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26
Mar

A ribbon cutting ceremony

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held during Urania’s annual homecoming celebration on March 17th for the new outdoor basketball court. The half-court is an extension of the Potty Tannehill Memorial Park and is located right behind Urania Fire Station. The project funded through a $36,000 grant from

Mon
26
Mar

Third graders published authors

Erin Masters’ third grade class at Fellowship Elementary School recently had a book published titled, When I Grow Up. The book was written and illustrated by the students. Shown above, left to right: Front Row, Seth Richard, Baylee Calk, Lilly Paul, Rylee Masters, Kanely Cooper, Drake Barron, and Aubree Cockerham; Middle Row, Harlea Clark, Levi Burlew, Mrs. Erin Masters, Claire Ratcliff, and Syliss Jones; Back Row, Bailey Wiley, Alyson Womack, Caleb Parker, Levi Sharp, Parker Durham, Shaun Murry, Logan Thompson, and Mason Poole

 

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Mon
19
Mar

UP/DOTD officials are “no show” for meeting

Alyana Nowlin is ecstatic as she rolls toward the finish line during the LaSalle Parish Special Olympics held last Thursday, March 15 at Jena High School. All schools in the parish, along with schools from Catahoula Parish, participated in the event that is the highlight of the year for the young Olympians. Shown pushing Alyana is Olla Elementary aide Melissa Rogers. (A complete photo review of the day, as well as a list of all winners, will be in next week’s issue.)

 

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Mon
19
Mar

UP/DOTD officials are “no show” for meeting

Officials with Union Pacific Railroad and LA. Department of Transportation and Development did not show up for a special called meeting in Olla last Tuesday night, called to give citizens and town officials the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed closing of a railroad crossing in downtown Olla. At the January meeting of the

Olla Town Council, Mayor Rhonda Elliott announced that UP/DOTD wants to close the railroad crossing on Louisiana Street in downtown Olla – near the Olla Town Hall. Mayor Elliott said Bill Shrewsberry, Rail Safety Engineer with Union Pacific, also informed her that improvements are planned for the approaches to the Cypress Street crossing, all to be done this year.

 

 

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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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