Rapper Closton Melvin, who is managed by his long time friend Chris Thomas, remembered where his passion for freestyle and rap music began as he stood on the very street that he grew up on in Ville Platte recently. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the age of nine, fighting at school landed Closton Melvin, better known today as Git Money C, in Mr. Luther Tolston’s band class at James Stephen’s Elementary. It was there that the now 29-year old Ville Platte native first discovered his love for the art of freestyle rap and hip-hop music.

Pine Prairie left fielder Tori Johnson dives to make a catch during the first inning of the team’s game with Parkview Baptist at the Fast Pitch 56 on Friday. The Lady Panthers fell to Parkview Baptist 9-0 in the quarterfinal round ending the season with a record of 26-6. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

SULPHUR -- Carolyn Deville wanted to remind her ball club just how far it had come.

(Left to right) Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot stands with the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year winners, Scott & Amy Dupre of B&S Grocery and Luke Deville of Teet’s Food Store. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday night at the Ville Platte Civic Center.

Rapper Closton Melvin, who is managed by his long time friend Chris Thomas, remembered where his passion for freestyle and rap music began as he stood on the very street that he grew up on in Ville Platte recently. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Pine Prairie left fielder Tori Johnson dives to make a catch during the first inning of the team’s game with Parkview Baptist at the Fast Pitch 56 on Friday. The Lady Panthers fell to Parkview Baptist 9-0 in the quarterfinal round ending the season with a record of 26-6. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

(Left to right) Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot stands with the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year winners, Scott & Amy Dupre of B&S Grocery and Luke Deville of Teet’s Food Store. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Eleanor Lafleur Johnson

July 8, 1919 - April 4, 2016
Funeral services were held for Eleanor Lafleur Johnson, 96, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 12 noon, Wednesday, April 6. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery.

Joseph Tony Johnson

Joseph Tony Johnson

September 18, 1961 - April 1, 2016
Funeral services were held for Joseph Tony Johnson, 54, native of Mamou and resident of Marksville, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 3. Burial followed in the Jules Cemetery.

Waverlly Deville Doucet

Waverlly Deville Doucet

August 3, 1930 - April 3, 2016
Funeral services were held for Waverlly Deville Doucet, 85, of Ville Platte, at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. Burial followed in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

6th Street memories

T-Ed (front) and Austin (back) pose with bar patrons at Manuel Bar circa late 1940’s. (Photos courtesy of Eugene Manuel)

MAMOU – In 1946, not long after T-Ed and his brother Austin Manuel returned home from serving in World War II, the two Mamou natives and their other brother Ulyses opened Manuel Bar on the town’s famous 6th Street.

Remaining perfect

Pine Prairie hurler Karli Ortego lets loose a pitch towards home plate. Ortego and the Lady Panthers have motored their way to an undefeated season so far. Pine Prairie stands 19-0 on the year and 5-0 in District 5-3A play. The Lady Panthers are number two in state power rankings. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

The streak continues.
A perfect season remained intact for the Pine Prairie Lady Panther softball team, as they easily handled Ville Platte on Wednesday afternoon, rolling past the Lady Bulldogs 17-0, behind Karli Ortego’s perfect game on the mound.

Sacred Heart softball falls to Notre Dame

The Sacred Heart Lady Trojans took to the field Thursday afternoon against district opponent Notre Dame in a game that was delayed a day because of weather.

Fontenot honored for performance

LAKE CHARLES – For the second consecutive week, senior hurler Kaleb Fontenot has been chosen as the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week presented by UniversalCoin.com, the league office announced on Monday.

Sacred Heart fifth graders take part in D.A.R.E. grad ceremony

Sacred Heart School fifth graders Kirsten Ardoin (left), Riley Chapman (center) and Harlie Arnaud hold up cupcakes during the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

D.A.R.E. instructor Detective Patrick Hall is honored to announce the 5th grade class of Sacred Heart Elementary participated in a graduation ceremony on March 18, 2016.

LPSC reverses stance, approves sale of Cleco

PINEVILLE – Late Monday, the Louisiana Public Service Comission voted to approve the sale of Cleco Corporation to a group of North American infrastructure investors led by Macquarie Infrasctuructre and Real Assets and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, with John Hancock Financial

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Pine Prairie left fielder Tori Johnson dives to make a catch during the first inning of the team’s game with Parkview Baptist at the Fast Pitch 56 on Friday. The Lady Panthers fell to Parkview Baptist 9-0 in the quarterfinal round ending the season with a record of 26-6. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

SULPHUR -- Carolyn Deville wanted to remind her ball club just how far it had come.

Obituaries

Christopher Robert Reed

September 22, 1975 - April 28, 2016
Funeral services will be held for Christopher Robert Reed, 40, of Scott, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 10 a.m., Monday, May 2. Burial will follow in the Evangeline Memorial Park Cemetery.

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