A Message From Winn Parish Registrar of Voters – Last Day of Voter Registration Week

Register to Vote
In Person or By Mail by October 11, 2022
Online at http://www.geauxvote.com by October 18, 2022

Absentee by Mail Ballot
You may request an absentee by mail ballot by filling out a form in the Registrar of Voters office or online at http://www.geauxvote.com

Deadline to request a ballot is November 4, 2022.
(That is the official deadline in current law. However, it is recommended that you request and mail in your ballot as soon as possible to ensure that it is delivered to the Registrar of Voters office by Monday, November 7 at 4:30 pm. You may also hand deliver your ballot to the Registrar of Voters Office.)

Early Voting
You may vote in person at the Registrar of Voters Office
October 25-November 1 from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.
(We will be closed Sunday, October 30.)
Bring a current Driver’s License or Louisiana ID.

Election Day
You may vote at your assigned polling place on
Tuesday, November 8 from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm.
Bring a current Driver’s License or Louisiana ID.

Sample Ballots
Sample ballots will soon be available online at http://www.sos.la.gov They are also posted on the wall outside the Registrar of Voters Office.

Geaux Vote App
The Geaux Vote app is a convenient way to find your polling place, get a sample ballot, and get election results.

Download it today from the app store on your phone.

We are always glad to assist you in any way.
Bryan Kelley, Winn Registrar of Voters
Donald Boyett, Chief Deputy
Winn Registrar of Voters Office
119 West Main St., Room 105
Winnfield, LA 71483
(318) 628-6133


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Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 9-14-22
Name: Michaela Leann Lowe
Address: Goldonna, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 22
Charge: Criminal trespassing

Date: 9-16-22
Name: Bennet Barns
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 59
Charge: Distribution and posesstion of a schdeule 4 (alprazolam/Xanax®)

Date: 9-16-22
Name: Jackie W Ball
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 67
Charge: Distribution

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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Dr. Bill Gaddis Attends Kiwanis District Convention

Dr. Bill Gaddis, Secretary-Treasurer of the Winnfield Kiwanis, attended the 104th Annual Convention of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International in Baton Rouge August 5 – 7, 2022. There are 22 divisions in our district and 113 active clubs. This convention was important because it honored the retirement of Charlie Ford, who served 46 years as the District Secretary, the longest service in the nation. There were many dignitaries from Kiwanis International including the International President Designate Bert West and President Elect Katrina Baranko. The Executive Director of Kiwanis International Stan Soderstrom was also present. The Charlie Ford Medallion debuted at the convention and he received the first one. Monies from purchasing this medallion will go the the District Foundation.

Dr. Gaddis is the Past District Officers Chairman and he was in charge of their meeting and a breakfast. The Governors from Circle K (college) and Key Club (high school) were also present. There was a gift basket raffle to benefit the Foundation and Dr. Gaddis won a basket. He attended 3 workshops including Two for Two on membership, Strengthening club to make it more inviting, and What is your club doing for service projects. The Winnfield club has one of the longest running Terrific Kid programs.

Awards were given for Lawman of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Firefighter of the Year.


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Remembering a True Fishing Legend

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour.

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor.

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent.

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever.

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show &

Tackle Talk Live


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THINGS THAT ARE SPECIAL TO ME

I was listening to a song from songwriter and singer, the late Tom T. Hall. The song, “I Love…” got me to thinking about all the things, people, events, happenings that have garnered a special spot in my storehouse of memories.

In his song he mentions loving things like “little baby ducks, old pickup trucks, slow moving trains, and rain”. In another verse, he loves “little country streams, sleep without dreams, Sunday school in May, and hay”.

His arrangement got me to thinking. I’m a blessed man because there are lots of things I have come to love over the span of my life although I can’t put it to rhyme like Tom T. does.

Things like – having to reach for a light jacket one morning last week before taking a seat on the porch as the sun begins its trek from behind the pines to the east. After weeks of temperatures bumping triple digits, it’s now mid-September and my thermometer that morning read 54 degrees under a robin egg blue sky. Replenishing the sunflower seeds to my bird feeder, I sat, cup of coffee in hand as I watched the birds and squirrels scramble about for breakfast. Hall and I are on the same page; in his song, he likes “birds of the world and squirrels”.

Things like – greeting my wife with a hug and kiss as she rubs sleep from her eyes before she gets dressed for the day. She is especially beautiful to me then.

Things like – standing in reverential awe at the end of the driveway observing the first rays of sun backlit behind a puffy cloud creating a kaleidoscope in the eastern sky; gentle pinks, magenta, soft peach; a moment to stand amazed in His presence.

Things like – being greeted with tail whipping side to side and kisses from Coco, our six months old Chorkie pup as I pick her up and take her outside to take care of “business”.
Things like – walking in the house after church to the aroma of a roast simmering in the slow cooker.
Joints that creak and cause me to wince from pain when I stand have taken from me things I formerly did and can no longer do but have not robbed me of the memories of special days in the woods and on the water.

