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Higher education leaders say they’re not using scare tactics

Higher education leaders pushed back Wednesday at suggestions they are exaggerating the impact budget cuts will have on their campuses, saying the threat of mid-semester shutdowns and widespread layoffs is real, the Associated Press reported Lawmakers meeting in a special session are deciding whether to raise taxes requested by Gov. John Bel Edwards to help […]

Communities can celebrate local businesses

Owning a business is the goal of many would-be entrepreneurs. Being your own boss has certain perks, including making your own hours and not having to report to anyone but yourself. But owning a business is a lot of work, especially for new business owners trying to get their businesses off the ground. According to […]

State needs better plan, not more money

Scare tactic or warning? That is what people have been asking about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Thursday speech that touched on Louisiana’s budget shortfall. That shortage ranges between $850-$950 million in a $25 billion budget that needs to be closed by June 30. Edwards wants new taxes and Republicans are resisting, but the two parties […]

Heinous or historical?

The Confederate flag and monuments honoring the perceived Southern heroes of the Civil War have caused quite a stir over the past year, mainly since the racially-motivated slaughter of black churchgoers in South Carolina last summer. Many people see Confederate monuments as dark reminders of a time when black Americans were enslaved. The Confederate constitution […]

ODR moving quickly to recover debts

While residents wait as the state takes its time in disbursing income tax refunds, the state itself is wasting no time to take money it is owed through the recently formed Office of Debt Recovery (ODR). The Advocate reported Monday that the ODR actually has the authority to extract money from bank accounts, intercept tax […]

Keep an eye on your neighborhood

For nearly six months, law enforcement in Jeff Davis Parish – especially the sheriff’s office (JDSO), the agency that oversees local sex offenders – has been working much harder to ensure those convicted of sexual crimes are abiding by the rules of their release. From newspaper records alone, between August 2015 and today, seven sex […]

Make heart health matter

Everyone has a heart, which means everyone has a vital organ that needs a little TLC. Heart health is becoming a hotter topic each year as the health of America’s overall population continues to gain weight and live on processed foods. Here in Cajun Country, the story is not different. February is recognized as American […]

LAHS seniors have chance at money

The Foundation of SWLA is encouraging Lake Arthur High seniors to try their hand at qualifying for a $1,000 scholarship funded in honor of a former Goretti High English instructor. The Gwen Higgins English Scholarship Fund was established by Miriam Gwendolyn Pilcher Higgins’ family in honor of her memory.  The purpose of the scholarship, according […]

Pres. Primary always a closed election

Today is the final day to register or change voter info in order to vote in the March 5 Presidential Preference Primary; however, not everyone will be eligible to vote in that election. Many have been asking why the Primary is “closed” and how the government can tell some voters they cannot participate. However, this […]

LHSAA ruling leads to diluted post-seasons

If you are a fan of prep sports in the Bayou State, then you’ve been transfixed on the soap opera that has been the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) for the last month. The LHSAA is the governing body for all high school sports in the state, with member schools opting in to compete […]

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