Winn Parish Early Voting Numbers Through 10-20-20

Early Voting for the November 3, 2020 Election as of the Close-Of-Business on Tuesday,  October 20, 2020. 

TotalsIn PersonMail In
13101056254
WhiteBlackOther
10252778
DemocratRepublicanOther
512554244
MaleFemale
590720

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

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

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

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

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

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


Winnfield Fire Department Speaks to Rotary Club of Winnfield

From left – Assistant Fire Chief Cassidy Martin, Firefighter Jim Smith, Rotarian Bryan Jordan, Firefighter Philip Wilkerson

Assistant Fire Chief Cassidy Martin, along with firefighters Jim Smith and Philip Wilkerson, were guests at the meeting of the Winnfield Rotary Club on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Rotarian of the week, Bryan Jordan, introduced Assistant Chief Martin as the speaker for the gathering.  Martin spoke about the increase in duties for our local firefighters and EMTs in recent months as a result of Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta and the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Martin said that, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Laura, the major difference in the work of the fire department was that the only ways they could receive emergency calls were through reports from the Winnfield Police Department and from individuals driving to the fire station to report that help was needed until communication was restored to the area by utility and communications workers. There were more fires after Laura, but the biggest increase in calls to the fire department was in emergency medical calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning due to people operating gasoline powered generators in their homes. Martin said that operating generators in houses resulted in more deaths than anything else related to Hurricane Laura, and he could not stress strongly enough that a generator should NEVER be operated in an enclosed space. He also said that the fire calls increased significantly when electricity service was restored to the area.

Soon after conditions returned to near normal in the Winnfield area, the Louisiana Fire Marshall called on the Winnfield department to assist in other areas in the state which were still without electricity and needed more firefighters and EMTs than they had available as a result of post-Laura conditions. The department sent a team led by Chief Martin to assist in Iowa. Louisiana, about 15 miles east of Lake Charles, which did not have electricity restored until September 24 and has only an all-volunteer fire department. Another team led by Chief Montgomery was sent to Moss Bluff, Louisiana, about 8 miles north of Lake Charles. The duties in those locations were the same as the firefighting and emergency medical duties here after the hurricane,–fighting fires, rescues, and medical calls–simply a greater number of such emergencies than usual. Only one team was away at a time, and other fire departments sent teams to those locations and others to help with the higher volume of calls in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

After Hurricane Delta came through the area, the fire department responded to a call which required them to rescue an entire family from their home.

Martin mentioned that, in light of the experiences after Laura, Winnfield’s fire department has increased the number of tanks holding supplemental oxygen available at the fire station for people requiring supplemental oxygen, and members of the community may come to the department and borrow an oxygen cannister if needed.

Bryan Jordan expressed the gratitude of the entire community to the firefighters and EMTs who respond to emergency calls around the clock for all they do to help the people in our community, and the meeting was adjourned by President Jodi Taylor with the club motto “Service above self!”

 


McCallum the Clear Choice, Record Speaks for Itself

McCallum is currently on the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal. Before that, he served as a judge of the Third Judicial District (Lincoln and Union Parishes). Prior to being elected judge, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1992-2002).

As the only candidate who has rendered decisions as a trial court judge, McCallum is uniquely qualified to be our next Supreme Court Justice given that the job requires reviewing other judge’s decisions.

To be fair, how can someone grade the decisions of others if they have no experience making those decisions? In order to do the job and to be fair in the decisions a Supreme Court Justice is asked to make, that person should have experience in making those decisions. McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has presided over trials and sentenced criminals.

McCallum has also been endorsed by the PACs of the Associated General Contractors, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, the Louisiana Home Builders Association, and the Associated Builders and Contractors. These PACs represent thousands of members and workers who have endorsed Judge McCallum because of his record of fairness.

McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has a pro-life, pro-second amendment, pro-family record as a legislator who co-authored NRA legislation supported by Charlton Heston and Wayne Lapierre.

Again, he is the only candidate who has experience as a Prosecutor, a State Representative, a District Court Judge, and a Court of Appeal Judge. McCallum has the most judicial experience in the race for Louisiana Supreme Court with 18 years as a judge and the most legal experience with 35 years as an attorney.

