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18
Mar

Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edward issued an executive order around noon on Friday 13th shutting down all schools in Louisiana and mandating no gatherings of more than 250 people as fear of COVID-19 took full affect last week.

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Wed
11
Mar

Dr. Seuss Day at FES

Dr. Seuss Day at FES

Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards reads “Green Eggs and Ham” to Fellowship Elementary first graders last week during the FES annual Dr. Seuss Day. Each year FES and other area schools host a Dr. Seuss Day in honor of the famous author’s birthday, which was on March 2. Students and faculty dress as Dr. Seuss book characters and volunteers such as local government officials, business owners, etc. come in and read Dr. Seuss books to the classes.

 

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Wed
11
Mar

JHS/LHS homecomings set for same day in 2020

JHS/LHS homecomings set for same day in 2020
JHS/LHS homecomings set for same day in 2020

Homecoming day for both Jena High School and LaSalle High School will be held on the same day – Friday, October 23 – this year as the results of the 2020-21 school calendar being adopted by the LaSalle Parish School Board at its regular March meeting held Monday night of last week.

When a motion was made to adopt the district’s calendar for next school session, member D’Juana McCartney of District 5, questioned why the homecoming dates were the same for both high schools.

She noted that not only did it affect the two schools and those who would like to attend ceremonies at each of the schools, but it also affected the day after in which Jena and Olla both have big celebrations.

 

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Wed
11
Mar

Tullos tables vote on sewer rate ordinance

The Town of Tullos Council voted to table Ordinance 2020-001 to amend the town’s sewer rates for RV parks and amended deposits for non-residential customers at their regular meeting last week.

After a lengthy discussion between the Mayor Karla Cockerham, Council and RV Park owner Bob Ponds during the public hearing prior to the regular meeting, the Council chose to table the ordinance to further discuss and consider the issue and the other possibilities to address it. The Council will arrange a meeting with Ponds for further discussion.

During the public hearing, Ponds said he was present not to dispute the number of outgoing gallons nor that he should pay more than a flat rate fee of $35 a month, but that the amount he would be charged according to the ordinance is too high and would put him out of business. He said he does not currently have full occupancy and to be fair should be charged by the gallon of use rather than a flat rate per spot.

 

Wed
11
Mar

‘A Greater LaSalle’ luncheon

‘A Greater LaSalle’ luncheon
‘A Greater LaSalle’ luncheon
‘A Greater LaSalle’ luncheon
‘A Greater LaSalle’ luncheon
‘A Greater LaSalle’ luncheon
‘A Greater LaSalle’ luncheon

LaSalle’s legislative delegation were special guests at the sixth annual “A Greater LaSalle” luncheon sponsored each year by the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD).

Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., President of LEDD, opened the luncheon with a welcome to the elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens in attendance at the luncheon, which was held on Wednesday, March 4 in Palmer Hall of Nolley Memorial Methodist Church in Jena.

Following lunch, Dorroh briefly explained the purpose of the annual gathering, noting that it is held to give LaSalle leaders an opportunity to review the economic development, which keeps the wheels of LaSalle Parish rolling.

 

 

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Wed
04
Mar

Rep. Abraham announces he will not seek re-election

Rep. Abraham announces he will not seek re-election

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced on Wednesday of last week his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of the 116th Congress. He issued the following statement to citizens of the Fifth Congressional District:

“Today, I am officially announcing my retirement from Congress following the completion of my current third term, and I will not seek re-election in 2020.

“When I announced my candidacy for this seat six years ago, I did so with the strongest of convictions. Our national defense had been weakened, our constitutional rights were being challenged, and our economy was in the tank.

 

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Wed
04
Mar

DOTD to spend $730 million on Louisiana roads

DOTD to spend $730 million on Louisiana roads

(Editor’s Note: The following story by Joe Curtis is being re-printed from The Franklin Sun with permission. LaSalle Parish is part of District 58 and several local officials were in attendance at the public meeting on highway projects.)

Joint Transportation, Highways & Public Works legislative committee members reviewed Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development budget numbers and answered audience questions during an opening meeting Tuesday at Franklin Parish Media Center in Winnsboro recently.

DOTD plans to spend $730 million in fiscal year 2020-2021, according to budget numbers released during the meeting. Majority of the funding, approximately $420 million, will be spent on system preservation and sustainability along with $61 million on safety.

 

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Wed
04
Mar

Jena Choctaws looking forward to new facilities

Jena Choctaws looking forward to new facilities

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians is anxiously awaiting the completion of their new Tribal Administration Building, which is set to be ready for occupancy by the end of this month.

According to Jena Chief Cheryl Smith, the entire tribe is excited to finally have the building completed and in use.

“We are all just really excited,” the Chief said. “This 18,652 square foot building is something that we have desperately needed as our tribe continues to grow.”

The impressive, two-story facility is set to be completed by the end of March, barring any more weather delays. It is one of many projects underway in LaSalle Parish, including the new LaSalle Parish Library that is also turning heads in downtown Jena.

 

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Wed
26
Feb

LaSalle jobless rate among lowest in La.

The unemployment rate for the month of December 2019 in LaSalle Parish was the lowest of any parish in north Louisiana, and tied for the seventh lowest in Louisiana. No other parish north of the I-10 corridor had a rate lower than LaSalle.

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Wed
26
Feb

Edwards taking heat for omitting educator’s raise

A promised state pay increase for educators from Governor John Bel Edwards was omitted in his $32-billion spending budget for fiscal year 2020-21, and he is taking some heat from various teacher groups across the state.

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