Notice of Death August 25, 2020

WINN:
John Lewis “Luther” Kerry
April 10, 1938 – August 21, 2020
Service: Thursday August 27 at 2 pm at The Family Church in Winnfield

NATCHITOCHES:
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.

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

RED RIVER:
Alice “Mickey” Faye Robinette
September 20, 1941 – August 23, 2020
Service: Wednesday, August 26 at 10 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

 

Winn Parish Arrest Report

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office
Name: Samantha Adams
Date: 8-15-20
Age: 51
Gender: Female
Race: White
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Joshua Lawrence Lacour
Date: 8-14-20
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Joseph S. Lee
Date: 8-15-20
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge: POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF LEGEND DRUG X2, PROHIBITED ACTS; POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, SWITCHED LICENSE PLATE, FAILURE/OWNER SECURE REGISTRATION, IMPROPER LANE USAGE, POSSESSION OF CDS IN PRESENCE OF A JUVENILE.

Name: Daylon Wesley Garner
Date: 8-17-20
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Race: Male
Charge: VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER, CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, ASSAULT-AGGRAVATED, AGGRAVATED BURGLARY, POSSESSION OF FIREARM-FELON

Name: Shawn Lee Smith
Date: 8-19-20
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge: RESISTING ARREST OR OFFICER, PROBATION VIOLATION

Name: Robert R. Williams, III
Date: 8-19-20
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge: PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Name: Justin C. Barr
Date: 8-21-20
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge: FAILURE TO APPEAR

Winnfield Police Department
Name: Jada Rhone
Date: 8-11-20
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery

Name: Allen Watkins
Date: 8-11-20
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Winnfield. LA
Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery

Name: Darius Ard
Date: 8-16-20
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Failure to Appear Arraignment, Failure to Appear Sentence Review, Unauthorized Use of Access Card

Name: Keaireus Mayfield
Date: 8-17-20
Age: 19
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Simple Burglary

Name: William Winn
Date: 8-17-20
Age: 49
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Theft

Name: Mack Bullard
Date: 8-19-20
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge: Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Appear Trial

Name: Bert M. Givens
Date: 9-19-20
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge: Unauthorized Use of Access Card

Name: Demorris Abraham
Date: 8-20-20
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Possession of Synthetic

Name: Kwame Forest
Date: 8-20-20
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Address: Brooklyn Park, MN
Charge: Possession of Marijuana

Name: Amy Norris
Date: 8-20-20
Age: 38
Gender: Female
Race: White
Address: Homeless
Charge: Prohibited Acts

Name: Jared Ardoin
Date: 8-22-20
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Race: White
Address: Winnfield, LA
Charge: Simple Escape

Winnfield Police Department Investigate Shooting

Police are currently investigating the apparent shooting death of a Winnfield man.

Authorities say on August 20 they initially responded to what they thought was a vehicular accident before realizing it was a homicide.

A police report from the City of Winnfield Police Department states that Antheus L. Johnson, 28, was shot several times while he was in his vehicle on Lena Street. He managed to drive four more blocks before losing consciousness and control of the vehicle on East Lafayette Street. First responders and EMS personnel administered aid and transported Johnson to the Winn Parish Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead by the ER doctor.

Investigators have been following up on several leads on the case but, as of this time, there have been no arrest made in connection with this incident.

Chief of Police Johnny Ray Carpenter is asking that anyone with information concerning this homicide to please contact his office at (318)628-3511.

Hurricane Warnings Discontinued for Marco – Tropical Storm Marco Public Advisory

...HURRICANE WARNINGS DISCONTINUED FOR MARCO BUT DANGEROUS STORM 
SURGE STILL ANTICIPATED...

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Hurricane Warning from Morgan City Louisiana to the Mouth of the
Pearl River has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning.

The Hurricane Watch for Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and
Metropolitan New Orleans has been discontinued.

The Tropical Storm Watches west of Intracoastal City Louisiana and
from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Alabama/Florida
border have been discontinued.

All Storm Surge Watches have been discontinued.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for....
* Morgan City Louisiana to Ocean Springs Mississippi
* Lake Borgne

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Intracoastal City to the Mississippi/Alabama border
* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans

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
hurricanes.gov.  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 officials.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 12
to 24 hours.

