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Small Business Week

Small Business Week will be celebrated throughout America during the upcoming week – April 30-May 6.

An annual event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), the week is an opportunity for national and community leaders to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the country’s economy.

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Tax election Saturday

LaSalle Parish voters will go to the polls this Saturday, April 29th, to decide the fate of a half-cent sales tax placed on the ballot by the LaSalle Parish Police Jury.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m., according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews.

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“Nothing is simple in Washington”

Rep. Abraham tells gathering in Jena

U. S. Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, talked about national security and reforms to health, taxes and answered numerous questions during the noon luncheon last Wednesday of the Old Boys Club, held at the Brisket House in Jena.

A number of invited guests were also in attendance. Abraham said coming to Jena is like coming home. “I have so many friends and supporters here, I miss it when I don’t get to come down much when Congress is in session,” he said.

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Police Jury seeks support for tax

Bard Lambeth, president of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury, told fellow jurors at their regular April meeting held Monday night of last week that he has been meeting with various officials around the parish seeking support for the upcoming half-cent sales tax election.

“I have received some positive feedback from many of the officials who understand what a problem we face in financing the services provided by the Jury,” he said.

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Softball teams in state playoffs

Both the LaSalle Lady Tigers and Jena Lady Giants finished their season in the top schools of their respective districts, earning each a spot in the state softball playoffs which began this week.

The Lady Tigers, District 3-1A Champions, finished first in state in the 1A division and drew a bye for the first round of games, which were played the first part of the week.

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Early voting for tax election to end Sat.

Early voting on the special tax election slated for Saturday, April 29, will end this coming Saturday, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer. Early voting began on Saturday, April 15.

Voters can cast early ballots from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on any of the remaining days through Saturday. Ballots can only be cast at the Registrar’s office in Jena.

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FEMA surveys damage in area

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were in LaSalle Parish last week conducting a survey of the damage caused by the four EF2 tornadoes that struck the parish on Sunday, April 2.

The office of LaSalle Homeland Security reports that an estimated 300 homes had some degree of damage from the tornadoes – some completely demolished. In addition, two businesses were heavily damaged, one school, two water systems, and upward of 15 major road/bridge/culverts damaged.

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Good Pine Middle third grader Arin Ashley reaches out to gently take a butterfly from her teacher Cathy Pittman.

Good Pine Middle third grader Arin Ashley reaches out to gently take a butterfly from her teacher Cathy Pittman. Quite a few butterflies were recently released into the springtime air when the third grade classes at Good Pine Middle, Nebo Elementary and Fellowship Elementary completed their butterfly kits.

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Fellowship Elementary defies odds

Opens after EF2 tornado strike

As soon as she found out a tornado had struck her school on April 2, Fellowship Elementary School Principal Brandy Brunson left her home with her husband to see for herself the amount of damage it caused.

The EF2 rated tornado was the second of four tornadoes that hit LaSalle Parish Sunday, April 2. This particular one originated in the Rogers community around 3:52 p.m. and less than 10 minutes later it was making a destructive path through the Belah community, including Fellowship Elementary.

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Early voting to begin Saturday for tax election

Early voting on the special tax election slated for Saturday, April 29, will begin this coming Saturday and continue for the next seven days (except Sunday), according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Voters can cast early ballots from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on any of the seven days during that period of time. Ballots can only be cast at the Registrar’s office in Jena.

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