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.

Evangeline Parish 4-H Cookery contest

(Above) Back row, from left, Kim Deville, assistant extension agent/4-H Youth Development, and parish level cookery contest winners Ellen Deshotel, Iyana Freeman and Olivia Guillory and front row, from left, Benjamin Fontenot, Mia Jones, Katherine Fontenot and Aliese Veillon. All parish winners will represent Evangeline Parish in the Area Cookery Contests to be held later this spring in Alexandria and Crowley. (Gazette photo by Claudette OIivier)

Turkey Enchilada Skillet, Blueberry Pecan Bread Pudding and Rice Cooker Jalapeno Rice were just a few of the winning recipes at the 4-H Rice, Sweet Potato, Pecan, Poultry and Bento Cookery Contest.

A lawful lifetime

Judge John Saunders (right) handles business in the Louisiana Legislature with a familiar face - former Louisiana State Representative and Ville Platte native Luke Soileau - at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Saunders was a senator at the time, and after 17 years in that role, the Ville Platte native was elected to Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals. (Gazette file photo)

For nearly the past five decades, the Honorable Judge John D.

Two qualify for Basile Council race

A pair of Basile residents have officially qualified to run for that town’s City Council District One seat, left open by the retirement-resignation of longtime councilman Frank Ceasar Sr.

Mamou Arrests

The Mamou Police Department recently reported the following 9 arrests:
• Leo Edwards, 1611 East Park Apt. 8, Eunice, was arrested December 27, 2016 for theft.
• Leslie Jones, 819 North Reed Rd., Ville Platte, was arrested December 28, 2016 for theft of goods.

VP Bench Warrants

The following individuals failed to appear in the Ville Platte City Court. Bench warrants have been issued by Judge Gregory Vidrine, for these individuals, for their failure to appear in court on traffic tickets and other misdemeanor charges for the months of December 2016.

LSU’s Dupree to take talents to next level

Malachi Dupre is taking the talents he flashed in LSU’s bowl game to the next level.
Dupre, a draft-eligible junior wide receiver, announced his departure to the NFL on Friday, becoming the fourth underclassman from last year’s team to bypass his senior season.

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Culminating an outstanding season for the Basile Bearcat wrestling team, nine BHS
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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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