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Wed
22
Jan

LaSalle 4-H wildlife workshop

LaSalle 4-H Members in grades 4-6 are invited to join the Jr. Leaders as we embark on a Wildlife Workshop, on February 18, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Wed
22
Jan

School Board elects officers

School Board elects officers
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Melvin Worthington, District 10, was elected as 2020 president of the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular January meeting held Monday night of last week. He had served the past year as vice-president and replaces Justin Reeves as leader of the 10-member board.

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Wed
22
Jan

Funds received to put AEDs in Olla police units

He said each officer is certified to use an AED and to have one in each patrol unit will allow officers the chance to save someone’s life if an ambulance is not on the scene yet. He would like to extend his appreciation to Fire House Subs for the grant.

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Wed
22
Jan

Police Jurors assume duties

Police Jurors assume duties
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Town of Olla Police Chief Daniel Smith informed the Council at their regular monthly meeting last week that the department received funding from Fire House Subs to purchase four AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) to place in each of the department’s patrol units.

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Wed
15
Jan

Bus burns in Nebo

Bus burns in Nebo

A freak fire destroyed a LaSalle Parish school bus during the first day of school for students following an extended Christmas and New Year’s break last Tuesday, January 7.

According to LaSalle Parish School System Transportation Supervisor Glen “Slick” Joiner, the fire started as the bus driver left her house to start her route and no children had been picked up yet.

“Kaye Huffman lives about a mile from Nebo Elementary and from her house to the school the fire started in the engine,” Joiner said. “She pulled over across the street from the school and the smoke was coming out from the engine.”

That was around 6:45 a.m. She immediately called Joiner to inform him of the situation and the fire department was paged. By the time Joiner arrived to the location less than 10 minutes later, the bus was completely engulfed in flames.

 

Wed
15
Jan

Retail sales holds steady last year

Retail sales holds steady last year

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish for the year just ended remained about the same as they did for the previous year, according to figures just released for 2019 by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collect sales taxes for several bodies in the parish.

Overall, retail sales in 2019 parish wide stood at $267.8-million, compared to $269.6-million during the previous year of 2018. Parish wide, retail sales were down by just .007%, while retail sales in the town of Olla was up by 12% and up in town of Jena by .06%.

 

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Wed
15
Jan

Tullos officials get good audit report

Town auditor CPA David Vercher’s audit report review was a main topic of discussion at the January meeting of the Town of Tullos Council last week. The findings and summary of the budget were presented to the Council.

Vercher informed the Council that the town received an unmodified opinion, which is the best the town can receive. He then went into the breakdown of the town’s funds, starting with the General Fund and Special Revenue Fire Fund. He updated the Mayor and Council on the following financial statements regarding Governmental Funds.

“Overall, the General Fund is making enough to cover itself,” Vercher said. “You had a transfer out of about $24,000 to water and sewer but that happens sometimes. And you basically broke even with the special revenue fire fund and that’s what you want to see.”

 

Wed
08
Jan

Collapse of local news is national crisis

Collapse of local news is national crisis

School board and city council meetings are going uncovered. Overstretched reporters receive promising tips about stories but have no time to follow up. Newspapers publish fewer pages or less frequently or, in hundreds of cases across the country, are shuttered completely.

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Wed
08
Jan

Vaping… A major problem

Vaping… A major problem
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BATON ROUGE--One LSU student walked through security and ID checks to purchase a legal vape cartridge filled with cannabis oil in Los Angeles. Another walked up to the back of a van off a dimly lit road somewhere in Louisiana to buy one illegally; no ID checks, no security and no certainty that the purchase was safe.

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Wed
08
Jan

Governor, Legislators to take oaths Monday

Governor, Legislators to take oaths Monday
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Louisiana’s Governor and Legislators will take office next Monday to serve citizens of this state for the next four years. The swearing-in ceremony will be held on the steps of the Louisiana Capitol in Baton Rouge, weather permitting.

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