A troubling flurry of burglaries ended in late September after police stepped up night patrols, which resulted in people being charged for walking in the dark without reflective gear on their clothing, Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue told members of the Chamber of Commerce.

61TH ANNUAL QUEEN COTTON COURT - Queen Cotton LXI Karlee Leanne Ferris poses with first runner-up Caroline Frances Cosgrove-Richard.

The 61st annual Queen Cotton Pageant was held Saturday afternoon, October 11, in conjunction with the Cotton Festival. Following the introduction of all Cotton and Tournoi royalty, Karlee Leanne Farris, the 22-year-old daughter of Chad and Jill Farris of Sulphur, was crowned Queen Cotton LXI by outgoing Queen Cotton LX Kaelah Alysse Cobb.

The Sacred Heart offensive unit awaits the play from the sideline against Mamou.

The Sacred Heart Trojans and the Pine Prairie Panthers both come into this contest with a 2-2 record. Both teams have defeated Mamou and both teams have played two games on the road. This is where the similarities between the teams end. This will be a Thursday contest and will take place at Soileau-Landry field. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

61TH ANNUAL QUEEN COTTON COURT - Queen Cotton LXI Karlee Leanne Ferris poses with first runner-up Caroline Frances Cosgrove-Richard.

The Sacred Heart offensive unit awaits the play from the sideline against Mamou.


VPPD makes four more arrests in Fourth of July fight

Deandre Dangerfield

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reported additional charges have been filed in a Fourth of July incident at the Martin Luther King Park (formerly Southside Park) that left one person with a stab wound to the arm.

Mamou Elementary makes classroom improvements

Evamgeline School Superintendant Toni Hamlin, center; Mamou Elementary Principal Troy Fontenot and Assistant Superintendant Darwan Lazard, second and third from left; school board members David Landreneau, Darren Vidrine and Buck Dupre, in rear; and Mamou Elementary school teachers are shown in one of the improved classrooms on Wednesday, July 17.

Thirteen classrooms in the Mamou Elementary third- and fourth-grade classroom building and seven in the first- and second-grade classroom building have had improvements made in a three-phase project being coordinated by the Evangeline Parish School District.

City places new signs on streets

Before the rains late last week, city crews began putting up red street signs that have the city’s logo. The more than 80 new signs will replace illegible existing signs or will be placed where no street signs exist.

Authors sign Evangeline book at city hall

Authors Jane Vidrine, left, and Jean Kiesel were at city hall Friday to sign copies of their new pictorial book “Evangeline Parish,” that shows historical photographs of the parish.

Mamou Elementary walls have patriotic, jurassic themes

Students and some of the teachers who pass through the hall of the third and fourth classroom building of Mamou Elementary School may not realize the airbrush artist who decorated the walls now creates scary art at a haunted house.

EPSB approves motion for bonds of indebtedness

During its meeting Wednesday night, the Evangeline Parish School Board gave its preliminary approval for $2.5 million in certificates of indebtedness for the parish’s local area network project (online infrastructure upgrades).

VPPD searches for suspect

On July 13, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Ville Platte Police Department received a call reporting an armed robbery at a local business on East Main Street.

VP Majors seek regional title

Its been a while since Ville Platte has made it big at the Dixie Youth Majors level. In fact, the local teams have had rough roads in the regional since the implementation of the best of three state championship series that follows the regional.

Super 10’s look to regain crown

The last time Ville Platte won the Super 10’s regional was just two years ago. That group is now playing at the Majors level and looking to win that regional. The VP Super 10’s lost in the semi-finals last season in Sulphur, but the 2014 group has yet to taste defeat.

Mamou Elite 8’s earn World Series birth

With an overall record of 17-1, the Mamou Eight year-old All-Stars earned a trip to Longview, Texas to compete in the Dixie Youth Pitching Machine World Series event.

Police Jury mulls problem with log truckers

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, during its monthly meeting Wednesday, July 15, decided to take action on logging truckers who use parish roads and avoid state roads, and on owners of properties with abandoned structures or in need of maintenance.


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The Sacred Heart Trojan blue wall defense stuffs an attempted run earlier this year.

The Sacred Heart Trojan defense stood solid in the face of adversity Friday night helping to preserve a 28-8 win over the False River Gators.


BABY MISS TOURNOI COURT - Winners of the Baby Miss Tournoi division, from left, are Gracie Marie Mayeaux, second runner-up; Queen Brezlyn Paige Bradley; and Lennon A’lise Miller, first runner-up.

The annual Children’s Tournoi Pageant and Junior, Teen and Louisiana Tournoi Queen Pageant were held Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Northside Civic Center.


May 13, 1929 - October 15, 2014
Funeral services will be held for Joseph Vernal Johnson, 85, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 1 p.m., today, October 17. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum.

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