COVID-19 testing began last week in Washington Parish, with a strong response to the first two days of tests, which were held in Franklinton.
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With Tropical Storm Cristobal forecasted to impact Louisiana this weekend and early next week, Washington Parish is preparing.
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.
The shooting of 13 people in Bogalusa Saturday night attracted national news media coverage.
Details of the shooting spree appeared on many national and even international media websites, including NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN, as well as the websites of large American daily newspapers from coast to coast.
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.
COVID-19 testing will be available to Washington Parish residents at the locations below in the Parish. These tests are provided by the Louisiana Department of Health with the assistance of the Louisiana National Guard.
A man and wife were arrested Tuesday (May 12) and jailed on drug and domestic abuse charges. William Russell Piper, II, 29, who gave his address as Lancaster, Ohio, and Keri Lynn Davis, 29, who gave her address as Martins Ferry, Ohio, were arrested near a relative’s residence in Angie.
The Franklinton High School Class of 1969 Reunion was held earlier this summer at Franklinton Country Club. 31 members of the class attended along with their principal, Mr. James Stafford. The class originally had 67 graduates but 15 have since passed away.
The Fred’s store in the Riverside Shopping Center has been busy recently, as shoppers take advantage of “going-out-of-business” bargains.
The store expects to close for good around the end of October.
The Washington Parish School Board voted last Thursday evening to begin the process of identifying and interviewing candidates to become parish school superintendent.
Current Superintendent Darrell Fairburn is retiring at the end of December.
A Tuesday evening fire burned an apartment at the Fairgrounds apartments in Franklinton, and resulted in the rescue of an occupant.
Both Franklinton High and Pine High qualified for the state high school football playoffs and both teams have first round playoffs games this week. See this week's edition of The Era-Leader for more playoff information!
Rayfus Martin, who was Franklinton’s first elected black alderman, passed away at the age of 89. He served as an alderman for 20 years. Martin was a well-known local teacher before his retirement. At Franklinton High School, he taught English and History. Even after retirement he continued to find ways to contribute.
The Franklinton High School graduating Class of 1955 held its 64th Class Reunion, Saturday, June 15 at Bo's Restaurant in Clifton.
After 43 years of photographing area residents at all stages of their lives, Ken and Ann Knight are retiring. They will be honored at a retirement celebration to be held at the Knight’s photo studio, 2020 Washington Street in Franklinton on Monday, June 17. Hours are from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to drop by.
The 2020 hurricane season started on Monday of this week, and Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas is urging parish residents to think ahead.
Thomas said, “The National Hurricane Center is predicting a 60% chance of an above normal hurricane season.”
Shown above is the 2019 Homecoming Court for Pine High School. One of these young ladies will be crowned Pine Homecoming Queen on Friday, October 11 at the Pine football game. Front Row: Senior Maids - Raina McIntosh, Savannah Crawford, Abigail Durham, Anna Branch, Lexi Slaughter, Kaylyn Ginn, Cassidy Ashe.