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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.

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.

Flag football in Magnolia Park

St. Martinville – The Ten-N-Out Bengals will hold a flag football tournament, the first “Bash on the Bayou,” this weekend, Feb. 23 and 24, at Magnolia Park.

The entry fee is $100 with a deadline of Feb. 20, after which there will be a $10 late fee.

CHS, SMSH secure post-season berths

The Cecilia Bulldogs close regular season play with a 19-12, 7-2 record and earn the No. 2 seed for the District 6-3A playoff bracket.

Les Vieux Temps

As one drives around Acadiana, a common sight in people’s yards is a statue of the Virgin Mary. While visiting the Vatican Mosaic Exhibition at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans, I was reminded of miracles of Mary.


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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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