Lake D'Arbonne and Union Parish is not just an address
It's a Destination!!!
Thursday, April 16, 12 noon – Bernice Business Club meeting, Bernice Police Department meeting room
Thursday, April 16, 11 am - 1 pm - Media Day at Darbonne Pointe.
Thursday, April 16, 5 pm - Wyly Auditorium on the Louisiana Tech campus for a presentation and book signing event to highlight Clark Williams' vision and achievements. See details:
Thursday, April 16, 12 noon – Farmerville Lion’s Club meeting, Arbor Rose
Saturday, April 18 – Corney Creek Festival, Bernice, Louisiana
Saturday, April 18 - National Trail Crappie Masters Tournament held on Lake D'Arbonne (See below to register)
Monday, April 20, 4:00 pm – Union Arts Council meeting and program, Farmerville United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 301 Anthony Street
Monday, April 20, 6:30 pm – D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission meeting
Thursday, April 23, 12 noon – Bernice Business Club meeting, Bernice Police Department meeting room
Thursday, April 23, 12 noon – Farmerville Lion’s Club meeting, Arbor Rose
Thursday, April 23, 6:00 pm – Union Parish Chamber Annual Awards Banquet at Willie Davis Recreation Center
Saturday, April 25 – Relay for Life, Farmerville, Louisiana
Monday, April 27, 6:00 pm – Union Humane Society meeting, Franklin Street Baptist Church
Thursday, April 30, 12 noon – Bernice Business Club meeting, Bernice Police Department meeting room
Thursday, April 30, 12 noon – Farmerville Lion’s Club meeting, Arbor Rose
A new company plans to open in Ruston, La. There will be jobs in the near future. Click on links below
MONSTER MOTO ANNOUNCEMENT
MONSTER MOTO WEB PAGE
Tuesday, April 28, 4:30 - 6 pm - Business After Hours, The Dean of Flowers.
COMING APRIL 18TH
CRAPPIE MASTER NATIONAL TRIAL TOURNAMENT
GO TO: www.crappiemaster.net
to register and fish the tournament.
UPDATE ON THIS WEEK-ENDS CRAPPIE TOURNAMENT
COMPLIMENTS OF "LAKE D'ARBONNE LIFE" BY KENNY HADDOX
UNION PARISH FESTIVALS - EVENTS
April 18 Corney Creek Festival Bernice, La.
April 25 Relay for Life Farmerville, La
May 9 Mayhaw Festival Marion, La.
July 25 Watermelon Festival Farmerville, La.
NATIONAL TRIAL TOURNAMENT
APRIL 18, 2015
Lake D’Arbonne and Union Parish tourism has received a lot of good press in the past couple of years. Union Parish Tourism was enhanced Thursday when a group of local and area media were special guests at a Union Parish Outdoor Media Day hosted at D’Arbonne Pointe and sponsored by the Union Parish Tourist Commission.
Topics of conversation included this weekend’s Crappie Masters tournament on D’Arbonne, Caney and Claiborne Lakes as well as the recent filming of the Krappie Kings TV shows, Brushpile filming on Lake D'Arbonne and the King of King tournaments. Assets like the State Park, area individual cabins available for tourist, and the new D’Arbonne Pointe cabin and travel trailer accommodations were recognized as well as future development plans on the lake.
The Crappie Masters Tournament was highlighted by President Mike Valentine as well as pro fishermen Dan Dannenmueller from Alabama and Garrett Steele from Tennessee.
Also mentioned to the media was the extraordinary effort to raise money in Union Parish to keep the Lake D’Arbonne State Park swimming pool open this summer. Apparently this is the only such effort in the state since the budget for that was cut in the state’s preliminary budget.
Media covering the event included KNOE – TV, KTVE – TV, Jessie Boyette of the Banner, Greg Hilburn of the News-Star, outdoor writer and radio host Glynn Harris of Ruston, as well as Todd Causey and Brandi Watson of Southern Outdoors Radio (107.5 FM).
