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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Mamou Police makes pair of domestic abuse arrests

The Mamou Police Department has zero tolerance for domestic abuse within their town limits.
They have proved that with two recent arrest their officers made of individuals committing that crime.
The first arrested recently for domestic abuse was Corwin Smith.

Easton shootout suspects charged

Two Evangeline Parish residents have been charged with attempted second degree murder after being involved in a shootout on Lariat Lane in the Easton area earlier this year.

Early voting period slated for March 11-18

Evangeline Parish Registrar of Voters Lucas Buller has announced that early voting for the March 25, 2017 election will begin Saturday, March 11th and continue through Saturday, March 18th excluding Sunday, March 12th.

PARTSCH: A man chasing his childhood dream

Ville Platte Gazette Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

I wanted to be Dale Murphy.
There was nothing that I wanted more as a small boy growing up than to wear No. 3 and play right field for the Atlanta Braves, well except maybe having the G.I. Joe aircraft carrier from the Sears Wish Book magically appear underneath my Christmas tree.

Moody College of Business notary exam prep class produces results

B.I. Moody III College of Business law instructor Fred Davis, J.D., swears in Sarah Hebert, an accounting junior from Milton, La., after she passed the Louisiana state notary exam. (LSN Photo)

LAFAYETTE – After completing a notary exam preparation course at the Moody College of Business in the fall of 2016, the students set a record of having 60 percent of the class pass the notary exam. The state average is 21 percent.

St. Landry Parish could be altering speed limits

A speed limit sign on St. Mary Road east of Eunice may change after the St. Landry Parish Government receives a study conducted on the speed limits for its newly paved roads. (LSN photo by Harlan Kirgan)

New speed limits on St. Landry Parish’s newly paved roads may be brought up for Parish Council as early as April, according to Parish President Bill Fontenot.

New hurdle for hospital district abolishment

OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish Council will be asked to seek a declaratory judgment in the 27th Judicial Court District on a plan to dissolve the First Hospital District of the Parishes of St. Landry and St. Martin, which operated the now closed St. Luke Hospital in Arnaudville.


Aug. 31, 1944 - Feb. 27, 2017
A Memorial service for Lawrence Serie, 72, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. John Baptist Church.
Serie died February 27, 2017 in Mamou.
Owens-Thomas Funeral Home of Ville Platte is in charge of arrangements.


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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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