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25
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Candidates Qualify for Upcoming Election

Candidates qualified July 18-20 for races in the upcoming election. DeSoto Parish qualifiers included races for DeSoto Parish Sheriff, Police Juror District 1C, all DeSoto Parish School Board Members, the Town of Keachi and Village of Grand Cane mayors, the Village of Grand Cane and Village of Stanley aldermen and the Town of Keachi, Town of Stonewall and Village of Longstreet council members. Statewide qualifiers included Secretary of State and U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District.

Two candidates qualified for Sheriff: Gary Hobbs (I) and Jayson Richardson (NP).

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Wed
25
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DeSoto Continues Upward Trajectory in AP Courses

The DeSoto Parish School System increases student participation in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. With the Louisiana Department of Education's recently released AP results, DeSoto continues its upward trajectory in these college level classes.

In 2011, there was only one AP course in DeSoto Parish (English at North DeSoto High School). Today, DeSoto offers AP courses at all four high school sites. Coursework offerings, in DeSoto, are available in all core content areas: English, math, science, social studies and computer science. AP courses are also available in various electives. These courses give DeSoto students an excellent opportunity to gradually ease into the college experience while in high school.

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Wed
18
Jul
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Auditor Finds Diversion Program Reduces Revenue for Criminal Justice System

For the past year, DeSoto Parish has been hit by controversy over whether or not the Local Agency Compensated Enforcement (LACE) and Traffic Diversion programs were affecting the criminal court fund. Previous DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle had pulled his deputies out of the program in June of last year after not being reimbursed by District Attorney Gary Evans for deputies LACE participation and suspecting the diversion program was depleting the criminal court fund.

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has been investigating the DeSoto Parish District Attorney’s Traffic Diversion Program. On July 16, the auditor released the discoveries. Auditor Daryl G. Purpera, CPA, CFE, found that the ticket diversion program had significantly reduced funds flowing into the criminal justice system.

 

Wed
18
Jul
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Track Club Keeps Winning Meets Around Country

River City Track Club has done it again. They won nationals last year, and now they are to North Carolina to bring it all home again.

The team went to Tennessee July 7-8 and came home with first place gold metals. National Junior Olympics will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina July 23-29.

The River City Track Club Girls Team includes 11 children who qualified for the 2018 Junior Olympics. For girls ages 7-8, Kendalyn Duncan participated in 100# and 200# and Andrea Washington participated in 400. For girls ages 9-10, Keniyah Davis participated in 4x100#, Zy’Mauri Canada participated in 4x100#, LaBrasia Ross participated in 4x100# and Aaliyah Brown participated in 100, 200 and 4x100#. For girls ages 11-12, T’La Dewitt participated in 100 and 4x100 and Zakhia Austin, Trinity Langham, Aniyah Jackson, LaJordan Boykins all participated in 4x100.

 

Wed
18
Jul
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Police Jury Recognizes Employees

DeSoto Parish Police Jury recognized two employees for their achievement and service. The jury awarded Norman Ellis for five years of service and Marvin Cooper for 10 years of service.

 

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Wed
18
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New Mayor Handles Personnel Items During First Meeting

New Town of Stonewall Mayor, Randy Rodgers, appointed Crystal Walsh as a councilmember to fill the vacant position until it can be filled permanently in the next election. Judge Amy Burford- McCartney swore Walsh in during the Town of Stonewall’s July meeting.

During the meeting, Rodgers recommended Shree’ Young to continue serving as Town Clerk. He also recommended Janis Davis as the Code Enforcement Officer. Rodgers recommended Charles Watson, Diane McDonald, Earl Brown, Tommy Williams and Mike Cruise to continue serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission. The town council voted and approved these recommendations. These positions will continue for the next four years.

 

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Wed
11
Jul
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Judge Voices Opposition for DA Space in Courthouse

Several years ago, the DeSoto Parish District Attorney’s Office occupied an office in the courthouse to do business in. The DeSoto Parish Police Jury is considering bringing that arrangement back. Judge Charles Adams revealed his opposition to the idea during the Police Jury’s meeting on July 9. Adams believes that a recent incident he encountered with a District Attorney’s Office employee threatens the safety of the courthouse.

“I’m a little bit curious about what exactly is on the agenda for the rooms in the courthouse,” Adams said. “I listened to the audio version of the July 2 meeting and in that meeting there was discussion about assigning the probation officer’s office to the district attorney, and that was my belief from Mr. Fuller’s committee that’s presented to the committee and that was voted on. That would be very, very problematic for me, the chief judge, to maintain the security of the courthouse. I guess I would ask, is that what is on the table now?”

Wed
11
Jul
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Stonewall Mayor Starts Term

Randy Rodgers won unopposed in the Town of Stonewall’s recent mayoral election. Judge Amy Burford McCartney swore Rodgers in as Town of Stonewall Mayor in June at Stonewall Town Hall. Rodgers officially took office on July 1.

Rodgers worked 44 years for AT&T, 20 of which he ran a company after hours. Since moving to Stonewall in 2005, he has cutback. As a way to give back, Rodgers has served on the local water board, the town council and now as mayor. He served one fouryear term on the Stonewall’s town council before running for mayor.

 

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DeSoto Parish Celebrates July 4th

Many people across DeSoto Parish celebrated July 4 with fireworks. Keatchie and Logansport both held Independence Day celebrations that concluded with fireworks.

 

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Wed
04
Jul
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New Mayor Sworn-In

City of Mansfield elected John Mayweather Sr. as their new mayor in November of 2017. Mayweather’s term officially began July 1. Before taking office, Clerk of Court Jeremy Evans swore Mayweather in under oath at Mansfield City Hall on June 29. Evans also swore in City of Mansfield’s aldermen for the new term.

Mayweather recited after Evans: “I, John Mayweather Sr., do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution and the law of the United States and the constitution and the law of this state, and I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me as mayor of Mansfield.”

 

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