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Wed
09
Feb

Ben D. Johnson: A Profile In Black Heritage

Ben D. Johnson: A Profile In Black Heritage

Born on the clay hills of Grappe’s Bluff just outside Campti August 29, 1910, Ben DeLoache Johnson was one of ten children, which blessed the union of the late Mr. Thornton Johnson and Mrs. Sarah Williams Johnson.

Little Ben’s character was marked by the elements we find in the true entrepreneur during his formative years as he sold his mother’s meat pies to sawmill laborers from his little red wagon. As a grammar school student, he sought out odd jobs with Campti community residents before the school bell rang and carried them out during the recess and directly after school. During his boyhood days he stopped attending school to join his uncle, the late Ben Waller (for whom he was named), as a laborer in the creosote plant where he tried to work like a man for an honest day’s wages.

Wed
09
Feb

Sheriff Cranford Jordan Announces The Following Arrests

Sheriff Cranford JordanAnnounces
Sheriff Cranford JordanAnnounces
Sheriff Cranford JordanAnnounces

On January 30, 2022, at approx. 1 a.m., a Winn Parish Patrol Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop and, when the vehicle refused to pull over, became involved in a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended up on an ATV trail off LA Hwy 1228 in Winn Parish and came to a halt when the vehicle attempted to cross a small wooden bridge, designed for ATVs, and subsequently overturned into a creek. The driver identified as Clay L Riggs, and a male and female passenger were checked by EMS and only the male passenger, identified as Chad Everett Johnson, was transported, treated and released from the Winn Parish Medical Center and arrested at that time.

The female passenger was released without charges. The driver and the male passenger were arrested for the following:

Driver: Clay L Riggs, W/M/DOB: 12/19/1970, who is a parole violator, of Oil City, LA was charged with:

- Modified exhaust

- Speeding 60 mph in a 25 mph zone

- Reckless operation

Wed
09
Feb

Seventh Annual Winn Community is Feast is Great Success

Seventh Annual Winn Community Feast is Great Succes

The Winnfield Civic Center was filled with volunteers who prepared and delivered meals to citizens of Winn parish.

Seventh Annual Winn Community Feast is Great Succes
Seventh Annual Winn Community Feast is Great Succes

Picture above are Mayor Moss and Chief of Police Carpenter. Pictured to the left are Ms. Rainwater and Sheila Mitchell.

Over six hundred meals were prepared and delivered to residents of Winn Parish on February 5 as part of the Caring and Sharing in Unity outreach. Volunteers, including city and parish officials, the ladies from Mt. Grace, and many others set up at the Winnfield Civic Center for a great day of service to the community. Though this is the seventh year for the event, it began with Sheila Mitchell preparing a meal and inviting her neighbors to join. Over the course of time, it outgrew what she could do alone so Sheila sought the help of others. Jane Purser and Mary Lou Blackley joined in to form Caring & Sharing in Unity for our Community. Now, once a year, the Winn Community Feast is held and each year it grows in number. The Civic Center was used this year but many meals were delivered due to COVID concerns.

Wed
02
Feb

Qualifying for Open Municipal Primary Election January 26­28

Qualifying for Open Municipal Primary Election January 26­28

Current Winnfield Mayor, George Moss qualifies for March election.

The March 26, 2022 election will include mayor, chief of police, city council, and school board. The qualifying period was January 26- 28.

The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is February 23 and the deadline to register through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is March 5.

The following is a list of those who have qualified for the March 26 election:

Mayor City of Winnfield

Gerald “Scooter” Hamms

Timothy Hudgins

George Moss

Chief of Police City of Winnfield

Johnny Ray Carpenter

Council Member District 1, City of Winnfield

Erikia M. Breda

Alicia Brown

Lawanda Holden

Council Member District 2, City of Winnfield

Kristan Green

Ada Hall

Winona Harrell

Ashley Patterson

Mickey Zimmerman

Council Member District 3, City of Winnfield

Chiquita Caldwell

Sarah Junkin

Wed
02
Feb

Drainage damages sought by residents of Boone Street

Drainage damages sought by residents of Boone Street

Multiple suits were filed against the City of Winnfield and it’s insurer last week over the flooding damages on Boone Street, Robinson Street, Thompson Street, Cedar Street, Dunbar Street, Nimitz Street, and Martin Luther King Boulevard that goes back to 2017.

Fourteen residents filed their suits in the 8 th Judicial District Clerk of Court Office seeking damages “…in the amount as is reasonable in the premises and call costs of the proceedings and legal interest.”

The residents took the action about eight months after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overruled the decision of Judge Jacque Derr to grant them class status in a Class Action lawsuit. The City and their insurer, Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, appealed the decision. The Appeals Court agreed with the defendants and overruled Judge Derr’s decision. That decision came on May 26 of last year.

