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The Louisiana Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the district tournament with a 74-71 overtime win over South Shelby at Sturgeon High School near Columbia on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Louisiana senior guard Elijah Oblinger picked a good night to get hot, shooting 75 percent from the field for 37 points, including an eye-popping 10 three-pointers. The Bulldogs will play in the second round against Sturgeon at 7:30 p.m. on
In one of the largest drug busts in Pike County history, a senior citizen-businessman from Clarksville was arrested for allegedly possessing 114 pounds of marijuana for distribution. William (Bill) Joseph McMurtrey, 74, was incarcerated on a $50,000, cash-only bond after an arrest warrant was served on him at his home on Thursday, Feb. 19, according to Pike County Circuit Court records. McMurtrey was still in jail on Tuesday, Feb. 24
Deposed Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne has accepted a deal to be administrative police chief, according to Mayor Bart Niedner. Jenne was relieved of his city administrator duties earlier this month and put on administrative leave from the police position he assumed after the death of Police Chief Rich Hughes. Jenne was later offered to remain as administrative police chief through May for just under $8,000, or take a one-time
Louisiana R-II Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden has announced his retirement effective Aug. 31. Basden said in an exclusive interview with the Louisiana Press-Journal on Friday, Feb. 20 that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Basden has spent 41 years in the education business, including the last 4 1/2 years in Louisiana. “I’m going to miss the people, students and staff,” Basden said. “It will be tough.
The Louisiana City Council has offered a deal to deposed city administrator Bob Jenne to keep his added administrative police chief position for 3 1/2 months or accept a buyout. After a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17 that went into a closed session, council members offered Jenne two options, according to Mayor Bart Niedner. Jenne can remain as administrative police chief through May 31 for $7,496. Jenne was also
A blighted property strewn with junk in the north section of Louisiana will soon be cleaned up by city crews. The property at 500 Douglas Street near Riverview Cemetery was declared a nuisance property by the city council last August after the owners could not be found to deal with it. The nuisance vote was prompted by complaints from neighbors, who said the property was a haven for mice, rats
Deposed Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne could stay on through June as the city’s administrative police chief. Louisiana Mayor Bart Niedner said Friday, Feb. 13 he will recommend to the city council that Jenne be retained for the position for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends May 31. Niedner said he would make the recommendation at a special council meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 as
Louisiana Mayor Bart Niedner said Friday, Feb. 13 that he will recommend to the city council that Bob Jenne be retained as administrative police chief for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends May 31. Niedner said he would made the recommendation at a special council meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and the decision will be up to the board. Jenne’s dismissal from his city administrator’s
The termination of former Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne was upheld in a 5-2 vote at a special appeal hearing before the city council on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Council members Jeff Guay, Mona Brown, Kathy Smith, Lori Lewis and Chuck Hoffman voted to keep him terminated. Council members Don Oakley and Russell Stephens voted to essentially reinstate Jenne. The vote mirrored the original vote on Jan. 22 to fire Jenne.