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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.

Kickin’ it around

Soccer instructor Seth Gary shows participants in this year’s soccer league some vital skills needed to be successful. The Evangeline Soccer Association will hold their opening ceremonies on August 26 at the EPRD Complex to kick off their eight week season. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Well it is official.
The world wide phenomenon of futbol, known to us Americans as soccer, has found its way to Cajun Country.

VP Housing Authority discusses police security

An emotional Arthur Sampson addressed the Ville Platte Housing Authority Board at its meeting on Tuesday concerning the lack of a police presence at the multiple public housing complexes in the City of Ville Platte.

EPPJ recognizes local summer league teams at recent meeting

Softball and baseball teams from Evangeline Parish filled the pews of the Evangeline Parish Police Meeting Room Monday night at the jury’s monthly meeting.
Teams recognized were from Mamou and Ville Platte and included softball teams from Ville Platte who made it to the World Series.



VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Teresa Edmond Guillory, 57, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in the LaVille Funeral Home Chapel.
Mrs. Guillory a resident of Grand Prairie passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 at her residence.



VILLE PLATTE – David Sullivan was born July 16, 1986 to Lemoine Kay and Homer Ray Sullivan, Sr. in Wyandotte, Michigan. During David’s life here on Earth he enjoyed every day.



VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Beverly Veillon Burnham, 87, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Father Mitch Guidry will officiate.

Down home doctoring

Dr. Brent Ardoin perched himself on an examination table in an exam room located inside his office on Poinciana Street. He spoke about his 30-years of practicing medicine in Mamou and how it has changed over the years. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The name Frank Savoy has become synonymous with medical practice in Mamou over the generations. This is particularly evident by the hospital that bears the name. However, another doctor has left his lasting footprint on the medical scene of the town.

East Side Water discusses board legitimacy

East Side Water System, Inc., heard from its legal advisor at its board meeting Wednesday concerning its course of action following a recent Third Circuit Court of Appeal decision.

EPSB enters agreement with ESPO; resource officer hired

During the Evangeline Parish School Board’s meeting last Wednesday, the board approved entering into an agreement with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office to provide a School Resource Officer for Evangeline Central School this school year.


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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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