Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Cheyenne R. Halford
Date: 5-4-2021
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 29
Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery

Name: Charles Chase Nobles
Date: 5-4-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Charge: Theft Over $1000

Name: Ladarien K. Walker
Date: 5-4-2021
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Dewaine Albert Little
Date: 5-6-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Charge: Criminal Trespass

Name: Camryn R. Brown
Date: 5-7-2021
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 26
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Brandie Nicole Mendieta
Date: 5-7-2021
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 37
Charge: Theft

Name: Bobby Ray Norris, Jr.
Date: 5-8-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Charge: Disturbing the Peace, Simple Assault, Domestic Abuse Battery

Name: Chasta Ann Rasberry
Date: 5-9-2021
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 35
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Ricardo Antonio Brown
Date: 5-10-2021
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Charge: Criminal Trespass, Stalking


Register Now for Rotary Club of Winnfield’s 5K Run/Walk May 15th

Rotary Club of Winnfield is hosting a 5K Run/Walk on May 15, 2021, in downtown Winnfield at the Winn Parish Courthouse.

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and the start gun will sound off at 9:00 AM. 

Early registration is $25.00 per personRegistration at the event is $30.00 per person. An event t-shirt will be included with the entry fee for those who register early.

Contact Jodi Taylor at 832-573-5085 or jodidawnt@gmail.com to find out about team discounts.

Download Registration Forms below. Completed registration forms may be emailed to Jodi Taylor at jodidawnt@gmail.com or Samantha Kelly at samantha@keithgateslaw.com

You may also drop off your registration form and money at the Gates Law Firm / Winnfield City Court, 200 N. Church Street, Winnfield, Louisiana.

Pick-up Registration forms at one of the following locations:

Gates Law Firm

Mayor’s office

T&L Vinyl

Sunshine Cleaners

The Rotary Club of Winnfield has served Winn Parish since it was chartered in 1927.  The Rotary motto “Service Above Self” embodies what our club members strive to be, a thoughtful and helpful person in all one’s endeavors. We, as Rotarians, undertake activities to improve the quality of life in our community. Our service projects frequently involve assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life. Just a few of the services we provide and projects we are involved in are:

  • Annual college Scholarships $6,000 (award four $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors)
  • School Uniform Program (provide school uniforms to +/- 70 income challenged students)
  • Annual Rotary Dictionary Project (give a free dictionary to every 3rd-grade student in Winn Parish)
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp sponsorships for 3 High School Students
  • Annual Hot Dog cookout for youth baseball
  • Support efforts to boost local adult literacy program (support and tutor local adult literacy)
  • Support local Dyslexia education programs
  • Members volunteer at Winn Food Pantry

Remember This? Carolyn’s First Recipe

By: Brad Dison

During World War II, allied forces used naval mines, self-contained underwater explosives, to destroy enemy ships and submarines.  Sailors armed and deposited the mines in key areas where enemy ship traffic, especially German submarines known as U-boats, was likely.  The slightest nudge ignited the mines.  Sharks became an issue in the allied forces’ naval mining operation.  Naturally curious, sharks frequently swam up to the naval mines for a closer look.  In trying to determine what the mines were, sharks often bumped into the mines which triggered the mines and led to explosions.  The military was not as much concerned for the welfare of the sharks as they were for the loss of the mines.  Naval mining operations were time consuming, tedious, dangerous, and expensive.  They needed some way to repel sharks from the mines.  

Soon after the United States entered World War II, Carolyn McWilliams felt drawn to the war effort.  She said later in life that “Everybody that I knew was in the Army or the Navy or down in Washington, so that’s where I went.”  Carolyn tried to join the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) and the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), but was rejected by both because, they claimed, she was too tall.  Carolyn stood 6’2” tall.  Undeterred and eager to do her part, Carolyn volunteered to work in the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Carolyn was just one of 4,500 other women who worked for the OSS.  She worked as a file secretary and typed up thousands of names on small note cards for a system which was used to keep track of officers’ locations in the era before computers.  Carolyn was well-educated and ambitious.  Within a short time, she was transferred to the Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section, a top-secret experimental research project.

One of Carolyn’s tasks within the OSS was more suited to a chemist than someone whose previous work was as a file secretary.  Carolyn’s job was to develop a chemical shark repellent.  Her superiors hoped that in addition to keeping sharks away from naval mines, downed pilots in the ocean could use a shark deterrent to stave off shark attacks while they awaited rescue.

