Knocking Cancer Out Benefit for Randy Desadier

Benefit Battle Royal United We Stand/Together We Fight on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Black Lake Crawfish Shack on HWY 9.

As most of you know Randy Desadier, a hard working provider and father of 3 amazing children, recently was faced with great adversity.  A few months ago, America was struck by a COVID-19 pandemic which put a lot of folks out of work, including Randy.

After already experiencing a lack of funds due to limited employment opportunities, Randy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Color Cancer.  After two weeks of treatment, the cancer has started to spread all over his body.

With prayer, love and support from his Family and friends, may GOD walk tall with Randy and his children in their time of need.

In an effort to draw the community to help, we will be selling BBQ plates to raise money to help Randy and his family.

BBQ Plate Lunch

$10.00 per Plate
Leg Quarter, Sausage Link, Baked Beans, Dirty Rice, Bread and a Drink.

  • Deliver Order available for large orders (10 or more)
  • “Split-the-Pot” $2.00 Tick – Drawing on Saturday, September 19, 2020 (Need not be present to win)
  • For Pre-Ordes contact Katie Litton (318)508-1297

Donations Accepted or Questions contact:
David Flack (318)663-1970
Matt Flack (318)652-1532
Robert Watson (318)771-2737

Louisiana to Remain in Phase 2

On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an order that extends Phase Two and the statewide mask mandate, closure of bars to on-site consumption and gathering size limits in Louisiana for another two weeks, until September 11, 2020. Despite progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the state, The White House Coronavirus Task Force still has Louisiana in the red zone for new cases, just as schools and colleges return to campus and Hurricane Laura is set to impact the state. Further, almost half of the state’s parishes have positivity rates in excess of 10 percent. 

The Governor’s current order would have expired today. Edwards signed a new order on Wednesday.

“Louisiana has seen improvement in slowing the spread of COVID-19, and this would not be possible without the hard work of the people of Louisiana who have faithfully followed the mitigation measures, including wearing their masks when in public,” said Gov. Edwards. “While we have seen drops in hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases, we also know that we have more people moving around because of schools and colleges going back to in-person classes, which is one of the reasons we will stay in Phase 2 for another two weeks. The White House Coronavirus Task Force also continues to recommend that Louisiana keep its current mitigation measures in place, as Louisiana remains in the red zone for new cases and many of our parishes continue to have testing positivity rates higher than 10 percent.

Notice of Death August 27, 2020

Lee Earl Howard
August 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Joe McKnight
May 31, 1962 – August 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Joe McKnight
May 31, 1962 – August 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Jimmy Herman Sheffield
April 01, 1940 – August 16, 2020
Service: A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 10am, at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches, La.

Theodore Brassard
April 27, 1948 – August 20, 2020
Service: Saturday, August 29 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

75-100 Mile Per Hour Winds Possible in Winn Parish From Hurricane Laura

The most recent update from the National Weather Center indicates that 75-100 mile per hour winds are possible in Winn Parish.

Winn Parish Police Jury President has notified the Winn Parish Journal that the Winn Parish Police Jury offices will be closed tomorrow, returning Friday weather permitting. 

The Winn Parish Police Jury road crew will be available for emergencies only until winds die down. 

Winn Parish Police Jury Emergency phone numbers are:
WPPJ President – Josh McAllister 318-332-9699
WPPJ Sec/Treasure – Karen Tyler 318-715-1442



LOCATION…26.1N 90.7W


A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Freeport to San Luis
Pass Texas.


A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Freeport Texas to the Mouth of the Mississippi River

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* San Luis Pass Texas to Intracoastal City Louisiana

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Sargent Texas to San Luis Pass
* East of Intracoastal City Louisiana to the Mouth of the
Mississippi River

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs Mississippi
* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* East of Intracoastal City to west of Morgan City Louisiana

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction
of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm
Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at This is a
life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas
should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from
rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.
Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life
and property should be rushed to completion.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.

At 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Laura was located
near latitude 26.1 North, longitude 90.7 West. Laura is moving
toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h) and this general
motion should continue today, and a north-northwestward motion is
forecast tonight. On the forecast track, Laura should approach the
Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts on this evening and move
inland near those areas tonight or Thursday morning.

Satellite data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased
to near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts. Laura is forecast to
become a category 4 hurricane today, and is expected to be a major
hurricane at landfall. Rapid weakening is expected after Laura
makes landfall.

