Vice President Chris Stromer (left) and his dad President Harold Stromer (right) stand behind the counter of the parts department inside Boco’s, which is celebrating 85 years. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Doctor Chris Fontenot stands in front of the mural painted on the side of the old Chris’ Corner building along the railroad tracks. He is holding a copy of his book Acadian Prairie-Theodule. The book’s cover art was done by a 10th grader from Chataignier, Jada Guillory. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Nicole McGregor, inventory and marketing manager for Ville Platte Dodge, is pictured here banging the “Gong for Charity.” Each time a customer buys a vehicle and bangs the gong, the dealership will make a donation to either the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club or CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline, Inc. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Country comes to town

Nashville recording artist Aaron Tippin (pictured here) will headline the Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 10:00 pm until midnight under the new pavilion behind the Ville Platte Civic Center. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Tippin)

Associate Editor

VPPD Arrests

The Ville Platte Police Department reported four recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were the following:
• Steven Freeman, 36, 610 W. Lincoln, was arrested on May 24, 2017 for Theft of Good/ Flight. Freeman was bonded out on a $1,250.00 bond

EPSO Arrests

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 20 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Ville Platte’s Fontenot named 2017 Miss Smoked Meat

Leah Fontenot was crowned the 2017 Miss Smoked Meat Festival. She is 19-years-old and is the daughter of Kirk and Anita Fontenot. (Photo courtesy of Mable Foreman)

Associate Editor


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Coming into the 2017 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints were looking to upgrade a defense that has been atrocious the past three years.



MAMOU – Wayne Fontenot was a kind, caring, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, and a great friend to many. He was an excellent provider for his family; working offshore for many years as a construction foreman. Wayne was known not to waste a moment of his life.

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