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Audit shows Urania in sound financial condition

The Town of Urania’s audit report review was a main topic of discussion at the October meeting of the Council held Monday night of last week. The findings and summary of the budget was presented to the Council by town auditors CPAs John Vercher and David Vercher of the Vercher Group.

David Vercher said there was only one finding to report, which the town receives every year, but overall the town is operating within its budgetary constraints.

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The Jena High School Alumni Association inducted three honorees into the JHS

The Jena High School Alumni Association inducted three honorees into the JHS Hall of Fame during the association’s annual banquet last Thursday night. Honored were, from left: Mark Andrews, inducted as Distinguished Graduate for his career achievement and community service to JHS; Jason Hatcher, inducted into the Hall of Fame, based on his service to JHS, community service and his NFL career; and Lee A. McDowell, inducted posthumously as Outstanding Educator for his career achievement and support of JHS, award accepted by his daughter, Superintendent of Schools Janet Tullos.

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Homecoming 2017

Jena High School

Jena High School will observe homecoming this Friday, October 6, 2017, with a full day of activities, according to Principal Glen ‘Slick’ Joiner.

Actually, the homecoming celebration started Monday of this week with student decorating the school, and having special dress-up days during the week.

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Jury finds Olla man guilty on 2 murder charges

It took a LaSalle Parish petit jury just 15-minutes to find a Tullos man guilty of two murder charges in 28th Judicial District Court last week, according to J. Reed Walters, LaSalle District Attorney.

Austin W. Dyess, 19, of Olla, was found guilty of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, following a three-day jury trial in district court.

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Welcome Fall

LaSalle HeadStart students four-year-old Wesley Parrott and three-year-old Alisha West from the class of Teacher Jamila Farris hold up little pumpkins during their school’s visit to The Pumpkin Patch at The Farmer’s Market in Jena last week for a fun-filled morning of games, train rides, story time and more.

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Wed
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Hippotherapy makes difference

There are many success stories from Spirit Reins Equine Center near Harrisonburg, but none more dramatic than Eli Terry’s.

“It’s hard to believe that this is the same child that didn’t even make a noise when he laughed just a few years ago and now, well, he won’t shut up,” said mother Heather Terry of Jena. “Anna Borne and the unique hippotherapy she offers made a world of a difference in the life of our child.”

Spirit Reins is a non-profit organization providing speech therapy services both within a traditional clinical setting as well as incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. It is Central Louisiana’s only equine facility of its kind.

Wed
27
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Jury accepts assessments

Property assessments for year 2017 was presented by LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick and accepted by the LaSalle Police Jury during a special meeting held at 10 a.m. last Wednesday morning. Total taxable assessments amount to $78,734,030, with overall total assessment being $100,906,320, including homestead exemption assessments.

The Jury met to serve as a board of review for assessments for all property in the parish as presented by the Assessor.

Kendrick told jurors that only one protest had been received, that being from Aaron’s Sales and Lease of Jena, which contends that leased property should not be assessed and taxed.

The Assessor said Aaron’s has filed suit against the Assessor and Sheriff in every parish where an Aaron’s is located and it had been decided to allow one case to be decided and it would apply to all parishes. Thus, the protest did not require any action on part of the Jury.

Wed
27
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Early voting to begin

Early voting for the October 14th special election will begin on Saturday, September 30th, and continue through October 7, according to LaSalle Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer. Early ballots may be cast at the Registrar of Voters office between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this time period.

A special election for a State Treasurer and three proposed constitutional amendments will appear on the October 14th ballot as voters go to the polls around the state of Louisiana.

While some voters will face choices in municipality races around the state, LaSalle voters will face a ballot with only the treasurer’s race and the three amendments.

Seven candidates qualified for the special election to become the next Louisiana state treasurer, replacing Republican John Kennedy, who left the job after being elected to the U.S. Senate last fall.

Tue
19
Sep
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Louisiana State Police

Louisiana State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves was the special guest speaker for the 2017 Back the Badge event hosted by Whitehall United Pentecostal Church Thursday night. Law enforcement personnel and other first responders from LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes, along with a number of State Troopers, were honored during the event.

 

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New alderman appointed for Town of Olla

Joel Sims was appointed by the Olla Town Council to fill a vacancy on the council created by the recent resignation of Alderman Al Cassels. As Mayor Rhonda Elliott introduced Sims, she expressed her appreciation to Cassels for his service to the community as a member of the council.

Town Attorney Walter E. Dorroh, Jr. administered the oath of office to Sims before he took his seat at the council table. Sims will serve until the next election. All town officials are up for re-election in the fall of 2018.

 

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