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DeSoto LIFE March/April 2014

DeSoto Life

Volume 5 Issue 2

March/April 2014


DeSoto March/April 2014

Vol. 5 #2

The locals’ guide to people and items of interest in and around our area.

Letters to the Editor

Edna, Wow! Once again you’ve allowed me to be a part of your wonderful magazine, DeSoto Life. I was really shocked to be on the cover. Thanks for that honor. My family loves your work. You are truly blessed with a talent and we look forward to every issue. Love and Best Wishes, Darla Turner, Grand Cane, LA Dear Mrs. Wheless, Hope all is well with you. Of course we are renewing our subscription. Love the DeSoto Life. Izeal &Novella Coleman (formerly of Mansfield, LA) Editor/Publisher Edna Wheless Graphic Design Grace V. Hardesty DeSoto Life® is published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September, November) by Edna Wheless Co., LLC Mail: 880 Tyler Rd., Logansport, LA 71049; Office: 8352 Hwy. 171, Grand Cane, LA 71032 Single edition FREE on newsstands. Annual subscription $16 (6 issues). Subscription questions or for advertising information: Call: 318.471.2661; Fax: 318.858.3776 e-mail: DeSoto Life does not accept and is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts. We are not responsible for any pictures, articles, or misunderstandings on opinions expressed or facts supplied by its authors. We respect all points of view and promote free expression. We recognize all comments, letters, notes, contributions, and the participation of this community for making this magazine possible. All rights reserved

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from the editor

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

~Ecclesiastes 4:1, Holy Bible

Spring gets us out of the house in DeSoto Parish. Is there a prettier time than Springtime? Violets show up one morning, more than happy to cluster against the roots of an old oak tree in my yard…and paper whites sway to the rhythm of a spring breeze. Just watching flower beds awaken to begin the cycle of bloom all over again is what I do as I sip morning coffee on my front porch. Just so you know, on occasion I sip coffee from the saucer—like daddy did when I was a child. That’s what memories are for: to recall times past and bring strength and courage to a new day. Fall and Winter? Wonderful ‘homey’ months. The phrase “stay in and stay warm” is oft repeated, but Spring? Springtime and birds singing tickle our fancy. I have some of the smallest vases known to mankind…just big enough for three violets, and a wee blue and white ‘brick’ that can hold four but no more. It sits forever on my kitchen window ledge, biding its time…knowing it’s the lucky one; it will hold the violets. An old habit I revived last Spring is giving wild flowers in a simple fruit jar to special friends. And I do hang one on my front screen door and on the rickety piece of picket fence that guards the herb garden. Friends my age and older smile as they recall their grandmothers doing the same thing. We’re so far from simple things but it’s the simple things that bring the greatest pleasures. I’m not a gardener. I’m a ‘look at everyone’s gorgeous yard and wish I had what they do’ kind of person. I get inspired but lack follow-through. My greatest pleasure? Sitting on the screen porch and doing absolutely nothing but breathing. And you know what? March is here and March is the month of Wacky…we dive headlong into the idiotic with so many things to do—we walk, run, plant, dig, rake, hoe, chop, trim, and do that little thing with a paint brush we could not do in the winter. Inspirations come from gardening magazines and other folks’ green thumbs. Get your comfort duds on. Gear up and get out the door. March has not changed her ways since time began—she doesn’t enter center stage until Mother Nature points her finger and says “go.” She’s not one to disobey heavenly instructions…and I’m not one to not be ready for Spring when she steps on my steps. Highways, byways, front yards, and fence rows…You can spot an old home place by the cluster of white irises at the base of trees in yards of homes long since left to become fodder for someone (like me) with a camera. That’s a trip I will take; a simple drive through DeSoto to see where homemakers wrestled beauty from a plot of ground no larger than a bed sheet, and, well…don’t get me started…I’ll write forever about the red verbena that hugged my grandmother’s front walkway. So much to share, so little time—so little space to tell you all that I want you to know about DeSoto Life…at least from where I stay, At Wit’s End. Edna Wheless

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06 Local Club Serves Community Its mission: to promote civil, social, & community betterment in DeSoto Parish

10 Attention, Royalty Owners! The National Association of Royalty Owners – Louisiana Chapter presents its Spring Conference 11 Save the Date! Enjoy the Shreveport Opera SOX as Broadway Comes South—to the Clista A. Calhoun Center


13 Occasions in DeSoto Worth Noting... Frierson Baptist Church’s Annual Wild Game Dinner and Keachi’s very own Mardi Gras Parade! 14 Back Alley Theatre in Grand Cane Is Into Its 13th Season! 17 DeSoto’s Mayors Are Working Together for the Good of the Entire Parish 1.5 millage ballot dedicated for parish-wide Mosquito Abatement and Animal Control Services 19 The Battle of Mansfield Join the entire parish as we re-enact this event 150 years later 22 T.B. Yopp, Jr. Animal Control Facility Serves DeSoto Parish In Many Ways Final installment in a four-part series on Quality of Life issues in DeSoto Parish


26 Risk By Ric Cochran 28 Near Here: Okay, History Buffs... There is only one remaining International Boundary Marker in the United States. Guess where it is...


31 From Where I Sit... 32 The Biggest Deer I’ve Ever Taken... By Ed Gunter 35 It’s Time to Season Up and Share... By Sandra Calhoun


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02 Editor’s Letter 37 Subscriptions 38 E-Connections Photos from in and around DeSoto Parish On the Cover: The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mansfield will be commemorized by way of re-enactment this April at the Mansfield Battle Park. For photographs of past events, see pages 19-21.

