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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 […]

‘Dark Minds’ a disappointment to locals

Thank you, Investigation Discovery channel, “Dark Minds” series producers and crime author M. William Phelps for disappointing all of Jeff Davis Parish and pouring salt on open wounds. Since word broke late last week that the national television series “Dark Minds,” which follows Phelps as he looks into cases thought to be connected to serial […]

Smoke ‘em while you’ve got ‘em

You can already see them on the Internet, but soon, you’ll be seeing them in stores – the new U.S. Surgeon General’s warning images on cigarette packs. The FDA will require those images to take up the top half of cigarette packs starting in 2012, and the hope is that the images wills stop people […]

Sunday is World Drug Day

World Drug Day is June 26, an international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1987. The UN passed a resolution in 1987 as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. […]

The people of Welsh need to make a decison

There are two questions on the lips of residents and officials in the Town of Welsh: “How did our problems get so out of hand? How do we fix what appears to be so broken?“ Well, sometimes the person with the answers is staring back from the mirror. A number of people would say that […]

Police pay raise is the right move

And so it goes: One of our readers recently complained that she felt police weren’t doing enough to stop speeders in her neighborhood. She felt like the street on which she lives had become a “drag-racing strip.” Two weeks later, the same woman complained that police had nothing better to do than give people speeding […]

It might be more than just a headache

June is National Migraine Awareness Month and the National Headache Foundation (NHF) has partnered with CBS Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson to launch “More Than Just a Headache,” a new campaign aimed at educating the public on the personal and societal costs of migraines while providing resources for the nearly 30 million migraine patients and […]

Underage drinking – keep your kids safe

Summer’s here, and with it comes an increase in teen drinking. According to Parents: The AntiDrug, a media resource created by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control, more teens will experiment with drinking and drugs during the summer months than during the school year, mostly due to boredom and less supervision. “Not only is […]

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