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School board doing great work

The Jeff Davis Parish School Board deserves recognition for the tireless work its people are putting into every aspect of our school district. Last night’s news that the board had accepted its first truly balanced budget since about 2010 is a major accomplishment  considering the fledgling tax revenue, rising costs and state and federal cuts […]

It’s not your choice

With today kicking off scrimmages for some local football teams, it’s impressive to look at the talent this area continues to produce year-in and year-out. Sure, every team has a down year once in a while; however, the schools in our coverage area continue to spit out some of the finest young athletes around. And […]

Substation obvious sign of parish growth

Jeff Davis Sheriff Ivy Woods’ plan to test the success of a substation in the Lacassine area is an incredible sign of parish growth. For several years, we have watched the western portion of Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) expand, but now the Lacassine area appears to be bursting at the seams. The high school is […]

Back to school means back to safety

School zones are back in effect as teachers and faculty return to area campuses for a new school year. This is a good time to remind drivers to be cautious while driving through school zones, and be aware of children’s whereabouts. Drivers should also be aware of times and reduced speed limits posted, which vary […]

JDN ready to go back to school

It’s back to school next week, and Jennings Daily News (JDN) is ready for another great school year! When the students head back to school, so do we, because we know how important coverage of our area schools is to our readers and community. Our pages are always open to the incredible administrators, educators, volunteers […]

NCAA right in chopping two-a-days

The NCAA has decided to end the decades-long tradition of fall two-a-day workouts for football teams. The NCAA will mandate this through all levels of college football beginning this season. For years, colleges across the country have used two-a-day practices to “toughen up” players and take advantage of the extra practice time. The NCAA is […]

District’s work is paying off

Jeff Davis Parish’s (JDP) public schools have made significant educational gains in recent years, and the progress continues to show. LEAP Assessment results from this year revealed that the number of students earning Mastery and above in ELA has steadily grown since 2015, when 38 percent of students earned the highest scores. That number increased […]

Support school supply drives

How much money are parents and students expected to spend on school supplies in America this fall? About $4.9 billion, according to projections from the National Retail Federation. That number only covers items such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks. It does not include the funds parents will pay for electronics like calculators and computers, or […]

Put the phone down and pay attention

The final image that a 14-year-old New Mexico girl took with her phone last week showed a power cord sitting on top of a towel. The caption read, “When you use an extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you’re in the bath.” Not long after, Madison Coe died from electrocution after […]

Aldermen should back chief’s raise

Welsh Police Department (WPD) Chief Marcus Crochet did not receive a pay raise this week. We now know that under the Lawrason Act, Mayor Carolyn Louviere was not permitted to cast her tie-breaking vote in the matter. While quite the snafu, the bigger issue is that there should not have been a tie in the […]

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