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If you’ve lived in the Mansfield area for very long, you will have heard of the services it provides. This is a nonprofit organization supported through contributions from businesses, membership dues/donations, and fundraising events. It is registered in the State of Louisiana as a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help families in different ways and it has been doing that for nearly five decades: “promoting civil, social, and community betterment in DeSoto Parish.” In 2010, the Cavalier Men were able to give $5,000 in college scholarships to five high school graduates. The group also donated 20 fans to be distributed to the 6

Originators of the Cavalier Men’s Club elderly citizens in the parish during the summer. The organization has made monetary donations to local school organizations to help fund educational events for the students. In conjunction with the previously listed contributions, the men’s club assisted needy families in paying utility bills throughout the year. To culminate the year, the Cavalier Men’s Club held its Annual Food Distribution at Christmas, where 140 boxes of groceries were distributed to low income families and senior citizens throughout the parish. But members of the Cavalier Men’s

Club know they absolutely could not do this massive an operation without the help of local businesses in and out of DeSoto Parish and takes this public means of thanking them for their support. To those who helped provide boxes of and other monetary donations, the Cavalier Men’s Club thanks you. This list includes Tyson Foods, Center, Texas; International Paper Co., Mansfield Mill; Cleco Corporation; Big Star; and its members for their special contributions to the club’s Joy Fund which is set aside to fund these activities. In 2014, 110 boxes of food are to be distributed through DeSoto Parish through the service of the Cavalier Men’s Club.

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“I knew they could do it, would do it right, and would complete it in the time frame we needed. They did an excellent job. It’s the sort of facility that our department needs to function optimally,” Sheriff Arbuckle said.

M&M Builders is a parish-based business…we fully understand the standards and codes that must be adhered to when building public buildings, and all public bid law requirements. Our company processed paperwork through the Louisiana State Bid Process and were the successful bidder. M&M Builders constructed both EMS buildings in DeSoto Parish and are capable of doing your commercial projects.

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In 1868 throughout DeSoto Parish, churches and plantations bells were rung at 3:00 p.m. on April 8 to honor the valiant women who cared for the wounded soldiers in the Civil War/Battle of Mansfield. These caring ladies tended both Confederate and Federal troops who were injured in the battle. For a number of years the practice continued, but eventually stopped. The DeSoto Parish Historical Society is resuming this very meaningful practice this year and asks that all homes, plantations, public and private buildings, schools, and churches ring their bells at 3:00 p.m. on April 8—the specific date and time that the Battle of Mansfield was at its most fierce. Thank you for focusing on a part of this meaningful era in DeSoto’s History and being a part of ongoing history by participating in this event.


6TH ANNUAL SAND BASS TOURNAMENT March 8, 2014 • Sabine River, Logansport, LA

First Place Wins $5,000! Winner and Big Bass winner will be polygraph tested. One team that finishes second through 10th will be polygraph tested. This team will be selected randomly thorough a draw. 16 years or younger must be accompanied by adult at all times during the tournament. Committee reserves the right to disapprove or disqualify any application.

Entry Fee: $125 per team

(after Feb. 28 – $150 per team) No refunds after March 1, 2014 No more than two registered fishermen per boat

BIG BASS OPTIONAL: $25 PER PERSON Biggest Bass splits total pot with Logansport Chamber of Commerce. Payouts are based on 75 teams entering tournament. If less than 75 teams participate, prize money will be prorated according to total entries. The Logansport Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors will not be responsible for any accident. FISH FRY FRIDAY, MARCH 7 at 6:00 p.m. on River Front One Free Meal Ticket Per Fisherman, Additional tickets $10 per person.

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National Association of Royalty Owners – Louisiana Chapter Spring Conference (available to the public) April 7, 2014, Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Speakers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eldorado Resort Casino, Clyde Fant Parkway Shreveport, LA – 2nd floor The National Association of Royalty Owners – Louisiana Chapter will offer its Spring Conference to the public in Shreveport, Louisiana, on April 7, 2014 at Eldorado Resort Casino. The conference theme is “From Dirt To Dollars.” Follow the progress of your minerals and royalties with these topics to be addressed: Louisiana Geology (Haynesville Shale, Brown Dense, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Wilcox and Cotton Valley), Surface Issues, Unitization, Fracking, Mineral/Royalty Legal Cases, and Future Challenges Facing Royalty Owners. The all-day event costs $75 for NARO members and $150 for non-members (includes 1 year NARO membership). Please contact NARO-LA at info@narolouisiana. org or call Lynn Higginbotham at (318) 673-1920. Additional information is available on the Web site, The National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) ( is a national non-profit organization established to represent oil and gas royalty owners interests. The Louisiana chapter, founded in 2010, strives to provide for the advocacy and education of mineral/royalty owners in Louisiana. Continuing education credits will be available for most organizations. Free valet and self-parking are available at Eldorado Resort Casino. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Eldorado Resort Casino until March 24 at a discounted rate. Registration forms, details for the room rate, and any special needs required to attend can be obtained by e-mailing or by calling Lynn Higginbotham at (318) 673-1920.

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Save the Date! ENJOY THE Shreveport Opera SOX as

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March 29, 2014

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with Cocktail Hour and Guided Tours in Mansfield Female College Museum; Dinner follows In the gracious and beautifully restored Dining Hall of the Circa-1900 Women’s College


SOX performers: Sarah Bauer, Cristina Bakhoum, Daniel Bates, Leroy Y. Davis, Zalman Kelber

Shreveport Opera SOX will perform hits from Broadway Musicals featuring songs written and made popular by the late Josh Logan, who grew up next door to the grounds and attended the Lab School of the college as a young boy. For more information or to reserve your place for an evening of Sparkle, Shine &

Wine, contact Van Reech, Center Director at (318) 540-7500 for an evening you’ll cherish for the music, memories, food, and charm. The Clista A Calhoun Center is DeSoto Parish’s newest venue for private and public gatherings, the perfect setting for a business meeting or private event, and should be your venue of choice. The

Center is a completely renovated two-story structure with 12,000 square feet of space in an awe-inspiring setting that features original twin staircases and architecturally important arched windows restored to prior splendor. The upper floor includes the original circa-1900 auditorium stage and arched doorways.

