left to right, are Interim Fire Chief Chris Harrison, Top Paid Firefighter Derek Marcantel, Top Volunteer Firefighter Zachary Estilette (115 calls), Joseph Bordelon (78 calls), Issac J. Charles Jr. (61 calls), Dwayne Soileau (53 calls), Danny Castille (44 calls), Christopher Soileau (43 calls), Jason Blanchard (40 calls), Paula Landreneau (30 calls) and Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle. Not pictured are Jesse Muse, Jude Fontenot and Mark A. Meyere Jr.

The Ville Platte Volunteer Fire Department held its Annual Awards Night in February. The awards night is something held yearly to honor the top volunteer and paid firefighters. Awards were given to the top 10 volunteer firefighters with the most calls for 2014 and to the top paid firefighter with the most off-duty calls for 2014.

Carolyn Keith

Carolyn Anne Thibodeaux Keith, author of “Saint” Charlene Richard: Her Continuous Consecration to God, will have a book signing at the Evangeline Parish Library’s main branch in Ville Platte on March 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The former director of Louisiana State Parks (LSP), Dwight Landreneau, has been asked to come out of retirement by the Jindal administration to find ways of coping with budget cuts with the help of local businesses, industry, governments and individuals.

left to right, are Interim Fire Chief Chris Harrison, Top Paid Firefighter Derek Marcantel, Top Volunteer Firefighter Zachary Estilette (115 calls), Joseph Bordelon (78 calls), Issac J. Charles Jr. (61 calls), Dwayne Soileau (53 calls), Danny Castille (44 calls), Christopher Soileau (43 calls), Jason Blanchard (40 calls), Paula Landreneau (30 calls) and Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle. Not pictured are Jesse Muse, Jude Fontenot and Mark A. Meyere Jr.

Carolyn Keith

Residents enjoy Mardi Gras outing

The staff and residents of Heritage Manor Nursing Home enjoyed a Mardi Gras outing to Mamou on Friday, February 13. Everyone had a wonderful time at the event held at the Mamou Recreational Center.

VP Rotary hears about Relay for Life event

FEBRUARY 24, MEETING - Connie Lamke, chairman of the upcoming Evangeline Parish Relay for Life, center, was the guest speaker for the February 24, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. She is shown with Rotary President David Mayeux, left, and Rotarian Benny Fontenot, right.

February 24, Meeting

Chamber members hear update on this year's smoked meat festival

Shown after the monthly chamber meeting are, left to right, Camille Fontenot, chamber and tourism director, Smoked Meat Festival organizers Renee Brown and Ava Morein and Dr. Kirk Soileau, chamber president.

One of the guest speakers at this month’s Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce meeting said another group of organizers has stepped into a leadership position to ensure “the Smoked Meat Festival is not going away.”

City looking for new tractor to clear ditches, canals

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine talks to Shane Brodnax with Southland Engine Company of Lafayette about the type of tractor would be the best for the city for clearing ditches and canals.

St. Landry fugitive captured here

IN CUSTODY - Left to right, in back, Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Billy Wolff, EPSO Detective Stanley Washington, Ville Platte City Marshal Warrant Officer Horace Johnson, Ronald Francis and Easton Sheldon bring fugitive Theobegi Levier into the Evangeline Parish Jail. (Photo by Mable Foreman)

Theobegi Levier, wanted in St. Landry Parish for attempted first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery, was captured Wednesday, February 25, in Ville Platte.

Mayor’s efforts keep CenturyLink office open

After several days of talking to CenturyLink, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine was pleased to report that the store located in Ville Platte, which was facing closure, will remain open.

Bulldogs, Panthers get ready for playoff run

On Monday, the LHSAA released the playoff brackets for the 2015 post-season. Among the teams that will be vying for a chance at the state championship are two Evangeline Parish Schools, the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Pine Prairie Panthers.

Diamond play begins for parish baseball teams

The 2015 baseball season gets under way this week for four parish schools. Sacred Heart, Ville Platte, Mamou and Pine Prairie have all been working really hard this off season in preparation for this year’s diamond play.

Local business owner charged with home invasion

The owner of Sooner Towing and Auto Salvage in Ville Platte and his son were arrested last weekend by St. Landry Parish deputies and charged with in a home invasion in that parish.

Ellis Joseph "Shorty" Deville

Ellis Joseph “Shorty” Deville

December 26, 1937 - February 22, 2015
Funeral services will be held for Ellis Joseph “Shorty” Deville, 77, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 26. Burial will follow in the Evangeline Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Ville Platte High School guard Ja’Kayra Thomas drives to the lane looking to spark the Lady Bulldogs against Abbeville.

Just like your favorite ride at an amusement park, the regional playoff game between Ville Platte and Iota came with all of the thrills one could expect.

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Obituaries

Beryl Joy Israel Cunningham

March 25, 1927 - February 7, 2015
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Funeral services were held for Beryl Joy Israel Cunningham, 87, of San Antonio, Texas, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio at 10 a.m., Friday, February 20. Inurnment followed at the Sunset Memorial Park.

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