NSULA-Radiologic Sciences & Allied Health Highlights Student from Dodson

My name is Whitney Gray and I am from Dodson, Louisiana. I graduated from Dodson High School in 2007. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from Northwestern State University in 2012. After that I became certified in Mammography in 2016 and Computed Tomography in 2018. In December, I will graduate from Northwestern State University with a Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in administration.

I currently work at Louisiana Family Medicine Clinic in Jonesboro, Louisiana as the x-ray and CT technologist. In the future, I plan to one day hold a management position where I can implement both the clinical and administrative skills I have obtained over the last nine and a half years.


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Goldonna News 11-30-2021

If you were to ask anyone in Goldonna exactly when the Christmas in the Park celebration began, you may receive varying replies. But if you ask Eugene Garner, he can almost tell you when the seeds were planted and when it began to sprout and grow! One thing the entire Village can agree on is the fact that they all love and cherish the Christmas season and the visitors that it brings to the area.

One of the many special characteristics that lends itself to the celebration is that it is one hundred percent funded by donations and fundraisers direct from the residents and area businesses. Mr. Garner promised one of the founding members that it would always be free and open to the public. This also means that the vendors who participate are also not-for-profit.

The vendors are made up of local churches, non-profits, youth groups, and schools. This was designed many years ago to keep the focus of the celebration as a joyous time for families and the entire town to get together and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Through the years it has been mentioned that the Village may want to extend invitations to private vendors to potentially earn more profits. At this time they are staying with the original design of the celebration but are not ruling out future changes.

The Christmas in the Park Celebration is managed by, hosted and presented by the Village of Goldonna which includes the alderman. The celebration would not be possible without the hard working committee who plans all year long as well. Mr. Eugene Garner has been a volunteer of the CITP since its inception.

It is not too late to purchase a Split the Pot Ticket! Rumor has it that the pot is now over $1000 and still growing daily! Please contact Mayor Smith or Eugene Garner if you would like to purchase a ticket.

There is still plenty of room in the parade route if you want to scoot in! Please contact Jade Burke at 318-471-8976 if you wish to participate. You will also be able to find more information about Goldonna Christmas in the Park on their new Facebook page. A link will be shared soon.

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Leafing Through Your 2021, Book by Book

By Teddy Allen

Is this the 12th month of 2021 or the 24th month of 2020? When Waylon Jennings recorded “Stop the World and Let Me Off” in 1965, he was a man way, way ahead of his time.

Crazy, crazy …

But things are getting better, as evidenced by our annual Best Books of the Year list. You won’t find any pandemic-related works here like you did last year. Who can forget the 2020 bestsellers, like LOCKDOWN!: Your Place or Mine?, or 1,501 Ways To Make Banana Bread, or The Vaccine Two-Step: Let’s Give it a Shot.

And of course, everyone’s favorite recent trilogy, Why Masks Work and the sequel, Why Masks Don’t Work, followed by the recently published Why Masks Might or Might Not Work.

Crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy…

For years we’ve published our favorite books in late December, but in a rare moment of logical thinking, I figured it would be best to do this now in case you need a Christmas present idea. So …

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson was my favorite book of the year. Published in 2000 and on my shelf since, I just got around to reading it, about the Galveston hurricane, Sept. 8, 1900. I have a friend who’s read it three times, and I can understand why.

These others get four of five stars:

News of the World (2016) by Paulette Jiles, about a 72-year-old man in post-Civil War times on a journey from Wichita Falls to San Antonio. In small towns along the way, he reads the news to people who have no access to it. His companion is a girl, 10, kidnapped but now safe, who he’s returning to her family. She basically brings him to life again. I haven’t seen the movie yet, starring Tom Hanks.

Also The Music of the Statler Brothers, An Anthology (2020) by the retired group’s lead singer, Don Reid, and Songteller: My Life in Lyrics (2020) by Dolly Parton. And two books by the late Carl Reiner, My Anecdotal Life (2003) and I Just Remembered (2013). I listened to the authors read the Parton and Reiner books, which was part of the joy. Same with a couple of Dick Van Dyke books, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011) and Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Living Well Longer (2016). Van Dyke will be 96 Dec. 13. Also Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I’ve Learned (2005), written and read by Alan Alda, if you happen to be a fan. Finally, This is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith and Life (2013), a nice surprise by the entirely likeable Gavin MacLeod from “The Love Boat” and Murray on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Same with the just-released The Boys, written and read by brothers Ron and Clint Howard, about growing up as child actors but mainly about their endearing relationship with their less-successful actor parents.

