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Wed
29
Jul

COVID-19 Update: 2nd death reported

Despite having some of the lowest COVID-19 positive cases in the state, LaSalle Parish’s recent increase in numbers has LaSalle Parish Sheriff and Homeland Security Director Scott Franklin urging residents to get back to proper sanitation.

“We’ve relaxed,” Franklin said. “For a large majority of our population we have stopped using hand sanitizers and using the precautions we used back in March and this, I believe, has resulted in our recent increase in our numbers.”

The Louisiana Department of Public Health has LaSalle Parish listed with 174 positives as of July 22, but as the sheriff continues to point out, that is not an accurate number.

 

 

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Wed
29
Jul

School readies for re-opening

LaSalle Parish schools continue to prepare for their re-opening August 13 as they wait to see which Phase Louisiana will be in as established by the governor.

“Our individual schools are working on their school plans to be ready for students no matter what Phase we are in come August 13,” LaSalle School Superintendent Janet Tullos said Monday. “Each school will have plans to accommodate for social distancing during all activities, such as lunch, and other group settings.”

For the 2020-21 school year, the LaSalle Parish School System is allowing the option of learning completely virtual from home for any student/parent that desires that method.

 

 

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Wed
22
Jul

Business-Industry Appreciation Week

For 45 years LaSalle Parish has taken a week of each year to recognize it’s businesses and industries that have helped make this one of the state’s strongest parishes economically.

From record unemployment rates, to steady retail sales, to continual growth in new economic opportunities, LaSalle Parish continues to be the envy of the state thanks in part to strong leadership, a strong workforce, and a strong moral value system.

This week officials of LaSalle Parish have proclaimed July 20-24 as “Business and Industry Appreciation Week” throughout the parish and urges citizens to show their appreciation to all industries and businesses.

 

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Wed
22
Jul

School re-opening plan adopted

The LaSalle Parish School Board officially adopted the 2020-21 school-reopening plan at their regular monthly meeting Monday night, July 13, in Jena.

The plan features different options that are directly related to which phase the governor has the state in during the time of school’s start date of August 13.

“School will look different this year than in the past,” LaSalle School Superintendent Janet Tullos said at the meeting. “Our plans will not be perfect, but we have strived to be reasonable, practical, and flexible.”

“We also want to make it perfectly clear that we do not expect students to wear masks all day, every day,” she continued. “They will have to wear them during transition times, between classes, but to require them to wear them all day every day is just unreasonable.”

 

Wed
22
Jul

Retail sales hold steady

Retail sales hold steady

Retail sales for fiscal year 2019- 20 held steady despite the prolonged shutdown because of the Coronavirus which halted a lot of businesses in mid-March. However, essential businesses, which generate the majority of sales taxes, continued to operate.

According to figures just released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collect sales taxes for several bodies in the parish, tax collections was down parish wide and in the town of Olla, but up in the town of Jena.

On the first of three one-cent sales tax collected by the LaSalle Parish School Board, collection was down by $431,114.27 from the previous year, but was higher than collections in fiscal year 2017-18.

Wed
15
Jul

Committee named to study Belah gas issue

Committee named to study Belah gas issue

A committee to study and make recommendations on finding a solution to the natural gas service problem in the Belah Community was named by Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards following a lengthy discussion at the July meeting of the Jena Town Council held Tuesday night of last week.

At its June meeting, the Town Council voted to discontinue natural gas service to residents on the Belah system because the system has become dangerous and hazardous and maintenance and upkeep has become prohibited.

Mayor Edwards said town officials had met with state officials and were told that the town would need to replace or abandon the Belah area of the gas system. Replacing the system would cost an estimated $1-million which the Mayor said at the time that it would take the town around 50 years to recoup.

 

 

Wed
15
Jul

LaSalle Republicans give President Trump 99.51% of votes cast

The Presidential Preference Primary election was finally held last Saturday following dates being re-set twice, and Republican voters in LaSalle Parish gave President Donald Trump a whopping 99.51% of the votes cast.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden received 58.82% of the votes cast by his party in LaSalle Parish.

Republican voters, who turned out 35 percent strong in the parish gave Trump a total of 1,213 votes, or 99.51%. Three of the other four candidates received 2 votes each.

Democratic voters, who turned out just 12 percent strong in the parish, gave Joe Biden just 170 votes, or 58.82%. Several candidates who had dropped out of the race also received votes, as follows: Michael Bennet, 22; Mike Bloomberg, 5; Pete Buttigleg, 5; Tulsi Gabbard, 4; Amy Klobuchar, 12; Bernie Sanders, 12; Elizabeth Warren, 4; Andrew Yang, 20. The other 6 democratic candidates received a total of 21 votes.

 

 

Wed
15
Jul

Sheriff challenges governor’s orders

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards ushered the state into mandatory face coverings Monday but not before LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin publicly challenged the governor by announcing he will not be enforcing the new directives.

Franklin made the announcement via his Facebook account where he posted: “My office will not enforce wearing a mask,” the sheriff wrote. “The numbers aren’t adding up like we are being told to believe.”

The posting immediately received thousands of interactions, the majority affirming his position, and soon other sheriffs in the state followed suit noting they would not be enforcing the mandate either.

 

 

 

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Wed
15
Jul

Schools reopen August 13

Schools reopen August 13

LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos announced on Monday that parish schools will open for their 2020-2021 school year Thursday, August 13, as originally set.

A plan was submitted and approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board Monday night at their regular monthly meeting but due to this newspaper’s press deadline, was unable to be included in this week’s issue. (Check The Jena Times Facebook page or www.lasallepsb.com to view the plan.)

The plan was derived after school officials received input from parents through a survey where they were allowed to choose various instructional options.

 

 

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Wed
08
Jul

Reopening plan to be released next week LaSalle Parish School System

LaSalle Parish public school officials will officially unveil their 2020-2021 school year reopening plan early next week as they continue to comb through parent surveys and make preparations this week.

“The deadline for the parent surveys is Friday, July 10, so we are waiting until then to make sure we have as much parents’ input as possible before we make a final decision about our reopening plan,” LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos said late last week. “We are preparing three different instructional methods right now but the input from our parents will determine which is the most efficient option or options that we need to go with in order for all of our students to receive the quality education they deserve.”

The three different instructional methods being considered are:

 

 

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