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.
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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.
Update: Thursday a.m. 1795 Louisiana cases, 65 Louisiana deaths, 4 Washington Parish cases, 1 Washington Parish death.
UPDATE: As of Tuesday at Noon, there were 46 deaths statewide and a total of 1,388 cases statewide. Cases have now been reported in 43 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. One death has been reported for Washington Parish.
UPDATE for Monday, April 6 ---- 512 deaths statewide in Louisiana. 14,867 Coronavirus cases statewide have been reported. In Washington Parish. there have been 2 deaths and 94 cases reported.
NOTE: The Washington Parish School System has said that all 2020 graduations will be held regardless of when classes resume, or even if they do not resume. Seniors will graduate.
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.
Lori Magee, above left, at the Enon branch and Lana Pardee, above right, at the Franklinton branch were the winners of the Washington Parish Library’s Valentine’s Day drawings. They won gift certificates from the Sugar Shack restaurant in Franklinton. The next library drawing will be for a giant chocolate bunny at Easter.
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---Judge Garcia dies at age 66
---Richard Morgan inducted into Pearl River CC Hall of Fame
---Michel-Jenkins wedding announcement
---Varnado Museum quilt seminar well-attended
Thursday and Friday evenings at the Washington Parish Free Fair are arguably two of the most exciting nights of the week for the main stage. This year's scheduled entertainment will be sure to maintain this tradition with Joe Nichols headlining Thursday, October 17, following opening act Nashville South.
UPDATE: Gov. Edwards has extended the stay-at-home order through the month of April, to include school closures. A decision will be made close to the end of the month as to whether the order will bne extended again.
Though the official opening of the Washington Parish Animal Shelter won’t be until August 8 at 10 AM, Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr., held a ribbon cutting and a tour of the facility on July 24.
In the photo above by Courtney Schilling, Seniors Madelyn Burch, Hannah Varnado, Morgan Lusk and Abby Hodges were recognized before playing their final regular-season home game. The seniors are pictured with head coach David Hood Burris.
An electrical fire in the air-conditioning system of one housing unit of the Washington Parish Jail late Sunday night forced the partial evacuation of 34 inmates to another jail.
The tanker truck for the Franklinton Fire Department was again the main topic of last Tuesday's Town Council meeting at Franklinton Town Hall. The citizens of Franklinton and surrounding areas have been without the services of a tanker fire truck for the last six months.
Bowling Green School's Cameron Bell has signed a baseball scholarship to play for Loyola University in New Orleans. While playing for BGS head coach Justin Garcia, he was a regular in centerfield while batting leadoff for the Buccaneers. Cam will likely continue as an outfielder on the collegiate level.