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Wed
03
Jul

Catahoula Lake appeal heads to Louisiana Supreme Court

Louisiana’s attorney general has appealed a lower court decision that could restrict public access to Catahoula Lake and its waterfowl, according to an article appearing in the June 28th edition of Louisiana Sportsman magazine.

On Friday, May 31, Louisiana’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, officially filed an appeal with the state supreme court to overturn a previous judicial decision that denies public access to one of the state’s most historic and important waterfowl hunting and research sanctuaries: Catahoula Lake.

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul

School personnel gets extra pay supplement

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Employees of the LaSalle Parish School System will receive an extra supplement in early July following action by LaSalle School Board members during a special meeting on Monday night of last week, as recommended by the board’s finance committee.

The board voted to approve payment of a one-time supplement of $827.00 for all degreed employees (positions requiring a degree), who worked a minimum of 85 days during the 2018-19 school year, as prorated on previous state raises.

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul

Final Story Hour held in LaSalle

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Wed
26
Jun

UPS Midstream continues to expand

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UPS Midstream Services of Jena, one of the area’s newest industrial neighbors, continues to grow and expand at its location next to the Jena Airport on LA 8 just west of Jena.

In December 2018, UPS Midstream Services acquired the O.M.S. (mechanic shop) of the Louisiana National Guard Armory, located across the street from the UPS Plant on Hanger Road, and opened a Pipeline Service Division at that location.

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun

Another parish school damaged by storm…

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Wed
26
Jun

New effort sought to honor WWII veterans

The Louisiana delegation to the U.S. Congress is seeking to get one event that would honor all the veterans from World War II.

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Ralph Abraham (RLA), Garret Graves (R-LA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA), have reached out to President Trump, asking him to designate a single state funeral for the last Medal of Honor Recipient from WWII and the 16 million men and women who served.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Police Jury gives LaSalle Bioenergy approval for ITEP

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A resolution giving LaSalle Bioenergy, LLC, permission to participate in the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) for their plant near Urania was approved by the LaSalle Parish Police Jury during its regular June meeting held Monday night of last week.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Olla to get state surplus funds for downtown improvement project

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Olla Town Engineer Henry Shuler informed the Mayor and Council at the regular town council meeting last week that the town is set to receive $256,000 in state surplus through Capital Outlay to fund the town’s downtown improvement project including new sidewalks.

 

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Catahoula NWR adds over 4,000 acres

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The Conservation Fund, American Electric Power and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced the addition of 4,113 acres of Louisiana wetlands and forestland to the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Long ago, much of the property was forested, and was later cleared for cropland.

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun

Urania’s fire rating increases

The Town of Urania now has an overall fire rating of six after the recent PIAL (Property Insurance Association of Louisiana) inspection of the town’s fire department, though those in the district not within seven road miles from a fire station and within 1,000 feet from a hydrant will remain at their current rating of nine.

The town’s previous intown rating was a five with a nine being out-of-town; however, the PIAL inspection has changed to issuing one overall rating for a town with the exception of the above mentioned requirements. The rating scale is from 1 to 10 with lower being better.

Mayor Terri Corley said Fire Chief William Strain and Secretary Stacie Strain had a meeting with those from PIAL last week regarding the fire rating and were informed the town’s rate increase is a result of the low number of members who have the required amount of training as well as issues with water pressure, which is being addressed.

 

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