Winnfield Community Fair – Fun for the Entire Family Tomorrow

Winnfield First Assembly invites you to join us in our upcoming Community Fair. The goal of this event is to connect and serve our local communities, and to create awareness of the services, resources, opportunities and products that are available to local residents to assist them or enhance their day to day lives. Those invited to participate in and exhibit at the fair include local businesses, governmental offices and representatives, elected and appointed officials, churches and other nonprofit and charitable organizations, and individual community volunteers in the Winnfield area.

As a participant and exhibitor, you are asked to provide to those attending the fair educational information, free samples or screenings, and general information about your organization, service, business or products. You will also be allowed an opportunity to speak at the event to promote your business or organization, and to give away any door prizes you choose to provide for the members of the public attending the fair. There is no charge for a booth at the event.

We also offer you an opportunity to become a sponsor of the Community Fair and have your name or the name of your business or organization on the Fair T-shirt, which will be given to each exhibitor and every member of the general public attending the fair. A donation of $100 is required to be included as a sponsor on the T-shirt. The number of donations will determine how many T-shirts are ordered and distributed at the event.

Event details are listed below. If you have questions or concerns, please free to call me at (318) 628-5200. Please leave a message and I will return your call. I would truly appreciate your participation in our Community Fair.

Rev. Shaun Garner






PROVIDED: One six-foot or eight-foot table and two chairs. EXHIBITOR PROVIDES: tablecloths, signs, door prizes.

FEES: No charge for booths. 

SET UP TIME: Fri. April 29 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Sat. April 30 at 9:00 am

Sponsorship amount $100. All sponsors’ names will appear on the official Community Fair T-shirt.

T-shirts will be distributed to all vendors, participants, and guests who attend the fair on the day of the event.

If you wish to participate in the Winnfield Community Fair, please complete the attached Community Fair Exhibitor form and return it to us as soon as possible.

Deadline for booth only: noon April 29, 2022

City Judge Keith Gates Speaks to Kiwanis

Kiwanis met Tuesday, April 19th at Lynda’s Country Kitchen for our weekly meeting. The guest speaker was City Judge Keith Gates. There are two divisions to the city court-civil and criminal. The court serves the city of Winnfield and any ward that touches the city boundary. This includes all but one ward. There is not much criminal court that involves outside the city because that is under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office, however, the civil court is about ½ city and ½ parish. They handle credit card suits, rental evictions and garnishments. For the criminal court they handle misdemeanors, traffic stops, anything that is 6 months or less in jail, theft under $1000, shoplifting, marijuana, and domestic violence. If strangling is involved in domestic violence it would be handled by the district court because that is attempted murder which is a felony.

The city court had 1400 cases last year which is up from previous years. The biggest docket since 2005 was in August of last year because of seat belt tickets. People get in trouble when they don’t show up for court. That increases the amount they have to pay. The office of the city court gets part of the criminal monies but the judge gets nothing. The state Supreme Court gets 50 cents on everything that is filed. There is no juvenile facility in our area yet every month money is sent to an address in Pollock, La. for a facility that is not there. There is no assistant district attorney for the city but there is a city prosecutor who is Clay Carroll from Jonesboro.

Gates says his time spent out of court is dealing with felonies and signing warrants. He signs warrants for the city and Judge Wiley signs warrants for the sheriff. They do help each other out if necessary. There is a 72 hour hearing by phone and he sets bail. When in court, Gates reads the rights of the defendant before he starts so he knows they understand.

Judge Gates spends about half his time as the city judge and the other half he spends on his practice. He has cut back and doesn’t go court on contested cases. He does title insurance and land transactions, mainly.

Still a Few Spots Left – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Interactive Workshop in Winnfield May 5-6

SaveCenla, a nonprofit organization focused on providing the public with information and events that will promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention, is hosting a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) interactive workshop May 5-6, 2022 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at CLTCC in Winnfield located at 5960 US-167, Winnfield, LA 71483. There is no cost to register. 

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan to support their immediate safety. Although healthcare providers widely use ASIST, participants don’t need formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

​Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice. As a result, over 2,000,000 people have taken the workshop. In addition, studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide. 

Saving Lives from Suicide

Thoughts of suicide are surprisingly common. At any given time, around 1 in 25 people is thinking about suicide to some degree.