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Clista A Calhoun Center is available for birthday celebrations, class reunions, family reunions, wedding and receptions, and civic and community events. 15% rate reduction for DeSoto Parish Taxpayers for personal or family use! For inFormation on renting the ClistA A. CAlhoun Center For your next event, please contact: Van reech, Director (318) 540-7500

This Facility is Owned and Operated by Friends of the Mansfield Female College Museum. This ad paid for by Friends of Mansfield Female College Museum, a 501©3 Non-Profit Organization.

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Back Alley Theatre in Grand Cane is into its 13th Season


In today’s vernacular, Back Alley Theatre, housed in the rear of Hicks Richardson Building with its brick floors and walls, comfortable seating, heating and air conditioning, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, is a testament to what dedicated volunteers can do. Organized and put together in 2000, it has come a long way—and that is a really big understatement. The variety of productions the Board has brought and continues to bring to the stage include full-length plays, music shows, childrens’ productions, workshops for those who may have a penchant for acting but have never acted before, and an academy—a two week children’s theatre workshop in June to prepare, train, teach, and encourage them to participate in various productions, this year’s being The Wizard of Oz to be performed June 27 and 28 at 7:00 p.m. and June 29, a Sunday matinee beginning at 2:00 p.m. Children of varying ages are invited and encouraged to participate in the


workshop so they can be in the performances at the theatre. A one-day workshop held in January for adults bitten by the acting bug was touted to be the “best $5 ever spent,” which was the cost they paid to learn the theatre lingo and test the ‘acting waters.’ The entire operation as stated is handled by volunteers using monies derived from donations and ticket sales. And they’ve taken shows on the road: to the circa-1900 stage at Clista A. Calhoun Center in Mansfield where a large number of spectators enjoyed a noon luncheon prior to the production, to CornerStone Church near Logansport, and to the convention center in Jefferson, Texas. Christmas specials are always fun and entertaining, putting everyone in a holiday mood. The supply of talent participating in any of the productions will amaze you as they pretend to be someone they are not...pretend to be involved in something that does not exist...and make you believe

every move they make is absolute truth when every word of it is fiction. It takes talent to do that, and no doubt, there is talent in everyone who walks across the stage. April’s offerings will be Southern Hospitality, written by the ones who wrote Dearly Beloved, Dearly Departed; Mama Won’t Fly; and ’Til Beth Do Us Part…, humorous titles indeed, but comedy is their specialty and is always appreciated by audiences—because who doesn’t like to laugh? Back Alley Theatre—a great place and opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn, teach, laugh, and have a wonderful time—invites the entire family to watch as they perform. If you’re not a regular attendee, become one. It’s almost a guarantee that you will go home laughing. Not many experiences that we face every day can promise that.

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Back Alley Theatre will present SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY April 24 through May 3, 2014. This production will feature the Futrelle Sisters, Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye, and Rhonda Lynn who are in trouble…again…but this time the problem is bigger than ever…Don’t miss this hilarious comedy! And…Back Alley Academy will present The WIZARD OF OZ… a two-week children’s theatre workshop June 16-20 and June 23-27, ending with performances on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 29, matinee at 2 p.m. Reservations are required for all shows due to limited seating. All tickets: $10. Curtain time: 7 p.m.

The theatre is located at the rear of the Hicks-Richardson Bldg. at Highways 171 & 3015 in Historic Grand Cane, LA. For Information, call (318) 872-6373 or (318) 461-8684

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Back Alley will present a Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings Tribute Show at the Clista A. Calhoun April 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Marion Deaton, from Memphis, Tenn., a premier Willie Nelson tribute artist, will bring his amazing talent to the show. Coley Chaudoin from Zwolle, performs as Waylon Jennings. This duo has presented the Willie/ Waylon combo for some time. Backing up the amazing duo will be the Louisiana Hayride Band. Reservations required. Tickets are $15.

Marion Deaton as Willie Nelson & Coley Chaudion as Waylon Jennings

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(Left to Right) Mayors Sue Fields, Katherine Freeman, Curtis McCoy, Marsha Richardson, and Charles Waldon

Working together for good of entire parish —­the topic at a recent Mayoral Meeting Mayors support 1.5 millage on April 5 ballot dedicated for parish-wide Mosquito Abatement and Animal Control Services


Mayors serving in DeSoto Parish have been holding quarterly meetings over the last year to discuss ways in which they can support each other and promote all parish programs and events successfully. Primary, however, is to continually look for ways to bring jobs and revenue to the parish. The meeting held recently at Village Cuisine in Grand Cane brought a gathering including Mayor Marsha Richardson, Stonewall Mayor Charles Waldon, Logansport Mayor Katherine Freeman, Longstreet Mayor Sue Fields, and Mansfield Mayor Curtis McCoy. Others attending were Reggie Roe, President of the DeSoto Parish Police Jury; Parish Administrator Steve Brown; Police Juror A. W. McDonald; DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Director Brenda Hall; Kari Boudreaux; Tommye Crawford; Sharon Stewart; Ann-Marie Eaves; Nita Richardson; and Edna Wheless. Roe opened the luncheon meeting by sharing information related to current projects of the Police Jury. He encouraged mayoral support for a 1.5 millage the Police Jury voted to have placed on the April 5

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ballot solely for operational needs of the Animal Control Services. “With this millage, the Jury can afford to include all municipalities as well as the entire parish in the Mosquito Abatement program and Animal Control Services. We must come together and work together for all of the parish. This is not a North/South parish anymore. This is DeSoto Parish and we all want to support it every way we can. Mr. Brown is working with me to make changes in the office, and we’re looking at what we need to do to bring this parish to where it needs to be as a place to live, to provide for our families, to try to bring in jobs and training for our young people, and to see that the needs of the public are taken care of in a fiscally responsible way,” Roe said. Roe said the Jury plans to begin cleaning up properties it owns in the City of Mansfield, with the idea of possibly cleaning up one per month. These are properties that have been adjudicated and are in the possession of the Police Jury and have over time become eyesores. These properties are overgrown, perhaps dangerous, or have be-

come properties where people “hang out.” Roe ended his comments by reminding everyone again that DeSoto Parish is one parish. “Everybody pays taxes. We want to have a close relationship with the towns. This is not North DeSoto and South DeSoto any more. We are one parish. What’s good for one part is good for all.” Stonewall Mayor Charles Waldon said he believes the Jury is starting off on the right foot and the Town of Stonewall would support it any way it can. Mayor McCoy said whatever is good for Mansfield will benefit all towns in the parish. Richardson commented that the Village of Grand Cane will work with anyone to help bring jobs so that people will continue to live in DeSoto and enjoy what it offers. Freeman reminded the group that Logansport is in the midst of a turnaround due to the work underway to build new bridges across the Sabine River and sees nothing but positive changes on the horizon. 17


