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Becky Manuel of the Evangeline Bank and Trust Company was presented with a plaque from the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Bankers Association in recognition of her working 45 years at the bank. Manuel was presented the plaque during a special ceremony at the bank Friday morning. Pictured here from left to right are Evangeline Bank’s President Randy Chapman, Becky Manuel, and Ginger Laurent from the Louisiana Bankers Association. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The Evangeline Bank and Trust Company is known as the financial rock of Evangeline Parish, but it is only as strong as the foundation upon which it is built. Part of this foundation has been serving at the bank for the past 45 years and was honored at a special ceremony Friday morning.

Band members of the group Blue Junction are pictured here in Kerry Bourgeois’ home studio. Pictured from left to right are: Top row- Danny Guillory of Port Barre, Peter Sylvester of Grand Prairie, and David Sylvester of Grand Prairie; Bottom row- Dean Sylvester of Grand Prairie, Alex “Sonny” Chapman of Ville Platte, and Kerry Bourgeois of Andrepont. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Fathers tend to leave notes of encouragement and hope for their sons when they are going through a tough time. One local father, however, is taking a different spin on this approach and is stringing together musical notes of hope for his 19-year-old son who has a brain tumor.

Fr. Richard Vidrine stands in his home holding up a picture of himself that his mother Nazel had made once he had returned from Vietnam. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

As Americans we are called to give of ourselves and to help our fellow countrymen when they are in need. One Ville Platte native has exemplified this idea from serving in the jungles of Vietnam to serving the Lamb of God as a naval chaplain.

Hunting manually

Kip Manuel (pictured here) stands behind his home as he shows off his traditional bow that he uses to hunt deer and hogs locally. He also uses it to kill black bears on hunting trips in the northern part of Canada. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Plattians are known for their time spent hunting the woods of the Sportsmen’s Paradise. From the Cajun Passover that is the opening weekend of squirrel season to the last weekend of muzzleloader season, this has become a rite of passage from one generation to the next.

Potential drop in school scores discussed at recent meeting

The anticipated school performance scores were discussed at the Evangeline Parish School Board’s meeting on Wednesday.
Currently the Evangeline Parish School District has six schools whose SPS gives them an A, four that are B schools, and one C school.

Chataignier council proposes four new ordinances to give pay raises

Proposed ordinances that would increase the pay for mayor, board of aldermen, clerk, and village administrator received the votes necessary to advance to the next stage of the adoption process at the monthly meeting of the Chataignier Village Council Monday night.

The Marks Post: The Great Flood of 2013

The area has been impacted it seems by one flood after another since last August. Thursday of this week was the fourth anniversary of a lesser known flood in Baton Rouge where the only victim was my 2009 Dodge Avenger.

Mr. Cumella, Jr, Miss Fontenot united in Holy Matrimony

Mrs. Charles Vincent Cumella, Jr.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony Saturday, May 6, 2017, uniting Miss Jessica Lynn Fontenot and Charles Vincent Cumella, Jr., in Holy Matrimony, with Father Kenneth Michels and Deacon Derek Ducote officiating.

Lightning attack

NEW ROADS -- Electricity was felt in the air and on the gridiron, as the Sacred Heart Trojans jolted the District 5-1A world with a resounding 53-27 win over the False River Gators here Thursday night. With the win the Trojans move to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in league play.

Exotic hunters

Missy Elliott (front) poses proudly with her gun in hand and with her husband Greg behind her after killing a Cape Buffalo. Also seen with the Elliott’s are their hunting guides during the trip. (Photo courtesy of Greg and Missy Elliott)

For Missy Elliott, hunting was something she started doing as a way to keep the tradition of having female hunters in her family alive. For her husband, Greg, he started hunting as a child growing up in northern Evangeline Parish and never stopped.

For love and hunting

Bridgette Vidrine is seen above posing with the massive deer she killed last December at Overton Hunting Club in Bunkie. (Photo courtesy of Bridgette Vidrine)

Hunting for Bridgette Vidrine may have started as a way to spend more time with her husband, but this hobby is now something she just can’t get enough of.


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NEW ROADS -- Electricity was felt in the air and on the gridiron, as the Sacred Heart Trojans jolted the District 5-1A world with a resounding 53-27 win over the False River Gators here Thursday ni


Ville Platte Mayor and Rotarian Jennifer Vidrine (right) spoke to the Ville Platte Rotary Club at its first meeting in September. She updated the club on new services coming to the city. She is pictured with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

During its first meeting of September, the club heard from fellow Rotarian and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine.



October 31, 1977- August 13, 2017
VILLE PLATTE - Memorial services for Lesley Marie Fontenot Brunet, 39, will be held at 10 a.m., today, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.

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