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Something special

Okay, I know I said I was going to take a few days off. But today there’s something special you should take a look at. I didn’t write it. A friend, Scott Long, did. Many of you are no doubt familiar with dandydon.com. It’s the best LSU fan website out there and Wednesday Scott will … Continue reading


I heard this last week: Thanksgiving has become a time when Americans give thanks for all that they have, then head out the next day on the busiest shopping day of the year to get more stuff. Wow. I also heard this a few years ago from a great preacher, Dr. Jeff Schreve, whose church … Continue reading

“Duck the Halls” brings early Christmas

They may run short of Miss Kay’s meatloaf occasionally at Willie’s Duck Diner. And thousands of people who don’t know which end of a duck call to blow into are getting one for Christmas. Someone even asked how long this Duck Mania will last. Even Santa has critics, but tired of Duck Dynasty and the … Continue reading

Industry without smokestacks (3 of 3)

The final of 3 segments on “The Haven of the Hills” from Sam Hanna and the Monroe Morning World, 1961. “I can forsee a lake that will offer everything — camp sites for families, fishing, water sports, swimming,” Hanna wrote. “It’ll be the biggest thing that ever happened to Union Parish and a definite boon … Continue reading

Carved from a Canyon (2 of 3)

More from Sam Hanna’s take on the building of Lake D’Arbonne in the Monroe Morning World, 1961: “Eighty percent in Union and 20 percent in Lincoln, Lake D’Arbonne is being carved from a canyon,” Hanna wrote. “If a canyon can exist in north Louisiana, flanked by hills that are surprisingly high. Zig-zagging through rows of … Continue reading

Hanna nailed it ! (1of 3)

The late Sam Hanna‘s legacy of journalistic success in north Louisiana is well documented. We are fortunate that time put the then 28-year-old writer in the right spot to be covering the beginning days of Lake D’Arbonne from the position of Outdoor Editor of the Monroe Morning World  back in the early 1960’s. The first … Continue reading

That sixth sense….

You know that sixth sense that we often have? The one that tells you “don’t do it “, but you do it anyway? Well, my sixth through ninth senses all told me not to do this, but here goes. I’m sure a lot of you who know me will have a blast with it. Can … Continue reading

Some great advice

1 Timothy 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

Cool weather; Warm fishing

Fall fishing is picking up. Fishing has been slow for the past month or so. Cooler temperatures make it more fun and comfortable to fish (with the exception of those past two 28 degree mornings) and fishing results are warming up. A lot of folks that usually fish are now hunting, so it makes for … Continue reading

What a blast (off)

It’s lucky I was just a “kid” myself when the North Louisiana High School Bass Tournament got started on Lake D’Arbonne. I was a 23 – year old sports and outdoor writer for the Monroe paper, a year removed from senior journalism classes at NLU, when I came up with the idea of a high … Continue reading

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Bastrop – Morehouse Chamber

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Dusty Gates, Union Parish Sheriff

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