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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 […]

More Americans suffering from asthma than ever

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases. According to AAFA’s website, asthma is a disease of the lungs […]

Tell us more about this new prison

Earlier this week, most of Jeff Davis Parish’s governement agencies announced their support for an attempt at landing a proposed state juvenile prison in our backyard. According to these officials, this high-tech, state-run prison will not be an eyesore, will be secured by top-notch technology and will specialize in the rehabilitation of juveniles, keeping them […]

Gaudets deserve name change honor

News can be a nasty business, and very often we have to report things from the darker side of human nature. But every now and again, we have the opportunity to report on stories that make our hearts feel good, and today is one of those days. While the renaming of Jennings High School’s gym […]

Train safety is still ignored

In 2010, 13 people died in train-related fatalities in Louisiana. So far this year, Jeff Davis Parish has seen one train fatality, while neighboring Acadia Parish reported a similar death Wednesday afternoon. Despite knowing just how powerful moving trains can be, people still sometimes try to “beat the train.” Sometimes these people trade their lives […]

Catch skin cancer early –it’s treatable

The American Academy of Dermatology and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have designated May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over one million people diagnosed each year. More than 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun. Each […]

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