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Pattison’s Fashion Closing

After 44 impressive and influential years, Elsa Mims has announced the difficult decision to close her legendary boutique, Pattison’s.

This week, Elsa begins an unprecedented Going Out of Business Sale to aptly celebrate her store’s many years of devoted service to Mansfield and to her customers.

 

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One Suspect Arrested, Another Sought in Weekend Shooting

Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs reports that on Sunday- October 21 at approx. 9:30pm Mansfield Police received a report of a shooting in the 500 block of Jacobs Street.

Upon officers arrival they discovered that a vehicle, driven by Montrale Brown, was travelling North on Jacobs Street when several shots were fired at the vehicle. Multiple rounds struck the back window and travelled through the vehicle within inches of the occupants.

 

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Sheriff’s Race Tops Nov. 6 Ballot

The election of DeSoto Parish’s top law enforcement officer (Parish Sheriff) highlights the ballot facing voters on Tuesday, November 6. The heated contest has just two candidates, acting DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson is being challenged by Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs.

The winner of the Tuesday, Nov. 6 primary fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Ronnie Arbuckle. Arbuckle resigned in March of this year. That term actually expires in June of 2020. However, the election for a four-year term as Sheriff of DeSoto Parish will be on the ballot again in October of next year.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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GOP Voters Forum, Amendments Discussed

The DeSoto Republican Party group met for lunch on October 18th at noon at Big Zach’s Place in Logansport. Their guest speaker this month was Judge Amy Burford McCartney. She explained the constitutional amendments that will appear in the upcoming election, and what a vote would mean for each initiative.

A vote against Amendment 1 would allow former felons to hold office. A vote for Amendment 2 would make it so Louisiana convictions required all 12 jurors to be in agreement. Presently, if 10 of 12 agree, a person can be convicted of a felony.

Amendment 3 seeks to allow government entities to allow donations of public equipment and personnel to another government entity. A vote against would require that local governments be paid by other government entities for equipment use.

 

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24
Oct
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Richardson Relays Road Concerns

Sheriff Jayson Richardson attended the October meeting of the DeSoto Republican Party held at Big Zach’s in Logansport. One of the most discussed topics was the Transportation Fund and safe roadways in DeSoto Parish.

The discussion over roadway money and improvements was the most lively, and the Enterprise asked Sheriff Richardson to elaborate on how the conditions affects deputies.

All agreed it is critical that DeSoto have safe roads. Richardson said, “Roadways with proper shoulders allow deputies to get safely off of the road and conduct traffic stops. Many of our public roads do not contain shoulders and deputies must be selective of where they chose to do traffic stops. Safety of the violator as well as the Deputy is our first priority.”

 

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Chief Hobbs Visits Rotary

Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs visited the Rotary Club on Tuesday October 12, giving a presentation on his vision for law enforcement in the area and his experiences that led to these perspectives. Hobbs is making the rounds as a candidate for Sheriff of DeSoto Parish in the upcoming elections.

Concerning his proudest accomplishment as Chief of Police, Hobbs shared that “one of the proudest accomplishments during the past 5 years as Chief of Police is the fact that I have been able to reduce the department’s annual operating budget by nearly 40%.”

Wed
17
Oct
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Judge Bars DA from DPSO fraud case

Judge Adams has ruled that District Attorney Gary Evans cannot investigate any DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Deputies in regards to LACE fraud in the department. The ruling came as acting Sheriff Jayson Richardson seeks relief from the release of a Louisiana Legislative Audit report first requested by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury in 2017.

Though Adams did mention he could send the investigation to the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, the appeals process is also likely. “Well, we will obviously file an appeal with the 2nd Circuit,” said Evans after the hearing. “It’s my Constitutional duty to investigate criminal activity in this parish, and that’s what I am going to continue to do.”

 

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Williams announces retirement

After 41 years of service to her community Edith Williams has announced her retirement from Community Bank. Williams was born in Keatchie and graduated from Logansport Rosenwald High in 1964. She has been married to Willie B. Williams Sr. since October 1965, and they are proud parents to four sons.

 

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Civil War Reenactment, Oct. 27

On Saturday, October 27, Mansfield State Historic Site will re-create the gruesome aftermath of a Civil War during a special night tour of the Mansfield battlefield. Authentically costumed tour guides will take visitors onto the battlefield by candle lantern, as re-enactors depict various wartime scenes at stops along the trail. Tours last app. 30 minutes and will run ongoing starting at 7:30 pm, with the last tour departing at 9:15 pm.

 

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DeSoto Clean-Up Roundup, October 20th

The committee to Keep DeSoto Beautiful met October 3 for a progress meeting. The discussion concerned the group logo and logistics for DeSoto’s October 20th Clean-Up Round up.

Keep DeSoto Beautiful is a new initiative that will help combat the litter and waste problems of DeSoto Parish. A First Appearance Survey was commissioned, and along with police jury members toured the most traveled and visible roads of the parish. The assessment found the parish was indeed “littered,” scoring a 1.98 on a 10 scale.

 

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