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Taylor honored for 11 terms

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Jerry Taylor, Farmerville Mayor Pro-tem and Alderman for District E, was honored Monday with a celebration for his 44 years of service on the Town Council. Taylor stepped down after his last term.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and there were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:4-14

JUDGES SWORN IN MONDAY

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Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Judge Jay McCallum (center) swore in (from left) Judge Tommy Rogers, Judge Jeff Robinson, John Belton District Attorney and Judge Bruce Hampton, all from the Third Judicial District, Monday in the Union Parish Courthouse. Gazette photo by Byron Avery

Angels and Orchids bring beauty, hope and joy to UP

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2020 has been a tough year and most people are embracing the Christmas season lookingfor joy and hope at this joyous and hope-filled time of year. During all the holiday festivities and events, Union Parish residents and visitors need to make sure to stop by the Union Museum of History and Art to see the Christmas Angels and Orchids exhibit. This exhibit displays the work of two extremely talented Union Parish artists and will touch and inspire all who see the beautiful pieces.

Low turnout hurts local fire district

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The November 3 elections were highly anticipated and there was record voter turn out in just about every precinct in every state. In stark contrast, the follow up December 5 elections resulted in extremely low if not record low voter turn out. This proved to be extremely disastrous for the Sadie Tiger Bend District Volunteer Fire Department. The $75 parcel fee renewal failed to pass. The parcel fee is a fee that is assessed to every parcel of land with a structure. This fee helps with acquiring, constructing, maintaining and operating fire protection facilities in the Sadie Tiger Bend District.

UP school board concerned about participation

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The Union Parish School Board met Monday for its regular session and discussed several important topics as 2020 is coming to a close. The board voted to adopt a resolution to sell Tract 3 section of Rocky Branch School property containing 0.368 acres of land beside the Rocky Branch Cemetery to Rocky Branch Cemetery, Inc., Beth Green for $1,200.

LIGHT UP THE TREE!

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Several officials came out and supported the Christmas Tree Lighting. (from left) Farmerville Police Chief Bim Culberston, Farmerville Town Clerk GayNell Pepper, Town Alderman Robert Allen, Mayor Stein and Ann Baughman, Mayor-elect John Crow and his family, Lisa, Whit, and John David Crow, and Judge Jay McCallum. Gazette photo by Shanna Jones

Seeing Vietnam through the eyes of local heroes

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The Vietnam War was a long and costly war that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The conflict was intensified by the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Voters pass UPSO tax renewal

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Saturday’s election results show all but two issues that were on the ballot in Union Parish passed. The renewal of a 1 percent sales and use tax for the UP Sheriff ’s Office passed with 69 percent of those who turned out to vote.