The newly appointed director of Lafayette Utilities System Jeff Stewart is pictured here. He is a former resident of Ville Platte and a 1996 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. (Photo courtesy of LUS)

Powering up

Throughout its 120-year-old history, Lafayette Utilities System has always prided itself on providing electrical, water, and sewer services to the residents of Lafayette and some neighboring areas.

Darrel LeJeune of Basile (right) receives the J. Blanton Belk Outstanding Up with People Alumnus Award from J. Blanton Belk, the founder of Up with People and the award’s namesake. The presentation was made on Friday, June 29 during the organization’s annual alumni reunion held in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo courtesy of Darrel LeJeune)

Basile native LeJeune wins prestigious Outstanding Alumnus award

For the better part of the past six decades, the Up With People (UWP) educational and performance program has been reaching individuals around the world through its music, message, and service.

Pictured here are Rotary President Richard LeJeune (left) and Ville Platte Mayor and Rotarian Jennifer Vidrine (right). Mayor Vidrine spoke about economic development opportunities and other issues around the city. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Developing real estate and economies

Real estate values and economic development opportunities are two issues that go hand-in-hand when it comes to the success of any city across the nation.

Fr. Keith Pellerin, the pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Kinder, is pictured here as he delivers the homily during the Mass for the 59th anniversary of the death of his fourth cousin Charlene Richard. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks

Annual mass is held in memory of ‘The Little Cajun Saint’

When the Cajun and Creole ancestors of those currently living in South Louisiana first arrived, they brought with them vestiges of the ways of life from their native homeland.

Mary Foster-Galasso is pictured here in the center as she unfurls a sign for the mutil-purpose room that now bears her name. She is pictured with some of the library board members. From left to right are Police Jury President Ryan “LeDay” Williams, Gaynell Coates, and Sandra Jacobs. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

A new chapter in life

The last day of July meant the last day on the job for Mary Foster-Galasso as executive director of the Evangeline Parish Library.


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