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Winn Parish Police Jury set sights on expansive water system project

Winn Parish Police Jury set sights on expansive water system project

The Winn Parish Police Jury will be making used of a federal program to update local water systems for residents

Anyone in that lives in Louisiana knows that the water that comes from your tap isn’t the most desirable water to drink, and may not even be clear, but an expansive federal project will pour $300 million in Louisiana to fix the water systems in our state. In 2017, the Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state’s drinking water a grade of D-. “Most of Louisiana is small rural towns,” Winn Parish Police Jury President Josh McAllister said. “In the parish we put money into our water systems to just meet compliance guidelines.”

With the new project however, the police jury will be able to use federal dollars to improve water in five different systems, Atlanta Water, Wheeling Water, West Winn Water, Tannehill Water and Pleasant Hill Water.

Wed
29
Sep

WSHS Football Team handed first loss of the season

WSHS Football Team handed first loss of the season

Coach Watson talking to his team. Photo courtesy of Lainie Burdette of Tiger Snaps s

WSHS Football Team handed first loss of the season

Photo courtesy of Lainie Burdette of Tiger Snaps

The Winnfield Senior High School Football Tigers after a promising first three weeks the team were handed their first loss of the year by Red River in a 41-25 showing.

The game plan was to do what had been working the last three weeks, hard nose football, running down the opponents throat and to make plays of defense as they have all season with keeping opposing offenses in check.

Coming into the game Red River had put up scores with a powerhouse offense of 54, 63 and 55, so the Tigers knew they’d have to be an immovable object meeting an unstoppable force.

For the first half of football the immovable object was on top of the showdown, as went into halftime with the lead 17-6 with rushing touchdowns from QB Malachi Jackson and Dyllan Lawson, and kicker Breland Martin nailed a 40 yard field goal and made both extra point. continued on page 2

Wed
29
Sep

Winnfield Police Department hold largest motorcycle ride yet

Winnfield Police Department hold largest motorcycle ride yet

This Saturday, Sept. 25, The Winnfield Police Department hosted their annual motorcycle fundraiser and had their biggest turnout to date.

The event costs $30 to enter and came with a lunch along side the motorcycles driving down the parish.

All proceeds goes to the annual Shope with a Cop program where first responders of Winnfield take children to Walmart to by them Christmas gifts.

While the motorcycle is about the bikers getting together and having fun, they do it all for the kids, who otherwise might not have had a Christmas this year.

Clubs that participated in this years event are

CASA, AM Vets, Soldiers of the Cross, Iron Circle, Outcast, Brother’ Keepers, Hellfighters and Revenant along side independent motorcyclists that wanted to support the children for the upcoming holiday season.

Wed
29
Sep

Winn Wellness Clinic ready to start vaccinating children

Winn Wellness Clinic ready to start vaccinating children

A nurse giving a baby her first set of shots at the Wellness Clinic

Winn Wellness Clinic ready to start vaccinating children

Angela Thorn, NP, showing off the new vaccine equipment that the Wellness Clinic recieved

The Winn Wellness Clinic received their equipment to store vaccines last week and are ready to give children of Winnfield and Winn Parish their routine vaccines, and also have Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available to give for anyone of any age.

“We’re so excited to be able to start giving vaccinations,” Angela Thorn, NP in Pediatrics said. “You name it we have it, measles, mumps rubella, any shot that a child needs up until the age of 16 we have.”

With the new equipment the clinic has over 60 vials of over 20 different vaccines that a child might need.

The clinic has been working on receiving the equipment to store vaccines since Oct. of 2020, but due to COVID-19, hurricanes and wintery storms that Louisiana has received within the last year the process has taken longer than usual to get up and running.

“About the time we were ready to get our equipment was the same time the COVID-19 vaccine hit, and everyone rushed the market to get one,” Thorn said.

Wed
29
Sep

Winnfield begins new controlled burning initiative

Winnfield begins new controlled burning initiative

Firefighters keeping the flames in check at the first controlled burn

Winnfield begins new controlled burning initiative

Mayor George Moss and Assistant Fire Chief Cassidy Martin at the controlled burn site

Winnfield begins new controlled burning initiative

Above: Cassidy Martin, Jessie Phillips and Fire Chief Brian Montgomery getting ready to set the house ablaze.

Winnfield begins new controlled burning initiative

Left: Firefighters keeping an eye on the fire making sure it doesn’t get out of control.

Winnfield begins new controlled burning initiative

Bottom: what was left of the house after the controlled burn. The firefighters on scene made sure to put out the fire safely after the burn.

The City of Winnfield began their new controlled burn initiative Saturday, Sept. 23 as the Winnfield Fire Department and the Winn Parish Fire District 3 joined forces to burn down a condemned building at 407 Brown St.

The new initiative began when the city was looking for ways to beautify the city, and with so many abandoned and condemned buildings in the city, a cheaper resolution was proposed to get rid of the properties and give the city and parish fire departments more hands on training for their fire fighters.

407 Brown St. had been abandoned for over a decade and was not only an eye sore but a safe haven for snakes, roaches and other pests that could make their way to the community.

It was chosen to be the first building this year to kick off the project and the fire departments planned for over a month to do the job safely.

Wed
22
Sep

Shop with a Cop Annual Motorcycle Ride Saturday, September 25th

Shop with a Cop is having its annual motorcycle ride fundraiser Saturday, September 25, 2021. Registration is at 9 AM and kickstands up at 10 a.m.

The approximately 110 mile ride will begin at the Winnfield Police Department located at 405 S. Jones St., Winnfield, LA 71483.

After the ride burgers, hotdogs or sausage on a bun will be served at the Winnfield Police Department.

$30 per bike/rider is free/includes lunch. Those not registering or riding may still enjoy lunch for $5.

All proceeds go to the less fortunate children (picked by local schools) who are all given a special amount of money and escorted by a first responder, police official and firemen to pick out their own Christmas gifts.

For more information please contact the Winnfield Police Department 318-628-3511 or Michelle Nugent 318-413-0344.

Wed
22
Sep

Enter for a free chance to win money on College Pig Skin Pick ‘Em

The Winn Parish Enterprise is proud to announce the winners of our College Pig Skin Pick ‘Em Contest for week three of the season.

First place is Rodney Alderman with 12 picks correct winning $20 and Sarah Cockerham came in a close second with 11 correct winning $10.

A few of the powerhouse teams were nearly upset, like Alabama winning by two points over Florida and Clemson almost losing to an unranked team in a close game.

The game that gave nearly a even 50/50 split on picks this week was 22 ranked Auburn vs 10 ranked Penn State, but Penn state was able to pull out the victory.

Be sure to enter this week’s contest for a chance to win $20, especially since there’s no downside to enter the FREE contest.

This weeks matchups are:

1 Notre Dame vs Wisconsin

2 Texas A&M vs Arkansas

3 Clemson vs NC State

4 UCLA vs Stanford

5 Tennesse vs Florida

6 LSU vs Mississippi State

7 Oregeon vs USC

Wed
22
Sep

Winnfield native completes leadership school

Winnfield native completes leadership school

Craig Pourciau of SSA Consultants on Gina’s right, Gina Banks BOM Financial Services and Bill Slaughter of SSA Consultants on her left.

Winnfield native completes leadership school

- Jerry Ledet-LBA Board Chairman & CEO of Synergy Bank

Gina Banks, Winnfield native and Personal Accounts Executive of BOM Financial Services in Natchitoches, LA successfully completed the 2021 Leadership School, “Growing our Next Generation of Leaders”, a six-month program that included online course work and five instructor led sessions focused on developing leadership skills and enhancing knowledge in various areas of banking. The program provided by the Louisiana Bankers Association and held in Baton Rouge at The Bankers Center, hosts students from all over the state. The 2021 session marked the 12th year of the program.

The Louisiana Bankers Association is the professional trade association for commercial banks and thrifts in Louisiana. Founded in 1900, the LBA works to provide advocacy, communication, education and other services to its member institutions, and to provide banking information to the general public.

Wed
22
Sep

Winn Parish becomes ‘second amendment sanctuary’

Winn Parish becomes ‘second amendment sanctuary’

Josh McAllister speaking on the second amendment stance

Winn Parish leaders have signed a resolution declaring the parish a “second amendment sanctuary.” While serving no legal function, the resolution means Winn Parish leaders are taking an official stance against the enforcement of laws they perceive as violations of the second amendment.

Winn is the third such parish in Louisiana. They join St. Mary and St. Tammany parishes in doing this. Police jury president Josh McAllister says over 62% of the counties in the country are second amendment sanctuary counties. He says the jury had a lot of support from across the parish to go forward with this resolution, and the residents of Winn Parish want to believe their rights are protected.

Wed
22
Sep

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Luke Siegel was nine years old when he was seriously injured in a golf cart accident in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

It was July 2015, just twenty days after his dad, former Texas Tech men’s tennis coach Tim Siegel, resigned to spend more time with his wife and four children.

Luke suffered from an anoxic brain injury. And despite the doctors’ grim prognosis for Luke’s future, he did show some slow improvement. His fight inspired many people all over the country, even Drew Brees. This was incredibly special to Tim because of his and Luke’s love for the New Orleans Saints.

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