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28
Apr

Voters Say No to Proposition for 1 Mil Tax; Kennington and Melerine Win Seats

Voters Say No to Proposition for 1 Mil Tax; Kennington and Melerine Win Seats
Voters Say No to Proposition for 1 Mil Tax; Kennington and Melerine Win Seats

The voters of DeSoto Parish voted down a proposition regarding a levy 1 mill tax on all property subject to taxation in DeSoto Parish, which was to fund animal services, including the animal shelter and mosquito control. The unofficial turnout of Early and Absentee Voting showed 1,065 (43%) saying yes with 1,404 (57%) against. The percentage of ballots cast in this election was 122% with a total of 2,469 voting.

In District 2 of DeSoto Parish, Kyle D Kennington-R won the Police Jury seat over Ronald “Ronnie” Allen with 288 (62%) voting for Kennington with Allen receiving 176 (38%).

 

 

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Wed
28
Apr

Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award

Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award
Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award

A surprised look is just what you can expect and what those in attendance at Judge Amy Burford McCartney got when she entered the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Training Facility on April 21. Volunteers for Youth Justice had the judge’s staff, family and close friends quietly working on the surprise event where they wanted to present the 42nd District Judge an award as VYJ Hero of the Year for 2020.

Judge McCartney arrived to a room full of people, including her husband, son and family, with Sheriff Jayson Richardson, who had gotten her to the facility with the guise of having a meeting that they both needed to attend. She was met at the door by representatives of VYJ and voices shouting “Surprise” in unison.

Wed
21
Apr

DPPJ, Shreveport Green Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled for May 8

DPPJ, Shreveport Green Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled for May 8

Due to the sponsorship of the DeSoto Parish Police Jury, Shreveport Green will provide DeSoto Parish residents a day of hazardous waste material collection to be held on Saturday, May 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This year’s collection sites include Logansport, Grand Cane and Stonewall. The services provided by Shreveport Green return to the three locations that had the most participation from the public, and are strategically placed for the ease of usage for the yearly recycling opportunity.

DPPJ President Reggie Roe said that this would be the perfect opportunity to get rid of all those things cluttering your garage and storage unit. However, this collection is for residential waste only, and not for business or farm materials. Shreveport Green will have chemists, staff and volunteers available at the three locations, to help with the identification of your waste substances for proper disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
21
Apr

Voters Head to the Polls this Saturday

Voters Head to the Polls this Saturday

DeSoto voters will head to the polls on Saturday, April 24, to decide who will become the next representative for our district with the Board of Education and Secondary Education (BESE) and whether or not to pass a 1-mill property tax allocated for DeSoto Animal Services. DeSoto’s District 2 will cast votes for their Police Juror members.

BESE Board run-off candidates will be Michael Melerine-R and Cassie Williams-D, with the winner taking the place of former representative Tony Davis.

In DeSoto District 2, voters will cast their preference between Kyle D. Kennington-R or Ronald “Ronnie” Allen-R. The victor of the Kennington-Allen runoff will fill the seat vacated by Judge Nicholas Gasper, who resigned his Jury seat after winning the election to serve as Judge for the 42nd Judicial Division.

Wed
21
Apr

Joaquin City Council Honors Joaquin VFD with Appreciation BBQ Dinner

Joaquin City Council Honors Joaquin VFD with Appreciation BBQ Dinner
Joaquin City Council Honors Joaquin VFD with Appreciation BBQ Dinner

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was treated to a barbeque dinner on Monday, April 12th by the Joaquin City Council as a “thank you” for the department’s hard work and selfless service to the community throughout a very difficult year in 2020. In addition to the challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic, the JVFD also responded to an above average number of structure fires as well as high water rescues during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. This service continued into 2021 with multiple unprecedented winter weather events.

Councilman Jesse Griffith spoke for the Council, saying, “No matter what the call was, these guys were here to answer it. Our EMRs (Emergency Medical Responders) had to adapt on the fly with how they handled medical calls, and they have dealt with several severe weather events. They’re always here, day or night.”

