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Wed
29
Jun

DeSoto Chamber Membership Drive Meet & Greet Planned

DeSoto Chamber Membership Drive Meet & Greet Planned

DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brenda Hall and Administrative Assistant Heather Gannon invite you to join them on Tuesday, July 19 for their annual Summer Membership Drive. You and your staff are invited to stop by the Chamber’s Office, located at 115 N. Washington Avenue, anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. for refreshments and door prizes.

Joining the Chamber helps expand your business and the community as you meet others with similar interests as you network and attend meetings, ribbon cuttings, and other local functions.

Stop by or call Brenda or Heather for complete details 318-872-1310. You can also find them on the Internet at www.desotoparishchamber.com

Wed
29
Jun

DRHS Announces Rescheduled Dates for Health Fairs

DRHS Announces Rescheduled Dates for Health Fairs

DeSoto Regional Health System had to reschedule the 2022 Health Fairs in Mansfield and Logansport several weeks ago. The dates have now been set with Logansport’s to be held on Thursday, July 14 from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Logansport High School, which is located at 17228 Hwy. 5. Mansfield’s Health Fair will be held on Friday, August 12 from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Clista A. Calhoun Center, located at 515 Louisiana Street in Mansfield.

The fees remain the same with the female panel costing $30.00, which will include CBC (complete blood count), CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel), Lipid Panel (for cholesterol levels), T4 (thyroid function test that is free), Vitamin D panel, and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone level).

The male panel fee is $35.00 and will include the entire previously mentioned test, along with a PSA (prostate specific antigen).

Wed
29
Jun

Sheriff Richardson Congratulates Dy. Greg Bailey on Completion of Motors Course

Sheriff Richardson Congratulates Dy. Greg Bailey on Completion of Motors Course
Sheriff Richardson Congratulates Dy. Greg Bailey on Completion of Motors Course
Sheriff Richardson Congratulates Dy. Greg Bailey on Completion of Motors Course

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to acknowledge and congratulate Deputy Greg Bailey on his recent completion of a two week, 80 hour long, Motors Course. This course was led by DPSO’s recently certified Motors Instructor, Cpl. Donta Phillips, right here in DeSoto Parish.

Deputy Bailey was trained in daily operation, maneuvers, crash avoidance, among many other tactics and skills. He can now be seen patrolling DeSoto Parish on his motorcycle, alongside Cpl. Phillips.

Richardson said, “We are so grateful for Dy. Bailey and his will ingness to learn more in an effort to better serve our Parish, and he was trained right here. That’s right folks, no outsourcing, travel, and paying some other agency. Thanks to the training that Cpl. Donta Phillips received he is able to train our personnel right here at home.”

Wed
22
Jun

Treasury Sends $4.8 Million in Unclaimed Property Checks to Citizens Across Louisiana

Treasury Sends $4.8 Million in Unclaimed Property Checks to Citizens Across Louisiana
Treasury Sends $4.8 Million in Unclaimed Property Checks to Citizens Across Louisiana

‘If you get a check in the mail, cash it!’

Last week, Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced that 27,125 Unclaimed Property checks totaling $4.8 million were mailed out following a data match to update addresses. Checks will be mailed to every parish in the state.

“If you get a check in your mailbox from the Louisiana Department of Treasury within the next week, it is real money you can cash it right away,” said Treasurer Schroder.

“And, if you don’t receive a check, you may still be owed unclaimed money,” he added. “We can’t return all money this way, but we can at least give back $4.8 million. Please go to www.lacashclaim.org

Wed
22
Jun

6th Annual Balloons Over DeSoto Scheduled for June 26

6th Annual Balloons Over DeSoto Scheduled for June 26
6th Annual Balloons Over DeSoto Scheduled for June 26
6th Annual Balloons Over DeSoto Scheduled for June 26
6th Annual Balloons Over DeSoto Scheduled for June 26

Once again, the C E. “Rusty” Williams Airport will be alive and all aglow with the 6th Annual Balloons Over DeSoto on Sunday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The airport is located at 211 Independence Drive in Grand Cane

The gates are scheduled to open at 4:00 p.m., with the annual classic car show. Vendors‚ booths will open with food, arts, crafts, and novelty items to tempt your pocketbook. Music will be provided by DJ Mack with Kevin Stafford serving as emcee.