Loved it.

Other biggies:

Life Lessons (2021), a book of semi-Sunday school lessons, also by the Statlers’ Don Reid;

A Burning in My Bones (2021), the authorized biography of Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message, authored by Winn Collier;

Also The End of Me (2015) by Kyle Idelman, about the tricky business of dying to self, Improving Your Serve (2004) by Chuck Swindoll, and Anne Lamott’s 2012 Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Pastor Tim Keller and others would suggest she left out confession, that;

Help, Sorry, Thanks, Wow would be a more exact title, but most all agree, including Keller, that it’s a thoughtful and most helpful little book.

Also four of five stars to Inside Comedy (2021) a semi-modern history of comedy by David Steinberg, The Only Plane in the Sky (2019), an exhaustive oral history of 9/11 by Garett Graff, Squeeze Me (2020) by Carl Hiassen, who writes brilliant novel after brilliant novel defending his native Florida, pointing out political absurdities in ways that are scorching and funny, and The Queen’s Gambit (2003) by the late Walter Tevis about a female chess prodigy. (The recent drama series on Netflix, set during the Cold War 1950s, is as many thumbs-up as you can give it.)

Three of five stars to The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (2020) by Erik Larson, The Dutch House (2019), a novel by Ann Patchett, and March Violets (1989), a Berlin noir-like novel by a new guy for me, the late Phillip Kerr, about his German private eye Bernie Gunther.

Finally got around to Moneyball (2011) by Michael Lewis; loved it. And Tobacco Road (1932) by Erskine Caldwell. Re-read The Adventures of Huck Finn (1884) by Mark Twain and The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (2002) by Steven Pressfield, always a good call.

See you at the library. Read on!

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


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Remember This? Jack Frost in Paris

By Brad Dison

In the summer of 1929, Anne Parrish and her husband, Charles Albert Corliss, were strolling leisurely along the picturesque Seine River in the City of Light (La Ville Lumière), Paris, France.  They spent their time taking in the sites and browsing through the numerous bouquinistes stalls along the Seine River.

Bouquinistes, French for booksellers, have sold used and antique books in small green stalls which line the banks of the Seine River at fixed points since 1859.  Prior to that, beginning around the 16th century, bouquinistes peddled their books from carts along the river. 

Anne derived great enjoyment from looking through the stalls of old books.  Anne was a lover of books.  She was a successful American novelist and children’s book writer.  Many of her books appeared on the New York Times best sellers lists. 

In one of the 900 bouquinistes stalls somewhere between Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, Anne saw the cover of a familiar children’s book which brought back memories from her own childhood.  The book, “Jack Frost and Other Stories”, was worn from age but still in decent enough condition.  It was a book like the one she had as a child in Colorado.  Although she had never tried to seek the book out, she had never seen another copy.  Her mind raced back some 30 years back in time to the Colorado Springs of her childhood.  She glanced at the book for only a second or two and her mind was made up.  She bought the book for a single franc.

Anne was elated to find a book like the one she had cherished as a child.  Her husband was less than enthusiastic and was “skeptical as to its literary value”.  Anne explained that she wanted the book not because it was an important literary work but for its sentimental value.  Anne’s husband challenged her to recall anything about the contents of the book.  She thought for a moment and remembered a story about a girl named Dorothy who hated her nose.  Her husband, still skeptical, shuffled through the book until he came upon the story of Dorothy, just as Anne has claimed.  Her husband knew it was useless to question her further and shuffled through the pages.  Just then, something caught his eye.  On the front page of the book, the flyleaf, he saw a name and address written in a childlike scrawl.  He looked at the book with a seriousness that took Anne by surprise.  Without saying a word, he turned the book around and pointed to the writing in the book.  Anne read the childish scrawl and was just as shocked as her husband.  Written in the book was the original owner’s name, “Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber St., Colorado Springs”.  Anne had unknowingly bought her own childhood copy of “Jack Frost and Other Stories”.

