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Mansfield Man Drowns in Rain Swollen Drainage Ditch

Mansfield Man Drowns in Rain Swollen Drainage Ditch
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On Wednesday, April 22, a Mansfield man drowned in a rainswollen drainage ditch while trying to retrieve a trashcan that was washing away due to the heavy rains.

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Wed
22
Apr

Progressive National Bank Announces Board and Officer Promotions

Kade Rogers
Donald “Donnie” Dufour
C. E. “Rusty” Williams, Jr

This week, Progressive National Bank CEO E. Wayne Davis, announced the promotions of C. E. “Rusty” Williams, Jr., Donald “Donnie” Dufour, and Kade Rogers.

Williams has been a board member since 1998 and was promoted to Chairman of the Board. Rusty is married to Lynn Williams, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Dufour has been a board member since 1994 and was promoted to Vice Chairman of the Board. He is married to Tanya Dufour and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Rogers was promoted to President and has been with PNB for 16 years, and has served as a board member since 2011. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is married to Meredith Rogers and they have two children.

Wed
22
Apr

DPPJ Votes to Furlough Non-Essential Workers Due to COVID-19

DPPJ Votes to Furlough Non- Essential Workers Due to COVID-19

The DeSoto Parish Police Jury met via a virtual meeting that was transmitted by Zoom on April 13. After the approval of various meeting minutes from March, new business included recommending authorizing President Reggie Roe to execute the State project No. RU 18-16-21 Public Transportation Operating Assistance Program for the Non-Urbanized area of DeSoto Parish. Juror Jeri Burrell asked what the item was for with Roe explaining it was for the Council on Aging. The item passed unanimously.

The next two items included authorization of the payment of bills, and to authorize the naming of Wits End Pvt. Drive off of Wilson Lane in Stanley (District 1B). Burrell questioned if this was to become a public road, with Juror Greg Baker answering that the naming of the road was for E-911 and address purposes only. The Jury would not be responsible for maintenance. Both items passed unanimously.

Wed
22
Apr

Louisiana, Texas Governors Close Out School Year; Remote Learning Continues

Louisiana, Texas Governors Close Out School Year; Remote Learning Continues

On April 15, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation closing K-12 public schools in Louisiana to students until the end of the current school year, with students getting their education via remote learning, as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“Closing public schools in Louisiana for the remainder of the year is not a choice I was excited to make, but it is one that is necessary to protect the safety of our children, our teachers and staff and the community at large,” Gov. Edwards said. “But, I want to be clear about something: This isn’t the end of learning, it’s just the end of students physically going to school campuses for the remainder of the semester. Remote learning will continue and, we will all work together to make sure that our students do not fall behind academically. In addition, we expect that school systems will continue to provide nutrition and meals for students.”

Wed
15
Apr

Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana

Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana

Easter of 2020 will long be in the memories of DeSoto residents from both COVID-19 Stay Home orders and a tornado warning that covered most of the parish. If the bunny was trying to leave eggs and treats for the good little children he had to take cover for the majority of Sunday morning due to rains, hail, winds and tornadoes.

At 9:04 a.m. those of us that have weather alerts on our cell phones received a message accompanied by a loud audible signal to take cover if you lived in Shelby County and DeSoto Parish. A tornado was spotted about 15 miles north of Center, Texas moving northeast at 60 mph. The weather service said that their radar indicated rotation and for all to take cover to avoid flying debris, with tree damage likely. When the national news calls out familiar towns things become even more realistic.

Wed
15
Apr

DeSoto Mourns the Loss of DPSB Dist. 11 Board Member Rev. L.J. Mayweather, Jr.

DeSoto Mourns the Loss of DPSB Dist. 11 Board Member Rev. L.J. Mayweather, Jr.

On Wednesday, April 6, DeSoto School Superintendent Clay Corley sadly reported, “It is with great sadness to announce DeSoto Parish School Board Member Reverend L.J. Mayweather, Jr. passed away Tuesday, April 7 following a recent illness.”

Mayweather, first elected in 1980, served District 11 proudly. Many of those years, he served as a Board Officer, including President of DeSoto Parish School Board.

Fellow Member, Donnie Dufour stated,“L.J. set the standards when it came to representing his constituents. I am blessed to have served with him for over 30 years.”

 

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Wed
15
Apr

DPSO Issues 15 Citations for Violation of Governor’s Order

DPSO Issues 15 Citations for Violation of Governor’s Order

Sheriff Jayson Richardson has reported that on April 5, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s office wrote citations to 15 people who were in a group gathered on horseback and in vehicles in South Mansfield. Deputies had responded to a complaint that more than 30 people, 20 horses, and a dozen vehicles were gathered at the end of Albert Lewis Way.

Upon DPSO’s arrival, some of those gathered began to scatter but deputies were able to detain the majority who received misdemeanor court summons for being in violation of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ stay at home order limiting gatherings of no more than 10 people.

 

 

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Wed
08
Apr

Texas DPS Begins Roadblock Enforcement on Hwy 84

Texas DPS Begins Roadblock Enforcement on Hwy 84

Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued an Executive Order on Sunday, March 29, closing all entry points from Louisiana into Texas to help stop the spread of COVIV-19.

Shelby County Constable Roy Cheatwood posted on his Facebook that he was working with the Department of Public Safety, monitoring traffic at the Texas-Louisiana Hwy. 84 Bridge. He continued that people have been respectful coming and going, also obeying the curfew. No one was seen congregating in parking areas of businesses, etc.

In a later post Cheatwood added, “On Sunday there were 458 vehicles that crossed the bridge from Louisiana into Texas, and not one person was rude or out of line. No one was asked or sent back across bridge nor mistreated. The reason behind this, is if you are moving into Texas from another state you would be quarantined for 14 days. I don’t believe that’s to much to ask for. Safety and the well being of each and everyone is all that we ask.”

 

Wed
08
Apr

Mansfield Mayor Issues Curfew Order for Residents

Mansfield Mayor Issues Curfew Order for Residents

Mansfield Mayor John Mayweather issued a curfew for all residents on April 2, effective immediately and until further notice. Between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., activity is restricted within the city limits. First responders and those that are classified as essential workers are exempt. The curfew does take into account emergency situations such medical needs.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic caused Louisiana to be at the top of the list of states with the most cases of the virus, Mansfield now joins other area towns such as Coushatta, Many, Homer, Springhill and Ringgoldin setting curfews.

 

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Wed
08
Apr

Joaquin ISD Extends School Closure Until May 1

Joaquin ISD Extends School Closure Until May 1

Joaquin ISD Superintendent Ryan Fuller has reported that school closure will be extended until May 1. The educational plan and feeding program already established will continue to operate to ensure your child’s educational and nutritional needs are met.

The new feeding program guidelines set forth by the Texas Department of Agriculture state that only a parent can pick up meals for their children. If the child is not present in the vehicle, the parent will only be able to pick up a meal for a child by providing an official letter or email from the school listing the children enrolled, individual student report card, their attendance record, birth certificate (only for children who are not in school), or student ID card,

 

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