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BMattle ansfield of

April 8, 1864

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Photos Courtesy of Cindy Williams Photography, Mansfield, LA


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In CelebratIon of the You are Invited to Spend a Couple of

Days in Desoto April 26 and April 27 Shop ★ Dine Spend the Weekend

have a Great tIme In DeSoto For more information contact

DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau 115 North Washington Avenue

(318) 872-1177 or (318) 872-1310 DeSoto Life

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Anniversary the BAttLe OF MANSFIeLD

Visit our other points of historical significance while you are here. Events at the Battle Park begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. on both days. Battle Re-enactments will be performed at 2 p.m. on both days. Meet and visit with Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Local Dignitaries. 21

When it comes to the effectiveness of DeSoto Parish Animal Services from opening date to 2014...

Did You Know? DeSoto Parish held the Grand Opening for DeSoto Parish Animal Services on December 6, 2010 Animal Services Operations Expenses 2010: $131,913 Animal Services Capital Outlay 2010: $5,484 Animal Services Operations Expenses 2011: $293,683 Animal Services Capital Outlay 2011: $63,302 Total Animal Intake 2011: 1,788 Adoptions (149); Reclaims/Return to Owner (55); Rescues/Transfers (161)

Animal Services Operations Expenses 2012: $342,006 Animal Services Capital Outlay 2012: zero Total Animal Intake 2012: 1,815 Adoptions (289); Reclaims/Return to Owner (65); Rescues/Transfers (207)

Animal Services Operations Expenses 2013: $326,606 Animal Services Capital Outlay 2013: $51,734 Mosquito Control Operations Expenses 2013: $102,714 As of December 31, 2013, Animal Intake: 1,762 Adoptions (192); Reclaims/Return to Owner (56); Rescues/Transfers (139)

Nuisance Wildlife: Skunks (2) tested positive for rabies and (14) were suspected of being positive for rabies

DeSoto Parish Animal Services responded to the following calls in 2013: • DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office: (70) • City of Mansfield: (over 40) • Formal Citizen Complaints: (11)

• Bite Case/Rabies Quarantine Observations: (37) • Normal and Customary Calls: (2,229)

Public Service Announcement paid for by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury, PO Box 898, 101 Franklin Street, Mansfield, Louisiana 71052


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Animal Shelter


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An animal shelter wasn’t high on the priority list of the DeSoto Parish Police Jury in 2009 when concerns were voiced by a group of taxpayers about ragged, hungry packs of dogs roaming in DeSoto Parish. Fearing harm to family and even livestock in some cases, they came to seek help from the Police Jury. Faced with a litany of needs: payroll, equipment repairs and/or replacement, road materials, and, at minimum, a dozen other needed programs, jurors found themselves sympathizing and wanting to act, yet unsure if they could. Any Juror wants to fulfill his promise

to do the best for his district. Yet, collectively they represent the entire parish. It is no small success when they meet in the middle over any project. Jurors consider every taxpayer’s request. They respect the public’s opinion and work to represent the parish in the best manner. That said, they must, however, spend on a ‘worst first’ basis, prioritizing needs so every district benefits. In fact, a look at the recently approved 2014 budget expenditures per function shows 47% of monies received goes for public works. Jurors seemed surprised when groups

of taxpayers approached them, asking them to build an animal facility. While wanting to accommodate the myriad requests from taxpayers for such a facility, jurors knew they were bound by hard financial demands already in place. The first to bring the Jury’s attention to the problem was Pat Lowrey. She put information in their hands regarding the seriousness of the parish-wide problem. At the next meeting, jurors were addressed by local veterinarian, Pine Ridge Clinic’s Dr. Neil Henderson from Stonewall, who also came armed with statistics, numbers, problems and dangers, and

Fourth in a series of Quality of Life improvements by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury

Leah the kitten awaits her rescue.

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pitched a plea that the Jury please consider the possibility of building an animal shelter to address problems caused by diseased animals due to uncaring or irresponsible owners. His homework proved the need for an animal facility. Money was tight. Jurors felt there was no way they could build, equip, furnish, and staff such a facility. They collectively agreed if there was to be an animal shelter, voters would have to support it with a dedicated tax. Dewayne Mitchell, then president, said he would not build a facility without financial support from the voters. Time passed, others took up the cause and began a parish-wide movement to engage people who would financially and/ or otherwise support the project. Groups collected supplies for the shelter and decided how they could benefit the shelter, were it was to be built, with at least minimal furnishings. Jurors, sensitive to the public’s concern, looked for a solution. The lack of sufficient funds was the primary reason nothing moved, yet where there’s a will, there’s often a way. After devising a plan, they saw it as a do-able project, albeit with their fingers crossed. Long story short, DeSoto now has a first-rate animal shelter in the Industrial Park. Numerous gifts and donations were received to get it kicked off. The facility opened in December 2010 under the name of the late Bryant Yopp, a juror from

