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Mon
28
Nov

LaSalle Schools Get Top Grade

Momentous leap - DPS score 104.6

The LaSalle Parish School District is one of only 16 districts in the state to receive a grade of “A” and is ranked 10th in the state - the first time in LaSalle’s history to receive the distinction since the state started grading districts under the new format in 1997.

The 2015-2016 Student Performance Scores were released right before the Thanksgiving break by the Louisiana Department of Education and LaSalle officials couldn’t be more proud of how the district ranked.

Mon
21
Nov

Small Business Saturday

As small businesses continue to drive the economy and provide support to many communities, they deserve our appreciation, states Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., president of the LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD). LEDD is supporting “Small Business Saturday” which this year is November 26th. First, there was Black Friday. Then, there was Cyber Monday. Now, there’s Small Business Saturday, a day for all the small businesses that fuel the economy and invigorate our community. Shoppers can show their support by pledging to shop small on November 26. If millions of people shop small, it will be huge.
 
Mon
21
Nov

Lillie Williamson

Lillie Williamson was administered her oath of office as a new member of the Jena Choctaw Tribal Council by Judge Gary K. Hays.
 

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Mon
21
Nov

Jena Choctaw Tribal Council…

The Jena Band of Choctaws held a Tribal election for two Tribal Council seats on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Lillie Williamson and Lisa Norris are the two newly elected Tribal members and were sworn in by Judge Gary K. Hays. They will serve as Council members for the next four years. Shown above is the full Jena Band of Choctaw Indian Tribal Council, from left, Christy Murphy and Lisa Norris, council women; Cheryl Smith, Tribal Chief; Libby Rogers and Lillie Williamson, council women. “We are excited to be an all-woman Council for the second election in a row and look forward to all the work we will be able to accomplish for our people,” stated Chief Smith.
 
Tue
15
Nov

Trump elected

Voters in the United States spoke loud and clear on Election Day and selected New York businessman Donald Trump, Republican, as the next president of the country, over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democrat. LaSalle Parish voters joined the mood of the rest of the country as they gave Trump 5,835 votes, or 89% of the votes cast in the parish. Louisiana gave him 58% of the votes cast. Democrat Hillary Clinton received 605 votes, or 9% in the parish, and 38% of the votes in Louisiana.
 
 
Tue
15
Nov

The Town of Olla

The Town of Olla held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the addition of lighting to the park prior to the LaSalle High homecoming pep rally last week: (left to right) Jena Choctaw Tribal Council member Libby Rogers, LEDD Executive Director of Community Development and grant facilitator Cynthia Cockerham, Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards, Trayce Snow with The Rapides Foundation, Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott, Murphy McMillin with LEDD and CLEDA, Urania Mayor Terri Corley, LHS Principal Kara Masling and Olla Council member Dr. Anthony Fenoli.
 
 
Tue
15
Nov

Lawson Stringer

Lawson Stringer, standing at left and a veteran of World War II, was recognized as the oldest veteran – at 93 - present for the Veterans Day program in Jena Town Park last Friday. In a story in last week’s paper, Stringer said, “the whole country should respect Veterans Day. People need to come out because many of our residents got killed during wars and they are the real heroes in my mind.” U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, shown at right, was the guest speaker for the Veterans Day program, which included many other activities.
 
 
Tue
15
Nov

School Board fills vacancy in Ward 9

Aimee Paul, daughter of the late Charlie Anderson, has been appointed to serve in her father’s seat from Ward 9 on the LaSalle Parish School Board until a special election can be held next spring. Anderson died last month after serving on the board representing Ward 9 for more than 18 years. He was in the midst of his fifth term on the board at his death, and had served as president several times.

 

Mon
07
Nov

La. delegation support more FEMA cost-share

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, on Tuesday led the Louisiana Congressional delegation in a letter to President Obama supporting Gov. John Bel Edwards’ appeal of FEMA’s decision not to grant a cost-share adjustment for the March flood. Under current parameters, FEMA will cover 75 percent of the damage caused by the March flood, leaving the remaining 25 percent to be covered by the state and local governments. Dr. Abraham, the delegation and Gov. Edwards previously requested that FEMA cover 90 percent of the damages given both the scope of the March flood and the drain on state and local resources that resulted from the August flood.
 
 
Mon
07
Nov

Deep respect for Veterans Day

“The whole country should respect Veterans Day,” is how 93 year-old Trout resident and WWII Veteran Lawson Stringer views the American holiday. “The masses of the country should take part to honor and remember our veterans.” As LaSalle Parish prepares to commemorate the day Friday with events throughout the parish, including a parade through Jena followed by a special service at the Jena Town Park Amphitheatre at 11 a.m., Lawson Stringer will once again be in attendance remembering those who have served in the nation’s military.
 
 

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