Things like – keeping an eye on the calendar that reads March and knowing that somewhere out there, an old turkey gobbler is waking up, stretching his warty neck and emitting a gravely, grating sound that only a turkey hen or a turkey hunter can love.

Things like – standing on a hill as dawn breaks listening for that old tom turkey to gobble, revealing his location and when he did, I would sneak to within 100 yards of so of his roost. At the right time, I’d call softly to the gobbler hoping that when he flew down, he’d come check me out. Usually, he went the other way but when things worked out as I hoped and he’d strut into my line of sight, it was a thrill few other outdoors experiences can rival.

Things like – slipping silently into the chill of an October morning to sit on a log in my favorite woods, watching the first squirrel of the season move from a den in an oak to acorns at the end of a leafy branch. Oh how I loved that.

Things like – from a comfortable seat in my box stand in late November, I knew that the doe I was watching that suddenly bolted is likely telling me a mature buck with an eye on her could step out at any moment.

Things like – sitting in the shade of a big oak at the edge of a special pond, keeping an eye on the bobber, watching it shudder and slowly slip beneath the surface. Thankfully, this is an activity that raises a clinched fist in the face of infirmity and advancing age because it’s something I can still do, and I love it.
Things like – picking my guitar with a group of friends each week. Tom T. Hall loves “music when it’s good”. You’d better believe so do I.


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2022 Fall Festival Monday, October 31st

This year’s Fall Festival will be held on Monday, October 31st from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in downtown Winnfield.

This year’s Fall Festival will include:

Costume Contest
Location: Beside the Courthouse on the Pea Patch side Starts at 5:30 PM.
Age Groups: 0-3 yrs, 4-7 yrs, 8-10 yrs, 11-13 yrs, 14-17 yrs, 18 yrs +, & theme groups Pets (one category)

To Pre-Register for the costume contest scan the code on the flyer below.   

Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Drop off location: Police Jury Office (Courthouse)
Drop pumpkins off Thurs, Oct 27 or Friday, Oct 28 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Age Groups: PreK-1st, 2nd-5th, & 6th-8th

Groups or individuals interested in participating in Trunk or Treat, spots will be available along Main Street between the Courthouse & The Social Coffee House. Main Street will be blocked off at 4:30.

Hot Dogs, Chips, & Drinks will be located in front of the Courthouse.

Trunk or Treats will be lined up from the Courthouse to The Social Coffee House.

Awards will be given out for the costume contest and the pumpkin decorating contest.


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Notice of Death – September 22, 2022

WINN:
Nona Raegene (Farley) Davidson
December 23, 1944 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Kinner and Stevens

Carolyn Bramlett
June 20, 1945 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

NATCHITOCHES:
Dr. Archie F. Breazeale, MD
March 26, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 15 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Service Notice Only)

Jessey J. Welch
May 26, 1942 – September 21, 2022
Service: Sunday, September 25 at 1 pm at Good Hope Baptist Cemetery near Anacoco

Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 Church St. in Natchez

SABINE:
Allen Joseph Laroux
November 21, 1937 – September 20, 2022
Service: Tuesday, September 27 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Reverend Robert Ray Bozeman
June 29, 1938 – September 16, 2022
Service: Friday, September 23 at 2 pm at Spring Ridge Baptist Church


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Winn Parish Fair Board Encourages Exhibit Entries for 2022 Fair

Dear Winn Parish Residents:

The Winn Parish Fair, a historical icon, began around 1916. There are exhibits for children and adults to enter such as arts and crafts, produce, canned items, flowers and livestock. Many of you were a part of the Fair as a young person and now your children have that same opportunity to exhibit their projects. This years theme is “Boots, Jeans & Country Dreams”..

In the past few years, we have seen a decline in the number of exhibits. We would like to encourage the residents of Winn Parish to take a more active role in our Winn Parish Fair. Many of you do not realize that you have entries in your pantries, flower beds, craft bins, sewing rooms, and in your recipe boxes just waiting to be judged at different levels. There are no entry fees.

The Fair Catalog is available on our website at http://www.WinnParishFair.com. Entries should be brought to the Winn Parish Exhibit Building on Monday, September 26th from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Fair depends on its volunteer workers as well as its supporters. Over the years, we have seen many accomplishments to upgrade the facilities as well as the mid-ways. All activities have been geared towards “Family Time”. Along with the carnival rides and games, we also have livestock shows, a pet show and the Winn Riding Association will have a rodeo Friday & Saturday night. The Fair is a time for fun, food, and fellowship with your neighbors.

