August 10, 1978- Guy Mitchell (standing), an attorney representing a delegation of people from the Belaire Cove community, addresses the Ville Platte City Council Tuesday night relative to what they believe is the unsuitability of a proposed landfill site in the area. Mitchell said the group he represents may initiate legal action if the Belaire Cove site is indeed finalized as the next landfill area in Ward I.
Looking Back: August 1958, 1968, and 1978
August 7, 1958
• A 24 can case of beer was $4.50, Armour Star oil was $1.79, Mayonnaise was .39.
August 14, 1958
• Obtaining the talents of Jimme Davis for the Festival-Centennial show has been made possible by the Billups Petroleum Company.
Mr. Davis and his band will put on a program of entertainment at the running of Ville Platte’s historic Tournoi at the VPHS stadium. The Tournoi, in which mounted lancers race over a circular course spearing small iron rings, is the dangerous game of the medieval Knights and is played no place else in the world today.
Making up the Cotton Festival program are the coronation ceremonies Saturday, the grand 20 float parade of Cotton at 1:00 p.m. Sunday combined with the Ville Platte Centennial parade, and then the Tournoi which annually brings thousands of people here from all over Louisiana and neighboring states.
The activities of the Festival will top off the city’s Centennial Celebration. Hundreds of Ville Platte men have organized Les Brave Barbes (the brave beards), and women of the community have formed their organization of Les Belles Centiemes (the centennial belles). Visitors to Ville Platte these days marvel at the beards and sunbonnets which appear everywhere.
Centennial activities will formally start with the holding of an election at the site of the hamlet’s first election in 1858. This time the “voters” will simply guess Ville Platte’s population in 2058; space will be provided on the ballots for personal data, predictions, and observations.
All of these ballots, along with other identifying material of the era, will go into a time capsule.
August 21, 1958
• Increased right of way width is being obtained along a six mile strip of road between Mamou and Basile, according to Rep. Howard B. Fontenot, preparatory to black-topping of this highway.
At present time, he said, a blacktop road starts from Mamou toward Basile, but eventually becomes gravel. The same thing happens from the Basile end.
Additional right of way width is required because some federal aid funds go into this type of work, he said. This project is now in the works and will meet a serious need.
August 1, 1968
• Governor John McKeithen has signed House Bill 927 which will directly benefit Chicot State Park, according to Prof. J.D. LaFleur, member of the State Parks and Recreation Commission.
The legislation directs the State Highway Department to maintain roads in state parks and connect park sites with existing highways.
This means, according to LaFleur, that five miles or more of hard surface roads in Chicot Park become a part of the state’s highway system and will be maintained by the state.
August 8, 1968
• In 1968 pineapple juice was .10, cucumbers per pound were .15, ground meat per pound was .55.
August 15, 1968
• District Judge Joe R. Vidrine ruled against Claude Rozas and others who sought to throw out a five mill maintenance tax election in Ward 1 in 13th Judicial District Court Tuesday.
The tax was passed by voters of the ward on May 25, but Rozas and other plaintiffs contended the election was invalidated because the police jury had not selected commissioners at random, depriving them of adequate representation.
• J.B. LaHaye was elected chairman of the Evangeline Parish Republican Executive Committee at a meeting of registered Republicans of the parish at his home in Vidrine Sunday afternoon.
Luke Soileau of Ville Platte was named vice chairman and James B. Deshotel, secretary- treasurer. The committee is entitled to as many members as on the parish governing body. In Evangeline this number totals nine.
August 3, 1978
• Local officials credited U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston for help in obtaining funds to renovate and expand the Evangeline Parish Health Unit, and Sen. Johnston was guest speaker at the dedication of the building Tuesday afternoon in Ville Platte. The dedication was attended by a number of local public officials as well as a delegation of state health officials.
• At Winn Dixie Hickory Sweet Bacon was $1.19 per pound, Chicken breast or leg quarter were .79 a pound.
• More than 40 local farmers, landowners and businessmen participated in the second public meeting in Evangeline Parish dealing with Section 208 of the Federal Water Quality Plan.
The meeting was sponsored by the Evangeline Soil and Water Conservation District at Vidrine High School last Thursday.
The purpose of the meeting was to present soil erosion data to the farmers based on crop and soil type, discuss cultural practices, and to determine if Evangeline Parish should be designated as an area of the state in need of erosion control projects.
August 10, 1978
• A number of residents along Tate Cove Road have been notified their sewer lines will be plugged unless they find an alternative to discharging sewage onto the highway right-of-way.
The notification was given to residents of some 35 homes along La. 29 going north of Ville Platte in connection with a road improvement project which will also provide subsurface drainage from Main St. northward along La. 29 to its intersection with the Whiteville Road.
August 24, 1978
• Louis “Woody” Jenkins, state representative from Baton Rouge and candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by J. Bennett Johnston, told The Gazette in an interview last week he believes the biggest issues in the campaign for Senate are “pocketbook” issues.
Jenkins, in Ville Platte last Wednesday as part of a campaign swing through Evangeline, Acadia, and St. Landry parishes, is highly optimistic of his chances of being elected September 16 in the race against Johnston and believes his optimism is founded on solid ground.
August 31, 1978
• Tropical Storm Debra sent a scare through Evangeline Parish residents Monday night, but aside from leaving behind about three inches of rain, the storm caused few problems and only isolated damage.