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.

Lafleur named CDA Daughter of the Year

Faye Lafleur, right, 2017 Catholic Daughter of the Year, and Regent Barbara Delafosse. The Regent presented the Catholic Daughter of the Year pen to Lafleur. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Vidrine)

The Catholic Daughter’s of the Americas Sacred Heart of Jesus Court #1674 marked its 62nd year with the annual anniversary banquet on the evening of Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in the library of Sacred Heart Elementary School.
Regent Barbara Delafosse presided over the event.

GIRL, Audrey Kate Savant

GIRL, Audrey Kate Savant was born at 8:54 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Women and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette to Garrett P. Savant and Lauren Kidder of Cecilia. Baby Savant weighed six pounds, 10 ounces.
Maternal grandparents are Christine and Kevin Kidder of Cecilia.

Women with Heart recipients honored at recent luncheon

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine will be the Honorary Chairwoman at the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way Women with Heart Luncheon. (Photo courtesy of St. Landry-Evangeline United Way)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine will be the event’s Honorary Chairwoman at the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way Women with Heart Luncheon Friday, February 17 at the Opelousas Civic Center.

Pine Prairie sweeps Port Barre; Sacred Heart picks up win

It was a good night for both Pine Prairie basketball teams, as they swept Port Barre Tuesday in a home district doubleheader.
Meanwhile the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans continued their winning ways, taking another home district win, this time over David Thibodaux.

Mamou takes two from Vinton; move on to Lake Arthur

Mamou forward Carlos Burnes (4) looks to make a pass to a teammate in a game played earlier this season. (Gazette file photo)

MAMOU -- The Mamou Demons and Lady Demons each came into their games against Vinton with large-scale implications in the outcomes of those game.

Major impact

Ville Platte High center Tyreonna Doucet (35) goes up high for a lay-up against two Northwest High defenders, while teammate Miya McKinney (22) awaits a possible rebound. Ville Platte defeated Northwest 62-39 to claim the District 5-3A championship, by going a perfect 10-0. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PRAIRIE RHONDE -- Two games with major impacts on the rest of the season took place here Tuesday night, as the Ville Platte Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs took on the Northwest Raiders and Lady Raiders.

Plenty of unrest

As his mother Special Princess Shirnora Doucet looks on, Kingston Doucet puts his hand on the cement tomb of his granfather Preston Lee Mitchell. Doucet’s grandfather’s grave is one of more than 100 that were damaged by the historic flooding that took place in Louisiana last August. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Sarah Anna Doucet Thomas just wants her late husband’s body to be at rest.

Suing VPPD

On behalf of his clients Shawanna Deville, Liljohn O’Neal and Shaquille Freeman, attorney Jacob Fusilier filed a Class Action suit on Monday against the City of Ville Platte and the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal investigative holds.

Proposed Town Hall meeting causes confusion

A town hall meeting that was supposed to help heal the community has already caused some disruption, only days before the actual meeting is to take place.

Police Jury approves repairs for buildings

Even though the issue with St. Matthew Cemetery may have dominated Monday night’s Evangeline Parish Police Jury meeting, it wasn’t the only business that the Jury addressed.

MPD searching for suspect in Jan. 2 high speed chase

Solomon Guillory.

The Mamou Police Department is requesting assistance from the public to help locate Solomon Guillory.
Guillory became wanted by the MPD on January 2, 2017 after he led officers on a high speed chase at around 1:00 a.m. in the morning.


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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.


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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