Winnfield Tigers Beat Many to Bring Home the 3-2A District Championship

The Winnfield Tigers baseball team beat the Many Tigers last night 6-2 to become 3-2A District Champions.

This story is developing and will be updated as more details are received.

Pictured above: Back row from left: Eli Little, Amarion Starks, Trey Starks, Hunter Tucker, Jake Hemphill, Jake Pharr, Brycen Page, Ryland Brister, Jake Norsworthy, McKelvy Rhone, Coach Mike Breaux, Gavin Arnaud.
Front row from left: Coach Jake Parks, Canyon Compton, Micah Griffin, Cameron Kyle, Sean Lawe Spangler, Rett Blake, Dyllan Lawson, Brady Johnson, Brody White

Photo courtesy of Tiger Snaps.

Don’t Miss the Louisiana Forest Festival Kickoff Tonight at 5:30

Come join the festivities at tonight’s Kickoff! Starting at 5:30 PM in the parking lot of the Civic center (unless there is rain and then activities will be moved inside.)
Join the Forest Festival Queens, scholarship winners, In-memory and In-honor Logger of the year announcement, and special guests!!!
Music in the amphitheater to follow!
Make plans to join the celebration beside the American Veteran Traveling Tribute & The Traveling Wall!
The Louisiana Forest Festival board would like to congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients!

  • Lisa Stevenson
  • Alyssa Taylor
  • Anna Little
  • Josie Camp
  • Alayna Martin
  • Jack Adams
  • Emma Bevill

Come back Saturday to pet a rabbit or a pre-historic raptor. You can watch a lumberjack competition or do some shopping in the vendor market. This year’s Forest Festival is packed with things to do, see and enjoy!

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Three Winn Parish Seniors Named 4-H Scholarship Recipients

Louisiana 4-H Foundation Director Patrick Tuck, Ph.D., recently announced the 2021 Final 4-H Scholarship Winners. “We awarded more scholarships to students from more parishes than in recent years – 71winners from 42 Parishes!” said Tuck

Three students from Winn Parish were among the names:

  • Anna Little
  • Alyssa Taylor
  • Josie Camp

“We are so proud of our “4-H’ers” we just have the best group of kids,” said 4-H County Agent Donny Moon.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Through non-formal, research-based, experiential education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities. We invite you to join us at your local Louisiana 4-H club, where the fun never ends.

Atlanta Baptist Spring Revival Starts Sunday

The Atlanta Baptist Church invites you to their Spring Revival starting Sunday, April 25th – Wednesday, April 28th. Special music featured April 25th from Graceway. Evangelist Brother Daniel Breithaupt will speak each night with worship music by Atlanta Baptist Praise Team. 

Services begin at 6:30 PM. Make plans to attend! Invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors!! Atlanta Baptist Church expects great and mighty things to happen- Souls to be delivered, lives to be changed, bodies to be healed, broken things to be restored, and miracles to take place! 

Come be part of what God is doing!

Angler’s Perspective – How Dumb Are Ya?!!!

There are a few things that really set me off when it comes to angler/boater incidents both on and off the water. Things that make you ask the question “How dumb are Ya?” Today I’m going to give you a few examples of what I mean and hopefully you won’t fall into one of these categories. Some of these situations I’ve heard about from other anglers but most I’ve witnessed personally. If you’re wondering if I’m being judgmental, the answer is yes!

I’m so tired of seeing people do stupid stuff especially at the boat ramp. If you’re an angler or a boater, listen up!  Please do me and everyone else a favor! DON’T BLOCK THE BOAT RAMP! Load your boat with all your gear before you back down the ramp. This happens all the time where an angler or pleasure boater waits to unhook his tie down straps, remove the motor mate, put in the plug, load the ice chest, fix a sandwich and place their rods in the boat. Oh, and I forgot to mention, that after they’ve done all these other things and get in the boat to back it off the trailer, they forgot to unhook the front. Do ALL this before you back down the ramp and launching your boat will only take a minute or two versus ten minutes. Please stop doing this! Do ALL your prep work before you get on the ramp!

This next category I call “cutters.” These are bass anglers who like to cut off or cut in front of another angler on the water. A prime example that I’ve experienced in my last two trips to Toledo Bend occurred when I was fishing a main lake point about thirty yards off the bank when another angler came around the same point that I’m obviously fishing. As I make another cast towards the point, I notice that instead of going around me, this anger decides to go between me and the bank and is literally twenty feet from my boat! The first problem I had with this idiot, is that he never even acknowledged that I was there. The second problem was the fact he actually trolled directly over my fishing line and still never acknowledged my presence. Needless to say, after I shouted a few expletives questioning this man’s intelligence, I just could not believe what I had witnessed. After a case of water rage, I literally wanted to physically hurt this man! I wished I had videoed this incident so I could post it on Facebook on what not to do when fishing a point that another angler is also fishing. Again, this has happened to me my last two trips to Toledo Bend. I just don’t understand what people are thinking!

