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Wed
13
Apr

Louisiana Forest Festival Brings Spring Carnival To Winnfield

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The Louisiana Forest Festival invites everyone to the Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival April 13-16, 2022 at the Winn Parish Fairgrounds. Wednesday-Friday hours will be from 6pm-10pm and Saturday hours will be 5pm-10pm. Ticket prices are $20/$22. Armbands are $20. Armbands will be Wednesday and Thursday. In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, that armband night will move to Friday. This Spring Carnival leads us into the Annual Louisiana Forest Festival, April 22-23. All times and updates will be posted on the Louisiana Forest Festival facebook page.

Wed
30
Mar

Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids

Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids
Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids
Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids
Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids
Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids
Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids
Kiwanis February 2022 Terrific Kids

Atlanta: (L-R) Sadie Vercher, Ryder Stewart, Cullen Desadier, Jah’La Tyree. Not Pictured: Kyrie Riser. Kiwanians Janine and Les Michie, Principal Wendy Miller, Kiwanian Rita James

Calvin: (L-R) Garrett Bates, Christian Hylton, J.D. Warner, Maisy Carson, Ian Cooper, Kiwanian Margaret Coon

WPS K - (L-R) Lily Rockett, Keithen Williams, Caston Sanson, Mere Elle Bostick, Administrative Asst. Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Margaret Coon, Principal Tiffany Martin

WPS 1st – Teegan Morgan, Ivory Barnes, Julianna Williams, JaCeon Pugh. Administrative Asst. Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Margaret Coon, Principal Tiffany Martin

WPS 2nd(L-R) Nikolas Shufflin, Alayah Pattain, Marlyn Jones. Administrative Asst. Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Margaret Coon, Principal Tiffany

WPS 3rd (L­R) Maddox Simons, Jesiah Williams, Matthew Crawford. Administrative Asst. Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Margaret Coon, Principal Tiffany Martin

Wed
23
Mar

Two Receive Awards At State Convention

Two Receive Awards At State Convention

Laure Derr (left) and Amanda Taylor received awards at the DKG state convention.

The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma was recognized as one of the outstanding chapters at the state convention held in Lafayette, Louisiana, on March 11-13. President Laure Derr and treasurer Amanda Taylor attended the meeting. The Alpha Beta Chapter from Winnfield received the Gold Chapter Award, the highest award given to a chapter. Amanda Taylor received the Outstanding Newsletter Award. The Fleur de Lis Project, Bags of Blessings, was among the five semi finalists for the outstanding project of the year. Among others recognized were members with 55+ years of memberships - Billie Ann Bates, Jane Purser, and Sarah Nell Brady. Gena Hatcher was also recognized for being a 25 year member.

Wed
23
Mar

Delta Kappa Gamma’s March Meeting

Delta Kappa Gamma’s March Meeting

Past Presidents of Delta Kappa Gamma- Billie Ann Bates, Melissa Trammell, Sheila Causey, Jane Purser, and Theresa Hendrix- presented the Founders Day Program entitled “GRITS-Girls Raised in the South”.

The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma held its “Magnolias and Pearls” meeting on March 15, 2022, at the Louisiana Political Museum. President Laure Derr called the meeting to order. The inspiration was given my hostess chairman Carolyn Lang. Dianne Jordan led the group in prayer. Following a delicious meal prepared by Sharon Brewton, the gathering of educators enjoyed the Founders Day Program. The program was called GRITS—Girls Raised in the South. Five former presidents of DKG - Billie Ann Bates, Melissa Trammell, Sheila Causey, Jane Purser, and Theresa Hendrix- were the GRITS members who shared attributes that five of the Delta Kappa Gamma founders exhibited. The symbols used were the magnolia, pearls, skillet, smiley face and music book.

Wed
09
Mar

Gerald “ Scooter” Hamms Candidate for Mayor of Winnfield ­ Early Voting Begins March 12th – 19th

Gerald “ Scooter” Hamms Candidate for Mayor of Winnfield ­ Early Voting Begins March 12th – 19th

My Vision for Winnfield as Mayor:

Is to get the city back on track to where there is an improved quality of life for those that live in Winnfield, be a city that is appealing to those that visit and for those wanting to bring business opportunities contributing to the city’s growth.

My experience:

• 20 plus years in various leadership positions.

• 2 terms as Winnfield City Councilman.

