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Wed
30
Sep

Giants and Tigers to open season

Giants and Tigers to open season
Giants and Tigers to open season

After months of no school, no practices, and the possibility of not even having a 2020 football season due to COVID-19, the football teams of Jena and LaSalle high schools will finally suit up for their first game this Friday night. The Giants will be at home

October 2 hosting the powerful Ouachita Christian School Eagles from Monroe. Last year, OCS won the LHSAA Division IV State Championship and is returning several starters from that team this year. They also defeated the Giants in Monroe 48-25.

The Tigers will travel to Ringgold High School October 2 to start their season. Last year, the Tigers had a huge homecoming victory over Ringgold in Olla with the final score of 58-6.

 

 

 

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Wed
30
Sep

Jena told to abandon Belah gas service line

Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards was notified by letter last Thursday that the town of Jena must abandon the gas service line to the Belah Community by November 16 or face regulatory sanctions as deemed appropriate by the Louisiana Office of Conservation.

The Town of Jena had asked the state for permission to continue operating the gas system for the Belah area until at least April 1, 2021.

“We wanted to continue servicing Belah at least through the winter, and that’s what we submitted to the state in August,” she said.

 

 

 

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Wed
30
Sep

LaSalle delegation ready for special session

LaSalle delegation ready for special session

LaSalle Parish’s senator and representatives were in Baton Rouge Monday to begin a special session where several of the items on the 70-item agenda are directed at changing Gov. John Bel Edwards’ mandates and allow Louisiana to open up and get back to “normal.”

All three have heard from their constituents during the past seven months and say they understand the frustrations associated with the governor’s mitigation rules.

“The thing that I’ve heard the most is people are angry about the inability to make contact with their loved ones in nursing homes,” Riser said. “Now, the nursing homes are simply going by what the executive order says because they can lose their license if they don’t, but what we’re seeing is those in the nursing homes are basically starting to lose hope.”

 

 

Wed
30
Sep

COVID-19 disappearing in LaSalle

Figures released this week from the LaSalle Parish Homeland Security Office are indicating COVID-19 cases are disappearing from the parish.

The office is reporting that the state’s released data show LaSalle Parish had only 19 new positives cases during the last two weeks.

The figures show a trend that’s been occurring since a spike in cases earlier in August. At one point, LaSalle had 106 new positive cases of COVID during the two-week reporting cycle.

 

 

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Wed
23
Sep

La.’s lowest jobless rate

La.’s lowest jobless rate

Unemployment figures for Louisiana for the month of July 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.

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Wed
23
Sep

School Board fills vacant seat

School Board fills vacant seat

The LaSalle Parish School Board voted unanimously Monday night, September 14, to appoint Ward 4 resident Tim Kirl to serve in Virgie Wilson’s seat until a special election is held early next year.

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Wed
23
Sep

Rural Internet service access discussion hosted by LEDD

Rural Internet service access discussion hosted by LEDD
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Members of the LaSalle Economic Development District met last Thursday at Hardtner Medical Center’s Family Clinic for their monthly meeting where the main topic of discussion was efforts to improve the Internet access in the parish.

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Wed
16
Sep

First Annual Dirt Track Derby Race

First Annual Dirt Track Derby Race

Chris Thomas entertains approximately 1,000 people that attended Saturday’s Dirt Track Derby Race in Belah at the home of Chris and Kim Poole. The race raised over $8,500 for the LaSalle Parish APPLES program which assists needy children in the parish. 

 

 

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Wed
16
Sep

State moves to limited Phase 3

Louisiana has moved into a limited Phase 3, further opening most businesses and even allowing bars to reopen in some parishes.

Here’s an outline of what Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday:

• Businesses such as restaurants, spas, gyms, etc. will be allowed to open at 75% while still following social distancing guidelines.

• Bars can reopen on a parish-by-parish basis IF the parish is testing under 5% positivity and parish leaders approve the reopening. Those bars will be at 25% occupancy and open for table service ONLY.

 

 

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Wed
16
Sep

LaSalle Parish public schools officially

LaSalle Parish public schools officially

LaSalle Parish public schools officially opened for the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday, August 26, but Hurricane Laura forced the closure of schools for the next 12 days. Finally, on the Tuesday following Labor Day, classes resumed in the parish. Kindergarten students Easton Moffett, Grayson Cooper, Easton Jones, and Brenton Dean, shown clockwise, are shown working on an assignment on their individual computer tablets in Sabrina Stuckey’s class at Jena Elementary School.

 

 

 

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