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Seven slots on the nine-member Concordia Parish Police Jury will be filled Saturday when voters go to the polls during the general election.

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The Vidalia Board of Alderman during its regular meeting Tuesday night authorized Mayor Buz Craft to apply for up to $7 million in electric utility revenue bonds.

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The Ferriday Town Council will decide at a special meeting on Jan. 25 whether to hire a city engineer/consultant with assistance from a former Rayville city planner/economic developer to oversee the town water system at no cost.

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Early voting was brisk in Concordia Parish last week as voters prepare to elect a new clerk of court and help elect a new state representative for District 21 during the general election on Saturday.

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Veterans will be honored with programs at Vidalia and Ferriday High Schools Friday and Monday.

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Early votes cast through Tuesday for the Nov. 16 general election totaled 1,045, according to the Registrar of Voters office.

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Although final figures have yet to be compiled, LSU AgCenter Extension Agent Dennis Burns said yields would be below average for the 2019 crop year.

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Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Walter Mackel and the law enforcement community will be honored at a morning coffee reception on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Vidalia Library.

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The Concordia Parish Police Jury voted Monday to ask the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to lower a rock weir on Cocodrie Bayou that USFWS reportedly raised without permission a few years ago.

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Riverland Medical Center posted a net profit of $470,885 for September it was announced during the board of director’s regular meeting Tuesday where the board adopted its 2019-20 budget.

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Vidalia Mayor Buz Craft laid out a plan Monday to borrow up to $7 million for construction of a new substation to meet future demand for electrical power.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards visited Concordia Parish on Tuesday, part of a campaign swing through northeastern Louisiana.

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BALLOONS FLOAT over Vidalia during the Natchez Balloon Festival on Friday. This year’s festival drew large crowds. (Photo courtesy Wes Faulk)

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Glen Womack will be the next state senator for the 32nd district, Ashley Ellis is the new representative for the District 5 BESE post and Travis Johnson and Glen McGlothin are in a run-off for the District 21 House seat.

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The Concordia Parish Police Jury discussed the hospital board, cell towers and drainage during its regular meeting Monday.

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Mayor Veller Ray Carroll defeated former alderman Connie Adair by 10 votes (85 to 75) in Saturday’s primary election to keep his seat in Ridgecrest.

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The Ferriday Board of Aldermen will request help from the Concordia Parish Police Jury in getting grass cut in the town.

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A 12-person Catahoula Parish jury found a Harrisonburg man guilty on Friday, Oct. 4, in the 2018 murder of his father.

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Concordia Parish voters will go to the polls Saturday to elect police jurors as well as cast their ballots for a host of parish, district and statewide offices.

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The Town of Vidalia had total assets of $33.7 million through August 2019, approximately $1 million more than a year earlier.

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The Washington Heights sewer project in Concordia Parish is one of the recipients of a $2.3 million total investment announced Monday by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA)

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Clayton aldermen questioned Mayor Josephine Washington over spending during the town council’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

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Almost 1,000 early votes had been cast by 9 a.m. this morning at the Registrar of Voters office in Vidalia with the Oct. 12 primary election only 10 days away.

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The Fifth Levee District received “acreage and ad valorem taxes for flood protection totaling approximately $1.3 million,” during fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

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The USDA has approved a loan/grant totaling $999,000 for the Village of Ridgecrest, according to Mayor Veller Ray Carroll.

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The Concordia Parish Police Jury passed a resolution during its regular meeting Monday night approving its annual bridge report.

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Riverland Medical Center posted a profit of $277,802 for the month of August while construction continues on the new hospital on Hwy. 425.

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Construction of a t-hangar taxiway at the Concordia Parish Airport is expected to begin soon, according to Carl Sayers, president and chairman of the board of the airport authority.