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Wed
16
Sep

Gov. Edwards outlines Coronavirus restrictions as Louisiana moves into phase three

Gov. John Bel Edwards has released details of his proclamation moving Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 to Phase 3. Some businesses will be able to increase their occupancy, and bars may reopen subject to certain restrictions, only in parishes that do not have high incidence of illness and only if local governments choose to opt in.

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Wed
16
Sep

Frugé catches pair of double-digit Toledo Bend bass

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Bernard Frugé stands with one of the monster bass he has pulled from the waters of Toledo Bend this year

While most people are cursing 2020, Toledo Bend angler Bernard Frugé is loving it. In fact, he’s been having a great run of luck since January, catching several bass that tipped the scales at over 9 pounds.

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Wed
09
Sep

Rep. Johnson announces $5 million for damaged roads

Rep. Johnson announces $5 million for damaged roads

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) announced on September 4 that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is receiving $5 million in emergency relief to restore the flow of transportation in the state due to the damage from Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura.

Funds will be used to make emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of the damage, and make permanent repairs necessary to restore eligible highways to their pre-disaster condition.

 

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Wed
09
Sep

Main Street Recovery Program awards 19 million to state’s small businesses

Main Street Recovery Program awards 19 million to state’s small businesses

State Treasurer John M. Schroder today announced the Main Street Recovery Program awarded $19 million in grants to small businesses through Sept. 2.

“We are awarding millions of dollars in grants every single day. On Wednesday alone, we awarded $4.2 million,” said Treasurer Schroder. «Next week, I›m delivering checks in person to southwest Louisiana, where Hurricane Laura disrupted mail delivery. We are meeting our goals. We›re working 24 hours a day to deliver help to small businesses across this state, and we›re proud to do it.»

 

 

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Wed
09
Sep

Sabine, Natchitoches parishes now eligible for individual FEMA assistance

Homeowners and renters in Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, and Winn parishes may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Laura.

To be eligible for federal disaster aid, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Laura from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27, 2020.

Nine parishes were previously included in the federal declaration to help homeowners and renters. They are Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Ouachita, Vermilion and Vernon.

Survivors should file a claim at the same time as they apply to FEMA. Save yourself time, if you have insurance, you must file a claim.

 

 

Wed
02
Sep

Sabine schools to remain closed through Labor Day

Sabine Parish schools will remain closed through Monday, September 7, due to continued power outages and issues related to Hurricane Laura.

The Sabine Parish School Board plans to open schools on September 8.  All Pre-K through fifth grade students will report September 8 and continue five days a week.  Students in grades six through twelve will continue to report on their assigned day per A/B schedules.

The school board is remaining sensitive to the issues facing families during this time and are hopeful power and water will soon be restored parish wide.

They will be posting updates on their Facebook page.

Wed
02
Sep

SWEPCO offers update on power restoration

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) continues to add crews, equipment and materials to its recovery effort in the Central Louisiana areas damaged most heavily by Hurricane Laura.

“Extensive flooding, heavy tree damage, difficult access and many other challenges make power restoration in Hornbeck, Natchitoches and the many surrounding communities especially challenging,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Distribution Region Operations. “Based on additional damage assessment and what our crews are seeing in the repair work they have already completed, we are extending the estimated time of restoration for the Hornbeck area to 10 p.m. Sunday. Many customers will be back on before then, but we want customers to be prepared for the possibility of a longer outage.”

Wed
02
Sep

Sabine schools closed through Wednesday

Sabine Parish Schools will be closed from Monday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 2. The date could be extended depending on power restoration.

The closure includes all in-person classes, virtual learning, and Sabine Online.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
02
Sep

Burn ban issued following Laura’s devastation

State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602, for the following parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Jackson, Jeff Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Union, Vernon and Winn.

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., August 31, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
02
Sep

Louisiana to remain in “phase two” of reopening due to pandemic

Louisiana to remain in “phase two” of reopening due to pandemic

COVID-19 remains a serious problem in the state of Louisiana as many aren’t taking mask usage and social distancing seriously.

Louisiana to remain in “phase two” of reopening due to pandemic

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana will stay in “phase two” of the White House-approved restrictions meant to control the spread of COVID-19 for at least two additional weeks, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.

Crowds will remain limited to 5o people, face coverings still will be required in public settings, and bars still will be closed to on-premise service. Most other businesses will be limited to half of their normal capacity.

The current order is scheduled to end Friday. Edwards said White House officials approve of his decision to maintain the restrictions.

Many business owners and Republican politicians have urged Edwards to loosen the restrictions, citing the economic damage. Many restaurants, for example, have trouble sustaining their business while limited to 5o percent capacity.

 

 

 

 

 

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