My Opinion -The Federal Reserve and Why It Should Be Audited

By: Royal Alexander

The Federal Reserve should never lose sight of the fact that its own funding—as well as the trillions of dollars in financial assets it manages—all derive from the strength and prosperity of the United State and the American taxpayer.

Many of us have heard the term “Federal Reserve” or “The Fed” but may not be certain about what it is and what its role in our government is.  Some have referred to The Fed as the “bank for banks”; In simplest terms it is the central bank of the United States and it defines itself as having been created to provide the nation with a “safe, flexible and stable monetary and financial system.”  It was also created to act as an independent body, not tied to any presidential administration or partisan agenda.

The Fed is comprised of the Fed Chairman and the Board of Governors who are nominated by the president (and then must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate), a rotating group of Federal Reserve Bank presidents across the country and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).  Its primary purpose is to keep the American economy strong—by taking steps to ensure high employment, steady and consistent economic growth, as well as controlling and moderating the effects of inflation.

How does it do these things?

Well, it has a number of financial tools at its disposal but perhaps its most important tool—and the one for which it is best known—is its ability to control interest rates, which means controlling the cost of borrowing money.  This is generally how it works: the American people need to borrow money from banks which means that banks need to borrow money from some other entity.  That entity is the Federal Reserve.  And, when banks borrow money from The Fed, The Fed gets to determine what interest rate those borrowing banks will pay on their loans.  That’s why any action The Fed takes to raise or lower interest rates affects everything we consumers need and use in our lives including things like credit cards, car loans and the mortgages on our homes.

What does this mean for our economy?

Well, The Fed’s greatest power is that, for example, if the economy is sluggish and not performing well, it lowers interest rates which tends to encourage businesses to expand and people to begin spending again because the cost of borrowing that money is now cheaper after interest rates are lowered.  Conversely, if The Fed members feel the economy is growing too quickly and “overheating” in a way that causes inflation it can and will increase interest rates to slow expansion and spending thereby “cooling off” the economy.

The Fed prides itself on being independent from normal political pressure because its members serve fixed terms, it is independently funded and therefore not held reliant upon Congress for its funding, and while the power of a president to remove a member exists, it rarely ever happens.

Should The Fed be audited? It should.  Why? Because as we noted above it possesses enormous power to impact the American (and thereby, global) economy and it is largely unanswerable for its actions.  An audit of The Fed would not upset the current balance, but it would give the president, Congress, and the American people the opportunity to see exactly what it does.  After all, it’s still funded by American tax dollars.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul introduced a bill to “Audit The Fed” that was entitled the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act.”  Senator Paul’s bill would do several things, including requiring the nonpartisan, independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a thorough audit of all transactions, deliberations, decisions, or actions regarding financial and monetary policy. 

As U.S. Senator John Kennedy (LA) succinctly pointed out in a 2017 letter to The Hill newspaper:

“A few years after the 2008 financial collapse, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) got a rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain at the Federal Reserve.  Although the review was limited in scope, the GAO was able to audit the agency’s emergency loan programs.  What it found was troubling to say the least.

This rare audit found conflicts of interest and no-bid contracts. It also revealed that the Fed authorized $16 trillion in bailouts to businesses and banks without so much as a whisper in the Capitol hallway to Congress.  Unsurprisingly, the Federal Reserve would prefer not to be audited further with any degree of substance by the GAO, especially on interest rate decisions.  Yet the Federal Reserve insists its reluctance is centered on fears of political interference.  (Emphasis added).

Yet, The Fed doesn’t want an auditor peeking over its shoulder as it makes decisions that will impact millions of families.  Instead, The Fed is asking us to just trust that everything will work out.  And we’re supposed to believe that it’s best for Congress to be blindfolded in its role as public guardian of the American economy. I don’t buy it. It’s time to audit the Fed.” (U.S. Sen. John Kennedy letter to The Hill on 12/18/17).

The Heritage Foundation also notes that “… the Fed has strenuously resisted providing detailed information relating to specific transactions. The Fed’s determined lack of transparency in this area has raised red flags among policymakers, leading to Freedom of Information Act filings with the Fed and proposed legislation in Congress to subject the Fed to an outside audit of its activities …” (Heritage economist, J.D. Foster, 2009).

