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Police Jury introduces budget for $7.0-million

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury introduced their 2018 budget totaling just over $7.0-million at their regular November meeting held Monday night of last week and called a public hearing on the budget for the December meeting prior to final adoption.

The public hearing on the proposed 2018 budget will be held at 5:45 p.m., Monday, December 11, when jurors meet for their regular December meeting.

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John Schroder elected; garbage millage approved

LaSalle Parish voters went to the polls last Saturday and helped elect Republican John Schroder as the next state treasurer and gave an overwhelming vote of approval for renewal of a 10.65-mills property tax to continue to provide garbage collection and disposal in the parish.

Turning out just under 15-percent strong, LaSalle voters gave Schroder a convincing majority of the votes cast, 1,135 votes or 88%, compared to 161 votes, or 12% for challenger Democrat Derrick Edwards.

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Jena veteran David “Cowboy” Robertson was surprised with an award presented by the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Jena veteran David “Cowboy” Robertson was surprised with an award presented by the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians during the Veterans Day program at the Jena Town Park. Chief Cheryl Smith presented the award to Robertson to show appreciation for all that the veteran does to promote the armed forces and his community.

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13
Nov

Jena officials introduce new $6.2 million budget

The Jena Town Council introduced the town’s 2018 year budget totaling nearly $6.2 million at its regular November meeting held Tuesday night of last week and called a public hearing for the December meeting to receive any comments on the budget.

The budget totals $6,177,115.26 in revenue; $5,190,774.96 in operating expenses; and $1,436,000.00 in capital improvements.

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13
Nov

School Board okay sales tax payments

Annual payment sales tax revenue to all school employees in their November checks was approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular November meeting held Monday night of last week.

As recommended by the finance committee, the Board approved payments of $1,083.29 to degreed employees and $758.29 to support personnel (positions that do not require a degree).

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13
Nov

Election Saturday

Louisiana voters will return to the polls on Saturday, November 18, to complete the selection of a state treasurer to replace John Kennedy, who was elected as one of Louisiana’s two U.S. Senators last year.

LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews, the parish’s chief election officer, said polls would open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., with a photo ID required when voting.

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13
Nov

LaSalle gets “A” again; ranked 7th in state

The LaSalle Parish School District is one of only 17 districts in the state to receive a grade of “A” and is ranked 7th in the state - the second year in a row that LaSalle received the distinction since the state started grading districts under the new format in 1997.

The 2016-2017 Student Performance Scores (SPS) were released last week by the Louisiana Department of Education and LaSalle officials couldn’t be more proud of how the district ranked once again.

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13
Nov

Smoke-free living has come to LaSalle Parish

Smoke-free living has come to LaSalle Parish with smokefree signage going up across the parish thanks to funding through The Rapides Foundation’s Healthy Places LaSalle! grant.

The signage is part of a self-regulated campaign in the parish to promote smoke-free living. Earlier this year, each town in the parish as well as the LaSalle Parish Police Jury, Recreation District 22, Recreation District 10 and the Jena Band of Choctaw have passed either a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy (if one did not already exist) for outdoor spaces such as farmers markets, town squares, walking trails, parks and ball fields.

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06
Nov

Early voting underway

Early voting for the Nov. 18th election began last Friday, Nov. 3, and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 11, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Sandifer noted that the early voting dates have been altered for this election because of the Veterans Day holiday, which will be observed on Friday, Nov. 10th.

Normally, early voting runs from Saturday to Saturday, but for this election, voting began last Friday, Nov. 3, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 11. The Registrar’s office will be closed Friday, Nov. 10th for Veterans Day, and early voting will end on Saturday, Nov. 11.

 

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06
Nov

Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards

Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards signs a proclamation proclaiming Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, as “Buddy Poppy Day” in the Town of Jena. On hand for the signing ceremony was Jena Town Clerk Cory Floyd, Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon, Mayor Edwards and Verna Appleby, representing the Ladies Auxiliary of Whatley-Flaherty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5002 in Jena.

The purpose of the annual Buddy Poppy Day by the VFW is eloquently reflected in the desire to “Honor the Dead by Helping the Living.”

 

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