District Attorney Chris Nevils Reports the Following Action was Taken in Eighth Judicial District Court From October 6, 2020 – November 12, 2020

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 6, 2020

CHRISTOPHER MONTEZ BRYANT:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

DONNIE WAYNE FOLDEN:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.       Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

 ROBERT MITCHAEL HOLDEN, JR.:  Defendant entered guilty plea speeding.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

DAMICHAEL L. PERRY:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.        Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.         Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

 SHAWN L. SMITH:   Defendant entered guilty plea resisting an officer – refusal to given name or providing false information.  Sentenced to time served.

AHMAD JALEEL WELLS:  Defendant entered guilty plea speeding.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

DUSTIN JAMES ABELS:  Defendant entered no contest plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant ordered to pay fine.

DANIEL LEVI BARNETT:  Defendant tendered guilty plea no drivers license on person.      Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

KENYA BURTON:  Defendant entered guilty plea expired inspection sticker.  Imposition     sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant   ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

 JOSEPH T. DENIS:  Defendant entered guilty plea disturbing the peace.  Defendant ordered to pay fine ad probation fee.

 JUSTIIN LYN DESADIER:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.          Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.         Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

 DEANGELO DEVONTAY DUMARS:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

SHERMAN L. HALL:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

KALEY DEEANN HUGHES:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant ordered to pay fine.

JARMAR DESHUN JACKSON:  Defendant entered guilty plea speeding.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

RANDALL L. McGOWEN:  Defendant entered guilty plea speeding.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

KYLAND D. NASH:  Defendant entered guilty plea disturbing the peace.  Defendant ordered to pay fine. 

JEFFERY TODD PARKER:  Defendant entered guilty plea failure to comply with deer tagging or harvest record commission rules and regulations.  Defendant ordered to pay fine.

ASHLEY D. SMITH:  Defendant entered guilty plea speeding.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

DUSTIIN D. THOMPSON: Defendant entered guilty plea speeding.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

CHRISTOPHER G. WELCH:  Defendant entered guilty plea speeding.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

KASEY LYNN WILLIFORD:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant ordered to pay fine.

JAMES A. WILSON, JR.:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 7, 2020

JESSE LYNN BLACKSTOCK:  Defendant entered guilty plea resisting an officer by flight.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

DUSTIN E. GUILLIAMS:  Defendant entered guilty plea simple criminal damage to property and criminal mischief.  Sentence of the court as follows:  simple criminal damage to property – defendant sentenced to serve six months in the parish jail, imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on one year unsupervised probation.  Criminal mischief – defendant sentenced to serve six months in the parish jail concurrent to count one.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on one year unsupervised probation concurrent to count one.  Defendant ordered to pay fine without court cost.  Defendant ordered to pay restitution.   Court ordered defendant serve the suspended jail time if the matters were not paid in full within the given time frames. 

PATRICK R. HAMPTON:  Defendant entered guilty plea flight from an office.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

JONATHAN WAYNE JOHNSON:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

ALEXIS LYMAN NASH:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant sentenced to six months unsupervised probation.

CHARLES ANDREW PRINE:  Defendant entered guilty plea possession of drug paraphernalia.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

NORMAN D. WYATT:  Defendant entered guilty plea possession of drug paraphernalia.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 12, 2020

TONYA AVANT SANDIFER:  Defendant present for resentencing on charges she was found guilty.  Distribution of SCH II controlled dangerous substance – serve twenty-five years at hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections with credit for all time served to which she is entitled.  Attempted distribution of SCH II controlled dangerous substance methamphetamine – serve fifteen years at hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Correction with credit for time served to which is entitled.  Sentence to be consecutively to sentence rendered on count one. 

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 13, 2020

CHELITA LEE BREWER:  Defendant entered guilty plea possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous substance oxycodone.  Defendant sentenced to prison without hard labor May 29, 2020 to today. 

THOMAS T. BURNETTE III:  Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated flight from an officer where human life is endangered.  Defendant sentenced to imprisonment without hard labor June 11, 2020 to today.

DEVIN M. DAIGLE:  Defendant entered guilty plea introducing contraband into or upon the grounds of any state correctional institution.  Defendant sentenced to one year without hard labor.  Sentence consecutive to any sentence serving at time of arrest. 

ERIC CHRISTOPHER GOFF:  Defendant entered guilty plea possession with intent to distribute counterfeit Schedule I controlled dangerous substance.  Defendant sentenced to time served without hard labor.

