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Across LaSalle Parish, students, faculty and staff recently participated in Red Ribbon Week.

Across LaSalle Parish, students, faculty and staff recently participated in Red Ribbon Week, a nationally-recognized time to encourage students to be drug-free through dozens of activities and contests. Good Pine Middle fourth grade students Sophie Parker, Jaxon Smith and Autumn Sharp dressed as nerds along with dozens of fellow classmates and faculty and staff for Nerd Day “Dress Up Smart: Too Smart for Drugs.”

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Man guilty of 2 counts of first-degree murder

A 40-year-old Urania man was found guilty by a 12-member jury of two counts of first-degree murder during a trial in 28th Judicial District Court held the first three days of last week, according to District Attorney J. Reed Walters.

The Jury found Randy Eugene Waits, 40, of Urania, guilty of the murders of Patsy Cotten, 73, of Urania, and Kylie King Duncan, 19, also of Urania. The murders took place near Urania on April 22, 2015.

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Performance of the Century

To say the atmosphere was electric last Thursday night at Guy Campbell Memorial Stadium is a drastic understatement. With thousands of people from LaSalle and Caldwell parishes (along with people from all over the state) on hand to witness this historic match-up, the undefeated Caldwell Spartans (8-0) and the undefeated Jena Giants (8-0) delivered one of the epic performances of the century.

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Oct

Veterans Day events

Several events have been planned to honor veterans of LaSalle Parish in recognition of Veterans Day, which is Saturday, November 11th.

On Thursday, Nov. 9th, veterans will be honored with the annual luncheon at 11 a.m. at the Dixie Center in downtown Olla. All area veterans are invited to attend.

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Runoff race, tax proposal on Nov. 18 ballot

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.

At the primary election held Oct. 14, state voters whittled the list of contenders from six to two and they will face-off at the general election in November.

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23
Oct

The annual Hardtner Health Fair

Hundreds of attendees paid a visit to the annual Hardtner Health Fair at Hardtner Medical Center on Friday. There were a variety of health information booths as well as music, games and door prizes.

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Arrests made from undercover operation

Over 40 law enforcement officers from seven different agencies participated in the arrest of 22 individuals for distribution of illegal drugs early last Wednesday morning in LaSalle Parish.

The massive roundup was dubbed “Operation Deaf Ear” in response to LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin’s repeated message to drug dealers: “Quit, Move, or Go To Jail!”

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Oct

Olla officials delays action on dedication release

The Olla Town Council voted to re-introduce Ordinance 2017-010 during their regular meeting last week to release the dedication of a certain alley located within the Town of Olla known as Hardtner and Tannehill Third Addition, T 11 N-R2 E Section 35. A public hearing was set for Tuesday, November 14.

The Council tabled a request until next month from Carla Bratton to place a 20-foot utility building behind her shop located at 2914 Front Street to be used for storage and later use for her business. The vote required a quorum and one Council member abstained from the vote due to conflict of interest. The Council approved an occupational license for Temple Heating and A/C, LLC.

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Retail sales down slightly

For first nine months of year

Retail sales in LaSalle Parish overall are down slightly for the first nine months of this year when compared to sales last year, according to figures released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collect sales taxes for several bodies in the parish.

The bright spot in the report is that the Town of Jena posted a very slight gain in retail sales during this period of time – January through September 2017.

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Runoff for state treasurer ahead

With six candidates seeking to fill the unexpired term of state treasurer in last Saturday’s election, no one received a majority of the votes, thus a runoff will be necessary to decide the winner.

Republican John Schroder and Democrat Derrick Edwards, top vote getters last Saturday, will face off at the general election, slated for Saturday, November 18.

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