Water fuels oil exploration
Public officials are still hopeful that efforts by Southwestern Energy and other oil companies will find the next mother lode in Union Parish. Their enthusiasm, however, is tempered by what impact the effort may have on the area’s supply of drinking water. As lower prices for crude oil have slowed exploration in the Smackover Brown Dense – the geological formation underneath Union Parish that drew oil companies to the area – there remains much uncertainty about where the company gets the water it uses in its exploration efforts. »»

Creating a bloody mess
These deer carcasses were illegally dumped recently at a site adjacent to Union Parish Elementary School. The sign in the background and the sticker on the side of the dumpster both state no dead animals are to be dumped at the site. »»

Pickers’ may come to our parts
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have crisscrossed America, looking through barns and basements for dirty, rusty treasures. The “American Pickers” want to plan a trip to Louisiana, and are looking for your help. Lum Farr, president of the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, said he was contacted by the company that produces the show, now in its fifth season on the History Channel. »»

Skains seeks more funds for DCS
Having served as mayor of Downsville for over 20 years, Reggie Skains is used to the way smaller municipalities get the short shift in state funding. As president of the school board that oversees Downsville Charter School, Skains is adamant is his belief the Union Parish School System is doing the same to the 370 students the school serves. »»

Firm proposes new school
Union Parish Schools superintendent Dr. George Cannon says using tax dollars to construct a new school for students in grades 6-12 seems to make sense. But before the School Board moves forward with a recommendation to build a new facility, Cannon said he and the construction management firm hired to oversee the project will answer as many questions as possible about the proposal. »»