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Wed
18
Nov

State unemployment claims falling; still higher than before pandemic

(The Center Square) – Fewer Louisiana residents made new state unemployment claims last week than the week before, though well over 100,000 people still are receiving benefits.

For the week ending Oct. 31, 8,419 people made initial unemployment claims, compared to 9,943 the previous week, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Last year, before the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic slowdown imposed to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, about 2,000 or so people would make new claims weekly. For example, during the week ending Nov. 2, 2019, 1,762 new claims were filed, the LWC says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
18
Nov

Negreet High School honors veterans

Negreet High School honors veterans

Teacher Suzanne Leitz is shown with World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, Alton Mahaffey. The beloved local serviceman is almost 99 years old and a delight to talk to.

Negreet High School honors veterans

NHS Coach Delane Henry, U.S. Veteran, is shown being presented a certificate of appreciation by two of his students.

In years past Negreet High School has enjoyed hosting and honoring veterans on campus with a ceremony and a meal. Due to COVID restrictions on campus visitors this year, the school honored veterans in a driveby manner, presenting them with a certificate of appreciation and a pin. A video showcasing local veterans was posted online.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
18
Nov

Judge sides with Gov. Edwards on emergency powers; appeal to La. Supreme Court expected

Judge sides with Gov. Edwards on emergency powers; appeal to La. Supreme Court expected

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses the media following a meeting of the state’s Unified Command Group. To his left are Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and LSU football coach Ed Orgeron.

(The Center Square) – A Baton Rouge-based district judge on Thursday ruled unconstitutional a state law allowing one chamber of the Legislature to overturn a governor’s emergency order, setting the stage for an appeal.

Judge William Morvant with the 19th Judicial District said he wished the case could have skipped state court and gone straight to the Louisiana Supreme Court, since the justices will be the final arbiters.

Shortly before the Legislature’s recent special session ended, 65 of the 68 Republicans in the state House of Representatives signed a petition to suspend the governor’s COVID-19 emergency order for seven days. They were doing so under an obscure law that has never been tested in court that allows one chamber to end a state of emergency by petition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
18
Nov

Adrianna Payne named 2020 Sabine Parish Rising Star

Adrianna Payne named 2020 Sabine Parish Rising Star

Adrianna Payne

The Town of Many Christmas Committee has selected the honorees for the 2020 Christmas Parade on Dec.19.

Adrianna Lea Payne, the daughter of Andrea Payne and granddaughter of Andy and Anna Payne, is the 2020 Sabine Parish Rising Star.

Adrianna is 16 and a junior at Negreet High School. She will graduate in May 2022.She is a proud Negreet Indian playing on both the Lady Indian basketball team and softball team.

Adrianna maintains a 4.0 grade point average and has already earned many college credits by taking dual enrollment classes. She plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tue
10
Nov

Freestate Festival poster unveiled

Freestate Festival poster unveiled

Tiffany Carnline and Hannah Hall, Miss Sabine Freestate Festival Queen, are shown at the Festival’s poster unveiling. The 40th annual Sabine Freestate Festival will be held the weekend of November 6-8 at the Square in Florien. 

 

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Tue
10
Nov

Sen. Cassidy, multiple Louisiana house members keeps seat

Sen. Cassidy, multiple Louisiana house members keeps seat

Sen. Bill Cassidy

(The Center Square) – U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has been reelected to a second term, easily winning outright in the first round against 14 challengers and avoiding a runoff.

Meanwhile, every Louisiana incumbent in the U.S. House of Representatives secured an early victory Tuesday night by cracking the 50 percent threshold needed to win in the first round, with one House race left to be decided in December.

As a Republican incumbent in a red state, Cassidy was heavily favored to win. The only question for his campaign in Tuesday’s nonpartisan open primary, in which every candidate competes on the same ballot regardless of party, was whether he would get more than 50 percent of the vote and avoid facing the second-place finisher next month.

 

 

 

Tue
10
Nov

Votes are in, at least for Louisiana; number of hotly contested elections end

Votes are in, at least for Louisiana; number of hotly contested elections end

At press time, Joe Biden was closing in on being named President of the United States.

Presidential Race

Despite the count for president continuing in several battleground states, it is becoming more and more clear that Joe Biden will defeat President Donald Trump and assume his office in January.

Hours before the Index’s early press deadline on Friday, November 6, Biden pulled ahead in the battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, while leading in the states of Arizona and Nevada.

Trump’s path to victory has narrowed considerably, with his election team filing a number of lawsuits to try and deny votes being counted.

As the paper went to press, Fox News had Biden ahead in the electoral college with 264 to Trump’s 214. Biden was also leading the popular election with 73,708,172 votes for 50.5 percent of all votes being cast, while Trump had 47.8 percent of all votes cast, or 69,771,277.

 

 

Wed
04
Nov

Zwolle-Ebarb VFW earns top spot for membership enrollment

Zwolle-Ebarb VFW earns top spot for membership enrollment

Pat Getschel, Zwolle-Ebarb VFW Auxiliary president for 2019-2020, won the top spot in membership enrollment for the second year in the state of Louisiana. The award was based on the personal enrollment of 23 new members.

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Wed
04
Nov

Arrest made in Sabine County murder

Arrest made in Sabine County murder

Matthew Hoy Edgar

Matthew Hoy Edgar, 24, of Hemphill, Texas has been arraigned on one count of first degree felony murder of 19-year-old Livyee Lewis, daughter of Heath Lewis and Darci Bass.

He was implicated in connection with the death following an investigation by the Sabine County Sheriff’s Offce and Texas Rangers.

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Wed
04
Nov

NSU to screen indigenous-made films for Native American Heritage Month

Northwestern State University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month by screening indigenous-made films on Thursdays in November. Locations vary within the Student Union. Refreshments will be served at the Nov. 19 screening. COVID protocols will be strictly enforced.

“Reel Injuns” explores (mis)-portrayals of Native people in historical and contemporary films. With wry humor, the film examines how these portrayals affect Native people. It screens Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Mini Ballroom on the building’s first floor.

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