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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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Wed
19
Feb

A MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY

Brought to you by the Winn Parish Voters and Civic League

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Wed
19
Feb

LLA’s First “Day of Louisiana Logging”

LLA’s First “Day of Louisiana Logging”

The Louisiana Loggers Association hosted their first Legislative Day in Winn Parish. LLA wants to thank the Louisiana Political Museum for allowing them to entertain in such a unique space, and they also wish to acknowledge the seven Louisiana senators and seven representatives, the chief of staff for Congressman Abraham, former congressman Rodney Alexander, local Police Jurors, city councilmembers, and of course Louisiana loggers who attended. The amount of rainfall discouraged the planned onsite logging job tour, but that will be rescheduled for a later, dryer date!

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Wed
19
Feb

Saline Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission: First Meeting of 2020

The Saline Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission met on Thursday, February 6, to address concerns associated with Saline Lake.

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Wed
12
Feb

“I think in sound. How do you think?”

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Last week at Rotary, Rotarian of the week Bob Holeman opened by stating that some guests speak about their jobs while others share about their causes. However, meetings come alive when speakers share about their passion. With this introduction, he paved the way for his guest (and wife) Diane Holeman to share about American Sign Language. Diane is an interpreter for the Deaf. She always wanted to communicate with this particular community and remembers as a child wanting to connect with her Deaf cousin Nancy, but Diane did not know how. She would stand amazed as she observed Nancy talking with her parents and siblings.

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Wed
12
Feb

2020 Student of the Year Winners

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Back Row: Emma Claire Canerday, CHS Grade 8; Colton James, DHS Grade 12; Allison Frisby, DHS Grade 8; Kira Raymond, AHS Grade 12; Rachel Dupree, CHS Grade 12; Logan Adams, CHS Grade 5. Front Row: Brayden Wise, DHS Grade 5; *Kate Nevils, WSHS Grade 12; *Finlay McManus, WMS Grade 5; Drake Ballard, AHS Grade 5. Not pictured: *Alyssa VanBlaricum, WMS Grade 8.

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Wed
12
Feb

WPSB Honors Students of the Year, Reviews Audit

On February 3, the Winn Parish School Board recognized the Students of the Year winners and reflected on the audit for the previous year. Superintendent Steve Bartlett voiced, “It’s my pleasure to recognize outstanding students and their accomplishments.” In Winn Parish, the Grade 5 winner was Finlay McManus of Winnfield Middle School, the Grade 8 winner was Alyssa VanBlaricum of Winnfield Middle School, and the Grade 12 winner was Kate Nevils of Winnfield Senior High School. Mr. Bartlett explained that these three individuals will go to the rigorous regional competition, where Winn Parish has “always competed well.” Regional winners will advance to the state level, and Mr. Bartlett shared that he will be looking for a first place prize, adding, “I think this’ll be the year.” This year is Nevils’ third time competing as Student of the Year, as she also won in grades 5 and 8 – and last time won second place at state. Mr.

Wed
12
Feb

Whisonant Selected as Louisiana’s TopYouth Volunteer of 2020

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors Winn Parish student with $1,000, medallion and trip to nation’s capital.

Caroline Whisonant, 18, of Winnfield, was one of two and Kierce Smith, 12, of Baton Rouge, were named Louisiana’s top two youth volunteers of 2020 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As State Honorees, Caroline and Kierce each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2020. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 25th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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