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Contest underway for Red Ribbon Week

The 28th annual Red Ribbon Week is this month, and the National Family Partnership has launched its month-long, national contest. Ten families across America will win $1,000 for their school and an iPad for their home by participating in the campaign. While the contest has already kicked off, it’ll be held throughout the month of October, […]

Vets can still access museums despite shutdown

The head of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans is extending an invitation to veterans groups that might find themselves unable to hold planned events at federal memorial sites or parks due to the government shutdown. Museum chief executive Gordon H. Mueller notes in a statement that the museum – and independent […]

Concerns raised about navigating health exchange

State lawmakers said Tuesday they are concerned about a shortage of people helping Louisiana residents sign up for new insurance options available under the federal health care law. Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, urged the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center to give lawmakers information about where to direct […]

Hold your horses, Welsh

Jeff Davis is a rural parish and even those in incorporated areas like Jennings or Lake Arthur are accustomed to some type of “country” living. In the past decades, we have all seen many areas expand and flourish but the traditions of our past are still very much alive and practiced by locals today. For […]

BP: Jindal admin. ‘misrepresents’ company’s record?

BP and state officials aren’t seeing eye to eye at the moment. BP is accusing the Jindal administration of misrepresenting its record in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including how much it has spent on cleanup, according to a report from The Associated Press. Geoff Morrell, BP’s vice president of U.S. communications, responded […]

Free materials could help struggling students

Whether through learning disabilities or learning difficulties, school is sometimes an oppressing task rather than an educational journey. Students who do not absorb or understand lessons as easily as others need extra help. Sometimes this help comes through teachers, classmates and parents. While those people do their best to help struggling students, sometimes, it is […]

Be aware of air quality

It is important for citizens and businesses to be aware of the air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lowered the standards for many criteria air pollutants which makes areas that have had excellent air quality in the past much closer to being out of attainment with federal standards. While only one area […]

Early detection is key

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to promote screening and early detection of breast cancer. Roughly one  in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. According to the American Cancer Society, 3,320 Louisiana residents […]

Play responsibly during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week

In Louisiana, we know how to have a good time, but the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) would like to remind residents to play responsibly, with National Problem Gambling Awareness Week during March 4-10. The goal of this campaign is to educate the general public and health care professionals about the warning signs of […]

Giants they will always be

In Jeff Davis Parish, we’re accustomed to seeing our firefighters each day. Naturally, if a fire occurs, they are on the scene; but even in natural disasters, automobile crashes and medical emergencies, our men and women are there, no matter the day, hour or weather. Thankfully, this area has seen years without losing one of […]

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