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Spearsville High School Class of 1957 . The Spearsville High School Class of 1957 met Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the old :i" Boatright house near Spearsville, for our annual reunion. The Boatright sisters prepared meats and i everyone else brought side dishes and desserts. "" Of the 20 living graduates, 11 were present. Melba Dean Beaird, Betty Carolyn Peppers ; Courtney and husband John, Melba Watson Graham and husband Sherwood, Rodney Smith and wife ,,: Frances, Brent Patterson and Frankie Bennett all of SpearsvUle, Sondra Mitcham Odom and husband :- Reed, of Conway, Arkansas, Letsy Risinger Everett of Farmerville, Claudette Boatright Hitchcock of ill Duncanville, Texas, Leslie Black and wife Louise, of Crossett, Arkansas and Melba Adcock Wesley  and husband Percy of Jackson, La. Graduates who were absent were Monette Taylor Kyle, Relda Holtoway Colvin, Patsy " Squyres Tucker, Ruby Elkins Misenheimer, Herman Doster, Ronnie Lane Elkins, Avie Nell Ellington : Murphy, Thomas Lane Post and Bobby Joe Fuller. We had special prayer for them and hope they know i how much we missed them. : Joining us were some who were classmates at one time but didn't graduate with us. Gerry ", Lane Courtney and wife Lorraine, Monroe, Lou Quincy Watson Kennedy and husband Ora Lee of Farmerville, Clyde Hunt from Texas and Pat Taylor of Spearsville. i; Friends from other classes joined us also. Lou Ellen Risinger Webb, Joan Rockett Miller, i; Carolyn Taylor Smith and Welby Ward and wife Sue. " We always remember our deceased class members. Paul Rex Henderson, Gynetle -.' Lockwood, J.R. Lockwood, Clyde Colvin Beaird, William Paul Ogden, Gerald Thomas and Terry Foster. "il We want to give our thanks to the Boatright girls for all the work they did. We had a very ? nice day!!!! s Lions Club Chili "4-: Luncheon Fundraiser The annual FanTlerville Lions Club chl luncheon will be held on Friday, November 8 atthe LSU Extension olfme frorn 11:00 am unll 1:30 pro. Cost is $7.00 per licker ... includes all you can eat chili, crackers and tea. Take out options will be available as we'll. You may purchase licets fnxn y Uons Club member. Support of this annual fundraser s grea !t Operation Round Up Presents Grant to the Union Parish Arts Council UCA to Honor Veterans Nov. Jenifer Gray, Bob Ward, and Nancy Love, members of the Union 11th with Parish Arts Council, accept a grant from Operation Round Up board  member Dr. Timothy Green. The grant, in the amount of $1,787.00, : Breakfast w, be used to purchase art display panels for use in the annual art. exhibit, in area schools, and at the upcoming local history museum. Celebration i I Union Chrislian Academy invites all Military Personnel, Veterans, Police & Sheritf or/em and EMTs to atlend a "Breakfast Celebration" honoring Farmerville, La. . rn and fami on , The Public Is Invited Each Saturday Night C&W Music 7:00 - 10:00 :iii Novembe'11 at 8:00 am in lhe UCA i PAC (gymnasium). Please join their o i; sludents and the UCA Choir as they ! pay lfil:,Jte to all of you for the sach- S: f}ces you have rnade  make our -. Country great Harry Foster Band New Director Bob Kelly $6.00 At The Door Pot Luck Eats 8:00-8:30 Coffee & Cold-Drinks Donation to Legion MEDICAL OFFICE "RAINEES NEEDED! Union Fraternal Lodge #53 F&AM Bal00 Saturday, November 9th 8 AM until Big Star Parking Lot Sterlington Hwy. Farmerville, LA :: Hot Dogs . ': The Union Parish Library had 100's of interesting  characters to drop by ii Halloween evening. Julie : Grantham and her dog Cholie were a big hit. photo by Robert Lemoine Haxlmum strength analgesk: creme for temporary relief from: Joint and Muscle soreness rbriis Back eches The Banner November 7, 2013 page 5 Lake D'Arb0nne, Celebrating 50th Years Lake D'arbonne's 50th birthday celebration wouldn't be com- plete without re-running this story. Part I of a 3 pert series. By Kinny Haddox-lakedarbon- In the spring of 1957, when I was five years old, Alvin Green of Bernice was busy attending public meetings, convincing his neighbors to sell flowage rights on their fam- ily land and making countless trips to Baton Rouge asking for money for this area. He could have been fishing in his favorite spots along Bayou D'Arbonne or the Ouachita River, but he wasn't. He was working diligently as an unpaid volunteer member of the newly