Archive for: August, 2013

Early morning fire claims life in Acadia Parish

Daily News Staff Report RAYNE – Early Thursday morning, State Fire Marshal investigators responded to a residential fire here that claimed one life. At approximately 2:15 a.m., Rayne firefighters responded to a call to 704 Bella Avenue. Upon their arrival, a travel trailer being utilized as a permanent residence was found engulfed in flames. After […]

City hopes to better serve community with new hire

Chris Lehman, (left), visits with JPD Chief Todd D’Albor about community issues.
Daily News photo by Holli Bruchhaus

By REBECCA CHAISSON Daily News Editor In an effort to identify “problem areas” in the city and develop a better relationship with its residents in able to solve them, the Jennings Police Department has formed a Community Services Division. “We are to trying to build on what we already have in place,” explained Jennings Police […]

Fox elected chairman of LTPA

By BRETT MARINO Daily News Staff Writer Earlier this month, Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development Director Marion “Butch” Fox was elected chairman of the board of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) by the organization’s membership board. LTPA is a private, non-profit, membership trade association that leads the private sector growth of the Louisiana Tourism […]

Belt family receives overdue vacation

Josiah Belt (8), Judah Belt (5) and Joel Belt (3) get painted during a promotional video for Color PHor a Cure. Also pictured is the Belt family with members of their Color PHor A Cure team.
Submitted photo

By REBECCA CHAISSON Daily News Editor The Make a Wish Foundation is presenting a special family with a long overdue vacation on Sunday, and the general public is invited to attend the announcement. Eight months ago, Josh and Lindsey Belt of Jennings learned that their 3-year-old son, Joel, has an extremely rare and life-threatening disease […]

Jamborees Kick Off

marg-jhs jamboree

The Jeff Davis Parish Jamboree kicks off tonight from Welsh High School, where the Hounds will take on the Elton Indians in the first contest of the night at 6 p.m. The second game will feature Elton and Lake Arthur, with the finale being Welsh and Lake Arthur. Then on Friday, Aug. 30, the Jennings […]

Caution: Enter at your own risk

The current situation in Syria is difficult to stomach and even comprehend. The lifeless bodies of poisoned children evoke such sadness and rage that no one living in a civil society can withstand the call for justice over these attacks. Yet, before we lock and load to redeem the fallen innocent, here are some suggestions […]

I feel so lucky to have so many “friends”

The Way I See It by DON WEST Every morning when I come to work, my day is brightened when I open my mailbox. I usually have from 15 to 130 e-mails and it is so encouraging to hear from all my friends who are interested in my health and welfare. Just this morning, my […]

Outdoor Play


Fifth grade teacher Monica Veronie took her kids outside this week to teach group cooperation skills. The students had to pass a hula hoop to each other while holding hands, forcing them to cooperate and communicate to get the hoop all the way around. Daily News photo by Holli Bruchhaus

L.A. man charged with worthless checks

Amos Beverly Jr.
Photo courtesy JDSO

Daily News Staff Report Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Warrant Division recently made a notable arrest thanks to a tip received on their website, As a result of the tip, sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Amos Beverly Jr., 52, of Iowa Street in Lake Arthur. The suspect was arrested on an outstanding warrant for […]

Coushatta documenting their heritage

By BRETT MARINO Daily News Staff Writer The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is experiencing a cultural revival. In reacting to the degeneration of traditional language and culture, tribal leaders and community members have reached back into the past to save the story of their heritage so that their children’s children may know their history and […]

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