TappedTober: This Weekend; Tickets on sale!

TappedTober week is here! Join us this Saturday, October 9th for the third edition of Natchitoches’ only Craft Beer & Wine Festival presented by Jimmy Granger Ford Lincoln in Natchitoches! We’ve added a third musical act, Kendall Shaffer, to keep the Riverbank stage rocking all day!

This annual event is known for its family friendly environment, top-notch entertainment, and ever expanding beer and wine tasting selections, without missing a second of everyone’s favorite fall activity on the gigantic riverfront screen. Headlining this year’s musical lineup, brought to you by Rhodes Properties & Development, is Louisiana’s own, Frank Foster!

Purchase your tickets now www.thetappedtober.com

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WPSB Job Fair October 21

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Bring your resume or evidence of qualifications.
All positions require a criminal background check.
Some positions require pre-employment drug testing.


  •  Bus Drivers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Food Service Workers
  • Custodial Workers
10:00 – 11:30 am Atlanta Library
10:00 – 11:30 am Dodson Library
1:00 – 2:30 pm Calvin Library
1:00 – 2:30 pm Sikes Library

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The Christmas in the Park Fish Fry was a Great Success!!

Organizer, Eugean Garner, shared, “I want to personally thank each and every person that helped with the fundraiser. Those who helped prepare food and donated there time to this special event you’re very much appreciated. Even those that went out of there way and made desserts for today Thank you! There is no words to explain how much We all appreciated the work that has been done. This year makes 28 years we have been able to throw fundraisers like today for our annual Christmas In the Park. It’s been a privilege to work with the people of Goldonna and surrounding areas for as long as I can! This year we are planning on going back with the Christmas parade to make it bigger and better than the years before as well as a bigger firework show. We will also have the free food for the community and Santa and Mrs. Claus. This event would not be possible if it wasn’t for the many people in this community and surrounding areas working together to make it a great event. Today’s fundraiser was a success and again Thank you from me personally to each and everyone that has helped out today. God bless you all!

Mayor Jennifer Smith would formally like to thank everyone for their continued support of the community fish fry as well as Goldonna’s annual Christmas in the park.

“Several people gave so much of themselves to help to and we couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks to the fishermen, cooks, servers, delivery drivers, ticket booth workers, and donors who gave. Also the support of the community and people who purchased fish plates.”

Volunteers included: Tara Ayres, Jade Burke, Sheri Tyler and Blaine Womack. Marty & Victoria Walker along with The GBC YOUTH. Colton Kelly, Raina Nobles , Johnathan Dupree, Reagan Dupree, Kayden Bedgood, Gage Ybarra, Warrick Ybarra, and Loden Riddle.

Cooks and/or Fishermen: Eugean Garner , Larry Easterling, Roger Garner, Cody Barton, Chief Sampey, Terry Garner, Lloyd Garner , Norvel Garner and Roy Dupree.

Donors for the event included: , Goldonna Assembly of God, Goldonna Baptist Church, Goldonna River of Life Church, Gayle Cloud, and Jan Roberts.

The Goldonna Cheerleaders are on a mission to raise money for a new mascot and transportation to and from games. On October 16th from 8:00am until 2:00pm they will be hosting a Bream Tournament at Black Lake Haven RV Park. Entry fee is $25 per team and $5 for the biggest Bream.

The Goldonna Assembly of God will have a “Faith and Fun Night” on Friday, October 22nd beginning at 6:00pm. They will have games, prizes, a bounce house, dunking booth and carnival food favorites.

The Goldonna community has so many amazing things happening this Fall, we hope that you can find your way to the North side of the Parish to check out all of blessings in our area.

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

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Angler Perspective – Why I Love Fall Fishing!