Sharks have a heightened sense of smell, hundreds of times more powerful than a human.  They have the ability to detect trace amounts of various compounds in millions of gallons of water.  During her experiments, Carolyn learned that sharks avoided dead sharks.  With this information, Carolyn set out to develop a recipe that smelled like a dead shark.

Carolyn was pampered in an upper-class household.  Her father graduated from Princeton University and became wealthy in the real estate business.  Her mother was an heiress to a paper company.  Her grandfather was a lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.  Carolyn had no experience with recipes or cooking because the family had hired cooks.  Undeterred, Carolyn eagerly accepted the challenge.    

Carolyn tried various combinations of putrid-smelling recipes, many of which attracted sharks rather than repelled them.  Finally, after numerous attempts, she found one which showed a slight repellence.  Carolyn’s recipe was a mixture of copper acetate and black dye made into a cake.  Although the CIA eventually released Carolyn’s dead shark cake recipe, its use during World War II remains classified.  Some sources claim that Carolyn’s shark repellent “was a critical tool during WWII and was coated on explosives that were targeting German U-boats.”

Carolyn learned that the OSS was planning to send people overseas.  She had always wanted to travel and pushed for overseas duty.  In 1944, the OSS transferred Carolyn to Ceylon, present day Sri Lanka, and Kunming, China, where she worked as Chief of the OSS Registry.  The Registry served all American intelligence branches, and Carolyn, who had the highest security clearance due to her position, knew every top-secret message that passed into and out of her office.

While abroad, Carolyn met another OSS officer who was well-educated, well-traveled and loved fine French cuisine.  Carolyn and Paul fell in love.  In September of 1946, just over a year after the allied victory in World War II, Carolyn and Paul married.  With the war over, Carolyn returned to civilian life while Paul continued to work in intelligence.  In 1948, Paul was assigned to the U.S. Information Agency in France.  Carolyn had always wanted to visit France, but being the driven person she was, she needed a task, a purpose.  She enrolled in one of France’s most prestigious cooking schools, Le Cordon Bleu.  Up until this point, the only significant recipe she had experimented with was her shark repellent cakes.

In 1951, Carolyn graduated from Le Cordon Bleu.  For most people, graduating from such a prominent school would have been enough.  Carolyn, however, knew that there was more that she wanted to learn.  She studied under several master chefs in France and continued to experiment in the culinary arts.  In that same year, she began working with two authors on a French cookbook for Americans.  Ten years later, the trio finally found a publisher who was interested in publishing their 726-page Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  The book was a best-seller and is still in print.

The book was the first leap in Carolyn’s culinary career.  Carolyn became a syndicated author, wrote numerous books which were designed to teach Americans how to cook French cuisine, and became the most widely seen cooking host on television from the 1960s until the 1990s.  It is difficult to imagine that Carolyn’s culinary career began during World War II with a recipe for shark repellent.  Rather than repel, her recipes have attracted the attention of millions of people around the world.  Back in 1948, Julia Carolyn McWilliams married Paul Child and became Julia Child.

Sources:

  1.  News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida), July 10, 2015, p.A13.
  2.  Naval Aviation Training Division Guide, Shark Sense, March 1944.
  3. “Julia Child Helped Develop Shark Repellant During World War Ii,” the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, accessed April 30, 2021, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/julia-child-shark-repellant-world-war-ii#:~:text=The%20recipe%20of%20Child’s%20and,to%20deter%20sharks%20from%20attacking.
  4. “Julia Child: Cooking up Spy Ops for Oss,” Central Intelligence Agency, accessed April 30, 2021, https://www.cia.gov/stories/story/julia-child-cooking-up-spy-ops-for-oss/.

Massive New Taxes Will Cripple Economic Growth

By: Royal Alexander/Opinion

Crushing new taxes on job creators, along with workers staying home because they make more money not working, is harming our very productive economy.

President Reagan once stated, “I believe the best social program is a job.” That simple truth remains, and the Biden Administration would be wise to heed it.

The $2 trillion Biden plan will directly reduce wages, eliminate jobs, and restrict economic growth while decreasing private market investment, ultimately causing the U.S. to become less competitive. Why is that?

Because, among several other reasons, the proposal will increase the tax burden on entrepreneurs who create the very jobs a strong economy needs by raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent. Biden also plans to raise the long-term capital gains tax rate from its current 23.8% to a whopping 43.4%. (Note, the top capital gains tax rate for Chinese investors is only 20%. Yes, that means the U.S. will be punishing investors more than Communist China).

