Notice of Death November 22, 2020

WINN:
Clovis Baggarly Lowrey
February 19, 1922 – November 09, 2020
Service: Tuesday, November 24 at 10 am at Antioch Cemetery in Quitman

Aaron Hardwell Jr.
September 4, 1981 – November 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Elder Henry Bush
November 19, 2020
Service: Friday, November 27 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

GRANT:
Elaine Holt Beck
October 6, 1922 – November 20, 2020
Service: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, of Pineville
Visitation: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the First United Methodist Church, of Pineville

NATCHITOCHES:
Aquila Maxie
November 22, 1992 – November 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Doris Ann Adams
November 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Ashisa Michelle Moore
July 9, 1977 – November 18, 2020
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Ty Cole Veuleman
July 10, 2003 – November 18, 2020
Service: Monday, November 23 at 2 pm at Many High School Gymnasium


Winn Parish LDH COVID Weekly Update 11/19/20

According to the Louisiana Department of Health website on November 19, 2020, Winn Parish reported 871 (798 confirmed – 73 probable, 1 in 16 people) total new cases of COVID 19. An increase of 125 cases since last Friday. Three additional deaths in Winn Parish were reported this week bringing the parish total to 24 (23 confirmed – 1 probable, 1 in 579 people). There are 167 active positive cases in Winn Parish as of 11/16/20. The latest numbers place Winn Parish in the top five of Louisiana parishes with the most cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days.

Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

The week of 10/22 – 11/4 Winn Parish two week cumulative incidence was 261.78. Placing Winn Parish in the “High” category. 

Winn Correctional Center

According to ICE.GOV as of 11/18/2020 there are detainees with confirmed cases of COVID 19 currently under isolation or monitoring at the Winn Correctional Center (WCC). There have been  no additional deaths keeping the total number of deaths of a detainee who died after testing positive for COVID-19 while in ICE custody at WCC at one. There have been 241 total confirmed COVID-19 cases at WCC since testing began in February 2020. (These numbers have not changed in the last two updates)

There have been no official numbers reported by Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office or LaSalle Management regarding number of positive COVID cases or deaths amongst staff at WCC. 

Winn Parish Long-Term Care Facilities

The latest Nursing Home Report dated  November 17, 2020, reflects no new cases among residents, and no new case among staff reported for this week at Autumn Leaves Nursing & Rehab Center. Winnfield Nursing & Rehab reported 10 new cases among residents, and 6 new cases among staff.

Facility Autumn Leaves Winnfield Nursing & Rehab
Parish Winn Winn
Resident Census 85 77
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
26 58
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
Since Last Report (11-12-20)
0 10
Of Total Resident Cases, Number Whose Infections Began at this Facility 24 54
Total Residents
Recovered
22 38
Total COVD-19 Deaths
Among Residents
2 10
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
24 34
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
Since Last Report (11-12-20)
0 6
Total Staff Recovered 23 25

Winn Parish Schools

COVID-19 cases reported to LDH by K-12 Winn Parish Schools as of the 11/15/20 report:

Parish No. of Schools
in Parish
Faculty/
Staff/
Volunteer
Total Cases
Student
Total Cases
Faculty/
Staff/
Volunteer
Cases Reported
11/9 – 11/15
Student
Reported
11/9 – 11/15
Winn 6 16 53 Less than 0 Greater than 5 10
Cases are defined as individuals reported to have positive SARS-CoV-2 molecular or antigen laboratory tests. Cases are self-reported
by K-12 schools currently enrolled in the school reporting system.


WSHS Homecoming Potentially Last Football Event of the Season

The Winnfield Senior High School Homecoming 2020 festivities were a bright spot for the students this year. The week of October 26th was filled with joy as WSHS was able to bring some pride and tradition to this extraordinary year. This year they recognized classes ending in the year 0. The week was filled with spirit days, court presentation, a drive through parade, bonfire, and finally the homecoming game itself.

Monday was “Decades Day” where the students dressed in outfits from the decade of their choice. Poodle skirts, grunge rock t shirts, chuck taylors, and neon tube socks were the dress of the day. “Tacky Tourists” filled the hallways of WSHS on Tuesday as students dressed like they were sightseeing beachgoers. Most of them settled on dressing in Hawaiian shirts and Bermuda shorts. Everyone was encouraged to find their own partner or team to dress alike on Wednesday’s “Duo Day.” Some of the highlights included Winnfield’s own Spice Girls and some that dressed like their favorite Winnfield Senior High School faculty members. It all culminated on Thursday where all the students dressed in their favorite spirit attire. No matter the day, WSHS students were exhibiting their school pride through their participation.

