Willie Shillow of Mamou rings the bell inside the lobby at Savoy Cancer Center on Wednesday. Shillow was one of several cancer patients that took part in the bell ringing ceremony. The bell is to be rung by patients once they have completed their final treatments at the facility. Shillow was a patient at Savoy Cancer Center while he battled leukemia.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- The bell rung again and again. Those who walked up to ring the newly mounted bell on the wall were young and old, black and white, male and female. The individuals served as a true representation of just how the disease of cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Former Ville Platte Detective Nathaniel Savoy was sentenced to 18 months in prison last November for falsifying a police report to cover up his own involvement in a “conspiracy to burglarize” a local Ville Platte business.

VIlle Platte resident Arthur Sampson holds up the U.S. Department of Justice report, which was released in December, while addressing the council about the DOJ’s findings. After a two year long investigation into the practices at the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the DOJ reported that VPPD have performed illegal “investigative holds” at least 700 times while EPSO had done so at least 200 times. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the City of Ville Platte’s council meeting on Tuesday, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, for the first time, publicly addressed the Department of Justice’s report citing the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal “investigative holds.”

Lady Panthers, Lady Trojans pick up wins; Panthers fail to finish

Sacred Heart senior Sydney Shiver looks to dish off a pass during a recent game against Notre Dame. Shiver and the Lady Trojans picked up a win over David Thibodaux Friday night. (Gazette file photo)

District action continued for three of the area teams, as the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans, the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers and the Pine Prairie Panthers all took the hard court Friday night.

To be determined

Ville Platte High center Tyreonna Doucet (35) puts in a lay-up against the Northwest Lady Raiders, as teammate Alyssa Fontenot (10) looks on. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Northwest 62-46 to remain perfect at 5-0 in District 5-3A play and move to 18-8 on the season. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE -- There still may be a lot of basketball left to play in the 2016-17 season, but sometimes an early season district match-up can wind up determining who comes out on top when the last buzzer of the final league game sounds.

VP, Pine Prairie men involved in shootout

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a shootout on Lariat Lane in Easton in the early morning hours of Friday, January 20, 2017.

For whom the bell tolls

Willie Shillow of Mamou rings the bell inside the lobby at Savoy Cancer Center on Wednesday. Shillow was one of several cancer patients that took part in the bell ringing ceremony. The bell is to be rung by patients once they have completed their final treatments at the facility. Shillow was a patient at Savoy Cancer Center while he battled leukemia.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- The bell rung again and again.
Those who walked up to ring the newly mounted bell on the wall were young and old, black and white, male and female. The individuals served as a true representation of just how the disease of cancer doesn’t discriminate.

Ex-VPPD detective in prison

Former Ville Platte Detective Nathaniel Savoy was sentenced to 18 months in prison last November for falsifying a police report to cover up his own involvement in a “conspiracy to burglarize” a local Ville Platte business.

Mamou man dies in head-on collision near Kinder

The two vehicles driven by Tyler Bamburg and Derrick Williams that collided on U.S. Highway 190 in Allen Parish on Thursday. The collision killed all four people involved, including a one-year-old child. (Photo courtesy of Troop D)

A head-on collision in Allen Parish involving a Mamou man has resulted in the deaths of four individuals, including a one-year-old girl.
Louisiana State Police Troop D released a statement on Thursday, January 19 regarding a crash that occurred two and half miles east of Kinder.

Old Fashioned Boucherie & Smoke Meat Cook-Off announced at chamber meeting

Camille Fontenot, left, director of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce, Jesse Muse, Dianna Johnson, director of the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club, and William “Tojo” Ward, chamber president, pose at the January 18 Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

An old fashioned boucherie and smoked meat cookoff to benefit the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Northside Civic Center.

Parish residents earn degrees from NSU

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State awarded 852 degrees during Fall Commencement ceremonies to students who completed coursework in the Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 semesters. Commencement speaker was NSU alumnus David Morgan.

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Lifestyle

Derek Foret, right, of Houma, and his daughter, Adalynn, build a bluebird house during the Louisiana State Arboretum’s Bluebird Basics program. The event was held January 14. (Below left) Landon Guillory of Ville Platte shows off his completed bluebird house. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Spring is just around the corner — flowers will bloom, rain showers will pass and birds will migrate, including bluebirds.

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