Register Now for Rotary Club of Winnfield’s 5K Run/Walk May 15th

Rotary Club of Winnfield is hosting a 5K Run/Walk on May 15, 2021, in downtown Winnfield at the Winn Parish Courthouse.

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and the start gun will sound off at 9:00 AM. 

Early registration is $25.00 per person if you register On or before May 8, 2021. Registration at the event is $30.00 per person. An event t-shirt will be included with the entry fee for those who register early.

Contact Jodi Taylor at 832-573-5085 or jodidawnt@gmail.com to find out about team discounts.

Download Registration Forms below. Completed registration forms may be emailed to Jodi Taylor at jodidawnt@gmail.com or Samantha Kelly at samantha@keithgateslaw.com

You may also drop off your registration form and money at the Gates Law Firm / Winnfield City Court, 200 N. Church Street, Winnfield, Louisiana.

Pick-up Registration forms at one of the following locations:

Gates Law Firm

Envy Salon

Geaux318

Dugdemona Outdoors

Mayor’s office

T&L Vinyl

Lynda’s Country Kitchen

CASA

Sunshine Cleaners

The Rotary Club of Winnfield has served Winn Parish since it was chartered in 1927.  The Rotary motto “Service Above Self” embodies what our club members strive to be, a thoughtful and helpful person in all one’s endeavors. We, as Rotarians, undertake activities to improve the quality of life in our community. Our service projects frequently involve assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life. Just a few of the services we provide and projects we are involved in are:

  • Annual college Scholarships $6,000 (award four $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors)
  • School Uniform Program (provide school uniforms to +/- 70 income challenged students)
  • Annual Rotary Dictionary Project (give a free dictionary to every 3rd-grade student in Winn Parish)
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp sponsorships for 3 High School Students
  • Annual Hot Dog cookout for youth baseball
  • Support efforts to boost local adult literacy program (support and tutor local adult literacy)
  • Support local Dyslexia education programs
  • Members volunteer at Winn Food Pantry


Register Now! Limited Spots Left at Cornerstone Christian Academy

Cornerstone Christian Academy is a private school located on Walker Road in Jonesboro, La that provides quality education along with a solid Biblical foundation in a small Christian atmosphere for students in grades Pre-K 3 – 12th.

The school is approaching its ninth year of helping students achieve academic success while learning basic Christian principles to guide their lives.

CCA uses the ABEKA curriculum for Pre-K 3 – K and ACE curriculum along with the Teaching Textbooks Math curriculum for the other grades. Students also have the opportunity to compete in some sporting events through a private Christian Sports organization called SLICE. There is just something special about CCA that you and your child will love.

For more information, follow Cornerstone Christian Academy on FB or contact by phone at 318-237-1583 or 318-278-3330. 


Strengthening Families Program Open House

The Strengthening Families Program is hosting an open house Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 2 PM – 4 Pm at the Tommy Hamms Memorial Youth Activity Building located at 703 Moss Street in Winnfield.

Bring your family and enjoy popcorn and games & receive information on how you can prevent your children from using alcohol and drugs. 

We are committed to helping keep our youth addiction-free & want to share with parents/caregivers the skills that will change their futures. 

For more information call 318-628-0169.


Angler’s Perspective – Preparing for a Tournament

Wow…where to start? This is a very broad subject and there are a lot of variables. The first thing is “Where’s the tournament?” Let’s start here and work our way through the process. Once I know where I’m headed for my next event, then I start to search for recent tournament results that have taken place and other results that occurred during the same time of the year that I’ll be there. I’ll search the top professional fishing organizations like Major League Fishing (MLF) which has the BFL and Toyota Series results, B.A.S.S. Elite Series and Opens, American Bass Angler or ABA Opens and Top 150 Series results along with anything else I can find from local club tournaments to open events.

Next, I need to try and determine what bait I need and how I’m going to attack the lake, which is mainly determined by the time of year. Is it late winter, early or late spring, early or late summer or is this a fall event? Each of these so-called “times of year” will help you decide what baits you probably need to pack. This is where YouTube videos come in handy as I try to watch and compare how they caught them during the same time of year that I’ll be there. But you can’t always go by this as more often than not, Mother Nature will throw you a curveball with bad weather which changes everything. There are other variables as well, such as is the lake water level on the rise, stable or falling. This has a big influence on where the fish will be set up and will help give you an idea as to how you might catch them.