While wearing their favorite “Big Red” apparel, students on Thursday witnessed a great display of tradition as Winnfield Senior High School presented their homecoming court and crowned the Queen and Princess for 2020. Lennisha Charles was crowned Homecoming Queen and Gracie Lawson was named Princess. Due to COVID-19 regulations, a drive through parade took the place of a traditional downtown parade. Classes, Clubs, and Organizations created displays to show their pride. The day ended with the Bonfire Pep Rally. Cheerleaders and senior football players rode in on a fire engine driven by the Winnfield Fire Department. As they approached Stokes-Walker Stadium, they were met by WSHS students, faculty, staff, and families. The cheerleaders in addition to the Toy Tigers (dance line) and WSHS Band would cheer, dance, and play the night away as a beautiful fire was burning in the background. Per tradition, the pep rally ended with everyone singing the Alma Mater and the football team putting the fire out.

Friday was the night of the main event. After raising spirit around the school all week, it continued at the game. The track was lined with large numbers representing each of the senior football players while there was a large stage at the 50 yard line that would hold the court. Spirit groups flanked the sides of the court and cheered on their Tigers. At halftime after the spirit groups gave great demonstrations, WSHS honored Steve Vines in recognition of his 49 years of service to the school and for earning his honorary American FFA degree. Despite a hard fought battle, the Tigers lost the game to Bunkie with a final score of 29-7. Despite the outcome, the students and alumni ended the evening by singing the Alma Mater.

The saddest news of the week was that, unbeknownst to them at the time, was the last home game and potentially the last football game of the season. On Sunday the LHSAA will release the playoff brackets. If Winnfield makes the playoffs there will be an away game the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 27th).”

Photo images courtesy of Tiger Snaps Facebook page.


Downtown Vendor Fair Today in Winnfield

Don’t miss the Downtown Vendor’s Fair happening today from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Winn Parish’s newest meeting venue located at 404 W. Main.

Lots of  vendors are participating so you are sure to find a Christmas gift or two while also supporting Winn Parish small business. Soulful Wings will be on location providing food and entertainment.


Thanksgiving Dishes

By Reba Phelps

Being raised below the Mason-Dixon Line and the poverty line at the same time made for very interesting times during the holidays. Still to this day I am not sure if it was only our family who labeled our pots and pans according to their functions or if this was a normal everyday occurrence in the South.

We had a chicken and rice pot that was mainly used to cook, you guessed it…chicken and rice. There was the biscuit pan that was torn and tattered and must have baked thousands of homemade biscuits in its lifetime. We also had a pan that was dedicated to the baking of the southern staple known as cornbread.

The most famous of the named pots and pans was the 70’s avocado green chicken dressing pan. It was larger than all of the other pans in my mother’s kitchen and must have weighed a solid ten pounds empty. She was a plus size pan. Looking back, I am quite sure that the paint on the metal pan was also lead paint. You know, the kind they warn you about today. The edges were starting to chip but that small imperfection did not keep us from using it with pride.

This beloved pan would make her appearance at all of the major holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It seemed as though her favorite time to shine was at Thanksgiving. This holiday was basically a casserole festival but the dressing was always brought to life from the depths of this heavyweight pan.

I cannot recall if Pam, the miracle-working non-stick spray, was even invented at this point. I wasn’t even sure if non-stick pans had already made their entrance into society. In either case, our family could not afford either of the two luxuries. So, we would grease a pan with Crisco, keep SOS pads on hand and hope for the best.

My hope is that you can visualize the foundation of the exquisite pain that my siblings and I experienced as a children.

Old pans. Holiday casserole festival. Not a non-stick surface in sight. Tons of holiday cookware being used. The icing on the cake would have to be not owing an automatic dish washer. My parents gave birth to the only automatic dishwashers they ever had.

However, they did try to be fair about the delegating of dishwashing. Each child had a specific night to wash the family dishes. I cannot recall how I became so blessed to be the recipient of the Thanksgiving dishes and Christmas dishes all in the same year. It felt rigged but there was no appeal process for this chore.

