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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 […]

In high temps, safety is a must

Summer won’t officially begin until June 21, but temperatures are already reaching 102 degrees during daytime hours. Louisiana’s heat is notorious, and it’s hard to escape that heat when many jobs and activities require us to be outside. It’s important for everyone to realize the heat poses dangers to health in more ways than one. […]

Today is World Ocean Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day (WOD), an international day of awareness sponsored by The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network, which challenges people around the world to view ocean protection as a way of life, 365 days a year. According to their website, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped […]

Follow the Seven ‘D’s’

While we do have a mosquito abatement district here in Jeff Davis Parish to help us get rid of Louisiana’s most persistent pest, it’s also important to remember that there are a number of easy measures to follow that can help “Fight the Bite.” Even in dry conditions like the ones we’re seeing lately, mosquitoes […]

Get your American flags out

Tuesday will be Flag Day, a day in which we as Americans stop to honor the Stars and Stripes. We hope you’ll be hanging your Stars and Stripes out for public viewing. The Flag Code, according to, formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag and also contains […]

Take advantage of State Police safety service

Louisiana State Police Troop I will begin checking child safety seats for proper installation every Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., at Troop I, 121 E. Pont Des Mouton in Lafayette. Troopers certified as child seat technicians will be on hand to show parents and caregivers how to properly install child seats. People who […]

This Sunday is National Cancer Survivors Day

This Sunday, June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day. National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) is held annually in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, uniting in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. The non-profit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation (NCSDF) supports hundreds […]

Are you ready for a hurricane?

To help Louisiana residents determine if they’re ready for a hurricane, LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel developed a 20-question quiz. “The answers you give can help you evaluate whether you’re well-prepared or whether you need to take some action now,” Reichel said. The quiz covers everything from whether your family has a written emergency […]

Troopers will be out in full force for holiday

The Memorial Day weekend is the “official” start of summer for many of us in Louisiana. As children finish their school year, families plan weekend outings – or we head out on vacation. Either way, the traffic on our roadways will increase. Unfortunately, with that increased traffic there is also a greater chance of being […]

Louisiana ranks high for pedestrian fatalities

Louisiana is among the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians, ranking third out of the 50 states researched, a new report released by Transportation for America shows. Over the 10 years from 2000 to 2009, 1,040 Louisianans were killed while walking. Dangerous by Design 2011: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and […]

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