December 24, 1968- A UNITED STATES FLAG, which flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., was presented to Sacred Heart High School of Ville Platte Wednesday by Congressman Edwin Edwards in ceremonies at the school. In the left photo, Monsignor Bourgeois accepts the flag from Edwards for and on behalf of the Sacred Heart students. Msgr. Bourgeois and Edwards stand with Michael Quinn (right photo), a 1966 graduate of Sacred Heart and a third-year student at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Home on Christmas leave, Quinn was Edwards’ first military academy appointment after he was elected to the unexpired term of the late T.A. Thompson and is the first military academy appointee from Ville Platte in 20 years. It was the first time Edwards and Quinn had met each other.
Looking Back: November 1958, 1968, and 1978
December 4, 1958
The early morning freeze of Saturday and the continuous low temperatures since, have done no apparent damage to farm crops in the Evangeline area, according to County Agent W.R. Vallot.
However, the only crop left in the field that could be damaged are a few sweet potatoes, and the freeze was not hard enough for them. The remaining potatoes were from late plantings and had been left in the ground to grow a little more. Now the crop will have to be harvested before the December 15th deadline.
December 11, 1958
First distribution of surplus government commodities, under a proposed eight month program sponsored jointly by the Evangeline Police Jury and the Welfare Department, took place with 1,607 farm connected families receiving the bounty of the Great White Father in Washington. Applications from persons who qualify to receive this surplus food stuff are being received every day at the Welfare offices, according to Director W.R. Knighten.
December 5, 1968
Glenn Lafleur, a 1966 graduate of Ville Platte High School, has been named to The Associated Press’ small college All-American second defensive team for his outstanding play on the University of Southwestern Louisiana football team, it was announced Tuesday.
The junior linebacker had made All-Gulf Coast Conference last year as a sophomore despite numerous injuries which also kept him from playing football as a freshman at USL.
December 12, 1968
At a super-short meeting of the Evangeline Parish School Board, Superintendent Nat Manuel was authorized last Thursday to advertise for bids for science equipment for various schools under Title I Federal Funds.
Manuel announced at the meeting that new restrooms being built at Ville Platte Lower Elementary, Mamou, Chicot, Hester Heath and James Stephens are nearing completion and new canteen closing hours at public schools went into effect last Monday.
The board appointed Herbert Soileau assistant ag teacher at James Stephens subject to his qualifications.
December 14, 1978
The Ville Platte National Guard unit today announced the implementation of a new program for enlistment in the National Guard. Congress has approved an Enlistment, Education Assistance and Retention Bonus Program. The program is aimed at high school seniors and graduates.
December 21, 1978
The state’s top health officer could offer a local delegation little hope for a solution to a problem along Tate Cove Rd. just north of Ville Platte where sewer lines for 14 homes on the west side of the highway will be blocked due to high construction work.
Mayor Cecil LeBas said this week Dr. William Cherry told him and State Sen. John Saunders he would refer the matter of allowing these residents, who are outside city limits, to drain in back of their property and eventually into a ditch along Lincoln Rd. to the Evangeline Parish sanitarian “to look over the situation,” LeBas said.