The corporate tax rate is damaging enough but that, unfortunately, is not all the Biden plan does. Among other things, it will also add a new minimum 15% tax on “book income” (income corporations publicly report on their financial statements to shareholders), increase taxes on multinational corporations based in the U.S., and undermine and weaken American competitiveness through a new international agreement between high-tax countries. (Heritage.org). It will also continue hammering the fossil-fuel industry, this time with targeted tax increases. (Recall on his first day in office Pres. Biden revoked a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and also froze new leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands and the issuance of new drilling permits).

What does all of this mean? In the simplest terms, if our federal (or state) government too heavily taxes economic activity we will have less economic activity. Taxes create a disincentive to provide or produce goods or services. For this reason, the power to tax is also the power to destroy. (Chief Justice John Marshall). Along these same lines we should also note that one of the most critical elements of job and business creation is the presence of individuals who are willing to take a risk—often a significant financial risk—that their business will succeed. The way you entice these individuals to do that is with affordable financial capital (start-up/investment dollars) to buy the equipment, lease or buy the space and/or location, and hire the people they will need to launch their business. If they cannot afford to borrow this start-up capital the business—and those jobs—will never be created.

Although we never seem to learn it, the lesson never changes when the government dramatically increases spending and significantly raises taxes the result is less economic growth, fewer jobs, and lower wages. Always. And, given that we are still recovering from government mandated Covid shutdowns the last thing we need to do is impose huge new taxes.

Taken together, these plans and the vast new taxes they include serve to put a drag on our increasingly vibrant post-Covid economy. I am hopeful that Congress will reject such harmful tax increases and instead focus on a concrete pro-growth agenda that keeps all taxes low—and job creators and job creation thriving in our economy.

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.


Parish by Parish Breakdown of American Rescue Plan Money

The U.S. Treasury recently released the breakdown of how more than $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds will be distributed.

Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments can spend the money to:

  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control;
  • Replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs;
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses; and,
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic on certain populations.

The money can be distributed to provide support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. These funds also deliver resources that recipients can invest in building, maintaining, or upgrading their water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, officials say.

“Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, more equitable economy as the country recovers. Within the categories of eligible uses, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities,” the treasury document states.

According to the document, recipients may use Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff;
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector;
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic;
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

“Within these overall categories, Treasury’s Interim Final Rule provides guidelines and principles for determining the types of programs and services that this funding can support, together with examples of allowable uses that recipients may consider. As described below, Treasury has also designed these provisions to take into consideration the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency on those hardest hit by the pandemic,” the document states.

Here’s the breakdown for the nation:

TypeAmount ($ billions)
States & District of Columbia$195.3
Counties$65.1
Metropolitan Cites$45.6
Tribal Governments$20.0
Territories$4.5
Non-Entitlement Units of Local
Government
$19.5

Louisiana is slated to receive $3,011,136,886.60. Louisiana’s “non-entitlement units or local government” programs are slated to receive $315,493,318.00

And here’s the break down for Louisiana, by parish.

