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DPPJ Extends Contract of Animal Shelter Director for 90 Days

On September 17, 2018, Connie Philipp began working for DeSoto Parish Animal Services at the T. B. Yopp, Jr. Facility located at 202 Liberty Drive in Grand Cane. At the regular meeting of the DeSoto Parish Police Jury Philipp was offered a 90 day extension of her contract as Director, which was unanimously approved by the Jury and accepted by Philipp.

Although she’s only been there a brief time, she has been in this area for a while longer. She resided in Grand Cane and now Marshall, Texas with her husband, horses and dogs on a 10 acre ranch.

Wed
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Happy New Year Traditions Celebrated and Remembered

The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon, after the Vernal Equinox, which is the first day of spring. Traditions of the season include the making of New Year’s resolutions that also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian’s most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

Wed
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Sheriff Richardson Announces DPSO Promotions

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to announce the recent promotions that have taken place within the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Captain Ray Sharrow, who was most recently over the Narcotics Division, has been promoted to Chief Criminal Deputy. Sharrow first began his law enforcement career with the Mansfield Police Department under Chief Don English. He worked there for about a year before moving to the DPSO under Sheriff Hugh Bennett, serving as a Corrections Officer. He soon was moved to be a Patrol Officer and became the Canine Handler with the first dual purpose K-9 officer (dog). Sharrow stated that he loved his K-9 and that was probably his favorite position he had held at DPSO. He was then promoted to Sergeant over the Narcotics Division and then advanced up the ranks to Lieutenant and finally Captain. In total, Sharrow has served the citizens of DeSoto Parish for over 23 years. He is married and the father of four children.

 

 

Wed
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Local Emergency Entities Unite to Help Brighten the Holidays

On December 18, members from DeSoto Fire District 1 out of the Logansport area, Fire District 3 out of the Stonewall area, Fire District 5 out of the Stanley area, Fire District 8 out of the Mansfield area, DeSoto EMS and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office banded together to help make Christmas a little brighter for DeSoto Parish children as well as the children of the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Shreveport.

Santa arrived to complete the afternoon of fun, and distributed gifts that were collected by the entities through generous donations of toys and monetary donations to make purchases. Any of us that have been in the hospital know how long the days can be during the allotted time you have to be there. Now imagine being a child confined in a hospital during Christmas, with some even being far from their homes.

 

 

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Louisiana HomeCare Earns Highest Quality Ratings from CMS

In its most recent report, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System recognized Louisiana HomeCare with a 5-star rating in both quality and patient satisfaction. According to the data, the Mansfield home health provider achieved the highest rating possible in both categories.

Louisiana HomeCare is a home health partner of DeSoto Regional Health System and part of a joint venture partnership with LHC Group, a national provider of post-acute healthcare services with 32,000 employees operating 780 locations in 36 states.

 

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Logansport Council Optimistic About Future with Passage of Proposition

The regular meeting of the Logansport Town Council was held on Monday, December 10 with all members present. Smiling faces surrounded the table with the news that the millage proposition had passed with 60% of Logansport’s voters in favor of the new tax.

Items on the agenda included amending the 2018 with a few additions and adopting the 2019 budget. Both were unanimously approved.

Individual councilman reports were minimal with Dwight Gatlin asking if anything could be done to force the owner of a local business to repair their parking lot that was in deplorable conditions. Suggestions were made with Mayor Judge Cordray informing the group that he would make a few phone calls to inquire about how to proceed with the problem.

Cordray mentioned that even though the property was out of the Logansport City Limits that a Mexican restaurant would be opening in the old Country Skillet building at the corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 191.

 

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DeSoto DA and Dignitaries Attend Annual Governor’s Christmas Party

Desoto Parish District Attorney Garry Evans and his guests were in Baton Rouge on December 11, 2018, to attend the Annual Christmas party at the governor’s mansion. Governor Edwards and first Lady Edwards greeted a select group of elected officials and friends from all over the state, and were also pleased to announce the budget was balanced and there is a surplus for the first time since the Blanco Administration.

 

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Joaquin Fire Dept. Recognizes Firefighters

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held their annual awards banquet and Christmas celebration at the First Baptist Church in Joaquin. Firefighters and their guests were treated with a steak dinner with all the trimmings.

Media/Public Relations and Training Officer Stephen Ewing reported of several awards that were awarded to deserving individuals. Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett, Firefighter Jesse Parent and Ewing were recognized for Perfect Attendance at all fire department meetings, with Assistant Chief Steve Cockrell recognized for responding to the most calls in 2018.

Wed
12
Dec
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Keatchi Heritage Foundation Announces Christmas Musicale Event

The Keachi Heritage Foundation, Inc. is proudly hosting a Christmas Musicale, entitled “A Classical Christmas Evening”. According to Keachi Mayor Travis Whitfield, the event is slated for Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 PM at the Keachi Presbyterian Church, located on Hwy 5. Featured entertainment for the evening will be Dr. Leonard Kacenjar and the Shreveport Festival Strings Quartet. These musicians come from all over the area, but are based out of Shreveport.

Dr. Kacenjar, who also is the conductor of the Project String student orchestra, received his Bachelor degree from Julliard School of Music in New York as well as a Master’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is active in the East Texas musical community, conducting the Marshall Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Summer Music Festival.

 

Wed
12
Dec
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Rep. Bagley Invites State DOTD Officials to Area

Last week, State Representative Larry Bagley held a conference at his Stonewall office that included Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD Executive Counsel Joshua Hollins and DOTD District Engineer Administrator for the Shreveport area, David North. Also in attendance were Keachi Mayor Travis Whitfield, Stonewall Mayor Randy Rodgers, Logansport Mayor Judge Cordray, and DeSoto Parish School Board President Dudley Glenn.

The visit began with the group riding sections of Hwy 5, Hwy 171 and Hwy 3276 (the Stonewall-Frierson Road), which are all obviously in serious need of repair. Bagley wanted the men to experience a ride on these roads and see first hand the condition they were in.

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