Ville Platte Gazette Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

The stars and bars may be finally fading into history. But that doesn’t mean that racism -- whether it is the out-in-the-open variety or the kind that festers behind closed doors -- is going away anytime soon.

The Sacred Heart Church in Ville Platte will have a new pastor starting next month. Rev. Thomas Voorhies is replacing Rev. Jason Vidrine as pastor of the church. Vidrine is becoming the new pastor at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Krotz Springs. (Gazette photo by Steve Hallam)

BY: RAYMOND PARTSCH III Managing Editor
BY: TRACEY JAGNEAUX Sports Editor

Ville Platte Gazette Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

The Sacred Heart Church in Ville Platte will have a new pastor starting next month. Rev. Thomas Voorhies is replacing Rev. Jason Vidrine as pastor of the church. Vidrine is becoming the new pastor at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Krotz Springs. (Gazette photo by Steve Hallam)

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Voorhies replacing Vidrine as Sacred Heart pastor

The Sacred Heart Church in Ville Platte will have a new pastor starting next month. Rev. Thomas Voorhies is replacing Rev. Jason Vidrine as pastor of the church. Vidrine is becoming the new pastor at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Krotz Springs. (Gazette photo by Steve Hallam)

BY: RAYMOND PARTSCH III
Managing Editor

Fontenot out at Sacred Heart High School

Sacred Heart High School in Ville Platte will have a new principal once the new school year begins this fall. Diane Fontenot officially resigned as principal on Monday. Bishop of Lafayette Michael Jarrell confirmed the resignation in a press release. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

By: ELIZABETH WEST
Staff Reporter
& RAYMOND PARTSCH III
Managing Editor

Viola Brown

March 17, 1929 - May 12, 2015
Funeral services will be held for Viola Brown, 86, of Ville Platte, at St. Paul Baptist Church in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 23. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Ethel P. Soileau

Ethel P. Soileau

May 26, 1935 - May 16, 2015
MAMOU - Funeral services were held for Ethel P. Soileau, 79, of Mamou, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 18. Burial followed in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Valarie Guillory Fontenot

Valarie Guillory Fontenot

May 1, 1962 - May 17, 2015
Funeral services were held for Valarie Guillory Fontenot, 53, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte on Tuesday, May 19. Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum.
Ms. Fontenot died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at her residence.

Joseph Nellwood Ortego

Joseph Nellwood Ortego

November 21, 1933 - May 17, 2015
Funeral services with military presentation were held for Joseph Nellwood Ortego, 81, of Pine Prairie, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 19.

EP 4-H Annual Awards Banquet held

4-H JR. LEADERSHIP PRESIDENT - Tre’ Fontenot, 4-H Junior Leadership President, posed with 4-H Youth Agent Tina Guillory and Extension Agent Todd Fontenot.

The 22nd Annual 4-H Awards and Recognition Program was held Monday, May 11, at the Northside Civic Center. Evangeline Parish’s outstanding youth, organizational leaders, sponsors, parents and activity leaders in the 4-H program were recognized.

Mamou couple determined to be active citizens

Valli Soileau, 23, was recently invited to attend a meeting of the Mamou Rotary Club as a guest of her mother and had no idea she would leave the meeting as the club’s youngest-ever president.

Mamou police report five recent arrests

The Mamou Police Department reported five recent bookings into the town jail. Arrested were the following persons:
•Bertneis Edwards, 30, 712 Railroad Ave., Mamou, was charged May 5, with phone harassment.

Former Bulldogs complete spring training

Grambling
quarterback Isaiah Thomas

Another spring training has come and gone for the university football programs around the country.

Fontenot continues pitching success with Pokes

McNeese State University and former Sacred Heart Trojan Kaleb Jon Fontenot dishes another pitch to the plate.

Former Sacred Heart High school standout, Kaleb Jon Fontenot, has racked up a pretty successful season so far on the baseball diamond for the McNeese Cowboys. As of Thursday, Fontenot has accumulated an overall record of 7-3 in 14 appearances on the hill for the Pokes in 2015.

Tate selected to play with elite softball team

Whitney Tate honored with selection.

Whitney Tate, the daughter of Robbie and Christy Tate has been selected to play with an elite travel softball team this summer. The Birmingham Thunderbolts based out of Birmingham, Alabama has selected Tate for their 14 and under squad.

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Obituaries

Mavis Vidrine

September 1, 1928 - June 24, 2015
Funeral services will be held for Mavis Vidrine, 86, of Vidrine, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou at 2 p.m., Friday, June 26. Burial will follow in the Ortego Cemetery.

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