Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Gene LeBoeuf moved to Ville Platte for a job but ended staying for a woman -- a woman that helped him become closer to his faith and God.

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Camille Fontenot has a passion for Ville Platte. Fontenot said, “I love Ville Platte. It’s my home. I was brought up here. I know a little bit about everything here. I know almost every family. My husband is my high school sweetheart. “I love people, and I’ve got a great love for Ville Platte. I hope never to leave here.”

Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Pine Prairie Voter Barbecue

Pine Prairie Candidates in the towns November 8th elections held a barbecue for the voters in the community on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

A man of the people

In this photograph from the early 1990’s, former Evangeline Community Action Agency Assistant Director, and current mayor of Ville Platte, Jennifer Vidrine talks with former U.S. Congressman Clyde Holloway in his Washington D.C. office concerning his help in obtaining funds to assist parish residents with their electirc bills. Holloway passed away on October 16 at age 72 due to complications from pneumonia. (Gazette file photo)

Former U.S. Congressman and chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission Clyde Holloway was laid to rest on Saturday.

Local teen commits suicide in N.O. jail

Jaquin Thomas, a former junior high student at Ville Platte High, apparently committed suicide in his Orleans Parish jail cell on Monday night.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office released the following statement on Tuesday, October 18.

Veteran’s plaque stolen from parish cemetery

Above is the grave of a veteran that served in the United States Navy. The square peice of concrete at the base of the cross made by the cemetery’s caretaker J.D. Soileau is where the veteran’s plaque was before recently being stolen from the Leon Manuel Cemetery. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

An act of theft has recently occured at Leon Manuel Cemetery in Evangeline Parish.
J.D. Soileau said, “Last Saturday I noticed that someone had stolen a military man’s plaque from his grave.”

9-1-1 Board gets generator update

Evangeline Parish 9-1-1 Director Liz Hill provided an update on the facility’s generator at The Industrial Park in Ville Platte.
The generator is in and in place where it’s supposed to be,” Hill said. “We are on the waiting list for the plumbing and the electricians are also aware.”

Troupe’s Fontenot speaks to Chamber of Commerce

Janice Fontenot expressed her short-term and long-term plans for Troupe de Evageline at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to become a place where art is displayed in many forms,” Fontenot said. “We also would like to take it on the road.”

Mamou falls to 0-8 with loss to Welsh

MAMOU – Facing another top five team in Class 2A, the Mamou Demons have not had an easy go of it for the second week in a row, as they fell hard to the Welsh Greyhounds 42-2 here Friday night.

Ville Platte’s sloppy performance leads to Northwest victory

Ville Platte High’s Martin Jason (10) tries to break the tackle of Northwest High defender Jamarcus Collins (1). The Bulldogs took a hard 54-6 loss from the Raiders to fall to 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in District 5-3A. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

VILLE PLATTE - It was a sloppy loss in more ways than one.
A combination of mud and poor execution doomed the Ville Platte Bulldogs, who lost 54-6 to the undefeated Northwest Raiders Friday evening.

Same old story

The Sacred Heart Trojan defense led by freshman tackle Michael Monier (92) gang tackles West St. Mary running back Tristan Harris (10). Sacred Heart fell to West St. Mary 12-9 to drop to 4-4 on the year and 1-4 in District 5-2A. The Trojans will host Catholic of New Iberia this coming Friday. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

VILLE PLATTE - If Sacred Heart can point to one factor in their 12-9 homecoming loss to West St. Mary, it has to be the numerous mistakes committed by the Trojans.
According to Trojan head coach Josh Haper, its the same old story just a different chapter.

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Sports

Ville Platte High’s Brandon Thomas takes aim at a three-point basket in an earlier game this season. Thomas and the Bulldogs cruised to a 71-40 win over Jennings in a non-district contest on Tuesday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagenaux)

JENNINGS - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs garnered another win here Tuesday night, as they used a smothering defense and an explosive offensive performance to roll past the Jennings Bulldogs 71-40.

Lifestyle

Ville Platte City Hall, located in the old American Security Bank on Main Street, is all decked out for the Christmas season.

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Obituaries

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

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