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Wed
11
Jul

Hall of Fame for Jena native

Retired Science Teacher Prentiss Powell instructs local youth on how to build a special type of rocket during the Centennial Cultural Center’s Rocket Camp last week at the center in downtown Olla. Students spent the whole week learning about different rockets as well as constructing and launching them as part of the camp. During the summer, the CCC hosts several camps involving science, art and more as well as a camp for students with special needs. For more information about the CCC and upcoming events and/or to volunteer, call 495-7988 or visit www.culturalcenter.us.

 

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Wed
11
Jul

Retired Science Teacher Prentiss Powell

Retired Science Teacher Prentiss Powell instructs local youth on how to build a special type of rocket during the Centennial Cultural Center’s Rocket Camp last week at the center in downtown Olla. Students spent the whole week learning about different rockets as well as constructing and launching them as part of the camp. During the summer, the CCC hosts several camps involving science, art and more as well as a camp for students with special needs. For more information about the CCC and upcoming events and/or to volunteer, call 495-7988 or visit www.culturalcenter.us.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam (a.k.a. Page Turner) with Page Turner Adventures

Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam (a.k.a. Page Turner) with Page Turner Adventures, along with Jase Lisenby as Vincent Van Dough, Bradley Nagler as Mayor Ann Chovi, Karissa Shell as Nan Chovi and Brody Rogers as Leonardo Da Munchi, perform the story, “The Great Pizza Contest,” during the LaSalle Parish Library’s Summer Reading Program Grand Finale at the library in Olla last week. In the interactive performance, the entire audience became the citizens of Mozzarella and helped Mayor Ann Chovi decide whether Vincent Van Dough or Leonardo Da Munchi made the best pizza in town. This tasty tale of conflict resolution is based on the book by Roam. Page Turner Adventures is an Emmy Award-winning company that produces hilarious shows that use the double whammy of comedy and stories to educate, entertain and engage children.

Tue
03
Jul

Board okays stipend for employees

Employees of the LaSalle Parish School Board will see a one-time stipend in their July 3rd payroll check after board members gave their approval during a special meeting held on Tuesday night of last week.

All degreed employees (positions requiring a degree) that worked a minimum of 85 days during the 2017-18 school year, will receive a one-time stipend of $827 as prorated based on previous state raises.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced that LA 8 will be closed at the bridge over Big Creek at Fishville beginning at 8 a.m. next Monday, July 9, for emergency repairs to the bridge. The bridge is located 3.02 miles east of US 165 south of Pollock. The closure is expected to last about three weeks, weather permitting. DOTD has announced detour routes: eastbound traffic will be detoured to US 165 North to Tullos, to US 84 East to Jena to LA 8; and westbound traffic will be detourned to US 84 West to Tullos, US 165 South to LA 8. Motorists who use LA 8 enroute to Alexandria should take note of the closure.

 

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Mon
25
Jun

Lee Worsham, coodinator

A former Jena High School basketball coach who held many honors including the national and state coach of the year and an inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame passed from this life at her home in East Jena last Saturday morning. Carrice Russell Baker won more games than any high school girls’ basketball coach in Louisiana history. Coach Baker coached 26 years at Winnsboro High School, winning four state championships and coached for another 13 years at Jena High School, winning another four state championships. Almost every year the team she was coaching at the time won district and went on to play in the Sweet Sixteen Tournament that year

 

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Mon
25
Jun

Lee Worsham, coodinator

Lee Worsham, coodinator of the Mid-Louisiana Big Rig Truck Show, presented Polly Duncan, Director of the LaSalle Council on Aging with a check for $1,650, the proceeds from the event held in Jena on June 9, 2018. Duncan expressed thanks for the donation and said it would help the Council on Aging to provide benefits to those served by the COA

 

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Mon
18
Jun

LaSalle jobless rate drops during April

The unemployment rate for LaSalle Parish dropped slightly between March and April, with the number of people being employed in the parish rising by 48, according to figures just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The jobless rate for the parish in April was reported at 4.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent in March. In April, the number of people employed in the parish rose to 5,993, up from 5,945 in March.

 

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Mon
18
Jun

Kindergarteners Hope Langley and Hope Mullican

Kindergarteners Hope Langley and Hope Mullican toast marshmallows to make smores as part of the activities in Jennifer Smith’s class for the Scholastic Summer LitCamp at Olla Elementary. The camp ran from May 21 to June 15 and, according to Scholastic, is a breakthrough summer literacy program that combines innovative, research-based reading and writing lessons with an engaging and interactive summer camp approach. Each of the classrooms were decorated with camping paraphernalia from lanterns and tents to fake fires and backpacks and some of the activities involved camping. Over 200 parish students participated in the camp, which was taught at two locations – OES and Jena Elementary, for students in grades Kindergarten to fifth grade.

 

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Mon
18
Jun

Olla to aid Urania with needed water

Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott was granted permission by the Town Council last week to enter into negotiations with the Town of Urania regarding water supply.

Mayor Elliott explained to the Council that Urania Mayor Terri Corley and Urania’s Town Superintendent Russell Turnage met with her recently to discuss Urania’s need for Olla to supply water to them and their request to place an automated valve on the water line at Hwy 125.

 

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