Because of his record of working with law enforcement to help keep our families and communities safe, McCallum has the law enforcement endorsement of Sheriffs, retired Sheriffs, District Attorneys, retired District Attorneys, Chiefs of Police and retired Chiefs of Police from 15 of the 20 parishes that comprise the Supreme Court district:

Sheriff John Ballance, Bienville Parish; District Attorney John Belton, 3rd JD; Chief of Police Andre Benson, Junction City; Sheriff Clay Bennett, Caldwell Parish; Sheriff Andy Brown, Jackson Parish; Chief of Police Joe Bryan, Spearsville; Sheriff Sammie Byrd, Madison Parish; Chief of Police Tommy Clark, Grambling; Sheriff Kevin Cobb, Franklin Parish; Chief of Police Bim Coulberston, Farmerville; Chief of Police Mark Dodd, Marion; District Attorney Penny Douciere, 5th JD; Chief of Police Don Dufour, Dubach; District Attorney Brian Frazier, 37th JD; Chief of Police Sandy Freeman, Simsboro;Sheriff Dusty Gates, Union Parish; Sheriff Gary Gilley, Richland Parish; Chief of Police Randal Hermes, Louisiana Tech; Chief of Police Eddie Horton, Bernice; Ret. Sheriff Wayne Houck, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Rickey Jones, Tensas Parish; Sheriff Cranford Jordan, Winn Parish; Ret. District Attorney Mack Lancaster, 5th JD; Sheriff Scott Mathews, West Carroll Parish; Ret. Sheriff Steve May, Caldwell Parish; Chief of Police Van McDaniel, Homer; Chief of Police Jerry Melton, Grambling University; Chief of Police Bobby J. Milner, Choudrant; District Attorney Chris Nevils, 8th JD; District Attorney Danny Newell, 2nd JD; Sheriff Jason Parker, Webster Parish; Ret. Chief of Police Minor Patton, Bernice; District Attorney Jimbo Paxton, 6th JD; Ret. Sheriff Jerry Philley, West Carroll Parish; Chief of Police Earl Roberts, Downsville; Sheriff Jay Russell, Ouachita Parish; Chief of Police Lewis B. Russell, Oak Grove; Ret. Sheriff Gary Sexton, Webster Parish; Ret. Sheriff Mike Stone, Lincoln Parish; District Attorney Steve Tew, 4th JD; Sheriff Mike Tubbs, Morehouse Parish; Ret. Sheriff Ken Volentine, Claiborne Parish; Sheriff Stephen Williams, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Wydette Williams, East Carroll Parish.

Early voting begins Friday, Oct 16 and goes through Oct 27, 2020 with Election Day Nov 3

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Remember This? Stanley’s Stump

Stanley Bert Eisen was born on January 20, 1952 in New York City.  On that day, doctors and nurses immediately realized Stanley had been born with a congenital deformity known as Microtia.    The deformity prevented his ear from forming properly and left him deaf in his right ear.  Rather than being deaf in his right ear, it would be better stated that he was deaf on his right side because there was no right ear.  Stanley was born with a stump where his right ear should have been.    

Stanley recalled that he had a “less than optimal childhood.”  His parents refused to acknowledge that Stanley had a deformity.  Rather than explaining his deformity and that he was half-deaf, his parents simply ignored the issue altogether.  Stanley recognized his deformity at an early age when people would stare at the right side of his face.  Stanley looked into mirrors and compared his left ear and the stump on the opposite side.  He knew he was different.  Stanley had trouble hearing on his right side but his family never spoke of his half-deafness.  Stanly recalled, “I was an angry, dysfunctional kid with a real image problem and a hearing problem that put me under constant scrutiny.  My family’s way was, ‘Everything’s OK.  Forward, march.’  But the idea that you make someone stronger by ignoring their pain shouldn’t be called ‘tough love.’ It should just be called ‘no love.’”

Stanley also struggled to fit in at school.  Being deaf on his right side, Stanley found it hard to tell from which direction sounds originated.  When everyone else responded to a sound by looking in a certain direction, Stanley usually looked the other way.  In a crowded room, he had a hard time differentiating people’s voices.  All of the voices sounded like jumbled up gibberish.  Because of his deformity the other students at his school treated him cruelly.  They teased and bullied him endlessly.  Stanley struggled with depression and social isolation.  He became a loner as his distrust of people grew. 