“Get thee behind me Satan, and take these pans with you”…..was the mantra that was on replay throughout the entire holiday season that year. The food seemed to be extra sticky that year, it took lots of elbow grease to get the pans to pass my mothers quality control inspections. It was a memorable year.

As a child you never truly understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving and it is so easy get lost in all of the work that a holiday can produce. It is not about the amazing homemade food, the fighting over who is washing the dishes nor is it about getting out of school or being off of work. Thanksgiving is meant to be spent with the ones who mean the most to you. The ones you cherish and feel thankful for any extra time God allows with them.

I am not sure if was the lead paint that made the dressing taste so good or that it was made by my mother’s hands. But, being raised by her and my dad have made me so grateful for every Thanksgiving meal that I am able to spend with my family and friends. May God bless you and keep you during these holidays and remind you to cherish those around you.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18


Letters to Santa Courtesy of Grantadams Dairy Made

One of Winn Parish’s most beloved eateries is offering letters to Santa this year. Children can write a letter to Santa and Grantadams Dairy Made will forward it to Santa for them. Letters can be dropped off or mailed to Grantadams located at 1601 E. Lafayette St, Winnfield, LA. Letters will be collected 11/23/20 – 12/17/20. Please include child’s name and return address.

Santa has assured Grantadams that he will respond to every child that sends a letter!


Open Positions at the Winn Parish Police Jury

The following positions are currently open at the Winn Parish Police Jury. Applications may be picked up at the Winn Parish Police Jury office.

Job Title: Dump Truck Driver:
Department: Highway Department
Description: Under direct supervision of Road Superintendent, operates trucks and other light equipment used in construction and maintenance; performs a variety of manual tasks in connection with such operations; and performs other duties as required. This is an entry-level job.
Examples of Work: Equipment Operation-Drive or operate such equipment as 5 yard dump, stake, and flatbed trucks, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assists in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintains simple records of equipment operations; may operate less complex equipment as needed; and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, OR six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must Possess CDL license. 

Job Title: Utility Workers
Department: Highway Department
Description: Works under supervision of Road Superintendent. Must have the knowledge of operating a variety of complex and specialized equipment. Must be able to perform work as required and perform any duty as required.
Examples of Work:
Drive or operate equipment such as pot hole patching truck, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assist in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintain simple records of equipment operations and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, or six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must possess CDL license.

Job Title: Custodian
Department: Courthouse and Health Unit Maintenance
Description: Performs all janitorial services including sweeping and waxing floors, vacuuming all carpet, dusting furniture, emptying trash receptacles, moving furniture, baseboards, etc. Tends to lighting in building, and performs over-all cleaning and maintenance of building and grounds. Operates and maintains cleaning supplies and equipment. Experience in plumbing and electrical work is a plus. Must be willing, and have no problem, working with parish trustees. Must be available to be on twenty-four (24) hour call. Works directly under the supervision of the Secretary/Treasurer.


Angler’s Perspective: The Fall Migration Has Begun

By Steve Graf, Owner/Co-host: Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

During the year, there are seasonal changes that bass go through. In the Spring, bass have one thing on their minds and it’s called the spawn. It’s when they reproduce and make thousands of baby bass once the water temperature hits anywhere from 58 to 62 degrees. Here in our region, this will start sometime in late February and can run into the month of May. Then you have what we call the post spawn period where the bass go through a feeding frenzy and recover from the spawn. This is also when their summer migration begins and they head for their summer haunts and set up the duration of June through September.

But when the days start getting shorter and the nights begin to cool down, this is what triggers the fall migration. This transition happens mainly during the months of October and November. It’s actually one of my favorite times of the year to fish due to the fact that many anglers have headed for the woods in search bushy tails and Mr. Buck leaving our lakes less crowded. Fewer people on the lake means less pressure on the fish and can make catching them a little easier. Just like the post spawn, once again a feeding frenzy ensues as bass fatten up for the long winter season feeding on baitfish or anything that swims.

If you’re wondering what baits to throw, well it’s pretty simple, throw anything that resembles shad. Topwater baits, spinner baits and shad pattern crankbaits will help fill your livewells. A couple of baits have been staples for me in the fall, a Strike King KVD shad pattern 2.0 and a Bandit 200 series, both mimic the size of the shad for this time of the year extremely well. If you want to really get your blood flowing, tie on a white buzzbait for some good top water action. Again, this time of year is an awesome time to go fishing for the reasons I listed above, less anglers on the water and the feeding frenzy that’s taking place. So rather than catch and release which I encourage all anglers to practice, save a few to drop in some grease and enjoy some great table fare. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!


