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Show off your talent for fibbing in contest

Within a circle of friends that included Bret Harte and Mark Twain, James Townsend – founder of The Union – was known as “Lyin’ Jim.” Wherever the newspaperman and printer went, he told tall tales and broke hearts. Once, for instance, he claimed he’d been stranded on an island and forced to marry 200 Amazon maidens.

How well can you lie? To honor the legacy of our founder, on April 1 The Union will print the funniest and best-written outright fibs our readers submit.



Here’s what you do: Write up a satirical pretend news story of no more than 400 words. The story should have a Nevada County angle. Local, state and national officials or public personages may be mentioned and mocked – but play nice. Avoid using real names of ordinary citizens, as well. Any photos you can submit pertaining to your story may garner extra attention from the judges.




We’ll print the best five to seven stories we receive in our April 1 edition, and the author of the best fabrication will receive a plaque.

Stories must be received by 5 p.m. March 27. Drop them off at The Union or mail them to 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945. Or fax them to 477-4292 or e-mail them to

Questions? Call 477-4239 for more information.


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