Next, it’s time to pack and load everything, and I mean everything but the kitchen sink….only because the cabins we stay in already have one of those. Now some guys take the bare minimum while others like me pack heavily. After all, I was a Boy Scout and our motto was, “Always be prepared.” Now depending on, once again “time of year” will determine if you bring clothes for both mild temperature days or the possibility of a major cold front passing through. Also never forget your rain suit as this can be a true lifesaver. It just might be the most important thing you can bring. After this, time to load the truck. Clothes, cooler for cold stuff, computer, snack bag (essential), water, bait tubs (I have three), extra spools of new fishing line in various sizes, dip net, towels and boat cover. I also bring a utility box that has pliers, line conditioner, extra hooks, extra tungsten weights, scissors, extra dipping dye or dye pins which I prefer over bottled dye. And I always have a bottle of one of the greatest inventions of our time….neutralizer that comes in handy when you spill a bottle of dipping dye in your boat. This stuff is amazing at how it will completely breakdown and take out any dye color you spill on your carpet or boat hull.

There’s an old saying when it comes to fishing, “You should have been here yesterday, the fish bit really well!” It never fails that every time I go to a tournament, someone always makes this comment in some form or fashion. That’s why tournament fishing is such a mental game. Just like any other sport, it requires a lot of mental preparation. Some days it seems every decision you make is always the right one and then there are times when you never make the right decision. Which is what tournament bass fishing is all about! Bad decisions allow for doubt to creep into your mental psyche and this can cause an angler to what we call “spin out.” When this happens, you’re pretty much done, and your fishing day is over. Anglers who conquer the “spin out” syndrome, usually do very well on tournament day.

As you can see, there’s a lot to this tournament preparation thing. Sometimes you can over prepare and at other times, you’re never prepared enough and just when you think you have it all figured out; something happens that throws you off your game. Then there are those rare days when it all comes together and believe me, there’s not a better feeling in the world when you know exactly where to go and how you’re going to catch them. So, if you ever get into tournament bass fishing, make sure you’re prepared and do your homework if you want to step into the winner’s circle. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live


Mom’s Last Email

By Reba Phelps

Some of my newly met friends may not have had the pleasure of meeting my mother face to face before she departed this earth and went on to glory. She was a praying woman who was a talented writer, quick witted and very endearing to anyone who met her. If she had been born in another time I am very certain she would have invented the game of Scrabble. She loved words and was even known to use the four letter variety on occasion. Even though she was a preacher’s wife.

She loved Jesus but she would cuss a little.

If you never met my mother you probably may not have known that she was disabled later in life and was an amputee who was bound to a wheelchair. This wheelchair did not keep her from living her life and fulfilling her many missions. Once she gained access to the internet and email, it opened up a whole new world for her. She loved sending encouraging emails, anecdotal spiritual stories, and Bible studies. I also knew when she was sitting at her laptop. My email alerts would start dinging.

Even though I loved her emails, she would get really testy if I didn’t read them as quick as she sent them. I knew I would be quizzed at some point so I tried my best to always reply so she would know I was keeping current. My dad once explained to me that her being able to call, email and browse the internet was the equivalent of her being able to walk. At this point I tried to boost my mother-daughter customer service response times.

Four days before my mother passed away she emailed me for the very last time. I didn’t see it until after she had passed away. There was a reason I did not see it until after her passing. The Lord knew it would be much more powerful after she was no longer here. The title of the email was, “Shirley and Marcy”, and I will share that story below.

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him.

She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.
So she had an idea of how to handle it.

She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, So he probably wouldn’t notice her.

She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew.

She did this for the whole week. As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs,Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally she said to Timmy,

‘Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?
Do you know her?’
Timmy nonchalantly replied, ‘Yeah, I know who she is.’
The little girl said, ‘Well, who is she?’
‘That’s just Shirley Goodnest,’ Timmy replied, ‘and her daughter Marcy.’

‘Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?
‘Well,’ Timmy explained, ‘every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, cuz she worries about me so much.
And in the Psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!’

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.

