On Monday, October 8, at 10:00 am, First Federal Bank of Louisiana had a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new branch building opening in Vinton. First Federal moved into the building on Center St that formerly housed Iberia Bank. The Vinton High School Band played before the ceremony. The Boy Scouts of America led the Pledge of Allegiance. And even Gumbeaux Gator was on hand to enliven the event. Refreshments were served afterwards in the bank building.
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.
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.
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.
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.