Stonewall, who worked tirelessly for the facility. Today, the facility has found its rightful place in DeSoto Parish with a budget $532,152; however, its only income is from animal services fees projected to bring in $20,000 in 2014. Primary funding comes from the General Fund, slacking that account by, give or take, half a million dollars. Last year, fearing the possible presence of West Nile Virus in DeSoto, jurors added Mosquito Abatement for public protection. They bought materials, equipment, hired drivers, equipped them with pickups, and paid for required training. A detailed schedule was prepared showing roads to travel and the amount of time it would take to spray the parish. Spraying began parish wide. It was a successful endeavor. With the waning of Haynesville Shale dollars, it’s up to the public now to say if these programs continue. Per Police Jury accounting records, the Jury’s budget has dropped $18,583,594.00 since 2011. Operational funds for the animal facility are transferred from the General Fund—a method that can’t last forever. These funds have paid employees, provided educational information, enabled personnel to make presentations to various audiences, and basically financed the solution for a rabid skunk outbreak. And no one has complained about

mosquitoes. The Jury gets high marks for seeing to the needs in DeSoto Parish. Knowing they could not continue indefinitely, Jurors shifted dollars from here to there to provide for startup. Now with continued parish growth, the Jury is asking tax payers to pick up the tab. Jurors have called for a special tax election on April 5 asking for 1.5 mils solely dedicated to the operation of the animal facility and mosquito abatement programs. This millage will bring in about one million dollars, enough to continue both programs and continue the type of program the Jury feels DeSoto Parish needs. Without its passage, DeSoto Parish will take an unfortunate step backwards. Per Steve Brown, Parish Administrator, animal and mosquito control will then be available for both unincorporated and incorporated areas of the parish. “All citizens in DeSoto Parish will benefit,” says Brown.

Animal Control Officer Harold Renfro

Stanley students visit the Facility on a field trip.

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Local veterinarian comments on need for animal control services in DeSoto Parish

“Such a facility can be expensive, but not having one in the parish could be more expensive…” Neil Henderson, DVM, Stonewall, LA


“I remember when I was a teenager my dad getting a telephone call about midnight from the Sheriff ’s Department. They’d busted a large dog-fighting ring in Gloster and needed his help. Regardless that I had school the next day, I had to go help him. When we arrived, we found a number of dogs injured from fighting, plus some that just needed housing. We made several trips back and forth from the site to the office with the animals, giving medical treatment and providing housing. The next day dad and Dr. Cowden divided the dogs up between their two offices to ensure adequate housing. None of the animals were ever claimed. We housed all of them for several months before they were adopted.” Dr. Neil Henderson recalls why this sticks in his mind. “I remember seeing all the police lights flashing. We found out later that many of the participants hit the woods to escape but were found great distances from the actual fighting ring.”  Henderson’s point? “Those officers needed to focus their attention on what they were trained to do. Doctoring and housing animals weren’t their jobs. If dad hadn’t been able to go that night, it would have put a lot more work on the deputies who already had their hands full.” Over the years Henderson says these types of scenarios became common place. “Very rarely did a week go by that we didn’t receive a call at my office or my emergency service about an animal issue. Some calls related to a deputy responding to a scene where an individual had been bitten by a dog or cat and needed some place to quarantine the animal for rabies observation or needed to know the vaccine status of the animal. Other calls pertained to animals struck by a vehicle and needed medical attention. These officers were not trained nor were they equipped to move injured animals safely, but they always went out of their way to do so. I’ve had

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concerned deputies remove animals from abusive homes, or note a wound on an animal that needed medical attention, and then bring the animal to my office to be tended to, even taking responsibility for the bill. Officers also asked about the leash law in DeSoto. It was common for them to respond to disgruntled individuals about animals not being housed properly. If the animal was captured by the deputy, he had no place to take it.” He says many such issues occurred in the parish but weren’t common knowledge. “As long as it got taken care of, no one cared. At least they didn’t care until it was their loved one who was bitten, their property that was damaged, or their livestock that had been injured.”   When the Police Jury voted to build, open, equip, and maintain an animal shelter in the parish, they did so with very good intentions, Henderson believes. “Having one brings so many benefits. Though many may not see where it benefits them, it benefits everyone by controlling the stray pet population which leads to healthier communities. Stray animals often carry unwanted diseases and parasites. They were very proactive in the recent rabies outbreak in the northern part of the parish, a situation which could have gotten out of hand quickly. Yet by them being pro-active, we only had one human exposure that I know of. Without the Animal Control services during this outbreak, the situation could

have easily escalated out of control and we could have ended up with much more human exposure.” And while Henderson knows operating such a facility can be expensive, he says not having one could be more expensive. “It costs taxpayers much more per day to house such animals with a veterinarian than it does the shelter. I would respond to those individuals who say that if they weren’t picking up stray animals, they wouldn’t have to house them. But the more stray animals in a populated area, the greater the chance for increased human/ vehicle exposure or accidents which lead to increased insurance premiums, etc. The trickledown effect hurts everyone. “DeSoto’s facility is very nice. It helps with some of the issues I’ve mentioned. No society will ever remove all of the stray pet population, or eliminate the potential for zoonotic diseases exposure, but if we as a community continue to be proactive, we can greatly decrease their presence. We can also have the potential opportunity of uniting a long-term friendship with an owner and a pet through adoption.” There are many of man’s best friend here looking for their forever homes.


Risk By Ric Cochran


Let’s talk about risk. Even if we hate risk, we still can’t escape it. Some are so afraid of risk they might likely lose more trying to hide from it than harnessing it. Others recognize that everything has risk, including cash, perhaps especially cash over the long-term. How could cash have risk? Really simple: if you lock up your cash, then take it out and count it years later, you may have all your cash; but can you buy as much with it as five, ten, or twenty years before? Have you ever seen a period in modern times that prices didn’t go up? If you can only buy half as much, or even less, you’ve lost a lot of purchasing power. Ouch! And unless you want to use your dollar bills for wallpaper, the power to purchase goods and services is the only value cash has. How much purchasing power can we lose over time by holding cash, not achieving high enough returns to keep up with a rising cost of living? A lot, if you trust the government’s numbers. Some believe the government understates inflation, which would be worse. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it took over $100,000.00 in 2013 to purchase what $43,000.00 would purchase in 1983. That’s a loss of over half ! But just before that, from 1973 to 1983, cash lost half its purchasing power in a single decade! So it took over $100,000 in 2013 to purchase what $19,000 would buy in 1973, a loss in purchasing power of over 80%. Imagine if, like Rip Van Winkle, you went to sleep in

