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Wed
26
Feb

Progressive National Bank – Stonewall Robbed at Gunpoint

Progressive National Bank – Stonewall Robbed at Gunpoint
Progressive National Bank – Stonewall Robbed at Gunpoint

On February 19, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office responded to a 911 call regarding a robbery at Progressive National Bank’s Stonewall Branch.

Sheriff Jayson Richardson reported that a masked gunman went into the bank on Highway 3276 (Stonewall-Frierson Cutoff Road) around 3:30 p.m. and demanded money from the tellers. He left the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala with Texas license plates. The car was later located on Old Jefferson Road in Stonewall.

 

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Wed
26
Feb

Boil Advisory Issued for Rambin Water System

Boil Advisory Issued for Rambin Water System

On Thursday, February 20, a boil advisory was issued for the Rambin Wallace Water System due to repairs being made to a water main break.

The affected area includes 75 customers on Highways 175, 483, 512, 513, and on Stewart Road.

 

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Wed
26
Feb

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Dedicating Mansfield Post Office for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. C.O. Simpkins

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Dedicating Mansfield Post Office for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. C.O. Simpkins
Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Dedicating Mansfield Post Office for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. C.O. Simpkins

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) will introduce legislation designating the post office in Mansfield for Dr. C.O. Simpkins, Sr., a lifelong Louisianan, veteran, and civil rights icon.

“Dr. Simpkins was a civil rights icon not only for Louisiana but for the entire nation during the civil rights movement,” said Dr. Cassidy. “He dedicated his life to fighting for freedom for all Americans, and we are honored to pay tribute to Dr. Simpkins through this designation.”

 

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Wed
19
Feb

Riders Prepare for 65th Old Spanish Trail Ride Trek

Riders Prepare for 65th Old Spanish Trail Ride Trek

On Saturday, February 22, riders will ride through Logansport for the 65th Annual Old Spanish Trail Ride, with participants departing for a 216-mile trip to Houston, as they travel down Texas Hwy 59. The trip is scheduled to last seven days, with the “all the way” riders arriving in time to participate in the Houston Fat Stock Show (HFSS) Parade, which also hosts rodeo events, concerts and auctions. The ride is held in conjunction with the HFSS to help with its promotion. The riders are due to arrive in Houston on February 29, after a weeklong journey. Seven stops along the way include Timpson, Nacogdoches, Diboll, Livingston, Cleveland and Humble, before reaching the final destination of the Houston Fat Stock Show.

Riders have only been able not to begin their lengthy trip from Logansport a few times, and that was due to construction. They are excited to be able to pass through Logansport, Haslam and Joaquin as they relive history traveling the Old Spanish Trail.

Wed
19
Feb

SHS Softball Standout Chloe Brouillette Signs with LSU-E

SHS Softball Standout Chloe Brouillette Signs with LSU-E

Last week, Stanley High School softball standout Chloe Brouillette signed with Louisiana State University in Eunice. As a pitcher for the Lady Panthers Softball Team, Chloe boasted of stats including an Earned Run Average (ERA) OF 3.73, total strike-outs at 94, a batting average of .303, 30 hits, 5 doubles, and 4 home runs.

Chloe played for the Illusions Gold Premier team, and traveled to Colorado for the team, The Sparkler. From there she went to the TC/USA Nationals in Georgia and USA JO Cup in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was honored with an invitation to play in Barcelona, Spain and Brisbane, Australia in addition to being chosen to go to the RYLA Leadership Camp during the summer.

 

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Wed
19
Feb

DeSoto Grieves the Loss of Deputy Donna Richardson-Below

DeSoto Grieves the Loss of Deputy Donna Richardson-Below

On February 12, 2020, just before 8:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Highway 84 west of Louisiana Highway 3248. This crash claimed the life of a 43-year-old DeSoto Parish Deputy Donna Richardson-Below.

The initial investigation revealed a 2008 Jeep Cherokee, driven by 33-year-old Richard Wimer of Stonewall, was entering a curve while traveling east on U.S. Highway 84. At the same time, an unmarked DeSoto Parish Sherriff ’s Office’s Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Deputy Richardson-Below, was traveling west on U.S. Highway 84. For reasons still under investigation, Wimer lost control of his vehicle and crossed a double yellow line which resulted in the collision with the Deputy’s vehicle. Deputy Richardson-Below, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Wed
12
Feb

MHS's Washington-Taylor-Rogers Stadium Receives Unanimous Nod from DPSO for Renovations

MHS's Washington-Taylor-Rogers Stadium Receives Unanimous Nod from DPSO for Renovations

The first phase of a $1.9 million renovation project at Mansfield High School’s Washington-Taylor-Rogers Stadium will begin in the coming weeks. The DeSoto Parish School Board voted unanimously at its meeting Thursday night to accept the low bid, submitted by Pat Williams Construction, for the project. According to Superintendent Clay Corley, the west side (home) grandstand has been deteriorating for some time. “

“The time has come for us to make some significant upgrades to the stadium and surrounding area,” said Corley. “The current bleachers are deteriorating to a point beyond repair and will cause some safety issues if we don’t replace them. I am thankful that we can complete a project of this magnitude without asking voters for additional revenue. The renovation will be totally funded from the Mansfield Schools Capital Projects Fund.”

Wed
12
Feb

Rep. Larry Bagley Appointed as Chairman of House Health and Welfare Committee

Rep. Larry Bagley Appointed as Chairman of House Health and Welfare Committee

On February 3rd, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Clay Schexnayder appointed Representative for District 7 Larry Bagley as Chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee.

Speaker Schexnayder said in a letter to Bagley, “ I know you will be an asset to the House and to the entire state as the chair of this committee. I look forward to working with you in a joint effort to best serve the citizens of our great state. Thank you for your willingness to serve.”

The Health and Welfare Committee is a standing committee of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

 

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Wed
12
Feb

Logansport Mayor Presents Certificates of Appreciation to Organizations

Logansport Mayor Presents Certificates of Appreciation to Organizations
Logansport Mayor Presents Certificates of Appreciation to Organizations
Logansport Mayor Presents Certificates of Appreciation to Organizations

On January 14, at the regular meeting of the Logansport Town Council, Mayor Judge Cordray presented certificates to several civic and volunteer groups recognizing their dedicated service to the Town of Logansport.

Those present included DeSoto Fire District 1 (DFD 1), the Christmas Lighting Committee, and the Mardi Gras Committee from the Krewe of Aquarius. Certificates were also awarded to groups that were unable to attend which included the River City Fest Committee, and individuals Josh Lowe, Charlee Temple and Shana Bailey.

Mayor Cordray said, “The Town appreciates everything these committees and individuals do for our community”.

 

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Wed
05
Feb

Krewe of Aquarius XVI “Cruisin the Cities” Parade Ready for Saturday Night

Krewe of Aquarius XVI “Cruisin the Cities” Parade Ready for Saturday Night

This Saturday night, the streets along the parade route of the Krewe of Aquarius XVI’s parade will be filled to capacity as cries of “Throw me something, Mister or Lady” echo throughout the night. The annual event is one of Logansport’s most popular events, with area restaurants, service stations and other businesses reaping the benefits of people enjoying a night of free, fun-filled family entertainment.

 

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