Brookeshire Grocery to Give Employees Six-Weeks of Appreciation Pay for COVID-19 Efforts

On a positive note Brookshire’s is giving all 14,000 of it’s employees bonus pay for their efforts during the COVID-19 response. 

The official statement read:

From Brookshire Grocery Company:

Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) is proud to announce an appreciation pay for all hourly retail and logistics employees in recognition for the tireless dedication and selfless service to their respective communities. Employees will receive a temporary pay increase of $1 per hour effective March 24 – May 1, 2020.

“We cannot thank our employees enough for their determination, commitment and care for our customers. We are trying to do everything we can to give back as a reflection of gratitude for what they are doing every day,” said Trent Brookshire, Chief Operating Officer for Brookshire Grocery Co. “Our incredibly dedicated retail and logistics employees are going above and beyond in meeting our customers’ needs. As an essential business for our communities, we will continue to keep our stores open and keep our operations moving to get products on the shelves.”

This pay increase is following a discretionary bonus given last week that was up to one half week’s pay for all active employees. The company is committed to recognizing and honoring its employees.

Based in Tyler, Texas, BGC is a regional family-owned grocery business that employs almost 14,000 individuals throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The company operates more than 180 stores under the Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, FRESH by Brookshire’s and Spring Market banners, along with three distribution centers and corporate offices.

Winnfield Police to Strictly Enforce Juvenile Curfew Within City Limits

With the entire state of Louisiana under a Stay at Home Order issued by the governor the City of Winnfield Police Department will strictly enforce curfew for juveniles. 

The City of Winnfield Code of Ordinances
Article V.  Curfew for Juveniles
Sec. 14-101 (a) states: any person under the age of 17 may not remain in a public place or on the premises of an establishment between the hours of 11 PM and 6 AM Monday through Sunday.

(b) A custodian may not permit or by insufficient control allow a juvenile under the custodian’s care or custody to violate this section.

(c) A person, firm or corporation operating or in charge of a place of amusement, entertainment, refreshment or other business which caters to or permits the presence of minors in its normal course of operation may not permit any juvenile at or on his or its premises to violate this section.

Sec. 14-104 (a) states: A custodian or other person, other than a juvenile, found in violation shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the city court and shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or sentenced to not more than sixty (60) days in jail or both. For appropriate cases, the court may suspend the fine and the sentence and, as a condition of such suspension order or require the performance of up to sixty (60) hours of community service. As part of or in lieu of any other penalty that may be imposed under this section, a custodian may be required by the court to obtain counseling or to attend classes or programs to improve parenting and child rearing skills.

(b) A juvenile violating this article, his/her custodian(s), or any other member of his/her family may be subject of a complaint under Title VII of the Children’s Code (Families in Need of Services) and subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.


Louie Bernard, Senator-District 31

Louisiana has found itself in the crosshairs of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is unlike anything many of us have seen before. I don’t possess the medical expertise to second guess the measures Governor Edwards has implemented for our state. I believe he has acted responsibly and with the interests of Louisiana in mind.

My heart aches for those whose businesses and livelihoods have been threatened by those policies put in place to rein in the spread of this virus. As a colleague said two weeks ago at the Capitol, “we can either take a tough stance and get this over with, or let it dribble out to its inevitable end.” Three weeks ago, Louisiana had “0” cases of the Coronavirus. One week later, it had 97 cases. This past Sunday, there were 897 cases confirmed. This is an alarming increase and, on a per capita basis, makes it imperative that we take initiatives to flatten the curve.

For those businesses reeling from the ripple effects of this virus, unemployment insurance will play a role. SBA loans will be made available to assist businesses in bridging the gap. Federal stimulus packages are being finalized in Congress that will directly benefit families who qualify. I have no doubt that there will be more such packages in the days to come.

Legislators have refrained from daily instructions on how to best cope with the Coronavirus. This information is more appropriately provided by the Governor’s office, the LA Department of Health, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, and the President’s team of health officials. Detailed instructions can be seen at any time of the day on television, radio, newspapers, and social media. I urge you to stay updated on these directives.

Please be vigilant. Observe social distancing to the greatest degree possible. Help our restaurants by ordering take-out until this danger is past. Someone said, “tough times never last . . tough people do!” I firmly believe that. And I know for certain, “this, too, shall pass.”

If our office can help you in any way, please call 318-357-3116, or my personal cell 318-663-0747.

Autumn Leaves Nursing & Rehab Gets Creative to Facilitate Patients Visiting with Loved Ones

The staff at Autumn Leaves Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Center) are getting creative to make sure that residents still get to visit with family and friends.

On March 12, 2020, the Center announced that in response to concerns related to COVID-19, they would not be accepting visitors to the facility until further notice.

