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Wed
11
Sep

Early voting coming up

Early voting for the October 12th primary election will begin in just over two weeks, according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer. Early voting begins on Saturday, Sept. 28, and runs through the following Saturday, October 5.

Early voting is held at the Registrar of Voters office each day during this 8-day period (except Sunday), from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Voters will have lots of decisions to make at the primary election, with a large number of candidates running from statewide, district, parish and ward offices.

 

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Wed
11
Sep

Sheriff ’s forum slated Thursday

The LaSalle Parish Republican Women are once again hosting a political forum before the upcoming sheriff’s election. It will be held on Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the LaSalle Parish Courtroom.

All three candidates – Scott Franklin, Scott McLendon, and Charles Turnage - have been invited to participate and retired Appellate Judge Jim Peters will be the moderator for the forum.

The public is invited and asked to bring any questions they may have for the candidates. The cutoff time for submitting those questions is 6:30 pm. the day of the forum.

 

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Wed
11
Sep

Catahoula Lake appeal heard by Louisiana Supreme Court

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Louisiana’s attorney general appealed a lower court decision that could restrict public access to Lake Catahoula and its waterfowl to the Louisiana Supreme Court in May, and last Wednesday, Sept. 4, the case was heard by the Court.

At the September 6 session, the Supreme Court granted a writ application on behalf of the State of Louisiana on the sole issue of whether the lower courts erred in failing to find that the plaintiffs’ suit had been filed in time, under either Louisiana law or Federal law.

In simple terms, the Court will decide if the lower courts were wrong in saying that the plaintiffs had not waited too long to file suit. Both Louisiana and Federal law require a suit to be filed within a certain time limit.

 

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Wed
11
Sep

Third Street Plaza project nears completion

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Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards has had just about enough of the constant delays involving the completion of the Third Street Plaza Project as she updated the Jena Town Council during their monthly meeting September 3.

“I have been on the phone all day (Tuesday, Sept. 3) after they (Progressive Construction Company of Alexandria) told me they would be here today to finish the area of Third Street by Rick’s Pizza and they didn’t show up,” Mayor Edwards said. “They had assured me they would be here today and they wouldn’t leave until it was finished. But they weren’t here today.”

Progressive Construction Company received the low bid for the nearly $1.2 million project back in August of 2018 and began work on the project in mid-January of 2019. The contract gave the company 160 days to complete upon their start.

 

Wed
04
Sep

Abraham’s campaign gets ‘spark’ with ad

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U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, the Republican candidate for governor, got a ‘spark’ it needed last week with the release of a television commercial, which has drawn national attention.

The second television ad outperformed the campaign’s expectations, Abraham told WAFB in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

In the commercial, Abraham makes eight statements that he calls “the truth,” though not all viewers will recognize each of the statements as fact.

 

 

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Wed
04
Sep

“Gathering of Voices” slated

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Chief Cheryl Smith of the Jena Band of Choctaws has issued an invitation to all stakeholders in LaSalle Parish to join her for a “Gathering of Voices” on Thursday, September 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Tribal Center, just west of Trout.

“I want to tell my story and the story of the Jena Band of Choctaws, where the Tribe is going, and how what we do affects the whole parish,” Chief Smith said.

 

 

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Wed
04
Sep

Tammy Reed seeking D-20 Representative

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Tammy Reed has announced as a candidate for the open seat in the House of Representatives from District 20, subject to action of voters in the district.

District 20 includes Caldwell, Franklin and parts of LaSalle and Catahoula Parishes. In LaSalle, Wards 5, 6, 10, and one precinct in District 9 is in District 20.

In making her announcement, Reed issued the following statement to voters in the district:

“As a candidate for District 20 House of Representatives, I and many others feel that I am the best qualified person to serve as the next State Representative for the District.  

 

 

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Wed
04
Sep

Judy Duhon seeks Dist. 32 Senate seat

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Judy Duhon, La-Salle born and educated, is bringing her leadership, experience, and conservative values to the Louisiana Senate seat for District 32, at the fall election.

In making her announcement for the open Senate seat, Duhon issued the following statement to voters in the district:

“On October 12, the District 32 Senate Race will bring many new challenges and opportunities for the voters. The candidate who can bring leadership and strong conservative values will help lead district 32 into a successful and meaningful relationship with all the needs of the people.

 

 

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Wed
28
Aug

Giants and Tigers to open season

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After months of summer workouts culminating with two-a-day practices, the Jena High School Giants and LaSalle High School Tigers will finally suit up for real games starting next week with the annual high school football jamborees.

The Giants will travel to Monroe Thursday night (Aug. 29) to once again participate in Bayou Jamb, one of the state’s premier high school football jamborees. Bayou Jamb will be held at ULM’s Malone Stadium and the Giants will play the Sterlington Panthers, a team that was the 2018 Class 3A state runner-ups, at 6:30 p.m.

The Tigers will travel to Vidalia Friday night (Aug. 30) to participate in their annual football jamboree with the Vidalia Vikings. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

 

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Wed
28
Aug

Important election dates

With the fall 2019 primary election fast approaching, Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews reminds voters of several important dates concerning the election.

The election is just six weeks away, slated for Saturday, October 12. The last day to register to vote in the Oct. 12 election is September 11, 2019.

On September 13, the Board of Election Commissioners will meet to draw commissioners to serve at the two fall elections.

He also noted that early voting will be held from Sept. 28 through Oct. 5, at the Registrar of Voters office in Jena. On election day, polls will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m.

 

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