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Burton Saucier of New Orleans (far right) holds an old portrait of a Johnson Family ancestor while family members (from left) Peter Roy, Sylvia Saucier Roy, Nettie Johnson Jans and Sue Johnson hold a sword carried in the Civil War by Col. William Wilson Johnson. The Johnson-Saucier family is trying to identify the man in the portrait. {Photo by Tiffany Trichell}

Johnson-Saucier family tries to identify man in portrait

The descendants of Civil War Col. W. W. Johnson of Johnson Settlment north of Marksville on Red River have his sword, and maybe his portrait.

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T-Rak’s owner Josh Townsend (center) watches employee Molly McCoy (left) help customer Sara Riche with a quick lunch item. Townsend said T-Rak’s dining area can sit 15 customers, but he does a brisk lunchtime take-out business.

T-Rak’s: more than just a meat market

{Editor’s Note: Avoyelles is known for its outstanding local food. To celebrate that, we will periodically feature a local restaurant or amateur chef of this parish.}

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Shelton Foster (left) and Mike Wall sit astride their Harley-Davidson Electra Glides prior to setting a Guiness World Record for no-hands riding on an enclosed track. {Photo courtesy of Shelton Foster}

Look Ma, no hands

What started out as a joke became a mission to aid victims of domestic abuse and resulted in two Central Louisiana law enforcement officers setting a world record for no-hands motorcycle distance

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Firefighters battle high wind and cold weather in addition to the flames at the home of Joshua and Danielle Lyde on New Year’s Eve. The fire at the home, on La. Hwy 1188 outside of Hessmer, started in the attic. The cause is still undetermined but is not deemed “suspicious.” The home sustained major fire, smoke and water damage. The Lydes lost much of their belongings, but there were no injuries in the incident. {(Photo by Nancy Savoy}

Hessmer family thankful despite housefire

As Josh and Danielle Lyde were relaxing with their two daughters around 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, a knock at the door may have saved their lives.

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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.



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