Winnfield Fire Department Resumes Live Burns

The Winnfield Fire Department resumed Live Burns on Nov. 30. WFD conducted two separate burns located on Nash Street and on Ogden Street. Personnel used this time to hone in on certain skills related to fire behavior as well as nozzle control techniques. These burns are vital for new members to see and experiences these types of conditions and be able to practice their skills so when the time comes they are ready to serve the community when they need it the most!

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Window to Winn with Bob Holeman – WWII Vet Jack Evans: Small town Student to AF Instructor After European Flying Missions

(Bob Holeman conducted this series of interviews with local World War II veterans as a lead-up to Veterans Day 2011.  Interviews continued into 2012 with any veteran he could find who, in turn, was willing to talk.  Not all were interested.  Virturally all of these American heroes have passed away during the decade following these interviews).

The son of a Catahoula Parish logger-turned-farmer, Harrisonburg High School student Jack Evans had no chance at college due to poverty and the Depression.  So he joined the military in 1939 in hopes of receiving training and that higher education “at their expense.”

He was learning the plumbing trade in a raked-out WWI naval base when the single radio in the non-air conditioned barracks crackled out the news announcement that England and France were soon meeting to consider an alliance against Germany and Hitler.  “All 300 of us were of the same opinion,” Evans said some 70 years later.  “If they would ally, the U.S. would follow suit, just like in the previous war.  Word came out just before daylight the next day that this had happened and we all went down and signed up with everyone…Army, Navy, Marines, Air Corps.  There wasn’t an Air Force at that time.”

Evans, known best for his 40 “serious years” of dentistry here in Winnfield, was selected by the Air Corps and further picked among an elite group of 63 as bombardiers to test and train in new bomb site technology.  They operated out of an abandoned dirigible hangar at Fort Dix, N.J., defending New York.  The reminder that a German threat to the continental United States was very real was constantly in front of them.  “At that time, we were never out of sight of sunken American freighters along our own coastline.

To get his commission as an officer, Evans signed up for all available formal training programs…pilot, bombardier and navigator…and qualified for Pilot School.  “But I kept my bombardier training up my sleeve, just in case.”  He qualified for multi-engine flying, trained as a unit leader.  The heavy bomber B-17 was his first assignment.

Evans was flying one of his many missions over France when a visiting commanding officer bumped him from the cockpit to the rear of the bomber.  There he caught some flack from an exploding shell near the plane and was seriously injured.  At the hospital in England, “it took a bunch of them to hold me down when they treated me with this new, experimental drug called penicillin…it was tremendously painful.  But I’m sure it saved my life…it wasn’t available anywhere else in the world.  That’s where it was developed.”

It would take some time but eventually Evans received his Purple Heart recognition for his wartime injuries, with documentation signed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Barely tipping the scales at 118 pounds, the recovering Evans managed to buffalo his was back into the cockpit (although 137 pounds was the minimum required).  “But I was flying again, always stationed about 90 miles north of London.”  When the war ended in Europe, our pilot returned to Texas as war continued in the Pacific.

Once again, Evans found himself in a training and educational position as the Air Force developed new technologies.  They were upgrading to the B-29 (the bomber that would eventually deliver atomic bombs to two Japanese sites).  “At the area that is now Texas A&M, I went to instrument-flying school, then they kept me on as instructor.  Can you imagine?  I was a graduate of a little old school in Harrisonburg, then I was an instructor for the U.S. Air Force.”

Born in 1919, Jack Evans married his childhood sweetheart, Helen, in 1943 and they have one daughter, Ann.  He did allow the GI Bill to pay for his education, after all.  He hung out a shingle as a dentist in Winnsboro for one year, then Dr. Evans moved to Winnfield in 1953 where he put in a “serious” 40-year career before staying home for good.  He said he was “literally worn out,” but never too worn out for his vegetable garden.  During his work years and ever since, he’s been an avid gardener.

