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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.

Mamou council discusses the installation of water meters

New water and gas meters were discussed at the Mamou Town Council Wednesday night.
Mayor Ricky Fontenot announced to the council the status of a water loan. “We’re continuing our efforts with USDA in applying for our water loan to redo our water system,” he said.

VPPD and Heritage Manor Halloween event

The 2017 Heritage Manor Trick Or Treat Event is being hosted by Heritage Manor Nursing Home and The Ville Platte Police Department. Here is our schedule so far.....

On the right path

VILLE PLATTE -- If Friday night’s contest between the Basile Bearcats was a measuring stick for each team before heading into district, then the 42-14 Trojan win revealed a lot for both clubs.

VPPD looking for owner of recovered four wheeler

The VPPD is looking for the owner of the four wheeler pictured in the above photo. (Photo courtesy of the VPPD)

Chief Neal Lartigue reports 3 arrests and recovered four wheelers

Cajun life savers

The 46th Annual Cajun Music Festival was held this past weekend at the Mamou Recreational Center Complex. The festival attracted huge crowds both days for its traditional Cajun bands, games, and workshops. Pictured here from left to right are staff members Mike Fontenot, Cajun Music Festival President Terral Fontenot, and staff members David Ardoin and Eric Soileau. The four are standing outside the center in front of an American Flag, a Louisiana state flag, and an Acadiana Flag that depicts the French and Spanish aspects of the Cajun culture along with the Cajuns devotion to Mary, the Blessed Mother. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

While most of the country is following the popular culture that is trending from New York and Los Angeles, many of the communities are losing their local cultures that make them unique.

EPPJ discusses potential leasing of Crook Creek

On motion of Sidney Fontenot, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury approved a measure at its monthly meeting Monday night to explore all options for leasing Crooked Creek.

PPPD warns local businesses about the circulation of counterfeit money

Pictured above is the counterfeit $100 bill that was recently found at the Family Dollar store in Pine Prairie. (Photo courtesy of the Pine Prairie Police Department)

The Pine Prairie Police Department under Chief L.C. Deshotel would like to warn business owners about the use of counterfeit money.


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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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