WPSB Meeting Monday

The Winn Parish School Board will meet in regular public session Monday, October 3, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Winn Parish School Board in Winnfield, Louisiana.

AGENDA
Winn Parish School Board
October 3, 2022
5:30 p.m. – WPSB Meeting Room

A. Invocation
B. Pledge of Allegiance
C. Roll Call
D. Receive and Adopt Executive Committee Report
E. Adopt Order of Business
F. School Spotlight -Atlanta/Winnfield Middle School
G. Consider Approving Minutes – September 6, 2022
H. Consider Adopting the millage rates for the tax year 2022
I. Receive and Adopt Maintenance and Building Committee Report
J. Consider Re-advertising for Bids on the WSHS Track Repairs
K. Receive Personnel Information
L. Receive General Fund to Actual Report – September 30, 2022
M. Superintendent Comments
n. Board Member Comments


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Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date: 9-20-22

Name: Mark Martinez 

Address: Winnfield LA 

Race: Hispanic 

Sex: Male 

Age: 39

Charge: Faillure to appear, Second degree battery 

Date: 9-22-22

Name: Bernard Tate Jr

Address: Winnfield, LA

Race: Black 

Sex: Male

Age: 56

Charge: Entry after being forbbiden 

 

Date: 9-23-22

Name: Carolyn A Bynog 

Address: Nachitoches, LA

Race:  White 

Sex: Female 

Age: 66

Charge: Perjury

Date: 9-25-22

Name: Michael Kevin Orlanda 

Address: Montgomery, LA

Race: N/A

Sex: Male

Age: 42

Charge: Domestic abuse battery 

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.


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Priscilla Massey Speaks to Kiwanis

Winn Parish Library Director Priscilla Massey spoke to the Kiwanis Club, Tuesday, September 27th. She has been at her new job for almost 2 months and she said she felt she was settling in well. Massey said it was a great feeling to be back in the community. She has worked in Jonesboro at Jackson Parish Library for 7 years. She did not live in Jonesboro but drove back and forth but it is a different feeling to live and work in your community. She had also previously worked at the Winn Parish Library for 12 years as a technical specialist. She is currently working on the budget for next year.

September is Library card sign-up and Ms. Massey brought library cards and applications for those members who did not have a library card. Then she talked about the Libby app which can be downloaded on your phone, pad, kindle or computer which allows you to check out e-books, audio books, and periodicals (magazines) with your library card. The library offers access to books, periodicals, audio books, newspapers and DVDs. There are also basic office services such as copies, faxes, wi-fi and access to computers. There are currently new computers for the staff,library customers and branch libraries that are waiting to be installed. The library has a meeting room that can be used for many kinds of meetings that are open to the public. You reserve it in advance. The library is a community center used for special programming, crafts and other activities. Their motto is serving the community. They believe in the value of partnerships.

There are 4 branch libraries-Atlanta, Calvin, Dodson and Sikes. They are associated with the schools except for Sikes that no longer has a school. Each branch has a manager. There are 8 employees in the main branch in Winnfield making a total of 8 employees.

The library is also part of an on-line data base provided by the state library. The library’s website WinnLibrary.org will  take you to many different places. One of those places is homeworkla.org which provides students and adults with homework help.

Many of the members signed up for a library card before they left the meeting. We are very happy that Ms. Massey is our new Winn Parish Library Director.


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NURSE TURNED DEER HUNTER TURNED CRAPPIE GUIDE

By: Glynn Harris

Forty-four year old Wesley Miller is a busy fellow. He lives along Dorcheat Bayou between Doyline and Sibley in Webster Parish. As a professional, Miller is a registered nurse who happens to be a serious outdoorsman and has made his name in at least two ways.

Two years ago, Miller put an arrow through a huge 13 point buck that scored 165 6/8 inches, a buck that stands in fourth place on the all-time trophy list for archery in Louisiana.

As much as he loves to deer hunt, there is another passion that is taking most of his time now to the point that he has put his nursing career on hold for the time being. He is one of north Louisiana’s most popular and busiest crappie guides.

