Winn Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Business of the Week – Allied Insurance and Financial Services LLC

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We asked Owner, Kristan Green for an interview and some background information on Allied Insurance and Financial Services. This is a good read you don’t want to miss!
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Kristan says, I started working at what was Heard Insurance as a junior in high school and continued working after school through my senior year. I graduated and attended ULM obtaining a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 2003. When I came back to Winnfield, I picked back up working part time doing the accounting at Heard Insurance and part time at Winn Business Service with Mrs. Patsy Martin. In 2004, I purchased Winn Business Service and continued to work at Heard Insurance having obtained my insurance license. I took a break from working in insurance after having my second child but continued to manage and operate the accounting business. Upon hearing that Heard Insurance would be closing its doors, I acquired the insurance book of business and merged the accounting practice and insurance agency into Allied Insurance and Financial Services.
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The two fields intertwine quite well. We offer business start up services as well as monthly and quarterly accounting, such as sales taxes, payroll taxes, bank reconciliations, weekly payroll, etc. We basically do as little or as much as a business needs. We also prepare income taxes for individuals and businesses.
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We are an independent insurance agency so we offer all lines of personal and commercial insurance: auto, home, mobile home, boat, ATV, motorcycle, general liability, property, workers compensation, among many others lines of business. The advantage of an independent agent is the availability of multiple markets to make sure our clients are receiving the best rates the market has to offer at any given time. We strive to care for our clients and provide the best customer service possible.
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TO CONTACT ALLIED FOR A QUOTE OR CONSULTATION, HERE IS HOW YOU CAN:
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LOCATION:
100 E Main St
Winnfield La 71483
πŸ’» EMAIL: kristan.allied@gmail.com
☎️ TELEPHONE: 318-628-3508
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πŸ’Ό If you would like to become a member of the Winn Parish Business Chamber of Commerce or know of a local business that would, please contact us! πŸ“¨

Miranda Atkins Speaks to Kiwanis Club

Miranda Atkins, a registered dental hygienist, spoke to the Kiwanis club, July 26, 2022. She has been practicing dental hygiene for 15 years. Miranda educated the group on the importance of practicing good oral hygiene. Your mouth is the gateway to your body and prevention is the key were her main focal points. She also refuted common myths about dental hygiene as well as entertained the group with fun facts about dentistry. Miranda works in the office of Dr. Bill Gaddis of Winnfield.


Blessed: LordsTime.Com

One of the most tiresome things that a single or divorced person hears entirely too often is, β€œWhy aren’t you dating anyone?” or β€œWho are you dating?”.

Albeit, I am just as guilty. Or nosey. I am always asking my single friends β€œwho, what, and why”. It is just human nature to think that one should not be alone. My famous answers to all of these questions are β€œI am dating my children” or β€œI don’t know, it is all in God’s hands.”

My closest friends do not even ask anymore. They just know that I am waiting on the Lord. They also know that my daughters keep me so busy during the extra minutes of the day that are not dedicated to work. This doesn’t mean that I do not enjoy all of the jokes that come along with being divorced and alone. Just recently a single coworker and I had a great time laughing at all of the folly that comes along with online dating. We both agreed that we believe that no one tells the truth online but it is pure entertainment to discuss.

We have all seen the online dating profiles that have us laughing with side-splitting pain. We jokingly recalled the time that she spent many hours perusing FarmersOnly.com. We laughed way too hard as we remembered all of the funny photos and descriptions. We then moved our humor to ChristianMingle.com and the older we get we talk about OurTime.com. Just this past week my coworker told me she has given up on all of the datings, looking, wishing, wondering, and dreaming. She said she is now waiting on LordsTime.com. (This is fictitious)

We both chuckled and I couldn’t help but acknowledge that is what we all should be doing. Wait on the Lord’s timing and not our own.

