2021 Fall Festival – Thursday, October 28th – Downtown Winnfield

The Winn Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the City of Winnfield invite you to the 2021 Fall Festival. 

Bring the family out for some Fall festivities in downtown Winnfield on Thursday, October 28th.

Trunk or Treat from 5 – 7

Costume Contest will start at 6:30 in the grass area beside town hall

Age Groups:
0-3 years
4-7 years
8-12 years

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Drop off location: Town Hall (in the grass area)
Have Pumpkins there between 4:30-5:00pm
Age Groups:
PreK-1st
2nd-5th
6th-8th

For questions or to reserve a spot contact: Shonna Moss 628-0169


1st Annual Trade Days to Host Gumbo Cook-off

November 13, 2021, the Winn Parish Fairgrounds will be home to Krewe de LaWinn’s 1st Annual Trade Days, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

At the Trade Days, the Krewe will host its 2nd Annual Brewe da Roux Gumbo Cook-off. Contestants will compete for the title of the Cenla’s Best Gumbo Cook! Gumbos will be judged on aroma, flavor, consistency, color, and aftertaste. A special classification is our People’s Choice. That is when the general gets to cast their vote on who is the best Gumbo cook!

Do you have an award-winning Gumbo recipe? Then, join the festivities and show us how it tastes. All proceeds raise money to purchase playground equipment for children with special needs.

For further information, please get in touch with Tina Lloyd at 318-316-6143.


Winn Parish Police Jury Meeting Tonight

The Winn Parish Police Jury will hold a Special Called Meeting Monday, October 18, 2021, at 119 West Main Street, Parish Courthouse, Room 112, Winnfield, La. at 4:30 PM.

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Invocation & Pledge.
  3. Adoption of Agenda.
  4. Announcements & Comments:
  5. BUSINESS:
    1. Joshua McAllister-To discuss Capital Outlay roads.
  6. Adjourn.

The Winn Parish Police Jury will hold a Regular Meeting Monday, October 18, 2021, at 119 West Main Street, Parish Courthouse Room 112, Winnfield, La. at 5:00 PM.

AGENDA

I. Call to Order.
II. Invocation and Pledge.
III. Amendments or deletions.
IV. Adoption of Agenda.
V. Adoption of Minutes-September 20, 2021-Regular Meeting and September 28, 2021-Special Called Meeting.
VI. Announcements and Comments.

1. Mr. Perry Holmes, Road Superintendent-to give a road update.

VII. GUESTS:

  1. Mr. Lawrence Desadier, Winn Parish Tax Assessor-To give a report on the 2021 Ad Valorem Taxes.
  2. Miss Anastacia Wiley, Judge Eighth Judicial Court-To recap her first year in office and discuss new equipment in Courtroom.
  3. Miss Kelley Skains-To discuss the Winn Parish Beautification Project. 

VIII. BUSINESS:

  1. Mr. Kirk Miles-Motion to approve monthly invoices.
  2. Mr. Author Robinson–Motion to reduce the speed limit to 15 MPH on Womack Road.
  3. Mrs. Tammy Griffin-Motion to Adopt a Winn Parish Ordinance for sale and use of fireworks.
    –Motion to adopt a Resolution to assist the Village of Calvin with the repair of holes in the road on the south end of 2nd Street starting at Front Street to the end of ih Street.
  4. Mr. Phillip Evans-Motion to Adopt a Resolution for the annual certification with the State of Louisiana Off System Bridge Replacement Program. –Motion to purchase a complete 60″ deck assembly from Covington Sales & Services, Inc. in the amount of $16,581.00.
  5. Mr. Joshua McAllister-Motion to adopt a Resolution in support ofresuming Federal Offshore Leasing in the Gulf of Mexico.
    –Motion to certify the 2021 Ad Valorem Tax Rolls.
    –Motion to adopt a Resolution to apply for 2022/2023 Capital Outlay for select roadways.
    –Motion to adopt a Resolution authorizing Mr. Henry Shuler of Shuler Consulting Company to draft and submit Capital Outlay requests on behalf of the Jury for
    2022/2023.
    –Motion to accept proposal for software in Police Jury meeting room from Open Meeting Technologies, Inc. in amount of $32,850 for 5 year subscription and maintenance using ARP A funds.
    –Motion to accept proposal for technology equipment in Police Jury meeting room from dbm computers in amount of$13,042 using ARPA funds.
    –Motion to transfer the loss revenue from 2020 using ARP A funds to the appropriate funds as follows: See attached list.
    –Motion to authorize employee hazard pay in amount of $108,514 for worked hours during the pandemic for 2020 using ARP A funds.
    –Motion to enter Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the Winn Parish Police Jury and Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs where the Parish contributes $796 per month to support the Veterans office in Winn Parish for 2021.
    –Motion to enter Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between and Winn Parish Police Jury and Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs where the Parish contributes $800 per month to support the Veterans Office in Winn Parish for 2022.
    –Motion to declare the following list ofroad equipment as surplus.

