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Former recording artist Joe Simon, now a full-time Christian minister in Illinois, is developing several community programs for his hometown of Simmesport. {Photo from Joe Simon Ministries}

Simmesport Rising: Joe Simon wants hometown to reach its potential

{Editor’s Note: This series looks at several programs and initiatives aimed at improving various aspects of the quality of life in Simmesport.}

Gerard Dupuy, a Cajun music performer from Moncla, plays “Amazing Grace” at the Avoyelles Vietnam War KIA Monument on Memorial Day. Dupuy sang the classic hymn in English and French.

Avoyelles Parish remembers its fallen heroes on Memorial Day

On a warm, clear Monday morning groups gathered to remember and honor their friends, family members and neighbors who sacrificed their lives fighting this nation’s wars.

John Schneider talks about his life, acting career, music and the show that still defines him to many -- the Dukes of Hazzard -- during a radio interview in Marksville earlier this month. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

John Schneider shares a few 'Dukes' facts

During his recent visit to Marksville, actor/singer John Schneider shared facts about his life, tragedies and triumphs -- and some behind the scenes tidbits about those rascally Duke boys from the

DOWN HOME EATIN'

Actor/Singer John Schneider (left) snags a piece of hogshead cheese while talking with KAPB production manager/radio host Niles Laborde (center). Gatlin Kinman, 10, of Echo waits his turn. He has a model of the "General Lee" -- the car Schneider drove in "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series -- in his other hand. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

John Schneider sings one of his latest songs during a radio show at KAPB in Marksville on May 9. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Actor/singer John ‘Bo Duke’ Schneider praises parish for ‘embracing history’

In a career that has taken him around the world, this was his first visit to Marksville -- and John Schneider liked what he found here. “I love it here,” Schneider said.

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