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Cemetery Restoration

Tombstones in Farmerville’s historic cemetery that were damaged last year when high winds felled a large oak tree are being restored thanks to the efforts of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes. Mayor John Crow said he reached out to Kilpatrick’s for advice on how to restore the damaged markers, some of which are 150 years old, and the funeral home’s Jerry Roark …

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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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Elmer Fernon “Bo” Craighead

Elmer Fernon “Bo” Craighead passed away on Friday, February 2nd, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 6th, 1935, in Start, LA, but became an icon of his Union Parish home. The first of 4 children born of William Joel “Buster” and Doshie Lee Kyle Craighead. Bo worked and played in many ventures during his long …

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Billie Jean Taylor Clinton

Mrs. Clinton was born on April 14, 1927, and passed away on January 31, 2024.  She is preceded in death by her husband, William David Clinton, Jr.; her parents, William Broadus and Mildred Smith Taylor; and her sister, Doris Lane Taylor Dupuy.  Mrs. Clinton was an active member of the Farmerville Methodist Church, where she was a regular attendee at …

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FISHING REPORT

Glynn HarrisGlynn Harris is a long-time outdoor writer from North Louisiana and has won more than 50 writing and broadcasting awards during his 47 year career. BLACK BAYOU – The water is rising and a few crappie are showing up around the trees on shiners and jigs. No report on bass. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.BUSSEY …

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Property owners can help bring back the Bobwhites

Growing up in the country, there were sights and sounds I became accustomed to never thinking these would ever fade from the landscape. There were birds we took for granted, birds that have seemed to fade away over the years. Glynn HarrisGlynn Harris is a long-time outdoor writer from North Louisiana and has won more than 50 writing and broadcasting …

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Insurance regulation lacking in Louisiana

When I first took over as insurance commissioner in 1991, things were really in a mess. Regulation by the Louisiana insurance department was nonexistent. I shut down 40 insurance companies that were broke and never should have been licensed in the first place. I couldn’t imagine things being any worse. Well, I was wrong. Jim BrownJim Brown is a former …

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Constitution guides us today just as in 1776

Thomas FieldsThomas “Tuffy” Fields is an author and regular contributor to The Gazette. He can be reached by email at thelouisianaexplorer@yahoo.com. The world is in a perilous place. Not since the end of Desert Storm has the world been in such a state of war; a state that threatens to expand and grow to a world wide conflict. Already we …

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Environmental win-win possible with carbon capture

State and industry officials are bullish on the prospect of Louisiana becoming a national leader in the practice of carbon capture and sequestration, basically capturing carbon dioxide that would otherwise contribute to atmospheric warming and injecting it deep into the ground.With huge economic development projects lining up — and with a full understanding of the state’s extreme vulnerability to rising …

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St. Jude Radiothon scheduled Feb. 8-9

The 43rd broadcast of North Louisiana’s St. Jude Radiothon is set for Feb. 8-9 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Ruston station Z107.5. At that time donations can be made by calling 1-800-787-5288 or by donating online via the station’s Facebook (Z107.5) or Instagram (Z1075fm) pages. In-person donations will be taken in related side events at the Ruston Walmart Supercenter and …

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