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Workforce Board request approved by Police Jury

The LaSalle Parish Police Jury, meeting in regular April session on Monday night of last week, gave approval to the Louisiana Workforce Development Board Area 60 to apply for supplemental funding for their programs. The resolution adopted by the Jury states: “The Louisiana Workforce Development Board Area 60 desires to seek diverse funding opportunities to increase employment and training services in Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle and Winn parishes.  
 
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Food Bank’s “Good Food Project” grows in LaSalle

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Olla Elementary fifth grade science students in Melba Hodge’s classes along with other LaSalle Parish students recently were a part of something that youth have done for centuries – learn to grow plants. The OES students, along with others from Jena Elementary, Jena High and Good Pine Middle, were presented with the opportunity to care for two 4x8 raised wooden beds of seasonable vegetables and other plant life as part of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Good Food Project. The beds will be replanted twice a year and the Food Bank offers follow-up help, technical support, demonstrations and more to project participants throughout the school year.  
 
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JJHS Archery Team is recognized

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The Jena Junior High Archery Team was recognized during the LaSalle Parish School Board’s regular April meeting held Monday night of last week. The JJHS team, which participates in the ALAS (Archery in Louisiana Schools) program, is set to participate in national competition for NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) in Louisville, Kentucky on May 12-14, 2016. JJHS Principal Rhonda Russell introduced the team to the board and public as well as JJHS teacher and program instructor Kelsie Jolly and ALAS State Coordinator Robert Stroede. During the meeting, the Board approved out-of-state travel for the team members and school chaperones to attend the national competition.  
 
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12
Apr

First quarter retail sales drop

Retail sales for the first quarter of 2016 in LaSalle Parish dropped by about 8.5 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2015, according to figures just released by the Concordia Parish Sales Tax Collection Agency. Sales taxes collected by the LaSalle Parish School Board dropped by 8.5 percent, taxes collected by the Law Enforcement District dropped 9.5 percent, and sales taxes collected by the town of Jena dropped only 2 percent during this period.
 
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12
Apr

Flooding damages Urania sewer plant

Urania Mayor Pro-Tem Pat McDougald informed his fellow Council members at their regular meeting last week that the town’s sewer plant had flooded as expected with the recent heavy influx of rain and that FEMA may be able to help. He said there is a request out to FEMA for aid regarding the sewer plant damage, which is estimated at over $32,000. He mentioned that Town Clerk Callender planned to attend a meeting with FEMA the next day regarding their request, etc. McDougald led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Terri Corley.
 
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Apr

POW/MIA balloon coming to Jonesville

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The POW/MIA hot air balloon will be one of some thirty-plus balloons to be featured this weekend for the first annual Four Rivers Balloon Race and Festival, slated April 22, 23 and 24 at Four Rivers Park. The balloon is being furnished by Freedom Flight, Inc, is a nonprofit, educational corporation seeking to honor the sacrifices of military personal and to increase the awareness of the POW-MIA issue thru the use of Hot Air Balloons.
 
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Members of the 2016 LaSalle Riding Club Rodeo Team

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Members of the 2016 LaSalle Riding Club Rodeo Team will be hosting the 24th annual Louisiana High School Rodeo Association’s Jena Rodeo this Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 at the Jena Rodeo Arena. Showtime will be at 7 p.m. each evening with gates opening at 6 p.m. Slack will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Rodeo Team members include, front row, from left, Morgan Castell, Madison Ewing, Lacy Stapleton, Raylee Eberwein and Jordan Sharp; back row, Joseph Cole, Cole Burley, Logan Stapleton and Hunter Estis. Not shown - Clay McDaniel, Dakota Scott, Leah Allen and Siarrah Thomas.
 
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04
Apr

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center still open in Jena

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center in LaSalle Parish is still open and operating in LaSalle Parish to assist victims of the recent historic flooding. The facility is located in the Family Life Center of East Jena Baptist Church, at 1220 Pepper Street in Jena.
 
 

 

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Five-year-old Tullos resident Eden Strawn

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Five-year-old Tullos resident Eden Strawn, daughter of Tullos Town Clerk Melody Strawn, enjoys a ride on the new zipline at Tullos Memorial Park while five-year-old Dolcy Pickett of Winnfield waits for her turn. Pickett and her mother, Katie, traveled from Winnfield to try out the new zipline. The zipline was made possible for the town through grant funding from The Rapides Foundation.
 
 

 

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Apr

Precedented 15th term as Coroner…

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Dr. I. C. Turnley, Jr. of Jena was administered his oath last week for a precedented 15th term as LaSalle Coroner by LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews. First elected as Coroner in the fall of 1959, Dr. Turnley took office in July 1960 and has served continually since that time. At the end of his current term in 2020, he will have served 60 years in the office. He is one of the longest serving public officials in the state of Louisiana and has never had opposition for the office since he was first elected 56 years ago.
 
 

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