LDWF Clarifies New Lifetime License Structure

Rene LeBreton

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has received a large volume of calls regarding the future of their lifetime licenses in the wake of the legislative session.

Act 356-HB 691, recently signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, does not eliminate all lifetime licenses from the agency. Rather, it consolidates lifetime licenses into three types:

Resident (including youth 17 and under) – $500
Resident Lifetime Senior (65 and older) – $100
Non-Resident Lifetime – $4,000

The new lifetime licenses will streamline and consolidate the old lifetime license structure and will include recreational hunting, fishing, and gear privileges.

These new licenses will go on sale June 1, 2022.

The current individual lifetime licenses (e.g. Resident Lifetime Fishing Only [$300] and Resident Lifetime Hunting Only [$300]) that are available through the current license structure will no longer be offered after May 31, 2022.

All current lifetime license holders will keep their existing privileges and they will not be converted into one of the new licenses.

To help explain the new license structures for hunters, anglers and our commercial fishermen, LDWF has created a webpage with several handouts and facts at:
https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/understanding-our-license-fee-changes.


OPPORTUNITY: Talented Teacher-Instrumental Music / Voice

JOB VACANCIES: Talented Teacher: Instrumental Music / Voice

QUALIFICATIONS: Certification according to State Department of Education as a teacher of talented music.

SALARY: Starting salary: According to parish school salary schedule.

DEADLINE: Friday, January 7, 2022, 4:00 p. m.

WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358


Obituary for Terry Allen Chandler

Terry Allen Chandler, age 72 of Dodson, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2021.

He was born Tuesday, September 20, 1949 in Winnfield, Louisiana. He was a millwright during his working career, was an avid duck hunter and fisherman. He was a devoted member of Hurricane Creek Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents James A. Chandler & Geneva Moffett Chandler; wife Charlotte Higgs Chandler, and his fourlegged hunting partner “Blackberry” the dog.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters Nikki O’Neal, and Libby Chandler Rushing; one grandchild Hannah Cox (Jacob); Great Grandchildren Elijah and Elizabeth Grace Cox; three brothers Rayford Chandler (Sherry), Tommy Chandler (Fonda), Phillip Chandler.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Hurricane Creek Baptist Church from 9AM until 11AM,time of services with Rev. Rayford Chandler and Rev. Jack Fluitt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be David Frieu, Marlon Little, Dan Taylor , Jacob Cox, Ross Maggio, Paul Jordan.


Notice of Death December 28, 2021

WINN:
Mary Ruth Jones WIlliams
May 28, 1946 – December 27, 2021
Service: Thursday, December 30 at 2 pm in the Southern Funeral Home Chapel

Terry Allen Chandler
September 20, 1949 – December 26, 2021
Service: Wednesday, December 29 at 11 am at Hurricane Creek Baptist Church

NATCHITOCHES:
Cynthia Gail Bynog
February 13, 1955 – December 27, 2021
Service: Wednesday, December 29 at 10 am at Pine Grove Cemetery near Hagewood

SABINE:
Margaret N. Adams
August 7, 1930 – December 27, 2021
Service: Wednesday, December 29 at 11 am at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church

RED RIVER:
Brenda Louise Bonnette
December 30, 1956 – December 24, 2021
Service: Thursday December 30 at Bethany Cemetery


Christmas Eve Dinner Provided by Winnfield First Baptist Church Today at No Charge to the Community

The Winnfield First Baptist Church would like to invite the community to a dinner on Christmas Eve, today, from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the Winnfield First Baptist Church located at 201 E. Court Street in Winnfield. 

There is no cost! You may pick up curbside or dine in.  Dinner will include turkey, dressing, green beans, rolls and dessert.

Please stop by and enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner and an even better time of fellowship!


