Goldonna: November 30, 2022

The Goldonna community was very saddened by the loss of Mr. Bud Garner, father of School Board Member, Eugene Garner. He was a supporter of the community for many years and he will be dearly missed by everyone. Please continue to keep his family in your prayers.

The Native American Santa made a joyous visit to the community this past weekend. He was inundated with grateful children who enjoyed taking photos with him, talking with him and of course left with a Christmas present. Even though it was a rainy landing for Santa’s Sleigh it was a great turnout.

Goldonna Elementary Junior High Students returned from Thanksgiving break and hit the ground running with lots to accomplish before Christmas Break. The students will be attending the NSU Christmas Gala on December 1st. There is a new club called “the Good News Club” that will be forming soon. They are still collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Louisiana Food Bank and they are welcoming all donations for that endeavor.

The school will also be presenting a Christmas Program on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00pm. Parent Teacher Conference will be held on Tuesday, December 20th from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.

Mrs. Aly Erikson, ELA Specialist at the Natchitoches Parish School Board, presented a model WIN lesson at Goldonna Elementary on Nov. 29. In the lesson, Mrs. Erikson taught a wonderful group of young students how to break down words by using individual letter sounds. The students eagerly participated in the lesson and had a great time learning!

Pictured with Mrs. Aly Erikson: James, CJ, Natalie, Declan, and Lilley.

The Village of Goldonna is a little over a week away from the big Christmas event! The community has been working hard organizing the festival to make it one of the biggest yet. It is not too late to get involved.

Goldonna Christmas in the Park Committee is still seeking donations and volunteers for the Festival that will take place on Friday, December 9th. Pictures with Santa will take place at 4:00pm until 5:30pm. The parade will begin at 6:00pm with lineup beginning at the School. The fireworks show will start at 8:00. There will be refreshment served. If you have a business who would like to sponsor please reach out to Mayor Smith or one of the councilmen.

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


Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 11-28-22
Name: Misty Martin 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 41
Charge: Warrant, Extortion, Online impersonation, Access device fruad

Date: 11-28-22
Name: Carol O’Bryan 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Female 
Age: 60
Charge: Indentity theft, Forgary (6 counts) 

Date: 11-29-22
Name: Harry J McKinney 
Address: Winnfield, LA 
Race: Black 
Sex: Male 
Age: 62
Charge: Warrant, Direct contempt of court 

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Charlie Brown once said, “What if today, we were just grateful for everything?”

This Thanksgiving I had the distinct pleasure of talking turkey with several of Goldonna’s residents. Each one of them were grateful for different things but they all held one common thread. All of them choose to be grateful and thankful every day of the year and not just on a beautiful fall day that is riddled with delicious food, parades and football games.

Natchitoches Parish School Board Member, Eugene Garner, shared, “Thanksgiving means a lot for my family and grandchildren. I love them so much and enjoy spending time with them. Soon it will be Christmas time and life gets even better! Living with grandchildren is a life-changing experience for and I will always cherish this time.”

Goldonna Assembly of God Pastors, Timmy and Pam Harris said, “Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, stop for a moment and reflect on God’s blessings! Simply take a breath, be quiet for a few moments, bow your heads in humble surrender to the creator and lover of our souls, and just say thank you. The list of things to be thankful for is forever long we all know; but if I had to mention just one it would be, Jesus! Our Savior. John 3:16”.

Linda Dupree- One blessing leads to another. I can most clearly see my blessings in my rear view mirror! Paul tells us to always be grateful. That’s difficult in some areas, but he encourages us to have an attitude of gratitude. It lasts a lifetime. Salvation. Family. Church. Friends. Opportunities for serving and helping.

Goldonna Baptist Church Pastor Ben Dupree- “Ive always liked 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” There are blessings everywhere. Once we begin to search for them, even in situations we may deem as unpleasant, we will soon find out that God is far more good than we can ever imagine and certainly more than we deserve. So this Thanksgiving season, I’m thanking God for himself. He’s a God so powerful, he extinguished the sting of sin at the cross but he did so because he couldn’t imagine eternity without you. I can’t limit that Thankfulness to just the 3rd Thursday in November.

River of Life Family Worship Center Pastor George Procell “Thanksgiving is a reminder of how much God has given us. Blessings and hardships. We must be thankful for everything, all year long and not just one day of the year.”

Goldonna Mayor Jennifer Smith – “Every year as we enter the Thanksgiving season, we often find ourselves taking assessment of our lives and what we are most thankful for. One thing that comes to mind is my upbringing. I’m thankful my parents were Godly parents who made it a priority to raise me and my siblings in church. Their dedication to seek God has been a cornerstone of my life.”

Mayor-Elect Gayle Cloud- “I am thankful for my family, my health and the ability to continue an active lifestyle. I am also very thankful that I am still able to keep the store open, and especially for all of my incredible customers.