Laura is becoming a large hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend
outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-
force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 973 mb (28.73 inches).

Key messages for Laura can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT3 and WMO header WTNT43 KNHC.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated
areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…

Sea Rim State Park to Intracoastal City including Sabine Lake and
Calcasieu Lake…10-15 ft
Intracoastal City to Morgan City including Vermilion Bay…8-12 ft
Port Bolivar to Sea Rim State Park…6-9 ft
Morgan City to Mouth of the Mississippi River…4-7 ft
San Luis Pass to Port Bolivar…3-5 ft
Galveston Bay…3-5 ft
Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs including Lake
Borgne…2-4 ft
Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas…2-4 ft
Freeport to San Luis Pass…2-4 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to
the right of the landfall location, where the surge will be
accompanied by large and destructive waves. This storm surge could
penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline in
southwestern Louisiana and far southeastern Texas.

Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For
information specific to your area, please see products issued by
your local National Weather Service forecast office.

RAINFALL: From this afternoon through Friday, Laura is expected to
produce rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches, with isolated maximum
amounts of 15 inches across portions of the northwestern Gulf Coast
from western Louisiana to far eastern Texas, and northward into much
of Arkansas. Over the lower to middle Mississippi Valley from
central Louisiana into western Tennessee and Kentucky, and
southeastern Missouri, 2 to 4 inches of rainfall with isolated
totals of 6 inches are expected. This rainfall will cause
widespread flash and urban flooding, small streams to overflow their
banks, and minor to isolated moderate river flooding.

By late Friday into Saturday, portions of the Tennessee and Ohio
Valley could see 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts as
tropical moisture from Laura moves through the region. This
rainfall could lead to localized flash and urban flooding along
small streams.

WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning
area tonight and Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are
expected to reach the coast in the hurricane warning area late
today or tonight, and are expected in the tropical storm
warning area tonight and Thursday.

Hurricane-force winds and damaging wind gusts are also expected to
spread well inland into portions of eastern Texas and western
Louisiana early Thursday.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are expected this evening through
tonight over Louisiana, far southeast Texas, and southwestern
Mississippi. The risk for a few tornadoes should continue into
Thursday across Louisiana, Arkansas, and western Mississippi.

SURF: Swells produced by Laura are affecting the U.S. Gulf coast
from the west coast of Florida to Louisiana and are expected to
reach the coast of Texas and northeastern Mexico today. These
swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.

Next intermediate advisory at 700 AM CDT.
Next complete advisory at 1000 AM CDT.

Winn Parish Police Jury Provides Sandbags in Preparation for Hurricane Laura

Sandbags are available at the Winn Parish Police Jury Road Maintenance Barn located at 501 Thomas Mill Rd in Winnfield.  The barn can be reached by phone at 318-628-6812. 

Winn Parish Police Jury President Josh McAllister stated yesterday that Winn Parish declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Laura. “The parish declares a state of emergency any time the state does so that parish is eligible for emergency funds in case they are needed,” stated McAllister.   

Entergy has sent extra line trucks to Winn Parish that will be stationed at the fairgrounds in response to the hurricane.

Entergy : Hurricane Laura Preparations Update

We encourage you to finalize your preparations as Laura approaches the Texas/Louisiana coast.

We continue acquiring more resources for our restoration teams, with nearly 7,400 workers currently ready to restore service for customers whose power may be affected by Laura. These resources include company employees, contractors and mutual aid resources numbering 480 in Mississippi, 5,300 in Louisiana and 1,600 in Texas. These can be relocated as needed to restore service to affected customers.

We stay prepared to respond to storm outages through a very detailed, rehearsed plan that has worked well for us during past storm events.

With landfall expected in Texas, Entergy Texas leadership will keep restoration workers safe while preparing to restore service. We will relocate personnel and equipment away from the impact area to ensure their safety. If Laura damages our facilities, it could take time to make repairs and before we become fully engaged in restoration.

Significant flooding and other accessibility challenges due to the storm will affect our ability to reach some areas of our territory and could delay restoration in those communities.

When restoration starts, keep in mind that if you don’t see us working near you, we may be working on another part of the electrical system that you can’t see but must be repaired to get power to you.

