ETC… For Wednesday May 25, 2022

Clara Springs Camp said, “The May Fourth Friday Fish Fry is just around the corner. Join us on Friday, May 27th for fun, fellowship, and good food. Grand Cane Baptist Church will be our hosts for the evening.”

From the Town of Stonewall, the playground equipment is back open. They ran out of the rubber surface and will be back to do that at a later date. There will be a walkway added to the inclusive play area as well.

The Historic Grand Cane Association will hold their first night market on June 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  There will be food vendors and a DJ at the market, to be held in the city park.

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Jon Ryan Temple

Funeral services celebrating the life of Jon Ryan Temple, 40, of Mansfield, Louisiana will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Hunter Magnolia Baptist Church, 173 Magnolia Ave, Mansfield, Louisiana, with Rev. Amador Santos officiating.  Burial will follow at Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be on the day of service from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church.

Ryan was born on September 11, 1981, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Bruce and Sherri Temple. He entered into rest on May 18, 2022.  Ryan was a loving son, brother, and most of all a loving father to his three children.  He loved to hunt and fish.

Ryan is preceded in death by his father Bruce Ersell Temple; brother-in-law, Jason Sant; and paternal grandparents, Newton “Buddy” Temple and Lois Temple Reed. Left to cherish his memory include his mother, Sherri Temple; sons, Dalton Elijah Temple, and Rylan Bruce Temple; daughter, Aspen Temple; sister, Tabitha Sant; nieces, Kendal Lynn Sant, and Kori Jayse Sant; uncles, Ricky Temple and wife, Kim, Justin Reed and wife, Tina; aunts, Debra Gallaspy and husband, Daniel, Tina Farris and husband, Dennis, Sr, and Debra Ann Palmer and husband, Alan; and a host of family and friends.

Honoring Ryan as pallbearers will be Justin Reed, Sam Caston, Rustin Belcher, D.J. Farris, Jamie Bass and Sam Ward. Honorary pallbearers will be Newton Farris.

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Deputies Receive Additional Medical Training

DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies have finished up a multi-day training event thanks to our local DeSoto EMS.  The Sheriff’s Office said, “This is the first time our deputies have had access to an open “Wound Simulator” which allows training on packing, as well as stopping bleeds on lacerations and gunshot wounds.”

All in attendance were able to refresh their skills and certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid, among various other lifesaving procedures.  Deputies from various divisions including front office staff participated in the training. 

This was an in-depth, hands-on approach that allowed deputies to react in real time to realistic emergency situations.  We cannot overstate our thanks to DeSoto EMS for inviting our staff to take part in this training and hosting the event at their facility.

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Park Closed For Upgrades

The Town of Stonewall announced the Community Park playground is currently closed. There is a company working to get the playground equipment rearranged and adding a border with rubber surfacing.

The town posted the closure notice a few days ago.  Barring complications the work should be done by the end of this week.

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Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival This Weekend!

The Grammy winning Commodores are the big name headliner for this weekend’s Natchitoches Jazz R&B Festival but, according to Board Member Lisa Prudhomme, this year’s 25th Silver Celebration Festival offers much much more in the way of entertainment for the entire family.

“Sure, we are super excited about the Commodores,” said Prudhomme. “But at the end of the day, they are just one of 25 great bands who are going to be playing on the riverbank this weekend.”  Prudhomme reminded that a Friday night show has been added featuring Zydeco great Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators and 80’s hairband tribute act, LA Roxx.  Tickets for Friday night’s show are only $10 with active duty military and children 12 and under admitted free.

Prudhomme said that there is a lot of buzz around the return of the Nashville based Journey tribute band Resurrection which will be returning to the festival by popular demand.

“Resurrection played in Prather Coliseum when we had to move the Festival there a few years ago” said Prudhomme. “A fairly small crowd attended because of the move but every person there was totally blown away with their re-creation of a Journey concert.  We knew we had to get them back as soon as possible.”

