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Election Saturday

Saturday is election day for voters in District 9 of LaSalle Parish as they head to the polls to select a school board member to fill out the unexpired term of the late Charlie Anderson.

The special election was called last fall following the death of Anderson. The term expires December 31, 2018.

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Olla officials consider future grant requests

Town Engineer Henry Shuler was in attendance at the Olla Town Council meeting to update Mayor Rhonda Elliott and the Council regarding town projects and grant applications such as the upcoming LCDBG application. He inquired as what they would like to apply for and advised that he believes the best choice for the project would be for work on the force main going to the oxidation pond since street projects are not currently having a priority for funding.

“I think it’s a viable good project,” Shuler said. “It can benefit the whole town and that is something they will be looking for in the grant applications. I think that’s your project.”

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Man charged in shooting death

A 31-year-old Pollock woman is dead and a 66-year-old Good Pine man is in jail charged with second-degree murder following a shooting death in the Good Pine Community late Friday afternoon, according to LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin.

Jamie Renee Bates, 31, of Pollock, formerly of Jena, is the victim in the shooting and Melvin Gardner, 66, of Good Pine, is charged with second-degree murder.

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Active Lifestyles in LaSalle

Physical exercise on the rise thanks to new opportunities in towns

While the majority of LaSalle Parish residents are enjoying the outdoor exercise opportunities, there is also another large group of residents who are contributing to the rise in physical exercise in the parish by taking advantage of one of the three area fitness centers.

Fitness centers, once known simply as “gyms,” were once exclusively for those wanting to build muscle mass, or body builders; but during the past ten years or so, they have evolved to reach a much broader base.

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Tullos elected as Superintendent

Janet McDowell Tullos, a La- Salle native, graduate of Jena High School and Principal at Good Pine Middle School since 2006, was elected as new LaSalle Parish Superintendent by the LaSalle Parish School Board during a special meeting held Monday night, March 13, 2017.

Tullos becomes the first woman elected as LaSalle Superintendent and it is believed she is the first selected from the elementary school level. She will replace Supt. Roy Breithaupt upon his retirement on June 30, 2017.

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A year after the Great Flood

The members of Zenoria Baptist Church were devastated exactly one year ago, when a historic flood destroyed their church building and left them without a place to meet for worship.

It might have destroyed their building, but it didn’t affect their faith, as they looked unto the God they serve for help in their darkest hour.

 

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Active Lifestyles in LaSalle

With obesity and physical inactivity at record highs throughout the United States, LaSalle Parish seems to be going against the norm as recent years have seen a rise in physical activity among its residents.

Top officials in the parish’s four towns can take some of the credit in seeing this increase come about. It was under their leadership that grants were applied for and obtained to not only build walking tracks, but to provide many other avenues to get their residents off the couch and up on their feet moving.

 

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LaSalle man found guilty of theft after Court trial

A LaSalle Parish man was found guilty of illegal possession of stolen things with a value of $1,500 following a trial before a six-member jury in a late February session of 28th Judicial District Court, held in and for the Parish of La- Salle.

The Honorable J. Christopher Peters, District Judge, presided at the session. Also at their regular duties were District Attorney J. Reed Walters and assistants, Deputy Sheriffs Donnie Huffman, Christie Greer, and Alan Graham; Deputy Clerk of Court Reba McClure, and Court Reporter/ Administrator Amy Stapleton.

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Motorist arrested after damage to Vision Trail

A 37-year-old La- Salle Parish man was arrested and charged last Friday night after driving on and causing damage to the Jena Vision Trail between The Jena Times and Mac’s Supermarket, according to Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon.

At about 8:10 p.m., Friday night, March 3, Brandon W. Humphries was driving east on East Elm Street when he approached the entrance of the Vision Trail at the end of Elm Street.

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Three seeking Superintendent’s post

School Board to make selection next week

The LaSalle Parish School Board will meet in special session next Monday, March 13th, for the purpose of interviewing and selecting a new Superintendent of Schools. Three administrators from within the LaSalle School System are seeking the position.

The LaSalle School Board advertised the position, according to law, from mid-December through the end of January, including advertising out-of-the parish, with the deadline to submit applications being January 31, 2017.

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