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12
Aug

Tullos bond issue on ballot Saturday

Saturday is election day for the voters in Tullos as they go to the polls to decide the fate of a $525,000 bond issue to be used for improvements to the Tullos Water System, according to Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews.

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Wed
12
Aug

Audit reveals Jena in sound financial shape

The audit for the year ending December 31, 2019, reveals the town of Jena is in very sound financial condition, as the mayor and members of the Town Council learned during the regular August meeting held Tuesday night of last week.

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Wed
12
Aug

Start of school delayed?

Start of school delayed?

The LaSalle Parish School Board held a special meeting Monday night, August 10, at the LaSalle Parish Media Center in Jena, to decide whether or not to delay the start of public school.

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Wed
05
Aug

Early voting for Aug. 15 election ends Saturday

Early voting for the Saturday, August 15th election is now underway at the Registrar of Voters office in Jena, according to Registrar Angie Sandifer. Early voting started on July 25, and will end this Saturday, August 8 – a week ahead of the election.

The Registrar notes that those wishing to vote early must do so at the Registrar of Voters office between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during this period, and a photo-ID is required when voting.

Only one item appears on the ballot for this election and that is a bond issue proposition for the Town of Tullos for completely renovating the town’s water system. The bond issue is for $525,000 which the town proposes to pay back with proceeds from the 1.5-cent sales tax approved late last year by Tullos voters.

Mayor Karla Cockerham said the sales tax generate sufficient funds to easily pay for the bond issue without having to raise rates for citizens of Tullos.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19

Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19
Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19
Programs designed to help those impacted by Covid-19

Two programs approved by the Louisiana Legislature during the recent session were designed to help essential workers and Louisiana business owners, according to the legislative delegation representing LaSalle Parish.

Sen. Glen D. Womack of Harrisonburg, Senate District #32; Rep. Neil Riser of Columbia, District 20; and Rep. Gabe Firment of Pollock, District 22, were in-strumental in getting both programs approved in a bipartisan effort.

The first program provides a one-time payment of $250 as hazard payment to essential Louisiana workers, and the second program, called ‘Louisiana Main Street Recovery’ program, provides grant funds up to $15,000 of reimbursable expenses for businesses throughout the state.

The Louisiana De partment of Revenue will take payment applications through Oct. 31 for the hazard payment Continued from page 1A program at frontlineworkers.la.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

LaSalle remains with lowest jobless rate

Unemployment figures for Louisiana for the month of June 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.

LaSalle’s jobless rate was 5.9-percent with the closest parishes to LaSalle being Red River and West Feliciana, both with a jobless rate of 6.7-percent. A good many of the parishes had unemployment figures into the double digits.

In fact, this is the third month in a row LaSalle had the lowest unemployment rate of any parish in the state. In April, the jobless figure for LaSalle was 7.2-percent while many other parishes had unemployment rates into the double digits.

Wed
05
Aug

Schools set to open next week

LaSalle Parish schools are set to open next week but exactly what that will look like depends upon which phase Governor John Bel Edwards has the State of Louisiana in next Thursday.

“Our plans are in place to educate our students whether we are in Phase 1, 2, or 3,” said LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos. “We are confident in our administrations, educators, faculty, support personnel, our students and their parents, that despite the COVID-19 pandemic education in LaSalle Parish will not only continue but it will thrive.”

Governor Edwards is expected to announce whether he will keep Louisiana in Phase 2, or move the state to Phase 3, or even possibly back to Phase 1 this week. (That information was not available at press time Monday.)

Wed
05
Aug

Several area officials question coronavirus numbers from state

Several sheriffs and homeland security directors in the state last week drew statewide attention when they questioned the accuracy of coronavirus numbers being listed by the Louisiana Department of Hospitals (LDH).

LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin, who also serves as Homeland Security Director for the parish, is one of the sheriffs who has disagreed with state numbers since the state first started publishing COVID-19 numbers in mid-March.

Franklin appeared on the popular conservative-Louisiana talk radio show Moon Griffon twice last week, first in an appearance to confirm along with other parishes that the numbers the state is taunting are not correct and again to respond to the governor’s Thursday press conference where he accused the several sheriffs of putting out false information.

Wed
05
Aug

Discussing gas service to Belah…

Discussing gas service to Belah…

State and local officials met in Jena on Monday of this week to discuss a way to keep the Belah area in the Jena gas system. At their July meeting, a committee was named to study and make recommendations on a solution to the natural gas service provided to nearly 90 residences in the Belah Community. Jena is under orders to replace or abandon the Belah system. Shown discussing the problem are from left, counter-clockwise: Sen. Glen Womack, Rep. Neil Riser, Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards, Jena Attorney Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., Town Superintendent David Miller, Consultant John Lennox, Rep. Gabe Firment, Justin Reeves, Jena council members Tommy Sandifer and Lester Francis. Also in attendance were four representatives from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, who oversees Louisiana pipelines, such as the Belah natural gas line. Story and related photo can be found on Page 7A in this issue of your parish newspaper.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
29
Jul

“You do not need to be afraid”

“You do not need to be afraid”

If there was one message Cardiologist Joseph Landrene au, M.D., could share with the public concerning COVID-19, it would simply be: “You do not need to be afraid.”

Landreneau, with Red River Cardiology in Alexandria with clinics in Jena and Winnfield, has been keeping up with the coronavirus through various sources, and although he is not an infectious disease special ist, he like many other physicians have followed the virus since it first came to the United States.

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