Notice of Death November 19, 2020

WINN:
Linnie Fay Masters
July 12, 1938 – November 18, 2020
Service: Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm at the New Life Pentecostal Church

Betty Jean LeBaron
March 28, 1938 – November 17, 2020
Visitation: Saturday, November 21 from 1-2 pm at Southern Funeral Home

NATCHITOCHES:
Doris Ann Adams
November 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Ashisa Michelle Moore
July 9, 1977 – November 18, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Ella D. Byone
March 30, 1930 – November 13, 2020
Service: Saturday, November 21 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville

Gloria S. Milsap
March 26, 1952 – November 15, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Doretha Harris
November 11, 2020
Arrangements TBA


Winn Parish Police Jury Extends Sale of Alcohol to Holidays During Regular Meeting

Winn Parish Police Jury held it’s regular monthly meeting Monday, November 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

District 31 Louisiana State Senator Louie Bernard presented an accommodation and a resolution from the Louisiana State Senate to McManus Timber Company in recognition for their contributions to the timber industry in Winn Parish community and the state of Louisiana. 

In a motion made by District 2 Juror, Deionne Carpenter and seconded by District 1 Juror Phillip Evans the Winn Parish Police Jury made it legal to sell alcohol in Winn Parish on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. The motion was passed with a tie breaking vote by WPPJ President Josh McAllister. District 4, 5 and 6 Jurors Tammy Griffin, Kirk Miles and Author Robinson voted against the motion with district 1, 2 and 7 Jurors Carpenter, Evans and McCartney voting for. Both Griffin and Robinson spoke out strongly against the motion. 

“I do not feel it should be the government’s involvement to punish or hinder a small business, especially in this parish,” said McAllister during his remarks.

In an amendment to the agenda Griffin added a motion that the Jury go into executive session to discuss a letter received from District Judge Jacque Derr.

During his closing statement McAllister stated that the Jury is monitoring the positive COVID cases in the parish and that the parish is being proactive as opposed to reactive. He encouraged families to do everything they can to stay safe and to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.


Open Positions at the Winn Parish Police Jury

The following positions are currently open at the Winn Parish Police Jury. Applications may be picked up at the Winn Parish Police Jury office.

Job Title: Dump Truck Driver:
Department: Highway Department
Description: Under direct supervision of Road Superintendent, operates trucks and other light equipment used in construction and maintenance; performs a variety of manual tasks in connection with such operations; and performs other duties as required. This is an entry-level job.
Examples of Work: Equipment Operation-Drive or operate such equipment as 5 yard dump, stake, and flatbed trucks, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assists in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintains simple records of equipment operations; may operate less complex equipment as needed; and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, OR six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must Possess CDL license. 

Job Title: Utility Workers
Department: Highway Department
Description: Works under supervision of Road Superintendent. Must have the knowledge of operating a variety of complex and specialized equipment. Must be able to perform work as required and perform any duty as required.
Examples of Work:
Drive or operate equipment such as pot hole patching truck, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assist in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintain simple records of equipment operations and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, or six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must possess CDL license.

Job Title: Custodian
Department: Courthouse and Health Unit Maintenance
Description: Performs all janitorial services including sweeping and waxing floors, vacuuming all carpet, dusting furniture, emptying trash receptacles, moving furniture, baseboards, etc. Tends to lighting in building, and performs over-all cleaning and maintenance of building and grounds. Operates and maintains cleaning supplies and equipment. Experience in plumbing and electrical work is a plus. Must be willing, and have no problem, working with parish trustees. Must be available to be on twenty-four (24) hour call. Works directly under the supervision of the Secretary/Treasurer.


Two Area Lawmakers Recognized by LABI

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has recognized two of the area’s members of the legislature in conjunction with LABI’s Free Enterprise Awards. They are Senator Louis Bernard and Representative Gabe Firment.

LABI’s CEO Stephen Waguespack said, “During these sessions( regular and special legislative sessions), we saw a broad coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents come together to support smart, pro-business measures.” Waguespack continued, “Their work will both help our economy begin to recover from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple hurricanes, as well as start the process of breaking down the persistent barriers to business growth that have held Louisiana back for decades.”

