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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MPD searching for suspect in Jan. 2 high speed chase

Solomon Guillory.

The Mamou Police Department is requesting assistance from the public to help locate Solomon Guillory.
Guillory became wanted by the MPD on January 2, 2017 after he led officers on a high speed chase at around 1:00 a.m. in the morning.

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 24 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:


Jan. 16, 1935 - Feb. 6, 2017
Visitation for Emile McClain will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at the church, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. E. Ben Sr. will officiate.


Jan. 3, 1930 - Feb. 2, 2017

Rotary relations

Ville Platte Rotary Club President Peter Strawitz, left, Rotary member Annie Fruge, and her father and fellow Rotary member Vic Slaven. Slaven and Fruge are the first Ville Platte Rotary Club father-daugther members. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

The Ville Platte Rotary Club now has its first father-daughter membership.

First suit filed against city and VPPD for investigative hold practice

On behalf of his clients Shawanna Deville, Liljohn O’Neal and Shaquille Freeman, attorney Jacob Fusilier filed a Class Action suit on Monday against the City of Ville Platte and the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal investigative holds.

Gazette staffers make bold predictions for Super Bowl

It’s Super Bowl time once again and with that comes the numerous previews and predictions from many of the pundits. So, with that in mind, here is the exclusive preview and prediction from two of the smartest people in the Gazette sports world.

Thomas signs with ULM while Edwards is headed to LSUA

UL-M signee Tralon Thomas is pictured above with family and coaches at his signing day this past Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Three athletes with local ties sign on to continue playing career
This past couple of weeks Evangeline Parish was fortunate to have three players with ties to the parish sign on with state colleges to extend their career.

Sweeps abound for Ville Platte and Pine Prairie Friday night

Ville Platte High forward Tyran Jones (right) plays tight defense against a Port Barre player in their first meeting this season. (Gazette file photo)

It was a sweet night for both Ville Platte High and Pine Prairie High, as each experienced doubleheader sweeps in their district match-ups Friday night.

Blowout bonanza

Mamou High guard Carlos Burnes (4) takes down a rebound against Welsh Friday night, while teammate Lil’ Paul Williams (24) looks on. The Demons blew past the Greyhounds 78-46 to take their fifth district win of the season. Mamou will host Vinton on Tuesday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU -- A pair of close first-half games turned into blowouts, as the Mamou Demons and the Lady Demons rolled past the Welsh Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds in District 4-2A action here Friday night.


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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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