JARED H. WOOFTER:  Defendant entered guilty plea introducing contraband into or upon the grounds of any state correctional institution.  Defendant sentenced to serve one year without hard labor.  Sentence consecutive to sentence he was serving at time of his arrest.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 14, 2020

LEONARD JAMES HAMPTON, JR.:  Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor aggravated flight from an officer and reckless operation of a vehicle.  Defendant ordered to pay fine.

JERMONE A. WILSON:  Defendant entered guilty plea theft of $1000.00 or more but less than $5,000.00.  Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years supervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay restitution and monthly supervision fee and complete sixteen hours court approved community service. 

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on November 4, 2020

DEJOE L. KIMBLE:  Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle with improper signal lamps and/or signal devices.  Defendant sentenced to time served.

MICHAEL LEON McKINNEY, JR.:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.   Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

CHARMAYNE N. SCOTT:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee. 

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on November 5, 2020

ROY EVERETT JORDAN, JR.:  Defendant present for sentencing on the charges of simple criminal damage to property under $1000.00, criminal trespass and illegal possession of stolen things less than $1,000.00.  Sentence of the court is as follows:  Simple criminal damage to property under $1,000.00 – one hundred twenty days concurrent from date of arrest, criminal trespass – thirty days concurrent with one hundred twenty days.  Illegal possession of stolen things less than $1,000.00 – thirty days concurrent.

JOSEPH SCOTT LEE:  Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a SCH I controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia – first offense, two counts sale distribution or possession of legend drug without prescription and illegal use possession and/or distribution of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age.  Defendant sentenced to serve ninety days on each charge, run concurrently.

GRANT A. DUNCAN:  Defendant entered guilty plea driving while intoxicated first offense.  Sentence deferred, defendant placed on twenty-four months supervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.  Defendant ordered to satisfactorily complete sixteen hours court approved community service and drug, substance abuse and driver improvement programs.

DANKEAL DEMARKIES HARTS:  Defendant entered guilty plea possession of drug paraphernalia first offense.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

NICHOLAS E. JEWITT:  Defendant entered guilty plea simple battery.  Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee. 

RICHARD ALAN JORDAN:  Defendant entered guilty plea entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden.  Defendant sentenced to time served.

LATOYA M. LEWIS:  Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on November 9, 2020

PHILLIP A. PAGE:  Defendant present for sentencing on the charge of possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous substance methamphetamine that was previously revoked.  Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on November 10, 2020

ROMANTA D. JACKSON:  Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of schedule II controlled dangerous substance methamphetamine.  Defendant sentenced to serve ten years hard labor with State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on November 12, 2020

KEONI J. KNOWLES:  Defendant entered guilty plea theft of $1,000.00 or more but less than $5,000.00.  Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on four years supervised probation with State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.  Defendant ordered to pay fine, restitution fee to Office of Public Defender and probation fee.   Defendant ordered to complete sixteen hours court approved community service.

GARY STEVEN LANG:  Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor theft.  Defendant sentenced to time served.

AM M. McHENRY:  Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor theft.  Defendant sentenced credit for time served.

RONALD EVERETT RIALS, JR.:  Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary.  Defendant sentenced to one year without hard labor with credit for time served since arrest on this charge.

JOHNNY RAY ROWLAN:  Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor theft.  Defendant ordered to pay fine and restitution. 

EMME LEE WISE:  Defendant entered guilty plea attempted monetary instrument abuse.  Defendant sentenced to time she served without hard labor from time she was arrested on this charge til released on bond. 


Gov. Edwards: Louisiana Steps Back to Phase 2 as COVID Cases and Hospitalizations Rise

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Nov. 24 that the aggressive third surge of COVID-19 across all regions of Louisiana has made it necessary to impose tighter mitigation measures and step back to Phase 2 in order to protect public health.

The Governor’s updated Phase 2 proclamation, which is slightly modified from the summer, takes effect on Wednesday, November 25. It calls for reducing occupancy at some businesses, decreasing gathering sizes, limiting indoor consumption at many bars and urges everyone in Louisiana to avoid gatherings with people outside of their everyday households.

Cases are increasing, hospitalizations have climbed back up to more than 1,000, the highest level since August, and to date, the virus has claimed the lives of more than 6,300 Louisianans. According to the latest report by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Louisiana had 474 new cases per 100,000 people last week, which is higher than the national average for states, which is 356 per 100,000 people.

Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since mid-July, will continue. In addition, Gov. Edwards encourages any business that can allow its employees to work remotely to do so. He has directed all state agencies to do the same.

