HURRICANES LAURA AND DELTA ARE HELPING HOTELS IN THE AREA THAT WERE ON THE VERGE OF SHUTTING DOWN. LESA JAMES, THE OWNER OF THE JULIET HOTEL IN LAFAYETTE, SAYS SHE HAD TO LAY OFF ALMOST HALF HER STAFF AFTER CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS WENT INTO EFFECT. SHE TELLS KLFY TV THEY WENT FROM RENTING ONE ROOM A NIGHT TO RENTING SIXTEEN OR SEVENTEEN ROOMS TO FAMILIES THAT LOST EVERYTHING IN THE HURRICANES. JAMES SAYS THAT AFTER THE FAMILIES RETURN TO THEIR HOMES OR APARTMENTS, SHE’S UNSURE WHETHER THE HOTELS WILL REMAIN BUSY.
MOST SCHOOLS IN CALCASIEU PARISH WILL BE REOPENING ON MONDAY, BUT SOME WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED. THE JEFF DAVIS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD SAYS SCHOOLS THERE WILL ALSO BE OPEN ON MONDAY. THEY ARE CLOSED FOR THE WEEK DUE TO REPAIRS BEING MADE BECAUSE OF HURRICANE DELTA. ACADIA PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SCOTT RICHARD SAYS THEY ARE WAITING UNTIL MONDAY AS WELL TO REOPEN, WHICH GIVES THE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES TIME TO GET POWER RESTORED AND ASSESS THE DAMAGE FROM THE STORM.
CHILI WILL BE PROVIDED IN LAFAYETTE TOMORROW BEGINNING AT ELEVEN THIRTY A-M AT HAND UP THRIFT, OR HUT, WHICH IS LOCATED AT ONE-OH-FIVE LEONIE STREET. FAMILY PROMISE OF ACADIANA, HAND UP THRIFT, G-M-F-S MORTGAGE, THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAFAYETTE AND SHARE CARE U-S-A WILL BE SERVING THE CHILI TO THOSE DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE DELTA. ON SATURDAY, THE RAYNE TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST ON HOLT AVENUE WILL BE HOSTING A COMMUNITY FEEDING. IT WILL BEGIN AT TEN A-M AND LAST UNTIL THE FOOD AND DRINKS RUN OUT. IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP OUT, CALL 514-82-86.
A Youngsville man, convicted of killing a 22-year-old pregnant woman and her 1-year-old child in a car crash, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office says Dylan Leblanc received his prison sentence Tuesday in New Iberia. He pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the August 2018 deaths of Abby Suire Sinitiere of Franklin and her son, Maxxon, as well as feticide in the death of the unborn child, and vehicular negligent injury for wounding three other children in Sinitiere’s car and a passenger in his own. Prosecutors said there was alcohol in Leblanc’s system and alleged he was driving at speeds of about 100 mph.
Louisiana’s early voting period for the Nov. 3 presidential and congressional election opens tomorrow. Early voting is three days longer for this election because a federal judge forced Louisiana to add extra days and lengthen the hours amid the coronavirus pandemic. Top of the ballot is the presidential contest between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden. Louisiana voters also will be deciding a U.S. Senate seat, six U.S. House seats, a statewide referendum on sports gambling, seven constitutional amendments, judges’ jobs and other municipal elections.
A MAN FROM ACADIA PARISH IS FACING CHARGES AFTER HITTING A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD ACADIANA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WHILE SHE WAS GETTING ON THE SCHOOL BUS. CAROLINE MARCELLO HAS MORE.
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THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED TWELVE MORE DEATHS IN THE STATE FROM COVID-NINETEEN TODAY. THERE ARE SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-THREE MORE CASES IN LOUISIANA, MOVING THE TOTAL TO ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FOUR. HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE DOWN BY SIXTEEN. THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS DECREASED BY THREE.
THERE WERE NO NEW DEATHS FROM COVID-NINETEEN IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. ACADIANA HAD THREE MORE DEATHS, ONE IN EACH OF EVANGELINE, IBERIA AND ST. LANDRY PARISHES. ACADIANA HAD FORTY-SEVEN NEW CASES, INCLUDING TWENTY-ONE IN ACADIA PARISH. THE TOTAL IS NOW TWENTY-SIX THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-SEVEN. SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAD THIRTY-EIGHT NEW CASES, MOVING THE TOTAL TO TWELVE THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-ONE. ALLEN AND CALCASIEU PARISHES BOTH ADDED ELEVEN NEW CASES AND BEAUREGARD AND JEFF DAVIS PARISHES ADDED EIGHT NEW CASES EACH.