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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.

Randall Gautreaux

MERMENTAU – Services for Randall Dale Gautreaux will be Thursday March 13, 2008 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist with Father Don Pousson officiating. He died March 11, 2008 at his Mermentau residence. He was the son of Hubert and Myrtis Adams Gautreaux, born in Jennings.

Louisiana Heroine Awards nominations due

BATON ROUGE − Honor a woman you know who gives back to her community by nominating her for a Louisiana Heroine Award. Nominations are due Wednesday, March 19 and can be downloaded from

'Bulk garbage' picked up by parish

By Howell Dennis

CROWLEY – Many Crowley residents have expressed some confusion about the new garbage pickup system that began last week.


Members of the Democratic Executive Committee for St. Martin Parish take the oath of office from Clerk of Court Allen Blanchard (right). The members are (from left) are Odell Trahan, Mary K. Jones, Melissa Castille, Mardy Guidry, Christy Hebert, Melba Braud and Dolores Bourda.


St. Martin Clerk of Court Allen Blanchard (right) administers the oath of office to Espinola Alexander and Mardy Guidry, members of the Democratic State Central Committee.

St. Martin Sheriff's Office sends deputies for special training

St. Martin Sheriff’s Office deputies (standing, from left) Sgt. Troy Dupuis, Sgt. Crystal Clues, Deputy Darryl Vernon, and (seated, from left) Lt. Kyra Cole, Maj. Ginny Higgins are the first five from SMSO to complete an intensive 40-hour course in crisis intervention.

Never Too Late!

Ames Castille, 80, of Breaux Bridge, proudly displays the ball with which he made his first hole-in-one, on Hole 7 at Les Vieux Chenes, in 53 years of playing golf. Witnesses were Ralph Young, Leon Monte, Harold Martin and Doug Rouley.


The Revs. Glenn Rae and Bob Woods stand in front of Hope Chapel Family Church, 1797 Declouet Highway, north of Breaux Bridge. The nondenominational church was dedicated with ceremony and a service March 9. The congregation is in the process of building an adjacent youth center.

Crawfish farmers throwing punches

Blake Durand prepares another batch of Crawfish during friday night's festivities as Rickey Hebert and Cindy Lopez look on.

Derek Albert

The Louisiana Crawfish Farmers’ Association (LCFA) have acted against alleged price fixing in the industry by simply using the simple supply-and-demand principle.

Eyesore to remain standing

Ken Grissom

Breaux Bridge — The Domingues Motors across from City Hall here has won another reprieve — this time at the behest of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, which wants the former auto dealership left standing while contractors do soil remediation under it.


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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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