News

Tue
05
Sep

Harvey brings rain to LaSalle

Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved through LaSalle Parish and surrounding area late last Wednesday night after five days of wrecking havoc on southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

About 4-inches of rain was recorded in LaSalle Parish, but parishes west of LaSalle recorded heavy rainfall during the final days of Harvey as it made its way northeast through Louisiana.

 

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Tue
05
Sep

New sentencing laws concerns Sheriff

Over the course of the next year, many new laws recently passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Governor John Bel Edwards, will go into effect changing the sentences for many non-violent crimes by lowering sentences in an attempt to lower prison populations in the state.

The package of laws is called the Justice Reinvestment Legislation and includes a number of bills designed to save taxpayers an estimated $262 million over the next ten years by reducing the number of people incarcerated for non-violent crimes like drugs and theft.

 

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Mon
28
Aug

Schools will be dismissed on Labor Day

LaSalle Parish public and private schools will be closed next Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

This will be the first holiday for parish students since schools opened in mid-August.

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Mon
28
Aug

Second Amendment “Sales Tax Holiday”

The 2017 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday takes place Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3.

Act 453 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enacted the “Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday Act” that provides an exemption from state and local sales and use taxes on individuals’ purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies on the first Friday through Sunday each September.

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Mon
28
Aug

Abraham praises repeal of flood plain expansion plan

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, has praised the Trump administration for its decision to repeal the Obama-era Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS), a complex set of regulation that would result in more expensive building costs in Louisiana.

“Louisiana flood victims are already struggling to rebuild to the current standards, and adding this new layer of problems to our state’s residents and business owners will only create more confusion and add higher costs,” Abraham said.

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Mon
28
Aug

Detective warns about scams

Detective Richard Smith of the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a statement last week after the LPSO received numerous calls about scammers operating in the area.

“It’s an ongoing problem and people need to be warned from time to time so they will not be taken advantage of when they receive a scam call,” he said.

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Mon
28
Aug

Parish School enrollment up

Early enrollment figures for the public and private school students in LaSalle Parish shows a very slight increase from the past school year, increased from 2,845 last year to 2,848 this year – an increase of only three students.

However, when you add in the students who are home schooled, plus other students enrolled in private schools not seeking state approval in the parish, the total number of students in the parish is much higher. It is estimated that another 100 or so students fall into this category.

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Mon
21
Aug

Jurors amend smoking ordinance for Courthouse

An ordinance prohibiting smoking inside the LaSalle Parish owned or leased buildings was amended by jurors during their regular August meeting held Monday night of last week.

The amendment to the ordinance states that smoking will be prohibited within 50-feet of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, except for two designated smoking areas – one in front of the building and the other in back.

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Mon
21
Aug

Schools open

The 2017-18 school session in LaSalle Parish opened without any problems, according to Superintendent Janet Tullos.

“We seemed to have had a smooth start,” Tullos said. “The schools all reported that their first days had gone according to plan.”

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Mon
21
Aug

Back2School Drive a success

The first annual “Back2School Drive”, sponsored by the LaSalle Ministerial Alliance in partnership with the LaSalle A.P.P.L.E.S. program, was a great success, according to Rev. Dominick DiCarlo, president of the Ministerial Alliance.

In May, Pastors Heath Harris and Jeff Morea, members of the LaSalle Ministerial Alliance, met with Missy Bignar, Homeless Liaison and director of the A.P.P.L.E.S. program for the LaSalle Parish School System, to determine how local churches could coordinate and assist the school district in reaching students in need.

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