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Five years later, fighting for Ronald Greene

On May 10th, 2019, Ronald Greene was killed in a terrible encounter with the Louisiana State troopers. Five years later, on Friday, May 10th, 2024, the public gathered in solidarity for the injustices that occurred that fateful night just five years ago. But what exactly happened that late Spring night in 2019? And how have the public responded to it? …

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Special Olympics comes back to Farmerville

The Union Parish Library hosted the third annual Special Olympics on Friday, May 3rd, at the Town of Farmerville Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium. Renee Simpson, chairman, and member of the outreach team put together the successful event had this to say: “This year we had 33 athletes from three schools with their 16 teachers to compete in this year’s …

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Massive storm drops seven inches in three days

A stretch of “road” between Rocky Branch and Point washed out during the storm, but was open again as of Wednesday evening. Power outages, fallen trees, road closers mostly resolved as of late Wednesday The turbulent storm system that barreled through Union Parish this week dropped more than 7 inches of rain, left thousands temporarily without power, closed roads and …

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Johnson talks rural healthcare during UGH visit visit

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Mike Johnson met with about 20 healthcare professionals and parish leaders during his visit to Union General Hospital last Monday of last week. Luke BrittEditorWhen Congressman Mike Johnson became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives his life changed in many ways. Being third in line to the Oval Office has its perks …

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UPPJ fires public works director Landfill to begin selling captured natural gas

By Luke BrittEditorThe Union Parish Police Jury fired Public Works Director Tommy Durrett during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.The vote to remove Durret came after a meeting of the jury’s personnel committee earlier in the day produced a recommendation that the director be terminated for “poor performance.” The jury did not disclose a specific reason for Durret’s firing during the …

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Landry scuttles D’Arbonne college campus, for now

Staff and News Service Report The red line shows where the proposed Farmerville campus of Delta Community College will be built, if funding is restored. The new Delta Community College campus on Lake D’Arbonne, announced barely three months ago, has been scuttled by Gov. Jeff Landry’s new administration, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The $18 million campus that could …

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Abercrombie passes the gavel

Staff Report The first meeting of the newly elected police jury took place on January 9, 2023, with President Brenda Abercrombie passing the gavel to incoming President Glen Hutto.  Abercrombie was elected in 2019 and  took office in January 2020 making history  during her first term as the first female president of the jury during 2022 and 2023. She was …

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Vehicle purchase causes tension in UPPJ

By Luke BrittEditorThe purchase of a truck for the Union Parish Office of Homeland Security has renewed tensions between the President of the Union Parish Police Jury and members of the committee that manages the parish’s vehicle fleet.Jury President Brenda Abercrombie, on Dec. 4, approved and signed a purchase order for 2022 Ford F-250 crew cab at a cost of …

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Vehicle purchase creates tension in UPPJ

By Luke Britt/Editor The purchase of a truck for the Union Parish Office of Homeland Security has renewed tensions between the President of the Union Parish Police Jury and members of the committee that manages the parish’s vehicle fleet. Jury President Brenda Abercrombie, on Dec. 4, approved and signed a purchase order for 2022 Ford F-250 crew cab at a …

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