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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.

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?

A total eclipse of the sun

First through fourth graders from Christian Heritage Academy model their eclipse viewing in the nature center of the Louisiana State Arboretum. From left to right are: First row- Hudson Fontenot, Joshua Deville, and Adrian Do; Second row- Taylor O’Connor, Kali Stagg, and Brylee Tate; Third row- Jake Ardoin Zachary Dugger, Levi Steckler, and Jackson Reed; Fourth row- Matthew Barron, Cane Chapman, and Colin Pitre. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

At the Louisiana State Arboretum many people showed up to see The Great American Eclipse with friends and family members.

An economic effort

Executive Director of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and Evangeline Parish Tourism Camille Fontenot (center) was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. She is pictured here with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left) and Rotarian Peggy Tate (right). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Economic development and tourism were the main topics of this week’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club as the executive director of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and Evangeline Parish Tourism, Camille Fontenot was the guest speaker.

A polished jewel

Ella Ortego sits atop of a desk as she shows off some of the different styles of jewelry that she has made. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Some children spend most of every minute of their free time in front of a television or a computer screen. One Ville Platte 12-year-old, Ella Ortego; however, spends her time making her own jewelry, and marketed some of her crafts at the Sunset Jam Saturday in Sunset.

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