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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Wed
27
Sep

Jury accepts assessments

Property assessments for year 2017 was presented by LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick and accepted by the LaSalle Police Jury during a special meeting held at 10 a.m. last Wednesday morning. Total taxable assessments amount to $78,734,030, with overall total assessment being $100,906,320, including homestead exemption assessments.

The Jury met to serve as a board of review for assessments for all property in the parish as presented by the Assessor.

Kendrick told jurors that only one protest had been received, that being from Aaron’s Sales and Lease of Jena, which contends that leased property should not be assessed and taxed.

The Assessor said Aaron’s has filed suit against the Assessor and Sheriff in every parish where an Aaron’s is located and it had been decided to allow one case to be decided and it would apply to all parishes. Thus, the protest did not require any action on part of the Jury.

Wed
27
Sep

Early voting to begin

Early voting for the October 14th special election will begin on Saturday, September 30th, and continue through October 7, according to LaSalle Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer. Early ballots may be cast at the Registrar of Voters office between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this time period.

A special election for a State Treasurer and three proposed constitutional amendments will appear on the October 14th ballot as voters go to the polls around the state of Louisiana.

While some voters will face choices in municipality races around the state, LaSalle voters will face a ballot with only the treasurer’s race and the three amendments.

Seven candidates qualified for the special election to become the next Louisiana state treasurer, replacing Republican John Kennedy, who left the job after being elected to the U.S. Senate last fall.

Tue
19
Sep

Louisiana State Police

Louisiana State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves was the special guest speaker for the 2017 Back the Badge event hosted by Whitehall United Pentecostal Church Thursday night. Law enforcement personnel and other first responders from LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes, along with a number of State Troopers, were honored during the event.

 

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Tue
19
Sep

New alderman appointed for Town of Olla

Joel Sims was appointed by the Olla Town Council to fill a vacancy on the council created by the recent resignation of Alderman Al Cassels. As Mayor Rhonda Elliott introduced Sims, she expressed her appreciation to Cassels for his service to the community as a member of the council.

Town Attorney Walter E. Dorroh, Jr. administered the oath of office to Sims before he took his seat at the council table. Sims will serve until the next election. All town officials are up for re-election in the fall of 2018.

 

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Tue
19
Sep

School Board adopts

After conducting a budget hearing prior to its regular September meeting on Monday of Parish School Board adopted its 2017-18 budget and made final revisions to its 2016-17 budget.

Business Manager Debbie Finlay, CPA, CLSBA, went over the members during the public hearing, and the board approved both items during its regular meeting.

 

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Mon
11
Sep

Grant Parish host Region 8 meeting

Elected and appointed officials from eight parishes gathered on Thursday, September 7, 2017, for a meeting at the Colfax Civic Center in Colfax.

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

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Mon
11
Sep

LaSalle jobless drops

The unemployment rate in LaSalle Parish dropped slightly in July, with the statewide rate also dropping by 0.3 percentage points, according to information just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The jobless rate for the parish in July was reported at 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in June. At the same time, the number of people employed in the parish fell by 47 people, from 5,807 in June to 5,760 in July.

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Mon
11
Sep

New tap fees set for town of Jena

In an effort to recover part of the cost of making water, gas and sewer taps in the Town of Jena, members of the town council voted to raise tap fees during the council’s regular September meeting held Tuesday night of last week.

Mayor LaDawn Edwards said Supt. David Miller had figured the actual cost of making the taps, and the new fees represent the cost for parts and one-half of the labor cost.

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Mon
11
Sep

Murder trials for Tullos men reset

Murder trials for two Tullos men charged following a double homicide in that town in April 2016 has been reset for Monday, September 25, according to LaSalle District Attorney J. Reed Walters.

Both trials had been scheduled for August, but was reset because the uncertainty of a witness from South Louisiana being able to make it for trial in late August, Walters said.

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Mon
11
Sep

The “In Honor and Remembrance” program

The American flag was raised and lowered to half-staff by members of the Veterans Honor Guard during the “In Honor and Remembrance” program held Monday to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Members of the Guard taking part in the program were Willie Tradewell, John Sid Grimm, Ralph McCrory, Delmer Cockerham, Steve Ayers, Daniel Hulsey, and John White.

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