For most people, thinking about suicide isn’t about wanting to die. Instead, it’s the tension between their reasons for staying alive and their desire to escape from the pain that feels unbearable.

Within this tension lies the risk of death and the possibility of intervention, hope, and life. This is where someone with the right skills can help tip the balance and change a life forever. This is where LivingWorks training comes in.

For more information on the ASIST two-day training, click here.

Register for the two-day workshop in Winnfield, La here.

13 People Killed in Bus Due to Driver Texting and Driving

17-year-old checks Facebook while driving, kills man and his 10-year-old daughter

Teen survives first distracted-driving crash, but not the second

A Seven-Year-Old Boy Left Paralyzed by a Distracted Driver

Girl Runs Red Light While Texting and Kills Two 

A Woman Knocked Over and Killed Pedestrian While Texting About Dinner

A Driver was Sent to Prison Following a Crash Caused by Texting Emojis

These are unfortunately actual headlines from real cases of distracted driving. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  Tragically, 3,142 people were killed and over 400,000 injured by distracted driving in the U.S. in 2020.  Distracted drivers kill 8-9 people and injure thousands each day.  In Louisiana, an average of 28 people die and 5,400 are injured every year because of distractions while driving.  Some in law enforcement believe these numbers are underreported by 25-40%.  On average, Louisiana drivers use their cell phones 2.4 times each time they drive, and researchers have found that drivers can remain distracted for up to 30 seconds after checking their phones.  Twenty percent of people who died of distracted drivers are not even in vehicles, i.e. they were walking on bicycles, or otherwise outside their vehicle.  It is interesting that the top three age groups for the number of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes are ages 25-34, 35-44, and 45-54, not the novice drivers 15-20 and 21-24.

Nowadays we think of cell phones and electronic devices when we think of driving distractions, but they are not the only culprits.  We have all been amazed and even had a chuckle at what we have seen drivers doing as we drive down the road:  eating with both hands, putting on mascara (apologies to my wife), rocking out to music, changing clothes, reading books on the steering wheel–the list goes on.  However, in the context of these stories and statistics, it is difficult to find any humor. 

Distractions are categorized into three main types:  visual, manual, and cognitive.  Visual distractions involve taking your eyes off the road.  Manual distractions involve taking your hands off the wheel.  Cognitive distractions involve taking your mind off driving.

Now in the interest of full disclosure, I am guilty of all of these at one time or another; gawking at things I drive past (wildlife, accidents, and scenic views), adjusting the radio, using the navigation, eating (sometimes with both hands), grabbing something that fell on the floor, even being so caught up in my thoughts that I miss a turn.  Of course, answering the phone, texting, and the more mundane like talking with passengers or using a hands-free phone have also been distractions.  I have also called people knowing that they are driving and continued to carry on a conversation with them.  Even more, I have been frustrated when trying to get hold of someone and notified automatically that their cell is off because they are driving (new technology which has been developed to eliminate distractions). 

So, what can be done to stop this alarming trend?  The car industry has helped with technology such as blind spot alerts, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and making it easier to connect your device to the cars hands free control.  Legislation has helped by increasing the consequences when caught driving distracted.  Louisiana has the highest fines for distracted driving in the surrounding states at $500 for the first offense, $1,000 and 60-day license suspension for second and subsequent violations, not to mention the increase in insurance rates.  As drivers, we can stop multi-tasking while driving.  Select music, adjust mirrors and take care of texts and phone calls before or after your trip.  Most phones have a “Do Not Disturb” feature which prevents notifications from coming through while driving.  Other options include phone apps (Safe 2 Save, LifeSaver, Drivemode, OnMyWay) that automatically block the ability to make and receive calls while driving.  Some of them even have point systems that can be redeemed at restaurants, for gift cards, or even directly deposited into Pay Pal or Venmo accounts.  As passengers, we can do all we can to assist the driver and prevent them from being distracted by helping with navigation, watching for hazards, and assisting in other tasks.  Also, speak up if you see your driver distracted and ask them to focus on their driving.  As parents, we can talk with our children and remind them that driving is a skill that requires full attention, install safe driving phone apps on their devices, and most importantly, lead by example.  It is a flawed argument to have our children “do as I say, not as I do.” 

