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Members of the Ferriday Garden Club were honored with plaques from the Town of Ferriday at Ferriday Hall Tuesday. The plaques were in appreciation of the hard work and dedication to the beautification of the Town of Ferriday over the years. Ferriday Mayor Rydell Turner and board members Elij…

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Members of the Ferriday Garden Club were honored with plaques from the Town of Ferriday at Ferriday Hall Tuesday. The plaques were in appreciation of the hard work and dedication to the beautification of the Town of Ferriday over the years. Ferriday Mayor Rydell Turner and board members Elij…

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BEFORE THE rains of Tropical Storm Nicholas arrived in this region, two fishermen tried their luck in a bend of the Ouachita River at Enterprise on Saturday. Many took advantage of the beautiful weekend weather for outdoor work or for recreation and fun. (Concordia Sentinelphoto)

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 Progressive Baptist Church Association, Dr. Michael R. Reed, president, will have their annual Session Tuesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15 at the Rufus Baptist Church, 914 Mickey Gilley Ave., Ferriday.

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Plans are being made for a 50th class reunion for the Vidalia High School classes of 1970 and 1971. Since the COVID and quarantine issues of 2020 prevented the class of 1970 from hosting a reunion, the class of 1971 has invited them to join in their 50th reunion celebration.

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CHIEF DEPUTY Tax Assessor Jeannie Archer was the guest speaker at the Sept. 2 meeting of the Ferriday Rotary Club. Archer discussed the operations of the Concordia assessor’s office. (Concordia Sentinelphoto)

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Calling it a long-delayed Homecoming, Rev. Dr. Steve McDonald said the Vidalia United Methodist Church will meet at the Vidalia Presbyterian Church Sundays at 9 a.m.

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VIDALIA HIGH senior Mickey Hogan paints his parking space before school started Monday. Seniors are allowed to paint their space for the school year. (Photo by Wes Faulk).

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FERRIDAY ROTARY CLUB new officers for 2021-22 include, from left, Charlie Reeves, Vice President; Andy Anders, President-Elect; Lesley Capdepon, President; Joey Boothe, Past-President; and Don Tate Treasurer.

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JONATHAN WILLARD (left), shown with Ferriday Rotary Club President Joey Boothe, was the guest speaker on May 20 at Rotary’s weekly luncheon. Willard discussed organizing a Dream Hunt Foundation in the area. He said the non-profit foundation provides disabled youth with a guided hunting or fi…

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Ferriday Garden Club held their last meeting of the 2020-21 year on Thursday, May 13th at the home of member Dorothy Ulmer. The luncheon meeting included installation of officers for the 2021-22 year. Guest Official, Vidalia Garden Club President Cindy Galloway installed Mary Corley, Preside…

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Building On the Love of Jesus is the theme for Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church, Ferriday this summer. VBS will kick off at 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 for children kindergarten through sixth grade. VBS will continue Friday, June 4 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Sat…

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FOUR OF Concordia Parish’s high schools held graduation ceremonies last week. Delta Charter’s graduation is slated for May 21. (Photos by Whest Faulk)

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TRINITY MEDICAL Marketing Director Brandy Spears was guest speaker at the Ferriday Rotary Club’s luncheon on April 29. Spears said the recently opened Trinity Medical facility will open its surgical unit in May, while the cafeteria is presently open for “grab and go” while dine-in is not ava…

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MISS VIDALIA 2020 Ryleigh Probst crowns 2021 winner Shyvlie Blaney Saturday night at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center. (Photo by Wes Faulk)

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THE VIDALIA Police Department released balloons Thursday (April 1) in honor of the one-year anniversary of the dates of Vidalia Officer Kejuan Bates, who died of COVID-19. (Photo by Wes Faulk)

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In February 1967, Wharlest Jackson was killed when a bomb planted on his pickup truck exploded as he was driving home from work at the Armstrong Tire Plant, where he had recently been promoted.

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The 7th Annual Cruising for a Cure Relay for Life Open Car Show was held this past weekend on the Vidalia Riverfront. Almost 170 cars were presented at the event. (Sentinel photos by Wes Faulk)

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THE DEAD of winter has taken its toll on the landscape following two weeks of frigid weather throughout the state. The Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge is dull and gray as is the Ouachita riverbank at Harrisonburg although the green of the pines provides color on Fort Beauregard above the …

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 Monterey First Baptist Church will host the Fourth Annual Women’s Conference from 10 a.m until 3 p.m. Saturday, February 27. 

