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State-wide burn ban in effect

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State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 8 a.m., March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.  

Wed
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Mar

FEMA: Federal emergency aid available to Louisiana

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FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Louisiana to supplement the state, tribes and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas of the state of Louisiana.

Wed
25
Mar
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Hall of Fame postponed

The 22nd Annual Sabine Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held on Tuesday, March 31 at Siloam Baptist Church, has been postponed, according to Pete Abington, Board chairman.

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La. Guard operations focus on assessments, medical support

The Louisiana National Guard, as directed by Governor John Bel Edwards, has activated over 238 Soldiers and Airmen so far, not to include full-time Guardsmen, to assist with the COVID-19 response, March 19. The number of Guardsmen activated and equipment utilized is anticipated to increase until the situation is stabilized.

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Sabine Hall of Fame awards Skinner

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Left to right are Sabine Hall of Fame Board Members William Ruffin, Special Recognition Award honoree Dale Skinner, Board Members Pete Abington and Robert Gentry.

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Zwolle Councilwoman Martha Henderson, left, shares appreciation with Dale Skinner, right, from Zwolle Mayor Pie Martinez and the entire town, for Skinner’s efforts throughout the parish.

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Dale Skinner, left, and board member Robert Gentry share a laugh during last week’s award presentation.

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Board member William Ruffin shares his thoughts about Dale Skinner’s long career.

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Sabine Hall of Fame 2020 Special Recognition Award

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On hand for the presentation were, from left, Zwolle Councilwoman and Board Member Martha Henderson, honoree Dale Skinner, Nell Britner and Laurie Gentry.

Last week in light of looming pandemic restrictions, the Board of the Directors of the Sabine Hall of Fame voted to immediately present one of their 2020 honorees, Mr. Dale Skinner, with the Special Recognition Award. He was selected for the award earlier this year, which recognizes his many achievements in bettering local communities, Sabine Parish, its organizations and endeavors.

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Critical infrastructure workers more essential now than ever

Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.

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Sen. Cassidy urges people to listen and obey CDC, government guidance

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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) urges people listen to warnings and exercise coronavirus prevention techniques offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local officials.

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Mayor Freeman declares state of emergency in Many

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Mayor Ken Freeman is pictured as he signs an order declaring a state of emergency in the town of Many. (Photo by Sabine Index)

(Editor’s note: This was written before the governor’s order to shelter in place. Those guidelines are contained in a separate story.)

On March 20, town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman signed a declaration stating there is now a state of emergency in the town.

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Mayor Freeman declares state of emergency in Many

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Mayor Ken Freeman is pictured as he signs an order declaring a state of emergency in the town of Many. (Photo by Sabine Index)

On March 20, town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman signed a declaration stating there is now a state of emergency in the town.

Around the world, extreme precautions have been taken to ensure that there is no spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Sabine Parish has been no different.  The World Health Organization has already classified the virus as a worldwide pandemic, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is responding to the situation.

“In order to minimize the outbreak of Covid-19 and the effects of its extreme risk of person-to-person transmission through the town of Many, immediate emergency action is required to minimize the potential to the population in the town,” The order states.  “…a declaration of emergency is necessary to allow the town of Many to thoroughly prepare for and respond to this pandemic.”

There are multiple procedures that the declaration has put into place. 

Fri
20
Mar

Louisiana small businesses gain access to SBA disaster loans in wake of coronavirus

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Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) released the following statement after the U.S. Small Business Administration declared Louisiana an economic disaster in the wake of the coronavirus.

“Now is the time to mobilize resources to save American lives and livelihoods. Louisiana businesses and their employees are struggling through no fault of their own, and they need relief fast. When our state and country recover from the coronavirus, we want to ensure that we have a strong economy to return to. Low-interest loans for small businesses are a key to Louisiana’s economic success in the future. I’ve been talking with the administration about our great state and am glad to see the Small Business Administration make this resource available to hardworking Louisianians,” said Kennedy.

 

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