Improvement plan outlined
Three weeks ago – complete with a marching band and cheerleaders – Union Parish Schools superintendent George Cannon made good on a promise to voters who supported the system’s tax package in elections this spring. Twenty-four buses made their way through Farmerville in a parade to show voters how the district was using the proceeds of the 13.5-mill property tax. »»

UPHS Homecoming Court
Students at Union Parish High School have selected the young ladies who will serve on the court for homecoming festivities Oct. 24. Events that day include a coronation ceremony and pep rally at 10:30 a.m., the parade through Farmerville at 2 p.m. and the game at 7 p.m. at Doc Elliott Stadium against Carroll. Members of the 2014 court are, bottom row left to right – Seniors Haidyn Long, Emily Rodriguez, Torri Booth, Jessie Odom, Kassidy Wallace and Antineal Montgomery; Second row, left to right – Juniors Katlin Myers, Destiny Stewart, »»

Good groceries for good cause
For Toyna Veatch, it was like having a red van or being pregnant. “You never notice how many red vans there are until you have a red van,” Veatch said, “and when your pregnant, it seems like everywhere you go, you see pregnant people.” What had for years flown below her radar are children in the area born with Down’s Syndrome. After her grandson, Josiah Veatch was born 27 months ago, her awareness was heightened of children in Union Parish and throughout northeast Louisiana who are born with the genetic disorder. »»

Better water on the way
It has been a point of contention for Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman for some time. “They wash chickens at Foster Farms in better water than we can offer our residents,” Baughman said. Following a vote at Monday’s board of aldermen meeting, that will soon change. »»

Insurance, retirement tax funds
While more than 200,000 current and former state employees wait to learn about the health care coverage they receive through the state, local agencies are still battling increased costs for benefits they provide active and former workers. The Louisiana Office of Group Benefits (OGB) decided in late September to extend its annual enrollment period, which was initially scheduled to end October 31, through the end of November. Many present and retired state workers and government watchdogs have blasted the plans proposed by OGB, stating the agency is offering plans that will provide less coverage at far greater costs »»