Some years later I forwarded this email to a dear friend of mine and he told me that this was a message from my mom that was letting me know that she would always be behind me, watching over me along with the Lord. This email has brought me so much comfort every single time that I look at it.

Messages like this make me so grateful that I had a mother who served God with all her heart, soul and her email account. There is not a Mother’s Day that goes by that I don’t think about the legacy of love and serving others that she left behind. There is no doubt in my mind that she is definitely dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.

Happy Mother’s Day, Eva Gail.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23:6


Laurel Heights Baptist Church Bake Sale this Weekend

Laurel Heights Baptist Church will host a bake sale Saturday, May 8th from 10 AM – 1 PM. The sale will take place on the church grounds located at 1001 San Pedro Street, Winnfield, LA.

Proceeds from the bake sale will go to repairs to the church gym that has been damaged by storms and aging. 

Please come out and purchase a delicious baked good and keep this long-standing Winn Parish church alive.


CLTCC Students Earn Record 57 Medals in Louisiana SkillsUSA Championships

In a record-setting performance, 57 Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) students earned medals at the Louisiana SkillsUSA Competition, with 21 Gold, 20 Silver and 16 Bronze medals. The 21 Gold Medal winners will
advance to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships in June. The National Championship is scheduled to take place in Atlanta, GA.

SkillsUSA is a national organization where students, instructors and business and industry partners work together to produce a “highly skilled” American workforce.

“SkillsUSA is an incredible program, and we have seen increased participation from our students every year,” said Chancellor James Sawtelle. “We have grown from a handful of students competing in seven categories in 2019 to 129 students competing in 25 categories this year. To have our students earn 57 medals with 21 advancing to the National SkillsUSA competition is truly remarkable. I’m extremely proud of our students for putting forth the extra effort to further develop their skills and compete to be the best. These results show the positive rewards that can come from hard work and dedication to improving your education and job skills.”

“Regional competition was held in February and March at various CLTCC campuses,” explained CLTCC Director of Student Affairs Meredith Rennier. “Regional winners traditionally compete in the state championships. However, due to COVID-19 health protocols, many of this year’s competitions were held virtually rather than in-person.”

“I am incredibly proud of our CLTCC SkillsUSA students,” said Stephanie Gaspard, student advisor. “With all the adversity they have faced this academic year because of the adjustments we have had to make due to COVID-19, they never lost their focus or dedication and they managed to rise above it all while striving to be the best of the best. It is amazing to see.”

Competition results are as follows:
Architectural Drafting
Gold – Jasmine Washington, Alexandria Campus

Cosmetology
Gold – Tammy Tousaint, Natchitoches Campus
Silver – Emilee Smith, Natchitoches Campus
Bronze – Ariana Jackson, Natchitoches Campus

Customer Service
Gold – Abigail Parham, Alexandria Campus
Silver – Aerionna Lee, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Heather Wesse, Alexandria Campus

Electrical Construction Wiring
Gold – Kory Lear, Alexandria Campus
Silver – John Bercier, Sabine Campus

Extemporaneous Speaking
Gold – Kaye Cummings, Alexandria Campus
Silver – Valencia Standfield, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Heather Wesse, Alexandria Campus

Health Knowledge Bowl
Gold – Ashley Cole, Tyrone Augustine, Uroob Atta, Natasha McNett, Alexandria Campus
Silver – Sabrina Hebert, Daniella Lowry, Kaye Cummings, Brianna Clark, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Kourtnee Parker, Payton Daigrepont, Callie Stroud, Valencia Standfield, Alexandria Campus

HVACR
Silver – Roger Hemion, Alexandria Campus

Job Interview
Gold – Abigail Parham, Alexandria Campus
Silver – Daniella Lowry, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Aerionna Lee, Alexandria Campus

Medical Math
Gold – Natasha McNett, Alexandria Campus
Silver – Kasey Patton, Huey P. Long Campus
Bronze – Antonio Robinson, Alexandria Campus

Medical Terminology
Gold – Cammie Hoover, Ferriday Campus
Silver – Uroob Atta, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Kasey Patton, Huey P. Long Campus

Nursing Assistant
Gold – Sabrina Hebert – Alexandria Campus
Silver – Tyra Liggins, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Karlye Parnell, Alexandria Campus

