All Washed Up

We’ve all been there, up Mildew Creek without a paddle.

Such is life when your clothes-washing machine goes 10 toes up.

It didn’t really die as much as it went on strike or was just terrible at its job. If my old clothes-washing machine were a football team, it would be the Dallas Cowboys, a mind-numbing imposter.

We inherited a “water and energy efficient” washing machine; it came with the house, same as the den and kitchen sink. And it looked like a washing machine, a little white cube with knobs and buttons and a big bin.

True to its branding, it was very efficient with water — but only because it hardly used any. And if you really think about it, water is one of the main things you need to wash clothes properly. So, the trouble was, this “pretend washer” wasn’t efficient at all in getting clothes clean. You know you’re in trouble when the clothes smell worse after they’re washed than before.

You know how a wet dog smells? There’s a charm to that smell if it’s on your dog from time to time. The smell loses its sentimentality if it’s coming from your blouse or blue jeans.

Ode to a Dried-up Washer

When your washing machine
Is all washed up,
It’s a dirty shame.
You’re out of luck
And in deep poo.
(You smell bad too.)

Even your friends and family want little to do with you if it’s 9 a.m., you’re working a desk job, and you smell like old eggs or last week’s trash.

“Honey, something stinks in here.”

“Yeah, sorry; I just washed a load of clothes.”

Something’s rotten in Denmark. Not optimal.

People could never have had this type of problem before the invention of clothes. You wore leaves. They got dirty or smelly, you threw them in the compost pile and picked yourself some new leaves, either in the yard or off the rack at The Leaves Store — “Got something in a Fig or a Palm? Size 16? Petite?”

But then some nitwit invented the snap brim hat, which led to cottage industries of neckties, pants, dresses, ascots, two-tone shoes and, eventually, the clothes-washing machine.

Sigh … It was a simpler time.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought an appliance. Maybe a toaster 10 years ago. This was different. This was Big Game Hunting, a safari.

Yet it proved as easy as studying online, then showing the nice man at the store a picture. He hit F4 and maybe a Shift, typed in the model number, looked up and said, “There’s one on the truck that just pulled up outside.”

If you ain’t got timing, you ain’t got nothin’.

Quick as he could say “Twelve months same as cash,” the deal was done. The delivery guys showed up two days later, unhooked the old and hooked up the new, did it all in maybe eight minutes, could not have been nicer, and hauled my old “washer that wasn’t really a washer” away for just $30.

“You’ll take this heavy piece of junk away from my house for just 30 bucks? When otherwise I’d have to borrow a friend and a truck and lift it and haul it myself? Glory!”

Would have paid twice that. Even three times, and I’m broke as that machine was.

For another $10, he said I could buy a “nice” plot in the Appliance Cemetery, between a busted coffee pot and a Frigidaire, and he’d bury her there. I told him I was good, to dump it in a ditch if he wanted. I’m a sentimental softie, but not in this case.

We are so spoiled, all of us. Used to, clothes-washing machines never broke down. Back then they were called “our grandmothers,” have a wash tub and washboard will travel.

Laundromats took off after World War II — talk about a lot of laundry to do — and in-house washing machines became less bulky and more affordable and, thankfully, ran on electricity and not on steam. Now they’re common as a ketchup or coffee stain.

Thank goodness for that. Especially when they actually work. I don’t look any better since getting a new washer, but I smell fresh as $736.06, plus tax.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Remember This? Guardian Angels

By: Brad Dison

The belief in guardian angels goes back thousands of years. The Bible mentions several instances in which God sent angels to protect or deliver people from danger. Guardian angels are believed to be able to take on any form and can embody any person at any time. Believers contend that guardian angels are all around us although they are usually unaware that they are guardian angels.

On December 9, 2021, Muskogee, Oklahoma had at least two known cases where a guardian angel stepped in to help. It happened first at an elementary school. A seventh-grade boy was standing by a water fountain holding a water bottle. Wishing to refill his bottle, the boy pushed the button to turn the water on while he held the bottle in his other hand. Rather than releasing the button to remove the lid, he removed the cap with his teeth. When he inhaled, the bottle cap slid down and lodged in his throat. In a panic, he stumbled into the nearest classroom and mouthed the words, “I’m choking. I’m choking.”

