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Wed
22
May

Ricks Honored at New Orleans Memorial Monument

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Late Officer Kirt Ricks III

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New Orleans Memorial Monument

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wed
08
May

Chuck Weeks Memorial 5K Walk/Run, May 25th

The life of Chuck Weeks will again this year be remembered with the Chuck Weeks Memorial Pro Life 5K Walk/Run. The event will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Winnfield, Louisiana. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Medals will be given for first, second, and third places. There will be many age categories so that there will be many winners. The youngest and the oldest participants will be recognized. The cost of the race is $20 and tshirts will be given. Forms may be picked up in Winnfield at these locations: Pea Patch, Envy Salon and Lorraine’s Beauty Shop.

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Wed
01
May

Tom Kelly, Dodson Native, Honored by Louisiana Press Assn. for Career Spanning Over 60 years

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (center) shared a moment with Louisiana Press Association honoree Tom Kelly (left) and State Representative Jim Fannin (right) in Baton Rouge last Tuesday. Kelly was recognized for a career spanning over 60 years in the newspaper industry. Governor Edwards was the guest speaker for the newspaper association’s annual meeting while Fannin presented Kelly with a Louisiana Senate Resolution introduced by State Senator Gerald Long in honor of Kelly’s distinguished career in journalism.

The Louisiana Press Association recognized Dodson native Tom Kelly last week for a career spanning over 60 years in the newspaper industry.

Kelly was honored in Baton Rouge last week at a Louisiana Press Association (LPA) Luncheon, where Governor John Bel Edwards delivered the keynote address. Kelly reminded the Governor his publication, The Piney Woods Journal, endorsed him four years ago and joked he would do it again had he not sold his paper.

In addition to receiving the LPA honored, Kelly was presented with special recognition from the Louisiana Senate through the efforts of Senator Gerald Long. Long was unable to attend the luncheon, but State Representative Jim Fannin of Winnfield presented the resolution to Kelly on behalf of Sen. Long.

Wed
01
May

Calvin Lady Cougars Win Class C Softball State Runner Up

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Calvin High School Lady Cougars

When the 2019 softball season started, the young Calvin team dedicated themselves to 4 goals: 1. Win the District Championship, 2. Fight their way through the playoffs and make the State Championship round in Sulphur, 3. Win the semifinal game, and 4. Play for the State Championship.

Friday and Saturday, the team accomplished every preseason goal and dreamed of taking one more step: Win the State Championship.

The semifinal game on Friday was a pitcher’s duel. For six innings neither team scored. In the bottom of the 6th, Calvin’s bats delivered and they scored 3 runs. In the 7th, Harrisonburg (the 2018 State Runner up) tried to rally, but the defense held, and Madison Dupree struck out the final batter (one of 13 for the game) for the victory.

 

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Wed
24
Apr

Calvin High School FFA Brings Home a Win for Louisiana Envirothon

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Anthony Adams, Joseph Adams, Emma Bevill, Josie Camp and Treyton Trawick

For the 14th year, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) proudly partnered with other Louisiana organizations to host the Louisiana Envirothon, an environmental problem- solving competition, in Baton Rouge. On Sat., April 13, eight high school teams participated in the environmental competition that included testing in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, a current issue and an oral presentation. The 2019 current issue was Agriculture and Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed

the World. Winning teams received recognition, plaques, medals and cash prizes. Participating schools included Calvin High School, Live Oak High School, Caddo Parish Magnet High School and Parkview Baptist School.

The winners of the 2019 Louisiana Envirothon are:

 

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