‘Megaramp’ plans ongoing
As chairman of the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission, Steve Cagle wears many hats. He and other commission members want to see the lake benefit the people of Union and Lincoln parishes, from which it was created. But Cagle also sees the potential the lake has in being an economic engine that helps drive the local economy. »»

Re-evaluation pays off for fire rating
Property owners served by the Farmerville Fire Department and related fire protection districts got a reprieve recently from a possible rate increase. This spring, the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) notified the town’s volunteer fire department that its rating was scheduled to increase. »»

Partnership lauded on school project
They started in what had been a skating rink and hardware store. They are now in a former Walmart. Officials with D’Arbonne Woods Charter School are hopeful that following Christmas 2015, classes will convene in a more traditional setting. »»

Chicken House creates customs
Jerry Hinkie hasn’t let the lure of television move him to the point that he’s considering a career change. Considering his real job consists of 28-day shifts in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, it might take a lot of convincing. “We’re excited that people have an interest in what we’re doing, but we’re going to keep our day jobs, at least for now,” Hinkie said. »»

Farmers streak alive
The defending 3A state champions Union Parish Farmers extended their winning streak to 14 games and left no doubt they are on a mission to bring back another title. The Farmers scored four first-quarter touchdowns jumping out to a 28-0 lead and kept the pressure on Homer en route to a 49-6 win. The Farmer defense was as equally impressive, as they held Homer to minus 24 yards of total offense in the first half and ended giving up only 42 total yards on the night as reserves played all of the fourth quarter. Running back Desmond Turner scored Unions first score at the 10-minute mark on a 15-yard run, with Shamar Turner scoring two minutes later from 24 yards out. On the night, four different backs carried the ball, accounting for 281 yards. Jacob Fossier led the way with seven carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Antonio Caldwell who rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown. Shamar Turner had five carries for 53 yards with two touchdowns and Desmond Turner getting 51 yards on four carries. Quarterback Chase Spatafora would strike on a 23-yard touchdown run for Unions third score of the first quarter and complete eight of 12 passes on the night for 94 yards, finding five different receivers. He hit Nigel Meekings on a 37-yard scoring toss to open up the third quarter. On the night Meekings would grab three passes for 54 yards, Lawrence Glosson had two for 14 yards, Bobby Holly and Micah Beck each catching a pass and Fossier had a reception coming out of the backfield. The defense was stellar throughout the night led by Quondarius Qualls’ five stops, one fumble recovery and a sack. Arturo Nations would have three stops and a sack for the night. A bright spot for the night was first year field goal and place kicker Manuel Amaya converting five of six extra point conversions giving Union the potential comfort of having a field goal threat as Amaya had excellent form, distance, and height on his attempts. »»