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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Pine Prairie’s Sarah Vidrine (20) and Brittany Bellard (3) clamp down on a Northwest High player during the Lady Panther’s 33-30 District 5-3A win over the Lady Raiders, while teammate Tori Bordelon (5) looks on. Pine Prairie is now 10-6 on the year and 2-1 in district play. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE -- The Pine Prairie Panthers and the Lady Panthers each found a lesson to learn from after taking on the Northwest Raiders and Lady Raiders here Friday night in key District 5-3A contests.

New trial for convicted murderer?


Samuel Anderson could possibly get a second chance to plead his case to an Evangeline Parish jury.

Massages offered at Hotel Cazan

MAMOU — Why leave Evangeline Parish to relax when bliss can be found right in the heart of downtown Mamou?

Clemson extracts revenge on Alabama

With only one second showing on the clock, Clemson Tiger quarterback Deshaun Watson hit slot receiver Hunter Renfrow on a two-yard touchdown pass to seal a 35-31 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide and the 2017 NCAA FBS National Championship title in Tampa Bay on Monday.

Ville Platte gets first district victory; Pine Prairie hauls in win

Pine Prairie guard Tori Bordelon gets ready to play some defense in a game earlier this year. Bordelon and the Lady Panthers defeated Eunice Tuesday night by the score of 45-39. (Gazette file photo)

Two very important opening district contests were held Tuesday night for a pair of Evangeline Parish teams, as the Ville Platte High Lady Bulldogs traveled to Church Point to take on the Lady Bears and the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers were on the road to face off against the Eunice Lady Bobcats.

A little too slow

Sacred Heart’s Dulce Miller (4) and Annabeth Briley (20) battle for a loose ball, while Moira Parks (24) looks on in the Lady Trojan’s 55-35 opening district game loss to Notre Dame. Sacred Heart is now 7-10 on the year with the loss. They will face Opelousas Catholic Friday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE -- A very slow start and an off night shooting spelled trouble for the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans, as they fell to the Nortre Dame Lady Pioneers 55-35 here Tuesday night in the first District 5-2A contest for both teams.

VPPD looking for rape suspect

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartique is requesting assistance from the public in locating a suspect wanted for rape.


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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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