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Wed
31
Oct
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Did you Know?

By Raymond Powell

The question is frequently asked – who was the last surviving Mansfield Female College student? After researching and seeking it was determined by this writer that Mrs. Mary Ricks Dixon held that honor at her death several years ago. Mrs. Dixon was interviewed and the following article are notes from that personal interview.

Mary Lilline Ricks was just 16 years old when she graduated from Mansfield High School. Her parents felt she was just too young to go off to college and in addition they couldn’t afford to send her off to college. Mary enrolled at MFC in 1930. Unfortunately the college closed that same year due to the Great Depression and due to the state supported colleges offering less expensive registration and tuition.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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Chief Responds to Sheriff’s Video

Chief of Police Gary Hobbs – Hobbs for Sheriff Campaign

I watched the scripted Facebook video that Jayson posted. What I just don’t understand is why he consistently tries to blame me, local groups, the DA, the Legislative Auditor, and anyone else he can think of, short of the boogeyman, of trying to use dirty politics or “mud-slinging” as he labeled it.

It’s as if he’s trying to perform a magic trick, and insisting you look one direction, while using that distraction to keep you from looking where he’s gotten himself into trouble, he wants everyone to avoid that truth. The FACT is that the previous Sheriff admitted that there had been misappropriation within the Sheriff ’s Office and even wrote a letter to the Legislative Auditor and the District Attorney informing them of the misappropriation and requested the auditor investigate. As a matter of fact, I saw the letter recently show up in a newspaper ad.

 

 

Wed
24
Oct
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Did You Know?

By Raymond Powell

Some of you older readers can remember “old sayings” that had underlying meanings. Of course, many sayings had no significant meaning. For example all over the world in WWII in every bathroom someone had scribbled “Kilroy Was Here” and in every G.I. crap game where a hard point was attempted the dice roller would say, “Com’on Teneha, Timpson, Bobo and Blair.” By the way, those are actually communities just west of Logansport, La. Below is Part II from my earlier column, enjoy:

Now if you don’t have anything “Better To Do” here are some memories to bore you to sleep:

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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Did You Know

By: Raymond Powell

DeSoto people are basically patriotic and believe in the U.S. Constitution. After watching the Judge Brett Kavanaugh congressional hearing for the Supreme Court it appeared some elected officials were not very strong constitutionalists. With that thought in mind this writer has come up with several questions and according to the First Amendment I will attempt to express my feeling with the answers. Please bear with me and see if we agree.

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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Why Aren’t You Doing What You Really Want To Do?

By Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr.

 

I ask this question without any hesitation in knowing your current lifestyle or profession. I know for many of you, you are asking yourself, “Yeah, why am I not doing what I want to do?” Are you serving a purpose? Are you helping others? Are you serving yourself? I am not talking about your dreams. It's not a secret that many of you work a job you hate to provide a living for yourself or your family. Even your employer feels the same way you do, but those bills must be paid.

 

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Wed
19
Sep
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Putting Louisiana in Charge of Louisiana Healthcare

By Attorney General Jeff Landry 

Recently, I participated in a national TV interview on CNN regarding an important lawsuit. I joined this lawsuit with 17 other Attorneys General and two Governors on the legality of the Affordable Care Act. It is an important topic.

Unfortunately while our lawsuit is focused solely on the rule of law, the television producers used my time on air in a farcical attempt just to attack the strategy and get a sound-bite. Though I anticipated some sky-is-falling hysteria that has become a staple of extremists when discussing the ACA, I felt strongly someone needed to get the truth to CNN’s flailing audience.

Wed
19
Sep
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Laws of Causality

by Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr.

Wed
05
Sep
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Did You Know

By: Raymond Powell

Last week the graduating classes of Mansfield High School during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s (’54 to ’64) held a reunion at the Calhoun Center and invited my wife and me to attend as we are some of the few remaining faculty members. It was very interesting to visit with the former students. It was particularly interesting to hear them talk and remember the old W.P.A. swimming pool, brick gym and the football field that came right up to the ravine in Mansfield during that era.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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The Business Doctor

Are You Worthy Of My Time

By Dr. Raymond Jr.

There is a chance that I am going to like me more than you like me. There is a greater possibility I am going to respect me more than you respect me. It is likely I will love me more than you love me. So, imagine what will happen if you and I can do this together, towards each other. Now think about us doing this with everybody.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Did You Know

By: Raymond Powell

Let’s take a trip through Mansfield and DeSoto in the summer of 1860 looking through the eyes of a New Orleans newspaper reporter. The reporter had been sent to Natchitoches, Mansfield and Shreveport by buggy and horse to report on the conditions in Northwest Louisiana.

Traveling from Natchitoches, La. on the Ridge Road, (same road that the Union Soldiers took 4 years later) known today as La. Hwy. 175, he encountered few homes. Most of the plantation owners of the river land lived in Mansfield due to mosquitoes and muddy roads. The river land was selling for $20 an acre and hill land for $10 an acre.

 

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