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25
Mar

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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Wed
25
Mar

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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Fri
20
Mar

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.

 

Thu
19
Mar

Oil trades below $21 for first time in nearly two decades

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For the first time in nearly two decades, oil is trading below $21 per barrel. While the country is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the oil and gas industry is facing the additional challenge of plummeting energy prices. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded as low as $20.80/BBL yesterday.

Thu
19
Mar

Senate praised by AARP for passing bipartisan coronavirus aid package

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AARP released the following statement today on the bipartisan Senate passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond:

Wed
18
Mar

Louisiana’s presidential primary postponed

Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order postponing Louisiana’s upcoming elections including the presidential primary in response to COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus. The elections scheduled for April and May will take place in June and July.

“The number of presumptive positive cases in our state is constantly increasing, and we want to make certain that we have maximum participation by all voters regardless of their age and health conditions,” said Gov. Edwards. “The majority of our poll workers are older Louisianans who are among the most vulnerable to this virus along with those who have chronic health conditions. 

 

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Wed
18
Mar

Pleasant Hill students test highly at Northwest District Literary Rally

Pleasant Hill students test highly at Northwest District Literary Rally

Pleasant Hill High School would like to congratulate the following students on their 2020 Northwerst District Literary Rally scores. Each of these students qualified to compete at the State Literary Rally at LSU in April. Gabe Hext and Sincere Christopher were the top scoring students in their events for District V. Back row: Gabe Hext (Biology II), Sincere Christopher (Health), Shawna Albert (Algebra I), Christian Mathis (Geometry), Logan Friday (Biology I). Front row: Truly Bozeman (English IV), Madison Long (World History), Hayden Campbell (Ag III).

 

 

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Wed
18
Mar

Founds, Ogden to be honored posthumously by Hall of Fame

Founds, Ogden to be honored posthumously by Hall of Fame

Dr. Warren L. Founds Jr.

Founds, Ogden to be honored posthumously by Hall of Fame

Coach Malvin Ogden

Two outstanding citizens of Many are being honored posthumously by the Sabine Hall of Fame at the 22nd Annual Banquet slated for Tuesday, March 31 at Siloam Baptist Church. Honored this year are Dr. Warren L. Founds Jr. and Coach Malvin Ogden.

Tickets are on sale for to each at Pete Abington’s Office on San Antonio Ave., Nichols, Inc. and from Martha Henderson in Zwolle.

Five sponsors are supporting this year’s banquet. Special thanks to Curtis Family Pharmacy, Interstate Builders Supply, Nichols. Inc., Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation and Walsh Timber.

 

 

 

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Wed
18
Mar

With presumptive COVID-19 cases in Sabine, emergency state declared as Many takes caution

With presumptive COVID-19 cases in Sabine, emergency state declared as Many takes caution

Town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman, at center, is shown working with town council members Mary Brocato, Gay Corley, and Bobbie Jackson as they outline precautions and measures to be taken against the COVID-19 pandemic. Not pictured but present at the meeting are council members James Kennedy and Anita Darwin. (Photo by Sabine Index/Daniel Jones)

The town of Many’s elected officials met in a special called meeting on March 16 in order to put a number of COVID-19 precautionary measures into place.

Earlier in the day, a state of emergency was declared for the parish by Mike McCormic, police jury president, and David Davis, director of the Sabine Parish Office of Homeland Security.

Also, during the meeting, Davis confirmed two presumptive cases in the parish, which have been submitted for testing.

 

 

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