LOUISIANA WOMEN LEAD REFLECTS ON 2021, LOOKS AHEAD TO 2022

This year, Louisiana Women Lead made great strides in establishing our presence as a resource to Louisiana women interested in higher office. We held in-person as well as online training sessions, gathering dozens of women from across the state who are interested in being our future leaders. Additionally, we introduced a series of webinars featuring movers and shakers in the political field who provided insights on how to successfully run for office.

We are so grateful for all the women who made 2021 such an inspiring year. We are blessed to have such strong female leadership in the legislature who are generous with their time and willing to help shape the next generation of women leaders in our state.  With this in mind, we look forward to 2022 and all the opportunities in store for women in Louisiana.

One immediate opportunity is the Women’s Public Leadership Network Inaugural Summit being held in New Orleans on February 4 – 5. This summit is designed for women from across the country who are engaging at any stage of the political process. Attendees will select one of three training tracks to best meet their needs, the tracks include current or future candidates, current elected or appointed officeholders, and women and others working to grow and sustain the network. This will be a weekend full of networking and campaign-building opportunities that we greatly encourage anyone interested in the political field to participate in. Registration can be found at our website: https://www.louisianawomenlead.org/

The summit is just one of what we know to be many exciting experiences we will be looking forward to in 2022, including more training sessions and more activities to bring women together to plan for the future of Louisiana. We are humbled by the support we have received and hope to return that support in kind to all of the individuals who look to us as a guide and a resource. Until then, we wish everyone happy holidays!

Renee Amar, Founder and Executive Director, Louisiana Women Lead

Louisiana Women Lead was formed in 2020 to engage more center-right women in politics. Lead’s goal is to increase the number of women elected or appointed to leadership positions in Louisiana by breaking down barriers, create a statewide network for support, and provide tools to women so they have a leg up when running for or being appointed to office. For more information, visit http://www.louisianawomenlead.org.


Angler’s Perspective – It’s Christmas Eve!

It’s Christmas Eve and all across the world kids are waiting on the man called Santa Claus to make their dreams come true. It’s with great anticipation that most children will have a hard time going to sleep tonight. Some will even try and sneak a peek just to confirm or deny their thoughts that he really does exist. Now before we get to the reason we love the old man in the bright red suit, let me give you an angler’s perspective about this special time of year.

As I have stated before, bass fishermen are a funny bunch. They are guys who believe in many different things. One is their ability to catch and figure bass out. They think they are smarter than the little green fish they pursue. It’s a group that, when push comes to shove, are the most intelligent outdoorsmen on earth. But there are a few who are very superstitious, especially when it comes to things like a banana in the boat. If you want to upset a pro angler, get in their boat with a banana…they will freak out. It’s a superstition that goes all the way back to when our country’s settlers sailed across the ocean with bananas on their ship (which is a whole other story). Just like most families do on Christmas Eve, some anglers have rituals they do before every event. There are some anglers like Kevin Van Dam (greatest bass fisherman of all time) who have their wives make them lucky cookies to carry with them on tournament day. Some anglers will only eat at specific restaurants on certain nights of the week during the tournament. Some guys even wear the same underwear two or three days in a row if they are doing well in the event.

But one other thing we bass anglers believe in….Santa Claus! That’s right, we do believe in jolly Ole Saint Nick. You know the man in the bright red suit with black boots and a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly. Here are some reasons why we think so much of Ole Saint Nick….

1. He does so many good things for everyone young and old.

2. He’s committed to doing a good job every Christmas Eve.

3. Just like bass fishermen, he has high expectations of himself.

4. He takes great care of all the little people (Elves).

5. He takes pride in his sleigh looking good, like anglers do with their bass boats.

6. He makes sure all the reindeer are taken care of like anglers do with their outboard engines.

7. He gives attention to the misfit toys and makes them feel special.

8. Just like bass fishermen, he pays attention to detail.

9. Since the beginning of time, he never fails to do his job.

10. But the greatest reason anglers love Santa Claus….HE was the man who gave all of us anglers our first rod and reel combo.

