Atlanta Baptist Church Invites You to Spring Revival

The Atlanta Baptist Church invites you to their Spring Revival starting Sunday, April 25th – Wednesday, April 28th. Special music featured April 25th from Graceway. Evangelist Brother Daniel Breithaupt will speak each night with worship music by Atlanta Baptist Praise Team. 

Services begin at 6:30 PM. Make plans to attend! Invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors!! Atlanta Baptist Church expects great and mighty things to happen- Souls to be delivered, lives to be changed, bodies to be healed, broken things to be restored, and miracles to take place! 

Come be part of what God is doing!


Winn Parish Early Voting Final Results

Early voting was April 10 – 17 (excluding Sunday, April 11) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Final Winn Parish early voting Results for the April 24, 2021 election:

Total In Person Absentee (Mail)
367 256 111

White Black Other
292 74 1

Male Female
160 207

Democrat Republican Other
144 171 52

On the ballot in Winn Parish:

BESE District 4
Michael Melerine Republican
“Cassie” Williams Democrat

Police Juror District 7
Jesse Delane Cox Republican
“Frank” McLaren No Party


Winn Parish Included in U.S. Forest Service Distribution of 2020 Secure Rural Schools Payments

On April 2, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced the release of over $193 million in 2020 Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments. The money was distributed to 41 states and will be delivered as payments to over 700 eligible counties across the country. Counties rely on SRS payments to provide numerous critical services for their communities such as infrastructure, education, conservation projects, search and rescue missions and wildfire prevention programs. For detailed payment tables by county and state, click here.

SRS is a longstanding revenue share program that assists rural counties and school districts affected by the decline in revenue from timber harvests on federal land.  This most recent round of payments is the last SRS issuance, authorized under the FY 2020 appropriations package in 2019, due to an absence of recent congressional action. Public lands counties rely on programs like SRS and Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) to help maintain their budgets while bearing the responsibility of untaxable federal lands. While these payments represent a fraction of what counties would collect from property taxes and timber receipts, they are critical for local governments to continue providing the essential services their communities rely on.

If Congress fails to reauthorize SRS for FY 2021 and beyond, counties will face dramatic budgetary shortfalls which will have longstanding impacts as our nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn. The last time authorization for SRS lapsed in FY 2016, counties saw an 80% decrease in federal forest payments.

According to the announcement Louisiana received $1,364,393 and Winn Parish received $319,430.60.


Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

City of Winnfield Police Department

Name: Marcus Booker, Jr.
Date: 4-12-2021
Address: Homeless
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Charge: Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamine)

Name: Derrick J. Thompson
Date: 4-18-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Garland Walker
Date: 4-18-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 31
Charge: Disturbing the Peace, Loud Abusive Language


4 More Days Until the Louisiana Forest Festival Kicks Off!

This year’s Louisiana Forest Festival is one festival you do not want to miss! The festival begins at 10 AM on Friday, April 23rd. Friday night is going to be packed full of exciting live entertainment featuring Ashton Sheperd, Spencer Brunson, Jeff Bates and Corbin Pickard. There’s even a meet and greet where for $20, you can meet ALL of the live entertainers. The meet and greet will begin at 5:30 PM and the live entertainment will begin at 6:00 PM. 

The entry fee is $5. Children 18 and under get in free with a paid parent.

Other festival events and attractions are the American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall, a petting zoo, Jurassic Kingdom, art/crafts booths, equipment displays, wood carving, lumberjack competitions, great food and much more.


Writer Glynn Harris Speaks to WSHS Sophomores

By Macy Hemphill, Junior, Winnfield Senior High School

Dr. Cole’s sophomore class was awarded the chance to listen to a prolific writer in the area. Glynn Harris, an avid turkey hunter and accomplished writer, spoke to the class in our very own lecture room on his career and the profession of writing. Mr. Harris is an alumni of Goldonna High School and has been writing on the great outdoors for forty-eight years. He’s a long-time writer of outdoors columns for numerous journals and newspapers around the state and is a long-standing member of the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association, in addition to holding multiple awards.

Harris answered questions from students and gave the advice to follow your dreams and to learn to express yourself clearly to become a good writer. In his experience, to become a better writer is to continue to write to improve. Harris had humble beginnings at the Guardian Journal in Homer, LA and worked his way up to columns in big-time papers in Ruston and Shreveport. He has traveled the country hunting turkeys and traversed the world to fish, landing in places such as Spain and Hawaii to experience the catches there. 