Events like this takes a lot of concerned citizens, local business involvement, organizations and cooperation! The Union Parish Tourist Commission took the lead in coordinating the Media Day efforts. Several Tourist Commission Board members attended as did Union Parish Chamber President/CEO Lum Farr. Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman welcomed the guests. Co-sponsors and hosts were Kendal Terral of D’Arbonne Pointe Resort and Mr. Kinny Haddox with lakedarbonnelife.com. Bernice Mayor Bill Mitcham also attended.
Mr. James Morgan of Farmerville, and a Lake D'Arbonne crappie fisherman, deserves a special thanks for donating enough delicious crappie fillets to make this a spectacular event. And thanks to Kendal Terral, Stanley Read and Joe Cusimano, who fried them up just right! Kendal also had D’Arbonne Pointe in tip-top shape for the event.
And finally, we would like to thank First National Bank for donating a tent to protect the event from the uncertain weather.
Article, in part by: Kinny Haddox and Lum Farr
Murphy USA held a Ground Breaking and Ribbon Cutting on April 2, in preparation of providing gasoline to Union Parish Citizens. The construction is schedule to be completed in approximately 90 days.
From left to right: Mr. Monk Anderson, Big Bass Winner
Mr. Fred Shields, winner of $500 cash drawing
Mr. Andy Taylor, Big Crappie Winner.
Not shown: Mr. Bubba Hoggat from Marion, La. who won a $500 dollar cash drawing from the "Big Buck Contest" held earlier in the year. Congratulation to Pastor Bubba Hoggat for entering the Chamber's Big Buck Contest.
King of King's
FIRST TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS
What a great beginning! Approximately 103 people entered the tournament despite the rain, wind, and temperature on the lake. Not one participant seemed to be disappointed. This was the first tournament of it's kind hosted by Bayou State Crappie Association and Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce that included a big bass and big crappie catch both taking a $500 first prize. Boats could be seen all over the lake, but when the rain and fog cleared, the biggest crappie of the day was caught by young Andy Taylor a local fisherman who is being taught the art of fishing by his father. Andy has not been fishing for long and this was his first Tournament. His fish weighed 2.0 pounds. The weigh-in started at 10 am and Mr. Taylor weighed his crappie at 10:04 am. I asked him his secret. He smiled and said, "you spit on your bait and hold your pole just right."
His prize fish was caught off the bank on a shiner in two feet of water. Andy's remarks, "I saved buying a big boat, did not have to purchase a big truck to pull the boat and I was not out a lot of money on high dollar rod and reels. I just smiled and waved at all the boat anglers on the lake and thought to myself, wonder if they really know how to catch a big fish. There were several tournament boats in plain sight when I caught my fish. I just shook it at them and said, better luck next time boys."
Young Andy had been talking to fishermen standing close by and noticed that his cork was nowhere in sight. Immediately he responded and with one tug and noticed he had a pretty big fish on the end of his line. After Andy landed the fish, weighed his fish, had his picture taken, won his trophy, collected the prize money, all the rest is now history for a year. He is now known as the King of Kings on Lake D'Arbonne for a year by all the Crappie Anglers. Now he’s got bragging rights as the D’Arbonne Crappie King for a whole year! And $500. Congratulations!
Fishing on Lake D'Arbonne is not all about beginners luck. Veteran bass angler Monk Anderson has always fished Lake D'Arbonne and has a pretty good idea where the big bass like to hang out. His catch of the day yielded a 6.84 lunker caught in shallow water on the north side of the lake. A pretty good payday winning $500 for his efforts. Mr. Anderson's remarks, "It takes skills, patients, and longevity to catch the big fish. You can look at my grey hair and see that I have the longevity, I learned patients and skills along the way. I am not ordinarily a bragger but since this events set the stage for bragging I just want all these so-called Bass Anglers to know that if you don't enter the Tournament and wet your hook you just have to set back and take the criticism." For the next year you can refer to Mr. Anderson as "The Bass King of Lake D'Arbonne." Congratulations Mr. Anderson!
So, don't go around the lake and brag about catching a bigger fish than Mr. Anderson or Mr. Taylor. Your fish will not count simply because it is not an official catch until you catch it during the "King of King's" Tournament. See you next year and maybe you can be King for a Year.
