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Burma Road culvert project presents problems

By Luke Britt/Editor A project to replace a pair of failing culverts on Burma Road is turning out to be one of the more difficult projects the Union Parish Police Jury has attempted this year and may well be the parish’s most expensive culvert project ever. After months of trying to locate a contractor willing to undertake the difficult project, …

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Ramsey proposes moving $2 million to LNB

By Luke Britt/Editor A special tax election, the 2022 financial audit, an expansion of the parish’s heavy hauler ordinance, an emergency road project and repairs to Scotts Hideaway Road were among the items approved by the Union Parish Police Jury during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. During committee meetings earlier in the day, jurors also discussed the possible hiring of …

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Wayne Lowery Abercrombie

Wayne Lowery Abercrombie, a beloved husband, father, and esteemed member of the community, passed away on August 26, 2023, at his residence in Mooresville, NC, at the age of 78. He was born on May 31, 1945, in Seneca, SC, to Raymond Abercrombie and Mildred Lowery Abercrombie. Wayne led a life filled with passionate pursuits and unwavering dedication. Graduating with …

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Is integrity dead?

It’s election season for many local and state elections in Louisiana. Occasionally a previous article resonates today just as it did when originally written.  The following is a republished and updated article related to the election year that we are currently in.  The content is general in nature and relates to all positions in our elected process/ Thomas FieldsThomas “Tuffy” …

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Response to Maui Fires Brings Katrina to Mind

If you live in Louisiana, we know all about a dysfunctional response to natural disasters. Remember Katrina? Are we witnessing another lackadaisical and dysfunctional response to the wildfire tragedy on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian lands? So far, news reports cite some 2000 businesses and homes destroyed with over 1000 residents who still remain uncounted for. Jim BrownJim …

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Friends of UPSO program designed to protect special needs residents

Jerome and Avery Wilson brought their son, Hudson, by the UPSO to thank Sheriff Gates for the Friends of UPSO program. The Friends program is designed to minimize the chance of negative interactions between law enforcement officers and people with special needs. By Luke Britt/Editor News reports of developmentally disabled people being harmed by police are always tragic, but for …

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Scotts Hideaway Road deterioration prompts complaint

Editor’s Note: This article originally contained two errors that required correction. The original article incorrectly identified Johnny Buckley as chairman of the UPPJ road committee. Buckley is on the committee but is not the chairman. The article also incorrectly identified Buckley as being in a meeting in which the responsibility for laying primer was discussed. According to UPPJ Secretary-Treasurer Paula …

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Candidates make their cases during UP Political Forum

Ned White, candidate for state Senate from District 33, speaks to a crowd of a little more than 100 people who turned out for Thurday’s Union Parish Political Forum in which candidates for state senate, sheriff and Police Jury   were given a chance to make their case to voters. By Luke Britt/Editor Covid mandates, gun rights and who should …

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FRIENDS OF UPSO PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROTECT SPECIAL NEEDS RESIDENTS

Jerome and Avery Wilson brought their son, Hudson, by the UPSO to thank Sheriff Gates for the Friends of UPSO program. The Friends program is designed to minimize the chance of negative interactions between law enforcement officers and people with special needs.  By Luke Britt/Editor News reports of developmentally disabled people being harmed by police are always tragic, but for …

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New road’s rapid deterioration prompts complaint

By Luke Britt/Editor A portion of Scotts Hideaway Road that was resurfaced less than a year old has begun to deteriorate and last week the Union Parish Police Jury sent the contractor who built the road a letter formally requesting that the company repair the road at its own expense. The jury sent Dreher Contracting, LLC of Bastrop the letter …

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