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Wed
02
Jan

Property taxes due; interest after Jan 31

Property taxes for the parish and various towns were due on December 31, 2018, and if not paid during January will face interest being added to the tax bill after January 31, 2019.

The tax statements were mailed in early November by the La-Salle Parish Sheriff’s Office, as the Sheriff is the ex-officio tax collector for the parish. Taxes are based on assessments assigned by the LaSalle Parish Assessor’s office.

LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick’s office reports that total assessment of all property in the parish for 2018 amounts to $104,180,240, with $22,147,640 being covered by homestead exemption, leaving $82,032,600 subject to taxation. The total amount of taxes due for year 2018 in LaSalle Parish is $12,701,790.61.

 

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Wed
02
Jan

Top Story of 2018

The top story in LaSalle Parish during the year just ended occurred on November 1 when an EF2 tornado with winds between 111-135 miles per hour touched down and did extensive damage along a five-mile stretch just west of Jena.

The tornado caused major damage in the Belah Community prior to hitting the Mayo Road area and all along LA 772, and then hitting homes in the Trout area. Amazingly, not a single person suffered any injury that required medical treatment.

According to the National Weather Service, approximately 100 structures were damaged in some capacity and many vehicles and property suffered damage. Power lines were downed causing power outage in the area for an extended period of time.

 

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Wed
02
Jan

History made

History was made in LaSalle Parish on January 1, 2019, as incumbent and new officials for the four municipalities in the parish, as well as the LaSalle Parish School Board, began new terms after being elected or re-elected in November.

For the first time in the history of the parish, female mayors head up the administration in all four towns. And for the first time ever, two of those towns (Tullos and Urania) have a wife and husband team serving as mayor and chief of police.

Ten new town officials and one new school board member began their first term of office on January 1.

 

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Wed
26
Dec

APPLES Christmas Shopping Spree

The annual “Christmas for Needy Children” raffle ticket fundraiser concluded on December 14th with the winner drawings at the Jena Wal-Mart Supercenter. LaSalle Parish students sold the tickets with all money going to needy children in the LaSalle Parish School System. Over 7,000 tickets were sold, allowing almost 140 needy children to shop at Wal-Mart for toys, clothing and shoes. 

 

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Wed
26
Dec

Olla Elementary cleared for occupancy by DHH

Olla Elementary’s main building was cleared last week by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals for faculty and staff to move back in after a bat infestation that shut the building use down in September.

LDHH issued an order to not allow any public use of the main building until the bats were removed and the entire facility cleaned with sterile cleaning agents. The classrooms were relocated in other school buildings, and the offices were relocated to mobile trailers provided by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“About 2 p.m. Wednesday (December 17) we got the okay that we could start moving back in, so that’s why students were out today and half a day on Wednesday,” OES Principal Dawn Book said. “Everybody has pulled together and worked together well just as we did when we moved out. All the classrooms are moved. We just have to get them back in order.”

 

 

Wed
26
Dec

Students enjoying extended vacation

Students in the three school systems in the parish are in the midst of a long Christmas and New Years vacation, covering a period of 19 days.

Public school and Head Start students dismissed at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th, and will not return to classes until Monday, January 7, 2019.

However, school personnel will report back for professional days on January 3 and 4, but no students will attend school these days.

 

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Library’s Christmas event

Nebo Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students sing Christmas carols with their teachers and parents during the LaSalle Parish Library’s annual Christmas event. 

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Olla gets good budget report

Library’s Christmas event

The Town of Olla’s FY 2017-2018 audit report review was a main topic of discussion at the December meeting of the Council last week. The findings and summary of the budget was presented to the Council by CPA John Vercher of the Vercher Group.

“All in all it is a good report,” Vercher said. “Your budget was within 5% and you have a 5% margin. Your governmental funds are better off this year than they were last year. Both the water and sewer funds are operating within their parameters. Everything looks good.”

In a written report, Vercher stated the General Fund had revenues of $958,343; expenditures of $926,895. The governmental funds had an increase in fund balance of $31,448, ending the year with a positive fund balance of $442,135.

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Property taxes due by Dec. 31

Property taxes for the parish and various towns are due by Monday, Dec. 31st. Tax statements for parish and municipal taxes for year 2018 went out in the mail in early November.

The tax statements were mailed by the La-Salle Parish Sheriff’s Office, as the Sheriff is the ex-officio tax collector for the parish. Taxes are based on assessments assigned by the LaSalle Parish Assessor’s office.

LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick’s office reports that total assessment of all property in the parish for 2018 amounts to $104,180,240, with $22,147,640 being covered by homestead exemption, leaving $82,032,600 subject to taxation. The total amount of taxes due for year 2018 in LaSalle Parish is $12,701,790.61.

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Understanding social security disability benefits

Disability is something most people don’t like to think about, but the chances that you’ll become disabled probably are greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age.

Social Security pays disability benefits through two programs:

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and;

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Social Security Disability Insurance is funded through payroll taxes. Social Security Disability Insurance recipients have worked for years and have made contributions to the Social Security trust fund in the form of Social Security taxes – either FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) for employees or SECA (Self-Employment Contributions Act) for the self-employed.

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