“I decided that if I was going to be serious about guiding, I elected to lay my nursing job aside to see how guiding works out. So far, “said Miller “I have been as busy as I want to be guiding clients on several lakes and waterways across the state.”

We caught up with Miller recently to pick his brain a bit on what it is like to be a full-time fishing guide and how he manages to put clients on big crappie on a regular basis on our area lakes and waterways.

“Right now I’m finding fish in different places and different situations in every lake we fish. Some lakes I’m finding fish on brush piles and on others the fish are suspended in open water. I have to hunt them differently every day,” Miller said.

A recent guide trip to Grand Bayou Reservoir near Coushatta is an example of how a guide who knows his business has to adapt to changing conditions.

“I was on Grand Bayou awhile back and found schools of fish out in open water with 40 to 50 fish in each school. Using my Live Scope, we would catch a couple out of one school, move around and find another school and catch a few active fish out of it.

“We were down there again the following day and every fish we caught was over a brush pile. With this new technology, you go to a spot and if there aren’t active fish there, you go to another spot and try something else. It can change from day to day,” he said.

What about looking for crappie now that the weather is beginning to cool down? Is there a pattern you can depend on to fish for early fall crappie?

“I have found that crappie will move some when weather changes but in reality, the only time when fish really change locations is during the spring spawn. Other than that,” Miller added, “crappie will be generally in the same spot all year, maybe a little deeper or more shallow but they won’t move very far.”

Miller has some favorite jigs he and his clients use and these are jigs he ties himself and they seem to work well day in and day out.

“When I tie my jigs I use hackle feathers instead of straight-tail feathers. They look more like the gills on a bait fish than the straight ones. I also make my jigs quite small, usually less than two inches long because they look more like bait fish than larger ones,” he said.
Switching gears, Miller deer hunts on family property in Webster Parish, an area where he got the big one.

“I live ten minutes from my family farm and since I’m guiding so much, I probably won’t get to deer hunt as often as I’d like,” he said. “I should still be able to hunt afternoons and those mornings when the weather is so bad we can’t fish. Bad weather days are often your best hunting days anyhow.”
If you’re interested in booking a guide trip with Miller, you can reach him at 318/465-1668 or find him on Face Book at Big Sasquatch Outdoors.


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Angler’s Perspective – The Fall Feeding Frenzy

Get ready! It’s the time of year that all anglers look forward to… the fall-feeding frenzy…where bass gorge themselves to the point that it looks like they ate a football! It’s official, the bass buffet is now open for all bass, large and small. October in the south is probably one of the best months of the year to go out and catch a lot of bass as they migrate up the creeks chasing shad. This fiesta occurs each year as the days get shorter, triggering largemouth bass to start fattening up for the long winter months. 

Probably the first question: What baits should be thrown in order to give yourself the best opportunity to catch these hungry bass? Well, that’s a million-dollar question, but today you’ll get an angler’s perspective on the best baits that will put the odds in your favor. First, you have to understand the prey you’re trying to mimic because bass can be a little finicky this time of year. Baitfish, also known as shad, is the main thing they are looking for as the bass head up the creeks. They will travel in small wolf packs rounding up and forcing balls of shad (bait fish) into shallow water where they will ambush them with force. Remember, they won’t bite just any old bait, it must be something that looks similar to what they are eating.

One of the best baits for this style of fishing is a crankbait. Several come to mind like a Bandit 100 or 200 series in a shad pattern they call pearl/black back.  Strike King also makes a great crankbait in what is called the KVD Series (designed by pro angler Kevin Van Dam). Their best colors are a green gizzard shad or what they call sexy shad. Both are great shad imitators and will get the job done. Remember, it’s not complicated, just try to throw something that looks like bait fish or shad. The next great choice would be a spinnerbait, as nothing mimics shad better than a skirted spinnerbait with either double willow blades or a three-bladed spinnerbait. The three-bladed baits are very popular and productive this time of year. 