There is a real temptation to dismiss this issue.  We’ve all driven distracted to some degree, and nothing happened.  We also have gained experience with driving distracted and have gotten better at it with practice, or so we think.  Through the years of work as a Trauma Surgeon, and now serving Winn Parish as Coroner, I have experienced the results of distracted driving.  As I researched this article, it was difficult not to reflect on how many times I have driven distracted by this strict definition.  However, after reading and watching about the numerous tragic stories and the consequences of distracted driving, it is hard to justify any distraction.  No one thinks it will ever happen to them until it does and once it does, the task that caused the distraction was never justifiable.  In the past, if I am honest, the main deterrent to distracted driving was getting caught and fined.  In the future, I will strive to remember the consequences of these tragic accidents as a deterrent next time I am tempted to be distracted.  

For more information about distracted driving, check out

New Turkey Hunting Book Hits the Market

By: Glynn Harris

Those of you who know me know of my passion for wild turkeys. I began my quest in 1992, not because I wanted to but because my good friend, fellow outdoor writer John Phillips asked me to as he had me set up for a hunt in Alabama.

It was a tough choice to make. The bream were bedded and big sway-bellied bass were in the shallows practically calling my name. However, he dangled a carrot in front of me in the form of an airplane ticket, a guide, all sorts of hunting attire and equipment, including a shotgun, I decided the fishing could wait so I accepted his invitation. Cutting to the chase, when the big old strutting gobbler came drifting in front of my gun and my aim was true, I forgot all about bedded bream and big bass. It hooked me in that moment with a narcotic more potent than any you could get from a dealer.

Over the years, I have been enthralled by the sport of hunting wild turkey gobblers. I have hunted around the country and have been fortunate to collect the coveted Grand Slam of wild turkeys having taken the four sub-species – Eastern, Rio Grande, Osceola and Merriams.

Having gotten older with nagging ailments have just about put a halt to my love of chasing gobblers. However, there is one thing I love to do nearly as much and that is to get my hands on top-notch pieces of literature having to do with wild turkeys.

Last week, I found one in my mail box that just about tops them all. St. Tom’s Cathedral, written by outdoor writer friend Bryan Hendricks is a masterpiece, not just by his telling of heart-stopping hunts, some successful and some that flopped, but Hendricks is a brilliant writer. As someone said about Hendricks at the end of his book, “He is a gifted storyteller with a unique

ability to transport readers into the scene and fill their senses with sights, sounds, scents and emotions of the moment.”

Sid Dobrin, Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Florida offered this comment; “Hendricks St. Tom’s Cathedral will sit on the dais alongside books by the likes of Tom Kelly, Henry Edwards Davis, Archibald Rutledge and Gene Nunnery. It is, frankly, a remarkable read.”

Dan Kibler, Editor of Carolina Sportsman Magazine adds “If St. Tom’s Cathedral does anything, it places author Bryan Hendricks at the top of a list of the nation’s finest outdoor writers. No. Make that writers, period.”

Todd Masson, host of Marsh Man Masson on You Tube says about St. Tom’s Cathedral “It’s an instant classic that grizzled veterans of the sport will pass to their prodigy with admonitions to pore over its pages before stepping boot in the spring woods.”

On February 23, 2009, Hendricks was diagnosed with advanced stage III cancer. The way he described what lay ahead is indicative of the skill with which he writes. “The day was  a maelstrom of emotional body blows in which my oncologist, surgical oncologist and radiologist explained the details of my imminent demise. It’s like listening to your mechanic describe the procedure to rebuild a worn-out transmission.”

Hendricks’ chemotherapy infusions required an intravenous port to be surgically implanted in his shoulder.

“Does it matter which shoulder the port goes in?” asked Hendricks. “No”, the doctor replied. “Put it in my left shoulder. Turkey season starts in April and I don’t want it to interfere with shooting a shotgun.” After a long silence, the doctor said resolutely, ‘I think YOU are going to be okay.” He survived cancer and 13 years later, he still chases gobblers and has written a book turkey hunters will love.

For an inscribed copy of St.Tom’s Cathedral, send a check for $20 to Bryan Hendricks at 301 Kingsrow Dr.,Apt 609, Little Rock, AR 72207. It could be one of the best $20 you ever spent.


BLACK BAYOU – Fishing has improved. Bream are starting to bite around the beds. Crappie are fair to good around the trees on shiners or jigs. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.

