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Author: Mark Hare

New Recreation Center Groundbreaking

The Ward 7 Recreation Center broke ground on Friday, November 1, on the new 32,060 sq ft community center at 1615 Horridge St. Pat Williams Construction will build the new center at a contract price of $4,190,000.00 with a completion date of the summer of 2021. The building will feature one full and one half basketball court, with the ability to accommodate a full volleyball court, two activity rooms, an exercise room, a walking track, a kitchen, concession area, and business/office space.

On hand for the groundbreaking were the Ward 7 Recreation Center board members, direct, Mayor Stinson, and others. Refreshments were served afterwards in the old Recreation Center gym.

2019 Homecoming Parade Lineup Information

We are not assigning spots this year.  Participants will line up on a first come, first serve basis except for current class floats and homecoming court members.  Numbers will be assigned before the parade starts.

Line up will begin at 3:00 pm at the intersection of Horridge St and Grace Ave then continue west on Grace then north on Stevenson and west on Perry if needed.  The parade itself will start at 4:00 pm.

All entries (except current class and court floats) need to come down Perry St from West St and then go South on Stevenson to line up.

Street closures by 3:00 pm!!!  Horridge St will be closed to all traffic at the recreation center. Perry St will also be closed to all traffic between Stevenson St and Horridge St.  Grace Ave will be closed at the high school.

Current class floats and homecoming court ONLY report to the front of the high school to line up. Someone from the fire department will be there to line them up by class prior to the parade start.

LMA District “G” Meeting

This year Vinton hosted the Louisiana Municipal Association’s District “G” meeting at the Vinton Knights of Columbus Hall. The highlight of the evening were the nomination of candidates for the upcoming officer elections. Mayor Kenneth Stinson was nominated for reelection as LMA Vice President.

“Poochie” Wilkinson 90th Birthday

Long-time Vinton resident Samuel “Poochie” Wilkinson celebrated his 90th birthday at the United Methodist Church on April 28, 2019. In honor of his services to the community and the military, Mayor Kenneth Stinson presented Mr. Wilkinson with a proclamation stating April 28 to be Sam “Poochie” Wilkinson Day.

Mr. Wilkinson has three children: Deborah, Scott, and Sam.

Vinton Public Works Accepting Applications

The Town of Vinton Public Works Department is now seeking applications for several open positions:

  • Fulltime water/wastewater operator, Level II Certifications preferred.
  • Fulltime lineman in the Electrical Department.
  • Temporary employee in Public Works.

Salary will be based on experience.  Applications may be picked up at and submitted to Vinton City Hall on Monday to Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am – noon.  For more information, please contact Terry Vice, Director of Public Works, at City Hall (337-589-7453).  The Town of Vinton is an equal opportunity employer.

In Memoriam David T. Riggins

Farewell and Funeral Service

We are saddened to report the death of David T. Riggins, the former Mayor of Vinton.  We offer our condolences and sympathies to all family and friends.

David Riggins was mayor of Vinton from 2000 until 2007, when he accepted a position as financial advisor with Government Consultants, Inc.  He had served the Vinton community in different roles over the years, including Mayor, City Councilman, Justice of the Peace, board member of the Ward 7 Recreation Center, and President of the Louisiana Municipal Association.

Please send your prayers and best wishes to his family in this time of grief.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23 at:

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
300 N. Blake St
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Visitation will start at 9:00 am and the funeral will be at 11:00 am.

Community Christmas 2018

Santa Claus dropped by City Hall to make a special appearance with a bounty of toys for tots. On hand to receive presents as part of his Make a Wish was Drake Quebedeaux.

Town of Vinton Accepting Applications

The Town of Vinton is accepting applications for two open positions in the Public Works department.  The openings are for a full time electrical person and a full time lineman.

Applications can be picked up and submitted at Vinton City Hall.  Please note we are an equal opportunity employer.

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