Now let’s look at two great baits for topwater action. A Heddon Zara Spook or the Zara Puppy in a clear or shad color should be your first choice when it comes to walking-style bait. This is bait that literally walks side to side when being retrieved. It mimics bait fish running across the top of the water and bass just can’t stand it; they have to eat it! The next bait of choice for topwater is a buzz bait. This is a bait that looks similar to a spinner bait but is fished as a topwater with a big propeller-type blade. Most will come with a skirt just like a spinnerbait, but this time of year it’s better if you take the skirt off and replace it with some type of white wide tail grub, a twin tail grub, or a Zoom Horney Toad. Again, you’re just trying to mimic shad or bait fish scurrying across the water in order to trigger bass into biting.

I hope these suggestions will help you this fall as you head for your favorite body of water looking to take advantage of this awesome time of year. Another great thing about fall fishing is the fact that many of our lakes and waterways are bare of anglers since many of them are headed for the woods looking to put meat in their freezer with a deer or two, or maybe a few bushy tails.  Some days, you’ll literally have the lake all to yourself; that’s when the fun begins!  Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take it from this angler, Melanoma is not something you want to deal with. 

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Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show &                                                 

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Notice of Death – September 29, 2022

WINN:
Crosby Adams Jr.
January 30, 1931 – September 28, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
George Andrew Batson
December 27, 1944 – September 28, 2022
Service: Sunday, October 2 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church

Grace Dado Hicks
February 1, 1933 – September 25, 2022
Her family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday, October 1 at 10 am at Calvary Baptist Church in Natchitoches. Services will start at 1 pm. Burial will follow at Calvary.

Comilla Fisher Dupree
February 11, 1938 – September 24, 2022
Visitation: Friday, September 30 from 9-11 am at the First Baptist Church, located at 1116 Amulet St. in Natchitoches
Service: Friday, September 30 at 11 am at the First Baptist Church
Interment Location: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum, located at 1630 Breazeale Springs in Natchitoches

Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 church St. in Natchez

RED RIVER:
Alvin “Skip” Trobaugh Vaughan, Jr.
November 27, 1946 – September 27, 2022
Service: Sunday, October 2 at 2 pm at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church


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Winn Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Business of the Week – 𝗛𝗔𝗪𝗚 𝗗𝗔𝗪𝗚’𝗦 𝗕𝗔𝗥-𝗕-𝗤𝗨𝗘

Here is little background information on delicious Hawg Dawg’s Bar-B-Que!

Owners, Scott Stroud and his mother Jackie Wise started Hawg Dawgs Bar-B-Que in February 2022 after Jackie retired in January 2022. She wanted something to keep her busy after retirement and Scott enjoyed smoking meat. Then it was decided to start Hawg Dawgs Bar-B-Que!

📍Address:
1202 E Lafayette St.
Winnfield, La 71483
☎️ Telephone: 318-209-4009


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Winn Parish Registrar of Voters Speaks to Rotary

With National Voter Registration Week coming up the first of October, the Rotary program of
September 21, 2022, presented by Rotarian of the Week and Winn Parish Registrar of Voters, Bryan
Kelley, educated Rotarians on the timely topic of voter registration, the upcoming mid-term election
scheduled for November 8, 2022 and the development of the plan to obtain a new voting system
recently mandated by the Louisiana legislature in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Mr. Kelley discussed the various methods of registering to vote in Louisiana. One can register in
person at the local Registrar of Voters office, by presenting a current official photo identification of
some type bearing his/her current address. If the ID is expired or has an incorrect address, one may still
register to vote by presenting his/her birth certificate and a document showing proof of residence such
as a utility bill. One may also go online to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website and register to vote.
Voters may also update their information on the website.

Citizens may register to vote by mailing in a completed voter registration form to the Secretary
of State, by completing the form at the Office of Motor Vehicles and/or various public assistance offices,
and at schools, which make computers available for those 16 + years old to register. Those who register
at school or at the OMV may register before they turn 18 and begin voting on their 18 th birthday.

One must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the next election if registration is done in
person. With the upcoming election, the deadline to register at the Registrar of Voters is October 11,
2022. This allows time for the state to verify the authenticity of the documents proving citizenship and
residency between registration and election. If one registers online, the state performs the verification
at the time of registration, so one may register to vote up to October 18, 2022 and vote in the
November election.

