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Wed
20
May

DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides

DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides
DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides
DFD 1 Observes “We Remember” Night Honoring First Responder Suicides

First responders, who include firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, medical personnel, disaster relief workers, and coroners, typically arrive early to incidents involving harm to people or property. The nature of their work exposes them to death, grief, injury, pain, and loss, coupled with demanding schedules, physically challenging job requirements, and a lack of safety and security in certain work situations. In DeSoto Parish, many of our First Responders are volunteers that serve out of love for their community and neighbors. Chances are the DeSoto First Responders that come to your aid will know you or your family members.

Repeated exposure to death and destruction can result in emotional trauma, which can lead to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTDS, and in the worst cases, suicide. Ironically, the May 15 event fell on the day before the anniversary of DeSoto Fire District 1’s former chief, Rusty Canton’s death by suicide.

Wed
13
May

Groups Urge LA to Use CARES Act Funding to Address Educational Inequities

Education advocates are urging state leaders in Louisiana to use the millions of dollars the state is receiving in federal emergency funding to eliminate education inequities and support children and families disproportionately affected by the covid-19 school closures.

The Louisiana Department of Education is set to receive nearly$287 million in education funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and at least 90 percent of those funds will go directly to local education agencies across the state. The law gives the state and districts significant discretion on how these funds are spent.

Wed
13
May

JHS Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020

JHS Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020
JHS Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020
JHS Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020
JHS Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020

It is with great pleasure that Joaquin High School announces this year’s Valedictorian, Elizabeth Araiza. Elizabeth is the daughter of Jose Angel Araiza and Victoria Araiza (pictured with their daughter). After high school she plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue her career goals. Congratulations Elizabeth!

Joaquin High School Principal Terri Gray is pictured with the 2020 JHS Valedictorian, Elizabeth Araiza.

It is with great pleasure that Joaquin High School announces this year’s Salutatorian, Abigail Grace Hooper.

 

 

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Wed
06
May

Help Ease the Medical Bills of Jackson Coffey

Help Ease the Medical Bills of Jackson Coffey

Back in March 2020, Jackson Coffey was in and out of the pediatrician’s office for almost 2 weeks. Jackson had swollen lymph nodes, red puffy eyes and rash that covered most of his body along with being severely lethargic and not being able to get out of bed without help before they finally admitted him to the hospital because they couldn’t figure out what was going on. He was then finally diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease once he was hospitalized.

By that time his fever was staying around 103- 104 degrees and he had already lost 10 lbs. He was treated with IVIG treatment and remained in the hospital another 5 days. Jackson’s fever finally eased at that time so he was sent home, but at home he still remained in bed very weak and still not eating and had to have help to get up to go to the bathroom which is the only time he got out of bed.

Wed
06
May

Whitney Gibson Recognized at WK During National Lab Professionals Week

Whitney Gibson Recognized at WK During National Lab Professionals Week

Providing answers and getting results, the WK laboratory professionals are vital members of the healthcare team, not only during this COVID-19 pandemic, but every day. This week, National Laboratory Professionals Week, Willis Knighton is recognizing them for their dedication and commitment to helping save lives.

“So blessed to be apart of the Microbiology team at WK,” said Whitney Gibson of the Martin community. “I remember being a sophomore/junior in college and taking microbiology. The professor prided himself on being tough, you know the type, well he was right by the end of semester the class was maybe 1/3 of what we started with. Me...well I had an A, I absolutely loved it!”

Thu
30
Apr

Area Students Among Those Selected for Morgan Scholarships

Area Students Among Those Selected for Morgan Scholarships
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Members of Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority at Northwestern State University hosted a virtual program for the Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship April 19 to recognize students who were named recipients of scholarships funded by David D. and Sherry F. Morgan. Special guests included Mr. and Mrs. Morgan of Austin, Texas; Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority National President Natalie Averette of Virginia Beach, Virginia; NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio and Chapter Advisors Jacque Crew and Reatha Cox.

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Thu
30
Apr

New Life Ministries Goes Through Positive Changes Since 1981 Founding

New Life Ministries Goes Through Positive Changes Since 1981 Founding
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New Life Ministries was organized in April 1981 with 12 members under the leadership of Rev. Ervin Davis. At that time services were being held in an old storefront building on Kings Highway in Mansfield. In October 1981, Reverend Joyce Smith of Florala, Alabama moved to Mansfield and was voted in to take the Pastor’s position, which she was faithful to for the next 25 years.

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Wed
22
Apr

Along the Way

Allison Davidson Carpenter

Homeschooling during a pandemic is not really homeschooling. I’ve heard that “crisis schooling” is a more accurate description.

In my case, I have two teen boys who attend two separate schools. One school is handling “crisis schooling” one way; the other school has different objectives.

So I have one teen who is on Zoom several times a day taking notes and writing MLA-formatted essays, while the other teen is often strolling through the house aimlessly while whistling. I’m not sure if he’s homeschooling or homedrooling. Bless it.

Then I have a fourth grade girl.

The only downfall, from my perspective, regarding her “crisis schooling” has been that the math worksheets involve new material every day, and no one is explaining it — well, except Mrs. Carpenter, the only staff member at the Carpenter Homeschool — uh, I mean Crisis School — Academy.

Wed
22
Apr

Did You Know?

Raymond Powell

What a difference a century can make in our lives and particularly in the prices of things. In 1918 the U.S. was in WWI with many of its young men in battle with their lives on the line while combating the Germans; but there was another enemy taking thousands of lives. This enemy was very similar to today’s Chinese Virus. Known as the Spanish Flu, this virus killed thousands of people all over the world. An uncle in WWI told of carrying bodies of the dead soldiers and stacking them by state on the railroad platform in New Jersey to be put in boxcars to be shipped to their homes for burial. It is very interesting to compare the difference in the attitude of this present virus and the few deaths experienced so far in comparison to the thousands of deaths due to a similar flu in 1918.

But let’s get back to the main emphasis of this article, which is the differences in the cost of things from 1918 to 2020. Here are some actual statistics for the year 1918:

Wed
22
Apr

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Van Reech

Are We There Yet?

Every parent has heard this question from their kids especially on a long family trip. I believe the universal parental answer is, “No, we’ll be there when we get there…”. As an adult you handle the time better because you learn to pace the trip into segments or different terrains so that the trip is laid out systematically in your mind. But can you remember as a kid the intense tedious boredom of the long trip or the excited anticipation sitting up and looking ahead between your parents as you could sense you were near your destination? I think the poet James Zollar captured this in his poem “Wyoming 1952”:

(…) leaning on the front seat between my parents for all I knew I could be anything I might imagine aiming along the hood’s raised space down the straight black highway that opened into the future a mile a minute reaching all the way to a horizon always just a few more giant strides ahead.

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