OUACHITA RIVER – The river is still fairly high but crappie fishing has been good around Moon Lake on jigs and shiners. The bass are improving in the river lakes. Bream are just beginning to bed. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – The bass are improving with best catches being made around shallow brush as the fish are moving in to spawn. Spinners, crank baits and soft plastics are starting to pick up some nice bass. Crappie are moving in as well as some are still on the flats but some good fish are coming from the shallows on jigs and shiners. The bream are starting to bed around the lake and can be caught on worms and crickets. Catfish are still biting cold worms fished off the banks. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – Crappie fishing has been good on shiners and jigs yo-yos baited with shiners taking lots of fish at night. Some are also being caught at night fishing shiners around the lights. Bream fishing is improving with fish moving into the shallows along Bear Creek, Horse Creek, Isaac Creek and Snake Island. Look for the bass to be moving with the back of the coves producing best. Beaver Creek, Horse Creek and Bear Creek are starting to produce. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.

CANEY LAKE – The crappie are starting to move up around the brush tops to spawn. Bass are moving to the beds with crank baits, plastic frogs and topwaters taking some fish. The bluegills and chinquapins are beginning to show up around shallow spawning areas with worms and crickets beginning to take some nice fish. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been good on cold worms. Crappie fishing has improved along the banks with fish to 2.74 pounds reported. Bass to 5 pounds have been reported and the bream are moving to the beds. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN – The water is back to pool stage and bass are good on jigs and soft plastics. Crappie fishing is fair while catfishing is good. A few bream have been caught as well. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.

LAKE YUCATAN – The water is high and over the roads with a slow fall expected. Still too high for fishing. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

LDWF: Now That Spring is Here, Keep an Eye Open for Snakes (Please, Give Me a Break, Not a Rake!)

With spring in full bloom in Louisiana, it certainly isn’t uncommon to see snakes in many places. Louisiana is home to 47 native snake species but only seven of those are venomous.

Human nature is to fear snakes. However, snakes are an important and valuable part of every ecosystem and should be left alone. They prey on pest species such as rodents and insects, keeping populations of these nuisance animals in check. Several snake species feed on fish, particularly injured or diseased fish, which keeps waterways and fish populations healthy. Those fearful of venomous snakes might be surprised to learn that some nonvenomous snakes, like king snakes, actually eat venomous snakes. Rather than feared, snakes should be respected.

Snakes emerge from their winter hibernation spots in search of food, mates and areas for basking. Like other reptile species, snakes are cold-blooded, meaning they are unable to maintain their body temperature without external heat. Therefore, they bask in the sun and use their surrounding environment to regulate their body temperature. Because roadways retain the sun’s heat, snakes will often use roads to warm themselves, leading to one of the most significant causes of mortality – vehicle strikes.

Spring and summer (April-July) is a heightened time for snake encounters. Although snakes may be active throughout the day during spring and in the summer, snakes tend to avoid the extreme temperatures of midday. In summer, activity is reserved for early mornings, late evenings and night.

The vast majority of snake sightings are of nonvenomous species. However, nonvenomous snakes are very often misidentified as venomous. In fact, some common species, particularly the several types of water snakes, will flatten their heads when frightened. Such behavior may lead observers to believe that an otherwise nonvenomous water snake is a venomous cottonmouth. Instead, those who find themselves in the frequent company of snakes should learn to rely on multiple field marks rather than one. Knowledge can go a long way towards tempering fear.

Contrary to popular belief, snakes do not seek out humans or pets for food. Snakes would prefer to never come into contact with people. As urban development increases and encroaches on natural areas used by snakes, the chance of snake encounters will increase. If a snake is sighted in your yard, the best thing to do is to observe it from a distance and let it be. Most often, it will leave on its own to avoid a human encounter. Killing snakes around your home may increase rodent populations, ultimately increasing the number of snakes in your yard.

The most productive way to minimize encounters with snakes in residential areas is to make homes and yards unattractive to snakes. Inspect your home’s foundation, windows, doorways and attic, sealing any holes or cracks that may provide entry ways for rodents and snakes. Be sure to trim any tree branches overhanging the roof of your home as some snakes and rodents are great climbers.

Minimize piles of debris of any kind in your yard and keep such debris a good distance away from your home. Address rodent issues in or around your home by non-toxic methods. Keep your lawn cut and the perimeter of your home free of dense shrubs or tall vegetation, which provides hiding places for rodents and snakes. Unfortunately, the removal of vegetation and the maintenance of a lawn makes your yard almost useless for all other wildlife, too. One must weigh the opportunity costs of ridding a yard of its native wildlife.

