Project Reach Winnfield’s Backpack Giveaway Event Blesses Community

On Saturday, August 13th, 2022, from nine a.m. to two p.m., the youth of Winn Parish and their families had the opportunity to come together at Henderson-Holden park (located on Moss St) for food, fun jumps, music, and of course, the Backpack Giveaway!Thanks to the considerate efforts of Mt. Grace Teen Challenge, Kenny Bratton with Reaching Forward Ministries, Lending Helping Hands for Jesus, and numerous other churches and volunteers, the families ofWinnfield were provided one more weekend of safe summer fun before the beginning of the new school year next week!


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Winn Revitalization Small Business Meeting Today

Small business owners are invited to join the Office of Rural Revitalization and Louisiana Main Street Monday, August 15th, at 2:30 PM at the Allen Building for a Winn Revitalization meeting!

Come hear about the programs available for Main Street and let the Revitalization team know what you, as business owners, need and want to see in Winn Parish!

The guest speaker will be Ray Scriber from Louisiana Main Street Program.


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Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 8-8-22Name: Susan A ManshackAddress: Winnfield, LaRace: WhiteSex: FemaleAge: 42Charge: Direct contempt of courtDate: 8-13-22Name: James E Hanson lllAddress: Bernice, LARace: WhiteSex: MaleAge: 43Charge: Criminal Trespassing, Unauthorized Entry 

THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AS PUBLIC INFORMATION. PERSONS NAMED OR SHOWN IN PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEO AS SUSPECTS IN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, OR ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH A CRIME, HAVE NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF ANY CRIMINAL OFFENSE AND ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.


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Winn Parish Police Jury Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Today

The Winn Parish Police Jury will meet for a public hearing Monday, August 15, 2022, at 4:55 PM in room 112 at the parish courthouse.

PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA

I. Call to Order.
II. Adoption of Agenda.
III. Announcements & Comments.
IV. BUSINESS:

–To obtain views on the housing and community development needs and to discuss submission of LCDBG 2023 application. 

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

The Winn Parish Police Jury will meet for a regular meeting Monday, August 15, 2022, at 5 PM in room 112 at the parish courthouse.

I. Call to Order.
II. Invocation and Pledge.
III. Amendments or deletions.
IV. Adoption of Agenda.
V. Adoption of Minutes-July 18, 2022-Regular Meeting and July 20, 2022-Budget Committee Meeting.
VI. Announcements and Comments.

  1. Mr. Perry Holmes, Road Superintendent-to give a road update.

VII. GUESTS:

(1) Sheriff Cranford Jordan-To discuss prisoner costs.

VIII. BUSINESS:

(1) Mr. Kirk Miles-Motion to approve monthly invoices. –Motion of Intent to reduce the speed limit on Pierce Rudd Road to 15 mph.
–Motion to award bid for roadway reconstruction on Lum Fox and Zion Hill Church Road to Regional Construction, LLC. in the amount of $786,815.40 (base bid) contingent upon Facility Planning & Control concurrence.
–Motion of Intent to remove the 1.06 mile section and a connector road (0.12 mile long) at Weyerhaeuser Plant off Hwy 167 north of Dodson.
(2) Mrs. Tammy Griffin-Motion of Intent to reduce the speed limit on J. Hobdy Road to 15 mph.
(3) Mr. Phillip Evans-Motion to extend the lease on small Kenworth dump truck for 24 months at $2,150 per month. –Motion to declare items as surplus (See attached list)
–Motion to adopt a Resolution to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Atlanta to install culverts and do street work.
(4) Mr. Joshua McAllister-Motion to Adopt a Resolution to cover all costs, inclusive of construction cost over State Funds for roadway reconstruction on Williams Loop, Oak Ridge and Pine Ridge Drive.

IX. Announcements and Comments:


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George Moss Speaks to Kiwanis

Former Mayor George Moss spoke to the Kiwanis club about his tenure as Mayor of Winnfield. He learned that you could not please everyone. There were many issues when he became mayor. Those included the ground water storage tank, sewer and water lines, and the electric grid. City hall was full of mold, and the human resources department was a disaster. Files for employees were piled in boxes and not filed.  At the Allen Building, the front wall was unstable, and there were other problems. The fire and police departments were out of date. The recreation program was having problems and the roof leaked at the Civic Center. Last but not least was fluctuating electric rates.

