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|New Patriots come to town|
A semi-professional football team will relocate to Winnsboro after receiving the blessing of the Winnboro City Council at it's regular meeting Monday.
Vernon Mills of Baton Rouge said he will move the Cenla Twin City Patriots to Winnsboro, where they will adopt a new name: the Louisiana Patriots.
"We have so many young men from this area participating in the league, we decided to relocate to the Northeast," said Mills. "We want Winnsboro to be our home and we want Franklin Parish High School to be our home stadium."
Mills told aldermen he was not looking for anything from the council, but rather just wanted their "blessing" and to let them know the move was taking place.
Winnsboro resident and Louisiana Patriots running back Arne January is currently recruiting players and coaching staff for the team. Anyone interested in becoming a part of the program is encouraged to contact January at 318-607-4945. January is the general manager of the team and an officer with the Winnsboro City Police.
The Louisiana Patriots are scheduled to compete against 10 other teams in the semi-pro league this season, which begins March 5, 2010, and ends with a Superbowl finale June 26, 2010. Five home games are slated to take place in Winnsboro and five games will be played on the road.
The program operates as a non-profit organization which generates capital through fundraisers. Members of the team are currently selling raffle tickets for a Nintendo Wii gaming system and a second prize of a $25 gift certificate. The drawing will be held Nov. 28.
After only one season as an organized squad, Mills' Cenla Patriots won their conference and league championships, defeating two nationally ranked semi-pro teams. According to Mills, the team has been invited to the Sunshine Bowl Extravaganza in Homestead, Fla. The week-long event highlights players from around the world.
In business news, an ordinance to set the sewer rates for commercial customers that are not connected to the Winnsboro Water System, passed by unanimous vote.
Businesses not on the Winnsboro Water System will be billed according to their water usage on the water system they are connected with based on an average of the last 12 months. The water usage will be evaluated periodically and adjusted accordingly.
The parking lot behind businesses located on Prairie Street will undergo rehabilitation beginning Wednesday morning. The lot is situated across from the Winnsboro City Court building. Employees of main street businesses will need to find temporary parking until the asphalt work is complete.