Center planned for park
Several years ago, cattlemen and others interested in seeing a livestock pavilion and multi-purpose building for Union Parish approached state Sen. Mike Walsworth with a proposal. When it became apparent funding wasn’t readily available, the dream became all but forgotten. »»

State official: Flood gate plan can be ‘tweaked’
It was a perfect storm, both literally and figuratively. Torrential rainfall on ground already soaked by recent rainfall draining into a lake at elevated levels. Following several days of high anxiety last week, most concerned parties feel a $6 million flood control structure served its purpose. State officials say Tainter gates installed last year on the Lake D’Arbonne Spillway allowed high water to drain from the lake almost 50 percent quicker than in previous years. »»

Broken buses every day affair
It has become almost as certain as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Monday afternoon, a bus shuttling students home from school broke down on Louisiana 2 just west of the Crossroads community. »»

Group seeks broader base
Volunteers working on a variety of projects for the town of Farmerville are looking to expand the scope of their efforts. The Community Service Team, representing several parish service organizations and agencies, will soon begin the process of becoming affiliated with Keep America Beautiful and Keep Louisiana Beautiful. »»

Gates outdistances opponents
Dusty Gates’ laugh did not seem sincere when asked if he was ready to start campaigning again. Gates defeated two challengers Saturday to complete the unexpired term of former Sheriff Bob Buckley, who died in December. Gates will serve through June 30, 2016. »»