Wouldn’t life be exquisitely simplistic and reassuring if we could merely visit a website and research the plans the Lord has for us? In my eyes, it would be a website that you never get locked out of or have to change your password. No one could hack into it and the information was always up to date with whatever crisis that may come our way. The page would be an easy-to-read format with a short list of colorful tabs as the headers. β€œClick here to see the Lord’s timing for…. you fill in the blank.”

Seems like it would provide instant peace but it would also be extremely boring. Whatever you are waiting on the Lord for, keep waiting. When you are tired of waiting, wait some more.

If we had all of the answers to our life’s questions at our fingertips there would be very little room left for trusting and obeying. There would be no reason to keep believing in his goodness, his will, or really even his love for us. Above all, it would cut out the glorious journey. Every day that we get to wake up, breathe, and spend time in the word and work for him is a blessing in itself. If we focus on doing his work and serving others then everything else will fall into place when it is truly the Lord’s timing.

β€œHe has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11


District Attorney Chris Nevils Reports Action Taken in Eighth Judicial District Court From June 14th – July 18th

PRESS RELEASE

 District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 14, 2022

MATTHEW SCOTT PARKER: Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person. Defendant sentenced to thirty days, credit for time served, sentence concurrent. 

ELIZABETH A. BOX: Defendant entered guilty plea DWI first offense. Defendant sentenced to serve six months in Winn Parish Jail.  Execution of sentence suspended, defendant sentenced to serve two days, credit for time served.  Defendant placed on twenty-four months supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and probation fee. Defendant ordered to satisfactorily complete court approved substance and drug abuse and driver improvement programs.

WILLIAM GREG CARPENTER: Defendant entered guilty plea livestock at large on highways unlawful. Imposition of sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, probation fee and restitution and forfeit horses. 

DEIONDRE CORTEZ HALL: Defendant entered guilty plea resisting an officer. Imposition of sentence suspended. Defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. 

MORGAN JOHN KING: Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle while license suspended/revoked/cancelled and ignition inter-lock device offense. Imposition of sentence suspended. Defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. 

REMINGTON HUNTER PEROT: Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle while intoxicated first offense. Imposition of sentence suspended. Defendant placed on twenty-four months supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete drug and substance and driver improvement programs. 

EVERETT J. WALDRUP: Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle while intoxicated first offense. Imposition of sentence deferred. Defendant placed on twenty-four months supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost , fee to Office of Public Defender and probation fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete drug and substance and driver improvement programs. 

 XAVIER DANDRE WYATT: Defendant present for revocation on charge of stalking. Defendant revoked his probation and ordered to serve balance of sentence to be executed and served. Defendant entered guilty plea violation of protective order. Imposition of sentence suspended, placed on two years unsupervised probation, ordered pay fine and probation fee and have no contact with victim.

DEMARCUS J. POWELL: Defendant entered guilty plea speeding. Imposition of sentence suspended. Defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation, ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. 

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 15, 2022

JUSTEN ODALE CARPENTER: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies and attempted illegal carrying of weapon-use/possession/control/crime of violence/CDS. On the first charge defendant sentenced to serve 7.5 years at hard labor in custody of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served. On the second charge defendant ordered to serve five years consecutive to previous charge in custody of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. 

VERNON DEWAYNE HAYES: Defendant entered guilty plea failure to register and notify as a sex offender or child predator. Defendant sentenced to serve six months at hard labor, sentence consecutive. 

ALONZO RAMON JEWITT: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a Schedule I CDS. Imposition of sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, probation fee and fee to Office of Public Defender. 

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 16, 2022

MICHAEL BRETT KEIFFER: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of a firearm. Defendant ordered to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of five years suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program. 

 JERADE REED SANDERS: Defendant entered guilty plea violation of protective order, possession of drug paraphernalia first offense, attempted possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies and violation of protective order. On the first charge defendant ordered to serve six months. On the second charge defendant ordered to serve fifteen days. On the third charge defendant ordered to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.  On the fourth charge defendant ordered to serve six months without hard labor in custody of Winn Parish Sheriff. Sentences run consecutive. 

