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*********************MIXED ADC 750 1020 03-01-08 80P 31T SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST ,  SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ll,l,,l,,l,,l,l,i,,l,,l,,l,,l,l,,l,l,ll,,,,ll,,,,lll,,,l,l,l,l Member of La. Press Assn. OL]A.-TULLOS-URANIA SIGNAL "Dedicated to the PROGRESS and GROWTH of LaSalle Parish Serving Since 1905" I11inllUlLIIllllllll!ll111. 4879 3230 75 VOL. 108 NO. 49 - 28 PAGES IN 2 SECTIONS JENA LaSALLE PARISH), LOUISIANA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 Louisiana Purchase Council Scout Executive David Sorrell (seated at left) signs official paperwork for the purchase of Camp Attakapas, which encompasses nearly 200 acres near Trout, during a brief ceremony at the offices of Attorney Joe Wilson in Jena last Friday. Vgitnessing this historic event were (seated at right) Camp Attakapas Capital Campaign Chairman and Troop 16 Scoutmaster Emile Oestriecher III and (standing left to right) Boy Scouts Jeffrey Kirkham and Jacob Chandler of Jena's Troop 14, Council Commissioner Dermis D. Burke, Council President Kay Shipp, Council Attorney with Executive Committee Jay Bolen and Council Vice President Dr. Bob Vincent. (See story) Sco0000purchas,::CamFAtmkapas After 65 years of leasing, Scouts to own property After 65 years of leasing land, area Boy Scouts now have a permanent home at Camp Attakapas near Trout after a 99- year loan was signed by scouting officials during a simple but historic ceremony at the offices of Jena Attorney Joe Wilson last Friday. The camp, which consists of nearly 200 acres, hosts hundreds of Boy Scouts from a large area annually for winter and summer camps. Due to the efforts of the Camp At- takapas Capital Campaign Committee and the generosity of individuals and businesses, the committee was able to raise the money for the Council to pur- chase one-third of the property by De- cember 1, 2011, and is now able to complete the purchase of the remaining two-thirds of the property. The campaign committee consisted of Emile Oestriech- er as Chair, Ann Masden, Don Baker, Fa- ther Bruce Miller, Reverend Bob Vincent, and Jay Bolen. Louisiana Purchase Council Presi- dent Kay Shipp said there would be many updates and additions to the camp with the official ownership and it is be- cause of area people, who realized how important the camp and Scouting is to the community. "Those area peopl e are the ones who went out, spread the word, raised money and made it possible for the land to be paid off 18 months ahead of what we ex- pected," Shipp said. "It's an incredible, incredible thing they have done." Camp Attakapas was first used in 1954 for summer camp. Large Army tents were used since there were no buildings on the property yet. As Scouting grew in the early 1950s, leaders of Boy Scout- Continued on page 2A Taxpayers receive tax statements Tax statements for 2012 based on assessments as- chose not to roll their miUages collect, thus saving taxpayers for LaSalle Parish taxpayers were mailed last week and the taxes are due by the end of December. Taxpayers could have been taxed for an addi- tional million dollars had tax- ing bodies not chose to adjust their millage rates because of the 2012 reassessment. The tax statements were mailed by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office, as the Sher- iff is the ex-officio tax collec- tor for the parish. Taxes are signed by the LaSalle Parish Assessor's Office. All taxes become delin- quent after December 31, 2012, and bear monthly inter- est of 1-percent after January 31, 2013. Taxpayers who mail their tax payments in to the Sheriff's office are asked to write their assessment num- ber on their check. Taxpayers saved almost a million dollars because most taxing bodies in the parish forward to the maximum level following the 2012 reassess- ment year. Except for a very few small taxing bodies, most of those who rely on proper- ty taxes to operate chose to adjust their millages so they would not collect the addi- tional taxes which would have been available to them. For example, the LaSalle Parish Police Jury did not roll forward the millage rates for the several taxing funds they Christmas parade Friday The annual Jena Christmas parade will roll promptly at 6 p,m. this Friday and will travel into downtown Jena on Oak Street (U.S. 84). The parade will be led by Grand Marshal W. B. "Bo" McCartney, Sr., a near 90-year-old Rrominent retired Jena business- man. := The theme for this year's parade i "Songs of the Season" and the parade committee has received a large number of entries. i The parade will enter U.S. 84 at the intersection of Sycamore and Oak Streets (at the traffic signal in front of Jena Burger Barn and trav- el west toward downtown Jena. Entries to be judged will stop riefly in front of Southern Heritage Bank for judging. The parade will proceed west to the intersection of LA 127 and U.S. 84 (at down- town Bank of Jena), and then turn north on LA 127 - First Street. It will officially end at the inter- section of First and Elm Streets, with floats and marching units dis- persing from that point. Motorists are being asked not to park along a section of Oak Street (U.S. 84) from First to Third Street, and along First Street, from Oak to Elm Streets. The line-up location for those participating