Purchase Your Paper Clover at Tractor Supply Company Now – May 9

Since 2010, Tractor Supply has partnered with 4‑H to help create Opportunity4All and raise more than $14 million through the Paper Clover campaign. The success of these campaigns has impacted over 81,500 youth by providing them with the tools and resources they need to move forward and reach their full potential.

100 percent of funds raised through the bi-annual Paper Clover campaign directly benefits 4‑H youth. 90 percent of donations directly support 4‑H youth in the state where the funds were raised, and the remaining 10 percent supports the overall mission and growth of 4‑H nationally.

Winn Parish 4-H members will be in our local Tractor Supply each afternoon and on Saturday. Please come out, purchase a Clover and support Winn Parish 4-H!


Laurel Heights Baptist Church Bake Sale this Weekend

Laurel Heights Baptist Church will host a bake sale Saturday, May 8th from 10 AM – 1PM. The sale will take place on the church grounds located at 1001 San Pedro Street, Winnfield, LA.

Proceeds from the bake sale will go to repairs to the church gym that has been damaged by storms and aging. 

Please come out and purchase a delicious baked good and keep this long living Winn Parish church alive.


Practical Nursing Students to be Honored at Pinning Ceremony

Practical Nursing Class 33 of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Huey P. Long Campus will be honored with a pinning ceremony at the CLTCC Huey P. Long Campus at 2:00 PM on May 14th, 2021. 

Pictured above, Class 33 Practical Nursing Students from the left beginning in the back row: Kailey Porter and Ashton Brinkley.

Middle Row:  Konni Shell, Brock Domangue, and Kasey Patton.

Front Row:  Melissa Mixon, Casey Hall, Victoria Wise, and Alexis Fredieu.

The following students are members of the National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. (NALPN) and have maintained 3.0 or greater GPA throughout the program:  Ashton Brinkley, Kasey Patton, and Kailey Porter.

Due to Covid restrictions, all guests will be required to wear a mask.


Louisiana Department of Education and Ochsner Health Launch Virtual Therapy Program for Educators and Support Staff

More than 166,000 Educators Statewide Will Have Access to Free Mental Health Virtual Visits

Department of Education (LDOE) is partnering with Ochsner Health to launch a virtual therapy program to provide access to free mental health virtual visits. More than 166,000 public school educators and support staff statewide will have access to free mental health virtual visits through Ochsner Anywhere Care – an established telehealth platform in which patients can connect with a licensed mental/behavioral health provider via a secure video visit from their smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

“Louisiana educators have done hero’s work through a pandemic and one of the most active hurricane seasons on record for our state,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “They have been there for our children and families during this stressful year, and this partnership with Ochsner is one way we can be there for them.”

Educating children and serving families during this unprecedented school year, while simultaneously balancing personal and family needs have taken a toll on Louisiana educators, administrators and school support staff. Nearly 40 percent of early childhood educators in Louisiana responded to a survey reporting clinically relevant signs of depression (Hechinger Report, Aug 2020). The three-year, million-dollar initiative is funded by the LDOE through allocations from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) to be responsive to the mental and behavioral health needs educators may be facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is critically important that the state provide mental and emotional support for our teachers and support staffs who unselfishly give so much of themselves to ensure that education continues for our students during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) is being used to fund the partnership between the Louisiana Department of Education and Ochsner, and I’m grateful that we are able to support our education workforce.”

The virtual therapy program for Louisiana educators will cover four virtual therapy visits for Louisiana public school teachers and support staff at all K-12 school systems and early child care centers that serve children from birth to age four. This includes all traditional public and public charter schools. Additional visits beyond the initial four covered by the program will be available at a discounted rate.

“We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to educators – both frontline teachers and administrative staff,” said April Radford, VP Telemedicine, Ochsner Health. “Teaming up with the Louisiana Department of Education to leverage our established Ochsner Anywhere Care platform helps connect educators with the mental health support they need. We are proud to support educators and this program is just one more way Ochsner is working toward a healthier state by reducing barriers to healthcare by making services affordable, convenient and accessible to all.”

Virtual therapy visits are a convenient option for a variety of appointments, including addressing pandemic-related stress or other behavioral health issues such as grief and loss counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and insomnia. Through the platform, individuals can browse provider profiles and select a clinician that best serves their needs, including searching by language. Convenient appointments are available Monday – Saturdays for participating teachers, and staff. Recurring appointments can be made with the same provider.

