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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Mon
21
May

LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin places

LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin places a Torch Run medal around the neck of Brad Oswalt, an athlete from the LADD Center in Jena, prior to the start of the Louisiana Torch Run held in Jena last week. Athletes from the LADD Center and LaSalle Parish School system Special Education program, joined law enforcement officers from the sheriff’s office, Jena police department and others in the 1-mile leg of the Louisiana Torch Run in Jena. The Torch Run in Jena was one of the first of many taking place around Louisiana to bring awareness to Special Olympics Louisiana and the upcoming State Summer Games. (See story and related

 

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Mon
14
May

Administrators’ contracts renewed

Performance standards and 2-year contracts for two supervisors, two principals and one assistant principal was approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular May meeting held Monday night of last week. Supervisor of Elementary Education Kathryn Tyler’s contract was renewed beginning June 1, 2018, and ending May 31, 2020, and Supervisor of Secondary Education Tania “Tish” Taylor’s contract was renewed beginning May 8, 2018, and ending May 7, 2020. LaSalle Junior High School Principal Stephanie Clark’s contract was renewed beginning June 6, 2018, and ending June 5, 2020, and Jena Elementary School Principal Deedra Zeagler’s contract was renewed beginning June 5, 2018, and ending June 4, 2020.

 

 

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Mon
14
May

Entergy rates coming down due to tax cuts

Entergy Louisiana customers will see their power bills fall an average of $10 per month this year, according to Public Service Commissioner Mike Francis. The Louisiana Public Service Commission reached an agreement recently with Entergy on renewal of its Formula Rate Plan (RFP) through August 2021.

 

The RFP directs Entergy to immediately share with its customers, dollar for dollar, the money it saved from the federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that lowered its tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. The federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was passed by Congress in December and signed into law before the end of 2017 by President Donald Trump.

 

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Mon
14
May

Jena Junior High eighth grader

Jena Junior High eighth grader Audrey Andrews twists a prosthetic leg off LaSalle High alum and speaker Bill Baldridge at his insistence at the start of Baldridge’s recent talk with students at the JJHS Gymnasium. Baldridge was in a horrible wreck in his early 20’s and two of his friends were killed due to driving while intoxicated.

 

He lost both his legs and nearly his life. He shared his story with the students along with a Powerpoint presentation and his message - YAWI (You Are Worth It). He said he does not share with students for them to feel sorry for him but to encourage them to make smart choices. He also spoke to LJHS students at an assembly later that day. (See photos and story inside this edition.)

 

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Mon
07
May

Diploma Time…

Honor graduates from both high schools in the parish will lead in commencement exercises this week at each of the schools. Graduation at LaSalle High School will be at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 10, at Tiger Stadium. Graduation at Jena High School will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11, at Guy Campbell Memorial Athletic Complex.

Mon
30
Apr

Small Business Week

Small Business Week is being celebrated throughout America during this week – April 29-May 5.

An annual event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), the week is an opportunity for national and community leaders to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the country’s economy.

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Mon
30
Apr

Tullos voters soundly defeat bond proposal

Voters in the Town of Tullos soundly defeated a proposal on last Saturday’s ballot which would have allowed the town to sell $525,000 in water revenue bonds to help finance improvements to the town’s water system.

Voters cast 79 no votes, or 81.44% of those voting, to 18 yes votes, or 18.56% of those voting, thus soundly defeating the proposition. About 43% of the registered voters in Tullos cast ballots in this election.

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Mon
30
Apr

Guilty verdict

A 28-year-old Tullos man was found guilty of two murder related charges following a three-day trial in 28th Judicial District Court last week, according to J. Reed Walters, LaSalle Parish District Attorney.

The 12-member jury found Joshua D. Sant, 28, of Tullos, guilty of the crimes of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, for the murder of Chelsea Copling.

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Mon
30
Apr

Littering could land you in jail, plus fine

If a bill that is making its way through the Louisiana Legislature becomes law, littering in the bayou state could land offenders in jail for 30 days, plus hefty fines.

Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, introduced House Bill 35, which would add the option of 30 days in jail to penalties for gross littering in Louisiana and extend the amount of time someone can be prosecuted for the crime.

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Mon
23
Apr

Olla Town Square Market’s Kids Club Fun Day successful

The Olla Town Square Market’s Kids Club Fun Day was filled with bunnies, chickens, seeds, exercise and more at the kick-off for the second year of the market’s popular Kids Club, where kids (ages 2-17) receive free tokens redeemable for fresh fruit or veggies each week at the spring/summer market. Molly Taylor enjoys holding a bunny at the event last week, which was funded in part by The Rapides Foundation and featured different stations for the kids to visit.

Funding for the club allows for 150 kids to enroll in the token program – and over 170 children were in attendance for the fun day event. For more information, visit the Olla Town Square Market Facebook page. (See more photos inside this issue

 

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