Mamou native Steve Riley is pictured here wearing a traditional Cajun Mardi Gras costume while performing at a previous event. His band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys will be back in Mamou for Mardi Gras Saturday afternoon for the first time in nearly a decade. (Photo courtesy of Steve Riley)

Pictured is former Ville Platte High basketball player, Breonna O’Connor, during a recent signing ceremony held at Ville Platte High School. The former VPHS basketball player signed a deal to play with the Coburg Giants professional basketball team in Austrailia. During the event, O’Conner’s jersey was retired. In the left photo, she is pictured playing during her high school days. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux and Gazette file photo))

Upon securing the perimeter of the W.C. Read Fire Station Friday night, sheriff deputies are pictured here as they scour the scene of a shooting in search of clues and other evidence to be used in the investigation. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Marilyn McCullough (left) is pictured here as she receives the first Dispatcher of the Year Award from Evangeline Parish 911 Communications Center Supervisor Chasessica Basco (right) during the Evangeline Parish 911 Board meeting Wednesday night. Also pictured from left to right are board members Lynn Gooden and Durwin Carter. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The owners of Dance & Gymnastics, Inc., Veronica Manuel (left) and Barbara Fontenot (right) are pictured here inside their studio that has been on Nina Drive in Ville Platte since 1989. The pair has produced 10 students who have gone on to become collegiate cheerleaders. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

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