• Served on the City’s Budget/Finance Committee and Public Safety Committe.

My goals to improve the quality of life in Winnfield:

• Leadership - be a leader that is inclusive, transparent, encourages open communication with citizens, one that is responsive and available to citizens. Work together with the City Council and Department Heads to identify and generate solutions for areas in need of improvement.

Wed
09
Mar

Mr. and Mrs. Etoy Ashley Celebrate 61 Years of Marriage

Mr. and Mrs. Etoy Ashley Celebrate 61 Years of Marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Etoy Ashley Celebrate 61 Years of Marriage

Mr. and Mrs. Etoy Ashley celebrated 61 years of marriage on March 5, 2022. They met at Grambling State University when he was a senior and she was a freshman. Mr. Etoy thought Mrs. Betty was the prettiest girl he had ever see and it was love at first sight for him. They were married in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Both worked as educators in the Winn Parish School System until retiring.

Mr. Etoy said, “We took a marriage vow 61 years ago at the New Zion Baptist church in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Those vows said for better or for worse, through sickness and health, until death do us part. We kept that vow because we loved each other. We still love each other.”

The couple celebrated with their daughter, Andrea Michelle over the past weekend.

Wed
16
Feb

Mardi Gras Parade Held in Downtown Winnfield

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The dreary and cold weather didn’t stop citizens from attending the Mardi Gras Parade that was held Saturday, Feb. 12 in downtown Winnfield. People lined the sidewalks as parade participants rolled through town. The Grand Marshall for the event was Mr. Etoy Ashley, a long time Winn Parish educator.

Wed
16
Feb

Former Winn Parish Resident Judge David J. Hobdy, Jr. Spotlight

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Judge David J. Hobdy, Jr. is the Presiding Judge of the 10 th Judicial Circuit of Jefferson County, Alabama (Bessemer Division). He earned his Law Degree from Miles Law School in 1994 and was admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama in 1994

Judge Hobdy was a partner in the law firm of Hobdy and Stewart, LLC for 17 years.

While practicing law, Judge Hobdy was also the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lipscomb, Alabama for 7 years.

Judge Hobdy ran unopposed for his first 6-year term as a Circuit Court Judge in 2010 and took the Circuit bench in 2011. Judge Hobdy ran unopposed again for his second 6-year term in 2016. He is currently unopposed on the ballot for re-election in the upcoming November 2022 general election for his third 6-year term.

Wed
16
Feb

WPSB Recognizes Winn Parish Student’s of the Year

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WMS Principal Brent Carpenter and WSHS Principal Dr. Jane Griffin took part in the Student of the Year presentation at the monthly WPSB meeting.

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WPSB Superintendent Al Simmons presented the Student of the Year Award to Elizabeth Page (WMS), Zachary Kelley (WMS), and Peyton Little (WSHS).

WMS 5 th grader Zachary Kelley, WMS 8 th grader Elizabeth Page, and WSHS senior Peyton Little were each recognized as Winn Parish Student’s of the Year for 2021-2022 at the monthly school board meeting on Feb. 8 th . School board Superintendent, Al Simmons presented each with a plaque and certificate and shared with the public and board members the criteria met by each student to receive the recognition. He stressed their academic achievement and they will go on to represent Winn Parish at the state level. In the words of Superintendent Simmons, “These students and their academic achievements reflect the best of us and the best of what the school system adheres too.”

Zachary Kelley is the son of Bryan and Susan Kelley. He part of the quiz bowl team with BETA, and enjoys 4-H shooting sports. Zachary also scored all mastery on LEAP. He enjoys taking part in activities and clubs such as BETA.

Wed
02
Feb

Representative Jack McFarland Announces STEM Grant Award to Boys & Girls Club of North La

The Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisiana and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced a $30,000 STEM Talent Pipeline educational grant from PhRMA to support STEM programs at six Louisiana Boys & Girls Clubs.

“With PhRMA’S contribution to our STEM programming, we will continue to introduce and expose students to science, technology, engineering, and math fields after school to prepare them for post – secondary education interest,” Missy Andrade, Chief Impact Officer with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisiana. “The investment made in our youth will help create a better future for Louisiana and give all children an opportunity to thrive in careers that pay above-average salaries. We’re excited that PhRMA has joined us in our effort to inspire our youth with a hands-on approach to STEM learning.”

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