Brother Daniel Holsomback is pictured standing in the pulpit he now preaches from as the new full time pastor of First Baptist Church of Pine Prairie. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Vice President Chris Stromer (left) and his dad President Harold Stromer (right) stand behind the counter of the parts department inside Boco’s, which is celebrating 85 years. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Doctor Chris Fontenot stands in front of the mural painted on the side of the old Chris’ Corner building along the railroad tracks. He is holding a copy of his book Acadian Prairie-Theodule. The book’s cover art was done by a 10th grader from Chataignier, Jada Guillory. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

The pulse of the parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Feb. 6 through Tuesday, Feb. 12. 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.

The pulse of the parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Tuesday, Feb. 5. 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.

Mardi Gras Celebration ready to roll

bBy Randy Braddock

It’s that time again. “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” or Let the Good Times Roll, will be heard up and down Main Street in Columbia on February 5th as Mardi Gras rolls once again.

I-10 safe for 6 hours one day last week

State Police Troop I issued 104 speeding tickets on I-10 in St. Martin Parish between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The troopers conducted an enforcement detail targeting speeders and reckless drivers.

FEMA trailers on the wane (slightly)

Baton Rouge — FEMA trailers in St. Martin Parish were reduced by three last month, the federal agency reports.

In a "depopulation" report covering Jan. 9 to Jan. 30, FEMA list the current total of trailers to house Katrina/Rita victims at 46, down from 49 earlier in the month.

New Comers Mardi Gras Parade 2008

NEW COMERS ROYALTY wait outside the Maison Duchamp in downtown St. Martinville as visitors to the annual Mardi Gras parade file out of town.

The party’s over

PLENTY OF BEADS BUT NO BODIES litter South Main in St. Martinville after the New Comer’s Club Mardi Gras Parade. The parade drew an estimated 20,000 spectators, not quite as heavy as in the past. The threatening weather that undoubtedly contributed to the lighter crowds held off.

Mardi Gras parade in Henderson

FIRST PLACE WINNERS — The Weber family claimed top prize in the Henderson Mardi Gras parade held Feb. 3.

Mardi Gras parade in Henderson

THIS IS MARDI GRAS — Melissa and Willie Kornmeyer of New Jersey enjoy their first Mardi Gras parade in Henderson Sunday, Feb. 3.

Mardi Gras parade in Henderson

IN MEMORY OF JONAS LEGRAND — Family and friends rode a colorful float in memory of LeGrand, who was killed in an automobile accident. They won honorable mention in the float contest.

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Sports

Coming into the 2017 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints were looking to upgrade a defense that has been atrocious the past three years.

Obituaries

Fontenot

MAMOU – Wayne Fontenot was a kind, caring, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, and a great friend to many. He was an excellent provider for his family; working offshore for many years as a construction foreman. Wayne was known not to waste a moment of his life.

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