This next incident took place on Sam Rayburn in March while fishing the ABA Solo Top 150 Tour event. Now you have to understand that anglers who fish this tournament trail, do so without co-anglers or partners. This is not a team bass tournament, so anglers have to launch their boats by themselves. This means as you back your boat off the trailer, you need a place to park it so you can pull your trailer off the ramp and park it in the parking lot. The problem was, as the first 10 or 15 anglers launched their boats, they decided it was a smart idea to park along the bank and alongside the boat dock This made it impossible for the other 65 anglers to find a place to park their boats so other anglers could launch as well. Just like the “cutters” at Toledo Bend, I could not pass up the opportunity to inform this group of anglers of just how dumb they are. I mean it’s just common sense that everyone cannot park next to the boat ramp while other anglers are trying to launch their boats. Again, “How dumb are Ya?”

I hope today that you’ve learned a few things about what NOT to do at a boat ramp and on the water. With so many anglers and pleasure boaters on the water today, it’s important that everyone be conscious of what they are doing and how their actions might affect other boaters. I feel like it should be required that anyone operating a boat of any size be required to take a boating safety course and that the unwritten rules of etiquette be taught as part of this course. Until next time, if you hear someone chewing out another angler or boater on any body of water, it’s probably just me trying to educate a few people. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live

LDWF: Wildlife Funding Act Introduced in Congress Today Could Benefit Louisiana

Yesterday, on Earth Day, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) was introduced in Congress. The bipartisan bill will dedicate $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies and an additional $97.5 million for tribal fish and wildlife managers. The passage of this act would provide dedicated funding to conserve fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need – before federal listing under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. In addition to protecting valuable natural resources, this bill would also create an estimated 33,000 jobs throughout the United States each year.  

“What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the introduction of this landmark wildlife funding bill,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would allow us to accelerate recovery of more than 362 species at risk of extinction in our state. Louisiana is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, and these resources would help to ensure we can preserve this heritage for current and future generations.”

RAWA would provide approximately $16 million to Louisiana annually, thereby allowing LDWF to accelerate conservation efforts outlined in the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan. This plan has been implementing proactive, voluntary, successful conservation since 2005; however, its implementation has been limited, because of inadequate funding.

RAWA funds would be used to accelerate recovery of at-risk species by addressing critical data gaps. By conducting surveys and research projects, LDWF biologists would collect the additional data required to best manage species and their habitats, reduce key threats, and promote population increases.

Some examples of the species at risk in Louisiana are: Louisiana Pearlshell (mussel), Louisiana Pinesnake, Alligator Snapping Turtle, Frosted Elfin (butterfly), and Black Rail (bird).


LOCATION: Central Office

QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or equivalent, Associate or Bachelor’s Degree preferred, excellent communication skills, and proficiency in computer skills.

SALARY: According to Parish Salary Schedule


WHERE TO APPLY: Linda Page, Personnel Director

Natchitoches Parish School Board

P.O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358

DEADLINE: Monday, May 3, 2021
4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcript, and two letters of reference.

Notice of Death April 22, 2021


Joseph “Boney” Powell
April 18, 1951 – April 20, 2021
Service: Saturday April 24 at 1 pm at Blanchard St Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Donnie Ray Armstrong
February 1, 1953 – April 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Rickey Lane Smith Sr.
October 7, 1968 – April 17, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Thelma Jean Morris
April 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Annie Belle Davis
April 15, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Frances Gayle Speight
March 6, 1941 – April 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 24 at 2 pm at Beulah Baptist Church

Edna Genevieve Moore Dufour
April 1, 1944 – April 15, 2021
Service: Friday, April 23 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, located at 355 Capitol St. in Many

Jackie Ruth Holcomb
July 17, 1943 – April 18, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 24 at 2 pm at Mt. Olive Cemetery

Mildred Marie Loving
May 02, 1924 – April 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 24 at 11:30 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Mark Martinez
Date: 4-14-2021
Race: Unkown
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: James Earl Sayne
Date: 4-14-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 74
Charge: Battery-Simple-Involving Domestic Violence, False Imprisonment, First Degree Rape- Victim Under 13 Years of Age X3, Molestation of A Juvenile X2, Indecent Behavior with Juvenile(S) X3