Since the announcement, they have started using IPads and allowing “window visits” to facilitate residents being able to visit with their family and friends. The facility goes as far as taking an IPad to the visitor’s car in the parking lot to allow them to visit with the resident that is still inside the facility. Many family members have also placed plants, garden signs, and garden flags outside the resident’s windows. These items cheer and reassure the residents. Reminding them, they are in their family’s thoughts.

WPJ spoke to Judge and Mrs. Jacque Derr regarding their loved one that is a resident of the Center. “How do we even begin to put into words how difficult this time has been for the residents of Autumn Leaves Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and their families? Our precious loved one is unable to see her family and really does not understand. But we have the peace of mind to know that she is safe. We want to express our appreciation to Teddy Ray Price, Jimmy Dale Zimmerman, Matt Walton and all of the staff for everything they are doing to give peace and comfort to our loved one and to us. We go every day to make sure all is well. Although we cannot see her or talk to her face to face we know Autumn Leaves is doing all that is possible to keep her safe and as happy as possible. The aides come out daily to pick up Meemaw’s ice cream that we bring. The aides always have smiles on their faces and assure us that they are taking care of Meemaw. The nurses are in constant contact with us. We even got to face time Meemaw. This lockdown has been difficult, but at least we know that everyone is trying to do the best they can. We appreciate Autumn Leaves.”

Randall’s Great Fall

By Brad Dison

On August 9, 1975, Randall, Dick Willey, and Dick’s eleven-year-old son Walt, hiked on the rugged Ajax Peak near Ajax Lake on the Montana-Idaho state line. At about 2 p.m., the trio reached an elevation nearing 9,000 feet. Suddenly, Randall slipped on a snowfield and went tumbling down the steep mountain. End over end, he tumbled down the mountain and crashed into rocks which jutted up out of the snow. Randall’s limp body finally came to a rest about 500 feet down the mountain from where he had slipped.

Dick and his son hurried down to Randall, but they had to move slowly as not to fall down the mountain like Randall had. They reached Randall within minutes, and, to their surprise, he was alive and conscious, but severely injured. They were afraid to move Randall too much but had to roll him onto his stomach to keep him from choking on his own blood. Dick told his son to take care of Randall while he went for help.

Seconds felt like hours. Young Walt removed his coat and wrapped it around Randall’s head to slow the bleeding. At first Walt talked to Randall to keep him calm and reassured him that help was on the way. Pretty soon, Randall began talking. He talked and talked until help arrived. Both Randall and Walt knew how important it was for him to remain conscious.

On the way down the mountain to get help, Dick located U.S. Forest Service Ranger Ed Brown. Ed called for an emergency helicopter, and he and Dick hiked back up the mountain to help Walt take care of Randall until the helicopter arrived. Three hours had passed when Dick and Ed reached Randall’s location.

At about 8 p.m., six hours after Randall fell, the helicopter arrived. The helicopter circled and landed about a quarter-of-a-mile away, the closest location for a safe landing. Medics rushed to Randall, loaded him onto a stretcher, returned to the helicopter, and flew him to Missoula Community Hospital.

Doctors examined Randall’s entire body. He had bruises, cuts, and scrapes all over his body, but most of the injuries were to Randall’s head. He had a broken jaw, missing teeth, and multiple skull fractures. A team of three doctors, which consisted of a brain surgeon, a nose and throat surgeon, and a plastic surgeon, performed a 7 ½ hour surgery on Randall, and were pleased with the results. The doctors were initially concerned that his wounds would become infected, but, due to the sterile atmosphere at the high altitude, infection never set it. The doctors reported his condition as stable. Two days after the fall, Randall’s wife, Gwen, told a newspaper reporter that Randall had suffered no brain damage and said, “it’s a miracle he’s alive.” Randall was unable to speak but recognized some friends and relatives, which was a positive sign. Randall’s mother told a newspaper reporter, “We’re so thankful he has progressed out of the critical state, but he has a long way to go.”

Nine days after the accident, Randall finally agreed to see himself in a mirror. Randall later recalled, “I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know it was that bad.” His head had swollen to the size of a watermelon. His face and jaws were sewn and wired together. Two weeks after the accident, Randall’s condition had improved enough for nurses to transfer him from the intensive care unit to a private room. On August 25, doctors released the “weak and nearly faceless” Randall from the hospital. Randall, along with his family and friends, knew there were many rough days ahead, but they all spoke of his positive attitude.

Dick’s family cared for Randall in their home during his recovery. Randall and Dick spent countless hours watching Yosemite Sam cartoons. Randall watched out of the corner of his one good eye. The accident had broken bones in his face and his eyes were out of alignment. One eye was four millimeters lower than the other one. Slowly his strength returned. As his vision improved, Randall and Dick played hours of ping-pong, which improved his eye coordination. Eventually, Randall only saw one ping-pong ball instead of three. Randall told a reporter, “I don’t look exactly like I once did; There’s a metal plate where my forehead formerly was. But I’m lucky to be alive.” He joked that “X-rays of the inside of my head looked like a schematic of a television set.” Self-conscious of his facial disfigurement, Randall grew a beard, and began wearing sunglasses, hats and caps.

