Tim Swinnea plays a gospel song for residents, including Hattie Pouncey (seen above in purple) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte on Tuesday. Swinnea played music for the residents for about an hour inside one of the activity rooms. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The sounds of old-time gospel hymns began to fill the hallways at Heritage Manor Nursing Home on Tuesday afternoon. The music was originating from one of the facility’s activities rooms, where inside sat an old Baldwin piano and a very grateful and enthusiastic piano player.

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.

Pine Prairie wins again; Sacred Heart stumbles on the road

Pine Prairie’s Karli Ortego lays down a bunt in a game earlier this season. The Lady Panthers are now two wins away from a district title after rolling past Port Barre 7-2.

The wins keep on coming for the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers softball team, as they cruised past the Port Barre Lady Red Devils 7-2 in a District 5-3A win on the road Tuesday afternoon.
With the win Pine Prairie is now 19-6 on the year and a perfect 8-0 in district play.

Sacred Heart garners huge non-district road win over Rayne

Sacred Heart first baseman Madison Hernandez stretches to make an out in a game earlier this season. The Lady Trojans blew past Rayne on Monday scoring seven runs in their last at bat for a 14-6 non-district win

RAYNE – A seven run seventh inning was the major difference for the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans softball team, as they pulled away from the Rayne Lady Wolves in a 14-6 non-district win here Monday afternoon.

Valiant effort

Pine Prairie shortstop Jordan Ardoin makes a tag and puts out a Port Barre runner trying to steal second base. The Panthers made a great comeback attempt effort against the Red Devils, but fell short in an 11-7 District 5-3A loss. Pine Prairie is now 2-2 in district play

PINE PRAIRIE – Despite a valiant effort at a comeback, the Pine Prairie Panthers baseball team fell to the Port Barre Red Devils 11-7 at home Tuesday afternoon in a District 5-3A contest.

Music fills the air

Tim Swinnea plays a gospel song for residents, including Hattie Pouncey (seen above in purple) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte on Tuesday. Swinnea played music for the residents for about an hour inside one of the activity rooms. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The sounds of old-time gospel hymns began to fill the hallways at Heritage Manor Nursing Home on Tuesday afternoon.
The music was originating from one of the facility’s activities rooms, where inside sat an old Baldwin piano and a very grateful and enthusiastic piano player.

Tri-Parish jobless rates, work force down in February

Tri-Parish unemployment rates are down in February compared to a year ago, but the work force is also down, according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics data released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Mamou Arrests

The Mamou Police Department reported 7 recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were:
• Daniel Darbonne, 30, 1012 Hickory St., Mamou, was arrested on March 2, 2017 for domestic abuse battery. Darbonne was transfered to the parish jail.

Update: Two charged in connection to infant death

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau released an update on Tuesday, March 27, 2017 regarding the death of a three-year-old that was run over by a vehicle last Thursday:

Incident on Rollins Road leaves 3-year-old boy dead

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau released the following press release on Monday, March 27, 2017 in regards to the death of a three-year-old that was run over by a vehicle last Thursday:

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Pine Prairie’s Karli Ortego lays down a bunt in a game earlier this season. The Lady Panthers are now two wins away from a district title after rolling past Port Barre 7-2.

The wins keep on coming for the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers softball team, as they cruised past the Port Barre Lady Red Devils 7-2 in a District 5-3A win on the road Tuesday afternoon.

Lifestyle

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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