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PPPD warns local businesses about the circulation of counterfeit money

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Pictured above is the counterfeit $100 bill that was recently found at the Family Dollar store in Pine Prairie. (Photo courtesy of the Pine Prairie Police Department)

The Pine Prairie Police Department under Chief L.C. Deshotel would like to warn business owners about the use of counterfeit money.

Rotary Club gets updated on community news in VP and Mamou

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sports

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Three Evangeline parish football teams have worked their way into the post-season and will begin their quest for the State Championship this coming Friday night, as the LHSAA reveled the 2017 playo

Lifestyle

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Judy Stewart is pictured here with her family in front of a wall inside The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., that bears the names of the alumni who were named to the Hall of Distinguished Educators. She along with other alumni were inducted on October 21. Pictured here in the back is Bart Stewart, Jr., and from left to right in the front are Bart Stewart, Sr., Candace Frazier, Judy Stewart, and Jeff Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Candace Frazier)

The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., has recognized alumni who have shown outstanding professional achievemen

Obituaries

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Rushing

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lanell Rushing was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the Pine Prairie Christian Tabernacle. Reverends Barry Gautreaux, Johnny Wilkinson and Chris Juneau officiatied.