Gregory Elliott is pictured here. The native and resident of Beaver was inducted into the LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction this past April. He is the son of the late Besse and Jesse Elliott. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Elliott)

Throughout history countless citizens from small towns across the country as well immigrants from lands overseas have sought the American dream of achieving prosperity and success. This dream is still alive today and is realized for a native of rural Evangeline Parish Gregory Elliott.

Danielle Granger (left) holds up the new Ville Platte High School football jersey for the Tee-Cotton Bowl, while Nicki Bowen (right) holds Sacred Heart School’s new Tee-Cotton Bowl Jersey. Standing between the two ladies is the man who started this special tradition in Ville Platte - Tim Fontenot. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

It is human nature to tear down an endowment, especially one that has been generously handed down by an act of Providence. For we are mere mortals, flawed by our jealousies and our apprehensiveness toward our fellow man. For reasons beyond our comprehension we choose to distrust rather than to embrace our diversity.

Reverend Raymond Brown (center) delivers a passionate message to an audience outside of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse on Wednesday. The civil rights leader came to Evangeline Parish to seek justice for an individual recently killed during a deputy-involved shooting. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Evangeline Parish Courthouse lawn was filled with parish residents urging that justice be served in what the group consider the uncalled for death of Dejuan Guillory at the hands of an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.

LSU No. 1!

New Orleans – Two seniors from St. Martin Parish played key roles in LSU’s convincing 38-24 victory over Ohio State Monday night in the BCS National Championship game.

Board to elect officers for ’08

Henri C. Bienvenu

Heading up the agenda when the St. Martin School Board meets for the first time this year is the election of officers for 2008.

Sugarcane Harvest Over

Derek Albert

With the majority of sugar mills around the state processing their final loads of sugarcane, industry experts agree that the 2007 harvest yielded sweet results.

Winter Foliage

This patch of sugar cane recently harvested near Morbihan may look strange, but it’s not a strange new variety or a genetically modified crop. According to St. Martin County Agent Alfred Guidry, it’s just normal cane that was allowed some extra time in the field during a warm spell.

Hunter Still Missing

Butte La Rose — Authorities as well as friends and family of Keith Gilcrease, the hunter who disappeared Christmas morning, are on the lookout for any sign of the 16-foot aluminum crawfish skiff Gilcrease had used to go hunting down by Cow Island.

BB Chamber honoring Montesano, Broussard

Breaux Bridge — The Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce will honor Bruce Montesano and the late Earl Broussard with its Distinguished Citizen award at this year's banquet.

The annual event will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Atchafalaya Club in Henderson, starting at 5:45 p.m.


Bob Ellis &

Ken Grissom

Maj. Harold Molbert has a knack for being where the action is.

The Pulse of the Parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Tuesday, Jan. 8. 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.


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.

Pulse of the Parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Sunday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. 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.

Teachers, naturalists needed

Lake Martin — The Nature Conservancy’s visitor center here should be open for business by mid summer, according to Kacy Kobrin, program manager of the nonprofit’s Cypress Island Preserve.


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.


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It has happened again.
Another high profile college coach has resigned amidst controversial circumstances.


Wayne Vidrine, President of the Ville Platte Rotary Club, is pictured here as he spoke at the weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon. He outlined his vision for the club during the upcoming year including corporate memberships and the future of Chicot State Park. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine advised the club he wants to bring something different to the table at each meeting such as sharing Rotary trivia.



MAMOU ~ It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Chauncey Fontenot announces his passing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the age of 30.

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