Parish proves charter, public partnership can work together
The director of an organization that supports charter schools in Louisiana says passage of a tax proposition this spring supported by both the Union Parish School System and officials with D’Arbonne Woods Charter School shows how both can work together and serve the needs of students and families. »»

Qualifying closes with no real surprises
There were no surprises as qualifying closed last Friday for the Nov. 4 open primary elections. All the expected candidates qualified for the major races, and no one qualified for any of the open positions in the Village of Lillie. Sen. Mary Landrieu faces eight challengers in her bid for a fourth term. Chief among her challengers are Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, serving his third term representing the 6th Congressional District, and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness. Fourth District Rep. John Fleming is seeking a fourth term. Neither of the other candidates who qualified against Fleming are thought to be serious contenders. »»

Q&A with Spat
Joe Spatafora is entering his ninth year as head football coach of the Union Parish High School Farmers. During his tenure, Spatafora has developed a culture of an aggressive, physical, and well-conditioned team. Each season, the Farmers can be found near the top in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff brackets. »»

‘Duck Dynasty’ finale has familiar look
Union Parish residents who tuned in for the Season Six finale of “Duck Dynasty” saw things that looked familiar. Titled “Lake Boss,” the description of the show’s storyline stated, “Jase plans a celebration for Willie’s birthday.” »»

Signs ... Signs Everywhere there’s signs
Suppose an attorney throws his hat into the ring, asking voters to consider their candidacy for the position of chief prosecutor or judge. Now suppose this candidate, according to the letter of the law, was ultimately responsible for a law being broken time and again. »»