Snakes only bite to defend themselves when they feel threatened or provoked. If a bite occurs from a suspected venomous snake, seek medical attention promptly at your local hospital or by dialing 911.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries does not remove nuisance wildlife, including snakes. But LDWF has permitted nuisance wildlife control operators to respond to reports of nuisance wildlife. There are more than 100 operators across the state. Nuisance wildlife control operators do charge fees for their services. To find a nuisance wildlife control operator, go to

It is important and helpful to become familiar with Louisiana’s snake species in your area and the difference between nonvenomous and venomous snakes. Please visit (updated in March of 2022) for the LDWF Snakes of Louisiana poster to aid in identification on most Louisiana snake species. Go to for additional help with identifying Louisiana’s snakes.

For more information, contact LDWF State Herpetologist Keri Lejeune at 337-735-8676 or

Page Shines At The Plate In 2022 Winnfield Tigers Victory Over Independence

Bricen Page got busy on the basepaths on Tuesday, knocking four hits in 2022 Winnfield Tigers ‘s 18-1 victory over Independence. Page doubled in the second, singled in the second, singled in the fourth, and doubled in the fourth.

2022 Winnfield Tigers opened up scoring in the first inning. Jacob Whisonant grounded out, scoring one run.

2022 Winnfield Tigers scored nine runs in the second inning. Page, Hunter Tucker, Whisonant, Jake Pharr, and Brady Johnson all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Pharr led things off on the mound for 2022 Winnfield Tigers . The righty surrendered zero runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out two.

J Sampson was on the pitcher’s mound for Independence. The bulldog lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing 12 hits and 14 runs while striking out one. L Lauisne threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.

2022 Winnfield Tigers smacked one home run on the day. Tucker went deep in the fourth inning.

2022 Winnfield Tigers totaled 14 hits in the game. Page, Ryland Brister, Canyon Compton, and Tucker each collected multiple hits for 2022 Winnfield Tigers . Page went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead 2022 Winnfield Tigers in hits. 2022 Winnfield Tigers stole 15 bases during the game as five players stole more than one. Compton led the way with three.

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Winn Dixie Youth Stats as of 4/25/22

Girls T Ball

Hubbard Solutions 10-0
Dove’s Divas 5-4
Triple E Construction 0-10

Batting Avg

All have 1.000 avg

  1. Kara Martin, Mailyn Rustom, Maisy Carson, Kamiya Hudson, China Allen


  1. Khaylah Gregg-Johnson 23
  2. Ivy Sonnier 22
  3. Mere Elle Bostick 21
  4. Marilyn Rustom 20
  5. O’Mariyah Davis 18


Boys T Ball

Emmy’s Aces 7-0
P.K Smith Motors 5-2
Kiwanis 2-4-1
Napa Autoparts 0-6-1

Batting Avg

All have 1.000 avg

  1. Griffin Rackley, Jacob Jones, Kason Weatherford, Layton Hobdy, Derwin Virgil, Denver Bostick Carson Durbin, Abe Rustom, Bradford Durbin, Jeremiah Small

Homerun Leaders

  1. Layton Hobdy and Denver Bostick 8
  2. Derwin Virgil 5
  3. Bradford Durbin and Griffin Rackley 3
  4. Jeremiah Small and Jeffery Conley 2
  5. Carson Durbin, Kason Weatherford and Brantlin Young 1


  1. Denver Bostick 36
  2. Layton Hobdy 32
  3. Bradford Durbin 27
  4. Derwin Virgil 26
  5. Jeremiah Small 22

7/8 Girls

Autumn Leaves Nursing and Rehab 10-0-1
Ivan Smith Furniture 2-6-1
Vintage Belles Boutique 1-6-2

Batting Avg.