An Ochsner Anywhere Care virtual therapy session is similar to an office visit, but from the convenience of home via a secure video appointment with a licensed provider on a computer, smartphone or tablet. During the appointment, patients will be asked about current symptoms, medical history and goals for therapy. Using this information, the provider will assess the situation and recommend a treatment plan. Ochsner Anywhere Care is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that enables patients to consult with a provider online safely and confidentially. 

Educators who qualify for the program should connect with their local school system for more information, including how to sign up. The program grew out of an initiative of the LDOE’s Office of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunities, led by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kelli Peterson. Providing confidential evidence-based mental support to educators and school support staff aligns with the Department’s belief that educators are valued professionals and that equity matters. This partnership ensures equitable access to such supports for educators. For more information about the Louisiana Department of Education visit www.louisianabelieves.com. To learn more about Ochsner Health, please visit www.ochsner.org.


Goldonna News: May 4, 2021

Goldonna Elementary School will have optional appointments available for assisting with the completion of Pre-K registration packets. The dates available are May 5, 12 and 19. All appointments will take place at the School Board Office located at 310 Royal Street in the Title 1 Media Center. You must register for your appointment at www.teachingtomorrownow.com or call the office at 318-352-2358 for additional information.

As luck would have it, the Pre-k class at Goldonna was also the winner of the Penny Wars fundraiser that took place in April. The school also celebrated Secretary’s Day and honored Mrs. Amy Clark for her years of handwork and dedication to the students in the school.

Goldonna Baptist Church will be feeding the community again this Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30pm. This week’s menu includes: dirty rice with ground meat, green beans, garlic bread and dessert. This is a ministry that the church has been thoroughly enjoying and from what I hear they have it down to a science! Be sure and stop by the church.

It is an important weekend so be sure and visit one of the Sunday Services in the Goldonna community as they honor Mother’s! River of Life Church services begin at 10:30. Goldonna Baptist Church services begin at 11:00. Goldonna Assembly of God services begin at 10:00.

If you have news to include please email Reba Phelps jreba.phelps@gmail.com


Remember This? Feller’s Fireball

By: Brad Dison

On Sunday, May 14, 1939, approximately 28,000 fans gathered at Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox major league baseball team, to watch the Cleveland Indians play the White Sox.  Over 700 fans from Van Meter, Iowa, drove some 400 miles to Chicago to watch Bob Feller, their hometown boy, pitch for the Cleveland Indians.  Among the group from Van Meter was Lena, her husband William, and their daughter Marguerite.  They sat in front row seats on the first baseline.

Cleveland Indians fans, including those from Van Meter, were ecstatic because the Indians were leading 6 to 0 by the last half of the third inning.  Chicago White Sox third baseman Marv Owen stepped up to the plate.  Cleveland Indians Pitcher Bob Feller wound up and threw a powerful fast ball.  Marv swung at the last possible moment.  Crack!!!  Marv’s bat struck the fastball with tremendous force.  The foul ball flew into the front row seats on the first baseline and hit Lena just above her left eye.  The lenses of Lena’s glasses shattered and lacerated her nose and eye.  Blood poured from her eyelid and forehead.  

The game was delayed for only a few moments.  Cleveland Indians trainer Max “Lefty” Weisman rushed into the stands to render aid to the injured woman.  Lefty, along with Lena’s husband and daughter, helped her to an automobile and drove her to a nearby hospital.

Bob was visibly shaken and stood “stark still” on the pitcher’s mound.  As soon as Lena was on her way to the hospital, Bob resumed pitching.  Unable to fully concentrate on the game, Bob allowed the White Sox to score three runs before he regained his composure.  When the game was over, Cleveland Indians had beaten the Chicago White Sox 9 to 4.  The fans from Van Meter who remained at the game were thrilled they witnessed their hometown boy pitch a winning game.

At the hospital, doctors treated the cuts around Lena’s left eye.  Lena needed six stitches to close the wounds.  Doctors determined that Lena probably had a mild concussion.  Luckily, Lena’s skull was not fractured.  They expected her to make a full recovery.