As former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”  We are a Republic based upon our U.S. Constitution which prescribes that we govern ourselves as a representative democracy.  Our form of government doesn’t allow for unchecked and unfettered power over our citizens, and this is especially so regarding an entity like The Fed which impacts so much of American life.  It must be the subject of an audit that will provide transparency, accountability, and public confidence in its policy decisions.   

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.

WPJ to Publish Engagement, Wedding and Anniversary Announcements

The Winn Parish Journal “WPJ” will start publishing paid engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements for couples who reside in the parish, who have relatives in the parish or who are getting married in the parish. These announcements will be published each Friday morning. 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

  • An interesting fact about the couple 

Information for the wedding announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Officiant  

  • Attendants 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

Information for the anniversary announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • Where couple was married

  • Number of children and grandchildren if any 

  • Hometown

  • Ties to the parish 
  • Wedding time, date, and place 

For engagement, wedding and anniversary announcement prices and/or to submit information for publication, please email

Notice of Death January 25, 2022

Lillian Bernadine Crain Hyde
August 19, 1928 – January 22, 2022
Service: Friday, January 28 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home

James Everett McAnally
November 9, 1940 – January 23, 2022
Service: Wednesday, January 26 at 2 pm at Cox-Guin Cemetery

Rodney Reynolds
April 4, 1947 – January 24, 2022
Service: Wednesday, February 2 at 10:30 am at Southern Funeral Home

Patrick Kevin Hale, II
November 18, 1983 – January 22, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29, at 1 pm at the VFW Hall, located at 1859 Highway 71 in Montgomery

Barbara Gayle Alderman
October 5, 1943 – January 7, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Rev. Katie Florence Moore
April 5, 1972 – January 14, 2022
Service: Thursday, January 27 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home

Mathias da Gama e Silva, Jr.
May 5, 1950 – January 21, 2022
Service: Wednesday, January 26 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Myrtis Marilyn Brett Otteman
January 23, 1938 – January 17, 2022
Service: Friday January 28 at 1 pm at The Minor Basilica of The Immaculate Conception

Sameria Pearrie
Arrangements TBA

James Rachal
Arrangements TBA

Irene Johnson
Arrangements TBA

Jessie B. Williams
Arrangements TBA

Nicholas Flakes
Dec 5, 2000 – Jan 10, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Cornell Robinson
Jul 27, 1962 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Mildred Louise Eckhardt McTyre
March 26, 1935 – January 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches

Eleanor Vivian Peterson
April 9, 1936 – January 22, 2022
Service: Wednesday, January 26 at 1 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

Low Temperatures Continue

After a cold front moved through the region, below normal temperatures will remain in place into the first half of the weekend. Daily high temperatures will only climb into the 40s, with overnight lows in the 20s. Warmer temperatures and rain chances will return on Monday and Tuesday as another upper level disturbance moves into the region.

As Louisiana prepares for freezing weather conditions. If the power goes out, a generator can help you get through the cold weather!

Here are some generator safety tips:
– DO place your generator outside, more than 20 feet away from windows and doors
– DO NOT place near open windows or doors
– DO NOT use in wet conditions
– DO NOT refuel when hot
– DO NOT use a wall outlet

WPPJ Elects New Leaders and Appoints Board Members

At the first 2022 regular meeting of the Winn Parish Police Jury (the Jury) Tuesday night, Karen Tyler was reappointed as Secretary-Treasurer, Josh McAllister was elected President, and Kirk Miles was elected Vice President.

In the last regular meeting of 2021, the Jury reappointed Mr. Brad Cooper to the Winn Parish Fire Board for his second two-year term and appointed Mr. Josh Hood to the Winn Parish Fire Board for a two-year term. Hood stated that he has 22 years of working experience in fire departments and first responders and is looking forward to working on the Board.

Mrs. Donna King and Ms. Margaret Coon were appointed to the Winn Parish Library Board for five-year terms.

