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Farmer directs donation to benefit Care and Share

Richland Parish farmer Cliff Mills, directed $2,500 to Care And Share Ministries through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. 

Celebrating its 10th year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations strengthening rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. It has awarded more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

Epps volunteer firefighter arrested on arson charge

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested an Epps volunteer firefighter for setting an abandoned building on fire.

James Travis Simmons, 26, was booked into the West Carroll Parish Jail on one count of simple arson and obstruction of justice.

The Epps Fire Department responded to the 4100 block of Highway 134 for a report of a vacant building fire around 2 a.m. April 1.

After an assessment of the scene, SFM investigators determined the fire originated around a window at the front of the abandoned store. The resulting damage was minor.

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ICU/Ventilators nearing capacity as tidal wave of cases peaks

Louisiana’s COVID-19 case count soared by nearly 2,000 Monday as an avalanche of test results flooded in. The state posted 1,857 new cases and 35 more deaths since Sunday. The trajectory of Louisiana’s death count appears to have leveled off, now at 512 reported deaths Monday, but, “It’s going to be the hardest, saddest week for Americans,” warns U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, citing total American deaths to top 10,000 this week. Louisiana continues to lead in per capita death rate with St. John the Baptist Parish at nearly 30 per 100,000 residents. Orleans Parish has 25.

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COVID-19 cases rise again

On the day New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio called for a national draft of retired doctors and medical workers to be rushed to New York City, Louisiana COVID-19 cases broke above 10,000 to 10,297 cases. That's up by 1,147 new cases but that number represents half the increase seen Thursday which set a record 2,726 new cases. Governor John Bel Edwards said in his Friday press conference that's due in large part because Louisiana now ranks second in the nation for testing per capita.

Louisiana COVID-19 cases skyrocket

“If you wait for these numbers to grab your attention, guess what? You just let the virus win,” a visibly distressed Governor John Bel Edwards reiterated of Louisiana’s new Coronavirus cases at a Thursday afternoon press conference. State COVID-19 cases soared Thursday to a one-day record of 2,726 new cases as a tidal wave of test results arrived mostly from private testing companies.

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