Winnfield Fire Department Resumes Live Burns

The Winnfield Fire Department resumed Live Burns on Nov. 30. WFD conducted two separate burns located on Nash Street and on Ogden Street. Personnel used this time to hone in on certain skills related to fire behavior as well as nozzle control techniques. These burns are vital for new members to see and experiences these types of conditions and be able to practice their skills so when the time comes they are ready to serve the community when they need it the most!

Kiwanis Club Recognizes November Terrific Kids

The Kiwanis Club of Winnfield recognizes November’s Terrific Kids from the Winnfield Primary School.
Left to right: William Dibenedetto, Raylee McManus, Eve King-Armstrong.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 1
Left to right: June Swensen, Kennedy Compton, Chloe Hayes, Lena Jones.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 2
Left to right: Diana Joplin, Samuel Hight. Not pictured: Kendrieka Davis.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 3
Left to right: Olivia Durbin, Kaiden Stringer, Hannah Prince.
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King
Grade 4
Left to right: Jade Argueta, Parker Vines, Eric Folden. Not pictured: Avery Guillory
Administrative Assistant Resa Johnson, Kiwanian Joe Evans, Principal Byron King

Rural Communities Encouraged to Take Advantage of Rural Development Support for Federal Funding Opportunities

BATON ROUGE— Following a recent meeting with the regional directors of the Governor’s Office of Rural Development, Gov. John Bel Edwards is encouraging rural communities to reach out to the Office for help taking advantage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Justice40 initiative. 

“Louisiana’s rural areas are the lifeblood of our state, and I have tasked my administration with doing everything we can to revitalize these communities,” said Gov. Edwards. “More resources are available for rural communities now than ever before and our Office of Rural Development is here to help local communities access those federal dollars.”

Office of Rural Development Executive Director Noble Ellington and his team are offering hands-on assistance to Louisiana’s rural communities, their local officials, and businesses. The Office of Rural Development wants to help rural communities participate in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Justice40 initiative which requires that 40 percent of the federal BIL funding be spent in impoverished and disadvantaged communities across the United States.

Local projects will be focused on but not limited to the nine pillars of rural development: broadband, clean water, economic development, education, finance, healthcare, infrastructure, workforce development and agriculture.

Contact information for your local regional director and for the Office of Rural Development can be found below and at  

Noble Ellington, Executive Director


Ali Armstrong, Executive Assistant and Communications Director


1. Regional Planning Commission

Parishes: Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines 

Diane Hollis, Regional Director


2. Capital Region Planning Commission

Parishes: Ascension, EBR, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana 

Major Coleman, Regional Director


3. South Central Planning and Development District

Parishes: Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Terrebonne

Michelle Eroche, Regional Director


4. Acadiana Planning Commission 

Parishes: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion

Position Vacant — Contact Office of Rural Development Executive Director Noble Ellington for assistance.

Noble Ellington, Executive Director


5. Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development District

Parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis

Emily Stine, Regional Director


6. Kisatchi Delta Regional Planning and Development District

Parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, Winn

Lindlay Howell, Regional Director


7. Coordinating & Development District

Parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine. Webster 

Carlos Jones, Regional Director


8. North Delta Regional Planning & Development District

Parishes: Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll 

Bubba Chaney, Regional Director


First responders participate in active shooter training

Winnfield Fire Department participated in an Active Shooter training on Nov. 22 located at the Winnfield Senior High School hosted by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office. Personnel went over various scenarios as well as determining staging locations as well as triage locations. The Winnfield Fire Department was glad to be able to participate in this training in order to be more aware in case a situation like an Active Shooter incident occurs.
Agencies Involved:
Winnfield Fire Department
Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office
Winnfield Police Department
Advanced EMS
Winn Parish Fire District 3
Dodson Police Department
Atlanta Police Department

Winnfield Fire Department to resume live burns on November 30

The Winnfield Fire Department would like to announce that it will start back up with live burns starting on Nov. 30. There will be  two burns conducted on Nov. 30, one located on Ogden Street and one on Nash Street. If you would like to see about having one of your properties burned, come by the station located at 306 S. Abel St. and ask for Chief Montgomery or Asst. Chief Martin. If it meets all of the department’s requirements they will add you to the list. All the department is asking for this is a simple donation of bottled water and/or Powerade/Gatorade. Thank you all for your continued support with this program!