DAJUAN ANTIONE SLAUGHTER: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a Schedule IV CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served.

BRYAN FLETCHER THOMPSON: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated battery. Defendant sentenced to serve 596 days without hard labor at Winn Parish Department of Corrections, credit for time served. 

ADRIAN LESHA CARTER: Defendant entered guilty plea theft. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.  Execution of five years suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, restitution, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service. 

DONNIE WAYNE FOLDEN: Defendant entered guilty plea resisting an officer with force or violence. Defendant ordered to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served. 

KEVIN LAMONT McDONALD: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant ordered to serve twenty years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. fifteen years suspended, credit for time served. Upon completion of serving sentence, defendant ordered placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and pay fine, court cost and monthly supervision fee.  

MARK ANTHONY SERPAS, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor theft. Defendant ordered to serve six months in custody of Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, credit for time served. 

JALEXCIA K. SMITH: Defendant entered guilty plea simple battery. Imposition of sentence deferred and defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee, court cost and probation fee waived. 

 EDWARD DEWAYNE POWELL:  Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated numbers or marks.  Defendant sentenced to serve  one and one-half years without hard labor credit for time served, forfeit guns. 

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on  July 12, 2022

GARY DELANE COLEMAN: Defendant entered guilty plea reckless operation of a vehicle first offense. Imposition of sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. 

ROBERT ALEXANDER COONCE: Defendant entered guilty plea to speeding. Imposition of sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. 

RONNIE JOSEPH DAVID: Defendant entered guilty plea theft of $1,000.00 or more but less than $5,000.00. Defendant ordered to serve three years hard labor Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of three years jail sentence suspended.  Defendant placed on three years supervised probation Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, restitution, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee and perform fifty hours community service. 

BRIAN PATRICK GOODLING: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal mischief.  Imposition of sentence suspended and defendant placed on two years probation, ordered to pay fine, court cost, restitution, fee to Office of Public Defender and probation fee.

PLACID CHIDOZIE NWOKORIE, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea no drivers license on person. Imposition of sentence suspended and defendant placed on two years probation, ordered to pay fine and probation fee. 

CHINNA LANE THOMPSON: Defendant entered guilty plea DWI first offense. Imposition of sentence suspended and defendant placed on two years supervised probation.  Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, probation fee and fee to Office of Public Defender. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and complete court approved drug and substance abuse and driver improvement programs. 

MARK S. MACHEN: Defendant entered no contest plea to failure to yield right of way with accident. Imposition of sentence suspended and defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. 

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on July 13, 2022

JARAEL L. HUDSON: Defendant entered guilty plea second degree battery. Defendant sentenced to serve eighteen months hard labor in custody of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. 

GENE VARNELL JONES, JR.: Defendant entered no contest plea to introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, sentence consecutive. 

JASON ALLEN FORTUNE: Defendant entered guilty plea DWI first offense and attempted possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. On the first charge defendant sentenced to serve six months without hard labor, credit for time served. On the second charge defendant sentenced to serve 7 Β½ years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. 

DESHAUN V. SPIVEY: Defendant entered guilty plea to forgery. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, sentence consecutive.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on July 14, 2022

AVERY BROWN: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted simple escape. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, sentence consecutive.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on July 15, 2022

KATHERINE MARIE BISHOP: Defendant entered guilty plea to possession of a SCH III controlled dangerous substance. Imposition of sentence deferred and placed on two years supervised probation Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender, monthly supervision fee and special CDS offense fee. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance program. 

BEN MARENCO: Defendant entered guilty plea to introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, sentence consecutive. 

RYAN T. MORGAN: Defendant entered guilty plea battery of a pregnant dating partner. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor custody of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served.

AARON MOORE POISSO: Defendant entered guilty plea to criminal mischief. Imposition of sentence suspended. Defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation, ordered to pay fine, court costs, fee to Office of Public Defender, restitution and probation fee.