Natchitoches’ own Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs are going to be quite busy as has been tradition with the band at this Festival.  They will be joined by several guest performers including county star Marty Haggard, doing a tribute to his father Merle, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton, and Natchitoches native and former Voice contestant Deshawn Washington.

“The Natchitoches Jazz Fest is always one of our favorite events to play,” said Moondogs keyboardist Henry Reggans.  “We feel like we have a great set this year and are really excited to be joined by those other great artists.” 

Prudhomme emphasized that the event is family friendly with bouncy houses and other activities for the kids and that there will be lots of food and refreshments, including adult beverages.

She is also excited about the move of the Jazz Stage to the brand new Venue on Front Street.

“The Jazz Stage this year will be in the cool confines of the new Venue on Front Street, (formerly Jimbo’s and The Landing) and it will be a great place to take a few minutes to cool off, have a cool drink and listen to some smooth jazz.  We think it is going to be a great addition to the Festival,” Prudhomme said.  A festival armband will be required for attendance.

Finally, Prudhomme did point out that while attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs, chairs will not be allowed on the amphitheater or in the area immediately in front of or adjacent to the main stage.  However, chairs will be allowed at the other three stages and at the very top of the hill, on the sidewalk and the edge of Front Street.  Tickets are still on sale.  For more information go to

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Kentucky Derby Winner: A Model for America

By Royal Alexander

If America—or the world—needed a spark of hope in these difficult times, it was provided at this year’s Kentucky Derby by the winner, Rich Strike.

To call this victory improbable is to galactically understate.  To describe the win as “against all odds” is to redefine the meaning of odds. 

Winning trainer, Eric Reed, almost left horseracing entirely after a tragedy 5 years ago when he lost nearly two dozen horses in a barn fire at his training center in Lexington, Kentucky.  For a short time, he considered the fire might be a sign for him to leave the sport.

Instead, “people I hadn’t seen, people I haven’t talked to in years, my best friends were there in the morning to pick me up,” Reed recalled. “It let me know there’s so much good out there, and then I just decided I wasn’t going to let it take me out.”

During the Kentucky Derby race itself, everything that could have been stacked against Rich Strike, was stacked against him.  He was an 80-1 longshot. The second longest odds of a horse to ever win the Derby.

He was a “claimed” horse—the only Kentucky Derby winner ever to have been purchased in a claiming race—for a paltry $30,000.  This means his owner did not purchase him outright at a private sale, public auction, or syndicate; likely because he showed so little consistency or promise.

In fact, Rich Strike barely made the race at all.  It required another horse to make a last-minute scratch before there was a spot for him.  Rick Dawson, owner of Rich Strike, found out his horse would be running in the Derby about 30 seconds before the Friday morning entry deadline.

Then, the horse started the race from the very worst spot of all—the 20th spot.  In the early moments of the race, he was in the back of the pack—3rd from last.  Rich Strike was behind 17 horses heading into the far turn and behind 14 horses as they entered the stretch.

However, as the race miraculously unfolded, he slowly gained ground by weaving in and out of spots since he was sandwiched between other horses—a stride or two later and he’d have been blocked in—but kept pushing forward.  Always forward, always onward.

Then, because ‘fortune favours the strong and the brave’, (Terence), Rich Strike shot through a gap and maneuvered his way to slide into a position on the rail that had momentarily opened between two other horses. 

From the rail he quietly crept up unnoticed on the two lead horses whose riders were focused on their own duel and were stunned to see him surge past in the homestretch. 

Rich Strike won because they forgot to tell him that he wasn’t supposed to win, or to even be in the race, or to be able to run that fast—but he didn’t know that.  He thought he could.  And he could.  And he did.

Like a magnet to steel, Rich Strike relentlessly punched through the spring air toward the finish line, and, channeling Secretariat, raced down the home stretch, “like a tremendous machine, ” and then, into the pages of history.

It is both beneficial and deeply satisfying to periodically witness such a dramatic and unexpected example of success against such great odds.

