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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.

For love and hunting

Bridgette Vidrine is seen above posing with the massive deer she killed last December at Overton Hunting Club in Bunkie. (Photo courtesy of Bridgette Vidrine)

Hunting for Bridgette Vidrine may have started as a way to spend more time with her husband, but this hobby is now something she just can’t get enough of.

Miller’s memories

Brad Launey (left) and Gene LaTour (right) check the beef tongue and smoke pounce that Launey cooked on the eve of opening teal season at their Miller’s Lake camp. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At Miller’s Lake, hunting isn’t just about shells, shotguns, duck blinds, and camouflage. It’s more about a tradition of long time friends gathering on the eve of opening teal season to cook good food, share in lots of laughs, and tell Miller’s Lake stories from the past.

A storied career

Outreach Director of the Evangeline Parish Library Suzy Lemoine is pictured here as she stands between racks of books that line the floor of the new building of the library’s main branch in Ville Platte. Behind her is a zen courtyard featuring a statue donated by Philip and Bonnie Hollier that is an expression of support for the library. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The Acadiana area is known for authors and artists who create colorful pieces of art. Each year the Evangeline Parish Library showcases this art at its Book Fest which takes place at the main branch in Ville Platte.

VPPD makes two arrests for vehicle break-ins at SHS


On Wednesday, Ville Platte Police Chief, Neal Lartigue, reported that several recent vehicle break-ins have resulted in the arrest of 17-year-old Nakaya Joseph and one black male juvenile.

East Side Water holds court ordered election

Pursuant to a recent decision from the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the East Side Water System held another round of elections for its board of directors Tuesday night.

Shady Acres residents address VP council about drainage issues

Discouraged that they haven’t seen much progress, residents of the Shady Acres subdivision returned to the Ville Platte City Council to implore the mayor and council to fulfill promises to solve drainage problems affecting them.

Mr. Vidrine, Miss Townsend plan Sept. 23 nuptials

Mr. Jordan Cheyenne Vidrine,
Miss Lacie Nicole Townsend

The engagement of Miss Lacie Nicole Townsend, daughter of Glenn and Christina Townsend of Pine Prairie, to Mr. Jordan Cheyenne Vidrine, the son of Derick Vidrine of Kinder, and Gerald and Becky Nelson of Pine Praire has been announced by their parents.

Phase II

Phase I of the Sacred Heart Trojan football season has been completed. Now it is time to begin Phase II.

Play ball, Chataignier

Former Chataignier students J. D. Soileau (left) and Lee Ray Johnson (right) are pictured here in the gym at Chataignier Elementary. The two reminisced about sporting events at the school during the 1950s and 60s. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

In his book Just Taking Orders, Clyde Vidrine references six-man football played at Chataignier High School back in the 1950s and 60s. Lee Ray Johnson confirmed this historical aspect as he and fellow Chataignier student J. D.

VPHS principal explains decision to change homecoming requirements

Ville Platte High Principal Melanie Miller is standing behind her decision to change the school’s homecoming qualification requirements.
“We do not want to be one dimensional,” said Miller. “We want our academic students to be recognized as well.”


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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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