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Then and now

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An open cotton boll is seen on the 1,800 acres of cotton at Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gin, located near Ferriday. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

FERRIDAY -- The sea of cotton appears to stretch all the way to the horizon.
The gentle, and ever so slightly, afternoon breeze, sways the rows upon rows of open bolls that engulf more than 1,000 acres located 20 miles west of the Mississippi River. The sight is one that the cotton kings of the antebellum South must have dreamed of, and one that

Kershaw endorses Nungesser for Lt. Governor

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Country music entertainer Sammy Kershaw of Lafayette (right) announced that he is backing Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser in the Oct. 22 primary for the state’s second-highest job. (Photo by LSN Newspapers)

LAFAYETTE – Billy Nungesser, candidate for Louisiana Lt. Governor, received a high profile endorsement today with Sammy Kershaw’s announcement that he was throwing his support behind Nungesser. The country music star made his own run for Lt.

Time capsule of rural living

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An assortment of medicines, including Mamou Cough Syrup, sits on the shelves inside the Adam Ponthieu Grocery Store and Big Bend Post Office Museum. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

BIG BEND -- Jimmy Bernard is a passionate storyteller.
The 62-year-old has always loved sitting down and listening to people tell tall tales, whether that was at the country general store or at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where Bernard worked at for 24 years.

Back from extinction

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A velociraptor welcomes visitors at Prehistoric Park in Henderson. More than 20 life-like dinosaurs can be experienced during a visit to the park. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

HENDERSON -- As one drives along the outside perimeter, a six-strand cable fence is marked with a large sign that warns of high voltage.


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