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Gardner sentenced to long prison termJHS

A 67-year-old Good Pine man was sentenced to serve 40-years at hard labor after entering a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter in 28th Judicial District Court last Thursday, according to LaSalle District Attorney J. Reed Walters.

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, four days before jury selection was to begin, Melvin L. Gardner entered a guilty plea to the charge of manslaughter in the death of Jamie Bates. The crime occurred on March 17, 2017 in the Good Pine Community, just west of Jena.

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School improvements

Even with a brand new school building like Jena Elementary School, the need for improvements for the LaSalle Parish School Board is a constant problem; factor in several buildings more than 50 years old and the need is even greater.

LaSalle School Superintendent Janet Tullos, along with members of the LaSalle Parish School Board, have made improvements to parish schools one of their top priorities.

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Career/ Technical Education Day proclaimed

Several LaSalle Parish officials met at the Rod Brady Campus of the Central Louisiana Technical and Community College last week to sign a proclamation declaring Wednesday, March 7, 2018, as “Career and Technical Education Day” in the parish. The day was proclaimed in recognition of the Rod Brady Campus being selected as part of the CMT’s Empowering Education tour in Louisiana.

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Hardtner Medical plans for future

If all goes as planned, Hardtner Medical Center in Urania will soon break ground on a brand new, 21,000 square foot Family Clinic. It’s the first of several major projects to be completed within the next 3-5 years as the hospital undergoes a major renovation and total reorganization. “I am so pleased with the amount of growth we have seen in the past 17 years,

” Hardtner Administrator Paul Mathews said. “When I first came here (in 2001) we had three doctors and within a short time two of those left. In my first year we were literally down to just one doctor - Dr. K.P. Mauterer.” Today, Hardtner has 30 physicians on staff ranging from family practice to all the major specialties. The growth has been so much that they have outgrown the

Hardtner Medical Clinic, opened just eight years ago, necessitating the need for a new, more spacious facility

 

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LaSalle citizens get more‘Bang for their Buck’

SmartAsset recently released its list of counties/parishes where citizens get the most ‘Bang for their Buck’, and LaSalle Parish ranked second highest in Louisiana. Only Allen Parish in south central Louisiana ranked higher, and right behind LaSalle was Winn Parish coming in for the third best parish for getting the most bang for your buck.

In reaching the conclusion on which parishes and/or countries in the United States provided the most ‘Bang for their Buck’, SmartAsset factored in property taxes, analyzed the quality of local schools, and the local crime rates to find where people were seeing the most value.

 

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Tue
13
Feb

Urania stops garbage pickup service in town

Residents in the town of Urania no longer have garbage pickup.

Urania Mayor Terri Corley informed the town council at their regular meeting last Monday night, February 5, that they were forced to stop garbage pickup for its residents because of financial reasons.

 

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13
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LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick

LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick, seated at left, explains to Urania officials a new mapping system available to the town and other public bodies that allows the mapping of all public services. Kendrick spoke at the regular meeting of the council held Monday night of last week. The mapping system will be a benefit to everyone in LaSalle Parish. It allows for input of data such as 911 addresses, fire hydrants, water lines, sewer lines, etc., and has a multitude of uses.

 

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Drax Biomass relocating HQ to area

Drax Biomass announced late last week that it is relocating its base of operations to Monroe from Atlanta, Georgia. Drax Biomass purchased the German Pellet plant in Urania early last year and after undergoing extensive upgrades, the plant was put into full operation in late 2017.

It is unclear whether the move will create new jobs within the company itself, but it will bring more jobs to our area by moving existing jobs from Atlanta to Monroe. It is possible that jobs for which current employees decline to relocate will be open to local residents.

 

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Mon
05
Feb

Lawmakers producing legislation ahead of session

By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais LaPolitics.com

 

The regular session of the Louisiana Legislature doesn’t convene until March 12. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to see what lawmakers are working on. As of Monday afternoon there were already 41 instruments filed in the House and 17 in the Senate.

While most are being filed to meet the Legislature’s retirement policy deadlines, a few other policy issues are in the queue. House Natural Resources Chairman Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, has HB 4 to extend the special fee on saltwater fishing licenses to fund LACREEL, which the federal government recently approved to handle Louisiana’s coming fish counts.

 

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05
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Jena High senior

Jena High senior Samantha Adkins and her mother, Patricia Hefner, work to fill out her FAFSA in preparation for higher education during the class taught by JHS Guidance Counselor Sam Manning at the annual LaSalle Parish Schools Parent Expo last week. Hundreds of parents and students along with school administrators, faculty and staff members gathered at Jena High School for the annual event where booths were hosted by parish schools, services, area hospitals and more.

Free food and drinks were handed out as well as various pamphlets and goodies from each booth and door prizes were drawn throughout the evening. (See more photos from the event inside this issue of your hometown newspaper)

 

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