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Tue
18
Sep

Virgie Wilson of Jena checks out the produce offered

Virgie Wilson of Jena checks out the produce offered by one of the vendors at the first 3rd Street Farmers Market held last Thursday afternoon at the Jena Town Square in downtown Jena. A number of vendors offered all types of items including produce, honey, preserves, jellies, homemade candy, soap and bath bombs, and much, much more.

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Abraham doubles down on SNAP work requirements

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, doubled down on his support for reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during a hearing of Farm Bill Conference Committee members last week on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, is one of the final negotiators on the 2018 Farm Bill, which sets agriculture policy for the next five years.

Conference committees resolve difference between the House and Senate versions of a bill. The House bill, which Dr. Abraham supported, includes SNAP reforms while the Senate’s does not. The issue is one of the main topics of discussion during the conference committee’s negotiations.

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Tomorrow’s Hope ‘Go Tell’ Crusade

The much anticipated Tomorrow’s Hope ‘Go Tell’ Crusade is less than two weeks away and final plans are being made for the parish wide event.

Multiple LaSalle area churches and community leaders are hosting the major interdenominational event, Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 23-26.

A large task force of church and community leaders, headed up by Chairman Wayne Davis, has been working for almost a year on plans for this event, which will feature Rev. Rick Gage of Go Tell Ministries.

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Farmers Market in Jena plans kick-off Thursday

Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards told members of the Jena Town Council at their regular meeting held Tuesday night last week that the 3rd Street Farmers Market will begin next week.

The 3rd Street Farmers Market will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. each Thursday, beginning this week, September 13th, at the Jena Town Square, located next to The Jena Times’ office on Third Street.

The Mayor said a number of vendors have indicated they will participate in the event and “others are calling daily”.

“We will have a large number of vendors on hand for the first Farmers Market, and I look for the event to grow in coming weeks,” she said.

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Work on “J-Turns” to begin in Tullos

Work to change the dangerous intersection in Tullos is set to begin this month as state officials recently approved an over $1.5 million contract for the installation of “J-Turns.”

The intersection of US 165 and US 84 in Tullos has long been a serious and often fatal problem for motorists and after more than a year of extensive research, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has come up with a solution they think will work.

“This is not what I wanted and it’s certainly not what the people of Tullos wanted, but this is what they are giving us,” District 22 State Representative Terry Brown said late last week. “I wanted an overpass. The people wanted an overpass. But LA Time Managers cut out the overpass to save money.”

 

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Tracking student progress in stateAn

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) has released data demonstrating how students in grades 4-12 are progressing toward fully mastering key concepts and skills in English language arts (ELA) and math year-after-year.

The release marks a significant step in the implementation of the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in which Louisiana leaders committed to developing a new tool to provide a more comprehensive view of school and school system performance.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Coach Mack Fowler

Longtime LaSalle Parish football coach Mack Fowler, right, was honored before the start of the Jena-Winnfield game last Thursday night during “Mack Fowler Night.” Current Giant Head Coach Jay Roark presented the coach with a large plaque noting all of this accomplishments during his coaching tenures at LaSalle High and Jena High, including currently holding the record of the most football wins of any head coach that coached in the parish

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Fantasy Sports betting item on ballot explained

“The Sports Betting Referendum on the Nov. 6th ballot is not a full fledged sports betting for Louisiana,” Ronnie Jones, Chairman of the State of Louisiana Gaming Control Board explains.

The proposal put on the ballot by the Louisiana Legislature only allows betting on Fantasy Football leagues, which is big business.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

School enrollment steady

Early enrollment figures for the public and private school students in LaSalle Parish shows a very slight decrease from the past school year, according to figures released this week. Enrollment in public and private schools decreased from 2,848 last year to 2,845 this year – a decrease of only three 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.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Voters to face long ballot on Nov. 6th

When LaSalle Parish voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, they will be facing a long ballot with many decisions to be made in the voting booth.

Eleven offices and/ or items will face voters parish wide, along with various other tax renewals for different districts, as well as municipal offices in two of the towns.

 

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