As soon as the game was over, Bob sped to the hospital to check on the injured woman.  Bob hurried to Lena’s hospital room and found her sitting in the hospital bed with her head swathed in bandages.  “Everything is all right,” Lena reassured the distraught pitcher, “I just didn’t see that ball coming.”

After hearing that Lena would recover, Bob reminded her that he had promised to win the game as a Mother’s Day present, which he did.  However, Bob did not expect his mother to miss the end of the game due to a baseball injury.  You see, Lena was Bob’s mother.  The baseball game in which Bob Feller’s pitch struck his mother happened on May 14, 1939, which was Mother’s Day.  

Sources:

  1.  The Lexington Herald (Lexington, Kentucky), May 15, 1939, p.5.
  2.  The Coshocton Tribune (Coshocton, Ohio), May 15, 1939, p.2.
William, Marguerite, and Pitcher Bob Feller Visiting Lena at the hospital

Positive News! LA. Won’t Lose a Seat in Congress

By: Royal Alexander/Opinion

We should be very excited about the new census data because even a slight population increase opens up many options and opportunities for our beloved Louisiana.

The news this week that Louisiana will not lose a congressional seat is very positive news as a matter of political clout and for many other reasons as well.

The latest U.S. Census data reflects that Louisiana has experienced a 2.7% growth rate and has a population of approximately 4.6 million people—about 120,000 more people than in 2010.  While our 2.7% growth rate is well short of the 7.4% population increase seen in other states across the country it is still enough to hold on to all of our congressional House seats. (I spent many years in D.C. working in the Congress and can attest that both the number of U.S. House seats and the collective seniority of our elected members of Congress are very important).

Recall that, unfortunately, Louisiana lost a congressional seat in the U.S. House after the 2010 Census due to very little population growth at the time, causing our U.S. House delegation to go from seven to six members.  Recall that we also lost a House seat in the1990 Census reducing our number of congressional House seats from 8 to 7.  (I had the honor of working for the late Clyde C. Holloway, the Congressman (and later, Public Service Commissioner) who represented the old 8th Congressional District until it was dissolved).

The federal government allocates more than $675 billion per year in federal funds.  These funds are spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other crucial projects.   That is why our population growth, as reflected in the number of our U.S. House seats, directly impacts how and in what proportion federal benefits (our tax dollars) are distributed (returned) to Louisiana (us).  Population totals determine what states receive federal assistance of all kinds, including grants and direct funding to states, parishes/counties, cities, and towns. These population breakdowns also include sex, age, race, and other geographic and demographic factors. 

This news is also a positive development for job growth and economic development in Louisiana because corporations and businesses make decisions using census data regarding whether and where to build factories, plants, offices, and stores.  Contractors and developers also make decisions based upon census data regarding whether and where to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.  Cities and towns use the data for public safety and emergency preparedness.  Local, community initiatives including quality-of-life and consumer advocacy are also based upon the data.

Most encouraging is the powerfully hopeful meaning behind these numbers.  They clearly indicate that Louisiana is not just maintaining its current population—which we have struggled at times to do—but that we have actually grown!  It means we have another opportunity, another decade before the next census, to try to address the problems in our state that have caused many of our precious family members to leave for jobs and opportunities elsewhere.  It means we have another chance to make our state more attractive to those companies already here and those companies and corporations from elsewhere looking for a new area in which to grow.

Hope and enthusiasm are contagious, and this news should provide us with both!  We should be reenergized and redouble our efforts to continue to improve Louisiana.  We are the only thing that can stop us.

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.


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 4, 2021


WINN:
Dr. Jerry Lee Allen
June 30, 1936 – May 01, 2021
Service: Thursday, May 6 at 2 PM at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

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

Burt Clark
October 05, 1970 – April 26, 2021
Life Celebration Service will go forth at the Sardis Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL Saturday, May 11 at 11 am. On Monday, May 10 the casketed remains will lie in state at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, from 10-11 am. Interment will follow in Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.

Jessie Floyd
April 25, 2021
Graveside services governed by COVID19 regulations will take place Saturday, May 8, 2021, 11:00 a. m. in the Campti Community Cemetery. The family will gather at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Natchitoches at 9:30 to form a procession to the burial site. All Attendees must wear masks.

