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Wed
24
Feb

DeSoto Parish Joins Logansport in Mourning the Loss of Norman Arbuckle

DeSoto Parish Joins Logansport in Mourning the Loss of Norman Arbuckle

Popular parish and Logansport town leader Norman Arbuckle passed away on February 19, 2021 at the Highland Hospital in Shreveport. Services honoring his life were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at Roseneath Funeral Home in Logansport. Visitation was held prior to the service. Rev. Nancy Wofford and Norman’s nephew, retired DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle presided over the service.

He was in born June 1935 in Fitchtown, OK and made his way to Logansport, where he attended, participated in sports and graduated from Logansport High School in 1954. After high school, he joined the United States Army.

While serving overseas in the Army as a First Sergeant Military Policeman he married his wife of 62 years, Jeannine, and brought her back to his hometown of Logansport. Upon returning to the United States (and still serving our country), he and Jeannine moved around with four kids in tow.

Wed
10
Feb

Takia Walker, Tyler Rivers Make McNeese President’s Honor List for Fall 2020

Takia Walker, Tyler Rivers Make McNeese President’s Honor List for Fall 2020

The President’s Honor List for the fall 2020 semester at McNeese State University has been announced. To be on the President’s Honor List, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.5 GPA or better while carrying at least 15 semester hours. A senior eligible for graduation but carrying less than 15 hours is also eligible provided that student was on the President’s Honor List the previous semester.

 

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Wed
10
Feb

Norman Rockwell Items on Display at the Logansport Branch Library

Norman Rockwell Items on Display at the Logansport Branch Library

Baseball may be one of America’s favorite sports and the illustrator Normal Rockwell may very well be one of America’s favorite illustrators (artist). Mr. Rockwell was born February 3, 1894 in New York City, New York. He died on November 3, 1978. At age 14 he enrolled in art classes at the New York School of Art. In 1910 he left high school to study art at the National Academy of Design and then spent over 5 decades with the Saturday Evening Post.

 

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Wed
03
Feb

Groundhog Day Celebrates 135th Anniversary in 2021

Groundhog Day Celebrates 135th Anniversary in 2021

Groundhog Day, celebrated across the United States and Canada, on February 2, is purely a North American tradition. It is based on a belief that on this day the groundhog, or woodchuck, comes out of his hole after winter hibernation to look for its shadow. If the shadow is seen, it’s a sunny day, and if not the groundhog foretells six more weeks of winter weather. If no shadow is seen due to cloudy weather, by our rodent friend spring is coming. The groundhog then behaves accordingly, going back into the hole if the weather turns bad, but stays above ground if spring is near.

Wed
03
Feb

DeSoto Libraries Offer February Entertainment

DeSoto Libraries Offer February Entertainment

Whether the weather is sunny and warm or dreary and cold, your favorite branch of the DeSoto Parish Library is ready to help you select books or attend activities regarding things that you love to do or want to learn about.

During February we celebrate Black History Month, Ground Hog’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, George Washington’s Birthday, and the Chinese New Year. Get one of the library staff to help you select books, audiobooks, or DVDs about any of these subjects to expand your knowledge or help you to develop a new or better respect about the occasion.

Another February occurrence you might want to learn more about is Leap Year. The second month of the year is also the shortest on the Julian calendar, which was introduced to us by Julius Caesar on January 1, 45 BC. February is also the month where we add a day every 4 years and call it Leap Year. The next Leap Year will be in 2024.

 

Wed
27
Jan

Local Author Donates “St. Mark Cemetery Directory - Holly, LA” to DeSoto Library

Local Author Donates “St. Mark Cemetery Directory - Holly, LA” to DeSoto Library

Ruby Lee Hamilton Carroll recently donated her book, “Saint Mark Cemetery Directory, Holly, LA” to the DeSoto Parish Library. Branch Manager Doris Ross said, “This is an excellent book to add to our Louisiana Room. We really appreciate our local authors.”

Mrs. Carroll was born and raised in Kingston. Her parents are Emma Dunn Hamilton and World War I Veteran Isaac “Ike” Hamilton. She grew up walking the dirt roads of Holly (which included St. Mission), and attended Holly Elementary School. She was baptized at the St. Mark Baptist Church in 1950 and recalls a vibrant community of African American sharecroppers who loved community and loved God. As a child she recalls the many instances the community would gather at the grave yard to pay homage and respect to those who had gone on before and to maintain a beautified cemetery.

 

Wed
27
Jan

Pet Highlights of the Week DeSoto Parish Animal Services:

Pet Highlights of the Week DeSoto Parish Animal Services:

DeSoto Parish’s T. P. Yopp Animal Services COVID-19 Update: Due to the recent events of Coronavirus, we are taking precautions at the shelter. We encourage people to stay home as much as possible and distance yourself from others. However if you would like to adopt or foster an animal, please be advised we are allowing adoptions and foster opportunities by appointment only! We are also screening people before they come into the shelter for health and safety reasons. We have the ability to isolate potential adopters and fosters with their respective animal for everyone’s safety. 

 

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Wed
06
Jan

DPSO Helps Verleen Vanzant Celebrate 97th Birthday

DPSO Helps Verleen Vanzant Celebrate 97th Birthday

On December 18, 2020, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office paid a visit to Mrs. Verlean Vanzant to celebrate her 97th Birthday! Deputies lined up with balloons to drive by her home in Mansfield, La. Due to concerns over COVID-19, Mrs. Vanzant stood at her door and waved as deputies flashed lights and sirens driving by. 

 

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Wed
30
Dec

President Trump Issues Executive Order Based on Kennedy’s Effort for Unclaimed Savings Bonds

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order based on Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-La.) legislation requiring the Treasury Secretary to provide states with information to help their residents claim approximately $26 billion in unredeemed savings bonds.

“Government is always delighted to collect taxes, but it’s not often that Big Brother goes out of its way to reunite people with their hard-earned money. I’m thankful that the president’s executive order does just that by making the government pay up on matured savings bonds, even if the original investors have passed away.

Wed
30
Dec

DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes

DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes
DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes
DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes
DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes
DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes
DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes
DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes
DPSO Arranges Early Visit from Santa at Nursing Homes

It seems that Santa Claus has helper elves in locations other than the North Pole with some of them holding jobs even more important than that of building toys. Santa’s elves in DeSoto at the Sheriff’s Office recently formed a plan with St. Nick for him to be able to travel to Mansfield and visit Mansfield Nursing Home and DeSoto Retirement Center. The organization crew included Sheriff Jayson Richardson, Administrative Assistant Holley Kennedy-Jones, Public Liaison Deputy Sgt. Kevin Coleman, Deputy of Public Relations Mark Pierce, and old Santa himself, Lt. Dean Register.

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