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Alexandria police officer Anthony Deshautelle (left), a Marksville native, throws a punch during a “Battle of the Badges” charity fundraising event held on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier/museum in San Diego, Calif., in June. {Photos courtesy of Alexandria Mayor’s Office}

Deshautelle uses fists to benefit others

At 51, most may think Anthony Deshautelle is a bit too old for the boxing ring.

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HISTORICAL HOUSE DESTROYED
This 140-year-old home in Longbridge, owned by Terry Ashworth, was destroyed by fire around 4 a.m. on Aug. 9. Its loss leaves only one 19th Century home remaining in the Longbridge area. Several have burned in recent years. {Photo by Tiffany Trichell}

Fire destroys 140-year-old Longbridge home

Avoyelles Parish lost another link to its past in the pre-dawn hours Aug. 9 when the “Olde Boy Plantation” home in Longbridge was destroyed by fire.

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Brenda Blackman-Dawson of Bunkie (left) was one of several African-American residents who expressed complaints and concerns about actions by Police Chief Scott Ferguson (right) and other municipal police officers at the Aug. 8 Bunkie City Council meeting. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Fatal ATV accident sparks complaints in Bunkie

Well over 100 concerned citizens of Bunkie -- most of whom were upset by a perceived racial bias by city police officers -- filled the City Hall Annex’s council meeting room and hallways on Aug.

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