Mr. Brent Chandler, Mr. Chris Nevils, Mr. Jeremy Moore, Mr. Jeff Canerday, Mr. Al Simmons, Mr. Steven Wolfe, Mr. George Moss and Mr. Joshua McAllister (as Ex Officio member) were appointed to the newly formed Winn Parish Broadband Committee. This Committee will alleviate some of the work from the Jury and look into which grants to pursue to get broadband here to Winn Parish. The Board will bring their findings to the Jury.

Amy Kelley Speaks to Kiwanis

Amy Kelley, Hospice Consultant, from Legacy Hospice spoke to the Kiwanis Club, Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Accompanying her to the meeting was Megan Frederick, Volunteer Coordinator. The Hospice Director is Sherry Spivey. They also have 3 Registered Nurses and 3 aides, a social worker, chaplain, and an office manager. They can accept patients within a 50 mile radius. At this time they have about 18 patients.

The initial visit includes the social worker and the chaplain. Patients are signed up for 6 months and when the six months is up they can resign depending on their health. The nurses and aides see the patients 2 – 3 times a week. As the patient’s condition worsens they can be seen more often. The chaplain comes once a week or as the family desires. There is also a bereavement program for the family that lasts up to 13 months after the patient passes away. Patients can be in the home or in a nursing home. Patients in the nursing home get double care because they receive their normal care and they also receive care from hospice. Diseases that would have a patient on hospice include dementia, Parkinsons, strokes, COPD, congestive heart failure, and cancer. A patient can be on hospice for six months, if they have improved they can be removed or if they are the same or worse they can be re-signed for another six months.

Knowing when to put a patient on hospice is the hardest part. Doctors have a hard time putting patients on hospice because their job is to heal. Physician’s orders are required for a patient to be on hospice.

Kelley spoke on the differences between Home Health and Hospice. They have very different goals. A home health patient must be housebound and there are goals to meet-nursing, therapy, etc. A hospice patient is to be made comfortable. Hospice wants to make it as good as possible for the patient and for their family. When a patient is on hospice, hospice pays for all medical equipment needed including beds, diapers, wipes, nutritional supplements, medicine. Most insurances, including medicaid and medicare, cover hospice. The family never receives a bill.

Kelley introduced Megan Frederick, Volunteer Coordinator. Due to Covid it is difficult to use volunteers as in the past. Volunteers are put through training and can be used to help the family have some time out of the house, pick up groceries, or other beneficial tasks. Respite care is when a patient is placed in a facility for up to 5 days so the family can have some rest time. Autumn Leaves and Winn Nursing are both respite care facilities as well as the hospital.


In anticipation of the upcoming Inaugural Women’s Public Leadership Summit hosted by our affiliate, Women’s Public Leadership Network, Louisiana Women Lead would like to recognize Robert L. Rieger, Jr, who will be receiving the 2022 WPLN Daniel Anthony Award at the February meeting.

The Daniel Anthony Award is named for Susan B. Anthony’s father and ardent supporter of her efforts and is meant to celebrate a man who has given critical support to a female public leader or leaders. By accepting, Rieger serves as an example to others on how to be an effective supporter of women’s leadership and what is achievable with the support of others. Rieger is a Partner at law firm Adams and Reese LLP in Baton Rouge. He advises clients in government relations and related litigation matters in Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

“Rob has gone above and beyond in his support for Louisiana Women Lead,” Renee Amar, Executive Director of Louisiana Women Lead. “He’s been a stalwart of our training program, both in person and virtually; he’s offered advice when we need it and unwavering support of the women who run this organization. But not just in this space but also professionally in the political world. He supports and encourages women to get engaged in politics and leadership. He understands the importance of our movement for the women of today and future generations to come.”