America is also in a race—a race to save her future and achieve her God-given destiny.  Fortunately, unlike Rich Strike, our Nation does not start this race at the back of the pack at 80 to 1 odds.

However, with inflation at a 40 year high, surging food and gasoline prices, a lethal crime wave, a new surge of the China Virus on the horizon for the fall, a potentially nuclear war in Eastern Europe, the hardship caused by our intentionally destroyed energy independence, and with intimidation, hate and threats of violence aimed by the Woke mob at Supreme Court Justices who may be on the verge, after 50 long, cruel years, of righting the barbaric wrong of Roe v. Wade by restoring the right to life and the protection of our laws to the weakest and most innocent among us, we Americans have much to be concerned about.  

But I believe that, like this unknown and unheralded horse, when we rededicate ourselves to stay the course, ‘to fight the good fight, to keep the faith, and to finish the race’ (Timothy) there is really nothing that can stop us as Americans.

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Unrestrained Mansfield Man Killed in DeSoto Parish Crash, Impairment Suspected

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, just before 12:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 191, just south of Pierce Road.  This crash claimed the life of 40-year-old Jon Temple, who was not wearing a seat belt.

The initial investigation revealed a 2009 GMC Sierra, driven by Temple, was traveling north on LA Hwy 191.  For reasons still under investigation, Temple exited the roadway and struck a tree.

Temple, who was not unrestrained, was fatally injured as a result of this crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.

Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash. Routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of crashes across the state of Louisiana.  Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver when consuming alcohol.  Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills, and decrease reaction times.  Alcohol can begin to impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after just one drink.  Please choose to not drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up.

In 2022, Troop G has investigated 13 fatal crashes, resulting in 14 deaths.

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Free Skin Cancer Screening Event

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center is hosting its 31st annual skin cancer screening event in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery on Monday, May 23.

“Skin cancer is very common, but with early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate is very good. This short screening could be a potentially lifesaving decision,” said Dr. Jason Romero, dermatologist, Dermatology & Skin Surgery.

The free event provides individuals an opportunity to be screened by a physician who can answer questions about irregular shaped moles, dark skin spots or areas that could become problematic. The screening just takes a few minutes.

“We are excited to bring this screening back to what it was pre-COVID in our community,” said Dr. Scott Boniol, Medical Director of CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center. “Skin cancer concerns can come with some scary sounding diagnoses like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, but we are willing and able to offer support from diagnosis to treatment and long-term follow up.”

Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly five million people are treated for it each year.  It is estimated that 7,650 people will die from Melanoma, the deadliest type, in 2022. 90% of all skin cancer is caused by Ultraviolet Radiation and sun exposure. This is a wake-up call to take care of your skin.

“Summer is here and that means we are headed outdoors. It is important that we take steps to protect ourselves from skin cancer and get the tests and screenings needed,” said Dr. Cooper Heard, dermatologist, Dermatology & Skin Surgery.

You still have time to register for the 31st annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Event at the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center, located on the CHRISTUS Highland campus. This event is in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery team. It is slated for Monday, May 23 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Screening takes just a few minutes and does require pre-registration. Slots will fill quickly, to register call 318.656.7698.

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Garden Dedication

This week Logansport High School surprised their beloved Lillie Giles with the dedication of the garden area in her honor.  Giles served education for 50 years to LHS & DeSoto Parish.

Logansport High’s welding students under Mr. Alan Bagley and Josh Dahlem built the bench that will sit in the garden area in the front of our junior and high school wings.

It was a big job keeping this project under wraps until it was completed.  The school said, “It is never easy to get one over on Ms. Giles!”

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Stormy Waters II

By Steve Graf

Bass fishermen are weather fanatics! We are constantly looking at the forecast and what to expect for our next event. We are so enthralled with the weather that we will look at the forecast 10 days in advance so we can start planning our fishing strategy. But nothing gets an angler’s attention quicker than stormy skies. During my 32 years as a tournament angler, there have been a couple of situations that really made me nervous.

