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 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.

St. Landry School Board takes step toward tax vote

OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board gave Superintendent Patrick Jenkins the green light to proceed with a plan to raise full-time employee salaries and fund capital improvements.

A Civil War saga with family connections

RAYNE — Armed with a desire to chronicle and perpetuate his family’s ancestry for his children and equipped with a smartphone, Frederick “Fritz” Welter, a Marine veteran and attorney, created a Civil War saga that tracks the lives of his great-grandfather and the great-great-grandfather of his wi


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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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