  1. Jordyn Jones .765
  2. Cali Rachal .739
  3. Harper Roark .704
  4. Makenzie Armstrong .684
  5. Kenslee Henry .680

Homerun Leaders

  1. Kenslee Henry 3
  2. Mattilyn Flack and Jordyn Jones 1


  1. Kenslee Henry 20
  2. Mattilyn Flack 12
  3. Randi Claire Parker 8
  4. Jayda Jones 6
  5. Makaylee Hobdy and Deilyah Ferguson 5

7/8 Boys

David James Trucking 8-1
Mossy Oak Properties 3-4
Main Street Barbershop 3-6
Lee J Taylor-Sheriff  2-5

Batting Avg

  1. Emerson James-Maricelli .938
  2. Lawson Lasyone .889
  3. Isaiah Starks and Carter Hylton.762
  4. Jaxon Griffin .737


  1. Lawson Lasyone 24
  2. Emerson James-Maricelli 18
  3. Jentry Taylor 15
  4. Jaxon Griffin, Carter Hylton & Trafford Foshee 10

Home Run Leaders

  1. Lawson Lasyone 2
  2. Emerson James-Maricelli, Brently Hinton, Jaxon Griffin, Will Taylor, Jacaden Edwards, Kade Espejel, Trafford Foshee and Ayden Abels 1

9/10 Girls

Rotary 8-0
Winn Lumber 0-8

Batting Avg

  1. Marianna Hyman 1.000
  2. Jahla Tyree .917
  3. Raelynn Walker .875
  4. Aziya Phillips .833
  5. Atalia Parker .800


  1. Jahla Tyree 16
  2. Adelyn Fine 15
  3. Marianna Hyman 12
  4. Raelynn Walker and Anna Huckaby 9
  5. Aziya Phillips and Zy’yah Davis 6

9/10 Boys

Chaddy Shack  3-2
Louisiana Cat 3-2
Wing Den  2-4

Batting Avg.

  1. William Blanchard and Mason Wilson .750
  2. Garrett Bates .727
  3. Chase Johnson .667
  4. Laython Powell and Corbin Powell .600
  5. Major Ball .556

Home Run Leaders

  1. Garrett Bates 3
  2. Mason Wilson 2
  3. Chase Johnson, Dylan Dews, Major Ball and Demontrez Sapp 1


  1. Garrett Bates 10
  2. Mason Wilson 6
  3. Demontrez Sapp 5
  4. Major Ball and Weston Jones 4

11 & up Girls

Sabine State Bank 3-0
Winn Parish Journal 0-3

Batting Avg

  1. Kierra Cotton .800
  2. Lauren Simmons and Rashunta Holden .750
  3. Hallie Musgrove .600
  4. Madison Smiley and Avery Cook .500


  1. Kierra Cotton and Kindra Gorham 4
  2. Avery Cook and Lauren Simmons 3
  3. Madison Smiley, Jaleeya Walker and Allie Jordan 2

11/12 Boys

Allied Insurance & Financial 5-2
Gulf Coast Express Carriers 0-5

*Allied has played 2 additional games against out of town opponents 

Batting Avg

  1. Keegan Compton .800
  2. Leo Bryant .750
  3. Cyrus Mockosher, Landen Womack, Micah McManus, River Garrett, Brenden Green and Jaylian Grisby .500

Pitching Stats

Player                       Innings Pitched                    Balls                         Strikes                   Strike Outs

Keegan Compton               5.00                             21                               69                       18

Cyrus Mockosher               6.00                             37                               54                       11

Tristan Jordan                    1.00                              1                                11                        3                

Preston Wilson                   3.00                              54                               27                       5

Zach Smudricks                 6.33                               99                              96                       18

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 4-19-22
Name: Clinton Lamar McKinney
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 61
Charge: Warrant (fraud)

Date: 4-19-22
Name: Amari David Mack
Address: Redding, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 24
Charge: Interference, Possession of firearm by felon, Resisting an officer

Date: 4-19-22
Name: Elisha Jonas Barrow
Address: Jacksonville, FL
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 20
Charge: Expired registration, Resisting an officer, Reckless operation of a vehicle, Speeding

Date: 4-20-22
Name: Teresa Smith
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 68
Charge: Warrant (criminal damage to property)

Date: 4-21-22
Name: Lekeith Talton
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 32
Charge: Warrant (Illegal possession of stolen things)

Date: 4-21-22
Name: Tyrodrick Foster
Address: Alexandria, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 42
Charge: No drivers license

Date: 4-21-22
Name: Edrick Dunn
Address: Algiers, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 36
Charge: Driving under suspension, Reckless operation and accident

