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Sheriff Richardson Reports Burned Body Found in Frierson Area; Possible Homicide

Sheriff Jayson Richardson has reported of a possible homicide in DeSoto Parish.

On March 9, area workers contacted the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office after finding burned remains in a wooded area on a well site just off of White Springs Road the in Frierson area.

Upon arrival, Deputies contacted the DeSoto Parish Coroner’s Office, who identified the remains as human, appearing to be male. The body is estimated to have been there for 2 to 3 weeks.

Investigators responded to the scene and secured evidence related to the investigation. There was no vehicle or clothing found in the area.

A positive identification will be made by the Coroner’s Office, and the investigation is on going at this time. Further information will be released at a later time.

 

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DeSoto Regional Health System Annual Meeting

Todd Eppler welcomed an overflowing crowd to the DeSoto Hospital Association annual meeting on Tuesday, February 26. This meeting of the ownership group of the health system offers Eppler an opportunity to give his annual “State of the Health System” address.

The meeting was kicked off by the Chairman of the Board, John Freeman . He welcomed the association members and praised the leadership team for the great job they have done in the past year. He then turned the meeting over to Eppler.

Eppler acknowledged the DRHS Board of Directors, the DRHS Foundation Board and the Senior Management team. He welcomed the 17 new nominees as members to the DeSoto Hospital Association after their approval, which was unanimous.

 

 

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Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs Retires from office

At a private event held at the Clista A. Calhoun Center, Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs was honored with a retirement party by Mayor John Mayweather, the Mansfield City Council, and the Mansfield Police Department. Guests enjoyed hearing speakers tell of various accomplishments and stories of Hobb’s 30 year career with the MPD.

A buffet of fried catfish with all the trimmings was prepared by various members of the Mansfield Police Department, who also helped serve the guests.

It was a bittersweet farewell to one of Mansfield’s most beloved Chiefs of Police, who was always a friend to all. We wish him well in his retirement years with his wife, Jennifer and son, Silas. 

 

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School Board Presents Awards to Educators, Students and Athletes at March Meeting

The DeSoto Parish School Board met on March 7 with the majority of the meeting centering around awards and proclamation presentations. Pictures were being taken all over the room to remember this wonderful occasion.

First recognized was North DeSoto High School athlete Josh Sarpy, who was awarded a certificate for winning the LHSAA State Wrestling Championship.

This recognition was followed by that of the Students of the Year, Teachers of the Year, and Principal of the Year.

The Lady Wolverines were the next group honored and were presented a resolution recognizing them as Class 2A State Champions.

 

 

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NWTF Bayou Pierre Banquet Saturday

On Saturday, March 9 make plans to join the members of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) as they host their 20th Annual banquet, with doors opening at 5:30 PM and dinner starting at 7:00 PM. Each year, thousands of NWTF members and volunteers flock to banquet halls and civic centers across North America to share stories, a meal and common goals – conserving wildlife and protecting our hunting heritage, with area residents doing their part here in DeSoto Parish.

Ticket prices and sponsor fees for this year’s banquet include Individual Ticket Membership at $55.00, with tickets for individual and spouse costing $75.00. This includes admission to the banquet and meal. JAKES Membership (17 and under) ticket is $20.00 and includes JAKES membership, life and admission to banquet and meal.

 

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Mansfield Council Sets New Public Comments Policy

To keep business more aligned in a professional manner, the Mansfield Board of Aldermen adopted a Public Comments Policy at their regular meeting that was held on February 25.

In accordance with LA R. S. 42:14 (D), the City of Mansfield will allow an opportunity for public comments at each City Council meeting at a point at the beginning of each meeting prior to action on an agenda item upon which a vote is to be taken.

Any individual interested in addressing the City Council must register in writing with the City Clerk. Registration may be handled in advance by calling the City Clerk at 318-872-0406 or by faxing 318-872-0402. Registration may also occur onsite on meeting days.

At the time of registration, individuals must identify themselves, the topic on which they will comment, and the entity they represent, if applicable.

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Lady Wolverines Win State Championship

After coming close to winning a state title three other times, Mansfield finally has an LHSAA title to claim.

The Lady Wolverines defeated District 1-2A rival North Caddo, 42-34, in the Class 2A championship game Saturday at Rapides Coliseum.

“You know, I think three is a charm,” Mansfield coach Kendra Jones said. “I’ve been in the finals twice and I said we’ve got to win this this year. The kids were excited, and I think we brought most of the town of Mansfield here. It’s just great for the kids, the parents and the community.”

Lady Wolverine junior guard Sha’Kahia Warmsley won MVP honors after playing all 32 minutes and scoring a game-high 17 points. She also added five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Mansfield (31-3) also got great input from Taylor DeWitt, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

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DeSoto Representatives Participate in No Man’s Land’s 200th Birthday Celebration

On Friday, February 22, members from the DeSoto Parish Tourism Commission and various interested citizens attended the inaugural event for the Bicentennial Celebration of No Man’s Land at Fort Jesup State Historical Site. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser joined other dignitaries and political figures from around the state to share in the day’s festivities. The event included living history demonstrations, cast iron cooking, music, and children’s activities that reflected the legends and customs of this area, as Louisiana’s Final Frontier’s culture was celebrated. The event lasted both Friday and Saturday, open to the public with free admission.

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DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Honors Elsa Mims

Mansfield business woman Elsa Mims was honored at the regular meeting of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce. Mims, owner of Pattison’s Fashions in Mansfield has decided to retire and close the doors of the 44 year old establishment. President Blaine Hodges presented a plaque of appreciation from the Chamber thanking her for adding so much to the business community in Mansfield and DeSoto Parish.

Mims made the difficult decision to close the legendary boutique in the fall of 2018, and began an unprecedented “going out of business sale” to aptly celebrate her store’s many years of devoted service to Mansfield and to her customers.

 

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Sheriff Announces Retirement of Deputy Deborah Foshee

Deputy Deborah Foshee was honored with a retirement party on February 19 with co-workers, friends and family in attendance. Sheriff Jayson Richardson presented Foshee with a commemorative watch in appreciation of her 15 years of faithful service. Pictured (l-r) are Deborah’s supervisor, Asst. Warden Billy Cotton, honoree Deborah Foshee and Sheriff Jayson Richardson.

 

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