Of the four seasons, Fall is the best time of year for me to wet a hook. Here are my reasons why:

  1.    Bass are very aggressive and feeding heavily.
  2.    You can power fish (spinnerbaits, crankbaits, top water & buzzbaits) Fish are hitting just about anything that moves and fattening up for the winter.
  3.    You don’t have to deal with 90-to-100-degree days.
  4.    No sweat dripping off the end of your nose or down your shorts.
  5.    It just feels awesome and refreshing to be out on the water with cooler temperatures. Great way to rejuvenate your mind and body.
  6.    You pretty much have the lake to yourself. (All the hunters are in the woods)
  7.    It’s a great time to experiment and try new baits and techniques.
  8.    I am basically fun fishing and not trying to get ready for a tournament. (Now that’s nice!!!)
  9.    Great time to put the past fishing season behind you and get ready for next year.
  10. 10.Gives me time to think what I want for Christmas!!!
  11. But nothing is better than being out on the water with fall colors as leaves turn yellow, blood red and orange. GOD IS GOOD!!!!

It’s also a great time to introduce a youngster to the outdoors and fishing. Not having to battle the elements and Mother Nature, will allow a kid to see that fishing is fun. Advice….keep it fun and don’t stay too long. You want to leave the water with the youngster wanting more.  Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook. Check out the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show on AM 1130 The Tiger KWKH every Wednesday from 11:00 till 1:00. Tune into Tackle Talk Live on our Facebook page or You Tube channel every Monday at 11:00 AM for the latest fishing reports for East Texas and North La lakes.


Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down
Show And Tackle Talk Live

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LDWF License Purchases will be Suspended Sunday, October 10 and Monday, October 11

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be performing site maintenance and upgrades to its licensing website beginning Sunday, October 10th through Monday, October 11th. 

During this time, you will not be able to purchase a license either online or through a retail vendor, so plan appropriately.  If you plan on hunting or fishing on October 10th or 11th, make sure to purchase your appropriate license no later than Saturday, October 9th. License purchasing will be available again Tuesday, October 12th.

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Notice of Death October 7, 2021

Andrew Balbach
March 28, 1960 – October 03, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Richard Claude Howell
June 28, 1961 – October 02, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Elizabeth Ann Windham
December 21, 1947 – October 05, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 9 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church, Natchitoches

Peggy Elizabeth Cooper
September 11, 1952 – October 05, 2021
Service: Friday, October 8 at 10 am at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Campti

James Clifton Delrie
July 20, 1923 – October 05, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 9 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Terrel “Tee Relly” Healire
January 24,1970 – September 29, 2021
Service: October 9 at 1 pm at The Natchitoches Event Center. Burial at St. Paul B.C in Bermuda and repast at The Ben Johnson Auditorium

Charles Marvin Williams Jr.
June 21, 1957 – September 28, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Stephen Gerard Vasko, Jr.
March 03, 1954 – September 30, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 9 at 11 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

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Lawsuit Filed Against Cranford Jordan and the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office for Negligent Security

According to legal documents obtained by the Winn Parish Journal, the heirs of Winn Parish Sheriff’s office employee John L. Kerry have filed a lawsuit naming Cranford Jordan and the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office as defendants.

According to the documents filed on July 27, 2021, the heirs of Mr. Kerry, Kimberly M. Bruce, Shani L. Fallis and Michael B. Slayter are suing Cranford Jordan and the Winn Parish Sheriff’s office for “Negligent Security.”

Negligent Security-The Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Cranford Jordan failed to provide proper security for employees and to the public who visit the Winn Parish Sheriffs Office Rifle Range located at 633 Old Alexandria Road Winnfield, LA 71483. John Kerry, who was employed by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, was assaulted on 7-6-2020 at the location while on the job, and the security cameras at the facility were reportedly not working at the time of the incident. Mr. Kerry passed away from the injuries sustained from the incident on 8-21-2020. Had the cameras been working properly, proper identification of the assailant could have been obtained.

In response to the lawsuit, the Defendants filed documents claiming “The WPSO is not a juridical person capable of suing, being sued, or standing in judgment under Louisiana law.”

