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Pictured is the 2017 Tournoi Champion Eric Guillory during his first round of this year’s competition. The Vidrine native earned his sixth straight Tournoi title with a total of 20 caught rings. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

A stud can be defined as a place where horses are bred. However, if you consider the Guillory family compound a stud, then they are breeding Tournoi champions instead of horses.

Former Tournoi rider Gerald Fontenot poses for a picture with the champion’s trophy and spurs that he won during the 1967 Louisiana Tournoi competition. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Every October, on a Sunday afternoon, a group of Tournoi riders get ready to don a knights traditional garb, saddle up on horseback and spear through the seven enemies of cotton.

Lynn Landreneau is pictured here as she stands in Lucas Pitre’s cotton farm located on the Whiteville Road. She is holding her two books that she wrote about the Louisiana Cotton Festival. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is an old saying that cotton is the fabric of our lives. This is none truer than for Ville Platte resident Lynn Landreneau, who has compiled the rich history of the Louisiana Cotton Festival into two volumes of work.

Through the Lens

On Tuesday, March 18, this thoughtful nine year old cut her long hair to donate it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from hairloss due to cancer treatments and other diseases. Tabatha Bridy is a third grade student at Redemptorist Catholic School. She is the daughter of Ray and Stella Morgan and the late Charles Bridy, all of Roberts Cove.

On Tuesday, March 18, this thoughtful nine year old cut her long hair to donate it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from hairloss due to cancer treatments and other diseases.

50th Anniversary

A 50 anniversary party honoring Rosetta and Leneal Bolden Sr.  of Crowley, was held on Saturday, March 15, at 7 p. m. at Masonic Hall. 
Mrs. Bolden is the former Rosetta Wilridge. She is the daughter of the late Sidney and Roseana Wilridge of Crowley. 
Mr. Bolden is the son of the late Paul and Lethel George also of Crowley. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bolden are retired citizens.
They are the parents of five children, Nelwyn Carter, Jackie Adams and Leneal Bolden Jr., all of Crowley

A 50 anniversary party honoring Rosetta and Leneal Bolden Sr. of Crowley, was held on Saturday, March 15, at 7 p. m. at Masonic Hall.

Mrs. Bolden is the former Rosetta Wilridge. She is the daughter of the late Sidney and Roseana Wilridge of Crowley.

Locals honored at George Washington Ball

Layne Andrus

The Galvez Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Attakapas Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, held the 49 annual George Washington Ball, on March 8, at the Lafayette Petroleum Club.

Relay for Life Egg-stravaganza

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team sponsored an Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, March 15, at Estherwood Elementary School. 
Children ranging in age from 2 to 13 hunted eggs for prizes and had an egg toss. 
The team sold sweet dough pies, chicken salad sandwiches, hotdogs and drinks.
All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Foundation.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team sponsored an Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, March 15, at Estherwood Elementary School.

Children ranging in age from 2 to 13 hunted eggs for prizes and had an egg toss.

Perry, Habetz announce engagement

Avril Marie Perry and Vandon Joseph Habetz, both of Lafayette, will exchange wedding vows on Saturday, April 5, during an 11 a.m. nuptial mass in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lafayette.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Todd Alexander Perry and the late Ava Foco Perry of Lafayette.
Avril is a graduate of Lafayette High School, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and University of New Orleans with a masters of business administration in finance. She is currently employed with Northwestern Mutual Financi

Avril Marie Perry and Vandon Joseph Habetz, both of Lafayette, will exchange wedding vows on Saturday, April 5, during an 11 a.m. nuptial mass in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lafayette.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Todd Alexander Perry and the late Ava Foco Perry of Lafayette.

Searching for crawfish thieves

Rayne Chief of Police Carroll Stelly is asking for help to help identify the suspect(s) who stole over $1,000 worth of live crawfish.

Smile, you're on camera

It may not be polite, but it's not against the law to film passing traffic.

Police Report

March 20

7:09 a.m. Newspaper stand damaged, Chevron.

1:07 p.m. Fight, Fruge.

1:37 p.m. Shoplifting, Champagne’s.

3:03 p.m. Laptop stolen, East Vine.

7:23 p.m. Theft by juveniles, Transco.

9:00 p.m. Disturbance, Tobacco Plus.

Arrests

March 20

Juvenile, 14, criminal damage to property, summons.

March 21

Robert Hall, Jr., 32, 620 Faris, possession of marijuana, hit and run.

March 22

Christopher LaFleur, 42, 220 Caron, domestic abuse battery, simple assault.

March 23

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Sports

If you would have looked at the Basile High win/loss record after the first four games of the 2017 campaign, you might have said it was going to be a long season for the Bearcats as they stood 1-3

Lifestyle

Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave,
Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder

The engagement of Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maurice Schexnayder of Ville Platte to Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave, the son of Mr. and Mrs.

Obituaries

Janice “Jan” Barbara Guillory Fontenot, 84, a native of Ville Platte and a resident of Houma, passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2017.

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