John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

If you are a male Ville Platte native, there is one tradition that you have probably been a part of at some point in your life. That tradition is playing baseball. In particular, being part of the Dixie Youth organization.

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

What makes Jack Miller’s Bar-B-Que Sauce so unique? If you take a moment to look on the ingredients on the label of the famed sauce, produced and bottled in Ville Platte, it appears like any other Bar-B-Que sauce.

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

ST. MARTINVILLE -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the Acadians’ exile to Louisiana in the fictional poem “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.”

John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

La. Sports HOF: Keen eye, smooth prose trademarks of Tompkins

For nearly four decades, as technology changed the face of newspapers and media in general, readers of The Town Talk in Alexandria could always count on one thing remaining the same – Bob Tompkins’ byline appearing in print or on their computer screen.

La. Sports HOF: Playing to win, with max effort paid off for P.J.

The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of P.J. Brown by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

Even Wikipedia isn't sure about the origin or what 'P.J.' means.
Not that it really matters.
Collier Brown is simply happy with the way things have turned out in his life, both personally and athletically.

La. Sports HOF: ‘Gentleman Dave’ became legendary in Negro Leagues

The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Dave Malarcher by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

Soon after the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that the famous Satchel Paige would in 1971 become the first Negro League player to enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown, Convent, La., native David Malarcher reacted with jubilation.

La. Sports HOF: Consistency, vision, key components for humble Hightower

The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Jim Hightower by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

After this past football season, no one can ever say that Jim Hightower never took the St. Thomas More Cougars’ football program to the Superdome.

La. Sports HOF: Making sports safer is driving factor for Dr. Bailes

The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Dr. Julian Bailes by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

Legendary retired powerlifting coach Billy Jack Talton remembers Julian Bailes never shied away from smashing his head against opponents when asked as a high school sophomore guard and linebacker for Natchitoches Academy.

La. Sports HOF: Ability to motivate enhanced career of Janice-Richard

The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Janice Joseph-Richard by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

Janice Joseph Richard fashioned the crowning achievement of her basketball career after being dealt a potential career-ending blow.

La. Sports HOF: Powerful right arm opened many doors for ULM’s Sheets

The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Ben Sheets by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

Ben Sheets needed that lightbulb moment to realize his full potential.
As early as his freshman season at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, coach Smoke Laval told the young pitcher that he possessed first-round talent.

Passing on tradition

John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

If you are a male Ville Platte native, there is one tradition that you have probably been a part of at some point in your life. That tradition is playing baseball. In particular, being part of the Dixie Youth organization.

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The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Rick Jones by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

June 3, 2001, was a day Rick Jones had waited for his entire life.

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2016 Teen Miss Smoked Meat Zoe Anne Courville (Gazette photo by Mabel Foreman)

Zoe Anne Courville, Alison Renee Blood and Jacqueline Shiloh-Gradnigo all took home queen titles in the Smoked Meat Festival Pageants on Sunday.

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Obituaries

Chad Mitchell Dupre

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Chad Mitchell Dupre

April 25, 1966- June 23, 2016
A memorial service for Chad Mitchell Dupre will be held in Ville Platte at later date.
Dupre, 50, a resident of Denham Springs and a native of Ville Platte, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2016 in Denham Springs. He was a heavy equipment operator.

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