JEREMY PAUL COLLINS: Defendant entered guilty plea obstruction of court orders. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor in custody of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, sentence consecutive.

LANDON SEAN HARDEN: Defendant entered guilty plea to operation a vehicle while intoxicated second offense. Defendant sentenced to serve six months without hard labor, credit for time served.

CODY R. SWEAT: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of SCH II controlled dangerous substance. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of two years suspended and defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender, monthly supervision fee and special CDS offense fee. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

SUMMER NICOLE VINES: Defendant entered guilty plea to misdemeanor theft. Imposition of sentence suspended and defendant placed on two year probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender, restitution and probation fee.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on July 18, 2022

JOHN DAVID PROCELL: Defendant entered guilty plea to possession of a SCH III controlled dangerous substance. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served.

TAIWANDRIC LATREZ RUSSELL: Defendant entered guilty plea to unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served. 

MARSHEL DANIEL SPIRES, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea to possession of a SCH II controlled dangerous substance. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served. 

JUSTIN W. BEDGOOD: Defendant entered guilty plea to possession of a SCH II controlled dangerous substance. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served. 

JOHN FLOYD BLAKE: Defendant entered guilty plea to simple battery. Defendant sentenced to serve six months without hard labor, sentence consecutive. 

KEENEN S. CRAVENS: Defendant entered guilty plea to attempted possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant sentenced to serve six years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, credit for time served. 


Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 8/1/2022
Name: Joe Heard lll
Address: Homeless
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: N/A
Charge: Direct contempt of court (x3)

Date: 8/3/2022
Name: Johnny R Peters
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: N/A
Charge: Battery of a dating partner

Date: 8/3/2022
Name: Tyron S Raybon
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Charge: Aggravated burglary, Criminal trespassing

Date: 8/3/2022
Name: Hezekiah K Bellard
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 18
Charge: Simple Burglary

Date: 8/3/2022
Name: Hezekiah K Bellard
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 18
Charge: Simple criminal damage to property, Theft of a firearm, Aggravated burglary

Date: 8/3/2022
Name: Tyron S Raybon
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Charge: Simple criminal damage to property, Theft of a firearm, Aggravated burglary

Date: 8/3/2022
Name: Hezekiah K Bellard
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 18
Charge: Burglary, Criminal trespassing, Simple criminal damage to property

Date: 8/3/2022
Name: Tyron S Raybon
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Charge: Burglary, Criminal Trespassing, Simple criminal damage to property

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.

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

Meet Alexis M.

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.

WHAT IS STUDENT SPONSORSHIP?

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 https://www.louisianateenchallenge.com/sponsorship/


Registration Open for CLTCC Fall Semester; Classes Start August 15

Students wanting to enroll in classes to develop the skills needed to get a high-paying, in-demand job have until August 19 to register for the fall semester that starts August 15 at Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC).

β€œWe had a fantastic spring semester, and then this summer, for the second consecutive year, we had CLTCC students earn medals at the national SkillsUSA competition. We can’t wait to see our new and returning students and the exciting things they will accomplish this Fall,” said CLTCC Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle.

Sawtelle noted financial aid is still available for students enrolling for Fall classes and there is no increase in tuition or fees for the 2022-2023 school year. β€œWe are extremely sensitive to the financial challenges currently impacting Central Louisiana,” he said. β€œThe Louisiana Community & Technical College System and CLTCC are doing everything we can to ensure students have access to an affordable education, and our advisors will work to get students all of the financial support available to them.” Also, with CLTCC’s open textbook plan, many students are able to complete their General Education classes without textbook expense, further reducing the cost of getting a workforce certificate or degree.

Thanks to innovative partnerships with LSU of Alexandria, Louisiana Christian University, and Louisiana’s public colleges and universities, General Education hours earned at CLTCC are transferrable for students interested in pursuing Bachelor’s degrees or higher. CLTCC graduates in associate degree and certificate programs, such as Business, Applied Sciences, Practical Nursing and Business, can also typically transfer the hours completed at CLTCC for credit toward more advanced degrees at Cenla universities and many four year colleges and universities across Louisiana.