Acadia Parish $12,051,514.00
Allen Parish $4,977,744.00
Ascension Parish $24,591,343.00
Assumption Parish $4,252,070.00
Avoyelles Parish $7,797,501.00
Beauregard Parish $7,283,353.00
Bienville Parish $2,571,909.00
Bossier Parish $24,675,836.00
Caddo Parish $46,656,811.00
Calcasieu Parish $39,515,058.00
Caldwell Parish $1,926,455.00
Cameron Parish $1,354,424.00
Catahoula Parish $1,844,098.00
Claiborne Parish $3,043,714.00
Concordia Parish $3,740,835.00
De Soto Parish $5,334,366.00
East Baton Rouge Parish $85,476,302.00
East Carroll Parish $1,332,669.00
East Feliciana Parish $3,716,749.00
Evangeline Parish $6,486,587.00
Franklin Parish $3,887,679.00
Grant Parish $4,348,801.00
Iberia Parish $13,563,659.00
Iberville Parish $6,314,881.00
Jackson Parish $3,058,087.00
Jefferson Davis Parish $6,092,866.00
Jefferson Parish $84,006,695.00
LaSalle Parish $2,892,596.00
Lafayette Parish $47,469,893.00
Lafourche Parish $18,960,375.00
Lincoln Parish $9,079,086.00
Livingston Parish $27,346,613.00
Madison Parish $2,127,103.00
Morehouse Parish $4,831,483.00
Natchitoches Parish $7,411,744.00
Orleans Parish $75,780,898.00
Ouachita Parish $29,772,649.00
Plaquemines Parish $4,505,745.00
Pointe Coupee Parish $4,220,798.00
Rapides Parish $25,182,604.00
Red River Parish $1,639,760.00
Richland Parish $3,908,463.00
Sabine Parish $4,639,187.00
St. Bernard Parish $9,176,593.00
St. Charles Parish $10,314,053.00
St. Helena Parish $1,968,022.00
St. James Parish $4,097,651.00
St. John the Baptist Parish $8,320,585.00
St. Landry Parish $15,951,624.00
St. Martin Parish $10,378,345.00
St. Mary Parish $9,585,270.00
St. Tammany Parish $50,583,338.00
Tangipahoa Parish $26,175,162.00
Tensas Parish $841,829.00
Terrebonne Parish $21,455,754.00
Union Parish $4,294,220.00
Vermilion Parish $11,559,314.00
Vernon Parish $9,212,527.00
Washington Parish $8,972,643.00
Webster Parish $7,447,096.00
West Baton Rouge Parish $5,140,516.00
West Carroll Parish $2,103,601.00
West Feliciana Parish $3,023,901.00
Winn Parish $2,700,689.00

Additionally, metro areas will receive funding.
Here’s Louisiana’s list:
Alexandria $11,290,002.00
Baton Rouge $79,966,896.00
Bossier City $13,428,592.00
Hammond city $5,242,946.00
Houma-Terrebonne $23,348,003.00
Kenner $13,833,851.00
Lafayette $38,256,658.00
Lake Charles $16,918,986.00
Monroe $18,327,658.00
New Orleans $311,742,151.00
Shreveport $48,240,338.00
Slidell $4,757,764.00
Thibodaux $3,723,957.00


Winn Parish School Board – Notice of Vacancy

The Winn Parish School Board is requesting applications for the position of Superintendent

The deadline for applying is May 14, 2021

Interested persons may obtain applications and instructions by visiting our website at https://www.winnpsb.us

Completed applications must be postmarked by the application deadline and must be mailed to:

Winn Superintendent Search
P.O. Box 1100
Winnfield, LA 71483

Minimum Requirements:

Certified (or eligible for immediate certification as confirmed in writing by LDOE) as Superintendent of Schools in the State of Louisiana

Salary: Negotiated by the Board

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. *Winn Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of service.


Notice of Death May 11, 2021

WINN:
None to report

NATCHITOCHES:
Brenda Gail Rachal Knight
December 01, 1963 – May 08, 2021
Service: Tuesday, May 18 at 1 pm at Christian Worship Center, located at 1513 Hwy. 494 in Natchitoches

Taylor Madison Weaver
April 2, 2002-May 9, 2021
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the funeral home.
Service: Friday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at Rockett Funeral Home, Ringgold.
Cemetery: Hathorn Cemetery, Ashland, Louisiana.

Spencer Castleberry
August 27, 1972 – May 10, 2021
Service: Wednesday, May 12 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Todd Moore
August 31, 1962 – May 10, 2021
Service: Thursday, May 13 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Robert Hall, Sr
November 7, 1936 – May 4, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Clyde Ray Jackson
October 19, 1951 – May 7, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Willie Carr
May 23, 1945 – May 07, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Phillip Lloyd Gillis
March 13, 1968 – April 29, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 1-5 pm at the home of Ryan and Bekah French Home, located at 1615 Williams Ave. in Natchitoches

Ruben Sawyer
September 13, 1959 – May 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Jo Ann Richards
March 11, 1957 – May 8, 2021
Service: Friday, May 14 at 10 am at Hornbeck Full Gospel Church

Martha C. Foshee
January 19, 1929 – May 9, 2021
Service: Thursday, May 13 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel


Unrestrained Juvenile Passenger Killed in Winn Parish Crash

Winn Parish – On May 6, 2021, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 167 south of Louisiana Highway 505. This crash claimed the life of a juvenile passenger.

The initial investigation revealed a 2007 Ford Fusion, driven by 24-year-old Elizabeth A. Ingram, of Jonesboro, was northbound on U.S. 167. For reasons still under investigation, Ingram failed to slow down as she approached a 2017 International commercial vehicle, which resulted in a rear-end collision.