Randall returned to work within a year of his accident. While in front of a crowd of hundreds of fans, Randall showed the audience that the accident had not affected his musical abilities. He played seven instruments and sang songs they knew and loved. Near the end of his show, Randall presented Walt with a plaque, and told the crowd how the young man had saved his life. Undeterred by the accident, Randall told of his plan to return to the scene of his accident. “I want to find a couple things. Somewhere up there above Ajax Lake there’s a hat and a pair of sunglasses that belong to yours truly.”

Randall’s career blossomed after his accident. In addition to the two Grammy Awards he had won before the accident, he won six more for songs including “Family Tradition,” “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Born to Boogie,” and “There’s a Tear in My Beer.” Through his long and continuing career, Randall has gone by nicknames including “Bocephus,” and “Rockin’ Randall Hank” but most people know him as Hank Williams Jr.

The Indianapolis Star, August 11, 1975, p.15.
The Missoulian, August 11, 1975, p.1.
The Tennessean, August 12, 1975, p.38.
Great Falls Tribune, August 12, 1975, p.5.
Great Falls Tribune, August 13, 1975, p.11.
The Missoulian, August 13, 1975, p.2.
The Missoulian, August 23, 1975, p.12.
Great Falls Tribune, August 24, 1975, p.6.
The Independent-Record, August 25, 1975, p.9.
The Montana Standard, August 26, 1975, p.1.
Great Falls Tribune, August 26, 1975, p.10.
The Independent-Record, August 26, 1975, p.12.
The Missoulian, November 1, 1975, p.35.
The Missoulian, March 23, 1976, p.2.
The Daily Inter Lake, April 2, 1976, p.7.
The Daily Inter Lake, June 25, 1976, p.16.
The Missoulian, August 7, 1976, p.29.


State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 8 a.m., March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

“This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s ‘stay home’ order aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 due to the anticipation that there may be an increase in open burning occurring across the state as families look for ways to pass the time at home,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “This order will assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers that could result in unnecessary fire service response as well as diminish airborne irritants caused by burning.”

This ban shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law

(R.S. 3:3601 et seq.).

Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

Recreation Sites: Temporarily Closed

The following recreation sites are TEMPORARILY CLOSED:

Calcasieu Ranger District, Evangeline Unit, Rapides Parish:
• Kincaid Lake Group-Use Area
• Kincaid Lake Recreation Area, Campgrounds A & B
• Valentine Lake Recreation Area and Campground
• Loran Campground

Calcasieu Ranger District, Vernon Unit, Vernon Parish:
• Fullerton Group-Use Area
• Fullerton Campground

Caney Ranger District, Claiborne and Webster Parishes:
• Caney Lakes Group-Use Area
• Caney Lakes Recreation Area and Campground

Catahoula Ranger District, Grant Parish:
• Stuart Lake Group-Use Area
• Stuart Lake Recreation Area and Campground

Kisatchie Ranger District, Natchitoches Parish:
• Longleaf Vista Group-Use Area
• Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area and Campground
• Dogwood Campground
• Government Pond Recreation Area

Winn Ranger District, Winn Parish:
• Cloud Crossing Recreation Area and Campground
• Gum Springs Recreation Area and Campground
• Gum Springs Horse Campground

Associated trails and boat launches within these areas WILL REMAIN OPEN. All bathroom facilities within the Forest are CLOSED at this time.

Notice of Death March 24, 2020

Loy Russell Gaar
April 29, 1925 – March 22, 2020
Service: Saturday, March 28 at 11:30 am at New Hope Cemetery

Wilford “Red” Thompson
July 20, 1943 – March 21, 2020
Visitation: Wednesday, March 25 from 5 PM – 8 PM at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, LA
Service: Thursday, March 26 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home chapel
Interment: Cypress Creek Cemetery in Dodson, LA

McKinner Dixon
July 25, 1943 – March 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Jewel Inez Broadway
November 10, 1919 – March 20, 2020

Cordella Tilley
March 27, 1940 – March 21, 2020

Ronald Dean Sanders, Sr.
May 10, 1948 – March 21, 2020
Service: Tuesday, March 24 at 2 pm at United Baptist Church, Campti



Winn Parish – COVID-19 Closures: The List

The following have been either Closed, Delayed, Restricted, Postponed or Cancelled:

April 7 Update
Louisiana Forest
– Postponed tentatively to August 1, 2020
Whitetails Unlimited Banquet – Postponed to date TBD