We have worked to storm-harden our system. From aggressive preventive maintenance programs to using steel transmission structures near the coast, elevating substations that might flood and installing ‘isolation’ devices on lines to reduce outages, our goal is always to restore power safely and quickly.

We continuously keep our communities informed throughout a storm using the following channels:

CLTCC Announces Closure Due to Hurricane Laura

After consideration and monitoring of Hurricane Laura, Central Louisiana Technical Community College will close beginning noon, Wednesday, August 26 and remain closed through Friday, August 28.

The college plans to reopen for regular operations on Monday, August 31. CLTCC encourages everyone to remain safe and monitor weather alerts and guidance from the state and Central Louisiana authorities. 

NSU Closes Campuses Due to Threat of Severe Weather

All Northwestern State University campuses will be closed from noon Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 28, because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Laura.

Classes scheduled from noon Wednesday through Friday will be cancelled, and all offices on campuses in Natchitoches, Alexandria, Leesville and Shreveport will be closed during that period.

Residence halls on the main campus in Natchitoches will remain open. Iberville Dining Hall will be open, and other campus dining facilities will have reduced hours of operation.

Students, faculty and staff should monitor social media platforms and the university website for updates and additional information, and emergency messages will be sent through the university’s Purple Alert System.

The decision to cancel classes, close offices and suspend operations except for essential personnel and services was made to help assure the safety of students, faculty and staff and others served by the university.

We encourage students and others to exercise extreme caution during this weather emergency, especially if they travel, and to observe safety guidelines issued by the National Weather Service and other agencies.


Remember This? Dellie and Moaning Minnie

By Brad Dison

When Dellie was young, four or five years old, she showed an early proclivity for dancing. Her parents, Ann and Fritz, enrolled her in a dance school near their home in Omaha, Nebraska. Her talent improved almost immediately, and continued to improve with each lesson. Everyone was amazed at the young girl’s natural talent. For Dellie, the simple act of walking across the small rooms in the family’s cramped home seemed graceful. Rather than walking, she seemed to float and glide. Her younger brother, however, was a frail, sickly child. Dellie was confident and outgoing, while her brother was shy and full of self-doubt. Where Dellie had a carefree disposition, her younger brother seemed to worry about everything. Therefore, Dellie nicknamed him “Moaning Minnie.”

Ann and Fritz enrolled Moaning Minnie in the same dancing school as Dellie. They hoped the continuous exercise would build his strength and confidence. Dellie was a natural at the various dance steps, but Moaning Minnie had to practice constantly just to keep up. When Dellie was eight years old and Moaning Minnie was five, their teacher suggested that the pair could have a successful stage career if they sought more professional training. Following the teacher’s advice, the family moved from Omaha to New York City.

Just as their previous dance instructor had predicted, Dellie and Moaning Minnie excelled in New York. In 1905, their dance instructor helped them secure a spot in a vaudeville act. Dellie was nine years old and Moaning Minnie was six. They rehearsed and performed constantly. Well, Moaning Minnie rehearsed constantly. Moaning Minnie later said that Dellie “hated to rehearse, but then, she didn’t need to.” Moaning Minnie arrived at the venue hours before the first show of the day to rehearse his parts. Dellie usually showed up minutes before she was to perform. Patrons of the vaudeville shows paid almost all of their attention to Dellie and little to Moaning Minnie. Critics pointed out Dellie’s beauty, but often referred to her brother as an “ugly duckling.” Even with their differences, Dellie and Moaning Minnie were close, and remained close their entire lives.

The siblings’ popularity grew with each performance. Within just a few years, they had gone from playing seedy dives to playing theaters on Broadway and London’s West End. They were in such demand that they had little time for anything other than performing complicated routines which involved singing, dancing, and acting. Dellie still disliked rehearsing and referred to herself as “Dellie, the good-time Charlie,” a playgirl who liked to swear.

Hollywood studio executives became aware of their talents. They screen tested Dellie and Moaning Minnie as a duo and individually, but all parties, Dellie and Moaning Minnie included, were unhappy with the results. One unimpressed RKO Pictures executive bluntly noted in the studio files that Moaning Minnie “can’t act…can’t sing…balding…can dance a little.” In the vaudeville shows, Dellie and Moaning Minnie were able to judge how well their act was going by the reception of the audience. The only audience they had for their screen tests were members of the crew who wished to be somewhere, anywhere else.