Back in 2015 on Toledo Bend was one such day, as the forecast was for clear skies with light and variable winds out of the south at 10 to 15 MPH. But you must first understand that a south wind on Toledo Bend means it’s coming right down the pipe. It’s a lake where even a small amount of wind out of the north or the south can make navigation difficult. The problem with Toledo Bend is that you must run the boat roads which puts you out in the middle of the lake most of the time. To compare, Sam Rayburn has no boat roads, and you can run closer to the bank and get out of the wind most of the time.

But on this one occasion in 2015, the tournament was out of Fin & Feather Resort on the far south end of Toledo Bend. This resort is located on the south bank of what is called Six Mile Bay. A south wind has no impact on this area and is an area you can fish without much of a problem. But as my number was called for takeoff and I headed for the main lake to make a run north and across the lake to Negreet Creek, I was met with 20 plus MPH winds and four-foot rollers (waves). One thing about driving a boat, it’s a lot easier to go against the waves rather than go with them. As I made the turn north in this rough water, it was apparent rather quickly that my run to Negreet Creek was not going to happen.

After riding four-foot waves for about three miles and beating my co- angler and myself to death, I finally came to a pocket on the west side I could pull into and possibly fish. After we gained our composure and dried off from our soaking short run, I told my co-angler to settle in for the day because we were not going to go out and fight that kind of rough water until time to go back for the weigh-in.

Another problem with running in this kind of rough water is the wear and tear on your boat and equipment. I’ve seen anglers come in with trolling motors hanging off or their electronic fish sonars no longer on the boat after a rough ride in. Boat hulls have sustained major damage and anglers have been hurt fighting waves and trying to stay in the boat on these long runs back. At some point as an angler you must ask yourself, “Is it worth tearing up all my equipment for a few pounds of fish?”

The answer for me is a resounding “NO,” as I must not only worry about myself, but I have a co-angler that I’m responsible for getting back safely. After a long day of fishing, we headed back with south winds now exceeding 25 MPH. We were over three miles from the boat ramp, and I knew it was going to take at least an hour to go that distance in that kind of water. So, we left at 2:00 for a 3:00 weigh-in time. It was a good thing we did as I was never able to put the boat on a plane and run. We literally idled the entire three miles back to Six Mile Bay and made our check in time with only two minutes to spare. I’ve only kissed the ground twice in my life, once on Sam Rayburn and this day on Toledo Bend.

Again, anglers face all kinds of weather every season, but nothing affects us or our decisions more than wind. The first question I always ask myself when a decision must be made, “Is it worth it?” Most of the time, the answer is “no” and will always be “no” when it comes to the safety of my co-angler and myself. Until next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

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Parade Route Publicized

The route for this year’s Juneteenth Celebration Parade has been published.  It will start at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 25 at the DeSoto Multicultural Center on Old Jefferson Highway.  It will end up at the DeSoto Parish Courthouse.

The Mansfield Civic Group posted the theme “Just Like Back in the Day.” They are going

back through the Neighborhood.

The Grand Marshall of the parade will be Mansfield Mayor-Elect Thomas Jones.

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Notice of Death – Friday May 20, 2022

Lula Mae Smith- Johnson

December 21, 1941 to May 14, 2022

Service: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. Deliverance Temple Church Coushatta, LA Interment: Liberty Hill B.C. Cemetery Coushatta, LA

Clarence “JacKMack” Tyler

September 9, 1937 to May 8, 2020

Service: Saturday, May 21,2022 @ 11:00 A.M. Shady Grove U.M.C. Mansfield.

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ETC… For Friday, May 20, 2022

The summer reading programs at the library begin next week.  Visit Mrs. Spencer at the Mansfield Library for the 2022 Summer Reading Program Kickoff on Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. She has a lot of great Programs planned.

