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Hot Air Balloons Return to Desoto Parish July 14

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Colorful hot air balloons will be flying and landing at the C. E. “Rusty” Williams Airport on Sunday, July 14 from 4 to 10 pm in Grand Cane, Louisiana.

The excitement of these vibrant hot air balloons is a sight to see for the entire family. This is a free event sponsored by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury.

 

 

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Keeping Cool with Kool-Aid in Logansport

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DeSoto Waterworks Holds Open House at Filtration Plant on Toledo Bend

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Tours were conducted on the hour from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at DeSoto Waterworks District 1 plant, which is located at 100 Water Plant Road (Circle Drive Rd), just off of Hwy 191.

In September 2017, the Louisiana Department of Health awarded a $2.31 million loan to DeSoto Parish Waterworks District 1. The loan was made through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, and improvements that were made to Waterworks I’s system were directly funded by this loan to help the district improve its drinking water system. In addition to the loan, the DeSoto water system also received a grant from the Drinking Water Capitalization Grant that pays for the first $462,000 of the loan (principal forgiveness). Neilson said that the balance of the loan would have to be paid back throughout a given time frame.

Thu
04
Jul
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Fifth Annual Rickey Warren Memorial Fireworks Show to Light Up Logansport’s Riverfront

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One of the annual events that is most anticipated in our area is the Annual Rickey Warren Memorial Fireworks Display on the banks of the Sabine River in Logansport.

This year marks the official fifth year that DeSoto Fire District 1 has delighted throngs of people that are drawn to DeSoto Parish and Shelby County to view the spectacular pyrotechnics show. DFD 1 Interim Chief Mark Magee said that the show is scheduled for 9:00 p.m., but could be a little later as they wait for complete darkness in the nighttime sky to fully showcase the exhibition. The event is completely free, but donations are gladly accepted and appreciate. The fireworks show is an annual gift from DFD 1 to the community to commemorate our Nation’s Birthday , and is completely free, with no admission charge.

Thu
04
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DRHS Welcomes New Chief of Nursing Officer

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DeSoto Regional Health System CEO Todd Eppler has reported that Beth Westerchil has been named the new Chief Nursing Officer for DeSoto Regional Health System. She replaces Shane Goodman who resigned to accept a job at another health facility.

Westerchil grew up in Bossier City, and moved to Houston while still in high school. Once again she relocated and graduated from high school in Anacoco. She went on to attend Northeast Louisiana University, now ULM, and graduated with a double major of Nursing and Sociology. She received her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in healthcare administration.

 

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Shiloh Community to Celebrate July 4 on Holmes Road

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Organizers in the Shiloh Community will host a July 4th Fireworks Celebration, featuring not only the display but the Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band. Music is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m., with the fireworks to begin at dusk. Hamburgers, hot dogs, water and cold drinks will be available for this free, family friendly event.

The Blake Brothers will be playing many of your favorite songs with their own version that good old Gospel sound. If you like pure acoustical music, and enjoy hand clappin’ and a good old foot stompin’ good time, you don’t want to miss their return performance in Grand Cane. They have been called the premier Bluegrass Band in the ArkLaTex, playing a combination of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel, and are a favorite of many.

Wed
26
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Mindy Runge’s State Farm Agency Welcomed as Mansfield’s Newest Business

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The first day of summer and an Open House complete with ribbon cutting were two things that were celebrated in Mansfield on Friday, June 21. At 2:00 p.m., Mindy Runge, along with her family, friends, and the business community joined the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce welcoming Runge and her employees to their new business location at 513 Washington Avenue. The agency is conveniently located next door to Southern Classic Fried Chicken, and is in front of Just Teasin’ Hair Salon.

Runge began her career as a social worker after her college graduation, but soon became frustrated with that line of work, which is very tedious and stressful. She took the advice of a family member and soon began working as an agent. Runge stated that she is a second generation agent, and worked with family for three years.

 

Wed
26
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Mansfield Civic Group Final Preparations Made for 5th Annual Juneteenth

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The Mansfield Civic Group has worked hard to prepare for the Fifth Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Mansfield Alderwoman Marylinda Green once said that they start working on the next year’s event the day after the current one ends. This year’s celebration will be held on June 28, 29, and 30 around the courthouse square. Festival favorites that will be returning include musical entertainment, food and beverage booths, information booths, and arts and crafts.

Musical entertainment is the focal point of the Juneteenth celebration with the best of the best providing DJ and live music, showcasing Zydeco Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel and Old School R & B/Soul throughout the weekend. The admission is $10.00, with children up to age 4 admitted for free.

Wed
26
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Sheriff Richardson Arrests Former DPSO Deputy

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On June 4, 2019, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office received information of possible improper actions of an employee. The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave and subsequently terminated for policy violations.

A joint investigation between the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police found that former Deputy Joseph P. Procell had arrested a female subject for an out of state warrant. During the transport of the individual to the correctional facility, it is believed Procell coerced the incustody individual to perform a sexual act in exchange for leniency.

 

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19
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Police Jury Discuss Rules and Regulations for Special Event Permits

A special workshop was held on Thursday, June 13, for discussing rules and regulations that the DeSoto Parish Police Jury felt needed addressing. All special event organizations, including trail rides, car shows, and festivals, were asked to have a representative present for the meeting.

Police Jury President Reggie Roe asked Sheriff Jayson Richardson to open the meeting with his comments. He began by telling the Jury about his deputies’ recent experiences with one of the trail rides and the concern he had for public safety. Richardson said that residents were unable to leave their homes, and he had fourteen patrol cars dispatched to the area.

 

 

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