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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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Feb

LaSalle citizens get more‘Bang for their Buck’

SmartAsset recently released its list of counties/parishes where citizens get the most ‘Bang for their Buck’, and LaSalle Parish ranked second highest in Louisiana. Only Allen Parish in south central Louisiana ranked higher, and right behind LaSalle was Winn Parish coming in for the third best parish for getting the most bang for your buck.

In reaching the conclusion on which parishes and/or countries in the United States provided the most ‘Bang for their Buck’, SmartAsset factored in property taxes, analyzed the quality of local schools, and the local crime rates to find where people were seeing the most value.

 

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Tue
13
Feb

Urania stops garbage pickup service in town

Residents in the town of Urania no longer have garbage pickup.

Urania Mayor Terri Corley informed the town council at their regular meeting last Monday night, February 5, that they were forced to stop garbage pickup for its residents because of financial reasons.

 

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Tue
13
Feb

LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick

LaSalle Assessor Tom Kendrick, seated at left, explains to Urania officials a new mapping system available to the town and other public bodies that allows the mapping of all public services. Kendrick spoke at the regular meeting of the council held Monday night of last week. The mapping system will be a benefit to everyone in LaSalle Parish. It allows for input of data such as 911 addresses, fire hydrants, water lines, sewer lines, etc., and has a multitude of uses.

 

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Tue
13
Feb

Drax Biomass relocating HQ to area

Drax Biomass announced late last week that it is relocating its base of operations to Monroe from Atlanta, Georgia. Drax Biomass purchased the German Pellet plant in Urania early last year and after undergoing extensive upgrades, the plant was put into full operation in late 2017.

It is unclear whether the move will create new jobs within the company itself, but it will bring more jobs to our area by moving existing jobs from Atlanta to Monroe. It is possible that jobs for which current employees decline to relocate will be open to local residents.

 

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Mon
05
Feb

Lawmakers producing legislation ahead of session

By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais LaPolitics.com

 

The regular session of the Louisiana Legislature doesn’t convene until March 12. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to see what lawmakers are working on. As of Monday afternoon there were already 41 instruments filed in the House and 17 in the Senate.

While most are being filed to meet the Legislature’s retirement policy deadlines, a few other policy issues are in the queue. House Natural Resources Chairman Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, has HB 4 to extend the special fee on saltwater fishing licenses to fund LACREEL, which the federal government recently approved to handle Louisiana’s coming fish counts.

 

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Mon
05
Feb

Jena High senior

Jena High senior Samantha Adkins and her mother, Patricia Hefner, work to fill out her FAFSA in preparation for higher education during the class taught by JHS Guidance Counselor Sam Manning at the annual LaSalle Parish Schools Parent Expo last week. Hundreds of parents and students along with school administrators, faculty and staff members gathered at Jena High School for the annual event where booths were hosted by parish schools, services, area hospitals and more.

Free food and drinks were handed out as well as various pamphlets and goodies from each booth and door prizes were drawn throughout the evening. (See more photos from the event inside this issue of your hometown newspaper)

 

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Mon
05
Feb

The Rogers-Nebo Volunteer Fire

The Rogers-Nebo Volunteer Fire Department received a $3,000 check from TransCanada Corporation for the department to purchase air compressors and a generator: (left to right) Operation Techs Joel Esters and Kevin Tullos with TransCanada Corporation and Fire Chief Bill Warwick. According to an official statement,

TransCanada is proud to be part of the energy and enthusiasm surrounding this community initiative. With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. Fire Chief Warwick and the entire department would like to thank TransCanada Corporation for the generous contribution.

 

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Mon
29
Jan

Whitetails Unlimited banquet is Thursday

The fifth annual Whitetails Unlimited LaSalle Area Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Community Center in Jena (former Jena Fair Barn).

This special event will feature raffles, games, silent auction, and live auction, as a delicious supper. Over the past three years, the LaSalle Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited has been able to financially fund Archery in the School program at Jena Junior High School. Enough archery equipment was purchased that other schools can use this equipment if they desire to start the Archery in School Program in their schools.

 

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Mon
29
Jan

GPMS Archery Team takes First Place

The Good Pine Middle School Archery Team won first place in the Elementary Division out of 16 other elementary school teams at the ALAS South Regional Tournament in Alexandria on January 20. GPMS shot a score of 2,918 with 74 - 10’s (bullseyes), surpassing their 2,725 score at nationals earlier this year.

Mon
29
Jan

‘Empowering Education’ tour in Louisiana

The Rod Brady Campus of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), located in Jena, is among several Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges selected for the cable network, CMT’s Empowering Education tour in Louisiana. CMT and Louisiana’s own country star Courtney Cole will soon rule the road in the first-ever statewide “Empowering Education” tour. CMT revealed dates for a series of eight free concerts, which officially kick off March 5 in Bossier City.

 

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