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.”
It has been more than 20 years since Russell Rubin was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for committing second degree murder in 1992. The now 39-year-old was 15 at the time of the commission of this crime, which resulted in the slaying of a female worker at a Chataignier gas station.

Basile High sophomore Gavin Christ holds us a few of the honors he has been awarded in his wrestling career, including a pair of LHSAA Division III state championships. Christ aspires to one day wrestle in college and compete in the Olympics but first he wants to beat his father Chris Briscoe’s mark of three state championships at Basile High.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

BASILE – Gavin Christ got the best of his old man.

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

LINDA MARIE VIDRINE

Jan. 15, 1949 - Feb. 22, 2017
VILLE PLATTE – A Funeral Service Linda Marie Vidrine was held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home on Friday, February 24, 2017. Father Tom Voorhies officiated the services. Burial followed at Evangeline Memorial Park Cemetery.

The take down

Basile High sophomore Gavin Christ holds us a few of the honors he has been awarded in his wrestling career, including a pair of LHSAA Division III state championships. Christ aspires to one day wrestle in college and compete in the Olympics but first he wants to beat his father Chris Briscoe’s mark of three state championships at Basile High.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

BASILE – Gavin Christ got the best of his old man.

VP Civil Service Board discusses exams scores for fire training position

At a recent Ville Platte Civil Service meeting, the board reviewed exam scores from the three applicants vying for the newly created position of Fire Safety Training Officer.
During the board’s January meeting, three applicants were approved to take the required exam.

Mamou moves on to quarterfinals with big win over Lakeview

Mamou High’s Tavia Gallow (24) drives the lane for an easy lay-up. The Lady Demons will take on Rapides tonight in a quarterfinal match-up at Rapides High School. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU – The Mamou Lady Demons earned a berth in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state basketball championship by beating Lakeview, 67-54, Monday evening.
Eighth-seeded Mamou will travel to Lecompte to face the top-ranked Rapides Lady Mustangs on Thursday.

Inside job

Ville Platte senior center Tyreonna Doucet (35) goes up high for the opening jump against a Wossman defender. Doucet scored 37 points in the Lady Bulldog’s regional playoff win over the Lady Wildcats. Ville Platte will host Iowa in the quarterfinals tonight. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE – If Ville Platte High had trouble getting the ball inside the paint in their first round playoff game this past Thursday, that was not the case Monday night as the Lady Bulldogs scored 54 of their 69 points on the inside to roll past the Wossman Lady Wildcats 69-47 in a Class 3A reg

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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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