IX. Announcements and Comments:


Goldonna News

The leaves are beginning to change colors in Goldonna and the signs of Fall are peaking out of every tree line and every deer stand.

When you think of Fall in Goldonna you may be thinking of the Deer Corn Fundraiser at Goldonna Elementary School. Once again they will be raffling off a pallet of deer corn! You can call the school at 318-727-9499 for tickets or more information. Tickets are $1.00 each and the drawing will be held Monday, October 25th.

The Goldonna Elementary Junior High School will be having an informational meeting for the PTO group. It will be held October 21st at 5:30 in the school auditorium. Red Ribbon Week will be held October 25th thru October 29.

Monday – Champions don’t do Drugs – wear a sports jersey for $1
Tuesday- You won’t see me doing Drugs – wear camouflage for $1
Wednesday – Wake up Drug Free – wear appropriate PJ’s for $1
Thursday – You can’t Twin with drugs – find a friend and dress like twins $1
Friday – Say BOO! to Drugs – wear appropriate Halloween costume (no weapons( $1

Friday, October 22nd is the big day for Goldonna Assembly of God Church. They will host their “Step Right Up” faith and family fun fellowship. Start time is 6:00pm and your family can enjoy games, prizes, bounce houses, dunking booth and carnival food.

The Christmas in the Park committee will be in full operation from now until festival day. The committee is proud to announce there will be a parade this year. Rumor has it that some of the area high school bands will be marching! If you would like to participate in the parade you can message the Christmas In the Park Facebook page or reach out to the Mayor or a committee member. There is still plenty of room for volunteers as well. Santa will need all of the elves to make this the best festival ever!

If you have news to share please email Reba Phelps at jreba.phelps@gmail.com


KATE’S KREWE RIDES AGAIN

THE RIDE IS BACK ! After being cancelled last year due to COVID, ”RIDE ATAXIA-DALLAS” is scheduled to take place on November 6th, 2021, at University of North Texas, Discovery Park, Denton, Texas. As always, there will be three rides taking place with 6, 27 & 50 mile route options. Lunch will once again be catered by Outback Steakhouse.The ride is always fun for everyone and is one of the major fundraising events for FRIEDREICH’S ATAXIA RESEARCH ALLIANCE ( FARA ). The goal for the Dallas ride is $175,000 this year. Our team, Kate’s Krewe, has participated in the ride over the past few years. The ride, along with our other fundraising efforts, has helped Kate raise over $100,000 for FARA. With your help we can add to that total this year and further assist in the efforts to treat and find a cure for FA through their research studies and clinical trials.

Kate will not be riding this year, but will be there to support and encourage the Kate’s Krewe team as well as her fellow team leaders and their riders.We invite you to join Kate’s team, ride, volunteer, and/or donate. It is through the generosity of you and many others that keeps their hopes and dreams alive (prayers are always welcome).

Please consider helping to support our efforts by making a donation to FARA. FARA is a national, public 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt organization. This can easily be done several ways, first by going to the internet to: makeithappencurefa.com , then clicking on Kate’s Krewe Team Page and then select DONATE , or by calling one of us to pickup your donation or mail it to us (phone & address below).

Thank you for your consideration and please keep Kate in your prayers.

