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Wed
23
Jan

Community Gathered for MLK Prayer Breakfast

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Over 75 in Attendance for the MLK Prayer Breakfast

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, community members of Winnfield gathered at the Winnfield Kindergarten Annex Cafeteria on Monday, January 21 st . Winn Parish Voters and Civic League sponsored a Prayer Breakfast for those in the community. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Etoy Ashley, with a opening song sang by Mr. Franklin Williams. A prayer was received by Rev. Otis Corley, Sr. Mayor George Moss greeted the crowd, along with Mr. Lionel Johnson with the Winn Parish Voters League. Mr. Louis Bell, Jr. gave a small greeting with the purpose of the occasion. 

 

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Wed
23
Jan

Chamber of Commerce Host Annual Awards Reception

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Business of the Year, Louisiana Loggers Self-Insured Fund

The Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism held its annual awards reception Thursday, January 17 at the Louisiana Political Museum. Awards were presented to New Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Business of the Year and The Spirit of Myrtis Allen Award.

Chamber President Laurinda Crenshaw welcomed the crowd to the reception and presented the New Business of the Year Award to RAF’s Bar-B-Que. Owners John Bruce and Eric Little both were born and raised in Winnfield. They are 2011 graduates of Winnfield Senior High School. After high school John worked at various restaurants while attending college and learned not only cooking skills but also gained management and business experience. Eric took an interest in grilling and smoking meats and perfected his then hobby through trial and error. The two joined forces in 2014 and jumped into the world of competition BBQ.

 

Wed
20
Nov

The Final Score Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story: This Week at Rotary

The Final Score Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story: This Week at Rotary

(Above) Bryan Kelley, program duties; Jane Purser, Jenkins arranged ’ 8 speaker th grade and English was teacher; Steve Adams, QB when Jenkins played center; speaker Eddie Jenkins; and Jerry Price, former football player.

The Final Score Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story: This Week at Rotary

(Right) Veterans recognized by Rotary president Samantha Kelly: Jay Hinckley, Brian Brewton, Ted Wold, Samantha Kelly, Joe Evans, and Jerry Price.

For the Rotary meeting on Wednesday, November 13, Rotarian for the week was Bryan Kelley. His guest speaker was Eddie Jenkins, a Winnfield native who received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from LSU. Jenkins became a licensed clinical social worker, worked 32 years for Louisiana Office of Mental Health, served as a therapist and clinical supervisor, ended his career as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Mental Health, and for the past 8 years served as Director of Mental Health for Volunteers Of America. Most importantly, Jenkins is proud of his two honorable sons and two perfect granddaughters, although he is most notably known for his love of all things Winnfield and football, for which he played center on the 1971 state runner-up team.

Wed
20
Nov

2019 Runoff Election Results

Lots of changes resulted from the most recent election, and the outcomes support the oft-spoken exhortation, “Every vote counts.”

For the office of Governor, incumbent John Bel Edwards won by a thin margin of 51% with 774,476 votes, compared to his opponent Eddie Rispone’s 734,136 votes.

Kyle Ardoin was elected Secretary of State with 867,456 votes (59%), where as Gwen Collins-Greenup raked in 601,110 votes. For those wondering where our parish stood, 1,371 more voters from Winn Parish chose Rispone than Edwards, and Winn Parish overwhelmingly preferred Ardoin with 74% support.

 

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Wed
20
Nov

Welcoming the Holidays at Open House

Welcoming the Holidays at Open House
Welcoming the Holidays at Open House

Winnfield decked the halls with boughs of JOLLY for Open House this year! Local businesses showed up and showed out with their Christmas décor and holiday spirit. Although the evening started out drizzly, the rain eventually subsided, so families were able to drive around and support our local restaurants, shops, and businesses.

The wintry evening truly set the scene for members of the community to remember what makes small towns like Winnfield so magical. Strangers turned into friends as shoppers and shop owners gathered and laughed as they posed for pictures. The Christmas lights lit up the night as neighbors and families bonded over delicious treats and promising giveaways.

 

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Wed
13
Nov

Let’s Give Thanks Together

 Let’s Give Thanks Together

Meghan Nichol, Vice President of Winnfield CLTCC’s Student Government Association, was rewarded for her fundraising contributions.