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.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Marco was
located near latitude 27.6 North, longitude 88.2 West. Marco is
moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h).  Marco is 
forecast to approach the coast of Louisiana this afternoon, and 
then turn westward and move very close to the coast of Louisiana 
through Tuesday night.

Data from the Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that maximum
sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher 
gusts. Further weakening is expected, and Marco is forecast to 
become a tropical depression late on Tuesday and dissipate on 
Wednesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km), 
primarily northeast of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
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...

Morgan City LA to Ocean Springs MS, including Lake Borgne...2-4 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of
onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and
dangerous waves.  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.

WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected to start by this 
afternoon in portions of the warning area.

RAINFALL:  Marco is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations
of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across
portions of the northeast and north-central Gulf coast through
Tuesday.  This rainfall may result in areas of flash, urban and
small stream flooding along the area.

SURF:  Swells generated by Marco are likely to affect portions of
the northern Gulf Coast for the next couple of days. These swells
are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office.

TORNADOES:  A couple of tornadoes will be possible today from 
southeast Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next intermediate advisory at 700 AM CDT.
Next complete advisory at 1000 AM CDT.

Severe Weather Systems Forecasted to Hit Louisiana Coast

Governor John Bel Edwards held a live briefing Aug. 23 about Tropical Storm Laura, which will potentially make landfall in Louisiana on the cusp of being a category 3 hurricane. Edwards asked residents to be prepared for a storm that is one level higher than what’s predicted.

“We haven’t had a category 3 hurricane in Louisiana since Rita in 2005,” he said. “Keep in mind that this storm could be stronger than we previously thought.”

The first storm to arrive is Marco. The track will come in around the mouth of the Mississippi before making a turn to the west while hugging the coastline.

A National Weather Service representative also spoke at the briefing. Marco’s forecast has shifted southward with a forecasted sharper westward turn as it approaches the coast. It will approach the coast today as a tropical storm. Within 48 hours Laura will come in behind Marco.

According to the NWS, tropical storm Marco is expected move towards the Southeast Louisiana Coast this Afternoon. The storm is then forecast to move west northwest towards South Central Louisiana and Deep East Texas during the day Tuesday, weakening as it does before moving into portions of Northeast Texas Tuesday Night into Wednesday. On this track, while rainfall will obviously begin increasing in coverage and intensity late Monday through Wednesday across our region, the greatest wind, tornado and flood threat from Marco should remain south and southeast of our region through Wednesday.

However, these threats will continue to be defined through the next 24 to 36 hours and will greatly be dependent on the track of Marco.

Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico early this week and make landfall on the Louisiana coast on Wednesday Night. Laura brings a more significant threat of flash flooding from heavy rainfall, strong winds gusts, and possible tornadoes across at least the southern half of the Four State Region as early as late Wednesday Night but especially Thursday into Thursday Night. Much like Marco, these threats associated with a landfalling Laura will continue to become better defined as confidence increases with the track of Laura.

Continue to closely monitor future updates for the latest
information as changes in the forecast may result in increasing
hazardous weather threats to our region.

President Approves Governor’s Request for Federal Storm Assistance

The request by Governor Edwards for federal disaster assistance ahead of two storms bearing down on the Gulf coast has been approved by President Trump.  Winn and other northwest Louisiana parishes are included in areas in which FEMA is authorized to provide Category B emergency protective measures.

Early Sunday evening the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Laura was over eastern Cuba.  Hurricane Marco was moving toward the state and is expected to move near the Louisiana coast today.

Here is the text of the news release issued by the Governor’s office Sunday evening:

President Donald Trump has approved Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for federal assistance related to Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura. Gov. Edwards submitted the pre-landfall emergency declaration to the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Saturday, August 22. 

“I would like to thank President Trump for his quick approval of federal assistance for Louisiana and for pre-positioning FEMA assets and other federal support for our state during this unprecedented weather event,” Gov. Edwards said. “We’ve never seen two hurricanes hitting the same state back to back within 48 hours, as is anticipated in the coming days in Louisiana. At the same time, we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes the prospect of evacuations, search and rescue and mass sheltering complicated and difficult. We will work alongside our federal and local partners to manage this unique and challenging group of disasters.” 

