Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office Searching for Missing Winn Parish Man

The Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Elisha Jonah Barrow. Barrow was born in 2001 and is entered as missing out of Winn Parish after Winn Parish transported him to Caldwell Parish on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Barrow is described as a black male standing at six feet and one inch. He has a slender build, dark brown dread locks, and tattoos that extend up his right arm with a squiggly line under his left eye.

Elisha is not dangerous but may suffer from mental instabilities. The subject was last seen on HWY 846 S towards Hickory Springs Area on August 26, 2022.

Please contact Winn Sheriff’s Office (318)-628-4611 or the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Winn Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Business of the Week – Lagniappe Homecare

Lagniappe Homecare says, We have been a company 10 years September 1st when we purchased our first agency in 2012. We are celebrating with a theme of 10 years of excellent care. We have 3 providers, Lagniappe Homecare Northern in Winnfield, Lagniappe Homecare Northwest in Natchitoches and Lagniappe Homecare Alexandria. We provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and home health aide services to qualified patients in their home under the direction of their physician. The skilled nursing is an array of services such as disease management education, medication management education, wound care, short-term Iv therapy and much more. We have an RN on call 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. We have a five star patient satisfaction rating. Our mission is Improving the Quality of Life.
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RYLA Campers Visit with Rotary

It was a full house at Winnfield Rotary Club’s meeting on August 24, 2022, when the seven Winnfield Senior High School students who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp at the end of June 2022 came to visit along with one of their teachers, Dr. Wiley Cole, and spoke about their experience at camp. The speakers included Olivia Busha, Daisy Guerrero, Bailey Lenard, Marvanesha Lewis, Rianna Mafnas, Allison Phelps, and Chloe Whisonant.

Dr. Cole, formerly the principal of Martin High School and of Coushatta High School, as well as Superintendent of Schools of Red River Parish, is currently a teacher of English at WSHS, and assisted the Winnfield Rotary Club in identifying students qualified to and interested in attending the leadership camp for local youth. Bob Holeman, Rotarian of the day, invited the RYLA alumni to speak and moderated the students’ talk to the Rotary members.

RYLA camp is organized and produced by Rotary District 6190, which covers the northeast corner of Louisiana and includes the Winnfield Rotary club in its district. The week-long camp, one of the few summer camps available for high school students, is held at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning [OWL] Center, owned by the Louisiana United Methodist Children’s Home and located out from Dubach, Louisiana. It covers 800 acres of forested and pasture land, with dormitory and cabin accommodations, meeting, kitchen and dining facilities, equestrian facilities, a high challenge course, a low challenge course, a maze, rock wall, water sports, and many other activities designed for team building and leadership training, and other therapeutic and youth development programs.

According to the students attending RYLA camp, some of whom have attended other leadership training courses, RYLA camp was one of the very best, most challenging and most enjoyable leadership training camps ever!

Among the highlights mentioned by the various speakers were the activities which fostered bonding and team work among the members of the several groups, learning about different forms and ways of communication, learning to speak in front of strangers, the wide range of speakers, including a state legislator, who covered a wide range of topics, the opportunities provided for personal growth, making new friends and learning to get outside their comfort zones.

Some of the girls commented on activities which challenged them to confront their fear of heights and their fear of communicating with unknown people. The campers were busy from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and after every day, so the week went by quickly, they got lots of exercise, and the food was great. Everyone recommended attending RYLA camp to other students coming up in school.

The students related a variety of plans and aspirations for the future, such as becoming an agricultural educator, a labor and delivery nurse, a food scientist, a physical therapist in sports medicine, an aviator and an attorney with plans to become the president of the United States.

At the conclusion of this lively program, the meeting was adjourned with the Rotary motto, “Service above self!”

Put Hope Within Reach! Sponsor a Student at Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge – Meet Jana H.

Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge exists to provide men and women with an effective residential, biblically-based solution to life-controlling problems. Our purpose is to produce graduates who function responsibly and productively in society, and who have healthy relationships in the workplace, family, church and community.

Adult & Teen Challenge is one of the largest and most successful accredited programs of its kind with over 1000 residential locations worldwide. Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge was founded by Greg and Abigail Dill in 1987. Over the last 35 years, we have grown to 8 campuses statewide, with the ability to accommodate men, women, and women with their children.