Don’t forget the following events happening soon!

On Saturday, November 26th at 1:00 the Village will welcome back the Indian Santa who visited last year. Children of all ages are invited to take pictures with Santa and he will have a special gift for everyone that comes to Town Hall.

Goldonna Christmas in the Park Committee is still seeking donations and volunteers for the Festival that will take place on Friday, December 9th. Pictures with Santa will take place at 4:00pm until 5:30pm. The parade will begin at 6:00pm with lineup beginning at the School. The fireworks show will start at 8:00. There will be refreshment served. If you have a business who would like to sponsor please reach out to Mayor Smith or one of the councilmen.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and may God shine his face upon you.

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


Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 11-7-22
Name: Maurice D County
Address: Nachitoches, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male 
Age: 22
Charge: Criminal trepassing

Date: 11-8-22
Name: Bradley Smilz
Address: Jonsboro, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male 
Age: 40
Charge: DUS , Carless operation

Date: 11-9-22
Name: Billy W Foster 
Address: Urania, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male 
Age: 39
Charge: Failure to appear 

Date: 11-11-22
Name: Dustin E Guilliams
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male 
Age: 40
Charge: Theft of utilities 

Date: 11-12-22
Name: Jenny R Lasyone 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female 
Age: 49
Charge: DWI (1st)

Date: 11-14-22
Name: Dustin E Guilliams 
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 39
Charge: Resisting an officer 

Date: 11-15-22
Name: Janson D Pollins 
Address: Nachitoches, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male 
Age: 52
Charge: Entry on or remaining after being forbbiden 

Date: 11-15-22
Name: Mary Jane Calloway 
Address: Hodge, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female 
Age: 62
Charge: Theft (greater than 25,000)

Date: 11-16-22
Name: Alisha Danen Guillory
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 29
Charge:All drivers  must be licensed, Speeding, Improper child restrants

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Winn Parish Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 11-13-22
Name: Micheal Foster 
Address: Homeless 
Race: Black
Sex: Male 
Age: 22
Charge:

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Winn Parish’s 2022 Fall Festival Wrap Up!

By: Kaycie Kile
WPJ Reporter

Monday, October 31st, from 5-7 pm, Winn residents had the chance to participate in the city’s annual Fall Festival. Complete with its usual suspects like the costume, pumpkin decorating contests, jump houses, refreshments, and of course, trunk or treating–another safe and family-friendly community event has come and gone for Winnfield.

Unfortunately, I didn’t even snap half of the fantastic costumes I spotted on my walk up and down main during all the fun. Here’s to a better haul next Halloween! Special thank you to everyone who did give me the time and our sponsors that made this event possible for our city!

This year’s sponsors:
First United Methodist Church
Autumn Leaves Nursing Home
First Assembly of God
First Baptist Church
The Family Church
South Winnfield Baptist Church
Winn Parish Police Jury
Pilot Club


Winn Parish Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 10-1-22
Name: Billy Bodler Jr
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 30
Charge: Direct contempt of court

Date: 10-2-22
Name: Dellvonte R Snow
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Charge: Accessory

Date: 10-3-22
Name: Tanisha Amos
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Female
Age: 40
Charge: Resisti9ng an officer, Entry, or remaining in place or on land after forbidden

Date: 10-4-22
Name: Nathaniel J Colone
Address: Lorogue, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 39
Charge: Criminal damage to property, Theft

Date: 10-6-22
Name: Deangelo Montez King
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 46
Charge: Simple battery, Unlawful telephone communications

Date: 10-8-22
Name: Domonique D Walker
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Charge: Disturbing the peace

Date: 10-8-22
Name: Edgar Rodger
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 62
Charge: Warrant, Entry on or remaining after forbidden, Possession of a schedule 2 (meth), Drug paraphernalia

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 9-12-22

Name: Hillary Williams 

Address: Eros, LA

Race: White

Sex: Female 

Age: 42

Charge: Warrant 

Date: 9-12-22

Name: Kristen S Woods

Address: Winnfield, LA

Race: Black 

Sex: Female 

Age: 35

Charge: Possession with intent to distribute a schedule 1, Possession with intent to distribute a schedule 2 (Fentanyl), Illegal use of CDS in the presence of a minor, Possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS

Date: 9-13-22

Name: Carol Parker 

Address: Winnfield, LA

Race: White

Sex: Female 

Age: 59

Charge: Identity theft 

 

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Winn Parish Library Celebrates Outgoing and Incoming Directors!

On Monday, August 29th, from 2 pm to 4 pm, local literary lovers and library board members gathered together within the Lawerence I. White meeting room of Winn Parish Library to celebrate the coming and going of their directors.

