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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.

Weekly Rotary Minute update

Wayne Vidrine, President of the Ville Platte Rotary Club, is pictured here as he spoke at the weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon. He outlined his vision for the club during the upcoming year including corporate memberships and the future of Chicot State Park. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine advised the club he wants to bring something different to the table at each meeting such as sharing Rotary trivia.

Making their presence known

RUSTON -- Timing is everything, especially in the arena of sports.
The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Minor All-Stars found that out the hard way this past week here at the Regional Tournament.

Making their presence known

RUSTON -- Exceeding expectations.
That phrase comes off as a trite statement at times.
However, for the Ville Platte Dixie Youth Major All-Stars that statement defines the entire post-season, especially for a team with as much youth as they fielded.

Saddled up saviors

Pictured here are members of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff Posse as they present the check made out to St Jude’s Wednesday night outside the station located on the Chauncey Pitre Road . From left to right Back row: David LaFleur, TJ Campbell, Keith Jackson, Shae McDaniel, Keith Saucier, Jeret Daigle. Middle row: Daniel Fruge, Ralph Daigle, Nick Buller, Cody LaFleur. Front row: Jedd LaFleur, Alvin Rachal, Chris Meche, and Joseph Fontenot. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is a group of people who are a part of the sheriff’s crew that has a unique history and mission of serving the community. This group is called the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse of Evangeline Parish, and they have turned their goal into helping the children of St.


GULF SHORES, AL -- Ville Platte is on the national softball map once again.

No justice; no peace

Reverend Raymond Brown (center) delivers a passionate message to an audience outside of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse on Wednesday. The civil rights leader came to Evangeline Parish to seek justice for an individual recently killed during a deputy-involved shooting. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Evangeline Parish Courthouse lawn was filled with parish residents urging that justice be served in what the group consider the uncalled for death of Dejuan Guillory at the hands of an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.


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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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