Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Gene LeBoeuf moved to Ville Platte for a job but ended staying for a woman -- a woman that helped him become closer to his faith and God.

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Camille Fontenot has a passion for Ville Platte. Fontenot said, “I love Ville Platte. It’s my home. I was brought up here. I know a little bit about everything here. I know almost every family. My husband is my high school sweetheart. “I love people, and I’ve got a great love for Ville Platte. I hope never to leave here.”

Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Bulldogs continue winning ways; Lady Bulldogs slip again

Ville Platte High’s Brandon Thomas takes aim at a three-point basket in an earlier game this season. Thomas and the Bulldogs cruised to a 71-40 win over Jennings in a non-district contest on Tuesday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagenaux)

JENNINGS - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs garnered another win here Tuesday night, as they used a smothering defense and an explosive offensive performance to roll past the Jennings Bulldogs 71-40.

Not even close

Basile’s Dagan Lejeune (40) and Pine Prairie’s Sylus Carson (13) jump for the opening tip-off Thursday night in the Evangeline Parish Tournament. The Panthers rode a 51-15 halftime lead all the way to a 79-42 win. The tournament began Wednesday and will concluded yesterday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE - As the 2016 version of the Evangeline Parish Tournament began here on Wednesday, the anticipation of watching some competitive match-ups filled the basketball atmosphere.

Where he belongs

Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Gene LeBoeuf moved to Ville Platte for a job but ended staying for a woman -- a woman that helped him become closer to his faith and God.

Guillory enters best interest plea in ATM robbery case

On Thursday, Dejuan M. Guillory entered a best interest plea, which is a plea where the defendant maintains his innocence but concedes because they feel they would likely be convicted if the case goes to trial, for criminal damage to property valued at $50,000 or more.

Local food drive hoping to help those in need

Christian Care and Share’s pantry sits empty on Thursday, but the organization is hoping that will change after they hold a Food For Families Foodnet Food Drive on December 6. Anyone interested in donating non-perishable items or monetary donations can do so by dropping their donations off at the Northside Civic Center between 5:00 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Their cupboard is bare, but with Christian Care and Share’s food drive set for December 6, 2016, Eugene Fontenot is hoping their pantry will be filled soon.

Holiday Briefs

Chataignier hosting
Christmas events

Deck the City Hall

Ville Platte City Hall, located in the old American Security Bank on Main Street, is all decked out for the Christmas season.
The display includes 50 individually decorated trees, 22 reindeer, 150 poinsettias and more than 20,000 lights.

Beyond the mat

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Ville Platte garners split decision with Bunkie Friday night

BUNKIE - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs earned a split decision here Friday night, as the Bulldogs blasted the Panthers 76-49 and the Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Panthers 72-67.
Here is a re-cap of both games.

Sacred Heart takes hard loss to Menard in non-district play

Sacred Heart’s Jeffery Sylvester (40) tries to go baseline against a Menard defender in their game Monday night. The Trojans could not muster much offense agains the Eagle defense, as they fell 66-39. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagenaux)

VILLE PLATTE - Sometimes there is just no amount of practice that can prepare a team for an effective pressing defense.
Such was the case for the Sacred Heart Trojans, as they took a hard 66-39 loss to the Menard Eagles here Monday night.

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Ville Platte High’s Brandon Thomas takes aim at a three-point basket in an earlier game this season. Thomas and the Bulldogs cruised to a 71-40 win over Jennings in a non-district contest on Tuesday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagenaux)

JENNINGS - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs garnered another win here Tuesday night, as they used a smothering defense and an explosive offensive performance to roll past the Jennings Bulldogs 71-40.

Lifestyle

Ville Platte City Hall, located in the old American Security Bank on Main Street, is all decked out for the Christmas season.

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Obituaries

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

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