Hurricane Laura causes major damage in Western Louisiana

first_img By Egan MillardPosted Aug 28, 2020 Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Hurricane Laura causes major damage in Western Louisiana Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo: Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School[Episcopal News Service] Several Episcopal properties in the Diocese of Western Louisiana sustained heavy damage on Aug. 27 as Hurricane Laura left a narrow but brutal trail of destruction through the state.“I think that most people here just did not anticipate this level of destruction,” said Bishop Jacob Owensby, who spoke to Episcopal News Service from his car after driving around in search of a cell signal. “This will define ministry in this diocese for years.”Laura came ashore near the border of Texas and Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 150 mph, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Gulf Coast in decades. The storm left at least six people dead and caused major property damage, mostly in and around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a small city along the inland waterways between Houston and New Orleans.Parts of the roof at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church were ripped off, causing water damage inside the church and rectory. On Facebook, church leaders expressed thanks for the safety of their parishioners and launched a fundraiser for recovery efforts.On the other side of town, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, a large oak tree fell toward the church but did not appear to cause major damage. As the storm was ravaging Lake Charles, the Rev. Frances “Boo” Kay, assisting priest at Good Shepherd, led Compline on Facebook Live from Baton Rouge, where she had evacuated.“I may be a little tearful because I think I’m going to lose my house,” Kay warned as she started the service, “but … I’ve done it once. I can definitely do it again.”The next day, Kay shared updates about the church and the adjoining Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. The school suffered damage to its gymnasium roof and some windows, and a storage shed was destroyed.“We have so many people that are without homes and so much destruction, but we have so much to be thankful for,” she said. “I think that everyone is thankful, if you evacuated, that you got out with your lives and we’re so grateful that all of our families who evacuated are safe. That’s the main thing.”On the afternoon of the 28th, Owensby was still trying to assess the damage around the diocese from his home in Alexandria, in the center of the state. Lake Charles appeared to be the hardest hit; his son’s workplace there was “flattened,” he said. But he also said he was deeply concerned about residents of the many small rural communities, already struggling to make ends meet, who could face devastating storm damage. He still had not been able to get any information about two parishes in areas that were hit hard by the storm.“These are people who are barely making it,” he said. “You take away their housing or you crush one of their cars – the impact on those people is life-threatening. And so you stretch that across western Louisiana, and you’ve really got a social justice and works-of-mercy challenge.”Owensby said the diocese has been working with Episcopal Relief & Development – which is collecting donations for its Hurricane Relief Fund – before and after the storm to identify the most urgent needs.“Thanks be to God for them,” he said. “We’re grateful as can be.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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Board to discuss TRE, bond, rezoning

first_img Pinterest Facebook By admin – April 1, 2018 Local NewsGovernment Facebook Pinterest Previous articleLETTER TO THE EDITOR: About the young and gunsNext articlePermian Basin Drilling Report: Mar. 22 – Mar. 28 admin Board to discuss TRE, bond, rezoning Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. The possibility of another bond and tax ratification election, rezoning of elementary and middle schools and reconfiguration of elementary schools will be tackled by the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees during a special workshop meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.In November 2017, voters rejected a $291,172,291 bond and a tax ratification election.On the bond issue, 61.81 percent of people voted against the bond and 38.19 percent voted for it, or 4,442 against and 2,744 in support.On the tax ratification election, 60.04 percent, or 4,312 people voted against it, and 39.96 percent, or 2,870, were for it.At a March 6 meeting, the board talked about the possibility of trying another tax ratification and bond election.Other than teachers and bus drivers, no one has had a raise in two years, supplemental agenda material said. The roofs from the hail storms in both 2016 and 2017 left the district $6.7 million short of meeting its deductible requirements and the insurance company is still assessing the damage, the material said.There are only 11 schools that have controlled access entrances which were included in the failed 2017 bond election and the material said they all need to be addressed.At that March 6 meeting, the board also discussed a TRE that would be for 8 cents per $100 valuation, which would generate approximately $11 million. The 8 cents would be added to the district’s $1.04 maintenance and operation rate. The total tax rate is currently $1.15 per $100 valuation, so this would make it $1.23 per $100 valuation.Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said the board could change the 8 cents.The district has hired TranCend4, a company specializing in bond elections to help guide the community through the process, the supplemental material said. The cost is $26,000, plus expenses which include flights, car/Uber, hotel and meals.On the boundary changes, parents and community members are welcome to attend and offer input. Additional community meetings are being planned for the subject, the district newsletter said.The board began discussing adjustments to boundary zones for elementary and middle schools March 6. When work from the 2012 bond issue was completed, boundary zones for all middle and elementary schools were updated.It was the first time major boundary changes had been made in nearly 25 years, the newsletter said. At the time, the school board and administration said the lines would need to be evaluated every two or three years and adjusted if necessary.The big concern currently is the area in north Odessa where Jordan and Buice elementary schools project to have more than 900 students in the next couple of years. The boundary changes would send some of their students to other campuses to provide relief from overcrowding.The same concerns exist for all the middle schools, the newsletter said.More InformationECISD board agenda.last_img read more

Hall County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy shot dead, manhunt underway

first_imgHall County Sheriff(ATLANTA) — A manhunt is underway in Georgia after a sheriff’s deputy was gunned down Sunday night, authorities said. The Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy, whose name has not been released, was killed after exchanging gunfire with a suspect, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said.The deputy had been trying to stop a stolen car when he was shot, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported.One suspect was hit by gunfire and hospitalized in unknown condition, WSB reported. Police are now searching for the “remaining suspects,” the sheriff’s office said Monday morning.Hall County is about 60 miles outside of Atlanta. The deadly shooting prompted an outpouring of condolences from law enforcement agencies. “Our hearts are with the family, blood & blue, of the Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted. “We thank you for your service and will continue to pray for your family, friends, and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.”Anyone with information is asked to call 770-533-7693.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more