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Wed
10
Oct

Grant Writing Training Clinic Announced for Winnfield

Each year millions of dollars are awarded through grant funding and competitive contract proposals each year by private foundations, government agencies, businesses, and federated entities such as United Way.

Grants can encourage economic development, support construction, municipal infrastructure, technical assistance, business start-ups, youth services, STEM education, rural development, and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities and regions.

In addition, every day businesses submit competitive proposals for contract bids that will expand their client base, add new jobs, and increase revenue.

 

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Wed
10
Oct

Shooting Spree Results in One Critical Patient

The early Saturday morning hours proved to be exhausting for Winnfield Police Officers as they responded to multiple gunshot calls. They first responded to a report of gunfire at a car in the Maplewood apartment complex on South Jones Street. The car was occupied by 2 males. The driver received minor injuries from broken glass. He was treated at the scene and released. He reported hearing at least 6 shots in the area.

A 911 call from the Winn Parish Medical Center reported a gunshot victim at the Emergency Room. The victim was identified as Montais Brown of Winnfield. Brown sustained injuries from 6 shots to his back. It was discovered to have occurred at the Maplewood complex. He was not an occupant of the earlier vehicle. Brown was transferred to Rapides Regional Medical Center where he has undergone 3 different surgeries over the weekend. He is currently listed as in critical condition.

 

Wed
10
Oct

A Miracle in the City of Winnfield

A five-month-old in Winnfield is getting a second chance at life. Journee Castle was born in April. Her grandmother, Shelia Mitchell, says she has been a fighter ever since.

When Journee’s mom was five months pregnant, doctors found out Journee had a heart defect. She was scheduled to have surgery after she was born, but her condition was so severe doctors could not perform the surgery.

“Doctors told her she either could watch her die or pray and ask God to come in and work a miracle,” Mitchell said.

 

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Wed
03
Oct

Mayor Holds Public Town Hall Meeting

September 27th, Mayor George Moss called to order a public town hall meeting. His goal to was to anyone with concerns for the city to be brought before him, to allow their voice to be heard and take care of their situation.

The first thing the Mayor presented to the audience was the thanks to the staff of the City Hall, for not only working so well in the past 90 days he has been in office, but also doing the preparations for the meeting.

He mentioned that the software for City Hall has been updated. When he first started in office, it was brought the mayor’s attention that there was mold growing in the certain parts of city hall, so there fore they have been renovating the inside of city hall with new walls and flooring. Also the Allen building has been refreshed with a new coat of paint on the outside, and the inside, along with new chairs and tables.

 

 

Wed
03
Oct

Winn Health Unit to Offer Flu Shots Oct. 11

Drive-thru (or walk –up) flu shot event will be taking place at the Winn Parish Health Unit. It will take place on October 11, 2018 from 8am- 3:30pm. This is a great opportunity to protect yourself from the flu.

Those of high risk are people over the age of 65, pregnant women, anyone with lung, heart, liver, kidney, nerve and endocrine problems.

 

 

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Wed
03
Oct

Downtown Fall Fest Scheduled for October 30th

First United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the Winn Chamber of Commerce, the City of Winnfield, and the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, would like to invite you to join us down town for our Sixth Annual Fall Festival on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

 

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Wed
26
Sep

WMS Cross Country Competes in W. Monroe

Led by Monica Smithson and Breanna Pray, the WMS 5-6 grade girls cross country team placed first at the West Ridge Chieftain Invitational held in West Monroe this past Saturday. Smithson finished 6th followed closely by Pray in 7th over the 1 mile course as the girls defeated an excellent field in their first competition of the season. Emily Nevels finished 17th followed by Emmalie Higginbothan, Destiny Smith, Addisyn Griffin, Rylee Duff, Elizabeth Page, Laniya West, Jada Smith, Natalie Bruce, Ellie Jo Bryant, Alli Jordan, and Mattie Miller.

In 5-6 grade boys competition Karson Hemphill was the first to finish for the team in a time of 7:48 followed by Caden Gorham, Jess Nelson, and Bryce Martin.

 

 

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Wed
26
Sep

Whitaker Brothers Make NSU History

NSU graduates Cody Dean and Matthew Dane Whitaker, of Winnfield have made NSU history by becoming the first and only siblings to hold the universities highest title bestowed to a student, Mr. Northwestern State University. Crowned in 2014 and 2015, Cody and Matthew served the university and the Natchitoches community at several events. “One of my favorite service initiatives was helping raise money for the Empower Nepali Girls Organization. With help from so many generous donors we were able to build a school for children in Nepal” said Matthew.

 

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Wed
26
Sep

L.I.F.E. Brings Home the JMA Gospel Duo/Group Award

By Minnie Young

The Josie Music Awards packed the Celebrity Theater in Dollywood Saturday, September 8 for an incredible full production show. It was a weekend just for the independent music community starting with red carpet and media to an amazing production.

The Josie Music Awards or JMAs is the largest independent music award production and held it’s 4th Annual award ceremony inside the Dollywood Theme Park, celebrating those in the independent music industry like no one else can. This was a huge event just for amazing talents within the independent community of many different genres. The exposure the nominees received from this event cannot be matched.

 

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Wed
19
Sep

Ms. Jana Smith Speaks on PBIS Program at Rotary Club

For the meeting on Wednesday, September 12, the Rotarian for the week was Pastor Kevin Smith, who also serves as the current president of the Winnfield Rotarians. His guest speaker was Jana Smith. Jana holds a career of being an educator at the Winnfield Primary School. She also helps with the ministry of First Methodist Church along side her husband, Kevin Smith.

For her program she gave insight of a program/grant that was given awarded the Winnfield Primary School named PBIS. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Incentive System. In 2003 this program was introduced, and in 2011 it was mandated in the state of Louisiana that every school carry out this positive behavior incentive. This is an effort to help reward positive and good behavior in the school system. 

 

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