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Millage rates up for increase

Public hearings will be held in the near future for possible increases to the current millage rates in the Tax Assessment District. Jeff Davis Parish Assessor Donald Kratzer explained that due to this being a reassessment year, each taxing authority might exercise an option to “roll forward” from the adjusted millage rates after reassessment. “Each […]


Local junior high students learned life skills and participated in other arts and activities at the Pass It On Workshop hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Welsh. The workshop offers several classes including wood-working, cooking, grilling, jewelery making and much more.

Frogging for a cause: Tournament to benefit disabled

LAKE ARTHUR – Residents who enjoy the great outdoors or just having a good time while supporting a great cause are invited to the first annual frogging tournament hosted by the Cypress Branch of Trinity Outdoors Disabled Adventures. The fundraiser will be held on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, at the Lake Arthur […]

Dine-and-dash suspect caught

A man who skipped out on a high restaurant bill in Jennings five years ago was captured by sheriff’s deputies. According to Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, Miguel Rudolph Keller, 47, of Hackberry, skipped town after running up over $2,000 worth of charges at a local restaurant.

Sons of Elton step up for citizens

ELTON- Several men here noticed there were too many young children and elderly citizens doing without basic needs, so they took it into their own hands to form a group to help remedy that –  the Sons of Elton. According to group member Marcus Lemoine Sr., the organization started back in the spring of 2016 […]

Fire District 4 applies for bond loan

Jeff Davis Parish Fire District Four has gone before the Bond Commission to apply for a bond loan to possibly complete the construction of a new fire station. During a police jury meeting last year, the jury voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the issuance of Certificates of Indebtedness not to exceed $350,000 for the […]

Late Elton councilman remembered

Durffey Fontenot, Jr.

Elton – With a heavy heart, members of the community here are saying farewell to former town councilman, 55-year-old Durffey Fontenot, Jr., who passed away late last week. Fontenot, who served on the council for over a decade from 1998 to 2009, is remembered for his strong work ethic and devotion to his community, but […]

Loose dog leads to crash

No one was injured in a one-vehicle crash shortly before noon Wednesday when a black pickup truck veered off of Wilbert D. Rochelle Avenue in Jennings to avoid hitting a dog.
Jennings police reported that the driver was traveling north when she witnessed an oncoming car swerve to avoid hitting the same dog. In an attempt to avoid hitting the animal and the other vehicle, the driver lost control of the truck when she veered over the edge of the narrow embankment and clipped a utility pole from under the power lines, before coming to a stop in the middle of the field.
The driver was transported to the American Legion Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. No citations were issued.
Other witnesses on the scene also reported seeing the dog cross the road.

FPD officers denied TED pay increase

FENTON – Tensions ran high here Tuesday night after a motion to increase wages for Fenton Police Department (FPD) officers participating in the Traffic Enforcement Detail (TED) Program failed.  Fenton Police Chief Luther Alfred requested an hourly wage increase from $25 per hour to $35 per hour for all members of the FPD working the […]

Council approves pair of liquor/beer licenses

The Jennings City Council approved a pair of businesses for liquor/beer licenses Tuesday. The council approved licenses for John Dan Gielen/ Mary Ann Stefanski, doing business as Jennings Travel Center and Black Gold Casino, and to Kevin Cao Inc., doing business as Main Street Grocery. According to City Clerk Barbara Lantz, the license issued to […]

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