 Let’s Give Thanks Together

The CLTCC held a Veterans Day Ceremony to honor their veterans. Named honorees were: Johnny Fogle (U.S. Army), John Charles Nicol (U.S. Army), Ricky McWright (U.S. Marine Corps), John L. Williams (U.S. Air Force), Chris Cousins (U.S. Army Reserve), and James Lundblade (IT Technician, former Master Sergeant for Air Force).

Volunteers from the Winn Parish community are coming together to host a free meal for the people of Winn Parish who do not have family to spend the holiday with or who need a hot meal on Thanksgiving. The meal will be from noon to 2 p.m. on November 28 at Winnfield 1 st Assembly of God, 5693 Hwy 167, right across the end of 156. If anybody is interested in attending or volunteering their time and/or resources, please call 413-1100, 302-1116, 413-7963, or 628-5200.

 

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Wed
13
Nov

Police Jury Determines Bids

.At the Police Jury Meeting on Nov. 6, Mr. Joshua McAllister opened bids on a John Deere 670G Motor Grader and a 2002 John Deere 310G Loader Backhoe, and a Triaxle Dump Trailer. Karen Tyler of Kenworth of Louisiana won the bid on the Triaxle Dump Trailer for $44,250. JJ Merchant of Purvis, MS won the bid for the grater ($5,777) and backhoe ($2,777). Purchases will be approved at the next meeting.

For the road materials and supplies for the year 2020, Mr. Mike Carpenter recommended that they go with the lowest price in each category.

At the Insurance Committee Meeting, Mr. Carpenter opened discussion concerning the rising health insurance costs. A decision was postponed until the next scheduled meeting.

 

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Wed
13
Nov

Winn Parish School Board November Meeting Encounters Conflict

Since there are always two sides to a story, the facts may speak for themselves. What follows is what took place at the Winn Parish School Board meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019.

WPSB President Joe Llaine Long called the meeting to order. After the Pledge of Allegiance and an opening prayer, Mrs. Long noted that all members were present and welcomed the visitors.

The beginning of business occurred without incident. The executive committee report, order of business, and minutes from the last meeting were read and accepted.

 

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Wed
13
Nov

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

(Top Right) Dr. Bill .

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program
Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

(Left) Veterans receive gifts from the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program
Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

(Middle) Sheriff Cranford Jordan honors 94-year-old WWII veteran Roy Stickman. Robertson addresses veterans

This year’s Veterans Day Program, hosted by the Sheriff’s Office, had perhaps the biggest attendance to date! Almost 90 people were in attendance, 64 of which were veterans.

The speaker, Dr. Bill Robertson, delivered a moving speech recapping the intriguing life of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini. After introducing Zamperini’s unlikely start, Robertson discussed the pain, hardships, and inner conflict all soldiers wrestle with. However, he highlighted Zamperini’s startling conversion at one of Billy Graham’s crusades. Robertson concluded his message by reminding the veterans that the ability to extend mercy to others is a gift that has been given to them so that it can be shared.

 

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Wed
06
Nov

US Forest Service Ranger Brad Cooper at Kiwanis Club

US Forest Service Ranger Brad Cooper at Kiwanis Club

US Forest Service Ranger Brad Cooiper (right) was the guest of Kiwanian Jesse Dyson agt last week’s Winnfield Kiwanis Club. Cooper, who came to the Winn Ranger District in March, said two new members will be added to the staff before the end of the year and a number of improvements are planned.

Kiwanian Jesse Dyson introduced guest speaker Brad Cooper who is the US Forest Service District Ranger for Winn. Cooper is a native of Pocatello, Idaho.

He spent four years on the USS Kitty Hawk working in the electrical field. After his naval service he got a degree in natural resources and forest management. He has worked in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, Washington state and Arizona before coming to Winnfield in March of 2019.

Cooper said they love Louisiana especially the food. He plans to be a long-term ranger.

The Winn District is 160,000 acres. There are thinning and restoration projects in the works and ongoing. 42,000 acres are under treatment to improve the red-cockaded woodpecker habitat. They have installed 111 woodpecker inserts and transported young woodpeckers here.

 

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