LOUISIANA WOMEN LEAD: WOMEN IN PUBLIC OFFICE DAY

Despite the barriers women face each day in the political realm and in the world, Louisiana Legislature declares June 3rd as “Women in Public Office Day”

This week at the Louisiana Legislature, we celebrated women in public office and encouraged more women to serve their communities. We celebrate women from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities who have already made significant contributions to the state and who understand women play a vital role in their communities.

Louisiana boasts several trailblazing women such as Governor Kathleen Blanco, Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, and Senator Mary Landrieu who have served in office. Also, Commissioner of Elections, Suzanne Terrell, served as a statewide center-right female elected official and only this past year have we been able to add to our ranks again with Julia Letlow, the first Republican
woman from Louisiana to serve in Congress. It’s easy to see that for women, especially center-right women, the list is incredibly short.

One would think that looking at our history and the current small percentage of center-right women serving in the legislature that everyone would be on board to change things, to move the culture, and to convince hearts and minds that everyone needs to have a seat at the table. But that is not the case in Louisiana.

We still have segments of our society who do not believe women face barriers when running for office. We know without a doubt that many women, especially center-right women, face blowback from the old guard in their communities when they mention running for office. Some still believe that women should be at home and in the kitchen or that women do not belong in elected office. After all, women still hear the sexual innuendos and endure sexual harassment in the year 2021. Look no further than the recent allegations of rampant sexual harassment and abuse from a major institution in our state.

While the state and nation faced a virus that plagued us for more than a year, women in Louisiana have been fighting to have a voice as sexual harassment and abuse scandals plague our state. This plague is not new but has instead been a part of our state since its inception. Women have watched as cover-ups by those in power have silenced the voices of women for decades. It is not just a minor change that needs to be made, our problems require a huge shift in our state’s culture.

Our organization is grateful for the leadership of the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus over the last year with their chair, Senator Beth Mizell, leading the charge through public hearings where women could have their voices heard. We have many brave women serving in public office that has given other women a voice in policy-making to ensure that women, especially center-right women, have their seat at the table.

Louisiana Women Lead thanks Representative Paula Davis and Senator Heather Cloud for their leadership in offering resolutions to celebrate women serving their communities. They, like us, understand and hope that one day every person in our state will understand the value of having every voice and every background at the table. We need to ensure that barriers are broken down, opportunities are provided, and women are empowered to step outside of their comfort zones to serve in public office. We need center-right women to reach their next goal and to be the next generation of leaders that are desperately needed in Louisiana.

Louisiana Women Lead is guided by trailblazing women serving in public office, serving their communities, and playing active roles in the political process. We are grateful for all women who work in this space to get more women elected to office. We need more of you…more diverse backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and of course, more center-right women to run for all levels of public office. We need more of you to serve. We celebrate each of these women today. We celebrate you every day but especially on June 3, now hereby declared as Women in Public Office Day.

To read the full resolutions, please click on the bills here: HR 157 and SR 189.

Renee Amar, Founder and Executive Director, Louisiana Women Lead

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


Louisiana’s Annual Free Fishing Weekend to be Held June 12-13

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for residents and visitors to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license.

“Each year, we designate a weekend of free fishing as an incentive for families and friends to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” explained LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Whether your interest is saltwater or fresh, we encourage you to get on the water with family and friends and enjoy some of the best fishing on the planet.”

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect during Free Fishing Weekend.

In addition, a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) is still needed during Free Fishing weekend when possessing tunas, snappers, groupers, amberjacks, hinds, cobia, wahoo, dolphin fish, billfish and swordfish. When registering for an ROLP, anglers should choose the “Free Fishing Weekend” option when asked for their license type. Registering for an ROLP in this manner does not require a fishing license number, and the ROLP will be valid Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13.

LDWF reminds the public that anytime outside of Free Fishing Weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Anyone who decides to continue fishing for the remainder of the year is invited to purchase a state fishing license at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/.

By purchasing a fishing license, you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education, and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.