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Kiwanis Club Recognizes November Terrific Kids

The Kiwanis Club of Winnfield recognizes November’s Terrific Kids from the Winnfield Primary School.
Left to right: William Dibenedetto, Raylee McManus, Eve King-Armstrong.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 1
Left to right: June Swensen, Kennedy Compton, Chloe Hayes, Lena Jones.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 2
Left to right: Diana Joplin, Samuel Hight. Not pictured: Kendrieka Davis.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 3
Left to right: Olivia Durbin, Kaiden Stringer, Hannah Prince.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 4
Left to right: Jade Argueta, Parker Vines, Eric Folden. Not pictured: Avery Guillory
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King

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Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 11-18-22
Name: Marvin Lewis
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 36
Charge:Warrant, Hit and run

Date: 11-21-22
Name: Richard O Brouillette
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male 
Age: 31
Charge: Theft (over 1,000), Criminal damage to property 

Date: 11-22-22
Name: Richard Alan Jordan 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Male 
Age: 47
Charge: Failure to appear 

Date: 11-24-22
Name: Alan Seth Gray 
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male 
Age: 33
Charge: Illegal possession of stolen things, Simple escape 

Date: 11-25-22
Name: Joshua M Silas 
Address: Joyce, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Male 
Age: 31
Charge: Cyber stalking 

Date: 11-27-22
Name: Jeremy D Wise 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male 
Age: 22
Charge: Domestic abuse with child endangerment 

Date: 11-28-22
Name: Elbert H Higgs 
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Male 
Age: N/A
Charge: Resisting an officer, Possession of Schedule 1 (Marijuana), Possession Schedule 2 (Meth and Fentanyl)

Date: 11-28-22
Name: Misty Martin 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Female 
Age: 41
Charge: Warrant, Extortion, Theft

Date: 11-28-22
Name: Rodney G McCarty
Address: Joyce, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Male 
Age: 48
Charge: Simple cruelty to animals 

Date: 11-28-22
Name: Carol O’Bryan 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female 
Age: 60
Charge: Identity theft, Online impersonation, Access device fraud, Theft, Forgery (6 counts)

Date: 11-29-22
Name: Leon A Racine III
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Male 
Age: 49
Charge: Sexual battery 

Date: 11-29-22
Name: O’Bryan Holden 
Address: Homeless
Race: Black
Sex: Male 
Age: 39
Charge: Simple Battery, Contraband 

Date: 11-30-22
Name: Shenika D Russell 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black 
Sex: Female 
Age: 40
Charge: Failure to appear 

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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By: Glynn Harris

As an outdoor writer for over half a century, there is one style of writing I have always wanted to master, a style that I occasionally and accidentally stumble on but with no consistency. Humor writing.
I have been an admirer of the writing of one fellow who had it down ” pat”, as in Patrick McManus who died in 2018 at the age of 85. He could reduce me to thigh-slapping guffaws every time I picked up a copy of Outdoor Life or Field and Stream magazines and read one of his humor columns.

I even got up the nerve one time to write him a letter asking about how I could improve my humor writing. I was astounded and dumbfounded when he answered my letter with a two-page handwritten reply. One thing that stands out in my memory of his reply was that to evoke laughs from readers, the punch line was the key. Have your readers expecting what should be the obvious conclusion to one of his tales was to come out of left field with a zinger that was totally unexpected. I have three of his books in my library that I’m going to read again after recalling what a special type of writer he was.

I have a friend, Jim Mize, who writes humor pieces for a number of publications. The title of his three books gives an indication of what you’ll read when you pick one up….”The Summer of Our Discount Tent”; “A Creek Trickles Through it” and “Hunting With Beanpole”

I had Mize as my guest on my Glynn Harris Outdoors radio program recently and had him discuss how he got into humor writing.

“I’ve been writing humor stories for more than 30 years and it’s sort of interesting the way I got started,” said Mize. “I had an assignment from a magazine for a fishing story and I injected humor in my introductory and ending paragraphs. The editor contacted me and asked why I didn’t make the middle of the story funny like the beginning and end so I did.”

Mize said that he began studying humor, how stand-up comics came up with their jokes and how they learned to create them.

One thing Mize shared was the same thing McManus had said, and that had to do with the punch line.

“If you’re ending your story with a predictable punch line, something the reader expects, he’s not likely to be impressed. However,” Mize continued, “if the punch line involves an element of surprise, something totally unexpected, that’s what grabs his attention.

“My first two books contain the stand-up comedy style of stories while ‘Hunting with Beanpole” puts the main character into situations. This fictitious character is unpredictable and jumpy; he is constantly digging himself deeper into the hole he’s created. He is the sort who manages to find the cloud in every silver lining.”

