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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Sacred Heart slips past St. Ed’s; Pine Prairie blitzes Northwest

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. Ed’s at home Tuesday afternoon.

Mamou power lifters come up big at the state championships

Mamou’s Hunter Marcantel is shown receiving his first place medal at the state power lifting meet held in Monroe from LHSAA official Keith Alexander this past Friday. The Demons placed second overall. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MONROE – Going into the state power lifting meet, head coach Kirk Lavergne knew both his boys and girls squads had an opportunity to make some noise.

Resilient win

Sacred Heart’s Karli Fontenot slides under the tag of the Opelousas Catholic catcher for the winning run in the Lady Trojan’s dramatic 12-11 win Tuesday afternoon. With the win, Sacred Heart is now 11-6 on the season and 1-1 in District 5-2A play. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE – It took until the final at bat before the Sacred Heart Lady Trojan softball team could claim their first district win of the season, as they slid past the Opelousas Catholic Lady Vikings 12-11 here Tuesday afternoon.

VPPD arrests robbery suspect

Abraham Chambers

The Ville Platte Police Department has arrested burglar suspect Abraham Chambers.
In the previous week, three businesses located in downtown Ville Platte have been robbed.

PARTSCH: UNO embodies the survive and advance spirit

Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

Survive and advance.
That phrase is often used at this time of the year when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament dominates the national sports conscience, as 68 teams attempt to win the national championship, or at least reach the Final Four.

Giving thanks

Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court employee Tina Fontenot (left) receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Evangeline Parish Superintendent Darwan Lazard (center) and a chocolate drip cake from Mike Morris (right) with Acadiana Works during a special luncheon held last Wednesday. The event was held to honor local businesses that worked with the Evangeline Parish School District on implementing their new Work-Based Learning program this year. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Evangeline Parish School District was all about the businesses on Wednesday.
A special luncheon was held at the Northside Civic Center for local businesses who played a major role in making the school district’s new Work-Based Learning program a success.

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.

LORENIA LAFLEUR

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.

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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.

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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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