Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker grew up in a musicial family. Born an only child in Newellton, Louisiana, he learned how to play several instruments over his lifetime, but he was remembered most as a trombonist.

In 1935, Whittaker and his horn took off to Monroe, Louisiana and joined the band Rabbit Foots Minstrels. During his time with the band he toured up and down the Mississippi River.

The woman assaulted at a Louisiana car wash last week has died.

Ferriday Police Investigator Richard Madison told the Natchez Democrat on Thursday that Teresa Poole succumbed to her injuries. He said he was told about her death that morning by the coroner and didn't have any other information yet.

The May 9 attack was captured on security video, which Madison says led to the arrest Tuesday of 20-year-old Donteale K. Carter, who has a Friday morning hearing on a charge of second-degree battery.

Ferriday's Police Chief suspended for the third time

Mar 24, 2017

Ferriday’s Police chief is in hot water again after Mayor Sherrie Jacobs suspended the chief again.

This is the 3rd time in three months that Chief Arthur Lewis has been suspended. The mayor says the chief was suspended for not following orders.

This suspension happened just 1 day after Lewis returned from his 30 day February suspension. Lewis said he has broken no laws and at an Aldermen meeting the council voted unanimously against firing the chief.

A consultant has been brought in to run the department.


Ferriday May Get New Town Hall, Fire and Police Stations

Mar 2, 2015
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Ferriday Mayor Gene Allen wants the town to spend $7 million to $8 million on a new municipal complex.

The complex will place the town hall and fire station on the same property as the current police station, which will also be replaced.

Allen tells The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/1vSxIdY ) that the buildings have all outlived their usefulness.

Allen says the town hall was built in 1974, while the fire station was originally built in the 1950s as the town jail. The police station was formerly the home to an electrical company.