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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.


David Traver’s 7th grade class at Stephensville Elementary School sports the new T-shirts they won by raising the most money for the American Cancer Society. Altogether, the school raised a total of $775.00 by “buying” links in a paper chain.


FOUR MORE — Parish President Guy Cormier, flanked by his wife, Darleen, and son, Micah, takes the oath of office administered by Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer. (Staff Photo by Ken Grissom)


FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE — Parish President Guy Cormier (right) and Parish Council Chairman Mike Huval present former District 3 Councilman Odell Trahan a plaque expressing the appreciation and admiration of his former colleagues.


NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS — Jill Hebert of District 6 and Jason Willis of District 3 sign the paperwork officially making them members of the new St. Martin Parish Council.


NEW PARISH COUNCIL — Members and staff of the new St. Martin Parish Council, having been sworn in by Justice John L.

Shelters big Sugar Bowl winners

New Iberia — Citizen-supported safe refuges for battered women and other victims of domestic abuse each received a donation of $5,000 from a Sugar Bowl football pool.

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.


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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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