Stanley found solace in music.  His parents listened to classical music, which Stanley loved.  Stanley aimed his good toward the speakers and eagerly absorbed everything from Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Stephen Sondheim.  On February 9, 1964, the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show in what were the early years of the British Invasion.  Twelve-year-old Stanley watched in awe.  The Beatles wore their hair long, which quickly became fashionable.  Stanley realized that wearing his hair long would hide his deformed ear and it was in style.  Once his hair grew long enough, strangers stopped staring at his deformity.  “What I found over the years,” Stanley said, “was that what you deny and cover up doesn’t cease to exist, and even if you can hide something from the public, you can’t hide it from yourself.”

Stanley became an artist.  Through the years, he has earned millions of dollars off of his artwork which includes portraits, abstracts, and logos.  Art collectors around the world proudly display his work among their collections.  The prestigious Wentworth Gallery still sells his original artwork in their galleries.  Stanley’s work in the arts afforded him the required surgeries to rebuild his disfigured ear.  In 1982, 30-year-old Stanley had fiver surgeries in which doctors removed cartilage from one of his ribs and constructed a new right ear.  Still self-conscious, Stanley kept his hair long, which was in style in the 1980s.

In 1988, Stanley saw the London company perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.  He claimed that that show changed his life.  Stanley said “I had this momentary revelation, an epiphany where I went, ‘Wow, I can do that.”  For ten long years, Stanley dreamed of playing the part of the Phantom, a disfigured musical genius who was in love with a young protegee whom he had trained.  Finally, in 1998, Stanley got an audition to play the Phantom in the Toronto, Canada, production of The Phantom of the Opera.  In its ten-year run at the Pantages Theatre, the play had sold more than seven million tickets at $135 each for decent seats.  Stanley felt a personal connection to the Phantom.  He explained, “Here’s somebody who has a disfigurement that they’re covering and they’re trying to reach out to a woman, and, as much as they want to do it, they don’t know how.  Well, that pretty much summed up my life…”                     

To play the part of the Phantom required multiple auditions for singing, movement, and acting.    Stanley realized that this audition process was probably his only shot to play the Phantom.  Stanley prepared as best he could.  He had seen the play numerous times and knew the songs by heart.  There was no need for Stanley to worry.  Stanley passed the audition and got his coveted role.  For the first time since the 1960s, Stanley cut his long hair.  He had a month of rehearsals and voice lessons six days a week to prepare for the production.  Stanley told a reporter that playing the part was “the hardest work [he had] ever done.”  The critics, doubtful at first, thought he brought something special and new to the character.  Once his stint with the Toronto company ended, Stanley returned to his artwork. 

His most recognizable piece of art is well known around the world.  He was the artist who created the logo for the band KISS with its lightning bolt s’s.  He created the artwork for several of their album covers as well.  He was also one of the four artists who created KISS.  Stanley adopted the first name of one of the Beatles, the band he watched on the Ed Sullivan Show so long ago.  For the last half century, the world has known Stanley Bert Eisen as Paul Stanley. 

Sources:

  1. The National Post (Toronto, Canada) March 12, 1999, p.4.
  2. The Windsor Star, March 12, 1999, p.16.
  3. The Star-Phoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), May 26, 1999, p.29.
  4. Calgary Herald, May 27, 1999, p.48.
  5. Lansing State Journal, June 27, 1999, p.40.
  6. The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) January 3, 2001, p.20.
  7. New York Daily News, April 7, 2014, p.34.
  8. The Daily Item (Sunbury, Pennsylvania), April 13, 2014, p.B2.
  9. The Vancouver Sun, April 25, 2014, p.42.
  10. WentworthGallery.com. “Paul Stanley.” Accessed June 14, 2020.
    http://wentworthgallery.com/stanley.html.


New Study Reveals Teens Take Their Eyes Off the Road To Focus On Cellphones

new State Farm® online survey examines teen attitudes and behaviors about the use of smartphones while driving. This is what teens say:

  • Nine out of ten teenage drivers say they engage in at least one smartphone behavior while driving.
  • Parents influence their teenage children. Teens whose parents use cellphones while driving were more likely to do the same.
  • Teens report using phones while driving despite finding such activities distracting and believing they can increase the likelihood of a crash.
  • Teens who have been in an accident have a higher tendency to use their phone when behind the wheel.
  • Many teens reported driving a vehicle equipped with an advanced safety feature: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, or lane keeping assist. These teens more likely engaged in distracted smartphone behaviors while driving than those who drove vehicles without safety features. Teens are comfortable taking their eyes off the road to focus on other tasks when the safety systems are activeThis is a dangerous combination.

