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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Blake W. Aleman (center) accepts the prestigious Deputy of the Year trophy from Chief Deputy Dannie Brown (left) and St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronny Theriot. Blake is recognized for diffusing a dangerous situation at UMC Hospital in Lafayette.


St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronny Theriot (right) and Chief Deputy Dannie Brown (left) present the Deputy of the Quarter trophy for the fourth quarter of 2007 to Lt. Roxie Broussard. Broussard was given the award for “her outstanding service and dedication to the St.

Rigs pumping dollars

St. Martinville — The drilling rig on the Terrace Highway west of town might or might not start pumping oil any day now, but it is sure to be pumping dollars into parish coffers come tax time.

A Clean Sweep

A CLEAN SWEEP — An industrial broom sweeper, more commonly found on highway construction projects, follows a Huey Dugas and Sons, Inc., cane wagon to brush aside the clumps of mud falling from the tractor tires as rain soaked fields in the last part of the harvest season.

Sportsman of the Week

SPIKE BUCK — Austin Theriot, 6, son of Darrel and Toni Theriot of St. Martinville, sits in the back of the truck with his first deer, which was taken on Dec. 15.

Tragedies are clear warnings

Ken Grissom

The sorrows of two families this past year sound clear warning peals for those of us who will listen:

•Wear a life jacket when the water is cold.

•Slow down when the river’s running.

Progress on the launch pad

Many of St. Martin Parish’s hopes and expectations for 2008 took root in the last six months of 2007. Martin Mills, St. Martinville’s former underwear factory, started turning out storm-resistant and energy-efficient homes. Wal-Mart opened a super center near I-10 in Breaux Bridge.

2008 will be a busy year

Ken Grissom

Take a good look around if you’re the nostalgic type. Chances are things will look very different by this time in 2009.

Breaux Bridge will be taking on a decidedly more urban look as new businesses spring up along I-10.

The Employment Picture

Baton Rouge — Even though there were more people working in November 2007 than in October 2007, there were also more people looking for jobs — more people in the workforce, period — thus unemployment rose slightly between the two months.

St. Martin Parish Building Permits

The value of building permits issued by Parish Government for projects located in unincorporated areas of St. Martin Parish during the month of October 2007 totalled $7,033,955, including $2,407,705 for 11 commercial projects.

The breakdown is as follows:


Pulse of the Parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Dec. 19 through Saturday, Dec. 22. Some were handled by municipal police departments, some by volunteer fire companies, some by Acadian Ambulance and some by the Louisiana State Police. The majority fell to the St.


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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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