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Holly declares innocence in online statement

By Luke BrittEditorFormer Union Parish High School football star Trey Holly on Saturday issued a statement on social media saying he is “100% innocent” of the criminal charges levied against him last week.Holly was one of three people arrested Feb. 15 for their alleged role in a Feb. 9 shooting at Union Villa Apartments in Farmerville that left two people …

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Local sports hero faces three felony charges

Through an attorney, Holly says he is not guilty of the crimes By Luke BrittEditorFormer Union Parish High School and current LSU runningback Trey Holly and two other people have been arrested by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office and charged with multiple felonies in connection with a shooting that occurred in Farmerville last week that left two people injured, one …

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Laissez les bons temps rouler

Farmerville Mayor John Crow gives a thumbs up to the 2024 Krewe of D’Arbonne Mardi Gras King and Queen, Kenny and Marci Kavanaugh, during the 17th Annual Farmerville Mardi Gras Parade Saturday. The parade and the Mardi Gras Ball held Friday were coordinated by the Farmerville Jaycees with support from Union General Hospital, April Isaac Fuller, Connie Bevans Bearden, Audrey …

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Farmer’s win State Championship with winner-take-all two point try

By Markel BraggsContributing WriterWhat an ending to a great season!! We are the Division III non-select 2023 State Champions!Coach Joe Spatfora, the assistant coaches, and the Farmers’ football team entered the 2023 season with many high school football experts and enthusiasts and even some fans believing this was going to be a rebuilding year, not a championship year. But the …

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1980 — A Good Year to be a Panther

By Jackie HuntContributing WriterOne of the more interesting and informative times of researching and developing articles for When Marion Played Sports was a long conversation I had with Mr. Malcom George, the long-time multi-sport coach at Marion High. Jackie HuntJackie Hunt is a native of Marion who served 26 years as a U.S. Marine, 16 of which were served as …

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When Marion Played Sports – The Douglas Family Legacy

Editor’s Note: This is the tenth installment of the When Marion Played Sports series. Click the link to see all the articles in the series. By Jackie HuntContributing Writer Legacies – “something that is a part of your history or that remains from earlier time”… Cambridge Dictionary.  It would be hard to discuss sports legacies around Marion, LA without starting with the …

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When Marion Played Sports – Laying a Foundation 

By Jackie HuntContributing Writer Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment of the When Marion Played Sports series. Click the link to see all the articles in the series. The early to mid-1970s was a time of program building for Marion High School. Although the school was just a small lower classified school, it did not take long to see there was …

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When Marion Played Sports, Integration Came to Union Parish

By Jackie HuntContributing Writer Editor’s Note: This is the eighth installment of the When Marion Played Sports series. Click the link to see all the articles in the series. The seniors and juniors of Eastside were not happy with the move to the local white schools for the second semester of the 1969-70 school year.  The seniors had been looking forward to …

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When Marion Played Sports – Another Year, Another School

By Jackie HuntSpecial to The Gazette Editor’s Note: This is the seventh installment of the When Marion Played Sports series. Click the link to see all the articles in the series. While still basking in the glory of a state football championship and watching their girls’ basketball `team race out to an 18-0 record and the boys 17-2, Eastside athletes were on …

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When Marion Played Sports – Demons go out with a bang

By Jackie HuntSpecial to The Gazette Editor’s Note: This is the sixth installment of the When Marion Played Sports series. Click the link to see all the articles in the series. “Confident” is how Bobby Lanell Andrews recalls the 1969 Eastside Demons squad at the beginning of the season. “We just felt we were going to be good. We had some very …

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