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On snickers, eye rolls and sound legal advice

By LUKE BRITT/Editor A couple of month’s ago we watched several members of the Union Parish Police Jury reject their attorney’s strongly-worded admonition to drop their fight for control of Buffalo Landing Road. Despite considerable evidence that they were acting against the best interests of the parish and contrary to their decisions in several other similar cases, five jurors voted …

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Enough with the crude commercials, already

By Sallie Rose Hollis An addition to my Tasteless TV Commercial file: the Lume deodorant ads. Call me a prude or a pedant or a party pooper, but I feel as if I’m being attacked by a rash of distasteful assaults. I’m wondering if any of my readers who watch network TV might jump on the I’ve-had-enough-of-it bandwagon with me …

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USDA Reminds Louisiana Producers to File Crop Acreage Reports

Alexandria, Louisiana, June 21, 2023 – Agricultural producers in Louisiana who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) service center before the applicable deadline.  “Many USDA programs require producers to file an accurate crop acreage report by the applicable deadline,” said SED Ronald Guidry, …

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Two dead in early morning Union Parish crash, speed suspected

Lillie – On Sunday, June 11, 2023, shortly after 1:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Hwy 167 south of Cook Road. This crash claimed the life of 25-year-old Jaylen Norman of El Dorado, AR and an unidentified passenger. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan sedan, driven by Norman, was traveling …

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Oil tank explosion kills Vivian man

An oil tank that was being decommissioned north of Farmerville exploded Tuesday morning killing a Vivian man and injuring four others, according to Union Parish officials. Lee A. Green, Jr., 63, of Vivian was atop one of five tanks in the area when a spark of unknown origin caused it to explode, Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said. Of the …

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Democracy: Just Do It!

By LUKE BRITT/Editor Professors, pundits and politicians preach political participation year after year, decade after decade and still, election after election, only about half of eligible voters show up.  The 2020 presidential election was different, of course, but only because voters were angry and our anger kind of took the shine off what should have been a moment of national …

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We have come far, but there’s more to do

By Tuffy Fields America went through a tumultuous time in its’ history during the 1960s. Civil rights went to the forefront of America’s interests and was right there with Viet Nam, the Kennedy assassinations and landing a man on the moon. It was a hard struggle and within Louisiana’s political landscape the ability for minority voting was enhanced with the …

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Teachers receive supplemental pay UP, Downsville charter enter lease agreement for surplus busses

The Union Parish School Board at its regular monthly meeting Monday approved one-time supplemental paychecks for current employees and approved retention and recruitment supplements for certified teachers who renew their contracts and new certified teachers hired for the coming year. The supplemental pay approved by the board is as follows: Certified teachers and administrators who were employed by the district …

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Good news, France and Louisiana

By Jim Brown My family and I are currently on an extended vacation to Paris and Provence in central France.  Relations with our country never have seemed better.  Our welcome was quite warm everywhere we traveled.  President Biden has developed a close and warm relationship with current French President Emmanuel Macron. And that’s good news for Louisiana.  It wasn’t too …

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Right to repair time has come

As tractors became more sophisticated over the past two decades, the big manufacturers allowed farmers fewer options for repairs. Rather than hiring independent repair shops, farmers have increasingly had to wait for company-authorized dealers to arrive. Getting repairs could take days, often leading to lost time and high costs. A new memorandum of understanding between the country’s largest farm equipment …

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