New Regulation on Nighttime Take of Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nutria and Beaver to go Into Effect Aug. 1

Beginning Aug. 1, properly licensed Louisiana and non-resident hunters may take outlaw quadrupeds (feral hogs, coyotes and armadillos), nutria and beaver at night on private property the entire year with the landowner’s permission. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a new regulation (Act 175 of the 2020 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session) in June, which allows for the nighttime take of these animals without a permit.

However, hunters are required to contact that parish’s sheriff office within 24 hours prior of attempted nighttime take. Also, no one who has been convicted of a class three or greater wildlife violation within the previous five years or who is prohibited from legal use of a firearm or participating in hunting activity can participate.

To see the full regulation, go to and refer to page 25 in the 2020-21 hunting regulation pamphlet.

For more information, contact Melissa Collins at

CLTCC Virtual Graduation Ceremony Set for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) will hold a virtual graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30 with Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser delivering the commencement address. The virtual graduation will be broadcast with access on CLTCC’s social media platforms including Facebook.

School officials hoped to be able to hold a traditional in-person graduation ceremony, but in light of ongoing restrictions regarding large gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 school officials made the decision to have a virtual ceremony online.

William Tulak, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, said the school will still include all the traditional elements of the school’s graduation ceremony. “We will still have the traditional commencement remarks, and we will recognize the graduates by calling out graduates’ names,” Tulak said. “The difference is we will be doing it virtually.”

CLTCC has already mailed diplomas to graduates in anticipation of the virtual graduation. In the event students did not receive their diploma via mail, Tulak encouraged graduates to please contact their campus office so arrangements can be made for delivery.

CLTCC would like to thank Chancellor Paul Coreil and Louisiana State University of Alexandria for their assistance in hosting and producing the virtual graduation.

Enrollment for the Fall session is ongoing.  For more information, contact the school at call (800) 278-9855.

Notice of Death July 28, 2020

Marilyn DuBois Pender
February 2, 1957 – July 25, 2020
Service: Wednesday, July 29 at 10 am at French Cemetery

Linda Sue Taylor
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Leonard Besant
November 21, 1954 – July 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Louise Wolfe
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Mary Viola Sarpy
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Emmanuel Steward
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Paul Jones
July 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Kenneth Patrick Martinez
June 3, 1949 – July 28, 2020
Service: Thursday, July 30 at 11 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Gerald Wayne Meshell Jr.
May 7, 1961 – July 19, 2020
Service: Wednesday, July 29 at 1 pm at Zwolle Pentecostal Church

Winn Parish Arrest Report

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office
Name: Eric S. Elliott
Date: 7-17-20
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Nebraska City, NE
Charge: P&P Warrant

Name: Grant A. Duncan
Date: 7-17-20
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Shreveport, LA
Charge: DWI 1st, Modified Exhaust, Careless Operation, LA Resident Must Have LA Drivers License

Name: Chase B. Hoffpauir
Date: 7-18-20
Age: 37
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Alexandria, LA
Charge: Possession of Schedule IV Clonazepam, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia X2

Name: Brandon Earl Banta
Date: 7-18-20
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Dodson, LA
Charge: DWI 1st, Speeding

Name: Michael J. Edward
Date: 7/19/20
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Natchitoches, LA
Charge: No Tail Lights, Possession of CDS II, Possession of CDS I (THC), Possession of CDS IV, Failure to Appear

Name: Richard Alan Jordan
Date: 7-19-20
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Race: 44
Address: Bossier City, LA
Charge: Remaining of Premises, Violation of Protective Order

Name: Mickal  Edwards
Date: 7-20-20
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Coshatta, LA
Charge: Possession of Stolen Things, Possession of Firearm by a Felon

Name: Neilton Gold
Date: 7-20-20
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Race: Asian
Address: Winn Correctional Ctr
Charge: Theft, Tampering with Evidence, Leaving Scene of Accident with Death, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Arkansas Charges

