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Olla cleared to advertise for sewer system project

Olla Mayor Rhonda Elliott announced to the Council that the town has received approval to advertise bids for the LCDBG (Louisiana Community Development Block Grant) sewer project to clean out manholes and improve the sewer system. Elliott then said Frank Willis with Willis Engineering and Scientific, LLC. of Alexandria, has notified her that the sewer plant is in complete compliance. She thanked Town Superintendent Joseph Jeter for all his help.
 
Town appointments were made during the meeting as well: Town Attorney – Dorroh & Kendrick, Town Clerk Wendy Allbritton, Town Magistrate Dan Cornett and Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Rachal.

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LaSalle Jury adopts $7.9-million budget

Members of the LaSalle Parish Police Jury adopted their 2017 budget totaling just over $7.98-million at their regular December meeting held Monday night of last week following a public hearing to receive comments on the budget. No comments were received.
 
The budget contains $4,899,275 in the general fund and other parish wide funds, another $1,081,040 in individual district funds, and $2-million in JTPA funds, which are used for health and welfare programs and administered through the Police Jury.

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A visit with Santa Claus. . .

Seven-year-old Hailey Dickey of Olla visited with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the recent annual “Cookies with Santa” event at the Centennial Cultural Center in Olla. Hailey was one of nearly 90 children who were in attendance to decorate cookies, paint a cookie plate, listen to a Christmas story, sing songs, meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and have their photo taken.

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12
Dec

Tullos officials proud of new fire rating, ‘Class 7’

The Town of Tullos now has a fire rating of ‘Class 7’ after the recent PIAL (Property Insurance Association of Louisiana) inspection of the town’s fire department. Assistant/Volunteer Town Clerk Paul Doughty said the rating is based on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest and that the town had a rating of 9 and 10, so the new rating is lower. 

“The hydrant flow data summary did hurt us a bit. We would have to double the size of our water tanks and water lines and it’s just not possible for us,” Doughty said. “It’s not the number I would like to see, but realistically I think it’s the best we can do at present. It has improved.”

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12
Dec

Students, teachers rewarded for “A”

Two extra days added to holiday break

The regular December meeting of the LaSalle Parish School Board on Monday night of last week turned into a celebration of the system attaining an “A” in the 2015-16 Student Performance Scores, which was announced a couple of weeks ago.

Looking to reward students and teachers on the achievement, board members suspended the rules and passed a motion to add two extra days to the Christmas/New Years holidays. Students were already scheduled to be on break from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3, but now the holiday break will begin on Friday, Dec. 16.

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Santa Claus has already been making his rounds visiting children in LaSalle Parish

Santa Claus has already been making his rounds visiting children in LaSalle Parish during the past week, making appearances at several special events such as the Jena and Olla Christmas Parades and the LaSalle Parish Library, where Mrs. Claus joined him to greet students from several schools. Shown above, Pre-K student Abram Smith from Nebo Elementary pauses as his picture is taken during an event last Wednesday, December 7.

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12
Dec

New LPSB Special Ed Supervisor announced

Jenene Bignar was employed as the new Supervisor of Special Education for the La- Salle Parish School System by the School Board during its regular December meeting held Monday night of last week.

Bignar, who has been serving as Speech-Language Pathologist for the Special Ed Department, will replace Supervisor Ethel Smith, who is retiring at the end of the year.

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12
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Kennedy wins; taxes renewed

LaSalle Parish voters went to the polls last Saturday to help elect the next United States Senator from Louisiana, as well as decide the fate of three tax renewals.

Republican John Kennedy was the favorite among parish voters as he swept to victory statewide, and will replace Sen. David Vitter in the U.S. Senate in January. Kennedy was top vote getter among 24 in the primary and faced Democrat Foster Campbell in last Saturday’s runoff election.

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05
Dec

Olla parade

The annual Olla Christmas parade will be held this Saturday, December 10, beginning at 6 p.m. Line-up starts at 5:30 p.m. at Olla Elementary.

Courtyard Christmas at the Dixie Center Courtyard in downtown will kick off with entertainment and vendors at 5 p.m. and the Miss Merry Christmases will be crowned then.

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Jena Christmas parade Friday

The annual Jena Christmas parade will be held this Friday, December 9, beginning at 6 p.m., with Acting UP Director and long-time Jena High educator Mike Adams, serving as Grand Marshal. The Jena Merchants Association and Colonial Trails, sponsors of the event, have announced the theme of the parade this year: “It’s a Magical Christmas.”

The parade will line up in the Jena Town Park and start promptly at 6 p.m., going onto U.S. 84 from Sycamore Street, traveling west through downtown Jena, turning north on First Street (LA 127) and ending at Elm Street.

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