Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine holds the credentials from the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions while sitting at a table filled with Ville Platte items that will be part of promotional baskets that Vidrine is taking to this year’s convention in Philadelphia. In addition to being a delegate, Vidrine will also serve as Delegate Whip. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine couldn’t help but get the chills when she first stood on the floor at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver as a delegate from the state of Louisiana.

The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

It was a most productive season for the Ville Platte Girls Softball Association 10U All-Stars. These young ladies ran through their preseason tournaments and the sectional tournament undefeated, despite all of them being one year younger than the teams that they faced throughout the summer.

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Life has taught Ronald Jenkins, Jr. that “everyone has their own cross to bare,” but that doesn’t have to determine what you are able to accomplish. Jenkins said, “My cross to bare is more obvious than some people’s because I am missing an arm, but everyone has one. It’s important that you don’t let that define you.”

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine holds the credentials from the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions while sitting at a table filled with Ville Platte items that will be part of promotional baskets that Vidrine is taking to this year’s convention in Philadelphia. In addition to being a delegate, Vidrine will also serve as Delegate Whip. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Brookshire buys closed WalMart store

The old WalMart Express at 1445 Old Hwy. 13 in Mamou has been purchased by Brookshire Grocery Co. on Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU — The former WalMart Express store location in Mamou will soon be re-opening its doors but under a different name.

6th Annual Bacchanalian to be held June 23

LAFAYETTE — On Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana (BBBS) will host its 6th Annual Bacchanalian at Jefferson Street Pub from 6pm to 9pm. Major Handy will be preforming at the event and food will be provided by Jefferson Street Pub.

Starting strong

The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Pitching Machine and T-Ball all-stars took to the diamond last weekend in their first tournament play of the season with very positive results.

Fontenot scores more post-season awards

Former McNeese pitcher Kaleb Fontenot has garnered more post-season accolades.
McNeese baseball head coach Justin Hill has announced this year’s recipients of Frank Landry, Jr. Most Valuable Player of the Year award.

College World Series ripe for underdogs

With the start of the College World Series this weekend, the field of eight has a whole new landscape than it has in the past.
This year’s series looks like it may be ripe for a Cinderella team to take hold of the title come June 28.

Bugs, bugs and more bugs

A variety of insects will be on display at the Arboretum on July 16 for the 6th Annual Insect Day. Cost is $2 a person ages 4 to 61 to enter Chicot State Park, and entrance to the Arboretum is free.

Bugs may seem creepy, crawly, scary and in the case of mosquitos, extremely annoying, but they all serve a purpose in the ecosystem, according to Kim Hollier, Interpretive Ranger 3 at the Louisiana State Arboretum.

CHRISTOPHER “CHRIS” ORTEGO SR.

CHRISTOPHER “CHRIS” ORTEGO SR.

October 27, 1968 - June 16, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Chris Ortego Sr., 47, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Laville Funeral Home Chapel.
Ortego, a resident of Ville Platte, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2016 at his residence.

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The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

It was a most productive season for the Ville Platte Girls Softball Association 10U All-Stars.

Lifestyle

VILLE PLATTE ­— More than 200 people attended this year’s Insect Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum on July 16.

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Obituaries

July 31, 1962 - July 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE – A memorial Mass for Donna Kathryn McCauley was celebrated on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte with Fr. Mitchell Guidry officiating services.

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