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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.

Wed
15
Apr

DeSoto School Board Honors Students and Educators with Awards & Certificates

DeSoto School Board Honors Students and Educators with Awards & Certificates
DeSoto School Board Honors Students and Educators with Awards & Certificates
DeSoto School Board Honors Students and Educators with Awards & Certificates
DeSoto School Board Honors Students and Educators with Awards & Certificates
DeSoto School Board Honors Students and Educators with Awards & Certificates

The wrestling team of North DeSoto High School was recognized for their accomplishments in state competition. Pictured left to right on front are Isaac Dees, Richard Mack, Joshua Sarpy, Dylan Oliver, and School Board President Bobby Boyd. Back row: NDHS Wrestling Coach Dustin Burton, Superintendent Clay Corley, School Board Members Mark Ross, Neal Henderson, and Jeffrey Dillard.

Students of the Year that were present to received awards pictured with school board members from l-r are Superintendent Clay Corley, Jessie May of North DeSoto Upper Elementary, Marianna Roberts of Logansport High School, Koby Groves of Stanley High School, President Bobby Boyd, School Board members Donnie Dufour, and the late L. J. Mayweather.

Wed
15
Apr

Laylah Dillard of Logansport Stays Busy During Covid-19

Laylah Dillard of Logansport Stays Busy During Covid-19
Laylah Dillard of Logansport Stays Busy During Covid-19

9 year old Logansport Elementary School student Laylah Dillard is not happy about having to stay home from school during the COVID-19 Stay Home order but she decided to make the most out of her forced vacation. Laylah is always conscience of litter and does whatever she can to help bring awareness to its prevention. 

 

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Wed
08
Apr

Mansfield Garden Club Honors Jo Ivey Moody with Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting

Mansfield Garden Club Honors Jo Ivey Moody with Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting

Nationwide, Arbor Day is observed on April 22, but the Mansfield Garden Club wanted to honor one of their own a little earlier. Long-time member Jo Moody Ivey passed away on February 22, 2020, and club members wanted to plant a tree in her memory at the DeSoto Parish library. The location was perfect since “Mrs. Jo” was both an avid reader and gardener.

Jo, also known as Memaw around Mansfield and Grand Cane, loved to help others and touched the lives of so many with her love of God, family, and the community. You could often find her watering flowers at Mansfield’s planter boxes on Polk Street.

 

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Wed
08
Apr

Krewe of Demeter Holds 2020-21 Membership Drive

The Krewe of Demeter is located in Mansfield, Louisiana, and is the parish wide Krewe for DeSoto Parish. Demeter is also a proud member of The Northwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association along with 15 other Krewe’s and we are a 501C non profit organization. We are family friendly based Krewe that strives for a traditional small town Mardi Gras experience. We are going into our VI (6th) year. With the growth we have seen in the last few years we are expanding our presence in the parish, membership, events, community service projects, trips, socials, parades, and FUN..... 2020-2021 season kicks off

 

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Wed
01
Apr

Get to Know Your DPSB Representatives!

Get to Know Your DPSB Representatives!

The DeSoto Parish School Board has recently done feature sections on their website about each board member highlighting their favorite school memory, favorite part of serving as a board member, what makes DeSoto Parish schools the best, and what is the one thing you would go back to school to learn. This week’s feature is on Coday Johnston who represents District 6. In 2014, Johnston made history as the youngest School Board President elected within DeSoto Parish as well as Louisiana.

Favorite School Memory: It would have to be winning a state championship my senior year in baseball at Stanley High. It is a connection that I still have to this day with my baseball brothers, and we try to get together every chance we get.

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