  Sources: 

  1. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa), July 28, 1941, p.9.
  2. Lauren Gray, “40 Amazing Coincidences You Won’t Believe Actually Happened,” Best Life, June 14, 2019, bestlifeonline.com/weird-coincidence/.
  3. “Les Bouquinistes,” Afar, accessed November 23, 2021, afar.com/places/les-bouquinistes-paris.


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My Opinion – Federal Appeals Court Blocks OSHA Overreach

By: Royal Alexander

As many legal scholars have believed from the beginning, Pres. Biden lacked both the constitutional and statutory authority to mandate vaccines for private workers, but he, nevertheless, ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to do so.  In response, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on this matter, handing down a sharp rebuke of the Biden Administration’s attempt to do an end run around our legal process.  

As you may recall, this past September Pres. Biden ordered OSHA to require private employers with 100 or more workers to require that their employees be vaccinated or tested weekly.  The Biden Administration, in fact, agreed with MSNBC anchor, Stephanie Ruhle’s tweet that “OSHA [is] doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule” and acknowledging that this legal maneuver is the most effective “work around” (which often means it’s not legal) for the “federal government to require vaccinations.” Wow.

This Biden Administration action remains unsupported in virtually every way.  The U.S. Constitution entrusts states with core “police powers” to address and regulate the behavior of their citizens in the interest of protecting public health and safety, among other things.  Because of this, the federal government simply lacks the legal authority to take such actions.  

Of course, attorneys for the Biden Administration are well aware of this limitation on federal power which is why the Biden team attempted to characterize—and get around—this limitation on its power by forcing private employers to comply based upon an OSHA “emergency temporary standard.”  What “emergency temporary” power does OSHA have? This simply means that OSHA may ignore for 6 months the Notice and Comment process which is otherwise required by the Administrative Procedure Act.  The notice and comment process is very important because it is when all parties have an opportunity to be heard—to express their objection to or support of—a proposed government action.

In fairness, we should note that the actual purpose of this OSHA bypass—when not being used to do an end run on state power—is to allow OSHA to respond to emergencies if the agency decides that “employees are exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances 0r agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards.”   Here, OSHA argued that this unilateral action was necessary to “protect employees from such danger.”

However, as the 5th Circuit panel explained, OSHA was unable to prove exposure or even that Covid had infected all of the private workplaces upon which it was trying to force this mandate.  The Court called this assertion by the Biden Administration and OSHA a “transparent stretch”.  The Court identified other legal defects as well—like the fact that after 20 months the virus could hardly be described as a “new hazard”—but returned to the central premise that this OSHA rule “likely exceeds the federal government’s authority under the Commerce Clause because it regulates non-economic inactivity that falls squarely within the States’ police power.  A person’s choice to remain unvaccinated and forgo regular testing is non-economic inactivity.”  (We should note that in No. 45 of The Federalist, James Madison neatly summarizes this dual allocation of power: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”).

The Court’s ruling is music to the ears of those of us who believe in the separation of powers and the rule of law, which includes the reining in of an out-of-control federal administrative state.  What the Court is explicitly telling the federal government here is that it lacks the authority to take these actions and its purported legal justification was a pretense.  May the Judicial Branch continue to powerfully assert its constitutional prerogative and function in the face of an aggressively overreaching executive branch of government that believes “it knows best” regarding our health.

Well, the federal government doesn’t know best.   Dr. Fauci, the CDC, and the federal government’s guidance on how masks and vaccines should be employed to battle the spread of Covid has changed more often than the Louisiana weather.   It’s enough to give us whiplash. 

Rather, we, as free citizens who possess autonomy and individual rights of self-determination, get to make these kinds of vaccination and other personal health decisions and it is refreshing to see a court so firmly and clearly make that point in support of the right of medical autonomy and privacy.

This federal court decision has for now blocked the federal government’s attempt to mandate by regulatory law the requirement that millions of Americans, without regard to individual health status, be jabbed in their bodies with a needle and injected with a vaccine that according to CDC can potentially cause Guillain Barren syndrome (GBS), thrombosis, myocarditis and in rare cases, death—adverse events that CDC cautions should be disclosed to providers, vaccine recipients, and the public. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7032e4.htm.

