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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
12
Mar

Early voting ends Saturday

Early voting for the March 24th school board tax renewal election is now underway and will continue through this coming Saturday, March 17, according to LaSalle Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer. Voters can cast early ballots at the Registrar’s office, across the street from the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday.

At the March 24th special election, the LaSalle Parish School Board has scheduled a tax renewal proposition for a 21-mills tax on all property subject to taxation in the entire parish. This tax has been on the tax rolls for decades and is one of the primary sources of income for the school system.

 

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Mon
12
Mar

Sheriff addresses School Board on ‘shooter safety’

LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin addressed members of the LaSalle Parish School Board at their regular March meeting on Monday night of last week regarding active shooter safety.

“For the past ten years that I have been fortunate to serve as Sheriff, the safety of our schools has always been in the forefront of my mind,” he started out. “Before I came into office, a couple of schools had resource officers but about that time the federal funding for that program ran out and the program ended. It would cost about $800,000 a year to put officers in every school in the parish, and my department doesn’t have the funds for this, and I’m sure you don’t either,” Franklin stated

 

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Mon
12
Mar

Spotlight shines on Rod Brady

Before last Wednesday, many of the high school students in LaSalle and Catahoula parishes had very little knowledge of the Central Louisiana Technical College (CLTCC) Rod Brady Campus in Jena; and for that matter, many had never heard of Country Music Television’s (CMT) up and coming star Courtney Cole. But all that changed in a matter of minutes. Approximately 170 students, mostly juniors, from Jena, LaSalle, and Harrisonburg high schools visited the Rod Brady campus March 7 for the CMT Empowering Education event featuring CMT star Cole.

 

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Wed
07
Mar

Early voting to begin Saturday

Early voting for the March 24th school board tax renewal election will begin this Saturday, March 10, and continue through the following Saturday, March 17, according to LaSalle Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Voters can cast early ballots at the Registrar’s office, across the street from the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day during the seven day period.

 

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Wed
07
Mar

A Great Day!!

An excited Urania Mayor Terri Corley points out the site where Hunt Forest Products will build a $115 million, state-of-the-art lumber mill at Urania. The mill will be constructed on a 125 acre site located adjacent to the Drax Biomass plant (seen at left), which occupies 160 acres at the site of the old Georgia-Pacific plywood plant. The sawmill will lead to 110 direct new jobs when in full operation, plus another 307 indirect jobs. Construction is expected to start in April, and the new mill is expected to be in operation by January 2019. “The forestry industry is what led Henry Hardtner to establish the town of Urania almost 130 years ago, so we’re very pleased to be working with Hunt Forest Products and Tolko to bring LaSalle Lumber Company – a new economic engine – to our community,” Corley said. 

 

Wed
07
Mar

Catahoula Lake expects to crest later this week

With water level about 20-feet above flood stage on Monday morning, Catahoula Lake is expected to rise for a few more days before it starts falling, according to LaSalle Homeland Security Director Sheriff Scott Franklin.

As of Monday morning, the water stage on Catahoula Lake was 46.8-feet, with flood stage being 28.0-feet.

Little River at Rochelle had crested at 36.0 feet Sunday, and was beginning to fall, which should slow the rise on Catahoula Lake. Weather Service officials said flood warning continues for Little River until Wednesday morning. Minor flooding is occurring along the river. 

 

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Mon
26
Feb

Gardner sentenced to long prison termJHS

A 67-year-old Good Pine man was sentenced to serve 40-years at hard labor after entering a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter in 28th Judicial District Court last Thursday, according to LaSalle District Attorney J. Reed Walters.

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, four days before jury selection was to begin, Melvin L. Gardner entered a guilty plea to the charge of manslaughter in the death of Jamie Bates. The crime occurred on March 17, 2017 in the Good Pine Community, just west of Jena.

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Mon
26
Feb

School improvements

Even with a brand new school building like Jena Elementary School, the need for improvements for the LaSalle Parish School Board is a constant problem; factor in several buildings more than 50 years old and the need is even greater.

LaSalle School Superintendent Janet Tullos, along with members of the LaSalle Parish School Board, have made improvements to parish schools one of their top priorities.

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Mon
26
Feb

Career/ Technical Education Day proclaimed

Several LaSalle Parish officials met at the Rod Brady Campus of the Central Louisiana Technical and Community College last week to sign a proclamation declaring Wednesday, March 7, 2018, as “Career and Technical Education Day” in the parish. The day was proclaimed in recognition of the Rod Brady Campus being selected as part of the CMT’s Empowering Education tour in Louisiana.

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Mon
19
Feb

Hardtner Medical plans for future

If all goes as planned, Hardtner Medical Center in Urania will soon break ground on a brand new, 21,000 square foot Family Clinic. It’s the first of several major projects to be completed within the next 3-5 years as the hospital undergoes a major renovation and total reorganization. “I am so pleased with the amount of growth we have seen in the past 17 years,

” Hardtner Administrator Paul Mathews said. “When I first came here (in 2001) we had three doctors and within a short time two of those left. In my first year we were literally down to just one doctor - Dr. K.P. Mauterer.” Today, Hardtner has 30 physicians on staff ranging from family practice to all the major specialties. The growth has been so much that they have outgrown the

Hardtner Medical Clinic, opened just eight years ago, necessitating the need for a new, more spacious facility

 

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