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FEMA surveys damage in area

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were in LaSalle Parish last week conducting a survey of the damage caused by the four EF2 tornadoes that struck the parish on Sunday, April 2.

The office of LaSalle Homeland Security reports that an estimated 300 homes had some degree of damage from the tornadoes – some completely demolished. In addition, two businesses were heavily damaged, one school, two water systems, and upward of 15 major road/bridge/culverts damaged.

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Good Pine Middle third grader Arin Ashley reaches out to gently take a butterfly from her teacher Cathy Pittman.

Good Pine Middle third grader Arin Ashley reaches out to gently take a butterfly from her teacher Cathy Pittman. Quite a few butterflies were recently released into the springtime air when the third grade classes at Good Pine Middle, Nebo Elementary and Fellowship Elementary completed their butterfly kits.

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Fellowship Elementary defies odds

Opens after EF2 tornado strike

As soon as she found out a tornado had struck her school on April 2, Fellowship Elementary School Principal Brandy Brunson left her home with her husband to see for herself the amount of damage it caused.

The EF2 rated tornado was the second of four tornadoes that hit LaSalle Parish Sunday, April 2. This particular one originated in the Rogers community around 3:52 p.m. and less than 10 minutes later it was making a destructive path through the Belah community, including Fellowship Elementary.

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Early voting to begin Saturday for tax election

Early voting on the special tax election slated for Saturday, April 29, will begin this coming Saturday and continue for the next seven days (except Sunday), according to Registrar of Voters Angie Sandifer.

Voters can cast early ballots from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on any of the seven days during that period of time. Ballots can only be cast at the Registrar’s office in Jena.

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School Board declares state of emergency

A day after a tornado heavily damaged Fellowship Elementary School in the Belah Community, the LaSalle Parish School Board declared a state of emergency so funds could be freed to make repairs to the school building.

The action came as the board approved a motion to suspend the rules and add an item to the agenda at the board’s regular April meeting held Monday night of last week.

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Four EF2 tornadoes hit LaSalle

Residents join together to clean up after storms

LaSalle Parish residents showed their unity and resolve last week as clean up operations began from four tornadoes that swept through parts of the parish on Sunday, April 2.

Work actually began during the tornado event as emergency personnel from law enforcement, police jury and many other volunteers were busy clearing roads and checking on residents while major supercell thunderstorms pounded the parish producing the four different tornadoes.

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Urania pellet plant has new owner

The idle pellet plant in Urania will soon be in operation thanks to its recent purchase by Atlanta-based Drax Biomass, a leading manufacturer of sustainably sourced compressed wood pellets.

The company was awarded the winning bid for the acquisition out of bankruptcy of Louisiana Pellets (German Pellets of Louisiana) during an auction held on March 30. The German Pellet plant in Urania filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2016 and has been idle ever since.

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Informational meeting at FSA slated Thursday

Catahoula-LaSalle Parish USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, J Kevin Routon reminds farmers and landowners that FSA is hosting an informational meeting regarding changes, questions and enrollment dates for the 2017 ARC/PLC Program.

FSA staff will also review acreage reporting dates, requirements and regulations. The meeting will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at the Catahoula-LaSalle Bank Meeting Room on the second floor located at 301 Mound St. in Jonesville.

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LaSalle retail sales up for 1st quarter

Retail sales for the first quarter of 2017 shows a slight gain parish wide, but a slight drop in the two towns, according to figures just released by the Concordia Parish Sales Tax Collection agency.

Sales tax collected by the LaSalle Parish School Board and La- Salle Law Enforcement Agency both showed a 2-percent gain over the same period in 2016, but sales tax collections in the town of Jena was down 2-percent, and down 10-percent in the town of Olla.

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High School Rodeo this weekend

Members of the 2017 LaSalle Riding Club Rodeo Team will host the 25th annual Louisiana High School Rodeo Association’s Jena Rodeo this Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8 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 shown: (left to right) Logan Stapleton, Taylor Lurry, Lacy Stapleton, Siarrah Thomas and Hunter Estis.

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