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WORLD RECORD HOLDERS
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

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.

OFF TO A GOOD START

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.

RINGING OUT THE OLD YEAR BY REMEMBERING PRINCE
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}

WHEN PRINCE 'RAINED'
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}

BEST SOUP/GUMBO

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}

2ND PLACE IN KIDS Q

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}

FOR A GOOD CAUSE
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.

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