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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.

Breakfast at Maggie’s

Maggie Eades (pictured here) stands on the front porch of a house that will become a bed and breakfast in Ville Platte. The house is on South Soileau Street and was the office of Judge Dore. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

When people think of bed and breakfasts in Louisiana, they tend to think of ones in the Garden District of New Orleans or along the Cane River in Natchitoches. But now, thanks to the efforts of Maggie Eades, there will soon be one here in Ville Platte on South Soileau Street.

Second half show

VILLE PLATTE -- On Homecoming night at Bulldog Stadium, Ville Platte High welcomed the Oakdale Warriors with a similar 1-3 record. Both teams had a case of the yips in the first half as the home team led 6-0 at intermission, but the Bulldogs pulled away and won 24-0.

West: Our leaders never learn

Do our “leaders” in Baton Rouge ever learn?
Amendment No. 3 on the October 14th ballot proves that the answer to that question is obviously no.

Velazquez sentenced for re-entry into U.S.

An illegal immigrant by the name of Arturo Olalde-Velazquez has been sentenced to four months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of re-entry by alien following removal.

The science of Fleas and Flies

The past and the present of the annual Flea Fly game met Monday during the first night of registration in the Lion’s Club building as former coach Dess Fontenot (right) crowns current player Jules Bischoff (left) with his helmet. Bischoff is the son of Julius and Alaina Launey Bischoff. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Out of the ashes of one civic organization in Ville Platte survived a youth football game that has grown in popularity as it continues to attract generations of Fleas and Flies.


VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 am in Williams Funeral Home Chapel of Ville Platte, for Cassius Clay Johnson, 30, who entered eternal life on Thursday, September 21, 2017.


Funeral services for Mrs. Orelia Carter will be held today, September 28, 2017 at the Ninth Baptist Church in Ville Platte at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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If you would have looked at the Basile High win/loss record after the first four games of the 2017 campaign, you might have said it was going to be a long season for the Bearcats as they stood 1-3


Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave,
Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder

The engagement of Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maurice Schexnayder of Ville Platte to Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave, the son of Mr. and Mrs.


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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