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Wed
28
Nov
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DeSoto Chamber Announces New Executive Board and Board of Directors

The DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce held their regular monthly luncheon meeting on November

20. The meal was catered by The Village Eatery of Grand Cane.

Vice President Blaine Hodges called the meeting to order, with Bryan “Bo” Norwood leading the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Under Old Business, Hodges reminded members that phone calls were being made to offer advertising opportunities for businesses, civic groups, and individuals in the 2019-2020 Chamber Directory.

New business consisted of the election of the new Executive Committee Board, which was unanimously approved. The Executive Board consists of Brenda H. Hall, Executive Director; Blaine Hodges, President; Bill Smith, Vice President; Brian Phillips, Second Vice President; Martha Rivers, Secretary and Linda Gatlin, Treasurer. The new Board of Directors - 2019 also was unanimously approved. Honorary Lifetime Board members include John Freeman, A. J. Williams and Edna Thornton.

 

Wed
28
Nov
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Early Voting in DeSoto Begins November 24

DeSoto Registrar of Voters Amanda Mars has announced that early voting began on Saturday, November 24, and will continue through Saturday, December 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Voters will need to provide either a photo ID, Driver’s License or a signature on a voter affidavit.

All DeSoto voters will be selecting a candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State due to a runoff in the November 6 election. Incumbent Kyle Ardoin (R) will face Gwen Collins-Greenup (D) in the special election.

Also Parishwide, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury is asking that you approve to renew a levy special tax of one and twenty-six hundredths

 

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Tue
20
Nov
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Locals honored at Veterans Day Celebration

Rose Mary Martin, member Bon Chasse Chapter, organized Veterans Day celebrations at Beulah Baptist Church in Mansfield.

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Tue
20
Nov
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Grand Cane fills Operation Christmas Child boxes

Grand Cane Baptist Church participates each year to pack shoebox gifts to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Adalynn Prudhonme and Sarah Fisher are finishing their Christmas boxes. These girls personally wrote letters to each child sending their love and the message that Jesus loves them.

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Tue
20
Nov
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Proposed Logansport Recreation Center

The Town of Logansport has made available to all citizens of the community a conceptual layout of a proposed family recreation center for the town. The desire to provide worthwhile activities that improve the quality of life not only in Logansport, but DeSoto Parish, is the main goal of this project. The phases in this project will begin on property currently owned by the Town of Logansport and will start with the construction of four baseball fields adjacent to the current rodeo arena.

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Wed
14
Nov
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Davis honored by State Health Association

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The Louisiana Rural Health Association (LRHA) recently met and honored individuals and programs that provide lasting contributions to enhance and increase access to health care in rural communities throughout Louisiana. Each year, the LRHA recognizes individuals and organizations in the following four categories: Rural Health Legislator of the Year, Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year, Rural Health Practitioner of the Year and Rural Health Professional of the Year .

The Rural Health Professional of the Year recognizes a health care professional for their leadership in health care services throughout rural communities. Efforts taken into consideration include providing outstanding leadership, community involvement, lasting contributions to the health care system, as well as their outreach efforts.

The LRHA has announced it “is honored to name Chris Davis as the 2018 Rural Professional of the Year. “

 

 

Wed
14
Nov
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DeSoto Earns “A” Letter Grade for Helping Students Grow

DeSoto Parish School System received its annual report card on November 8, 2018 from the Louisiana Department of Education, which showed gains in the 2017-2018 school year. The school system received a “B” letter grade for overall school performance, as the state raised the bar for what it takes to earn that grade, and it achieved an “A” letter grade for helping students grow year-over-year. This puts DeSoto Parish in the “Top Ten” highest performing school districts out of 70 school districts across the State of Louisiana. This is the second year in a row that DeSoto has earned this recognition.

Wed
07
Nov
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Richardson takes convincing win in Sheriff’s Race

DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson cruised to a convincing win Tuesday night over Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs to finish the unexpired term of former Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle.

Richardson, who was appointed interim Sheriff by Arbuckle earlier this year, claimed a 62 percent to 38 percent victory. Richardson captured 22 of the 37 precincts and 6,681 total votes from DeSoto Parish voters. Hobbs received 4,040 of the total votes cast.

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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Community Enjoys Kick Out Crime Event

Sabine Parish Soccer Club, FC BOCA Knights, SB Knights football team, several police jury members, and local officials all helped make Kick Out Crime Day a success. About 40 area children gathered to play and another 20 local students who came to play basketball at the courts jumped in and participated in learning a new sport, soccer, and enjoying the free barbecue and baked goods.

The two regional soccer clubs were allowed to use the Police Jury field to give all area youths a chance to play and learn from coaches who have played at a high level. Both Joe Winningham of FC Boca and Chris Dodson of Sabine Parish Soccer Club have played in Europe as youth players and in national American soccer leagues or college as adults.

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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Bust Nets 500 Ecstasy Pills

On October 25, 2018, Agents with the Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested two individuals after agents purchased suspected methamphetamine and ecstasy pills. The arrest was made in the Mansfield area from the two individuals during a month’s long undercover investigation. Throughout the investigation, Agents seized over 500 ecstasy pills, 2.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, and 2 ounces of synthetic marijuana. Agents identified the subjects and obtained arrest warrants for Harvell R. Jones (B/M – DOB: 04/24/1986) and Latonya R. Moore (B/F – DOB: 07/30/1981) of Mansfield, LA. Both Jones and Moore were arrested and booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.

 

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