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Wed
13
Nov

Police Jury Determines Bids

.At the Police Jury Meeting on Nov. 6, Mr. Joshua McAllister opened bids on a John Deere 670G Motor Grader and a 2002 John Deere 310G Loader Backhoe, and a Triaxle Dump Trailer. Karen Tyler of Kenworth of Louisiana won the bid on the Triaxle Dump Trailer for $44,250. JJ Merchant of Purvis, MS won the bid for the grater ($5,777) and backhoe ($2,777). Purchases will be approved at the next meeting.

For the road materials and supplies for the year 2020, Mr. Mike Carpenter recommended that they go with the lowest price in each category.

At the Insurance Committee Meeting, Mr. Carpenter opened discussion concerning the rising health insurance costs. A decision was postponed until the next scheduled meeting.

 

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Wed
13
Nov

Winn Parish School Board November Meeting Encounters Conflict

Since there are always two sides to a story, the facts may speak for themselves. What follows is what took place at the Winn Parish School Board meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019.

WPSB President Joe Llaine Long called the meeting to order. After the Pledge of Allegiance and an opening prayer, Mrs. Long noted that all members were present and welcomed the visitors.

The beginning of business occurred without incident. The executive committee report, order of business, and minutes from the last meeting were read and accepted.

 

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Wed
13
Nov

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

(Top Right) Dr. Bill .

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program
Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

(Left) Veterans receive gifts from the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program
Sheriff’s Office Honors Veterans at Program

(Middle) Sheriff Cranford Jordan honors 94-year-old WWII veteran Roy Stickman. Robertson addresses veterans

This year’s Veterans Day Program, hosted by the Sheriff’s Office, had perhaps the biggest attendance to date! Almost 90 people were in attendance, 64 of which were veterans.

The speaker, Dr. Bill Robertson, delivered a moving speech recapping the intriguing life of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini. After introducing Zamperini’s unlikely start, Robertson discussed the pain, hardships, and inner conflict all soldiers wrestle with. However, he highlighted Zamperini’s startling conversion at one of Billy Graham’s crusades. Robertson concluded his message by reminding the veterans that the ability to extend mercy to others is a gift that has been given to them so that it can be shared.

 

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Wed
06
Nov

US Forest Service Ranger Brad Cooper at Kiwanis Club

US Forest Service Ranger Brad Cooper at Kiwanis Club

US Forest Service Ranger Brad Cooiper (right) was the guest of Kiwanian Jesse Dyson agt last week’s Winnfield Kiwanis Club. Cooper, who came to the Winn Ranger District in March, said two new members will be added to the staff before the end of the year and a number of improvements are planned.

Kiwanian Jesse Dyson introduced guest speaker Brad Cooper who is the US Forest Service District Ranger for Winn. Cooper is a native of Pocatello, Idaho.

He spent four years on the USS Kitty Hawk working in the electrical field. After his naval service he got a degree in natural resources and forest management. He has worked in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, Washington state and Arizona before coming to Winnfield in March of 2019.

Cooper said they love Louisiana especially the food. He plans to be a long-term ranger.

The Winn District is 160,000 acres. There are thinning and restoration projects in the works and ongoing. 42,000 acres are under treatment to improve the red-cockaded woodpecker habitat. They have installed 111 woodpecker inserts and transported young woodpeckers here.

 

Wed
06
Nov

Early Voting Ends Saturday

Early Voting Ends Saturday

Early voting will for the November 17 General Election comes to an end on on Saturday at the Winn Parish Registrar of Voters Office in the Winn Parish Courthouse.

The first day of absentee voting saw 221 Winn Parish residents cast ballots.

The ballot will include two statewide runoff races (Governor and Secretary of State), a State Senator for District 35, a member of the Winn Parish Police Jury for District Four and Dodson voters will also vote on a onecent tax proposition for 10 years to aid local government.

 

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Wed
06
Nov

Winn Chamber Plans Christmas Open House

Winn Chamber Plans Christmas Open HouseFUMC

The Annual Fall Fesst drew a large number of Trick or Treaters to downtown Winnfield last week for a family friendly, fun and free Halloween event. The two hour event include a costume contest, free hotdogs, candy and games for participants. The local unit of the Louisiana National Guard also sponsored an inflatable for the children’s enjoymnet.

Shopping, entertainment, refreshments and fun will be the order of the day on Thursday, November 14 when the annual Christmas Open House returns to Winnfield. Nearly two-dozen businesses have signed on to participate this year.

The event is sponsored by The Winn Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission. The Christmas Open House will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

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Wed
30
Oct

Fall Fest is Thursday 5-7 p.m. on Main Street

A family friendly, free Halloween event returns for its seven year with the annual Fall Fest in downtown Winnfield on Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding around 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church, the Winn Chamber of Commerce, the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office and the City of Winnfield, the event is loaded with fun, candy and games for area trick or treaters.

There’s even a costume contest sponsored by the Winfield Pilot Club. Children are asked to dress up as their favorite character. There should be no scary or grotesque costumes because of the large number of small children that will be participating.

 

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Wed
30
Oct

Property Values Up Slightly, Parish Tax Notices Mailed

Property owners began receiving their parish property notices for 2019 from the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Those property taxes are due by December 31.

The total assessed value of property in Winn Parish for 2019 was set at $87,645,820, according to Assessor Lawrence Desadier. That is a slight increase over the 2018 total assessment of $86,968,019.

 

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Wed
30
Oct

Winn Parish Schools awarded $400,000 in DOJ funding

Winn Parish is one of two school systems in Louisiana to receive federal funding for programs to prevent school violence.

The Winn Parish School Board will receive $150,000 under Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) STOP School Violence Technology and Threat Assessment Solutions for Safer Schools Program.

Only two other agencies in the state received monies from the $85.3 million funding plan. Under BJA’s STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program, Caddo Parish School Board received $250,000. The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement received an additional $500,000.

 

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Wed
30
Oct

Early Voting Here Begins Saturday

Early Voting Here Begins Saturday
Early Voting Here Begins Saturday

Governor visits
with loggers

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards was in Winnfield last week at the invitation of the Louisiana Loggers Association. The area loggers met with Edwards at the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame Museum. The expressed their concerns about issues facing their industry.

Early voting will begin on Saturday at the Winn Parish Registrar of Voters Office in the Winn Parish Courthouse.

The week-long voting period will be every day except Sunday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Nov. 12 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through the state’s Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).

 

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