Taxidermist Arthur Courville sits in front of the wall in his Vidrine shop which features stuffed and mounted wildcats, deer, ducks, wolves, big mouth bass and squirrels. The 70-year-old Courville has been perfecting capturing hunters and fisherman’s most prized moments for more than 50 years. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

VIDRINE -- Arthur Courville thought one of his friends was playing a joke on him. The longtime taxidermist picked up the phone one day back in 1978, and on the other end of the line a distraught woman requested Courville to do something for her. A request that remains to this day the top oddity of his 56-year mounting career.

Arthur Sampson addressed the Evangeline Community Action Agency on Thursday concerning questions that he had about the way board appointments have been made over the years. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At an Evangeline Community Action Agency meeting on Thursday Arthur Sampson addressed the entity’s board concerning the way board members have been nominated and appointed over the years.

Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For the first time students being assessed on the Louisiana Alternative Assessment (LAA 1) are being given the opportunity to earn the coveted high school diploma.

Taxidermist Arthur Courville sits in front of the wall in his Vidrine shop which features stuffed and mounted wildcats, deer, ducks, wolves, big mouth bass and squirrels. The 70-year-old Courville has been perfecting capturing hunters and fisherman’s most prized moments for more than 50 years. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

Arthur Sampson addressed the Evangeline Community Action Agency on Thursday concerning questions that he had about the way board appointments have been made over the years. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Basile can’t muster much offense in loss

BASILE -- A valiant effort from the Basile Bearcats was not enough to carry them to their second win on the season, as they fell to Port Barre here Friday night by the score of 13-7.

Pine Prairie comeback fails against Tara

PINE PRAIRIE -- A late fourth-quarter rally fell short here Friday night, as the Pine Prairie Panthers dropped to 2-3 on the season with a 22-14 loss to Tara High School.
Pine Prairie took the first lead in the game, scoring on a touchdown late in the second quarter.

An “A” for effort

If the game against Opelousas Catholic was a test to see how far Sacred Heart has come over the last season and a half, then give the Trojans an “A” for their effort.

The right stuff

Taxidermist Arthur Courville sits in front of the wall in his Vidrine shop which features stuffed and mounted wildcats, deer, ducks, wolves, big mouth bass and squirrels. The 70-year-old Courville has been perfecting capturing hunters and fisherman’s most prized moments for more than 50 years. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

VIDRINE -- Arthur Courville thought one of his friends was playing a joke on him.

ECAA board appointments questioned at meeting

Arthur Sampson addressed the Evangeline Community Action Agency on Thursday concerning questions that he had about the way board appointments have been made over the years. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At an Evangeline Community Action Agency meeting on Thursday Arthur Sampson addressed the entity’s board concerning the way board members have been nominated and appointed over the years.

Library to host Book Fest

Yvonne Lavergne, buisiness manager at the Evangeline Parish Public Library’s Ville Platte Branch, left, Phyllis Green, circulation clerk, Suzy Lemoine, outreach director, and Elizabeth Barnes, youth program facilitator, help to promote the library system’s annual Book Fest, which will be held Saturday, October 8. The event will feature a used book sale, food, authors, fundraisers, face painting and pet adoptions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

The Evangeline Parish Public Library system will host its annual Book Fest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8 at the Ville Platte branch.

LINTON “BIG WHEEL” SKINNER

April 26, 1926 - Sept. 15, 2016
TEXAS CITY, TEXAS - Visitation for Linton “Big Wheel” Skinner was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Bay Area Funeral Directors in Texas City, Texas.
Skinner passed away September 15, 2016.

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Yvonne Lavergne, buisiness manager at the Evangeline Parish Public Library’s Ville Platte Branch, left, Phyllis Green, circulation clerk, Suzy Lemoine, outreach director, and Elizabeth Barnes, youth program facilitator, help to promote the library system’s annual Book Fest, which will be held Saturday, October 8. The event will feature a used book sale, food, authors, fundraisers, face painting and pet adoptions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

The Evangeline Parish Public Library system will host its annual Book Fest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8 at the Ville Platte branch.

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April 26, 1926 - Sept. 15, 2016
TEXAS CITY, TEXAS - Visitation for Linton “Big Wheel” Skinner was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Bay Area Funeral Directors in Texas City, Texas.
Skinner passed away September 15, 2016.

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