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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.

Lake level still not at 75 feet, gates to close Dec. 31

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The Lake D’Arbonne drawdown is now scheduled to end with the year 2020. Yes, December 31 will not only close out this forgettable year, but it will also signal the end of the four-year drawdown, which began September 8. As of 5 p.m. Monday the lake was at 75.46 feet, according to www. darbonne.lakesonline.com.

Audit findings lead to improved policies and procedures for UPSB

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The Union Parish School Board recently received the results of its 2018-2019 Legislative Audit. This audit was begun in 2019 but due to COVID-19, there was a delay in completing the audit process. While most areas of the audit passed inspection, there were some irregular findings that warranted further attention.