A new report finds that Louisiana has the second worst dentist shortage in the nation. Because of this, many residents are not getting adequate dental care, especially children and people who live in rural areas.
The Pew Charitable Trusts examined the lack of access to dental care nationwide. The findings revealed a scarcity of dentists who participate in Medicaid. In Louisiana, the report comes as the state Department of Health and Hospitals is slashing reimbursement rates paid to dentists through the Medicaid program with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.
The population of the tiny DeSoto Parish town of Keatchie will increase exponentially this week as the cast, crew and hundreds of extras descend on Circle T Ranch for the final week of shooting of the independent, family film “Dakota’s Summer.” The coming-of-age drama is a companion film to “Cowgirls ‘n Angels” released last year. It’s a glimpse into the world of the competitive cowgirl rodeo circuit.
Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal of Carthage (right) will present a history conference with guest speaker Chuck Parsons on Saturday about East Texas gunfights and feuds.
The State Historian of Texas, Bill O’Neal of Carthage, will lead a three-hour history conference Saturday titled "Gunfights and Blood Feuds of Old East Texas." O’Neal has written numerous books on frontier violence and he finds that there’s broad appeal, from the Regulator-Moderator War to the murderous bank robbery in Longview by the Dalton Gang. He wants conference goers to learn how the dust finally settled.
Officials at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, urge hundreds of students to finish their high school equivalency test and buckle down this summer to prepare for it. The GED has been overhauled. The changeover to the new test will occur in January. Students who haven’t passed all portions of the current GED by then will have to start over again.