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Michael Gabelmann /

The dry weather over the past month has prompted burn bans in many local parishes.

Burn Bans are in effect in these parishes:

  • Caldwell
  • West Carroll
  • Union
  • Franklin
  • LaSalle
  • Lincoln

Under the bans, burning is against the law and you can be subjected to fines and jail time.

Bats infest LaSalle Parish school

Sep 20, 2018

Furry flying mammals have caused the closure of an area school. An infestation of bats has caused the closure of Lasalle Parish Elementary School. The Louisiana Department of Health closed the Olla school on Monday.

LDH says the shutdown is because bats carry rabies and the bat guano can harbor disease. Bats have to be handled carefully. They are a protected species, it is illegal to kill them.

The school will reopen as soon as the bats are removed and the droppings are cleaned up. If the process takes too long, classes will be moved. 

LaSalle Lumber Job Fair For New Urania Mill

Aug 1, 2018

LaSalle Lumber Company, supported by LED FastStart®, will conduct a job fair on Tuesday, Aug. 7 to identify potential employees for salaried positions at its new state-of-the-art sawmill in Urania. The job fair will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Urania Recreation Center located at 6635 Tannehill Drive. /

Hunt Forest Products announced the company will build a new $115 million lumber mill in Urania, a LaSalle Parish community.

The sawmill project will create 110 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $46,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will also result in another 307 new indirect jobs, for a total of over 400 new jobs in Central Louisiana.

Tornado Leads to Major Damage in LaSalle Parish

Jan 23, 2017ò Ubalducci /

LaSalle Parish residents are working today to repair storm damage from Saturday’s storm.

An EF1 tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service in the Jena area. The severe weather damaged buildings and uprooted trees.

Many areas sustained severe damage including a destroyed church in the community of Midway.

That storm also moved into Mississippi and produced a tornado that killed four near Hattiesburg.