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Wed
14
Nov

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney

Olla native and Vietnam Veteran Mike McCartney (center) looks over memorabilia such as his uniform jacket and photo albums from his service during the Vietnam War alongside Bob Gregory and Mike’s son, Bobby McCartney. Mike McCartney served as the veteran honoree and guest speaker for the Town of Olla’s annual Veteran’s Luncheon last week. He shared briefly about his time in the army and in Vietnam with dozens of fellow veterans and citizens gathered at the Dixie Center in downtown Olla for the special event. Attendees shared a meal served by LaSalle High students and veterans were honored during the event.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Fire Chief John Heath

Fire Chief John Heath is presented a plaque recognizing his induction into the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Hall of Fame by Wayne Prejean, President of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana First Responders Christian Association. Chief Heath has more than 40 years of service as a firefighter, including stints with the U.S. Marines and serving as Chief of the Jena and Summerville-Rosefield Fire Departments. Chief Heath was inducted into the Hall of Fame during an impressive ceremony at the Jena Town Hall on Thursday night of last week.

 

 

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Wed
14
Nov

School Board approves sales tax payments

Annual payment of excess sales tax revenue to all school employees in their November checks was approved by the LaSalle Parish School Board during its regular November meeting held Monday night of last week, as recommended by the finance committee.

As recommended by the finance committee, the Board approved payments of $1,408.28 to degreed employees and $985.78 to support personnel (positions that do not require a degree).

The payments are up from the $1,083.29 for degreed and $758.29 for non-degreed employees paid in November of last year.

 

 

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Wed
07
Nov

Election results

Olla and Tullos gets new Chiefs of Police; Olla re-elects Mayor

Voters in Olla and Tullos elected new chiefs of police and voters in Olla decided to keep their present mayor in office for another four years during Tuesday’s election. In an upset in the town of Olla, voters chose Daniel Ray Smith as their new Chief of Police over incumbent John Stott. Smith received 270 votes, or 56%, to 205 votes, or 43% for Stott. A third candidate in the race, Jody O’Bier received 5 votes, or 1%. Another upset was in the town of Tullos where voters chose Scott Cockerham as new Chief of Police over incumbent Gary McDaniel. Cockerham received 74 votes, or 60% to 49 votes, or 40% for McDaniel. Cockerham’s wife, Karla, was elected as new Mayor of Tullos as no one qualified to oppose her in the election.

 

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Wed
07
Nov

EF2 Tornado rips LaSalle

An EF-2 tornado with winds between 111-135 MPH ripped through a portion of La-Salle Parish near Jena during the early morning hours last Thursday, November 1, leaving many without electricity and causing schools to be canceled. According to the National Weather Service, approximately 100 structures were damaged in some capacity and many other vehicles and property suffered damage. Amazingly, not a single person suffered any injury that required medical treatment. “We were extremely blessed,” LaSalle Parish Sheriff and Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Director Scott Franklin said. “When you look at what these tornadoes did and the number of houses that were struck by fallen trees, it is nothing short of a miracle that no one was hurt.”

 

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Wed
07
Nov

JHS Homecoming Queen

The Nottoway Gators’ flag football team capped-off a perfect season Saturday with a 25-8 victory over the Charlotte County Patriots in the Southside Super Bowl. The Gators finished their 2018 campaign with a 12-0 record which included seven defensive shut-outs. It’s the Gators’ first flag team to record a perfect season, and this year’s champions outscored their opponents by a combined total of 165-26. Ephraim Stokes, Jr. exploded Saturday at neutral site Brunswick Academy for four long TD runs and Je’khi Wells scored the extra point. Charlotte’s lone TD came in the 2nd quarter with Nottoway leading, 12-0.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Election next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day in LaSalle Parish, as well as throughout the United States. Every member of the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election every two years, thus a federal election is required in every even-numbered year.

LaSalle Clerk of Court Steve D. Andrews reminds voters that since this is a federal election, polls will open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. At state elections, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Andrews also reminds voters that a photo-ID is required when voting.

 

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Congressman tours LGH, told about ER renovations

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, was in Jena last Thursday to tour LaSalle General Hospital and see first hand the need for renovation of the Emergency Room. Also on hand were members of the Board of Commissioners of LGH along with a number of local elected officials and hospital personnel.

A week earlier, Dr. Abraham announced that eight projects in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will receive more than $1.12 million from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), a federal economic development entity funded and authorized by Congress.

 

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Howdy Neighbor Day in Jena this Saturday

Howdy Neighbor Day will be held this coming Saturday in the Jena City Park, featuring Nashville recording artist T.G. Sheppard on stage beginning at 8 p.m., according to Blake Phillips, president of Jena Colonial Trails.

The annual event is sponsored by Jena Colonial Trails and is held each year on the Saturday following homecoming at Jena High School.

 

 

 

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Tue
23
Oct

LCC riot quelled quickly

A massive riot at the LaSalle Correctional Center (LCC) in Urania was brought quickly under control within 30 minutes last Monday, October 15, as more than 150 law enforcement officers responded to the call for assistance.

According to LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin, the riot began in one of the dormitories that housed 101 Louisiana Department of Corrections inmates around 5:30 p.m.

“It began with a conflict between inmates and quickly escalated to a full scale riot inside the dorm,” the sheriff said. “The inmates not only attacked one another, they also began to destroy as much as they could inside the dorm. At no time were any of the correctional officers inside the dorm and no one else was in danger during the ordeal.”

 

 

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