What makes this Tournament such a success and such an interesting story is that we find one of the youngest anglers who entered his first tournament won the Biggest Crappie prize and one of the more seasoned and older participants in the tournament won the Biggest Bass prize. From youngest to the oldest angler around, Lake D'Arbonne has a lot to offer.
We want to congratulate Bayou State Crappie Association for hosting the tournament and the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce for Sponsoring the Tournament but especially the Hunters for Heroes for coordinating the event and providing a free meal for all the anglers. What a special group of supporters.
Others that need a special thank you for assisting with this the first King of King's Tournament are:
Mr. Kenny Haddox with "Life on Lake D'Arbonne" for covering the fishing event.
Lester's on the Lake, for helping sell tickets.
Mr. Dale Taylor with "Majestic Big Bass Tournaments" for assisting in the tournament and ticket sales.
Darbonne Pointe, Mr. Kendal Terral for hosting the weigh-in facilities.
Mr. Peyton McKinnie with "Buck Report Union Parish" and Chamber Board Member for all his assistance
The Gazette for covering the Tournament
The Banner for covering the Tournament
All the anglers who participated in the first Annual "King of Kings" Tournament on Lake D'Arbonne.
UNION PARISH, La. STATE PARK BUDGET CUTS
Government departments across the state are taking some major hits, while Governor Bobby Jindal is trying to tighten the purse strings. One department that's really having to cut cost- Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
Lake D'Arbonne State Park, it's the great outdoors, but the future of this sportsman's paradise hangs in the balance because the state is broke.
For the Guzman's, a trip to the park is a family affair. Eight of them are staying in one of the cabins at the park.
"We like the lake - do a little bit of fishing and cooking," Juan Guzman said.
Guzman says the family has stayed at the park multiple times. They drive in from College Station, Texas to visit family in Bernice.
But with the current budget cuts looming, the part-time employees who maintain and keep the cabins clean will no longer have jobs.
That begs the question - what will happen to the cabins?
"It's sad," Guzman said. "We were hoping to bring more of our family over here and rent the two family cabins."
The biggest hit is coming this summer, when kids won't be able to take a splash in the park's pool. With the state's budget problems, there's just no money to maintain it.
The situation has some officials asking - how long can we keep the parks operating?
For the Guzman family, they say the park is a perfect fit for their large family.
"Something you can't do in a regular hotel. You know out doors, cook," Guzman said.
While some of the budget cuts have already been put in place, others may come and it's still uncertain how much of a hit the state parks are going to take.
However, it's being reported Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne is trying to find the money to keep some of the state park pools, among other things, up and running this summer.
The Mayor of Farmerville, Community Trust Bank officials, Union Parish Police Jury Officials, Tourist Commission Officials, Chamber of Commerce and La. State Park Officials met at the State Park on Thursday to come up with a possible solution to prevent the closing of the Park Swimming Pool. For the summer tourist visiting the state park, the swimming pool is a cool alternative to the summer heat. It is one of the main Amenity attractions for the park. It will take approximately $25,000 to maintain the pool and provide life-guards for the summer months. This is an investment in local tourism everyone at the meeting felt was good for the community.
Gov. Edwin Edwards
Awards Banquet Guest Speaker
The Union Parish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards will be the guest speaker at their Chamber's annual banquet on April 23rd, 2015. The Union Parish Chamber of Commerce's Annual Banquet will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Willie Davis Center, located at 116 Cox Ferry Road in Farmerville.
During the Banquet, the 2015 Union Parish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Officers will be introduced, as well as the recipients of the five outstanding citizen awards. The Gold Award will be presented to one of the areas local business establishments for outstanding contributions to the community.
The keynote speaker for the Banquet is former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. A Crowley, Louisiana native, he was first elected governor in 1972, re-elected in 1976, elected to a third term in 1984 and a fourth term in 1992. He is the only person ever elected more than twice and he is the only four-term governor in Louisiana's history. Governor Edwards will be selling and autographing copies of his biography "Edwin Edwards, Governor of Louisiana" by Leo Honeycutt.
