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Apr

Treasury reunites citizens with millions in unclaimed property

Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today that the Department of Treasury will return another $10.4 million in Unclaimed Property to citizens across Louisiana. More than 45,000 people will receive a check in the mail beginning this week.

With more than $880 million in Unclaimed Property to return, Louisiana Treasury has been using technology to find the rightful owners of this money. Through data matches, Treasury is able to update addresses and issue checks for money that many recipients didn’t even know existed.

“This is real money. All you have to do is cash the check,” said Treasurer Schroder. “We’re working hard to return this money to the rightful owners. ​

 

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Wed
29
Apr

Blue Cross platform powers outbreak tracker with state health department

Blue Cross platform powers outbreak tracker with state health department

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana staff members are sharing their data and analytics expertise, as well as technology the company developed to drive targeted care interventions, with state officials to inform their COVID-19 response.

Since early March, Blue Cross data and analytics team members have worked closely with the Louisiana Department of Health to aggregate, analyze and model diverse data for Blue Cross members and members of state Medicaid plans, representing two out of three Louisianians. This lets them make projections about rates of hospitalization and death, healthcare facilities’ capacity and proper allocation of crucial medical resources. This information is shared with state officials to assist in planning COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Wed
29
Apr

Mayors wish to re-open Sabine Parish

On Friday, April 24 the mayor of Sabine Parish sent a signed letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards with concerns over the economy being partially re-opened during the COVID-19 scare.

“We are all firm believers that there is no greater threat to national security and public health than a faltering/ failing economy,” the letter reads. “Although the pandemic is a serious issue we, the mayors of Sabine Parish…. are respectively asking that the Louisiana economy be opened back up with certain safety and health precautions in place.”

 

 

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Wed
22
Apr

School board seeking board vacancy applications

The Sabine Parish School Board is seeking interested applicants to fill the board member vacancy for Ward 4 – District 4, Many.

Anyone interested should submit a letter of interest and a resume to Board President, Terrell Snelling, by April 23.

 

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Wed
22
Apr

NSU “lights it blue” to honor first responders, healthcare professionals

NSU “lights it blue” to honor first responders, healthcare professionals

Northwestern State University joined institutions from around the state for “Light It Blue” to honor medical and healthcare professionals and first responders throughout Louisiana who have worked tirelessly in service to others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSU Columns, a recognized symbol of the university, were lit up in blue Thursday, April 9.

 

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Wed
22
Apr

Congress asked to pass additional funding to save jobs, small business

Congress asked to pass additional funding to save jobs, small business

Senator John Kennedy

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) released the following statement after the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program ran out of funding:

“Right now, funding small businesses is a key way we save jobs. Failing to refuel the Paycheck Protection Program is a quick way to kill jobs and close down job creators for the long haul. I hope my colleagues in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle will allow us to inject an additional $250 billion into this program immediately—with no strings attached,” said Kennedy.

 

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Wed
22
Apr

School closure prompts continuous, future learning plans during virus

On April 15, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that schools were to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. The extended closure has created many conversations about what learning should look like during this time away from the classroom as well as what learning will look like in August when students return to school.

The Sabine Parish School Board is coming together to focus on what is best for students in the coming months and preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. With this in mind, we will continue providing a variety of online or virtual learning resources and paper learning packets for students throughout the remainder of the closure. Teachers will continue to reach out to parents and students during this time. Teachers will continue providing feedback on completed lessons. They are doing incredible work untethered by current educational policy to ensure that students remain connected to their learning.

 

Wed
15
Apr

Schamerhorn thanks Hornbeck students

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Newly-elected State Representative Rodney Shamerhorn, at left, stands with Hornbeck High School industrial technology students and their teacher, Todd Thornton.

Before schools were impacted by COVID-19, State Representative Rodney Schamerhorn visited Hornbeck High School to speak with students enrolled in the Industrial Technology class taught by Todd Thornton. Students in this class had assisted Representative Schamerhorn in some remodeling details at his new office location in Hornbeck.

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Wed
15
Apr

Easter 2020: Different, but still Holy

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We live in a time of sheltering in place and social distancing, which has caused a lot of mixed feelings regarding this Holy weekend with no Easter Sunday service. Thankfully, the Rev. Daniel Lowe of the Many Church of the Nazarene carries on his decades-long Good Friday tradition of dressing as Jesus and dragging a cross up and down San Antonio Avenue in Many, much as our Lord and Savior did while he marched near-death toward Golgotha over 2,000 years ago. To us, this serves as a good reminder that we will get through these trying times, as those who came before us have. Keep the faith, my friends.

Town of Many details provisions for emergency unemployment, workers’ comp

Suzanne Williams, who has been working with the town of Many as a public liaison to help guide local citizens and merchants through the COVID-19 crisis and its stimulus package, has provided an update on workers’ comp and unemployment claims.

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Wed
15
Apr

Natchitoches Tribe volunteers help protect local vulnerable communities

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Richard Bruce and Kallie Walraven of Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation stand with some of the masks donated to their facilities by the Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana.

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers

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