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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
02
Sep

CLTCC closed through Labor Day holiday

CLTCC closed through Labor Day holiday

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, all 8 CLTCC campuses will be closed through Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

Although the campus buildings are returning to normal, CLTCC’s students, faculty, and staff continue to be without necessities and utilities. CLTCC remains sensitive to these needs, and will resume the semester as appropriate. CLTCC is standing by to work with our community through relief, recovery, and rebuilding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
02
Sep

Cleco’s latest update on power restoration

Cleco’s latest update on power restoration

Hurricane Laura caused extensive damage to power lines throughout Louisiana as this image taken at the intersection of Andries and Ponder Streets in Many shows. (Photo by Sabine Index/ Daniel Jones)

As of 8:45 a.m. on Monday, August 31, power has been restored to over 81,o o o customers, or 58 percent, of the 140,000 customers affected by Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms to hit Louisiana since 1856.

Locally, there are still 2,998 without power in Sabine, 646 without in Natchitoches, 5,685 in Vernon, and 466 in Desoto Parish.

For additional information on Cleco’s storm restoration efforts, follow the company on Facebook @ClecoPower or visit Cleco’s Storm Center page at cleco.com/ storm-center.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
02
Sep

Louisiana survivors affected by Hurricane Laura eligible for federal disaster assistance

Louisiana survivors affected by Hurricane Laura eligible for federal disaster assistance

Clean-up crews were staged and ready to be on scene mere hours after Hurricane Laura passed through the area. (Photo by Sabine Index/Daniel Jones)

State and federal officials are encouraging Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Laura to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible.

Disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes affected by the hurricane from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27. These parishes are expected to be expanded shortly.

In order to your process application for disaster assistance and avoid denial notifications, survivors can apply by following these steps:

The first step is to contact your insurance company to file your storm-damage insurance claims.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Aug

Treasurer Schroder: Main Street Grants can be paid to additional small businesses

State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today all qualifying small businesses now can receive a grant from the Main Street Recovery Program, even if they got prior federal assistance such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan.

Act 311 of the Louisiana 2020 Regular Session set aside $275 million from the CARES Act for the Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program but prioritized businesses who didn’t receive prior funding for the first 21 days. The restriction ended today.

“The end of the restriction opens up Main Street to thousands of additional small businesses across Louisiana,” said Treasurer Schroder. “Many of them have already applied. We just couldn’t initiate a review of them for the first 21 days of the program. Those who haven’t applied should do so immediately.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Aug

Trevor Durr to play for Central Baptist Mustangs

Trevor Durr to play for Central Baptist Mustangs

Coach Todd Self, at left, stands with the newest Central Baptist College Mustang Trevor Durr.

Trevor Durr to play for Central Baptist Mustangs

Trevor Durr, center, stands with his Converse High School baseball coaches Lamar Boudreaux, left, and Dillion Paddie

Trevor Durr, a Converse High School baseball standout, has signed to play for Dr. Aaron Brister of Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, as part of the 2021 recruiting class. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he could not have a traditional singing.

At Converse, he batted .400 with a .571 on-base percentage in nine games of what would have been his senior year, which was cut short due to the pandemic. As a junior, he was an All-State selection and is a three-time All-District selection.

His love of baseball runs deep, having played from childhood on the Dixie Youth fields of Sabine Parish, as a USSSA All-American at age 12, and spent summers playing with “showcase” teams the Louisiana Empire and Louisiana Athletics, coached by Todd Self. He began playing for Converse High School in seventh grade under the watchful eyes of Coach Lamar Boudreaux and Coach Dillion Paddie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Aug

Back-to-School Rally cancelled

The Annual Back-to-School Rally, coordinated through the Toledo Bend Resort Ministry and chaired by Mary Gore, has announced that the annual Back-to-School Rally for 2020 has been cancelled. Leaders with the rally decided that the large gathering would be impossible with Covid-19 restrictions.

Gore has chaired the annual school supply give-a-away for a number of years with area volunteers serving on her committee.

The Rally, which was hosted in early August, prior to schools opening, has been a large part of the community. Students, from Pre-K through high school, have taken advantage of the free supplies, which had been donated by area churches and through donations from the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Aug

Emergency declared ahead of unprecedented dual hurricane threat

Emergency declared ahead of unprecedented dual hurricane threat

The status of Hurricane Marco as of Sunday, August 23.

Emergency declared ahead of unprecedented dual hurricane threat

Hurricane Laura is barreling toward the Louisiana coast and could bring winds in excess of 100 miles per hour to Sabineland on Thursday, August 27.

A declaration of a state of emergency has been signed by Director David Davis of the Sabine Parish Office of Homeland Security, and Police Jury President Mike McCormic. Their declaration is in-line with similar measures put into effect by President Donald Trump and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

As of press time on Monday, August 24, Hurricane Marco is quickly closing in on southeast Louisiana. At the time, Tropical Storm Laura is expected to make landfall as a category two or three hurricane in southwest Louisiana or southeast Texas on Wednesday, August 26. It has the possibility of being the first category three hurricane to hit Louisiana since Rita hit Louisiana in 2005, only weeks after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans. Meteorologists have predicted winds in excess of 100 miles per hour ahead of Laura’s landfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
19
Aug

Sabine Parish School Board approves revised calendar

The Sabine Parish School Board had their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on August 10 and approved the revised school calendar.

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Wed
19
Aug

Gov. Edwards: Unemployed residents eligible for $300 benefit enhancement

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards holds a news conference on July 30.

White House officials say Louisiana residents who are unemployed will be able to get an extra $300 in weekly benefits, even though Louisiana cannot afford to make the state’s $100 match, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday.

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