Through his efforts, Louisiana Women Lead was able to hit the ground running. The first Lead fundraiser and the legislative proclamation naming June 3rd as Women in Public Office Day with an event held to commemorate the resolution would not have been possible without his guidance and unwavering support. Lead applauds Rieger’s recognition from WPLN and looks forward to honoring him at the summit in New Orleans, beginning February 4th and ending on the 5th. If you are interested in attending the summit, purchase tickets at Lead’s website:

About Louisiana Women Lead

Louisiana Women Lead was formed in 2020 to engage more center-right women in politics. Lead’s goal is to increase the number of women elected or appointed to leadership positions in Louisiana by breaking down barriers, create a statewide network for support, and provide tools to women so they have a leg up when running for or being appointed to office. For more information, visit

How to Run For Local Office

If you’ve ever thought about running for office — your town council or school board, the state legislature, even Congress, this guide is for you. We’ll tell you where to start and how to navigate everything from campaign fundraising to building a “kitchen cabinet.”

You don’t have to know everything before you run. And you don’t need to be rich

What matters is that you care enough to run. That’s according to former Massachusetts State Senator Marian Walsh, who wrote a book about how to win public office. She never lost an election throughout her three-decade political career.

“There will always be people in any arena who will know less and know more than you,” Walsh says. “The question is, do I care enough? And am I willing to do more of both. More caring and more learning.”

Ask a lot of questions

If you’re running for local office, you’re going to want to ask questions — to people who have run before, your supervisor of election, people who have done the job, even the person who currently holds the office. What was their day-to-day like? How big was their team? How much money did they raise? What did they do to campaign? Is the election a partisan race? Be a sponge.

A number of organizations like Veterans CampaignRun For SomethingThe Campaign Workshop and American Majority also run campaign bootcamps across the country for people to learn the basics of running for elected office, so that’s an option if you want a place to ask questions and meet people who could be resources.

Figure out your win number and your vote goal

You’re running to win, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to get everyone to vote for you. You just need more votes than your competitor. How many votes is that?

Here’s how to calculate it: Find the turnout numbers from the last few similar elections and average them. Then multiply that number by the number of registered voters in your jurisdiction. You’ll want to aim for more than 50% of whatever that number is. Here’s a worksheet, from the Conservative candidate training organization American Majority, you can use to calculate it.

You’ll also need to figure out how to get on the ballot. This varies by jurisdiction, but a good place to start is your state’s secretary of state website or your own county elections website. From there, you should be able to download the forms you need and find the deadlines. Don’t miss your deadlines!

Build your own campaign staff and don’t ever turn down help

Your team should be a mix of people who know you well and people who know campaigns well. Every race is different, but you’ll probably want to find someone to manage money, a communications director and a volunteer coordinator. And every team needs a campaign manager.

After the big roles are filled, there are plenty of smaller tasks that need to be powered by humans: literature drops, phone calls, building and installing signs, knocking on doors, making food, etc. When people offer to help, give them a job.

Marian printed postcards that allowed people to write their contact information, and just check a box of what job they wanted. NationBuilder has a template for a similar system online.

Campaigns, even in this modern era, are won in person

From door-knocking to big gatherings, a five-minute conversation goes a long way. When people see your name on the ballot — you want them to know who you are and what you stand for. Your campaign should keep track of every interaction with someone who might be interested in helping you or voting for you.

In larger districts, you won’t be able to meet everyone. So focus on the people who are most likely to support you.

“You’re not trying to get a shutout every single football game, you need to score more points than the opponent,” says Matt Batzel, the National Executive Director of American Majority. “So the goal is to win the election by getting more votes than your opponent.”

Go to your local elections office and request targeted info. It might cost money, but you should be able to get the party registration and addresses of registered voters in your district so you know where to campaign most efficiently.

Fundraising isn’t scary!

In a lot of cases, fundraising is the difference between a winning and a losing campaign. You might not think you need that much money, but think through your expenses — from a website domain to a campaign office to stamps — and set a goal for how much you need to raise.

Then, ask.

In general, people won’t just offer you money, you’re going to have to be the one to make the ask. But remember, you’re not asking for money for yourself, you’re asking for money to support change that you and the donor believe in. People often feel more connected to your campaign and motivated to help if they have a financial stake, even a small one.

“Campaigning is all about asking,” says Bushra Amiwala, who serves on the Skokie School Board in Illinois. She is the youngest Muslim elected official in the U.S. “Once I believed in myself and my ability to serve, it became very easy to ask someone else to do it too.”

