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An economic effort

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)

Economic development and tourism were the main topics of this week’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club as the executive director of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and Evangeline Parish Tourism, Camille Fontenot was the guest speaker.

A polished jewel

Ella Ortego sits atop of a desk as she shows off some of the different styles of jewelry that she has made. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Some children spend most of every minute of their free time in front of a television or a computer screen. One Ville Platte 12-year-old, Ella Ortego; however, spends her time making her own jewelry, and marketed some of her crafts at the Sunset Jam Saturday in Sunset.

Evangelizing through nature

Author Jo Ann Guillory Crumling visited the main branch of the Evangeline Parish Library for a book signing. She is pictured here sitting in the branch’s activity room holding a copy of her children’s book entitled Alex the Caterpillar. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Christians are called by God to spread the good news of the Gospels. This process called evangelization has taken many forms throughout the life of the Church. A local author has found a new avenue of this through a children’s book.

Looking back: Thursday, August 6, 1981

Newly elected officers for the 1981 Louisiana Cotton Festival are, from left, seated Lynn Landreneau, treasurer - historian; Sarah Webb, secretary; from left, standing, Gilbert "Winky" Aucoin, president; Kenneth Webb, first vice president; Dan Poret, second vice president; and Paul Sandau, publicity director. The officers were elected last Thursday night at a meeting of the association in the Evangeline Bank Civic Room.

• Members of the Louisiana Cotton Festival Association were informed that the 1981 Louisiana Cotton Festival is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th, through Sunday, October 11th.

Voisins celebrate 50 years

Everett and Carmen Voisin of Milton on their wedding day, July 22, 1967, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte

Carmen and Everett Voisin of Milton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 22, 2017.
Carmen, the former Carmen Smith of Ville Platte, and Everett were married in 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Fr. Joseph Brennan officiated the ceremony.


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