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Reassessment required for damaged property

Jeff Davis Parish (JPD) Tax Assessor Donald Kratzer reminds the public that storm-damaged property needs to be re-valued for this year. “We will be set up in a location in Welsh and Lake Arthur, helping people re-value their flood damaged property for the upcoming year,” he said. “Anyone with flood damaged property, either a business […]

Former resident recovering from dog attack

A former Jennings resident is currently recovering in the city after suffering severe damage to her face from a vicious dog attack in New Orleans. Randi Guidry, 35, a native of Jennings, moved to New Orleans last year but has been staying with her mother, Julie Guidry, after suffering the traumatic experience she had with […]

LA water levels receding, evacuation lifted

Officials here were optimistic enough to lift the mandatory evacuation but still cautious as water levels seem to be falling despite heavy weekend rains. Sunday afternoon, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods lifted the mandatory evacuation order for Lake Arthur effective at approximately 3 p.m. The dusk-to-dawn curfew will remain in effect and movement will […]

AG: Beware of contractor fraud

Attorney General Jeff Landry visited the parish Monday afternoon and met with local leaders to discuss individual community needs and devise a plan to protect the public from fraudulent contractors. Landry said in dividing his time between Acadiana and Baton Rouge, he realized much of the focus has been more on flood damage in the […]

Welsh community meets to fill needs

WELSH – A community meeting was held here Friday evening at the First Baptist Church (FBC) to help those in need connect with those who could meet those needs. FBC Pastor Pat Deshotel said with 25 to 30 homes within the town limits, and more in the outcropping rural areas inundated with water, many people […]

WPD launches ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

Chief Marcus Crochet and his department are joining forces with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to address the problem of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and have launched the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The statewide campaign establishes high-visibility patrol and/or checkpoints and is designed to prevent drivers from operating […]

Safety urged during relief, recovery efforts

With floodwater in a number of areas and people working to clear out damaged homes, individuals are reminded that safety needs to be a priority. Dr. Rick Edwards of Jennings reminds the public that dangers aside from debris and wildlife exist in floodwater. “It’s important to take precautions like wearing waders or doing whatever you […]

Mud-Out tackles area’s damaged homes

Dozens of local homes will need special attention due to flood damage and two upcoming meetings will teach volunteers how to safely and effectively handle such tasks. Mud-Out refers to the removal of debris from flooded homes. A Mud-Out training session will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bethel on La. 102 in Jennings […]

Flood programs available to farmers

With attention focused on the major flooding of roads and homes throughout Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) following last week’s historical rain totals, farmers and ranchers throughout the area have been faced with the idea of losing crops and livestock due to the natural disaster as well. Farmers have had to deal with unharvested rice crops […]

Three charged in murder

A shooting near the area of South Frontage and Farm Supply roads killed a 19-year-old Welsh man early Saturday. Jeff Davis Parish Coroner Dr. Charles J. Deese identified the victim as Steven Reichard of Welsh. Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chris Ivey said an investigation revealed there was an ongoing feud between two groups […]

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