Attorney for the defendants, Joshua L. Strickland, is asking the court for a trail date.

Wed
02
Feb

Winn Sheriff Announces The Following Arrest

Winn Sheriff Announces The Following Arrest
Winn Sheriff Announces The Following Arrest

A January 26, 2022, vehicle crash leads to the arrest of a Bastrop man for several felony charges. The one-vehicle crash occurred in Winn parish on LA Hwy 34 approximately 1 mile west of the Jackson parish line. The investigation determined that the driver was the only person in the vehicle and he was transported by ambulance to Winn Parish Medical Center emergency room with minor injuries. The driver was treated and later released and arrested at that time.

An alert deputy assisting with the investigation located several illegal drugs and a firearm in the vehicle. It was determined that the driver was prohibited from possessing firearms from previous felony convictions and also have an active protective order.

David Allen Fortune

White Male

Date of Birth: April 14, 1989

10612 Oak Drive

Bastrop, LA 71220

1. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

2. Violation of a protective order by possession of a firearm

Wed
26
Jan

January Meeting of Winn Parish Retired Teachers Held

January Meeting of Winn Parish Retired Teachers Held
January Meeting of Winn Parish Retired Teachers Held
January Meeting of Winn Parish Retired Teachers Held

Officer Lawson and Sheriff Jordan speak to member’s of the Winn Retired Teacher’s Association.

Winn Parish Retired Teachers met on January 18 at the Winn Parish Firing Range. The Host/Hostesses for this event were Sheriff Cranford Jordan and his wife Dianne along with Billie Ann Bates, and Joan Reeves. Every chair seemed to be filled by members and guests as they each enjoyed a special lunch of gumbo, potato salad, crackers, and dessert.

Wed
26
Jan

Mayor George Moss Speaks to Rotarians at Weekly Meeting

The guest speaker for the weekly meeting of January 19 was Winnfield Mayor George Moss. Moss updated Rotarians on projects going on within the city as well as completed projects. The Mayor explained the effects of COVID-19 and also hurricane damage has slowed up progress on many things that were in the works for the city but are now going forward.

The Allen building, which is across from the courthouse in Winnfield has had a complete overhaul. There was a problem with rain coming into the back door because it would come open during storms. That in turn caused the floors to rot. Also, the walls in the front were in need of replacement. All of that has been completed with the help of funds from the state. The outside of the building is now being painted to complete the project and the council is moving toward working on rental rates.

Also the streets are being grinded and paved in places that need it within the city.

Wed
26
Jan

WSHS Senior Duncan Presented With State Championship Ring

WSHS Senior Duncan Presented With State Championship Ring

Duncan is presented with state championship ring and banner by his coaches and fellow students.

WSHS Senior Duncan Presented With State Championship Ring

Desmond shares a hug with Coach Garfield.

WSHS Senior Duncan Presented With State Championship Ring

Desmond Duncan hugs his great grandmother who showed up at the presentation to surprise him.

January 20, 2022 was a special night for a very special young man from Winnfield Senior High School. Desmond Duncan is a senior at WPHS this year and has served his school well. The faculty of the school worked hard to make sure the events of the night were a surprise for Duncan and their task was achieved when he was presented with a Class 2A Championship Ring for his success in track. In May, Desmond won the state championship in the 400 meter dash and also placed 3 rd in the 800 meter run. These are two very difficult events to compete in because they are run closely together. Coach Eric Hardaway stated that this is the first state championship here in Winnfield as an individual athlete in many years.

Wed
26
Jan

Krewe of Kingfish Celebrates 30 Years

Krewe of Kingfish Celebrates 30 Years
Krewe of Kingfish Celebrates 30 Years
Krewe of Kingfish Celebrates 30 Years

Top left are the 2022 Krewe of Kingfish King and Queen, Cody Bedgood and H e n r i e t t a Plunkett. Bottom left is the very first Krewe of Kingfish. Top right are the founders and 2 time king and queen Mr. and Mrs. Don Purser. To the bottom right are the 2020-2021 king and queen, Jonathan McDow and Megan Bruce Glenn.

Krewe of Kingfish Celebrates 30 Years
Krewe of Kingfish Celebrates 30 Years

Ms. Jane Purser, wife of the late Mr. Don Purser remembers fond memories of their time with the Krewe of Kingfish. She and her husband were the Krewe’s first king and queen.

This year marks the 30 th Anniversary of the Mardi Gras festivities in Winnfield. Although there was no ball or celebration last year due to COVID-19, plans have been back in play this year starting with the annual Mardi Gras ball that was held on January 22 at the Civic Center in Winnfield. 30 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Don Purser made it their mission to bring a little bit of southern Louisiana to Winn Parish by way of Mardi Gras. Mr. Don originated from south Louisiana so this was an important task for him. The Krewe of Kingfish originated that year and has followed that tradition each year.

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