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War hero’s cause moves forward

The movement to proclaim Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur a saint has taken an important step with the opening of his Cause for Canonization by the Vatican.
The heroic World War II chaplain, who was born in Ville Platte, is now the third person from south Louisiana to be entered into the official process of investigation for sainthood. Bishop Douglas Deshotel began the process for Charlene Richard, the young girl from Acadia Parish, and Auguste “Nonco” Pelafigue of Arnaudville in January, but the announcement for Father Lafleur was delayed by red tape.

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Disaster unemployment assistance available

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to certain workers who lost income as a direct result of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana.
The purpose of DUA is to help workers whose primary incomes are lost or interrupted by a federally declared disaster. It differs from regular state unemployment insurance because it also provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, loggers and employees who work on commission.

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State to begin funding flood mitigation priorities with $1.2B line of credit

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development signed a grant agreement with the state today, establishing a $1.2 billion line of credit in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds. This agreement means the state can begin funding vital flood protection efforts consistent with the state’s Action Plan that HUD approved Feb. 20.

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Cleco warns customers to beware of scam phone calls

Scammers claiming to be from Cleco are calling customers, and Cleco wants customers to be on alert and know the signs to protect themselves.
“We’re getting reports of fraudulent phone calls to our customers by scammers claiming to be from Cleco and threatening service disconnection if customers don’t make an immediate payment,” said Ron Smith, director of customer experience. “Cleco will never call customers threatening immediate service disconnection or demand any type of immediate payment.”

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Michael Anthony Guillory

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Bethany Walters

Trial to begin in case of man accused of killing Church Point woman

The trial of the man charged with the 2016 murder of Church Point native Bethany Walters is set to begin Sept. 28.
Michael Anthony Guillory, 32, of Church Point, was scheduled to go to trial on April 28, which would have been the young woman’s 26th birthday, but the trial was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The trial will begin at 9 a.m. in the St. Landry Parish Courthouse in Opelousas in front of 27th Judicial District Judge Jason Meche. The trial is scheduled to conclude on Oct. 2.


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