1973 with $19,000 under your pillow and woke up in 2013 how surprised you’d be at how little your money would buy. Cash doesn’t seem to keep well. Many stay in cash or cash-like, low-return, accounts for fear of losing if they invest. I understand that fear. I’ve seen a lot of people lose money due to poorly structured portfolios and bad decisions. But consider that while a well-structured portfolio is likely to fluctuate in value, time tends to reward those who ride out the dips. Whereas, those who fail to prudently invest out of fear of fluctuations tend to be left farther and farther behind by a rising cost of living. Yes, periodic downward fluctuations in markets occur; but so do periodic upward fluctuations. Nobody seems to mind the upward fluctuations that are more frequent. And you can’t realistically expect the upward performance without being willing to ride out the occasional downward dips. Often a key difference between success and failure can amount to having perspective. According to studies by Ibbotson Associates, stocks in a well-diversified portfolio have historically outperformed bonds, cash, or cash equivalents. During the 85-year period from 1926 to 2010, studies documented in their book Stocks, Bonds, Bills, and Inflation: 2010 Yearbook, show that Large Company Stocks have provided investors an annualized average return of 9.87%, which amounted to 6.67% above inflation, far and away better

About the Author: Ric Cochran writes articles and speaks to groups about investing for everyday people. He’s an investor coach at RAM. Investment advisory services are offered through Rainey Asset Management, a Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Arkansas registered investment adviser. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

than the returns for bonds and, of course, cash. Why did stocks provide higher returns over the long haul? Stocks are perceived to have higher risk than bonds, or cash, though long-term bonds can have stock-market-like volatility, albeit with lower historical returns. Investors in stocks expect to be rewarded for their willingness to put up with volatility. Otherwise, why put up with markets sometimes going down if the long-term rewards aren’t enough to more than assuage the periodic short-term groans? Inflation tends to reward stocks over time as it tends to punish bonds and cash. I believe much of what people consider risk, is simply market volatility and failure to understand the ebb and flow of world commerce. If you can’t hide from risk and inflation over the long-term, why not seek payment for putting up with it, that is, as an alternative to losing purchasing power? A key function of a portfolio manager should be to allocate investments among multiple asset classes to help manage risk and volatility more effectively through diversification. It’s also important to avoid excessive trading and hidden fees. The goal should be to achieve real returns (returns above the rate of inflation) for a level of volatility an investor can be comfortable with. An added bonus is a portfolio manager offering ongoing education for clients, on a monthly basis, to gain a growing appreciation for risk and the generous rewards for not hiding from it.

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On Saturday, October 7, 2006, a long overdue event occurred just north of Logansport. Members of the DeSoto Parish Historical Society gathered with members of the Texas Historical Society to commemorate a special moment in time. A Historical marker was dedicated at 2 p.m. on that date at the site of the only remaining international boundary marker located within the continental United States…and it all happened just a few miles north of Logansport. The first marker placed at this location established the boundary between the Republic of Texas and the United States. That occurred 165 years ago (April 23, 1841). Other markers were placed along the Republic of Texas/United States border, but all have been lost over time. Obviously establishing the boundary between the two countries and placing the original markers, one every four miles, was no small accomplishment. According to records in the possession of Raymond Powell of Mansfield, who serves as President of the DeSoto Parish Historical Society, the Republic of Texas (a nation of its own) and the United States (a nation of its own) shared a commission formed to literally define the borders of the two republics. As per documents, because there was much concern over the correct border line between the USA and the Republic of Texas, representatives of the two countries met in Washington DC to work out a feasible line of separation. Up to this time, area maps were skimpy and often incorrect. A conclusion was reached on April 25, 1838, and both countries agreed to help with a borderline survey. Ratifications were exchanged on October 13, 1838. The commission met on the 12th of November 1839 at Greens 28

Bluff on the Sabine River about 35 miles from the mouth of the Sabine. Equipment was acquired for making the survey although the astronomical apparatus had not yet arrived. Those involved in determining the boundary sailed from New Orleans January 27, 1840, reaching the Sabine February 1. An agreement was reached and the marker they set defines the boundary between the U.S. and The Republic of Texas. Notes recorded the progress as the crew moved up the Sabine, but dissatisfaction became so acute by 1839, the two countries agreed to just place a mound of earth fifty feet in diameter and seven feet high, which they topped with a pole 36 feet high, and placed at the top of the pole an inverted keg covered with pitch. At the four points of the compass, and four feet from the center, they buried bottles containing papers with the work of the commission. Using the mound as a beginning point, the men proceeded to the mouth of the Pass, through it, and up the lake to the mouth of Sabine River. By June they’d reached Logan’s Ferry (the early name for Logansport). According to Powell, only two granite makers were ever placed: one at the 32nd parallel intersection of the line with the Sabine River about three and one-half miles north of Logansport, which later simply fell into the river, and the other one four miles north of Logansport, the one we celebrate. On May 21, 1840 a four-inch granite marker was placed at four-mile intervals beginning at the mouth of the Sabine River. The west bank of the Sabine was retraced from Logan’s Ferry to a point where the 32nd degree of parallel intersected the Sabine, about three and

Raymond Powell with map

one-half miles. The place was marked with a granite block ten feet long and nine inches square, set five feet in the ground. A marker was prepared in 1840, dated to be set that year; however, due to elements beyond control, the marker was not set until 1841. The south side of the shaft was engraved: “Meridian boundary, established A. D 1840”; the east side: “U.S.”; and on the west side: “R.T.” “The International Boundary Marker, north of Logansport, is one of DeSoto Parish’s most valued historical jewels,” says Raymond Powell, who, along with a delegation from DeSoto Parish Historical Society, local, and state dignitaries, worked diligently to bring this project to a successful conclusion and were supported in the effort by a similar group from Texas. Both groups gathered at the original marker site on LA State Highway 765 on October 7, 2006 to install the large and impressive Louisiana State Historical Marker, which is inside a pipe railing barricade adjacent to the four-mile marker set in 1841 and remaining to this day. The Louisiana State historical marker located north of Louisiana State Highway 765 reads in part as follows: INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY. The original granite block was ten feet long, nine inches square, and marked the “United States - Republic of Texas boundary.” It is dated 1840 and was set in place on April 23, 1841. This is the only marker denoting an international boundary known to exist within the continental United States. In 1977, a small park was dedicated at the site of the international boundary marker. Since then, the site has been registered as a National Historic Shrine. Photos by Aaron Hardesty

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Not until the placement of the Texas Historical Marker was dedicated October 7, 2006 did the State of Texas officially recognize this landmark.