And visit Mrs. Diane at the Logansport Library for the 2022 Summer Reading Program Kickoff on Thursday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Registration starts Friday, May 20.

Soccer Camp is next Monday through Thursday at North DeSoto Stadium.  Boys and Girls grades 4th through 12th can participate.  Contact Coach Wilson for more information.

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Flags at Half Mast

From the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office:

You may notice flags lowered to half-staff at all of our facilities through May 16th.  This gesture is in honor and remembrance of the 1 million lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Through all the mixed opinions, disagreements, and confusion over facts, one fact still remains:  In our own community, we have lost some pretty amazing people in the past couple of years.  Loved ones that cannot be replaced.  As you pass by and you see our flags waving a little lower than usual, we hope you know that your loved ones continue to be on our minds, and your families in our prayers.

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Business and Community Awards At Chamber Banquet

By Nicole Tull

The DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce banquet was held at the Clista Calhoun Center in Mansfield on Thursday, May 12. The banquet was to honor local businesses that are influential in our community.

Fran Norwood accepted the Volunteers for Economic Impact recognition. Katherine Freeman was chosen for the Emeritus Award. She was humbled and surprised as the room stood to honor her. Outstanding Business Leader went to Pam Hubier Rivers. With 25 years of service to our community, BNL Tire and Auto Service received the honor for Outstanding Business. Public Service Award went to CASA.

The Edna Thornton Memorial award was created for tourism impact to our community through volunteering. The Logansport Christmas Festival was the first to receive this honor. They have put Logansport on the map of places to visit for the light display on the riverfront.

Raffle donations came from La. Plantation Pecan, Down Home Meats, Mansfield Drug, Lisa Lobrano, Benwood’s Surely Southern, Sew Unique, Kickapoo Twist, Flowers & More, and The Flower Shop. Rose-Neath Funeral Home was the big winning table of the evening with 4 raffle winners. It was also Margaret Shehee-Cole’s birthday, making the event doubly special for them.

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A Country Boy’s Music Can Survive

By Teddy Allen

Conway Twitty was regretfully low-growling to a woman about how she was standing on a bridge that just won’t burn.

Ronnie Milsap was having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon, somebody with not much sense was making Crystal Gayle’s brown eyes blue, and Barbara Mandrell was singing about sleeping single in a double bed, a situation difficult for a boy like me to contemplate, especially if you’ve ever seen Barbara Mandrell in person, which I did several times in the 1980s.

Country musically, it was a simpler time, a time I thought was forgotten until last week’s effort about the mournful passing of the entertaining singer and keyboard wizard Mickey Gilley at 86 prompted grateful mail that I am still answering. I thought the last fan of the Urban Cowboy music era had been stored away in some dusty attic, like the unwanted steel guitar and dobro.

Wrong. There are apparently more out there like me who wonder what happened to “our” music and have a hard time listening to anything past 1985 billed as “country.” Oh, every now and then a Toby Keith has squeaked in an “I’m Just Talkin’ ’Bout Tonight.” Travis Tritt got “Bible Belt” and “10 Feet Tall And Bulletproof” past the guardians of what passes for today’s country.

And thank goodness the new-schoolers weren’t looking when Lee Ann Womack showed up singing about how she should be ashes by now and also that she was a little past Little Rock but a long way from over you, (something “you” should be ashamed of).

It’s like the Statler Brothers sang when they sensed the sands shifting those hard-to-believe 35ish years ago: “I’ll tell you friend/a mandolin/won’t get you on a TV show/…whoa no…”

But there was a magical time, a bit after the Glory Days of George Jones and Johnny Cash, Mighty Merle and Roger Miller and Tammy Whynot (oops; typo?), Loretta Lynn, Jeannie Seely and Marty Robbins, all the fastball pitchers of my pre-driving days. After them came Gilley and the Gang, Country Music’s last stand.

Gene Watson picked the wildwood flower. Rosanne Cash explained the way we make a broken heart, and Rodney Crowell said she was crazy for leaving, a No. 1 song written by the great Guy Clark.