Notice of Death June 8, 2021

WINN:
Shirley M. Lowery
December 19, 1948 – June 05, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 9 at 10 am at Old Union Cemetery

NATCHITOCHES:
Henry C. Latham, Sr.
January 25, 1939 – June 07, 2021
A graveside service at Gorum Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Delores E. Wetherington
March 28, 1944 – June 03, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 9 at 10 AM at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Joe Chevalier
April 13, 1936 – June 01, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Johnnie Peats
June 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Nora Lee Nash
June 05, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 11 am at the Gilgal Baptist Church near Clarence

Melvenia LaCour
June 06, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Billy Joe Martin
July 02, 1964 – June 03, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 9 at 2 pm at Creston Baptist Church

Freddie Lee Jackson
June 01, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Husher Calhoun
June 02, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 11 am at the Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

Henry Keith
May 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Carl Smith
June 21, 1955 – May 21, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Margaret Carter Cooper
November 2, 1961 – May 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
LaJune Taylor
January 29, 1940 – June 7, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 12 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel


District Attorney Chris Nevils Reports the Following Action Was Taken in Eighth Judicial District Court April 6 – May 12, 2021

Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on April 6, 2021

MARSHA H. ALLEN: Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on twenty-four months supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse and driver improvement programs.

SALEH Y. HABASH: Defendant entered guilty plea improper lane usage and possession of drug paraphernalia first offense. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

DTERRIOUS LEWIS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of drug paraphernalia first offense. Imposition sentence deferred defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

NYGEL SHANE CARROLL: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal mischief. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on April 14, 2021

GRADY T. WILLIFORD: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of SCH II methamphetamine. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender, monthly supervision fee to Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and fee to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on May 4, 2021

RICHARD T. BARHAM: Defendant entered guilty plea speeding and no drivers license on person. Defendant sentenced to time served.

DANIEL LEVI BARNETT: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation, defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

ETHAN COLE BUCKELEW: Defendant entered guilty plea hunting without a resident big game license. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

JENNIFER L. JORDAN: Defendant entered guilty plea operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse and driver improvement programs.

CHARLES RICHARD MYERS II: Defendant entered guilty plea DWI first offense. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse and driver improvement programs.

MICHAEL PUEBLA: Defendant entered guilty plea hunt/take rabbits illegal rifle or muzzle loader. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

AL P. BOUDREAUX: Defendant entered guilty plea failure to comply with deer tagging or harvest record commission rules and regulations. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.

APRIL NICOE CORMANE: Defendant entered guilty plea simple littering. Imposition sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee, court cost waived.

TREYVON J. DEMERY: Defendant entered guilty plea speeding. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

NATASHA DESHA WASHINGTON: Defendant entered guilty plea speeding. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee, court cost waived.

ROBERT R. WILLIAMS, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal mischief. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee, court cost waived.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on May 5, 2021

CHRISTOPHER PAUL MORENO: Defendant entered guilty plea modification of exhaust systems. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee, court cost waived.

ROBERT KOLVIN NORRIS: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal mischief. Defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation and ordered to pay fine and probation fee, court cost waived.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on May 12, 2021

MALCOLM RODNEY BARTON: Defendant entered guilty plea theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance. Sentence of the court is as follows: theft of a motor vehicle – defendant sentenced to serve three years with hard labor consecutive to any other time he is serving, credit for time served. Possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance – defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor consecutive to any other time he has to serve, credit for time served.

GLENARD KEYNEIL CARTER: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated flight from an officer where human life is endangered. Defendant sentenced to five years suspended at hard labor and placed on three years supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform fifty hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

WILLIE L. CHAPMAN: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance. Defendant sentenced to serve two years with hard labor consecutive with any other time he has to do, credit for time served.

GREGORY K. GUILLIAMS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance. Defendant sentenced to serve two years with hard labor consecutive to any other time he has to do, credit for time served.


Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

City of Winnfield Police Department

Name: Shane Dupree
Date: 6-1-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 43
Charge: Driving Under Suspension, Hit & Run, Reckless Operation, Bench Warrant No Insurance

Name: Cameron J. Wyatt
Date: 6-1-2021
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Charge: Aggravated Assault

Name: Latisha S. Wages
Date: 6-2-21
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 32
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Brian L. Breaux
Date: 6-2-2021
Address: Collinston, LA
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Charge: Criminal Conspiracy, Armed Robbery, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, First Degree Murder (Attempted), Home Invasion


Winnfield Resident Re-Appointed by Governor to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice

Greggory E. Davies of Winnfield has been reappointed to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice. Mr. Davies is the Louisiana law enforcement coordinator for Regional Organized Crime Information Center. He will serve as an at-large member.