Students often come into Louisiana Adult & Teen Challenge with little or no hope in life. They have burned every bridge and lost almost everything due to drug abuse and other crimes. Most times, they have little outside help supporting them during this time; therefore, we do not charge a monthly tuition. If you would like to help offset these costs, you can sponsor a student for as little as $35 a month. You can also sponsor a child that is enrolled here with their mother for an additional $15 per child. Your sponsorship means that they have someone who cares and is invested in their success!

As a monthly sponsor, you can expect:

  • A packet with information about your student
  • Monthly updates
  • The opportunity to write letters to your student
  • The opportunity to send care packages to your student
  • You can pray for them
  • You will receive a personal invitation to attend their Graduation Ceremony

For more information about becoming a sponsor visit

Goldonna News Aug 8-31-22

The Goldonna community is known as one that is close-knit and very compassionate with its neighbors. When a neighbor recently needed assistance, Goldonna residents answered the call for help.

Mrs. Gail Roy was recently diagnosed with Cancer and needed help with expenses that were becoming too much to bear. The area churches rallied and collected donations and she wanted to wholeheartedly thank everyone for their support, and thank all of the local churches and the surrounding community for their love offerings. This fundraiser is still not over if you still wish to donate to Mrs. Gail Roy and her husband. Gail has been battling cancer and other health issues, Any donations would be greatly appreciated as they will help with fuel expenses and any other expenses that may occur. If anyone is still wishing to donate you can contact her at 318-875-2651 and their mailing address is 116 Sonny black RD Creston LA 71070.

On September 4, 2022, Goldonna Baptist Church will officially welcome Pastor Ben Dupree, his wife Kristin, and sons, Reagan and Michael as full-time ministers. Service will begin at 11:00.

The Goldonna Assembly of God Church will hold a revival starting September 2nd through September 8th.

Sept 2nd, 3rd & 4th- Gerald Crabb
Sept 5th – Dr. Al Harris and Praise Team
Sept 6th – Kerry McNaughton & AOG Praise Team
Sept 7th – Todd Gregory & The McClanahans
Sept 8th – Tim Higdon & Praise Team

As you can see there is always something wonderful going on in the hills of Goldonna. Christmas in the Park is gearing up and still need volunteers for this jolly ole festival. Please contact Mayor Smith if you would like to be on the committee.

If you have news to share please email Reba Phelps at

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 8-24-22
Name: Charles Chase Noble
Address: Goldonna, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 42
Charge: Failure to appear (x7), False imprisonment, Battery of a dating partner with strangulation and burning, Illegal possession of stolen things (over 25,000)
Date: 8-25-22
Name: Mariah Bullock
Address: Montgomery, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 40
Charge: Failure to appear
Date: 8-28-22
Name: Gregory K Guilliams
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 58
Charge: Criminal trespassing
Date: 8-29-22
Name: Chase Brandon Hoffpauir
Address: Atlanta, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 39
Charge: Operating while intoxicated, Carless operation, Turning movements and required signals, Security registration required
Date: 8-29-22
Name: Marvin Ray Evans
Address: Maurice, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 40
Charge: Second-degree Battery
Date: 8-29-22
Name: Teka A Sanders
Address: Winn Parish Detention Center
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 61
Charge: Failure to appear (x2)
Date: 8-29-22
Name: Sammy D Smith
Address: Joyce, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 48
Charge: Illegal possession of stolen things (under 1000)
Date: 8-29-22
Name: Joseph B Allen
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 38
Charge: Illegal possession of firearms

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 8-22-22
Name: Terrance Powell
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 46
Charge: Failure to appear (x2)

Date: 8-25-22
Name: Terry Hayes
Address: Homeless
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 61
Charge: Failure to appear (x2)

Name: Louis Shorter Jr.
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: N/A
Charge: Aggravated assault with a firearm (x2)


Remember This? Red and the Bully

By Brad Dison

Red was small for his age, smaller than the other kids in his neighborhood of Yorkville, New York.  In the first decade of the twentieth century, all young boys were expected, with few exceptions, to join the neighborhood gang.  To be exempted and respected, a boy had to have a good excuse such as being crippled, small, or having tuberculosis.  Even then it might earn a nickname such as gimpy, short sh*t, lungsy, or coughy.  

“I wanted no part of running the gang,” explained Red during their elderly years, “and size was a prerequisite of power.  The biggest kid usually took control simply because he was the biggest.  He could have been stupid, as some of the leaders were.  But because he was big, he was the boss.  That was fine with me.  I never ran with the gang anyway.”  

Red’s two brothers were on the smaller side as well.  For this reason, their mother began teaching them to box.

