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Zigler Art Museum to host free Valentine’s craft activity

Jeff Davis Arts Council (JDAC), in conjunction with Zigler Art Museum (ZAM), will be hosting a free Valentine’s Day card craft activity workshop for children of all ages in the parish. JDAC Director and ZAM Assistant Director Tesha Onellion said the workshop is just one of many children’s craft workshops held throughout the year. “During […]

Baiting program to help curb crop losses

As rice farmers prepare to make decisions for the upcoming rice season, they will face many uncertainties regarding rice prices, significant fluctuations in fuel prices, fertilizer and equipment, as well as the implementation of government programs. Along with these concerns, they must also watch out for hordes of hungry blackbirds waiting to eat freshly-planted seed. […]

Jury to purchase tractor/mower for Div. 3

Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury approved the use of  special revenues towards the purchase of a new $114,300 tractor with cab and mower for Division 3. This area includes the rural communities of Welsh and Lacassine. Police Jury Road Administrator Randy Ringuet said the purchase would be paid for in part by a $41,000 grant. […]

Author’s works bring paranormal romance to SWLA

What began as casual writing while a woman waited for her children in a school pickup line is now a paranormal romance trilogy. Lacassine native and Lake Arthur resident Lisa Coots’ “Coeur du Bayou” series features suspenseful and romantic happenings in Southwest Lousiana. “It’s good, old fashioned spooky,” Coots said of her novels. “The town […]

Drug busts result in arrests

Jennings Police Department (JPD) made several arrests after discovering large amounts of narcotics during two separate drug busts. The first incident occurred Friday evening, Jan. 20, when a JPD officer was patrolling Fred and Ruth B. Zigler Drive and observed a black Lincoln Town Car with no functioning license plate lights. “The officer stopped the […]

Toddler sustains burns, investigation pending

A four-year-old female sustained burns to over 45 percent of her body this weekend and is currently undergoing treatment at a Texas pediatric burn unit. At approximately 5 p.m., Sunday evening, Jennings Police Department (JPD) received a 911 call regarding a juvenile who was burned. JPD Deputy Chief Danny Semmes said officers responded to a […]

Immediate raises unlikely for school board employees

The question of pay increases for school board employees was brought up during a Thursday night meeting but raises are not expected any time soon. Board member David Capdeville said it has been seven to eight years since employees received a raise and suggested officials review funds to see if any money could be provided. […]

Tenative date set for veterans cemetery

If all goes as planned, a veterans cemetery could be under construction in Jennings by the beginning of next year and completed mid-2019. State and local officials held a meeting at Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home (SWLVH) Thursday to discuss the project, which has been in the works for more than a decade. Louisiana Dept. of […]

Lighthouse Ministries opens second home

REEVES – Lighthouse Ministries for Unwed Mothers here has been taking in young women in need, and their children, since 2001 and recently welcomed the development of a second facility. Founded by ordained minister Patsy Cavenah, the program was designed to help teenagers and women battling situations of abuse, addiction and teen pregnancy, while providing […]

Traffic stops come with uncertainty

(Editor’s Note: This story is the final part of a two-part feature focusing on a Friday night ride-along Jennings Daily News joined with the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office.) As JDSO deputy and K-9 handler Tyler Schexnayder continued his shift, his next stop involved a vehicle traveling from the direction of a dead-end road where heavy […]

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