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17
Jun

COVID-19 update

LaSalle Parish experienced another jump in positive COVID-19 numbers this past week, but the increase is still not worrying top officials.

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Wed
17
Jun

Sales tax collections for LaSalle held steady in May

Despite the shutdown due to coronavirus pandemic, which closed a lot of businesses for about two months, sales tax collections held steady for the month of May, according to figures compiled by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency.

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Wed
17
Jun

Jury to close Olla Airport

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury voted at their June meeting held Monday night of last week to proceed with closing of the Olla Airport.

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Wed
17
Jun

The Urania Volunteer Fire Department (UVFD)

The Urania Volunteer Fire Department (UVFD)

The Urania Volunteer Fire Department (UVFD) received a special gift last Wednesday as the Bienville Parish Fire Protection District donated a 1994 GMC Top Kick tanker/pumper to the Urania department.

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Wed
10
Jun

Early voting to begin

Early voting for the July 11th presidential primary elections will be held for two full weeks, beginning June 30th, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

This election was first scheduled for April 4, and then moved to June 20 because of the shutdown due to COVID-19, and finally moved to July 11th, as the lockdown continued.

Also in connection with the virus outbreak, early voting for this election will be held for two full weeks, beginning June 20, and extending through Saturday, July 4. Ballots can be cast at the Registrar of Voters Office in Jena during this period, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, except for Sundays.

Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer reminded voters of LaSalle Parish that during the presidential primary, they can only vote along party lines – Democrat voters can only vote for the Democratic candidates, and Republicans can only vote for Republicans. Independents and no party voters cannot vote in this election.

 

Wed
10
Jun

Covid-19 Update

The increase of 10 new coronavirus cases in LaSalle Parish during the past week does not have officials concerned as life rapidly returns to more normal.

“On May 29, the state showed us having 51 cases and one week later, on June 5, it shows us having 61 cases,” LaSalle Parish Sheriff and Homeland Security Director Scott Franklin said. “But let me again remind everyone that this is a cumulative total that doesn’t accurately report our active cases.”

Of the ten new cases during the past week, officials note that four have prison facility addresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
10
Jun

Teachers of the year for LaSalle recognized

Teachers of the year for LaSalle recognized
Teachers of the year for LaSalle recognized
Teachers of the year for LaSalle recognized
Teachers of the year for LaSalle recognized

Teachers of the year for the LaSalle Parish School System were recognized during the school board’s June meeting held on Monday night of last week.

Although none of the honorees were able to attend the meeting, Transportation and Maintenance Supervisor Glen “Slick” Joiner, recognized them with congratulations.

Honorees include: Elementary teacher of year, Khristi Poole, Jena Elementary School; Middle teacher of year, Kylie Andrews, Jena Junior High School; and High School, Amy Russell, Jena High School.

Board President Melvin Worthington, on behalf of the board, congratulated the three teachers on their selection and wished them well as they competed at the district level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
10
Jun

Jena to discontinue gas service to Belah

Jena town officials faced a decision last Tuesday night they had hoped to never have to face – the decision to discontinue natural gas service to the Belah Community.

Mayor LaDawn Edwards told council members that the system has become dangerous and hazardous, and maintenance and upkeep has become prohibited.

“We were having problems with leaks and so forth before this past year when the water construction crews, installing new water lines in the Belah area, cut our gas lines more than 120 times,” Mayor Edwards told council members. Superintendent David Miller and Mayor Edwards met with state officials recently and were informed that the town would need to replace the system, or abandoned it.

Town officials were told that the cost of replacing the system in the Belah area would cost around $1-million, which the mayor said would take around 50 years to recoup the cost of the replacement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Urania official approve new and amended budgets

The Urania Town Council approved Ordinance 2020-01 to adopt the amended budget for July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 and the annual budget of revenues and expenditures for FY July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 for the Town of Urania at their meeting on Monday night of last week at the Urania Recreation Hall.

Last month, Mayor Terri Corley announced the town received CWEF funding for $23,000 to install a booster pump at the LaSalle Correctional Center (LCC). This month, she said the grant will have to be amended to allow part of the funding to address the replacement of a three inch section of the water line to a six inch line at the water wells. She said right now it switches from six-inch to a three-inch and back to a six-inch line, which Town Superintendent Russell Turnage said he believes is causing undue water pressure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Commencement exercises this week

LaSalle Parish high school seniors will participate in commencement exercises this week at the two parish high school football stadiums.

LaSalle High School will conduct its graduation ceremonies Thursday night, June 11, at Tiger Stadium in Olla.

Jena High School will conduct its graduation ceremonies Friday night, June 12, at Guy Campbell Memorial Complex in Jena.

Both ceremonies will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m., however, due to the governor’s Phase Two reopening of Louisiana, social distancing requirements is limiting each graduate to just six (6) tickets to attend the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

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