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Wed
17
Oct

Winn Parish Car Accident Results in One Death

Late Saturday afternoon, a crash involving two vehicles killed an unidentified man and injured a man and a juvenile from Ruston, LA.

Troopers responded to the crash around 5:05 p.m., which occurred on US Hwy 84, west of Winnfield.

The crash involved a 2006 Kia, driven by an unidentified white male, and a 2013

Chevrolet pickup, driven by Thad Thornhill (W/M 44 yrs). The Kia was eastbound on US Hwy 84 when the driver lost control and crossed the centerline into the westbound lane. This action resulted in the Kia colliding head-on with the westbound Chevrolet.

 

 

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Wed
17
Oct

Local Artist Releases New Album of Southern Soul

Nakia “Rhomey” Rhone Sr. is a local Southern Soul singer, right here in the city of Winnfield. He was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana.

He is the son of Doris Smith and Edward Rhone Sr. He has eight brothers and one sister. He was raised in Winnfield, where he graduated from Winnfield Senior High School in 1995. He began singing at the age of sixteen in his local church choir, which is Mt. Olive Baptist Church. After much appreciation shown for his singing from friends and family, he began competing in local talent shows.

 

 

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Wed
17
Oct

Hometown Girl, Taylor McCoy, Lands a Future with Finance

Taylor McCoy, ’18, chose finance on whim. That quick decision made during Orientation before starting her freshman year set in motion a string of chance encounters leading to her position at a Fortune 500 company today.

“I was a little nervous about my choice at first because I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I wouldn’t take any finance courses until my junior year,” explained McCoy. “But, I got into that first very finance class and immediately knew I made the right choice.”

To McCoy, finance was “fun math,” and she loved the idea of using math to help people and companies. She was able to hone her financial skills in Ray’s Financial Trading Room—an experience she noted was not a class, but a job. McCoy was part of the first cohort to utilize the Trading Room’s advanced technology to plan the initial investment from the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).

 

Wed
10
Oct

Grant Writing Training Clinic Announced for Winnfield

Each year millions of dollars are awarded through grant funding and competitive contract proposals each year by private foundations, government agencies, businesses, and federated entities such as United Way.

Grants can encourage economic development, support construction, municipal infrastructure, technical assistance, business start-ups, youth services, STEM education, rural development, and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities and regions.

In addition, every day businesses submit competitive proposals for contract bids that will expand their client base, add new jobs, and increase revenue.

 

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Wed
10
Oct

Shooting Spree Results in One Critical Patient

The early Saturday morning hours proved to be exhausting for Winnfield Police Officers as they responded to multiple gunshot calls. They first responded to a report of gunfire at a car in the Maplewood apartment complex on South Jones Street. The car was occupied by 2 males. The driver received minor injuries from broken glass. He was treated at the scene and released. He reported hearing at least 6 shots in the area.

A 911 call from the Winn Parish Medical Center reported a gunshot victim at the Emergency Room. The victim was identified as Montais Brown of Winnfield. Brown sustained injuries from 6 shots to his back. It was discovered to have occurred at the Maplewood complex. He was not an occupant of the earlier vehicle. Brown was transferred to Rapides Regional Medical Center where he has undergone 3 different surgeries over the weekend. He is currently listed as in critical condition.

 

Wed
10
Oct

A Miracle in the City of Winnfield

A five-month-old in Winnfield is getting a second chance at life. Journee Castle was born in April. Her grandmother, Shelia Mitchell, says she has been a fighter ever since.

When Journee’s mom was five months pregnant, doctors found out Journee had a heart defect. She was scheduled to have surgery after she was born, but her condition was so severe doctors could not perform the surgery.

“Doctors told her she either could watch her die or pray and ask God to come in and work a miracle,” Mitchell said.

 

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Wed
03
Oct

Mayor Holds Public Town Hall Meeting

September 27th, Mayor George Moss called to order a public town hall meeting. His goal to was to anyone with concerns for the city to be brought before him, to allow their voice to be heard and take care of their situation.

The first thing the Mayor presented to the audience was the thanks to the staff of the City Hall, for not only working so well in the past 90 days he has been in office, but also doing the preparations for the meeting.

He mentioned that the software for City Hall has been updated. When he first started in office, it was brought the mayor’s attention that there was mold growing in the certain parts of city hall, so there fore they have been renovating the inside of city hall with new walls and flooring. Also the Allen building has been refreshed with a new coat of paint on the outside, and the inside, along with new chairs and tables.

 

 

Wed
03
Oct

Winn Health Unit to Offer Flu Shots Oct. 11

Drive-thru (or walk –up) flu shot event will be taking place at the Winn Parish Health Unit. It will take place on October 11, 2018 from 8am- 3:30pm. This is a great opportunity to protect yourself from the flu.

Those of high risk are people over the age of 65, pregnant women, anyone with lung, heart, liver, kidney, nerve and endocrine problems.

 

 

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Wed
03
Oct

Downtown Fall Fest Scheduled for October 30th

First United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the Winn Chamber of Commerce, the City of Winnfield, and the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, would like to invite you to join us down town for our Sixth Annual Fall Festival on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

 

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Wed
26
Sep

WMS Cross Country Competes in W. Monroe

Led by Monica Smithson and Breanna Pray, the WMS 5-6 grade girls cross country team placed first at the West Ridge Chieftain Invitational held in West Monroe this past Saturday. Smithson finished 6th followed closely by Pray in 7th over the 1 mile course as the girls defeated an excellent field in their first competition of the season. Emily Nevels finished 17th followed by Emmalie Higginbothan, Destiny Smith, Addisyn Griffin, Rylee Duff, Elizabeth Page, Laniya West, Jada Smith, Natalie Bruce, Ellie Jo Bryant, Alli Jordan, and Mattie Miller.

In 5-6 grade boys competition Karson Hemphill was the first to finish for the team in a time of 7:48 followed by Caden Gorham, Jess Nelson, and Bryce Martin.

 

 

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