In the evenings after school, Red’s mother cleared the small living room in their meager home and used it as a boxing ring.  Two brothers boxed while the third one rested, all the while Red’s mother instructed them on foot movements, types of punches, and blocks.  Red’s mother had learned about boxing from Red’s father, an amateur boxer turned bartender, who was usually away from home in a drunken stupor.  When the bouts got too heated, as they often did, Red’s mother separated the boys and explained that to lose their tempers meant losing the fight.  The boys and Red’s mother quickly noticed that Red had a knack for boxing.  He was light on his feet, could get in, jab a punch, and get out before his opponent could react. 

Word spread quickly to the boys in the neighborhood gang.  “They would call me in to beat up a bully,” Red said.  “The gang knew I was available.  I became a kind of combination troubleshooter-backup man and never really part of the gang.”  

The streets were full of bullies who pushed the younger, weaker kids around, usually to take what little money or candy they had.  “Send for Red” became a regular request, and Red would appear and “clean some kid’s clock” who was usually far superior in physique.  Red disliked having to fight on the streets, but he disliked bullies even more.

One day, Ed, Red’s younger and smaller brother, whom his family always referred to as Gentle Ed, was playing with a golf ball he had found in the street.  A new bully on the block spied the golf ball and wanted it for his own.  While the golf ball was in mid-bounce, the bully darted in, pushed Gentle Ed to the ground, and grabbed the golf ball.  Gentle Ed tried to reclaim the ball, but the bully shoved him to the pavement.  Gentle Ed tried again, and the bully shoved him harder.  This continued until Gentle Ed was bruised and bleeding.  Gentle Ed returned home and told Red about the incident.  

In a fury, Red began searching the neighborhood for the bully.  When they finally met, a fight broke out like nothing any of the boys, especially Red, had ever seen.  The bully not only took Red’s punches but was able to return them in equal measure.  A large crowd gathered to watch.  The boys fought tit for tat until a policeman broke them apart.  They met up the next day at a prearranged spot and the fight continued.  A larger crowd gathered before a policeman broke them apart again.  On the third day, an even larger crowd gathered to watch what, to them, looked almost like a professional boxing match.  

One woman yelled over the crowd, “These boys are killing each other.  Where are their mothers?”  No one knows where the bully’s mother was, but Red’s mother was in the crowd cheering for Red.  During the bout, Red had broken four bones in his left fist, but the adrenaline allowed him to keep fighting.  The bully sustained several injuries and was bleeding severely.  Finally, the boys realized it was a draw and ended the fight with the stipulation that they would finish the fight once they had both healed. 

In his adult life, Red became what he detested as a child, a bully, and a gangster.  Red detested the bully in his childhood, but he used those experiences to his advantage.  Red and the bully never met again.  The bully eventually became a semi-professional boxer.  During the Great Depression, more than two decades after the boys fought, the bully sent Red a letter in which he explained that he, the bully, had fallen on hard times.  The bully knew that Red had become successful and asked for, not money, not food, but for cigarettes and any extra clothing that Red could spare.  Red sent the former bully a package with the requested items along with an undisclosed amount of cash.          

You see, Red was only a bully and a gangster in films.  He played characters based on the bullies he had known during his childhood.  In real life, Red was described by everyone who knew him as a sweet, kind, and gentle man, which was exactly the opposite of the characters he was known for playing.  So different were the parts Red played that Orson Welles opined, “[Red] maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera.”  

The kids in his old neighborhood knew him as Red, but you and I know him as James Cagney.

Source:  John McCabe, Cagney (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1997), 16.     

When you go up, your pets won’t wind up down

The following is a Public Service Announcement from The Division of the Least of These Things to Worry About, Ever, My Brethren.  

A guy created a website and, for a while there, had people believing he’d recruited well-meaning and caring atheists who’d care for the pets of Christians after their rapture.  

In other words, “Send money. Rest easy.” 

I’ll hang on a second while you read that again because me my own self had to ponder it too, the first time I heard it; I had never had the thought either. Ever. And it’s not because I don’t love my pets. I do. But … while I’ve heard bizarre things, this might be at the top of the heap. 

Bizarro Mountain. 

Bizarro Mountain Range, even. 

NPR reported that a guy charged “hundreds of people more than $100 apiece, promising the business would care for their pets after the owners were carried up to Heaven. The self-described animal-loving atheist called his site Eternal Earth-Bound Pets. The New Hampshire Insurance Department thought some monkey business might be going on and decided to investigate”. 

Props to the New Hampshire Insurance Department, which seldom gets props. 

