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Wed
30
Mar

New Mayors Elected in Mansfield, Stonewall and Longstreet; Marcotte Wins 2nd Court of Appeal Judge

New Mayors Elected in Mansfield, Stonewall and Longstreet; Marcotte Wins 2nd Court of Appeal Judge

The unofficial turnout of Early Voting and Election Day turnout totals from Saturday, March 26 show all three incumbent Mayors being overturned by their challengers.

Mansfield Mayor John Mayweather (D) was defeated by Thomas Jones (D), who currently serves on the DeSoto Parish Police Jury. Jones received 626 (43%) to Mayweather’s 502 (34%). Former Mansfield Alderman Joseph Hall, Jr. (D) garnered 330 votes (23%). A total of 1,458, or 49.5%, turned out to cast their Mansfield mayoral votes.

Stonewall Mayor Randal S. “Randy” Rodgers (R) received 242 (42%) with challenger Ken Kaffka (R) getting 328 (58%). The total amount of votes cast was 570 or 28.7%.

In the Longstreet Mayoral race, incumbent Mayor Wanda Sue Fields (NOPATY) lost to Connie Jackson (R). Fields received 9 votes (33%) to Jackson’s 18 votes, with a total of 27 (22.7%) Villagers voting.

Wed
23
Mar

DPSO Cpl Hanks Visits Stanley High College & Career Day

DPSO Cpl Hanks Visits Stanley High College & Career Day

DPSO Cpl. Roman Hanks discovered that there appears to be a few people gunning for his job as SRO at Stanley High School! Career Day at SHS allowed students to show off what they aspire to be when they grow up! Word is, one of them told Cpl. Hanks that he didn’t want to be an SRO. He wants to be the SROs boss. Better be careful out there Cpl. Hanks! They are coming for you!

Wed
23
Mar

DPSO Presents Donation to Foster Grandparents of DeSoto

DPSO Presents Donation to Foster Grandparents of DeSoto

It is that time once again! Sheriff Jayson Richardson has gathered some bearded deputies together to present a donation to a local charity, here in DeSoto Parish! Over the last three months, deputies who want to grow out their whiskers can donate money that will in turn be given to a local charity of the Sheriff ’s choosing. This month, Sheriff Richardson was able to provide the Foster Grandparents of DeSoto Parish with a $1,000 donation!

For those that aren’t familiar with what Foster Grandparents of DeSoto do, we’d love to explain it to you. Our local Foster Grandparents seek out seniors in the community, 55 years and older, to pair them with children in our school system who may need a little extra confidence or praise in the classroom. Schools will reach out to the Foster Grandparents when a special need arises in the classroom, and they will come out and offer a more one-on-one approach to learning, while following the direction of the teacher as well.

Wed
23
Mar

LA DOE Names Desoto Parish Schools “Models of Excellence” Recipient

LA DOE Names Desoto Parish Schools “Models of Excellence” Recipient
LA DOE Names Desoto Parish Schools “Models of Excellence” Recipient
LA DOE Names Desoto Parish Schools “Models of Excellence” Recipient
LA DOE Names Desoto Parish Schools “Models of Excellence” Recipient
LA DOE Names Desoto Parish Schools “Models of Excellence” Recipient

On March 23, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley named Mansfield Elementary School in DeSoto Parish one of Louisiana’s Models of Excellence for their literacy intervention initiative, Strategic Literacy Focus. Models of Excellence is a statewide award that recognizes benchmark programs that exemplify the Louisiana Department of Education’s Believe to Achieve priorities.

“Literacy is at the core of all learning,” said State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “The Department has selected Mansfield Elementary School as a Models of Excellence recipient for their commitment to elevating literacy in ways that will impact current students and future generations.”

Thu
17
Mar

Mansfield High School Beta Club Earns Championship at State Convention

Mansfield High School Beta Club Earns Championship at State Convention
Mansfield High School Beta Club Earns Championship at State Convention
Mansfield High School Beta Club Earns Championship at State Convention
Mansfield High School Beta Club Earns Championship at State Convention

The Mansfield High School Beta Club attended the 2022 Beta State Convention on February 23-25 in Baton Rouge, La. Beta Club is an organization for high schoolers that is distinguished by its core values of service, academics, and leadership. Students are invited to this prestigious club upon maintaining a 3.0 G.P.A. or above, and having a clean discipline record.