Name: Marissa A. Sonnier
Date: 7-23-20
Age: 34
Gender: Female 
Race: White
Address: Simsboro, LA
Charge: Failure to Appear Warrant

Name: Eric Goff
Date: 7-23-20
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: WPD Charges

Name: Jaylen Allen
Date: 7-23-20
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: WPD Charges

Name: Gloria Priest
Date: 7-24-20
Age: 55
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Address: Benton, LA
Charge: Failure to Appear Revocation Hearing

Name: Joshua S. Jordan
Date: 7-24-20
Age: NA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Return from DHH

Name: John F. Washington
Date: 7-24-20
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Atlanta, LA
Charge: Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

Name: Romanta D. Jackson
Date: 7-25-20
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Cibilo, TX
Charge: Failure to Appear x 5, LSP Warrant

Name: Charles Hunter Little
Date: 7-25-20
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Disturbing the Peace, Resisting an Officer

Winnfield Police Department

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Election Qualifying Ends – Winn Parish Ballot for Nov. 3rd Election

Candidates for Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District include:

  1. Candy Christophe (D)
  2. Allen Guillory Sr. (R)
  3. Lance Harris (R)
  4. Matt Hasty (R)
  5. Jesse Lagarde (D)
  6. Martin Lemelle (D)
  7. Luke Letlow (R)
  8. Scotty Robinson (R)
  9. Phillip Snowden (D)

Incumbent Ralph Abraham (R) is not seeking re-election.

Candidates for U.S. Senate include:

  1. Beryl Billiot (NP)
  2. John Paul Bourgeois (NP)
  3. Incumbent Bill Cassidy (R)
  4. Reno Jean Daret III (NP)
  5. Derrick “Champ” Edwards (D)
  6. “Xan” John (Other)
  7. David Drew Knight (D)
  8. M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza (I)
  9. Jamar Montgomery (NP)
  10. Dustin Murphy (R)
  11. Adrian Perkins (D)
  12. Antoine Pierce (D)
  13. Melinda Mary Price (Other)
  14. Aaron C. Sigler (L)
  15. Peter Wenstrup (D)

Candidates for Associate Justice Supreme Court, 4th District include:

  1. Shannon Gremillion (R)
  2. Jay McCallun (R)

Candidates for Public Service Commissioner District 5 include:

  1. Foster Campbell (D)
  2. Shane Smiley (R)
  3. Scotty Waggoner (R)

Candidate for District Judge 8th JDC is:

  1. Anastasia “Staci” Wiley (D)

Candidate for City Judge, City of Winnfield is:

  1. Keith Gates (R)

Candidates for City Marshal, City of Winnfield include:

  1. Jamey Maxwell (NP)
  2. Narvin Powell, Jr. (D)

Candidate for Justice of the Peace Ward 6 is:

  1. Arlene Vines (R)

Candidate for Justice of the Peace Ward 7 is:

  1. W. Bryan Price (R)

Candidates for Justice of the Peace Ward 9 include:

  1. Jan J. Collins (R)
  2. Dianne Garner (R)

Candidates for Justice of the Peace Ward 10 is:

  1. Shirley Tubbs

Candidate for Justice of the Peace Ward 11 is:

  1. Nelda Murphy (R)

Candidate for Justice of the Peace Ward 12 is:

  1. Dewayne Sanders (NP)

Candidates for Constable Ward 6 include:

  1. Mark C. Johns (NP)
  2. Ricky Vines (R)

Candidate for Constable Ward 8 is:

  1. John T. Williams (I)

Candidate for Constable Ward 9 is:

  1. Carolyn Abels (I)

Candidate for Justice of the Peace Ward 10 is:

  1. “Jody” Ownes (R)

Candidates for Constable Ward 11 include:

  1. Brian Scott Jordan (R)
  2. Mitchell Miles (R)
  3. Jeremy Parker (R)

Candidate for Justice of the Peace Ward 12 is:

