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.
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 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.
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.
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.