Social Media Threat of Violence Notice Sent to WPSB Members Last Night

The Winn Parish Journal has been notified that in a text to WPSB Members last night, Superintendent Al Simmons stated, “I’ve been notified of a social media posting this evening that could be interpreted as a threat of violence involving a WSHS student. School administrators have referred the social media posting to WPSO and will request an immediate investigation as well as added law enforcement presence in the morning.”

Simmons was not immediately available for comment at the time of publishing.

This story is developing and will be updated.

Today is the Day! Christmas Reception and Christmas in Whofield Christmas Parade

Mayor George Moss and the City of Winnfield will host a Christmas Reception today from 4 PM – 5 PM at the Winn Parish Library Christmas Reception. 

Refreshments will be served while you meet and greet with Christmas Parade Grand Marshall Steve Vines.

Then, you can walk over to Main Street at 6 PM to enjoy this year’s Christmas in Whofield themed parade sponsored by the Winn Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis of Winnfield. There are more than 60 floats registered for this year’s parade. 

Immediately following the parade will be fireworks by Pyromania Fireworks provided by the City of Winnfield.

It’s going to be a festive night in Winnfield so, come out and enjoy the fun for the whole family.

Operation Christmas Child Big Success in Winn

A GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT to all those who bought items, packed shoeboxes, paid for shipping of shoeboxes, and prayed over the box for the child who will receive the shoebox. Winn Parish had a very busy, successful week with the collection of 2,208 shoeboxes,  147 cartons, 17 volunteers,  28 Churches, 1 group, and 1 individual. 

The shoeboxes were delivered to Atlanta, Georgia where they will be processed and then shipped out to over 15O different countries. It is never to early to start packing for 2022. Pack one more shoebox.

Rotary Club of Winnfield Learns about Ham Radio Operating

“I’m KD5YS,” says Houston “Tinker” Polson, the speaker for Winnfield Rotary’s November 24, 2021 meeting. In other words, this combination of letters and numbers identifies his FCC license, or his callsign, allowing him to legally operate on Amateur Radio frequencies. He calls himself a “ham,” an amateur radio communicator, and he holds the Amateur Extra license—amateur radio’s highest operating level.

Houston grew up in North Carolina, graduating from North Carolina State University with bachelor’s degrees in textile chemistry and technical education. He received a commission in the Air Force where he served on active duty and in the reserves for 30 years, attaining the rank of a full colonel. During his time in the reserves, Col. Polson served as business faculty in multiple colleges. He was a professor of business and Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake Iowa.

Col. Polson retired from the Air Force in 2005. He was also in the civil service for 12 and a half years, serving as deputy division chief of training and education at NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and USNORTHCOM (United States Northern Command), as the director of the higher education program with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and as project manager in a joint Department of Defense and State Department diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia.

Polson has been a “ham”—that is, he has held a license from the FCC—since 1984. His interest in ham radios began when he was a youngster, and he tinkered around trying to get signals from far away radio stations for a greater variety of entertainment. Then he learned he could actually talk to people that far away. The distance and variety of reception appears to be the feature that attracts amateur radio enthusiasts to this pastime.

The name for amateur radio operators became hams apparently as a disparaging reference by professional operators to inexperienced, unskilled, clumsy radio operators. The term has been in use since around 1910 or so, when amateur use of radio frequencies began. Since 1910, licensed ham radio operators have grown to over 821,000 in the United States and about three million around the world.

Amateur radio operation is considered a service by the federal government, which regulates it under its authority over interstate communication. Ham operators can provide communication in our area when all other means of communications such as cell service and telephone wire service fail. There is a local group of trained emergency communication amateur radio operators who provide communication services in hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather emergencies. Amateur radio operators provide communications for large events such as state fairs, air shows, state track meets. Ham operators also educate others with less knowledge and expertise than they have, and they experiment with improvements in the technology, like digital and computer communications via radio frequencies.

The most common use by far is what hams call rag chewing—talking. It seems communication competition is part of the attraction of amateur radio operation; competitions are held to see which operator can communicate with someone the farthest from his location, and to see which can communicate with the most diverse locations around the world or at specific locations in the United States, or with the most individuals within a specific length of time. The timed competitions can run from three hours up to six months.