  1. Lowell Hubbard (R)

Candidate for Mayor of Atlanta is:

  1. Janet Finklea (D)

Candidate for Mayor of Sikes is:

  1. Sheryl McDaniel

Candidate for Chief of Police of Atlanta is:

  1. Gerry Lummus (NP)

Candidate for Alderman Village of Calvin is:

  1. John Canderday, Jr. (R)

Candidates for Alderman Village of Atlanta include:

  1. “Pam” Carey (NP)
  2. Joyce Lebaron (R)

Candidate for Alderman Village of Sikes is:

  1. Angel Smith (R)

Justice of the Peace for Ward 8 and, Constable for Ward 7 had no candidates qualify. 8th JDC District Attorney, Chris Nevils qualified for re-election and will run unopposed. 

Important election dates:

  • The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Oct. 5.
  • The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 13.
  • Early voting is Oct. 20-27 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 25) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • 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).


Right: Barbara Wiley, Staci Wiley (candidate for 8th JDC Judge), Jim Wiley
Right: Amber Leder, Keith Gates (candidate for Winnfield City Judge)

Walmart Will Keep Stores Closed this Thanksgiving

In a press release dated July 21st Walmart announced that it has made the decision to close Walmart stores on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, this year. Our Sam’s Club locations will also be closed again this year on this day.

“We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones,” said Furner. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”

Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Information for store and club hours on Friday, Nov. 27, will be shared at a later date.

“Our best ideas come from our associates, and this year we have decided to close our stores on Thanksgiving Day – November 26.” Furner said the employee who suggested the idea of closing for Thanksgiving was Kevin Carlyle, who works at a store in Round Rock, Texas.

Walmart stores haven’t closed on Thanksgiving since the late 1980s. Christmas is the only day each year most Walmart locations close.

Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate with normal hours, the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Store and club hours for Friday, Nov. 27, which is Black Friday, will be shared at a later date.

Sam’s Club locations traditionally stay closed on the holiday, but most Walmart stores have kicked off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving and have kept doors open.

Notary prep class to begin Aug. 18

A notary public exam prep course will be offered through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education starting Aug. 18.

The online course will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An early bird fee of $430 is available through Aug. 12. After that date, the fee is $450.

In partnership with Louisiana State University-Shreveport, this 52-hour course is an introduction to notary public fundamentals, and the instructor, attorney/notary Robin Jones, has a pass rate higher than the state average. The instructor additionally distributes significant course study guides and materials to assist in your preparation for the exam. This course will be delivered via online video conferencing. The instructor will provide a conferencing link to join the class once enrolled.

Participants must have broadband access, a camera and sound. The test is based on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s newest edition of “The Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice,” which is only available at Those in the class must have this book on the first day of class.

Please visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Website’s Notary and Certifications for qualifications. In order to take the Louisiana State Notary Exam, students must be Louisiana residents and registered to vote in Louisiana. For further information, call (225) 922-0507.

To register for classes, go to

For more information on non-credit programs call (800)376-2422 or (318)357-6355.

Notice of Death July 26, 2020

Louise Wolfe
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Mary Viola Sarpy
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Emmanuel Steward
July 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Paul Jones
July 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Gladys Louise Thomas
April 7, 1928 – July 23, 2020
Service: Monday, July 27 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel in Many

Exclusive Q&A Interview with WPSB Superintendent

The Winn Parish Journal is excited to announce an exclusive interview Q&A with Winn Parish School Board Superintendent, Steve Bartlett.

To clarify any question and address concerns with the plan to re-open schools outlined at the Winn Parish School Board Special Meeting held earlier this week, Mr. Bartlett will answer questions submitted by parents. 

“I will do absolutely anything to help ease parents’ minds during this very uncertain time,” said Bartlett when the WPJ requested the interview.