March 23 Update
Winn Parish School Board – Suspended meals to children after today. Administrative offices closed until further notice.
Winn Parish District Attorney Office  – Restricted – office closed to public. Staff available by phone and email.
Clerk of Court – Restricted no walk in traffic- Office hours reduced to Monday – Friday 8 AM – 12 Noon, will only accept emergency filings.
Judge’s Office – Restricted no walk in traffic- Office hours reduced to Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM – 12 Noon, will be closed Tuesday and Thursday
Tax Assessor’s Office – Restricted no walk in traffic – Office hours reduced to Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM.
Registrar of Voters Office – Restricted no walk in traffic – Office hours are the same Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Police Jury Office – Restricted no walk in traffic – Office hours are the same Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Veteran’s Office – Closed
Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office – Restricted – to gain entrance press the intercom button located at the main street entrance. Normal business hours
Louisiana Workforce Development Office – Restricted no walk in traffic – staff will be serving public via phone and internet.

Geaux 318 Energy & Nutrition – Open Monday and Thursday 7 AM – 4 PM until further notice. Call in and online orders only.
Family Jewel Box – Closed until Stay at Home Order is lifted. Available for calls and can ship anywhere.

March 22 Update
Baked – Closed until Stay at Home Order lifted.

March 21 Update
Tire – Closed on Saturdays and closing at 4 PM on weekdays
Designing Women Flowers and Gifts – Restricted – closed to walk in customers, open for call in and deliveries only.
Geaux 318 Energy and Nutrition – Restricted – Curbside service only. Call in orders.

Original List
April 4, 2020 Louisiana Elections – Postponed to June 20, 2020
No Early Voting at the Courthouse in March!

Winn Parish School – Closed until April 13th
Pre-School Roundup – Postponed to a later date not set yet
CLTCC Huey P. Long Campus – Classed canceled until March 30th (many classes will resume online)

Uncle Earl Hog Dog Trials – Postponed until October
Rotary Club of Winnfield Wednesday Meeting – Canceled until further notice
Louisiana Forest Festival Pageant – Postponed to April 18th
Pilot Club – Canceled until further notice
Kiwanis – All March and April meetings canceled
Lions Club – Virtual Meetings until 1st of May

All Hours Fitness – Closed
Walmart – Restricted hours 7 AM – 8:30 PM
Bank of Winnfield – Lobby closed to walk in traffic – call for appointment with banker for assistance inside the lobby
Scentsational-Scents-by Jennifer – Closed until April 1, 2020 or further notice. Will accept phone orders for family sympathy pieces.

Winn Ranger Station – Restricted (call office for passes or other needs)
Winn Parish 4-H Office  – Closed (all training’s and practices canceled)
City of Winnfield Utility Office – Restricted (payments only through drop-box and online bill pay)
Winn Parish Library (all branches) – All programs and community outreach programs canceled until further notice
City of Winnfield City Hall – Closed to walk in traffic – tax payments accepted through drop box and customers assisted over the phone.
Department of Motor Vehicles – Closed
Winn Parish Clerk of Court – Restricted – limited number of people in office at one time.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services – Office closed to visitors. Customer service provided by phone, email and online.
City of Winnfield Court – Closed
City of Winnfield Clerk of Court – Restricted – Call the Clerk’s office for appointment.
Winn Parish Libraries – Restricted – All services handled curbside. Patrons will not be allowed inside the building. Contact by phone or email to request books and magazines.

First United Methodist Church – Services Canceled for March 22 & 29
First Baptist Church – All services and activities canceled until further notice
First Baptist Church Daycare – Closed until further notice
First United Methodist Church Kid’s World – Closed until further notice
Bethlehem Baptist Church – Closed until further notice (Live broadcast of service Sunday at 11 AM) 
Sanders Chapel United Methodist Church – Services canceled for March 22 & 29
Couley Methodist Church – Services canceled for March 22 & 29
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Services canceled until further notice
Laurel Heights Baptist Church – Sunday service canceled until further notice (Wednesday night service will still be held)
East Winnfield Baptist Church –  Services canceled until further notice

Scentsational-Scents-by Jennifer – Closed until April 1, 2020 or further notice. Will accept phone orders for family sympathy pieces.


To add or change any item to the list, please email the information
to WPJ Email

Winn Parish Officials Press Conference – COVID-19 Update

The Winn Parish Journal provided live coverage of a press conference held today by Winn Parish officials. Among the addressees were:

  • Winn Parish Police Jury President, Josh McAllister
  • Winn Community Center CEO, Deano Thornton
  • Winnfield Mayor, George Moss
  • District 2 Juror Deionne Carpenter
  • District 4 Juror Tammy Griffin
  • Autumn Leaves Assistant Administrator and Winn Parish School
  • Board Member, Matt Walton
  • Winn Parish Medical Center CEO, Kathy Hall.

You can view the press conference using the video embedded, download the official notice or read the notice posted below.