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LaSalle jobless drops

The unemployment rate in LaSalle Parish dropped slightly in July, with the statewide rate also dropping by 0.3 percentage points, according to information just released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The jobless rate for the parish in July was reported at 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in June. At the same time, the number of people employed in the parish fell by 47 people, from 5,807 in June to 5,760 in July.

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New tap fees set for town of Jena

In an effort to recover part of the cost of making water, gas and sewer taps in the Town of Jena, members of the town council voted to raise tap fees during the council’s regular September meeting held Tuesday night of last week.

Mayor LaDawn Edwards said Supt. David Miller had figured the actual cost of making the taps, and the new fees represent the cost for parts and one-half of the labor cost.

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Murder trials for Tullos men reset

Murder trials for two Tullos men charged following a double homicide in that town in April 2016 has been reset for Monday, September 25, according to LaSalle District Attorney J. Reed Walters.

Both trials had been scheduled for August, but was reset because the uncertainty of a witness from South Louisiana being able to make it for trial in late August, Walters said.

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The “In Honor and Remembrance” program

The American flag was raised and lowered to half-staff by members of the Veterans Honor Guard during the “In Honor and Remembrance” program held Monday to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Members of the Guard taking part in the program were Willie Tradewell, John Sid Grimm, Ralph McCrory, Delmer Cockerham, Steve Ayers, Daniel Hulsey, and John White.

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A matter of life or death - 911 signs are vital -

Reminders being placed at homes

LaSalle Parish first responders are on a mission to save lives before they ever receive a call for help.

Sheriff’s deputies, police departments, fire departments, and ambulance services have begun a life-saving campaign of hanging reminders on the front doors of residences and businesses that do not have the proper 911 signage displayed.

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Growing…Sharing

Jena Band of Choctaws investing in communities

For Jena Band of Choctaw Indians Chief Cheryl Smith, the exciting growth of her tribe during the past few years has allowed them to invest in one of their top priorities: LaSalle Parish.

“This is my hometown - where I grew up and raised my children and where my grandchildren are being raised so because of that we want to see Jena and LaSalle Parish grow and be successful,” the chief said during an exclusive interview last week. “For us, it’s all about community and we are determined to do everything we can to help this area be the best it can be.”

 

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Harvey brings rain to LaSalle

Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved through LaSalle Parish and surrounding area late last Wednesday night after five days of wrecking havoc on southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

About 4-inches of rain was recorded in LaSalle Parish, but parishes west of LaSalle recorded heavy rainfall during the final days of Harvey as it made its way northeast through Louisiana.

 

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New sentencing laws concerns Sheriff

Over the course of the next year, many new laws recently passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Governor John Bel Edwards, will go into effect changing the sentences for many non-violent crimes by lowering sentences in an attempt to lower prison populations in the state.

The package of laws is called the Justice Reinvestment Legislation and includes a number of bills designed to save taxpayers an estimated $262 million over the next ten years by reducing the number of people incarcerated for non-violent crimes like drugs and theft.

 

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Schools will be dismissed on Labor Day

LaSalle Parish public and private schools will be closed next Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

This will be the first holiday for parish students since schools opened in mid-August.

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Second Amendment “Sales Tax Holiday”

The 2017 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday takes place Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3.

Act 453 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enacted the “Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday Act” that provides an exemption from state and local sales and use taxes on individuals’ purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies on the first Friday through Sunday each September.

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