Weyerhaeuser recently donated chapter books to third and fourth grade students at Winnfield Primary School.
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!
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 https://gov.louisiana.gov/page/rural-development-office.
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
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!
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.
The Winnfield Christmas Parade will roll down Main Street on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 pm with a wonderful fireworks display to follow. The theme for this year is “A Louisiana Christmas.”
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.
Winnfield Middle School’s Beta Club sponsored a food drive for the Winn Parish Food Pantry. WMS faculty and students donated almost 1,000 items. In addition to the canned food items, Beta students also donated items to prepare 80 snack bags.
Winn Parish Master Gardeners will present a greenhouse tour outing on Nov. 22, including Mt Grace Greenhouse and LaTech Greenhouse. People wishing to attend are asked to meet at the Dodson Dollar General at 9 am.
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 http://www.sweetpotato.org/.
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 http://www.treatyourselfcenla.org, 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.