Early votes for Saturday’s municipal runoffs and tax election total 566, Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger said Tuesday.

Ridgecrest Mayor Veller Ray Carroll called for the resignation of aldermen Mitzi Boyler and Darlene Humphries after the duo failed to attend the village’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

The Vidalia Board of Aldermen elected Robert Gardner as mayor pro tempore Tuesday night over Jon Betts, while rejecting two of Mayor Buz Craft’s recommendations for department heads.

Mayor Buz Craft broke a 2-2 tie vote last week when he cast a vote against a motion that a sign for a Vidalia hotel was out of compliance with a town ordinance and should be removed immediately.

Early voting for the Aug. 15 municipal general election in Concordia Parish continues through Saturday, Aug. 8, with 147 in person votes and 200 mail ballots – 347 total -- counted through early Wednesday morning, according to Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger.

Interim Clayton aldermen will soon be appointed by Gov. John Bel Edward’s office to handle town business, according to newly elected mayor Wilbert Washington.

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School were scheduled to kick off in Concordia Parish on Friday, Aug. 7, but that date has been rescheduled to Aug. 24.

Concordia has received verified reports of six new Covid-19 cases since July 26, according the parish’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Director Tim Vanier.

Seventh Judicial Judges Kathy Johnson and John Reeves along with District Attorney Brad Burget drew no opposition during the three-day qualifying period last week for the Nov. 3 election.

CONSTRUCTION WORK is underway to realign La. Hwy. 15 closer to the Mississippi River mainline levee at this point where La. Hwy. 565 (Monterey highway) intersects at Deer Park. Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development Chase District 58 Engineer Administrator Ken Free said the…

Phase Two of reopening Louisiana will extend for another two weeks, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

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Early votes for Saturday’s municipal runoffs and tax election total 566, Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger said Tuesday.

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Ridgecrest Mayor Veller Ray Carroll called for the resignation of aldermen Mitzi Boyler and Darlene Humphries after the duo failed to attend the village’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

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The Vidalia Board of Aldermen elected Robert Gardner as mayor pro tempore Tuesday night over Jon Betts, while rejecting two of Mayor Buz Craft’s recommendations for department heads.

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Mayor Buz Craft broke a 2-2 tie vote last week when he cast a vote against a motion that a sign for a Vidalia hotel was out of compliance with a town ordinance and should be removed immediately.

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Early voting for the Aug. 15 municipal general election in Concordia Parish continues through Saturday, Aug. 8, with 147 in person votes and 200 mail ballots – 347 total -- counted through early Wednesday morning, according to Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger.

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Interim Clayton aldermen will soon be appointed by Gov. John Bel Edward’s office to handle town business, according to newly elected mayor Wilbert Washington.

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School were scheduled to kick off in Concordia Parish on Friday, Aug. 7, but that date has been rescheduled to Aug. 24.

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Concordia has received verified reports of six new Covid-19 cases since July 26, according the parish’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Director Tim Vanier.

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Seventh Judicial Judges Kathy Johnson and John Reeves along with District Attorney Brad Burget drew no opposition during the three-day qualifying period last week for the Nov. 3 election.

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CONSTRUCTION WORK is underway to realign La. Hwy. 15 closer to the Mississippi River mainline levee at this point where La. Hwy. 565 (Monterey highway) intersects at Deer Park. Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development Chase District 58 Engineer Administrator Ken Free said the…

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An ordinance establishing new water rates was introduced at a special Ridgecrest aldermen meeting Tuesday.

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Phase Two of reopening Louisiana will extend for another two weeks, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

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The Town of Vidalia recorded revenues of $32.2 million and $30 million in expenses through May 31, representing 11 months of the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

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Ridgecrest citizens will have to wait until July 21 to find out if water rates will increase due to aldermen not meeting a quorum at their regular meeting Tuesday.

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Since July 5, the Concordia Parish OHSEP has received reports of 25 new Covid-19 positive cases, according to the Concordia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Prepared (OHSEP).

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Concordia Parish Police Jury President Joe Parker urged parish residents to abide by guidelines regarding garbage pickup, noting that some are “dumping trash on the road.”

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The Concordia Parish School Board approved a hybrid plan – a combination of on campus instruction and virtual learning -- to reopen schools next month.

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Vidalia Mayor Buz Craft and Chief of Police Joey Merrill will serve a second term in their respective offices after receiving the majority of votes in Saturday’s primary election.

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Concrete was poured this week at the main entrance of the new 61,000 square foot Trinity Medical Center on Hwy. 425 near Ferriday, with expectations of patients and guests using that entrance in approximately six months if there are no delays.

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More than 1,334 early votes have been counted for the primary election on Saturday which features presidential and party elections as well as a host of municipal races in Concordia Parish.

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Government in the Town of Clayton is at a standstill as Mayor Josephine Washington awaits direction from state officials on how to proceed.

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From June 30 to July 5, the Concordia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) received eight new verified COVID-19 cases for Concordia Parish.

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After a lengthy and thorough investigation, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Alexandria Field Office (LSP AFO) has arrested a former deputy of the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO), identified as 56-year-old James Boren Jr.

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The 27th annual Lake St. John Flotilla and Blessing of the Fleet sails Saturday at 2 p.m. from the north side of the lake.

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DAVID HEDRICK became Concordia Parish’s new sheriff on Friday as he is given the oath of office by Judge Kathy Johnson. Hedrick’s wife, Whitney, holds the Bible. Hedrick’s father, Kenneth, is the outgoing sheriff, retiring after two terms as the parish’s chief law enforcement officer. (Photo…

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ANDY ANDERS was sworn in by Vidalia City Judge Scott McLemore as the new Concordia Parish Clerk of Court this morning during a ceremony in Vidalia. Holding the Bible is Anders’ wife, Nancy. (Photo by Wes Faulk)

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Ridgecrest Mayor Veller Ray Carroll is confident the recently signed water purchase contract with Ferriday will save the village money.

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Ferriday, La.--David Whatley, the first black student to integrate Ferriday High in 1966, returned from tortuous days at school only to face just as many threats outside his home. Come nightfall, he’d study his lessons by a spotlight illuminating his grandmother’s lawn while keeping watch fo…

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Concordia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness OHSEP said Tuesday three new COVID-19 cases have been verified, making a total of 114 cases for Concordia Parish.

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More than 500 votes were cast in early voting through Tuesday for the July 11 primary, Concordia Parish Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger said this morning.

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Local delinquent property tax sales have been rescheduled for July, according to CPSO Chief Tax Deputy Cyndie Dillon.

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Sam Hanna Jr., president and publisher of The Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe was named president of the Louisiana Press Association (LPA) at its annual stockholders meeting June 22.

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Concordia voters will go to the polls next month after previously scheduled election dates were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Clayton aldermen adjusted numbers in the proposed 2020-21 fiscal year budget Tuesday night and will vote on the annual financial plan in a special meeting scheduled June 23.