Editor’s note: The following is the final of a three-part series looking into gas and oil exploration in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense rock formation under much of Union Parish. The series explains current exploration, what that exploration has already meant for the parish and what it could potentially mean in the future.
By T. Scott Boatright
Gazette staff writer
While frankincense and myrhh are known as traditional Christmas fragrances, it’s the potential smell of sweet and sour crude oil that has area landowners feeling like young children waiting for Santa Claus.
The new Jimmy “Chick” Childress Field House on the campus of Ruston High School recently added the name of the former Bearcats’ head coach along with a mascot logo to continue its readiness for the 2012 season. The field house is due to have weight equipment and furniture added by the end of the month.
The Lincoln Parish Library got a special treat Tuesday evening, and will have a piece of history in its halls for the next month, all thanks to the start of a new idea from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Starting Tuesday, and running through May 11 at the library, the Angola Prison Museum has started a traveling exhibit, “Farming on the Farm: Agricultural Operations at Angola.”
“There is just so much history at Angola that we want to try and pass it along as much as we can,” Angola Museum Director Marsha Lindsey said. “We really wanted to start a traveling exhibit, and this is our very first one we have done. And Ruston was our very first stop.”