Master Gardener Class

Winn Parish Master Gardeners offers classes on raising plants and gardens. These classes begin in January of 2023 and are $150. Call 318-628-4528 to sign up or for more information.

Keepsakes and Cookies

Design your own ceramic plate for the holidays on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9 am at the Winn Parish Library. Patrons are asked to bring cookies for a cookie exchange while decorating. Drinks will be provided. It is an adult craft. Call and make a reservation at 318-628-4478, as supplies are limited.

Signs the Kids up for Christmas in Dugland

Let your kids spend the morning on the bayou with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves on Dec. 10 from 9-11 am at the Winnfield Civic Center.
For just $25 kids will eat breakfast with Mrs. Claus as she reads a story, make ornaments, Christmas Cards, reindeer food and decorate cookies with elves, and spend time with Santa! Registration is required in advance.
Forms will also be available at The Barn Door Boutique, City Hall, Christmas Open House, or via email.

LDAF Commissioner Proclaims Louisiana Sweet Potato Day

Baton Rouge– Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., has proclaimed Nov. 15 as Louisiana Sweet Potato Day in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Advertising and Development Commission.

The Louisiana Sweet Potato Advertising and Development Commission, which works to expand the market and increase consumption of sweet potatoes grown in Louisiana, was created on July 8, 1952, by Act 272 of the 1952 Regular Session, making it the oldest agricultural commodity commission in the state.

Thanks to the commission, and Louisiana farmers and researchers, sweet potatoes in Louisiana have come a long way since their first commercial production in the state, which occurred in Sunset, La., in 1910.

According to the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter, in 2021 there were over 7,100 acres of sweet potatoes farmed in the state, creating a total value of $85 million. The LSU AgCenter’s Sweet Potato Research Station is the only one of its kind in the country and has developed new varieties that are now some of the most popular in the world. Additionally, the Lamb Weston Sweet Potato Processing Plant in Delhi, La., is the largest, sweet potato french fry plant in America.

“We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Louisiana Sweet Potato Day. It not only commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Advertising and Development Commission but also celebrates the sweet potato as Louisiana’s official state vegetable and the largest vegetable crop grown in the state,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re pleased to recognize the humble and delicious Louisiana sweet potato, which will play a starring role on tables all over the country next week.”

To learn more about Louisiana sweet potatoes and the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, visit

Open Casting Call Announced for Healthy Behaviors Campaign Launching in 2023

ALEXANDRIA– The Rapides Foundation is issuing a local casting call for various roles in their upcoming #TreatYourselfCenla campaign, launching in 2023. The campaign is looking for talent throughout Central Louisiana, specifically in Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn parishes. You must be a resident of a listed parish to participate.

The #TreatYourselfCenla submission process opens November 11 across social and online media channels and will close November 21. Applications for talent to appear in still photography, voice-over, and video are being reviewed for people of all ages, body types, ethnicities, and genders. We encourage people living throughout Central Louisiana to join the casting call by visiting our landing page and submitting photos and videos showcasing their personality and why they would be a good fit for this campaign. When the casting call closes, all applicants will be notified. The finalists will be selected during the week of November 21 and begin the photo shoot and filming process throughout the months of November and December. 

To find out more about the #TreatYourselfCenla casting call, please visit, and join the conversation with the hashtag #TreatYourselfCenla.

The Rapides Foundation is a philanthropic organization that develops initiatives and provides grants to organizations that share the Foundation’s mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana.

Throughout the campaign, The Rapides Foundation hopes to inspire residents of Central Louisiana to eat better, move more, and breathe freely.