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Martins spotted at Tullos Feb 17

Martins spotted at Tullos Feb 17

The first purple martins of 2020 arrived in LaSalle Parish on Monday, February 17. Early in February, the ground hog did not see his shadow, thus spring should be on the horizon.

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Major street improvement contract approved in Olla

Olla town officials at their regular February meeting held Tuesday night of last week approved a major street improvement project for the Town of Olla. The project is being funded through a 2019 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant.

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Garbage problem taken on by LaSalle Police Jury

Garbage problem taken on by LaSalle Police Jury

Newly seated District 1 Police Juror Jerrod Douglas wasted no time in putting together a plan to take on the garbage problem, especially around dumpsters, in LaSalle Parish.

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Janice Wyatt of

Janice Wyatt of

Janice Wyatt of Jena captured Robins in her yard January 30, which to many means the arrival of spring.

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Voting in upcoming election on party lines

Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer issued a reminder to voters of LaSalle Parish that during the presidential primary in April, they can only vote along party lines – Democrat voters can only vote for the Democratic candidates, and Republicans can only vote for Republicans.

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Small business optimism solid

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index began the year in the top 10% of all readings in the 46-year history of the survey. The index rose 1.6 points to 104.3 in the month of January.

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School Board business manager plans to retire

School Board business manager plans to retire
School Board business manager plans to retire
School Board business manager plans to retire

Debbie Finlay, CPA, has announced that she will retire at the end of May and the LaSalle Parish School Board has launched a search for her replacement.

During the February meeting of the School Board held Monday night of last week, the board received the personnel report which included the request for service retirement for Finlay, effective May 31, 2020.

The board has been advertising for a replacement for the position for the past three weeks, with deadline for submitting application today, February 12, with interviews slated for Friday, Feb. 14.

 

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Officials raise water rates in town of Jena

On the advice of the town auditor, Jena officials voted during their regular February meeting held Tuesday night of last week to increase water rates averaging about 15-percent.

Mayor LaDawn Edwards said this is the first time water rates have been increased since 2003, and the town auditor recommended the increase to keep the water system operating in the black.

“This is a slight increase,” she noted. “We are not trying to make a fortune on the water system; just need to break even.”

 

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Large crowd attends Catahoula Lake meeting in Jena last week

Large crowd attends Catahoula Lake meeting in Jena last week
Large crowd attends Catahoula Lake meeting in Jena last week
Large crowd attends Catahoula Lake meeting in Jena last week

A large crowd of outdoorsmen attended the regular meeting of the Catahoula Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission held last Thursday night, February 6 at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, hunting for answers concerning their favorite duck hunting location.

With the Louisiana Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the ownership portion of Catahoula Lake January 29, the crowd was hoping the commission (which was created to oversee the lake) would be able to finally establish guidelines for hunting on the lake. After hearing from Louisiana State District 27 Representative Mike Johnson and a letter sent by him from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, it was clear the status of Catahoula Lake is still in question.

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Hunting for Answers

Hunting for Answers

District 27 State Representative Mike Johnson, shown standing center top, reads a letter from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to a large crowd and members of the Catahoula Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission detailing plans to fight parts of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s recent ruling concerning the lake. The meeting was held last Thursday night at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse and drew a packed meeting room as local outdoorsmen looked for answers.

 

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