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Wed
05
Dec

Many sentenced to prison terms on narcotic charges

Several defendants were sentenced to serve prison terms on illegal narcotic and other charges during early November sessions of 28th Judicial District Court, held in and for the Parish of La-Salle.

The Honorable J. Christopher Peters, District Judge, presided at the session. Also at their regular duties were District Attorney J. Reed Walters and assistants, Deputy Sheriff Alan Graham; Deputy Clerk of Court Reba Mc-Clure, and Court Reporter/Administrator Amy Stapleton.

Dillon L. Nugent pled guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation be performed and due by Dec. 14 with sentencing set for Jan. 8. A post-conviction bond was set in the amount of $50,000. On motion of the State, charges of resisting an officer with force or violence and interference with medical treatment were dismissed.

 

 

Wed
05
Dec

Election Saturday

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Early voting for the December 8th runoff election began last Saturday, Nov. 24, and continues through this coming Saturday, Dec. 1, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Early ballots may be cast at the Registrar of Voters office, across the street from the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this period.

Sandifer reminds voters they must show some form of photo identification when voting.

LaSalle voters will go to the polls this coming Saturday, Dec. 8, to finish work started at the congressional primary election held on Nov. 6. Polls parish wide will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., according to LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews.

 

 

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Wed
05
Dec

Good Pine sailor killed at Pearl Harbor 77 years ago identified

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Pearl Harbor victim identified

A 21-year-old sailor from Good Pine in LaSalle Parish was recently identified after being killed when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor 77 years ago this coming Friday, December 7, 1941.

Charles Houston Harris, 21, of Good Pine, a U.S. Navy electrician’s mate 3rd class assigned to the USS Oklahoma grew up in the small community of Good Pine. He was the son of William Henry Harris, Sr. and Mattie Ann Springer Harris of Good Pine.

Reports indicate that his family, which included Harris’ eight brothers and sisters, moved to the community from Missouri between 1910 and 1920.

 

 

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Wed
28
Nov

LaSalle schools continue to perform at high levels

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Had the state used the same formula for determining District and School Performance Scores (DPS/ SPS) as last year, LaSalle Parish would still be an “A” rated district; however, the formula has changed dropping LaSalle’s final grade to a “B.”

Individual school and district performance scores are figured from a variety of testing procedures and other information, such as the LEAP, ACT, and other factors. All of the combined factors are put into formulas to rate each school and ultimately districts to give them their letter grade based on overall performances. The new formula for this year allows the state to manipulate scores for various reasons but in turn has hurt top rated districts such as LaSalle.

As LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos puts it, the state’s ever-changing grading system makes it somewhat confusing for the public to understand.

 

Wed
28
Nov

OCC in its 25 th year in LaSalle Parish

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Through a shoebox a child’s life can be changed, Frances McDonald explained as the reason why the Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – Samaritan’s Purse program is so important to LaSalle Parish and the world.

Frances and her husband, Tony, have served as coordinators of the OCC program for over 15 years at First Baptist Church in Jena, which serves as a Relay Center to collect shoeboxes in the parish. This year 12 churches, one school and eight individuals contributed shoeboxes totaling 1,498 to ship to the distribution center in Pineville and then out to children across the world.

“Each box is a missionary. We call them Missions in a Box,” Frances said. “Each box touches a child and their family and that’s what it’s about. We can’t go to all these countries as missionaries but the boxes can. And all the boxes are prayed over before they’re sent.”

 

Wed
21
Nov

Early voting to begin Saturday

Early voting for the December 8th runoff election will begin this coming Saturday, Nov. 24, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 1, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Early ballots may be cast at the Registrar of Voters office, across the street from the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this period (except for Sunday).

Sandifer reminds voters they must show some form of photo identification when voting.

Voters will face two items on the Dec. 8th ballot.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney

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Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney (center) looks over memorabilia such as his uniform jacket and photo albums from his service during the Vietnam War alongside Bob Gregory and Mike’s son, Bobby McCartney. Mike McCartney served as the veteran honoree and guest speaker for the Town of Olla’s annual Veteran’s Luncheon last week. He shared briefly about his time in the army and in Vietnam with dozens of fellow veterans and citizens gathered at the Dixie Center in downtown Olla for the special event. Attendees shared a meal served by LaSalle High students and veterans were honored during the event.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Fire Chief John Heath

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Fire Chief John Heath is presented a plaque recognizing his induction into the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Hall of Fame by Wayne Prejean, President of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana First Responders Christian Association. Chief Heath has more than 40 years of service as a firefighter, including stints with the U.S. Marines and serving as Chief of the Jena and Summerville-Rosefield Fire Departments. Chief Heath was inducted into the Hall of Fame during an impressive ceremony at the Jena Town Hall on Thursday night of last week.

 

 

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Wed
14
Nov

School Board approves sales tax payments

Annual payment of excess sales tax revenue to all school employees in their November checks was approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular November meeting held Monday night of last week, as recommended by the finance committee.

As recommended by the finance committee, the Board approved payments of $1,408.28 to degreed employees and $985.78 to support personnel (positions that do not require a degree).

The payments are up from the $1,083.29 for degreed and $758.29 for non-degreed employees paid in November of last year.

 

 

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Wed
07
Nov

Election results

Olla and Tullos gets new Chiefs of Police; Olla re-elects Mayor

Voters in Olla and Tullos elected new chiefs of police and voters in Olla decided to keep their present mayor in office for another four years during Tuesday’s election. In an upset in the town of Olla, voters chose Daniel Ray Smith as their new Chief of Police over incumbent John Stott. Smith received 270 votes, or 56%, to 205 votes, or 43% for Stott. A third candidate in the race, Jody O’Bier received 5 votes, or 1%. Another upset was in the town of Tullos where voters chose Scott Cockerham as new Chief of Police over incumbent Gary McDaniel. Cockerham received 74 votes, or 60% to 49 votes, or 40% for McDaniel. Cockerham’s wife, Karla, was elected as new Mayor of Tullos as no one qualified to oppose her in the election.

 

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