Before you get started, remember to look up campaign finance laws for your state. How much you can raise? How much can an individual donate? How should you log your donations?

And finally, get out the vote before the election

This is really different depending on how your district votes. Whether it’s in person on election day, or early, or by mail. The important thing is that you don’t assume everyone you talked to is going to get out and vote for you — you have to ask them to.

(These takeaways are excerpted from the Life Kit podcast episode “How To Run For Office.” For the full rundown, subscribe to Life Kit here or listen to the audio at the top of the page.)

This story comes from Life Kit, NPR’s family of podcasts to help make life better — covering everything from exercise to raising kids to making friends. For more, sign up for the newsletter and follow @NPRLifeKit on Twitter.

Blessed – Martha, Martha, Martha!

Now as they were traveling along and entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lords word, seated at his feet. But Martha was distracted with all of her preparations; and she came up to him and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all of the serving alone, then tell her to help me.

Luke 10:38-40

Every time I read these scriptures I cannot help but think that Martha and I may be related. First cousins? Sisters? Maybe, we are one and the same. I think most women I know can identify with Martha and her anxiety about having company over. Martha probably bit off more than she could chew and was possibly more concerned about how her house looked than actually spending time with the Lord.

Here me out….

You have invited someone into your home…not just anyone. You have invited the Lord. You are busy making the last minute preparations and possibly a little stressed. I can see Martha scurrying around her house, tying together loose ends. She was probably setting the table, taking the bread out of the oven and whipping up a dessert all at the same time. She could have been sweeping a little dirt under the rug while picking up the kids toys or hiding the mountain of unfolded laundry in her well used and abused washroom.

Not only was Martha worried and bothered by so many things, she also took the time to complain to the Lord about her sister who was living her best life just hanging out, talking to Jesus. One thing that cannot be overlooked is the fact she was treating the Lord like an earthly father as well. Tattling on your sibling who is not helping pull her own weight is a totally justifiable case. Martha also sounded very confident that the Lord may take her side too.

But he didn’t take her side in agreement. He said her name, not once but twice and then proceeded to tell her that Mary had chosen the good part and it shall not be taken from her. Mary chose for her time to be completely spent with Jesus, sitting at his feet and listening to his words. And he chose not to change anything about her heavenly encounter.

Mary had her priorities straight and Martha was letting her worry and stress pull her away from Jesus.

Or, was Martha trying to impress the Lord with her good works? Was she showing out with all of her busyness and the Lord failed to take notice?

In our society it really easy to get busy and stay busy. Society loves for women to be validated by how busy they can stay. It is often said that If the devil cannot distract you with sin, he can make you busy. How much precious time are we wasting by being worried and bothered by so many things that are not even necessary. When Jesus said, “Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her”, he was telling Martha that she was missing out on everything that was good about his brief visit.

His visit was the only thing necessary that day at Martha’s house.

Jesus wants us to enjoy his company. What valuable things are you missing out on by being worried and bothered about so many things that are not even necessary?

 But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 10:41-42

Angler’s Perspective –  Advertising And Today’s Angler

There are old sayings, “If you look good, you’ll play good” or “You only play as good as you look.” These sayings have been heard in the sports and business world for decades. To be a great salesman or a great player, it’s mentally important to look good. Today’s professional bass fishermen have definitely cornered the market on self-promotion and looking great.  From their truck and boat wraps to their fancy fishing jerseys, today’s pro anglers know how to look good.

Let’s start with the jersey. Anglers today are literally advertising icons as they walk around with all their sponsor logos on their fishing outerwear. It has been this way since it all began in the late 1960’s as anglers back then wore the old jump suits with sewn on patches. Then someone thought of the idea to sew these patches on a sleeveless vest, which not only looked good, but was more comfortable to wear. Today’s anglers are wearing state of the art performance dye-sublimated shirts with every inch of their jersey covered in sponsor logos. These multi-colored shirts are made with built in UV protective sunscreen that’s designed to keep a fisherman both cool and dry.

