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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 […]

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 […]

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