lafayette address, according to Chapman.

Wed
24
Jun

Olla officials adopt new budget

The Olla Town Council approved Ordinance 2020-006 to adopt the annual budget of revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 and the amended budget for fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 for the town of Olla during their regular monthly meeting last week. There were no comments at the public hearing.

The Council also approved the introduction of Ordinance 2020-007 to authorize the issuance of not exceeding $845,000 of taxable sales tax bonds (DEQ). Mayor Rhonda Elliott explained that the bonds are for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan for the lift station rehabilitation project including work on eight stations.

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