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une 4, 1959- Many will mourn the perhaps temporary passing of Governor Earl K. Long from the Louisiana political scene. Things won’t be the same without Uncle Earl assaulting his opponents from the stump when the going gets hot come autumn. Whatever else may be said about him, none can gainsay that his colorful personality enlivened the numerous campaigns in which the old war horse thundered around the state. Perhaps he is, as he has said, the last of the red hot pappas in Louisiana politics. These photos, which capture much of his style and technique, were made when last Uncle Earl stumped from the courthouse steps at Ville Platte.....unsuccessfully, at that!

Looking Back: June 1949, 1959, and 1969

June 2, 1949

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Pictured from left to right are Evangeline Parish Schools Supervisor Linda LaFleur, Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools and Rotarian Darwan Lazard, Evangeline Parish Schools Technology Technician Kyle LaFleur, Evangeline Parish Schools Supervisor Sherral Tezeno, Ville Platte Rotary President Peter Strawitz, and Evangeline Parish Assistant Superintendant of Schools Michael Lombas. (Gazette photos by Tony Marks)

Of lobbying and enrolling

Elizabeth Coffin, daughter of Ville Platte Rotarians Bob and Barbara Buroker, is a corporate lobbyist in Washington D.C.

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May 4, 1998 - Friendship Baptist Church in Pine Prairie recently formed a Royal Ambassador organization, registered with the Brotherhood Department of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Pictured here following the formal initiation ceremony last week of the new group are members, front row, from left, Ann Cason - director of the group, Braxton Willis, Matthias Petersen, Matthew Manuel, David Longino and Bo Sands; back row, from left, Kyle Fontenot, Cody Kordish, Buddy Deville, Peter Cheramie and Chris Willis. (photo submitted)

Looking Back: May 1969, 1979, and 1989

May. 1, 1969

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Pictured here are the Evangeline Parish 4-H scholarship winners. From left to right are Gabrielle Fontenot, Iyana Freeman, Reid Eastin, and Sean Eastin. Fontenot was also recognized as the Farm Bureau Outstanding 4-H member. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Head, heart, hands, health on display

The annual Evangeline Parish 4-H Award’s Night was again held Tuesday at the Ville Platte Northside Civic Center where the outstanding achievers were recognized.


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