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16
Jun

Trail Ride Woes Return in 2021 with Grand Cane Citizens Demanding Solutions

Trail Ride Woes Return in 2021 with

In June 2019, Frierson area residents attended a police jury meeting to discuss the rowdy and dangerous actions of a large number of people attending a trail ride that was hosted by Thaddeus Lee. The main concern seemed to be handling the mass crowds and parking issues. A workshop was held to see that this behavior, lack of respect for personal property, and the traffic violations would be handled in a more controlled fashion. This past weekend, the same problems arose, but this time it was centered around the Grand Cane with the Big W Trailride. The increase in attendance went from 800 in 2019 to 7,000 to 8,000 in 2021.

Wed
09
Jun

DeSoto Fire District 8 Dedicates Building to Late Board Member

DeSoto Fire District 8 Dedicates Building to Late Board Member
DeSoto Fire District 8 Dedicates Building to Late Board Member
DeSoto Fire District 8 Dedicates Building to Late Board Member

On Friday, May 28, 2021, Chief Bill DeLoach, members of the Board of Commissioners, firefighters and guests gathered together to dedicate their classroom building to a late DFD 8 Board Member, Nita Richardson.

In honor of Ms. Richardson and her many years of service to the DFD 8 fire district, the building has been renamed the Nita Richardson Emergency Services Training Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
09
Jun

DRHS Annual Health Fair Dates Announced

DeSoto Regional Health System is proud to announce the return of their annual community health fairs to be held in Mansfield, Louisiana, and Zwolle. The 2021 edition of the fairs will see the return of health booths, blood tests, blood pressure checks and PSA for Prostate Cancer Screening for men.

Mansfield’s Fair will be held at the First United Methodist Church, located at 502 Polk Street, in the Fellowship Hall on June 29 from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

On July 13, Logansport’s Fair will be held at Logansport High School, located at 17228 Hwy 5 in Logansport from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
09
Jun

Unrestrained Teen Dies in DeSoto Parish Crash

On June 2, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Hwy 84, east of Logansport. This crash claimed the life of 15-year-old Seth Sloan, of Mansfield, who was unrestrained.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2012 Dodge Challenger, driven by a 17-year-old juvenile, was traveling eastbound on U.S. Hwy 84, near Natural Gas Road. For reasons still under investigation, the juvenile driver lost control and exited the roadway, before colliding with a concrete retaining wall.

The juvenile driver was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. Sloan was pronounced dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
09
Jun

Rep Bagley to Host Town Hall Meetings in June Regarding Broadband Development

Rep Bagley to Host Town Hall Meetings in June Regarding Broadband Development

State Representative Larry Bagley has been working with the new Louisiana State Director of Broadband Development, Veneeth Iyengar. Iyengar has agreed to come to District 7 and take part in some Town Hall Meetings.

Bagley will be hosting two separate meetings on Friday, June 11th. The first meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Logansport High School at the Practice Gym, located on the right side of the campus as you enter the school grounds. The address is 17228 Hwy 5 in Logansport. The second meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Stonewall Government Plaza (inside the new DPSO facility), located at 1746 Hwy 17 in Stonewall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
09
Jun

DeSoto Chamber Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kidz Stylez

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Officers and members of the DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Kidz Stylez, located at 820 Polk Street in Mansfield. The ceremony is set to take place on Thursday, June 10 at 10:00 p.m. Make plans to attend the festivities as we welcome Mansfield’s newest business to our community. If you have any questions call the Chamber at 318-872-1310.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
09
Jun

DeSoto Man Arrested on Second Degree Murder Charge

DeSoto Man Arrested on Second Degree Murder Charge

On June 3, DeSoto deputies reported to a 911 call regarding a shooting that had taken place at the 1600 block of State Highway 481 between Stanley and Mansfield. The victim, identified as Jacob Ebarb, 28, of Mansfield, succumbed to a gunshot wound.

The shooting took place outside of Ebarb’s sister’s home where several people were outside where an had argument ensued. Demetri Rochell Johnson, 28, was arrested and booked with second degree murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
09
Jun

LA DOTD Reports Temporary Closure at U.S. 84 in Logansport

LA DOTD Reports Temporary Closure at U.S. 84 in Logansport

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that on Thursday, June 10, 2021, US 84 (Main Street) at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing in Logansport, DeSoto Parish will be closed.

This closure is scheduled to take place from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is necessary to allow UP to perform repairs to their railroad crossing.

Alternate route: LA 5 Restrictions/Permits: Total road closure at the railroad crossing. All vehicles will need to utilize an alternate route.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
02
Jun

Superintendent Cade Brumley Releases Statement on Governor Edwards Ending Statewide School Mask Mandate

Superintendent Cade Brumley Releases Statement on Governor Edwards Ending Statewide School Mask Mandate

Governor John Bel Edwards announced today that he is ending the statewide mask mandate for Louisiana schools. After the end of the current academic semester (spring 2021), school systems will determine policies on wearing masks. Louisiana State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley met with the Governor last week to request the mask mandate be lifted for K-12 students. School systems can begin implementing their own policies following the end of the 2020-2021 school year. New school system face mask policies will take effect starting with summer programs.

Wed
02
Jun

Inaugural Bugs & Bands Crawfish Boil Contest and Festival Slated for This Weekend

Inaugural Bugs & Bands Crawfish Boil Contest and Festival Slated for This Weekend

The little community of Kickapoo, Louisiana will be alive with music and food as the first ever “Bugs & Bands Crawfish Boil Contest and Festival” begins Friday, June 4 and ends on Saturday, June 5 at 12:00 p.m. The event was planned with the main goal of promoting DeSoto Parish while raising money for the DeSoto Regional Health System and their upgrade project. The projected attendance at the event is for over 3,000, including ticket holders, cooking staffs, event staff and musicians. The physical address of the Fest is at 4729 Hwy 171 in Kickapoo, which is between Stonewall and Mansfield.

Activities will begin on Wednesday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. for team arrivals and set up and all stage, restroom facilities, sound tent set up, etc. On Thursday, vendors will begin setting up their stations with the crawfish teams attending a regulation meeting, backline crew meeting and sound check, and test run on water and power.

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