If there’s one thing the FLW organization revealed to the professional angler, it was how to look good while tournament fishing. FLW introduced us to the fancy boat and truck wraps you see today navigating across our lakes and up and down the highways of America. These rolling billboards are easy to spot and there’s no mistaking who they are. Don’t forget, anglers eat up all the attention they get when they pull into a gas station or pull up at a boat ramp. This attention gives them that rock star feeling that we all crave. Also understand, these rolling billboards have a purpose…to bring as much attention as possible to the angler’s sponsors. Every logo on each boat and truck is strategically placed based on how much the sponsor is willing to pay. If sponsors want to be on the hood….they’ll pay a premium price. But if they are okay with being on the lower left fender, they’ll pay a lot less.

You see, FLW took notes from NASCAR back in the 1990’s and decided to follow the same format for advertising. But FLW took it a step further by placing coordinated wraps on both the boat and the truck pulling it, giving the sponsor more bang for their buck. This is also a way for the professional angler to supplement his income. Every year anglers are on the phone or knocking on doors during the offseason, trying to convince companies to be a part of their sponsorship package. This is not just income for the angler, but it also helps pay for their entry fees for whatever circuit they are fishing. Some of this money is used for hotel accommodations, as well as food, while they are on the road.

This promotional advertising system has gotten the attention of many young high school and college anglers all across America. Young people today love the flashy, fancy, good looking fishing jerseys. It’s one reason why so many anglers have taken an interest in bass fishing. And again, “If you look good, you’ll play good.” So, the next time you’re at a professional bass tournament, you’ll understand the reason for the boat and truck wraps and the fancy fishing jerseys; it’s sponsor recognition, which allows anglers to fish at the highest level.

Make sure to tune into the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show for the latest news from the great outdoors, every Wednesday from 11:00 till 1:00 on AM 1130 The Tiger and FM 93.3.

Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook.

Steve Graf  




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High School Diploma, or GED Required

Valid Driver’s License

Contact: City of Winnfield, Human Resources Department located at 120 E. Main St. Winnfield, LA 71483.

Applications may be picked up at City Hall or downloaded at under document center.

Applications will be accepted through: January 31, 2022

Notice of Death January 20, 2022

Jetta Holmes
March 21, 1964 – January 17, 2022
Service: Friday January 21 at 11 am at Corinth Baptist Church in Winnfield

Robin Scott Parker
March 27, 1963 – January 18, 2022
Service: Friday, January 21 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Barbara Jean Hall
June 23, 1940 – January 18, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 10 am in the Chapel of the Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena

Anakin Luke Bricker
November 09, 2021 – January 18, 2022
Service: Friday, January 21 at 2 pm at Bethlehem Cemetery

Rosella Mason Wells
November 26, 1939 – January 18, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

David Antilley
September 28, 1944 – January 19, 2022
Service: Friday, January 21 at 11:30 am at the First Baptist Church of Natchitoches

Theresa Primm
September 27, 1937 – January 18, 2022
Service: Monday, January 24 at 12 pm at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Nicholas Flakes
Dec 5, 2000 – Jan 10, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Carl J. Taylor, Jr.
Nov 17, 1998 – Jan 10, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Bessie Kay Winn
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 11 am at the North Star Baptist Church in Powhatan

Darian Pye
Nov 19, 1978 – Jan 14, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Pamela Revels Johnikin
Apr 8, 1954 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Cornell Robinson
Jul 27, 1962 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Anthony Alex
Jan 18, 1968 – Jan 17, 2022
Service: Friday, January 21 at 5 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Mildred Louise Eckhardt McTyre
March 26, 1935 – January 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches

Mary Louise Lewing Witherington
June 26, 1929 – January 16, 2022
No Service Information Listed

City of Winnfield Special City Council Meeting Today

DATE OF MEETING: January 19, 2022
TIME: 4:15 pm

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Topic: Special Meeting
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I. Call to Order

