WSHS FFA Fundraiser Underway

The Winnfield FFA Chapter is currently hosting its annual fundraiser. We are selling Southern Heritage meats products for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are offering the same products that this community has grown to love over the last thirty years, for example: cajun and smoked turkey, spiral and pit ham, pan sausage, stuffed chicken and much more!

Every year the Winnfield FFA Chapter sells holiday meat items to help our
chapter afford trips to leadership camp, conventions, and contests. Our chapter prides itself in keeping cost low for students and families, while providing them with experiences that will last a lifetime. Without this yearly fundraiser, none of this would be possible.

To support our fundraiser, you can purchase these products online at or you can buy from an active member in the FFA. If you have any questions or would like to submit your order to us via email, you can contact us at for further information or instructions.

You may pick up your orders after school for Thanksgiving on Nov.18 and for Dec.16 for Christmas. Your orders will be at the WSHS Ag shop for you to pick up, or the member you purchased from can deliver your products to your door.

The Winnfield FFA Chapter has 165 active members and there are over 700,000 members participating in this organization, nationwide, practicing leadership skills and cooperation with others. The FFA is actively making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Thank you for helping our young leaders grow!

Peyton Arthur and Ryan Riley are the Winnfield Senior High School FFA

Edwards Vetoes Two Bills Authored During Second Special Session

John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, Oct. 27 he vetoed two bills authored by republican lawmakers during the second special legislative session of 2020.

The governor said he vetoed HB 4 authored by Rep. Mark Wright (R-Covington) and HB 51 authored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath). 

HB-4 would have given the Louisiana Legislature power to overturn emergency declarations declared by the governor. 

HB-4 is different than the petition signed by 64 republican legislators Friday, Oct. 27 that lawmakers claim overturns Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Edwards’ administration filed a lawsuit Monday, Oct. 26 contesting the legality of the petition. Edwards called the petition “reckless, irresponsible, and unconscionable” during a news conference Friday, Oct. 23. He also questioned the constitutionality of the petition and credited his restrictions for the plateau in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since July. A judge in the state’s 19th Judicial District Court will determine if the petition is constitutional.

HB 51 prohibited the use of private funds for any part of the State of Louisiana’s election system. Edward’s veto letter to Speaker Schexnayder stated, “House Bill 51 is an unnecessary political ploy that only serves to threaten the safety of polling places during a pandemic and increase the costs to taxpayers to administer safe elections.”

Louisiana Remains in Phase 3 Despite Some Misinformation

According to an email received by business owners registered for the updates “despite some misinformation being shared, the Governorʼs public health emergency order REMAINS in effect at this time, and you should continue to adhere to the guidelines associated with it. While there has been a challenge to the Governorʼs order, it is still in place while this is being worked out in the courts. Louisiana remains in Phase 3 and the statewide mask mandate is still in place.”

The current Phase 3 Order expires on November 6, 2020. On, October 22, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards amended the order  for outdoor high school sports by allowing outdoor stadiums in parishes with lower rates of positive COVID tests to move to 50 percent capacity, up from 25 percent. The amended order included Grant and Winn parish. Prior to this change, the capacity for sports stadiums, arenas and athletic events was limited to 25 percent. 

My Opinion – A Tale of Two Americas

By Royal Alexander

This election provides us with a choice as profound as it is clear: do we want America to remain America?

Do we wish to remain a nation that is governed by a constitution and adheres to a rule of law? Should we fight for and cling to the numerous, and rare, individual rights and liberties guaranteed to us; Do we continue to protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion and religious expression; do we really believe in the 2nd Amendment and the individual right to keep and bear arms; do we still believe that our life, liberty and property cannot be denied us without due process of law—while we are presumed innocent.

Should we citizens defer to government, or is government supposed to be responsive to us; do we preserve a limited federal government with specific, enumerated powers that governs only with our consent, or a socialist model of the kind we’ve seen fail throughout history in so many places; do we believe we know best how to run—and are better at running—our lives, as well as our families and our children’s lives than the government is, or do we cede those rights of self-determination to government bureaucrats, social engineers and the ever-encroaching tentacles of the “nanny” state.