formed D'Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission trying to move Lake D'Arbonne from a dream to a reality. That year, the Louisiana State Legislature appropriated more than a million dollars with promises of more for the proj- ect. On December 20, Green and other members of the Lake Commission joined with state officials at Green Clinic in Ruston and signed the papers authorizing the construction of the lake. That was the easy part. It took six years and two more million for the work to be completed. In 1963, the gates were closed and what we enjoy as Lake D'Arbonne today was born. I just have one thing to say to Green: Thank your "1 really don't remember exactly how it all came about," he says. "1 remember that they called a meeting in Farmerville and Fred Preaus from Farmerville, who was head of the state highway department, headed it up. They asked if there is an Green, at 88 years old, is the only surviving member of that original commission. I had the pleasure of spending a morn. ing with him recently and rll be sharing some of his stories in the coming weeks. I hope you'll find them as interesting as I did. interest in building a lake. We heard how towns that had got- ten lakes had really taken off. That's all it took. People decid- ed that night we'd go for it. We got excited about it." "The more people heard about lakes and what they could do for the economy, the more the excitement grew," he said. "Our state Senator, B.R. Patton, and Representative T.T. Fields got behind it and got the bill passed. Then the real work began." At first, everybody was for the lake. But nobody knew for sure where it would go. It was pretty obvious that the main corporate landowners would be the T.L. James Company and Manville (Olin) paper (:ompany. They were pretty neutral. But when the state engineers came around and painted a red line where the lake would be, it raised somewhat of a problem. "My family ended up being the largest private landowner with land in the lake. That's how I ended up on the Lake Commission," he says with a laugh. "We had 1,468 acres that would be flooded. I was still for it. But when my mother and my sis- ters found out what we were losing, Whew! They got pretty mad at me." There were several other families against it at first because they would lose so much land. "1 had to go talk to the Baughman, Dozier and Hamilton families and tell them how badly we needed this. We were all friends and neighbors and they agreed to sell flowage right.s. And even though they lost a lot of land to the lake, the land they kept around the lake did become worth a lot more." Good thing. The price for flowage rights was a whopping $16.50 an acre! MORE TO COME... Pafford Ambulance Looking to Save Lives Pafford Ambulance service presented a defibrillator to Union Parish High School last week. Pictured I-r are Tommy Perry, Lisa Smith (trainer), Blake Tayler (communica- tions manager), Principal David Gray, Mike Penix, Eric Ehrenzweig, and Seth Murphy. Photo by Seth Arrant Friendly Reminder All area banks will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day! Specialized Career Training program can get you trained and ready to start work!! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Dr's & Hospitals hire our Grads! Job Placement Assistance available when completed. Nominate an educator Residents are invited to nominate someone 80 years or older from the parishes of Ouachita, Union, Lincoln, or Jackson who has made significant contribu- tions in the field of education, and who taught in the ele- mentary or secondary school system prior to the nation- al mandate for public school integration. The nominations are for induction into the 2014 Teachers' Hall of Fame, sponsored by Jerusalem Baptist Church, Calhoun, where the Rev. Don J. White is pastor. Those selected for the Hall of Fame will be inducted at 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, in Ruston, located at 910 N. Trenton St., next door to the public library. Please send nomi- nee's name, address and telephone number to Jerusalem Baptist Church, Attn: Hall of Fame, 990 Britton Rd., Calhoun, LA 71225 or contact Willie Young at 614-0536 or Barbara Britton at 366-1611. Nominations are due by Nov. 15. Cars4Kidneys Donate your Car, Truck, RV, Boat, Plane, or Real Estate to help people needing organ transplants on Cars4Kidneys 1-800-385-0422