Chapter titles give you an inkling of what you’re about to enjoy as you follow along on hunting trips with this guy who always finds a way to get himself entangled in one zany episode after another. “When Boxer Shorts Save Your Life”; “The Premonition and the Talking Frog”; “The Stuffed Moose” and “The Campfire Ghost” are among the 25-plus chapters in Mize’s book.

For my readers who are interested in any or all of Mize’s humor books, each of which is illustrated by well-known cartoon artist, the late Cliff Shelby, visit his website You won’t be disappointed.

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Angler’s Perspective – My Battle with Melanoma Continues

My battle with Melanoma continues, and for those that are new to this column, I’ll backtrack. In June of this year, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Class C Melanoma. It all started back in 2021 with a small spot on my upper left ear…a spot that after a limb fell across my ear, opened a dot the size of a BB. Several weeks later, it just would not heal properly. After a routine visit to my dermatologist, we started treating the area with a chemo crème. This treatment worked for a short period, but the spot came back this past March. We treated the spot again with chemo crème, but this time it did not have the same healing effect as before.

I was scheduled to meet with my dermatologist again the first week of May, but the appointment got canceled and they rescheduled me for late June. It was during this eight-week period that it ulcerated and turned into my worst nightmare. After my dermatologist removed the spot and overnighted it to Birmingham, Alabama, for evaluation, the results came back positive for Melanoma.

These are words you never want to hear! Next, surgery was scheduled at LSU Ochsner in Shreveport to take off one inch of my left ear and remove 4 lymph nodes, 2 of which tested positive. I had two PET scans and one brain MRI and up till now, all my scans have been negative for Melanoma anywhere else in my body. Hopefully, that will continue to be the case.

It was at this point that I was advised by my Melanoma team at MD Anderson to undergo immunotherapy treatments with a drug called OPDIVO. This is a drug that boosts your immune system and attacks any cancer cells that might be present anywhere in the body. Well, your first question might be, “I thought you said your scans were negative?” It’s true, they were, but one thing I learned at MD Anderson is how Melanoma can hide in different places in your body and go undetected.

That’s why my monthly immunotherapy treatments will go on for at least one year with scans periodically every three months. I did ask the doctor at MD Anderson how long it would be before they would declare me cancer free. His response was, “It would be at least five years, as long as all your scans are negative.”

The treatments have been a little rough, especially my last two for some reason. My first injection was great with no problems or side effects, but my last two have been another story. About halfway through injection treatments two and three, I’ve had severe pain that starts out at the tailbone, spreads into the hips, and progresses up toward the chest. Not sure why, but everyone responds differently to these treatments. We’re still trying to figure out why I’m having this pain. They’ve had to give me Ativan and Demerol to help subside the pain and make me relax in order to get me through the treatment.

Hopefully soon, we’ll get a better grip on how to take these treatments. My point to this update is to remind you about being diligent when it comes to wearing proper clothing and sunscreen. Don’t take your health for granted! I never thought I would be THAT guy who had to deal with this. Even my fishing buddies who I’m closest with are shocked that I got this because I have been very consistent with sunscreen and wearing long sleeves shirts with built-in sunscreen, wearing the wide-brim hat and long pants…and I still got it.

The best advice I can give you is to see a dermatologist on a regular basis and if you have a suspicious spot anywhere on your body, get it looked at. If you don’t have a dermatologist, FIND ONE! The absolute worst thing you can do is ignore these spots! Catch it early and you might be lucky like me. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
& Tackle Talk Live

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Rural Communities Encouraged to Take Advantage of Rural Development Support for Federal Funding Opportunities

BATON ROUGE— Following a recent meeting with the regional directors of the Governor’s Office of Rural Development, Gov. John Bel Edwards is encouraging rural communities to reach out to the Office for help taking advantage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Justice40 initiative. 

“Louisiana’s rural areas are the lifeblood of our state, and I have tasked my administration with doing everything we can to revitalize these communities,” said Gov. Edwards. “More resources are available for rural communities now than ever before and our Office of Rural Development is here to help local communities access those federal dollars.”

Office of Rural Development Executive Director Noble Ellington and his team are offering hands-on assistance to Louisiana’s rural communities, their local officials, and businesses. The Office of Rural Development wants to help rural communities participate in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Justice40 initiative which requires that 40 percent of the federal BIL funding be spent in impoverished and disadvantaged communities across the United States.

