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Wed
24
Jul

Qualifying in two weeks

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Qualifying for this fall’s state election is just two weeks away, to be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 6-7-8.

Legislative and local candidates can qualify at the LaSalle Clerk of Court’s office in Jena. Clerk Steve Andrews reminds candidates that qualifying fees (listed elsewhere in this issue) must be paid by cash, certified check or money order. (Personal checks will not be accepted.)

Statewide candidates will qualify with the Secretary of State in Baton Rouge. Candidates will receive a campaign finance package when they qualify

 

 

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Wed
24
Jul

More administrators assigned for 2019-20

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More administrators were extended contracts at four different schools in the parish during a special meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board held Monday night of last week.

The Board approved the performance standards and a new twoyear contract for Kara Masling, principal at LaSalle High School, as well as for Malacha Harris, assistant principal at Olla Elementary School. Masling’s contract runs from July 7, 2019, to July 6, 2021, and Harris’ contract is from Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2021.

 

 

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Wed
24
Jul

LEAP results show great gains for LaSalle

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The Louisiana Department of Education released results from the spring 2019 LEAP tests recently and La-Salle Parish administrators are more than pleased with what the scores show.

“We have made gains in every area and the results show better numbers from last year,” LaSalle Parish School Superintendent Janet Tullos said. “We are achieving what we have been preparing for and all of LaSalle Parish should be proud.”

 

 

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Wed
17
Jul

Eight-year-old Landon Jones

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Eight-year-old Landon Jones sets up an experiment featuring wood and magnets during the Centennial Cultural Center’s Science Experimentation Camp in downtown Olla last week. Students spent the whole week learning and performing various scientific experiments as well as learning magnetism, electricity and solar energy.

 

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Wed
17
Jul

Retail sales soar

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Retail sales in LaSalle Parish for the past fiscal year broke all records with parish wide retail sales increasing by more than 31-percent, according to figures released by the Concordia Sales Tax Collection Agency, which collect sales taxes for several bodies in the parish.

Total retail sales for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, was placed at $303.0-million, compared to $230.9-million during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

The LaSalle Parish School Board and LaSalle Law Enforcement District saw a substantial rise in sales tax collections for the fiscal year, gaining more than 31-percent.

 

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Wed
17
Jul

Business-Industry Appreciation Week

Officials in LaSalle Parish have proclaimed this week as “Business and Industry Appreciation Week” throughout the parish and urge citizens to show their appreciation to all industries and businesses.

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury, School Board, LaSalle Economic Development District (LEDD), Olla-Urania-Tullos-Standard Economic Development District (O.U.T.S.), and all four towns have joined in a special proclamation declaring this special week in the parish.

The week, set aside to salute all businesses, both large and small, was started more than 44 years ago by the former LaSalle Parish Development Board. After LaSalle Parish had observed the week for about five years, the Louisiana Department of Commerce and Industry picked up on the idea and made it into a statewide observance for years.

 

Wed
10
Jul

LaSalle Parish Communications District 9-1-1

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LaSalle Parish Communications District 9-1-1 Assistant Administrator Logan Whatley and 9-1-1 Administrator Ann Breland assign a new address using a map, collected information and an engineer’s scale at the district’s office located in Room 15 inside the LaSalle Parish Courthouse (former location of the Registrar’s Office).

 

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Wed
10
Jul

Life-saving service

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LaSalle Parish’s 911 emergency service, one of the most well known local services, is offered by one of the parish’s lesser-known entities – the LaSalle Parish Communications District.

The district was created in July 1996 when the LaSalle Parish Police Jury approved its creation and appointed a seven-member board. In 1997, Ann Breland was hired as the 9-1-1 Administrator and began the massive undertaking of mapping all parish roads and structures and assigning each one a number. La-Salle Parish was the sixth from last in the state to establish a communications district.

“We’re better known as the 911 office,” Breland said. “When the district was formed I think everyone probably thought it would just be a flip of a switch in the telephone office for 9-1-1, but there is so much we do that people don’t know about then and now.”

 

Wed
10
Jul

LPSB assigns administrators

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Five more administrators were extended new contracts and assigned to various duties during a brief July meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board held on Monday night of last week.

Performance standards and two-year contracts were awarded to the following:

• Rhonda Russell as Principal at Olla Elementary School, Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2021.

• Jeremy Cassels as Principal at Jena Junior High School, Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2021.

 

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Wed
03
Jul

Jena Airport to get federal grant funds

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced last week that five airports in the Fifth Congressional District, including the one in Jena, will receive about $719,000 in combined federal funding to make facility enhancements.

“Our rural airports are key components to the economies of these communities. I’m glad to see these federal dollars coming to Louisiana to help these airports become even stronger,” Abraham said.

 

 

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