Corporate Table sponsors for the Annual Banquet are $380.00 per table, which includes seating for eight, inclusion of company logo on all printed materials, and meet and greet with Governor Edwards prior to the start of the annual banquet. Tables of eight can be purchased for $200.00 each and include attendance at the meet and greet. Individual Chamber member tickets, which include the meet and greet, are $30.00 each. Individual tickets without chamber membership are $40 each.
For more information about the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce annual banquet or to purchase tickets, please call Jenifer Gray at First National Bank – 318-368-8482.
February 16, 2015
IBM APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION CENTER LOCATES IN MONROE, LA
(MONROE, La.) Governor Bobby Jindal, IBM Senior Vice President Colleen Arnold joined CenturyLink CEO and President Glen Post, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret and other officials to announce today that IBM will establish a 400-job Application Development and Innovation Center in Monroe, La.
“We’re proud to be part of this innovative public-private partnership with the State of Louisiana and CenturyLink to further develop highly valued skills and solutions expertise in security, analytics and mobility applications,” said Arnold, senior vice president, IBM Sales and Distribution. “Louisiana is the right place for high-tech job growth with an exceptional education system, business environment and workforce to serve the needs of our clients.”
This facility will be the base from which the company will provide software technology services to clients across the United States, including CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the nation. IBM also will partner with CenturyLink on research, development and product innovation initiatives.
“CenturyLink’s partnership with IBM aligns our Information Technology investments with our strategic growth initiatives,” Post said. “It also supports our companywide transformation to an Internet Protocol, or IP-based, infrastructure, which enables a more agile IT development environment across CenturyLink. In addition, this initiative supports CenturyLink’s commitment to bring technology-based jobs to Louisiana and improve our workforce development and education climate. We appreciate our partnership with IBM and are glad we’ve been able to be a catalyst for their expansion plans in Monroe.”
The IBM center in Monroe represents a multifaceted, transformational partnership that will include expanded higher-education programs related to computer science, as well as a major new technology park and mixed-use, real estate development. The deal will be a catalyst for new economic growth opportunities in Monroe.
“Two of the most successful economic development projects we’ve embarked upon in recent years are the multiple corporate headquarters expansion projects by CenturyLink in Monroe and the innovative public-private partnerships that created IBM’s technology center in downtown Baton Rouge. This project replicates those successes by combining two of the leading technology companies in the world in a partnership that will pay great dividends for the community and the economic future of Monroe, the Northeast Region and our entire state. This innovative partnership represents a big win that will bring about more business opportunities for generations to come. In addition to CenturyLink’s expansion, this project represents one of the most significant economic development announcements in Northeast Louisiana in decades,” said Governor Jindal.
The IBM center will employ a broad range of college graduates and experienced professionals with backgrounds in computer science and other quantitative-intense fields, such as engineering, mathematics and science. In addition to the 400 direct jobs that will be created at the center, LED estimates the project will result in approximately 406 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 800 new permanent jobs in Northeast Louisiana.
“These 400 jobs will be a huge boost to our local economy,” Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said. “We are ‘Monroe Proud’ to welcome IBM as our newest corporate citizen. This is another positive development due to the continued expansion of the CenturyLink headquarters here in Monroe. We thank Governor Jindal and LED officials for all of their efforts.”
The IBM center in Monroe will anchor a new 88-acre, mixed-use development employing smart-growth principles and will include a complementary mix of residential, commercial and recreational uses. The new development will be located along U.S. Highway 165 directly across from CenturyLink’s corporate headquarters. Following a competitive selection process, CenturyLink chose developer Robert Daigle, who built the successful River Ranch traditional neighborhood development near Lafayette. Daigle will guide development of the master-planned community on land owned by CenturyLink.
The State of Louisiana will provide $12 million for construction of new office space for use by IBM, which will become an anchor tenant of the privately developed mixed-use complex. A University of Louisiana at Monroe foundation will own the IBM space and lease that space to the company.
