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Wed
10
Apr

LaSalle retail sales set new record

LaSalle Parish is not only booming in construction projects, but retail sales for the first quarter of 2019 shows a record breaking year beginning with sales up 40-percent for the first three months of the year, according to figures just released by the Concordia Parish Sales Tax Collection Agency.

Jon Betts, representative of the agency, noted that a portion of the January sales tax collection was due to payments for materials for the new sawmill near Urania, but “overall retail sales in the parish are up quite a bit.”

Sales tax collections for the LaSalle Parish School Board and LaSalle Law Enforcement District showed gains of 40-percent during the first three months of the year, the town of Olla recorded a whopping 50-percent increase in retail sales and the town of Jena had a 10-percent increase in sales tax collections.

 

Wed
10
Apr

Turnage candidate for LaSalle Sheriff

Charles “Chopper” Turnage has officially announcd his candidacy for Sheriff of La-Salle Parish, subject to the action of voters at the fall election.

In making his announcement, Turnage issued the following statement to LaSalle Parish voters:

“After significant time spent in prayer, many hours in discussion with my family, and careful consideration, I would like to announce my candidacy for the upcoming LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Election. I would like to briefly introduce myself to each of you with the following:

“I am currently 44 years of age and live in the Whitehall Community of LaSalle Parish. I am married to Stacy Cooper Turnage and have been for 20 years. I am the father of two children, Bailey Morgan Turnage and Tate Nathan Turnage. I am a member and a deacon of Trinity Baptist Church located in LaSalle Parish just east of Jena.

 

Wed
10
Apr

Another Giant signs to play at next level

Another Jena Giant football player signed his letter of intent to play football at the next level last Thursday at Jena High School.

Senior Casey Spicer signed an impressive four-year academic scholarship with Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi that totals over $100,000, where he will also play football for the Majors.

“We are excited for Casey and what the future holds,” Jena Head Coach Jay Roark said during the signing at the school’s home economics building. “He was a valuable member of our program and I know he’ll do well at Millsaps.”

 

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Wed
03
Apr

LaSalle Parish is BOOMING

A number of major construction projects currently underway or set to begin soon have witnessed LaSalle Parish experience the results of a revival of sorts economically, according to LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD) President Walter E. Dorroh, Jr.

“The significant number of construction projects which are ‘in the pipeline’ tell us several things about our parish,” Dorroh said last week. “First of all, this is a clear indication that the efforts to diversify our economy are successful.”

Dorroh said some 30 years ago, LaSalle Parish was a two-industry oriented parish and when both of those industries took a turn for the worse, the parish was severely affected.

“Those of you who remember the terrible economic times of the mid-1980s, which brought home all too clearly the need to diversify and become not quite so dependent on minerals and timber, can now see the positive results of those diversification efforts,” he said.

 

Wed
03
Apr

Assessment of OES presented

The education committee of the LaSalle Parish School Board received a presentation on Comprehensive Needs Assessment conducted at Olla Elementary School earlier this year, during a meeting last Monday afternoon at the Media Center in Jena.

Dr. Keith Courville, a member of the state assessment four-member panel, which conducted the review, presented the findings of the group to members of the education committee. Other board members attended the meeting to hear the report.

Administrators felt the comprehensive needs assessment was needed at the school after OES fell 6.1 points when school performance scores were released last year.

Panel members included Courville, Dr. Keith Leger, Dr. Tia Neal and Ms. Christy Boyte. The assessment project was contracted through the federal programs department earlier this school session, in the fall of 2018.

 

Wed
03
Apr

Jena man guilty of manslaughter

A Jena man has pled guilty to manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of Sherwood Breithaupt of Olla, according to J. Reed Walters, LaSalle Parish District Attorney.

James Richard Bryant Rosier, age 31, of Jena, pled guilty on Friday, March 22, to the charge. He had been charged with second-degree murder. His trial date had not been set but was to be set at the status conference on March 22.

The crime had occurred in the Summerville Community on May 4th or 5th, 2018. Rosier has been in jail since this date, Walters said.

 

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Wed
27
Mar

High School Rodeo this weekend

Members of the 2018-19 LaSalle Riding Club Rodeo Team will host the 27th annual Louisiana High School Rodeo Association Jena Rodeo this Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, at the Jena Rodeo Arena.  Showtime will be at 7 p.m. each evening with gates opening at 6 p.m. Slack will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Rodeo Team members shown, from left, Charlie Paul, Brielle Smith, Samuel Keene, Meredith Scroggs, Maci Scroggs, and Landon Stapleton.

 

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Wed
27
Mar

Contract signed for new LaSalle Library

After years and years of planning, a contract for construction of the new La-Salle Parish Library in Jena was signed with Womack and Sons of Harrisonburg last Friday morning.

The new 12,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art library building will be constructed on the site of the old Humphries Motors building and car lot, on First Street in Jena, at a cost of $2.6-million.

Seven bids were received from various contractors a little over a month ago, with Womack and Son of Harrisonburg submitting the lowest bid.

On behalf of the Board of Control, President Sammy J. Franklin finalized the contract with Womack and Son last Friday by signing the paperwork during a brief ceremony at the Library in Jena.

“This is a proud moment for the Library Board and for the citizens of La-Salle Parish,” Franklin said. “Much time,

energy, planning, and savings have gone into the efforts to secure this needed facility for the Jena area.”

 

Wed
27
Mar

Six Delta parishes named unhealthiest in La.

A recent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation notes the six northeast Louisiana parishes along the Delta which are deemed the unhealthiest in the state in which to live.

The study also says high housing costs can make it tougher for families to get better quality food, transportation, and medicine. LaSalle Parish was ranked as the #17 healthiest parish in the state, according to the study.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their annual report of the top 10 unhealthiest parishes.

East Caroll Parish ranked the worst, followed closely by Morehouse, Madison, Catahoula, Tensas, & Concordia Parishes. (View the complete list at the end of this story.)

Tensas Parish has the shortest life span of 45, according to the study.

 

Wed
20
Mar

Olla officials considering allowing motorized carts

The Town of Olla Council approved the introduction of three ordinances during their regular meeting last week with one being Ordinance 2019-004 involving the use of motorized carts within town limits.

The ordinance amends Chapter 18 Traffic and Motor Vehicles of the town’s code of ordinances providing the allowance of carts to be permitted to be driven on public streets, roads, pathways and at designated highway crossings and paths within the Town of Olla’s corporate limits, but the ordinance also states a long list of requirements for permission to do so including the issuance of a special permit, which will cost $20.00.

A brief discussion regarding the ordinance ensued between the Council, Mayor Rhonda Elliott and Police Chief Daniel Smith regarding the need for the ordinance and safety concerns involving those who currently use carts.

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