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Pictured is the 2017 Tournoi Champion Eric Guillory during his first round of this year’s competition. The Vidrine native earned his sixth straight Tournoi title with a total of 20 caught rings. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

A stud can be defined as a place where horses are bred. However, if you consider the Guillory family compound a stud, then they are breeding Tournoi champions instead of horses.

Former Tournoi rider Gerald Fontenot poses for a picture with the champion’s trophy and spurs that he won during the 1967 Louisiana Tournoi competition. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Every October, on a Sunday afternoon, a group of Tournoi riders get ready to don a knights traditional garb, saddle up on horseback and spear through the seven enemies of cotton.

Lynn Landreneau is pictured here as she stands in Lucas Pitre’s cotton farm located on the Whiteville Road. She is holding her two books that she wrote about the Louisiana Cotton Festival. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is an old saying that cotton is the fabric of our lives. This is none truer than for Ville Platte resident Lynn Landreneau, who has compiled the rich history of the Louisiana Cotton Festival into two volumes of work.

Les Vieux Temps

As one drives around Acadiana, a common sight in people’s yards is a statue of the Virgin Mary. While visiting the Vatican Mosaic Exhibition at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans, I was reminded of miracles of Mary.

Dr. Daniel Wiltz gets promotion in Guard

St. Martinville – Dr. Daniel J. Wiltz was recently notified by Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau of his promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army National Guard.

His promotion from major was effective Jan. 25.

Report cards to be mailed

Henri C. Bienvenu

St. Martin Parish’s approximately 7,500 public school students won’t have to suit up in their school uniforms just to ride to school to pick up their year-end report cards on Friday, May 23.

School fighting under scrutiny

Henri C. Bienvenu

School board members last week approved a program that would help some students involved in fights at school avoid suspension and possible law enforcement citations.

Simon Family Trust land to be developed

Ken Grissom

Breaux Bridge — Lafayette developer Odell Lamartiniere, whose zoning request to build up-scale townhouses was rejected by the City Council last fall, is pushing ahead with Plan B: cheaper houses on bigger lots.

Downtown eyesore clings to life

Ken Grissom

Breaux Bridge — Litigation or no litigation, asbestos or no asbestos, owners of the old Domingues Motors building downtown have 30 days to come up with a timetable for tearing it down or face yet another lawsuit — this one from the city.

Tribute for DeBlanc underway

Dan McKain

St. Martinville — Over 150 people turned out Friday to honor the late Col. Jefferson J. DeBlanc, World War II ace and Medal of Honor recipient, at the Woodmen of the World Hall.

Mr. Mills goes to Baton Rouge

Ken Grissom

Baton Rouge — In his first week on the job, state Rep. Fred Mills of Breaux Bridge has emerged a leader in the fight to polish Louisiana’s tarnished image.

St. Martinville won’t criminalize fashion

Ken Grissom

St. Martinville — With some prompting from citizens in the audience, the City Council Monday night agreed to take a more wholistic approach to the spectacle of “slabbing” — sagging pants — than neighboring cities like New Iberia and Breaux Bridge.

Time to stand up and be counted!

Breaux Bridge — The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up to count everybody in the country again and city officials here are afraid of being shortchanged by haphazard house numbers.


Louisiana National Guard Maj. Gen. Hunt Downer (from left), family members Barbara Romero and Frank DeBlanc, Parish President Guy Cormier, family members Michael DeBlanc and Richard DeBlanc, former pupil Henri Clay Bienvenu of the Teche News, and family member Monsignor Jefferson DeBlanc Jr.


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Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave,
Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder

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Janice “Jan” Barbara Guillory Fontenot, 84, a native of Ville Platte and a resident of Houma, passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2017.

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