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)

VP Chamber pledges to help flood victims

Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce President William “ToJo” Ward said at Wednesday’s monthly meeting that the community can count on them during this time of need.

Turkey Creek OK’s millage rate

The Turkey Creek Village Council unanimoulsy approved the adoption of a resolution to set the 2016 Millage Property Tax at a rate of 6.200, which was previously 6.56.
No public comments were made during the meeting.

Fontenot chosen as Pharmacy Representative

Dana Fontenot, CPhT, of Evangeline Drug Store, in Ville Platte has been installed as the Pharmacy Technician Representative of the Louisiana Pharmacists Association.

VPPD Arrest Reports

The Ville Platte Police Department reported nine recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were the following persons:
• Ruby Thomas, 1802 Kembo St., Ville Platte, was arrested on August 1, 2016 for improper supervision of a minor. Thomas was released from jail on a $250.00 bond.

Turkey Creek gathering goods

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.

MARTHA KATE WIANT

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.

PATRICIA ANN FONTENOT

April 23, 1955 - August 16, 2016
MAMOU - Chapel services for Patricia Ann Fontenot, 61, were held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Mamou with Father Thainese officiating.
Fontenot passed away at Savoy Care Center in Mamou on August 16, 2016 at 3:25 a.m.

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.

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Lifestyle

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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Obituaries

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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