We appreciate all the help our school system has provided over the years. We have some very unique displays represented by all school age groups and each year we look forwarded to seeing what our talented children and teachers display. These children are taught at an early age to improve their self-esteem and become responsible young adults. The 4-H program encourages that. As in the recent past, adjoining parishes have been invited to participate in the fair as well as entering their exhibits and livestock.

There is much work that goes on behind the scenes of the Winn Parish Fair. Our Fair offers a variety of things not seen in most local fairs.

We encourage this community to sign up and show off your skills at the Winn Parish Fair.

Jamey Maxwell
Winn Parish Fair Board, President

We look forward to seeing you at the Winn Parish Fair this year September 26- October 1, 2022.


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Winnfield Primary School 4th Graders Celebrate Constitution Day

Fourth grade students at Winnfield Primary School enjoyed a read aloud by Mrs. Starks and Mr. Whitaker. Students worked their way through an informational text with Mr. Whitaker about the Constitution of the United States. Mrs. Starks read the book titled “We the Kids” by David Catrow. Students then read about the founding fathers who helped draft the U.S. Constitution and how this document has shaped our country and given us pride to fly the American Flag.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.


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Winn Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Business of the Week – 𝗚𝗘𝗔𝗨𝗫 𝟯𝟭𝟴 𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗥𝗚𝗬 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗡𝗨𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

We are located in the heart of down town Winnfield. We offer a wide variety of healthy options Including Loaded teas, Meal Replacement Shakes, Protein iced coffee, fat burner shot & Protein waffles. One of our Customer favorites are our Healthy Loaded Teas! We offer over 200 flavor combos to try from sweet to tart. We also offer kid friendly in all!
 
Here are a couple benefits of our some products!
Loaded tea benefits:
⭐️ healthy sustaining energy
⭐️ 17g protein
⭐️ biotin/collagen
⭐️ 0 sugar, NO aspartame!
⭐️ metabolism, immunity boosting, mental focus & YUMMY!
Meal Replacement Protein Shakes & Waffles:
⭐️200-250 Calories
⭐️24-27 grams of Protein
⭐️4+ grams Fiber
⭐️ low sugar
⭐️ low carb
⭐️ low fat
⭐️ full of vitimans A, B, B6, B12, C, D, E, Calcium, + more!
⭐️FAT- BURNER shots help reduce calorie intake + control hunger to help decrease unwanted body fat! You can have these by themselves, or added to your favorite Shake or Coffee for a little extra creamy kick!
⭐️BEST DEFENSE fights to build up your immune system with a healthy dose of Vitamin C + Zinc. Start fighting back against your seasonal allergies and illnesses by taking Best Defense by itself or have it added to any of our yummy tea!
 
Come see us and let’s help you get your day going better!
 
📍Address:
209 East Main St.
Winnfield, La 71483
 
☎️ Telephone: 318-209-4051
 
⏰ Hours of operation:
MONDAY – FRIDAY | 7:30am-4pm
SATURDAYS – 9am-1pm
SUNDAYS – CLOSED


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LOUISIANA WOMEN LEAD ANNOUNCES FALL TRAINING CURRICULUM

On October 15, Louisiana Women Lead will host our Fall 2022 Training, featuring a curriculum designed to give our trainees all the tools they need to successfully run for office.

Our curriculum includes:

· Know Your Why Panel Discussion: Led by State Representative Julie Emerson, State Representative Rhonda Butler, State Senator Heather Cloud, and BESE District 5 Representative Ashley Ellis

· Public Speaking: Led by Ruth Wisher, Consultant at Wisher Strategies, LLC

· Compliance: Led by Amanda Maloy, Partner at Burland and Maloy, LLC

· Fundraising: Led by Nicole DesOrmeaux, President and Managing Partner of DesOrmeaux Group

· Primary vs. General and Rural vs. Urban Elections: Led by Andrew Bautsch, Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Julia Letlow

· Endorsements and Networking: Led by Carrie Monica, Executive Director for Stand for Children Louisiana

· Grassroots and GOTV: Led by Andree Miller, Vice President of Bold Strategies LLC

· Data and Polling: Led by John Couvillion of JMC Enterprises

· Launch Your Campaign (Social Media): Led by Marie Centanni of Centanni Communications

“We have a full day of informational sessions from some of the most effective professionals in the state giving trainees the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what most deem the mystery of how to run for office and win,” Renee Amar, Executive Director of Louisiana Women Lead. “It’s our hope that these women leave the day of training and feel empowered to utilize the skills they learn in their efforts to get involved in politics.”

While the application period is closed for the Fall 2022 Training, we encourage you to visit our website www.louisianawomenlead.org to stay in the know about all upcoming opportunities.

Renee Amar, Founder and Executive Director, Louisiana Women Lead

Louisiana Women Lead was formed in 2020 to engage more center-right women in politics. Lead’s goal is to increase the number of women elected or appointed to leadership positions in Louisiana by breaking down barriers, create a statewide network for support, and provide tools to women so they have a leg up when running for or being appointed to office. For more information, visit http://www.louisianawomenlead.org.