Local projects will be focused on but not limited to the nine pillars of rural development: broadband, clean water, economic development, education, finance, healthcare, infrastructure, workforce development and agriculture.

Contact information for your local regional director and for the Office of Rural Development can be found below and at  

Noble Ellington, Executive Director


Ali Armstrong, Executive Assistant and Communications Director


1. Regional Planning Commission

Parishes: Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines 

Diane Hollis, Regional Director


2. Capital Region Planning Commission

Parishes: Ascension, EBR, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana 

Major Coleman, Regional Director


3. South Central Planning and Development District

Parishes: Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Terrebonne

Michelle Eroche, Regional Director


4. Acadiana Planning Commission 

Parishes: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion

Position Vacant — Contact Office of Rural Development Executive Director Noble Ellington for assistance.

Noble Ellington, Executive Director


5. Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development District

Parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis

Emily Stine, Regional Director


6. Kisatchi Delta Regional Planning and Development District

Parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, Winn

Lindlay Howell, Regional Director


7. Coordinating & Development District

Parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine. Webster 

Carlos Jones, Regional Director


8. North Delta Regional Planning & Development District

Parishes: Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll 

Bubba Chaney, Regional Director


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Notice of Death – December 1, 2022


Rex Wright
June 19, 1955 – November 26, 2022
Service: Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Many


Jared Riley
November 28, 2022
Service: Saturday, December 3 at 1 pm at St. Augustine Catholic Church

Peggy Woodel Sanderson
May 11, 1957 – November 29, 2022
Service: Tuesday, December 6 at 12 pm at Central Baptist Church in Robeline

Lynwood Ray Powell, Sr.
October 4, 1935 – November 28, 2022
Service: Friday, December 2 at 11 am at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home

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While the Grand Marshal of any parade, including the Winnfield Christmas parade, is usually an individual, this year the parade sponsor, Winnfield’s Kiwanis Club, has broken with the usual tradition and honored an organization by naming it as the Grand Marshal of the annual parade. Kiwanis selected as this year’s Grand Marshal the Winn Community Food Pantry, which has been supporting lower income people in Winn Parish with nutritious groceries for almost 40 years.

The WC Food Pantry as it exists today is a community-wide Christian ministry sustained financially by numerous Christian congregations and individuals, as well as local businesses, which gives groceries each month to low-income families in Winn Parish. It was started, however, in 1983 by members of Winnfield’s First Presbyterian church who studied the book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity, by Ronald J. Sider, originally published in 1977 and now in its third revision.

Study of the book revealed startling information about world poverty and the huge disparity between the “haves” and the “have nots,” serious Biblical study highlighting God’s identification with the poor and the “casting down” of the rich, and explanation of the many causes of poverty and food insecurity well beyond personal choice and irresponsibility. The author of the book ultimately challenges Christians to lead by example in helping the poor.

In the course of discussing ways to help alleviate food insecurity for the poor, such as providing food pantries where food is distributed free of charge, someone in the class said, “We can do that,” and our local food pantry was born! Contributions were collected, the health unit was consulted about what to put in the bags to be distributed for nutritional value, and the food pantry opened its doors in November 1983!

Initially, patrons of the food pantry could pick up their bag of groceries every other month. Members of the Presbyterian church bagged the groceries and assisted the patrons. Besides the minister of the church and his wife, church members Tom and Beth Wood were essential volunteers who handled the finances and helped with organization of the ministry.

Mrs. Ruth Beville became involved in management of the ministry after she retired from teaching school. When Mrs. Beville was not able to continue with management of the enterprise, she was succeeded by Mrs. Sara Shell, who by that time was also retired from teaching.

In the meantime, over the years, as word went out about the ministry and more persons became interested in helping, financial contributions came from others besides the Presbyterian congregation, including other local churches, individuals and businesses. The ministry was able to increase distribution to once every four weeks per household from once every two months. Volunteers to assist with packing the groceries, handling the paperwork, and distributing the bags each week began to come from every congregation throughout the parish.

When Mrs. Shell was no longer able to handle the management, the torch was passed to Mrs. Beville’s son Kiah and Mrs. Shell’s daughter Jan Shell Beville, who are to this day the mainstays of the organization. Also very involved in recruitment and coordination of volunteers is Mrs. Jane Purser, a member of the Presbyterian congregation, whose participation in the ministry increased upon her retirement from the school system. From processing financial donations to purchasing and transporting the standard groceries placed in the bags to coordinating volunteers to handling paperwork and recordkeeping, these three persons have kept the ministry running smoothly for many years.