Name: Brandon Earl Banta
Date: 4-16-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 24
Charge: Possession of Marijuana,Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Open Container, Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Name: Byron O. Luc III
Date: 4-16-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 55
Charge: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Open Container, Possession Of Schedule II Drugs, Prohibited Acts; Drug Paraphernalia, Disturbing the Peace Drunkenness

Name: Alton Clark Williamson
Date: 4-16-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 60
Charge: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Open Container, Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Name: Ashley M. Reddoch
Date: 4-16-2021
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 25
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Chad Everette Johnson
Date: 4-16-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Charge: No Drivers License

Name: Derrick J. Thompson
Date: 4-18-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Charge: Failure to Appear X4, Simple Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property

Name: Lucas Seth Carter
Date: 4-19-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Charge: Illegal Possession of Stolen Things

Winn Parish Clerk of Court Speaks to Rotary Club of Winnfield

Ms. Chesney Baxley, Winn Parish clerk of court, was the speaker for the April 14, 2021 meeting of the Rotary Club of Winnfield, as well as Rotarian of the week. Ms. Baxley has served as the clerk of court since her election in 2016, and spoke about the latest technological developments in the clerk’s office since she took office.

The clerk of court is responsible for maintaining and administering the public records of the parish related to real estate, including conveyances, mortgages, leases and other transactions, the records of civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions, the court docket, calendar and minutes, summoning registered voters to form grand and petit jury panels, together with certain duties related to elections for public office within the parish.

Ms. Baxley said she has been actively working to bring the clerk’s office into the online world for several years, and she is close to seeing some of her efforts bear fruit in the near future. She mentioned that the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association has been instrumental in the creation of the Louisiana Clerks Remote Access Authority [LCRAA], a state entity authorized by the legislature to design, construct, administer and maintain a portal through which individuals may access the indices of public records maintained by parish clerks of court throughout the state. The authority is funded by recording fees imposed by the legislature and collected by the clerks of court in the 64 parishes and transmitted to LCRAA. These fees are used to fund the administration and maintenance of the statewide portal, and to provide funding to those clerks of court, mostly in small rural parishes like Winn, whose operations do not provide adequate funding to pay for the necessary infrastructure, software, technology and training to place all court records online and make them accessible to the public on the internet.

Ms. Baxley has been awarded multiple grants by LCRAA which have enabled her to have computer and internet infrastructure put in place and have the court records converted to electronic images available for online research by the public. In the near future, the Winn Parish conveyance records will be online and accessible to the public for a fee. The mortgage records will be added in the future, and the other court records maintained by the clerk will eventually be uploaded to the system as well. Thus, the public will be able to view, download and/or print images of court documents and public records via the clerk’s website. Certain fees, the amounts of which have not been determined, will be charged for searching the records as well as for printing the records to pay for the cost of maintaining the records online. The office will also be able to accept online payment and credit card payment for its services as a result of these changes.

Online access will not only save the individual who wishes to review the court records and parish records a great deal of time, but it will also save the clerk and her employees untold hours now spent assisting patrons of the office with finding documents and records they need for their legal or business transactions. It will also generate additional revenues to cover the expenses related to the use and maintenance of the computer system itself.

Ms. Baxley assured the group that these developments and changes will be very much appreciated by all the patrons of the clerk’s office, individuals and legal and business offices alike.

The meeting was concluded 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 at (832) 573-5085. You can also find club information on Facebook at Rotary Club of Winnfield Facebook Page or online at   

Atlanta Baptist Church Invites You to Spring Revival

The Atlanta Baptist Church invites you to their Spring Revival starting Sunday, April 25th – Wednesday, April 28th. Special music featured April 25th from Graceway. Evangelist Brother Daniel Breithaupt will speak each night with worship music by Atlanta Baptist Praise Team. 

Services begin at 6:30 PM. Make plans to attend! Invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors!! Atlanta Baptist Church expects great and mighty things to happen- Souls to be delivered, lives to be changed, bodies to be healed, broken things to be restored, and miracles to take place! 

Come be part of what God is doing!

Don’t Let the Weekend Forecast Stop You From Attending the Louisiana Forest Festival this Weekend

The Festival Board is watching the weather. As of now, they are making preparations to move everything inside. The concert will still happen. Opening ceremonies will start at 5:30 with music to follow. Opening ceremonies and the concert have been moved to the Winnfield Civic Center. It is still at the same location for those coming from out of town. Signs will be in place to direct traffic. The Festival Board are working very hard to keep everything rolling this weekend! Just be patient as they try to rearrange and adjust! See you all Friday!