The Judds had to explain to momma that he was crazy. Don Williams was livin’ on Tulsa time, Keith Whitley was no stranger to the rain, all George Strait’s exes lived in Texas, and Emmylou Harris, the female standard bearer in this bureau, said she’d walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham if she just had two more bottles of wine, and thank you Delbert McClinton for writing that.

Alabama. Wow. Nothing quite like old Alabama and old flames and Dixieland delights. The pre-Elvira Oak Ridge Boys in the Y’all Come Back Saloon. Janie Frickie was down to her last broken heart, and Con Hunley (“You Lay A Whole Lotta Love On Me”), Earl Thomas Conley (“Heavenly Bodies”) and John Conlee (“I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You”) had sound-alike names but sound-different-but-top-shelf hits.

The Bellamy Brothers. The dynamic Ricky Skaggs, who begged his girl not to cheat in their hometown or he’d tell Uncle Pen. Juice Newton, the queen of hearts. Vern Gosdin, who just wanted Joe to set ’em up and play “Walkin’ The Floor.” Not too much to ask, right?

Kenny gambling and Dolly warning me that it was going to be a hard candy Christmas unless I worked 9 to 5, and together they were islands in the stream.

Marshall Tucker. Charlie Daniels. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and “An American Dream.” And Sir Edward Rabbitt, who loved him on a rainy night and some rocky mountain music.

Two heavyweights were 1) Willie and the geographically challenging, ever-moving whiskey river, and 2) Waylon warning mommas not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys.

But if they did, well, that was OK too. Because Hank “Bocephus” Jr. said country folk and cowboy folk can survive … back when they were playing our song.

I’ll go punch up the next five tunes. . .Anybody got a quarter? A solid? Anyone?

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New Advisory Council Members

DeSoto Schools Superintendent Clay Corley presented members of the Student and Teacher Advisory Councils to the board on Thursday May 5th.  Corley said this is the first year that the Student Advisory Council will include students from elementary and middle schools.  In the past, only high school students were included on the council.

Here is the list of the Student Advisory Council Members:

Christini’ Addison – MMS; Gracee Briery – NDUE; Celina Husein – MES; Madison Jones – MHS; Jurnei Pennington – NDMS; Jordan Porterfield – LHS; Katherine Springer – NDHS; and Maggie Walker – SHS.

Corley also announced the members of the Teacher Advisory Council.  They are:

Tiffany Anderson – NDLE; Renee Catlin – NDMS; Kendra Howard – MMS; Jessica Loupe – NDUE; Robert Madison – NDHS; Shirlynda Spencer – MES; Charday Wilson – LHS; Caitlyn Wise – SHS; and Mark Woods – MHS.

Each school in the parish nominated one member to the student council and one to the teacher council.

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Summer Opportunity For 4-H Members

Registration is now open for DeSoto 4-H Stay-cation Days.  Attendance is limited to 15 4-H members each weekly session.  Call the 4-H Office at 872-0533 to sign your 4-H member up for Summer Stay-cation Days.  Registration deadline is July 1.

Here is the schedule:

Monday July 11 – Shreveport Aquarium

Monday July 18 – Escape SBC

Monday July 25 – Risen Rock (rock climbing)

And Monday August 1 – Gator Country (alligator park)

Transportation, cost of admission and snacks are included in the daily fee.

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Adult Day Held At Clara Springs

The 31st Annual Adult Day was held last week at Clara Springs Camp.  It was an excellent day of music, fellowship, and food.

The Kingsmen Quartet did a phenomenal job entertaining the crowd. The food was excellent as well. The camp said, “A special thanks to Jayson Richardson and the DeSoto Sheriff’s office for keeping our roads safe as everyone was pulling into our campus.”

Mandi Mills of Clara Springs Camp said, “What an amazing day! So thankful for Ron Thompson and Lori Martin Thompson . They are doing a phenomenal job with District Eight. I’m also thankful for an amazing kitchen team to help pull off this event. It truly is teamwork.”