In addition to the Christian congregations which support the Winn Community Food Pantry, the Winn Parish 4H clubs throughout the parish, and other youth organizations sponsored by the schools, have provided phenomenal support for the food pantry by holding canned food drives multiple times throughout the year. For many years now, Jordan Egg Farms has donated many dozens of eggs to the food pantry each week.

Any resident of Winn Parish whose income is below the federal poverty guidelines is eligible to receive help from the Winn Community Food Pantry. The food pantry is open to distribute groceries every Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30, except when a major holiday falls on Thursday. In those weeks, groceries are distributed during the same hours on the preceding Tuesday. Each session of the food pantry distribution begins with prayers of thanks and petitions to the Lord. During the nearly year and a half of lockdowns and restrictions on public gatherings in 2020 and 2021, the Lord kept the donations rolling in and the groceries going out.

The food pantry is supported solely by private donations by local individuals, church congregations, and businesses in our area. It does not seek help from outside sources.

In recent months, donations have slowed a bit, but the food pantry managers, coordinators and volunteers have been able to continue distributing food mostly the same as in the past. Of course, donations of money and groceries are always needed and thoroughly appreciated.

The Kiwanis Club of Winnfield is overjoyed to honor as Grand Marshal of this year’s Christmas Parade the generous group of people who manage, coordinate, volunteer and assist, and donate to the wonderful Christian ministry that is our own Winn Community Food Pantry.

Everyone in the community is invited to the Annual Christmas Parade Reception hosted by the City of Winnfield honoring the Winn Community Food Pantry as Grand Marshal, on Friday, December 2 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Winn Parish Library, 200 N. St. John Street, Winnfield, LA.

The Winnfield Christmas Parade will roll down Main Street on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 pm with a wonderful fireworks display to follow. The theme for this year is “A Louisiana Christmas.”

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WYBL 2023 Youth Basketball Registration Open Now

Dear parents
We are now registering boys & girls for youth basketball through December 17th. You have this opportunity to sign your child up for an exciting season of basketball with the City of Winnfield Recreation Dept.

You can either drop this form by the recreation dept. office or mail to:
City of Winnfield Rec. Dept, PO Box 509, Winnfield, LA 71483*

Download the registration form here: 

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Goldonna: November 30, 2022

The Goldonna community was very saddened by the loss of Mr. Bud Garner, father of School Board Member, Eugene Garner. He was a supporter of the community for many years and he will be dearly missed by everyone. Please continue to keep his family in your prayers.

The Native American Santa made a joyous visit to the community this past weekend. He was inundated with grateful children who enjoyed taking photos with him, talking with him and of course left with a Christmas present. Even though it was a rainy landing for Santa’s Sleigh it was a great turnout.

Goldonna Elementary Junior High Students returned from Thanksgiving break and hit the ground running with lots to accomplish before Christmas Break. The students will be attending the NSU Christmas Gala on December 1st. There is a new club called “the Good News Club” that will be forming soon. They are still collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Louisiana Food Bank and they are welcoming all donations for that endeavor.

The school will also be presenting a Christmas Program on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00pm. Parent Teacher Conference will be held on Tuesday, December 20th from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.

Mrs. Aly Erikson, ELA Specialist at the Natchitoches Parish School Board, presented a model WIN lesson at Goldonna Elementary on Nov. 29. In the lesson, Mrs. Erikson taught a wonderful group of young students how to break down words by using individual letter sounds. The students eagerly participated in the lesson and had a great time learning!

Pictured with Mrs. Aly Erikson: James, CJ, Natalie, Declan, and Lilley.

The Village of Goldonna is a little over a week away from the big Christmas event! The community has been working hard organizing the festival to make it one of the biggest yet. It is not too late to get involved.

Goldonna Christmas in the Park Committee is still seeking donations and volunteers for the Festival that will take place on Friday, December 9th. Pictures with Santa will take place at 4:00pm until 5:30pm. The parade will begin at 6:00pm with lineup beginning at the School. The fireworks show will start at 8:00. There will be refreshment served. If you have a business who would like to sponsor please reach out to Mayor Smith or one of the councilmen.

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