For information about enrollment visit www.CLTCC.edu/apply

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than 20 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for high-demand and high-wage careers. CLTCC serves 7 parishes in Central Louisiana through its eight campuses and provides instruction in one state prison and one federal correctional institution. For more information, visit http://www.cltcc.edu.


WPJ Needs YOU to Report on Winn Parish High School Sports!

The Winn Parish Journal is searching for someone to cover Winn Parish high school sports. No experience is needed.

All Winn Parish high school sports teams deserve great and accurate coverage, so we need stories that cover Dodson High School, Winnfield Senior High School, Atlanta High School and Calvin High School sports.

Please join our team! WPJ pays per story. Email wpj@winnparishjournal.com if you want to be a part of the fastest growing online publication in the parish.


Dr. Pete Wardell Speaks to Rotary

One of the owners of Winnfield’s new Family Eye Clinic, Dr. Pete Wardell, was the guest speaker for the Winnfield Rotary Club’s meeting on August 3, 2022, at the invitation of Rotarian of the week, Joe Evans. According to Joe, who introduced Dr. Wardell, their acquaintance began many years ago when they both resided in Natchitoches and joined the same civic organization.

Dr. Wardell was raised in DeSoto Parish and graduated from Stanley High School. Stanley is about five miles from Logansport and about 15 miles from Mansfield. Calvin High School was one of Stanley’s baseball opponents, and Dr. Wardell was on the baseball team, so he became acquainted with a few Winn Parish residents. He went on to play baseball for Northwestern State University during his undergraduate studies, from which he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology. After attending the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, he returned to Louisiana and made Natchitoches his home.

In the early years of his practice, Dr. Wardell worked for Walmart Vision Center, which had him coming to Walmart in Winnfield two days a week. He later was able to go into practice with Dr. Randall Keator, and they had Family Eye Care offices in Natchitoches, Many and Coushatta. The Family Eye Care Center now has four O.D.s to cover all the offices. When Dr. Jimmy Walker retired from his ophthalmology practice here in Winnfield, Dr. Wardell and Dr. Keator opened their Family Eye Care Center here in Winnfield.

The office is located at 207 E. North Street, in the block behind the Masonic Lodge. The office is open five days a week. A doctor is in the office in Winnfield three days a week. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day through the answering service, but the patient would have to travel to Natchitoches. The staff in the Winnfield office includes nurses and technicians who have worked for Dr. Walker and Walmart Optical.

The practice provides primary eye care for the family, including comprehensive eye examinations for vision, common eye diseases, and overall health of the eyes, providing corrective lenses, treatment of common disorders such as dry eye, as well as screening and monitoring for diseases and disorders of the eye such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. However, Family Eye Care does not perform surgical services such as cataract removal or Lasik for vision correction.

 Dr. Wardell is enthused about having a clinic here in Winnfield and says they want to be involved and invested in our community.

After Dr. Wardell finished answering questions from his audience and closing announcements were made by Rotary president Mary Lou Blackley, the meeting was adjourned with the Rotary motto, β€œService above self!”


One of Journal’s $3,000 NSU Scholarships Goes to Red River’s Hogan

Red River High School graduate Ryder Hogan didn’t settle on his college choice during the school year, but his impressive record of academics and extracurricular activities earned him a $3,000 scholarship to attend Northwestern State University in 2022-23.

Hogan, 18, has received one of the new Journal Services NSU Scholarships, which will award three new Northwestern students up to $3,000 in the next school year. Lakeview High’s Meagan Corley was the first recipient to be announced, and the final winner will be acknowledged shortly.

Hogan graduated cum laude with a 3.5 grade point average and earned membership in the National Honor Society. He has earned certification in carpentry in levels 1 and 2 while at RRHS.

