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CARES Act offers help with paying utility bills

Cleco is encouraging eligible customers who need help paying their electric utility bills to apply for supplemental funds added to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program  as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

LIHEAP, a federally funded program, helps low-income households with their home energy bills by providing payment and/or energy crisis assistance.  Each state receives funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, so programs vary by state.  

Louisiana citizens may be owed funds by state

Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today that the Department of Treasury will return another $10.4 million in Unclaimed Property to citizens across Louisiana. 

More than 45,000 people will receive a check in the mail beginning this week.

With more than $880 million in Unclaimed Property to return, Louisiana Treasury has been using technology to find the rightful owners of this money. Through data matches, Treasury is able to update addresses and issue checks for money that many recipients didn’t even know existed.

State’s outdoor areas still open during pandemic

Wildlife Management Areas, refuges and shooting ranges remain open, but visitors, must practice social distancing measures and have no group larger than 10 people due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

A valid state hunting, fishing or Wild Louisiana Stamp is required to use WMAs. Fishing remains open on all LDWF properties and throughout the state. All public restrooms at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries facilities, however, are closed.

Tensas Parish school board member resigns for medical reasons

District 3 Tensas Parish School Board member Pat Joffrion has resigned his position due to medical issues.  

“I have been under the care of my doctors in Alabama for the past ten years,” Joffrion said.  “They have been monitoring my condition, which recently took a turn for the worse.  My treatments require me to eliminate stress to help my immune system.  Medications appear to be helping.”

Tensas Parish school board member resigns for medical reasons

District 3 Tensas Parish School Board member Pat Joffrion has resigned his position due to medical issues.  

“I have been under the care of my doctors in Alabama for the past ten years,” Joffrion said.  “They have been monitoring my condition, which recently took a turn for the worse.  My treatments require me to eliminate stress to help my immune system.  Medications appear to be helping.”

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