Wed
22
Jun

Mansfield Civic Group Presents 9th Annual Juneteenth Festival on June 24, 25 & 26

Mansfield Civic Group Presents 9th Annual Juneteenth Festival on June 24, 25 & 26

The Mansfield Civic Group is proud to present the 2022 Juneteenth celebration beginning on June 24, continuing on June 25, and ending on June 26, 2022. The slogan of being the “hottest 3-day summer event in Mansfield” continues to be this year’s theme. It will be held around the DeSoto Courthouse Square for the duration of the festival. There will be a major voter registration drive during the entire event as well.

Before the weekend arrives, Mansfield Civic Group, the DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau, No Man’s Land, and Louisiana Office of Tourism will feature a No Man’s Land Exhibit at Classic C Event Center, located with entrances on Polk and Jefferson Streets, during the week of Juneteenth, beginning on June 21. The event is free to the public.

Wed
15
Jun

Interesting Facts About Juneteenth or Freedom Day

Interesting Facts About Juneteenth or Freedom Day

Juneteenth is short for June Nineteenth, which marks the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas in 1865. It was Union General Gordon Granger who read General Orders No.3 stating that all slaves were free. Today, it commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and is also known as Freedom Day.

On January 1, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation at the height of the Civil War. On paper, slaves in Texas were free, but they were not aware of it. Texan slave owners kept the news to themselves, delaying emancipation of 250,000 slaves by another two years.

There are several theories why such news was delayed, including the murder of the messenger and securing further cotton harvests from Texas.

Other delayed news was the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court, which was only heard more than two months after.

Wed
15
Jun

DeSoto Health Unit to Hold Teen Health Summit

DeSoto Health Unit to Hold Teen Health Summit

There will be a Teen Health Summit held on Thursday, June 23rd from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the DeSoto Parish Health Unit in Mansfield. Parents, pre-teens, and teens are invited to learn about the importance of prioritizing your overall health. Information will be provided regarding a variety of health issues, drugs, teen violence, and more. Free food and drinks will also be served. For more information, or questions, please seek out the Louisiana Department of Health Facebook Page or call 318-575-5339.

Wed
15
Jun

LA to Receive $176.7 Million through American Rescue Plan to Increase Access to Affordable, High-Speed Internet

LA to Receive $176.7 Million through American Rescue Plan to Increase Access to Affordable, High-Speed Internet

On June 7, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the first group of plans approved under the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF), which includes Louisiana’s. The CPF provides $10 billion to states, territories, freely associated states, and Tribal governments to fund critical capital projects that enable work, education, and health monitoring in response to the public health emergency. A key priority of the program is to make funding available for reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure and other digital connectivity technology projects. In addition to the $10 billion provided by the CPF, many governments are using a portion of their State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) toward meeting the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of connecting every American household to affordable, reliable highspeed internet.

Wed
15
Jun

Big W Trail Ride Held June 18 & 19 without Negative Issues

Big W Trail Ride Held June 18 & 19 without Negative Issues

It’s been a year ago since a trail ride got out of hand in DeSoto Parish with citizens from Frierson to Grand Cane upset with how some of those attending the event conducted themselves. Meetings were held by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury and new policies were set in place to avoid such chaos happening again. Originally, the policy and procedures put into place had a unanimous vote among jury members.

As time went by, trail ride organizers, including Police Juror Jeri Burrell who has participated and chaired trail rides for many years, decided that that the guidelines were too severe, and stated that the Jury could not tell people what to do on their private property. DeSoto Administrator Michael Norton made it clear that the permits would only cover the grounds for which the permit was requested. If it were to spill outside or the permitted property that would not be considered part of the parish permit.

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