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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.



MAMOU- It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Mercedes D. West, announces her passing on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Opelousas General Medical Center. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m..



MAMOU- Funeral Services was held at a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial for Jeanne Gahn, 82, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Monday, September, 25, 2017. Jeanne passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Savoy Medical Center surrounded by her loved ones.

Hunting manually

Kip Manuel (pictured here) stands behind his home as he shows off his traditional bow that he uses to hunt deer and hogs locally. He also uses it to kill black bears on hunting trips in the northern part of Canada. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Plattians are known for their time spent hunting the woods of the Sportsmen’s Paradise. From the Cajun Passover that is the opening weekend of squirrel season to the last weekend of muzzleloader season, this has become a rite of passage from one generation to the next.

Potential drop in school scores discussed at recent meeting

The anticipated school performance scores were discussed at the Evangeline Parish School Board’s meeting on Wednesday.
Currently the Evangeline Parish School District has six schools whose SPS gives them an A, four that are B schools, and one C school.

Chataignier council proposes four new ordinances to give pay raises

Proposed ordinances that would increase the pay for mayor, board of aldermen, clerk, and village administrator received the votes necessary to advance to the next stage of the adoption process at the monthly meeting of the Chataignier Village Council Monday night.

The Marks Post: The Great Flood of 2013

The area has been impacted it seems by one flood after another since last August. Thursday of this week was the fourth anniversary of a lesser known flood in Baton Rouge where the only victim was my 2009 Dodge Avenger.

Mr. Cumella, Jr, Miss Fontenot united in Holy Matrimony

Mrs. Charles Vincent Cumella, Jr.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony Saturday, May 6, 2017, uniting Miss Jessica Lynn Fontenot and Charles Vincent Cumella, Jr., in Holy Matrimony, with Father Kenneth Michels and Deacon Derek Ducote officiating.

Lightning attack

NEW ROADS -- Electricity was felt in the air and on the gridiron, as the Sacred Heart Trojans jolted the District 5-1A world with a resounding 53-27 win over the False River Gators here Thursday night. With the win the Trojans move to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in league play.

Exotic hunters

Missy Elliott (front) poses proudly with her gun in hand and with her husband Greg behind her after killing a Cape Buffalo. Also seen with the Elliott’s are their hunting guides during the trip. (Photo courtesy of Greg and Missy Elliott)

For Missy Elliott, hunting was something she started doing as a way to keep the tradition of having female hunters in her family alive. For her husband, Greg, he started hunting as a child growing up in northern Evangeline Parish and never stopped.


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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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