People may apply to vote by mail for medical reasons or because they are over the age of 65.
Mail-in ballots are sent to the local ROV office by the Secretary of State, and must be mailed to the local
voters when received by the ROV. Voters over age 65 will automatically continue to receive a mail
ballot, but those under age 65 must apply to vote by mail each time. The deadline to apply to vote by
mail in the upcoming election is November 3.

Early voting for the election on November 8 will be held from October 25 to November 1 from
8:30 am to 6:00 pm at the ROV office in the courthouse. Schools will be closed for election day on
Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

The ballot measures on which we will vote November 8, 2022 include both our U. S. Senator and
U. S. Representative. The incumbents, Sen. John Kennedy and Julia Letlow, have several opponents each
in this round of voting. School board members will be elected parish-wide, Calvin will elect a mayor, and
Dodson will elect a chief of police and aldermen.

A measure specific to Winnfield which will be on the ballot this election cycle is a renewal of the
city’s 1-1/2 cent sales tax.

Eight Louisiana Constitution amendment proposals will also be on the ballot. You may review
the proposed amendments on the sample ballots which have been posted in the courthouse hallway
outside near the Registrar of Voters office. The Geaux Vote section of the Secretary of State’s website
has a summary of each proposed amendment, but does not yet have the full texts. The Public Affairs
Research Council’s guide, which includes an explanation of each amendment and its expected
consequences as well as a recommendation by the Council, will be issued in a couple of weeks with
respect to the proposed amendments on the November 8 ballot.

If you download the Geaux Vote application from the Secretary of State website, you can not
only quickly access your individual sample ballot but can follow election results on the app on election
night as votes are posted by the SOS office.

Mr. Kelley reported on the progress of the Voting System Committee appointed to select a new
voting system for the State of Louisiana. This committee was appointed as a result of the legislation
passed after the election in November 2020 to require a voting system with an auditable paper trail of
each vote. According to Bryan, the current voting system is becoming obsolete because the hardware
needed to repair it is no longer being manufactured, and any machine which breaks down now is likely
irreparable, so they would have to be replaced with some other system soon anyway.

The committee issued its recommendations as to the type of system we should have in June,
and the Secretary of State’s office is in the process of preparing a Request for Proposal to be submitted
to manufacturers of voting machines, and it should be issued sometime in early 2023. This will be the
third of 23 steps required to obtain and implement a new voting system statewide.

According to Mr. Kelley, the new system must use hand-marking paper ballots or a ballot-
marking device, due to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or a combination of the
two. It will also likely involve printing of ballots to preserve the paper trail and scanning of ballots to
eliminate hand-counting of ballots. With 21 more steps to go in the process of obtaining and
implementing a new voting system, it will be a few years before we see new voting machines in our
precincts.

After Mr. Kelley answered questions from the audience, the meeting was adjourned with the
Rotary motto, “Service above Self!”


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Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 9-24-22

Name: Shanna Jones 

Address: Winnfield, LA 

Race: White

Sex: Female 

Age: 37

Charge: Simple battery 

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.


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Remember This? A Sitcom Called Sally

By Brad Dison

In 2000, writer/producer Allison Gibson had an idea for a television sitcom which was set in Houston, Texas.  The lead character, Sally, was a wisecracking single mother of three children, each of whom had various emotional issues.  Sally’s husband had left her for another woman who, because of their connection to the same man, considered Sally to be her best friend, but Sally considered the other woman to be her nemesis.  This odd combination of characters and situations produced hilarious comedic mayhem.

The lead character was named Sally because Allison wrote the part with a specific actress in mind.  This Sally had won a host of awards for her acting including two Academy Awards.  Her career in television began in 1965 with a comedy called Gidget followed by The Flying Nun two years later.  She had been in a slew of blockbuster films including Smokey and the BanditSteel Magnolias, and Forrest Gump.  This Sally, Sally Field, was not interested in the sitcom and turned it down.  Allison needed a new Sally.

As luck would have it, Nell was shopping around for a sitcom to star in.  Nell began performing as a child in a singing group with her siblings.  She had planned to become an elementary school teacher, but the trajectory of her life was forever changed when she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at a rodeo in Kentucky.  Her short performance led to a singing and acting career which has lasted four decades so far.  Nell played a variety of roles in movies and television from a gun-toting tough woman who helped defend her town from creatures living underground to Colonel Sanders in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial in which she wore the full goatee, white hair, and signature suit.

