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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
26
Feb

Adjustments to Winn Parish Industrial Board and Winn Parish Library Board

The Winn Parish Police Jury appointed Mr. Robin Cummings to the Winn Parish Industrial Board, a group set up to draw interest from larger companies to come to Winn Parish for economic development. Cummings joined Dickey Heard, Toni McManus, and Larry Bates on the board. President McAllister announced that the Industrial Board is looking to add members who are invested in the community and encouraged Jurors to consider people in their districts who may be interested in serving. Thus far, banking, timber, and manufacturer have been represented. A representative for banking or a small business would add desired diversity to the board.

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Feb

Guaranteed Interviews at Roy O. Martin Career Fair, CLTCC

The Human Resources Manager for Roy O. Martin made an appearance at the Winn Parish Police Jury meeting to announce the upcoming career fair at the Winnfield campus of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College, stating they were looking to hire some employees at their Chopin facility. The representative said they will be looking for production team members, millwrights, electricians, and other skilled craftsmen as well, and anybody who comes to the career fair will get an interview that day. This opportunity will take place March 27 at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Feb

Winn Parish Medical Center: “We’re not going anywhere.”

Ms. Kathy Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Winn Parish Medical Center, made a special appearance before the Winn Parish Police Jury at their February meeting on the 18th. To allay concerns, she opened with, “Allegiance Health Management has no plans for this hospital to close.” A rumor had been circulating that the hospital would close at the end of January. Hall said she came to Winnfield in mid-October to look at the facilities and signed on in November with a list of things to improve, and more than just patient flow.

Hall shared that payroll, the hospital’s biggest expenditure, has been adjusted, and that the team is now working to improve the facility, with no discussion of closing. Hall said that there are services available the community is not utilizing, so she plans to try to do a better job of marketing to publicize services that are provided.

 

 

 

Wed
26
Feb

A MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY

Brought to you by the Winn Parish Voters and Civic League

History gives us the ability to stop and remember significant past events that have shaped the world in which we live. Black history is not merely the history of African Americans, it is our history as the American people.

The following is a list of inventions by African Americans that changed society.

Cellular Phone: Henry T. Sampson, July 6, 1971

Clothes Dryer: G. T. Sampson, June 7, 1892

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Feb

The Joys of Early Learning: Daycare Director Shares with Retired Teachers

The Joys of Early Learning: Daycare Director Shares with Retired Teachers
The Joys of Early Learning: Daycare Director Shares with Retired Teachers

Guest speaker pictured below with WPRTA Executive Committee. From left to right: Mimi Wold, Becky Brazzell, Tommy Bankston, FBC Daycare Director Linda Keyes, Pat Kent, and Brenda Etheridge.

In January the Winn Parish Retired Teachers Association focused on the plethora of opportunities for continuing education right here in Winnfield – but this month the WPRTA was reminded of the irreplaceable foundation of early learning.

Guest speaker Linda Keyes, alumni of Winnfield Senior High School and Northwestern State University, retired in 2012 after 33 years of teaching. Retirement didn’t last long, however, as Keyes became the Director of First Baptist Church Daycare the very same year and has carried the torch of passion for education ever since.

Keyes explained that one of the Louisiana Department of Education’s critical goals is for all children to enter kindergarten ready to learn, and since the LDOE regulates a statewide Early Childhood Care and Education Network, the clear vehicle for achieving this goal is a push for early learning.

 

 

 

Wed
26
Feb

Former City Council Member’s Waiver Request Rejected

At the February 7 meeting of the Louisiana Board of Ethics in Baton Rouge, Docket No. 19-1029 addressed a waiver request submitted by Jessie Kenneth Edwards regarding a $1500 late fee assessed for filing his amended 2016 Tier 3 annual personal financial disclosure 152 days late.

Edwards, who served with the Winnfield City Council from 2013-2018, requested to have his penalty waived because he is “currently in financial difficulty” and “had to retire” because of his health. He claimed to have minimal resources to make payments, stating he has had “several medical problems for the last 3 years or more.” He concluded that he will not be able to work because of his health.

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Feb

End of Juror Health Insurance

At the Winn Parish Police Jury meeting on February 18, Vice President Allen Michael McCartney made a motion to end Juror health insurance as a paid benefit by the end of the current term.

Several Jurors have chosen to not take the health insurance, but if everyone did, it would cost $66,000 annually, at $784.31 per Juror per month. McCartney established that this rate will continue to rise, and doing away with the health insurance will leave more money for the general fund.

This topic apparently created much discussion throughout the community, drawing some negative impact on the Jurors. The argument was made that since being a Juror is a part-time job, health insurance should not be offered (although it was stated if Jurors do their job correctly, “it is a full-time job”).

 

 

 

Wed
19
Feb

City Council Talks Trails, Changes, Traffic Lights, Festivals, Census

The City Council of Winnfield met on Tuesday, February 11, to hear from some outside guests and discuss possible changes and celebrations to grace Winnfield in the near future.

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