Harris recounted his writing methods to our students; his routine begins on Mondays as he interviews and records his radio programs, and he writes his columns through Tuesdays to be turned in on Wednesdays for papers. The occasional magazine article is written on Thursdays and Fridays, but when that task is absent Harris spends his time fishing.

Harris takes inspiration from his fellow writers and the environment around him. He fields questions from readers and listeners on a range of topics, from the bream fish to songbirds, and his favorite is the hummingbird as of late. Harris also emphasized the importance of writing to high school students. Writing is found in every career, both blue and white collar, and Harris expressed the importance of being able to communicate yourself clearly and cleanly on job applications, and in real life situations for a variety of careers from reports in law enforcement to presentations to supervisors.


Not Sure What You’re Having for Lunch? – Why Not Buy A Kiwanis Scholarship Meal Today?

The annual Kiwanis Scholarship meal will is today at the Winn Farmers Market on Main Street in Winnfield. The menu consists of Boston Butt steak, potato salad, green beans, bread and dessert. The plates are $8 each. It is take out only and pickup is 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Delivery is available for large orders.

This scholarship meal funds the Kiwanis Club’s scholarships for high school seniors in the schools of Winn Parish which includes Atlanta, Calvin, Dodson and Winnfield Senior High School.

We appreciate all the support we get from the community with our projects that help the children of our community.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.


District Attorney Chris Nevils Reports the Following Action was Taken in Eighth Judicial District Court From February 4, 2021 – March 22, 2021

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on February 4, 2021

JOSHUA ALLEN DELAUGHTER: Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle while intoxicated second offense. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on twenty-four months supervised probation, defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse and driver improvement programs.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on February 9, 2021

JOSEPH L. BAKER: Defendant entered guilty plea disturbing the peace by appearing in an intoxicated condition. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

JOSEPH TODD BROWNING: Defendant entered guilty plea expired motor vehicle inspection under three months. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

GEORGE KALEN ORR: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a SCH I controlled dangerous substance. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

BAILEY ANNE HARVEY: Defendant entered guilty plea failure to comply with deer tagging or harvest record commission rules and regulations. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

ALLEN BRADY JONES: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal mischief. Defendant ordered to pay fine.

DWANA LEE LUTHER: Defendant entered guilty plea speeding. 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 February 22, 2021

CHRISTOPHER CORNELL CHRISLON HICKS: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated assault. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

BENJAMIN KENTREL TRIPLETT: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a SCH II controlled dangerous substance. Two years hard labor sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender, monthly supervision fee and fee to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on February 23, 2021

RAVEN D. GOFF: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a SCH II controlled dangerous substance and simple battery. Sentence on possession of a SCH II controlled dangerous substance – imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, Office of Public Defender, monthly supervision fee and fee to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse programs.  Sentence on simple battery – six months sentence deferred, no additional fine or cost. If defendant violates probation, six months will be consecutive.

ANDREW DAVID HEARD: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of marijuana. Sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, probation fee and fee to Office of Public Defender.

PRENTIS MONTRAL SCOTT: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal mischief. Defendant sentenced to serve six months which you have already served, credit for time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on March 9, 2021

DEQUINCY LAMONTREZ MANGUM: 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 perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse and driver improvement programs.

TIMOTHY SCOTT HONEYCUTT: Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle without an inspection certificate. Defendant sentenced to serve thirty days, credit for time served, sentence consecutive.

TYESHINA LARAINE NASH: Defendant entered guilty plea speeding. 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 March 10, 2021

CHRISTOPHER T. HILL: Defendant entered guilty plea reckless operation of a vehicle. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

MICHAEL L. SIMPSON: Defendant pled no contest careless operation of a motor vehicle involving more than one vehicle. Defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation and ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

DUSTIN LEE VINES: Defendant pled no contest careless operation of a motor vehicle. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

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

BRANDON EARL BANTA: Defendant entered guilty plea driving while intoxicated first offense. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on twenty four months supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, probation fee and fee to Office of Public Defender. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse and driver improvement programs.

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

JAY LOYD HENNIGAN: Defendant entered guilty plea improper turn and/or failure to give required signal. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

JAMES ANTHONY WILSON: 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 March 17, 2021

SYLVIA DANELLE HOWARD: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Commission. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender, monthly supervision fee and fee to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

BLANCA PATRICIA MARTINEZ LASYONE: Defendant entered guilty plea simple theft of a firearm. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on March 22, 2021

BERT MARTIZ GIVENS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of SCH IV controlled dangerous substance clonazepam. Execution of five years hard labor Louisiana Department of Public of & Safety and Corrections, defendant placed four years supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, restitution, monthly supervision fee and fee to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Defendant ordered to satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

JUSTIN T. JEWITT: Defendant entered guilty plea illegal possession of stolen firearms. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

XAVION JOE: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of marijuana. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee. Guns and drugs forfeited.