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From Where I Sit ...


From where I sit, mostly now At Wit’s End, it is very cold. Not relatively speaking…there’s snow on the ground. Oh my goodness, how excited we were as kids when it snowed! We got out of school, we made snowballs and had fights, and when we were frozen and worn out, we went inside to warm up while mother made ice cream from the snow. Hot chocolate came second to snow ice cream. Do you remember that? You know, there are so many, many things our children and grandchildren are missing out on because times have brought on so many changes. Our house was big, warm, and friendly. We had what we needed and went to school every day happy as larks. We never expected it to be any other way. Yet time does not stand still…with time came changes, and we lost a good many of the ‘old fashioned’ ways and that’s our loss. The way I remember older times is by pictures that we’ve taken along the way. There’s nothing more fun than to go through batches of pictures to see how we’ve all changed. Wonder what in the world would we do without a camera? Could you always remember how your parents looked at a certain age just by your memory? I cannot remember what I need from the grocery store as I walk into the store…how in the world could I remember being ten years old and how my parents looked? I know a sweet lady who for years has taken videos of every event that takes place at her church. What a great idea. Do you do that? What does the choir look like? Who was the pastor? What was the sermon? Who was baptized? ...You can believe that lady knows—and recently she shared older videos of activities and fellowship as they welcomed a new pastor. While the old is passing, the new is before us… every day, every hour. We can make a memory with the time we have or we can make excuses for not doing something special. And from my point of view, there’s never a good time for not doing something special…be it simple or extravagant… Make memories…moments pass—so enjoy the moment, for this too will pass.

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Biggest Deer I’ve Ever Taken... The


Encinal, Texas was not really a town. It was not even a village. There was only a service station, bus station, and café…one building. Not to slight the area, there was also a mercantile-cattlemens’ store across the railroad tracks. It was where Highway 44 crosses I-35, about 40 miles from Laredo. I was privileged to hunt on a ranch west of Encinal, toward…well…not toward anything. The road dead-ended before it reached the Rio Grande. Forty years ago it was a wild, uninhabited but beautiful part of south Texas. Country so desolate, I’m sure I walked on some ground no white man had hunted before. The year before this story took place, I was invited for a short quail hunt. We hunted quail there again that January and had returned in September for a work weekend to get the deer stands ready for the season. After three trips, I had learned how to get around a little bit on this 12,000 acre ‘spread.’ One evening, the rancher’s son stopped by our camp for a drink. In the conversation, he revealed that the first weekend of the season, a hunter from San 32

Antonio had missed a very nice buck over on the back side of the ranch. There were no stands there, only new-growth mesquite bushes about five feet high. It was an area no one was hunting. I was curious about how anyone could hunt back there, but asked no questions. Then I remembered seeing a jeep with a tall platform built on the back of it. A mobile deer stand. Without telling anyone but the rancher, I eased back in there, put up my portable tripod stand and backed into the only tall mesquite tree that would hide my profile while allowing me to see at least 200 yards east and west. I planned to park about a quarter mile away and sneak in there the next afternoon. On the horizon a copper colored sun was dropping fast. Only four or five minutes of daylight remained. Vertical lightning boomed to the south…the dangerous kind. Rain right at sunset? Very unusual for south Texas. With winds swirling, the buck and two does had either gotten a few molecules of my scent or just didn’t like the new appearance of the mesquite tree. They

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were over 100 yards away to the east, looking toward me and the sun. All they could see was a silhouette. The last rays of sun were shining through windborne dust in the air, making everything golden colored. All three deer were on high alert, ready to run. The big buck was looking right at me with his head hiding his chest, giving me no shot. A doe walked between us and he turned to follow her. It’s really getting dark. Should I wait? When I fired, a flash of flame shot out the end of the barrel. It was that dark. Of course the flash of bright fire blinded me. The sun was down. Hurry…go mark the spot where they stood… The thunder became louder, and the rain neared. It would wash away any sign of a hit I told myself. If I didn’t locate him quickly he’d not be found ‘til tomorrow. By that time, coyotes will have ruined the animal for mounting. This was the biggest darned deer I had ever shot, I thought to myself. These were some of the thoughts flying around in my mind and that of every hunter who has taken the shot right

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at dark. Lightning flashed all around appearing as strobe lights in a ‘70s nightclub, producing a lot of light but hard on the eyes. Where were they standing? Everything looks the same when you get down from an elevated stand. With a tremendous boom, lightning struck the ground about a quarter mile

nodded and asked him to help me find the deer before the rain arrived. Calm as could be, he said, “I think I know where that deer is.” Then grinning, he asked what was that in the road down there? I looked around to where the truck lights were shining to see a nice buck with huge horns lying in the edge of the ranch

taken and that was almost 42 years ago. I have hunted in other states, even in the mountains of Idaho, but I have not had a chance at a larger one. As I walked to where my beautiful trophy lay, I was thinking nobody is going to believe me when I tell this story. South Texas deer have big horns, but medium

He was a magnificent main-frame 10 point with heavy mass and long brow tines... I was thinking nobody is going to believe me when I tell this story.

away. Lay that rifle down mister, I told myself…don’t be a lightning rod. Good, here is some blood and the deer must be near. There is so much blood. It looked like he ran straight into the brush. About that time, the pickup truck of the rancher came over the rise behind me. When he got to me he asked did I shoot. I

road less than 40 yards away. So intent on tracking the wounded deer through the thick mesquite, I failed to look down the road. Or, maybe there was so little light, I failed to see the bodied deer down there. He was a magnificent main-frame 10 point with heavy mass and long brow tines. It was the biggest deer I had ever

sized bodies. The old rancher and I had no trouble lifting it up into the bed of the truck. Just as we started to camp to the skinning rack, the rains came down hard. We were dry and we were headed for camp. Another part of the story that seems too good to be true.

