Drawdown for Saline Lake (Natchitoches and Winn Parishes)

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Saline Lake (Natchitoches and Winn Parishes) for giant salvinia management, reduction of organic muck, and fish habitat improvement. The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth.

The water control structure is scheduled to open on June 1, 2022, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 inches per day. The water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage, depending on Red River Pool 3 water level. The Saline Lake control gates are scheduled for closure on October 3, 2022, to allow the lake to refill for fall, winter and early-spring recreational activities.

During the drawdown, an estimated 2,500-3,000 acres of water will remain in the lake. Boaters may still access the main waterbody from the Mulligan Inn Boat Ramp with small craft, but caution is advised. Caution is also advised when on the water, as numerous obstructions that are normally not seen are present.

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated plan to manage overabundant aquatic vegetation and to improve access for recreational activities. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at (318) 357-3214.


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

Meet Laura F.

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/


Winn 4-H Outdoors Skills Banquet June 4th

The Winn 4-H/Outdoor Skills Banquest is Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Winnfield Civic Center. Social time begins at 5 PM and dinner begins at 6:30 PM.

Ticket prices are $35 for individuals and $60 for a couple. Eight-person sponsor tables are available for $350.

Included with the ticket price is dinner, silent auction, live auction, door prizes, raffles, games and more.

All proceeds will benefit the Winn Parish 4-H and Shooting Sports programs.


Angler’s Perspective – Stormy Waters II

By Steve Graf

Bass fishermen are weather fanatics! We are constantly looking at the forecast and what to expect for our next event. We are so enthralled with the weather that we will look at the forecast 10 days in advance so we can start planning our fishing strategy. But nothing gets an angler’s attention quicker than stormy skies. During my 32 years as a tournament angler, there have been a couple of situations that really made me nervous.

Back in 2015 on Toledo Bend was one such day, as the forecast was for clear skies with light and variable winds out of the south at 10 to 15 MPH. But you must first understand that a south wind on Toledo Bend means it’s coming right down the pipe. It’s a lake where even a small amount of wind out of the north or the south can make navigation difficult. The problem with Toledo Bend is that you must run the boat roads which puts you out in the middle of the lake most of the time. To compare, Sam Rayburn has no boat roads, and you can run closer to the bank and get out of the wind most of the time.

But on this one occasion in 2015, the tournament was out of Fin & Feather Resort on the far south end of Toledo Bend. This resort is located on the south bank of what is called Six Mile Bay. A south wind has no impact on this area and is an area you can fish without much of a problem. But as my number was called for takeoff and I headed for the main lake to make a run north and across the lake to Negreet Creek, I was met with 20 plus MPH winds and four-foot rollers (waves). One thing about driving a boat, it’s a lot easier to go against the waves rather than go with them. As I made the turn north in this rough water, it was apparent rather quickly that my run to Negreet Creek was not going to happen.

After riding four-foot waves for about three miles and beating my co-angler and myself to death, I finally came to a pocket on the west side I could pull into and possibly fish. After we gained our composure and dried off from our soaking short run, I told my co-angler to settle in for the day because we were not going to go out and fight that kind of rough water until time to go back for the weigh-in.

Another problem with running in this kind of rough water is the wear and tear on your boat and equipment. I’ve seen anglers come in with trolling motors hanging off or their electronic fish sonars no longer on the boat after a rough ride in. Boat hulls have sustained major damage and anglers have been hurt fighting waves and trying to stay in the boat on these long runs back. At some point as an angler, you must ask yourself, “Is it worth tearing up all my equipment for a few pounds of fish?”

The answer for me is a resounding “NO,” as I must not only worry about myself, but I have a co-angler that I’m responsible for getting back safely. After a long day of fishing, we headed back with south winds now exceeding 25 MPH. We were over three miles from the boat ramp, and I knew it was going to take at least an hour to go that distance in that kind of water. So, we left at 2:00 for a 3:00 weigh-in time. It was a good thing we did as I was never able to put the boat on a plane and run. We literally idled the entire three miles back to Six Mile Bay and made our check in time with only two minutes to spare. I’ve only kissed the ground twice in my life, once on Sam Rayburn and this day on Toledo Bend.