Should we pay exorbitantly higher taxes to the federal government—a government that cannot even fully block robocalls—because if we do it will somehow be able to control the warming and cooling of the earth; do we allow abortion on demand, along with the violation of conscience entailed in using the tax dollars of we who are deeply opposed to the barbaric procedure, to pay for them; do we want a vigorous oil and gas industry—even as we continue to move toward renewable energy sources—so that we are not foolishly reliant on oil from hostile foreign governments. 

Do we believe that massive new taxes, regulation and a restricted, managed form of capitalism are necessary to provide our best life and society, or do we wish for a vibrant free-market economy where we may pursue our dreams of small business ownership; do we want the public schools to educate our children, or to indoctrinate them.

Do we want the best, highest-quality health care in the world, or do we turn the critical provision of health care over to government agencies and bureaucrats who are often more concerned with limiting and rationing care than with whether we are healed and cured; do we want to live under a government—as we’ve graphically witnessed this year—that defunds the police and tacitly condones violence, looting and destruction of property, or do we desire a society that is based upon law and order and a democratic process through which to seek lasting social change.  

Do we seek a society filled with free and robust speech, press, petition and peaceful assembly, or the kind of country in which Political Correctness and Groupthink get us shouted down and cowed by threats of one kind or another when we seek to express the truth and our beliefs in relation to it.

We repudiated and defeated communism in the last century.  It’s precursor, Socialism, is also a dark and hopeless ideology.  Today, desperate, freedom-seeking people all over the world continue to perilously strap themselves and their families onto “boats” consisting of broken boards and logs, buoyed by empty plastic milk jugs, risking their lives in the hope of reaching America.  They are fleeing Socialism.  Why would we even conceive of granting it a stronghold here?

Do we desire a country in which elites rule, or one in which any child, of any faith, background or upbringing may grow up to be president, or anything else they dream of, pray and work for?

Do we seek a society based upon “critical race theory” that has as its foundation the belief that every societal flaw stems from American sexism, racism or some other form of prejudice or “systemic bias”; or, one in which were are judged not “by the color of our skin but by the content of our character”? 

Do we want an admittedly imperfect country that never stops seeking to improve itself, or one in which social and cultural change is impossible because the ruling elite—our “government”—has arrogantly assumed it “knows better” than we, the unenlightened, the rubes, deplorables, or  “maggots” as Keith Olbermann said about Trump supporters.

We should pray and vote to have America remain America.

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.

Vote Jan Collins #75 for Justice of the Peace Ward 9

Since moving to Winn Parish in 1986 Jan Collins has served the Winn Parish community in many ways. Jan enjoyed a 13 year career at the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office before joining the Winn Parish Library where she is the Calvin Library Librarian. She has also has been pleased to be a voting poll volunteer for 25 years. 

Jan is married to William Collins of Calvin, LA. and has two sons Lee J. and Dan Taylor. Jan and William Collins are members of Bethlehem Church.

“I would be honored to serve the citizens of Ward 9 as their Justice of the Peace. I believe I have the experience, the wisdom and the knowledge to do the job well. I would appreciate your vote.”

Political Ad – Paid Content

Remember This? A Fake Farce

On the morning of February 20, 2005, Mike Bolesta and his son Christopher visited a Best Buy in Lutherville, Maryland, about twenty minutes north of Baltimore.  They were shopping for a cd player for Christopher’s car.  The carefully considered the pros and cons of each model until they finally decided on just the right one.  The technician assured Mike that the cd player would fit perfectly in Christopher’s dashboard without any alterations.  Mike agreed to pay a $114 installation fee in addition to the cd player once it was installed.  After a while, the technician returned with bad news.  The cd player would not fit but Best Buy had another model which would fit, and it was $67 cheaper.  Mike and Christopher were disappointed, but the technician’s offer to waive the $114 installation fee was too good to pass up.  Mike had the technician install the cd player.  After the technician completed the installation, Mike paid the cashier for the cd player and said he would be glad to pay the installation fee.  The cashier was aware of the technician’s offer and did not charge him for installation.  Mike and Christopher left the store pleased with their purchase.

As the old saying goes, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”  The following day, a representative from Best Buy called Mike and threatened to call the police unless he returns to the store and pays the $114 installation fee.  Mike mentioned that the technician had waived the installation fee because of their inability to install the cd player they had originally chosen.  The Best Buy representative stood his ground.  Mike agreed to come in the following day to settle up.

