December 29, 2017

Congratulations! Winnsboro!  Businesses listed below made the "Best of 2017" list in P.A. Geddie’s‘ “COUNTY LINE” covering 22 counties in Northeast Texas.

“Winnsboro is certainly the place for burger lovers to go for delicious and unusual choices in three restaurants in the downtown arts district, which earned the town a three-way tie this year.” – P.A. Geddie

The Barrel House Bar & Grill (Susann Briggs)
The Lone Republic Steakhouse & Bar (Brent Blake)
The Rooster Café (Steve Barnhart)


  • Spit & Whittle Café:  Best Breakfast Honorable Mention
  • Ganny’s:   honorable mention for Best Pie - Georgia Goggans
  • The Lone Republic:  Best Chicken Fried Steak, Honorable Mention for best steak - Brent Blake (business is closed due to fire, March 2018)
  • The Rooster Café:  Best Steak - Steve Barnhart
  • Beauweavils: Best Antique Store:  Honorable Mention - Lee Sturgeon
  • Finder’s Keepers: Best Antique Store:  Honorable Mention
  • The Clark House: Best B&B – Vic Clark
  • The Hubbell House:  Hall of Fame - Tim Carmichael
  • Clara Ida Frances:  Best Gift Shop - Janice Schma
  • The Bowery Stage: Best Live Music Venue
  • Valery Guignon, Honorable mention for Best Artist
  • Best Play:  One Toe in the Grave, Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Directed by Bob and Becky Hibbard 
  • Best Live Music Venue:  Honorable Mentions: The Bowery Stage, Winnsboro;

  • Best Local Singer/Songwriter:  Matt Dunn. He lists his hometown as Sulphur Springs but he’s called the road home for several years opening for the likes of Cody Jinks, Jack Ingram, Bart Crow, Raney Foster, Brandon Jenkins, Max Stalling, and The Damn Quails. He and his band, The Runaways, have a new debut album, Desire. 

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On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the public attended 3rd Annual Winnsboro Adopt-A-Cop, DPS, Firemen, EMS, First Responders event at the Winnsboro City Civic Center Auditorium, 900 Wheeler Drive. The program ran from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

Stew and cornbread or crackers meal were served FREE (thank you Karen and Randy Cason). The Christmas Spirit was enjoyed by most everyone.  Winnsboro Elementary School Children sang holiday songs, and Delene and Eugene Allen brought the Christmas music again for the 3rd year!

Pictures with Santa Clause will be posted by the weekend.

[Photograph above courtesy of Char Doonan, (c) 2017, used by permission]


Todd Perry, city of Winnsboro maintenance supervisor, reported this week, via Facebook, an update on the great progress for the playground equipment installation at Winnsboro City Park.

Perry stated, "We still have some big slides and so forth to install, plus 2 swing sets to build and secure. We have to sterilize the soil and install weed barrier, then install 12 inches of wood mulch. The big task remaining is to build an ADA ramp that will tie into the existing ramp sections which terminate on the northeast portion of the playground. This will allow wheelchair access to the equipment from Wheeler [Drive]."

Perry continued, "I understand there is to be a bonfire/dedication/caroling there on Dec. 17th in the early evening, regardless whether or not it is complete. We have had delays due to weather, other jobs that have had to be done, and having to order/receive parts and materials. I believe we can have it ready to be fully opened for use by the end of January, and there will still be more work, such as a proposed sidewalk around it, and local churches are building/painting/donating benches as well. I appreciate everyone's patience in waiting for us! We are dedicating as much time as possible over the next few weeks to get as much done as we can!"

"When it warms up in the spring, we will organize a day for everyone to get involved painting the equipment!."  Perry concluded.

The bonfire and playground dedication event is slated for December 17, 2018, from 6:00 - 7:30 at Winnsboro City Park, 900 Wheeler Drive.

“SHOP LOCAL” impacts Property Taxes offsets for All Wood County Property Owners
[C.G. Willis, Economist, Business Analyst]

C. G. Willis stated, “It is encouraging to see businesses expansion and new businesses permitting for the year, and the retail industry gearing up for the fourth quarter of holiday sales. In fact, increase in sales tax revenue from shopping local has a direct impact on diminishing a portion of Wood County property tax bills.”

Willis explained, “‘How so?’ someone would ask. Here’s how this works. When someone buys something in retail in Wood County, they generally pay 8.25% sales tax. How is that figure computed? There’s a collection of 1.5% city if the transaction occurs inside a city, plus 0.5 % County, and 6.25% State.”

“Property owners pay property tax to different entities, from their school district, city, the county and any special taxing districts. School districts may even overlap into different counties. Total sales tax allocations (revenues) to Wood County for the year are an offset to the total County property tax, dollar for dollar. Then, a formula is computed to show the discount amount as a COUNTY reduction on the property tax bill received by the taxpayers.” Willis continued.

“For example, if the total year sales distributions (allocations of revenue) to Wood County (at 0.5% of retails sales) is $1.4M, then the Wood County property tax rolls are reduced for the county’s portion (not city, schools or special district) by that same $1.4M. The trickle down effect may not be a large amount per property, but it is a direct relationship: if retail trade does well, it lessens the burden on the county property taxes to owners, from commercial to residential.

“The essential economic impact is that retail trade is good business sense for EVEYRONE in Wood County, and why property owners from businesses, to homeowners, should care about encouraging others to SHOPPING LOCAL, in their area towns first, if they can.”

