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Wed
14
Oct

Mansfield Man Arrested for 2nd Degree Murder

Mansfield Man Arrested for 2nd Degree Murder

On October 4, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Department released a statement regarding the shooting death of Demarcus Lewis with a warrant issued for the arrest for 41-year old Douglas Thomas of Mansfield. He was considered armed and dangerous and was last seen driving a 2006 light blue Lexus SUV.

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Wed
14
Oct

Louisiana to Stay in Phase Three

On Thursday, October 8, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will stay in Phase 3, keeping its strong COVID-19 mitigation measures, including a continued statewide mask mandate, in place for another 28 days.

The Governor moved Louisiana to Phase 3 in September, following declines in new cases and hospitalizations. Case numbers have spiked already twice in Louisiana – once in April and again in July.

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Wed
07
Oct

Stand Up! Be Counted! Let Your Voice Be Heard by Voting! Participate in the Census!

There are two very important things going on in October that we must not overlook. Early voting dates for the Presidential and various local offices on October 16, running though thru October 27 and the United States Census has been extended until October 31.

The Secretary of State’s website says the Registrars of Voters will open their offices from 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. for each day of early voting. When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card, a United States military identification card that contains the applicant’s name and picture or other generally recognized picture identification card that has your name and signature. You may wish to contact your local Registrar of Voters Office for specific locations, dates and times.

 

Wed
07
Oct

DeSoto Chamber to Host Political Candidates at October Luncheon Meeting

DeSoto Chamber to Host Political Candidates at October Luncheon Meeting

Executive Director of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Brenda Hall has announced that the speakers for the October 20th meeting will be the candidates for District Attorney and two judge’s seats. All candidates are vying for positions within the 42nd Judicial District. Those speaking include the District Attorney incumbent Gary Evans who is challenged by Charles Adams. Candidates for the District A Judges seat are incumbent Amy Burford McCartney who is being challenged by Brenda Ford. The District B judge’s seat was left vacant when Adams retired his position. Two candidates, Nicholas Gasper and George Winston, are seeking that seat.

Due to the reduced capacity in the building the Chamber will only be able to accept the first 53 people that sign up. A boxed lunch will be provided for $11.00 and you must RSVP by October 14. Hall stated that they couldn’t accept more than the law allows. If you do not RSVP you cannot attend due to COVID-19 mandates.

Wed
07
Oct

6th Annual Fifty Mile Trail of Treasure on Go for Saturday, Oct. 10

6th Annual Fifty Mile Trail of Treasure on Go for Saturday, Oct. 10

Organizers for the Sixth Annual Fifty Mile Trail of Treasure say the weather forecast looks favorable for Saturday, and the event is ready to go. If it were to rain, the 50 Mile group is always prepared for the following Saturday, which is October 17, as a rain date. The designated time for 50 Mile is from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., but numerous vendors set up even earlier and stay later.

Wed
30
Sep

Mary Register Accepts New Position at DPSB Media Center

Mary Register Accepts New Position at DPSB Media Center
Mary Register Accepts New Position at DPSB Media Center
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Departing Principal Mary Register is flanked by Diana Curtis (on left) who has been named as Logansport High School’s new principal

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Wed
30
Sep

Johnson Announces Nearly $4 Million in Federal Funding to Improve Rail Safety Between Frierson and Starks

Johnson Announces Nearly $4 Million in Federal Funding to Improve Rail Safety Between Frierson and Starks

Last week U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) announced an almost $4 million grant to improve safety along the Kansas City Southern rail line that runs between Frierson and Starks. These improvements, authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will fund predictive warning systems at 24 crossings along the 157-miles of rail between the two towns. This funding can be used for a variety of warning systems, including flashing lights, gate arms, and motion detectors.

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Wed
30
Sep

SOS Kyle Ardoin to Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Stonewall Annex

SOS Kyle Ardoin to Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Stonewall Annex

DeSoto Parish Registrar of Voters (ROV) Amanda Raynes has announced that a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the ROV Annex in Stonewall on Thursday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m. The new office is located at the new DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Satellite Office and Stonewall Municipal Complex on Hwy 171. Special guest at the event will be Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.

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Wed
30
Sep

DPPJ Honors J. O. Burch by Naming Building Honoring His Memory

DPPJ Honors J. O. Burch by Naming Building Honoring His Memory
DPPJ Honors J. O. Burch by Naming Building Honoring His Memory

At the September 14 meeting the DeSoto Parish Police Jury honored the memory of one of their own. The road maintenance facility located at 424 Liberty Lane in Grand Cane will now be called the J. O. Burch Memorial Road Maintenance Facility. The decision was made due to Burch’s dedication to the people of the parish, especially the parish road system as Chairman of the Road Maintenance Committee for many years.

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Thu
24
Sep

Gov. Edwards Adjusts Phase 3 Order to Extend Alcohol Sales by One Hour

Gov. Edwards Adjusts Phase 3 Order to Extend Alcohol Sales by One Hour

Following discussions with restaurant and hospitality industry leaders, Gov. John Bel Edwards today altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on premises sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars. However, all bars must still close by 11 p.m.

The Governor’s order previously ended the sale or service of alcohol for on-site consumption at 10 p.m. as part of mitigation measures recommended by the White House and designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the state. While bars remain closed for on-site consumption in some areas, in parishes with lower incidence of COVID, local government may opt in to open their bars. Four parishes that are eligible have opted in so far: Acadia, Jefferson Davis, St. Landry and Plaquemines.

 

 

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