“There is not a single region of our state that is not seeing increases in new cases, hospitalizations and growing positivity of COVID tests, and I am incredibly concerned by Louisiana’s trajectory and our ability to continue to deliver health care to our people if our hospitals are overrun with sick patients,” Gov. Edwards said. “The data clearly tells us that we have lost all of the gains we had made and that our current mitigation efforts must be increased in order to adequately slow the spread. Now is the time to make changes, and stepping back to guidelines that closely resemble our Phase 2 restrictions is a tough but necessary step to take in order to protect the public.

“It is absolutely vital that Louisianans take this third surge of COVID seriously. While there is hopeful news about the development of an effective vaccine, the reality is that we are several months away from being able to widely vaccinate the general population in our state. This virus is with us and we must continue all of the mitigation measures including wearing a mask and social distancing in order to stay safe. All of us working together can slow the spread of COVID and flatten the curve – indeed, we already have twice. We now have more than 1,000 patients in the hospital with COVID, wiping out months of progress and leaving our hospitals in a perilous place.”

MAJOR CHANGES

Gov. Edwards’ updated order will go into effect on Wednesday, November 25 and will run for four weeks. The Governor intends to keep these restrictions in place at least through the end of the year.

Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate remains in place. Major changes to Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions include the below:

All Louisianans are encouraged to avoid gatherings of individuals not part of their households.

All businesses, private and public sectors, are encouraged to use remote work where they can.

All restaurants are limited to 50% of their indoor capacity. Restaurants should move as much dining outdoors as they can. Social distancing is required.

For bars in parishes above 5% positivity, bars are closed to indoor sales and consumption but open for outdoor consumption at tables only and at 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery will still be available.

Retail businesses at 50% capacity, except for essential businesses, as defined by federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Gyms may be open at 50% of their capacity.

Places of worship will remain at a maximum of 75% of their capacity or the number of people who can physically distance with at least six feet between each immediate household. The State Fire Marshal will put out additional COVID mitigation measures to make services safer.

Barber and beauty shops, and nail salons may open at 50% of their capacity.
Movie theaters may open at 50% of their capacity.

Indoor gatherings at event/receptions centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 75 individuals.

Outdoor gatherings at event/reception centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 150 individuals when strict physical distancing is not possible.

All sporting events will be capped at 25% capacity.

Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate is still in place.


My Opinion – If Our Sacred Vote is Lost, America Will Fail

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

Yes, it is that serious. The hallmark of a legitimately functioning democracy in a free society is the honest exercise of the voting franchise by its citizens. Period. If people become convinced that their vote—the most powerful tool they possess to express themselves, their policy preferences, and to participate in our civic life—is not valued and protected, the rule of law will crumble. And when the rule of law is gone what results is chaos, anarchy, and the law of the jungle. Many people in this country already feel powerless and disconnected and if the hope and faith they place in their vote—their voice—is corrupted and destroyed, our nation cannot endure.

That is why what we have and are learning about the presidential election is so deeply disturbing. If even a fraction of the sworn affidavit testimony and other allegations that have surfaced since Election Day are true, this is the largest, most well-organized, and destructive fraud ever perpetrated on the American people. Win at all costs has costs and if this “election” is not challenged, fixed, and reversed we will have irreparably damaged our country. Americans may be disappointed with an outcome but if they feel the contest was conducted freely and fairly, they will accept it. But not if they believe it was rigged and stolen. Election officials are public officials, and they owe an honest accounting to the citizens they serve that their work was done according to law and with proper safeguards.

Perhaps the most upsetting thing is that we don’t know where to turn for justice. We now know most national media is highly partisan and no longer primarily concerned with pursuing objective, verifiable truth. In the past we would have relied on the FBI, but that agency’s leadership and moral authority have been compromised in the eyes of many Americans. The Department of Justice? Do we really have faith the DOJ would put America’s interests—and we the people—first, or is it also irredeemably politicized? Are there any federal agencies left that unquestionably put America’s interest first? Perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court will restore the constitutional order.

Jefferson wrote powerfully in the Declaration of Independence that government derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed” and when government no longer serves its essential purpose in protecting and preserving the freedoms and liberties of our citizens—our unalienable rights—it must be “altered or abolished.” In fact, it is our right and duty to “throw off such government…”

If this apparent theft of a national election is allowed to stand, it may spark the second American revolution. The great Silent Majority in this country, including the 73 million Americans who voted for President Trump, are simply not going to tolerate this. We should continue to pray for our nation and speak out demanding that justice be done—which includes continuing this investigation until every legal vote is counted, correctly and transparently.

