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Stay warm, safe during cold

Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves not only can be beautiful focal points within a home, but they also provide an additional source of heat and can be used to keep rooms or entire homes comfortable without the need for additional and potentially costly heating sources. Just like more modern home heating systems, stoves and fireplaces need […]

HIV/AIDS remain a harsh reality

Thursday marked World AIDS Day, an annual date that serves as an opportunity for people across the globe to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. HIV/AIDS does not receive the feverish media and public attention it did before the mid-1990’s. Because of […]

2016 football season one to remember

For residents of Jeff Davis Parish (JDP), football is a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation. There has been a long history of successful gridiron teams in Jennings, Welsh, Lake Arthur and Elton for as far back as many care to remember. As residents here close yet another football […]

One round of voting left this year

In a press release last week, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler noted that turnout for general elections in December is usually “historically low.” In fact, he stated, 70 percent of voters usually head to polls in November while only 20 percent do so in December. The drastic drop in voter turnout could have something […]

The internet is just too much for some

The Internet and social media have revolutionized the way people spend their time. In the not-so-distant past, the sharing of information took considerable time. But now the instant a thought pops into a person’s head, it can immediately be broadcast and shared with the world. According to Brandwatch, there were 2.3 billion active social media […]

Fire, fireplace safety important this season

It’s important to keep in mind that this time of year can pose specific safety risks, particularly around the use of candles, fire and heating products. In 2015, one home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle associated with this time of year […]

Thanksgiving offers history lessons

Over the years, turkey has become the signature item of Thanksgiving by being served in over 90 percent of all homes on the national holiday. However, what most people don’t know is that it may not even have been on the menu when the original feast took place in 1621. In fact, there are loads […]

Santa should shop locally

While you await the arrival of Black Friday sale ads tomorrow, make sure to check out what small businesses will be offering this shopping weekend. Many people are willing to wake up in the middle of the night, drive over 30 minutes away and stand in line for an hour or more to wait for […]

Learn about recalls for safe holidays

Shopping for the perfect gift and then hiding it under the tree adds to the excitement of the holiday season. Knowing the recipient will display a big smile when tearing away the wrapping paper makes gift givers feel good. Each year, certain gifts emerge as trendy crowd favorites. However, no matter how coveted a gift […]

Say what you must, but expect consequences

Americans often defend saying whatever they please by pointing out that they are entitled to freedom of speech. While this is true, people fail to realize freedom of speech does not shield us from facing consequences for our words. This week several people have learned the hard way just how deeply words can cut. In […]

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