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LaSalle ACT scores improve; second in state on increase

LaSalle Parish ACT scores continue to improve, with results from last year’s testing released last week noting the system has the second largest increase of scores among all districts in the state. Tish Taylor, LaSalle Parish Secondary Supervisor, said the marked improvement is a testament to the dedication the school system has in equipping students for college and the hard work of educators in preparing them for advanced studies.  
 
 
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08
Aug

School Times

Dr. Lori Brocato (standing), educational specialist with McGraw-Hill, leads a reading and language arts workshop for LaSalle Parish first grade teachers at the Jena Elementary Library last week in preparation for the upcoming school year. The 2016-17 session officially begins on Thursday, with an in-service workshop for teachers. Students will report to classes on Monday, August 15.
 

 

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Mon
01
Aug

Patriotic Performance

Local children take part in the song, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” as part of a patriotic performance for the Centennial Cultural Center’s annual Drama, Literacy and Etiquette Camp last week in Olla. The camp for ages 5-14 features instruction in drama, reading and etiquette. The CCC personnel and board would like to thank all the volunteers and the main sponsors of the center’s summer camps and other events throughout the year: The Central LA Arts Council, Entergy, Centurylink, Home Depot, Union Pacific and XTO as well as the many other contributors.  

Mon
01
Aug

Mike Francis seeks District 4 PSC post

Mike Francis of Crowley, and a native of Jena, founder and past President of Francis Drilling Fluids and former Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, has announced his candidacy for Public Service Commissioner - District 4 - State of Louisiana. Incumbent District 4 Commissioner Clyde Holloway announced a few weeks ago that he would not seek re-election to the post, which he has held for the past two terms. 

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01
Aug

School opening just two weeks away

The 2016-17 public school session in LaSalle Parish officially gets underway a week from tomorrow, according to LaSalle Superintendent of Schools Roy Breithaupt. Public school personnel will report for in-service training at Jena High School on Thursday, August 11th. Other training has been planned for Friday, Aug. 12th, as well as teachers will be getting their classrooms ready for the new school year. 

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Mon
01
Aug

Church burglaries plague three-parish area

During the past several weeks, 13 churches have been burglarized in LaSalle, Catahoula, and Avoyelles parishes, prompting investigators to form a multi-agency task force to put an end to what some call the highest form of theft. “It’s just sickening,” LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin said. “These are places of reverence and worship that are being burglarized and we are committed to not only finding the culprits, but insuring they see the inside of a jail cell.”  

Mon
25
Jul

LaSalle COA says thanks for support

The LaSalle Council on Aging again thanks individuals and businesses for their continued much needed support in the delivery of services to the senior residents in LaSalle Parish. These contributions help maintain Home Delivered Meals Program, Chore Program, and other services provided by COA to the elderly in order for them to be able to continue to live in their own homes.  

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Mon
25
Jul

Two dozen qualify for U.S. Senate seat

Two dozen candidates for United States Senator from Louisiana had signed on the dotted line when qualifying closed last Friday. The winner will replace Sen. David Vitter, who chose not to seek re-election. Voters will choose a variety of office holders at the primary election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, with any runoffs to be held Saturday, Dec. 10. 

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25
Jul

Abraham qualifies for re-election bid

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, officially qualified for re-election at the Secretary of State’s Office in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. A family physician, veterinarian, business owner, veteran and farmer, Dr. Abraham is seeking his second term representing Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District after being elected in 2014. This is the first public office he has held. 

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25
Jul

LaSalle Parish Library’s bookmobile

Six-year-old Marteze Turner of Jena studies a book’s cover while picking out his books to check out from the LaSalle Parish Library’s bookmobile last week. The bookmobile holds dozens of books and travels around the parish to the homes of library card holders who sign up for the free program. During the summer, all parish children are eligible to sign up for the program. 

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