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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.

Three from parish earn soccer honors for CHNI

NATALIE DEROUEN, a sophomore at CHNI, was a 2nd team All-District selection as a defensive fullback on the Lady Panther soccer team.

New Iberia – The Catholic High School Lady Panther soccer team advanced to the semifinals in Division III soccer, finishing the 2008 season with a 20-4-2 mark.

BB Lady Tigers on a roll; CHS wins three

KAE ANGELLE (5) pitched one inning for the Lady Bulldogs in their 3-2 district win over North Vermilion, but teammate Rainey Guidry got in six and was credited with the victory. Lady Bulldog Amber Castille watches from a spot close to 3rd base where a NV baserunner is poised to move.

After dropping their first district game of the 2008 season to Teurlings, Breaux Bridge’s Lady Tigers have roared back to post four straight league victories, with the latest two coming last week over Abbeville and Beau Chene.

Winds rattle power lines

Power outages of up to a half hour occurred on the west and east sides of Eunice today.

High winds pruning aging hardwood and pine of branches and limbs felled an oak tree on South Vivian, causing a power interruption of about a half hour.

Bulldogs get 3 wins; BB goes 1-2 for week

EASY OUT — Breaux Bridge’s Hunter Landry makes an easy catch of a long fly ball during Saturday’s Kiwanis Invitational.

The Cecilia Bulldogs picked up three wins on the diamond last week against only one loss while Breaux Bridge’s Tiger finished the week with just one win in three outings.

Pense Donc!!

Editor-Publisher Emeritus Henri Bienvenu


Lots of comments have been made about how early Mardi Gras and Easter are this year, and I came across an item pointing out that this year will mark the earliest Easter (March 23) that any of us will ever see for the rest of our lives!


On Monday, February 11, two days after the legislature was called in for a special session to discuss and pass laws pertaining to ethics and good government, the Racing Commission, on very short notice, was ignobly summoned to a senate committee meeting in Baton Rouge.

Windy weather halts Eunice games

Due to the windy conditions and threatening chance of rain this evening, the Eunice High softball and baseball games scheduled for today against Sam Houston have been rescheduled for Monday, April 7.

SMPD: Lock your doors!

Felix Etienne

St. Martinville — A persistent automobile burglar is behind bars for the second time in three weeks for committing similar crimes that police officials said may have been prevented.

The ’Ville’s good ol’ days still ahead

St. Martinville — A Cajun version of The Prairie Home Companion broadcast from the old Teche Theater. A lively bistro and sports bar on the corner of Bridge and Main. A mini-convention complex smack in the heart of downtown.

Bobcats win third straight parish title

OPELOUSAS - The sweep is complete.

The Eunice Bobcats downed Beau Chene 4-2 Sunday to capture their third straight St. Landry Parish baseball tournament title.

The Lady Bobcats defeated Port Barre on Saturday to capture the parish softball championship.


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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


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.


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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