“Drivers who engage in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel are making the decision to put themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk,“ said Laurel Straub, Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Research at State Farm. “Unfortunately, this risk often leads to crashes, injuries, and fatalities. These tragedies are preventable.”

For teens, parents are an important role model in the car.

“Our data shows that teens who admit to using a smartphone while driving are more likely to have a parent or guardian who also uses a phone while driving,” Straub added.

When learning hands-on driving skills it’s important to:

  • Eliminate distractions when behind the wheel.
  • Practice your driving skills with your parents.
  • Enroll in drivers education courses. 
  • Review state graduated drivers licensing laws.
  • Establish restrictions, boundaries and curfews. 

Tips to avoid distractions while driving (not just for teens!):

  • Put the phone away. Set it to send an automatic reply while driving – no texts, internet, selfies or social media.
  • Adjust controls –  GPS, radios, air conditioning, or mirrors – before driving.
  • If you must call, pull over and park in a safe place or ask your passenger to call.
  • Always, always have your head in the game – drive safe.


My Opinion – Censorship By Twitter & Facebook Is Stunning

By Royal Alexander

Only days before the election, these tech giants block access to damaging news about the candidate they support

The censorship we have witnessed this week is a perfect example of why millions of Americans trust neither the national media nor social media. This is the behavior of totalitarian regimes and dictatorships.  Not America.

The New York Post, one of the oldest and largest newspapers in the world, broke a story regarding the discovery of credible evidence in the form of emails revealing that Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate, Joe Biden, clearly leveraged his dad’s then-position as Vice President by gaining favors from his dad that benefited the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma.  One 2015 email indicates that Vadym Pozharskyi, a Burma adviser, thanked Hunter Biden for “giving an opportunity” to meet former VP Joe Biden. 

This new, independent revelation regarding influence-peddling by Hunter Biden is obviously newsworthy given that the former VP has repeatedly said he had “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”  The new emails strongly suggest that former VP Biden was not only aware of his son’s business dealings but actually participated in meetings to benefit him.

Regardless, Facebook immediately stated that it “was reducing [the New York Post article’s] distribution on our platform.”  What this really means is Facebook would tweak and alter its algorithms to limit the ability of users to view, discuss or share the article.

Twitter’s effort to suppress the Post article went well beyond Facebook’s.  Twitter entirely banned all users’ ability to share the article on both its public timeline and private Direct Message function.  Twitter first responded to attempts to link to the article with the “error” response.  It later changed its response by telling users who tried to post and circulate the article that it judged its contents to be “potentially harmful.”

Twitter then continued its censorship efforts by locking the account of the New York Post itself!  The next day, the Post published a similar article highlighting likely influence-peddling by Hunter Biden with, this time, a Chinese energy company for which he was apparently to be paid $10 million a year for “introductions alone.”  Twitter banned that article as well.  (Imagine the screaming we’d see if even a whiff of this kind of corruption could be attributed to Don, Jr., or Eric Trump regarding Pres Trump.  On behalf of Joe Biden, though, there is media blackout).

It’s simply insufficient to say that no duty of fairness and evenhandedness is owed by Facebook and Twitter because the First Amendment only applies to government, not private, actors.  Government censorship of speech is not the only kind.  Private sector suppression of speech is equally threatening, chilling and damaging.  Democracy can only function with a free exchange of information.  Facebook and Twitter may not be government actors, but they are quasi-public entities, and they are behemoths.  They are essentially monopolies and possess enormous leverage as a result. 

They owe a duty of fairness for many reasons, not least because Twitter and Facebook directly benefit from a valuable legal advantage contained in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  This law protects them from any legal liability for content published on their sites, much of which may be defamatory.  These two giants should not be allowed to receive valuable federal benefits on the one hand then also take the position that “we are private companies so we can suppress speech whenever we like.”

These two companies are no longer, if they ever were, neutral arbiters simply operating information exchange platforms.  They have become the equivalent of media companies who regularly make editorial decisions in the composition of their news feeds and in so doing, reflect a distinctly Leftist bent.  They remain legally unaccountable for damage done by the content on their platform and they have broad discretion to censor 3rd party speech.  This is too much.  I am hopeful changes to Section 230 will be made to limit the legal protections of social media companies.

