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)
There are some defining moments in a coaching career.
Just ask both 2018 Evangeline Parish Coaches of the Year, Ville Platte High’s Tommy Jones and Mamou High’s Danisha Allison-Lewis.
Pine Prairie starting pitcher Gage Strother bears down on his delivery to the plate in their 15-0 pasting of East Beauregard Tuesday evening. Strother threw a complete game shut out, hurling the pill for five innings and giving up only one hit. Strother struck out four and issued zero walks in the contest. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)
This upcoming weekend will produce a first for the Sacred Heart Trojans, as they will send out their initial edition of a power lifting team at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Powerlifting State Cham
Senior Pine Prairie Lady Panther pitcher Karli Ortego (15) sets her feet to throw out a Sacred Heart runner after fielding a bunt. Pine Prairie collected 17 hits, including eight extra base hits to take down the undefeated Lady Trojans 13-2 in an intra-parish game on Wednesday afternoon. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)
For the Rotary Club’s first meeting in March, the club heard from Evangeline Parish Secretary-Treasurer Donald Bergeron (center) and Gilbert “Winky” Aucoin (left). They are pictured here with, from left to right, Aucoin’s wife “Chicken,” Rotarian Bob Manuel, and Rotary President Wayne Vidrine. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
As the Ville Platte Rotary Club led off its final meeting of February, the club members voted to approve the new board members for next year.
By TONY MARKS
Pictured here are JAG students from one of Dianne Johnson’s classes at Ville Platte High School. From left to right are Alex King, Isaiah Gallow, Marques Johnson, Gwantez Thomas, YCP Recruiter Shawn Parker, Allaya Durgin, Kendall Jackson, John Bordelon, and JAG Specialist Dianna Freeman-Johnson. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)