Drug court changes lives
For Lance Davis, the light came on the darkest of places. Housed at the Union Parish Detention Center, Davis had received a visitor. »»

Wide-Eyed In The Word
Three-year-old Lake Hendrix anxiously looks at a Bible he was given at Saturday night’s banquet of the Union Long Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The book, titled “Life Reference Manual,” was created to provide opportunities to share the Gospel in places where public displays of the Bible are prohibited or discouraged. His mother, Shelley Johnston Hendrix of West Monroe, said “he even sleeps with it and asks us to read him stories from it.” Chapter president Peyton McKinnie said the book - a version for youth and one for adults - has been given away at the banquet for the last six years. More photos from the banquet can be found on Page 8. »»

Almost accidental auction raises BIG BUCKS
Something that started Saturday night as almost an afterthought “shows the true heart of people from Union Parish.” »»

Teachers rally for Woods
It wasn’t long before emotions overcame Mary Beth Towns as she spoke about D’Arbonne Woods Charter School. Less than a minute into her presentation to the school’s board of directors, tears flowed as Towns shared her feelings about the school where she teaches high school math. With other faculty members that made up an overwhelming majority of the standing room only crowd attending Monday’s meeting, she was there to show her support for the school. »»

Jury seeks voters OK on road taxes
Union Parish Police Jury member Jerry Taylor says even though it involves math that it is really easy to understand. If the jury didn’t have two property taxes that generate more than $1.6 million annually dedicated to roads and bridges, Taylor said recovery from the flooding that hit Union Parish in March would have crippled the parish for years. Police Jury staff members are still working to provide an exact assessment of how many projects and how much money was spent – detailing it down to pennies – in the days and weeks following the flood to address conditions created by two feet of rain that fell across the parish in a 48-hour period. »»