Life’s not fair. 

Anyway, the New Hampshire Insurance Department guy in charge of Pre-Rapture Pets, Etc. guy said it was a hoax. Which it was, same as the After the Rapture Pet Care site inventor admitted. 

I think they said this pre-rapture. Lord, I hope so. 

But I’ll give both guys points for creativity. 

For my pet’s future, I’d bet it on the After the Rapture Pet Care guy. He charged only a $10 registration fee, because those Left Behind were going to “care for the pets they rescue as their own, including being financially responsible for them,” the site claimed. 

Indulge me for a sec, and if you’ve read this far, you already have. The After the Rapture Pet Care guy, or (ATRPCG), also typed this on his site, under the ingenious “Frequently Asked Questions” part, (which I thought was a nice touch): 

Who are these Volunteer Pet Caretakers and how do I know they’ll take good care of my pets? 

Most Volunteer Pet Caretakers fit this description: 

  • They are atheists or another non-Christian religion; 
  • They love animals enough to register with us even though they do not believe there will be a Rapture (or are agnostic about it); 
  • (My words, because this bullet point was the part about how they’d treat your pets as their own — their still-alive-but-non-raptured own.)  

Another of the FAQ’s questions is, “Isn’t the world going to be totally collapsed after the Rapture?” It’s a long answer on the website, but the short answer from this bureau is, “Yes. That’s an affirm. Bet your hat. If you have gift cards, use them ASAP. If you have one from After the Rapture Pet Care, well … ” 

Lord have mercy …  

We conclude with a sobering thought, I think from Mark Twain, and it’s one of my favorite thoughts, at least one of my favorite sobering ones, and should ease the mind of all us pet lovers who are worried about how things might end up for animals we loved, as if God who created them isn’t aware: 

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” 


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My Opinion – Biden Administration Unleashes 87,000 New, Armed IRS Agents

It’s hard to believe anything other than that the agency intends to audit the middle class.

In the recent Inflation Reduction Act (which will actually feed the fires of inflation) there is an appropriation of $80 billion to the IRS.  A chunk of this money will go to hiring 87,000 new employees and effectively doubling the current number of agents.

So why does the IRS need 87,000 new, armed agents?

The only reasonable answer that is supported with data is that the Biden Administration intends for the IRS to target the middle class in order to pay for its out-of-control spending which has caused the highest inflation in the last 40 years. 

As Heritage Foundation has observed “Auditing every single taxpayer with annual income over $1 million would require only 25,000 new IRS enforcement agents, but Democrats’ bill calls for 87,000 new agents.  What will all those extra agents be doing?”

The Biden Administration and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen have stated, “these (new) resources are absolutely not about increasing audit scrutiny on small businesses or middle-income Americans.  As we’ve been planning, our investment of these enforcement resources is designed around the Department of the Treasury’s directive that audit rates will not rise relative to recent years for households making under $400,000.”

Do we really believe that?

If we simply consider the sheer magnitude of hiring 87,000 new IRS agents—and what the IRS estimates will be $204 billion in new revenues from enforcement—do we really believe all those new audits and revenues will only involve taxpayers making over $400,000? 

The answer is a resounding and categorical ‘no’!

As Heritage Foundation Tax Expert, Rachel Greszler, has written “despite the Biden Administration’s claims, it’s almost certain that households making less than $400,000 a year would face increased audits under the Democrats’ bill, and that seems to be the true intent of the IRS.”  In support of this conclusion Greszler notes that “according to a 2021 report from the Government Accountability Office, ‘from fiscal years 2010 to 2021, the majority of the additional taxes IRS recommended from audits came from taxpayers with incomes below $200,000.’”

Heritage further states that, when we consider that “only $3.2 billion would go to taxpayer services, despite the IRS answering only 18% of the phone calls it received in 2022.  That’s a mere 9% increase for funding in things like account services, taxpayer education, and filing assistance.”  Instead, “the lion’s share of the new funding, $45.6 billion, will go to enforcement activities like new audits, litigation, asset monitoring, and collections” performed by IRS Special Agents with guns.  (Preston Brashers, Tax Policy Expert, Heritage Foundation).

In a recent posted job opening for a special agent, the IRS specified that applicants should be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments,” and able to carry “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”  However, “after sparking some controversy amid the proposed expansion of the agency, the IRS deleted ‘willing to use deadly force’ from the job description.” (Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal, August 12, 2022).

But they’ll still be armed and that seems foreboding and ominous to honest, hard-working Americans.