FEMA is authorized to provide Public Assistance, Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) limited to direct Federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care including evacuation and shelter support for the parishes of Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe  Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

FEMA is also authorized to provide Public Assistance, Category B emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance for the parishes of Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, De Soto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.

Additional designations may be made later if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further evaluation. 

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will continue working with FEMA to ensure that reimbursement of other emergency costs will be approved as well as costs for other regions of the state should they be needed for this event.

Direct Federal Assistance (DFA)
Gov. Edwards requested direct federal assistance for work and services to save lives and protect property. Examples of DFA include:

  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – sandbags, self-contained pumps, damage assessment teams, power generation, technical assistance, mapping, GIS support.  
  • United States Coast Guard – air transportation assets, technical assistance, search and rescue operations.  
  • Civil Air Patrol – air assets. 
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service – wildlife management assistance within the Atchafalaya basin and technical assistance.
  • United States Department of Agriculture – crop damage assessment, livestock assistance, technical assistance, water management, and inundation mapping.

Note: Assistance involving other agencies may become necessary. This assistance is requested statewide.

Members of the public should monitor the news for weather updates and follow guidance from local officials about storm issues in the coming days.

CLTCC Statement on Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura

Central Louisiana Technical Community College continues to monitor Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura. CLTCC plans to be open tomorrow, Monday, August 24th for regular instruction and operations at all eight campuses.  We will however provide updates throughout tomorrow regarding our plans for the remainder of the week. CLTCC encourages everyone to remain safe and monitor weather alerts and guidance from the state and Central Louisiana authorities.

Louisiana Loggers Association August Meeting Filled With Special Guests

Louisiana Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder along with many of the House of Representatives including (Rep Danny McCormick, Rep Michael Echols, Rep Wayne McMahon, Rep Foy Gadberry, Rep Chris Turner, RepJack McFarland, Rep Gabe Firment, Rep Dodi Horton, Rep Rodney Schamerhorn, and Senators Jay Morris and Louie Bernard were present at the August monthly meeting of the Louisiana Loggers Association (LLA). Speaker Schexnayder spoke about the joint effort and hard work that it took to pass HB 57 “Civil Action reform of 2020.” The Speaker also explained the collateral source piece added to HB 57 that addresses the commercial liability crisis in the state.

Josh McAllister President of Winn Parish Police Jury and Louisiana Logger PAC stated “It says a lot for not only the Louisiana Loggers Association but Winn Parish as well when the speaker of the House and all of these other great Legislators show up and tell us about the positive direction our state and Parish are headed in”

Rep Jack McFarland stated  “it’s great to have the Speaker, Reps, and Senators in Winnfield meeting with the LA Loggers Association.”

As if the group mentioned above wasn’t impressive enough. In attendance were political candidates Judge Jay McCallum and Judge Shannon Gremillion (Candidates for Supreme Court.) The candidates addressed the group along with Rep Lance Harris, candidate for Congress District 5.

“I’m not sure if a sitting speaker of the house has ever visited Winn Parish! But we are so glad he chose to meet with us, the Louisiana Logger,” stated Toni McAllister (Executive Director of LLA) who also expressed how  honored the LLA was to host such a crowd! 

Lee and Kimi Tilton were present with their new ClearPass by Clear To Work, which among other things, checks temperatures hands-free. This exciting new device was used to check the temperature of everyone in attendance. Kimi also presented to the group regarding how the hands-free device can be used in different settings to help promote healthy practices and mitigation measures.

(mitigation measures were put in place with chairs 6′ apart, sanitizer and masks were available at entry and less than 50 people were in attendance)

From left – Louisiana Legislators: Jay Morris, Lance Harris, Danny McCormick, Wayne McMahon, Michael Echols, Foy Gadberry, Clay Schexnayder, Chris Turner, Jack McFarland, Gabe Firment, Dodi Horton Rodney Schamerhorn, Louie Bernard
From Left – Louisiana Loggers: David Moss, Brady Riche, Toni McAllister, Jody Woodard, Jack McFarland, Darryl Franks, Josh McAllister, Tony McManus, Adrian James, Spencer Gaar, Randy Stott, Steven Gaar, Bradley McDowell, Clay Ingles, Will Adkins
From left – LLA Executive Director Toni McAllister, Louisiana Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder, LLA President Josh McAllister

Rotary Club of Winnfield Welcomes Rotary District 6190 Governor

Rotary Club of Winnfield President Jodi Taylor with Rotarian Jane Purser

The speaker for the weekly Rotary Club of Winnfield meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, presided over by President Jodi Taylor, was Zeb Winstead, District Governor of District 6190 for 2020-2021. The District Governor attended the meeting virtually via Zoom Meeting, from his office in Alexandria, Louisiana. Winstead is an attorney in Alexandria. He is also a third-generation Rotarian by marriage, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law and grandfather-in-law.

