John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

If you are a male Ville Platte native, there is one tradition that you have probably been a part of at some point in your life. That tradition is playing baseball. In particular, being part of the Dixie Youth organization.

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

What makes Jack Miller’s Bar-B-Que Sauce so unique? If you take a moment to look on the ingredients on the label of the famed sauce, produced and bottled in Ville Platte, it appears like any other Bar-B-Que sauce.

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

ST. MARTINVILLE -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the Acadians’ exile to Louisiana in the fictional poem “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.”

John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

VPPD makes drug arrest

The small bags of drugs, cash and firearm that Ville Platte Police Department seized during the recent arrest of Carolanda Williams can be seen on a table at the police department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

Ville Platte Police Department recently made a drug bust after receiving an anonymous tip.

Florence Richard

Florence Richard

September 13, 1946 - May 22, 2016
Funeral services will be held for Florence Richard, 69, of Ville Platte, at St. James Baptist Church in Bayou Chicot at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 28. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Jamie Margret LaFleur

Jamie Margret LaFleur

June 25, 1979 - May 5, 2016
MAMOU - Jamie Margret LaFleur, 36, of Vidrine, passed on to our Lord on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Suzanne Johnson Aguillard

Suzanne Johnson Aguillard

June 26, 1920 - May 20, 2016
CHATAIGNIER - Funeral services were held for Suzanne Johnson Aguillard, 95, of Chataignier, at First Baptist Church in Chataignier at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 24. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mary Bernadette Lafleur

Mary Bernadette Lafleur

August 11, 1936 - May 21, 2016
Funeral services will be held for Mary Bernadette Lafleur, 79, of Ville Platte, at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26. Burial will follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Joseph Floyd Fontenot

Joseph Floyd Fontenot

August 11, 1924 - May 19, 2016
A memorial service will be held for Joseph Floyd Fontenot, 91, of Ville Platte, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 28. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until time of service on Saturday.

Susan Guillory Taylor

SULPHUR - A memorial service will be held for Susan Guillory Taylor, 68, of Sulphur, at a later date.
A former resident of Ville Platte, Ms. Taylor died Thursday, May 19, 2016, at her residence.

Jr., Teen and Miss Ville Platte queens crowned

READY FOR A FUN YEAR - The three newly-crowned royal beauties will have a fun-filled year ahead as they travel the state promoting their hometown of Ville Platte at various fairs and festivals. Jr. Miss Ville Platte Adrianna Fall, Miss Ville Platte Lynee West and Teen Miss Ville Platte Jillian Thille are looking forward to beginning their adventure as sister queens together.

By: HEATHER BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

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Sports

The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Rick Jones by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

June 3, 2001, was a day Rick Jones had waited for his entire life.

Lifestyle

2016 Teen Miss Smoked Meat Zoe Anne Courville (Gazette photo by Mabel Foreman)

Zoe Anne Courville, Alison Renee Blood and Jacqueline Shiloh-Gradnigo all took home queen titles in the Smoked Meat Festival Pageants on Sunday.

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Obituaries

Chad Mitchell Dupre

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Chad Mitchell Dupre

April 25, 1966- June 23, 2016
A memorial service for Chad Mitchell Dupre will be held in Ville Platte at later date.
Dupre, 50, a resident of Denham Springs and a native of Ville Platte, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2016 in Denham Springs. He was a heavy equipment operator.

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