It could have been his last breath, but his guardian angel was waiting. The guardian angel sprang into action as if he were placed in the moment for that very purpose. He got behind the seventh-grader and performed the Heimlich Maneuver in a manner that would have impressed most doctors. His only experience with the life-saving technique was what he had seen on YouTube. With a couple of thrusts, the bottle cap shot out of the panic-stricken boy’s mouth. The boy took several deep breaths and thanked his guardian angel. Rather than glorifying the fact that he had saved someone’s life, he humbly returned to what he had been doing before the choking boy staggered into his classroom.

Later that day, a fire broke out in the back of a house in Muskogee. As if by divine providence, a guardian angel was on his way to church with a family member when he noticed smoke and flames coming from the house. He ran from the car toward the home. He knocked on the door and yelled to those inside that the house was on fire. Several people ran from the home while the guardian angel ran into the house. A disabled woman who required a walker to get around, slowly made her way toward the front of the house. Unfortunately, the fire was spreading more quickly than she could move. She was gasping for breath and struggling to walk. The guardian ran to her, put his arms around her, and quickly helped her escape from the flames. The guardian angel remained completely calm through the whole ordeal, which could have claimed his life as well. Had he been a few seconds later, the woman probably would have been consumed by the flames. Once he made sure the woman was safe, he returned to his car and continued on to church.

On a single December day in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the same guardian angel saved the lives of a choking boy and a disabled woman from a house fire. People referred to him as a hero, but he just replied that “it was the right thing to do.” For his life-saving deeds, the Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office named him an honorary member of their forces. He was also recognized by the Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education during their December board meeting. ‘I don’t want everyone to pay attention to me,” he said. “I kind of did what I was supposed to do.” This guardian angel was Davyon Johnson, an 11-year-old boy.

1. Medina, Eduardo. “A 6th Grader Saves the Lives of Two People On the Same Day.” The New York Times. December 26, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/26/us/davyon-johnson-student-saves-classmate-fire.html.

2. Crane, Emily. “11-year-old Boy Saves Choking Classmate, Woman from Burning Home — All in One Day.” New York Post. December 23, 2021. https://nypost.com/2021/12/23/oklahoma-boy-saves-choking-classmate-woman-from-burning-home/.


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Notice of Death January 18, 2022

WINN:
Melda McKay Pace
August 20, 1934 – January 10, 2022
No services are planned at this time.

NATCHITOCHES:
Bessie Kay Winn
Nov 19, 1978 – Jan 14, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 11 am at the North Star Baptist Church in Powhatan

Darian Pye
Apr 8, 1954 – Jan 15, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Pamela Revels Johnikin
Arrangements TBA

Cornell Robinson
Jul 27, 1962 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Anthony Alex
Jan 18, 1968 – Jan 17, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Mildred Louise Eckhardt McTyre
March 26, 1935 – January 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches


WMS and WPS Remote Learning Friday

Friday, January 14, 2022, will continue to be a remote learning day for students at Winnfield Primary School and Winnfield Middle School. Staff shortages due to on-going Covid-19 Pandemic make this necessary. 

Students have been provided with materials for learning today. Teachers and staff who are not in isolation or quarantine will be available at school to provide assistance to any student who need it over the phone, email, or via Google Classroom. 

Sack lunches will be available for pickup by parents on those days. 

All other schools will remain open for in-person learning.

WPS and WMS will return to in-person learning Tuesday, January 18, 2022 unless otherwise announced. 

The Winn Parish School Board is committed to providing in-person instruction for our students. Every effort will be made to keep our schools open unless, as in the present case, isolation and quarantine of staff make that impossible.

Meal Pickup Instructions:

Parents may pick up meals for their child at the school they are enrolled in. Meals can be picked up Friday, January 14th between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Meals can be picked up at the bus dock near the cafeteria entrance. Please contact the school office for further information.


Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message Still Resonates

Martin Luther King Jr Day honors the American clergyman’s birthdate, activist, Civil Rights Movement leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968). Dr. King is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

King’s legendary “I have a dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, had a message that is still relevant today. In the last year of his life, King’s speeches and writings called for people, including the black community, to embrace and appreciate their heritage and culture. The civil rights leader worked for and loved America. Dr. King was a transformational leader who inspired a movement to change the nation. This special day allows everyone to reflect on what King stood for and taught us over 60 years ago.

As the leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. traversed the country in his quest for freedom. His involvement in the movement began during the bus boycotts of 1955 and was ended by an assassin’s bullet while standing on the balcony of his hotel in 1968. He hoped that America and the world could become a colorblind society where race would not impact a person’s civil rights. He is considered one of the great orators of modern times.

Legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a federal holiday was passed in 1983 and the first nationwide observance took place in 1986. Legislation for the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1968 but initially received enough opposition to block its passage, though states and cities began honoring King’s birthday as early as 1970.

Interesting Facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday.
  • At the Atlanta premiere of the movie Gone with the Wind, Martin sang with his church choir.
  • There are over 730 streets in the United States named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • One of his main influences was Mohandas Gandhi, who taught people to protest in a nonviolent manner.
  • He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • The name on his original birth certificate is Michael King. This was a mistake, however. He was supposed to be named after his father, who was named for Martin Luther, the Christian reformation movement leader.
  • He is often referred to by his initials MLK.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, you can honor this American legend’s memory by modeling love and acceptance today and every day. 

The Forgotten Impact of FLW

If there’s one thing that’s becoming apparent, it’s the impact the FLW (Forest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats) organization had on the bass fishing landscape. Today we’ll look at what made FLW so special and helped lay the ground swelling that occurred during the 1990’s up till now. FLW made bass fishing more popular than ever before with their approach and commitment to sponsors who were not really associated with the outdoors. Let’s first start with what it was like to fish tournaments in the 1990’s.

Tournaments back then were events, or usually benefits, for someone or something. Most of these were annual events that drew anywhere from 40 to 60 boats. There were only a couple of high-level fishing circuits like B.A.S.S. and the Red Man Tournament Trail (which was one step below B.A.S.S.). Available too, were Fishers of Men, and a few American Bass Angler (ABA) events. Another pro/am circuit, known as Angler’s Choice, was also a popular tour and even had a team trail you could follow. Then there was the FLW tournament trail that was making headway and growing in popularity at a rapid rate.

Of all these organizations I’ve mentioned, FLW was the one that changed the landscape in the late 90’s and has led us to where we are today. For years, B.A.S.S. (The Bassmaster Elite Series) was, and still is, THE place and the goal of every angler in America. They set the standard that all tournament organizations wanted to be and FLW opened the door and gave anglers another option to pursue their dreams of fishing professionally. FLW took sponsors to a whole other level with boat and truck wraps of major sponsors like Wal-Mart, Land of Lakes, Castrol Oil, Tide, M&M’s, Kellogg’s Cereal, and Folgers Coffee, to name a few. They brought in sponsors that were not necessarily associated with the outdoors and promoted them the same way NASCAR did it.

This was probably the best thing that ever happened for professional bass fishing! FLW decided to attack and establish a grass roots following by setting up a progression of tournament trails. That ladder started with the BFL’s (Bass Fishing League), a series of one-day events all across the country, designed as pro/am events for the working man or weekend warrior. If you did well on that level, you could then advance to fish a multi-day tournament trail called the Everstart Series which was similar to the B.A.S.S. Open Series. Then after this, if you were really good, there was the FLW Series, which was one step below fishing as a full-time pro. Success in that series would lead anglers to the pinnacle of the organization…. the FLW Tour.

With their approach, FLW had created an avenue for amateur anglers to pursue their dreams of fishing as a professional. The awesome boat and truck wraps drew visual attention and made it cool to be a bass angler. It invigorated young boys and girls to want to be a pro angler. FLW then started the College Series that caught fire nationwide as colleges and universities created fishing teams and some even offered scholarships. Then they went even further and started high school bass fishing which has gone viral and insured that there will be future generations to pursue a career as a professional bass fisherman.

The sad part of all of this is that FLW no longer exists, as Major League Fishing (MLF) purchased FLW in 2020. This was sad to see, as I personally had fished several levels with FLW and enjoyed all of them. The downfall of FLW was poor financial management. Anglers also started to figure out the payback for their events was not up to par with other organizations. Entry fees went up and the payback for certain tournaments was less than 60 percent. MLF is trying to re-establish these tours once again, but the payback is still an issue, especially for the BFL tour which has the lowest payback of any tournament trail of this level. Hopefully, the powers that be at MLF will recognize this and correct it because we will always need at least two major fishing organizations that give anglers an option. Remember, competition between organizations makes everything better for all anglers. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!!!

Steve Graf


MLK Exhibit Coming to Our Area

‘Carrying the Dream’ is scheduled to make stops at Ruston and Natchitoches during an upcoming tour of the state.  It is a display of the hearse that carried the body of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., following his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

The “Carrying the Dream” exhibit will be on display at the LSHOF Jan 20-Feb. 5 presented in partnership with Raising Cane’s, the University of Louisiana System’s Reginald F. Lewis scholarship program and Northwestern State University.  It will be on display in Ruston Jan. 16 – Jan. 18.  It will be in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.

