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United Way establishes Hurricane Laura Relief Fund

St. Landry-Evangeline United Way announces the establishment of the Hurricane Laura Relief Fund to assist evacuees who are staying in St. Landry and Evangeline parishes.
According to Ginger LeCompte, executive director of St. Landry-Evangeline United Way, the fund will target individuals and families who are temporary guests, unable to move back into their homes after Hurricane Laura.

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Parish sales tax revenue remains up over last year

St. Landry Parish sales tax collections posted a 9.3% increase through August compared to last year according to a report from the St. Landry Parish School Board’s tax division.
Total sales tax collections in the parish for August were $51,410,138, up $4,377,014 from the same month in 2019.
The August sales tax figures primarily reflect sales in July.
The numbers are the gross collections.
In July, the parish sales tax collections soared from June (19.6%) and from July 2019 (33.7%). The increase was attributed to collections from the oil and gas industry.

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Douglas C. Longman Sr.

Longtime hospital administrator Longman dies

Longtime Moosa Memorial Hospital administrator Douglas C. Longman Sr. died on Sept. 4. He was 90 years old.
Longman began work at the hospital in 1962 and retired in December 1992 after serving 20 years as administrator. He had started as assistant administrator.
Longman was a graduate of St. Edmund High School and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana Lafayette.

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Free COVID-19 testing offered at LSUE

LSU Eunice, in partnership with the Louisiana National Guard, will host free COVID-19 testing on select days through Sept. 23.
Those interested are asked to pre-register at DoINeedACovid19Test.com, however, on-site registration is available. The tests that is administered is the self-swabbing tests. No ID card or insurance is required to participate.
Testing will take place Monday through Wednesday for the next three weeks beginning today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

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