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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March 1, 1936 - March 2, 2017
MAMOU - A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou Saturday, March 4, for James Denny Guillory, 81, who passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at his home in Mamou. Burial followed in the new St. Ann’s Cemetery.

GIRL — Maddyn Blayke West

GIRL — Maddyn Blayke West was born at 6:45 a.m. February 27, 2017 at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital to Aaron and Brittney West of Glenmora.
Baby West weighed six pounds and one ounce and was 18 and a 1/2 inches long.

Fly like an eagle

The 12th Annual Eagle Expo was held in Morgan City February 16-18. (LSN photo by Bill Decker)

Dozens of eager eagle-watchers flocked to Morgan City February 16-18. They wanted to see bald eagles, and they wanted to hear how bald eagles are doing.

A Lenten message from Bishop Deshotel

Bishop Deshotel

With the approach of the Roman Catholic Church observation of the 2017 Lenten season, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette would like to share the following message.
Lent—time time to renew our Christian vocation

Old Fashioned Boucherie helped raise funds for Ville Platte Boys & Girls Club

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and Hillery Hill pose with a pig’s head during Saturday’s Old Fashioned Boucherie & Smoke Meat Cook-Off held at the Northside Civic Center in Ville Platte. (Photo courtesy of Mark Layne)

There were plenty of award-winning dishes being served at Saturday’s Old Fashioned Boucherie & Smoke Meat Cook-Off in Ville Platte.

Mamou Council OKs patrolman hiring

The monthly meeting for the Town of Mamou was short and sweet as the council, and the rest of the town, turned its attention to Mardi Gras.

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 17 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Down to the wire

Ville Platte forward Tyran Jones (1) hangs high in the air to score a a basket, while Amite defender Devonta Smith (3) looks to reject the shot. The Bulldogs defeated the Warriors to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

AMITE – Ville Platte High’s Shanicole Holland hit the biggest three-point basket in his life here Tuesday night.

Mamou boys advance to 2A quarterfinals

It was a solid first quarter that allowed the Mamou Demons to run past the Lakeside Warriors in an 84-73 win here Tuesday night.

SHS’s Fontenot fans 15 in win over Grant

In one of the best performances on the mound in Sacred Heart baseball history, Conner Fontenot struck out 15 in a 5-1 win over Grant High School this past Friday at the Oak Hill tournament.

Basile High wrestling team competes at state tourney

Culminating an outstanding season for the Basile Bearcat wrestling team, nine BHS
grapplers placed in the top nine at the recent Louisiana High School Athletic Association's
Division III Wrestling Meet held in Shreveport. Leading the list of Basile wrestlers were


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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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