The years of warm and creative service to our community’s library by Mona Bamburg were honored that afternoon with plenty of reminiscing, thoughtful conversation, elegant decorating, and a tasty spread. Though Bamburg will undoubtedly be missed, we won’t have to look too far; she’s accepting a position closer to home as Assistant Director of the Natchitoches Parish Library and would love visitors should they find themselves in the neighborhood. She’s extremely pleased to make way and pass the tricks of the trade-off to the Parish’s newest Director (effective September 1st), Priscilla Massey.

Massey, who is no stranger to Winn Parish Library, has over twenty-five years of time and love already amassed within its walls. From adolescence and working under Bamburg’s predecessor, Mary Doherty, to now beginning her new role as Director, Massey’s journey has been lit with an evident love of literacy and what it provides for us in our everyday lives. The function of the library and its staff is ever-evolving; it’s an asset that doesn’t always get the support and consideration it deserves. It’s no longer just physical copies. It’s ebooks, computers, opportunity beyond means, and a safe space where our children are provided patience, comprehension, and a love of reading that they can carry into adulthood.

Thank you to Winn Parish Library, the members of the library’s board, Mona Bamburg, and Priscilla Massey, for the opportunity to witness a big moment in our little town. It’s exciting to see a fresh face take up arms and commit to its growth and upkeep for the betterment of this community. We expect great things under Priscilla Massey, and we look forward to bringing you more updated and consistent information about the library and its upcoming fall calendar.

Reading Rally Reaches Winn Primary!

This past Tuesday, August 30th, Winn Primary School had the pleasure of participating in a “Read with Malcolm Reading Rally” as a part of a three-day Geaux READ tour presented by the Share the Magic Foundation and the Rapides Foundation. The Geaux READ Tour consists of nine “Read with Malcolm Reading Rallies” presented by Share the Magic Foundation and The Rapides Foundation at schools across Central Louisiana from August 29th-31st. The Reading Rallies are connected to The Rapides Foundation’s ninth annual Symposium, which will be held on Thursday, September 1st, from 3:30-5 pm at the Randolph Riverfront Center in downtown Alexandria. 

Shortly after 8 am, special guest Malcolm Mitchell led students, staff, and attending parents in high energy pep rally-styled assembly, which included a magic show and a read-along to Mitchell’s Children’s book, “The Magicians Hat,” in the school’s auditorium. Each of our students returned home with a copy of Mitchell’s book to keep and plenty of memories from such a magical day. Mitchell, an author, Super Bowl Champion, and founder and CEO of Share the Magic Foundation, considers reading his most outstanding achievement. He founded Share the Magic with the sole intent of transforming our children’s lives through literacy. Mitchell’s mission is to inspire young people to read by bringing book ownership to students in Title I schools and under-resourced communities. His organization has reached more than 400,000 students across the country and internationally through Read with Malcolm Literacy Initiatives, with more on the horizon!

Geaux READ Tour Participating Schools:

• Allen Parish: Oakdale Elementary 

• Avoyelles Parish: Bunkie Elementary

• Catahoula Parish: Jonesville Elementary

• Grant Parish: Colfax Elementary

• LaSalle Parish: Olla Elementary

• Natchitoches Parish: Weaver Elementary

• Rapides Parish: Huddle Elementary

• Vernon Parish: West Leesville Elementary

• Winn Parish: Winnfield Primary

Thank you to Malcolm Mitchell and his foundation’s efforts, the Rapides Foundation, Winn Primary School’s staff and students, and anyone else who participated in bringing this fantastic event and opportunity to our children! 


Adult and Teen Challange of Louisiana’s Annual Walk-A-Thon 2022

Mark your calendars! It’s that time of year again, Mt. Grace, and the Adult and Teen Challenge of Louisiana’s Annual Walk-A-Thon is back and coming to us on September 17th!

This year’s event will feature good food, music, testimonies, and a one-mile walkathon! Along with a 25-dollar registration fee (which gets you a tee shirt, lunch, and one entry for the door prizes), Mt. Grace is asking for local sponsors to reach out and come together for this special community event. Any help or volunteers are more than appreciated. Each dollar raised is given back to the men and women of this area in need of hope and positive change! Registration for the walkathon will begin at 9 am sharp, with the walk to follow at 10 am. Please come out and participate!

For any questions, concerns, donations, or offers of help please visit Mt. Grace Women at 1203 West Court St., Winnfield, LA, or call 318-648-1100. Thank you!


Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 8-17-22
Name: Susan A Manshack
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 41
Charge: Possession of narcotics, Possession of drug paraphernalia

Date: 8-19-22
Name: Blake Allen Tims
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: 40
Charge: No license plate lighting, Possession of Schedule 1 (marijuana), Possession of schedule 2, Illegal carrying of a firearm, driving under suspension

Date: 8-19-22
Name: Mason “Maci” N Bakers
Address: Saline, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age: 27
Charge: Possession of Schedule 2

Date: 8-20-22
Name: Tyrodarick Foster
Address: Colfax, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 42
Charge: Criminal Damage

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.