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OLHC youth group aids in disaster relief

Our Lady Help of Christians (OLHC) youth gathered to show support for those affected by floods. They organized special bags for families that have been displaced from their homes.

Help is on the way

Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office (JDSO) Chief Deputy Chris Ivey (right) and JDSO Patrol Supervisor Elam Fontenot (left) delivered food and supplies to a family just south of Welsh who were unable to leave their home because of high water on the road.

Parish barricades stolen


Safety barricades on flooded or washed out roadways set up by the Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury are being removed, but not by parish workers. JDP Road Administrator Randy Ringuet said barricades are being stolen, and not only is this a crime, but it’s also causing major safety issues to the motorists in the parish. […]

LA still holding on: Officials say still not safe to return


LAKE ARTHUR – Although residents and volunteers here are still persevering against the rising floodwaters, officials are asking evacuees not to return to their homes just yet. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the water levels crested in Mermentau yesterday, and are expected to crest in Lake Arthur sometime today. Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff […]

Answering the call: Distribution center established in city

During setup Thursday, volunteers cleaned the former dealership and organized donations to prep for today’s opening.

A distribution center has been established in Jennings for flood victims in need. The former Gulf Coast Autoplex site at 402 Shankland Ave. is open today from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for displaced locals seeking needed supplies, as well as those who wish to donate items. Josh Belt of Our Savior’s Church said signage […]

On Her Way

Former Jennings High School and McNeese State University point guard Jayln Johnson signed a pro contract with Club de Baloncesto Batalyaws located in Badajoz, Spain. Johnson is the first female from Jennings to sign a professional basketball contract. Check Friday’s edition of Jennings Daily News for a full story on Johnson’s contract.

Business owners cook for municipal workers


As emergency personnel worked the city streets, parish roads, aided citizens or stood by for emergency aid, volunteers stepped forward and cooked a barbecue dinner for those who are keeping the people of Jeff Davis Parish safe. “With all the bad things happening, it’s good to see some good things, too,” said Jennings Mayor Terry […]

Acadia aftermath: Small areas in southern part of parish suffering

The home of Kiley Miller and Lily Opiola on La. 100 in Evangeline.

While Jeff Davis battles its own troubles, neighboring Acadia Parish is treading water, too. People in small areas have been inundated by overflowing bayous and are living in backwater, including the nearby areas of Evangeline, Egan, Estherwood, Morse, Mermentau Cove and Midland, and a high number of residents in those areas chose to remain in […]

Parish’s school buses unable to travel some roads


The school board is asking for the public’s patience as officials work to ensure safe transportation of students. Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor John Hall, who oversees transportation, said some school buses are having trouble accessing roads. “We are working very hard to get students to school as safely as possible,” he wrote in an […]

Bracing for the worst: LA evacuated, sandbagging to levee halted


LAKE ARTHUR – Officials are gearing up in preparation for the impending rise of floodwaters and spent Tuesday aiding citizens in evacuation and property protection efforts. Multiple agencies, including the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Department (JDSO), Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and members of the Lake Arthur Police Department (LAPD) […]

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