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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.

Baja St. Martin

It’s back to work at Stephensville Elementary School. Like all other Louisiana schools, teachers are beginning to think of iLEAP and LEAP — with some dread, I imagine, because it involves so much preparation and time.

Les Vieux Temps

There was once a public school in the LaRompe community. According to the minutes of the St. Martin School Board meeting of Sept.

SM opens 5-4A campaign with wins over BB, TCHS

The St. Martinville Tigers got off to a quick start in the 2008 District 5-4A basketball race, knocking off Breaux Bridge and Teurlings Catholic in the first week of league action.

LSU No. 1!

New Orleans – Two seniors from St. Martin Parish played key roles in LSU’s convincing 38-24 victory over Ohio State Monday night in the BCS National Championship game.

Board to elect officers for ’08

Henri C. Bienvenu

Heading up the agenda when the St. Martin School Board meets for the first time this year is the election of officers for 2008.

Sugarcane Harvest Over

Derek Albert

With the majority of sugar mills around the state processing their final loads of sugarcane, industry experts agree that the 2007 harvest yielded sweet results.

Winter Foliage

This patch of sugar cane recently harvested near Morbihan may look strange, but it’s not a strange new variety or a genetically modified crop. According to St. Martin County Agent Alfred Guidry, it’s just normal cane that was allowed some extra time in the field during a warm spell.

Hunter Still Missing

Butte La Rose — Authorities as well as friends and family of Keith Gilcrease, the hunter who disappeared Christmas morning, are on the lookout for any sign of the 16-foot aluminum crawfish skiff Gilcrease had used to go hunting down by Cow Island.

BB Chamber honoring Montesano, Broussard

Breaux Bridge — The Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce will honor Bruce Montesano and the late Earl Broussard with its Distinguished Citizen award at this year's banquet.

The annual event will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Atchafalaya Club in Henderson, starting at 5:45 p.m.


Bob Ellis &

Ken Grissom

Maj. Harold Molbert has a knack for being where the action is.

The Pulse of the Parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Tuesday, Jan. 8. Some were handled by municipal police departments, some by volunteer fire companies, some by Acadian Ambulance and some by the Louisiana State Police. The majority fell to the St.


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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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