In addition to the hearse, the exhibit will also feature regional civil rights artifacts, a Civil Rights art piece produced by artist and Reginald F. Lewis Scholar Robert Hill and screenings of the documentary “I am MLK Jr.” which celebrates the life and explores the character of the American icon. 

The Reginald F. Lewis Scholars are working to ensure the tour’s success through various roles.  “This exhibit provides our scholars the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than themselves,” UL System President Dr. Jim Henderson said. “Honoring the legacy of Dr. King will inspire them to dream even bigger as individuals and for others.”

Tour stop information is available below.

Jan. 16 – Jan. 18

Ruston

Location: Louisiana Tech Student Center, 100 Wisteria Lane

Times: Sunday noon – 8 p.m., Monday – Tuesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Partners: Louisiana Tech, Grambling State University, ULM

Jan. 20 – Feb. 5

Natchitoches

Location: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front St. 

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Partners: Northwestern State University, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

Feb. 7 – Feb. 10

Lake Charles

Location: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr. 

Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Partners: McNeese State University, City of Lake Charles, Ward 3 Marshall Nathan Keller

Feb. 14 – Feb. 19

Lafayette

Location: Blackham Coliseum, 2330 Johnston St.

Times: TBD

Partners: University of Louisiana at Lafayette


CITY OF WINNFIELD JOB OPPORTUNITIES

FULL TIME POSITIONS

JOB TITLE:

  1. Landfill Scale Operator
  2. Purchasing Agent
  3. Street Department Field Operator
  4. Maintenance Operator

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High School Diploma, or GED Required

Valid Driver’s License

Contact: City of Winnfield, Human Resources Department located at 120 E. Main St. Winnfield, LA 71483.

Applications may be picked up at City Hall or downloaded at www.cityofwinnfield.com under document center.

Applications will be accepted through: January 31, 2022


New Civil Service Exam Required for Next LDWF Cadet Academy

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is encouraging any potential cadet applicant to take the new required civil service test before their next scheduled Cadet Academy.

The LDWF Enforcement Division plans to announce their 35th Cadet Academy around the end of spring or beginning of summer in 2022.  Once the announcement is made, the application period will be open for 21 days on the Louisiana Civil Service website for the job title “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet”.

It is a requirement that all applicants take the new Protective Services Exam (PSE) Series 2100 Exam and get a score of 77 or above to be eligible for the next academy.

The PSE 2100 Exam replaced the LEAPS 9500 test.  A passing LEAPS 9500 test score is no longer valid for acceptance into the academy.  A PSE 2100 score of 77 or higher is valid for two years.  Applicants have to wait 90 days between tests if they have a score below 77 to retake the test.

In order to schedule the PSE 2100 civil service exam, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/louisiana/jobs/3147666/2100-protective-services-exam-pse.

For more information on becoming an LDWF enforcement agent, please visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/become-an-agent


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


Notice of Death January 13, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Thelma LaCaze Coutee
April 18, 1927 – January 12, 2022
Service: Monday, January 17 at 11 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ronnie Russell Monroe
May 7, 1948 – January 12, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 15 at 1 pm at Hargis Baptist Church, located at 1313 La. Hwy. 122 in Montgomery

Mildred Louise Eckhardt McTyre
March 26, 1935 – January 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches

SABINE:
Louis L. “PoPo” Crooks
August 25, 1935 – January 11, 2022
Service: Friday, January 14 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church


WMS and WPS Remote Learning Thursday and Friday

Thursday and Friday, January 13 and 14, 2022 will be remote learning days for students at Winnfield Primary School and Winnfield Middle School. Staff shortages due to ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic make this necessary. 

Students will be provided with materials for learning on those days. Teachers and staff who are not in isolation or quarantine will be available at school to provide assistance to any student who need it over the phone, email, or via Google Classroom. 

Sack lunches will be available for pickup by parents on those days. 

All other schools will remain open for in-person learning.

WPS and WMS will return to in-person learning Tuesday, January 18, 2022 unless otherwise announced. 

The Winn Parish School Board is committed to providing in-person instruction for our students. Every effort will be made to keep our schools open unless, as in the present case, isolation and quarantine of staff make that impossible.

Meal Pickup Instructions:

Parents may pick up meals for their child at the school they are enrolled in. Meals can be picked up Thursday, January 13th and Friday, January 14th between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Meals can be picked up at the bus dock near the cafeteria entrance. Please contact the school office for further information.