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Wed
07
Nov

EF2 Tornado rips LaSalle

An EF-2 tornado with winds between 111-135 MPH ripped through a portion of La-Salle Parish near Jena during the early morning hours last Thursday, November 1, leaving many without electricity and causing schools to be canceled. According to the National Weather Service, approximately 100 structures were damaged in some capacity and many other vehicles and property suffered damage. Amazingly, not a single person suffered any injury that required medical treatment. “We were extremely blessed,” LaSalle Parish Sheriff and Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Director Scott Franklin said. “When you look at what these tornadoes did and the number of houses that were struck by fallen trees, it is nothing short of a miracle that no one was hurt.”

 

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Wed
07
Nov

JHS Homecoming Queen

The Nottoway Gators’ flag football team capped-off a perfect season Saturday with a 25-8 victory over the Charlotte County Patriots in the Southside Super Bowl. The Gators finished their 2018 campaign with a 12-0 record which included seven defensive shut-outs. It’s the Gators’ first flag team to record a perfect season, and this year’s champions outscored their opponents by a combined total of 165-26. Ephraim Stokes, Jr. exploded Saturday at neutral site Brunswick Academy for four long TD runs and Je’khi Wells scored the extra point. Charlotte’s lone TD came in the 2nd quarter with Nottoway leading, 12-0.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Election next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day in LaSalle Parish, as well as throughout the United States. Every member of the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election every two years, thus a federal election is required in every even-numbered year.

LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews reminds voters that since this is a federal election, polls will open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. At state elections, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Andrews also reminds voters that a photo-ID is required when voting.

 

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Congressman tours LGH, told about ER renovations

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, was in Jena last Thursday to tour LaSalle General Hospital and see first hand the need for renovation of the Emergency Room. Also on hand were members of the Board of Commissioners of LGH along with a number of local elected officials and hospital personnel.

A week earlier, Dr. Abraham announced that eight projects in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will receive more than $1.12 million from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), a federal economic development entity funded and authorized by Congress.

 

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Howdy Neighbor Day in Jena this Saturday

Howdy Neighbor Day will be held this coming Saturday in the Jena City Park, featuring Nashville recording artist T.G. Sheppard on stage beginning at 8 p.m., according to Blake Phillips, president of Jena Colonial Trails.

The annual event is sponsored by Jena Colonial Trails and is held each year on the Saturday following homecoming at Jena High School.

 

 

 

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Tue
23
Oct

LCC riot quelled quickly

A massive riot at the LaSalle Correctional Center (LCC) in Urania was brought quickly under control within 30 minutes last Monday, October 15, as more than 150 law enforcement officers responded to the call for assistance.

According to LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin, the riot began in one of the dormitories that housed 101 Louisiana Department of Corrections inmates around 5:30 p.m.

“It began with a conflict between inmates and quickly escalated to a full scale riot inside the dorm,” the sheriff said. “The inmates not only attacked one another, they also began to destroy as much as they could inside the dorm. At no time were any of the correctional officers inside the dorm and no one else was in danger during the ordeal.”

 

 

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Tue
23
Oct

Jamaci Mills

Jamaci Mills with the LADD Center receives a lei necklace from Nurse Liasion Penny Williams of Caldwell Memorial at their “Catch the Wellness Wave” booth at the annual Health Fair at Hardtner Medical Center on Friday. Hundreds of attendees paid a visit to the event, which featured a large variety of health information booths as well as music, games and door prizes. Visitors enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn, funnel cakes, food trucks and more.

 

 

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Tue
23
Oct

LaSalle jobless rate dips during August

The unemployment rate for LaSalle Parish dipped slightly between July and August, going from 5.6 percent in July to 5.1 percent in August.

Only ten parishes statewide had lower jobless figures than LaSalle, and two others tied the parish at 5.1 percent.

The number of people employed in the parish decreased by 129, dropping from 5,839 in July to 5,710 in August, according to figures just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

A year ago, the jobless rate in the parish stood at 5.0 percent, with 5,809 people employed.

 

 

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Tue
16
Oct

LHS Homecoming Queen

Abbe Prather was crowned Queen of the 2018 homecoming festivities at LaSalle High School last Friday by Principal Kara Masling. Queen Abbe, daughter of Rev. Bo and Staci Prather of Urania, presided over her Court during the homecoming celebration throughout the day at LHS.

 

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Tue
16
Oct

Early voting begins next Tuesday

Early voting for the Tuesday, November 6th election will begin next Tuesday, Oct. 23 and continue through Tuesday, Oct. 30. All early voting will take place at the Registrar of Voters office in Jena, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

LaSalle voters will be facing a rather long ballot when they vote early or go to the polls on election day.

Eleven offices and/or items will face voters parish wide, along with various other tax renewals for different districts, as well as municipal offices in two of the towns.

 

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