Given the special status they enjoy, Twitter and Facebook have an obligation to act in the public interest and they are not doing so.  I would support the DOJ either breaking them up on grounds of antitrust and monopoly or Congress removing their Section 230 advantage and regulating them as public utilities.

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.


Notice of Death October 20, 2020

WINN:
Alexander Vert Tait, III
June 03, 1955 – October 17, 2020
Service: Thursday, October 22 at 2 pm in the Mt. Zion Cemetery of Wheeling

Genevieve Ozelle Adams
November 10, 1927 – October 17, 2020
Arrangements TBA

NATCHITOCHES:
Brent Druien Thompson
October 04, 1930 – October 19, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 24 at 2 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ken Babers
October 15, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 24 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Billie Hayes
October 14, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Martin Luther Howard Sr.
November 7, 1920 – October 1, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Vanilla Hardy
May 11, 1970 – September 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

GRANT:
Janice Marie Prestridge

Visitation: 9:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Rush Funeral Home, Pineville
Service: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, in the Chapel of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville
Interment: Following service at Malone Cemetery, Ball


Winn Parish Arrest Report

WINN PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Name: Dequincy L. Mangum
Date: 10-11-2020
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge:  DWI 1st Offense W/Test, Failure to Yield, Modified Exhaust

Name: Decortez J. Staves
Date: 10-11-2020
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge:  Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms

Name: Clarence M. Baron
Date: 10-12-2020
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge:  Holding for Court

Name: Jameson J. Austin
Date: 10-12-2020
Age: 19
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge:  Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms, Aggravated Flight From Officer, Switched License Plate, No Driver’s License, Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile

Name: Montre P. Bowser
Date: 10-12-2020
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Charge:  Speeding 25 – 29 MPH Over Limit, Switched License Plate, Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms

Name: Annette M. Carpenter
Date: 10-13-2020
Age: 49
Gender: Female
Race: White
Charge:  Failure to Appear

Name: Regina K. Elliott
Date: 10-13-2020
Age: 50
Gender: Female
Race: White
Charge:  Arson-Simple, Resisting A Police Officer With Force, Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Damage to Property

Winnfield Police Department
Name: Trudy Sykes
Date: 10-09-2020
Age: 52
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Charge:  Bench Warrant x 2
Bond: $550 & $100

Name: William Watkins
Date: 10-12-2020
Age: 33
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge:  Transfer From WPDC
Bond: N/A

Name: Christopher Blake
Date: 10-14-2020
Age: 42
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge:  City Bench Warrant Arraignment OTP
Bond: $50

Name: Jason Berry
Date: 10-14-2020
Age: 45
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge:  City Bench Warrant Arraignment
Bond: $695.00

Name: Cody Roberts
Date: 10-15-2020
Age: 29
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge:  Disturbing the Peace, Public Intoxication
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Jared Ardon
Date: 10-17-2020
Age: 20
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Charge:  Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Battery of a Police Officer x 2
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Brandy Coleman
Date: 10/18/2020
Age: 36
Address: Winnfield, LA
Gender: Female
Race: White
Charge:  Theft by Fraud > $1000.00
Bond: None Listed


CLTCC Adds Bulldozer Simulator for Forestry Technology Training

Winnfield, La., Oct. 15, 2020 — Thanks to a grant from The Rapides Foundation, Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) students in the Forestry Technology Program can now learn the basics of operating a bulldozer on a state-of-the-art simulator.

The bulldozer simulator is the third heavy equipment simulator in the program, joining simulators for an FM Log Loader and one for a Track Buncher/Feller.

“A bulldozer is a basic piece of equipment used in logging,” explained Forest Technology Instructor Jordan Franks. “Our Advisory Board and our industrial partners feel it is important for our students to have a working knowledge of bulldozer equipment. They are used to do Best Management Practice (BMP) work, maintain roads and manage water runoff. They are a must-have item on site.”

Franks said the new simulator allows students to get a basic understanding of operation, maintenance and safety. “This gives our students the ability to get familiar with the controls and operation and train safely in a controlled environment to develop a basic understanding of operation without worrying about damaging the machine or hurting themselves.”

The machine uses virtual reality, Franks said, noting it has three screens simulating the front, back and side views as well as a helmet students wear for training exercises. The simulator trains students on all basic tasks for operating the equipment, from initial safety checks to proper use and then shutdown procedures.

“We are very fortunate to have the support to purchase a machine of this quality to give our students the best possible training,” said Huey P. Long Campus Dean and CLTCC Director of Adult Education Jeff Johnson.

