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Wed
25
Dec

The Gifts Of Laughter and Music: Retired Teachers December Meeting

The Gifts Of Laughter and Music: Retired Teachers December Meeting

Christmas came early for the Winn Parish Retired Teachers Association! On December 10, about 50 members gathered in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bankston to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

After enjoying a delicious meal of holiday treats and warm fellowship, the members of the Retired Teachers organization assembled in the Bankston living room for a Christmas concert presented by three local musicians. John Holland, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, opened the program by sharing some of his childhood memories about the days when music played a vital role in the education system. He commented that music is a universal language that relates to others, especially during the holiday season. Mr. Holland explained that he likes all styles of music, with jazz being his favorite. He then shared two jazz arrangements with the group, which included “The Christmas Waltz” and “Santa Baby,” made popular by the vocalist Eartha Kitt.

 

Wed
25
Dec

Police Jury Wraps Up 2019

At the last Police Jury meeting of 2019 on Monday, December 16, monthly invoices were approved. The Police Jury Personnel Manual was amended to include details concerning preparation of deposits, how to respond to and monitor possible ethics violations, a credit card policy, bank reconciliations, and disaster recovery/business continuity (keeping accounting records offsite). The 2020 Police Jury holidays and regular meeting dates were adopted.

The Worker’s Comp insurance for 2020 through A.J. Gallagher & Company was renewed. A mowing contract between the Jury and J.T.’s Lawn Care for the 2020 calendar year passed. The beer and liquor permits for 2020 were approved.

 

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Wed
18
Dec

D.A.R.E. K-9 Demonstrations Across Winn Parish

D.A.R.E. K-9 Demonstrations Across Winn Parish
D.A.R.E. K-9 Demonstrations Across Winn Parish

Rows of children squirmed in their seats in the Calvin High School auditorium as they sat in anticipation. Murmurs and whispers rippled throughout the room as they waited patiently. Suddenly a hush fell across the awed students as they watched Miky make his grand entrance.

The 3-year-old Belgian Malinois strolled in accompanied by his handler, Winn Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Dylan Womack. The students’ eyes widened as they watched Miky come to the front of the auditorium. Once on stage, Miky received his instructions to find the drugs that had been hidden in one of four containers by local game warden and volunteer Suni Nelson. At once he set off, and within mere moments he was rewarded for a job well done finding the container that held the narcotics. The children were thrilled to see Miky showing off his talent for drug detection – but his next “trick” had them squealing in delight.

 

Wed
18
Dec

Delay in City Taxes

Tax notices for the City of Winnfield’s residential and commercial property owners, which traditionally are due the last day of December, have still not been mailed and city officials are not sure when they will be.

Parish property tax notices, which are generated by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office and are also due the last day of December, were sent the last week of October. At that time, city officials projected their notices would be out the week after the parish tax notices were sent. The city uses a third party out of parish to print their notices.

 

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Wed
18
Dec

Kiwanis Club Addressed by Superintendent Steve Bartlett

Kiwanis Club Addressed by Superintendent Steve Bartlett

Superintendent Steve Bartlett and Kiwanian Jeannie Hoffpauir

Monday, December 9 Superintendent of Schools Steve Bartlett spoke to the Kiwanis Club. He thanked the Kiwanis club for all they do for the children in Winn Parish, particularly the Terrific Kid Program in the schools.

Mr. Bartlett said education is alive and well and healthy in Winn Parish. There are no failing or even D schools. There are six schools and 4 are B schools and 2 are C schools.

 

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Wed
11
Dec

First Baptist Hosts Grammy Nominee Joseph Habedank

First Baptist Hosts Grammy Nominee Joseph Habedank
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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas – specifically at First Baptist Church of Winnfield! GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award-Winning singer/songwriter Joseph Habedank returned to First Baptist Church on Sunday, December 8 for Christmas with the Sanctuary Choir.

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Wed
11
Dec

Savannah Lovell Thurmon: Two-Time Champion

Savannah Lovell Thurmon: Two-Time Champion
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Pictured left to right: “Jay Bird” Bergeron (owner of Bergeron Rodeo Company), Monica and Johnny Lovell (parents of Savannah), Savannah, Cheyenne Benoit (Louisiana State Fair Rodeo Queen), and Rance Gantt (LRCA President).

Throughout the 2019 year, Savannah Lovell Thurmon traveled the Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association Circuit competing in 50 plus rodeos, including Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. In her venture, Savannah and her horse “Kissed From Heaven,” aka “Kisses,” won 22 of those rodeos and placed in 34 shows. The duo was “relentless,” as the words from Trevor Brazille (the 24 Time World Champion) were sent to Savannah.

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Wed
11
Dec

Winnfield suspects arrested for alleged ‘holiday scam’

Winnfield suspects arrested for alleged ‘holiday scam’

Originally posted on KALB.com . Story

has been edited and additional details

have been added. Photograph courtesy of KALB.

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Wed
11
Dec

Protest at Winn Correctional Center Ends With Pepper Spray

Protest at Winn Correctional Center Ends With Pepper Spray

For more photographs of the 2019 Kiwanis Christmas Parade, turn to page 14.

Originally written by Nomaan

Merchant, Associated Press at

PBS.org . Story has been edited and additional details have been added.

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Wed
04
Dec

Community Shows Support for Toys for Kids Fundraiser

Community Shows Support for Toys for Kids Fundraiser

Over $9000 was raised for the kids!

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