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Wed
19
Aug

School delayed ‘til Aug. 26

LaSalle Parish joined other parishes last week in delaying the start of the 2020-2021 school year as rural parishes face many issues related to their virtual education programs – problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LaSalle Parish School Board met in special session Monday night, August 10, ultimately voting 8-1 to change the school calendar to start school for students on August 26, as recommended by Superintendent Janet Tullos.

“This has been a long and frustrating process,” Tullos began. “We have had to follow so many guidelines from the Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Department of Health, and the governor’s mandates (regarding phases) and those guidelines have literally changed week by week.”

The main reason Tullos recommended delaying the start of school was due to internet Hot Spots that have not arrived.

 

Wed
19
Aug

Tullos bond issue passes

Tullos bond issue passes

Voters in the town of Tullos went to the polls last Saturday and overwhelming approved a $525,000 bond issue to assure the complete renovation of the town’s water system.

The issue passed by an unheard of margin, 96% to 4%, or put in another way, 96 votes in favor and only 4 votes against.

The Tullos bond issue was the only item appearing on the ballot anywhere in LaSalle Parish.

The Tullos Town Council had approved calling the bond election for May of this year, but because of Covid-19, the election date was moved to August 15.

Mayor Karla Cockerham had told town voters that the town proposes to pay off the bond issue with funds generated by the 1.5- cent sales tax which went into effect on January 1, 2020, after being approved by voters last fall. She said this would assure the bonds could be paid for without having to raise water rates.

 

Wed
12
Aug

In an effort

In an effort

In an effort to bring a smile to faces as the parish prepares for the start of school, a LaSalle Parish school bus parked at the former Jena Elementary School was adorned with eyes and a sheet to resemble a face mask last week.

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Wed
12
Aug

Tullos bond issue on ballot Saturday

Saturday is election day for the voters in Tullos as they go to the polls to decide the fate of a $525,000 bond issue to be used for improvements to the Tullos Water System, according to Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews.

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Wed
12
Aug

Audit reveals Jena in sound financial shape

The audit for the year ending December 31, 2019, reveals the town of Jena is in very sound financial condition, as the mayor and members of the Town Council learned during the regular August meeting held Tuesday night of last week.

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Wed
12
Aug

Start of school delayed?

Start of school delayed?

The LaSalle Parish School Board held a special meeting Monday night, August 10, at the LaSalle Parish Media Center in Jena, to decide whether or not to delay the start of public school.

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Wed
05
Aug

Early voting for Aug. 15 election ends Saturday

Early voting for the Saturday, August 15th election is now underway at the Registrar of Voters office in Jena, according to Registrar Angie Sandifer. Early voting started on July 25, and will end this Saturday, August 8 – a week ahead of the election.

The Registrar notes that those wishing to vote early must do so at the Registrar of Voters office between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this period, and a photo-ID is required when voting.

Only one item appears on the ballot for this election and that is a bond issue proposition for the Town of Tullos for completely renovating the town’s water system. The bond issue is for $525,000 which the town proposes to pay back with proceeds from the 1.5-cent sales tax approved late last year by Tullos voters.

Mayor Karla Cockerham said the sales tax generate sufficient funds to easily pay for the bond issue without having to raise rates for citizens of Tullos.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19

Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19
Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19
Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19

Two programs approved by the Louisiana Legislature during the recent session were designed to help essential workers and Louisiana business owners, according to the legislative delegation representing LaSalle Parish.

Sen. Glen D. Womack of Harrisonburg, Senate District #32; Rep. Neil Riser of Columbia, District 20; and Rep. Gabe Firment of Pollock, District 22, were in-strumental in getting both programs approved in a bipartisan effort.

The first program provides a one-time payment of $250 as hazard payment to essential Louisiana workers, and the second program, called ‘Louisiana Main Street Recovery’ program, provides grant funds up to $15,000 of reimbursable expenses for businesses throughout the state.

The Louisiana De partment of Revenue will take payment applications through Oct. 31 for the hazard payment Continued from page 1A program at frontlineworkers.la.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

LaSalle remains with lowest jobless rate

Unemployment figures for Louisiana for the month of June were released last week and despite the corona virus shut down, LaSalle Parish once again recorded the lowest jobless rate from among all 64 parishes in the state.

LaSalle’s jobless rate was 5.9-percent with the closest parishes to LaSalle being Red River and West Feliciana, both with a jobless rate of 6.7-percent. A good many of the parishes had unemployment figures into the double digits.

In fact, this is the third month in a row LaSalle had the lowest unemployment rate of any parish in the state. In April, the jobless figure for LaSalle was 7.2-percent while many other parishes had unemployment rates into the double digits.

Wed
05
Aug

Schools set to open next week

LaSalle Parish schools are set to open next week but exactly what that will look like depends upon which phase Governor John Bel Edwards has the State of Louisiana in next Thursday.

“Our plans are in place to educate our students whether we are in Phase 1, 2, or 3,” said LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos. “We are confident in our administrations, educators, faculty, support personnel, our students and their parents, that despite the COVID-19 pandemic education in LaSalle Parish will not only continue but it will thrive.”

Governor Edwards is expected to announce whether he will keep Louisiana in Phase 2, or move the state to Phase 3, or even possibly back to Phase 1 this week. (That information was not available at press time Monday.)

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