Nell was set to play “Sally,” the title role in the show.  That was the plan until the very last moment.  The production crew filmed the pilot twice in front of two different live studio audiences, one in the afternoon and another in the evening.  In the afternoon show, Nell’s character’s name was Sally.  In the evening show, Sally’s name was replaced with Nell’s real first name.  Everyone involved in the creation of the show paid close attention to both audiences to gauge their reactions.  After filming both pilots, it was clear that the audience responded more when the name Sally was replaced with Nell’s real first name.  Their reaction was such that the name of the show was changed again.  The show was a huge success and ran from 2001 to 2007.  Based on the audience’s reaction, the show, originally called Sally, then Deep in the Heart, was renamed again with the first name of its star, Reba McEntire.

Source:

1.    “Sally Field.” IMDb. Accessed September 22, 2022. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000398/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.

2.    “Reba McEntire.” IMDb. Accessed September 22, 2022. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005207/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.

3.    “Reba McEntire Spills Secret about Her TV Show Only Few Knew Before….” Classic Country Music. Accessed September 22, 2022. https://classiccountrymusic.com/reba-mcentire-spills-secret-about-her-tv-show-only-few-knew-before/.


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Letters in the Key of Life

Yo Brendan! 

Word is you’re headed to church retreat to begin your high school senior year. I’ve been asked to write a letter of encouragement. You’ll get several from friends for you to read this week. Mine is a humble C+ at best, but I’m honored to be asked …  

You were born the day after I coached my final Little League game. For 10-plus years I had that privilege; most fun I’ve ever had. 

The day before you were born, we lost in the semifinals of the state championship, and if I’d have done just a couple things differently — like called time and talked to my pitcher Scarf one batter earlier — I feel certain we’d have been in the finals. And the team that won it all was better than we were but … they might not have been better than us two-out-of-three, not right then. Not on those days.  

So the next day driving up I-49, thinking about nothing other than what I have just told you, coming home after a week in South Louisiana and wishing I could turn back the clock and wishing I’d gotten my lard butt off the bucket and gone to the mound in the top of the ninth — your dad calls. 

Saw his name on the screen and knew what it was about.  

You had arrived on the scene. 

I felt better right then. 

Even though our little team of 14-year-olds didn’t quite get it done, they did as good as they possibly could have. Still, I was sad over the ending. 

And then your beginning made me happy 

Harmony of the universe and all that. God is like that sometimes.  

I would have loved to have seen you more as you grew up into the wonderful young man you’ve become. 

But I’ve gotten to “watch” you a lot through pictures and mostly through stories from your mom and dad. Every time they mention you, their voices are filled with joy and laughter and gratitude. Every time. It’s been fun to listen. And see. 

Seems all the stories have had happy endings. We’ve been blessed. 

I have a picture posted on my wall of you at age 3-ish sucking down a milkshake at a Shreveport burger joint, your eyes bulging and your cheeks working overtime. I have another picture of you running the bases with a batting helmet on, all business. I remember Brad pushing you into the pool and I remember us playing baseball outside your house.  

Since then, you have learned the joy of live theatre. Learned how to do long division. Figured out how to try and not be scared on a first date. Learned a lot—but you’re just beginning. Keep your mind and heart open for all God is teaching you. 

I am proud of you and love you because your mom and dad are proud of you and love you. There is never anything you could do, good or bad, that would make us love you more or less. We accept you right now as you are and are grateful for you being you. 

Maybe you get the point of all this, which is that I have always been a Brendan cheerleader and that will always be the case. It has made me proud when your parents have called me with a “Little Teddy” update. You were almost named that, but it would have been a disservice to you. You are a Brendan, and a really, really good one. 

A wise man once told me: Be kind. Love God and your neighbor. Don’t be too hard on yourself. That’s it. Enjoy this life you’ve been given. 

Your friend always, 

Uncle TA 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


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Goldonna Christmas in the Park to Host First Annual Christmas Pageant

The Goldonna Christmas in the Park Planning Committee is proud to announce the addition of the 1st Annual Christmas in the Park Beauty and Beau Pageant. The event will be held on November 19, 2022 at Goldonaa Elementary School Auditorium at 9:00am.

