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Wed
11
Jan

Justiss Oil makes painful decisions

Officials feel worst is behind them 

 

By Craig Franklin 

In the words of Justiss Oil Company President Jim Justiss, 2016 will be remembered as a year “where painful decisions had to be made” in regards to the company that has been a fixture in LaSalle Parish since 1946.

“But, I think the worst is behind us,” he continued. “We’re still here, still going, and we’ll continue to be here for years to come.”

Not since the oil crisis of the late 1980’s when the price of oil dropped as low as $12 per barrel has the industry faced such difficult times as in recent months. In January of 2016, the price per barrel had plummeted to $28 but adjustments at Justiss had already begun.

 

Wed
11
Jan

Good Pine Middle Teacher Chasity Sherrill

Good Pine Middle Teacher Chasity Sherrill points out which plants are which in one of the 4x8 box gardens to para-professional Gloria Turner and students (left to right) DeArius Cooper, Jacob Wiley and Gabriel Conley. The planting boxes make up part of the GPMS school garden provided through The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Good Food Project and donations from a man out of Connecticut. GPMS is one of four parish schools to take part in the project to grow seasonal plants such as tomatoes, peas, cabbage and more.

 

Wed
11
Jan

Tullos officials making wishlist

The Tullos Town Council’s first meeting of the New Year last week centered around discussion of upcoming grant applications, current grant funding, officer candidates and more.

Town Clerk Melody Strawn asked the Council what would be their wishlist for the upcoming parish-wide Blue Cross-Blue Shield grant application. The discussion was continued from last month were the Council expressed interest in applying for LED lighting in the Tullos Recreational Park.

Police Chief Gary McDaniel suggested to the Council that the Tullos ballpark could be considered for the grant application since if it had lighting, new seating, etc. then it could be utilized by the community. There was a lengthy discussion about the ballpark and the suggestion with the Council members deeming it a good idea, so Strawn added it to the wishlist. Strawn will present the ideas to Cynthia Cockerham with LEDD, who serves as the grant administrator.

 

Tue
03
Jan

Local businesses see up-tick in Christmas shopping

There is no doubt that LaSalle Parish’s economy is industry driven; more specifically, it is oil industry driven.

As the dust, or rather, mud settled after the recent presidential election, many local businesses experienced an increase in local spending during the Christmas holiday shopping season, as the promise of a better oil industry seemed to prompt residents into spending with anticipation.

“Really, since Black Friday, business has been good,” said Mac’s Graphic Design owner Robert Neal. “I absolutely think the (presidential) election had something to do with that. The fear of the unknown associated with that election has eased and most people are just relieved that the entire election process is over.”

 

Tue
03
Jan

Jena native Chelsea Ganey

Jena native Chelsea Ganey and her roping partner, Tillman Saucier of Pollock, hold a check for $284,000 after they won big at the Priefert World Series of Team Roping Grand Finale XI in Las Vegas on December 10. “We were definitely motivated that day,” Ganey said about their win. “We just said let’s go get another one caught, and that’s it.”

 

Tue
03
Jan

Top stories for LaSalle in 2016

A review of stories that made headlines in The Jena Times during the year just ended revealed several events which could be classified as the “top story” of the year.

Perhaps the top story for the year was the elections held in 2016. The election of a new president, vice president, senator, and other public officials created a lot of interest in the parish, as it did throughout the nation.

The historic flooding occurring in March of 2016 ranks among the top five stories of the year as millions of dollars in damage was caused by record flood waters, especially in lower LaSalle Parish.

 

Tue
27
Dec

properTroopers make special delivery

Four Troop E Troopers made a special delivery to 8-month-old Melodee Jeter, a patient at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania, on Christmas Eve morning.
 
Members of Troop E, along with family members, visited area hospitals to hand out gifts to children in the hospital, a tradition that began 16 years ago.
 
Troopers delivering gifts to Melodee were Master Trooper Linda Vachula, TFC Chance Williams, Senior Trooper Joe Dessens, and Lt. Chris Adams, along with Vachula family members, Celeste Jimmerson and Justin Cox.
 
 
Tue
27
Dec

APPLES Christmas Shopping Spree

Tue
27
Dec

Property taxes due this Friday

Property taxes for the parish and various towns are due this Friday, Dec. 30th, the last business day of the year. Tax statements for year 2016 went out in the mail in mid-November.
 
The tax statements were mailed by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, as the Sheriff is the ex-officio tax collector for the parish. Taxes are based on assessments assigned by the LaSalle Parish Assessor’s office.
 
 
Mon
19
Dec

Property taxes due Dec. 30th

Tax statements for year 2016 went out in the mail to LaSalle Parish taxpayers in mid-November and taxes are due by Friday, Dec. 30th (the last business day of the year).
 
The tax statements were mailed by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, as the Sheriff is the ex-officio tax collector for the parish. Taxes are based on assessments assigned by the LaSalle Parish Assessor’s office.

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