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A Sneak Peek At Pretty Baked; The Depot!

As seen on their Facebook page, our favorite local bakery and lunch stop, Pretty Baked, will be having its last day at its location on 416 W Court St, Friday, September 23rd! From 5:30 to 9 in the evening, this city’s residents will be treated to a sneak peek of the new menu featured from their up-and-coming location, Pretty Baked; The Depot (opening 2023)!

Nikita Etheridge, owner, and operator, has been kind enough to share her menu ahead of time to spread the word (and flavor) with as much notice as possible! The phone lines will open at 5 for call ahead placement with no limit to orders per person, but please keep in mind there will be no delivery available for this special event, pick up is a must!

For further questions or details, please see Pretty Baked’s business page on Facebook or call 318-413-4479 during their hours of operation (Monday-Thursday, 11-2). So mark your calendars or set the alarm, but leave dinner to Pretty Baked!


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Rotary Club Gets Update on Huey P. Long CLTCC Campus

Winnfield native, Jeff Johnson, Rotarian of the day and speaker of the day, spoke to the Winnfield Rotary Club on September 14, 2022, about our very own campus of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College. Mr. Johnson is the Dean of the Huey P. Long Campus of CLTCC, as well as director of the adult education program for the CLTCC region.

Jeff first addressed the recent reorganization of the Louisiana Technical and Community College System, which is comprised of 12 regional technical and community colleges, one of which is Central Louisiana Technical Community College. The current structure of CLTCC provides access to technical and academic education to students in ten parishes. There are two campuses in Rapides Parish, the main one in downtown Alexandria and an extension on south MacArthur Drive, a Ferriday campus, the Ward H. Nash Avoyelles campus in Cottonport, and the Huey P. Long campus here in Winnfield along with the Rod Brady Extension campus in Jena. Three other campuses in the western-central part of the state which were previously part of CLTCC have been transferred to the umbrella of more westerly-located community technical community colleges.

The Huey P. Long campus offers four credentialed programs: business office administration, practical nursing, welding technology, and forestry technology. CLTCC has been able to purchase two simulators for the forestry program which allows students hands-on training on multiple machines used in the logging industry. The extension campus in Jena also offers four programs including the first three above, and industrial manufacturing instead of forestry technology. Heavy equipment simulators are available for student training in the industrial program. The HPL campus is also working on a licensed practical nursing course for evening students, made possible through a grant from the Rapides Foundation.

CLTCC also provides general education courses, adult basic education, and workforce development training. The Huey P. Long campus has a dual enrollment program in conjunction with Winn, Grant and Jackson Parish schools. The Winn Parish School Board offers a jump start summer camp, which allows a high school student to take a program in certified nursing assistance and welding during the summer. No credit hours are received, but financial aid is available, partially paid by the school board and those who successfully complete a program receive a certificate for their coursework.

Workforce development training and credentialing programs are available through CLTCC, including commercial driver training, emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, and advanced EMT. Training to comply with Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration standards are offered, such as basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, forklift operation, NC3 welding accreditation, and others. CLTCC also provides customized training for business and industry.

Mr. Johnson said that, while tuition has increased quite a bit such that a full semester’s credit can run up to $2000, significant financial aid is available through the federal Pell grant program, the Reboot Louisiana scholarship program, which is $1500 per semester, other scholarships available through the financial aid office, and the Title I workforce development program providing funds for dislocated workers and youth, designed to help people get back in the workforce after being laid off. Other financial aid programs include the M. J. Foster Promise scholarships funded by the state of Louisiana to provide financial assistance for welding and manufacture-related programs for students who have been declined assistance by other programs, as well as low interest student loans.

CLTCC also provides courses to prepare students to take the High School Equivalency Test (HISET) in all ten of the parishes in the CLTCC region (Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn). This is an alternative to the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) which still exists, but is less rigorous than the HISET and thus less desirable for colleges, universities and employers. Students taking the HISET preparation course may also take other CLTCC courses which do not require a high school diploma as a prerequisite at the same time. The HISET prep is funded by federal and state grants, and is therefore free to the students.

Other adult education courses include developmental courses to improve performance on college entrance exams, as well as community education classes such as financial literacy and health literacy. CLTCC also administers tests including the Accuplacer and college entrance, work certification exams and the HISET.

The enthusiasm he brings to his talk about CLTCC and its offerings to the community clearly demonstrate that Jeff Johnson is committed to his work at CLTCC and to the education of our community.
At the conclusion of the talk, the meeting was adjourned with the Rotary motto, “Service above self!”


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Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 9-17-22

Name: Cornellis Kelly

Address: Winnfield, LA

Race: Black 

Sex: Male 

Age: 43

Charge: Theft 

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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