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Wed
15
May
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Sheriff Jayson Richardson Awards Scholarships to 2019 Graduates

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Congratulations teachers, students, and faculty on a great school year in DeSoto Parish! We are so very thankful for all of the hard-working educators who are shaping the future leaders of our community and abroad. Sheriff Richardson has visited each of the schools in our Parish over this past school year and was encouraged to see values such as integrity, hard work, and professionalism in the students and faculty.

It was an honor to be able to present three academic scholarships from the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program to Katherine Atkins of Logansport High School, Cloe’ Bolanos of North DeSoto High School, and Kyle Deas of Logansport High School.

We are proud of all of our students in DeSoto Parish. As we wrap up yet another school year in the coming weeks, we wish you all a safe and fun-filled summer ahead! (submitted by DPSO) .

 

 

Wed
08
May
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DeSoto Parish Hit with EF-1 Tornado

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With the beautiful spring blooms currently appearing on flowers and trees, it was hard to imagine that a tornado would blow in and destroy everything that was in its path in just a matter of minutes.

A round of storms passed through the area with the National Weather Service categorizing the tornado that hit sporadic locations from Hwy 191 outside of Logansport, all the way to Highway 84 and Oak Hill Road in Mansfield, snapping trees, ripping off roofs, and destroying many of the buildings at the Southeast Sales portable building location. It also snapped a light pole off of its concrete base in the old Walmart parking lot.

The tornado came very close to Mansfield High School, who lost power temporarily, but did not suffer a direct hit. School was in session at that time.

 

Wed
08
May
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Lady Griffins Fall in Semifinals

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The North DeSoto Lady Griffins came into this season on a mission as they were ousted in the Semifinals last season by Deridder who went on to win the 4A title. A group of 10 seniors entered this season with some unfinished business to attend to and set their sights on one more state title to add to their credit. They also wanted to send their head coach, Lori McFerren, out on top in what would be her last season at the helm of the Lady Griffin program. However, as fate would have it, the Lady Griffins would have to get through West Ouachita. These two teams were no strangers as the Lady Griffins denied West Ouachita the state title in 2015 and 2017. The Lady Griffins had also beaten the Lady Chiefs by a score of 8-7 in an early season matchup and were 6-1 coming into the semifinal match against them.

Wed
01
May
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Cornerstone Ministries to Host 8th Annual Rodeo May 4 and 5

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May 4 and 5 are the dates that have been set for the 8th Annual Cornerstone Cowboy Church Rodeo that will be held at the Logansport Municipal Arena, 1842 Berry Road, located just off of Uncas Street (around the Four Mile Loop). The event will kick-off Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and continue on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The annual event is presented by the Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association and the United Professional Rodeo Association. Admission to the event is $10.00 per carload.

Other than traditional rodeo events, some of the happenings that those attending can expect to see, or participate in if so desired, include hometown barrel racing with an entry fee of $20.00 and a calf scramble for kids 10 years of age and under. There will be $250.00 added prize money per event, with the exception of the Hometown Barrels competition. The registration fee for it is $20.00.

Wed
01
May
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Stonewall and Logansport Join Mansfield with National Day of Prayer Events

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The National Day of Prayer is something that has become a tradition with DeSoto Parish church leaders ready to participate in the 2019 event. Stonewall will hold their event on Wednesday evening, May 1, with Logansport and Mansfield holding their events on Thursday, May 2. This year’s theme is “Love One Another” with related scripture found in John 13:34 “Love one another just as I have loved you.”

In Stonewall, the event is set for Wednesday, May 1, at 6:00 PM in the North DeSoto Middle School Gym. Keynote speaker for the event is DeSoto Superintendent of Schools Clay Corley.

 

 

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Wed
01
May
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DPSO Arrest Two on Burglary Related Charges

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Sheriff Jayson Richardson reported that on April 21, at 12:20 p.m., the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding two male subjects who were seen trespassing on property, both of which were thought to still be in the area.

Deputies arrived on the scene and discovered that the residence and outbuildings had been burglarized. The caller was able to provide a clear description of the two individuals.

 

 

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Wed
01
May
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Local First Responders Band Together for National Public Safety Week

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In honor of National Public Safety Week, on April 18, 2019, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in a parish wide event to honor Emergency Communications Dispatchers and call takers. This event was held at the DeSoto Parish Communications building and honored DeSoto EMS, Fire Dispatch, DeSoto 911, Mansfield Police Department and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. Gifts for workers were provided by DeSoto 911, DeSoto EMS, Parish Fire Districts, and DeSoto Sheriff’s Office. Various businesses graciously provided food during the week for call takers which was also facilitated by DeSoto 911, and food for the event was provided by Warden Randy Clark and Assistant Warden Billy Cotton from the DeSoto Detention Center.

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Wed
24
Apr
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North DeSoto Announces Dennis Dunn as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director

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A familiar face to the Ark-La-Tex will return as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at NDHS. Dunn, will begin the job immediately as he meets with coaches and players this week.

Dunn, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s from Centenary College, has over 30 years of experience as an athletic director and head football coach.

“I am honored to be the new head coach at North Desoto”, said Dunn. “For me this an opportunity to come home. I have felt that one day I might get a chance to coach again where it all started for me. To be able to come back at this stage in my career is truly humbling. I have the utmost respect for Coach Ab and the job he did here for many years. We will try to add to the legacy of what has already been established. I have many friends in this community and I look forward to connecting with old friends and establishing new relationships in the place I love and call home.”

 

 

Wed
24
Apr
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Central School Corporation’s Annual Auction Fundraiser Ready for Saturday

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Central School Corporation, located at 1035 Second Street in Grand Cane, will hold their annual live auction and dinner fundraiser this Saturday. Organizers invite everyone to join them for an evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising on April 27 in the Central gymnasium. The live auction bidding will begin at 6:00 PM, featuring professional auctioneer Kevin Mixon.

Prior to the auction, a barbeque dinner plate, prepared by McCoy’s Butcher Block will be sold in the school cafeteria from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Tickets for the meal are $10.00 and will include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, chips and a drink. Meals area available for dine in or carry out.

 

 

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Wed
24
Apr
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Rabies Cases Confirmed in DeSoto Parish

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RABIES ! ALERT

DeSoto Parish Animal Services Director Connie Philipp reported that two cases of rabies have been confirmed in the last week in DeSoto Parish. While there were 3 cases reported only 2 of those tested positive for rabies. The locations that the skunks were captured from for testing were in the Keachi/Gloster/Grand Cane areas.

While skunks are the main carriers of rabies in this area, any kind of mammal can carry it. Phillip recommends vaccinating cats, dogs, and horses, adding that the fee is usually around $15.00 to $20.00 for a yearly shot. It is important to vaccinate cats and dogs because rabies symptoms are harder to recognize in them than in other mammals.

 

 

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