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Students can use summer to prep for future

Is your family thinking about the skills and experience your child needs for college and future success? The majority of college admission officers recommend that students start preparing before or by ninth grade. Yet, more than half of middle level students haven’t started prepping for college, according to statistics from the National Honor Society (NHS) […]

Vote or no?

Lawmakers in the Louisiana House refused Wednesday to give felons the right to vote as soon as they exit prison. Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, proposed to let convicted felons register to vote while they are on parole, probation or suspended sentences – but out of jail. Currently, felons have to wait until they finish […]

College or career bound?

If you haven’t received a mailbox full of graduation invitations yet, perhaps you’re unaware of the impending cap-and-gown season a mere two weeks away, a time bright-eyed and bushy tailed hopefuls head off into their gleaming futures. While the government education database says 34 percent of these students will journey on to a four-year university […]

Drone use getting regulated

Louisiana lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to regulate drones, an area where developing technology meets privacy concerns. A number of proposals under consideration in the House and Senate would criminalize drone trespassing, outline surveillance and privacy laws and establish registration and licensing guidelines. Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, said drones are “showing up on […]

Disability applicants, be aware of scammers

Scammers are trying to get personal information from people by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims. A recent alert from the Social Security Inspector General warns of this phishing scam, and – whether or not you’ve started an application for benefits – these scammers could contact you. They’re taking a shot […]

Rural areas want more after-school programs

As many families in rural communities struggle for economic security, experts say that the after-school programs that keep students safe and inspire them to learn are in short supply. A recently released report, “The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities,” finds that just 13 percent of rural students in the U.S. participate in an […]

Calling all heroes

What defines a true hero? According to Webster, a hero is simply defined as: one that shows great courage. The Jennings Daily News is honored to report that we come across our fair share of heroes each year when we compile material for our annual “Salute to Soldiers” section. So many local men and women […]

Land of the free

Last week, Raymond Smith, a junior student at Lafayette’s Acadiana High School was severely reprimanded for his failure to stand, salute and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school’s daily announcements. Lafayette Parish currently has a mandate that all students must stand during the pledge, regardless if they recite it or not. The student […]

Where to find autism resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that, as of 2014, autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children across the country. This new estimate is 30 percent higher than previous reports, which may be indicative of better measuring devices, more people coming forward or a greater prevalence of autism across the board. “Autism […]

Simple acts go a long way

In Thursday’s edition of the Jennings Daily News, one article highlighted a program initiated by Elton High’s Student Council, Kuddles for Kids. Kuddles for Kids collects new stuffed animals which are then turned over to the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office (JDSO). The stuffed animals are distributed when deputies respond to serious calls that somehow involve […]

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