The views and opinions expressed in the My Opinion article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Winn Parish Journal. Any content provided by the authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.


Open Positions at the Winn Parish Police Jury

The following positions are currently open at the Winn Parish Police Jury. Applications may be picked up at the Winn Parish Police Jury office.

Job Title: Dump Truck Driver:
Department: Highway Department
Description: Under direct supervision of Road Superintendent, operates trucks and other light equipment used in construction and maintenance; performs a variety of manual tasks in connection with such operations; and performs other duties as required. This is an entry-level job.
Examples of Work: Equipment Operation-Drive or operate such equipment as 5 yard dump, stake, and flatbed trucks, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assists in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintains simple records of equipment operations; may operate less complex equipment as needed; and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, OR six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must Possess CDL license. 

Job Title: Utility Workers
Department: Highway Department
Description: Works under supervision of Road Superintendent. Must have the knowledge of operating a variety of complex and specialized equipment. Must be able to perform work as required and perform any duty as required.
Examples of Work:
Drive or operate equipment such as pot hole patching truck, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assist in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintain simple records of equipment operations and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, or six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must possess CDL license.

Job Title: Custodian
Department: Courthouse and Health Unit Maintenance
Description: Performs all janitorial services including sweeping and waxing floors, vacuuming all carpet, dusting furniture, emptying trash receptacles, moving furniture, baseboards, etc. Tends to lighting in building, and performs over-all cleaning and maintenance of building and grounds. Operates and maintains cleaning supplies and equipment. Experience in plumbing and electrical work is a plus. Must be willing, and have no problem, working with parish trustees. Must be available to be on twenty-four (24) hour call. Works directly under the supervision of the Secretary/Treasurer.


Remember This? Baby Gumm

By Brad Dison

Frank Gumm was the owner of the New Grand theater in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. His wife, Ethel, was a former actress, pianist and singer. Together, they had three daughters, Suzanne, Virginia, and Frances. Being the youngest, the family called Frances “Baby.” With the help of their mother, the three Gumm sisters developed their voices and their ears for music. Before her third birthday, Baby showed an aptitude for singing and dancing. Even at such a young age, Baby was persistent and practiced constantly.

Just before Christmas, 1925, Baby decided that it was time to make her performance debut on amateur night at her father’s theater. If her parents made any attempt to dissuade her, it failed miserably. She was a determined three-year-old. She selected a seasonal song and rehearsed it numerous times in front of the family on the stairs which led to the second floor of their home. On the evening of the performance, Baby wore a white dress donned with sprigs of holly for a seasonal flare. Someone led her onto the stage and showed her where to stand. She waited patiently and calmly behind the curtain. Perhaps she had not yet reached the age when stage freight develops.

The curtains parted and the public got their first glance at Baby. Seeing such a small child alone on such a large stage must have been a curious sight. The crowd probably thought the performance was going to be just another “cute” act at which they were supposed to politely smile and clap. The orchestra gave Baby a chord as a vocal cue. That was all she needed. Baby began singing the song and the orchestra came in right on cue. As she sang “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way,” the audience members’ eyebrows raised and their mouths dropped. Baby sang in perfect pitch, with perfect timing, and did not miss a single syllable of the lyrics. The crowd cheered as the song neared the ending and the orchestra played the last few notes. Baby’s successful debut was over, or so everyone thought.

As soon as the orchestra finished the last note, Baby began singing the song from the beginning again. The shocked conductor played along and led the orchestra through “Jingle Bells” a second time. Again, Baby performed it flawlessly. Just as before, the crowd cheered for Baby, but she was still not through. She started the song over and the orchestra played along again. She performed “Jingle Bells” the third time just as perfectly as her first two performances. Fearing that Baby would begin the song for a fourth time, her father marched out onto the stage, picked Baby up, and carried her backstage. Even over their cheering, the crowd chuckled as they heard Baby yelling from backstage, “I want to sing some more.” However, this was to be her only performance at her father’s New Grand Theater.

Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Lancaster, California, about an hour and a half north of Hollywood. Baby’s parents developed two different singing acts under different names. One act featured Baby’s sisters, while the other act featured her parents. For some unknown reason, Baby was not included in either act.