Perhaps the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh any possible adverse effects.  My point is that the decision should be made by each individual and not by government mandate.   That is why, in response to this Big Brother governmental overreach, we should all say in unison, “Keep your hands—and needles—to yourself, Big Government.  My Body, My Choice.” (I heard this phrase somewhere; oh yes, but apparently it only pertains to abortion.)

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, all Americans should give thanks for the gift of this federal court decision.  What we have here is a perfect example of the working of our system of checks and balances the Framers put in place and it’s deeply encouraging to see it functioning as it should.

The views and opinions expressed in the My Opinion article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Winn Parish Journal. Any content provided by the authors is of their opinion and is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.


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Checkmate: Notre Dame’s Loss is LSU’s Huge Gain

By Doug Ireland, Journal Sports

Lots of people will check their Powerball tickets tonight at 10 p.m., hoping they’ve hit the jackpot, able to claim a cash prize that will be worth about $103 million once taxes are levied.

Brian Kelly already won. Notre Dame’s all-time winningest football coach is the newly minted, emphasis on the word “minted,” man in charge at LSU.

So did Lincoln Riley. He was the guy nearly everybody thought was going to be the LSU football coach. Instead, he headed west, not south, from Oklahoma and is the new top Trojan at Southern Cal.

They are each poised to collect more than $10 million annually for at least the next decade from their new jobs, after shocking everyone at their old ones. Riley became embroiled in speculation last Friday that he was going to be the new head Tiger, and didn’t refute anything until the postgame press conference after OU’s loss to Oklahoma State late Saturday night, when he denied he was heading to Baton Rouge.

Meanwhile, in Tiger Stadium that evening, during the second half of the spectacular finale for fired head coach Ed Orgeron, word began circulating among the very well connected that there wouldn’t be a Lincoln driving to the LSU football facility.

Everybody fond of the purple and gold was ebullient about the thrilling finish of the game, won with 20 seconds left 27-24 by the Tigers over Texas A&M at the expense of the man initially at the center of speculation about the LSU post, Aggies’ coach Jimbo Fisher.

LSU beat one of its biggest rivals. The Tigers sent out the colorful, passionate and loyal Coach O in unforgettable style; or, if you prefer an alternate version, LSU finally shed itself of Coach O and his ineffective staff while knocking off those oddball Aggies led by Fisher, the man who spurned the Tigers five years earlier, thereby opening the door for that crazy Cajun to take the helm.

Whatever the perspective, Tigers were hootin’ and hollerin’ about stunning A&M, until a seemingly astute reporter asked Riley a pointed question in aptly-named Stillwater, Okla.

LSU’s anticipated coronation of the Sooners’ brilliant young coach was off. Turns out, the reporter was too specific with that question. By lunchtime Sunday, Riley, family and some of his staff were packing bags for the Left Coast.

Talk about a plot twist. For many Tiger fans, and in the eyes of much of the national and Louisiana media, the heir apparent had been kidnapped and found a new home. What seemed to be a master move by LSU’s low-key but highly effective coaching search manager, athletics director Scott Woodward, was apparently up in smoke. There were possibilities, but compared to Riley, they all seemed like three-day-old Thanksgiving leftovers – palatable, just not worthy of great enthusiasm.

Florida took a flier on Ragin’ Cajun coach Billy Napier, who was on the outer edges of LSU’s sphere of interest. No Napier? No matter. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Mark Stoops of Kentucky, Michigan State’s Mel Tucker, former Tiger defensive coordinator and successful second-year Baylor head coach Dave Dave Aranda, even former Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl champion coach Doug Pederson (who played at ULM, then the NFL, and began coaching in Shreveport at Calvary Baptist High School 15 years ago) were appealing options.

Nobody had Notre Dame’s Kelly on the list. Not the three-time national coach of the year. Not the guy whose record in the last five seasons (54-9) was virtually identical to Riley (55-10) at OU. Not the coach who has more victories (284 in 31 total seasons, said LSU’s announcement) than any active coach in big-time college football. Not the man who led the fabled Fighting Irish to the College Football Playoffs in two of the last three seasons, and a 113-40 record in his 12 seasons in South Bend.