Girl’s categories for the pageant include: Infant Miss (0-11 months), Baby Miss (12-23 months), Toddler Miss (2-3 years), Tiny Miss (4-5 years), Little Miss (6-7 years), Petite Miss (8-10 years) Jr Miss (11-13 years), Teen Miss (14-16 years), Miss (17-20 years).

Boy’s categories for the pageant include: Baby Mister (0-23 months), Tiny Mister (2-3 years), and Little Mister (4-5 years).

The deadline to enter is Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The pageant link can be found on Facebook at https://fb.me/e/1Q0tAujls

The committee decided to host a Chicken Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser this year in lieu of a fish fry to change it up a bit. For the price of $10 you will enjoy chicken spaghetti, green beans, roll, dessert and a drink. One hundred percent of the profits will go directly to the festival to offset expenses. The committee will deliver eight or more plates if you schedule ahead of time. You can pre-order with Eugene Garner (318-663-1148) or Jennifer Smith (318-413-7761).

Goldonna Elementary Junior High is working hard and in the planning phase for the return of the Fall Carnival. Mark your calendars for October 28, 2022. They are selling split the pot tickets and they are also selling Deer Corn raffle tickets again. Please contact the school office for your tickets.

The school is also celebrating Attendance Awareness Week this week and students are enjoying a week of dress up! The 3rd grade class also enjoyed the Walking Tour of Historic Natchitoches on September 27th.

Goldonna Baptist Church Kingdom Kids is up and running! Literally. Buses are busy all over Goldonna picking up and dropping off children. They meet every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and get to enjoy a great meal while they are at the church. The GBC will observe the Lord’s Supper on the 5th Sunday of October. After church lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall. The youth group is serving biscuits and sausage every Sunday before Sunday School which starts at 10:00am.

Dr. Wiley Cole is teaching an in-depth study of the book of John every Sunday at 5:00pm. which is always followed by Supper at 6:00. Archery Season kicks off this Saturday with youth deer season opening the following Saturday. K&B Deer Processing wishes everyone a fruitful deer season!

As you can see there is always something wonderful going on in the hills of Goldonna. Christmas in the Park is gearing up and still needing volunteers for this jolly ole festival. Please contact Mayor Smith if you would like to be on the committee. Bring your ideas and get ready to start planning for the jolliest year yet!

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


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My Opinion – Federal Case Illuminates the Collusion Between the Feds and Facebook

A civil case has been brought in federal court by Attorney General of Louisiana Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt regarding the relationship between the federal government and Big Tech—here, Facebook.

The question regarding freedom of speech has always been how these enormous social media sites choose to “moderate”—in fact, censor—the content of speech and whether, either by their own doing or as a result of pressure from the federal government, or both, the tech giants are suppressing certain speech which is virtually always conservative speech.

U.S. District Judge, Terry Doughty, of the Western District of Louisiana, recently ruled that full discovery requires the disclosure of additional email and other communication between Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and several of the public affairs staff at the Department of Health and Human Services.

What led Judge Doughty to require the additional disclosure?

Well, while there are a number of email communications discovered thus far that would otherwise seem benign—if they didn’t involve active coordination between the largest social media company in the world and U.S. government officials—there are several additional emails that are more concerning—and may represent only the tip of the iceberg of improper collusion. These emails involve high-ranking White House officials.

In one example, after Pres. Biden claimed that social media sites and “Covid misinformation” were resulting in “killing people,” a senior staffer at Meta (a Facebook spinoff) sent an email to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, which stated “it’s not great to be accused of killing people” but Meta was committed to finding “a way to deescalate and work together collaboratively.”

A week later that same Meta official sent another email to Murthy stating that “I wanted to make sure you saw the steps we took just this past week to adjust policies on what we are removing with respect to misinformation.” The email concludes “…you (Surgeon General) have identified 4 specific recommendations for improvement and we want to make sure to keep you informed of our work on each.”

This is all much too cozy.