In 1926, when Baby was four years old, her parents enrolled her in a training program which prepared children for the stage. Baby’s talent and wit quickly drew attention. She tried out and got the feature role of Cupid in a production held in downtown Los Angeles. Vaudevillian performer Gus Edwards watched Baby perform and met her and her two sisters after the show. Their mother mentioned to Gus that Baby’s older sisters performed as a duo. Gus watched eagerly as Baby’s sisters performed a song from their act, followed by another song from Baby. At Gus’s suggestion, Baby and her sisters formed a trio.

The Gumm Sisters performed a wide variety of popular songs and became a popular act. “Gee, we had a lot of fun,” Baby remembered. “I was the smallest, so I was always in the middle with my arms around Suzanne and Virginia. If things seemed to be dull, I used to tickle them in the ribs. Virginia thought it was funny, but Suzanne took things more seriously. I certainly did catch it when we got off the stage.”

Ethel, acting as manager of the Gumm Sisters, drove the trio from California to Chicago to perform at the Oriental theater. “We were to have billing and everything,” Baby reminisced, “and did we get it! We no sooner arrived on the scene than we saw there, in lights on the marquee, a sign reading ‘The Glum Sisters.’” The girls were disheartened. George Jessel, another performer on the same bill, felt sorry for the girls. He suggested they change the name of their act. From then on, the trio performed under a new name. Soon thereafter, the trio dissolved when Suzanne, and then Virginia, married.

Baby, now twelve years old, went on vacation with her parents to Lake Tahoe. While there, she performed in a program at the lodge. A talent scout from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios happened to be at the performance. A few days later, the talent scout called and asked her to audition at the studio, as they were looking for girl singers.

Entering the grand gates of the movie studio would have intimidated most aspiring performers, but Baby remained calm. When she began singing at the audition, everyone within earshot stopped and listened. Baby had a “childish freshness, naturalness and enthusiasm.” More experts entered the room and she sang again. Then another group of experts listened. All of them agreed and suggested that Louis B. Mayer, head manager of MGM, give her an audition. Mayer, usually busy with a myriad of tasks, auditioned her on the spot. Baby sang beautifully and gracefully. Mayer immediately signed her to a film contract.

Baby went on to have a successful career in motion pictures, television, and as a recording artist. She starred as a farm girl from Kansas in one of the most beloved films of all time. You know Frances “Baby” Gumm by her world-famous stage name…Judy Garland.

Source:
1. The Atlanta Constitution, October 6, 1940, p.53.


Letters to Santa Courtesy of Grantadams Dairy Made

One of Winn Parish’s most beloved eateries is offering letters to Santa this year. Children can write a letter to Santa and Grantadams Dairy Made will forward it to Santa for them. Letters can be dropped off or mailed to Grantadams located at 1601 E. Lafayette St, Winnfield, LA. Letters will be collected 11/23/20 – 12/17/20. Please include child’s name and return address.

Santa has assured Grantadams that he will respond to every child that sends a letter!


Notice of Death November 24, 2020

WINN:
Stacy Harold “Pedro” Griffin
June 24, 1967 – November 22, 2020
Service: Wednesday, November 25 at 10 am at Piney Woods Christian Church

Mary F. Bemont
January 07, 1939 – November 22, 2020
Service: Wednesday, November 25 at 2 pm in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home

Aaron Hardwell Jr.
September 4, 1981 – November 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Elder Henry Bush
November 19, 2020
Service: Friday, November 27 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

NATCHITOCHES:
Eric Evans
November 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Ophelia “Tootsie” Dumars
November 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Aquila Maxie
November 22, 1992 – November 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Doris Ann Adams
November 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Ashisa Michelle Moore
July 9, 1977 – November 18, 2020
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Marilyn Kaye Laroux
January 15, 1943 – November 23, 2020
Service: Saturday, November 28 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Troy Clyde Gaddis
April 1, 1933 – November 21, 2020
Service: Wednesday, November 25 at 2 pm at Spring Ridge Baptist Church

RED RIVER:
Dr. James Aubrey Guin
September 02, 1942 – November 22, 2020
Service: Wednesday, November 25 at 2 pm at Ashland Baptist Church


Early Voting Under Way

Early voting will be held at the Winn Parish Registrar of Voters office through Saturday, Nov. 27 from 8:30 am – 6 pm. The office will be closed on Nov. 26-27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The office will reopen on Nov. 28.

Dec. 5th polling places will be open from, 7 am – 8 pm for the Open General/Congressional Election.

