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10
Jul

LaSalle Parish Communications District 9-1-1

LaSalle Parish Communications District 9-1-1 Assistant Administrator Logan Whatley and 9-1-1 Administrator Ann Breland assign a new address using a map, collected information and an engineer’s scale at the district’s office located in Room 15 inside the LaSalle Parish Courthouse (former location of the Registrar’s Office).

 

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Wed
10
Jul

Life-saving service

LaSalle Parish’s 911 emergency service, one of the most well known local services, is offered by one of the parish’s lesser-known entities – the LaSalle Parish Communications District.

The district was created in July 1996 when the LaSalle Parish Police Jury approved its creation and appointed a seven-member board. In 1997, Ann Breland was hired as the 9-1-1 Administrator and began the massive undertaking of mapping all parish roads and structures and assigning each one a number. La-Salle Parish was the sixth from last in the state to establish a communications district.

“We’re better known as the 911 office,” Breland said. “When the district was formed I think everyone probably thought it would just be a flip of a switch in the telephone office for 9-1-1, but there is so much we do that people don’t know about then and now.”

 

Wed
10
Jul

LPSB assigns administrators

Five more administrators were extended new contracts and assigned to various duties during a brief July meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board held on Monday night of last week.

Performance standards and two-year contracts were awarded to the following:

• Rhonda Russell as Principal at Olla Elementary School, Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2021.

• Jeremy Cassels as Principal at Jena Junior High School, Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2021.

 

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Wed
03
Jul

Jena Airport to get federal grant funds

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced last week that five airports in the Fifth Congressional District, including the one in Jena, will receive about $719,000 in combined federal funding to make facility enhancements.

“Our rural airports are key components to the economies of these communities. I’m glad to see these federal dollars coming to Louisiana to help these airports become even stronger,” Abraham said.

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul

LaSalle tied for 3rd lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates drop slightly throughout Louisiana during the month of April 2019, as did the jobless rate for the United States.

LaSalle Parish was tied with two other parishes with the third lowest jobless rate among all parishes in the state at 2.9%. Livingston and West Feliciana Parishes also had 2.9% rates, with Cameron reporting 2.7% and Calcasieu at 2.8%.

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul

Catahoula Lake appeal heads to Louisiana Supreme Court

Louisiana’s attorney general has appealed a lower court decision that could restrict public access to Catahoula Lake and its waterfowl, according to an article appearing in the June 28th edition of Louisiana Sportsman magazine.

On Friday, May 31, Louisiana’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, officially filed an appeal with the state supreme court to overturn a previous judicial decision that denies public access to one of the state’s most historic and important waterfowl hunting and research sanctuaries: Catahoula Lake.

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul

School personnel gets extra pay supplement

Employees of the LaSalle Parish School System will receive an extra supplement in early July following action by LaSalle School Board members during a special meeting on Monday night of last week, as recommended by the board’s finance committee.

The board voted to approve payment of a one-time supplement of $827.00 for all degreed employees (positions requiring a degree), who worked a minimum of 85 days during the 2018-19 school year, as prorated on previous state raises.

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul

Final Story Hour held in LaSalle

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Wed
26
Jun

UPS Midstream continues to expand

UPS Midstream Services of Jena, one of the area’s newest industrial neighbors, continues to grow and expand at its location next to the Jena Airport on LA 8 just west of Jena.

In December 2018, UPS Midstream Services acquired the O.M.S. (mechanic shop) of the Louisiana National Guard Armory, located across the street from the UPS Plant on Hanger Road, and opened a Pipeline Service Division at that location.

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun

Another parish school damaged by storm…

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