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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.

Shaw to handle CIAP for parish

St. Martinville — The Parish Council on Tuesday, Feb. 19, gave a green light for President Guy Cormier to hire Shaw Environmental, Inc., to plan some $6.5 million in federally funded projects.

How your legislators are voting

The Louisiana legislature is in session for Gov. Bobby Jindal's ethics reform special session. Here’s how the St. Martin delegation voted on issues directly impacting citizens.

Rep. Fred Mills Jr., St. Martinville, voted for:


Grover Angelle of the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office and his trusty helpers flank the new community bulletin board and enclosure they built for the sheriff’s office substation near Stephensville.

$3M in bonds to go to street repairs

St. Martinville — The city will issue short-term bonds to raise $3 million for an extensive street renewal program.

The City Council Monday gave bonding attorney Lonnie Bewley the go-ahead to put the bid package together.

City sticking with current contractor

St. Martinville — The City Council Monday rescinded a call for bids on the contract trash pickup service after determining that it would likely be cheaper to extend the current contract with Allied Waste Services.

Breaux Bridge will borrow for streets

Breaux Bridge — The City Council authorized Mayor Jack Dale Delhomme to proceed with plans to do a major overhaul of city streets.

The council authorized Delhomme to take the necessary steps to float bonds against the city’s revenue.

Parish Police Report

The following arrests and/or citations were reported in St. Martin Parish from Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 17.

Monday, Feb. 11

Clint LeBlanc, 43, 1000 block of Oleus Champagne Rd., St. Martinville; three counts of failure to appear (SMSO).

Sportsman of the week

BATTLE SCAR? — Trevor Clay, 12, son of Mike and Jackie Clay of Breaux Bridge, holds up the broken rack of an eight-point buck — now a six-point — he shot near Hamilton, Texas, on a hunt with his dad and friends


Members of the Breaux Bridge Jr. High Lady Tigers basketball team for 2007-08 recently completed a successful season, finishing second in the St. Martin Parish League tournament. Seated from left are Kadiah LeBlanc, Kelsey Mouton, Torrie Roy, Jalyn Charles and Tiffany Borel.


Cecilia’s Alayssa Guidroz hurries a throw to first base in hope of completing a double play after a Beau Chene runner is forced out at second.

KAE ANGELLE of Cecilia

KAE ANGELLE of Cecilia sends a pitch toward the plate against Beau Chene last week. The Lady Bulldogs were shut out, 2-0, by the Lady Gators in their first loss of the young season.

Softball results

As softball season got cranked up last week Cecilia’s Lady Bulldogs opened the first week of play with a 1-1 record.

The Lady ’Dogs blew by Acadiana on Wednesday but suffered a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Beau Chene on Thursday.


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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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