Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine holds the credentials from the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions while sitting at a table filled with Ville Platte items that will be part of promotional baskets that Vidrine is taking to this year’s convention in Philadelphia. In addition to being a delegate, Vidrine will also serve as Delegate Whip. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine couldn’t help but get the chills when she first stood on the floor at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver as a delegate from the state of Louisiana.

The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

It was a most productive season for the Ville Platte Girls Softball Association 10U All-Stars. These young ladies ran through their preseason tournaments and the sectional tournament undefeated, despite all of them being one year younger than the teams that they faced throughout the summer.

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Life has taught Ronald Jenkins, Jr. that “everyone has their own cross to bare,” but that doesn’t have to determine what you are able to accomplish. Jenkins said, “My cross to bare is more obvious than some people’s because I am missing an arm, but everyone has one. It’s important that you don’t let that define you.”

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine holds the credentials from the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions while sitting at a table filled with Ville Platte items that will be part of promotional baskets that Vidrine is taking to this year’s convention in Philadelphia. In addition to being a delegate, Vidrine will also serve as Delegate Whip. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Not a handicap

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Life has taught Ronald Jenkins, Jr. that “everyone has their own cross to bare,” but that doesn’t have to determine what you are able to accomplish.

Turkey Creek man arrested for domestic abuse, battery

Pine Prairie Detective Josh Estes arrested Travis Elliott outside of Tom’s Fried Chicken Wednesday for domestic abuse, battery. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

On July 20, 2016 Pine Prairie Detective Joshua Estes responded to a call involving a man beating a woman and then dragging her into a green minivan and driving away.

School Board OKs cutting 16 para positions

The Evangeline Parish School Board has officially made a decision on where cuts will be made in the district to climb out of the $1.2 million deficit that the district faces.

Mamou police officer saves life of unresponsive toddler

Following the horrific incident that could have ended the life of Pedraza Gomez, Chief Brent Zachery (left), Assistant Chief Phyllis Soileau (right), and Nicole Fontenot (center) posed for a picture with Pedraza Gomez. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Soileau)

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Mamou Police Officer Nicole Price Fontenot was dispatched to a Mamou residence in response to an unresponsive child.
Upon arrival, Fontenot said, “The child’s mother was holding the baby in her arms and the little girl was limp.”

Redemption time?

The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Major All-Stars hold their South Regional Championship trophy high in the air. Ville Platte now moves on to the state championship for a best two out of three series to be held in Alexandria beginning Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. Ville Platte is undefeated this all-star season. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Leger)

Two years ago nine of the 12 players on the Dixie Youth Major All-Stars were one out away from sealing the state title and moving on to the World Series.

Ville Platte Super 10’s fall in regional finals; turn in great season

The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Super 10 All-Stars put forth a valiant effort this past week in Morgan City at the North Regional tournament, but just could not muster the offense to finish, as they fell in the final game to West Carroll and took home the runner-up title.

Mamou Super 10’s run comes to an end in regional tournament

The streak is over for the Mamou Dixie Youth Super 10 All-Stars.
After winning both the sub-district tournament and the district tournament, Mamou fell in the final game of the South Regional tournament, despite a courageous effort to battle back out of the loser’s bracket.

Mold problem at Liberty worse then first thought

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot, right, talks with Derik Thomas, of Bennett Primes, about the mold remediation work at the Liberty Theater. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Black mold problems at the Liberty Theater were worse than initially thought, Eunice Mayor Scott Fonenot said.
In May the historic theater was closed for repairs to leaks in the roof and to stop moisture problems.

FLOYD USHER

March 9, 1920 - July 18, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Floyd Usher, 96, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Father Tom Voorhies will officiate.

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The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

It was a most productive season for the Ville Platte Girls Softball Association 10U All-Stars.

Lifestyle

VILLE PLATTE ­— More than 200 people attended this year’s Insect Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum on July 16.

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Obituaries

July 31, 1962 - July 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE – A memorial Mass for Donna Kathryn McCauley was celebrated on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte with Fr. Mitchell Guidry officiating services.

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