Practical Nursing
Gold – Callie Stroud, Alexandria Campus
Silver – Ashley Cole, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Payton Daigrepont, Alexandria Campus

Technical Computer Applications
Gold – Evan Jackson, Alexandria Campus

Technical Drafting
Gold – Martha Butts, Alexandria Campus
Silver – Tanner Dauzat, Alexandria Campus

Welding
Gold – Kurt Martin, Ward H. Nash – Avoyelles Campus
Silver – Shedrick James, Alexandria Campus
Bronze – Brady Rome, Lamar Salter Campus

Welding Fabrication
Gold – Jeremy Hunt, Arius Thomas, Nathaniel Ashton, Lamar Salter Campus
Silver – Anthony Oby, Cameron Reviere, Cameron Nicholas, Ward H. Nash – Avoyelles Campus
Bronze – Johnathan Fountain, Terry McGrough Jr, Norman Sepulvado, Sabine Valley Campus

Welding Sculpting
Gold – Shelby Creel, Huey P. Long Campus
Silver – Karlton Davis, Ferriday Campus

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than 20 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for good-paying jobs. CLTCC serves 10 parishes in Central Louisiana through its eight campuses and provides instruction in three state prisons and two federal correctional institutions. For more information, visit http://www.cltcc.edu.


LWFC Approves NOI for Hunting Regulations, Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules for 2021-22

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved notices of intent for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 hunting seasons, 2021-22 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2022 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2021-22 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its May meeting, Thursday (May 6) in Baton Rouge.

In doing so, the commission also approved an amendment added during the NOI process pertaining to the use of natural deer urine in Louisiana.

The full amendment as adopted reads as follows; It is unlawful to import, sell, use or possess scents or lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids, except natural deer urine products by manufacturers or entities that are actively enrolled and participating in either the Responsible Hunting Scent Association (RHSA) or Archery Trade Association Deer Protection Program, and which has been tested using real-time quaking induced conversion (RT-QuIC) and certified that no detectable levels of chronic wasting disease are present and is clearly labeled as such.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, go to  https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/resources/category/commission-action-items.

For more information, contact Tommy Tuma by email at ttuma@wlf.la.gov.


Notice of Death May 6, 2021

WINN:
None to report

NATCHITOCHES:
Anthony Joseph Movan
June 04, 1989 – May 01, 2021
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

Phillip Lloyd Gillis
March 13, 1968 – April 29, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 1-5 pm at the home of Ryan and Bekah French Home, located at 1615 Williams Ave. in Natchitoches

Patricia Gail Hutto O’Daniel
November 14, 1955 – May 02, 2021
Service: Friday, May 7 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ruben Sawyer
September 13, 1959 – May 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Burt Clark
October 05, 1970 – April 26, 2021
Life Celebration Service will go forth at the Sardis Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL Saturday, May 11 at 11 am. On Monday, May 10 the casketed remains will lie in state at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, from 10-11 am. Interment will follow in Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.

Jessie Floyd
April 25, 2021
Graveside services governed by COVID19 regulations will take place Saturday, May 8, 2021, 11:00 a. m. in the Campti Community Cemetery. The family will gather at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Natchitoches at 9:30 to form a procession to the burial site. All Attendees must wear masks.

Mary Lou Safford Begnaud
May 16, 1931 – April 29, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 8 at 1 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Chuck Raymond Foshee, Sr.
February 17, 1943 – April 28, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Harry Graham
April 24, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Deacon Mike Sullivan
January 26, 1962 – May 5, 2021
Private family services will be held for Deacon Mike Sullivan, 59, of Many, LA. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Jerry Thomas Procell of Shreveport, Louisiana
November 27, 1966 – May 1, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 8 at 10 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church

Bertie Maxine Spears Byrd
January 20, 1933 – May 1, 2021
Service: Saturday May 8 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church



Calvin Cougars Baseball Advance to Quarterfinals

The 2021 Calvin Baseball team finished the regular season as District 4-C Co-Champs and a record of 13-3. Calvin received a bye in the first round of the playoffs due to their final state ranking of #4.

In the regional round on Monday, May 3rd, #4 Calvin defeated #13 Kilbourne by a score of 23-4 to advance to the quarterfinals against #5 Downsville.