Ingram, who was unrestrained, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Ingram’s seven-year-old passenger, Corey James who also was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The commercial vehicle driver was not injured. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.

In 2021, Troop E Troopers has investigated 15 fatal crashes resulting in 15 fatalities.

A gofundme has been established to assist James’s family with funeral expenses. https://gofund.me/0ab973cb


Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

City of Winnfield Police Department

Name: Charles Chase Nobles
Date: 5-2-2021
Address: Goldonna, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Charge: Theft over $1,000

Name: Mary C. Johnson
Date: 5-3-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 39
Charge: Theft

Name: Demetri S. Street
Date: 5-4-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 43
Charge: Failure to Appear Arraignment on Driving Under Suspension

Name: LaDarien K. Walker
Date: 5-4-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Charge: Failure to Appear Revocation Hearing, Failure to Appear Child Support

Name: Kasoneka McHenry
Date: 5-5-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 39
Charge: Simple Obstruction of a Highway, Driver Must be Licensed, Following too Close

Name: Damica D. Foster
Date: 5-6-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Charge: Aggravated Battery, Resisting an Officer

Name: James Nappier
Date: 5-7-2021
Address: Grayson, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 43
Charge: Theft under $1,000

Name: Brandy N. Mendieta
Date: 5-8-2021
Address: Goldonna, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 37
Charge: Theft over $1,000 (Felony)

Name: Angela P. Wright
Date: 5-8-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 45
Charge: Theft under $1,000 (Misdemeanor)

Name: Chasta Raspberry
Date: 5-9-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 35
Charge: WPSO Warrant


WSHS FFA Wins Forestry State Championship

The Winnfield FFA Forestry Team recently won the State FFA Forestry Career Development Event.  The event was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions on April 14th with a virtual awards ceremony on April 16th.

Team members Lauren Poole, Annie Heard, Peyton Little, Joy So and John Spikes became eligible to compete at the state event after winning the Area II Forestry Career Development Event held in conjunction with the state competition that day.

All team members finished in the top 10 individually out of a total of 148 students (Joy So-9th overall, John Spikes-8th overall, Annie Heard-4th overall, Lauren Poole-3rd overall, and Peyton Little-State High Individual). The team advances to the national competition at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October.

The Forestry Career Development Event allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory and applying approved silviculture practices.

FFA is a national organization of over 700,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


LDWF Wildlife Agents Featured in New Reality TV Show on Animal Planet Called Louisiana Law

All-new series LOUISIANA LAW follows the men and women of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as they patrol one of the most geographically diverse states in the U.S., with a jurisdiction that ranges from 200 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico up to the border of Arkansas. With the authority to enforce all fish and wildlife laws in addition to state and federal criminal laws, the wildlife agents of Louisiana are tasked with protecting the natural resources of the state and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, often patrolling alone and miles from backup. Audiences will travel deep into the woods and bayous with these wildlife agents as they encounter perilous situations that affect wildlife and citizens alike, all in the name of conservation. LOUISIANA LAW premieres exclusively on Animal Planet Sunday (May 9) at 8 p.m.

“This show is a window into the day-to-day experiences of our dedicated and professional wildlife agents,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “I am happy and proud that the public will get to see the decisions these men and women have to make daily to maintain our Sportsman’s Paradise.”

“We are super excited to show the world what we do as wildlife agents day in and day out for the state of Louisiana,” said Col. Chad Hebert, head of the LDWF Law Enforcement Division. “We are proud of the show and the jobs our agents do to help conserve the wildlife resources for this Sportsman’s Paradise for generations to come. The show will also highlight the many other facets of what it takes be a wildlife agent for the state.”

Nicknamed “Sportsman’s Paradise” because of the state’s rich resources and activities like fishing, hiking, and hunting, Louisiana is home to more than one million alligators, countless crawfish, shrimp, oysters, bobcats, black bear, deer, 160 species of birds, and an abundance of fresh and saltwater fish. With this wealth of species, legal fishing and hunting is a way of life for some residents; to preserve the land and to protect both citizens and wildlife, the wildlife agents patrol Louisiana’s beautiful bayous, massive river deltas, and thick pine forests.

