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Wed
26
Jun

New effort sought to honor WWII veterans

The Louisiana delegation to the U.S. Congress is seeking to get one event that would honor all the veterans from World War II.

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (RLA), Garret Graves (R-LA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA), have reached out to President Trump, asking him to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor Recipient from WWII and the 16 million men and women who served.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Police Jury gives LaSalle Bioenergy approval for ITEP

A resolution giving LaSalle Bioenergy, LLC, permission to participate in the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) for their plant near Urania was approved by the LaSalle Parish Police Jury during its regular June meeting held Monday night of last week.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Olla to get state surplus funds for downtown improvement project

Olla Town Engineer Henry Shuler informed the Mayor and Council at the regular town council meeting last week that the town is set to receive $256,000 in state surplus through Capital Outlay to fund the town’s downtown improvement project including new sidewalks.

 

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Catahoula NWR adds over 4,000 acres

The Conservation Fund, American Electric Power and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced the addition of 4,113 acres of Louisiana wetlands and forestland to the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Long ago, much of the property was forested, and was later cleared for cropland.

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun

Urania’s fire rating increases

The Town of Urania now has an overall fire rating of six after the recent PIAL (Property Insurance Association of Louisiana) inspection of the town’s fire department, though those in the district not within seven road miles from a fire station and within 1,000 feet from a hydrant will remain at their current rating of nine.

The town’s previous intown rating was a five with a nine being out-of-town; however, the PIAL inspection has changed to issuing one overall rating for a town with the exception of the above mentioned requirements. The rating scale is from 1 to 10 with lower being better.

Mayor Terri Corley said Fire Chief William Strain and Secretary Stacie Strain had a meeting with those from PIAL last week regarding the fire rating and were informed the town’s rate increase is a result of the low number of members who have the required amount of training as well as issues with water pressure, which is being addressed.

 

Wed
12
Jun

Payment of sales tax supplement approved

Employees of the LaSalle Parish School System will be pleasantly surprised when they receive their June pay checks which will contain the largest sales tax supplement payment ever. The payments were approved by the LaSalle School Board during its regular June meeting on Monday of last week.

CPA Debbie Finlay, business manager for the school board, said increased sales tax collections during the past year allowed the board to pay the highest supplement ever.

Degreed personnel (position requires a degree) will see an additional $6,541.41 in their June check, and non-degree personnel will receive an extra $4,578.91 payment. This compares to $4,424.83 and $3,097.33, respectively, paid a year ago.

 

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Wed
12
Jun

Workshop Host Rachel Reynolds Luster

Workshop Host Rachel Reynolds Luster brainstorms with workshop attendees on what is a maker, what resources do local makers have and what are their needs as one session of CLEDA’s Homemade and Homegrown Workshop held at the Centennial Cultural Center in downtown Olla. Luster of Arkansas is a writer, folklorist, fiddler, textile artist and community organizer with her work focusing on addressing the holistic health of her home county in the Ozarks through land-based cultural and economic initiatives.

 

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Wed
05
Jun

Veterans Memorial Highway; US 84 through LaSalle Parish

It’s official – US Highway 84 through LaSalle Parish – from the Catahoula to the Winn Parish border – has been designated as “Veterans Memorial Highway” through an act of the Louisiana Legislature.

House Bill No. 66, introduced by Rep. Terry Brown of Colfax at the request of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury, was approved by the House of Representatives during the 2019 session.

Last fall, G. C. “Slim” Stapleton of Jena, approached the Police Jury with the idea of naming this section of highway in honor of veterans who had served this country.

 

 

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Wed
05
Jun

New era for forestry industry

LaSalle Lumber Company last Wednesday hosted Louisiana Gov. Jon Bel Edwards at a grand opening ceremony for the first new sawmill built in the state in more than two decades.

“This is a great day for central Louisiana, for the state’s timber industry, and for LaSalle Lumber Company, a joint venture between a historic Louisiana forest products company and a major Canadian forestry partner making its first venture into the United States,” Edwards said.

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Wed
05
Jun

Louisiana bill would ban abortions after heartbeat

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana House on Wednesday passed in a 79-23 vote anti-abortion legislation that would effectively ban abortions in the state, echoing similar legislative efforts by other Republican-controlled legislatures in the South.

A bill by Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, would outlaw the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, which usually occurs around six weeks and before many women are aware they are pregnant.

 

 

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