Absentee voting by mail is intended for voters who will be out of the parish on Election Day and the week of early voting, or if the person is over 65 years of age, or has a mobility impaired ID card (must provide copy).

The deadline to make a written request for an absentee ballot by mail is Nov. 30 at 4:30 pm. Written request forms can be downloaded at http://www.sos.la.gov under “Elections.” Click on the “Vote” link, then click on “Vote by Mail” on the application to vote by mail.

Your written request must include: Voter’s name, Voter’s Natchitoches Parish address, Voter’s date of birth, Voter’s Social Security number or driver’s license number, reason the ballot is being requested, election dat (Dec. 5, 2020), address to where the ballot is to be mailed, and Voter’s signature.

Ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters Office by mail by 4:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 4. Military and overseas: Ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters Office by mail or by fax before noon on Election Day.

Winn Parish Ballot:

U. S. Representative — 5th Congressional District
Runs in multiple parishes

Lance Harris (REP)
Luke J. Letlow (REP) 

Constable — Justice of the Peace Ward 11

Brian Scott Jordan (REP)
Mitchell Miles (REP)

RSCC Member — 29th Senatorial District, Division A
Runs in multiple parishes
 
Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr. (REP)
Franz Holton Robinson (REP)
 

RSCC Member — 31st Senatorial District, Division C
Runs in multiple parishes

Jack G. McFarland (REP)
“Rick” Nowlin (REP)
 
 
RSCC Member — 35th Senatorial District, Division H
Runs in multiple parishes

 
“Sam” Brimer (REP)
Jimmy Waggoner (REP)
 
 
 
CA NO. 1 (ACT 10, 2nd ES – SB 44) — Allows out-of-state resident to serve on a public postsecondary education board of supervisors
Runs in multiple parishes
 
Present Constitution-provides that the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, and the Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College shall be composed of fifteen members. Two members shall be from each congressional district and the remaining member or members shall be from the state at large, appointed by the governor with consent of the Senate.
 
Present Constitution- provides that the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges shall be composed of fifteen members appointed by the governor, as provided by law. In addition, the board shall have two student members as provided by law. All members selected and appointed by the governor shall be appointed with the consent of the Senate. Of those members selected and appointed by the governor, there shall be two members from each congressional district and the remaining member or members from the state at large. The board should be representative of the state’s population by race and gender to ensure diversity.
 
Proposed Constitutional Amendment provides-that when there is more than one at-large member on the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, or the Community and Technical Colleges, at least one at-large member shall be a resident of the state, and upon recommendation of the board, the governor may appoint persons who reside out-of-state as the remaining at-large member or members.

 
 
 
PW Law Enforcement Dist. — 9.40 Mills Renewal – Sheriff – 10 Yrs.
Shall the Law Enforcement District of the Parish of Winn, State of Louisiana (the “District”), be authorized to continue to levy and collect a tax of nine and forty hundredths (9.40) mills tax (the “Tax”) on all the property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $668,340 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year) for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2021 and ending with the year 2030, with the avails or proceeds of the Tax to be used to continue to fund the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office?


HAZARD MITIGATION FUNDING APPROVED FOR SEVERAL LOUISIANA PARISHES INCLUDING WINN

The first installment in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding has been allocated for Louisiana parishes impacted by Hurricane Laura. Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) are pleased to announce $40 million dollars in HMGP funding will be available for 21 parishes in Round 1 based on FEMA Individual Assistance Program data. Additional rounds of funding will be announced in the near future for these parishes and other parishes that are declared for FEMA Public Assistance. Additional rounds of funding may also incorporate regional projects in coordination with the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (www.watershed.la.gov). The total HMGP funding for Hurricane Laura is estimated to be $130 million.

Funding through the federal HMGP can be used on projects that potentially save lives and reduce property loss. Working with our local partners, the goal is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property by lessening the impact of a disaster. Hazard mitigation is the only phase of emergency management specifically dedicated to breaking the cycle of damage, reconstruction and repeat damage.

“We appreciate FEMA working with GOHSEP to make this initial funding available to help protect the citizens of Louisiana,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “As communities continue the hard work on recovery, this funding can be another helpful part of that process. Examples of typical mitigation activities include elevation, reconstruction or acquisition of flood-prone structures and converting land to green space, localized drainage improvements, safe room construction, wind retrofit of structures, and emergency power for critical facilities. GOHSEP will work with each parish to develop a priority project list for this first installment and the remaining HMGP funding.”

