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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.

Rotary Club gets updated on community news in VP and Mamou

Ville Platte Mayor and Rotarian Jennifer Vidrine (right) spoke to the Ville Platte Rotary Club at its first meeting in September. She updated the club on new services coming to the city. She is pictured with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

During its first meeting of September, the club heard from fellow Rotarian and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine. She first congratulated the Sacred Heart Trojans on winning the Tee Cotton Bowl.

Robeline’s Kay named 2017 Tournoi Pageant Queen

Holly Kay was crowned 2017 Tournoi Queen. She is 18-years-old from Robeline and is the daughter of Robin and Keith Kay. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

New royalty was crowned Saturday, at the Louisiana Tournoi Pageant. The newly crowned queens were Miss Samara Lafleur, Miss Charlie Bieber, and Miss Holly Kay.

A driven patriot

Charles Crosby has been driving the Disabled American Veterans van for the past 19 years to bring his fellow veterans to the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Alexandria. He is pictured here alongside the van that stays parked at the Lincoln Road Fire Station. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

For many service members in the U. S. Military, their time of service does not end upon getting discharged. They continue to serve in one capacity or another.

EPSB meets BCE cheerleaders; hears about changes to school scores

The Evangeline Parish School Board was introduced to the Bayou Chicot Cheerleading team during its bi-monthly meeting last Wednesday.
The junior high cheer squad was in attendance at the meeting to announce that three of its cheerleaders had been selected as All-American Cheerleaders.

Basile eases past Mamou; picks up initial win of year

MAMOU – Basile and Mamou went to war Friday night with both teams looking for their first win of the season. The two teams exchanged blows the entire contest, with Basile delivering the final punch in a 16-14 win.

Historical win

Pine Prairie running back JJ Sims (6) follows the block of teammate Joel Franks (24) as he tries to pick up positive yardage. Sims and the Panthers defeated Ville Platte 26-6 Friday night for the Panther’s first win over the Bulldogs in school history. Pine Prairie is now 1-1 on the year (Gazette photo Nicholas Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE -- The last two seasons, the Pine Prairie Panthers have made school history by putting together back-to-back three win seasons.

Ben to celebrate 27 years as pastor

Pictured above is Rev. Allen Ben who is the pastor of the two churches, Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Mamou and New Zion Baptist Church in Eunice. He explained his satisfaction of spreading the word of God to his congregations. (Photo Courtesy of Allen Ben)

Allen Ben is the pastor of Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Mamou and New Zion Baptist Church in Eunice. Ben recently shared about how he continues to be a religious leader and what he does to help out the churches.
Question: When did you become a pastor?


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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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