Again, anglers face all kinds of weather every season, but nothing affects us or our decisions more than wind. The first question I always ask myself when a decision must be made is, “Is it worth it?” Most of the time, the answer is “no” and will always be “no” when it comes to the safety of my co-angler and myself. Until next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf – Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show & Tackle Talk Live


Medical Minute – Act FAST and Save a Life

By: Dr. James Lee

Would you know the signs of stroke if someone you loved developed them? Would you know what to do if someone was having a stroke? May is Stroke Awareness Month and a good time to review the signs of stroke, what to do if you suspect someone is having a stroke, and what you can do to prevent a stroke.

Every year there are more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. That is one person every 40 seconds. This results in 137,000 deaths in the US or 1 death every 3.5 minutes. Of these strokes, 185,000, nearly 1 in 4, are in people who have had previous strokes. In Louisiana, there were 2,566 deaths from stroke in 2020. Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and stroke related cost in the United States was $53 Billion between 2017 and 2018. Most importantly, 80% of strokes are preventable with lifestyle changes.

F.A.S.T is a pneumonic to help remember the warning signs of stroke. “F” stands for facial drooping. One side of the face loses muscle tone, resulting in the appearance of drooping eye and down-turned corner of the mouth. “A” stands for arm weakness. A stroke victim will not be able to raise and hold both arms at shoulder height. They also may have leg weakness on the same side as arm weakness, making it difficult to walk. “S” is for slurred speech or unintelligible speech. “T” stands for time to call 911. The more time it takes to recognize and get someone medical care, the more brain cells die and result in increased disability. Other symptoms include numbness on one side of the body, confusion, difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, and severe headache without a cause.

There are two types of strokes, Ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are caused by a blockage that prevents blood flow to the brain, usually a clot. A few minutes of blockage can result in significant, long-lasting disabilities. 87% of strokes are ischemic. A TIA or transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke” are blockages that occur for a very short time with no long-term effects. TIA is a warning sign, and the symptoms are like a stroke, but go away quickly. Often, this is ignored, but it needs to be taken seriously and reported to your doctor because the risk of a serious stroke is higher in patients with TIA. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain ruptures. The resultant bleeding causes an increase in pressure on the brain cells causing damage. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for hemorrhagic stroke, but aneurysms, blood thinners, and trauma can all lead to hemorrhagic stroke.

Risk factors for stroke can be separated into those that can be changed or managed, and those that cannot. High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, birth control pills, obesity, lack of exercise, high cholesterol and lipids, tobacco use, more than two drinks a day, and illegal drug use can all be avoided or managed to decrease the risk of stroke. Increasing age, African American race, prior history of stroke, and family history of strokes cannot be changed. Gender also plays a role; with a stroke occurring more often in men but resulting in death in more women than men. Interestingly, strokes are more common in the Southeastern United States than in other areas. It is thought that this may be due to regional differences in lifestyle, diet, race, and smoking habits. If you have any of these risk factors, you should be having a discussion with your doctor about what can be done to reduce your risk of stroke.

There is no cure for stroke once it has occurred. Ideally, treatment should be started within 60 minutes after arrival at the hospital. The sooner stroke is identified, and the patient gets to the hospital, the better the outcomes. Treatment is based on the type, cause, and severity of the stroke, as well as where it occurs in the brain. It also is dependent on the overall health and how a patient responds to therapy and medicine. Medications to treat stroke include clot-busting drugs, life support measures, and medications to reduce brain swelling. Surgery can be used to relieve pressure and remove clots from the brain or repair bleeding. Surgery can also be used as a preventative measure for strokes, such as blockages in the carotid artery, aneurysms in the brain, and holes in the heart from birth.

In summary, stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Rapid recognition, including the F.A.S.T pneumonic, leads to quicker treatment and results in improved outcomes in patients who have had strokes. Identification of personal risk factors for stroke should prompt you to have a discussion with your doctor about strategies to reduce your risk of stroke. Finally, lifestyle changes should be made and include tobacco cessation, diet, and exercise, limiting alcohol intake, avoiding illegal drugs, and taking the medication your doctor prescribes for your medical conditions.

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.


Blessed: Graduation Season

By: Reba Phelps

The month of May boasts many memorable holidays and events. We honor our Mothers, we remember our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo, Teacher Appreciation Week and the Kentucky Derby. May, in the South, also indicates the end of the school year for most students.

Last, and certainly not least, May is graduation season.

