Bobby “Doc” Deshotel reminisces about the near half a century he has spent as an Evangeline Parish School Board Member by looking through a scrapbook that his granddaughter Sarah made for him. Doc is the longest serving school board member in the State of Louisiana, and he will remain the longest serving in history due to the fact that in 2008 term limits were placed on school board members. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Richard Fontenot, of R and N Farms, is pictured here standing against one of the tractors that used in the farming operation with his brother Neal. The Fontenot brothers have approximately 4,000 acres of farmland in the Mamou area where they grow the trinity of crawfish, rice, and soybeans. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Becky Buller is pictured here standing beside the Chamber of Commerce sign in front of the Chamber’s building on Main Street in Ville Platte. After serving as executive director of the Chamber for 10 years, she now is the director of Keep Evangeline Beautiful. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Cort Fuller from Pine Prairie High School (left) and Gabrielle Fontenot from Sacred Heart High School (right) are pictured here at the FBLA District VI Conference that was held this year in Lafayette. The pair are state officers from Evangeline Parish and will pass the torch to new officers later this month during the state conference at the Cajundome. (Photo courtesy of Jala Bergeron at Pine Prairie High School)


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