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Program to offer COVID-19 small business help

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
To help Main Street and rural businesses sustain operations, the loans will require no payments for 180 days and carry below-market interest rates of no more than 3.5 percent. 

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No problem with curfew, chief says

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. St. Landry Parish curfew is not causing any issues, according to Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot.
“There are still people moving about, but we can’t stop everybody,” he said.
The curfew does allow people to travel through the city and people going to work.
People are going to the drive-through restaurants, he said.
But if somebody is doing something that bring s attention to themselves police will approach them, he said.

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2nd virus death reported in parish

A second death in St. Landry Parish was reported Friday by the Louisiana Department of Health. The first death in the parish was reported on Monday.
The parish had 68 cases as of the noon Friday reported in the state coronavirus COVID-19 update. Wednesday’s parish count was 45 cases in St. Landry Parish.
On Friday, there were 370 coronavirus deaths in the state, 10,297 cases reported, 1,707 people in hospitals from the virus and 535 people on ventilators.
The virus was confirmed in 61 of the 64 parishes.

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St. Landry Parish School Board member Josh Boudreaux appears during a video-conference meeting Thursday with a San Francisco background. The Board met with all members and school staff attending via video-conferencing. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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An image from the School Board's video conference on Thursday.

St. Landry Parish School Board meets via video conference

The St. Landry Parish School Board met Thursday for the first time for a pair of official meetings via video conference.
The Board held a committee meeting of the whole for two hours followed by an hour-long regular meeting.
In the committee meeting, the Board once again rejected allowing Board President Donnie Perron to negotiate a new contract with Superintendent Patrick Jenkins
Board members Anthony Standberry and Myron Guillory motioned to bring the matter to the full Board, but other members blocked it in a roll call vote.

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St. Landry Parish Council Chairman Coby Clavier and Council member Nancy Carriere chat before Wednesday’s meeting in Opelousas. The meeting was conducted by phone conferencing in a first for the Council. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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The St. Landry Parish Council meeting room was limited to 10 people to meet the Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Public meetings held by phone, video-conference

The St. Landry Parish Council held what is probably its first meeting conducted with most members participating over the phone due to social distancing required to combat the coronavirus COVID-19.
Two week ago the Council met and did not have quorum to conduct its business.
With four members present Wednesday and others on a telephone conference line, the Council was able to conduct its business.


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