The annual Beta Convention is a conference where students compete with peers from across the state, showcase their service activities, and campaign for roles as state officers. MHS took 18 students to compete in the areas of academics, business, art, and talent.

The Wolverine Betas did not come home empty handed. Madison Jones earned 3rd Place in On-Site Drawing. She was given a random topic and was challenged to create a sketch in under two hours.

Thu
17
Mar

Marketplace Chevrolet to be Lead Sponsor for North DeSoto’s Got Talent Fundraiser

Marketplace Chevrolet to be Lead Sponsor for North DeSoto’s Got Talent Fundraiser

Do you enjoy performing or have a special talent? Have you ever watched those talent show competitions and thought, I could do better than that? Could you possibly use a little extra cash? Then look no further; if you think you have what it takes to win then put your money where your talent is and sign up to audition for NORTH DESOTO’S GOT TALENT.

Thu
17
Mar

Mansfield Council Unanimously Approves Appointments of Fire Captain and Co-Captain

Mansfield Council Unanimously Approves Appointments of Fire Captain and Co-Captain

Mayor John Mayweather Sr.’s appointment of Captain Bryan L. Ross to the position of Fire Chief with the Mansfield Fire Department was brought before the City Council on February 28th. Captain Ross has been employed with the city’s Fire Department since October 6, 2016. Since his employment, he has attained additional training and received certifications as a Firefighter II, a Fire Service Instructor and a licensed EMS practitioner in the State of Louisiana. He has expressed a desire to assume all the duties and responsibilities as Fire Chief of this Department. Motion Passed Unanimously.

Also, Mayor’s appointment of Captain Michael A. Gonzales to the position of Assistant Fire Chief with the Mansfield Fire Department.

Thu
10
Mar

Early Voting to Commence March 12–19 for March 26, 2022 Election

Early Voting to Commence March 12–19 for March 26, 2022 Election

Early voting for the positions of Mayor of Mansfield, Longstreet and Stonewall, Aldermen, and a multi-parish election to replace Second Circuit Court of Appeals Jeannette Garrett, who has announced her intention to retire in January 2023, begins on March 12 and runs through March 19, with the exception of Sunday. Hours to vote at the Registrar of Voters Office in Mansfield and the Stonewall satellite office are 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Jeannette Garrett’s judicial district encompasses all of Red River and Desoto Parishes and most of Caddo Parish. The two candidates that have qualified to run, Craig Marcotte-R and Erin Leigh Waddell-Garrett-R, are both Caddo District judges.

In Mansfield, incumbent Mayor John Mayweather, Sr. is being challenged by Thomas Jones and Joseph Hall, Jr. Jones currently serves District 4D as a Police Juror, where he has served for 12 years. Hall has been a Mansfield alderman for District D since 2006. All three candidates are Democrats.

Thu
10
Mar

Joaquin High School Names Cheerleaders for 2022-23

Joaquin High School Names Cheerleaders for 2022-23

Cheerleaders for 2022-23 at Joaquin High School have been announced. Top Row (Left to Right): Julia Lister, Haley Cash- Mascot, Ellie Anglin, Jaylee Webb, Brooklyn Bagley, Keaton Hughes, and Jaylee Cater. Third Row (Left to Right): Haleigh Lynch, Hailee Fruge, Halle Bonner, Emma Raybon, Mariya Wilson, Emma Barton, and Dixie Baker. Second Row (Left to Right): MaeLeigh Cummings, Kaitleigh Avery, Luke Hernandez, Madison Fenley, and Paloma Salvador. Bottom Row (Left to Right): KeMaria Wilson- Co Captain, Addi Boyter-Sr., Juli King-Sr., Stormy Runnels Sr. Co-Captain, and Brylea Scott Co-Captain.

Thu
10
Mar

Triple J Motors in Mansfield Expands to Offer U-Haul Rentals

Triple J Motors in Mansfield Expands to Offer U-Haul Rentals

U-Haul Company of Louisiana is pleased to announce that Triple J Motors, Inc. signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Mansfield community.

Triple J Motors, located at 810 Washington Avenue (Hwy 84), will offer essential services like U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pickup for boxes.

U-Haul has teamed with independent dealers to offer moving equipment since 1945. With the COVID-19 outbreak creating challenging times for small businesses, more than 20,000 dealers across the U.S. and Canada are creating supplemental income through their U-Haul partnership. When a customer rents from a U-Haul dealer, they are directly supporting an independent small business in their community.

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