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Still improving

No matter the record of a team, every coach is looking for continued improvement in their club.

Pine Prairie more than likely needs one more for playoffs

It is hard to think that an entire success of a season could rest in the last two games played.
But, that may be the case for the Pine Prairie Panthers. The Panthers sit in the No. 34 position in the latest playoff power ratings, two spots out of a post-season appearance.

Demons take on league leading Bears

When the injury bug bites, it can be devastating to any team that gets bitten.
For the Mamou Demons, a team that already does not have the numbers to compete in Class 3A, that same injury bug has taken a huge toll on the outcome of the entire season.

Spinning vinyl to gold

Chris Soileau, general manager of Flat Town Music Company, leans next to a framed photograph of J. W. Pelisia, Wil Balfa, Dewey Balfa, Tony Balfa, Ray Abshire, Rodney Balfa, and Dale Breaux performing at Le Premier Festival De Musique Acadienne on March 26, 1974. The Balfa Brothers were some of the artists who recorded for Soileau’s father Floyd over the 60 years of the company. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The music industry has changed over the years as the old vinyl 45 records have given way to a digital format.

Ville Platte man arrested for Medicaid Welfare Fraud


Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Friday that eight arrests made by his award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. One of the eight individuals arrested was Derrick Freeman from Ville Platte.

La. DOTD receives $60 million from federal government

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has recently received $60.8 million in addition federal fund for highway projects.

4-H goes to the Cotton Festival

4-H students line up to compete in the Best Costumed Pair category. From left to right are Lily Deshotel, Lily Blankenship, Ava Newman, Emma Jordan, and DJ Blankenship. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The 2017 Louisiana Cotton Festival got off to a great start with Cotton Pickin Pet Show and the Cotton Food Fest held Wednesday, October 11 at the Civic Center.

Taming the Tigers

BASILE – A combination of a time consuming ground game and a suffocating defensive effort gave the Basile Bearcats a huge 14-0 win over the Oberlin Tigers here Friday night in a key district match-up for both squads.


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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


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



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.

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