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.

The Running Queen

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.

Pair of parish high schools earn NCCER accreditation

The Evangeline Parish School Board and the district’s Superintended Darwan Lazard continued their effort to showcase the “wonderful things happening in our schools and parish” at the board’s Wednesday meeting.

Cutting with care

Addison Drummond holds her up cut braids with hair stylist Tonya Brassette at Tangles Hair Salon in Bayou Chicot last December. The Bayou Chicot second grader donated her hair to Locks For Love, which makes wigs for children battling cancer. (Photo courtesy of Heather Drummond)

BAYOU CHICOT – Addison Drummond’s passion for helping others is far larger than her pint-size stature.

Ex-Pig Stand owner allowed to pursue suit

Barry Giglio (left) and his attorney Roy Richard (right) discuss the judges ruling outside of the St. Landry Parish Courthouse on Monday, March 20th. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

OPELOUSAS – Barry Giglio isn’t ready to be counted out just yet.

Anseman ruled eligible for Saturday’s election

Lafayette attorney Vanessa Waguespack Anseman’s bid for a seat on the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal was revived Monday after a clarification about her qualifications for the seat voided an earlier ruling that booted her from the race.

Deadline to register in person for April election is March 29

Evangeline Parish Registrar of Voters Lucas Buller has announced that the last day to register in person or by mail for the April 29, 2017 election is March 29, 2017. The last day to register online for the April 29, 2017 election using the Geuaxvote.com website is April 8, 2017.

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Sacred Heart slips past St. Ed’s; Pine Prairie blitzes Northwest

Sacred Heart assistant coach Brent Duplechain meets with his pitcher on the mound in the Trojan’s 11-10 win Tuesday afternoon. Sacred Heart is now 12-4 on the year. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

What should have been an easy win for the Sacred Heart baseball team turned into a fight, as the Trojans had to score the winning run in their final at bat to secure an 11-10 win over St. Ed’s at home Tuesday afternoon.

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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.

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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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