Harvis “Junior” Johnson
January 10, 1948 – May 01, 2021
Service: Wednesday, May 5 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Mary Lou Safford Begnaud
May 16, 1931 – April 29, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 8 at 1 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Chuck Raymond Foshee, Sr.
February 17, 1943 – April 28, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Harry Graham
April 24, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Bertie Maxine Spears Byrd
January 20, 1933 – May 1, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 8 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

RED RIVER:
Robert Clayton Wood
July 16, 1950 – May 02, 2021
Service: Wednesday, May 5 at 11 am at Springhill Cemetery


Calvin Lady Cougars are Class C State Champions – For the First Time in 13 Years

Calvin Lady Cougars take the Class C State Championship title for the first time since 2008.

The Lady Cougars looked confident as they took the field for their 10-minute pre-game warm-up. The bleachers were filled with well over a hundred fans ready to cheer the ladies to victory.

Twelve Lady Cougars crossed home plate to defeat the Georgetown Lady Bulldogs 12-4 claiming the state championship title. The Lady Cougars collected 12 base hits combined with the biggest coming from senior Hannah Barber. She hit a three-run bomb in the second inning earning her the most outstanding player title.

Eighth-grade pitcher Haley Martin exhibited great stamina on the mound. Instead of losing speed late in the game, she seemed to accelerate in the 6th and 7th innings. Haley held the Lady Bulldogs to only 5 hits over 7 innings. Haley had 1 strikeout and 2 walks in the win. She did an outstanding job with the help of a great defense behind her. The Lady Bulldog’s only had 7 baserunners in the 7 inning ball game.

The Lady Cougars are beyond excited to bring the title back to Calvin after 13 years. They are patiently waiting on ring sizing day.

The Lady Cougars would like to thank the community and all their fans for the amazing support shown to them this past week.


City of Winnfield Tax Sale May 15th

The City of Winnfield property tax sale is scheduled for May 15, 2021, at 10 AM at the Winn Parish Court House.

In Louisiana, failing to pay your property taxes will lead to a tax sale. At the sale, your property or a portion of it will be sold to pay off the delinquent tax bill. But the winning bidder from the sale doesn’t get full ownership of your home right away; you’ll get some time to get caught up on the overdue amounts before this happens. But you’ll eventually lose ownership of the property permanently if you don’t pay off the debt during what’s called a “redemption period” after the sale.


American Loggers Council – As We See It

For close to a year now, the American Loggers Council has worked to obtain funding for those timber harvesting and hauling businesses throughout the United States that have been adversely impacted by curtailments in markets and production as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We were successful in getting language in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CFAP 2) that became law in late December that included the following language:

“Provided further, That from the amounts provided in this section, the Secretary of Agriculture may use not more than $200,000,000 to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, experienced a loss of not less than 10 percent in gross revenue during the period beginning on January 1, 2020, and ending on December 1, 2020, as compared to the gross revenue of that timber harvesting or hauling business during the same period in 2019:”

We have highlighted the word “may” in the text for good reason. The original text that we thought was included in the bill used the word “shall.”  What happens when you change the word from shall to may? The appropriation becomes discretionary rather than mandatory, so now we are once again at the mercy of the agency that is tasked to implement a program, as they see fit. 

It has now been three months since the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. On March 24, 2021, the administration announced in a press release that they have identified gaps in previous aid to producers, in which both timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses are included. That is the good news. The bad news is that after three months of back-and-forth discussions after the bill has passed, and the previous 6-7 months of communicating our needs to members of Congress in order to get the language into the Appropriations Act, we are now faced with a rulemaking process as required by the Administrative Procedures Act. This could add, at a minimum, another 120 days to the wait before timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses could see a penny of the funds distributed to those in need.

Let’s just hope that may not be too late for many of you who have suffered from loss of markets, quotas, downtime and the uncertainty of being able to have the capital to pay your fixed costs such as insurance and equipment notes. We will continue to engage a bureaucracy that truly does not understand what it’s like to run a capital intensive, low-margin business and look for ways to expedite the funding to your businesses. A good starting point would be to have a Congressional Oversight hearing as to why the agencies are not meeting the intent of Congress.  

Who changed the language from “shall” to “may”? We may never know, but in a society where interpretation means everything, this has placed another barrier in our efforts.

The American Loggers Council is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing the interests of timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses across the United States.