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COVID-19 test schedule posted for Tensas Parish

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will host mobile community based test sites for COVID-19 in Tensas Parish May 27-29.

Tentative times and locations for testing will be from 8-11 a.m. May 27 at Waterproof High School, 232 Main St., Waterproof; 8-11 a.m. May 28 at Newellton High School,500 Verona St., Newellton; and 8-11 a.m. May 29 St. Joseph Community Center, 710 Levee St., St. Joseph.

In order to qualify for testing, a person must meet the following criteria:

Scott scholarships awarded

The John H. Scott Memorial Fund held a virtual scholarship award ceremony May 2.

Seven scholars were represented this year. They are Amahry Jackson of  Newellton who attends Tensas High School and  Westley Bowman, TaNoah Hampton, Destiny Jones, Karvan Powell Jr., Aalayah Scott and Zakara Williams, all of General Trass High School.

Tracy L. Reynolds of Lake Providence was awarded the Alease J. Scott Memorial Award. 

Tensas Parish jobless rate increases to 12.1%

Unemployment rose sharply in Tensas Parish in March according to figures release this week by the Louisiana Works commission.

The jobless rate for Tensas Parish rose from 8.8 percent in in February to 12.1 percent in March. It is also up from 6.3 percent in March 2019.

That translates into 175 people being out of work in Tensas Parish last month as opposed to 120 in February and 86 a year ago.

The Tensas Parish workforce was up to 1,266 people in March, up from 1,241 people in February and down from 1,287 a year ago.

Newellton Pep Talk

Strength for the Day is dedicated to a prayer for stress, fear, family, worry, peace and health and health control.

Then to have faith and to trust in our Lord, we should pray every day. We will look at the five ways of dealing with stress and family during this month.

You know, prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door.

Louisiana College to offer free tuition scholarship

Responding to pandemic-induced financial strains, Louisiana College will offer free tuition to eligible, incoming freshmen and transfer students through its newly established Governor Jimmie Davis Scholarship.

“We recognize the Coronavirus impact has curtailed and even stopped certain activities in our state,” Louisiana College president Dr Rick Brewer said. “But we do not intend to stop offering the quality liberal arts education that has typified the College since 1906.”

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