Annabeth Briley, who is starting her senior year at Sacred Heart High School, was chosen from the pool of students attending Louisiana Girls State to go on to attend Girls Nation in Washington, DC, where she served on the mock Senate and was appointed to the Supreme Court. She is pictured here on the right with United States Senator John Kennedy. (Photo courtesy of Annabeth Briley)
Fr. Blake Dubroc, the Marksville native, is pictured here standing in the choir loft of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Pictured behind him is the mosaic of the Sacred Heart appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that reminds Fr. Dubroc of the many Catholic generations who have walked through the church’s doors. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
Chef Terryl Jackson of the Flat Town Culinary Academy (right) places a special chef’s har on the head of Jeremy Bradley (left). Bradley is the only student at the Ville Platte Girls-Boys Place to complete all three years of Jackson’s academy. (Photo by Mable Foreman)
New Orleans rookie and former Louisiana Tech running back Boston Scott races for the open field against the Jacksonville Jaguars in this past Friday’s pre-season win. Scott is battling several other running backs for a spot on the 53 man roster that must be decided by the Saints before September 1. (Photo courtesy of the Advocate)
If there is one thing the last year and three months has taught me as Managing Editor of the Ville Platte Gazette it is that if your faith remains strong then there is absolutely nothing in this wo
New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Taysom Hill (7) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a preseason game held on Thursday. Hill, a second year player from BYU, is looking to make the squad again this season as a back-up to Drew Brees. (Photo courtesy of The Advocate)
Darrel LeJeune of Basile (right) receives the J. Blanton Belk Outstanding Up with People Alumnus Award from J. Blanton Belk, the founder of Up with People and the award’s namesake. The presentation was made on Friday, June 29 during the organization’s annual alumni reunion held in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo courtesy of Darrel LeJeune)
For the better part of the past six decades, the Up With People (UWP) educational and performance program has been reaching individuals around the world through its music, message, and service.
By TONY MARKS Associate Editor
Pictured here are Rotary President Richard LeJeune (left) and Ville Platte Mayor and Rotarian Jennifer Vidrine (right). Mayor Vidrine spoke about economic development opportunities and other issues around the city. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
Real estate values and economic development opportunities are two issues that go hand-in-hand when it comes to the success of any city across the nation.
By TONY MARKS Associate Editor
Fr. Keith Pellerin, the pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Kinder, is pictured here as he delivers the homily during the Mass for the 59th anniversary of the death of his fourth cousin Charlene Richard. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks