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Wed
05
Jun

Library Summer Reading Program Kicks Off

Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer as the Winn Parish Libraries present “A Universe of Stories” during the summer reading program. The 2019 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prizes, story times, and more.

Registration for “A Universe of Stories” is going on now. Drop by your local branch and fill out a registration packet. Registration is complete after you check out your first book.

We are also excited to offer some of the most popular performers and “Out of This World” crafts. Our performers include Nathan J. Roberts, Matthew Noel, Frank and Tammy, Cowboy Bob, and Dorian LaChance. Unfortunately, Harvey Rabbit will not be able to join us this year. His friend, Laura Allured, is having some medical problems. I know you will join us in sending out our get well soon wishes. The crafts include galaxy slime, a space sun catcher and moon rocks.

 

Wed
29
May

Local Hog Traps Available to Landowners

Debra Hubbard, Dugdemona SWCD, Justin Reed US Forest Service, Brad Cooper, US Forest Service District Ranger, Madelyn Cheatwood, NRCS Natchitoches Field Office, and Macey Canerday, Natchitoches SWCD.

The Dugdemona Soil and Water Conservation District and the US Forest Service Winn Ranger District have recently signed an agreement to provide Feral Swine Trapping assistance to any landowner who owns or controls property within a 1-mile radius of the Winn Ranger District. This is a 5-year agreement to provide trapping assistance to control Feral Swine populations near Forest Service land.

Dugdemona SWCD personal presented a program on Feral Swine Control and the new agreement with the US Forest Service. Pictured from left to right are Debra Hubbard, Dugdemona SWCD, Justin Reed US Forest Service, Brad Cooper, US Forest Service District Ranger, Madelyn Cheatwood, NRCS Natchitoches Field Office, and Macey Canerday, Natchitoches SWCD.

 

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Wed
29
May

Winnfield Primary Principal Speaks On Merging of Two Schools

WPS Princial Candy Polk and Vice Principal Cory McCartney

With the 2018-19 school year coming to an end, there are some changes that are going to take place this summer. Candy Polk, Principal of Early Childhood Center and Winnfield Primary School, spoke to the Rotary Club on May 22, 2019, along with Vice Principle Cory McCartney. There will be a transition this summer, beginning the next school year, the Early Childhood Center and Winnfield Primary will all be on one campus. The school will be located in the present Winnfield Primary School building. Ms. Polk expressed some of the benefits that will come from this transition, with some of those being, effective supervision, all teachers, students and staff on one campus, saving the parish money and easy on the parents. Grades Pre-K through 4 th grade will be operating as one school. Some of the challenges that were found with having two campuses was trying to be two places at once. Principal Polk asked for the support not only from the parents, but also from the community as a whole.

Wed
29
May

Dug Fest Scheduled for June 1st

It is sweet summer time, and that means the Annual Dug Fest is here. With so many events going on and fun for everyone. Saturday, June 1 st , the day will begin with a Big Bass Bash, for those who love fishing. Hosted at Black Lake, at safe daylight boats will launch out and have until 3:00pm until weigh in. Starting at 8:00am the 5K Splash dash will roll out for those who like a good morning run.

There will also be Uncle Earl’s Watermelon Eating Contest, Water Pit Volleyball, BBQ Cook Off, and Dug Fest Idol, Battle of the Choirs, Chalk Walk, Soap Box Derby and so much more. These events will be taking place all through out the day.

 

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Wed
22
May

Ricks Honored at New Orleans Memorial Monument

Late Officer Kirt Ricks III

New Orleans Memorial Monument

City Marshal Sidney Walton and Chief Deputy Cassidy Martin

On May 8 th , 2019, City Marshal, Sidney Walton, and Chief Deputy, Cassidy Martin, attended the 18 th Annual Louisiana law Enforcement Officers Memorial held in New Orleans. The event was to honor those law enforcement officers that were killed in 2018 in the line of duty. Each officer name was etched on a memorial wall, which joined hundred of names of

 

 

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Wed
22
May

Melinda M. Miles, Inducted into Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame in April

Melinda MIles and Associate Vice President, 4-H Program leader, Toby Lepley

The Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame has a dozen new members among its ranks after a ceremony on April 27 to recognize the honorees. The Hall of Fame has inducted 232 members since it started in 2008. Toby Lepley, LSU AgCenter associate vice-president and 4-H program leader, said the work and sacrifices of the 12 honorees are significant. The 2019 Hall of Fame class represents over 250 years of service to the 4-H program, with each of these inductees representing countless hours of service and dedication to the youth of our state,” he said. “They serve as role models and mentors for all of us, from AgCenter employees to volunteers to our 4-H members. This 2019 class is truly the picture of leadership and dedication.”

Wed
22
May

Chuck Weeks 5K Pro Life Run/Walk This Saturday

It is not to late to be a part of the Chuck Weeks 5K Pro Life Run/Walk. Extra t-shirts have been ordered but the supply is very limited. Those people who would like to purchase a t-shirt should contact Tracy Kelley 318-727-4591 or via Facebook. Each year thousands of dollars are given to benefit the lives of children.

Among the worthy causes that receive donations from the Chuck Weeks Memorial fund are: Louisiana Right of Life, Cenla Pregnancy Center and Resource Center in Natchitoches, One Life Organization, College and technical school scholarships, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Association, Autism Awareness, Epilepsy Foundation, Relay for Life, School libraries, books for needy children, children’s school clothes and school supplies, church youth groups, youth baseball, softball and basketball programs and money has also ben given to children with severe medical conditions.

Wed
15
May

School Board Honors Retirees of 2019

Pictured L/R: Janet Jones, Tammy Austin, Virginia Koeppen, Kimberly Gresham, Jessie Edwards, Not Pictured Frank McLaren

The Winn Parish School Board along with the principles of each school gave a wonderful ceremony and reception to honor those who are retiring from the education system. After a warm welcoming from Superintendent Steve Bartlett, Renea Johnson, Principle of Atlanta High School recognized the first retiree. Frank McLaren, or as most know him as “Mr. Mac”, taught at Atlanta High School for 39 years. He received his B.A. in Animal Science and Vocational Agriculture. Principal Paula Jones form Calvin High School, gave honor to Janet Jones and Virginia Koeppen. Janet Jones was a school bus driver for 25 years, along with filling in as a substitute teacher and helping

 

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Wed
15
May

Class of 2019, Congratulations

Another school year almost coming to an end, while the temperature rises with summer coming into sight. Students will be getting out for the summer break, but before you know it, the new school year will be here before we realize. For the graduating seniors of Winn Parish, they will not be buying new school uniforms or looking forward to catching the bus. Instead they will be scheduling classes at a college or some may be entering the work force, starting what everyone refers to as “the real world”.

 

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Wed
08
May

Downtown Market Fest Scheduled for May 11

The annual downtown Market Fest for 2019 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 11 th . It will kick off at 9 am, with fun activities for all ages. The annual Market Fest is a great opportunity for the community to appreciate the local home grown traditions of Louisiana. There will be local food, music, and arts of all sorts. An Old Fashioned Corn Grinding machine, along with the North Louisiana Vintage Tractor Club.

 

 

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