Ham radio is even used to allow children in school to talk to astronauts on the space shuttle. While people communicate on radio technology by voice or Morse code still, more modern technology has expanded methods of ham operation, including digital communications, internet connections, and other computer programs. The cost and complexity of ham radios also run the gamut, from a simple $25 radio on Amazon to a more sophisticated portable radio for use in vehicles that costs around $400 to a desk top radio for use at home.

There are three levels of licenses for ham operators, beginning with the technician’s license which costs $35 and requires a rudimentary knowledge of radio and electric principles and operation, going up to the general license which requires passing another exam and another fee of $35, and then up to the Amateur Extra class, which requires a much more thorough knowledge of communication and operation of ham radios as well as passing the tests for the underlying licenses.

Much information about ham radios, licensing, and radio communication resources can be found on the website of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio in the U.S. The basic website information is accessible to anyone, with additional resources available to members of the association, including training courses, licensing information and technical information.

The meeting was, as usual, concluded with the Rotary motto, “Service above self!”

WYBL 2022 Youth Basketball Registration Now Open

The City of Winnfield Recreation Department’s annual youth basketball league registration is open until Friday December 17th.

Registration is $40.00 per child. Tryouts will be held on Dec. 18th, with times TBD (check back for tryout times).

Boys and girls ages 4-15 are eligible for this exciting program. Don’t let this deadline pass you by. Sign your child up today.

Coaches are needed in all age groups.

For more information concerning WYBL Youth Basketball, contact Recreation Director, Anthony Hall at 318-628-3413. The City of Winnfield encourages any support that anyone can give to support the youths of today!!


Blessed – The New Born Tree

Today is December 3rd and a memorable day in my house. Twenty-three years ago on this day the Lord thought it would be quite an adventure to have my daughter born three and a half weeks earlier that expected. Meredith was supposed to be a Christmas Eve baby and all of our family members with December birthdays warned us about the pitfalls that came along with it. Everyone said that she would never have a regular birthday. All of her presents would most likely be wrapped in Christmas paper if she even received a birthday gift.

Just like any new mother, I wanted to truly commemorate the birth of my daughter. There were several different things that I mulled over but for some reason it just seemed fitting to plant a tree the same year she was born and watch it grow. After much research we settled on planting a Yoshino Flowering Cherry Tree. The blooms would a delicate pink just like my precious daughter. The tree was nurtured and fertilized. We did everything that you would do to a tree to build a healthy foundation for future growth and maximum bloom potential.

Of course the first year that it was in the ground there were no blooms. Zero. We researched it and it appeared to be somewhat normal. Much to our surprise after one year it had one bloom and boy was it the most beautiful bud you have ever seen in your entire life. We were so proud. Year two rolled around and we knew it would be the year that wowed us. It had two blooms the entire year but they were breathtaking.

Year three was upon us and our bouncing baby girl was turning three as well. We felt confident that this would be our year to wow the entire town with the loads of blooms. The tree mesmerized us with three healthy flowers. I truly wish that I could tell you that I was exaggerating for literary purposes but I cannot. What I can tell you is that year four, five, six and seven did not disappoint us. Each year it respectively gained one bloom. As humor would have it, when we moved from Winnfield to Natchitoches it had record setting blooms.

I am assuming the pressure to perform and helicopter tree-parenting really took its toll on the precious tree that was planted for the precious baby. The new owner of our old home is very gracious and does mind that I stalk the tree in the springtime just to take a gander at it.

When Meredith’s birthday was approaching I could not help but think about the delicate pink blooms on the special tree that was planted in her honor. As I do every year. But this year was different.

I began to ponder on the infinite wisdom of our loving Heavenly Father and how he picks the day of our birth, ordains our days, orders our steps and even knows the date of our return to him. To take it a little further, I couldn’t help but being wowed knowing that when he created the heavens and earth, he also knew that one day he would create his son and that his son would die for our sins. He knew his son would hang on a cross even though he had committed no wrongs.

Please understand that I dare not compare my daughter’s birth to the birth of Jesus.


When I thought about God watching the new born tree grow that would eventually become a cross that his son would hang on, it literally flooded my soul. Our all knowing, all seeing and all encompassing God knew that one day this tree would be utilized in the most gruesome and painful way. But would eventually give life to all of his children. Did it sadden him to know this tree was growing? Did he watch it grow and check back on its progress or did purposefully pick one that would take thirty-three years to mature?