This incestuous relationship between the federal government and Facebook and Big Tech creates a toxic coordination between government and huge social media sites to suppress critical information millions of people need to know to make good, well-informed personal decisions. That’s irrefutable censorship of free speech.

Facebook’s presence in American society is so widespread and prevalent as to bear all the trappings of a government entity—a public utility. These emails clearly establish that Facebook is functioning as an arm of the government, a “state actor” in legal parlance, and as the functional equivalent of the Thought Police of the State. Therefore, it should be held to the same prohibitions on censorship as the Government.

Facebook pretends that it is a neutral arbiter operating an information exchange platform. In fact, in March of 2020, Mark Zuckerberg stated that “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online…. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

However, when you fast forward to today, we see that Zuckerberg and Facebook have become captives of the Thought Police at Facebook and do regularly make editorial content decisions in the composition of its news feed through its algorithms, and those decisions are often not objective and fair to all points of view.

I note that while our 1st Amendment prohibits the suppression of speech by local, state, and federal governments, government censorship is not the only kind. Private sector suppression of speech is just as threatening, chilling, and destructive. This is particularly true where Big Tech platforms become news editors and make common cause with the Deep State and the National Democrat Party.

In truth, social media has become our modern-day public forum. It’s also true that the greatest virtue of free thought and free speech is that all kinds of ideas are thrust into the rough and tumble of the marketplace of ideas where the best idea prevails. It is this collision of, this testing of, speech and thought in a free and open exchange that produces the best results—and leads the nation to wise and popular policy results on challenging national issues.

I’m looking forward to seeing what new email or other communications are recovered by turning over more rocks in this lawsuit.

Pictured above: Royal Alexander is an attorney, writer, and former politician in his native Shreveport, Louisiana. In 2007, he was the Republican candidate for Louisiana Attorney General. In addition to his law practice, Alexander is an opinion writer, a guest lecturer at public events and education forums, and a frequent guest on various TV and radio outlets.

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Pinnacle Brings Customer Focus to Natchitoches Store

It’s all about the location and the people for Anita Martin, the lead customer care representative for Pinnacle Propane in the state.

Anita moved to Natchitoches from Southern Mississippi 12 years ago and fell in love.

“It’s a really nice place to live and work,” she said. “There’s always something to do and the people are the best. I just love my job.”

Working in the propane industry for the past 5 years, Anita will celebrate 2 years with Pinnacle in November. She feels Pinnacle really stands out from other companies because it’s very safety and customer oriented.

A leading Propane provider in the USA, Pinnacle delivers Propane gas for homes and businesses. The company proudly serves its valued customers in Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company’s focus is on customer experience and satisfaction, innovation, and safety, which forms the foundation of its success.

Anita loves getting to know her customers. She even knows most of their names. With one office in Jonesville, Winnfield, and one in Natchitoches, Pinnacle can service even more customers. The service area reaches from Sabine to Winn Parish and from Red River down to Grant Parish.

Last year Pinnacle supplied vendors with propane for cooking during the Natchitoches Christmas Festival and they plan to do so again.

“In other areas, Pinnacle is very involved in the community,” explained Anita. “We’re looking forward to jumping in and becoming more engaged with the Natchitoches community.”

In an effort to create a more efficient delivery process, Pinnacle instituted a routing system. It’s different from what some customers are used to, but Anita said the new system means they’ll be able to bring gas to more people.

Pinnacle offers 3 Price Protection Plans:

Propane Budget Pay Fixed-Price Agreement- A consistent monthly payment at an affordable price, making it easier to budget.
Lock-in Residential Agreement- Pay a small deposit in advance to lock in your special rate.
Pre-Buy Residential Agreement- Purchase 12 months of propane in advance and receive an exclusive price per gallon.

The Pinnacle office in Natchitoches, located at 147 Blanchard Rd., is open Monday-Friday from 8 am – 5 pm (closed 12-1 for lunch). Order online without the hassle of calling your service center or pay a bill safely and easily through pinnaclepropane.com. Customers are always welcome to call their local office to handle business or stop in for a visit. Call the Natchitoches office at 318-289-0845. When the office isn’t open, customers can leave a voicemail over the weekend and receive a return call.


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