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Wed
19
Jun

Olla to get state surplus funds for downtown improvement project

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wed
29
May

Catahoula Lake case

With the rights of thousands of Louisiana sportsmen on the line, Attorney General Jeff Landry is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s decision in Crooks & Crooks v. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, according to an article which appeared in Louisiana Sportsman on May 20, 2019.

“The Crooks case is one of the greatest threats to Louisiana’s hunters and fishermen,” said General Landry. “In addition to jeopardizing the public’s right to access and use many Louisiana waterways for hunting, fishing, and habitat conservation – the suit also potentially could cost the State’s taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.”

Wed
29
May

Small business optimism up 1.7 points for April

Optimism among small business owners continued its steady climb in April, with the NFIB Small Business Index increasing 1.7 points to 103.5. Sales improved in April, the inventory soft spot seen in last month’s report rebounded, and profit trends posted a very solid advance.

Job creation plans gained, hiring remained strong, and expectations for sales, business conditions, and credit conditions all improved.

“America’s small and independent businesses are rebounding from the first quarter ‘shut down, slow down’ and don’t appear to be looking back. April’s Index is further evidence that when certainty and stability increase, so do optimism and action,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan.

 

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