LANDON COLE PHELPS: Defendant entered guilty possession of methamphetamine. Imposition sentence deferred defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, monthly supervision fee and fee to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Defendant ordered to satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

KENNETH RAY BROWN: Defendant entered guilty plea disturbing the peace. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

JOHN L. CRAWFORD: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted illegal possession of firearm by convicted felon. Execution of seven and one half years Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections suspended. Defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, restitution, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.


Notice of Death April 18, 2021

WINN:
None to report

NATCHITOCHES:
Valerie Lynn Otteman Clark
May 08, 1962 – April 15, 2021
Valerie’s wishes were to have a private family Funeral Mass and be buried in the family plot in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Rickey Lane Smith Sr.
October 7, 1968 – April 17, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Thelma Jean Morris
April 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Annie Belle Davis
April 15, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Frederick Hines
April 17, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Mary “Margaret” Gant Barnhill
March 17, 1939 – April 16, 2021
Service: Thursday, April 22 at 10 am at Blanchard St.-Denis Funeral Home, in Natchitoches


Atlanta Baptist Church Invites You to Spring Revival

The Atlanta Baptist Church invites you to their Spring Revival starting Sunday, April 25th – Wednesday, April 28th. Special music featured April 25th from Graceway. Evangelist Brother Daniel Breithaupt will speak each night with worship music by Atlanta Baptist Praise Team. 

Services begin at 6:30 PM. Make plans to attend! Invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors!! Atlanta Baptist Church expects great and mighty things to happen- Souls to be delivered, lives to be changed, bodies to be healed, broken things to be restored, and miracles to take place! 

Come be part of what God is doing!


Winn Parish Early Voting Stats

Early voting is April 10 – 17 (excluding Sunday, April 11) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Winn Parish Early Voting Results through Wednesday, April 15, 2021.

Total In Person Absentee (Mail)
262 161 101

White Black Other
218 43 1

Male Female
114 148

Democrat Republican Other
101 122 39

On the ballot in Winn Parish:

BESE District 4
Michael Melerine Republican
“Cassie” Williams Democrat

Police Juror District 7
Jesse Delane Cox Republican
“Frank” McLaren No Party


Today is the Deadline to Turn in Scholarship Applications for the Rotary Club of Winnfield Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Winnfield (the club) is excited to announce that the club is accepting applications from high school seniors for its two scholarships.

The club is pleased to offer two $1500 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary studies at a university, community college or technical college.

The scholarships are the Lawrence I. White Rotary Scholarship, offered solely to WSHS seniors, and the Thomas H. Harrel Memorial Scholarship, available to seniors parish-wide.

WSHS seniors may use the WSHS-Scholarship Packet to apply for both scholarships. Seniors at Dodson, Calvin and Atlanta High School please use T.H.-Harrell-Scholarship Packet to apply.

The application deadline is April 16, 2021. Applications can be turned into school counselors or submitted via email to rotaryclubwinnla@gmail.com.

For more information, you may contact the Rotary Club of Winnfield President Jodi Taylor at 832-573-5085. 

Download applications and information here – 


Skip the Grocery Store – Buy A Kiwanis Scholarship Meal Monday

The annual Kiwanis Scholarship meal will be held Monday, April 19, 2021, at the Winn Farmers Market on Main Street in Winnfield. The menu will consist of Boston Butt steak, potato salad, green beans, bread and dessert. The plates are $8 each. It is take out only and pickup is 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Delivery is available for large orders.

This scholarship meal funds the Kiwanis Club’s scholarships for high school seniors in the schools of Winn Parish which includes Atlanta, Calvin, Dodson and Winnfield Senior High School.

We appreciate all the support we get from the community with our projects that help the children of our community.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.


Don’t Miss the Louisiana Forest Festival Kickoff Next Weekend

Come join the Louisiana Forest Festival for the Friday NIGHT Kickoff! Friday, April 23, 2021, at 5:30 PM in the parking lot of the Winnfield Civic Center (unless it rains and then it will be inside.)
 
Join the Forest Festival Queens, Scholarship Winners, In-memory and In-honor Logger of the year, and special guests!!!
 
Music in the amphitheater to follow!
 
Make plans to join the festivities! This year’s special kickoff will take place beside the American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall.
 
For more information visit laforestfestival.com