Recently I was looking through my own senior book with all of my memorabilia. It is a book that recorded all of my future goals and dreams, photos of friends, copies of old prom invitations and tickets to concerts that were attended. It truly is fun to go back and chuckle at the differences in me now compared to thirty years ago. Most of it is a little on the embarrassing side, especially when I ran across my school transcript.

Looking at that old transcript always brings a sense of sadness and regret. As I mention to anyone that will listen to me, I simply was not a good student and I often want to apologize to my old teachers when I see them. I was more on the social pathway and not so much on the academic pathway. I try not to wonder how different my life would have looked had I really applied myself during those days. I also remember the deep seeded stress and worry of not knowing if I would graduate.

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Lakeview High School graduation ceremony. Having worn my own Lakeview green cap and gown in 1992, I was thrilled at the chance to celebrate with this class and the administration.

As I made my way to the stage to sit with my fellow School Board members and dignitaries for the evening, I was overcome with a huge sense of unworthiness, humbleness and gratefulness. Here was this lowly ranked student, who struggled every day….preparing to go and shake the hands of these hard working graduates. My sense of not belonging quickly subsided as the Pomp and Circumstance Graduation March began to play.

As the song played, the crowd of parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbors and friends went wild clapping and cheering for their graduate. There were families with matching t-shirts, (my family never did this for me…just saying) signs and banners that declared their student’s name. I even saw huge signs with large face cut-outs of their students. I truly had chills of excitement and became teary eyed for these students as well as the love and pride that was being shown to the children.

This week I also was blessed to celebrate with the graduating class of Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center. It was a smaller class in size but definitely not in school spirit. I watched each one of these hard working students walk across the stage donning baby blue caps and gowns with such pride and happiness. There may have been a look or two of relief in there as well. If they were like me, they were certainly relieved!

Thursday night was Marthaville Junior High’s 8th grade graduation and the whole community showed up to support these amazing children as they make their way into high school.

Having shaken the hands of most of these graduates, all I could think of was the amount of praying, tutoring, fussing, juggling and sacrifices that all of these parents had to make in order for their child to graduate. It has been a beautiful week celebrating public education and we will continue celebrating with the Natchitoches Central Chiefs on Friday night.

It will always be the biggest blessing for me to have a front row seat, or any seat for that matter, to watch our students in Natchitoches Parish Public Schools graduate. Student achievement is why we do what we do. I cannot begin to imagine the pride that our teachers and staff must feel when they see their students outfitted in a cap and gown. Mission accomplished. These graduates will now enter into our workforce, enter into our colleges and begin their first steps to adulthood. Education is the backbone of our society and I think Natchitoches Parish produces some of the best and brightest young scholars this state has to offer.

Please always pray for our educators and school staff. It is an extremely hard but rewarding job shaping the minds of students and teaching them how to be successful, well rounded adults.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12


Road Trip to Tensas Doesn’t Disappoint

By: Glynn Harris

Two years ago when I visited the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge in Madison Parish for the first time, I hoped to see a bear. It didn’t happen but I saw enough and triggered the interest in my wife sufficiently that she wanted to go see this remarkable place.

A year later, it all came together when we were invited by my friend and regular Tensas visitor, Dr. Terry Jones, for the trip over to tour the refuge which touches parts of three parishes, Madison, Tensas and Franklin.

This special part of our state has a fascinating history. Founded in 1980 to preserve one of the largest privately owned tracts of bottomland hardwoods remaining in the Mississippi River delta, the refuge encompasses some 80,000 acres of pure swampy bottomland hardwood majesty. This type of habitat once covered 25 million acres, the majority of which over the years was cleared to make way for farmland, the rich soils being the major attraction.

Today, these same rich soils support some 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The largest population of the threatened Louisiana black bears live here. Tantalizing too is the fact that the last verified sighting of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, now believed to be extinct, was in 1940 on the area that now makes up the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge.

With that bit of history laid out, now back to this past Monday when we drove over to see what Tensas would show us. She didn’t disappoint.

First, Jones led us to the check station where mandatory forms were completed so refuge managers can keep count of the number of visitors. Then we headed down Mill Road where Jones and I had seen alligators on our previous visit. While not as many as we had seen on our

last visit, they were there; we watched five gators paddling easily over the waters of a borrow pit with the largest being maybe 10 feet long.