On the following day, Mike returned to the Best Buy to pay the installation fee.  He handed the cashier $114 in cash.  The cashier noticed that some of the ink on the bills was smeared.  She suspected the bills were counterfeit.  She pointed out the smearing to Mike and said, “I don’t have to take these if I don’t want to.”  Mike replied, “If you don’t, I’m leaving.  I’ve tried to pay my bill twice.  You don’t want these bills, you can sue me.”   The cashier took the money and checked each of them with an anticounterfeit pen.  The ink showed that the bills were real but the cashier was still uncertain.  Other employees became curious and inspected the bills.  “Are these real?” they asked.  “Of course, they are,” Mike contended, “They’re legal tender.”  They too suspected the bills were counterfeit.  One of the employees discreetly called the police.    

Within minutes, police arrived and inspected the bills.  One officer noticed that, in addition to the smearing, the bills ran in sequential order.  One of the officers asked where he got the bills and Mike replied that he got them from his bank.  “You got a problem, call the bank.”  By this time, all of the customers and employees in the area were gawking at Mike.  He later said, “I am 6 feet 5 inches tall, and I felt like 8 inches high.  It was humiliating.”  Like the Best Buy employees, the officers concluded that the money was counterfeit.  One of the officers handcuffed Mike and told him, “We have to do this until we get it straightened out.”  Mike retorted, “I can’t believe you’re doing this.  I’m paying with legal American money.”  The officers were unyielding.

One of the officers transported him to the county police lockup in Cockeysville, about 10 minutes north of the Best Buy.  They walked Mike into a jail cell which had a metal pole attached to the floor and ceiling in the center of the room.  Next to the pole was a single chair.  An officer sat Mike in the chair and uncuffed one hand.  Mike assumed he would remove the handcuffs.  Instead, the officer handcuffed Mike to the pole.  Mike was even more shocked when the officer shackled his legs to the pole.  Mike said, “at this point, I’m a mass murderer.”  Mike sat and waited.

Three hours after being handcuffed and shackled to the pole, United States Secret Service agent Leigh Turner arrived at the jail.  She examined each bill for size, thickness, weight, tested the paper’s ink, and paid close attention to the sequential numbers.  She concluded that the bills were absolutely real, legitimate American currency.  She had the final say in the matter.  In her report, agent Turner noted that “sometimes ink on money can smear.”  Officers released Mike and apologized for the inconvenience.

A few days later, Mike’s son asked him for some money.  Mike pulled his wallet from his back pocket and pulled out a few bills.  Mike’s son suddenly remembered the story of Mike being arrested and decided that he no longer needed the money.  Why were the Best Buy employees and officers confused about Mike’s form of payment?  Why was he arrested?  Mike paid the cashier the $114 cd player installation fee in fifty-seven crisp, real… $2 bills.      

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Notice of Death October 27, 2020

Gary Higgs
September 28, 1941 – October 25, 2020
Service: Wednesday, October 28 at 11 am in the Southern Funeral Home Chapel

Anita “Oma” Biedenbacher
January 12, 1944 – October 26, 2020

Edwin Davidson, Jr.
September 12, 2003 – October 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Marjorie Remo
October 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Nickolas Charles Parrie
September 28, 2001 – October 25, 2020
Service: Thursday, October 29 at 11 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Roy Ricky White
October 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Winn Parish Arrest Report

Name: Justin D. Curry
Date: 10-18-2020
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge: Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Assault-Simple, Resisting Arrest or Officer, Battery on A Police Officer

Name: Malcolm Rodney Barton
Date: 10-19-2020
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge: Failure to Appear Arrest Warrant: Criminal Damage to Property, Arrest Warrant: Theft of A Motor Vehicle

Name: Brandy N. Coleman
Date: 10-20-2020
Age: 36
Gender: Female
Race: White
Charge: Warrant: Theft by Fraud > $1000 

Winnfield Police Department
Name: Kevin McDonald
Date: 10-23-2020
Age: 46
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Female
Race: White
Charge: Battery of Dating Partner, Resisting an Officer, Simple Battery, Second Degree Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Christopher Bryant
Date: 10-24-2020
Age: 43
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge: Open Container, Aggravated Assault, Resisting by Flight, Possession of Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Edward D. Powell
Date: 10-24-2020
Age: 32
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge: Open Container, Aggravated Assault with Firearm
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Hacrares Tyson
Date: 10-25-2020
Age: 40
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge: Dating Battery, FTA x 2
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Brannon Hayes
Date: 10-25-2020
Age: 39
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge: Bench Warrant x 2
Bond: Not Listed

Winn Parish Early Voting Numbers Through 10-24-20

Early Voting for the November 3, 2020 Election as of the Close-Of-Business on Saturday, October 24, 2020. 

