13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For most hunters, their greatest memories from partaking in one of Louisiana’s most beloved sports consist of killing their first banded duck or finally bagging that buck of a lifetime.

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

That distinctive smell of ash lingers in the humid air, while an eerie silence hangs overhead. The house that is situated on the corner of Calcasieu and West Hickory Streets in Ville Platte remains taped off days after a blaze claimed the life of the man who called the house his home -- James Malveaux.

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Kaleb Jon Fontenot returned to Soileau-Landry Field at Sacred Heart School last Friday night to have his baseball jersey retired.

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Platte runs past North Central 45-0; improves to 3-1

Ville Platte’s Davon Vallier takes it the distance on the opening kickoff against North Central. The Bulldogs defeated the Hurricanes 45-0 Friday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE –In what turns out to be a reflection of this current tropical storm season, there was no Hurricane at Memorial Field Thursday evening.
Instead, as expected, it was Ville Platte Bulldogs High that blew away North Central, storming to a 45-0 home victory.

Winning in phases

Pine Prairie High running back JJ Sims darts around the corner to pick up yardage against Mamou in the Panthers’ 25-6 win Friday night. Sims scored twice in the game, once on a kickoff return and once on an interception. Pine Prairie is now 2-2 on the season. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

MAMOU – In what seemed like a make or break game for both squads, the Pine Prairie Panthers scored in every phase of the game to take a 25-6 non-district win over the Mamou Green Demons here Friday night.

Order in the blind

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For most hunters, their greatest memories from partaking in one of Louisiana’s most beloved sports consist of killing their first banded duck or finally bagging that buck of a lifetime.

Judge denies Devillier more time to prep for theft trial

Rebecca Devillier

Former Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Civil Deputy Rebecca Devillier left the courthouse on Thursday in tears after Judge Chuck West denied her request for the defense to have more time to prepare their case.

New basketball court being built at Ville Platte park

The concrete for a basketball court was recently poured at the park behind the Northside Civic Center. Weather permitting, the court should be completed within the next few weeks. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The sounds of dribbling basketballs will soon be heard around the Northside Civic Center.

SLCC unveils automotive training program at VP Chamber meeting

Jermaine Ford ask-ed the members of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce for their assistance.
The Director of Corporate College for South Louisiana Community College was one of two guest speakers the chamber hosted at Wednesday’s monthly meeting held at Main Street Pizza and Pub.

Merritt pleads guilty to 2013 robbery

Nearly three years after robbing the Subway Restaurant in Ville Platte, Jacoby Merritt appeared before Judge Gary Ortego to plead guilty to one count of principal to simple robbery.

VPPD Arrest Reports

The Ville Platte Police Department reported 16 recent booking into the city jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Looking Back

This week, we take a look back at Oct. 1984.
• Incumbent Cal Vidrine and former Police Chief Harry Vidrine were in a runoff for Ward 1 city marshal.

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Sports

JEANERETTE – Despite a dominant first half performance, the Sacred Heart Trojans had to come back from a three-point halftime deficit to pick up a 32-16 win over the Jeanerette Tigers here Thursday

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Obituaries

Nov. 4, 1940 - Sept. 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mr. S.W. “Billy” Prudhomme, 75, were held Friday, September 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Fr. Mitch Guidry officiated.

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