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Wed
24
Feb

Early Voting to Commence March 6–13 for March 20 Election

Early Voting to Commence March 6–13 for March 20 Election

The March 20, 2021 ballot will be limited to two items including two special elections for the replacement of State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Board Member for District 4 and DeSoto Policy Juryman for District 2. All registered voters are eligible to vote for the BESE Board member, with only those residing in District 2 voting for DPPJ replacement. Early Voting will begin on March 6 through 13, with the exception of March 7, which is a Sunday.

The BESE Board election is necessary due to the resignation of District 4’s board member, Tony Davis, of Natchitoches. Those qualifying as his replacement are candidates Shelly McFarland-R, Michael Melerine-R, John Milkovich-I, Cody Whitaker-NP, and Cassie Williams-D.

Wed
24
Feb

COVID Vaccine Eligibility Expands to Another 475K Louisianans

On February 18, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that beginning Monday, February 22, an additional group of Louisianans – K-12 teachers, school support staff, day care staff, those who are pregnant and Louisianans aged 55 to 64 with certain health conditions – are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This group represents around 475,000 Louisianans and will bring the total population eligible in Louisiana to nearly 1.65 million people. Louisiana is currently vaccinating people in Priority Group 1B-Tier One.

Louisiana’s COVID vaccination strategy relies on making vaccine doses available across the state through community clinics, pharmacies, hospitals and other health care providers. So far 812,962 total vaccine doses have been administered in Louisiana, with 271,216 Louisianans receiving both doses.

Wed
24
Feb

MHS Salutes Senior Wolverines and Lady Wolverines During Half-Time Ceremony

MHS Salutes Senior Wolverines and Lady Wolverines During Half-Time Ceremony
MHS Salutes Senior Wolverines and Lady Wolverines During Half-Time Ceremony

The Lady Wolverines paused in between games to honor their senior players Meliyah Canada and Jada Burrell and celebrate their title as District Champs. 

The Wolverines honored their four seniors players Trenton Colbert, Adrian Green, JaKorrien Green, and Kiondric Woodley.

 

 

 

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Wed
24
Feb

Why Don’t I Have Water at my House?

Why Don’t I Have Water at my House?

It’s not a real simple answer, but I will try and do my best to explain using our system as an example. Other systems are smaller or larger, but the percentages will remain about the same. So, we have 2,400 customers and produce 700 gallons of water per minute (GPM). Our normal usage is 400 gallons per minute (GPM). This gives us plenty of room for maintenance and other times that the plant cannot run, so we have enough reserve capacity.

Wed
17
Feb

Save the Children to Open New Head Start Centers in DeSoto, Natchitoches Parishes

Nonprofit to Provide High-Quality Early Childhood Education in Greater DeSoto and Beyond with State-of-the-Art Facilities

Save the Children, which has operated Head Start and Early Head Start programs for almost a decade in rural communities across America, is strengthening its investment in high-quality early education opportunities in northwest Louisiana. The nonprofit recently opened a brand new, state-of-the-art Head Start center in Mansfield earlier this month, and a new center in Natchitoches will open later this year, supporting children in Natchitoches, Desoto and Red River Parishes.

Wed
17
Feb

Edwards Keeping LA in Modified Phase 2 with Mask Mandate

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday, February 10, signed a proclamation extending Louisiana’s modified Phase 2 guidelines, which include sensible restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 like a statewide mask mandate, for another 21 days. The new order is set to expire on March 3, 2021.

Hospitalizations and test positivity have improved in Louisiana, but cases are still very high and more people are in the hospital today than were last summer. January was the second deadliest month of the pandemic in Louisiana and, with Mardi Gras next week, Louisiana cannot afford to relax restrictions. Last year, before public health officials were warning against cancelling large events, COVID-19 was spread during Mardi Gras celebrations, leading to many cases and deaths in the New Orleans region.

Wed
17
Feb

DPPJ Approves Parish-Wide Vote on April Ballot for Animal Services

DPPJ Approves Parish-Wide Vote on April Ballot for Animal Services

At the February 8 regular meeting, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury approved an agenda item authorizing a resolution that would approve a parish-wide vote on the April ballot for a tax that would fund not only animal control but also mosquito abatement. Since mosquito control was completely cut from the 2021 budget, this measure is very important with the control of West Nile Virus.

Guest Terri Burford mentioned that she thought the changing of meetings where the regular and committee meetings would exchange weeks was a good thing, giving Jurors time to study matters more thoroughly and seek information that they might need. She also voiced her opinion that the Jury website needed someone to update it on a regular basis, with Secretary Jodi Zeigler commenting that she would be working with another employee to see that this is done.

Wed
17
Feb

NDHS Receives $10,000 as NIET Founder’s Award Finalist

NDHS Receives $10,000 as NIET Founder’s Award Finalist
NDHS Receives $10,000 as NIET Founder’s Award Finalist

Louisiana school among four nationwide being considered for $50,000 grand prize

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) announced today that North DeSoto High School has received $10,000 for its selection as an NIET Founder’s Award finalist. The school is among four across the country under consideration for the $50,000 grand prize, which will be announced virtually at the NIET National Conference on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 10 a.m. ET.

“North DeSoto High School – and the district at large – are a model for developing outstanding teachers and principals dedicated to student achievement,” NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken said. “I commend Principal Tammie Phillips and her team for consistently building on their progress to prepare students for success in school and life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
17
Feb

SHS’s McKayla Williams Signs with Angelina College

SHS’s McKayla Williams Signs with Angelina College
SHS’s McKayla Williams Signs with Angelina College
SHS’s McKayla Williams Signs with Angelina College
SHS’s McKayla Williams Signs with Angelina College

McKayla is surrounded by the love of her family as she signs her Letter of Intent with Angelina College.

McKayla Williams stands by the table decorated with the school colors of Orange and Royal Blue while wearing a Angelina shirt. Their motto is “A great place to Start” and their mascot is the Roadrunner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
10
Feb

The Enterprise Moves to New Location – 110 Welsh Street in Mansfield

The Enterprise Moves to New Location – 110 Welsh Street in Mansfield

Many of you know that the old, historic building that The Enterprise has been housed in since the 1940’s has been for sale for a couple of years. Recently, management made the decision that the building had a better chance of selling if it were to be vacant. Our staff did not want to move. In fact, we dug our heels in wanting to stay around the courthouse square. Alas, a final decision was made and the search was on for a new location to move our office.

We have moved to a delightful new office space at 110 Welsh Street in Mansfield. The office is a converted home that proudly identifies itself as “Lagniappe House”. A little something extra is exactly what The Enterprise is, but we will soon be placing a sign identifying ourselves to avoid confusion as to where we are.

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