in the parade will be the same as it was last year, in the Jena Town Park. Those who have entered the parade have received Bohman McCartney instructions on lining up. Grand Marshal However, additional informa- tion can be obtained by calling one of the pa- rade committee members: Julia Welch at 992- Continued on page 2A just over $373,478 in taxes. The same thing applies to the LaSalle Parish School Board, which did not roll their millages forward to the maxi- mum levy allowed, but kept the millages at a lower rate saving taxpayers just over $276,344. The LaSalle Parish Sher- iffs Office chose not to ask for the additional levy and left its millage at the adjusted rate after the 2012 reassessment, saving taxpayers in the parish another $211,000. The Assessor's office has released a list of the top ten taxpayers in LaSalle Par- ish. Their total assessment is placed at $32,118,320 and the ten will pay a combined $5,180,026.56 in property taxes for year 2012. These ten taxpayers pro- vide a large portion of tax revenue that help support community services, such as schools, law enforcement, hospitals, roads and bridges, public libraries, ambulance service, health unit, court- house, parish wide garbage and sanitation, recreation, drainage, sewerage, rural wa- ter systems, etc. The ten major taxpayers, their assessment and amount of taxes due for 2012 follows: 1. C.P.T. Operating Part- Continued on page 2A Special election set for Saturday LaSalle Parish voters will be called upon to participate in a special election this Sat- urday. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. Saturday night, accord: ing to Clerk of Court Steve Andrews. The election was original- ly scheduled for any run-offs from the November 6th presi- dential election, but none were needed. However, the LaSalle Par- ish Police Jury placed one item on the December 8th bal- lot - that being a parish wide one-cent sales tax vote, with funds derived from the tax go- ing for maintenance, improve- 'ment and upkeep of parish roads and bridges. The proposition calling the sales tax election contains language that if the sales tax is approved, then all road and bridge tax millages - both par- ish wide and districts - would be eliminated and no longer collected. Jurors contend by swap- ping the millage taxes for the sales tax, it will greatly reduce the total millages in the parish by nearly 20 mills, which will help to attract new industry and businesses,to-the area. In addition, the sales tax would provide some additional funding for the Police Jury to use for road and bridge con- struction, maintenance and upkeep. Early voting ended last Saturday after 7 days of vot- ing, and a total of 149 voters cast an early ballot in person, Parts of human skeleton found in LaSalle Parish A hunter in LaSalle Par- ish reported finding what ap- peared to be parts of a human skeleton in a rural wooded area of the parish on Wednes- day morning, November 21st, according to Sheriff Scott Franklin Franklin said sheriff detec- tives responded to the scene to investigate the report. Personnel from the LSU Faces Laboratory in Baton Rouge were called and a team of experts arrived at the scene shortly after lunch on that Wednesday. After an initial investiga- tion, detectives and personnel Continued on page 2A another 246 mail baUots were sent out and as of Monday, 51 of those had been received back and any other received before election day will be counted. In an open letter to voters in the paper this week, Jury President Bobby Ray Francis explains the importance of the tax proposition. "As you know, we have operated for years on the cur- rent road and bridge millage and a small ward millage vot- ers approved in each of the ten districts," he said. "These millages are what we use to try and keep the roads and bridges maintained in the par- ish. These funds also pay for salaries for road and bridge Continued on page 2A D.A.R.E. GRADUATION LaSalle Parish D.A.R.E. graduations are scheduled for fifth graders, and will be held as follows: Thursday, Dec. 6 - Temple Christian Academy, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 - Nebo Elementary, 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 - Fel- lowship Elementary, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19- Olla Elementary, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20- Good Pine Middle School, 8:15 a.m. This ceremony is the fifth graders last lesson in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) pro- gram. This is their time to publicly make a commit- ment to stay drug free and avoid violence. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend in support of the students. for Christmas Concerts The Bands from Jena High School and LaSalle High School will combine their talents in two special Christmas Concerts. Each concert will feature seasonal favorites and should last about 50 minutes. The public is cordially invited and admission is free. The first concert will be held in the Jena High School Auditorium on Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m. Also per- forming will be the Jena Junior High School Band. The second concert will be held in the LaSalle High School Auditorium on Sunday, December 16, at 2:30 in the afternoon. Also performint: will be the LaSalle Junior High School Band. I I III ........ II I I I I I . I