The Basile Police Department responded to a report of a child being struck by a train Wednesday, July 9, at approximately 4 p.m. The incident occurred at the railroad crossing on Magnolia Street in Basile. The Basile police and the fire department responded, along with Acadian Ambulance, who were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Christopher Anderson

Police Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department reported the following incidents over the Fourth of July weekend.

The Mamou All-Stars celebrate after their district victory in DeQuincy.

In DeQuincy, the Mamou Elite 8’s (eight and under) did the thing they do best and went on to win the District Seven Tournament. They played outstanding defense throughout the event and got timely hitting when needed to march through the event with a perfect 6-0 record.

Christopher Anderson

The Mamou All-Stars celebrate after their district victory in DeQuincy.

EPSB approves motion for bonds of indebtedness

During its meeting Wednesday night, the Evangeline Parish School Board gave its preliminary approval for $2.5 million in certificates of indebtedness for the parish’s local area network project (on

VPPD searches for suspect

On July 13, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Ville Platte Police Department received a call reporting an armed robbery at a local business on East Main Street.

VP Majors seek regional title

Its been a while since Ville Platte has made it big at the Dixie Youth Majors level.

Super 10’s look to regain crown

The last time Ville Platte won the Super 10’s regional was just two years ago. That group is now playing at the Majors level and looking to win that regional.

Mamou Elite 8’s earn World Series birth

With an overall record of 17-1, the Mamou Eight year-old All-Stars earned a trip to Longview, Texas to compete in the Dixie Youth Pitching Machine World Series event.

Police Jury mulls problem with log truckers

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, during its monthly meeting Wednesday, July 15, decided to take action on logging truckers who use parish roads and avoid state roads, and on owners of properties

VP Majors rebound for championship

DISTRICT SEVEN CHAMPS - The Ville Platte Majors won the District Seven Tournament. They are pictured above, in no particular order, Noah Soileau, Conner Bordelon, Aidan LeJeune, Wesley Marcantel, Cade Foret, Jacques Leger, Dru Scully, Jaden Prudhomme, Daegan Mitchell, Lucas Vallet, Tyler Mire, Christian Duplechin. Coaches, Head Coach Thomas Scully, Timmy Soileau and Brent Duplechin.

Ville Platte coasted into the semi-finals of the District Seven Tournament in Ville Platte. They had dominated nearly every team they played and now only DeRidder was in their way.

Super 10’s win title with sweep

Hayden Fontenot slides into second.

In Moss Bluff, the VP Super 10’s wasted no time in getting into the finals and destroying the competition.

House fire story leads to gawking geese

Sometimes stories in the early issues of the Weekly Gazette started out as a pretty ordinary news story, but then toward the end took a rather unusual turn.

Well dressed bank robber kept his cool

A story in the Weekly Gazette on October 30, 1926, was about a Moreauville bank robbery three days before by a well-dressed robber who kept his cool.


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Alex Dick (15) helps to assist on a great defensive play.

The Mamou Elite Eight-year-olds had to come out at least sixth in the Dixie Youth State Pitching Machine Tournament in order to advance to the World Series.


Residents of Prairie Manor participated in the Louisiana Nursing Home Association’s Region III Senior Olympics in Lafayette on July 12.


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