II. Agenda Amendments (if any)

Old Business – Action Items

III. Guest and Audience Participation

1.Pamela Peoples Brown Street Facility

IV. New Business – Action Item

1. Approve long and short-term rentals for Civic Center and Brown Street Facility- Holden
2. Approve Allen Building new rental rates for main floor and upstairs – Miller
3. Approve quote for Grove Steet Recreation press box and concession repairs on field 4- Phillips

VI. New Business – Non-Action

1. New Auditors
2. Boundary Street Facility Repairs
3. Permanent Food Trucks


Rotary Club of Winnfield Learns About E-Vehicles

E-vehicles were the topic of the Rotary meeting on January 12, 2022. Joe Evans was both Rotarian of the day and guest speaker. Joe’s curiosity about electric vehicles was initially piqued by one of his children’s books called “Wheels.” He decided to do some research on the subject, thinking he might like to have one. Much of what he learned surprised him.

Joe discovered that presently there are slightly over two million electric vehicles on the road in the United States. Electric vehicles—E-vehicles—are those powered completely by electric energy, which is replenished by plugging the vehicle into a source of electricity. Vehicles known as hybrids are powered by a combination of electric and gasoline-generated energy, which must be refueled with gasoline but not electricity. Joe was interested in solely electric vehicles.

He learned that slightly over 300,000 E-vehicles were sold in 2021, mostly manufactured by the Tesla company, which makes only E-vehicles, but also some made by Ford, General Motors, and Volkswagen. He also discovered that the average retail price of an E-vehicle decreased from $64,000 in 2019 to $55,000 in 2020.

The main limitation and drawback to the E-vehicle is the range allowed before refueling is needed. It has improved a lot over the last five years or so, but the average range is still under 200 miles. Another drawback to the E-car is the time required to refuel. If you plug it into your home electrical outlet, it can take more than a full day to recharge. Some recharging stations do exist which take much less time for re-charging. There is a destination charger in Ruston which can provide a full recharge in 10 hours. There are also supercharging stations which will give you a full recharge in about 30 minutes. In Louisiana, those are located only in Shreveport, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The E-car does have an effect on emissions from fossil fuels. Refining one barrel of oil produces 19 to 20 gallons of gas, among other products. In comparison, one barrel of oil produces 550 kilowatt hours of electricity, a small electric car has a battery which uses about 50 kilowatt hours of electricity, and the largest uses about 100 kilowatt hours.

A negative factor in having a Tesla vehicle, at the upper end of the E-car, is they are quite expensive to repair. They do retain, however, much of their value over time. Tesla can charge new car prices for a trade-in after upgrading the software of the car after it is traded in by the prior owner. On the low end of the electric car scale, there is the Chevy Bolt, which is not so expensive to repair, but currently has a recall on its battery.

Joe also looked into the electric scooter as well as the electric bicycle. In fact, he has purchased two electric bikes, which he and three of his daughters rode to the Rotary meeting for a little “Show and Tell.” E-bikes have been around a number of years, and have been improved a lot over the years. Joe selected Rad Power Bikes, which are manufactured in Seattle. He got two bikes for the family, one a medium sized step-through model and a larger one called the Radwagon. The Radwagon is large enough to transport one adult and two small people at the same time, or to haul groceries and the like on the rear. Rad also makes a Mini, which folds in the middle and makes it easy to store.

These bikes are “hybrids” in that the rider uses the electric motor and pedals at the same time. You can also just use pedal power if the battery runs out during your ride, but the bikes are heavy so it’s hard to move them under only pedal power. The range of the e-bikes battery is between 25 and 40 miles, depending on the terrain and weight on the vehicle. They have different grades of pedal assist, so the lower the grade of pedal assist one uses from the electric motor, the higher the range of the motor. The maximum speed of the Evans’ electric bikes is 25 miles per hour.

The meeting was adjourned with the Rotary motto, “Service above self,” and the Evans family mounted their bikes and rode from Lynda’s Country Kitchen back to Joe’s office near the west end of Main Street.

Pictured above: Rotarian Joe Evens spoke to the Rotary Club of Winnfield on Jan. 12 about the growing development of electric vehicles including electric bicycles like these his family recently acquired.  With Evans are daughters Sallee, Siblee and Sophee