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THERE GOES THE SUN

The sun is almost covered by the moon in this file photo of a previous solar eclipse. While some areas of the nation will experience a total eclipse on Aug. 21, the moon will only cover about 80 percent of the sun in Avoyelles Parish.

‘American’ eclipse will occur Monday

If you look into the sky on Aug. 21 and it looks like some evil monster is eating the sun, don’t be alarmed -- except that you shouldn’t be looking at the sun during an eclipse.

IN AFGHANISTAN
David Lemoine, a Cottonport native (left), and interpreter Fraidoon “Fred” Akhtari pose for a photo at their outpost in Afghanistan in 2008. Lemoine worked for several years to secure immigration visas for the long-time interpreter and his family. “Fred” was targeted for execution by Taliban insurgents after he was instrumental in tracking, identifying and apprehending a high-ranking Taliban officer.
{Photo courtesy of David Lemoine}

David Lemoine helps bring Afghan hero to U.S.

One man can make a difference in many lives if he cares more about those lives than he does his own. Fraidoon Akhtari, an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. military, is one such man.

Caleb Roy, 12, (left) and his 8-year-old brother Connor Roy, who live in the Spring Bayou community, display the MK2 hand grenade Caleb found at his step-grandfather Cleveland Lachney’s home in Blue Town and an online photo of an intact grenade. {Photo by Crystal Fuqua}

Disarmed grenade found buried in Blue Town chicken coop

Chasing chickens around a grandparents’ home is one of the “perks” of living in a rural community.

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