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New board members selected in East Side Water election

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Newly elected members of the East Side Water System Board of Directors Randel Brown (left) and Lee Ray Johnson (right) are pictured here with a piece of a pipe that was repaired using duct tape during the previous administration. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

East Side Water System held another round of elections Monday night after a quorum of voters was not met for the election in September thus making it invalid.

Marks Post: All Hallow’s Eve

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Halloween is this coming Tuesday, and all the younger ghouls and ghosts are getting their buckets ready for all the candy they will receive from going Trick-or-Treat. All the dentists are gearing up for a flood of appointments from all the rotten teeth, but I digress.

Festival seeking talent show and cook off contestants

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There are many activities that make up the annual La. Swine Festival held in Basile every first weekend of November. Several of those activities are competitions such as the pig chase, the boudin eating contest, the hog calling contest, the talent show, and the cook off.

Who’s getting married?

(Editor’s Note: The following information was obtained from the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in Ville Platte. This information is printed once a month in The Gazette.)

Pillar of salt

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Assistant Facility Manager of Pine Prairie Energy Company Kyle Fontenot holds a core sample of salt that is used to store natural gas deep under the facility in Easton, La. He is pictured here in front of a sign depicting the size of one of Pine Prairie Energy Company’s five caverns. The cavern is 300-feet in diameter and could fit just inside LSU’s Tiger Stadium. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

For thousands of years, salt has been sitting under the surface of an area that is nestled off of Louisiana Highway 13 in the small community of Easton. This salt sat there untapped until Pine Prairie Energy Company came along and began to carve caverns out of the salt to store natural gas.


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