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Thou Shalt Not Steal

By Brad Dison

On the night of April 23, 2006, David Kotkin, Cathy Daly, and Mia Volmut went to dinner after work in West Palm Beach, Florida.  David was a multimillionaire and Cathy and Mia were his assistants.  At about 11:15 pm, after they had finished dinner, they left the restaurant and walked into the parking lot.  They were unaware that they were being watched.

Four teenagers sat in a dark car and watched as David, Cathy and Mia exited the restaurant.  When the trio was about halfway between the restaurant and their vehicle, far enough that they would be unable to run to the safety of either, the teenagers jumped from their parked car.  Before the trio could react, pistols were pointing at their faces at close range.  The teenagers told the trio to give them their money, cell phones, and whatever else of value they had on them.  By stealing their phones, the robbers knew they would be long gone by the time the trio could alert police.

Cathy and Mia gave the teenage robbers a purse which contained about 200 euros, $100, a passport, and airline tickets.  Cathy and Mia emptied their pockets of about $400.  To the robbers, it was looking like it was going to be a good night.  In David, however, they were attempting to rob the wrong man.

David, himself, had a habit of making things disappear and could escape pretty much any situation which presented itself.  He had made his fortune by making things owned by other people disappear right before their own eyes.  At his peak, David cleverly pulled in thousands of dollars per night.

David remained calm.  He carefully studied the faces of the teenage hoodlums.  At their insistence, David pulled his pockets inside out.  He showed the robbers that his pockets contained nothing of value.  The teenagers were surprised that he had no money, no wallet, and no cell phone, when they had made such a big score from his companions.

Finally satisfied that they had taken all there was to take from the trio, the teenage robbers ran to their car and sped away.  David had outsmarted the four robbers.  By using what he referred to as “reverse pickpocketing” aided by the shadows that the night provided, David hid his cell phone and wallet in the palms of his hands.  As the robbers were fleeing, David, cell phone already in his hand, dialed 911 and gave the police the license plate number of the robbers’ car.

Within minutes, police arrested the four teenage robbers and recovered the stolen goods.  At the police station, David, Cathy, and Mia easily identified the teenage robbers.  Police charged the teenagers with armed robbery and held them without bond.  Some of officers knew that David had a habit of cutting women into pieces, but none attempted to arrest him.  Rather, several of them asked for his autograph.  You know David Kotkin by his professional name.  He is master illusionist David Copperfield.

Sources: Fromm, Emily. “David Copperfield Robbed at Gunpoint.” Accessed May 9, 2022.

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DeSoto Students Awarded Degrees By NSU

Northwestern State University awarded 1,025 degrees to 991 graduates during spring commencement May 11-12.  Listed below are the graduates from the Parish.

Graduates collected diplomas for associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and post-master’s degrees.  An honorary doctor of humanities was awarded to Baton Rouge businesswoman and 1968 NSU alumna Lela Mae Wilkes.

Graduates listed by hometown are as follows.

Frierson — Shawna Longoria, Master of Science in Nursing.

Gloster — Sara Morgan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

Grand Cane — Skylar Governale, Associate of Science in Nursing; and Emmaleigh Toney, Bachelor of Science.

Keatchie – Antonio Dukes, Bachelor of General Studies; and Katelyn Hicks, Bachelor of Science.

Logansport – Carlee McClintock, Bachelor of Science; and Sikilya Flanigan, Master of Arts in Teaching.

Mansfield – Tremeon Allen, Jennifer Goldsby, Canessia Johnson, Najee Taylor, Trevor Whatley, Bachelor of Science; Shaleatha Richard, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Christopher Thomas, Master of Education; and Alexis Thomas, Master of Science.

Pleasant Hill – Ethan Johnson, Bachelor of Science.    

Stonewall — Maguire Parker, Associate of General Studies; Kimberly Davis, Daniel Erario, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Amy Patterson, Master of Science in Nursing.