A native of nearby Pelican, Hogan earned all-district honors in two sports. He was honored as a kicker and punter for Red River’s outstanding football team and earned first-team all-district in baseball as a utility player.

The scholarships were designed to assist Class of 2022 high school students who hadn’t settled on a college choice or students currently enrolled at other higher-education institutions who are considering transferring to NSU in Natchitoches.

They are being provided by Journal Services, LLC, based in Natchitoches, which supports 12 locally-owned journals covering north central and northwest Louisiana.

β€œWe congratulate Ryder and the other two scholarship winners,” said Bill Vance, general manager of Journal Services LLC. β€œWe were gratified by the response to this opportunity and are committed to expanding the opportunities and providing more support for new Northwestern State University students for the 2023-24 school year.”

Applicants provided their high school GPA (and college GPA if applicable) and also reported their ACT score along with listing honors, extracurricular activities and other relevant information on the form. That information provided a basis for selecting the three winners.

Scholarship winners must live in Natchitoches Parish during the upcoming school year. They must also have in-person, face-to-face instruction for 75 percent of their classes in 2022-23.


Attention Political Candidates!

Congratulations for qualifying to run for office. We at the Winn Parish Journal want to help you get your message across to local voters.

We will announce your candidacy for a discounted price. Just send your announcement, along with a photo to wpj@winnparishjournal.com. We would also love to have your advertising and will be happy to email our very reasonable rates to you.

Good luck in your campaign for office and watch for coverage of the upcoming political season at winnparishjournal.com


Medical Minute – GERD

By: Dr. James Lee

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common disease worldwide.  Although incidence varies depending on the region, in the US the incidence is as high as 25-30% and seems to be increasing.  This is despite the powerful antisecretory antacid medications available now. 

Symptoms of GERD including burning type pain in the upper abdomen and chest, nausea, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, regurgitation of food or liquid.  Rare symptoms of GERD can include pulmonary symptoms, especially with nighttime reflux and include chronic cough, worsening asthma, laryngitis, and disrupted sleep.  Pain can be so severe in the chest that it can be mistaken for a heart attack.  Although pain in the upper abdomen and chest is commonly called heartburn, it has nothing to do with your heart.

Complications of Gastroesophageal reflux include scarring in the esophagus that produces a narrowing called a stricture that causes food to get stuck.  Lung damage with pneumonia and fibrosis (scarring) can also occur in chronic cases.  Long term exposure of the esophagus to acid can result in Barrett’s Esophagus.  This is a condition where the cells in the distal esophagus change to become more like the cells in the stomach and intestine.  These cells are potentially unstable and can become abnormal and increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Diagnosis of GERD is generally accomplished by upper endoscopy.  This is done under anesthesia and allows visualization of the upper GI tract and biopsies to be taken to confirm abnormalities.  Other studies include barium swallow, monitoring of the pH inside the esophagus, and studying the pressure exerted by the esophagus when swallowing (manometry). 

Treatment of GERD include lifestyle changes, medications, and if persistent symptoms, surgery.  Lifestyle changes include avoiding things that cause the lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle between the stomach and esophagus, to relax, avoiding medications that break down the protective lining of the stomach, weight loss, and acidic foods.

Lower esophageal sphincter relaxers include caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, peppermint, and chocolate.  Medications like BC powder, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and steroids all interfere with the stomachs ability to produce a protective barrier.  Obesity puts more pressure on the stomach and therefore can lead to increased reflux, especially when lying down.  Lying down within 4 hours of eating can also promote reflux.  Finally certain foods like vinegar-based, tomato-based, citrus fruit, spicy foods, and carbonated beverages all have acidity and can worsen symptoms.

Medications are used either to neutralize the acidity or decrease the amount of acid that is secreted by the stomach.  The medicines that neutralize acid include drugs like Tums, Mylanta, and Pepto Bismol.  Two types of medications that revolutionized dyspepsia treatment were H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors.  H2 blockers include drugs like Zantac, Pepcid, and Tagamet.  These drugs blocked one of three receptors that stimulated the acid pump in the stomach to release acid, decreasing the amount of acid released.  Proton pump inhibitors shut down the acid pump in the stomach all together.  The goal of therapy in uncomplicated GERD is to relieve symptoms with as little medication as possible.