Some mysteries of the Bible we may never know the answer to but I do know that God gives purpose to every soul that is born and every life that is lived. He chose us to live in such a time as this. My prayer is that you will spend the month of December reflecting on God’s goodness and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

“For thou didst form my inner parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me. When as yet there was not one of them.”

Psalm 139:13- 16

Angler’s Perspective – What To Do Now?

Now that the fall feeding spree is just about over and bass have headed for their winter haunts, it is a great time to start preparing for the upcoming season. For many anglers, the new season starts the first weekend of January. So, what to do now? Let’s start with taking care of any maintenance and repairs that relate to all your equipment. Most anglers have a fishing room or man cave where they store, clean, repair, lube, and re-spool all their reels. It’s a good time to check rod eyes for frayed edges that can cause fishing lines to break on the hook set. A fishing room is an angler’s sanctuary, a place where we can get away from all the noise of the holiday’s and focus on getting our gear ready for another season. You want to try and control as many facets or variables of fishing as you can like equipment and boat maintenance.  Some anglers neglect this portion of work that’s not fun, but necessary.

Another area that anglers need to focus on is boat maintenance. As soon as my last tournament is over, which is usually by November 1st, I’ll make an appointment with my boat dealer to take care of any routine service work like changing my engine lower unit oil and replacing spark plugs and water pumps. As the old saying goes, “You can either pay me now or pay me later.” Preventative maintenance goes a long way in helping me to avoid motor breakdowns. I think this is one reason I’ve had very little issues with my Yamaha motor over the years. This type of maintenance is even more important today than in years past, since now parts are so hard to come by. Part shortages like computer chips and power packs continue to plague boat dealers due to Covid issues and shipping issues from China. Spending the preventative money now, will save you repair money later.

Next thing to do… clean up and rearrange your fishing room. After a long season of taking tackle boxes in and out of my boat and fishing room, it’s usually a big mess. I’m an angler that likes to be organized. I hate digging and looking for something. I want to be able to go directly to a certain spot and pull whatever I need off the shelf. One item that helps me with being organized is a label maker. There are several on the market and all will do a great job. It also makes it easier to walk into your fishing room and find what you’re looking for. The same goes for storing boxes in your boat. You don’t want to waste valuable fishing time looking for a tackle simply because you’re not organized. In tournament fishing, time is money, and looking for a tackle means you’re not fishing.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a tournament angler, the things I’ve mentioned above are critical in helping you to eliminate and control some of the variables that can keep you from being productive on the water. Tournament anglers are some of the most detailed people you will ever meet, and they understand that fishing is more than just luck; it’s all about preparation. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!  

Steve Graf

Mayor George Moss and City of Winnfield to Host Annual Christmas Reception Before Christmas Parade

City of Winnfield Mayor George Moss and the City of Winnfield invite you to their Annual Christmas Reception before the Christmas parade this Friday, December 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Winn Parish Library Meeting Room, 200 N. ST. John Street, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483.

There will be a meet and greet with Parade Grand Marshall Steve Vines of Winnfield, LA. and refreshments will be served!

Christmas in Whofield Christmas Parade this Friday – Don’t be a Grinch – Register Your Float Today!

The Winnfield Christmas Parade sponsored by the Winn Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis of Winnfield and the City of Winnfield will be Friday, December 3rd, at 6 PM on Main Street in downtown Winnfield.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas in Whofield.” There will be a fireworks display following the parade.

Organizations interested in registering a float for the parade may pick up entry forms at Sabine State Bank, Winnfield City Hall, and Sunshine Cleaners!

WYBL 2022 Youth Basketball Registration Now Open

The City of Winnfield Recreation Department’s annual youth basketball league registration is open until Friday December 17th.

Registration is $40.00 per child. Tryouts will be held on Dec. 18th, with times TBD (check back for tryout times).

Boys and girls ages 4-15 are eligible for this exciting program. Don’t let this deadline pass you by. Sign your child up today.

Coaches are needed in all age groups.

For more information concerning WYBL Youth Basketball, contact Recreation Director, Anthony Hall at 318-628-3413. The City of Winnfield encourages any support that anyone can give to support the youths of today!!