Bo & Chris Walker
318-663-4047 318-663-1611
700 W North St
Winnfield,LA 71483


Know Before You Vote – Constitutional Amendments on November 13th Ballot Explained

Winn Parish voters will go to the polls on November 13 to cast ballots on four statewide constitutional amendments.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order on Sept. 9 formally delaying the upcoming fall elections in Louisiana, following severe damage from Hurricane Ida in southeast Louisiana, which would make holding the election difficult and could lead to challenges for displaced voters.

According to the Secretary of State’s office:

  • The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Oct. 13. 
  • The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 23. 
  • Early voting is Oct. 30 through Nov. 6 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 31) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 
  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 9 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee 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 absentee ballot is Nov. 12 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

The four amendments on the ballot are:

Proposed Amendment No. 1 (Act 131 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to add Article VII, Section 3.1 to the Louisiana Constitution.) 

“Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance, and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state by the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission and to provide for the funding, duties, and responsibilities of the commission?”

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder spoke to the Rotary Club of Winnfield earlier this year regarding  Proposed Amendment No. 1. If passed, he said the amendment would create a State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission to “provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state,” according to the bill.

Proposed Amendment No. 2(Act 134 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article VII, Section 4(A) of the Louisiana Constitution.)

“Do you support an amendment to lower the maximum allowable rate of individual income tax and to authorize the legislature to provide by law for a deduction for federal income taxes paid?” 

Proposed Amendment No. 3(Act 132 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article VI, Section 39 of the Louisiana Constitution.)

“Do you support an amendment to allow levee districts created after January 1, 2006, and before October 9, 2021, whose electors approve the amendment to levy an annual tax not to exceed five mills for the purpose of constructing and maintaining levees, levee drainage, flood protection, and hurricane flood protection?” 

Proposed Amendment No. 4(Act 157 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article VII, Section 10(F)(2)(a) and (b) of the Louisiana Constitution.)

“Do you support an amendment to increase the amount of allowable deficit reductions to statutory dedications and constitutionally protected funds from five percent to ten percent?”

To find out more about each amendment and what a yes or no vote means click below.


Deer Tag Verification Phone Number has Changed to 225-267-9998

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has recently changed the phone number for validating a harvest by phone. The new phone number is 225-267-9998.

The old 844 number, which was printed on licenses prior to October 11, is no longer active. All new or reprinted tags will include the correct phone number.

For additional information about your LDWF licenses and harvest tags, log into your account at LouisianaOutdoors.com.


Notice of Death October 17, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Rev. Wayne Hicks
January 17, 1938 – October 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 23 at 1 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Natchitoches

SABINE:
Emily Ann Dillard
August 23, 1936 – October 14, 2021
Service: Monday, October 18 at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill

RED RIVER:
Robert Glen Downs
February 22, 1962 – October 12, 2021
Service: Tuesday, October 19 at 11 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel


KATE’S KREWE RIDES AGAIN

THE RIDE IS BACK ! After being cancelled last year due to COVID, ”RIDE ATAXIA-DALLAS” is scheduled to take place on November 6th, 2021, at University of North Texas, Discovery Park, Denton, Texas. As always, there will be three rides taking place with 6, 27 & 50 mile route options. Lunch will once again be catered by Outback Steakhouse.The ride is always fun for everyone and is one of the major fundraising events for FRIEDREICH’S ATAXIA RESEARCH ALLIANCE ( FARA ). The goal for the Dallas ride is $175,000 this year. Our team, Kate’s Krewe, has participated in the ride over the past few years. The ride, along with our other fundraising efforts, has helped Kate raise over $100,000 for FARA. With your help we can add to that total this year and further assist in the efforts to treat and find a cure for FA through their research studies and clinical trials.

Kate will not be riding this year, but will be there to support and encourage the Kate’s Krewe team as well as her fellow team leaders and their riders.We invite you to join Kate’s team, ride, volunteer, and/or donate. It is through the generosity of you and many others that keeps their hopes and dreams alive (prayers are always welcome).

Please consider helping to support our efforts by making a donation to FARA. FARA is a national, public 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt organization. This can easily be done several ways, first by going to the internet to: makeithappencurefa.com , then clicking on Kate’s Krewe Team Page and then select DONATE , or by calling one of us to pickup your donation or mail it to us (phone & address below).