Winstead spoke about the theme of Rotary International’s president, Rotary Opens Opportunities, and focused on his own belief that service is a gift that gives generation after generation. Both principles being especially pertinent during the COVID-19 pandemic when so many people in every community have many needs. He encouraged the group to develop goals for the year by considering where they want the club to be in five years. And find ways to make Rotary involvement in service opportunities enjoyable and inviting to increase service in the community.

The meeting also included a discussion of the club’s yearly service projects and anticipated fundraising. It was concluded as customary with the Rotary motto, “Service above Self!”

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 Rotary.org.

Notice of Death August 23, 2020

WINN:
Mark Allen Hattaway
November 12, 1965 – August 18, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Dorethea Bolton Smith
July 27, 1928 – August 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Robert Louis Franklin
August 29, 1950 – August 18, 2020
Arrangements TBA

NATCHITOCHES:
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.

Melvin Shane Hall
February 26, 1964 – August 17, 2020
Service: A Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10:00 A.M.
The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 8 pm on Monday, August 24th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. There will be a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m.
Interment: Zion Rest Cemetery 5367 Wallace Rd., Wallace, Louisiana.

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

James Hollace “Buster” Mary
January 16, 1949 – August 21, 2020
Service: Monday, August 24 at 2 pm at Old Pisgah Baptist Church in
Marthaville

Hearing Held on Jacque D. Derr vs. Winn Parish Police Jury Case

On Monday, August 17, 2020, a hearing was held in the Jacque D. Derr vs. Parish of Winn case. The lawsuit filed by 8th JDC Judge Jacque D Derr (Derr) on July 13, 2020, against Winn Parish Police Jury (Jury) outlines that the Jury has an obligation and responsibility to budget, fund, and pay all reasonable/necessary expenses for the basic services, housing, supplies, and budget of the court, including the salary of all employees and personnel, providing suitable offices for the judge, judicial employees and personnel including equipment for the preservation of court records and operating expenses and maintenance of the offices of the court and courtroom. The original figure requested by Derr was $18,000 + per month.

The Jury filed exceptions to the lawsuit, which are oppositions to the original suit, said Chris Nevils, who is the Jury’s legal counsel. The hearing was held so that the Plaintiff may respond to the defendant’s exceptions and possibly reach an agreement to prevent the case from going to trial. No agreement was reached, and another hearing is set for September 8, 2020.

The court minutes reflect that the Plaintiff shall prepare an amended budget statement that shall include a calculation of a specific dollar amount needed by the court to balance the budget each month retrospectively and prospectively for the 2020 calendar year and submit it to the Defendant by September 1, 2020. The Winn Parish Police Jury shall consider the Plaintiff’s proposed amended budget and file a response into the record of the proceeding by September 7, 2020. On September 8, 2020, if the exceptions are overruled court will proceed immediately to trial.

The hearing was presided over by Judge John Crigler, a retired judge from the 6th Judicial Court.

In court documents obtained by the WPJ exceptions to the original law suit the Jury sites (exceptions are summarized):

  • The original petition filed by Derr incorrectly names the Defendant as “Parish of Winn” not the Winn Parish Police Jury.
  • The relief being sought by Derr will result in a deficit in the operating funds of the Jury which is a clear violation of Cove of Civil Procedure Article 3862.
  • Mandamus is inappropriate and is the improper procedure.
  • The original petition filed by Derr asks for all “necessary orders an decrees” is unduly vague and improperly cumulates a request for other relief beyond that normally affordable in a mandamus proceeding.
  • There is no statutory allowance of attorney’s fees in this proceeding.

