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Mar

All Louisianans Over 16 Now Eligible for the COVID Vaccine

All Louisianans 16 years old or older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, March 29, following news from the federal government that Louisiana’s allocation of vaccine doses will significantly increase next week, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today.

Since the start of the vaccination process, Louisiana’s weekly allocations of vaccine from the federal government have more than doubled, with Louisiana now slated to get more than 148,000 first doses directly next week, in addition to vaccine doses provided to partner pharmacies in a federal pharmacy program as well as the Federally Qualified Health Care Center program. More than one million Louisianans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. With the B.1.1.7., or U.K. variant, continuing to increase in Louisiana and neighboring states, it is essential to get Louisiana vaccinated as quickly and equitably as possible.

Wed
31
Mar

Joaquin High School Twirlers Announced for 2021-22

Joaquin High School Twirlers Announced for 2021-22
Joaquin High School Twirlers Announced for 2021-22

Joaquin High School proudly announces the selected twirlers for 2021-22. Pictured left to right are Hannah Holt, Autumn Alford, Emma Graves (Head Twirler), Avery Prnka (Feature Twirler), Shelby Freeman, and Kyleigh Avery. Congratulations, ladies! We look forward to watching your performances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
24
Mar

Clean-up Day in Mansfield Planned for This Saturday, March 27

Clean-up Day in Mansfield Planned for This Saturday, March 27

Since the start of this term in office in mid-2018, Mansfield Mayor John Mayweather has had an on-going campaign to clean up the streets, yards and other thoroughfares with the city. It has been his mission to make every effort to keep the city street free of trash and debris.

He has announced that the next “City-Wide – Let’s Clean Up Mansfield Day” will be this Saturday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Volunteers participating in this cleanup initiative are asked to assemble on the parking lot of Mansfield City Hall just before 8:00 a.m. to gather cleaning supplies and receive any other instructions. Any and all Mansfield residents are encouraged to join this effort as we work tirelessly to restore our city to a cleaner and neater environment. Our target, little by little, is the entire city.

Wed
24
Mar

DeSoto Parish Among Fast Forward Grant Recipients

DeSoto Parish Among Fast Forward Grant Recipients
DeSoto Parish Among Fast Forward Grant Recipients

DeSoto Parish was one of eight school systems recently announced by the Louisiana Department of Education that will receive $50,000 Fast Forward regional planning grants. The Fast Forward Initiative is designed to increase the number of high school graduates who earn an associate’s degree and participate in apprenticeship programs across the state.

DeSoto, along with other districts in Northwest Louisiana, will join together with post-secondary schools, business partners and economic development organizations. Through this collaboration, students who are on TOPS University and TOPS Jump Start graduation pathways can earn associate degrees or participate in a staterecognized pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship programs. “We are excited about the advantages this grant will provide for our students,” said Dale Morvan, Board President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
24
Mar

Stonewall Mayor Randy Rodgers Appointed by LA Municipal Association Board

Stonewall Mayor Randy Rodgers Appointed by LA Municipal Association Board

Stonewall Mayor Randy Rodgers was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Municipal Association. The LMA is made up of 305 members and consists of 127 villages, 111 towns, 65 cities and two parishes. Each local government belongs to one of ten LMA Districts (A-J) and is grouped into population tiers. Since its inception in 1926, the Association continues to promote local governments by shaping legislation, providing education on municipal issues, and exchanging ideas and experiences among elected official leaders throughout the state. The voice of municipal government cannot be overlooked at the State Capitol. The Association’s success is contingent upon the support and engagement of the LMA membership. We congratulate Mayor Rodgers, who was chosen to complete the term of another mayor after his passing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
24
Mar

WK, LSU-S and DRHS Encourage Public Regarding Screening of Colorectal Screening in March

WK, LSU-S and DRHS Encourage Public Regarding Screening of Colorectal Screening in March
WK, LSU-S and DRHS Encourage Public Regarding Screening of Colorectal Screening in March

With March being designated Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, Vincent Sedminik, Board member of “Taking Aim at Cancer in Louisiana” (TACL) and Director of the Willis Knighton Cancer Center, made a recent trip to DeSoto Regional Health Center to meet with DRHS CEO Todd Eppler and local officials. Mansfield Mayor John Mayweather proclaimed that March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Mansfield, and Gastrointestinal Specialist Dr. David Scott answered questions regarding the procedure and ratios of results from his patients.

Since COVID seems to have been the main health concern for over a year it seems that colonoscopies have fallen down in numbers of people being tested. Sedminik and Dr. Scott want to raise the awareness of this important test and get screening back on track.

Wed
24
Mar

All Essential Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Louisiana

All Essential Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Louisiana
All Essential Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Louisiana
All Essential Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Louisiana

Starting March 29, all essential workers, including people working in food service and grocery stores, manufacturing, construction, clergy and other essential jobs are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana, regardless of their underlying health conditions, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today.

Newly eligible populations also include postal, transportation, judiciary and media workers, faculty and staff of institutes of higher education and more frontline government workers. This group, called Priority Group 1-B, Tier Two, covers essential workers not previously eligible. (See full list below.)

Wed
17
Mar

Raymond Powell Retires from LRTA After 30 Years Service

Raymond Powell Retires from LRTA After 30 Years S

Local historian and retired educator Raymond Powell has announced his retirement from the Louisiana Teacher’s Association as of March 1, 2021, after 30 years of service. Actually, Powell is retiring from FOUR LRTA positions including that of President, Chairman of the Constitutional By-Laws, from the Legislative Committee, and from the appointed position of State Parliamentarian, a post that he has held for 15 years.

Powell was a 1941 graduate of Logansport High School and was the only athlete to ever receive a sports scholarship in Boxing. He attended and participated in his sport at Southwestern Louisiana University, which then had the “Bulldogs” as their mascot (before the days of the Ragin’ Cajuns).

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Wed
17
Mar

DeSoto Schools Included in 8 Selected School Systems Receiving LADOE $50,000 Fast Forward Planning Grants

DeSoto Schools Included in 8 Selected School Systems Receiving LADOE $50,000 Fast Forward Planning Grants

The Louisiana Department of Education announced the eight school systems that will receive $50,000 Fast Forward regional planning grants. The Fast Forward initiative is designed to increase the number of high school graduates who earn an associate’s degree or participate in a high-demand apprenticeship program before graduation. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the allocations today during their March meeting.

In January, the Department released a request for applications to support the development of new student pathways as part of its Fast Forward initiative. Planning grants are being awarded to a lead regional secondary school system and its higher education partner in each of the state’s eight regions. The Department and Board of Regents each contributed $200,000 for the total grant cost of $400,000.

Wed
17
Mar

LSP Investigate Fatal Shooting Involving DeSoto and Red River Deputies

LSP Investigate Fatal Shooting Involving DeSoto and Red River Deputies

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, shortly after 9:30 p.m., the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Bossier Field Office (LSP/BFO) responded to an officer-involved shooting in Red River Parish. LSP/BFO was requested to investigate the shooting by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office (DPSO) and Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO).

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