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Wed
28
Aug

School enrollment steady

Early enrollment figures for the public and private school students in LaSalle Parish shows a very slight increase from the past school year, according to figures released this week. Enrollment in public and private schools increased from 2,845 last year to 2,864 this year – an increase of nineteen 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.

Figures released last week for the three school systems in the parish – LaSalle public schools, Temple Christian Academy and La-Salle Head Start – shows the public system with more students and the head start and private school showing a slight decrease.

 

Wed
21
Aug

Work on closing railroad crossings in Olla planned

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Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott informed the Town Council during their regular meeting last week that both Union Pacific and DOTD have surveyed the Louisiana Street and Cypress Street crossings and if the redesign plans are approved the work on the crossings will be done quickly, according to DOTD Highway/Rail Safety Engineer Bill Shrewsberry.

She said the plans being discussed are to possibly gate the Highway 125 and the Woodyard Road crossings possibly next year as well as close the Sandy Drive crossing due to safety reasons.

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Wed
21
Aug

First day of school

The 2019-20 public school session in LaSalle Parish officially got underway on Tuesday of last week when school personnel met for professional training and continued on Wednesday. Students reported to classes on Thursday throughout the parish.

“We had a wonderful start this year,” stated Superintendent Janet Tullos. “Teachers and students were excited to be back. We are looking forward to the new school year and wish everyone a successful year ahead.”

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Wed
21
Aug

Back-2-School giveaway aids many students

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The annual “Back-2-School Giveaway”, hosted by the LaSalle Ministerial Alliance, was held on Monday night of last week and has been termed a huge success.

The event was staged in the Old Jena Elementary School cafeteria.

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Wed
21
Aug

Tullos to keep voting precinct

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Tullos will get to keep their voting precinct in town because of the efforts by LaSalle Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer, the LaSalle Parish Police Jury learned at their regular August meeting held Monday night of last week.

When Sandifer completed the canvass of voters throughout the parish and determined the number of voters in each precinct and filed her report with the Secretary of State on July 1, 2019, the Tullos voting precinct had 299 voters, below the 300 required voters to remain as a precinct.

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Wed
14
Aug

Ready…set…go

The 2019-20 public school session in La-Salle Parish officially got underway on Tuesday of this week when school personnel met for professional training and continued on Wednesday. Students will report to classes tomorrow (Thursday) throughout the parish.

Classes at the Head Start School in Good Pine will also begin on Thursday, Aug. 15th.

Classes at Temple Christian Academy in Jena will begin on Thursday, August 15th.

 

 

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Wed
14
Aug

Audit reveals Jena in sound financial shape

The audit for the year ending December 31, 2018, reveals the town of Jena is in very sound financial condition, as the mayor and members of the Town Council learned during the regular August meeting held Tuesday night of last week.

Wes Gore, CPA, with the auditing firm of Silas Simmons, LLC of Natchez, Mississippi, met with the council and mayor to go over the contents of the latest town audit.

“The audit for the year ending December 31, 2018, shows the town to be in good financial condition and we did not have any findings in our audit,” Gore said. “We gave the audit an unqualified opinion, which is the best an audit can receive. This is thirteen years in a row that you have received an audit of this nature.”

 

 

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Wed
14
Aug

Large number of candidates qualify for fall 2019 election

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When qualifying ended last Thursday afternoon, a total of 74 candidates had thrown their hats into the ring for 27 offices in which LaSalle Parish voters will be helping to decide at the fall elections.

No statewide or district candidate escaped opposition. However, on the local level, three officials will be returned for another term of office without opposition. They include Clerk of Court Steve Andrews, who will be in his fourth term; Assessor Tom Kendrick, who will be in his third term; and District 6 Police Juror Jack Zeagler.

One other office only had one qualifier and he will be declared elected - Dr. Mathew Erickson as LaSalle Coroner. Incumbent Coroner Dr. I. C. Turnley, Jr., who is ending his 15th term, or 60 years as coroner, did not seek re-election because of health issues.

 

 

Wed
07
Aug

Gabe Firment seeks Dist. 22 House Seat

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Gabe Firment of Pollock has qualified as a candidate for Representative to represent District 22, which includes a majority of LaSalle Parish, all of Grant, and portions of Winn, Natchitoches and Red River parishes.

Firment has issued the following statement to voters in District 22, which includes all of LaSalle except District 5, 6 and 10:

“I am running for LA State Representative in District 22 in 2019 because I am gravely concerned about our state and what the future holds for our children and grandchildren.

“The state of Louisiana has been blessed with abundant natural resources and is home to the greatest people in the world, however, decades of mismanagement, corruption, and good ole boy politics have decimated our communities and forced our family members to flee to other states to make a decent living.

 

 

Wed
07
Aug

School opening nears

The 2019-20 public school session in LaSalle Parish officially gets underway next week under the watchful eye of third-year LaSalle Superintendent of Schools Janet Tullos.

Teachers will report for in-service training at Jena High School on Tuesday August 13th. Other training has been planned for Wednesday, Aug. 14th, as well as teachers will be getting their classrooms ready for the new school year.

Public school students will report to school for a full day of classes on Thursday, August 15th. Classes at the Head Start School in Good Pine will also begin on Thursday, Aug. 15th.

Classes at Temple Christian Academy in Jena will begin on Thursday, August 15th. Open house at the school will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Pre-K 3 and 4 students will not report to classes until Monday, August 19.

 

 

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