Date: 4-21-22
Name: Robert J Green
Address: Jonesboro, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 36
Charge: Open container, DWI (2nd)

Date: 4-22-22
Name: Marvin D Lewis Jr
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 35
Charge: Simple criminal damage to property

Date: 4-22-22
Name: Matthew Parker
Address: Calvin, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 43
Charge: Failure to appear (4x)

Date: 4-23-22
Name: Danexter D Pattian
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 32
Charge: Direct contempt of court (3x)

Date: 4-24-22
Name: Johnnie M Miles
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 51
Charge: Failure to appear (4x)

Date: 4-26-22
Name: Aliyah B Johnson
Address: Natchitoches, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Female
Age: 26
Charge:  Failure to appear (3x)

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The Colonel’s Speech

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on October 14, 1912, the Colonel walked through a crowd of well-wishers at the Gilpatrick Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and stepped into the back seat of an open-topped car.  He was expected to arrive within minutes at the Milwaukee Auditorium, four blocks away, to deliver a speech.  Still standing, he waved to the crowd.  One of his two secretaries, Albert H. Martin, stood with him.  A man later identified as John Flammang Schrank pushed his way through the crowd, pulled a .38 caliber pistol, and fired from a distance of about 7 feet.  The Colonel barely moved.  He showed no sign of panic or pain.  At almost the same instant that Schrank fired the shot, Albert jumped from the back seat and Captain A.O. Girard, another member of the Colonel’s party, jumped from the front seat onto the man with the pistol.  They quickly overpowered Schrank and disarmed him.  The Colonel told the men to bring the shooter closer so he could get a good look at him.  The colonel gazed into the shooters face and said, “the poor creature.”

The crowd turned hostile toward the would-be assassin.  “Lynch him!” they cried, “Kill him!”  “Stop, stop!” the Colonel yelled.  “Stand back; don’t hurt him!”  Only at the insistence of the Colonel did the crowd refrain from tearing the man apart and allow escorts to take Schrank inside the hotel to await the arrival of police.  Multiple people asked, “Are you hurt, Colonel?”  The Colonel responded with a smile, “Oh, no.  Missed me that time.  I’m not hurt a bit.” He turned to the remaining members of his party and said, “I think we’d better be going or we will be late.”

They had hardly driven one block when John McGrath, the Colonel’s other secretary, exclaimed, “Look, Colonel.  There is a hole in your overcoat.”  The Colonel looked at the hole, unbuttoned the coat and felt of his chest.  When he removed his hand, his fingers were stained with blood.  Speaking to no one in particular, the Colonel said, “It looks as though I had been hit, but I don’t think it is anything serious.”

When they reached the auditorium, the Colonel went into a dressing room.  Several physicians made a superficial examination of the wound and suggested that the Colonel leave for the hospital immediately.  The Colonel calmly responded “I will deliver this speech or die, one or the other.”  The physicians’ protested, but the Colonel walked out of the dressing room and onto the stage.  The crowd cheered loudly as the Colonel took his seat and waited for the program to begin.   

Henry F. Cochems, a Wisconsin political leader, stepped to the front of the platform and held up his hand.  The crowd sensed something was wrong and immediately fell silent.  “I have something to tell you,” he said with a trembling voice, “and I hope you will received the news with calmness.”  The crowd was deathly silent.  “Colonel Roosevelt has been shot.  He is wounded.”  At this, Mr. Cochems turned and looked at the Colonel.  

The crowd’s reaction was anything but calm.  People yelled and screamed out of shock.  Some of the patrons rushed toward the platform to get a better look at the Colonel.  The Colonel stood and calmly walked to the edge of the platform.  “It’s true,” the Colonel told the crowd as he unbuttoned his coat and showed them the blood-stained shirt.  “I’m going to ask you to be very quiet,” he said, “and please excuse me for making you a very long speech.  I’ll do the best I can, but you see there’s a bullet in my body.  But it’s nothing.  I’m not hurt badly.”  The Colonel’s words were met with an outburst of cheering.

The Colonel pulled out his 50-page speech and began his oration.  The crowd listened intently to every word the Colonel said.  His speech was somewhat quieter than normal and his gestures were more subdued.  He spoke for a while and suddenly his voice sank.  He seemed to stagger.  One of the doctors and another in the Colonel’s party approached him and quietly insisted that he leave immediately for a hospital.  The Colonel seemed to regain all of his strength and told them, “I’m going to finish this speech.  I’m all right; let me alone.”  The Colonel struggled at times as he spoke for well over an hour.  At the conclusion of the Colonel’s speech, he looked briefly at the cheering crowd and calmly walked off the platform and into a waiting car.