The exclusive interview will be published in the Friday, July 31st edition of the WPJ. Questions may be submitted to

Due to time constraints the number of questions may be reduced from the number actually submitted. We will do our best to fit as many questions in as possible.

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Winn Parish LDH COVID Weekly Update 7/23/20

According to the Louisiana Department of Health website on July 23, 2020, Winn Parish reported 39 cases of COVID 19 this week, bringing the parish total of people who have tested positive to 347.

The latest Nursing Home Report dated July 22, 2020, reflects Winnfield Nursing & Rehab has three new cases among residents and two new cases among staff in the last week. Autumn Leaves Nursing & Rehab Center reported no new cases among residents and one new case among staff.

FacilityAutumn LeavesWinnfield Nursing & Rehab
Resident Census9982
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
Since Last Report (7-15-20)
Total Residents
Total COVD-19 Deaths
Among Residents
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
Since Last Report (7-15-20)
Total Staff Recovered06

You can view the entire report here.

Winn Parish daily testing numbers for July are included in the table below.

Collection DateTest CountNegative Test Positive Test

You can view the entire report here.

Kimi Luker Tilton with Clear 2 Work Speaks to Rotary Club of Winnfield

Right is Kimi Luker Tilton with Rotary Club of Winnfield President Jodi Taylor

After a two week break amid COVID-19 concerns, the Rotary Club of Winnfield (the club) resumed their weekly meetings on Wednesday, July 22nd.

The club welcomed guest speaker Kimi Luker Tilton with C2W Clear 2 Work. Tilton, a Winnfield local business owner, outlined C2W’s commitment to helping businesses return to work safely and efficiently, focusing on five key components establishing a “Chain of Trust.”

Tilton demonstrated C2W’s cutting edge thermal and facial scanning technology that can be used to perform contact less screening for elevated body temperature.

The Rotary Club of Winnfield meets every Wednesday at Noon for lunch at Lynda’s Country Kitchen. For more information about the Rotary Club of Winnfield, you may contact President, Jodi Taylor (832) 573-5085. You can also find club information on Facebook at Rotary Club of Winnfield Facebook Page or online at

LHSAA Says it Has No Intention of Cancelling Fall Sports

LHSAA Executive Eddie Bonnie released the following letter to parents and athletes amidst rising concerns that the organization was going to cancel fall sports.

As Executive Director for the LHSAA I and my assistant directors have received a number of emails from parents, athletes and concerned citizens asking the LHSAA not to cancel fall sports in 2020. I want to thank all of you for reaching out and conveying your concerns and know those concerns are shared by this office and its entire staff. I want to utilize this release to publicly acknowledge we have received your emails and we are listening. The LHSAA is an education-based association and a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that represents over 20,000 high schools and over 8 million students. It is important as a state, we get our students back into a learning environment in a safe and organized manner. The LHSAA has been and will continue to work diligently collaborating with our member school principals, athletic directors, parish board administrations and coaches to appropriately blend sports into the school setting when deemed safe and reasonable. We will adhere to all standards set forth in recently passed legislature in ACT 9 and those adopted by the Board of Elementary Secondary Education for the safe opening of schools. The LHSAA is committed to conducting fall sports to the direct benefit of your student athletes however, we will not put schools in conflict or in harm’s way. ‘V\T e have no intention of cancelling fall sports unless schools are closed or the pandemic dictates when it is not safe to play. As much as your communications are welcome here they need to also be directed to and heard by our Governor, your legislators, your mayors/parish presidents, your city councilmen and women. Your message is warranted and should also be heard by all of those who feel a need to disregard our state and local governmental agencies safely guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus. Gathering in large groups, not wearing masks, not staying home when symptoms are present, and not talking the appropriate steps to quarantine when symptoms are present will only delay and possibly drastically effect fall sports. In closing, I would like to thank everyone for his or her concern.

Please be assured that the LHSAA and I are doing everything possible to see that fall sports takes place.