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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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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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Mon
21
Aug

Olla Elementary Fourth Grader Kale Murphy discusses classroom rules and respecting others along with his seatmates

Olla Elementary Fourth Grader Kale Murphy discusses classroom rules and respecting others along with his seatmates Nancie Mitcham and Landon McCartney in OES Teacher Tonya Smith Washer’s room last week during the first day of the 2017-2018 academic year.Olla Elementary Fourth Grader Kale Murphy discusses classroom rules and respecting others along with his seatmates Nancie Mitcham and Landon McCartney in OES Teacher Tonya Smith Washer’s room last week during the first day of the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Mon
14
Aug

Tullos names new Mayor Pro-Tem

The Tullos Town Council unanimously approved the re-instatement of Council member Fritz Sagdahl as Mayor Pro-Tem during its regular August meeting held Monday night of last week.

Mayor Charles Newsom made the request since in Sagdahl’s absence due to health issues of a family member, Council member Billy Franklin was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem and now in Franklin’s absence due to health, he asked that Sagdahl be re-appointed.

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Mon
14
Aug

Olla officials authorize sale of town easement

The Olla Town Council authorized Mayor Rhonda Elliott to establish a fair market price for a town easement and to go through the ordinance process to possibly sell the easement on town land to Olla Police Chief John Stott. Council member Al Cassels abstained from the vote due to his personal connection in the matter.

Chief Stott was on the agenda and brought up the personal request before the Council to explain that he is currently trying to purchase land in town from Council member Cassels. He said the land has two easements and his request is that the town would grant him use of the easement near Blake Street or allow him to purchase it from the town.

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