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Wed
24
Jun

Sheriff Announces 2020 DeSoto Recipients of LA Sheriff’s Academic Scholarship Program

Sheriff Announces 2020 DeSoto Recipients of LA Sheriff’s Academic Scholarship Program

Sheriff Richardson would like to announce the recipients of the annual Louisiana Sheriff ’s academic scholarship program for the 2019-2020 school year. The Sheriffs’ Scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP). Louisiana Sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the program. Qualities such as academic achievement, leadership, and character are considered in making selections of Sheriffs’ scholarship recipients. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana, scholarships be utilized in higher education within the State, and students be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships are awarded in sixty-four parishes throughout the state.

 

Wed
24
Jun

DeSoto Early Voting Opens June 20 and Runs Through July 4

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Registered Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote in the early 2020 Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) between the dates of Saturday, June 20, and Saturday, July 4, 2020. Besides voting for the presidential candidate of your choice within your registered party, Democrats will decide a Democratic State Central Committee 23rd Representative for District, Office A. Democrats will vote either for Erica F. Durr of Natchitoches or Jackie Lansdale of Gloster.

DeSoto Registrar of Voters Amanda V. Raynes reminds voters to bring proof of identification with a photograph such as your Driver’s License, State Issued ID, etc. She said that for the 2020 PPP you will cast your ballot at the Registrar of Voters’ office, located at 104 Crosby Street in Mansfield (behind the Mansfield Post Office and across the street from the DeSoto Parish Library’s main office). The hours to vote are from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. except on Sundays.

 

Wed
17
Jun

DPSO Expresses Thanks to Central School for Donations

DPSO Expresses Thanks to Central School for Donations

Sheriff Jayson Richardson and deputies at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office would like to sincerely thank Principal Debbie Lamar and Central High School for going over and beyond in their assistance for DeSoto deputies during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past several weeks, Central High School students and staff have been donating items such as hand sanitizer, drinks, snacks, anddisinfectant wipes. These items are crucial in keeping deputies safe while practicing cleanliness in the field.

 

 

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Wed
17
Jun

Gov. Edwards Vetoes 8 Bills Including the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act

The effort to lower auto insurance prices by curtailing litigation will have to begin again as Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday vetoed the legislation that overwhelmingly passed both chambers but included faulty wording.

Senate Bill 418, the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2020, was among eight bills the governor rejected. He also vetoed legislation that required jail time for people crossing often unmarked property lines of critical infrastructure, which community activists called a way to squelch protests at refineries, as well as a measure to limit lawyer advertising.

 

 

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Wed
17
Jun

Stonewall Man Arrested for Vehicular Homicide of Dy. Donna Richardson-Below

Stonewall Man Arrested for Vehicular Homicide of Dy. Donna Richardson-Below

On June 12, 2020, four months after DeSoto Parish Deputy Donna Richardson-Below was killed in a car accident, the driver of the other car, Richard Wimer of Stonewall, was arrested for vehicular homicide and reckless operation. According to Louisiana State Police he allegedly was impaired and speeding during a rainstorm when he crashed into the deputy’s car. She was on duty at the time. Troop G spokesman Brent Hardy said that there was no further information available at this time.

To refresh your memory continue reading about the original story regarding Dy. Richardson-Below’s accident and death.

 

 

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Wed
17
Jun

District Judge Charles Adams Retires as Judge, Announces Candidacy for District Attorney

District Judge Charles Adams Retires as Judge, Announces Candidacy for District Attorney

Longtime district court judge Charles Adams announced his retirement, effective, Monday June 15 from the judicial bench in the 42nd Judicial District of Louisiana.

Adams, who was first elected judge in 1997 and was re-elected three times subsequently thereafter, retired to become a candidate for District Attorney in DeSoto Parish in the election to be held on November 3,2020.

“I am running for District Attorney to change the current direction and climate of the District Attorney’s Office,” said Adams.

 

 

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Wed
10
Jun

Gov. Signs Order Moving LA to Phase Two of Reopening

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On June 4, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the order moving Louisiana to Phase Two of the White House plan for reopening, while cautioning members of the public and businesses to continue to take mitigation measures, like wearing masks when in public, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 as more people will be interacting with each other.

Wed
10
Jun

NWLA Mardi Gras Assoc. Encourages Cancellations of Coronations, Etc; Krewe of Demeter and Aquarius Still Plan Annual Parades

Captain of Captains for the Northwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association, Tracy Herrin, is encouraging local Krewes to cancel Mardi Gras events due to the coronavirus. The Mardi Gras parades are still scheduled to roll in early 2021 if it is safe and responsible to do so.

“We are asking our local Krewes to cancel festivities and grand bals that lead up to the 2021 Mardi Gras season because of the enormous lead time for planning and venue selection,” said Herrin. “However, no decision has been made yet to cancel the 2021 parades.”

Specific events impacted include the theme announcements, coronations, Midway to Mardi Gras parties, 12th Night Celebrations, and grand bals.

“The safety and well-being of the community, as well as krewe members is our top priority,” said Herrin. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation, consult with city officials and keep the public informed.”

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
10
Jun

LA DOTD Announces Temporary Road Closure on Jenkins Street in Mansfield

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that on Saturday, June 13, 2020, the railroad crossing on US 171 (Jenkins Street) in Mansfield, DeSoto Parish will be closed to allow Kansas City Southern to perform track maintenance.

The closure is scheduled to take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This crossing is located just south of the intersection of US 171 and US 84.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
10
Jun

DRHS to Receive $240,390 from FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program

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On June 4, .S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04), a member of President Trump’s Task Force for Reopening America, today announced DeSoto Regional Health System in Mansfield is receiving $240,390 from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program, authorized under the CARES Act. The award will go towards a telemetry video system, tablets, desktop computers, and connected telemedicine devices to support treatments, screenings, and follow-ups for COVID-19 patients without having to enter their room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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