Willis concluded, “Generally, from an economic standpoint, a consistent 4% growth rate or better is a comfortable target figure to work with for growth, and we are certainly tracking ahead of those figures in most of our communities. The climate continues to remain positive for measured economic growth continuing into the holiday season.”​

Small Business Administation Administrator Linda Marie McMahon stated on the Whitehouse website (23Nov2018): “Small Business Saturday Shows the Big Economic Benefits of Shopping Small” Small businesses create two out of three net new jobs in the private sector, and about half of America’s workforce either works for or owns a small business. These businesses reflect the innovative spirit of our nation and invigorate neighborhoods and cities, making them vibrant places to live, work and raise a family."

For further reading, click here to go the Whitehouse article.

2019 Calendars

FREE PRINTED 2019 CALENDARS while supplies last at these local businesses:  City National Bank, First National Bank, Scott's Pharmacy, People's Telephone.



Hoppin’ John Dutch Oven or Crock Pot Recipe

1 pound dried black-eyed peas 
1 pound spicy bulk pork sausage OR just

1/2 pound of salt pork, sliced
1 large onion, chopped 
2 garlic cloves chopped or minced
2 quarts water 
2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes 
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground or cracked pepper 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
4 cups beef or chicken broth, homemade or canned 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
3 cups long-grained rice 

Optional:  Jalapenos and green chiles

In a large pot boil over high heat on a stove top, and when water is bowling, add peas and boil for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand for 1 hour covered. (Or in a large bowl, combine the peas with enough cold water to cover by 3 inches, and let stand overnight at room temperature.) Drain well.

In a large separate pot, using 3 tablespoons of Parkay margarine or Olive Oil, quickly braise the sausage on high heat and turn down and cook the sausage, garlic and onion over medium heat, stirring often to break up the sausage, until it loses its raw look, about 10-12 minutes. Pour off all excess fat.  If using salt pork, just place into the pot without braising or cooking.  Place into a cast iron dutch oven or crock pot.

Add the drained peas, water, and red and white peppers. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, until the peas are tender.  (About 2 1/2 hours in a dutch oven, about 4 hours on low in a crock pot.) Test for tenderness before turning off the heat.  Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.

Meanwhile, bring the beef or chicken broth, butter or margarine, and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a medium pan over high heat. Add the rice. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. 
Fluff the rice and transfer it to a deep serving bowl. Pour the peas over the rice, mix well, and serve immediately.

Enjoy for New Year’s Luck & Prosperity!



[11/13/18]  Winnsboro Mayor Richard (Randy) Parrish announced in tonight's regular Winnsboro city council meeting, November 13, 2018, that he will not be seeking re-election for another term when his current term expires in May 2019. Parrish stated, on the anniversary of the day of his 5th annivesary in office, that the departure from the office of Mayor is due to the increasing success of his business demanding more of his personal time.  Read more the council meeting in this week's Winnsboro News newspaper.

Mayor Parrish's statement on Facebook is as follows.

"My friends, it has been 5 years now since I started working for you first as a council member then as your mayor. In those five years we have accomplished so much together. We have made Winnsboro better and her future brighter. Being your mayor has been a great honor and privilege. However, it has come time for me to stand back and evaluate things. Over the past 4 years my business has started to grow and require more of my attention. And with that and after long and thoughtful discussions with my family and close friends I have decided that I will not be seeking reelection as your mayor to allow me to dedicate more time to growing my business. It's hard to believe that in 5 years we have come so far in Winnsboro and it is my most sincere desire that he council, along with the next Mayor keep the momentum going for the future of out town..."



From the city.   "The City of Winnsboro invited you to participate in a public meeting to discuss the proposed route for the upcoming TXDOT sidewalk project which will connect the Edgewood Addition neighborhood with the WISD Elementary School Campus. We invite your comments and questions at this meeting. The meeting will be held at in the Winnsboro City Hall Council Chambers 501 S. Main Streetas  held on Monday, November 26 at 5:30

See the city website, "Public Notices" to view maps."

Inspiration from the Local Churches

Today’s Scripture: E

Ecclesiastes 3, A Time For All

        “1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  2  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  3  a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4  a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  5  a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  6  a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  7  a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8  a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

        9  What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?   10  ¶ I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.  11  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  12  I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 

        13  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.”

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Winnsboro Newspaper Executive Editor to Depart

Bryan Giguere Announces his departure from the Winnsboro News.

      [Winnsboro, TX - 2 December 2018]  In a statement posted late Sunday evening on Facebook, and approved to be re-circulated, Bryan Giguere stated he will be leaving the Newspaper by the end of January.

        Giguere stated, "I wanted to take a moment to make this announcement. By the end of January I will step down as editor of The Winnsboro News. I feel this is the time to pursue new dreams and goals. We still plan to reside in Winnsboro as we've enjoyed this community. I've enjoyed my eight-plus years as editor and hope I've done the community a service reporting the news and sports around town and surrounding areas. My time at The News has allowed me to grow as a journalist as I've earned some top quality awards such as Journalist of the Year on two occasions. I've met some great people in the field and made some new friends all around. I still plan to follow Winnsboro sports teams as I will always be a Raider fan. I've enjoyed watching these young athletes grow on the court and field. Thank you all for your support for me and making my job at the newspaper a success!"

       Giguere will be missed in our community's newspaper.  Good luck and best wishes on the next chapter of your wonderful life!