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Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham faced off in gubernatorial debate for the first time last week since the Republican congressman announced his bid for the Democratic governor's job.

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The Internal Revenue Service granted the Town of Winnsboro a nine-week extension for payroll taxes and penalties totaling some $211,000, Mayor Sonny Dumas said Tuesday. The charges originated from unpaid taxes due during former Mayor Jackie Johnson’s administration.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham faced off in gubernatorial debate for the first time last week since the Republican congressman announced his bid for the Democratic governor's job.

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BATON ROUGE – Two months have come and gone since the first meeting of the Capital Area Road and Bridge District, the newly formed coalition trying to develop a new bridge over the Mississippi River. 

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BATON ROUGE—The state Department of Health acknowledged last week that 1,672 people had received Medicaid coverage even though they earned at least $100,000 in 2017. 

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J. Walker & Company of Lake Charles is expected to finish its audit of Winnsboro’s financial records this month.

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The Franklin Parish Catfish Festival will be back even though this year’s annual event was canceled due to the forecast of severe weather, said Paul Price Jr., festival director.

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A state ethics panel will review the propriety of the Franklin Parish Police Jury doing business with a local dirt contractor whose officers are related to the jury president and drainage foreman.

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The Internal Revenue Service granted the Town of Winnsboro a nine-week extension for payroll taxes and penalties totaling some $211,000, Mayor Sonny Dumas said Tuesday. The charges originated from unpaid taxes due during former Mayor Jackie Johnson’s administration.

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A section of Hanna Street between First and Second streets in Gilbert is now one-way after aldermen passed a resolution at their regular meeting March 13.

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THE FIRST all female fire crew in Franklin Parish was stationed at the Winnsboro Fire Department March 21. They were (left): Ashley Donald, Deidra Sious Washington and Chelsea Levy. (Sun photo by Joe Curtis)

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WINNSBORO RESIDENT Mary Ignont gathers grabbers and reflective vests Saturday morning for the trash bash in preparation for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Cleanest City Contest. Handing out the equipment was Phillip Robinson (left) and Phillip Hutto with the Town of Winnsboro. Judges…

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Mayor Marc McCarty and the Board of Aldermen are hoping Wisner will be designated as a cultural district in the near future.

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Northeast Louisiana mayors were advised to “help themselves” and to have “political will” in the upkeep of their infrastructure, said Toye Taylor, deputy chief of staff for Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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The Franklin Parish Police Jury signed off on a budget of up to some $262,000 for equipment purchases, after selling certain parish vehicles and equipment at a surplus sale.

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Winnsboro owes an additional $211,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for payroll taxes and penalties dating to former Mayor Jackie Johnson’s administration.

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Projections indicate that corn and cotton acreage will increase this year but less grain sorghum and soybeans will be grown, an LSU AgCenter economist said at an AgCenter crops and cattle forum in central Louisiana.

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A U.S. district court judge recently ruled that a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana against Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for jailing and coercing crime victims with fake subpoenas can proceed.

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The Winnsboro Farmer’s Market will be open six-days a week under the new management of Terry Huff from Delhi, said Winnsboro Mayor Sonny Dumas.

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Franklin Medical Center posted $2.9 million in net operating revenue for January and showed a year-to-date profit of $689,000, said chief financial officer Billy Page.

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A boil advisory from the Town of Winnsboro has been posted from the Highway 17 and Loop Road intersection going northeast on Hwy 17 to the end of Winnsboro's system. This area includes Mauld, Hendrix and Ponderosa roads.

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Charles F. Kennell III, 21, of New Orleans was charged with second degree murder of Quintail D. Credit of Winnsboro and is being held on a $350,000 bond and probation hold at Richland Parish Detention Center.

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Mitch Reynolds, Franklin Parish director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, is joining other officials today at a fact-finding meeting on the threat of potential flooding.

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