Totals In Person Mail In
2136 1838 298

White Black Other
1649 474 13

Democrat Republican Other
815 933 388

Male Female
938 1198

Early voting will run through Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 8 am – 7 pm at the Registrar of Voters Office in the Winn Parish Courthouse. The Courthouse is considered a polling location during early voting and NO electioneering will be permitted within 600 feet of the building.

When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:
  • a driver’s license,
  • a Louisiana Special ID, 
  • LA Wallet digital driver’s license, 
  • a United States military identification card that contains the applicant’s name and picture, or
  • some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.

Voters who have no picture ID may complete and sign a Voter Identification Affidavit in order to vote; however, it is subject to challenge by law.

The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Oct. 30 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through our Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).

The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is Nov. 2 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

Winn Parish Registrar of Voters has taken measures inside the courthouse to ensure that social distancing measures are followed while placing your vote.

Louisiana Prepares for Another Hurricane

With Tropical Storm Zeta approaching the Gulf Coast, Louisiana is preparing for potential impact while still working to repair the damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta.

“We must roll up our sleeves, like we always do, and prepare for a potential impact to Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

It has been a very active hurricane season, and it could be record setting for Louisiana. Zeta is forecast to reach Louisiana at or near hurricane strength Wednesday — and if it does, it will set the record for most named storms in the state in one season.

It would be the fifth, following Cristobal, Laura, Marco, and Delta. Zeta would also bring Louisiana to tie with Florida in 2005 as the most landfalls in any state in one season.
“This storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Gulf Coast by midweek, meaning we have a few days to prepare. As we’ve seen this hurricane season, a tropical threat during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency is challenging, but something we can handle,” Edwards said in a tweet.
Hurricane Laura struck as the strongest storm in Louisiana since 1856 in late August. In Louisiana and Texas, the storm destroyed homes and structures in its path and killed at least 25 people. More than 8,000 Hurricane Laura evacuees were in shelters six weeks later when Delta struck, Edwards said.
Hurricane Delta left a trail of “hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife” across the state, Edwards tweeted at the time. The storm killed at least four people, spawned more than 10 tornado reports from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas, and covered part of Louisiana in more than 17 inches of rain.

Gabe Firment, District 22 State Representative Legislative Update

The Legislature’s petition terminating the public health emergency, endorsed by the House Republican Delegation and signed by a majority of the House of Representatives, was delivered to the Governor around 5:00 p.m. yesterday. This petition is self operative. It terminated the Public Health Emergency. As a procedural formality, the Governor shall issue a proclamation or executive order terminating the public health emergency. The Governor has no discretion in terminating the public health emergency!
My signature on the petition is not an indication that I deny the very real facts that this virus is highly contagious, can be deadly, and should be taken very seriously. However, as free citizens we also understand that life is not without risks, and that relinquishing our God-given Constitutional rights for perceived security can only lead to further restrictions of liberty and eventually despotic totalitarianism.
We have been assured by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry that the House’s actions are lawful and constitutional and he is confident in his opinion. In addition to executing the petition, we also passed legislation that would clear up any conflict with the interpretation of the Legislature’s involvement in the emergency order process and ensures that the next time this type of situation occurs, a bipartisan and collaborative approach will be used to respond. That legislation(HB-4) currently sits on the Governor’s desk for approval.
Please know that I take my job as your state representative very seriously, and I will always make decisions prayerfully with input from those I represent. There is absolutely no doubt that the overwhelming majority of District 22 citizens agree that it is time to move on and reclaim our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Enjoy your constitutional freedoms again! But while doing so please be safe, mindful of others and exercise common sense safety precautions to protect yourself and your family from all public health risks including COVID19. We trust you Louisiana!