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Approximately 44,000 acres of farmland went unplanted in three area parishes this year due to seep water along the Mississippi and backwater flooding, LSU AgCenter agent Dennis Burns said this week.

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The Concordia Parish School Board voted to provide all school employees – teachers and support personnel -- a $1,200 annual pay raise during the board’s regular meeting Thursday, July 11.

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Concordia Parish fared well as Tropical Storm Barry crawled through the region Friday through Monday, Homeland Security Director Guy Murray and other public officials said Tuesday.

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Concordia Parish Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick sits behind his desk, working on his computer where at times he wonders what retirement will be like come June 30, 2020.

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Concordia Avenue extension was closed because of high water as Tropical Storm Barry rolled through the parish. (Photo by Joey Martin)

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The Town of Newellton’s total net position decreased by $301,250 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, according to a financial report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and prepared by the Monroe accounting firm of Huffman & Soignier.

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The Concordia Parish Police Jury approved a resolution during its regular meeting Monday night to hold a millage renewal election for Fire Protection District No. 2 on Nov. 16.

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The assets of the Seventh Judicial District Court Expense Fund & FINS (Families in Need of Services) District Fund exceeded its liabilities at the close of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, by $158,498 (net position).

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Vidalia’s sewerage system will need major upgrades once the Mississippi River dips below flood stage, Mayor Buz Craft told the Vidalia Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

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Ridgecrest residents and officials have their fingers crossed as a grant application to fund a tie in with Ferriday’s water plant will be hand delivered to the Office of Community Development in Baton Rouge on Thursday.

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PATRIOTISM, BANDS, flags, fireworks, food and fun were all part of the Vidalia Beautification Committee’s 3rd Annual Fourth of July Festival on the Vidalia Riverfront last week. Here Catherine Stagg shows her patriotism and a big smile. (Photos courtesy Sweet May Photography & the Vidali…

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USDA STATE Director Dr. Carrie Castille, shown with Riverland Medical Center (RMC) Board Chairman Jim Graves, met with Riverland officials Thursday at the construction site of the new hospital on the Ferriday-Vidalia Highway. USDA is financing construction. Castille said she would stay in co…

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The Vidalia Beautification Committee will present the 3rd Annual Fourth of July Festival on the Vidalia Riverfront, while the 2019 Lake St. John Flotilla and Blessing of the Fleet is slated July 6.

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The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office is working to extradite a Clayton man in the slaying of his wife and her son over the weekend.

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The Concordia Sentinel last week won two first place awards for best breaking news story and best sports column in the Louisiana Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

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A BARGE load of rock rests on the Mississippi in southern Concordia Parish on Sunday as the river continues to fall. The Mississippi stood at 56.4 feet at Natchez on Tuesday, more than eight feet above flood state. (Concordia Sentinel photo)

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Assets for the Tensas Parish Police Jury exceeded liabilities by $7,653,101 in 2018, according to a financial report compiled by CPA Silas Simmons LLP of Natchez and released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

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Lighting, thunder and howling winds pushed through Concordia Parish and the region early Monday morning causing widespread electrical outages and some damage.

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The Concordia Parish Police Jury is seeking volunteers to serve on a parish historical board tasked with seeking grant funds to upgrade the old courthouse in Vidalia.

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The Vidalia Board of Aldermen during a special meeting Tuesday approved an ordinance amending the 2018-19 budget.

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The Ferriday Board of Aldermen approved its 2019-20 budget Thursday (June 20) at a special meeting and also approved an ordinance to raise sewer rates from $16.50 to $17.50 for residential while raising the usage rates on the two prisons on Hwy. 15.

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Two men have been arrested in the shooting death of a Ferriday man, who was reported missing on Sunday.

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Riverland Medical Center's Board of Directors voted during its regular meeting Tuesday night to reinstitute wound care service at the hospital.

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Ridgecrest aldermen appointed a mayor pro-tem during a special meeting Thursday night, while two aldermen – Connie Adair and Josh Wells – have announced their resignations.

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In Catahoula Parish, one the highest areas in the state is located along La. Highway 124 in the Chalk Hills near Rosefield. Here the hills rise to approximately 320 feet. In the distance you see other high ridges. The highest peak in Louisiana is Driskell Mountain in Bienville Parish at 535 …

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Sandbags along the Mississippi River continue to protect the Vidalia Riverfront. The Mississippi River fell slightly to 57.08 feet Wednesday and is expected to continue to fall. (Concordia Sentinel photo)

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The Concordia Parish School Board will decide next month whether to provide teachers and support personnel a pay raise above what they have just received from the governor and legislature during the past legislative session.

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Four public entities have each approved a request by Syrah Resources to reduce the number of instate residents it is required to hire for its Vidalia plant

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Assets for Concordia Parish Sewerage District No. 1 exceeded liabilities by $5,010,725 for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, according to a financial report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

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Jamie Bradford will assume the Village of Ridgecrest clerk’s position after being unanimously approved by aldermen at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

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The Ferriday Board of Aldermen introduced an ordinance to raise sewerage rates, seeking an increase from $3 to $5 for residential customers.

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The Vidalia Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night to allow Syrah Resources to reduce the number of instate residents it hires for its Vidalia plant, while the Police Jury, the School Board and Sheriff’s Office will also consider the matter.