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Police Jury holds short May meeting

The May meeting was relatively short for the LaSalle Parish Police Jury on Monday of last week, with jurors making several re-appointments and taking care of other business.

During the meeting, jurors canvassed the returns for the special sales tax election held April 29, which was defeated by the 17-percent of voters taking part in the process.

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May

School to dismiss for summer break

The final day of school for public schools in LaSalle Parish and for the LaSalle Head Start School will be this Thursday, May 18th.

Temple Christian Academy will end this school year at noon on Friday.

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Olla officials learn of scoreboards donation

Mayor Rhonda Elliott informed the Olla Town Council at their regular May meeting held Tuesday night of last week that two wireless scoreboards have been donated to the town for the Olla Sports Complex. She said the scoreboards were donated through a foundation and are in memory of a young woman whose family recently moved to Olla.

Mayor Elliott said the only need was that the electrical work be done to install the scoreboards. The Council approved the town crew to do the electrical work.

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15
May

Received the personal retreat prize of the parish school system LaSelle

Retiring personnel with the LaSalle Parish School System were honored at a retirement tea at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Jena on Tuesday of last week. Secondary Supervisor Tish Taylor presented plaques to each of the retirees during the tea.

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Mon
08
May

Grant funds new work initiative

Program allows students to earn money and credit

A new grant received last week by the LaSalle Parish School Board and the Catahoula Parish School Board will allow high school students to earn money this summer while also earning credits.

The announcement was made last Friday by the two school district superintendents who noted that the two school systems joined together earlier this year to apply for a brand new grant offered by the Louisiana Department of Education called Jump Start Summers.

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Mon
08
May

Two new principals named

Members of the LaSalle Parish School Board approved two-year contracts for two new principals as recommended by the Superintendent during their regular May meeting held Monday night of last week.

Melinda Robison’s contract as principal at Good Pine Middle School will begin July 1, 2017, and run through June 30, 2019. Robison has been serving as assistant principal and will replace Janet Tullos, who becomes new LaSalle Superintendent on July 1.

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08
May

LaSalle High School

Graduation exercises for La- Salle High School will be held Thursday evening, May 11, 2017, at 8 p.m. at Tiger Stadium (weather permitting) in Olla.

The program will begin with the processional by the Class of 2017, with Carli Prudhomme giving the invocation. John Garrett Rankin will lead in saying the pledge of allegiance.

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Jena High School

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2017 at Jena High School will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, at the Guy Campbell Memorial Athletic Complex.

The program will begin with the processional by the senior class to music by the Jena High School Band, Scott Thompson, director.

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Mon
01
May

National Day of Prayer at Jena Square

A National Day of Prayer program will be held at the Jena Town Square on Third Street (next to The Jena Times office) on Thursday, May 4th, at noon.

The public is urged to attend.

National Day of Prayer is an annual event that is celebrated on the first Thursday in the month of May. Originally designated by the U.S. Congress, the purpose of the day is to have American citizens “turn to God in prayer and meditation.”

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Mon
01
May

Sales tax defeated

A one-half cent sales tax proposed by the LaSalle Parish Police Jury was defeated about two-to-one by parish voters as they turned out 17.3% strong during a special election held last Saturday, April 29.

A total of 1,023, or 66.43% of voters cast a “no” vote, compared to 517, or 33.57% of voters casting a “yes” vote on the proposition.

The Police Jury had asked voters to approve the one-half cent sales tax to provide funding for the criminal court fund and road and bridge fund. Proceeds from the tax would have been split evenly between the two funds.

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