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



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