It cost $1 million to replace the groundwater storage tank. They are still working on the ozone plant. The water is very good but is brown because of the tannin levels. They replaced sewer lines where they could be found. Maple Street was one of those places, but they had to wait to repave the street until they could fit it in with another job because of the price of asphalt. In City Hall, they removed floors and ceilings and sealed off the back, which previously had been the jail, to remove as much mold as possible. Tina Williford did a good job in Human Resources, getting employee files correct and working with payroll, time cards, etc.

What most people don’t realize is that the mayor can only do what the council lets him do. There was a problem with audits when Mayor Moss took office, not that there was anything illegal but that they were not filed on time. When audits are not filed on time, it affects grant money and money you can receive from the state. He changed CPAs and got the audits filed and under control. This resulted in state money that renovated the Allen Building. Police and fire vehicles were bought with a deal from Enterprise-14 cars for $72,000. All were able to be purchased from PK Smith Motors. He tried to enter into a deal with Nexterra, the largest power provider in the country, but the council would not vote to leave LEPA. However, this did allow him to negotiate new rates with LEPA.

Another thing that was done was to hire Jesse Phillips as a community liaison to promote cooperation between departments.

Other problems during his tenure were the Covid shutdown, Hurricane Laura, and the ice storm. Hurricane Laura caused $3 million in damage. There were 5.5 million feet of power lines down after the storm. FEMA paid back 80-90%, but we had to pay the money first.

At the time he left office, they were working on renovating the mini-park into a Veteran’s memorial. Collins subdivision and Thomas Mill road were annexed into the city. Sewer lines were run out to Hwy 156, and anyone hooked on to the sewer line was automatically annexed into the city. The 84 West Water system is a joint venture between the city and the parish. It will cost $1.9 million to fix. We received a bond, the state fixes, it is given to the city, and the bond is forgiven. A lot of street repairs were done, and more needed to be done.

Last but not least, the red lights on Main Street had their control boxes rebuilt, and they are now working properly.


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Dash and Dine Hosted by the Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Thursday

The Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will host a Dash and Dine event Thursday, August 18th from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Allen Building in Winnfield.

Eleven food and drink businesses will be showcasing their products.
 
For $10 per person, you can pick 5 items. Delivery will be available for orders of 5 or more.
 
Scan the QR code to register for dine in or delivery. Walk in’s are also welcome.
 
Come out and support our local business!


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Register Now – 24 Spots Left for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Interactive Workshop in Winnfield August 22-23

SaveCenla, a nonprofit organization focused on providing the public with information and events that will promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention, is hosting a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) interactive workshop on August 22-23, 2022 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM day 1 and 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM day 2 at CLTCC in Winnfield located at 5960 US-167, Winnfield, LA 71483. There is no cost to register. 

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan to support their immediate safety. Although healthcare providers widely use ASIST, participants don’t need formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

​Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice. As a result, over 2,000,000 people have taken the workshop. In addition, studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide. 

Saving Lives from Suicide

Thoughts of suicide are surprisingly common. At any given time, around 1 in 25 people is thinking about suicide to some degree.

For most people, thinking about suicide isn’t about wanting to die. Instead, it’s the tension between their reasons for staying alive and their desire to escape from the pain that feels unbearable.

Within this tension lies the risk of death and the possibility of intervention, hope, and life. This is where someone with the right skills can help tip the balance and change a life forever. This is where LivingWorks training comes in.

For more information on the ASIST two-day training, click here.

Register for the two-day workshop in Winnfield, La here.


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Put Hope Within Reach! Sponsor a Student at Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge – Meet Allyson M.

Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge exists to provide men and women with an effective residential, biblically-based solution to life-controlling problems. Our purpose is to produce graduates who function responsibly and productively in society, and who have healthy relationships in the workplace, family, church and community.