On August 18, 2021, 8th Judicial Court Judge Anastasia Wiley filed an Order of Recusal recusing herself from the case. As a result, ad hoc Judge Don C. Burns has been assigned to preside over the matter. 

The court will address the issue of No Cause of Action and Vagueness Exception filed by the Defendants in court on October 22, 2021, at 9:30 AM in Winn Parish. 

This story is developing and will be updated.

Court documents for the case are below.

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Rotary Club of Winnfield Welcomes Kaitlyn Hemphill with the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society

Rotarian of the week, Sandi Teal, introduced our special guest and speaker, Kaitlyn Hemphill. Kaitlyn is a homegrown zoophile—a person who loves animals. She was reared here in Winnfield and graduated from Winnfield Senior High in 2007. Currently the president of the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society, Kaitlyn has been working with the organization to help animals, particularly dogs, cats and other common pets for 14 years—literally since graduation from high school. This is her calling, her mission, and she works hard. She is, by the way, an unpaid volunteer, and she does this work because she loves animals, not because she receives any financial benefit.

Ms. Hemphill reported on the recent progress of Heart of Louisiana HS in addressing the plight of the numerous stray animals in Winnfield and Winn Parish. They have been very busy due to the high volume of stray and unwanted animals in the area.

In 2020, she and her 20 or so other volunteers have saved 2413 animals. They have taken in, fed, fostered, paid for vetting, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, heartworm treatment and preventative, microchips for those animals. These services and medications cost $100 per animal. They arranged and accomplished 34 transports to California, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, delivering 1519 animals to those states for adoption. Most of the animals went to Pennsylvania—651 dogs, 321 cats and 3 others. California took in 326 dogs and 14 cats, Michigan 131 dogs and Georgia 74 dogs.

The Heart of Louisiana HS also took in, fostered and adopted out 227 dogs and cats last year. Within the Winnfield city limits, the animals are cared for in the city’s animal shelter, and beyond the city, Heart of Louisiana volunteers take in and foster the animals.

Heart of Louisiana also financially assisted 630 people with spaying/neutering of their pets, so the animals will not be indiscriminately reproducing and burdening the community with unwanted animals.

Ms. Hemphill noted that, due to the assistance of Heart of Louisiana HS, only 32 animals—only those which are aggressive or hurt—were euthanized in Winnfield in 2020, and so far in 2021, only 20 have been euthanized. This contrasts greatly with Alexandria, whose shelter euthanizes over 150 animals each week; that’s over 10,000 animals in a year. If Winn Parish did not have the assistance of Heart of LA HS, 25 or 30 animals would be killed here each week—that would amount to between 1300 and 1500 each year.

Kaitlyn explained that the areas accepting transport of animals from our area do not have an overpopulation of domesticated animals, because they have laws requiring registration and sterilization of pets, so the pets there don’t reproduce spontaneously and indiscriminately. The animals accepted from our area are readily adopted once they arrive at their destination because the citizens of those areas want pets and are prepared to take good care of them.

Here, where spaying/neutering is not required by law, many unwanted domesticated animals are born every day. The cat population is especially exploding—kittens are physically able to reproduce at the age of nine weeks, and may be sterilized at that age. They should be spayed/neutered at least by the age of four months.  If they are not, they come in heat every two or three weeks, and the chances of conception with any mating are very high. Pregnancy lasts around nine or ten weeks, and your female cat may be re-impregnated within days of delivering a litter. If one cat can produce 20 kittens—a conservative number—in a year, and the cat together with each of her kittens produce the same number on average that year and the next year, thousands of unwanted kittens will have been produced in only a few years. This is why Heart of Louisiana HS works to encourage and assist in the spaying/neutering of any and all domesticated cats, and why it is important for everyone with cats to prevent their reproduction. Spaying/neutering all pet cats is the most effective way to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and feral cats in the area, so call the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society if you need assistance with this.

