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Several local fishermen earned cash prize awards for their impressive catches during the Third Annual Crooked Creek Benefit Fishing Tournament on Saturday. The winners are pictured above with Crooked Creek Park Manager Kim Ortego and fishing tournament organizer Collin Courville. From left to right are Ortego, Kyle Soileau, Seth Soileau, Brian Soileau, Brandon Theriot, Marcus Dupree, Brody Bonnette and Courville. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Several boats are pictured as they head back to the boat dock at Crooked Creek following their fishing excursion during the Crooked Creek Benefit Fishing Tournament on Saturday, March 16th. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Kyle Soileau weighs the fish he and his brother Seth caught during the tournament. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Brody Bonnette weighs the fish he and his fishing partner Marcus Dupree caught during the Crooked Creek Benefit Fishing Tournament. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Dupree, Bonnette win Third Annual Crooked Creek Benefit Fishing Tournament

Fishermen from across the parish tried their luck at bass fishing on Saturday, March 16th, as they took part in the Third Annual Crooked Creek Benefit Fishing Tournament.

Pictured is Ta'Laysia Burns after qualifying to compete as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Louisiana Pageant.

VPE's Ta'Laysia Burns qualifies to compete in the National American Miss La. Pageant

Ville Platte Elementary’s Ta’Laysia Burns has the chance to take part in the National American Miss Pageant after qualifying as a State Finalist who will now compete in the National American Miss L

Phil Lemoine is pictured here as he stands on the stairwell located inside the courtyard of Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau. He has recently completed a program of becoming a spiritual director and has since served as innkeeper of several retreats. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Keeper of the inn

Ever since the Jesuits first arrived in Grand Coteau in 1837 and built St. Charles College, the Spiritual Exercises of St.

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