In 1928, Dellie and Moaning Minnie performed in a play called Funny Face in the West End. They were a hit. The show ran for 263 performances. On the final performance of the show, Dellie met Lord Charles Cavendish, the 9th Duke of Devonshire. Dellie and Lord Cavendish quickly fell in love. After a two-year courtship, Dellie proposed to Lord Cavendish, purportedly at a speakeasy. Lord Cavendish immediately accepted, and they married on May 9, 1932. Four days before their marriage, after performing with her brother for twenty-seven years, Dellie officially retired from the stage. She had grown tired of the grueling schedule of theatrical life and retreated from public life.

Moaning Minnie’s future without the star of the show, Dellie, was anything but certain. He had performed with Dellie so long that he could almost predict what she was going to do, even when she ad-libbed. He struggled to find a replacement. He decided that, rather than performing with a single partner as he had done with Dellie, he would search for the best person to fit the necessary role. Finally, Moaning Minnie and another dancer rehearsed for a new Broadway production. True to form, Dellie teased her brother in a telegram just before his first performance without her as a partner; “Now Minnie, don’t forget to moan.”

Moaning Minnie’s relentless rehearsals paid off. The new show was a hit. Moaning Minnie could have relaxed, but that was out of character. Again, Hollywood studio executives at Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) asked him to sing and dance in films. He agreed with the stipulation that during dance scenes, he would be filmed from head to toe to ensure audiences that he was doing all of the dancing and not a body double, and that the entire dance number would be one continuous shot. Most dance sequences in films up to that point consisted of short dance clips spliced together, which, according to Moaning Minnie, lost the continuity and fluidity of the dance numbers. The studio agreed.

In 1933, Moaning Minnie began a long and prosperous film career. He always rehearsed for several weeks each of the complicated dance routines which only lasted a few minutes in the film. During filming, his self-doubt was ever present. He always thought he could perform the routine better and smoother. Sometimes he did as many as forty takes on a single dance number, much to the chagrin of his dance partners and the film’s crew. Anyone who ever worked with Moaning Minnie referred to him as a perfectionist. Dellie, whose real name was Adele Marie Austerlitz, received film, radio, and television offers, but politely declined them all. Sadly, no known film footage of Dellie and Moaning Minnie exists.

It is hard to imagine that a man who projected such a calm, confident, and cool demeanor in films, television, and radio, was the same man whom Dellie had nicknamed Moaning Minnie because of his lack of self-confidence. Whether with a leading lady or an inanimate object, such as golf clubs (Carefree, 1938), firecrackers (Holiday Inn, 1942), or a hat rack (Royal Wedding, 1951), Moaning Minnie always seemed to win over the crowd. He appeared in countless live productions, over fifty film and television productions, and recorded several hit records in a career which spanned eight decades. He danced and sang with such notables as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, Judy Garland, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, and a host of others. In 1990, Madonna mentioned in her song “Vogue” that Moaning Minnie and his most notable costar, Ginger Rogers, could “dance on air.” You know Moaning Minnie, whose real name was Frederick Austerlitz, as …Fred Astaire.


My Opinion – Free Speech: Black Unborn Lives Matter

By: Royal Alexander

Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants.  It is the right which they first of all strike down.
Frederick Douglass, 1860

If there is a cardinal rule regarding our 1st Amendment freedoms it is that government may not choose winners and losers.  It may not constitutionally favor some speech or expressive activity over others.  It may not favor one viewpoint over another; it may not prefer one political or social issue or position over another.  To do so is unconstitutional viewpoint-discrimination.  We have just seen a striking example of that.

Recently, two pro-life student activists, affiliated with Students for Life of America, were arrested for writing the phrase “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” in chalk on a public sidewalk in Washington, D.C.  They have been charged with defacing public property, with a punishment of a fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail. (I noticed that no Hollywood celebrities or Biden staffers stepped up to pay the bail or fines of these students).  They were using chalk.  The same chalk children use every day to draw pictures and play hopscotch.  Chalk. 

They weren’t defacing landmarks with spray paint; they weren’t destroying or setting fire to property, throwing bricks or looting stores.  There were no profanity-laced screams at police or attempts to blind them.  They were using chalk that can be washed away in a light rain to make the point that the lives of unborn black babies should matter, too.  They are the very definition of peaceful protestors.

