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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Earning hardware

Ville Platte High senior center, and recent UL-L signee, Tyreonna Doucet (35) goes up for a bucket against South Beauregard in the Class 3A semifinals. Doucet was named as the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player for District 5-3A. This was her first injury-free season in two years. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

A long hard court season turned into a huge success for Evangeline Parish high school basketball.

A life of questions

Winston De Ville sits in his room at Heritage Manor in Opelousas holding a few of the hundreds of genealogical and historical works that he published in his career. De Ville’s passion for genealogy began at an early age growing up in Easton. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

OPELOUSAS – Winston De Ville discovered his passion for genealogy early in life while sitting on his grandfather Seevola Johnson’s lap at his family home in Easton.

Citizens Bank purchased by Investar Holding Corp.

Citizens Bank located at 841 West Main Street is seen from the street Friday afternoon. Citizens Bancshares, Inc. and its subsidiary (Citzens Bank) have been purchased by Investar Holding Corporation. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Citizens Bank will soon be known as Investar.

Drone workshop set for March 16 in Alex.

An LSU AgCenter workshop on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in agriculture will be held March 16 at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the session will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Fontenot crowned Farm Bureau queen

Tara Fontenot of Basile was crowned 2017 Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau Queen at the 65th Annual Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau Meeting and Queen’s Contests on March 6.

Pine Prairie goes 2-1 at Kinder tournament

KINDER – Coming into the Kinder Tournament this past weekend, the Pine Prairie Lady Panther softball team had only dropped two games out of the first eight played. And, both of those losses came to softball powerhouses Acadiana and North Vermilion.

Learning curve

Ville Platte High assistant coach Steve Deville (left) gives instruction on the mound to the Bulldog infielders during a time out in their game against Opelousas High played on Monday. Ville Platte fell to the Tigers and are now 0-7 on the season. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

OPELOUSAS – It was not the best of days for the Ville Platte Bulldog baseball team, as they dropped a 12-2 decision to the Opelousas Tigers here Monday afternoon.

Making the rounds

Trial Attorneys for the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division Seth Wayne (left) and Charles W. Hart, Jr. (right) address a crowd of about 30 individuals at the Ville Platte Northside Civic Center on Sunday. The DOJ representatives also met with the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office later in the week to hear how the DOJ’s findings regarding practices used at the two departments are being remedied. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The United States Department of Justice has been in town this week making their rounds visiting with the community, the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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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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