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Woman, 84, killed in fire struggled to understand burn ban, had pre-dementia, family says

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www.youtube.com – – 2023-08-28 17:16:53

SUMMARY: Firefighters on the North Shore are facing numerous challenges due to brush fires and homes being at risk. The drought conditions have exacerbated the situation, making it a tinderbox. Unfortunately, an 84-year-old woman named Alona Vito died after being rescued from a brush fire. Vito, who suffered from pre-dementia, was unable to comprehend the fire ban due to a language barrier as she was originally from Hungary. The fire chief expressed shock at this fatality, as it was the first death caused by a brush fire in the area. Resources and manpower are already stretched thin, with the fire department relying heavily on volunteers. This incident highlights the dangers and consequences of unauthorized burning and the need for caution during drought conditions. The official cause of Vito's death is still pending autopsy results.

When St. Tammany Fire District #5 came to extinguish the fire, they found 84-year-old Ilona Bedo unconscious.

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Judy Coe McInnis  – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – obitsamericanpress – 2024-02-22 05:00:22

SUMMARY: Judy Coe McInnis, aged 83, from Big Lake, passed away on February 18, 2024. Born in Lake Charles on February 12, 1941, and a 1959 LaGrange High School graduate, Judy was a majorette leader, part of the Homecoming Court, and recognized for her fashion sense. She married Jim McInnis, and after his law studies in New Orleans, they returned to Lake Charles, where Judy joined The Junior League and worked as a tax preparer. An adventurer and hostess, she enjoyed travel, games, and community. Judy is survived by her daughter, siblings, and granddaughters; a memorial service is set for February 24. Donations can be made to a chosen charity.

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Banners: 2024 cultural series runs March 1-April 26 – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-02-22 04:34:45

SUMMARY: The McNeese Banners Series is scheduled from March 1 to April 26, 2024, featuring 15 events, including musicals, theater, art exhibits, and film screenings. Individual event tickets are $20 and several events are free, with special rates for educators and students. Highlights include “Broadway's Next Hit Musical,” “Yesterday and Today: An Interactive Beatles Experience,” and a diverse range of acts like Ethiopian band QWANQWA, Lightwire Theater's “Ugly Duckling,” and Trout Fishing in America. Opening with a Broadway musical parody, the season includes award-winning musicians, interactive experiences, journalism-focused lectures, and ends with a performance by Trout Fishing in America. Memberships and tickets can be obtained through www.banners.org.

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DOTD to begin roughly $3 million Highway improvement on 568

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www.myarklamiss.com – Vallery Maravi – 2024-02-21 23:12:30

SUMMARY: The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced new highway projects for Northeast Louisiana. One of the approved projects includes upgrades to Highway 568 in Concordia Parish. Many residents believe this upgrade is necessary due to the poor condition of the road, which often leads to flat or low tires. The estimated cost for this project is $3 million. Additionally, Highway 15 and Highway 900 will be improved later this year. The improvement for Highway 568 is expected to start in late Spring and be completed within a year if weather permits.

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