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Convicted Child Killer Brian Horn Returns to DeSoto Courtroom; Trial Date Still Pending

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Due to the Louisiana State Supreme Court overturning the conviction of a child murderer that was sentenced to death on May 28, 2014, Brian Horn once again found himself in a DeSoto Parish Courtroom. Thursday, December 6, would be his first return there since his case was been sent back to DeSoto Parish for a new trial. Horn was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering 12-year-old Justin Bloxom in May 2014.

Horn did not speak during the hearing to address procedural matters, which included the appointment of a certified capital defense attorney to represent Horn in the death penalty case. The public defender in court with Horn on Thursday was temporary.

Judge Amy Burford McCartney stated that she was not prepared to appoint legal representation for Horn since she didn’t have a complete list of certified capital defense attorneys for the Thursday hearing.

 

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Mansfield’s Christmas Celebration this Saturday, December 8

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On Saturday, December 8th, the Mansfield Proud and Unity Group will present the 2018 Christmas parade and festival. This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Wolverine Kind of Christmas”, with the festival portion gathered around the DeSoto Parish Courthouse. The festival theme is “Dancing Around the Courthouse”.

Parade entries are still be accepted with an entrance fee of $30.00. Floats, cars and marching units will line up in the old Walmart shopping center located on Highway 84. The route will have them traveling down King’s Highway, passing by Mansfield High School, proceeding across Highway 171, and turning left on Washington Avenue (Highway 84). They will then turn right on Polk Street and end at Mansfield City Hall. The parade entries will be judged and prizes awarded in several categories.

 

 

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DPPJ Budget Workshop Ends After Lengthy Session

On Wednesday, November 28, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury met in an open workshop to gather figures to set the 2019 budget. Lengthy discussions and raised voices by several of the jurors seemed to be the order of the day, with the final budget to be adopted at the meeting that was to be held (at this writing) on Monday, December 3. Pictured is Kathi Wells, Vice President of the new civic club, Mansfield Proud and Unity Committee, explaining their need for funds and what they will be used for.

 

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Judge Adams Considers Legislative Auditors Request; Attempt Denied

On November 29, Legislative Auditor attorney Jenifer Schaye and attorney Rick Sterritt met in Judge Charles Adams courtroom to battle out the right whether or not to allow the Louisiana Legislative Auditor to be added as a party to get records from the DeSoto Parish sheriff’s employees’ personnel files due to a part of alleged wrong doings in the Local Agency Compensation Enhancement (LACE) program. Auditors are investigation suspected abuses where DeSoto deputies allegedly overstated their overtime.

Schaye continued that the auditors want copies of the files of Sheriff Jayson Richardson and twelve other current or retired employees. Sterritt countered that the auditors asked to take the original records to Baton Rouge, not make copies. Schaye agreed that the files have been made available since Richardson offered 10 of the 12 personnel files that he obtained signed releases on.

 

 

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City Discusses End of Year Business

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The regular bi-monthly meeting of the City of Mansfield was held on Monday, November 26, with all aldermen in attendance. Mitchell Lewis said the invocation, with Joseph Hall, Jr. leading the Pledge of Allegiance. No guests present elected to speak during the Public Comments period.

Old business discussed included conducting a public hearing to discuss any comments related to the city’s 2019 Proposed Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures. The public hearing will be held on December 10, 2018. Aldermen returned a unanimous vote to recommend the adoption of an Operating Budget for this fiscal year, beginning January 1, 2019 and ending on December 31, 2019. They authorized the advertisement of the Notice of Public Hearing and confirming the public hearing date on the same vote.

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DeSoto Voters Go to the Polls this Saturday

On December 8, all DeSoto voters will be selecting a candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State due to a runoff in the November 6 election. Incumbent Kyle Ardoin (R) will face Gwen Collins-Greenup (D) in the special election.

Also Parishwide, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury is asking that you approve to renew a levy special tax of one and twenty-six hundredths

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357 Locals on List of Unclaimed Money

Approximately 357 DeSoto Parish residents and business owners are on the list of unclaimed money owed to area residents that is published in today’s Mansfield Enterprise.

We encourage all readers to check today’s Enterprise on Page 9 to see if your name appears on the list of residents in DeSoto Parish with unclaimed money.

The State of Louisiana owes $852 million in unclaimed property to Louisiana Citizens. The Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division is working to see this money is returned to the rightful recipient.

 

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Julie Morris Returns as Editor of Mansfield Enterprise

If one ever needed validation that newspapers are relevant, needed and read, there is finally proof.

Julie Vidler Morris of the Mansfield Enterprise announced on social media November 14 that she would be back at the paper starting Monday, November 19, in the capacity as editor. The overwhelming reaction to her announcement was apparent within 20 minutes. There were over 30 comments and almost 100 likes at that time. In twenty-four hours, the post generated 346 reactions and 180 comments, the majority congratulatory. The final count, as of today’s date, indicate 379 reactions and 288 comments.

 

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DeSoto Chamber Announces New Executive Board and Board of Directors

The DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce held their regular monthly luncheon meeting on November

20. The meal was catered by The Village Eatery of Grand Cane.

Vice President Blaine Hodges called the meeting to order, with Bryan “Bo” Norwood leading the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Under Old Business, Hodges reminded members that phone calls were being made to offer advertising opportunities for businesses, civic groups, and individuals in the 2019-2020 Chamber Directory.

New business consisted of the election of the new Executive Committee Board, which was unanimously approved. The Executive Board consists of Brenda H. Hall, Executive Director; Blaine Hodges, President; Bill Smith, Vice President; Brian Phillips, Second Vice President; Martha Rivers, Secretary and Linda Gatlin, Treasurer. The new Board of Directors - 2019 also was unanimously approved. Honorary Lifetime Board members include John Freeman, A. J. Williams and Edna Thornton.

 

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Early Voting in DeSoto Begins November 24

DeSoto Registrar of Voters Amanda Mars has announced that early voting began on Saturday, November 24, and will continue through Saturday, December 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Voters will need to provide either a photo ID, Driver’s License or a signature on a voter affidavit.

All DeSoto voters will be selecting a candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State due to a runoff in the November 6 election. Incumbent Kyle Ardoin (R) will face Gwen Collins-Greenup (D) in the special election.

Also Parishwide, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury is asking that you approve to renew a levy special tax of one and twenty-six hundredths

 

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