Here is a parish-by-parish breakdown of the funding available for the first allocation:

Calcasieu Parish
$19,722,953
Cameron Parish
$5,675,550

Beauregard Parish
$2,188,261

Rapides Parish
$2,054,418

Vernon Parish
$1,338,771

Jefferson Davis Parish
$1,209,017

Allen Parish
$1,019,848

Grant Parish
$878,709

Ouachita Parish
$853,441

Natchitoches Parish
$580,376

Acadia Parish
$489,345

Sabine Parish
$474,734

Winn Parish
$469,378

Vermilion Parish
$465,460

St. Landry
$435,220

Lincoln Parish
$380,210

Caddo Parish
$378,251

Jackson Parish
$362,293

Union Parish
$355,175

Morehouse Parish
$343,816

La Salle Parish
$324,777

HMGP is authorized by Section 404 of Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. 5170c and is available when authorized under a Presidential major disaster declaration. The amount of funding available to the State is calculated by FEMA based on a percentage of the estimated Federal assistance provided after a disaster as outlined in 44 CFR 206.432(b).

GOHSEP mitigation staff are poised to provide assistance and expertise to communities and eligible entities in project identification, sub application development, programmatic/policy guidance, planning, grants management, monitoring and closeout of activities.

Find more tips on weather and preparedness on GOHSEP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Listen to conversations on all aspects of emergency management by downloading GOHSEP’s The Get A Game Plan Podcast. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App. It is free for basic service. The Get A Game Plan App is another resource available to help you and your family prepare for any type of emergency. You can download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at http://www.getagameplan.org.

 


Winn Parish Arrest Report

WINN PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Name: Justin William Baun
Date: 11-14-2020
Address: Jena, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 21
Charge: Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense
Bond: $5,000 

Name: Thomas Wayne Kennedy
Date: 11-15-2020
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 40
Charge: Trailer Lights, Driving With Suspended License, No Insurance, Prohibited Acts Schedule IV
Bond: Released on Citation

Name: Darin Hemphill
Date: 11-16-2020
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 51
Charge: DWI, Driving with Suspended License, Flight from Officer, Improper Lane Usage, Open Container, Use of Telecommunication 
Bond: $10,000

Name: Louis D. Cockerham, Jr.
Date: 11-17-2020
Address: Jonesville, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 56
Charge: Failure to Appear, Driving Under Suspension
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Jacquez Phillips
Date: 11-17-2020
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black 
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Charge: Possession of Contraband (2 Counts)
Bond: $10,000

Name: Ben Marenco
Date: 11-17-2020
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Charge: Possession of Contraband
Bond: $5,000

Name: Danny Browning
Date: 11-18-2020
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 59
Charge: Bench Warrant – Failure to Appear, Cruelty to Juveniles x 2, Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery x 2
Bond: $150,000

Name: Paige Elizabeth Neatherland
Date: 11-18-2020
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 28
Charge: Failure to Appear
Bond: $2,500

Name: David Jason Weaver
Date: 11-19-2020
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 47
Charge: Theft under $1,000, Failure to Appear
Bond: No Bond on FTA, $5,000 on Theft

Name: Rick Lee Bush
Date: 11-20-2020
Address: Coushatta, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 54
Charge: Failure to Appear
Bond: Cash Bond $2,500

Name: Michael Parker
Date: 11-20-2020
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Charge: Serving Parish Time
Bond: N/A

Winnfield Police Department
Name: Byson O. Luc
Date: 11-16-2020
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 54
Charge: Bench Warrant – Failure to Appear Arraignment 
Bond: $350.00

Name: Austin B. Lawson
Date: 11-18-2020
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Charge: Failure to Appear, Remaining on Places After Forbidden
Bond: None

Name: Terry L. Hayes
Date: 11-19-2020
Address: Homeless
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 59
Charge: Aggravated Burglary
Bond: None Listed


Gabe Firment, District 22 State Representative Legislative Update

I have the coronavirus. By God’s grace my symptoms have been very mild so far and I pray daily that I am spared the worst of this serious illness that has affected so many across our state and nation in 2020. Without question, the virus can be deadly for the elderly and for those with underlying health conditions. I have personally lost friends to the virus, and I have had family members hospitalized for treatment. My heartfelt condolences and sincerest sympathies go out to all those who have tragically suffered loss at the hands of Covid-19.