It’s the belief in Santa that makes Christmas special, especially in the eyes of children. It does your heart good to see them light up once they get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. Now there are a few (depending on age) who are scared out of their mind upon the sight of Santa Claus, but over time and as they grow up, Santa usually wins their love and support. I can remember as a kid going out early Christmas morning and looking for deer tracks in the front yard just to convince myself that he is real. I knew for a fact that he did not land on our roof since we did not have a chimney. My brother and I always left the traditional cookies and milk, but as I got older, I wondered why he would drink warm milk….but he always did!

I hope today’s article helped to jog your memory and take you back to a time when we were all so young and innocent. This truly is a special time of year as we get together with family and friends. But I want you to remember the real reason for the season, and that’s the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the reason for this great celebration that we have all come to love and cherish. So, this Christmas enjoy all the food, gifts and family gatherings, but make sure you give thanks to Lord above for sending us his only son who sacrificed his life for each of us. I would like to wish each of you a “Merry Christmas!” Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf


WPJ to Publish Engagement, Wedding and Anniversary Announcements

The Winn Parish Journal “WPJ” will start publishing paid engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements for couples who reside in the parish, who have relatives in the parish or who are getting married in the parish. These announcements will be published each Friday morning. 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

  • An interesting fact about the couple 

Information for the wedding announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Officiant  

  • Attendants 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

Information for the anniversary announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • Where couple was married

  • Number of children and grandchildren if any 

  • Hometown

  • Ties to the parish 
  • Wedding time, date, and place 

For engagement, wedding and anniversary announcement prices and/or to submit information for publication, please email wpj@winnparishjournal.com


EPA Announces Winn Parish Site Will Receive Part of First $1B from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds to Clear Out the Superfund Backlog

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $1 billion investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to initiate cleanup and clear the backlog of 49 previously unfunded Superfund sites and accelerate cleanup at dozens of other sites across the country. These include American Creosote Works (Winnfield) and Marion Pressure Treating in Louisiana and Eagle Picher Carefree Battery and McGaffey & Main Groundwater Plume in New Mexico. Until this historic investment, many of these were part of a backlog of hazardous waste sites awaiting funding. Thousands of contaminated sites exist nationally due to hazardous waste being dumped, left out in the open, or otherwise improperly managed. These sites include manufacturing facilities, processing plants, landfills and mining sites.

American Creosote Works, Inc., in Winnfield, La., is a 34-acre lot where groundwater and soils have been contaminated by pentachlorophenol (PCP) and other pollutants associated with wood treating. While much of the site has been cleaned up, more remedial actions have been awaiting funding. The city and Winn Parish plan to use the site for first-responder training facilities.

“This work is just the beginning; with more than 1 in 4 Black and Hispanic Americans living within 3 miles of a Superfund site, EPA is working to serve people that have been left behind,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Approximately 60 percent of the sites to receive funding for new cleanup projects are in historically underserved communities. Communities living near many of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned releases of contamination will finally get the protections they deserve.”

“Communities with Superfund sites often contend with long waits for cleanup to finish,” said Regional Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance. “This funding will go a long way to help complete the work on these sites so Marion and Winnfield, Louisiana, and Socorro and Roswell, New Mexico, can keep families safe and move forward with reincorporating the properties back into their communities.”

The $1 billion investment is the first wave of funding from the $3.5 billion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help cleanup polluted Superfund sites in communities. The backlog of previously unfunded sites that will now be receiving funding are in 24 states and territories and all 10 EPA regions, including some communities who have been waiting for cleanup for more than four years.


Winnfield First Baptist Church to Provide Christmas Eve Dinner Free to the Community

The Winnfield First Baptist Church would like to invite the community to a dinner on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the Winnfield First Baptist Church located at 201 E. Court Street in Winnfield. 

There is no cost! You may pick up curbside or dine in.  Dinner will include turkey, dressing, green beans, rolls and dessert.

Please stop by and enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner and an even better time of fellowship!


