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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

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November 20, 1988- The official poster for the fifth annual Boggy Bayou Festival, set for March 1989, was presented to festival board members by Glory Thibodeaux, poster chairman, during last week’s meeting. Pictured with the poster are, from left to right, back row- Ray Forman, Father Leslie Prescott, and Bernice Ardoin, secretary and front row- Sandra Book, treasurer and Ema Lantier. Seated is Glory Thibodeaux Not shown are festival president Charles West and vice-president Debbie Oge.

Looking Back: November 1988, 1998, and 2008

November 3, 1988

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From left to right are Rotarian Eric Gil, Evangeline Parish Assistant Extension Agent Kim Deville, Sam Gil from Sacred Heart 4-H, Jose Deshotel from St. Ed’s 4-H, and Rotary President-elect Nicole Wenger. (Gazette photos by Tony Marks)

VP Rotary experiences pediatric care for head, heart, hands, and health

The Ville Platte Rotary Club, during its latest round of meetings before Thanksgiving, welcomed home a native pediatrician and learned from parish 4-H students about the value of joining the organi

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Congressional Aide Jerrie LeDoux (center) to U.S. Congressman from Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District Mike Johnson was the speaker at the Rotary Club’s meeting on Election Day November 6. She is pictured here with Rotarian Bill Brunet (left) and Rotary President Peter Strawitz (right). (Gazette photo by Garland Forman)

VP Rotary hears novel ideas about going to the U.S. Congress

As the club closed out the month of October, the Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from one of its own about putting ideas to paper and writing the next great American novel.

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November 16, 1978- Voting machine totals in the four precincts in the District 6 school board race were checked last week by interested parties in that election. From left are Donald Soileau, attorney for William “Bill” McBride, the apparent winner; McBride; Clyde Fontenot, attorney for Forrest “Jay” Fontenot Jr.; and Walter Lee, Clerk of Court. The machines in those four precincts were checked with registration books and absentee ballots inside of them. The absentee ballots are scheduled to be recounted today.

Looking Back: November 1958, 1968, and 1978

November 6, 1958


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