After photographing the alligators, we reversed course, drove back to the check station where Jones suggested I lead out on a slow drive down Quebec Road, telling us to keep an eye out for “critters.”

“We have sometimes seen bears along this drive,” Jones said as we motored away.

A mile or so down the road, something caught my eye. There was a bear in the roadside ditch maybe 10 feet from the car. She ascended the shallow bank and stopped next to a large tree. My wife and watched spellbound as two tiny bear cubs followed her up the bank. Our cameras and those of Jones, who had pulled to a stop behind me, were busy photographing the bear and her little ones.

They remained in the same spot as we drove off down the road talking about how fortunate we were to see such a sight. Turning around half an hour later and returning to the spot, lo and behold, the trio of bears was still there.

We got to watch one of the little guys climb a few yards up the tree for a better look, with our cameras snapping away and disrupting their afternoon of doing whatever they were doing when we spotted them.

Finally, mama bear had had enough of all the attention. She glared at us sitting in our vehicles 20 steps away from her, then rushed forward a few feet making a “huff, huff” sound.

We got the message. We had gotten to witness what we came to see and drove away leaving the bears to themselves but left with memories we won’t soon forget.


Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival THIS WEEKEND!

The Grammy winning Commodores are the big name headliner for this weekend’s Natchitoches Jazz R&B Festival but, according to Board Member Lisa Prudhomme, this year’s 25th Silver Celebration Festival offers much much more in the way of entertainment for the entire family.

“Sure, we are super excited about the Commodores,” said Prudhomme. “But at the end of the day, they are just one of 25 great bands who are going to be playing on the riverbank this weekend.” Prudhomme reminded that a Friday night show has been added featuring Zydeco great Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators and 80’s hairband tribute act, LA Roxx. Tickets for Friday night’s show are only $10 with active duty military and children 12 and under admitted free.

Prudhomme said that there is a lot of buzz around the return of the Nashville based Journey tribute band Resurrection which will be returning to the festival by popular demand.

“Resurrection played in Prather Coliseum when we had to move the Festival there a few years ago,” said Prudhomme. “A fairly small crowd attended because of the move but every person there was totally blown away with their re-creation of a Journey concert. We knew we had to get them back as soon as possible.”

Natchitoches’ own Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs are going to be quite busy as has been the tradition with the band at this Festival. They will be joined by several guest performers including county star Marty Haggard, doing a tribute to his father Merle, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton, and Natchitoches native and former Voice contestant Deshawn Washington.

“The Natchitoches Jazz Fest is always one of our favorite events to play,” said Moondogs keyboardist Henry Reggans. “We feel like we have a great set this year and are really excited to be joined by those other great artists.”

Prudhomme emphasized that the event is family friendly with bouncy houses and other activities for the kids and that there will be lots of food and refreshments, including adult beverages.

She is also excited about the move of the Jazz Stage to the brand new Venue on Front Street.

“The Jazz Stage this year will be in the cool confines of the new Venue on Front Street, (formerly Jimbo’s and The Landing) and it will be a great place to take a few minutes to cool off, have a cool drink and listen to some smooth jazz. We think it is going to be a great addition to the Festival,” Prudhomme said. A festival armband will be required for attendance.

Finally, Prudhomme did point out that while attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs, chairs will not be allowed on the amphitheater or in the area immediately in front of or adjacent to the main stage. However, chairs will be allowed at the other three stages and at the very top of the hill, on the sidewalk and on the edge of Front Street. Tickets are still on sale. For more information go to http://www.natchjazzfest.com.


Breaking News – Double Homicide and Multiple Shooting Victims in Winnfield

Update 5-19-22 5:48 AM:
Winnfield Police Department Press Release

Update: 5/19/2022

As of print time, Kendall Reed was treated and released from RRMC while Damion Hardwell is listed as guarded, but stable condition and is expected to recover. The second deceased subject has been identified as Gretavious Burks, age 18, of Jonesboro, LA.

As a result of the investigation, 1 arrest has been made and more may follow. Booked into the City, then the Winn Parish Detention Center was Cameron Joe, age 18, of Hodge, LA. He is charged with 1st Degree Murder and is awaiting a 72-hr hearing at this time. More updates will follow as they occur.

Update 5-18-22 6:00 PM:
2nd Victim ID’d in Winnfield Shoot-out that Left 2 Dead – WPD Still Searching for Suspects

Investigators with the Winnfield Police Department have shared new information regarding the shooting overnight that left two dead and sent two others to the hospital.

