Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Camille Fontenot has a passion for Ville Platte. Fontenot said, “I love Ville Platte. It’s my home. I was brought up here. I know a little bit about everything here. I know almost every family. My husband is my high school sweetheart. “I love people, and I’ve got a great love for Ville Platte. I hope never to leave here.”
It looks like Louisiana is jumping on the band wagon when it comes to growing and producing medical marijuana, and Louisiana State University will be the first to take a crack at it.

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Beyond the mat

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Ville Platte garners split decision with Bunkie Friday night

BUNKIE - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs earned a split decision here Friday night, as the Bulldogs blasted the Panthers 76-49 and the Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Panthers 72-67.
Here is a re-cap of both games.

Sacred Heart takes hard loss to Menard in non-district play

Sacred Heart’s Jeffery Sylvester (40) tries to go baseline against a Menard defender in their game Monday night. The Trojans could not muster much offense agains the Eagle defense, as they fell 66-39. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagenaux)

VILLE PLATTE - Sometimes there is just no amount of practice that can prepare a team for an effective pressing defense.
Such was the case for the Sacred Heart Trojans, as they took a hard 66-39 loss to the Menard Eagles here Monday night.

Clipping wings

Sacred Heart and Menard players battle for the rebound after a free throw attempt from Sacred Heart’s Catherine Poche (34) in Monday night’s contest. The Lady Trojans’ tenacious defense led to a 31-28 win over the Lady Eagles. Sacred Heart improves to 5-1 on the year with the win. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux

VILLE PLATTE - It was a grind it out, hard fought defensive effort that propelled the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans to a 31-28 non-district victory over the Menard Lady Eagles here Monday night.

MPD makes arrest in high speed chase

The Mamou Police Department recovered 43 plastic bags each filled with marijuana and a stolen handgun after a high speed chase on November 22, 2016. (Photo courtesy of MPD)

On November 22, 2016 the Mamou Police Department’s night began with a Toys for Tots fundraiser, but it ended with a high speed car chase at 100 miles per hour though the city limits.

Man wanted in Turkey Creek shooting death arrested in Oklahoma

Leland Hamm has been arrested in Oklahoma.
KOKI Fox 23 News in Oklahoma reported on Friday night that Hamm had been arrested in a parking lot of a Lowe’s in the town of Owasso, Oklahoma. Hamm is wanted in connection with the July 1 murder of a Shreveport man in Turkey Creek.

Area Briefs

Mamou Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences

MPD Arrest Reports

The Mamou Police Department recently reported the following five arrests:
• Gregory G. Booze, 1818 Lafitte Dr., Alexandria, was arrested November 15, 2016 for battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional and obscenity.

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 30 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:

LINDSEY LEE FREDERICK

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

WINNIE PEARL ORTEGO

Aug. 29, 1926 - Nov. 26, 2016
A Mass of Christian Burial for Winnie Pearl Ortego was held Monday, November 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Father Taj Glodd officiated. Ortego was laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Sports

BUNKIE - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs earned a split decision here Friday night, as the Bulldogs blasted the Panthers 76-49 and the Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Panthers 72-67

Lifestyle

Shane Darbonne with Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Wellness Center was the guest speaker at the November 22 Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting.

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Obituaries

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

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