In the premiere episode of LOUISIANA LAW, audiences meet the courageous wildlife agents who patrol this rich, diverse state. Sgt. Scott Dupre and Senior Agent William Carpenter track down and investigate a crab fisherman allegedly stealing hundreds of traps belonging to other fishermen in the southern waters of St. Mary Parish. Sgt. Dupre and Senior Agent William Carpenter rescue an injured eagle on the side of the road, while in Cameron Parish, Cpl. Michael Hebert seizes an illegally caught flounder and donates the fish to a family in need. In Bossier Parish, Sr. Agent Emily Sexton and Cpl. Justin Greer face a tough dilemma when a young hunter’s first deer is brought illegally across state lines by his father. And Cpl. Blaine Wagner and Sr. Agent Austin Landry are on oyster patrol off the southern coast of St. Bernard Parish, where they encounter a Captain that has a full boat of oysters with no proper licenses; the situation escalates when they suspect the captain of driving under the influence.

 Animal Planet viewers can join the conversation on social media by using #LouisianaLaw, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates.


Register Now for Rotary Club of Winnfield’s 5K Run/Walk May 15th

Rotary Club of Winnfield is hosting a 5K Run/Walk on May 15, 2021, in downtown Winnfield at the Winn Parish Courthouse.

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and the start gun will sound off at 9:00 AM. 

Early registration is $25.00 per person if you register On or before May 8, 2021. Registration at the event is $30.00 per person. An event t-shirt will be included with the entry fee for those who register early.

Contact Jodi Taylor at 832-573-5085 or jodidawnt@gmail.com to find out about team discounts.

Download Registration Forms below. Completed registration forms may be emailed to Jodi Taylor at jodidawnt@gmail.com or Samantha Kelly at samantha@keithgateslaw.com

You may also drop off your registration form and money at the Gates Law Firm / Winnfield City Court, 200 N. Church Street, Winnfield, Louisiana.

Pick-up Registration forms at one of the following locations:

Gates Law Firm

Geaux318

Mayor’s office

T&L Vinyl

Lynda’s Country Kitchen

Sunshine Cleaners

The Rotary Club of Winnfield has served Winn Parish since it was chartered in 1927.  The Rotary motto “Service Above Self” embodies what our club members strive to be, a thoughtful and helpful person in all one’s endeavors. We, as Rotarians, undertake activities to improve the quality of life in our community. Our service projects frequently involve assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life. Just a few of the services we provide and projects we are involved in are:

  • Annual college Scholarships $6,000 (award four $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors)
  • School Uniform Program (provide school uniforms to +/- 70 income challenged students)
  • Annual Rotary Dictionary Project (give a free dictionary to every 3rd-grade student in Winn Parish)
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp sponsorships for 3 High School Students
  • Annual Hot Dog cookout for youth baseball
  • Support efforts to boost local adult literacy program (support and tutor local adult literacy)
  • Support local Dyslexia education programs
  • Members volunteer at Winn Food Pantry

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Cornerstone Christian Academy is a private school located on Walker Road in Jonesboro, La that provides quality education along with a solid Biblical foundation in a small Christian atmosphere for students in grades Pre-K 3 – 12th.

The school is approaching its ninth year of helping students achieve academic success while learning basic Christian principles to guide their lives.

CCA uses the ABEKA curriculum for Pre-K 3 – K and ACE curriculum along with the Teaching Textbooks Math curriculum for the other grades. Students also have the opportunity to compete in some sporting events through a private Christian Sports organization called SLICE. There is just something special about CCA that you and your child will love.

For more information, follow Cornerstone Christian Academy on FB or contact by phone at 318-237-1583 or 318-278-3330. 


Notice of Death May 9, 2021

WINN:
Guy C Gaar, Sr.
September 15, 1936 – May 8, 2021
Service: Tuesday, May 11 at 12 pm at New Hope Methodist Church in Dodson

Jackie Henderson
October 09, 1955 – May 07, 2021
Service: Monday, May 10 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield

NATCHITOCHES:
Clyde Ray Jackson
October 19, 1951 – May 7, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Willie Carr
May 23, 1945 – May 07, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Phillip Lloyd Gillis
March 13, 1968 – April 29, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 1-5 pm at the home of Ryan and Bekah French Home, located at 1615 Williams Ave. in Natchitoches

Ruben Sawyer
September 13, 1959 – May 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Burt Clark
October 05, 1970 – April 26, 2021
Service: Monday, May 10 from 10-11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

RED RIVER:
Florence Moore
February 05, 1934 – May 06, 2021
Service: Tuesday, May 11 at 11 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church