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, it is worth noting that three of the things we are usually most thankful for this time of year are in peril – our health, families, and freedom. We are seeing significant increases in the number of positive coronavirus cases across the country and here at home, prompting some Democratic governors and mayors to issue new stringent lockdown orders. Some of the emergency orders go so far as forbidding families from gathering for Thanksgiving, mandating mask usage inside private homes, and threatening fines and/or prison for those found in violation of these oppressive dictates.

It is critical that in the midst of dealing with this public health crisis that we do not allow our essential liberties and freedoms to be quashed by the false promises of security offered by authoritarian bureaucrats and overzealous politicians. We must balance public health concerns with our fundamental rights to worship, assemble, and earn a living. In many instances, the leftist politicians issuing these restrictive emergency orders have lost all credibility as they lend their support to violent street protests and dine maskless in swanky restaurants, while banning church services, closing schools, and ordering families not to gather for holiday celebrations.

I am concerned that we may soon see Gov. Edwards issue a renewed emergency proclamation that moves the state back to a more restrictive phase or even to a complete shutdown of the economy. While I appreciate the enormous pressure on the governor to protect the health of Louisiana’s citizens, I would urge him to consider that we are a free people capable of making our own decisions about the health and well-being of our families. As Americans, we are a fiercely independent people with an innate desire for autonomy and self-determination.

400 years ago this month a small band of Puritan settlers, fleeing religious persecution in Europe, landed at Plymouth Rock in search of better lives for themselves and their children. On November 21, 1620 the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, a short but profoundly important document that laid the foundation for our founding fathers to proclaim that governments “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed”, and that “it is the Right of the People to … institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” We must not allow fear of this virus to erode 400 years of freedom and self-reliance started by the brave souls who sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower so many years ago.

In November of 1621, one year after arriving in the New World, the Pilgrims would celebrate the First Thanksgiving in celebration of God’s providence and protection over their lives. I can confidently say that even in the midst of uncertain elections, devastating storms, and a deadly virus, the United States remains the greatest nation on the face of the earth and the defender of freedom across the globe. I pray that a year from now as we prepare to celebrate our 400th Thanksgiving Day, we are still a free and sovereign people who reside in that shining “City Upon a Hill” envisioned by those early Puritan settlers.

I hope that everyone in District 22 and throughout Louisiana can enjoy this Thanksgiving and take time to appreciate God’s blessings even during troubling times. And let us also consider the words from John Winthrop’s famous 1630 sermon as we leave 2020 behind us with hopes for a brighter future for our nation and state: “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.”


Open Positions at the Winn Parish Police Jury

The following positions are currently open at the Winn Parish Police Jury. Applications may be picked up at the Winn Parish Police Jury office.

Job Title: Dump Truck Driver:
Department: Highway Department
Description: Under direct supervision of Road Superintendent, operates trucks and other light equipment used in construction and maintenance; performs a variety of manual tasks in connection with such operations; and performs other duties as required. This is an entry-level job.
Examples of Work: Equipment Operation-Drive or operate such equipment as 5 yard dump, stake, and flatbed trucks, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assists in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintains simple records of equipment operations; may operate less complex equipment as needed; and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, OR six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must Possess CDL license. 

Job Title: Utility Workers
Department: Highway Department
Description: Works under supervision of Road Superintendent. Must have the knowledge of operating a variety of complex and specialized equipment. Must be able to perform work as required and perform any duty as required.
Examples of Work:
Drive or operate equipment such as pot hole patching truck, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assist in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintain simple records of equipment operations and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, or six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must possess CDL license.

Job Title: Custodian
Department: Courthouse and Health Unit Maintenance
Description: Performs all janitorial services including sweeping and waxing floors, vacuuming all carpet, dusting furniture, emptying trash receptacles, moving furniture, baseboards, etc. Tends to lighting in building, and performs over-all cleaning and maintenance of building and grounds. Operates and maintains cleaning supplies and equipment. Experience in plumbing and electrical work is a plus. Must be willing, and have no problem, working with parish trustees. Must be available to be on twenty-four (24) hour call. Works directly under the supervision of the Secretary/Treasurer.


Letters to Santa Courtesy of Grantadams Dairy Made

One of Winn Parish’s most beloved eateries is offering letters to Santa this year. Children can write a letter to Santa and Grantadams Dairy Made will forward it to Santa for them. Letters can be dropped off or mailed to Grantadams located at 1601 E. Lafayette St, Winnfield, LA. Letters will be collected 11/23/20 – 12/17/20. Please include child’s name and return address.

Santa has assured Grantadams that he will respond to every child that sends a letter!