The Colonel’s driver sped through the streets of Milwaukee to the hospital where a team of doctors were waiting.  They whisked him to an operating room and quickly removed his clothing.  He insisted that he was not hurt badly and told the doctors that they were taking it too seriously.  The doctors continued their work.  The entrance wound was easy enough to find, but they were unable to determine the location of the bullet.  While they waited for a staff member to retrieve an x-ray machine, the Colonel sat up on the operating table and entertained the doctors with political stories and jokes.          

By using x-rays and probes, the doctors learned that the bullet had lodged in the Colonel’s chest muscle.  It struck no major arteries or organs.  The doctors concluded that it would be riskier to remove the bullet than to leave it in place.  They were curious to learn, however, what had kept the .38 caliber bullet from penetrating deeper into the Colonel’s chest.  As they examined his clothing the answer became clear.  The bullet had passed through the Colonel’s thick overcoat, through his 50-page speech which he had folded in half so that it would fit into his pocket which made it 100 pages thick, through both sides of his metal eyeglasses case, through his waistcoat, shirt and undershirt, and finally, into his chest.  Had the Colonel written a shorter speech, had he not doubled the speech over and placed in his chest pocket, had he placed his eyeglasses case in another pocket, the Colonel could have been the first former president of the United States to be assassinated.  The Colonel’s speech was part of his campaign for a third non-consecutive term as president, which he ultimately lost.  The Colonel was… Theodore Roosevelt.


  1. The Baltimore Sun, October 15, 1912, p.1.

An A+ for Dr. B, Tech’s original Smooth Operator

His mind is cracker-jack sharp but the frame of our favorite orthopedic surgeon is failing him now, a casualty of hard work and 80-plus years, roughly a half century of that used to heal the wear and tear on his patients, including thousands of student athletes at Louisiana Tech when he was its team doctor from 1973-2013.

The University’s most recent recognition of Dr. Billy Bundrick was Saturday when a life-sized statue of “Dr. B” was unveiled and dedicated by the softball field named in his honor — Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

The players affectionately call the field “The Billy,” a playful nickname its honoree heartedly approves of since Dr. B has always been about competition and winning and spreading the joy.

The University could dedicate 10 statues and probably still fall short of recognizing all Dr. B has done for the school. A three-time football letter winner and the team’s captain in 1959, Dr. B made a career of taking one for the team. Dr. B, his remarkable and imminently likeable assistant Spanky McCoy, and longtime Tech athletic trainer Sam Wilkinson formed a mortal but formidable holy trinity to combat frayed nerves, hurt feelings, busted ligaments, and broken bones for three decades.

“It’s unbelievable how good Dr. Bundrick was to Louisiana Tech and how much he’s meant to us,” Wilkinson said.

Former athletic director Jim Oakes, who, as Tech’s lead football manager in the mid-’70s had a front row seat to Dr. Bundrick’s influence, called his friend “the greatest sports medicine doctor to ever serve a university athletic program.”

Dr. B is a Tech Athletics Hall of Famer, a former Alumnus of the Year, and everything in between.

“The numerous honors he’s earned only scratch the surface of his significance to us,” University President Dr. Les Guice said. “His greatest contribution has been in the service of others.”

He did it one knee and one back and one foot at the time, each stitch a soft-spoken encouragement.

Dr. B’s biggest fan, physically and figuratively, is likely Karl Malone, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer; his family’s donation made the statue a reality. Bundrick has been an advisor to Malone, a quiet encourager and his most trusted confidant, since before Malone was the famous “Mailman.” In the flamboyant NBA, Karl always had a posse of one: Dr. B.

If that’s hard to understand, or if you’ve never seen a 6-foot-9 teardrop, you could have seen one Saturday as Malone’s emotion for his friend was evident.

“You,” Malone said to a smiling Dr. B, “are my hero.” He spoke for many in the crowd.

Walking to the soccer pitch next door or to The Billy, Tech’s student athletes would be wise to consider the statue and copy what it represents, a monument to caring and leaving it all on the field, the definition in bronze of a selfless and smooth operator.