LED, IBM and CenturyLink began formal discussions about the potential project in October 2014. To secure the project, LED offered IBM a customized, performance-based incentive package that includes $7.7 million in grants to reimburse relocation, recruitment, training and operating costs of the Monroe center. In addition, IBM will receive the comprehensive workforce solutions of LED FastStart® – the nation’s No. 1 state workforce training program – and the company is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs Program.
As part of the project, the State of Louisiana will provide $4.5 million in funding over 10 years for expanded higher-education programs designed primarily to increase the number of annual computer science graduates in Northeast Louisiana. The University of Louisiana at Monroe will expand its computer science and computer information systems programs while Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University will expand their technology programs in related areas, such as cyber engineering and data analytics.
Additionally, IBM will work closely with local professors to recommend curricular innovations focused on technology, math and software development, and equip students to meet the growing demand for business services, including advanced analytics, process innovation and application development.
“After several months of work with many partners, we are pleased that IBM has chosen Monroe for this exciting project,” said President Scott Martinez of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. “This will cement our community as a desirable location for industry leaders such as IBM.”
IBM’s Application Development and Innovation Center in Monroe will follow the impending completion of CenturyLink’s new 300,000-square-foot Technology Center of Excellence, which expands the Monroe company’s headquarters space by 82 percent while adding an innovation hub for 800 new employees. That facility, which will open next month, fulfills a major part of two corporate headquarters and retention projects announced with the State of Louisiana in 2009 and 2011 that will create a total of 1,150 new direct jobs at CenturyLink and boost the company’s total Monroe-area employment to 2,600.
IBM and CenturyLink represent the vanguard of what has become a rapidly expanding technology sector in Louisiana. Combined with other digital media and software development projects announced by CGI, CSC, EA, Gameloft, GE Capital and others, these companies are producing more than 5,000 new direct jobs expected to be filled in Louisiana’s technology sector in the next few years alone.
For additional details, visit IBM Deal or IBM’s Monroe project .
Visit this link for preliminary conceptual renderings of the IBM Monroe project.
IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, N.Y. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world’s most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and nonprofits. Innovation is at the core of IBM’s strategy. For more about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.
Union Parish Chamber Luncheon
February 10, 2015
The February 10 Chamber Luncheon featured Ms. Pam Schooler, Executive Director for the DWCS and staff presenting an update on the new School Construction and made a very impressive demonstration with the educational Robotics that are taught in the school Everyone was very impressed with the School's status as well as the demonstration. As mentioned in the Luncheon, Union Parish is a very exciting place to live.
New Chamber Board Members
L - R: Ms.Micki Horrell - Marion State Bank
Mr. Peyton McKinnie - Union Parish Sheriff's Office
Ms. Nancy Love - Retired - Community Supporter
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CHAMBER MEMBER DISCOUNTS
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D'Arbonne Crappie on Saturday TV
Listing of future Krappie King TV shows for Lake D'Arbonne
Show #1 was Saturday January 10 at 7:30 am featuring J. Stone with Duck Dynasty and Karl Kalonka fishing Lake D'Abronne.
Future show lineups as follows:
RE-RUN FROM JAN. 10 WITH JAY STONE OF DUCK COMMANDER.THE WORLD FISHING NETWORK, THIS THURSDAY JANUARY 15TH @ 9:30 PM AND SATURDAY @ 1:OO PM AND 10:00 PM EST.
Saturday Feb. 7, 8:30 am:
SPORTSMAN CHANNEL FEATURING UNION PARISH AND LAKE D'ARBONNE WITH JOHN GODWIN OF DUCK COMMANDER.
AIRS ON DIRECT TV AND DISH NETWORKS ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7TH AT 8:30 AM EST. AND THE FOLLOWING MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS WELL.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH
THE SPORTSMAN CHANNEL, FEATURNING BRANDON JENNINGS ON LAKE D'ARBONNE (THIS EPISODE FEATURES THE DUTCH OVEN COOKING AND THE INTERVIEWS WITH THE STATE PARK OFFICIALS).