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Safe, No Market Risk Options Are Available

These last 6 weeks have been some of the worst consecutive for the DOW since 2018.  Safe, no market risk alternatives are becoming more and more popular with investors.

It goes without saying that bank savings and CD rates are at an all-time low.  Just know that there are programs with A-rated financial institutions that provide 100% liquidity, tax deferred growth, no market risk, tax-free distribution, collateral opportunities, liquidity use and control with average returns of over 6% and a 2 ½% minimum lifetime guaranteed interest rate.  This option helps with estate planning, escaping probate and Louisiana forced heirship rules. Interested in hearing more schedule your one on one appointment to review your eligibility.


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OPPORTUNITY: NSU – Purchasing Director

Opening Date:   

Closing Date:      Continuous until filled

Salary                  Commensurate with experience

Job Type:             Unclassified

Location:              Natchitoches, Louisiana

Supplemental Information:

Northwestern State University Office of Business Affairs seeks a qualified applicant for the position of

Purchasing Director.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

To Apply:  Send letter of application, resume and complete contact information for three professionals

references to:  or submit to:

Human Resources

Northwestern State University

St. Denis Hall

Natchitoches, La 71497

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion,

Sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

       Employees/Potential Employees- Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer


       Students- Reatha Cox, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http;//

Full disclosure statement:  http;//

*Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the Human Resources Department

Telephone: 318-357-5965


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in State Purchasing preferred
  • Experience with conducting complex RFP’s required
  • Understanding of Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding purchasing and ethics required.
  • Professional certification as a Procurement Buyer or Officer preferred
  • Managerial experience is essential
  • This position also requires the ability to communicate orally and through written reports with/to Subordinates, Supervisors and outside personnel.
  • Experience in operating Procurement Management Finance Software; Ellucian/Banner knowledge preferred

Job Concepts:

  • Daily supervision of all Purchasing Department staff
  • Prepare all necessary documents for bid invitation and opening in accordance with public bid laws
  • Review approval of Sole Source requests
  • Negotiate complex operating service contracts including but not limited to software agreement, property leases and marketing agreements
  • Administer University’s P-Card Program
  • Assist with month-end soft close and year-end hard close
  • Work with Business Affairs offices for invoicing, budgeting and financial related tasks
  • Other duties assigned by supervisor

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ETC… for Wednesday, May 18, 2022

From Police Jury member Jeri Burrell:  To all riding clubs that host their ride in DeSoto Parish. There will be a workshop for special events permits at the Police Jury Building on Wed May 18, at 5:00 pm. Please come out so that you may be in the know as to what is taking place with the permits. I pray that we can work things out to work for everyone. Please pass this on. Thanks

Three ceremonies and a special induction honoring a most distinguished alumnus will complete a full day of celebration as Louisiana Tech University holds its spring commencement May 21 in the Thomas Assembly Center. 

Here are the times and keynote speakers for each session:

9:00 am – Education and Liberal Arts, Doug Boulware, Class of ’80.

12:30 pm –  Business and Applied and Natural Sciences, Scott Poole, Class of ’86.

4:00 pm – Engineering and Science, General Anthony J. Cotton.

Men of  Prayer of Stonewall will meet on Thursday, June 2nd.  Pastor, Dr. R.L. Morris from Higher Ground Ministries in Mansfield, LA, will be our guest speaker.  The caterers will be cooking up something special.  Food, Fellowship and God.

Vendors wanted May – October for the HomeTown Market  in Logansport, Louisiana.  Food trucks, backyard gardeners, arts & crafts, homemade jams, jellies, relishes & more.  There is a special price for vendors of $25 for the entire six months.  With electricity $50 for all six months.  Contact the vendor organizer, Nicole Tull 318-871-6949 or email

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Weekly Arrest Report

The following arrests were made in DeSoto Parish between May 08 – May 14, 2022, over a one week period.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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