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. »»

More bears or just aware?
Shortly after being appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to head the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Robert Barham tipped his hand about when he might retire. “When we hold a lottery for permits to take part in a managed bear hunt, I would seriously consider leaving,” Barham said. Six years later, the LDWF secretary said it’s still the case. And it’s not because he wants to shoot a bear. »»

First Of Many
Union Parish School’s superintendent Dr. George Cannon, bottom photo at far right, is all smiles as the first of 23 new school buses was delivered to the central office Monday, just prior to the School Board’s monthly meeting. Also pictured, from left, are Glenn Slater with Volkert, Inc., district business manager Megan Wiens and School Board president Robert James Jr »»

Test delays school plans
Representatives with the construction management firm overseeing renovations to schools in the Union Parish School System have not reached a final conclusion on whether to recommend construction of a new facility for the system’s junior high and senior high students. Glenn Slater, program manager with Volkert, Inc., gave updates – including bid dates, beginning construction and project completion – for Union Parish Elementary and Downsville Charter School to the Union Parish School Board at their meeting Monday. »»

City changes trash pick up
After taking office in 2008, Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman has watched the city’s Sanitation Department fall further short of paying its way. Revenue from trash pickup doesn’t match the expense of providing the service for residential and commercial accounts. He and the Board of Aldermen are hopeful upcoming changes in the pick up schedule can cut into the department’s operating deficit. »»