The Memorandum in Support filed by the Winn Parish Police Jury states “The Winn Parish Police Jury does not dispute the fact that they are required to furnish the necessary, appropriate and essential expenses of the Judge’s office for Winn Parish.” “Consequently, there is an issue before the Court as to what expenses are “reasonable.”

“The Police Jury is doing its very best to safeguard the taxpayer’s money. We feel the Jury has gone above and beyond to work with the Judges’ office while at the same time operating the entire parish in a situation of severely diminished resources,” said Nevils.

Winn Parish Police Jury President, Josh McAllister stated “I believe Judge Crigler’s orders are in line with what the Jury has been trying to accomplish all along, which is trying to come up with a reasonable compromise.”

All documents filed by the Jury are be reviewed here.

Winn Parish LDH COVID Weekly Update 8/20/20

According to the Louisiana Department of Health website on August 20, 2020, Winn Parish reported 46 new cases of COVID 19 this week, bringing the parish total of people who have tested positive to 499. There have been three additional deaths in Winn Parish this week bringing the parish total at ten.

The latest Nursing Home Report dated  August 19, 2020, reflects Winnfield Nursing & Rehab has four new cases among residents and two new case among staff in the last week. Autumn Leaves Nursing & Rehab Center reported three new cases among residents and two new case among staff.

FacilityAutumn LeavesWinnfield Nursing & Rehab
ParishWinnWinn
Resident Census9577
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
343
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
Since Last Report (8-12-20)
14
Total Residents
Recovered
131
Total COVD-19 Deaths
Among Residents
07
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
520
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
Since Last Report (8-12-20)
22
Total Staff Recovered218

You can view the entire report here.

Recent Winn Parish daily testing numbers are shown in the table below.

Collection DateTest CountNegative Test Positive Test
7/30/2068626
7/31/2044376
8/1/20743
8/2/20541
8/3/2023203
8/4/20392712
8/5/2040319
8/6/2013912514
8/7/2024195
8/8/20202
8/9/20642
8/10/20483810
8/11/2020319211
8/12/20726011

You can view the entire report here.

Clergy Corner with Father Frank Fuller

“For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight, for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; to teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young— let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.” (Proverbs 1:2-6 NRSV)

The people I know have been on an adventure of learning something new; though not always willingly. How to engage with alien technology.  How to help children capture patience and imagination with teachers, parents and friends.  How to balance family budgets that were already strained, or how to have supper when groceries are difficult, restaurants impossible, and new menus beyond imagining.  How to work and play when neither is like it had been.

Learning doesn’t occur only in schools.  And schools do more than teach, as important as teaching is.  Returning will be different, and a welcome reminder of the familiar. We’ve learned a lot about schools.

The technology and the details are new; the challenge is ancient.  “For learning about wisdom and instruction…,” Ecclesiastes began, almost three millennia past. So what have we gained through these months?  What apart from masks, Zoom meetings or new ways to cook hamburger?

We’ve learned new ways to visit and learn and help, for everyone offers help and needs some, as well. Most of us have imparted a little wisdom to younger folks and collected a lot of knowledge from them.  We’ve reconnected with a friend on the other end of a phone conversation and heard delight when we call.  We’ve learned new appreciation for people and things.  Especially for people.

We’ve even learned new ways to listen for God, for there has been time for reading, contemplation, and prayer.  Nonetheless, we yearn to return to familiar, holy gathering; to join in singing, praise, and prayer; to share The Lord’s Supper. We’ve listened for God’s voice and whispered God’s praise in new places, but want to be in God’s house

We have become skilled, these quiet days, in listening for God’s voice.  We also know more – appreciate more – about the days and ways and places where we return, some bright Sunday morning: slowly, carefully, in ways that protect our beloved brothers and sisters from danger. Consider, as you gather with God’s people, how much more you know.  Especially how much more you know that you missed them.

So let us pray:  Almighty God.  We hear your holy voice in the thunder of the storm, in the whisper of the breeze on quiet mornings, and in the dark hours of the night. Help us to know The Holy Spirit, closer than our own breath, in times of joy, fear, and sorrow.  Guide us as we return in safety to prayer and praise in your Holy House, joining once again with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  As we return to church, help us know that we are never separated from You, who lives and reigns always in our hearts, One God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each day and forever.

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