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DeSoto Schools Continue to be a Leading District in Student Progress

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DeSoto Parish School System received its annual student progress report on August 27, 2019 from the Louisiana Department of Education, which showed gains in the 2018-2019 school year. The school system ranks high in the annual rate of growth from one year to the next for students that take the LEAP 2025 assessment. This report ranks DeSoto Parish as one of the “Top Ten Top Growth” school districts in the State of Louisiana. This is the second year in a row that DeSoto has earned this recognition among the 70 school districts across the State.

School Districts earn top distinction in the progress measure by showing improvement on ELA and math assessments that are on track to Mastery of key skills and content by 8th grade (elementary/middle school) or 10th grade (high school), and for outperforming other similar student groups statewide, as measured by Louisiana’s value-added model.

Wed
28
Aug
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Logansport Chamber Welcomes Inner Quality Services to Community

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On Thursday, August 15, the Logansport Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to accompany the Grand Opening Celebration of Inner Quality Services, located at 304 Main Street.

Owner Tenesha Hall welcomed everyone and invited them to tour the facility. A barbeque dinner catered by Uptown Barbeque of Logansport was served after the Ribbon Cutting festivities.

 

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Wed
28
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Voter Registration Week Underway Across Louisiana

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DeSoto Parish Registrar of Voters Amanda Raynes has announced that Voter Registration Week is the first week of September for the whole state of Louisiana. She continued that her staff would be at the Mansfield Library from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., and at the Stonewall Library from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3. On Wednesday, September 4, her office representatives will be at the Logansport Library from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and at the Pelican Library from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Raynes said, “We also are in the process of arranging a registration drive at each school for high school Juniors and Seniors.”

 

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Wed
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Louisiana AG Jeff Landry Speaks to Deputies About Opioid Crisis

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Last week, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, along with Dr. Dee Barfield who is Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s Lead Medical Director, visited the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office to partner with local law enforcement to help fight the local, state and national Opioid crisis.

Landry indicated the take back container for prescription medicine that was installed in the Sheriff’s Office several months ago stating that Sheriff Richardson had informed him that it was full when emptied earlier in the week. He continued that made him feel like residents were also concerned with the drug crisis, and he was encouraged to see that happen.

 

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Wed
28
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Jones Fails in Attempt to Disqualify Adkins as Opponent in Juror Race

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On Monday, August 19, Judge Charles Adams dismissed a lawsuit the District Attorney’s office filed on behalf of Thomas Jones, claiming that one of his opponents, JoAnn Peoples Adkins, had qualified to run for Police Juror for District 4-D and did not live in the District as she stated on her qualifying forms.

Due to Jones’ brother being an employee of the District Attorney’s office, D.A. Gary Evans recused himself and his office from the proceedings. He lined up two assistant district attorneys from Caddo Parish to take over the case, but an Assistant District Attorney in Evans’ office signed off on court subpoenas despite the decision for recusal.

 

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Two Charged with Drug Related Crimes in Gloster

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On August 21, 2019, Louisiana State Probation and Parole performed a standard probation check at a residence in Gloster that resulted in the arrest of two individuals.

Upon making contact with the parolee at the door, Probation and Parole observed a smell and haze of suspected methamphetamine coming from inside the residence.

 

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Wed
21
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DeSoto Canine Handlers Receive Emergency Supply Donations, Instructions to Care for K-9 Officers

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On Wednesday, August 14, Dr. Keith Ratcliff made a special trip to Mansfield to meet with Sheriff Jayson Richardson, DPSO Canine Handlers and K-9 Officers, Rex and Boris. Dr. Ratcliff has been a resident of DeSoto Parish for many years and has been in the business of taking care of our beloved pets for decades. To say that he and his staff love animals would be an understatement.

Wed
21
Aug
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42nd Judicial Chief Judge Charles Adams Courthouse Security Decision Upheld

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On Friday, August 23, the Louisiana Second Court of Appeals stated their opinion regarding the dispute between District 42nd Judicial Court Chief Judge Charles Adams and District Attorney Gary V. Evans over who has authority over security at the DeSoto Parish Courthouse. The court said that it is clear that the Chief District Judge has the authority to set courthouse security procedures, unless he is challenged in court.

Wed
21
Aug
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Logansport Chamber Welcomes Integrity Counseling with Ribbon Cutting

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On Thursday, August 15, the Logansport Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony welcoming Integrity Counseling to the business community. Sonja Smith Polley, LPC, NCC is a Logansport native, and decided she wanted to bring licensed professional counseling to her hometown. She is married to Daniel Polley, who originally comes from San Augustine, Texas. They have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren, with 3 more on the way.

Polley, who is a 1983 graduate of Logansport High School, stated that she began her adult career as a schoolteacher. While serving in that noble profession, she became aware of problems that children, parents, and even coworkers were having that the school system at that time didn’t address. She began to be drawn into the possibility of becoming a professional counselor, when God spoke to her and awakened her to follow her heart and do His will.

Wed
14
Aug
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DeSoto Organizations Present Gyth Rigdon of “The Voice” in Concert

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NBC’s “The Voice - Season 16” finalist and Nashville Recording artist Gyth Rigdon will be presented in concert on the Logansport riverfront, on October 12, 2019 during the 3rd Annual Northwest Louisiana Gumbo Cook-off & Festival, “The Battle for the Paddle”.

Gyth Rigdon has quickly found fame after being Runner-Up on Season 16 of NBC’s The Voice, but he has been sharing his mix of Country, Rock, and Soul through his albums, radio, and his high energy shows for years. He has shared the stage with major stars such as Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Darius Rucker, Alabama, and many more. You can follow Gyth on his 2019 “When I’m Gone” Tour.

Rigdon will be followed on stage by DeSoto parish’s own regional favorites Lucas Jagneaux & The Roadshow (formally known as After Hours). Lucas was the recent winner of the 2019 TMP Songwriter’s Contest.

 

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