“I’m happy to be re-appointed to the commission, I appreciate the governor’s providence in allowing me to serve,” stated Davies.

The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice serves to improve the operations of the criminal justice and juvenile justice system and promote public safety by providing progressive leadership and coordination within the criminal justice community.

To this end, the agency provides a forum for all elements of the criminal justice system to come together in common cause and to develop multi-agency programs which serve the needs of a wide range of criminal justice organizations, support proven, critical, or innovative operational initiatives through the grant programs administered by the agency, promote the highest professional and ethical standards in law enforcement through high quality training programs, and to provide quality services to the criminal justice community and victims of crime within the framework of state and federal law and policy.

Public safety is a key element in the quality of life for all Louisiana citizens. The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement seeks to create an environment in which all aspects of the criminal justice and juvenile justice system work together to promote the security of all people in the state. They seek innovation where old solutions are not working, and seek proven programs in those areas where success has been attained. In decision making processes, they seek to bring together representatives from all aspects of the criminal justice community, so that decisions reflect the needs of the whole, and build on the strengths of all agencies involved.


Help Make A Difference For Better Internet in Winn Parish

BE A PART OF THE BROADBAND INITIATIVE!

A digital divide exists in households throughout our communities – many of us lack internet access or have limited providers or options. The lack of internet access limits our access to critical services such as healthcare, distance learning, and remote work.

The #DeltaSpeedTest will give us data that isn’t available anywhere else, which will help provide funding opportunities for our community. Help us fund broadband infrastructure improvements and build a stronger network by taking the 30-second test at dra.gov/speedtest

Or by scanning the QR Code below with your mobile device to take the quick 30-second test, and put yourself on the map for better broadband!

It’s that easy! USE THE LINK ABOVE or SCAN the code below using your mobile device from your home or business internet connection and take the 30-second test!

If you don’t have Internet at home, you can type in the URL and check a box to share that data, too!  

Let’s close the distance on the Digital Divide!

Help us map out Louisiana’s strategy to get broadband for everyone in Louisiana!

It’s that simple!


Tune into Facebook Live Stream of WPSB Regular Meeting Today

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

On the agenda:

  1. Invocation
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
  4. Executive Committee Report
  5. Order of Business
  6. Approval of Minutes -May 3. 2021
  7. Finance and Budget Committee Report
  8. Final Revised Consolidated Budget 2020-21
  9. Insurance Proposals -Property, EDP Coverage, Boiler & Machinery and Workers’ Compensation
  10. Permission to Advertise for Technology Bids
  11. Personnel and Salary Committee Report
  12. Personnel Information
  13. General Fund to Actual Rep01i- May.31, 2021
  14. Superintendent Comments
  15. Board Member Comments

Summer Feeding Program Underway

The Pinebelt Multi-Purpose CAA, INC. is participating in the Summer Food Service Program beginning June 1 – July 31, 2021.

Grab-n- go lunches will be provided to all children without charge for ages 0-18 years.

Acceptance and participating requirements are the same for all regardless of race, color, nationality, origin, sex or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided at the following locations:

  • Winnfield Primary School (401 S. ST. John Street)

  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (409 Long St.)

  • The Old Pinebelt Headstart School (101 W. Boundary same parking lot as the Moss ST. Gym)

Grab and Go lunches can be picked up between 10 am – 12 pm on Monday -Thursday (Thursday distribution will include Friday Meal) For additional information please contact the Pinebelt Office at 318-259-6444.


Substitute School Bus Driver Positions Available at Winn Parish School Board

The Winn Parish School Board has IMMEDIATE  opportunities for substitute school bus drivers.

Requirements: Class A or B CDL with Passenger, School Bus, and Air Brakes endorsements (obtained through OMV)

Winn Parish will host a 30-hour pre-service training for school bus drivers at the Winn Parish School Board Office June 21-23. This course is one of the requirements for becoming a licensed/certified school bus driver. Anyone interested in applying for a position as a substitute, activity, or regular route driver must have this training. The course will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.

