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LA Governor Extends Stay at Home Order to May 15 While TX Governor Reopens Select Businesses

LA Governor Extends Stay at Home Order to May 15 While TX Governor Reopens Select Businesses
LA Governor Extends Stay at Home Order to May 15 While TX Governor Reopens Select Businesses

On Monday, April 27, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that he would let the state’s stay-at-home order expire on Thursday, April 30, as scheduled and allow businesses to begin reopening in phases the next day, the latest ramp-up in his push to restart the Texas economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards then announced on April 29, he would extend Louisiana’s Stay at Home order until May 15 to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Louisiana does not currently meet the White House criteria for entering Phase One of reopening. It seems that Northwest Louisiana has been kept closed due to the COVID-19 ratios in the New Orleans area, which many political officials claim is unfair to DeSoto, Sabine and Caddo businesses.

Thu
30
Apr

DeSoto Suffers High Water After Severe Storms in Area

DeSoto Suffers High Water After Severe Storms in Area
DeSoto Suffers High Water After Severe Storms in Area
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On April 22 and again on April 29, DeSoto Parish was thoroughly saturated due to thunderstorms and high winds throughout the area. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office reported numerous calls over roadways all around the parish.

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Thu
30
Apr

Rep. Bagley Appointed to Joint Select Committee on LA Economic Recovery

Rep. Bagley Appointed to Joint Select Committee on LA Economic Recovery

Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder and President of the Senate Patrick P. Cortez have created the Joint Selected Committee on Louisiana Economic Recovery. This select committee will receive and review recommendations being made by the special private sector advisory task force that will be meeting to advice the legislature on the re-opening of the state’s economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

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Thu
30
Apr

DPSO Releases Covid-19 Report Through April 27, 2020

DPSO Releases Covid-19 Report Through April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 Local Updates as of The Enterprise’s April 27, 2020 press time:

COVID-19 NUMBERS: The following contains updated positive case numbers for COVID-19 locally and state wide. You can find the information below and more data via the LDH website updated at 12pm noon each day (noted below.) We post this information daily as a courtesy to locally concerned citizens, and we are not tasked with providing specific cases by city/town, personal information, or information on those who have recovered from COVID-19. Such information is organized, protected, and distributed when necessary by Medical Facilities and the Louisiana Department of Health.

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Thu
30
Apr

Rosie Mayweather Unanimously Appointed by DPSB to Complete Term of Late Husband

Rosie Mayweather Unanimously Appointed by DPSB to Complete Term of Late Husband

The DeSoto Parish School Board met in a special session on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. to select a replacement representative due to the death of L, J. Mayweather, Jr. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Rosie Mayweather to fill the vacancy created due to her husband’s death.

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Thu
30
Apr

Mansfield Man Drowns in Rain Swollen Drainage Ditch

Mansfield Man Drowns in Rain Swollen Drainage Ditch
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On Wednesday, April 22, a Mansfield man drowned in a rainswollen drainage ditch while trying to retrieve a trashcan that was washing away due to the heavy rains.

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Wed
22
Apr

Progressive National Bank Announces Board and Officer Promotions

Kade Rogers
Donald “Donnie” Dufour
C. E. “Rusty” Williams, Jr

This week, Progressive National Bank CEO E. Wayne Davis, announced the promotions of C. E. “Rusty” Williams, Jr., Donald “Donnie” Dufour, and Kade Rogers.

Williams has been a board member since 1998 and was promoted to Chairman of the Board. Rusty is married to Lynn Williams, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Dufour has been a board member since 1994 and was promoted to Vice Chairman of the Board. He is married to Tanya Dufour and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Rogers was promoted to President and has been with PNB for 16 years, and has served as a board member since 2011. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is married to Meredith Rogers and they have two children.

Wed
22
Apr

DPPJ Votes to Furlough Non-Essential Workers Due to COVID-19

DPPJ Votes to Furlough Non- Essential Workers Due to COVID-19

The DeSoto Parish Police Jury met via a virtual meeting that was transmitted by Zoom on April 13. After the approval of various meeting minutes from March, new business included recommending authorizing President Reggie Roe to execute the State project No. RU 18-16-21 Public Transportation Operating Assistance Program for the Non-Urbanized area of DeSoto Parish. Juror Jeri Burrell asked what the item was for with Roe explaining it was for the Council on Aging. The item passed unanimously.

The next two items included authorization of the payment of bills, and to authorize the naming of Wits End Pvt. Drive off of Wilson Lane in Stanley (District 1B). Burrell questioned if this was to become a public road, with Juror Greg Baker answering that the naming of the road was for E-911 and address purposes only. The Jury would not be responsible for maintenance. Both items passed unanimously.

Wed
22
Apr

Louisiana, Texas Governors Close Out School Year; Remote Learning Continues

Louisiana, Texas Governors Close Out School Year; Remote Learning Continues

On April 15, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation closing K-12 public schools in Louisiana to students until the end of the current school year, with students getting their education via remote learning, as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“Closing public schools in Louisiana for the remainder of the year is not a choice I was excited to make, but it is one that is necessary to protect the safety of our children, our teachers and staff and the community at large,” Gov. Edwards said. “But, I want to be clear about something: This isn’t the end of learning, it’s just the end of students physically going to school campuses for the remainder of the semester. Remote learning will continue and, we will all work together to make sure that our students do not fall behind academically. In addition, we expect that school systems will continue to provide nutrition and meals for students.”

Wed
15
Apr

Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana

Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana
Spring Storms Bring Tornadoes and Damaging Winds to DeSoto; Gov. Declares State of Emergency in North Louisiana

Easter of 2020 will long be in the memories of DeSoto residents from both COVID-19 Stay Home orders and a tornado warning that covered most of the parish. If the bunny was trying to leave eggs and treats for the good little children he had to take cover for the majority of Sunday morning due to rains, hail, winds and tornadoes.

At 9:04 a.m. those of us that have weather alerts on our cell phones received a message accompanied by a loud audible signal to take cover if you lived in Shelby County and DeSoto Parish. A tornado was spotted about 15 miles north of Center, Texas moving northeast at 60 mph. The weather service said that their radar indicated rotation and for all to take cover to avoid flying debris, with tree damage likely. When the national news calls out familiar towns things become even more realistic.

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