This action by the City of D.C. constitutes viewpoint discrimination for the simple reason that D.C. government allowed to remain for months the political message “Defund The Police” painted conspicuously on 16th Street and located adjacent to the government-commissioned Black Lives Matter mural.  Suppressing pro-life speech while allowing other political messages to appear is transparently inconsistent and favors certain speech in a way that violates these students’ constitutional rights. 

Again, D.C. has not acted in a viewpoint neutral way because it allows some protected speech but prohibits other protected speech.  The Constitution forbids government from picking, choosing, favoring, or placing its imprimatur and stamp of approval in this way.  D.C. must either allow all speech or allow none, but it may not favor one form of constitutionally protected speech over another.

Protecting free speech advocacy on behalf of the unborn is critical because over three (3) thousand human beings—including roughly 1000 Black Americans—who cannot speak for themselves are brutally killed each day by suction, saline or dismemberment abortions, and all without the anesthetic that is legally required in the execution of convicted murderers.  

Let’s compare.  According to CDC, there have been approximately 172, 416 U.S. deaths from Covid.  Also, according to CDC in 2018, heart disease killed 635,260 and cancer killed 598,038 Americans.  Based on available state-level data, approximately 876,000 abortions—the clearly visible, and moving, children of the sonogram—took place in the U.S. in 2018, making abortion the leading cause of death in America.  Over 60 million babies, in a nation of 330 million, have been killed through abortions since 1973.  Abortion, the American holocaust, is the civil rights issue of our time.

All Americans should be protected from anti-speech tyranny when they speak out against the hate crime that is abortion.  If these innocent human lives don’t matter, if the weakest among us can’t find a “safe space” even in their mother’s womb, then ultimately no human lives matter and no one is truly safe from violence and death.  Such speech must never be silenced.

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.

John Lewis “Luther” Kerry – April 10, 1938 – August 21, 2020

Mr. John Lewis “Luther” Kerry age 82 of Winnfield passed away from this life on Friday August 21,2020 at St Joseph’s Hospice Carpenter House in Shreveport La. He was born on April 10,1938 to Ezel “Bennie” and Julia Pardee Kerry at Black Lake (Creston) Louisiana. He was a retired Sergeant of the US Army and Louisiana National Guard after serving for almost 23 years. He worked many places throughout his lifetime including Olin Kraft, Louisiana Pacific, L.L. Brewton Lumber Co., West Frasier, Weyerhaeuser, Wal-Mart and was continuing to work part time at the Winn Parish Sherriff’s Office Rifle Range. He loved to fish and spend time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years Eunice Arline Kerry, Parents Ezel “Bennie” and Julia Pardee Kerry, Brother Johnnie Kerry, Brother in Law Edward Harper and Great Grandson Douglas Thompson Jr.

He is survived by his daughter Barbara Nell Slayter of Winnfield. Grandchildren Kimberly Bruce (George), Shani Slayter, and Brandon Slayter (Jennifer) all of Winnfield. Great Grandchildren Megan Glenn (Chris), Dylan Bruce (Meagan), Savannah Carr (Colton), Billie Thompson, Braxton Slayter, Brady Fallis, Carlie Rhea Slayter, Shaina Dupree, Brian Glenn and Duane Fallis. Great Great Grandchildren Peyton Glenn, C J Bruce and Jaxon Carr. He is also survived by his siblings Bennie Kerry Jr. (Carolyn) of Winnfield and JoAnn Harper of Black Lake (Creston), nieces and nephews Dennis Harper (Charlene), Chris Kerry, Jared Harper (Patrice), and Anita Moberly (Michael), numerous Great Nieces and Nephews, former Son in Law Michael Paddie (Cindy) and numerous other friends and family who he loved dearly.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday August 27, 2020 at The Family Church in Winnfield at 2:00 PM with Reverends Joel Hines and John Hodge officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. Visitation will be observed on Wednesday August 26, 2020 at the Church from 5-9 and again on Thursday August 27, 2020 from 9 until service time.

Serving the family as Pallbearers will be Chris Kerry, George Futrell, Chris Robertson, Brian Glenn, Chance Guilliams, and Dennis Harper

Honorary Pallbearers will be Brandon Slayter, Dylan Bruce, Braxton Slayter, Peyton Glenn, Brady Fallis, CJ Bruce, Jaxon Carr, Jared Harper, Michael Moberly and Michael Paddie.