During the U.S. House floor debate on the bill, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., raised additional concerns about arming IRS agents. 

“This bill has new IRS agents and they are armed, and the job description tells them that they need to be required to carry a firearm and expect to use deadly force if necessary,” Boebert said. “Excessive taxation is theft.  You are using the power of the federal government for armed robbery on the taxpayers.”  

The middle class, already struggling under inflation and high food and fuel prices, doesn’t have the resources to pay a lawyer or an accountant to fight the IRS in court, so they will just pay the money and hope that the issue goes away—whether or not they owe the money. 

The realization of this threat to their livelihood and peace of mind doesn’t appear to have yet been internalized by most Americans. 

 As U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall once said, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

 All Americans must join together to stop this attempt to damage the hardworking American middle class through punitive taxation enforced by armed Special Agents.

Pictured above: Royal Alexander is an attorney, writer, and former politician in his native Shreveport, Louisiana. In 2007, he was the Republican candidate for Louisiana Attorney General. In addition to his law practice, Alexander is an opinion writer, a guest lecturer at public events and education forums, and a frequent guest on various TV and radio outlets.

The views and opinions expressed in the My Opinion article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Winn Parish Journal. Any content provided by the authors is of their opinion and is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Notice of Death – August 30, 2022

Cynthia Lynn Bedgood
June 20, 1955 – August 27, 2022
Service: Thursday, September 1 at 1 pm at Southern Funeral Home

Jewell William Rushton
October 21, 1940 – August 27, 2022
Service: Wednesday, August 31 at 10 am at Hebron Baptist Church in Dry Prong

Larry “Pat” Patrick Small
May 2, 1955 – August 26, 2022
Service: Wednesday, August 31 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Irene Bryant McGee
Service: Friday, September 2 at 11 am at Goldonna Cemetery

Amy Nichole Turner
February 9,1987-August 26, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 3 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Funeral Home Chapel
Viewing: 1-2pm (prior to service)

Terry A Janes
November 8, 1927 – August 25, 2022
Service: Wednesday August 31 at 10 am in the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Charles Henry Christopher
September 8, 1939 – August 26, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 17 at 11 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle

Jessica Midkiff Avelis Fontenot
July 3, 1974 – August 16, 2022
Service: Sunday, September 4 at 3 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 533 2nd Street in Natchitoches

Winnfield City Council Honors Daniel McHenry with a Citizens Award

Valiant, courageous, and bold are three words that describe the heroic act made by Daniel McHenry! Daniel captured a burglary suspect while breaking into a home in Daniel’s neighborhood; by doing so, Daniel prevented any stolen items that night. Several of Daniel’s neighbors applaud him explaining Daniel is a very respectful and helpful young man in the neighborhood. We at the City of Winnfield thank Daniel for being an outstanding citizen.

On August 18, 2022, at the City Of Winnfield Council meeting Daniel McHenry was recognized by Mayor Gerald “Scooter” Hamms, Police Chief Johnny Ray Carpenter, and all City of Winnfield City Council by awarding Daniel McHenry with a Citizens Award.

Dr. Ronnie Pace Speaks to Kiwanis

Guest speaker for Kiwanis meeting on August 23rd was Dr. Ronnie Pace, recently moved to Winn Parish from Alaska. He grew up in Baton Rouge and associates himself with LSU and the purple and gold. Some of his family was from Union Parish. His grandfather worked as a contractor in our area and surrounding areas building hospitals. His grandfather built a camp on Saline Lake and it became a gathering place for the family. Dr. Pace felt as if his identity was wrapped up in this lake house. After his grandparents died his mother sold the camp. He said he told his wife that no matter where they lived if the camp came up for sale he was going to buy it. When the camp came up for sale they were living in Alaska. That began a 5000 mile road trip to Winn Parish.

He has been a psycho-therapist for 40 years. People are stuck and don’t know how to move forward. The greatest psychological need is to believe we have value. Our value comes by what God thinks of me not from anything we can do ourselves. People get caught up in the performance trap. There is a fear of failure. The approval of certain others makes me feel good about myself. The difference between conviction and guilt is that conviction allows you to focus on what needs to be changed and guilt just brings shame and makes you feel down. He used the example of Peter and Judas in the Bible. There is failure because society gives us false ideas about our value.

Pace’s ministry is to restore people in the church back to faith. As a psycho-therapist you cannot impose your values on others. We need to see the value in loving other people. Loving others is the most important thing we can do. We should be motivated by the value that God holds for us and realize that God is so much more than us.