Community Remembers and Honors Loved Ones

Each year the Pilot Club of Winnfield honors and memorializes many of its citizens through the community Christmas tree.  A light is purchased by those wanting to recognize them and placed on the tree.  This year the tree is displayed in the window of the Social Coffee House located at 301 E. Main Street in Winnfield.  

During the holidays it is especially difficult not to have loved ones with us.  As a memorial, we recognize those who have gone before us. These people were memorialized by their loved ones this year.     

Memory
Otis Adams
Randy Askin
Dorothy Bailey
John R. Bailey
Gloria Brewer
Dwight Callender
Helen D. Cole
Lester Darling
Jack Davies
Jerome Friis
Jackie Gaddis
Jackie Gaddis
Jackie Gaddis
Jackie Gaddis
Jackie Gaddis
Jackie Gaddis
Betty Gilcrease
Noah Gilcrease, Jr.
Krissy Hoffpauir
SPC Clayton Horne
Kierra Johnson
Luther Lonidier
John Lutes
Danita McGilvray
David McGilvray
Melba Jean Nation
Anne O’Shields
Carl O’Shields
Elkins O’Shields
Rickey O’Shields
Sammy O’Shields
Bobby Poisso
Selma Rose
Marie Sutton
Eddie Tarpley
Jesse Tarpley
Sam J. Tarpley
Bertie Waggoner
Clifford Waggoner
Lucille Walker
Jeanette Webster
Jeff Whatley
Gwen Williams
Gwen Williams
Jerry “Jeb” Williams
Robert “Rob” Williams
Mimi Wold

With honor, these citizens were recognized by those among you.

Honor
Helen Bankston
Tommy Bankston
Wadeen Callender
Morris Cox
David Curry
Mitzi Curry
Norris Curry
Norris Curry
Tommy Curry
Jimmie Davies
Charlotte Dearmon
Mike Durbin
Dr. Bill Gaddis
Dr. Edward Gilcrease
Dr. Edward Gilcrease
Eve Gilcrease
Eve Gilcrease
Gayle Gilcrease
Glenn D. Gilcrease
John Holland
Tony Johnson
Bryce Jurek
April Jones
Lisa Kepper
Camilla Kornick
Elizabeth Kornick
Liam Long
Olivia Long
Ricky Long
Ruker Long
Sharon Long
Joan Lutes
Shonna Moss
Robin Otwell
Jerry Price
Brenda K Richardson
Brenda K Richardson
Donald Richardson
Joyce Smelley
Social Coffee House
Kim Spears
Tommy Spears
Michael Tarpley
Harold Tarver
Margaret Tarver
Charles Till
Shirley Tarpley Till
August Webster
Kate Webster
Lily Webster
Teresa West
Dr. Jerry Williams

We thank these individuals, some still with us and some who have gone before us, for their service to our nation.

Military
John R. Bailey
Lester Darling
Mike Durbin
Jerome Friis
SPC Clayton Horne
Luther Lonidier
Carl O’Shields
Elkins O’Shields
Sammy O’Shields
Bobby Poisso
Jerry Price
Eddie Tarpley
Jesse Tarpley
Michael Tarpley
Sam J. Tarpley

With great respect, we thank, honor and memorialize these officers.

Police Officers
Russell Jones
Bobby Poisso End of Watch September 7, 2021

This is the first group to be acknowledged. The second group will be next week with a final listing off all Memory and Honor Lights displayed on the tree. Anyone still wanting a light can contact any Pilot Member or the Social Coffee House.


Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

City of Winnfield Police Department

Name: Logan M. Lafollette
Date: 12-15-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Charge: Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension

Name: Demetria D. White
Date: 12-15-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 32
Charge: Possession of Schedule II

Name: Mark A. Serpas
Date: 12-16-2021
Address: Hammond, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Charge: Felony Theft, Felony Damage to Property

Name: Tina Malone
Date: 12-18-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 36
Charge: Unauthorized Use of Food Stamps