From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Many Americans will spend tomorrow, Memorial Day, preparing bar-b-que to enjoy with their friends and family, but for four United States soldiers from Evangeline Parish this holiday is more than just a day free from work.

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Mayor of Ville Platte Jennifer Vidrine has experienced “a dream come true” with the opening of the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club set for June 1st. When it came to making this dream, which she said began more than six years ago, a reality, Vidrine began pulling people from the community to help her see this through.
Duplechain finishes stellar career at Mamou; moves on to next level:

From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Pine Prairie upsets De La Salle in first round of playoffs

De La Salle shortstop Collin Burns is tagged out by Pine Prairie third baseman Jordan Ardoin during Monday’s Class 3A playoff game. (Advocate photo)

If you ask the number 23 seeded Pine Prairie Panther baseball team, their first round 2-1 playoff win over the number seven seeded De La Salle Crusaders on Monday was no upset; they have been training for this all season long.

Sacred Heart falls short in first round

If you are the Sacred Heart Trojan baseball team, you must be wondering what do the proverbial “baseball gods” have against you, as they fell to the Sterlington Panthers 3-2 in their first round playoff game Monday afternoon.

Donna Brewster Fontenot

Donna Brewster Fontenot

July 7, 1961 - April 25, 2016
EUNICE - Funeral services will be held for Donna Brewster Fontenot, 54, of Eunice, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Eunice at 11 a.m., Friday, April 29. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret “Nen” Attle

Margaret “Nen” Attle

Funeral services will be held for Margaret “Nen” Attle, 72, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Attle died Monday, April 25, 2016, at Savoy Medical Center in Mamou.

James Davis "JD" Ardoin

James "JD" Ardoin

November 25, 1934 - April 26, 2016
PINE PRAIRIE - Funeral services were held for James Davis “JD” Ardoin, 81, of Pine Prairie, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Pine Prairie at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Gregory Keith Hebert

February 10, 1960- April 17, 2016
JACKSON, Mississippi - A memorial service will be held for Gregory Keith Hebert, 56, of Jackson, Mississippi, at Southside Assembly of God Church in Jackson, Mississippi, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30.

Doretha Collins Thomas

March 29, 1949 - April 25, 2016
Funeral services will be held for Doretha Collins Thomas, 67, of Ville Platte, at Antioch Baptist Church in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 30. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Nora Ardoin

June 15, 1954 - April 22, 2016
Funeral services will be held for Nora Ardoin, 61, of Ville Platte, at Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Mamou at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Girl Scout Troop #517 shares recent outings

Girl Scout Troop #517 recently enjoyed fun outings and activities. In the first photo, members planted flowers for Mother’s Day on April 10. Shown in the left row, from back to front, are Ashton, Demi, Ava and Mila.

EP 4-H Achievement Day results announced

(Editor’s Note: Due to the length of the article, it is being published in multiple parts. The next portion will be published in Sunday’s paper.)
Bicycle
(fourth - sixth grades):
First Place - Beau Fontenot, Bayou Chicot Elementary School fifth grade.

DesHotels welcome son

Beau Blaine DesHotels

BOY, Beau Blaine DesHotels was born March 22, 2016, at 6:51 a.m. at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria to Shea and Dr. Ginger D. DesHotels of Mamou, weighing seven pounds, one ounce.

Arrest warrant obtained for arson suspect

According to KATC News "fire investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for the person who they say is responsible for an April 21 fire in Ville Platte."
The warrant was issued for Patraveyanna George, of Ville Platte, who is currently hospitalized.

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WEE BABY MISS COURT - Members of the Wee Baby Miss Ville Platte court, from left, were Queen Anna Claire Grace Johns; Brennah Norred, first runner-up; Addison Kate Lee, second runner-up; and Roque Phillips, third runner-up.

By: HEATHER BOGARD Lifestyles Editor

Obituaries

Ola Marie Thomas

November 3, 1929 - May 24, 2016
Funeral services were held for Ola Marie Thomas, 86, of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 12 noon, Friday, May 27. Burial followed in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

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