Evangeline Parish School District recognized its Teachers of the Year (TOY) and Principal of the Year Wednesday night at Ville Platte High’s auditorium. Each TOY was presented with a desk clock for their hard work. From left to right are: Evangeline Parish School Board Supervisor Grace Sibley, Superintendent Toni Hamlin, Vidrine Elementary Principal Sherryl Tezeno, Elementary TOY at Vidrine Elementary Katrina Ardoin, and Assistant Superintendent Darwan Lazard. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Before holding the Evangeline Parish School Board meeting on Wednesday night, school board members, faculty, students, and individuals from the community gathered at Ville Platte High’s auditorium to recognize the district’s teachers (TOY) and principal of the year.

Ville Platte High’s Rondrekus Ben sprints down the track at practice on Tuesday in preparation for the 2016 state track meet to be held Thursday-Saturday. Ben will compete in the 400 meter dash, after placing first at the regional meet in Abbeville last Thursday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

After a grueling track season in 2016, several area athletes have competed well enough to earn the right to go for the gold at the 2016 LHSAA state track and field meet this coming week. Classes 1A, B and C will compete on Thursday. Classes 3A and 2A have their competition on Friday, while 5A and 4A begin on Saturday.

A baby bottle filled with green liquid believed to be codeine was found during a recent drug bust by the Ville Platte Police Department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

The Ville Platte Police Department turned a night of providing crowd control into a multiple drug arrests. In a release by VPPD, officers were at a local business located on Tate Cove Road working crowd control when officers detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from a parked vehicle in the parking lot.

Evangeline Parish School District recognized its Teachers of the Year (TOY) and Principal of the Year Wednesday night at Ville Platte High’s auditorium. Each TOY was presented with a desk clock for their hard work. From left to right are: Evangeline Parish School Board Supervisor Grace Sibley, Superintendent Toni Hamlin, Vidrine Elementary Principal Sherryl Tezeno, Elementary TOY at Vidrine Elementary Katrina Ardoin, and Assistant Superintendent Darwan Lazard. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Ville Platte High’s Rondrekus Ben sprints down the track at practice on Tuesday in preparation for the 2016 state track meet to be held Thursday-Saturday. Ben will compete in the 400 meter dash, after placing first at the regional meet in Abbeville last Thursday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

A baby bottle filled with green liquid believed to be codeine was found during a recent drug bust by the Ville Platte Police Department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

Norris “Pop” Doucet

Norris “Pop” Doucet

October 13, 1942 - April 28, 2016
EUNICE - Funeral services were held for Norris “Pop” Doucet, 73, of Mamou, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Eunice at 11 a.m., Monday, May 2. Burial followed in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Walter Lee Ledoux

Walter Lee Ledoux

March 15, 1930 - May 2, 2016
LAKE CHARLES - Funeral services were held for Walter Lee Ledoux, 86, of Lake Charles, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Charles at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 4. Burial followed in the Consolata Cemetery.

Loyd Fontenot

LOYD FONTENOT
CHATAIGNIER - Funeral services will be held for Loyd Fontenot, 83, of Chataignier, at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Chataignier at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow in the St. Julian Catholic Cemetery.

Geraldine Veillon Petkovsek Polk

January 15, 1929 - April 22, 2016
BEAUMONT, Texas - Geraldine Veillon Petkovsek Polk of Beaumont, Texas, died Friday, April 22, 2016, in Beaumont Texas.

Herman Joseph Semien

Herman Joseph Semien

May 30, 1943 - May 2, 2016
MAMOU - Funeral services will be held for Herman Joseph Semien, 72, of Opelousas, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow in the Delafosse Cemetery.

Taking a look back at February and March 1978

WINNERS OF THE 1978 COTTON CLOTH CONTEST - The Cotton Cloth court was selected during a pageant held February 18. The girl’s court consisted of, shown in the bottom row from left, Kimberly Darbonne, princess; April Shea Lejeune, lady; Desarae Fontenot, countess; Tobie Fontenot, duchess; and Melissa Lavergne, alternate. Shown in the top row, the boy’s court consisted of, from left, Jared Lavergne, prince; Joey Adam Fontenot, lord; Scott Doucet, count; Michael Fontenot, duke; and David Guy Fontenot, alternate.

By: HEATHER
BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

VP Rotary Club welcomes Camp Ryla attendee

MAY 3, MEETING - McKenzie Fontenot, center, was the guest speaker for the May 3, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. She is shown with Rotary President Mitch Fontenot, left, and Rotarian Kip Manuel. (Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

By: HEATHER BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

Ville Platte’s Melvin found his purpose in life with rap

Rapper Closton Melvin, who is managed by his long time friend Chris Thomas, remembered where his passion for freestyle and rap music began as he stood on the very street that he grew up on in Ville Platte recently. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the age of nine, fighting at school landed Closton Melvin, better known today as Git Money C, in Mr. Luther Tolston’s band class at James Stephen’s Elementary.

Bowing out

Pine Prairie left fielder Tori Johnson dives to make a catch during the first inning of the team’s game with Parkview Baptist at the Fast Pitch 56 on Friday. The Lady Panthers fell to Parkview Baptist 9-0 in the quarterfinal round ending the season with a record of 26-6. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

SULPHUR -- Carolyn Deville wanted to remind her ball club just how far it had come.

Pine Prairie second round playoff game postponed

The Pine Prairie Panther baseball playoff game against North Webster was postponed due to weather conditions in the Springhill area.
Pine Prairie and North Webster were to play a best of three series in the regional round of this year’s LHSAA post-season.

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Ville Platte High’s Rondrekus Ben sprints down the track at practice on Tuesday in preparation for the 2016 state track meet to be held Thursday-Saturday. Ben will compete in the 400 meter dash, after placing first at the regional meet in Abbeville last Thursday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

After a grueling track season in 2016, several area athletes have competed well enough to earn the right to go for the gold at the 2016 LHSAA state track and field meet this coming week.

Lifestyle

WINNERS OF THE 1978 COTTON CLOTH CONTEST - The Cotton Cloth court was selected during a pageant held February 18. The girl’s court consisted of, shown in the bottom row from left, Kimberly Darbonne, princess; April Shea Lejeune, lady; Desarae Fontenot, countess; Tobie Fontenot, duchess; and Melissa Lavergne, alternate. Shown in the top row, the boy’s court consisted of, from left, Jared Lavergne, prince; Joey Adam Fontenot, lord; Scott Doucet, count; Michael Fontenot, duke; and David Guy Fontenot, alternate.

By: HEATHER BOGARD Lifestyles Editor

Obituaries

July 2, 1931 - May 3, 2016
KILGORE, Texas - Funeral services will be held for Winnie Tate Nicks, 84, of Kilgore, Texas, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore, Texas, at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Mausoleum.

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