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DeSoto Parish Schools Announce Parish Winners

DeSoto Parish Superintendent of Schools Clay Corley has announced the parish-wide winners of the 2019 Student of the Year competition. The 2019 winners include Fifth Grade student, Ellie Wagner of North DeSoto Upper Elementary; Seventh Grade student, Katherine Springer of North DeSoto Middle School, and Twelfth Grade student, Kyle Deas of Logansport High School.

Students of the Year from Stanley, Logansport, Mansfield and North DeSoto were ready to write essays during a set time frame and answer questions during personal interviews for 5th, 8th and 12th grade students. Each grade level has furnished the parish level of the competition with “the best of the best” to be judged.

 

 

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Wed
30
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State Rep. Bagley Chosen As Demeter’s Parade Grand Marshall

The Krewe of Demeter is proud to announce the Grand Marshall for Demeter’s Groovy, our 4th annual Mardi Gras parade. Desoto’s own, The Honorable Larry Bagley, State Representative District 7

Larry Bagley of Logansport was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives as State Representative for House District 7 in 2015 and began his 1st term in January 2016. Bagley has been involved in education most of his life, retiring after 44 years. Most of those years have been as a coach and Assistant Principal.

 

 

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Wed
23
Jan
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NLEP’s TOP Event Celebrates 2018’s Best in Economic Development; Rep. Bagley Honored with TOP Advocate Award

North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) honored the best in economic development at its Annual Meeting, called Top Event on January 17, 2019. The reception started at 5:30 p.m., and the program began at 6:30 p.m. at Sam’s Town Hotel, 315 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport.

Wed
23
Jan
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DeSoto Parish Police Jury Elects 2019 Officers

On Monday, January 14, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury elected new officers at their regular board meeting. For the office of President, three names were submitted, with one denying his nomination. Reggie Roe and Thomas Jones were nominated with Jimbo Davlin dropping out upon nomination. Davlin also abstained for voting for this office. Roe was will keep his seat as President for another year.

For Vice President, nominations included Jurors Jim “Jimbo” Davlin and Ernel Jones, with Davlin being elected. He also will retain the seat that he now holds as DPPJ Vice President.

 

 

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Wed
23
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Mansfield Council Approves New Full Time Hires

With a recommendation from Mansfield Public Works Director Jim Ruffin, David J. Holt was unanimously approved by the Mansfield City Council for full-time employment. Holt (on left) is pictured with Mansfield Mayor John H. Mayweather, Sr.

 

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Wed
23
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C. E. “Rusty” Williams Airport to Acquire New Fueling System

Jackie McKinney, Interim Manager of the C. E. “Rusty” Williams Airport, has announced that they will be receiving a new fueling system. Construction is set to begin March 2019, and is expected to be completed in around three weeks.

Alpaugh Supply, LLC of New Orleans will furnish a 12,000 gallon double wall jet fuel storage tank and a 12,000 gallon double wall Av-gas fuel storage tank. The tanks will meet UL2085 standards, have a white internal 2 part epoxy coating, and a corboline exterior coating. The tanks will also have an internal ladder, external ladder and platform attached.

McKinney said that the tanks would be constructed off of the airport property and then delivered upon their completion.

 

 

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Thu
17
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Convicted Murderer Brian Horn Still in Need of Council for New Trial

After a court hearing consisting of a few hours, convicted murderer Brian Horn is still without representation for the new trial he will receive due to the Louisiana Supreme overturning his conviction and sentence. Convicted of the murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom in 2014, Horn was sentenced to death. Due to a precedent set by another Louisiana case, Horn and another defendant contested that their lawyers admitted their guilt believing this strategy would help them avoid the death penalty. Both defendants claim that this was against their wishes.

Horn returned to the DeSoto Parish Courtroom in December, when it was determined by Judge Amy Burford McCartney that she wasn’t prepared to select any attorney due to the Louisiana Public Defenders’ Board not providing a complete list of attorneys certified to handle capital punishment cases.

 

Wed
16
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Grand Cane Mayor and Aldermen Ready to Take Care of Business

The newly sworn-in Mayor and Aldermen are pictured as they prepare for their recent Council meeting. Pictured left to right are Alderman Ed Campbell, Mayor Marsha Richardson, Village Clerk Ann-Marie Eaves, Alderman and Mayor Pro Tempore Rhonda Meek, and Alderman Clayton Davis.

 

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Wed
16
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School Board Elects New Officers and Finance Committee Members

On January 8, the DeSoto Parish School Board members were sworn-in prior to their regularly scheduled meeting. Judge Amy Burford McCartney administered the Oath of Office to the eleven current representatives.

The election of this year’s DPSB president was the fourth item on the agenda, with outgoing President Dudley Glenn presiding over the meeting until the election was complete. Bobby Boyd, representative for District 10, was unanimously elected as President and was handed the gavel to begin his term, The next order of business was to elect a Vice President, with Dale “Coach” Morvan of District 7, also receiving a unanimous vote by his peers.

 

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Wed
09
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15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast to be Held January 21st

Committed, Active and Dedicated (CAD) Women will host Mansfield’s 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Breakfast on Monday, January 21, with doors opening at 7:30 AM. The event will once again be held at Mansfield Elementary-Middle School’s Multipurpose room, which is located at 1915 McArthur Drive.

The five keynote speakers for this year’s event will speak on the topics of reconciliation, mercy, compassion, freedom and justice, with each having an allotted time frame to speak from twelve to fifteen minutes. This year’s hosts are the Gentlemen’s Club, under the leadership of Kervin Campbell. The Mansfield Elementary School Choir, under the direction of Sybil White, will be providing musical entertainment.

 

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