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Check the expiration date

During the weekend, a police report from Jeff Davis Parish began making its rounds on social media, urging residents to be on the lookout for a vehicle whose occupants might be attempting to kidnap or harm unsuspecting children. Naturally, alarmed citizens began sharing this story in hopes of alerting friends and relatives of the potential […]

Seniors commonly raise grandkids today

As retirement age approaches, many older adults envision themselves downsizing and moving to a quaint community to enjoy their golden years in as relaxing a fashion as possible. However, for a growing number of seniors, their retirement years are being spent helping to raise grandchildren. This has happened in two ways. When the economy faltered […]

What to do to stop unwanted calls

Whether you use a landline, mobile phone or both, you’ve likely received those pesky robocalls — phone calls that use a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message. As a consumer, here is what to know about this common annoyance to your home or personal line. • Advocates are working to mitigate the problem. For […]

Local camps provide youth with opportunities

With school out and kids often spending most of their time playing video games or watching television, summer camps are a great way to hop off the couch and jump into activities. Whether they are athletes, church participants or outdoor enthusiasts, Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) offers a variety of events to keep kids active and […]

Salmonella is ‘no yolk’ when raising backyard chickens

A growing interest in raising chickens has enabled coops and nesting birds to spring up in neighborhoods one would not typically associate with chickens. Sometimes dubbed “urban homesteading” or “urban farming,” these homegrown operations enable people to enjoy fresh eggs from the comfort of home. Henhouses are just another extension of methods to reap the […]

Enjoy the great outdoors this month

Mother Nature is being celebrated across the country, including in Louisiana, this June. Since 1998, June has been recognized as National Great Outdoors Month, and this year is no exception. Those of us in Sportsman’s Paradise can certainly relate to the passion many share for what is outside the four walls of our homes and […]

Will bill put dent in pill problem?

Louisiana patients who need short-term pain relief will soon stop receiving month-long prescriptions of highly addictive opioid drugs. Thursday, the House approved a proposal to limit first-time prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. The limit is currently 30 days. The bill, which doesn’t apply to chronic conditions, heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk. […]

Avoid scams this storm season

Scammers and con artists see the aftermath of a natural disaster as an opportunity to take advantage of people trying to rebuild and get their lives back to normal. With today marking the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry reminds everyone to make sure their homes, families, and personal […]

Is Louisiana affected by illegal immigration?

For the second consecutive year, Louisiana senators on Tuesday jettisoned a proposal to penalize so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities, the Associated Press reported. A Senate judiciary committee, without objection, rejected a House-supported bill from Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges that would have prevented sanctuary cities from receiving state grants. Calling her bill […]

Keep kids engaged over school break

Children in North America will spend, on average, more than 900 hours attending school in a given year. The average school year in the United States lasts 1,016 hours, the equivalent of 42 continuous days. As much time as kids spend in school, there will be times when they are left to their own devices, […]

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