Heart of LA HS transported 60 cats to Pennsylvania the last week of September. The cost to prepare one cat for transport and adoption in another state is $100 as long as there are no problems or illnesses—including all the items and services listed earlier in this article. For these 60 cats, however, Heart of LA has asked for donations of $20 per cat from anyone who is willing to help these animals get to a new home. This will help cover the cost of food and some of the vaccines needed.

Ms. Hemphill, during the “question and answer” part of the presentation, noted that the responsibilities of Heart of LA HS do NOT include going out into the parish to get dangerous animals. The City of Winnfield’s Animal Control officer is tasked with doing so within the city limits, but there is no parish official or other organization designated to pick up dangerous animals outside the city. The volunteers of the Humane Society are neither trained nor responsible for doing so. If an animal is thought to be a hazard to people or property outside the city, one should NOT call the Humane Society. Call someone you know who is experienced in safely capturing such animals.

If you have unwanted animals around, however, contact the Humane Society and they will help you as best they can, if the animal is not dangerous. You should take stray or unwanted animals to them if you can.

At the conclusion of the program, the meeting was adjourned with the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self!”

Pictured above: Rotarian Sandi Teal and Kaitlyn Hemphill

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Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Franklin Davis, Jr.
Date: 9-28-2021
Age: 38
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Charge: Speeding 15 to 24 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension W/O Accident

Name: Dustin Driscoll Thompson
Date: 9-28-2021
Age: 39
Race: White
Sex: Male
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Ralph David Turner
Date: 9-28-2021
Age: 33
Race: White
Sex: Male
Charge: Escape – Simple, Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer by Flight, Resisting Arrest or Officer, Criminal Trespass

Name: Kristen Nicole Vines
Date: 9-28-2021
Age: 31
Race: White
Sex: Female
Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery

Name: John K. Wise
Date: 9-28-2021
Age: 44
Race: White
Sex: Male
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Linda M. Lamkin
Date: 9-30-2021
Age: 45
Race: White
Sex: Female
Charge: Identity Theft

Name: Johnny Leon Hatten, Jr.
Date: 10-1-2021
Age: 40
Race: White
Sex: Male
Charge: Failure to Appear X 2

Name: Terry Wayne Raybon
Date: 10-2-2021
Age: 56
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Philip Brandon Chandler
Date: 10-3-2021
Age: 36
Race: White
Sex: Male
Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery

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Approximately 1 in 8 Women Will be Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their Lifetime

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Early detection and treatment saves lives.

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KNH Trucking

Located in Natchitoches, Louisiana KNH Trucking and Contracting, LLC offers Elite Contracting and Consulting Services. 

Owner, Kyle Hudson established KNH Trucking and Contracting, LLC in 2015, providing professional and honest residential and commercial contracting services throughout Louisiana. 

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  • Clearing and Grubbing 
  • Mulching 
  • Pond Construction 
  • Bulkhead Repair and Installation 
  • Dirt Work 
  • Security fence construction 
  • Excavation 
  • Storm Clean up  
  • Site Preparation  


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  • Hub Zone Certified 
  • Small Business 
  • Member of ISN 
  • DOTD DBE Certified  
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  2. 202 Removal or Relocating structures and obstructions 
  3. 203 Excavation and Embankment 
  4. TRE Trucking  

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Contact Information: 

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Remember This? Riot in Milan

By: Brad Dison

On Friday evening, October 1, 1970, thousands of people gathered at the Palazzo Dello Sportin (Sport Palace) in Milan, Italy.  People peacefully entered the event center until suddenly, 30 minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, security personnel closed and locked the doors.  The crowd outside, which numbered around 2,000, was unsure why the doors were locked.  Security personnel tried to explain that the building was filled to capacity.  Within a short time, the peaceful crowd’s mood began to change.  They began yelling at security to open the doors.  Then, someone threw a rock and broke one of the event center’s many windows.  Another person joined in.  Then another.  Before long, rocks seemed to fly from everywhere and shattered several of the event center’s large windows.   