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CONCORDIA PARISH 4-H’er Haskill Calvin spends some time with his Nubian goat, Darth Vader, during the 81st Annual Northeast District Livestock Show last week in Delhi. Seven 4-H members from Concordia Parish have qualified for the LSU State Livestock Show. See more Pg. ?? (Photo courtesy LSU…

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Seven Ferriday Garden Club members joined together at Louisiana Park on Louisiana Avenue in downtown Ferriday to plant trees in celebration of Arbor Day.  National Arbor Day is celebrated in April but Louisiana Celebrates it in January because this is a good time to plant trees in our area o…

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 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Duncan of Monterey, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Briattney Anne, to Mr. Derek Lane Moreland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Moreland also of Monterey. 

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FIREWORKS LIGHT up the night sky over the Mississippi River at Vidalia during the annual fireworks show held on New Year’s Day due to inclement weather on New Year’s Eve. The Vidalia Beautification Committee presents the annual show. (Photo by Wes Faulk)

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SANTA PAID a visit to students at Ferriday Lower Elementary last week as many parish businesses and most governmental offices prepare to close Thursday, Christmas Eve, for a long holiday weekend.

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THE COLORS of autumn are fading in the hills and lowlands as Christmas arrives next week. The first day of winter is Monday, Dec. 21. (Concordia Sentinel photos)

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Editor’s Note: Second-graders at Vidalia Elementary School wrote letters to CoVid-19 as a writing project. Letters were randomly selected for printing in the newspaper but all the students' letters are included below:

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VIDALIA LOWER Elementary Pre-K student Ryleigh Jones celebrated the letter D week at school by talking to a dinosaur named Robert. Ryleigh is the daughter of Ethel Williams. (Photo courtesy Susan Mingee)

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LYREHC CAGE was recently recognized the Vidalia Lower Elementary’s Top Accelerated Reader. Lyrehc is the daughter of HuCheryl Walker and Brady Page. She was a 2nd grader in Ms. Joanna Bernard’s class during the 2019-2020 school year. Lyrehc read 343 AR books, and earned 219.3 points with 98%…

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FERRIDAY HIGH senior Khylyn Lewis takes a water break during football practice Monday, the first day of official football practice in the state. High schools are still awaiting a decision from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association on the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Concordia Parish …

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A BOAT pushing two barges heads down the Red River as it passes the mouth of Black (at right) in lower Concordia Parish on Sunday. The photo was taken from the Concordia shore at Delhoste. The sandbar in the distance is located on the banks of Catahoula Parish. On the left side of photo is A…

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IT WAS a steep climb for this tractor operator mowing the Mississippi River mainline levee along Highway 15 south of Vidalia on Tuesday. (Concordia Sentinel photo)

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THE SIXTH ANNUAL Liberty Loop paraded Lake Concordia July 4 with approximately 30 boats participating. America’s birthday celebration started Friday night with a fireworks show from the Stubbs pier. All boats lined up at the north end of the lake to motor south, ending the day with a piano c…

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Graduation ceremonies are slated at four parish high schools next week, according to Superintendent Whest Shirley.

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FERRIDAY ROTARY Club officers elected last week include, from left, James Lee (past president), Don Tate (secretary-treasurer), Lesley Capdepon (president-elect), Joey Boothe (president); and Andy Anders (vice-president)

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JOEY BOOTHE was sworn in on June 25 by Rotarian Billy Rucker as the new president of the Ferriday Rotary Club.

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CONCORDIA PARISH SHERIFF Kenneth Hedrick displays a plaque honoring his many years in law enforcement. Hedrick is completing his second term as sheriff.

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The 2020 Lake St. John Flotilla and Blessing of the Fleet The 27th annual Lake St. John Flotilla sails Saturday July 4 at 2 pm from the north side of the lake.

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CLYDE RAY WEBBER, Concordia Parish Clerk of Court, shows his plaque he received while being honored for more than a half century of service.

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RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN took to water and the bank on Saturday at lakes and rivers across the region. These fishermen tried their luck at the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge. (Concordia Sentinel photos)