Adult & Teen Challenge is one of the largest and most successful accredited programs of its kind with over 1000 residential locations worldwide. Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge was founded by Greg and Abigail Dill in 1987. Over the last 35 years, we have grown to 8 campuses statewide, with the ability to accommodate men, women, and women with their children.

WHAT IS STUDENT SPONSORSHIP?

Students often come into Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge with little or no hope in life. They have burned every bridge and lost almost everything due to drug abuse and other crimes. Most times, they have little outside help supporting them during this time; therefore, we do not charge a monthly tuition. If you would like to help offset these costs, you can sponsor a student for as little as $35 a month. You can also sponsor a child that is enrolled here with their mother for an additional $15 per child. Your sponsorship means that they have someone who cares and is invested in their success!

As a monthly sponsor, you can expect:

  • A packet with information about your student
  • Monthly updates
  • The opportunity to write letters to your student
  • The opportunity to send care packages to your student
  • You can pray for them
  • You will receive a personal invitation to attend their Graduation Ceremony

For more information about becoming a sponsor visit https://www.louisianateenchallenge.com/sponsorship/


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Notice of Death – August 14, 2022

WINN:
Harold Aston
May 16, 1934 – August 10, 2022
A celebration of life will be held at the Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, Louisiana, in the coming weeks.

NATCHITOCHES:
Helen Milligan Nielsen
February 1, 1923 – August 9, 2022
She will be remembered with love and gratitude by all who were fortunate to know her.

Marvin F. “Mickey” Gahagan
August 28, 1932 – August 10, 2022
A private memorial service will be conducted by a personal friend, Very Rev. Craig Scott. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches on Saturday, August 20, 2022, between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at a later date at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.

Velma Jean Turner (Jeannie)
April 9, 1958 – August 8, 2022
Visitation: Tuesday, August 16 from 9-11 am
Funeral Service: Tuesday, August 16 at 11 am
Interment: Nativity Catholic Church in Campti, LA

SABINE:
James L. Carter Sr.
May 31, 1940 – August 6, 2022
Service: Friday, August 12 at 10 am at Sardis Cemetery in Atlanta

RED RIVER:
Ricky Wayne Maloch
December 27, 1955 – August 11, 2022
Service: Wednesday, August 17 at 10 am at Fairview Baptist Church


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Public Service Announcement for Winnfield Residents

In light of recent weather and several near accidents, this is a reminder to all Winnfield residents—especially those who frequent Main Street—the City of Winnfield repaired and uncovered the traffic light system (as of May 2022) for our direction and use. We are no longer heeding the two-way stops initially put into place during repairs.

Please exercise caution and awareness for yourself and others while driving in impaired weather. We want to add that according to Louisiana Traffic Laws (RS 32:301), “all Louisiana drivers must turn on their lights between sunset and sunrise when there is low visibility due to poor use.” So if you’re using your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights. Safe driving!


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Dash and Dine Hosted by the Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Next Week

The Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will host a Dash and Dine event Thursday, August 18th from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Allen Building in Winnfield.

Eleven food and drink businesses will be showcasing their products.
 
For $10 per person, you can pick 5 items. Delivery will be available for orders of 5 or more.
 
Scan the QR code to register for dine in or delivery. Walk in’s are also welcome.
 
Come out and support our local business!


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Pee Wee Flag Football 2022 Registration Open

The City of Winnfield Recreation Department will be conducting regular registration for its Flag Football League now until the deadline Friday, Sept 9th.

Regular registration fee for this league is $40.00. Boys and girls ages 4-12 are eligible for this exciting program.

Don’t let this deadline pass you by. Sign your child up today.

Late registration will begin on Monday, September 12th and conclude on Friday Sept. 16th. There will be a $10.00 late fee assessed on each application received during this period.

Tryouts will be held on Saturday Sept.10th at the Grove St. Rec. Center on Field #2. The times for each age group will be released in that weeks Winn Parish Enterprise.

More information concerning Flag Football, contact the Recreation Dept. at 628-3413. 


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