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Wed
26
Dec

Students enjoying extended vacation

Students in the three school systems in the parish are in the midst of a long Christmas and New Years vacation, covering a period of 19 days.

Public school and Head Start students dismissed at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th, and will not return to classes until Monday, January 7, 2019.

However, school personnel will report back for professional days on January 3 and 4, but no students will attend school these days.

 

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Library’s Christmas event

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Nebo Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students sing Christmas carols with their teachers and parents during the LaSalle Parish Library’s annual Christmas event. 

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Olla gets good budget report

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Library’s Christmas event

The Town of Olla’s FY 2017-2018 audit report review was a main topic of discussion at the December meeting of the Council last week. The findings and summary of the budget was presented to the Council by CPA John Vercher of the Vercher Group.

“All in all it is a good report,” Vercher said. “Your budget was within 5% and you have a 5% margin. Your governmental funds are better off this year than they were last year. Both the water and sewer funds are operating within their parameters. Everything looks good.”

In a written report, Vercher stated the General Fund had revenues of $958,343; expenditures of $926,895. The governmental funds had an increase in fund balance of $31,448, ending the year with a positive fund balance of $442,135.

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Property taxes due by Dec. 31

Property taxes for the parish and various towns are due by Monday, Dec. 31st. Tax statements for parish and municipal taxes for year 2018 went out in the mail in early November.

The tax statements were mailed by the La-Salle Parish Sheriff’s Office, as the Sheriff is the ex-officio tax collector for the parish. Taxes are based on assessments assigned by the LaSalle Parish Assessor’s office.

LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick’s office reports that total assessment of all property in the parish for 2018 amounts to $104,180,240, with $22,147,640 being covered by homestead exemption, leaving $82,032,600 subject to taxation. The total amount of taxes due for year 2018 in LaSalle Parish is $12,701,790.61.

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Understanding social security disability benefits

Disability is something most people don’t like to think about, but the chances that you’ll become disabled probably are greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age.

Social Security pays disability benefits through two programs:

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and;

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Social Security Disability Insurance is funded through payroll taxes. Social Security Disability Insurance recipients have worked for years and have made contributions to the Social Security trust fund in the form of Social Security taxes – either FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) for employees or SECA (Self-Employment Contributions Act) for the self-employed.

Wed
19
Dec

LPSO Crime Victim Advocate Program

Crime victims and witnesses of a crime have the right to receive help. The victim advocate can offer intervention, case management, criminal justice information and facilitating the use of community resources and services.

The victim will receive support, and encouragement throughout the process. The advocate can assist in filing a Temporary Restraining Order and will accompany the victim to any hearings or other court proceedings.

Please feel free to call 318-452-0739 or email cwilsn@lasalleso.com for help.

Wed
19
Dec

LaSalle High School lists honor roll

Honor roll students for the second six weeks of the 2018-19 school year at LaSalle High School have been announced by Principal Kara Masling, as follows:

Freshmen

All A’s – Patrick Bailey, Landri Campbell, Carolyn Chandler, Tristan Crochet, Cole Derr, Gannon Duke, Kyle Masling, Abbigail Peavy, Victoria Pittman, Kelsey Ponds, Grace Shelton, Savannah Valentine, Hailey Wallace, Hadlee Welch, and Harley Wilson.

A’s and B’s – Hill Clement, Ashlynn Cotherman, Rebecca DeMoss, Caine Duke, Natalea Hatten, Leslie Johnson, Jacey Maxwell, Joshua Mills, Bly Prince, Beau Skinner, and Destiny Welch.

Sophomores

All A’s – Anna Clingan, Dayna Ewing, Aezlyn Guin, Bree Hester, Emma Humphries, and Blake Rogers.

Wed
12
Dec

Jena officials adopts $6.10 million budget

The Jena Town Council adopted the town’s 2019 year budget totaling just over $6.1 million at its regular December meeting held Tuesday night of last week after holding a public hearing to receive any comments on the budget. No comments were received.

The budget totals $6,106,692.00 in revenue; $5,200,200.92 in operating expenses; and $1,216,900.00 in capital improvements.

The general fund has $3,005,832.00 in revenue; $1,788,122.92 in operating expenses; and $1,216,900.00 in capital improvements.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Christmas parades

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The annual Jena Christmas parade will be held this Friday, December 14, beginning at 6 p.m., with B. Cheryl Smith, the Chief of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, serving as Grand Marshal.

The sponsors of the event, Jena Merchants Association and Colonial Trails, have announced the theme of the parade this year as “A Star Studded Christmas.”

The parade will line up in the Jena Town Park and start promptly at 6 p.m., going onto U.S. 84 from Sycamore Street, traveling west through downtown Jena, turning north on First Street (LA 127) and ending at Elm Street.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Ardoin elected; sales tax OK’ed

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LaSalle Parish voters joined those from throughout the state last Saturday in electing Republican Kyle Ardoin to fill a vacancy for Secretary of State, said term to expire in early 2020.

Also, LaSalle voters gave a 2-to-1 vote approval for renewal of a one-half cent sales tax for the LaSalle Law Enforcement District. About 17-percent of qualified voters in the parish cast ballots in this election.

For the half-cent sales tax renewal, voters cast 985 yes votes, or 64.85%, and 534 no votes, or 35.15%, which approved the sales tax for an additional 12 years, beginning in 2020. The present half-cent sales tax would have expired on March 31, 2020.

 

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