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Mon
14
May

Jena Junior High eighth grader

Jena Junior High eighth grader Audrey Andrews twists a prosthetic leg off LaSalle High alum and speaker Bill Baldridge at his insistence at the start of Baldridge’s recent talk with students at the JJHS Gymnasium. Baldridge was in a horrible wreck in his early 20’s and two of his friends were killed due to driving while intoxicated.

 

He lost both his legs and nearly his life. He shared his story with the students along with a Powerpoint presentation and his message - YAWI (You Are Worth It). He said he does not share with students for them to feel sorry for him but to encourage them to make smart choices. He also spoke to LJHS students at an assembly later that day. (See photos and story inside this edition.)

 

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Mon
07
May

Diploma Time…

Honor graduates from both high schools in the parish will lead in commencement exercises this week at each of the schools. Graduation at LaSalle High School will be at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 10, at Tiger Stadium. Graduation at Jena High School will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11, at Guy Campbell Memorial Athletic Complex.

Mon
30
Apr

Small Business Week

Small Business Week is being celebrated throughout America during this week – April 29-May 5.

An annual event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), the week is an opportunity for national and community leaders to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the country’s economy.

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Mon
30
Apr

Tullos voters soundly defeat bond proposal

Voters in the Town of Tullos soundly defeated a proposal on last Saturday’s ballot which would have allowed the town to sell $525,000 in water revenue bonds to help finance improvements to the town’s water system.

Voters cast 79 no votes, or 81.44% of those voting, to 18 yes votes, or 18.56% of those voting, thus soundly defeating the proposition. About 43% of the registered voters in Tullos cast ballots in this election.

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Mon
30
Apr

Guilty verdict

A 28-year-old Tullos man was found guilty of two murder related charges following a three-day trial in 28th Judicial District Court last week, according to J. Reed Walters, LaSalle Parish District Attorney.

The 12-member jury found Joshua D. Sant, 28, of Tullos, guilty of the crimes of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, for the murder of Chelsea Copling.

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Mon
30
Apr

Littering could land you in jail, plus fine

If a bill that is making its way through the Louisiana Legislature becomes law, littering in the bayou state could land offenders in jail for 30 days, plus hefty fines.

Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, introduced House Bill 35, which would add the option of 30 days in jail to penalties for gross littering in Louisiana and extend the amount of time someone can be prosecuted for the crime.

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Mon
23
Apr

Olla Town Square Market’s Kids Club Fun Day successful

The Olla Town Square Market’s Kids Club Fun Day was filled with bunnies, chickens, seeds, exercise and more at the kick-off for the second year of the market’s popular Kids Club, where kids (ages 2-17) receive free tokens redeemable for fresh fruit or veggies each week at the spring/summer market. Molly Taylor enjoys holding a bunny at the event last week, which was funded in part by The Rapides Foundation and featured different stations for the kids to visit.

Funding for the club allows for 150 kids to enroll in the token program – and over 170 children were in attendance for the fun day event. For more information, visit the Olla Town Square Market Facebook page. (See more photos inside this issue

 

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Mon
16
Apr

JHS getting new field house

Jena High’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jay Roark holds a printout of the new field house and its location at the parking area behind the west end zone of the football field. Last week, the LaSalle Parish School Board gave the green light to the approximately 10,000 square foot facility which might be ready for use in the 2019 football season. (See story and more photos onMonday night of last week. Both teams will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky for the National Competition for NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), to be held May 10-12, 2018.

 

 

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Mon
16
Apr

Archery teams recognized

The winning archery teams from Good Pine Middle School and Jena Junior High School were recognized by members of the LaSalle Parish School Board at their regular April meeting held Monday night of last week. Both teams will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky for the National Competition for NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), to be held May 10-12, 2018.

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Mon
09
Apr

Importance of Tullos election explained

Pan American Engineers President Thomas David, Jr. challenged the citizens of Tullos when voting in the upcoming election on April 28 regarding the approval of the sale of $525,000 in water revenue bonds from USDA to consider the bond issue as the best option that Tullos has to address their water quality issues.

Pan American was asked by USDA to hold the public hearing prior to the regular Tullos Town Council meeting to explain in detail the gravity of the situation and the need to approve the bonds which will assist in funding the water filtration system for the town. “USDA said to me ‘You have to go to the citizens and be transparent and explain to them the importance of this election and approving the bonds,” David said. “USDA wants to help, but you have to approve the bonds, so they can. And if you don’t vote for this the options are just gone.”

 

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