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Kayla Shirley, a Gilbert School seventh-grade mathematics teacher, is one of 24 teachers named as semi-finalists in the Louisiana State Teacher of the Year competition.

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PLANTATION MANOR Nursing Home and Rehabilitation held a parade May 14 where loved ones, community leaders and friends drove through their campus waving and speaking well wishes to the residents. (Sun photos by Monica Huff)

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Who doesn’t love a vase of fresh cut flowers? It’s like bringing the garden into your home. It provides beautiful color and fragrance, and if kept properly, the bouquet can last for days. You don’t have to be a professional florist to arrange flowers; you only need a few tools to get you going.

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The University of Louisiana System is announcing a special tuition rate for Louisiana adults returning to school to finish their degree though Compete LA. A flat rate of $275 per credit hour will apply to students who qualify through the program. This rate provides an average discount of $45…

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Editor’s note: Many thanks goes out to Lou Bufkin of Delhi, formerly of Gilbert. She recognized the picture of her uncles and grandfather on Monday morning. Bufkin is a teacher at Family Community Christian School.

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During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus, an exceptional increase in the number of first-time gardeners can be seen across Louisiana as well as across the nation. Due to quarantine requirements, people have time on their hands. According to the 2018 National Garden Survey conducted …

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A TOW BOAT moves through the Old River Lock as it prepares to enter the Mississippi River below the southern tip of Concordia Parish on Saturday. The lock is located where the Atchafalaya and Mississippi once connected. The 75 feet wide, 1,185 feet long structure has a floor depth of 11 feet…

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Since food and beverage companies are considered essential, Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville is allowed to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, although sales are down by more than 50 percent.

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A LARGE GATHERING converged at Franklin Medical Center’s parking lot Monday afternoon to pray for those working at the hospital to fight the COVID-19 virus. Participants stayed in their cars and tuned their radios to 95.9 and listened to FMC Administrator Blake Kramer and Franklin Parish She…

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TULIPS added striking color to the Winnsboro windmill. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)

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Growth of Amazing Grace Ministries of Gilbert has been attributed not only to hard work and dedication of its founding members but to the efforts of numerous individuals, law enforcement officials, judicial system members and area churches.

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Rev. Ron Ferrington, pastor of Magnolia Baptist Church, said plans to hold revival services March 22-25 have been cancelled in light of recent recommendations regarding COVID-19.

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Like most mothers, Amber Jordan’s joy is evident as she holds her young baby, Willow June, in her arms. There is a twinkle in her eye, a smile on her face and softness in her touch as she and her baby connect on a deep level.

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ST. LOUIS – The American Farmer has long been viewed, and rightfully so, as the backbone of our nation’s economy and lead provider of the breadbasket for the world. As they strive to meet the growing demand for corn to satisfy increasing world need, two area growers have been honored

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The Old Post Office Museum in Winnsboro will feature renowned artist Don Cincone in an exhibit opening March 17 and running through May 15.

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FIRE CHIEF Mandy Parker gathered with volunteers from Franklin Parish Fire District #4 on March 8 and distributed new gear to all fire fighters and support personnel. Parker says this is a "new look" for our department as the new colors are black and reflective neon yellow.  Parker said,  "t…

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The Franklin Parish Catfish Festival will be held April 4 on the streets of Winnsboro. Throughout the day, the annual festival will offer numerous talented and entertaining performers on its two stages and throughout the Festival.

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FRANKLIN PARISH TEACHERS of the Year are (from left) Jessica Tam Savage of Franklin Parish High School, Alejandra Z. Wiggers of Gilbert Junior High - Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Lesley Ann Hunt of Gilbert Junior High - Elementary Teacher of the Year. Wiley McClary, assistant super…

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The 32nd annual Black Heritage Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Jack Hammons Community Center in Winnsboro, according to Mabel Lawrence Thomas, president of the Black Heritage Organization.

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KEN FREEMAN, Many, La mayor, along with his constituents listen to Kay LaFrance, Main Street Manager and curator of Old Post Office Museum. The group was touring area museums, collecting information in hopes of beginning a community museum in their area. (Sun photo by Joe Curtis)

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Covington, La. — Many young people involved in livestock shows in Louisiana have grown up around animals. But one 4-H’er who has no history of being around animals is now succeeding in the world of livestock shows.

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 I came across a beautiful display of calla lilies when visiting a local nursery recently. They were so striking, grouped together with vibrant colors of yellow, white, red, purple and burgundy flowers against their large, glossy, deep green, slender, arrow-shaped leaves. 

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Warmer weather means Louisiana gardeners will soon be preparing for spring planting. Many are already anticipating that first opportunity to begin work in their gardens and flower beds.

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Japanese magnolias are in bloom everywhere right now, possibly signifying an early spring. It’s one of the most strikingly beautiful blooming trees this time of year. 

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A group of Franklin Parish residents and area churches recently came to the aide of an elderly resident when they discovered she was living in deplorable conditions.

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