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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.

Ville Platte Rice Dryer, Inc. Manager, Felix Morein, is seen checking the grade of rice that was brought into the local rice drying facility to be dried and stored. This process includes running the rice through a machine that removes the hull and then grades the rice. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t always take the farm out of the boy. At least those words ring true when speaking about Ville Platte Rice Dryer, Inc. Manager, Felix Morein.

Lower Atchafalaya sprints September 9th

Patterson – Breaking with the Tour du Teche tradition of mostly looong kayak and canoe races, the Lower Atchafalaya River Sprint on Saturday, Sept. 9, will be a set of six-mile races with starts and finishes within view of spectators at Morey Park in Patterson.

New dove hunting regulations for 2017-18 hunting season

Aug. 10, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding dove hunters that a new regulation governing the type of shot dove hunters may use on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and LDWF leased dove fields will be in effect for the 2017-18 hunting season.

Evangelizing through nature

Author Jo Ann Guillory Crumling visited the main branch of the Evangeline Parish Library for a book signing. She is pictured here sitting in the branch’s activity room holding a copy of her children’s book entitled Alex the Caterpillar. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Christians are called by God to spread the good news of the Gospels. This process called evangelization has taken many forms throughout the life of the Church. A local author has found a new avenue of this through a children’s book.

Rural tourism leaders air their wish lists

OPELOUSAS — About 50 tourism leaders were queried Tuesday about their ideas on how to improve rural tourism in a meeting attended by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center.

Catching a wave

Former Ville Platte High and current Tulane Green Wave tight end celebrates his winning two-point conversion catch against UL-L last season. The junior looks to help guide the Green Wave to a winning season in 2017 while collecting double bachelor’s degrees this year. (Photo courtesy of Tulane Athletics)

As a freshman football player three years ago, Kendall Ardoin came into the Tulane program like a deer caught in headlights.
Now, the Junior tight end can honestly say that he has become one of the wise old mentors, ready to give advice to any younger player that seeks it out.

Services set for Milo Nickel, Sr., longtime President/COO of LSN

Milo A. Nickel, Sr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church for Milo Addison Nickel, Sr., 85, who passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. prior to the services.

Portals of light

Pictured here is a group of James Stephens Alumni as they prepare to paint the door at Agnes Anderson’s residence on Edward “Knotoe” Thomas Street. From left to right are: Bottom row- Larry Jackson, Audrey Thomas, and Winson Ned; Middle row- Judy Ned and Vinelle Malbrew; and Top row- Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine. (Gazette photos by Tony Marks)

Alumni of schools at every level hold a similar mission statement of giving back to the schools of their time and financial contributions. One group of alumni in Ville Platte has taken this mission one step further by giving back to the community.

VP Council continues discussions about developing single-family housing

Continuing her program of making land available for developing single-family homes, at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, the Ville Platte City Council gave Mayor Jennifer Vidrine the authority to exchange a city-owned property with a privately-owned tract of land, contingent an apprais

ICE detainee escapes from Pine Prairie prison

GEO Employees Fannie Cavel (l) and Chuncey Fontenot (r) are seen bringing the ICE detainee back to the facility after capturing him. ( Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

On Sunday, an ICE detainee escaped from GEO Group’s Pine Prairie prison facility.
In a release from GEO Group, it stated that “two ICE detainees attempted to escape,” however only one was successful.

EPSO responds to att. burglary


On Saturday, August 5, 2017, deputies with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to an attempted burglary at KVPI New Director Stephanie Ware’s home on U.S. Highway 167.

Yielding the Rotary Club’s floor

The Ville Platte Rotary Club began its August meetings hearing from State Senator Eric LaFleur. He yielded the Rotary floor to representatives of the Louisiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.


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The Sacred Heart starting defensive unit works on the game plan for their scheduled scrimmage against Bunkie. The scrimmage, played on Friday, gives the Trojans a chance to find out just how ready the team is for the upcoming season and to possibly see some hidden talents. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux

Hard to believe, but the LHSAA High School football season is inching upon us everyday.


Executive Director of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and Evangeline Parish Tourism Camille Fontenot (center) was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. She is pictured here with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left) and Rotarian Peggy Tate (right). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)



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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