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 defeats No. 1 seed Rapides to earn berth in 2A semifinals

Mamou High’s Braylin Charles goes up for a jumpshot in a game played earlier this season. The Lady Demons defeated Rapides Thursday night to advance to the Top 28 for the first time in the last 19 years. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

LECOMPTE – The eighth seeded Mamou Lady Demons wrangled the top ranked Rapides Lady Mustangs to a 68-55 win Thursday night in Lecompte in the quarterfinal round to advance to the Top 28.

Ville Platte defeats Vidalia for first win of the 2017 playoffs

Ville Platte’s Brandon Thomas (30) flies high for the jump ball against Vidalia’s Demarco Brown (40). The Bulldogs defeated the Vikings Friday night 79-58 to advance to the second round of the 2017 playoffs. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE – Slows starts have plagued the Ville Platte High Bulldog basketball team all season long and Friday night was no exception, as they defeated the Vidalia Vikings 79-58 here in a first round Class 3A playoff contest.

On all cylinders

The Ville Platte Lady Bulldog offense awaits an inbound play against Iowa Thursday night in their quarterfinal match-up with the Lady Yellow Jackets. Ville Platte blasted Iowa 77-39 to advance to the Top 28 on Wednesday for the fourth time in the last seven years. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE – When a team is playing at their very best, the old sports cliché “firing on all cylinders” is often used to describe that situation.

“I’ll ride ‘til I die”

Donald Johnson (left) and his son David.

EUNICE — For L’Anse aux Pailles native Donald Johnson, his favorite Courir de Mardi Gras was his first.
Johnson said, “I was 11 years old. Mardi Gras was new to me. I didn’t know anything about that. I was just riding a horse.”

African-American leaders honored at MLK Center

Ville Platte High’s JROTC’s Color Guard march through the crowd on way to the state area inside the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Friday. The group led the crowd in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance during the First African-American Achievers & Black History Mural Dedication Awards Luncheon (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The City of Ville Platte’s past and present African-American leaders were paid homage on Friday.

Mardi Gras at Danyelle’s Early Development

Children at Danyelle’s Early Development in Ville Platte gather for a group photo before the traditional Cajun Mardi Gras Run at their school. Several parents and grandparents attended the event.

Photos by Claudette Olivier
Lifestyles Editor


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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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