Ville Platte High’s Daylon Jones (No. 21) rounds the corner on a sweep. Jones and the Bulldogs defeated Pine Prairie 28-0 in the Evangeline Parish Jamboree held in Basile on Friday night. Jones rushed for 114 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown against the Panthers. Game two saw the Basile Bearcats take down the Mamou Demons by the same 28-0 score. The parish teams open regular season play this coming Friday night. (Gazette photo by Bruce Campbell)

On a full moon Friday night, four of the five parish football squads came together in Basile trying to get answers to questions about their teams before the season opener next week.

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According to a press release by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, a Ville Platte police officer is in now in the Evangeline Parish Jail and has been charged with three counts of malfeasance in office, extortion and video voyeurism after a complaint was officially filed on Friday, August 18.

(At left) Cynthia Robinson, who works in the Ville Platte High School lunchroom, was in charge of slicing oranges for the student’s choice of fruit on Monday. Robinson is seen slicing oranges with the help of her co-worker Mary Anthony. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Students from nine out of the 12 schools in Evangeline Parish received a treat this school year, free lunch.

Ville Platte High’s Daylon Jones (No. 21) rounds the corner on a sweep. Jones and the Bulldogs defeated Pine Prairie 28-0 in the Evangeline Parish Jamboree held in Basile on Friday night. Jones rushed for 114 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown against the Panthers. Game two saw the Basile Bearcats take down the Mamou Demons by the same 28-0 score. The parish teams open regular season play this coming Friday night. (Gazette photo by Bruce Campbell)

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(At left) Cynthia Robinson, who works in the Ville Platte High School lunchroom, was in charge of slicing oranges for the student’s choice of fruit on Monday. Robinson is seen slicing oranges with the help of her co-worker Mary Anthony. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

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Ville Platte cop arrested by EPSO

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According to a press release by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, a Ville Platte police officer is in now in the Evangeline Parish Jail and has been charged with three counts of malfeasance in office, extortion and video voyeurism after a complaint was officially filed on Friday, August 18.

Messer surrenders

Brandon Messer

The manhunt for Brandon Messer has come to an end.
Messer, who had been on the run since Thursday, August 20, turned himself in to Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office late on Monday, August 24.

pine prairie family dollar employee arrested for felony theft

Pine Prairie Cop Josh Estes arrest Family Dollar employee Lynda Salinas outside of her place of employment Wednesday afternoon.

Pine Prairie Police Department (PPPD) released a statement about the recent arrest of a Pine Prairie Family Dollar employee for felony theft.

3 dead, 9 injured in Lafayette movie theater shooting

Police cars line the street after a shooting at the Grand Theatre 16 in Lafayette on Thursday evening. (Photo by Brad Kemp/Advocate)

Investigators are now pursuing numerous leads that poured in when police released John “Rusty” Russell Houser’s name and photograph Friday morning, the day after he fatally shot two people in a Lafayette movie theater Thursday before killing himself.

Adkins leaves Sacred Heart after one season as football coach

Sacred Heart High School will be looking for a new head football coach as Gary Adkins stepped down to take a position at Abbeville High School.

Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III

Gary Adkins has departed Sacred Heart High School after one season.
The 33-year coaching veteran left his position as head football coach at the Catholic school in Ville Platte after officially accepting the offer to become the new head coach and athletic director at Abbeville High.

Wille Ray Roy Sr.

Willie Ray Roy Sr.

April 27, 1944 - July 21, 2015

Strumming to new heights

Louisiana-based country artist Jaryd Lane, and his band Jaryd Lane and the Parish, have played the Smoked Meat Festival in Ville Platte a few times, including this year’s event. (Courtesy of Jaryd Lane)

Before becoming front man of the band Jaryd Lane and the Parish, Louisiana musician Jaryd Lane picked up playing the drums in high school. As a high schooler Lane said, “I couldn’t find a band that really wanted to take it to the next level so nothing stuck.”

Healthcare changes, new nursing home discussed at recent Rotary Club lunches

JUNE 21 MEETING - Rotary President Mitch Fontenot, left, welcomed fellow Rotarian Trey Prudhomme as he discussed plans for a new facility for Heritage Manor Nursing Home during the June 21 meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Here, they pose with a mock up of the proposed building design.
(Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

By: HEATHER BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

3 dead, 9 injured in Lafayette movie theater shooting

Police cars line the street after a shooting at the Grand Theatre 16 in Lafayette on Thursday evening. (Photo by Brad Kemp/Advocate)

Investigators are now pursuing numerous leads that poured in when police released John “Rusty” Russell Houser’s name and photograph Friday morning, the day after he fatally shot two people in a Lafayette movie theater Thursday before killing himself.

A career not wasted

James Berthelot (above), the first director of the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission, is pictured sitting in front of a wall covered in photos of his children and grandchildren in his office. Berthelot recently retired after serving 30-plus years as director. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST Associate Editor After dedicating more than 30 years to the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission James Berthelot, the first and only director the commission has known has retired. The commission was formed in 1985 and since its formation Berthelot has been director.

Rebel Flag supporters hold second truck rally in parish

Jude Fontenot (far right), who led the pack of Southern Rebel Riders Saturday, stands outside of a truck flying the United States Flag and the Confederate Flag as he waited for all who were participating in the ride to arrive at the meeting spot. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST Associate Editor Southern Rebel Riders took to the roads of Evangeline Parish last Saturday with no destination set other than the place they would meet at, the Pine Prairie ballpark.

Thieves steal Police Jury truck, crash it into store

The repaired cinder block wall of the Blue Junction convenience store on Chataginier Road. The building was damaged after someone rammed a stolen truck into the back wall last week. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

By: RAYMOND PARTSCH III Managing Editor A thief or multiple thieves stole an Evangeline Parish Police Jury work truck from the Mamou Yard, crashed the gate there before eventually running the vehicle into the back wall of the Blue Junction convenience store located at 3388 Chataginier Road around

Ville Platte 8U PONY all-stars win first ever World Series title in league history

The Ville Platte 8U PONY all-stars show off their hardware and banner after winning the 2015 South Zone Pinto World Series. Team members and coaches are pictured above. (Bottom L to R)- Maddie Bertrand; Laci LeBas; Destiny Lavigne; Hailey Bordelon. (Middle L to R)- Taylor Darbonne; Jodie Landry; Layla McElwee; Jenna Smith; Jenna Manuel; Catherine Larson; Rose Ardoin. (Top L to R) Kali Shiver; Head Coach Shane Darbonne; Asst. Coach Todd Ardoin; Asst. Coach Jennifer Manuel; Asst. Coach Nick LeBas. (Photo courtesy of Maria Darbonne)

BY: TRACEY JAGNEAUX
Sports Editor

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Ville Platte High’s Daylon Jones (No. 21) rounds the corner on a sweep. Jones and the Bulldogs defeated Pine Prairie 28-0 in the Evangeline Parish Jamboree held in Basile on Friday night. Jones rushed for 114 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown against the Panthers. Game two saw the Basile Bearcats take down the Mamou Demons by the same 28-0 score. The parish teams open regular season play this coming Friday night. (Gazette photo by Bruce Campbell)

On a full moon Friday night, four of the five parish football squads came together in Basile trying to get answers to questions about their teams before the season opener next week.

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Onazel “T-Bay” Ned

December 27, 2015 - August 26, 2015
Funeral services will be held for Onazel “T-Bay” Ned, 80, of Ville Platte, at Ninth Baptist Church in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Monday, August 31. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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