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It’s time to Season Up and Share… Herbs make a good cook a great cook… A kitchen garden may sound overwhelming, but it simply means putting on your gloves and getting that bed ready to plant. A flower bed right outside my kitchen window became my spot for tomatoes, banana peppers, bell peppers, and lots of mint, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, and two rosemary plants. It is so handy to just go outside the door and pick my ingredients for salad for suppers. As I was planting, I realized I had room for a tree or two and found the perfect ones at a local store. One is a Key Lime; the other, a Meyer Lemon. The lime? Fabulous! The lemon? Not so much. It did okay. And yes, everyone told me to put the mint in pots or at least contain them in something because they would take over a bed. I didn’t listen, nor did I care…I wanted to see lots of growth. It did grow

a lot, but that never bothered me last season—we shall see this year. The basil did so well I used it and shared with friends and family. That’s what is so fun about a small garden space that produces well. Share it…just give it away; but be sure and freeze some for soups and stews in the winter. Settlers brought herbs from other countries to use as remedies for illnesses, flavoring, and storing with linens. Some were used to improve the taste of meat before all the processing and freezing we have today. I bet a lot of you who are reading this can remember your grandmother’s kitchen garden patch. It was essential because she could not run down to the local store and purchase dried oregano or rosemary. Most country cooks grew their own and shared with neighbors. It certainly brought people closer together and they got to know their neighbors.

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Events, people, and items of interest in and around our area.

Part of the large group of members and visitors in attendance at the recent January Luncheon meeting of the DeSoto Chamber. Logansport Mayor Katherine Freeman welcomed a host of local, parish-wide, and state dignitaries recently at the Groundbreaking Event for new bridges to cross the Sabine River. It literally has taken years to get this project moving, but it is now underway and should take about three years to complete. Shown are folks in the crowd of well-wishers from both Texas and Louisiana. Due to weather circumstances, the event was held on the River Front Stage, followed by a Reception at the Logansport Library.

Ribbon Cutting at Altis Computer Services in Stonewall.

Ribbon Cutting in Stonewall opens new Salon Jolie.

Recipient of Business of the Month Award given by DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce at its recent luncheon meeting was Norman R. Gordon & Associates LLC, represented by Stephen T. Gordon. The Chamber of Commerce President made the presentation.


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Mansfield High School FBLA Chapter 2140 Annual FBLA District I leadership Conference winners Mansfield High School Future Business Leader Association Chapter participated in the Annual FBLA District I Leadership Conference held in Homer on February 7, 2014. Superior placements will compete on the state level. Mansfield High School Chapter also has entered in several FBLA State Projects.

Mansfield Middle School Shines Day Celebration SADD Shines Day was observed on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 It is a national day to celebrate all the ways SADD members make a difference and for SADD chapters across the country to celebrate and shine together. The theme this year was “Youth Lighting the Way.” SADD students have been empowering their peers and creating positive change for 32 years. Mansfield Middle School SADD Club celebrated SADD Shines Day during a ceremony at the Mansfield Park in downtown Mansfield. During the ceremony sky lanterns were released by SADD Members assisted by community leaders and parents. The lanterns demonstrated how SADD lights the way and how SADD students shine a light and help others make good choices for healthy lifestyles. The lantern is the unifying symbol for this annual event.

*Accounting: Catlynn Crump, Jaylon Robinson - Excellent Business Communication: Khylon Robertson - Superior *Business Calculations: Nicholas Salter - Superior Business Law: Nicklus Reed - Excellent Business Math: Nicholas Salter - Excellent *Current Events: Jacoby Davis, Najee Taylor, Colbren Thomas - Superior Desktop Publishing: Deneisha McCleland, Alexis Cannon - Excellent Economic: Ca’Aja Maxie - Excellent Entrepreneurship: Victoria Jones, Ashley Jones, Carrie Woodley - Excellent *FBLA Principles and Procedures: LaDaijah Bledsoe - Superior Health Care Administration: Ciara Watson, Asia Brooks - Excellent Impromptu Speaking: Alexis Thomas - Excellent *Introduction to Business: Kaitlyn Goldman - Superior; LaDaijah Bledsoe - Excellent Intro to Business Communication: India Williams: - Excellent Intro to Information Technology: Ca’Aja Maxie - Excellent Intro to Parliamentary Procedure: Lamareo West - Excellent Job Interview: Kayla Davis - Excellent *Mr. FBL: Colbern Thomas - Excellent *Ms. FBL: Victoria Horton - Excellent Parliamentary Procedure: Elijah Wilson, Stanley Woodley, Lamareo West, Lendell Bethea - Superior Personal Finance: ZaQureranee King - Superior Public Speaking I: Arlexis Ford - Excellent Public Speaking II: Alexis Thomas - Superior Spreadsheet Applications: Shatorey Horton, Carlisha James, Lendell Beathea - Excellent

Sheriff Arbuckle, Police Chief Hobbs, City Councilman Kervin Campbell, Assistant DA Britney Green, Members of the Fire Department, and parents were on hand helping MMS Celebrate SADD Shines Day.

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Anniversary the BATTLE OF MANSFIELD RE-Enactment SATURDAY, APRIL 26 SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne to be present for Saturday Event Park Open • Camps Open Day-long Period Demonstrations of Camp Life Battle Re-Enactment 2:00 p.m.

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Free Admission The public is invited to experience what took place on this eventful day inDeSoto DeSotoLife Parish 150 years ago. March/April 2014


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Locals' guide to events and people of interest in DeSoto Parish, Northwest Louisiana

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