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Sunday, June 17, 2018



Human Interest

  • Manning Passing Academy kicks off Thursday in Thibodaux

    Gazette Sports ReportsThe First Family of Football will be in Thibodaux this week, sharing their knowledge of the game with more than 1,000 pupils from around the country.The Manning Passing Academy will take place on the campus of Nicholls State University — the 13th straight year the event is in Thibodaux, a venue the Manning family said is perfect for the event.The camp begins Thursday and lasts through Sunday.It started as a quarterback-only camp, but has since evolved and now welcomes...

  • Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest junior high rodeo

    Justin John Plaisance, a 7th grade student at Virtual Academy of Lafourche, has earned a position on the Louisiana National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, South Dakota, June 24th through June 30th to compete at the 14th Annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Breakaway Competition.This is Justin's second year qualifying for the National Finals. In 2016/17 he qualified for Nationals and won rookie of the year for Breakaway. In his ...

  • Cut Off resident named Domino’s Pizza National Delivery Expert of the Year

    CUT OFF, La. — Domino’s has awarded Austin Guidry with the prestigious title of National Delivery Expert of the Year, the company said recently in a press release. Guidry was presented the award at a recent Domino’s awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.The prestigious National Delivery Expert of the Year Award recognizes excellence in safe delivery, courtesy and customer service.

  • How the crawfish became an icon of Louisiana cooking

    HOUMA, La. (AP) — Crawfish were what's for dinner in Louisiana long before the Cajuns, often associated with the savory crustacean, arrived in the mid-1700s.The Houma Indians are mentioned in French documents as early as 1682, and the new settlers said the native tribe used a red crawfish as its symbol."The name translates literally as 'red' and is apparently a shortened form of saktci-homma, the name of the chakchiuma, meaning 'red crawfish,' " according to a...

  • Cajun musician was ‘an icon’ who sang of local culture

    For over 50 years, Cajun musician Ervin “Vin” Bruce shared his music with the world, telling multiple stories through the lyrics in his songs.The native and longtime resident of Cut Off was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia three months ago, a slowly progressing and uncommon type of cancer that begins in the bone marrow. He died Friday night at the age of 86.“Some days he was perked up, some days he was down. At the end he lost the battle,” said his son, Dwayne Bruc...

  • Search for veteran dubbed 'Louisiana' finds bittersweet end

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A global search for a Vietnam Veteran nicknamed "Louisiana" came to a bittersweet end recently.A group of veterans who had started searching for their Army buddy in May with only a nickname and a single photograph to go by learned "Louisiana," whose actual name was Harold Thomas, died from a heart attack in 2015 at age 65.Susan Waldrop Garvin, the wife of Vietnam veteran Jim Garvin, said everyone just assumed Thomas was a good ol' Cajun boy.The Ga...

  • 5th Annual Perch Jerkin Classic children’s fishing tournament Saturday

    Young anglers have the chance to show off their fishing skills Saturday during the Fifth Annual Perch Jerkin Classic where camaraderie and competition will rule the day.The tournament, which will take place at Lockport’s Bayou Side Park, is thanks to three community members, Jarrod Brunet, Brandon LeBlanc, and Josh Adams, who have hosted the event annually since 2014.Tournament Director Jarrod Brunet said he did not see a lot of children’s tournaments around as he got older.“I ...

  • Lafourche Parish Public Library June events

    Go wild with the Audubon Wetland Express. Learn more about wetland creatures when the Audubon Zoo’s mobile educational program visits the Lafourche Parish Public Library’s three main branches in late May and early June.- The Wetland Express will visit the South Lafourche Library at 10:30 a.m. on May 31 and the Lockport Library at 1 p.m.

  • Boucvalt to serve as Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo Admiral

    Golden Meadow – Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo officials announced last week that Trey Boucvalt has been named Admiral for the 70th Annual Tarpon Rodeo that will take place July 5th, 6th, and 7th at Moran’s Marina in Fourchon.Boucvalt, a current resident of Austin, TX, has lifelong ties to the River and Bayou parishes. He spent his youth in the River parishes and most of his adult life on the Bayou before moving to Austin. Boucvalt is married to the former Brandi Fryoux for 23 years.

  • 45th Annual Bon Mange Festival kicks off in Gheens

    Held annually on the first full weekend in June, the Gheens Bon Mange' Festival (Bon Mange meaning good eats), features fresh cooked food made with ingredients mostly harvested from the community, with recipes handed down through the generations.The festival takes place inside the air-conditioned Vacherie-Gheens Community Center and there’s no admission fee.This year’s festival features a variety of music including swamp pop, country and other favorites.Festival foods include gum...

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