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Abraham thanked for help to reverse gun grab measure

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) last week scored a victory when Congress agreed to review, and likely revoke, a final rule by the Obama administration that would blindly strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.

The NRA issued a special word of thanks to three members of Congress, including fifth district Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, for their help in scoring the victory.

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30
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Work is currently underway on a project

Work is currently underway on a roofing project at the Jena Town Hall, in downtown Jena. C & L Roofing Company was awarded a contract last fall to build a pitched roof over the present roof at a cost of $128,500.

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Mon
23
Jan

LaSalle leaders reflect on year 2016

Several factors make bright outlook for 2017

There is no denying that the price of oil has a direct impact on LaSalle Parish and this past year record low oil prices played an important factor in the bleak economic picture of most businesses and residents; however, as the price of oil appears to be on the increase, there is a rejuvenated spirit developing among parish leaders that have most projecting a better year for 2017.

Several business leaders and public officials weighted in on what they expect in the year 2017 as they reflect back on the year that just ended.

Mon
23
Jan

Sen. Riser to run for treasurer post

La. State Senator Neil Riser, R-Columbia, confirmed to this newspaper last week that he would be a candidate for State Treasurer to fill the seat vacated by John Kennedy, who was elected as U.S. Senator last fall.

He was in Jena to join members of the Ole Boys Club for lunch last week when he spoke with a representative from The Jena Times.

Mon
23
Jan

LaSalle ranks at the top

Where you live really matters

Location matters – enormously. If you’re poor and live in Louisiana, it’s better to be in LaSalle Parish than in East Carroll Parish or Orleans Parish. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to La- Salle, the better you will do on average. Children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, more likely to go to college and more likely to earn more.
 
LaSalle Parish School System Secondary Supervisor Tish Taylor, who found the information through an online source, recently discovered these 2015 findings and was quite pleased with the study’s results. 

Mon
23
Jan

Storm hits area

Tornadic wind causes damage

Strong winds from a tornado, which went overhead shortly after 8 p.m. last Saturday night, caused major damage around the intersection of LA 8 and LA 3104 (Midway cutoff road), according to La- Salle Sheriff and Homeland Security Director Scott Franklin.
 
However, Franklin said only some property damage was reported and no one was hurt or killed in the storm. 

Mon
16
Jan

Olla officials to open bids on sewer project

Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott announced to members of the Town Council at their regular January meeting held Tuesday night of last week that the town is advertising for bids for the FY 2016 LCDBG (Local Community Development Block Grant) sewer project to clean out manholes and improve the sewer system.
 
Bids will be opened on Tuesday, January 17th at 10 a.m. at the Olla Town Hall, the mayor noted.

Mon
16
Jan

Police Jury outlines desperate need for tax

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury is facing a situation that most of its members have never witnessed - a shortfall of money that may see valuable services to the public eliminated if a proposed half-cent sales tax is not approved by voters in April. The problem was addressed during the Jury’s regular January meeting held Monday night of last week.
 
“I don’t know of any other way to put it other than its bad,” Jury President Bard Lambeth said. “We are faced with a financial situation that is only getting worse each month and if something isn’t done to increase our revenue we could see the laying off of employees before the end of the year, which means important services to the parish will not be available.”

Mon
16
Jan

Pageant Winner

Jena High School junior Taylor Bignar was chosen as the winner of the 2017 JHS Future Business Leaders of America Most Beautiful Pageant held last Saturday evening at JHS.

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Mon
16
Jan

Poetry published…

Three Olla-Standard Elementary School students, Emma Foy, Emily Barton, and Abbie Maxwell, recently had their poetry published in the 2016 children’s anthology, Accomplished. All students in Kim Long’s 4th grade classes participated in the national poetry contest last year and had their poems submitted for the publication, along with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from throughout the United States.

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