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01
Apr

Sheriff Reports DeSoto’s First COVID-19 Death; Updates Stats

On March 25, Sheriff Jayson Richardson sadly reported that DeSoto Parish had suffered its first COVID-19 related death, a 77-year-old Mansfield woman.

Richardson said that died early Thursday, March 26, and he expressed his and DPSO’s condolences to the family during this tragic loss.

He continued, with that said he wanted to say thank you to DPSO and other essential workers who are doing such a fantastic job keeping DeSoto Parish going.

 

 

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Wed
01
Apr

Texas Governor Issues Executive Order Closing Louisiana-Texas Border

Texas Governor Issues Executive Order Closing Louisiana-Texas Border

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 COVID-19. Locally, Constable Roy Cheatwood stated at noon on March 30, traffic proceeding into Texas would be checked and required to quarantine if they enter Texas. The only exceptions are “commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions”. If you have questions you can call Texas DPS for info at 512-424-2080.

Wed
01
Apr

Statewide Burn Ban Issued During Public Health Emergency

Statewide Burn Ban Issued During Public Health Emergency

State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, in collaboration with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, has issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40: 1602. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 8 a.m., March 25, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

“This burn ban is necessary to supplement the governor’s ‘stay home’ order aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 due to the anticipation that there may be an increase in open burning occurring across the state as families look for ways to pass the time at home,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “This order will assist in preventing potential fire-related dangers that could result in unnecessary fire service response as well as diminish airborne irritants caused by burning.”

 

Wed
01
Apr

DeSoto EMS – DFD 2 Break Ground for Station 6 in Keachi

DeSoto EMS – DFD 2 Break Ground for Station 6 in Keachi

DeSoto Parish EMS Station 6 recently broke ground for construction for a facility in Keachi on Highway 5, adjacent to the U. S. Post Office. This will place it in close proximity to the four-way intersection, where LA 172 heads west to the Texas state line, LA 789 heads north toward Spring Ridge, and LA 5 turns to the east providing emergency vehicles to proceed in any direction quickly.

According to DeSoto EMS Administrator Joe Magee, Station 6 will house a DeSoto EMS medical unit (ambulance) crew in addition to DeSoto Fire District 2 occupying the other half with a fulltime fire fighter crew. The two first responder groups have entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to provide emergency services to the citizens of Northwest Louisiana.

Wed
25
Mar

LPSC-North Louisiana Foster Campbell Reports Order Prohibiting Utility Disconnections During Virus Emergency

Most Louisiana utility customers put at economic risk by coronavirus won’t have to lose service for missing a payment, thanks to an emergency order by the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

The LPSC issued an order drafted by commission Executive Secretary Brandon Frey on Friday. It directs Entergy, Cleco and SWEPCO — and a host of other electric, natural gas, telephone, water and sewer companies regulated by the LPSC — to immediately stop disconnecting customers for non-payment of their bills.

The comprehensive order covers millions of utility customers across all parts of Louisiana. It only exempts situations where concerns of public safety cause a utility to disconnect a customer, such as a gas leak. It will remain in place until the LPSC changes or revokes it.

 

 

Wed
25
Mar

Louisiana Law Enforcement Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Restrictions

Louisiana Law Enforcement Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Restrictions
Louisiana Law Enforcement Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Restrictions
Louisiana Law Enforcement Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Restrictions
Louisiana Law Enforcement Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Restrictions
Louisiana Law Enforcement Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Restrictions

In a press release dated March 17, 2020, Louisiana State Police stated that Louisiana State Law (RS 29:724) gives the Governor authority to set restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the interest of public safety and to prevent spread of COVID-19. These proclamations and declarations have the power of law.

As such, local, parish, and state law enforcement agencies as well as other state authorities including ATC and the State Fire Marshal, will be acting to enforce these rules set by the Governor.

 

 

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Wed
25
Mar

Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana
Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

On Sunday, March 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of our parishes.

Wed
18
Mar

Third Time’s Charm as Pleasant Hill Brings Home LHSAA Class C Championship

Third Time’s Charm as Pleasant Hill Brings Home LHSAA Class C Championship

Marsh Madness at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles has continued with limited attendance with championships played in empty arenas. Although fans and their support would have made the victory sweeter with a live celebration, the team, coaching staff and support personnel of the number 4 Pleasant Hill Eagles rejoiced with their victory over the number 2 Hicks Pirates 71 to 58.

The Class Championship game began at 4:00 p.m. with the Eagles holding off a Hicks rally to capture the 2020 LHSAA title. Hicks had previously defeated the Eagles twice during regular season making them the District 3-C champs, but Friday the 13th proved lucky for P-Hill.

 

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Wed
18
Mar

DeSoto Registrar of Voters Celebrate New Facility with Grand Opening Ceremony

DeSoto Registrar of Voters Celebrate New Facility with Grand Opening Ceremony

On Thursday, March 12, DeSoto Parish Registrar of Voters Amanda Raynes and her staff celebrated their new facility’s location with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Officials, businessmen, friends and family visited the new location at 104 Crosby Street between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Mrs. Raynes and her staff of ROV Chief Deputy Karen Clark Broussard, and Election Specialists Beverly Marr, Peighton Fisher, and Abby G. Pugh were available to answer questions as citizens viewed the new facility. They also served light appetizers, punch, cookies and cakes, which were adorned with related State of Louisiana logos and symbols.

 

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Wed
18
Mar

Gov. Announces Aggressive Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Gov. Announces Aggressive Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

On Monday, March 16, Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only. These changes are effective statewide at midnight. Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior. In Louisiana, there are 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two people have died.

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