Gates outdistances opponents
Dusty Gates’ laugh did not seem sincere when asked if he was ready to start campaigning again. Gates defeated two challengers Saturday to complete the unexpired term of former Sheriff Bob Buckley, who died in December. Gates will serve through June 30, 2016. »»

Lake level, anxieties rise following storm
Depending on who you talk to, flood control measures put in place last year on Lake D’Arbonne are either working well or a miserable failure. Rainfall from four to eight inches over the last week across the lake’s nearly 1,600 square mile drainage area pushed the level above the 80-foot flood stage. Heavy rainfall of 2-4 inches Sunday pushed the level to 82.3 feet on Sunday. »»

Farmerville, Marion win in first round of Cleanest City
Residents and employees of Farmerville and Marion will have a little time to catch their breaths after winning regional competition in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s “Cleanest City Contest.” Representatives of each community were notified Friday they had won their respective divisions in the preliminary competition. »»

‘Krappie Kings’ look to lure more to D’Arbonne
If Karl Kalonka has his way, local residents fishing on Lake D’Arbonne may soon have lots of company. Kalonka, host of the television show “Krappie Kings,” was in Union Parish last week, filming an upcoming episode of his show. “We’ve been very impressed, not just with the fishing on D’Arbonne,” Kalonka said, putting the emphasis on the second syllable of the name. “We’ve been equally impressed with the people, the culture and the countryside.” »»

Sheriff election Saturday
It’s an odd turn of events: The final week of the campaign to pick a new sheriff for Union Parish with three candidates, only one of whom has experience at campaigning, and it isn’t the incumbent. »»