Christine Fontenot looks at a ceiling tile with head contractor Darrell Vallere at a property that she is helping a friend flip on Benny Street in Ville Platte. Fontenot, a retired school teacher and hair stylist, has been flipping houses since 2011. Fontenot also became a realtor for Keller Williams a little more than a year ago. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Christine Fontenot has developed an immense passion for bringing older properties back to life as a house flipper.

First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards talks to 85-year-old Pearl Godfrey, of Ville Platte, at the Ville Platte Civic Center on Friday. Edwards stopped by Ville Platte to talk to residents affected by the historic flooding. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Donna Edwards grabbed the microphone and talked about hope and faith with those inside the Ville Platte Civic Center. The First Lady of Louisiana told the story about a man she recently met, a man who despite experiencing horrific pain and suffering, that his faith in God remained strong as ever.

A broken metal cross rests on cement tomb that became dislodged by the destructive flooding that took place in Ville Platte and the rest of Evangeline Parish over the weekend. The tomb along with another tomb and coffin floated across the road from the cemetery to the fence line the separates St. Matthew Baptist Missionary Church from a field. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

In the sweltering humidity of a Monday afternoon in Evangeline Parish, Joseph Alfred waded slowly through the still standing water, and now sinking mud, that had engulfed the old cemetery down on Shuff Road.

Christine Fontenot looks at a ceiling tile with head contractor Darrell Vallere at a property that she is helping a friend flip on Benny Street in Ville Platte. Fontenot, a retired school teacher and hair stylist, has been flipping houses since 2011. Fontenot also became a realtor for Keller Williams a little more than a year ago. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards talks to 85-year-old Pearl Godfrey, of Ville Platte, at the Ville Platte Civic Center on Friday. Edwards stopped by Ville Platte to talk to residents affected by the historic flooding. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

A broken metal cross rests on cement tomb that became dislodged by the destructive flooding that took place in Ville Platte and the rest of Evangeline Parish over the weekend. The tomb along with another tomb and coffin floated across the road from the cemetery to the fence line the separates St. Matthew Baptist Missionary Church from a field. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Forever a Cowboy

Former Ville Platte High football star and McNeese State University great Richard Vidrine sits in the stands inside Ville Platte High’s football stadium holding a photo of him during his McNeese State playing days.
(Gazette Photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Ville Platte attorney Richard Vidrine will be honored for his stellar career as a McNeese Cowboy gridiron player in an induction ceremony on September 17; a ceremony that came awfully close to never happening.

A grave situation

A broken metal cross rests on cement tomb that became dislodged by the destructive flooding that took place in Ville Platte and the rest of Evangeline Parish over the weekend. The tomb along with another tomb and coffin floated across the road from the cemetery to the fence line the separates St. Matthew Baptist Missionary Church from a field. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

In the sweltering humidity of a Monday afternoon in Evangeline Parish, Joseph Alfred waded slowly through the still standing water, and now sinking mud, that had engulfed the old cemetery down on Shuff Road.

Storms claimed zero lives in parish

A city of Ville Platte worker unloads food rations with a forklift off a Louisiana National Guard transport truck Wednesday morning at the Ville Platte Civic Center. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Due to the joint efforts of local law enforcement agencies-first responders, Evangeline Parish 9-1-1, as well as city and village leaders-employees, the historic flood that swept through the parish did not claim anyone’s life.

Hamlin retiring

With a smile on her face, outgoing Evangeline Parish School Board Superintendent Toni Hamlin informed the board that she will be staying on until December, so she can reveal the performance scores for the parish schools and the district. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Evangeline Parish Superintendent Toni Hamlin at Wednesday night’s board meeting announced that it was time for her to retire and leave the position that she has held for nearly 10 years.
In her closing comments, Hamlin read a letter that she had written to the board.

Oil man McDaniel passes away at 94

McDaniel

Friends and family gathered at Friendship Baptist Church on Tuesday to remember the life of 94-year-old oil tycoon Robert “Bob” McDaniel, who passed away on Sunday.

Looking Back

This week, we take a look back at October 1968.
• The local observance of the annual Farm-City Week got underway with a Farm-City Banquet at the Evangeline Club with James D. Graugnard, president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation as guest speaker.

Mr. Triplett, Miss Manuel plan August 27 nuptials

The engagement of Miss Abigael Rose Manuel to Mr. Joshua Lance Triplett, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Mike Triplett of Reddell, has been announced by their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Chad (Veronica) E. Manuel Sr. of Mamou and Mr. & Mrs. Mike (Lisa) Triplett.

LEOLA “BLONDIE” DEROUSELLE

Oct. 29, 1932 - August 14, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Leola “Blondie” Reed Derouselle, 83, were held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Ville Platte. Burial followed in the Turkey Creek Cemetery in Turkey Creek. Rev. Kevin West officiated.

Historic flooding

Portions of Ville Platte remained under water on Saturday afternoon after the city and Evangeline Parish experienced heavy amounts of rain fall on Friday night and early Saturday morning. (Gazette photo by Monique Fontenot)

Evangeline Parish found itself under water this weekend as an historic flooding engulfed the state of Louisiana.

Prisoners could be sent back

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury set a budget of $20,000 a month to pay for prisoners being housed outside of the parish, but as the number of inmates has risen the police jury is now finding themselves unable to pay all of their bills for inmate housing, which is required of them by law.

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Sports

Former Ville Platte High football star and McNeese State University great Richard Vidrine sits in the stands inside Ville Platte High’s football stadium holding a photo of him during his McNeese State playing days.
(Gazette Photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Ville Platte attorney Richard Vidrine will be honored for his stellar career as a McNeese Cowboy gridiron player in an induction ceremony on September 17; a ceremony that came awfully close to neve

Lifestyle

Not only is Shelia Fontenot of St. Landry helping her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter who were victims of last weekend’s flood, she is also helping complete strangers.

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Obituaries

March 6,1978 - August 14, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Martha Kate Wiant were held Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church in Bayou Chicot. Burial followed in the Vandenburg Cemetery.

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