Basile High’s Rheagan Ortego sits on the track at school with one of her pageant crowns, her track and field uniform and her letterman’s jacket. Ortego has found a way to balance life as a star track athlete and as a festival pageant queen. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

BASILE – Rheagan Ortego has worn many crowns atop her head of black hair but the one the Basile High senior wants to claim more than anything has eluded her.
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board’s Hearing Committee has recommended that Timmy Fontenot be disbarred.

Addison Drummond holds her up cut braids with hair stylist Tonya Brassette at Tangles Hair Salon in Bayou Chicot last December. The Bayou Chicot second grader donated her hair to Locks For Love, which makes wigs for children battling cancer. (Photo courtesy of Heather Drummond)

BAYOU CHICOT – Addison Drummond’s passion for helping others is far larger than her pint-size stature. The seven-year-old, who is currently in the second grade at Bayou Chicot Elementary, has often tried to help others from donating change for a cancer fund to learning sign language to communicate better with a classmate.

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Feb. 4, 1926 - Feb. 18, 2017
Funeral services for Laura Mae Fontenot were held February 20, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints in Ville Platte. Father Mitchell Guidry officiated.


Aug. 25, 1964 - Nov. 4, 2016
Philip Wayne Delafosse, 52, a resident of Turkey Creek and native of Ville Platte, passed away at his home November 4, 2016 following a prolonged illness.


March 10, 1950 - Feb. 16, 2017
Billy S. Carson, Jr., 66, of Reddell, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.
Carson was a loving father and grandfather.


Sept. 26, 1934 - Feb. 9, 2017
Funeral services for James Alton Manuel were held Monday, February 13, 2017 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Pine Prairie. Burial followed in the Pine Point Cemetary.

A Woman With Heart

2017 St. Landry Parish Women With Heart recipient Lena Charles, left, and 2017 Evangeline Parish Women With Heart recipient Dianna Freeman-Johnson pose of a photo during the United Way’s annual Women With Heart luncheon in Opelousas. (Gazette photo by Mabel Foreman)

Dianna Freeman Johnson of Ville Platte was named the 2017 Evangeline Parish Women With Heart recipient at the annual United Way Women With Heart luncheon.

Boy's Basketball Brackets Delayed

The LHSAA has delayed the announcement of the 2017 boy's basketball bracket announcement until sometime Wednesday evening.

In the spotlight

Mamou High School senior Kade Chatelain works on a laptop inside the school’s library known as “The Den.” In the past two and half years, Chatelain has written, produced and directed 33 videos which can be found on the Facebook page MHS Vids. More than a few of the videos have been viewed thousands of times. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU – Kade Chatelain uncovered his passion for filmmaking while trying to kill some time.

Mamou lawsuit

The City of Ville Platte isn’t the only municipality facing law suits because of actions on the part of their law enforcement officers.


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Sacred Heart assistant coach Brent Duplechain meets with his pitcher on the mound in the Trojan’s 11-10 win Tuesday afternoon. Sacred Heart is now 12-4 on the year. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

What should have been an easy win for the Sacred Heart baseball team turned into a fight, as the Trojans had to score the winning run in their final at bat to secure an 11-10 win over St.


BOY — Mitchell Royce Fletcher was born at 7:38 a.m. February 19, 2017 at Acadian Regional Medical Center in Eunice to Kimberly Taylor and Layne Fletcher, of Ville Platte.


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