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Tue
11
Sep

Work on “J-Turns” to begin in Tullos

Work to change the dangerous intersection in Tullos is set to begin this month as state officials recently approved an over $1.5 million contract for the installation of “J-Turns.”

The intersection of US 165 and US 84 in Tullos has long been a serious and often fatal problem for motorists and after more than a year of extensive research, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has come up with a solution they think will work.

“This is not what I wanted and it’s certainly not what the people of Tullos wanted, but this is what they are giving us,” District 22 State Representative Terry Brown said late last week. “I wanted an overpass. The people wanted an overpass. But LA Time Managers cut out the overpass to save money.”

 

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Tracking student progress in stateAn

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) has released data demonstrating how students in grades 4-12 are progressing toward fully mastering key concepts and skills in English language arts (ELA) and math year-after-year.

The release marks a significant step in the implementation of the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in which Louisiana leaders committed to developing a new tool to provide a more comprehensive view of school and school system performance.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Coach Mack Fowler

Longtime LaSalle Parish football coach Mack Fowler, right, was honored before the start of the Jena-Winnfield game last Thursday night during “Mack Fowler Night.” Current Giant Head Coach Jay Roark presented the coach with a large plaque noting all of this accomplishments during his coaching tenures at LaSalle High and Jena High, including currently holding the record of the most football wins of any head coach that coached in the parish

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Fantasy Sports betting item on ballot explained

“The Sports Betting Referendum on the Nov. 6th ballot is not a full fledged sports betting for Louisiana,” Ronnie Jones, Chairman of the State of Louisiana Gaming Control Board explains.

The proposal put on the ballot by the Louisiana Legislature only allows betting on Fantasy Football leagues, which is big business.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

School enrollment steady

Early enrollment figures for the public and private school students in LaSalle Parish shows a very slight decrease from the past school year, according to figures released this week. Enrollment in public and private schools decreased from 2,848 last year to 2,845 this year – a decrease of only three students.

However, when you add in the students who are home schooled, plus other students enrolled in private schools not seeking state approval in the parish, the total number of students in the parish is much higher. It is estimated that another 100 or so students fall into this category.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Voters to face long ballot on Nov. 6th

When LaSalle Parish voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, they will be facing a long ballot with many decisions to be made in the voting booth.

Eleven offices and/ or items will face voters parish wide, along with various other tax renewals for different districts, as well as municipal offices in two of the towns.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Giants and Tigers

The LaSalle High School Tigers and Jena High School Giants will open the 2018 football season this week, with the Giants hosting Winnfield on Thursday night in Jena, and the Tigers traveling to Beekman Charter.

The Jena Giants were honored to be selected to play in the prestigious Bayou Jamboree at Malone Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe last Saturday.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Bus drivers 58 years ago . . .

How many of these school bus drivers from the 1960-61 school session do you remember? Our thanks to Gloria Price Gulde for sharing this old photo for our readers to enjoy. All but two of the drivers are identified: front row, from left, Buster Cooper, Morris Smith, Marion Greer, Joe Terrell, C. E. Franklin, Earl Paul, unidentified, Nelse Allen, and unidentified; back row, Earnest Whatley, Leon Bradford, Dave Joy, Farrell Mitchell, Carter Huffman, Ikie Hailey, Sam Hodges, Earl Price, Julian Ratcliff, and Harold Ainsworth.

 

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Tue
21
Aug

Schools open for 2018-19 session…

Jena Junior High School teacher Casie Bradford instructs a room full of fellow educators in the “Technology Resources for Math” session during the LaSalle Parish Schools Professional Development Day held at Jena High School on Monday and Tuesday of last week. LaSalle Parish educators gathered from across the parish for the development days, sessions and assemblies in preparation for the 2018-19 academic year. Students reported to classroom across the parish on Wednesday morning to kick off another school year.

 

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Tue
21
Aug

Police Jury joined opioid litigation

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury decided at its regular August meeting held Monday night of last week to join other governing bodies around the state and nation in joint litigation against the manufacturers of opioids.

During the Jury’s June meeting, Attorney Walter May, former district attorney of the Second Judicial District, addressed the jurors on the issue, as did Attorney Mike Staggs of New Orleans.

Both men told jurors at that meeting that police juries throughout the state are being asked to join the joint-litigation aimed at three major drug wholesalers accountable for supplying the majority of opioids in the nation.

 

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