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JHS getting new field house

Jena High’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jay Roark holds a printout of the new field house and its location at the parking area behind the west end zone of the football field. Last week, the LaSalle Parish School Board gave the green light to the approximately 10,000 square foot facility which might be ready for use in the 2019 football season. (See story and more photos onMonday night of last week. Both teams will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky for the National Competition for NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), to be held May 10-12, 2018.

 

 

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Archery teams recognized

The winning archery teams from Good Pine Middle School and Jena Junior High School were recognized by members of the LaSalle Parish School Board at their regular April meeting held Monday night of last week. Both teams will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky for the National Competition for NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), to be held May 10-12, 2018.

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Importance of Tullos election explained

Pan American Engineers President Thomas David, Jr. challenged the citizens of Tullos when voting in the upcoming election on April 28 regarding the approval of the sale of $525,000 in water revenue bonds from USDA to consider the bond issue as the best option that Tullos has to address their water quality issues.

Pan American was asked by USDA to hold the public hearing prior to the regular Tullos Town Council meeting to explain in detail the gravity of the situation and the need to approve the bonds which will assist in funding the water filtration system for the town. “USDA said to me ‘You have to go to the citizens and be transparent and explain to them the importance of this election and approving the bonds,” David said. “USDA wants to help, but you have to approve the bonds, so they can. And if you don’t vote for this the options are just gone.”

 

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High School Rodeo this weekend

Members of the 2018 LaSalle Riding Club Rodeo Team will host the 26th annual Louisiana High School Rodeo Association’s Jena Rodeo this Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at the Jena Rodeo Arena. Showtime will be at 7 p.m. each evening with gates opening at 6 p.m. Slack will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Rodeo Team members shown, left to right, Samuel Keene, Drew McClure, Logan Stapleton, Raylee Eberwein, Taylor Lurry, and Jordan Sharp. Not shown – Meredith Scroggs. Rodeo events include calf roping, breakaway roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, bareback riding, barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, and of course, bull riding.

 

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Plaquemines

Officials from Drax Biomass, owner and operator of LaSalle BioEnergy pellet plant at Urania, spoke to LaSalle stakeholders during the annual “A Greater La- Salle Luncheon” hosted by the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD) last Wednesday.

Those in attendance for the annual LEDD luncheon included parish wide elected officials, members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury and School Board, officials from the four towns in the parish, members of LEDD, as well as numerous business leaders and other stakeholders in the parish. LaSalle BioEnergy, located in Urania, was built in 2015 and purchased by Drax in April 2017. This 285-acre wood pellet manufacturing facility employs 78 employees and can produce 450,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year. In November 2017, LaSalle BioEnergy began start up production

 

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Two teens charged in Catahoula after threats to schools

Three Catahoula Parish Schools, all in Jonesville, were dismissed about noon last Wednesday after authorities were notified of an alleged “kill list” found at Block High School, according to authorities. After an initial investigation into the threat, Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, Alexandria Field Office (LSP AFO) arrested a 14-yearold Black female of Jonesville and charged her with terrorizing

 

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A ribbon cutting ceremony

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held during Urania’s annual homecoming celebration on March 17th for the new outdoor basketball court. The half-court is an extension of the Potty Tannehill Memorial Park and is located right behind Urania Fire Station. The project funded through a $36,000 grant from

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Third graders published authors

Erin Masters’ third grade class at Fellowship Elementary School recently had a book published titled, When I Grow Up. The book was written and illustrated by the students. Shown above, left to right: Front Row, Seth Richard, Baylee Calk, Lilly Paul, Rylee Masters, Kanely Cooper, Drake Barron, and Aubree Cockerham; Middle Row, Harlea Clark, Levi Burlew, Mrs. Erin Masters, Claire Ratcliff, and Syliss Jones; Back Row, Bailey Wiley, Alyson Womack, Caleb Parker, Levi Sharp, Parker Durham, Shaun Murry, Logan Thompson, and Mason Poole

 

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UP/DOTD officials are “no show” for meeting

Alyana Nowlin is ecstatic as she rolls toward the finish line during the LaSalle Parish Special Olympics held last Thursday, March 15 at Jena High School. All schools in the parish, along with schools from Catahoula Parish, participated in the event that is the highlight of the year for the young Olympians. Shown pushing Alyana is Olla Elementary aide Melissa Rogers. (A complete photo review of the day, as well as a list of all winners, will be in next week’s issue.)

 

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UP/DOTD officials are “no show” for meeting

Officials with Union Pacific Railroad and LA. Department of Transportation and Development did not show up for a special called meeting in Olla last Tuesday night, called to give citizens and town officials the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed closing of a railroad crossing in downtown Olla. At the January meeting of the

Olla Town Council, Mayor Rhonda Elliott announced that UP/DOTD wants to close the railroad crossing on Louisiana Street in downtown Olla – near the Olla Town Hall. Mayor Elliott said Bill Shrewsberry, Rail Safety Engineer with Union Pacific, also informed her that improvements are planned for the approaches to the Cypress Street crossing, all to be done this year.

 

 

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