Police officers tried to restore order, but the crowd shifted their aim away from the event center and onto the policemen.  As rocks rained down on the policemen, they called for backup.  As the number of policemen at the event center increased, so did the number of rioters.  Reporters at the time estimated that another 2,000 more people joined in the riot against the policemen.  Finally, police reinforcements arrived.  With no other non-lethal option available to them, the officers fired tear gas into the crowd.  The rioters held out as long as they could but were ultimately forced to withdraw.   

When the riot was over, seven policemen and an unknown number of rioters were injured.  Policemen arrested 63 rioters.  Although the Palazzo Dello Sportin suffered several smashed windows during the riot, most of the people inside were too occupied by the event to be aware of it.  The battle between the angry mob and policemen had a soundtrack which may have fueled the rioters.  Ironically, one of the songs the rioters and policemen heard was “Street Fighting Man”.  On that Friday night in 1970 in Milan, Italy, an otherwise peaceful crowd became violent when they were turned away from a concert by…the Rolling Stones.  


  1. Evening Standard(London, England), October 2, 1970, p.18.    

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Military Code Should Be Applied Fairly and Equally to All

By: Royal Alexander/Opinion

There is something wrong with this picture.  It has been astounding to witness the very different treatment of U.S. Marine Corp Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller and Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

The difference in treatment between these two men over the last two weeks has been striking.  On the one hand is Lt. Col. Scheller, who posted a video demanding accountability from military leaders and the Commander in Chief for their epic failure in Afghanistan, who is now incarcerated as he awaits an Article 32 preliminary hearing.  Scheller, a battalion commander with 17 years of active duty, made the video post on August 26th, 2021, the day that 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman and one Army soldier were killed during the Biden Administration’s recklessly and dangerously executed evacuation from Afghanistan.

Why is he incarcerated? Rules for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 305 (h) (2) (B) requires that within up t0 72 hours the service member’s commanding officer must make a determination or show just cause that it is reasonably foreseeable that the service member will either not show for trial, pretrial hearing or investigation or will engage in serious criminal misconduct.  We’ve seen none of that here.  In fact, his record of 17 dedicated years appears to be excellent leaving us with the inescapable conclusion that his incarceration is to serve a political end, whether it be for rhetoric or retribution. 

No doubt LTC. Scheller will be tried for his actions—although there have been no charges to date—but to treat him in this fashion in the meantime is unacceptable.  It’s worth noting that Scheller stated in the video that he was certain he would be relieved of his command and lose his pension (which he was willing to sacrifice because he felt so strongly about speaking out) but he didn’t anticipate being court-martialed for the simple reason that there is no indication he disobeyed a direct or specific order. 

Let’s contrast this with the situation regarding Gen. Mark Milley.  If our Commander in Chief was not addled Gen. Milley would likely have already been fired.  What did Milley do?  He engaged in covert discussions with, among many others, his Chinese counterpart at the end of the Trump term.  He apparently spoke several times to reassure Beijing that the U.S. wouldn’t attack it at the end of Trump’s term and that if an attack were ordered he would let his military counterpart know in advance—he would let the enemy know an attack was coming.  Such conduct destructively usurps and undermines the chain of command!  Apparently, Milley also made approximately 20 such calls to other military leaders in Afghanistan, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.K.

This is certainly treachery but how is this not treason?  How is this not a stark, direct breaking of the chain of command? How can notifying your countries’ enemies of possible military or other strategic action by your country not be criminal? Can you imagine the screaming and recriminations if a Biden general sympathetic to Trump had undertaken such questionable actions?

It is stunningly ironic that the only military official, Scheller, suffering a punitive consequence is doing so because he demanded accountability for the disastrous Afghan withdrawal while his superior, Gen. Milley, whose conduct has been far more egregious has so far seen no repercussions.

I can’t add anything to the question Senator Tom Cotton asked General Milley in a recent meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee:  

 “General Milley, Why Haven’t You Resigned?”

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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