The Cougars tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Huckaby led the way with 8. The Cougars were led in hitting by shortstop Wayne Curtis Huckaby who went 4-5 and scored four runs on the day. 3rd baseman Joseph Adams and 2nd baseman John Landon Poisso each went 4-4 and scored 4 runs each. Catcher Dylan Kyle was 3-5 and scored 3 runs, while senior pitcher Anthony Adams was 2-2 and scored twice. 

Defensively the Cougars were solid with an amazing play by Joseph Adams flipping the ball at third after a diving catch to Wayne Curtis Huckaby for the out.

Adams led things off on the pitcher’s mound for the Cougars. The fireballer allowed zero hits and four runs over two innings, striking out three.

 The Cougars will play at home Thursday, May 6th at 4 against the Downsville Demons for the chance to advance to the State Tournament in Sulphur next week.

This year’s Calvin Cougar Baseball team consist of:

Anthony Adams #12 Senior
Daniel Conzonere #30 Senior
Luke James #17 Senior
Trentin Musgrove #50 Senior
Joseph Adams #8 Junior
Sidney Anderson #9 Junior
Wayne Curtis Huckaby #5 Junior
Dylan Kyle #20 Junior
Logan Chandler #2 Sophomore
John Bradley Griffin #44 Sophomore
Gavin Musgrove #15 Sophomore
John Landon Poisso #23 Sophomore
Gunnar Yocum #25 Sophomore
Alex Camp #33 Freshman

Stats: Grace Caskey and Emma Claire Canerday
Scoreboard: Halle Roton
Coaches: David Huckaby and Rhett Jones

*Some details collected from Narrative Science and GameChanger Media.


WSHS FFA Competes in State FFA Career Development Events

The Winnfield FFA had several teams compete in the State FFA Career Development Events. The competitions were held virtually due to COVID-19 the first two weeks of March with an online awards ceremony March 19th.

The Poultry Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ abilities to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing.  Event participants must evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, give oral reasons, evaluate quality of eggs and evaluate and identify parts and products.  The team members include Joseph Carrithers, Olivia Busha, Eli Little, and Alyssa Johnson (all Freshmen). These students finished 4th in Area II and in the top 25% at the state level.

The Milk Quality and Products CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ knowledge about the quality production, processing, distribution, promotion and marketing of milk and dairy products. Event participants must be able to identify cheeses, evaluate the properties of milk products, and answer questions about milk production and the marketing of dairy products. Blue (senior) team members include: Macy McFarland, Chloe Whisonant, Jacob Jones, and Olivia Baxley. This team achieved 2nd place in Area II and 6th in State. Gold (junior) team members include: Daisy Guerrero, Gracelyn Chevallier, Maggie Bruce, and Jaci Mixon. This team earned 4th place in Area II.

The Electricity CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ abilities to demonstrate wiring skills, analyze, interpret, and wire electrical scenarios. Event participants are given a written test covering electrical theory and National Electrical Code, and are given a wiring scenario that they assess and produce a schematic, diagram, and wire the scenario. Blue team consisting of Parker Carlino earned 2nd place in Area II and the gold team consisting of Annie Heard earned 3rd place in the area.

The Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive event that tests students skills in horticultural principles, from landscape design to nursery propagation. Event participants are given a written test covering parts of the nursery and landscape industries including basic plant science. In addition to this, students identify shrubs, trees, annuals, and landscaping equipment. Blue team consisting of Peyton Little, Anna Little, Brina Broomfield, and Anna Little earned 1st place in Area II and 4th place in state. Gold team consisting of Mackenzie Green, Alyssa VanBlaricum, Olivia Files, and Ashanna Wyatt earned 3rd place in Area II.

The Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE is a competitive event that develops students’ skills needed for careers in the meat animal industry. Event participants judge carcasses, cuts of meat, identify retail cuts of meat, and take a test covering meat science, food safety, and USDA regulations. Blue team consisting of David Simmons, Connor Johnston, Addison Jacobsen, and Emilee Mixon earned 1st place in Area II and 4th place in state. Gold team consisting of Kadence Blundell earned 4th place in Area II.