For more information or to register please contact:
Al Simmons
asimmons@winnpsb.org
OR
Marianne Little
mlittle@winnpsb.org

Winn Parish School Board
304 E. Court
Winnfield, LA 71483
318 628 6936

Winn Parish School Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Notice of Death June 6, 2021

WINN:
Shirley M. Lowery
December 19, 1948 – June 05, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 9 at 10 am at Old Union Cemetery

NATCHITOCHES:
Nora Lee Nash
June 05, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Melvenia LaCour
June 06, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Tony A. Lodrigue
February 10, 1941 – June 02, 2021
Service: Tuesday, June 8 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Billy Joe Martin
July 02, 1964 – June 03, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 9 at 2 pm at Creston Baptist Church

Freddie Lee Jackson
June 01, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Husher Calhoun
June 02, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Henry Keith
May 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Carl Smith
June 21, 1955 – May 21, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Margaret Carter Cooper
November 2, 1961 – May 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Judy Lynn Peterson of Many, Louisiana
September 2, 1958 – June 3, 2021
Service: Monday, June 7 at 2 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Summer Feeding Program Underway

The Pinebelt Multi-Purpose CAA, INC. is participating in the Summer Food Service Program beginning June 1 – July 31, 2021.

Grab-n- go lunches will be provided to all children without charge for ages 0-18 years.

Acceptance and participating requirements are the same for all regardless of race, color, nationality, origin, sex or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided at the following locations:

  • Winnfield Primary School (401 S. ST. John Street)

  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (409 Long St.)

  • The Old Pinebelt Headstart School (101 W. Boundary same parking lot as the Moss ST. Gym)

Grab and Go lunches can be picked up between 10 am – 12 pm on Monday -Thursday (Thursday distribution will include Friday Meal) For additional information please contact the Pinebelt Office at 318-259-6444.


Louisiana Author Speaks to Rotary Club of Winnfield

The Winnfield Rotary club was entertained by novelist John Dye of Baton Rouge at their weekly noon meeting on June 2, 2021. Rotarian of the week, Bob Holeman, secured Mr. Dye, his friend since their days at LSU, to speak at the meeting and gave him leave to choose his subject. Mr. Dye is a retired pharmacist and active novelist. He chose to talk about his current passion, writing books, and provided valuable tips for those who have a novel inside them just waiting to pop out.

Mr. Dye’s first and most important tip was, for those writing on a computer, as almost everyone does these days: back it up on a portable storage device, such as a thumb drive, Zip drive or the cloud, to guard against loss of your work if the computer crashes. This is much easier than getting a computer expert to search for the material after the crash.

Mr. Dye said he keeps his goals in mind when writing a novel:

  1. He wants to entertain the reader;
  2. He wants his book to be about Louisiana, or to have a Louisiana flavor, and about a topic with which many people are familiar;
  3. He wants his characters to embody people he knows well—they should be a touchstone for the author; and
  4. He puts a message in each book (it is usually about God).

Mr. Dye also recommended an author should write about a topic he knows well, oneself, family, hometown. One may use an idea he heard someone else mention, use family photos to get an idea for a book, or even have an idea come from nowhere. Writing novels is one percent inspiration and 99% hard work. However, he warns that, if one focuses on a book, it becomes an obsession and one’s marriage will suffer due to the inability to think about anything but the book.

Mr. Dye self-publishes his books, as publishing companies will rarely publish any author who does not have an agent. He uses a printer called Outskirts Press himself, but there are other companies out there that provide the same services, even Amazon. To self-publish, one must pay the printer for the services of printing and copying, producing the cover and others. The artwork for the cover, author’s photograph, teaser about the book, and print font must be selected by the author.

Mr. Dye says he writes for the pleasure HE gets from writing the book, and the satisfaction of giving a gift to his family, including the future generations who may learn about him from reading his books. He has written four books, including Better to Be Vile, Bullfrog Moon, The Book of James, and One Bad Day.

After a question and answer period, the meeting was adjourned with the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

The Rotary Club of Winnfield meets every Wednesday at Noon for lunch at Lynda’s Country Kitchen. For more information about the Rotary Club of Winnfield, you may contact President, Jodi Taylor (832) 573-5085. You can also find club information on Facebook at Rotary Club of Winnfield Facebook Page or online at Rotary.org.