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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Dore´ to celebrate 25 years

Pastor Brian Dore´ will celebrate 25 years as leader at New Life Assembly of God next month. Before he became a pastor, Dore led church choirs, sang and led a jail ministry. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Pastor Brian Dore´ will soon celebrate 25 years as leader at New Life Assembly of God next month.
Dore´ recently shared some history about his work as a religious leader and what continues to inspire him to spread the word of God.
Question: When did you become a pastor?

Mamou exits playoffs with quarterfinal loss

BATON ROUGE -- To take on one of the top teams in the country, let alone in the state is a tall task by itself.
But to also take on a team that has outscored their first two playoff opponents by an average of 78 points a game is another story.

Ville Platte drops quarterfinal game to Madison High

Ville Platte High’s Brandon Thomas (30) goes up to try and block a shot against a Madison High opponent, while teammate Tyran Jones (1) looks on. Ville Platte fell 51-40. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE -- A 19-0 run in the final 4:47 of the game allowed the Madison High Jaguars to push past the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and take a 51-40 win in a Class 3A quarterfinal game here Friday night.

Mamou Lady Demons cannot complete comeback; fall to Rayville in 2A semis

Mamou High’s Tia Gallow (23) looks to score underneath the basket in their Class 2A semi-final match-up with the Rayville Lady Hornets held Wednesday afternoon. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

HAMMOND – A valiant comeback attempt fell short in the fourth quarter, as the Mamou Lady Demons were eliminated from the playoffs with a 54-44 loss to the Rayville Lady Hornets in the state semi-finals here Wednesday afternoon.

Knight and day

Ville Platte High forward Kealogah Calvin (23) goes up for a jump shot in the paint against South Beauregard while Tyreonna Doucet (35) awaits a possible rebound. The Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Knights in the Class 3A semi-finals Wednesday night in Hammond. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

HAMMOND – In a game of contrasts and offensive runs, the Ville Platte Lady Bulldogs could not hold on to a nine-point fourth quarter lead, as they fell to the South Beauregard Lady Knights 60-56 in the Class 3A semi-finals here Wednesday night.

Swine showtime

Olivia Soileau stick trains a show pig outside of her grandparents’ barn on Thursday. The nine-year-old recently completed her first year as a 4-H member earning several livestock awards at the Parish, District and State levels. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Olivia Soileau might wear UGG boots and pink bows in her braided hair, but don’t let that fool you. The nine-year-old dancer by day, spends her afternoons in the barn with pigs - show pigs that is.

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Substitute Teacher/Parent Volunteer Training Session

Early voting period for March 25th election runs 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.


April 10, 1928 - Feb. 28, 2017
VILLE PLATTE-Funeral services for Lucille Frank, 88, were held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Greater Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Ville Platte. Burial was in Ninth Baptist Cemetery. Rev. Herman Arvie conducted the funeral ceremony.


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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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