Nope. Because just last week, Kelly was asked if he would ever leave the Irish, and snapped off an answer dismissing the suggestion. Even a $250 million deal (his figure) would still have to pass his bride’s muster, they loved South Bend so much.

Behind the scenes, however, there were tremors. Notre Dame players don’t have a spacious, cutting-edge academic study center – they often do homework in the hallways of the Irish football facility. They don’t have their own training table (code for bottomless buffet), but have to retask a recruiting lounge into a dining area. These concerns and others were discussed by Kelly and his boss, UND athletics director Jack Swarbrick, but nothing was happening. Swarbrick said Tuesday he noted some “Freudian slips” by Kelly recently revealing some “restlessness” and said he wasn’t shocked at Kelly’s departure. He was the only one.

Today, Kelly, for a dozen seasons in charge of the storied football program on an iconic campus featuring Touchdown Jesus, is in his first day on the job across the street from Mike the Tiger’s lair. The former Golden Domer now will have LSU’s Golden Girls cheering for him.

He’s not Nick Saban of Alabama, or Clemson’s Dabo Sweeney, or Lincoln Riley. But he is universally regarded on that level in the college game. Nobody, except his agent Trace Armstrong, saw him moving to another college. He’s often been suggested as an NFL coach, with the Chicago Bears said to have him on their short list for that anticipated opening.

But Armstrong saw opportunity, and knew his client preferred coaching on campus. Armstrong’s reward: he will collect as much as three percent, the industry standard for negotiating coaching contracts, of Kelly’s LSU haul.

Even more spectacular than that roughly $300,000 annual commission? Armstrong is also Riley’s agent. He’ll be cashing in those California dollars, too.

Did Riley have both USC and LSU on his table, and when he went west, Kelly bolted for the Bayou State?

Or were they just better fits where they’ve landed – Kelly with one of this century’s most dominant programs, with all the resources in place, and Riley ready to restore the luster at once-proud USC?

It seems Armstrong, a former Florida star and longtime NFL defensive tackle, was playing chess while his counterparts were playing checkers. The short, pudgy, quiet guy at the next table: the LSU AD, Woodward.

When it appeared he was boxed out of the glamorous Riley sweepstakes, within 24 hours, Woodward completed the mission of scoring a “home run hire” replacing Orgeron. Checkmate, y’all.

He took Notre Dame’s king, and nobody can argue LSU football on Dec. 1, 2021, isn’t what Kelly said in the Tigers’ press release Tuesday.

“Our potential is unlimited.”


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Take Control of Your Health

The path to good health includes staying up-to-date on health screenings and diagnostic exams. Timely care and early detection can prevent serious illnesses and improve outcomes. The following are commonly recommended general health screenings for both men and women. You may also want to talk with your primary care physician about other possible screenings based on your personal or family medical history. 

  • Age 18 – Routine wellness exam and labs are recommended for both men and women beginning at age 18 and then performed on an annual basis. Blood sugar levels should also be screened to determine risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes.
  • Age 20– Cholesterol screenings are recommended for men and women every five years to assess the risk for cardiovascular disease. In families with a high incidence of cardiovascular disease, screenings may be recommended for children and adolescents as well.
  • Age 21– A Pap smear is recommended for women once every 3 years to test for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening to the uterus. No physician referral is needed, and OB/GYN physicians provide these screenings.
  • Age 40– A mammogram, to screen for breast abnormalities including cancer, is recommended for women at age 40 and then each year or two years thereafter depending on family history. No referral or doctor’s order is needed for an annual screening mammogram.
  • Age 45 – The American Diabetes Association recommends both males and females be screened for diabetes.
  • Age 45 – A colonoscopy is recommended tor men and women to detect any abnormalities in the large intestine and rectum, as well as for colon cancer. Physicians base their recommendations for follow-up screenings on the findings of the initial colonoscopy and family history.
  • Age 50– A prostate screening is recommended for men on an annual basis to help detect prostate cancer. This screening is performed by a urologist and includes a physical exam as well as blood work to measure prostate-specific antigen (PSA) present in the blood.
  • Age 60 – A DEXA scan for both men and women to measure bone density is recommended. This scan can help determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Physicians will then recommend appropriate follow-up screenings in subsequent years.