Three shows were filmed. Each show will air 8 times so stay tuned every Saturday to see re-rums.
On the weekend of March 21, Louisiana Hunters for Heroes will be having around 20 disabled Veteran's from around the state and the Fort Polk WTU come to Lake Darbonne State Park for the weekend. They will be entered in the King of Kings fishing contest and the fisherman from the Bayou State Crappie Association will be taking them fishing. Saturday we will have lunch at the park for all that want to come out and show support for these Vets. To show your support, help sponsor their luncheon or visit and eat please contact:
Seeks To Visit
American Pickers is seeking to visit Louisiana and would like to visit Union Parish. The Chamber is seeking to locate some key areas for American Pickers to visit in order to produce a show. The Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, will be coming to Louisiana and are looking for people with barns, warehouses, or buildings full of odd, unique, and interesting collections. They also love to explore the history of the locations tied to the items. But know Mike & Frank are always looking for collectors with great character and charisma.
The Chamber has been asked to help find these kinds of people within the nooks, crannies and back roads of Union Parish. The Chamber would be greatly appreciative if you could help in our search for great "picks" in Union Parish. Should you know a Unique Character that has collected items over the years that would help promote an American Pickers show for Union Parish the Chamber would be very appreciative? This would be one more adventure for Union Parish and would help identify Union Parish as a community worthy of visiting. As always the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce is trying to identify ways by which to promote economic development and tourism for our Parish.
The following are items they are always seeking:
-Motor scooters: Vintage Police officer collectibles
Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman Firefighter collectibles
-Old advertising signage Pre 40’s telephones
-Motorcycles Folk art
-Bicycles (Pre 60’s to turn of the Vintage BB guns/cap guns
century) Early Halloween items
-Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron Pre 40’s Christmas items
-Pre 50’s vending machines Hawaiian/Tiki Collectibles
-Pinball and slot machines Vintage sports collectibles
-Old Movie Posters Vintage election memorabilia
-Unusual radios: Musical instruments
transistor, tabletop, etc. Civil War antiques
-Antique casino/gaming machines Vintage gas pumps
-Vintage movie memorabilia Vintage gas pumps
-Vintage advertising Items Pre 70’s old neon signs
-Taxidermy Strange woodcarvings
-Vintage concert posters & T-shirts Vintage collegiate
collectibles Pre 60’s vintage diner collectibles
-Pre 60’s TV merchandise Pre 50’s western/equestrian Gear
-Classic motorcycle memorabilia Sports memorabilia
-Casino tables Houdini items
-Old rodeo items Airline collectibles:
-Pan-Am, TWA, Etc. Late 70’s & earlier military items
-Extraordinary mobster memorabilia
Please keep in mind that store front businesses that sell antiques is not what the show is looking for. It should be out-of-the-way barns, warehouses, nooks and crannies filled with collectibles owned by charismatic, charming, people with great character to highlight the show.
Should you know someone that fits this request, please call the Chamber of Commerce:
318-368-3947 or 318-914-3947
Welcome, new members
Union Parish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its newest members for 2015:
§ Chaba's Clay Flowers. 101 Sterlington Rd. Farmerville, La. 318-450-9577
§ Nana's Donut, 686 Monroe, Farmerville, La. 318-235-9097 laura.rog:11:email@example.com
§ Union Parish ABATE, Inc. (American Bikers Active Toward Education) P. O. Box 541, St. Amant, La. 70774
§ C & L Construction, 915 West Port, Union Road, Farmerville, La. 71241 - 318-368-9371
2015 INDIVIDUAL CHAMBER MEMBERS:
§ Mr. Elton Pardue
§ Mrs. Susan Pardue
Also fishing and filming the crappie spawn last week on Lake D'Arbonne was local fisherman Brandon Jennings. Although Brandon lives in Winnfield he takes every opportunity he can to fish and promote Lake D'Arbonne. He has teamed with the Brush Pile Filming crew and was out on the lake promoting beautiful lake D'Arbonne. Brandon has been very active in supporting the Chamber of Commerce and is president of Bayou State Crappie Association. His Crappie Association promotes several crappie tournaments on Lake D'Arbonne and looks forward to retirement so he can move to Union Parish and fish the lake full-time. The Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank Brandon Jennings and the Bayou State Crappie Association for taking a major interest in promoting Lake D'Arbonne.
