Only time will tell if 2018 is a good year or a bad year for this area, but it certainly got off to a good start for Logan (left) and Tristien Dupuy (right) of Marksville when tiny Arya Grace arrived at 2:19 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Arya is believed to have been Cenla’s first baby of the new year. {Photo submitted by Logan and Tristien Dupuy}

Marksville couple has first Cenla baby of 2018

It took a couple of hours before this area’s first baby of 2018 arrived on the scene. When she did, she no doubt cried with an Avoyelles accent.

The Revolution (from left) “Dr.” Matt Fink (keyboard), Mark “BrownMark” Brown, (bass), Robert “Bobby Z” Rivkin (drums), Lisa Coleman (keyboard) and Wendy Melvoin (guitar) will perform in concert on New Year’s Eve at the Paragon Casino Resort’s Mari Showroom. The band was with Prince during his Purple Rain album and film, earningt two Grammy’s and an Oscar. {Photo by Nancy Bundt}

Prince (front right) and the Revolution band members Wendy Melvoin, Robert “Bobby Z” Rivkin, Lisa Coleman, Mark “BrownMark” Brown and “Dr.” Matt Fink as they appeared in 1985 for “Purple Rain.” {Photo by Nancy Bundt}

The Revolution to help say good-bye to 2017

In the early 1980s, a petite singer wearing a style mimicking that of Louis XVI’s France burst onto the music scene.

Cortez Bonton, a Paragon Casino Resort employee, tends to the barbecue sold at the BBQ Throwdown on Nov. 18. The event attracted master chefs from across the South to compete for cash prizes and a shot at an invitation to compete for the world championship in Lynchburg, Tenn., next October. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}


Mary Marchand (left) shares her 1st place victory in soups/gumbos with son Jarrod and husband Wayne. The Marchands live in Cottonport. {Photo courtesy of Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee}


Austin Spencer, 13, of Cottonport holds his prize for 2nd place in the Kids Q competition at the Nov. 18 Tunica-Biloxi BBQ Throwdown. Event coordinator David Rivas (right) congratulates the young chef. {Photo courtesy of Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee}

Over 300 classic and antique cars filled a parking lot at the Paragon Casino, where thousands of visitors admired them. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Dylan Daye, 5, of Hessmer admires one of the classic antique cars on display at the Cruisin’ Southern Style car show held on the Paragon Casino Resort grounds on Nov. 18. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Michael Leduc of Bunkie, coordinator of the Cruisin’ Southern Style Car Show, shows off the 1955 Chevy of fellow-club member Jarrett Robinson of Forest Hill. The car show on the Paragon Casino grounds attracted 308 entrants and thousands of visitors while raising over $30,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital on Nov. 18. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Another event, more private but much more important than the open-to-the-public events, was also held that Saturday as men and women from one of the state’s National Guard units were coming back from an overseas deployment. The casino in Marksville is often used for such homecomings. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Paragon draws crowds with three mid-November events

Thousands of people converged on the Paragon Casino Resort on Nov. 18 where three people-pleasing events were being held.

Crystal Bordelon, dressed as a witch, hands out candy to trick-or-treaters at the St. Alphonsus Youth Group table during Hessmer’s Halloween Festival on Oct. 31. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

The official greeters for the "Hessmaween" event were (from left) Alderman Keith Armand, Mayor Travis Franks, Village Clerk Stacy Jeansonne and Utilities Clerk Megan Charrier -- with assistance from her children 5-year-old Maggie (Wonder Woman) and 9-year-old Maddox (skeleton) Charrier, all of Hessmer. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

An unofficial “greeter” welcomes visitors to the Hessmer Halloween Festival in the former high school gym. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

A long line of trick-or-treaters forms outside the doors of the Hessmer High gym Halloween night. The Village of Hessmer sponsored the holiday event. Area businesses, organizations and churches set up treat stations around the basketball court to provide ample treats in a safe environment for area children. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

'Hessmaween' a big hit with area children

It was a happy “Hessmaween” for the children of the “Greater Hessmer” area.



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