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Tue
16
Oct

PowWow in the Pines

The 10th annual Jena Band of Choctaw Indians “PowWow in the Pines” was held last Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, with hundreds of visitors from many states attending the colorful event. A gourd dance and grand entry were held Friday evening, and repeated twice on Saturday. JBCI Chief Cheryl Smith expressed her thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this event such a success, especially the visitors from Tribes in other parts of the state and out-of-state. One scene from the activities is shown above and other photos from the gourd dance and grand entry can be found inside this edition of your parish newspaper.

 

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Tue
09
Oct

Retail sales up for year

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish were up about 8-percent during the first nine months of this year, ending with September. Sales tax figures reflect that retail sales in the parish stood at $168.3 million for the first three quarters of this year compared to $155.7 million for the same period a year earlier.

While retail sales increased by 8 percent parish wide, retail sales in the town of Jena was up about 2-percent and up a whopping 17-percent in the town of Olla.

For the first nine months of 2018, the La- Salle Parish School Board collected $1,682,690.02 in sales taxes, up a total of $125,349.22. A year earlier in 2017, the school board collected $1,557,229.38 on one of its three 1-cent sales tax.

 

 

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Tue
09
Oct

Homecoming

LHS homecoming celebration Friday

Kara Masling, Principal of LaSalle High School, has announced that LHS Homecoming 2018 will take place at LaSalle this Friday, October 12, 2018.

The 2018 Queen and her court will be presented during the morning program, which will be held in the LaSalle High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. The Alumni of LaSalle High School classes of 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008, and 2018 will be honored.

The LaSalle Tigers will host Northwood-Lena in the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. in Fighting Tiger Stadium. The Queen and her court will be presented during the halftime show.

 

 

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Tue
09
Oct

Fire rating for Tullos raised to Class 10

Tullos town officials learned at their regular October meeting held Monday night of last week that PIAL (Property Insurance Association of Louisiana) has raised the fire rating for the town and adjoining area to a Class 10, the highest possible classification. The former rating for the town was a Class 6 and for out-of-town the rating was a Class 9.

The new higher rating means homeowners and businesses in the area will face higher premiums on their property insurance.

“The PIAL inspection on September 6 was a painful blow to the department and the town,” Paul Doughty, secretary for the Tullos Volunteer Fire Department, said. “Lack of membership and lack of documented training hours was the overriding reason for the rating increase. The cure for our rating is for people to join the department and make the training meetings.”

 

 

Tue
02
Oct

HMC burns note, breaks ground for new facility

There was excitement in the air last Tuesday morning as a large crowd gathered at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania for a note burning and groundbreaking ceremony as the facility began its next massive expansion project.

Administrator Paul Mathews told the crowd the new 21,000 square foot Hardtner Family Clinic will feature five different suites or clinics inside the large building being constructed on the north-northeast side of the main hospital.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Early voting nears for Nov. 6 election

Early voting for the Tuesday, November 6th election is nearing. It will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 23 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.

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

 

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Tue
02
Oct

‘Go Tell’ Crusade yield 243 decisions

“To God be the Glory” was what members of the task force that planned and promoted the Tomorrow’s Hope ‘Go Tell’ Crusade repeated during a meeting last Thursday as results of the four-day event were reported.

For over a year, a group of local church, community and business leaders planned and laid the ground work for the Tomorrow’s Hope ‘Go Tell’ Crusade which was held four nights, Sept. 23-26, at the Jena High School gym.

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Jurors at Region VIII meeting in Catahoula

Elected and appointed officials from eight parishes gathered on Thursday, September 20, 2018, for a meeting at the Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church’s Family Life Center near Jonesville.

Catahoula Parish hosted the meeting for members of the Police Jury Association. In addition to Catahoula Parish, Region VIII includes Avoyelles, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn.

LaSalle Parish was well represented at the meeting. Those attending included President Bard Lambeth and wife Kathy, Vice President Mike Crooks and wife Gaile, Jurors Larkin Jackson and wife Vicki, Jack Zeagler and wife Vickie, Brent Farley and wife Reacy, and Casey Jones and wife Oleva, Secretary-Treasurer Kay Smith, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Abbie Whittington and husband Kenny, and Secretary Jamie Jones and husband Adam.

 

 

Tue
25
Sep

Bats cause problems at Olla school

An infestation of bats has shut down use of the main building at Olla-Standard Elementary School in Olla by order of the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals but the unusual situation has not stopped student learning.

“It’s a very unusual situation, one that no one could have anticipated, but we are very blessed to have a staff in Olla that went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our students there only missed two days and were back continuing their education,” LaSalle Superintendent Janet Tullos said.

Bats were initially discovered in the building over the summer and were removed. Everyone thought the issue had been resolved as no evidence of any bat could be found. That was, until last week, when the bats came back to the school.

 

 

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Tue
25
Sep

‘Third Street Plaza project’ contract signed

Jena Mayor LaDawn C. Edwards officially signed all contract documents related to the Jena Multi-Modal Connectivity Project (commonly referred to as the Third Street Plaza project) last Friday morning.

The contracts were signed following a brief special meeting of the Jena Town Council at which council members approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign all necessary documents from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD).

LaDOTD awarded Jena a $1-million Transportation Enhancement Grant in 2012 for the Third Street Plaza project after the administration of Mayor Murphy McMillin had applied for the grant.

 

 

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