School Projects Progressing
Construction projects will be almost completed when students return to two Union Parish schools for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Work at Downsville Community Charter School and Union Parish Elementary School will be wrapping up when students return for the first day of classes on August. 11. »»

Cleanest in ALL the Land
Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman accepts Dorothy Ann George Award as the overall winner in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s “Cleanest City Contest” from Mike George, the son of the Collinston Garden Club member for whom the award is named. The town, which won its category for the sixth consecutive year, had the highest average score over a three-year period among the contest’s 10 division winners. Also pictured, from left, are town of Farmerville employee Dale Tatum, LGCF contest chairman Jean Gilstrap, LGCF district chairman Martha Burside, Baughman, George, Collinston Garden Club president Paulette Word, former state contest chairman Beth Erwin, town of Farmerville public »»

It’s bad, but it could be worse
Maybe you’ve noticed them driving through Union Parish. Purple, orange or yellow triangular-shaped boxes hanging in trees. You wondered what they were. They’re bug traps, and they work, capturing a serious pest to ash trees that have a concern to federal and state officials. »»

Parish projects cut from outlay bill
Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman says economic development south of town is one flush away from being dead in the water. Funds for a sewer pump station to serve areas south of Lake D’Arbonne were cut earlier this month from House Bill 2, the state’s capital outlay program. »»

State pulls female inmates
Citing “abundance of caution given recent events” at the Union Parish Detention Center, the Louisiana Department of Corrections removed female inmates housed at the facility on Monday. »»