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LaSalle gets “A” again; ranked 7th in state

The LaSalle Parish School District is one of only 17 districts in the state to receive a grade of “A” and is ranked 7th in the state - the second year in a row that LaSalle received the distinction since the state started grading districts under the new format in 1997.

The 2016-2017 Student Performance Scores (SPS) were released last week by the Louisiana Department of Education and LaSalle officials couldn’t be more proud of how the district ranked once again.

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Smoke-free living has come to LaSalle Parish

Smoke-free living has come to LaSalle Parish with smokefree signage going up across the parish thanks to funding through The Rapides Foundation’s Healthy Places LaSalle! grant.

The signage is part of a self-regulated campaign in the parish to promote smoke-free living. Earlier this year, each town in the parish as well as the LaSalle Parish Police Jury, Recreation District 22, Recreation District 10 and the Jena Band of Choctaw have passed either a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy (if one did not already exist) for outdoor spaces such as farmers markets, town squares, walking trails, parks and ball fields.

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Early voting underway

Early voting for the Nov. 18th election began last Friday, Nov. 3, and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 11, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Sandifer noted that the early voting dates have been altered for this election because of the Veterans Day holiday, which will be observed on Friday, Nov. 10th.

Normally, early voting runs from Saturday to Saturday, but for this election, voting began last Friday, Nov. 3, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 11. The Registrar’s office will be closed Friday, Nov. 10th for Veterans Day, and early voting will end on Saturday, Nov. 11.

 

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Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards

Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards signs a proclamation proclaiming Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, as “Buddy Poppy Day” in the Town of Jena. On hand for the signing ceremony was Jena Town Clerk Cory Floyd, Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon, Mayor Edwards and Verna Appleby, representing the Ladies Auxiliary of Whatley-Flaherty Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5002 in Jena.

The purpose of the annual Buddy Poppy Day by the VFW is eloquently reflected in the desire to “Honor the Dead by Helping the Living.”

 

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WWII heroism medal coming home

A World War II heroism medal awarded to a sailor born in Good Pine is being returned to Jena for a special ceremony on Saturday, November 18, 2017, some 72 years after the sailor was declared missing in action.

Todd Creekman, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), Executive Director Emeritus, Naval Historical Foundation, has been working with Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards, for a number of months trying to locate any relatives of the sailor, Navy Ensign Lee Roy McDonnell.

McDonnell was born in Good Pine in 1911, joined the U.S. Navy on July 2, 1929 (as an 18-year-old), served into World War II, and was declared missing in action in February 1945 during the American return to the Philippines under General Douglas MacArthur, when his ship was sunk in combat with the Japanese near Manila Bay.

 

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Early voting to begin on Friday

Early voting for the Nov. 18th election will begin this Friday, Nov. 3, and continue through Saturday, Nov. 11, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Sandifer noted that the early voting dates have been altered for this election because of the Veterans Day holiday, which will be observed on Friday, Nov. 10th.

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Veterans Day events slated

Several events have been planned to honor veterans of LaSalle Parish in recognition of Veterans Day, which is Saturday, November 11th.

On Thursday, Nov. 9th, veterans will be honored with the annual luncheon at 11 a.m. at the Dixie Center in downtown Olla. All area veterans are invited to attend.

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Across LaSalle Parish, students, faculty and staff recently participated in Red Ribbon Week.

Across LaSalle Parish, students, faculty and staff recently participated in Red Ribbon Week, a nationally-recognized time to encourage students to be drug-free through dozens of activities and contests. Good Pine Middle fourth grade students Sophie Parker, Jaxon Smith and Autumn Sharp dressed as nerds along with dozens of fellow classmates and faculty and staff for Nerd Day “Dress Up Smart: Too Smart for Drugs.”

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Man guilty of 2 counts of first-degree murder

A 40-year-old Urania man was found guilty by a 12-member jury of two counts of first-degree murder during a trial in 28th Judicial District Court held the first three days of last week, according to District Attorney J. Reed Walters.

The Jury found Randy Eugene Waits, 40, of Urania, guilty of the murders of Patsy Cotten, 73, of Urania, and Kylie King Duncan, 19, also of Urania. The murders took place near Urania on April 22, 2015.

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Performance of the Century

To say the atmosphere was electric last Thursday night at Guy Campbell Memorial Stadium is a drastic understatement. With thousands of people from LaSalle and Caldwell parishes (along with people from all over the state) on hand to witness this historic match-up, the undefeated Caldwell Spartans (8-0) and the undefeated Jena Giants (8-0) delivered one of the epic performances of the century.

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