A record 69 legislators (nearly 50 percent of the entire body) were named as “Most Valuable Policymakers” (MVPs), scoring a perfect 100 percent on bills important to LABI and the state’s business community during both sessions. Bernard and Firment were noted as members of the group.

House District 22 representative Firment said, “I was honored to be recognized as a “Most Valuable Policymaker” Thursday evening at the LABI Free Enterprise Awards. The award was given to representatives and senators who scored a perfect 100 percent on bills important to the state’s business community. As your District 22 state representative I will always recognize the importance of creating an environment where businesses small and large can prosper and succeed.”


CRISIS IN AMERICA Part I of II

Many Americans were under the belief and impression that the 2020 Presidential election was behind them following the November 3rd election.  After days of sitting on the edge of their seats watching and waiting with great anticipation, the political pundits and major news media networks called the election for President Elect Joe Biden.  We learned shortly thereafter that acceptance of such was not so with the Trump administration.  In fact, as one of the  headlines of my weekly articles was entitled Its Finally Over, Biden Wins Presidential Election, I unfortunately, I fell prey and subscribed to pronouncements of the national pollsters in calling the election for Biden.  We had no idea that events and disinformation such as we are receiving and experiencing from the Trump administration would surface.  With all the political rancor, wrangling and false claims of voter fraud alleged and promoted by President Trump and right wing supporters claiming that Biden was wrongfully declared the winner, Trump is fighting desperately using baseless claims and innuendoes to hang on to power, and refuses to concede the election to Biden.  Yes, many missed the call on the outcome of the 2020 election, thinking that the call was final, oh how wrong we were!

President Trump has gone so far as to deny President Elect Biden access to the daily classified intelligence briefings. The head of the General Services Administration has been ordered by Trump to stand down and not certify the election outcome which would allow access to and release of resources to the Biden transition team.  Trump is unwilling to provide for a smooth transition of power which no doubt will have serious consequences regarding the security of the nation.  Those close to Trump have no political courage and under no circumstance will  urge or  tell Trump that it is time to get out of the way and  allow a smooth transfer of power because his action is putting our democracy at risk and  too much is at stake.  What a message is being sent to the rest of the world!

As a result of Trump’s refusal to accept reality, the nation now finds itself embroiled in a political crisis in addition to having to face the historic and surging numbers of COVID 19 infections and deaths from the Virus,( on November 12th there were over 184 thousand new cases, (the highest number that has ever been reported in a single day), with hundreds of thousands new cases being admitted to hospitals in a single day, and soaring daily death rates.  Over 245 thousand Americans (mothers, fathers, spouses, children, grandparents, nurses, doctors, caregivers and first responders) have lost their lives to COVID 19. It is predicted that by February 2021 the nation could see over 400 thousand new cases of infections per day.  Wow! The nation is in a crisis that includes record unemployment, racial tensions, and unrest throughout the nation.  Another lingering crisis is that of global warming which is producing more and more hurricanes, more flooding and destruction throughout the nation. 

What is The Trump Administration doing to address these crises?  Apparently, nothing.  Recently, he has been cooped up in the White House, or spotted on the golf course while states are running out of hospital beds, makeshift morgues with refrigerated containers are springing up and being used at hospitals throughout the nation.  The nation’s health pandemic has worsened to such a degree that Doctors Without Borders, a world-renown health provider is now lending aid and assistance to one of the world’s COVID hot spots, the United States of America.  Although there is hope and the promise of a forthcoming vaccine, the nation is imperiled and is enduring a period in its history that citizens will long remember.  We must get this pandemic under control now for it is holding the nation hostage.

What is needed most is really committed and effective leadership at the national and state levels and a coordinated national strategy for defeating this virus.  We note and extend our thanks to some of the governors ,who feel they can no longer look to the national government for solutions, and are stepping up to the plate to guide their states through safety measures during this pandemic, given the silence at the White House.  Governors are sounding the alarm in their states advising and encouraging citizens to following the CDC’s national guidelines of simply wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and limiting attendance of large social events and gatherings.  Governors are admitting that we are running out of time as ICU units are being filled.  These governors are tightening up on restrictions, just short of imposing a state lockdown. They are threating to close bars, fitness centers and are on the verge of implementing a stay at home mandate as a last-ditch effort to get the virus under control. 

Dr. Herbert Simmons, Jr. is an associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Grambling State University, former President, Grambling State University Faculty Senate and former Chair, Department of Consumer Education and Resource Management, Howard University, Washington, D.C.