Vice President Chris Stromer (left) and his dad President Harold Stromer (right) stand behind the counter of the parts department inside Boco’s, which is celebrating 85 years. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Doctor Chris Fontenot stands in front of the mural painted on the side of the old Chris’ Corner building along the railroad tracks. He is holding a copy of his book Acadian Prairie-Theodule. The book’s cover art was done by a 10th grader from Chataignier, Jada Guillory. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Nicole McGregor, inventory and marketing manager for Ville Platte Dodge, is pictured here banging the “Gong for Charity.” Each time a customer buys a vehicle and bangs the gong, the dealership will make a donation to either the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club or CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline, Inc. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Flower Patch robbed twice in two days

Pieces of plywood cover a shattered window pane at The Flower Patch on LaSalle Street in Ville Platte Wednesday. The shop was broken into and robbed twice in two days this past week. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The Flower Patch in downtown Ville Platte was robbed in the early hours of Wednesday, and then again on Thursday morning.


Dec. 15, 1932 - March 11, 2017
Funeral services for Lorenia Lafleur were held Friday, March 17, 2017, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Ville Platte. Interment followed in Antioch Missionary Baptist Cemetery in Ville Platte. Pastor E. Ben officiated the service.

MPD finds suspect hiding underneath bed


The Mamou Police Department’s two month long search for wanted man Market Freeman came to an end on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
The MPD began searching for Freeman after the 31-year-old man fled from an officer during a routine traffic stop that occurred on January 8, 2017.

Pine Prairie scores big win; Sacred Heart falls to Notre Dame

Pine Prairie catcher Sara Tate reaches out for a pitch in a game played recently. Tate was one hit shy of the cycle in the Lady Panther’s 13-1 drumming of the Eunice High. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

It was another big day for the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers, as they picked up their fourth straight district win with a 13-1 run-rule victory over the Eunice Lady Bobcats at home Thursday afternoon.

Sacred Heart powers past Oak Hill; falls to Breaux Bridge Tigers

Sacred Heart’s Cannon Beaver looks to throw a runner out at first base in a game played earlier this week. The Trojans went 2-1 this past week in their three games. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE — It looks like it is going to be another one of those years for the Sacred Heart baseball team.
After defeating Port Barre on Tuesday by one run, the Trojans traveled to Breaux Bridge for a make-up game from last week.

Taming the Tiger

Mamou High starting pitcher Landon Deshotels uses the stretch to hold an Opelousas High runner on at first base. The Demons blew past the Tigers 19-3 in a non-district game held in Mamou on Wednesday afternoon. Mamou is now 8-5 on the season. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU — It was total domination Wednesday afternoon for the Mamou Demon baseball team, as they showed no mercy in crushing the Opelousas Tigers 20-3 on Wednesday afternoon in a non-district contest.

They’ve got the power

Blaire and Mallory Allain will be competing for St. Edmund’s High School at the state power lifting championships held Friday at the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The sisters live in the Point Blue area and when they are not trying to win state titles, they work at their family’s store Blue Junction. (LSN photo by Tom Dodge)

POINT BLUE — Being part of the foundation of any endeavor, especially one that could set the tone for future generations, can be daunting to think about.


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Coming into the 2017 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints were looking to upgrade a defense that has been atrocious the past three years.



MAMOU – Wayne Fontenot was a kind, caring, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, and a great friend to many. He was an excellent provider for his family; working offshore for many years as a construction foreman. Wayne was known not to waste a moment of his life.

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