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Turnage candidate for LaSalle Sheriff

Charles “Chopper” Turnage has officially announcd his candidacy for Sheriff of La-Salle Parish, subject to the action of voters at the fall election.

In making his announcement, Turnage issued the following statement to LaSalle Parish voters:

“After significant time spent in prayer, many hours in discussion with my family, and careful consideration, I would like to announce my candidacy for the upcoming LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Election. I would like to briefly introduce myself to each of you with the following:

“I am currently 44 years of age and live in the Whitehall Community of LaSalle Parish. I am married to Stacy Cooper Turnage and have been for 20 years. I am the father of two children, Bailey Morgan Turnage and Tate Nathan Turnage. I am a member and a deacon of Trinity Baptist Church located in LaSalle Parish just east of Jena.

 

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Apr

LaSalle retail sales set new record

LaSalle Parish is not only booming in construction projects, but retail sales for the first quarter of 2019 shows a record breaking year beginning with sales up 40-percent for the first three months of the year, according to figures just released by the Concordia Parish Sales Tax Collection Agency.

Jon Betts, representative of the agency, noted that a portion of the January sales tax collection was due to payments for materials for the new sawmill near Urania, but “overall retail sales in the parish are up quite a bit.”

Sales tax collections for the LaSalle Parish School Board and LaSalle Law Enforcement District showed gains of 40-percent during the first three months of the year, the town of Olla recorded a whopping 50-percent increase in retail sales and the town of Jena had a 10-percent increase in sales tax collections.

 

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Apr

Debunked

Sad news for the 40% of Americans who believe in ghosts: they don’t exist, says the Association of Mature American Citizens.  

According to Professor Brian Edward Fox he was able to debunk the notion that there’s a spirit world out there using the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

 

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Apr

Employees of month honored at meeting

LaSalle Parish School Board Employee of the month for March and April were recognized and honored during the regular April meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board, held Monday night of last week.

Amanda Hughart, SPED paraprofessional at Fellowship Elementary School, was recognized by Special Education Supervisor Jenene Bignar as the March employee of the month.

Reading from the nomination form, Bignar noted:

“Mandy has strong work ethics and goes above and beyond as a para at Fellowship Elementary. She is willing to do any task that is asked of her and always has a smile on her face. Her bubbly personality is contagious and she is always a joy to be around. You can always depend on her to find a Disney themed song to match the situation at hand.”

 

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Wed
27
Feb

LaSalle jurors attend 95th state convention

The Police Jury Association hosted many educational opportunities for its members during its 95th Annual State Convention at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on February 13-15, 2019.

Three LaSalle Parish jurors were in attendance: District 8 Juror and President Bard Lambeth, District 9 Juror Brent Farley, and District 10 Juror Casey Jones. Also attending from LaSalle were Secretary-Treasurer Kay Smith; Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Abbie Whittington; and Secretary Jamie Jones.

The PJAL represents all 64 parishes advocating for local government and parish issues at the state capitol and Washington DC.

Governor John Bel Edwards was the guest speaker during Friday’s luncheon. There were two educational sessions which consisted of Ethics and Sexual Harassment Training.

 

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27
Feb

Jena FBC time capsule unearthed

Over twenty years ago, in June 1998, a time capsule for the children of Jena First Baptist Church was buried beneath the church sign and unearthed this past November by Pastor Dominick DiCarlo and Assistant Pastor Terry Townsend.

The capsule’s contents were on display for the church’s 175th anniversary celebration on November 4, 2018. Members and guests were welcome to claim their items or those of family members from the capsule.

 

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Feb

Tips to “Keep the Beat” going shared by BC/BS

February is American Heart Month, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is promoting awareness of heart disease and how Louisianians can delay or prevent it.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States,” said Dr. Vindell Washington, Blue Cross executive vice president and chief medical officer.

“While people 65 and older tend to be at a higher risk, heart health is something to be mindful of at any age.”

With rising rates of obesity and high blood pressure nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting increasing cases of heart disease among younger people.

 

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Feb

Jena Giants fight hard to the end but come up short

The Jena Giants earned the #20 seed in the class 3A state playoffs after finishing the season with a 17-11 record and 6-4 in district, which was good enough for 2nd place in district.

The Giants came into this season looking for a playoff win as the last two years have seen the Giants earn home playoff games for the 1st round but have come up short in both games. This year the Giants would have to go on the road to take on the #13 Northwest Raiders of Opelousas.

The Giants had a lot of confidence coming into the game as they brought a veteran roster, which included mostly juniors and seniors into the game.

 

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Feb

Jena native holds book signing event

Christie Collins Lypka recently released her new book, “Sunshine Through the Rain”, which is now available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The book is set in Jena and Olla and there are several locals mentioned in the book.

Last Tuesday afternoon, Lypka held a book signing event at the LaSalle Parish Library, where she got to renew friendships with many of her former classmates from the JHS Class of 1986.

“The book signing was a chance to not only sale some books but a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with old friends. Being in Jena felt like coming home. The town will always hold a special place in my heart,” stated Christie, adding her thanks to everyone who attended the event.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

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Feb

Big election year for voters in state

This year, Louisiana voters will go to the polls to elect a large array of officials, from governor and all statewide officials, to legislators, and on down to police jurors.

With qualifying just over five months away – August 6-7-8 – very little movement in any of the races, other than governor, has been noted in the state.

The primary election is just a little over seven months away, falling on Saturday, October 12. A run-off election would follow five weeks later on Saturday, November 16.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who will be seeking his second term this fall, has drawn opposition from two Republicans. U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., of the Fifth Congressional District and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone, have announced they will seek to be Louisiana’s next governor.

 

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