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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YOUNGSVILLE - A memorial service for Ellen “Jane” Pitre Fontenot will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Youngsville.
Fontenot, 86, a resident of Youngsville, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017.

Mamou High hopes to bring back some state meet hardware

Mamou High’s Dakota Fruge practices the dead lift before the state power lifting meet to be held tomorrow. Fruge is seeded No. 1 in his weight class going into the meet. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Mamou High head power lifting coach Kirk Lavergne has high hopes for both his boy’s and girl’s squads in the state power lifting meet being held tomorrow and Saturday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Sacred Heart loses to Kinder; Pine Prairie rolls over Ville Platte

Pine Prairie third baseman Jacie McFarlain fires a ball to first base after fielding a bunt in an earlier game this season. The Lady Panthers defeated Ville Platte 20-0 on Tuesday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

The Sacred Heart Lady Trojans gave up a three-run lead in the bottom of the fifth they could not overcome in an 8-6 non-district loss to the Kinder Lady Yellow Jackets.

Exorcising Devils

Sacred Heart’s Garrett Fontenot slide into home plate safely for the winning run in the Trojan’s 7-6 win over the Port Barre Red Devils Tuesday afternoon. Sacred Heart tied the game in the sixth and won it in the bottom of the seventh on a trick play. The Trojans are 8-3 on the year. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE — Pulling out an often used trick play in the bottom of the seventh, the Sacred Heart Trojans slid past the Port Barre Red Devils 7-6 in a non-district contest here Tuesday afternoon.

BOY — Mitchell Royce Fletcher

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.
Baby Fletcher weighed six pounds, seven ounces.

New Rotary Club members

New Ville Platte Rotary Club member Richard LeJeune, left, Rotary Club President Peter Strawitz, and new club members Jackie Riche and Renee Tate pose for a photo at the March 7 club meeting. LeJeune works for the Ville Platte location of Ardoin’s Funeral Home, Riche is an employee of Christus St. Francis Health System and handles marketing for Savoy Medical Center and Tate is the community relations manager at Bailey Place in Bunkie. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

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Civil lawsuit filed against EPSO, VPPD, city, parish

The lawsuits just keep coming for the City of Ville Platte and the Ville Platte Police Department since the U.S. Department of Justice found regularly arrested and held people in jail without a warrant or probable cause.

Sacred Heart picks up win over St. Edmund’s

EUNICE – After giving up three runs in the first two innings, the Sacred Heart Lady Trojan softball team scored six runs in the final five innings of play to put away the St. Edmund Lady Blue Jays in an 11-3 win here Thursday afternoon.

Pine Prairie wastes no time in running past Church Point

Pine Prairie High second baseman Tori Bordelon throws a Church Point runner out from her knees after making a spectacular play. The Lady Panthers won 6-0. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE – It did not take the Lady Panthers long to establish their dominance in a 6-0 District 5-3A opening win over the Church Point Lady Bears here Wednesday afternoon.


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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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