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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 […]

Keeping it cool

Detectives with the Jennings Police Department (JPD) made a special delivery to three senior residents Thursday afternoon. As part of their effort to help the elderly of the community keep cool during the summer months, JPD partnered with the Jeff Davis Parish Council on Aging and purchased 110 BTU air conditioning units for those in need of relief from the summer heat.

WES Beta team places third


WELSH – Four fifth-grade Welsh Elementary School (WES) Beta students attended the Quiz Bowl competition at the National Beta Convention in New Orleans last week and earned third place in the nation. The school Junior Beta Quiz Bowl team is comprised of Team Captain Phoebe Boudreaux, along with team members Jordan Batiste, Gabe Gillett and […]

Called to service – Belt’s Christian roots encouraged future path

Josh and his mother, Jolie.

™In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.∫ (Proverbs 3:6) Josh Belt, pastor of Our Savior’s Church in Jennings, acknowledges without hesitation that his path to becoming a pastor was made possible because of his roots in a Christian home. He credits his mother, Jolie, for her commitment to her […]

Afternoon Tennis

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Full Circle

Ted Cassidy of Jennings caught this image of a giant swallowtail butterfly feeding on a milkweed flower. The swallowtail lays eggs upon a host plant, then the pupa develops into the butterfly. Share your photographs of Mother Nature via email at

Perkins helps bring peace into the community


Jennings resident Jared Perkins may only be 19 years old, but the steps the young college student is taking to help bring peace into the community of Jennings go far beyond his age.  Perkins, who has recently started hosting a series of basketball tournaments in town to help raise money and bring camaraderie amongst citizens […]

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