Former Franklinton Mayor Wayne Fleming died Tuesday afternoon in Arizona following a long battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 73. Fleming and his wife, Jennifer, had temporarily relocated to Arizona to be near a cancer treatment facility earlier this year.
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Numerous Washington Parish residents are expected to be present next Wednesday evening in Mandeville when Judge Will Crain is sworn in as a justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Crain will become the first state Supreme Court justice from Washington Parish.
The 2019 Franklinton Christmas Festival got off to a rousing start last Saturday evening, begining with Christmas songs being sung in front of the Courthouse by different local groups. (See photos in this week's edition of The Era-Leader.)
The festival resumes this weekend, with activities on both Saturday and Sunday.
Across Washington Parish, TV sets will be turned on and fans will be glued to the screens Saturday, as the LSU Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs for the Southeastern Conference Championship.
The game begins at 3 p.m. on CBS. LSU is 12-0 and enjoying its best season in years. Georgia comes into the championship game at 11-1.
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%.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury has indicted three former officers at the Rayburn Correctional Center (RCC) in Angie on charges of malfeasance of office, conspiracy to commit malfeasance of office, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice in the death of an inmate ea
Check out this week's edition of The Era-Leader for photos of the massive FHS class reunion at the 2019 Fair.
Twenty photos of class members ranging from the 1930's to the 1970's!
And then there was one.
Pine became the only football team in Washington Parish to advance to the second round of the state playoffs when the Raiders convincingly defeated Port Barre, 54-29, in the first round Friday night.
Both the Pine Raiders and the Franklinton Demons have made it into the state football playoffs. Both teams will open playoff action with home games this Friday night. Pine will host Port Barre. Pine hold a lofty #7 seed in the Class 2A playoffs while Port Barre is a #26 seed. Franklinton will host Carver.
A crowd of Republican candidates for state, district, and parish offices jammed into the 1010 Club on Bene Street this past Saturday as part of a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event.
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.
Pictured above, left to right, are Public Service Commissioner Erik Skrmetta, Sheriff Randy Seal, Parish President Richard Thomas, Jr., David Johnson, V. P. Customer Service Entergy Louisiana, Brian Moddelmog, V.P. Origination Calpine Corporation, presenting the initial payment of $250,000 to Washington Parish.
Although filing for the 2019 election doesn’t take place until August, numerous candidates in Washington Parish are already engaged in campaign activities. The primary election is October 12, and with a heated governor’s race on the ballot some elections officials are hoping for plenty of interest (and voting) by citizens this fall.
The record breaking 5th ranked Lady Demons Softball team was recently recognized for its achievements at the Lady Demons Softball Banquet. The entire starting nine were voted onto the All District team. Aleigha Fussell, a workhorse for the team, had an incredible season as the team’s pitcher and was named District MVP.
Bowling Green School hosted the first home game of the 2019 football season last Friday. After opening the season with a 20-0 win over Cathedral High School on the road, the Bucs were looking to win their second game of the season against the Centreville Academy Tigers.
During this time of the year, vegetable gardening takes on a lull; not too much going on. But there are some plants to consider.
Plant: okra, peppers, southern peas and shallots. As temperatures moderate, we will be able to plant several more vegetables with success.
The Franklinton Demons football team was defeated last Friday by the Bogalusa Lumberjacks, 35-30.
Miss Kamryn Ross Passman, daughter of Billy and Lesley Passman of Franklinton, won the Louisiana Veterans of Foreign Wars Teen Miss Beauty pageant on June 7 in Alexandria. Miss Passman is a junior at Bowling Green School and also won the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest at the Post, District and State levels.