Empathy, not sympathy
Empathy and sympathy are two different things. Having empathy means you understand what someone is experiencing. Sympathy means you share the sorrow for that same event. When Downsville Mayor Reggie Skains called his colleagues from across Union Parish to the lunch table Friday, it’s likely he felt the empathy expressed by his fellow mayors for what Skains is experiencing in his role as president of the board that oversees Downsville Charter School. »»

Grant, loan funds Bernice project
The village of Bernice will use a federal grant and low interest loan to finance work a state agency is requiring for the municipal water system that serves residents of the community. »»

Make lake more attractive
Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman said he saw all the work going on along the southern shore of Lake D’Arbonne and wanted the town to do its part. Work began earlier this month on a project to clean up the eastern shore of the lake along Louisiana 33 that will make the lake more attractive to both passing motorists and the lake’s inhabitants. »»

Turkey and all the trimmings for Farmers
While most of us will be waiting not-so-anxiously for turkey and the trimmings Thursday, a handful of folks will be feeding dozens of hungry teenage boys. The Quarterback Club that supports the Union Fighting Farmers will continue a holiday tradition by serving Thanksgiving lunch to the team following practice that morning. »»

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. »»