FARMERVILLE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER
Renovations - Open House and Ribbon Cutting
An Open House and Ribbon Cutting was held at the Farmerville Nursing and Rehabilitation center on March 24, 2015. The ceremonies highlighted the recent renovations which occurred and a re-dedication to the operation of a great nursing and rehabilitation center in Farmerville. The Chamber of Commerce along with community supporters and local and state officials were there to help re-dedicate the facility to many more years of productive service to our community. We want to especially thank Ms. Kay Carroll for coordinating the event.
Lake D’Arbonne Crowns “King of Kings” Champions
D’Arbonne Pointe, Farmerville Louisiana
“Better to have had one KING than have 500”, Quote from King Charles II.
As I was searching through many quotes referencing Kings, I found this above quote from King Charles II most fitting. However, here on Lake D’Arbonne we like to think about things just a bit differently than ole’ Charles!
We decided to Crown (2) Kings and give them each 500…. $500 Dollars in Cash that is! In addition, in place of a Crown, this might look a little silly for our newly crowned Kings to be seen all over Union Parish and Lake D’Arbonne wearing an actual crown. We decided to replace this crown with a trophy for each worthy of any King! We didn’t stop there! We also gave away (2) Cash Prizes of $500.00 each!
Now for a little back story and for the part everyone has been waiting for….The details!
Our “King of Kings” tournament has to be one of the most advertised local fishing tournaments to hit the waters of Lake D’Arbonne, especially in recent years! This is due to a huge influence geared toward promotion of Lake D’Arbonne and Union Parish in many ways. I am especially honored to be among those members responsible for this movement, and as founder and president of the Bayou State Crappie Association, I will assure you that we will continue our support any efforts during this endeavor!
“King of Kings” will be an Annual event each year! Chamber of Commerce President Lum Farr introduced this idea during the spring of 2014, following our completion of filming (3) successful Krappie Kings TV episodes here on Lake D’Arbonne. You might note the relation of the term Kings here. Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, Lum Farr, Peyton McKinnie and Brandon Jennings President of the Bayou State Crappie Association teamed together to organize and promote this event.
What is an event of Kings without “all the Kings’ men”! Indeed we had our “warriors” involved as well! I am speaking of the Louisiana Hunters for Heroes, warrior transition unit. The Bayou State Crappie Association was contacted by Donnie Vocker from La Hunters for Heroes asking for assistance in taking a group of Disabled Veterans on a crappie fishing adventure. We coordinated this event to work in conjunction with our “King of Kings” event and it proved to be very rewarding and successful. A group of (10) Veterans were hosted through volunteers from each participating organization. In addition we enjoyed the camaraderie and great food! This in itself is another great story and I will provide you that opportunity on my next writing adventure. For now let’s get back to the details!
We are excited to announce that our “Fishing with Veterans” event will become an annual event! La Hunters for Heroes has asked that we continue this great event. We are not certain at this time if both events will continue to coincide, but that is always an option. I truly enjoyed the time I spent with this great group of Heroes and Volunteers!
Now let’s set the mood for this event. WET, COLD & WINDY! Very conducive fishing conditions right? WRONG! Our weather pattern in Louisiana leaves little to be desired at times and this was true once again! However, of the (103) tickets sold to the event, a majority of our participants showed their tolerance levels and they also showed how productive Lake D’Arbonne can be…even under grueling circumstance!
So who are these Kings? We now have two members of the “Royal Family of Fishing”, one representing Crappie and the other representing Bass!
