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.
By: TONY MARKS
• 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. The association also elected new officers and began planning in earnest for the annual festival celebrated in Ville Platte. Newly elected officers for this year include Gilbert “Winky” Aucoin, president; Kenneth Webb, first vice president; Dan Poret, second vice president; Sarah Webb, secretary; Lynn Landreneau, treasurer-historian; and Paul Sandau, publicity director.
• Evangeline Parish School Board members last week put a freeze on the hiring of new bus drivers and said it would hire more bus drivers only as new bus routes could be justified.
• Evangeline Parish School Board members last week found themselves looking at a rather “pleasant” financial problem as they began work deciding how an additional $175,000 of federal funds under Title I can be spent. One suggestion during the course of the discussion had been to restore the aides’ positions and restore some of the helping teachers. By this method, aides could operate labs in the cases where there were no lab teachers, and helping teachers could oversee the activities of the aides.
• Jacques Coreil of the Louisiana Pardon and Parole Office presented a plaque of appreciation to Robert J. Reed upon his retirement as a probation parole officer. Reed also worked in Avoyelles and St. Landry parishes. The presentation was made on July 29, with fellow employees, family, and friends attending.
• At the grand opening of the Opelousas Road Branch of American Security Bank, Charles Chapman was the lucky winner of the first prize, a 50 quart Igloo ice chest. Tom Vidrine announced the winner, as the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Miller, who did the drawing, looked on.
• Pitre Ford Co. of Ville Platte was selected as one of the nation’s outstanding Ford dealerships and received Ford Motor Company’s Distinguished Achievement Award. The award was presented in recognition of progressive management, modern sales and service facilities, sound merchandising practices, high quality standards, and continuing interest in rendering superior service to Ford owners.
• Ville Platte’s Dixie Youth All-Stars were bumped out of the Dixie Youth State Tournament in Hammond Tuesday night, losing to F. O. R. D. by a 4-2 count.
• Governor David C. Treen, when signing into law the final capital outlay bill, announced that an additional $735,420 is included for the Acadiana area. Projects funded this year include $350,000 for construction of access roads for Chicot State Park in Evangeline Parish. Governor Treen also signed into law funding for the construction of a training machine shop building at the Ville Platte Vo-Tech School.
• Media representatives from Ville Platte were recognized last Thursday night in a joint meeting of local posts of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Awards were presented to Paul Sandau, editor of The Gazette, and Jim Soileau, manager of KVPI Radio Station.
• Skylar Matthew Chapman was born July 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Maurice Chapman, of Ville Platte, at Opelousas General Hospital, weighing 8 lbs. 1/2 ounces. His mother is the former Sharon Sylvester. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sylvester and Mrs. Allie Chapman, all of Ville Platte. He was welcomed home by three brothers, Paul, Anthony, and Damian and one sister, Maura.
• Blair Michelle Soileau, nine-month old daughter of John Glenn and Delores Soileau, participated in the Second Annual Preliminary Sportswear Competition of Gingerbread Productions held at the Southside Teenage Center, July 26. Blair was chosen First Runner-Up in the 0-2 age division, First in Punctual, and Third in Photogenic. The granddaughter of Belle Andrus was sponsored by Eunice Implement Company.
• Ninety-one Evangeline Junior 4-H’ers spent a fun-filled week at Camp Grant Walker near Alexandria. The week’s agenda included instruction in handicraft, energy conservation, water safety, archery, and the La. Wildlife and Fisheries Safe Hunter Program. The 4-H’ers also enjoyed swimming, softball, small games, skeet shooting, group competition, and nightly educational programs and vespers.