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Williams elected DARE Educator of the Year

JES Asst. Principal Cleo Williams was awarded the DARE Educator of the Year at the state level. Williams is the first JDP educator to receive this honor.

One Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) educator has been chosen as the Louisiana DARE Officers Association (LDOA) Educator of the Year. Each year, LDOA nominates one parish educator for the DARE Educator of the Year. This nominee must display outstanding leadership among DARE students and provide positive influence and mentorship to the youth under their care. […]

Anchored in memories: Vet visits ship he helped construct, served on

Robert “Bob” Richard, a U.S. Navy veteran, traveled with family to Washington in early July for a special tour of the ship he served on, USS Turner Joy DD951.

Robert “Bob” Richard and his family recently embarked on an emotional trip to Bremerton, Wash., to relive his history on the USS Turner Joy DD951. Bob was accompanied on the trip by his wife of nearly 56 years, Barbara, his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Mary Richard, his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Steven Guillotte, […]

Fenton officer injured during traffic stop

FPD Officer Shannon Brown suffered a broken leg when a passing motorist struck his police unit.

FENTON – A police officer here suffered a broken leg when he was struck by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop Sunday evening. Fenton Police Department (FPD) Officer Shannon Brown, 40, who has been with the agency for three years, was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 165 near Fourth Avenue. While he was […]

Lemonade stand honors fallen officers

Seven-year-old Grace Anne Millican set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the fallen Baton Rouge officers.

Grace Anne Millican, 7, watched the recent memorial services for the fallen officers in Baton Rouge with her parents, Kevin and Kristy. She was so moved by the images of the mourning children of those officers that she decided she wanted to do something to help. “She had been talking about it for a few […]

Child space prodigy visits JDP Library


The name Alyssa Carson may not ring a bell for anyone in Jeff Davis Parish, but the 15-year-old child prodigy made a unique stop at the parish library this past week. Carson, who is a student at Baton Rouge International School, has the lifelong dream of becoming the first person to land on the planet […]

What makes a winner: Former Hound Rubin finds success on field and in life


WELSH – When football enthusiasts from Jeff Davis Parish hear the name Clifton Rubin, thoughts may quickly return to the bruising fullback that carried the Welsh Greyhounds to the Superdome back in 1992. What many may not know is that Rubin parlayed his success on the playing field into being the first in his family […]

Cyclist pit stops in JDP

Diane Lea of Pensacola, Fla., is riding across the country bringing awareness to rheumatoid arthritis, ovarian cancer and the Humane Society of Pensacola, among others.

To celebrate her 50th birthday, Diane Lea of Pensacola, Florida wanted to do something special. She decided to celebrate her personal milestone by helping others so she devised a plan to cycle 50 miles per day for 50 days to raise awareness for 50 causes. Her mission statement is simple: “We are cycling to promote […]

Looking toward the future: Local businesspersons promote agricultural trade in Cuba


Seven local businesspersons recently traveled to Havana, Cuba, representing Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) to discuss the possibility of agricultural trade with the people of Louisiana. The commissioner of agriculture and forestry, Mike Strain, led the 94-person delegation to Cuba, promoting economic development, tourism and agriculture trade. Representing JDP were Ronnie Petree, David and Lorraine Bertrand, […]

Wyatt’s wish: Five-year-old’s lemonade stand helps friend hoping for alert dog


Five-year-old Landon Labouve is on a mission to help grant a wish for his friend to have a puppy. Sounds like a typical wish for a little boy, doesn’t it? But this wish and Landon’s friend are far from typical. Three years ago, when he was only three years old, Wyatt Doucet was diagnosed with […]

Back-to-school bash

A public back-to-school/end-of-summer bash was held at Welsh City Hall Wednesday evening. Families gathered for snowcones, Pokemon GO, music, dancing and a family evening of fellowship.

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