The farming Costanzas of L’Anse aux Pailles and Grand Prairie are pictured here against one of the tractors that is parked at the shop of off Jean Pierre Rd. Off in the background is the rice field on the 3 thousand acres in L’Anse aux Pailles. Also planted there are soybeans. From left to right are Lance Costanza, Joe Costanza, and Joe Costanza, Jr. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Platte native Shannon Simien salutes the flag at the veteran memorial outside the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. Simien, who has been employed as an officer at Evangeline Central School, worked his last day at the school on Wednesday because he will be deployed overseas for six month this summer to a country which he cannot name. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Jordan LaHaye is pictured above as she sits in a rocking chair on the front porch of the home on Heritage Road belonging to her parents Marcellus and Chantel LaHaye. She is holding copies of the two magazines for which she writes. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

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