Sgt. Andy Roberts stated that a teenager was the second deceased victim in last night’s shooting on Elliot Street. He was identified as Gregtavioun Burks, of Jonesboro, who was on the cusp of his 18th birthday when gunfire erupted.

“Burks [would have] turned 18 today,” said Roberts.

As previously reported, the other deceased victim was identified as Jatarion Starks, 24, of Winnfield.

Sgt. Roberts says the surviving victims are in critical but stable condition after being airlifted to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. He says around 23 (not 30 as originally reported) shots were fired inside the house and investigators believe the motive was drug-related because at least six pounds of marijuana was found all about the interior of the house.

Sgt. Roberts says they are searching for a suspect that left the house with two other people in a white Sedan. The suspect is thought to have been wounded in the abdomen or right arm.

Roberts also said the time of the incident was closer to 11:30 PM, later than what was reported in the first news release. 

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call Sgt. Andy Roberts with the Winnfield Police Department at (318)628-3511.

Original Story:
Winnfield Police Department Press Release

Tuesday night at approximately 10:20 pm, a Winnfield officer responded to multiple gunshots fired at 501 Elliott Street in Winnfield to discover 2 deceased victims and 2 other gunshot victims.

Detectives and officers with the Winnfield Police Department worked all night processing the crime scene for evidence in the double homicide.

Jatarion Starks, age 24 of Winnfield, was pronounced dead on the scene. Another unidentified b/m subject was also pronounced dead.

The other 2 injured persons were Damion Hardwell and Kendall Reed. Both were airlifted to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. Their condition is unknown at the time of this report.

Detectives reported that over 30 rounds of ammunition were fired within the house from several types of guns. Also found were over 10 pounds of illegal marijuana.

The investigation is continuing. Sources report that at least 3 other people were involved and seen fleeing the scene in a white sedan.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or possible identification of the second deceased person may call the Winnfield Police Department at (318)628-3511. Sgt. Andy Roberts is the lead investigator in this case. Identification is of utmost importance so that his family can be properly notified.

The Winnfield Police Department would like to extend its appreciation to the different agencies that responded to this incident, including the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Winnfield Fire and Rescue, and Advance EMS Services.


Foster Parent Recruiter Speaks to Kiwanis

Rebekah Galle, Foster Parent Recruiter from Methodist Foster Care spoke to the Kiwanis Club, Tuesday, May 17th at the Pea Patch at noon. She is trying to build awareness of therapeutic foster care in our area which is region 6 out of Alexandria. There are no therapeutic foster parents in Winn parish.

Methodist Foster Care is a statewide non-profit that includes children from birth to 21 years old. It is under the umbrella of Louisiana United Methodist Family Services. Ms. Galle’s job is to recruit, train and certify people for therapeutic foster care. Therapeutic foster care serves children who have been through extensive trauma. Some of these children have medical needs and/or developmental needs. They look for people who have experience working with children. They focus on trauma in the training which is really important. This is how they are different from foster parents who might be associated with DCFS. They learn about TBRI (trauma based relational intervention). Foster parents need to show these children love. The foster families are visited by a child placement worker once a week, meeting with parents and children. The child placement person is available to them 24/7. After the initial training, there is ongoing yearly training. The training can take place in the home. You do not have to go out of town to attend training.

There are also respite foster parents who also go through the training. They take children on weekends, school breaks and vacations when foster parents need a break or have to be gone for some reason.

Statistics show that 1 in 5 foster children become homeless after aging out of the system and 1 in 4 end up in the justice system. Extended foster care is available for 18 – 21 year olds as a transition time but it is up to the child whether to stay in the system or age out.

In response to a question, Ms. Galle said they receive 40 – 50 requests per week for foster children placements.

Pictured above: Left Kiwanian Kim Futrell and Rebekah Galle, Foster Parent Recruiter from Methodist Foster 


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

Meet Nichole C.

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/


Road Closure in Downtown Winnfield

The City of Winnfield street department has announced an emergency road closure:

Main Street is closed at the intersection of Main and Church Street to the insection of Main and North St. John Street.

The timeline of the closure is unknown as the City department determines what has caused the street cave-in.

We apologize for any inconvenience but the city will work to resolve this situation as soon as possible.