So take control of your health by getting age-related screenings. It is important for you to speak with your primary care physician to schedule these screenings and ensure you stay on the path to good health!


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Notice of Death November 30, 2021

Ilene Francine Kay
September 22, 1960 – November 26, 2021
Service: Wednesday, December 1 at 10 am at Provencal United Methodist Church

Louis Remedies Jr.
November 7, 1946 – November 27, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Tristen Shane Small
March 12, 2001 – November 27, 2021
Service: Thursday, December 2 at 12 pm at First Baptist Church in Hornbeck

Elizabeth Mitchell
May 14, 1924 – November 29, 2021
Service: Tuesday, December 7 at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Many


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WPSB Committee Meetings Tonight

Winn Parish School Board Committees will meet Monday, November 29, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Winn Parish-School Board.

Finance and Budget – Harrell, Carpenter, Howell, Long, DuBois
1. Surplus Property
2. Purchase Request – Darlene Green

Executive – Martin, Walton, Browning
1. Set AgendaTodd Martin

Executive Committee:
Todd Martin
Matt Walton
Joe Lynn Browning

Finance and Budget Committee:
Christy Harrell
Michelle Carpenter
Patrick Howell
Joe Llaine Long
Brandon DuBois 


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WYBL 2022 Youth Basketball Registration Now Open

The City of Winnfield Recreation Department’s annual youth basketball league registration is open until Friday December 17th.

Registration is $40.00 per child. Tryouts will be held on Dec. 18th, with times TBD (check back for tryout times).

Boys and girls ages 4-15 are eligible for this exciting program. Don’t let this deadline pass you by. Sign your child up today.

Coaches are needed in all age groups.

For more information concerning WYBL Youth Basketball, contact Recreation Director, Anthony Hall at 318-628-3413. The City of Winnfield encourages any support that anyone can give to support the youths of today!!

Remember: OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!!!! SO COME OUT AND PARTICIPATE. I PROMISE YOU WILL ENJOY YOURSELF BY WATCHING KIDS PLAY BALL! WE HAVE A LOT OF TALENT IN WINN PARISH!!!!


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Christmas in Whofield Christmas Parade this Friday – Don’t be a Grinch – Register Your Float Today!

The Winnfield Christmas Parade sponsored by the Winn Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis of Winnfield and the City of Winnfield will be Friday, December 3rd, at 6 PM on Main Street in downtown Winnfield.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas in Whofield.” There will be a fireworks display following the parade.

Organizations interested in registering a float for the parade may pick up entry forms at Sabine State Bank, Winnfield City Hall, and Sunshine Cleaners!


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Pilot Club of Winnfield Memory and Honor Light Program Kicks Off

The Pilot Club of Winnfield has begun its annual Memory and Honor Light program. Each year, a light is placed on a tree for individuals being honored or memorialized by loved ones. Lights are recognized as military, honor, memorial and civil servant. 

The Social Coffee House located at 301 E. Main Street will showcase the Memory and Honor Light tree in their window. Those wishing to purchase a light can contact any Pilot Club member. If requested, a post card is available to announce your lighted Honor or Memory. Lights may be purchased through Christmas Eve.

For questions or more information, please contact either Kimberly Bruce Futrell 318-413-0040, Michelle Nugent 318-413-0344 or Kimberly Nation 318-729-6756. We would like to thank you for your support in this project.


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Ruston Woman Killed in Winn Parish Crash

Winn Parish – On November 25, 2021, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on U.S Highway 167 north of Dodson. This crash claimed the life of 23-year-old Zaria L. Griffith of Ruston.

The initial investigation revealed a 2004 Mazda 3, driven by Griffith, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 167. For reasons still under investigation, Griffith’s vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.
Griffith, who was restrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. Griffith’s two passengers, who were also restrained, sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis.

While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state. Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving. A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences.

In 2021, Troop E has investigated 53 fatal crashes resulting in 55 deaths.


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