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Louisiana HomeCare Earns Highest Quality Ratings from CMS

In its most recent report, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System recognized Louisiana HomeCare with a 5-star rating in both quality and patient satisfaction. According to the data, the Mansfield home health provider achieved the highest rating possible in both categories.

Louisiana HomeCare is a home health partner of DeSoto Regional Health System and part of a joint venture partnership with LHC Group, a national provider of post-acute healthcare services with 32,000 employees operating 780 locations in 36 states.

 

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Logansport Council Optimistic About Future with Passage of Proposition

The regular meeting of the Logansport Town Council was held on Monday, December 10 with all members present. Smiling faces surrounded the table with the news that the millage proposition had passed with 60% of Logansport’s voters in favor of the new tax.

Items on the agenda included amending the 2018 with a few additions and adopting the 2019 budget. Both were unanimously approved.

Individual councilman reports were minimal with Dwight Gatlin asking if anything could be done to force the owner of a local business to repair their parking lot that was in deplorable conditions. Suggestions were made with Mayor Judge Cordray informing the group that he would make a few phone calls to inquire about how to proceed with the problem.

Cordray mentioned that even though the property was out of the Logansport City Limits that a Mexican restaurant would be opening in the old Country Skillet building at the corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 191.

 

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DeSoto DA and Dignitaries Attend Annual Governor’s Christmas Party

Desoto Parish District Attorney Garry Evans and his guests were in Baton Rouge on December 11, 2018, to attend the Annual Christmas party at the governor’s mansion. Governor Edwards and first Lady Edwards greeted a select group of elected officials and friends from all over the state, and were also pleased to announce the budget was balanced and there is a surplus for the first time since the Blanco Administration.

 

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Joaquin Fire Dept. Recognizes Firefighters

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held their annual awards banquet and Christmas celebration at the First Baptist Church in Joaquin. Firefighters and their guests were treated with a steak dinner with all the trimmings.

Media/Public Relations and Training Officer Stephen Ewing reported of several awards that were awarded to deserving individuals. Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett, Firefighter Jesse Parent and Ewing were recognized for Perfect Attendance at all fire department meetings, with Assistant Chief Steve Cockrell recognized for responding to the most calls in 2018.

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Keatchi Heritage Foundation Announces Christmas Musicale Event

The Keachi Heritage Foundation, Inc. is proudly hosting a Christmas Musicale, entitled “A Classical Christmas Evening”. According to Keachi Mayor Travis Whitfield, the event is slated for Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 PM at the Keachi Presbyterian Church, located on Hwy 5. Featured entertainment for the evening will be Dr. Leonard Kacenjar and the Shreveport Festival Strings Quartet. These musicians come from all over the area, but are based out of Shreveport.

Dr. Kacenjar, who also is the conductor of the Project String student orchestra, received his Bachelor degree from Julliard School of Music in New York as well as a Master’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is active in the East Texas musical community, conducting the Marshall Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Summer Music Festival.

 

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Rep. Bagley Invites State DOTD Officials to Area

Last week, State Representative Larry Bagley held a conference at his Stonewall office that included Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD Executive Counsel Joshua Hollins and DOTD District Engineer Administrator for the Shreveport area, David North. Also in attendance were Keachi Mayor Travis Whitfield, Stonewall Mayor Randy Rodgers, Logansport Mayor Judge Cordray, and DeSoto Parish School Board President Dudley Glenn.

The visit began with the group riding sections of Hwy 5, Hwy 171 and Hwy 3276 (the Stonewall-Frierson Road), which are all obviously in serious need of repair. Bagley wanted the men to experience a ride on these roads and see first hand the condition they were in.

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Convicted Child Killer Brian Horn Returns to DeSoto Courtroom; Trial Date Still Pending

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Due to the Louisiana State Supreme Court overturning the conviction of a child murderer that was sentenced to death on May 28, 2014, Brian Horn once again found himself in a DeSoto Parish Courtroom. Thursday, December 6, would be his first return there since his case was been sent back to DeSoto Parish for a new trial. Horn was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering 12-year-old Justin Bloxom in May 2014.

Horn did not speak during the hearing to address procedural matters, which included the appointment of a certified capital defense attorney to represent Horn in the death penalty case. The public defender in court with Horn on Thursday was temporary.

Judge Amy Burford McCartney stated that she was not prepared to appoint legal representation for Horn since she didn’t have a complete list of certified capital defense attorneys for the Thursday hearing.

 

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Mansfield’s Christmas Celebration this Saturday, December 8

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On Saturday, December 8th, the Mansfield Proud and Unity Group will present the 2018 Christmas parade and festival. This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Wolverine Kind of Christmas”, with the festival portion gathered around the DeSoto Parish Courthouse. The festival theme is “Dancing Around the Courthouse”.

Parade entries are still be accepted with an entrance fee of $30.00. Floats, cars and marching units will line up in the old Walmart shopping center located on Highway 84. The route will have them traveling down King’s Highway, passing by Mansfield High School, proceeding across Highway 171, and turning left on Washington Avenue (Highway 84). They will then turn right on Polk Street and end at Mansfield City Hall. The parade entries will be judged and prizes awarded in several categories.

 

 

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DPPJ Budget Workshop Ends After Lengthy Session

On Wednesday, November 28, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury met in an open workshop to gather figures to set the 2019 budget. Lengthy discussions and raised voices by several of the jurors seemed to be the order of the day, with the final budget to be adopted at the meeting that was to be held (at this writing) on Monday, December 3. Pictured is Kathi Wells, Vice President of the new civic club, Mansfield Proud and Unity Committee, explaining their need for funds and what they will be used for.

 

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Judge Adams Considers Legislative Auditors Request; Attempt Denied

On November 29, Legislative Auditor attorney Jenifer Schaye and attorney Rick Sterritt met in Judge Charles Adams courtroom to battle out the right whether or not to allow the Louisiana Legislative Auditor to be added as a party to get records from the DeSoto Parish sheriff’s employees’ personnel files due to a part of alleged wrong doings in the Local Agency Compensation Enhancement (LACE) program. Auditors are investigation suspected abuses where DeSoto deputies allegedly overstated their overtime.

Schaye continued that the auditors want copies of the files of Sheriff Jayson Richardson and twelve other current or retired employees. Sterritt countered that the auditors asked to take the original records to Baton Rouge, not make copies. Schaye agreed that the files have been made available since Richardson offered 10 of the 12 personnel files that he obtained signed releases on.

 

 

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