Wed
21
Apr

DeSoto Chamber Honors Pink Leopard with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

DeSoto Chamber Honors Pink Leopard with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
DeSoto Chamber Honors Pink Leopard with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday, April 15, the DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Pink Leopard Boutique, located at 211 Washington Avenue, Suite D in Mansfield, with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Owner Linda Duncan and her staff welcomed clients, friends, and the business community to their Open House, complete with a DJ and charbroiled hamburgers and hot dogs. Those that made purchases were treated with a free gift bag that contained a manicure set.

Duncan is originally from Mansfield, but moved to Center, Texas when she was 14 year old. Coming back to Mansfield several years later she has worn several different hats in her past employment history. She worked for Calhoun Property Management, the Mansfield Police Department, and was the manager of Factory Connection.

Wed
21
Apr

Police Jury Meeting Highlights for April 2021

At the April 5 meeting of the DeSoto Parish Police Jury discussion was raised with State Representative Larry Bagley and Senator Barry Milligan in attendance to help clarify the parking lot situation at the Clista A. Calhoun Center with the state. Although the Jury paid for the majority of the work done on the lot at the Center, the state is the actual owner. Bagley said that the best deal he could work out with the state was an agreement between the state and Jury to lease the parking lot for 20 years, but all repairs would have to be done by the Jury.

Jeri Burrell asked if the Jury ever was repaid for doing the original work, and that she was against leasing the lot. Ernel Jones also added that the Jury built the parking lot.

Wed
14
Apr

DeSoto Chamber Announces Ribbon Cuttings for New Businesses

DeSoto Chamber Announces Ribbon Cuttings for New Businesses

The DeSoto Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome two new businesses to the parish, with ribbon cuttings and grand openings set for both this week.

Make plans to join chamber members, officials and friends of the Pink Leopard, located at 211 Washington Avenue, Suite D in Mansfield on Thursday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. (the location is across the highway from the old Capital One building.) for their grand opening and ribbon cutting. Owner Linda Duncan is excited to bring her upscale boutique and gifts to Mansfield, offering sizes ladies small through 3X. The Pink Leopard will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information call 318-461-4558.

The following day, Friday, April 16, come join the same group of people for the festivities in Grand Cane at the new 4C Coffee House, located in downtown historic Grand Cane in the Geo. N. Parker Co. Building, at 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

Wed
14
Apr

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Plans to Build in Mansfield Area

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Plans to Build in Mansfield Area
Love’s Travel Stops Announces Plans to Build in Mansfield Area

Most people from this area are familiar with the Chesapeake building that was built in close proximity to I-49 a few years ago. It seems right after the grand opening and dedication ceremony was held Chesapeake’s interest started to fade in DeSoto. The beautiful facility was there, but was barely used.

Fast forward to March 2021, when Love’s Vice President Rick Shuffield began looking for property along the I-49 corridor to expand the large travel station/truck stop chain into northwest Louisiana, and possibly DeSoto. Shuffield found his contact with Walker-Alley and Associates in Shreveport when he spoke with commercial realtor Chris Stokes.

Wed
14
Apr

Early Morning Robbery Ends with Fatality and Arrest of Mansfield Man

Early Morning Robbery Ends with Fatality and Arrest of Mansfield Man
Early Morning Robbery Ends with Fatality and Arrest of Mansfield Man

On Monday, April 12, a regular early morning at the Best Western hotel in Mansfield ended with a hotel desk clerk fatally wounded and a patron critically injured during a robbery attempt. While the clerk was being held up at approximately 3:45 a.m., an unsuspecting guest stepped off the elevator not knowing what he was walking into.

The Mansfield Police Department and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office worked together the entire morning and at one time had him surrounded in a building on the DeSoto Parish School Board’s property off of Oxford Road. After concentrating on that area, he was not found until later in the day.

During the manhunt for 20-year-old Terry Dewayne Powell of Mansfield, all area businesses, banks, and schools were on lock down since the alleged shooter was classified as armed and dangerous, and the public was asked not to interact with Powell.

 

 

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