Thank you for your consideration and please keep Kate in your prayers.

Bo & Chris Walker
318-663-4047 318-663-1611
700 W North St
Winnfield,LA 71483


Kiwanis Club Installs 2021-22 Officers

The Kiwanis Club of Winnfield held its Officer Installation on October 12, 2021, at its regular noon meeting at The Pea Patch. We enjoyed a delicious meal of brisker, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and cake. Outgoing President Kyle Armitage honored Rita James with the Kiwanian of the Year Award.

Division 11 Lt. Governor Darren Green (Alexandria Kiwanis Club) installed the officers for the 2021-22 year. The Board of Directors include Rita James, Sheila Armitage, Steve Bates, Joe Evans and Shonna Moss. Installed as President was Lamar Tarver, President-Elect Kim Futrell, Vice-President Margaret Coon and Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Bill Gaddis. Lt. Governor Green spoke about responsibilities of the offices, working together, building upon the previous year and moving forward in these difficult times.

President Lamar Tarver and Past President Kyle Armitage were presented with Zeller awards for the club’s contributions to the ELIMINATE project. Dr. Jerry Williams and Dr. Bill Gaddis were presented with “Diamond Zellers” which was their second contribution. The ELIMINATE project (elimination of maternal neonatal tetanus in third world countries) was an International Service project in conjunction with UNISEF. The monies have all been collected and the project is almost complete.

The Kiwanis club looks forward to making this year a great year as we work to improve the lives of children in our community and the world. We are very excited to be back in the schools this year with the Terrific Kids program.

Pictured above: from left Dr. Bill Gaddis, Darren Green, Steve Bates, Rita James, Margaret Coon, Kim Futrell, Kyle Armitage,
Sheila Armitage, Lamar Tarver, Joe Evans. not pictured: Shonna Moss


Sikes Wolf Creek Festival this Weekend – 2 Days of Music – Food & Crafts

The Sikes Wolf Creek Festival is October 15th and16th in Sikes, LA at 225 Front Street. Gates open at 6 PM on Friday and 9 AM on Saturday. 

Fish fry Friday night at 6:00 pm with entertainment by Tommy Jaxton band afterward. 

Saturday gates open at 9 AM for all day festival and music.

There will be over 30 vendors, so come and get your Christmas shopping done early!

Don’t miss out on food , fun and fellowship right here in Winn Parish. 


Blessed – Dear Lord, It’s Me Again

Have you ever heard anyone start their prayer by humbly saying, “Dear Lord, it’s me. I know you feel like I am shaking you down, but we really need you again”?

These were the sweet words communicated from my oldest daughter’s lips while we were praying as a family about a situation that had suddenly arisen. I could not contain my laughter and my youngest daughter could not contain her shock. But, we all chuckled so hard it took us a few minutes to gather our composure to pray with more earnestness.

Earlier this month she was worried about her very last college tuition bill that was due before she graduates in December. God has blessed her many times in her years at Northwestern State University with scholarships that have helped with the burden of tuition. It seemed as though this last bill was having to come out of her meager pockets so she became concerned. I explained to her that God cares about the things that concern us, not matter how large or how small.

I refused to let her be anxious about it so I spent a lot of time explaining that God has brought her this far and he will not leave or forsake her now. We took it to Jesus and did not worry about it again. Sometime the next day I felt led to ask her if she completed the annual scholarship applications in a timely manner.

I am not sure about your children but sometimes mine need reminding to handle their business.

Much to my surprise, she said she did so we checked on the status of her application. A few days later she was notified that she was awarded a scholarship that took care of seventy-five percent of her tuition. You could hear the hallelujah chorus being sung from our kitchen from miles away. We were just so grateful and could not contain our praise.

A few days after this joyous occasion she was hit with the news that her car was in need of repair and it would cost a few hundred dollars. We prayed about this and the very same day she received this news she also received a COVID check from NSU. It was completely unexpected but could not have come at a better time. It was almost as if God was working things out before she even knew there was a need. He’s been known to do this from time to time.

