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Wed
12
Feb

Hunting for Answers

Hunting for Answers

District 27 State Representative Mike Johnson, shown standing center top, reads a letter from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to a large crowd and members of the Catahoula Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission detailing plans to fight parts of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s recent ruling concerning the lake. The meeting was held last Thursday night at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse and drew a packed meeting room as local outdoorsmen looked for answers.

 

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Wed
05
Feb

Foundation awards school grants

Foundation awards school grants

The Cliff Williams Memorial Foundation has provided educators in LaSalle Parish with more than $1,290,595.67 in grants since it was formed in 1990. For the current school year, a total of $76,190.11 in grants was approved by the Foundation for various teachers in the LaSalle Parish School System.

The Foundation was formed when Justiss Oil Company honored the memory of Cliff Williams with an endowment gift to be used for the educational needs of children in LaSalle Parish.

Cliff, the son of Pat and Charles Williams of Jena, was married to Jennifer Justiss Williams Loe, and is the father of Amy Williams Kunkel and Adam Williams.

Cliff was a petroleum engineer and Justiss Oil Company’s Vice-President of Drilling and Production Operations for seven years prior to his untimely death about 30 years ago.

 

Wed
05
Feb

The sun has not gone down on Catahoula Lake…yet

The sun has not gone down on Catahoula Lake…yet

The fight over Catahoula Lake took one more step toward resolution last week; however, the sun is far from setting on this ongoing legal battle.

Last Wednesday, January 29, the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans affirmed in part and reversed in part prior decisions on the “Steve Crooks and Era Lee Crooks v. State of Louisiana, Department of Natural Resources,” the case involving the privatization of Catahoula Lake.

In essence, the state’s supreme legal body ruled the lower court was correct in making most of the lake private or owned by landowners surrounding the lake but they also threw out millions of dollars worth of damages and legal fees.

 

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Wed
29
Jan

Excellence in financial reporting

Excellence in financial reporting

For the 21st consecutive year, the LaSalle Parish School Board has been awarded both the GFOA and ASBO “excellence in financial reporting” awards.

The awards were presented for fiscal year 2017-18 and included the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) honors for Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada and ASBO International for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting; audit attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

 

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Wed
29
Jan

Louisiana officials take oaths of office

Louisiana officials take oaths of office

Louisiana officials, from governor on down to legislators, were administered their oaths of office during an impressive ceremony on the steps of the Louisiana Capitol in Baton Rouge on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Three legislators who represent LaSalle Parish – Senator Glen D. Womack of Harrisonburg, Rep. Gabe Firment of Pollock, and Rep. Neil Riser of Columbia – were among those taking their office to serve for the next four years.

Newly elected State Senator Glen D. Womack of Harrisonburg, will represent District 32 in the Louisiana Legislature.

His district includes all of LaSalle, Catahoula and Franklin and portions of Avoyelles, Concordia, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, and West Feliciana Parishes.

 

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Wed
29
Jan

Winter Cookery Contest

Winter Cookery Contest

Hannah Zeagler, Shelby Norris, and Rylee Masters display the final Creole Stuffed Bread they prepared and baked at the 4-H Winter Cookery Contest held at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse on Tuesday night of last week. Overall, 14 youth participated in the cookery serving up 24 dishes. 

 

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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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