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24
May

Local Law Enforcement, Corrections, Fire Department and Rapides Join to End Standoff

On Thursday, May 18th, the Winnfield Police Department received a call that led to an unusual series of events like our city had never before seen. At approximately 11:05 a.m. a caller to the police department advised that her sister’s vehicle had been reported stolen in Avoyelles Parish, and that her sister had received an anonymous phone call stating that the vehicle was at a residence in Winnfield. The anonymous caller also reported that the man suspected of stealing the vehicle was supposedly inside the home, with the female resident, who he had assaulted on Wednesday night. The suspect was reported to be armed and was said to have threatened to kill the resident of the home.

Officers of the Winnfield Police Department were quickly dispatched to the area of North King Street where they began to assess the situation. At approximately 11:20 a.m. the Winnfield Police Department requested assistance from the Winn Parish Sheriffs Office.

 

Wed
24
May

Southern Funeral Home Acquires Edmonds in Jonesboro

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Velma Thompson, Kimble Thompson, Jerry Price, Bryan Price, and Patrick Price gathered in Jonesboro for Southern Funeral Home to purchase Edmonds Funeral Home.

Wed
24
May

State Capitol Rose Garden Renamed To Honor Memory Of Rose Landry Long

The Rose Garden at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge will be re-named in honor and memory of the late Rose Landry Long with Governor John Bel Edward and his wife, Donna, presiding over the dedication.

The dedication will be held on Thursday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

The wife of Senator Gerald Long, Mrs. Long had a long and endible service to her community, state and Lord. She passed away earlier this month after an 11-month battle with brain cancer.

 

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Wed
17
May

May 1321st National Police Week

National Police Week 2017 is from May 13th until May 21st and is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. The week is not only to honor law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, but also to honor the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. In conjunction with National Police Week, the Louisiana State Police will honor and remember the men and women of law enforcement who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and will also recognize those who have gone beyond the call of duty at the annual State Police Memorial and Awards Ceremonies.

 

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Wed
17
May

55 Honored At 2017 Winn Parish Senior Scholars’ Banquet

By Charles Crain

The best and brightest of the class of 2017 gathered on Monday, May 8 for a banquet honoring their academic achievements over the last four years.

55 graduates from Atlanta High School, Calvin High School, Dodson High School and Winnfield Senior High School were treated to a special meal and a plaque to recognize a 3.5 or better GPA for all four years of high school.

 

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Wed
10
May

Lodge #151 Awards Scholarships to 20 Graduating Seniors

Friday, May 5, twenty graduating seniors from around Winn Parish were honored at a very special luncheon. The honored students from the Class of 2017 were nominated and then selected by the Brethren of Eastern Star Lodge #151, of Winnfield to receive the newly named Clifford Whitehead Memorial Scholarship to assist with furthering their education. The scholarships are funded by the Dugdemona High Twelve efforts.

After a warm welcome by Mr. Gregg Davies, the honorees, their families, and school administrators were treated to a lunch meal of roast pork loin, green beans, potato salad, rolls and banana pudding and cake, prepared by Mr. Jamie Maxwell and other volunteers. Mr. Davies spoke about the truths the Masonic fraternal organization is founded upon, and their importance in the lives of all people. He also spoke of the late Mr. Whitehead and his many contributions at home and afar.

Wed
10
May

5-9-Masons Confer Vacant Chair Degree Honoring Those Who

On Thursday, May 4, the Brethren of the Eastern Star Lodge #151 gathered and conferred the Vacant Chair Degree in preparation for Memorial Day. The formerly secret ritual was created to honor Master Masons who died serving in the various wars fought since the founding of our country. More recently, it was modified to include all soldiers killed in battle, and was opened to the public.

 

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Wed
10
May

Family And Others Mourn Passing Of Rose Landry Long

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, after leaving Winn Parish, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life of Rose Landry Long, wife of Louisiana State Senator Gerald Long who represents our parish, along with Natchitoches, Sabine, Grant and parts of Rapides and Red River Parishes.

Following is the prepared statement that was given by Senator Cassidy.

“Mr. President,

This past week, the state of Louisiana lost a caring mother, a loving grandmother, a supportive spouse and to me, my wife and so many back home—a dear friend. Rose Landry Long left us too soon, but she will always be remembered. My wife and I had the pleasure of knowing her and her wonderful family for over ten years, two of her grandchildren attended our Sunday school class.

 

Wed
03
May

Randa Connor Named Hometown Hero

Local volunteer, Ms. Randa Connor, Winnfield, was recently recognized for her countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Ms. Connor was honored through Modern Woodsmen’s Hometown Hero Program for her numerous volunteer efforts in Winn Parish.

As part of the Hometown Hero Program, members of the Winnfield Woodmen Summit Chapter 2822 of Winnfield, Louisiana presented Ms. Connor with a certificate and a $100.00 award grant to be donated to the charitable organization of the honoree’s choice. Ms. Connor selected Eckerd Kids to receive the donation.

 

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Wed
03
May

Sen. Cassidy, M.D. Meeting With Winn Citizens Today

The office of United States Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. is pleased to announce that the senator will be holding staff satellite hours in Winn Parish this week.

Residents can meet with members of Dr. Cassidy’s staff to discuss issues or difficulties they may have with federal government agencies, including obtaining Social Security, Medicare and veteran’s benefits.

 

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