FFA is a national organization containing over 700,000 members practicing leadership and preparing for careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. In the Winnfield FFA Chapter alone, we have 150 members. The FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Register Now for Rotary Club of Winnfield’s 5K Run/Walk May 15th

Rotary Club of Winnfield is hosting a 5K Run/Walk on May 15, 2021, in downtown Winnfield at the Winn Parish Courthouse.

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and the starter gun will sound off at 9:00 AM. 

Early registration is $25.00 per person if you register On or before May 8, 2021. Registration at the event is $30.00 per person. An event t-shirt will be included with the entry fee for those who register early.

Contact Jodi Taylor at 832-573-5085 or jodidawnt@gmail.com to find out about team discounts.

Download Registration Forms below. Completed registration forms may be emailed to Jodi Taylor at jodidawnt@gmail.com or Samantha Kelly at samantha@keithgateslaw.com

You may also drop off your registration form and money at the Gates Law Firm / Winnfield City Court, 200 N. Church Street, Winnfield, Louisiana.

Pick-up Registration forms at one of the following locations:

Gates Law Firm

Envy Salon

Geaux318

Dugdemona Outdoors

Mayor’s office

T&L Vinyl

Lynda’s Country Kitchen

CASA

Sunshine Cleaners

The Rotary Club of Winnfield has served Winn Parish since it was chartered in 1927.  The Rotary motto “Service Above Self” embodies what our club members strive to be, a thoughtful and helpful person in all one’s endeavors. We, as Rotarians, undertake activities to improve the quality of life in our community. Our service projects frequently involve assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life. Just a few of the services we provide and projects we are involved in are:

  • Annual college Scholarships $6,000 (award four $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors)
  • School Uniform Program (provide school uniforms to +/- 70 income challenged students)
  • Annual Rotary Dictionary Project (give a free dictionary to every 3rd-grade student in Winn Parish)
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp sponsorships for 3 High School Students
  • Annual Hot Dog cookout for youth baseball
  • Support efforts to boost local adult literacy program (support and tutor local adult literacy)
  • Support local Dyslexia education programs
  • Members volunteer at Winn Food Pantry


Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Landon S. Harden
Date: 4-27-2021
Address: Deridder, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 23
Charge: Driving While Intoxicated-3rd Offense (W/Test), Poss/Alcohol In Motor Vehicle, Driving While Intoxicated- 3rd Offense (W/Test), Ignition Interlock Device Offenses

Name: Jason Melendez Nunez
Date: 4-28-2021
Address: Winn Correctional Center
Race: Hispanic
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Charge: Battery of a Police Officer

Name: Elvin Rodriquez Bareqas
Date: 4-28-2021
Address: Winn Correctional Center
Race: Hispanic
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Charge: Battery of a Police Officer

Name: Moises Delad-Solis
Date: 4-28-2021
Address: Winn Correctional Center
Race: Hispanic
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Charge: Battery of a Police Officer

Name: Damian Lamon Simmons
Date: 4-28-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black 
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Charge: Careless Operation W/O Accident- 1st Offense

Name: Justen Odale Carpenter
Date: 4-29-2021
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Charge: Illegal Carry Firearm w/CDS, Possession of CDS II, Possession of Paraphernalia

Name: Gerisha Ann Williams
Date: 4-29-2021
Address: Natchitoches, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 39
Charge: Theft over $5,000

Name: Amanda Danielle Jacobs
Date: 5-2-2021
Address: Sikes, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 28
Charge: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Simple Criminal Damage to Property

Name: Eric Ray Kirtley
Date: 5-2-2021
Address: Sikes, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Charge: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Report Accident, Hit and Run, Failure/Owner Secure Registration, Violation of Protective Orders


Purchase Your Paper Clover at Tractor Supply Company Now – May 9

Since 2010, Tractor Supply has partnered with 4‑H to help create Opportunity4All and raise more than $14 million through the Paper Clover campaign. The success of these campaigns has impacted over 81,500 youth by providing them with the tools and resources they need to move forward and reach their full potential.

100 percent of funds raised through the bi-annual Paper Clover campaign directly benefits 4‑H youth. 90 percent of donations directly support 4‑H youth in the state where the funds were raised, and the remaining 10 percent supports the overall mission and growth of 4‑H nationally.

Winn Parish 4-H members will be in our local Tractor Supply each afternoon and on Saturday. Please come out, purchase a Clover and support Winn Parish 4-H!