In addition to forestry needs, Franks said the simulator gives the CLTCC Forestry Technology students a leg up if they chose to move into a construction career. “It definitely gives our students a leg up with construction,” Franks said. “There are not a lot of people with this kind of experience.”

“CLTCC is thankful for The Rapides Foundation and its support of our advanced manufacturing programs. These simulators immediately impact our current forest technology students while also affording business and industry partners opportunities to grow their incumbent workforce via targeted skill and customized training courses,” said Vice Chancellor of Workforce Solutions Misty Slayter.

To enroll and register, visit http://www.CLTCC.edu/apply. For more information, contact the school via email at info@cltcc.edu or call 800-278-9855.

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than 20 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for high-demand and high-wage careers. CLTCC serves 10 parishes in Central Louisiana through its eight campuses and provides instruction in one state prison and one federal correctional institution. For more information, visit http://www.cltcc.edu.

CLTCC Forestry students Allison Sweat and Colby Wedgeworth
demonstrate CLTCC’s new bulldozer and loggings simulators.
These were provided for high wage, high demand, high skill
Careers in Central Louisiana.


Glamping in State Parks

Louisiana State Parks has partnered with Tentrr to bring more than 60 fully-equipped, safari-style tent sites atop a raised platform to eight state parks in November. This glamour-camping (or glamping) offers guests a queen-style cot, a heating source, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, a grill, and picnic table with storage and benches. Double tent sites—or buddy sites—sleep up to 12. The fully equipped campsites will be at Lake Fausse Pointe, South Toledo Bend, Chicot, Grand Isle, Lake D’Arbonne, Fountainebleau, Jimmie Davis, and Lake Claiborne State Parks. ADA-accessible and pet-friendly sites are available. To make a camping reservation, go to lastateparks.com.


Suspect Shot During Police Standoff in Winnfield – WPD Press Release

Cornelius Street

Press Release City of Winnfield Police Department
October 15, 2020

A burglary suspect was shot after a 5 hour standoff with police in Winnfield during the early hours this morning.

Cornelius Street, 42, of Winnfield had allegedly burglarized a vehicle just outside the city limits on Cedar Drive.  City Police and the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the burglary-in-progress.  Deputies and Officers attempted to arrest Street at a residence on Front Street.  Suspect ran into the house and barricaded himself from police while keeping his girlfriend and 2 young children in the house.  Initial attempts to negotiate yielded no positive results.  Deputies deployed chemical munitions with no response. Officers then  attempted to make entry into the home and were met by a barrage of gun fire. 

A SWAT team from the Louisiana State Police were called in to assist.  As the standoff entered its 5th hour, SWAT deployed flashbangs and made entry and secured the girlfriend and children to safety.  Street started a fire in the area where he was barricaded.

Street was taken into custody shortly thereafter.  He has been shot in the jaw.  He was transported to the Rapides Regional Medical Center in stable condition By Advanced EMS ambulance.  The Winnfield Fire Department were quickly on scene to extinguish the fire.  Both emergency elements had been staged nearby until the scene was cleared and safe.

Street faces multiple charges stemming from this incident, including Simple Burglary,  3 counts of Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Arson, 2 counts Cruelty to Juveniles, and 4 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer.

The coordinated efforts of the Winnfield Police Department, the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Winnfield Fire Department and Advance EMS resulted in no lost lives and no injuries to any emergency response personnel.

The incident is now under investigation and review by the Louisiana State Police.  Any further comments, if any, will be released by Troop E through their Public Information Officer.


LSP Investigating Trooper Involved Shooting in Winn Parish

Winnfield- Shortly after 1:00 a.m., Louisiana State police was requested by Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office to assist with a barricaded suspect in the 1700 block of Front Street in Winnfield.  

Prior to State Police being contacted, the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant for burglary charges for 42-year-old Cornelius Street.  Upon their arrival, the Sheriff’s Office encountered gunfire from Street.  At that time, he barricaded himself inside the residence along with family members.    

During the course of the incident, Street ended communications with law enforcement and refused to be taken into custody while igniting a fire in the residence. As the incident progressed, Street continued to threaten Troopers and Deputies with a firearm resulting in Street being shot by law enforcement.  Street was taken to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  

No family members, Deputies or Troopers were injured during this encounter.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, and there is no further information available at this time.