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Louisiana has an unwanted ranking of first in the nation for confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita, and the Washington Parish case count and death count are both rising.
Based on this bad news, officials do not look for restrictions to be eased anytime soon.
As of now, the Washington Parish schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 6 in a traditional manner.
The starting date for Washington Parish schools has been pushed back from the original August 7 date.
The school board decided Thursday evening that schools will now start on Monday, August 17. Teachers will report on August 10.
With Franklinton Mayor Richard Dillon not seeking re-election on November 3, two candidates have filed to replace him.
Alderman John L. Daniel and former parish councilman Greg Route are the two candidates for mayor. Route is also a former Franklinton alderman.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday (July 21) that Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 for at least 2 more weeks. He said he has no choice, because Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are spiking. So Phase 2 will continue until at least August 7.
A Franklinton-area husband and wife were killed last week on Interstate 20 in Mississippi when an 18-wheeler ran into their vehicle. Triston McCain Scott, 35, and Calvin Lee Scott, 40, leave behind five children. Triston was a Franklinton High graduate, while Calvin was originally from Georgia.
Very late Monday night, while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a residence southwest of Franklinton, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Michael Thomas encountered a man sleeping in the vehicle.
A quiet morning in downtown Franklinton was interrupted last Friday when police officers from five different jurisdictions chased a car along Washington Street in front of the courthouse. The pursuit then turned down Cleveland Street and came to an end when the car ran into a ditch near the corner of Dewey and Cleveland.
The MAIS devastated Bowling Green players and coaches last week with a ruling that the Bucs must forfeit their six football victories this season.
The ruling comes as a result of a complaint to MAIS that Bowling Green was using two ineligible players in all of its games thus far in the 2019 season.
John Bel Edwards (pictured) narrowly lost in Washington Parish and narrowly won statewide as he was re-elected Saturday to a second term as Louisiana’s governor. Edwards, a Democrat from Amite, lost the parish to Republican Eddie Rispone by a 52-48% margin. He won statewide by an even closer margin: 51-49%.
Sheriff Randy Seal has ordered a 9 p.m.-5 a.m curfew for all of Washington Parish, and it is now in effect. The curfew was enacted because of the Coronavirus situation.
In a sign of the continued woes of the dairy industry, Borden Dairy Inc, one of the counrty’s largest and oldest milk companies, filed for bankruptcy on Monday.
It’s this simple: If you wash your hands correctly, you’ll lower your chances of getting COVID-19.
If you were scheduled to appear in Washington Parish Misdemeanor Court or had a traffic ticket date in March, April or May, 2020, please report to the 9-1-1 Building behind the Sheriff’s Office/Jail in Franklinton (also known as the “old Franklinton Police Department”) to get your new court date. You can report any time between 8:30 a.m.
Brandon Branch, a cast member on Southern Charm - Savannah and a graduate of Pine High School, has been selected as Grand Marshal for the 2019 Washington Parish Fair Parade.