With the availability of these medicines over the counter, it is important to discuss your symptoms and treatment with your physician.  Long-standing reflux, even treated with relief of symptoms, should be checked regularly.  Likewise worsening symptoms on proper treatment may indicate a change that needs to be investigated further.

Dr. James Lee serves as the Coroner of Winn Parish. He is a General Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist who has been practicing in Winnfield for over ten years. Dr. Lee attended the University of Colorado for his medical degree. He completed his residency in Surgery at the University of Oklahoma before completing a fellowship in Surgical Oncology and Endoscopy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Lee and his wife Scarlett live in Winnfield with their son and are active in the community.


Thoughts on Bass Fishing By A Novice

By: Glynn Harris

With photos of big double digit bass constantly showing up on social media, I began thinking about fishing for bass from the perspective of a novice, a non-pro, in other words, from me.

I love to fish for bass. Something about the explosion on top of the water when a bass smacks a topwater plug gives me the jitters. Ditto for when I feel the tap-tap on the line when fishing a plastic worm and seeing the line begin moving to the side. Catching a glimpse of white beneath the surface when a bass smacks my spinner bait is something else that gets me worked up.

I don’t fish bass tournaments; never have. I fish for bass simply because I love the sport. It all started for me when as a kid, my dad gave me one of his old hand-me-down reels, a Pfleuger Akron casting reel without any of the fancy stuff reels come equipped with today. My reel was spooled with black line strong enough to pull a mule out of a bog; this was before monofilament line came on the market. The reel was fastened to a Tru-Temper steel rod.

I carried the lures he gave me in a brown paper bag and they included some that would likely be collector’s items today. When is the last time you went to the tackle shop and saw a Shakespeare Dopey; a River Runt; Dalton Special or Hawaiian Wiggler on the shelf? Those were the lures with which I learned to fish for bass. You could spend a couple of bucks and be pretty well outfitted with fishing lures. However, they were treasured products you didn’t want to chance hanging up and losing.

I remember one time I was fishing for bass in Molido creek behind the house, a creek that was home to not only bass but sharp-toothed chain pickerel….we called them β€œjack fish”. I made a cast with my much loved River Runt and the lure plunked down next to a fallen log, a perfect hidey hole for a bass.

I began my retrieve when I got a solid hit. Raring back on my rod, I was set to fight what felt like a really nice bass when the fish I had hooked sprang from the water with my River Runt dangling from it’s toothy jaw. I panicked when I realized this was no bass but a jack fish which promptly severed my line taking the only River Runt I had with him. I have felt resentment and dislike for jack fish ever since.

I remember the first squirrel I ever shot; the first deer I brought down; the first gobbler I called in and downed, the first duck I ever shot and I remember the first bass I ever caught. I was a little bitty shaver and was fishing the same little creek behind our house. Casting a Hawaiian Wiggler next to a stump, I promptly got a strike, set the hook and six inches of bass was catapulted out of the creek and over my head. I grabbed the squirming fish and hot-footed it through the woods to the house to show my mama what I had caught.

Recently while headed back home for our high school reunion, I paused when crossing the bridge over Saline Bayou and looked toward the railroad bridge just on the other side. This was a spot when as kids, we could seine crawfish, head for the sandy banks with cane poles and toss a hook baited with a crawfish into the current. If things went as I hoped, the line would straighten, quiver and I’d be setting the hook in a bass that used that sandy stretch of water for spawning. We called them smallmouth bass when in reality they were spotted or Kentucky bass.

I never dreamed of becoming a bass fishing pro nor did I ever want to. Having the chance to see the swirl, feel the tug and know I’m connected to a bass has given me a lifetime of fishing pleasure.