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Tue
26
Dec

Once-in-a-generation tax cuts for Americans

Great Christmas gift for taxpayers

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, (R-La.) and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-La.) all voted last week to pass a once-in-a-generation series of tax cuts. By voting for the bill, lawmakers made sweeping reforms to America’s antiquated tax code while delivering on their campaign promise to lower taxes and help get the economy moving again.

“This bill helps every single Louisiana family by putting more dollars into their paychecks instead of federal coffers. New jobs get created when families spend those dollars. It’s Economics 101,” said Sen. Kennedy.

 

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Tue
26
Dec

Jena High School senior Jaray Jenkins signed a letter of intent to commit to LSU

Jena High School senior Jaray Jenkins signed a letter of intent to commit to LSU early Wednesday morning December 20. Jenkins, a 4-star standout receiver and all around player for the Jena Giants, was offered a full ride, four-year football scholarship to play wide receiver for the LSU Tigers. The official NCAA signing day is February 7, 2018, but this year, for the first time, the NCAA offered an early signing period starting at 7 a.m. last Wednesday. Jenkins and his family awoke early to sign the document at 7:01, at the request of the LSU coaching staff. Shown above, left to right: sister Starr’Neisha Hunter, mother Dee Dee Hunter, Jaray, and father John Jenkins.

 

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Mon
18
Dec

Property taxes due Dec. 29

Property taxes for the parish and various towns are due by Friday, Dec. 29th, the last business day of the year. Tax statements for year 2017 went out in the mail in late October. Normally, taxes are due on Dec. 31st, but since this day falls on Sunday, the taxes are due two days earlier.

The tax statements were mailed by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Of fice, as the Sheriff is the ex-officio tax collector for the parish. Taxes are based on assessments assigned by the LaSalle Parish Assessor’s office.

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Mon
18
Dec

Olla officials meet for last session of the year

The Olla Town Council unanimously approved the appointment of Sandra Murphy as a commissioner on the Olla Housing Authority to replace Sandy Carraway during their regular December meeting on Monday of last week. Murphy’s term will expire December 31, 2022.

In Town Superintendent Joseph Jeter’s report, he said the department is getting caught up on leaks and other tasks. He said the sewer plant is up and running and it all appears to be going well. He added that the bathroom at the farmer’s market is plumbed in and all that needs to be done is the electrical work.

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Mon
18
Dec

Police Jury adopts $7.0-million budget

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury adopted their 2018 budget totaling just over $7.0-million at their regular December meeting held Monday night of last week following a public hearing. The budget was introduced at the November meeting with public hearing called for December session.

The budget contains $4,415,320 in the general fund and other parish wide funds, another $593,415 in individual district funds, and $2-million in JTPA funds, which are used for health and welfare programs and administered through the Police Jury.

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Mon
18
Dec

Santa Claus makes appearance…

Santa Claus made his official appearance in Jena on Friday night, Dec. 8, aboard one of Jena’s fire trucks during the Jena Christmas parade. During the past few weeks, parades, senior citizens Christmas suppers, festivals, and other events have been held all across LaSalle Parish.

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Mon
11
Dec

Jena officials adopt budget

The Jena Town Council adopted the town’s 2018 year budget totaling nearly $6.2 million at its regular December meeting held Tuesday night of last week following a public hearing on the budget with no comments being received.

The new budget was introduced at the November meeting with the public hearing set for the December meeting.

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Mon
11
Dec

Reward for scoring an “A”

Students and employees of the LaSalle Parish School System are being rewarded after scoring 105.1 and again earning the letter grade of “A” on achievement testing for the 2016-17 school year.

Superintendent Janet Tullos has announced that schools will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 15, with students not returning to school until Thursday, Jan. 4th. This is two additional days of vacation for the Christmas and New Years holidays.

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Mon
11
Dec

Tullos tables action on sale of water bonds

The Tullos Town Council unanimously approved to table the adoption of Water Revenue Bonds in the amount of $525,000 to help fund a water filtration system for the town after a lengthy discussion ensued during the public hearing prior to the regular Council meeting last week. Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem Fritz Sagdahl led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Charles Newsom.

Shelby Loe, Jr. was present at the public hearing to ask several questions of the Council including one of his first, which was in regard to how the town planned to pay for the USDA loan.

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Mon
11
Dec

Surprise pre-Christmas snow!!

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” was the tune most LaSalle residents awoke to last Friday morning as a surprise snow event covered the ground with from two to four inches of beautiful snow.

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