Our scales opened for early weigh in at 10am during this event. At 10:04 am on Saturday March 21st 2015, little did I know that we were weighing the winning crappie for this event! This is the first time I had met Andy Taylor accompanied by his dad. Andy had a huge smile on his face and we soon realized the reason. Andy was fishing from the bank of a local known hot spot during this time of year, what Andy did not realize was the significance of his catch. Urged by his dad, they soon arrived at early weigh-in and Andy’s Slab produced a recorded weight of (2.0 lbs) on the money! Throughout the event, many crappie were weighed in hopes of bumping Andy from his throne, many were close but at the end of the day Andy was still KING! What I will remember most about this event is the look on Andy’s face when he arrived, and throughout the day and during the final weigh-in. Andy would glance over and I would catch his eye and re-assure him that he was still in position to claim the title “King of D’Arbonne”, and his smile would grow a bit larger! This great picture included shows the Father/Son moment that will forever be a part of Andy’s memories!
Already know as a Bass fishing Legend on lake D’Arbonne, Monk Anderson now holds the true title as “King of D’Arbonne” representing the Bass Division! Monk and long time fishing partner “Poochie”Young arrived at the official weigh-in with a “Full Bag”! Monk’s shallow water catch produced a winning weigh of 6.84 lbs! This was my first encounter with this “veteran bass fishing duo” and I am sure it won’t be my last. My lasting memories of Monk on this day will be Monk and Poochie’s departure from the event as they carried away the (5 foot) Trophy in their boat!
I would like to extend my personal appreciation and a great big “THANK YOU” to Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, Lum Farr, Peyton McKinnie, Donnie Vocker and the LA Hunters for Heroes, all Volunteers, Host Guides, Event Organizers, ticket purchasers, Kinny Haddox @ lakedarbonnelife.com and especially to my BSCA Team members. Also, Clif Fuqua and Jonathan Ransbottom from our Central Division of the BSCA were my backbone at King of Kings Head Quarters during tournament day! It takes a complete group effort! For more information on this or any other events, please contact: Brandon Jennings@ 318-533-9259, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BSCA Contact information: FB: Bayou State Crappie Association
Brandon Jennings 318-533-9259
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Special Thanks to Lum Farr and Peyton McKinnie ! Contact info - Chamber of Commerce: 318-914-3947
Outstanding Job by Donnie Vocker and his Team at La Hunters for Heroes!
Contact: Donnie Vocker 318-278-2909
Or Bill Wiley 318-381-1697
Louisiana Hunters for Heroes
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Pictured here are our Veterans and Host from the King of Kings Tournament held on Lake D’Arbonne!
Pictured below from the “Fishing with Veterans” event are in no specific order:
Veterans: (Gerald Lee, Mike Gary, Joe Ciszczon, Kevin Dawson, Chris Duncan, Buddy Doyle, Tim Garcia, Mark Branch, and Scott Stahley), not pictured is Jake Mathers.
Host: (Stuart Baum, LD Henry, Steve and Kyle Pate, Chris Kopf, Dennis Bratton, Fred Shields, Hollis Gates, Tommy Saxon, Kenneth Maynor)… not pictured is James Morgan.
Coordinators: Hunters for Heroes Donnie Vocker & BSCA President Brandon Jennings.
Andy Taylor pictured with his winning crappie and alongside his dad with accepting his KING of KING trophy!
The Top 5 Crappie for” Kings of Kings 2015”
1.) Andy Taylor 2.00 lbs. “King of D’Arbonne”
2.) Richard Terry 1.92 lbs “Honorable Mention”
3.) Travis Brown 1.90 lbs
4.) Sam Hughes 1.90 lbs
5.) Dennis Bratton 1.88 lbs “Host for Vets”
Monk Anderson receiving his KING of KINGS Trophy from BSCA President Brandon Jennings, also to the right is Monk’s Winning Lunker weighing in at 6.84lbs
The Top 5 Bass for “Kings of Kings 2015”
1.) Monk Anderson 6.84 lbs “King of D’Arbonne”
2.) Eric Evans 6.44 lbs “Honorable Mention”
3.) Zach Kelly 5.84 lbs
4.) Jerry Pate 5.60 lbs
5.) Ben Littleton 4.88 lbs
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As a last note: We were excited to find out there were fishermen on the lake from Illinois, Deleware, and Tennessee for the tournament. How about that for a first time outing.