While I admired my daughter’s honesty and frankness in her prayers I did wonder if Jesus ever gets tired of hearing from us. We talk to him daily, we thank him daily and sometimes we do need him to show up and help us. We routinely bring everything to him and lay it at his feet. He is truly the friend we run to first and that is exactly how she was addressing him, as a friend.

Prayer time for me and my girls has always been a special time and this was one of the things we were most excited to continue when my oldest came home from her travels. It gives us each a few moments to share what is on our minds for the day and remember those who also need prayer. In this particular prayer where she was “shaking the Lord down” she was asking for help again and it is my belief that he loves hearing from us even when we are in need.

It is an easy lesson to teach someone to trust God when their prayer is being answered. Not all prayers are answered in the way that we wish and that is part of life. Our true test of friendship comes when we can continue trusting even though we are not totally happy with the outcome or we are having to wait longer for answers. The bigger test of friendship with our savior comes when we can be joyful while we wait and content while we trust.
Take heart if you find yourself “shaking the Lord down” for help. That is exactly what he wants us to do.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6


Angler Perspective – Best Bass Catching Baits For The Fall

For me, the fall is my favorite time of the year to bass fish. Those hot summer days are behind us and cooler days and nights take over. This in turn cools the water surface temperature down which helps to trigger a good feeding frenzy. Today, we’ll take a look at few of the best fall baits you need to have tied on the next time you go fishing.

First, let’s tie on an oldie but goodie, a spinnerbait! Now with this bait, you want to keep it simple. Keep in mind that bass are feeding on shad or baitfish trying to fatten up for the winter months. So, the color you choose, should be white or if the water has a little stain, use chartreuse and white combination. I have found more success by using a smaller spinnerbait like a ¼ oz. with two small 1 ½ or #2 willow leaf blades. I like double silver blades if the water is clear and a silver/gold combination if the water is stained. Again, you’re trying to imitate small shad, so smaller blades tend to look more realistic. My favorite ¼ oz. spinnerbait is called a “Humdinger” which has small blades and comes in several blade combinations, but again I like the double willow bait the best. One thing that I feel really sets the “Humdinger” apart from other spinnerbait brands, is the living rubber skirt, which has more action coming through the water than your traditional silicone skirt.

Next, a crankbait can be a great choice when targeting bass that are chasing and feeding on shad or baitfish. Again, you’re trying to match the hatch so again, keep it simple. I like a bait called a “Bandit” which comes in three different series: 100, 200 or 300. The 100 series is shallow running crankbait that runs 2 to 4 feet deep depending on what size line you’re throwing. The 200 series for me is my personal choice and runs 6 to 8 feet again depending on the size line you’re using. And the third series, is a 300 which runs 8 to 10 feet deep. When it comes to color, choose either a pearl-colored bait with a black back, a chrome with either a blue or black back and my personal choice is what Bandit calls the “splatter back” which is a white crankbait with black paint splattered across the back of the bait and has a yellow belly but sometimes I’ll alter this yellow belly with hot red fingernail polish.

One more option is a topwater bait like a chugger, prop bait or a walking style bait like a “Zara Spook”, “Chug bug”, or my personal choice, a “Yellow Magic” (Pop R type of bait). Nothing gets the blood flowing more than a bass exploding on a topwater bait! Everyday can be different; you have to let the fish tell you what they want each day. Some days they want a bait that walks from side to side, and on other days, they may want a slow retrieving prop bait like a small or medium size Whopper Plopper. Also, always, always, always make sure you a have “ SPRO” topwater frog tied on no matter what. When the bass are eating the frog, it can get very exciting really quick.

This fall when you head to the lake, I hope this will help make your decision making easier. The fall can be an awesome time to be on the lake, as bass migrate up the creeks and gorge themselves on shad. It’s also a great time for another reason, a lot of anglers are hunters and are in the woods chasing Mr. Buck; leaving the lakes less crowded. So, take the time over the next two months and lock in on some of the best bass fishing action of the year. Make sure to check out the Tackle Talk Live show every Monday at 11:00 AM on our You Tube channel or on our Facebook page. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live