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First Unemployment Drop in Seven Weeks

For the week ending May 9 (the most recent stats available from the Texas Workforce Commission), 58 people in Fayette County filed for unemployment benefits. While still a big number (only five filed for unemployment the same week a year ago) that total of 58 folks was the lowest filing in the last seven weeks.

County Fair Proceeding With Plans

Like some of the other big summer festivals who have already announced plans to continue their events in some form of fashion (Round Top 4th of July, Schulenburg Festival), officials from the Fayette County Fair also plan to hold their event this year amidst coronavirus precautions.

COVID-19 Turning Tables on City vs. Rural

The virus shutdown circus is permanently popularizing on-line work from home, but it is also elevating the viability of trading urban high-rise confinement for a less urban “home on the range, which sounds a lot like a “home in La Grange,” that comfortably rural town where what’s really peaking is the ire of local business owners. Shutdown in the big cities, however, has been a hammer blow with some ugly long term consequences looming.

Farmers And Ranchers To Receive Direct Support For Losses Related To COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.

La Grange Scholarship Ceremony Like No Other

La Grange High School held its annual senior scholarship presentation ceremony Wednesday morning in the high school parking lot. In past years, the event took place in the basketball gym and usually lasted most of the morning as presenters would take pictures with each of the scholarship recipients. The school made some big changes to the ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic this year. Radio host Gary Dusek, who broadcasted the event live on KVLG/KBUK that morning, compared the scene to a drive-in movie theater. Parents and guests watched from their cars and listened to Dusek announce the scholarship recipients on the radio. Students came up one by one to stand on a stage by themselves as their scholarship awards were announced. There were no shaking of hands. No one handed out award envelopes; students had to pick those up from a stack on a table. The very clinical affair lasted only about 45 minutes. We’ll run photos of all the scholarship winners and their awards next week.

Schulenburg Festival Plans To Carry On

The Schulenburg Festival Association hopes to move forward with this year’s “National Party of Texas,” scheduled to take place July 31 to Aug. 2.

Case Count Here Ticks Up Amidst Reopenings

Thirty-one people have been infected with the coronavirus in Fayette County, according to the latest official numbers from the Fayette County Office of Emergency Management. That’s up one case from Sunday

Locals Love La Grange Utility Challenge is Still Ongoing

The City of La Grange wants to help our local business community during these challenging times and we need your help. The City of La Grange is hosting the Locals Love La Grange Utility Challenge again in which the City is offering utility rebates on City utilities for local receipts. You read that right, you could earn a credit on your City utility bill by buying and eating locally, or by purchasing a gift card from your favorite downtown store, or by buying yourself a new outfit or home decor at a local boutique. Our local businesses make the possibilities seem endless. Please keep in mind that the goal of this program is to support small businesses, which for these purposes, a local business is any business within the city limits of La Grange and has less than 50 employees. We encourage people to use this program to shop small and support businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Think of local restaurants, retail businesses, and service industries that have been impacted by this crisis and use this program to help your neighbors.
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