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Wed
12
Dec

Jena officials adopts $6.10 million budget

The Jena Town Council adopted the town’s 2019 year budget totaling just over $6.1 million at its regular December meeting held Tuesday night of last week after holding a public hearing to receive any comments on the budget. No comments were received.

The budget totals $6,106,692.00 in revenue; $5,200,200.92 in operating expenses; and $1,216,900.00 in capital improvements.

The general fund has $3,005,832.00 in revenue; $1,788,122.92 in operating expenses; and $1,216,900.00 in capital improvements.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Christmas parades

The annual Jena Christmas parade will be held this Friday, December 14, beginning at 6 p.m., with B. Cheryl Smith, the Chief of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, serving as Grand Marshal.

The sponsors of the event, Jena Merchants Association and Colonial Trails, have announced the theme of the parade this year as “A Star Studded Christmas.”

The parade will line up in the Jena Town Park and start promptly at 6 p.m., going onto U.S. 84 from Sycamore Street, traveling west through downtown Jena, turning north on First Street (LA 127) and ending at Elm Street.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Ardoin elected; sales tax OK’ed

LaSalle Parish voters joined those from throughout the state last Saturday in electing Republican Kyle Ardoin to fill a vacancy for Secretary of State, said term to expire in early 2020.

Also, LaSalle voters gave a 2-to-1 vote approval for renewal of a one-half cent sales tax for the LaSalle Law Enforcement District. About 17-percent of qualified voters in the parish cast ballots in this election.

For the half-cent sales tax renewal, voters cast 985 yes votes, or 64.85%, and 534 no votes, or 35.15%, which approved the sales tax for an additional 12 years, beginning in 2020. The present half-cent sales tax would have expired on March 31, 2020.

 

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Wed
05
Dec

Many sentenced to prison terms on narcotic charges

Several defendants were sentenced to serve prison terms on illegal narcotic and other charges during early November sessions of 28th Judicial District Court, held in and for the Parish of La-Salle.

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 Sheriff Alan Graham; Deputy Clerk of Court Reba Mc-Clure, and Court Reporter/Administrator Amy Stapleton.

Dillon L. Nugent pled guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation be performed and due by Dec. 14 with sentencing set for Jan. 8. A post-conviction bond was set in the amount of $50,000. On motion of the State, charges of resisting an officer with force or violence and interference with medical treatment were dismissed.

 

 

Wed
05
Dec

Election Saturday

Early voting for the December 8th runoff election began last Saturday, Nov. 24, and continues through this coming Saturday, Dec. 1, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Early ballots may be cast at the Registrar of Voters office, across the street from the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this period.

Sandifer reminds voters they must show some form of photo identification when voting.

LaSalle voters will go to the polls this coming Saturday, Dec. 8, to finish work started at the congressional primary election held on Nov. 6. Polls parish wide will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews.

 

 

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Wed
05
Dec

Good Pine sailor killed at Pearl Harbor 77 years ago identified

Pearl Harbor victim identified

A 21-year-old sailor from Good Pine in LaSalle Parish was recently identified after being killed when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor 77 years ago this coming Friday, December 7, 1941.

Charles Houston Harris, 21, of Good Pine, a U.S. Navy electrician’s mate 3rd class assigned to the USS Oklahoma grew up in the small community of Good Pine. He was the son of William Henry Harris, Sr. and Mattie Ann Springer Harris of Good Pine.

Reports indicate that his family, which included Harris’ eight brothers and sisters, moved to the community from Missouri between 1910 and 1920.

 

 

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Wed
28
Nov

LaSalle schools continue to perform at high levels

Had the state used the same formula for determining District and School Performance Scores (DPS/ SPS) as last year, LaSalle Parish would still be an “A” rated district; however, the formula has changed dropping LaSalle’s final grade to a “B.”

Individual school and district performance scores are figured from a variety of testing procedures and other information, such as the LEAP, ACT, and other factors. All of the combined factors are put into formulas to rate each school and ultimately districts to give them their letter grade based on overall performances. The new formula for this year allows the state to manipulate scores for various reasons but in turn has hurt top rated districts such as LaSalle.

As LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos puts it, the state’s ever-changing grading system makes it somewhat confusing for the public to understand.

 

Wed
28
Nov

OCC in its 25 th year in LaSalle Parish

Through a shoebox a child’s life can be changed, Frances McDonald explained as the reason why the Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – Samaritan’s Purse program is so important to LaSalle Parish and the world.

Frances and her husband, Tony, have served as coordinators of the OCC program for over 15 years at First Baptist Church in Jena, which serves as a Relay Center to collect shoeboxes in the parish. This year 12 churches, one school and eight individuals contributed shoeboxes totaling 1,498 to ship to the distribution center in Pineville and then out to children across the world.

“Each box is a missionary. We call them Missions in a Box,” Frances said. “Each box touches a child and their family and that’s what it’s about. We can’t go to all these countries as missionaries but the boxes can. And all the boxes are prayed over before they’re sent.”

 

Wed
21
Nov

Early voting to begin Saturday

Early voting for the December 8th runoff election will begin this coming Saturday, Nov. 24, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 1, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Early ballots may be cast at the Registrar of Voters office, across the street from the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this period (except for Sunday).

Sandifer reminds voters they must show some form of photo identification when voting.

Voters will face two items on the Dec. 8th ballot.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney (center) looks over memorabilia such as his uniform jacket and photo albums from his service during the Vietnam War alongside Bob Gregory and Mike’s son, Bobby McCartney. Mike McCartney served as the veteran honoree and guest speaker for the Town of Olla’s annual Veteran’s Luncheon last week. He shared briefly about his time in the army and in Vietnam with dozens of fellow veterans and citizens gathered at the Dixie Center in downtown Olla for the special event. Attendees shared a meal served by LaSalle High students and veterans were honored during the event.

 

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