Rains from the weekend of Aug. 13 reflooded rice fields that had been previously drained in anticipation of harvest time. Several farmers began harvesting rice again a few days after the flood, and more than a week later, many were still harvesting in muddier-than-usual conditions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

POINT BLUE — Point Blue farmer Mitch Soileau started letting his rice fields drain at the end of July in anticipation of the August harvest time, but Mother Nature decided to flood the fields all over again the weekend of August 13.
With the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office experiencing major financial woes at this time, the public is questioning where all of the money has gone. In the EPSO’s most current completed audit, which was for the year ending June 30, 2015, the findings recorded prove that answering that question may be difficult.

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE — If a person is lucky enough in life, there is a single person that teaches them the lessons that mold and shape them for the rest of their existence on Earth. These lessons not only permeate their everyday lives but are embedded in their professional lives as well.

Rains from the weekend of Aug. 13 reflooded rice fields that had been previously drained in anticipation of harvest time. Several farmers began harvesting rice again a few days after the flood, and more than a week later, many were still harvesting in muddier-than-usual conditions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

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Sheriff Soileau releases statement concerning audit, layoffs

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau released a statement on Saturday afternoon concerning the recent layoffs, and audit, involving EPSO.
In the statement, which was addressed to the the residents of the parish, Soileau writes the following:

Soileau: EPSO is officially broke

The well has financially run dry for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, and it’s the residents of the parish that are left to suffer.

Playbook of life

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE — If a person is lucky enough in life, there is a single person that teaches them the lessons that mold and shape them for the rest of their existence on Earth. These lessons not only permeate their everyday lives but are embedded in their professional lives as well.

Vidrine: Donations still needed for area victims

Hilda Edwards (front), with the City of Ville Platte, and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine (back) prepared to fix to-go plates of rice and gravy for flood victims on Monday. The hot meals were a donation that was received from the American Red Cross. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine is calling on all residents of Evangeline Parish for their assistance.

Brookshire’s opens store in Mamou

MAMOU — An empty grocery store building in Mamou has made a spring back to life as the latest Brookshire Grocery Company Spring Market in the state.

Two connected to Turkey Creek murder investigation bond out

Two individuals that were arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in Turkey Creek on July 1, 2016 have bonded out of jail, while another, who has been on the run since the incident, has finally been caught.

Mr. West, Miss Willis united in holy matrimony

Juliette Plantation in Boyce provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 uniting Miss Kaci Danielle Willis and Mr. Elliot Quint West in holy matrimony, with Pastor Keith Sheridan officiating.

Isabella Marie Vidrine

GIRL, Isabella Marie Vidrine was born August 18, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. in Acadian Medical Center to Triston Vidrine and Jennifer Henry, weighing five pounds, 11.6 ounces and 19 and three-fourth inches long.

Carter James Johnson

BOY, Carter James Johnson was born August 17, 2016 at 3:57 a.m. in Mercy Regional Medical in Eunice to Chelsey Gautreaux and Marc Johnson of Bayou Chicot, weighing eight pounds, six ounces.

L.D. VERRETTE

July 27, 1927 - Aug. 23, 2016
MAMOU - A Mass of Christian Burial for L.D. Verrette was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery with Father Thainese as Celebrant.

MARY JANE EDWARDS

Oct. 1, 1932 - Aug. 19, 2016
Funeral services for Mary Jane Edwards will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11 a.m.. with the visitation beginning at 8 a.m. at Word of Faith Full Gospel Church in Mamou. Burial will be in the St. Joseph B. C. Cemetery in Chataignier.

MABLE “MRS. MAE” M. FONTENOT

Oct. 18, 1921 - Aug. 20, 2016
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Mary Baptist Church in Chataignier, for Mable “Mrs. Mae” Fontenot. Visiting hours will be observed from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Mary Baptist Church.

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Sports

Sacred Heart quarterback Wesley Launey rolls out looking to find an open receiver against St. Ed’s. The Trojans defeated the Blue Jays 20-0 in the Joe Nagata Memorial Jamboree Friday night in Eunice at Blue Jay stadium. (Photo courtesy of Tom Dodge)

EUNICE — The dress rehearsal didn’t go as planned for St. Edmund as Sacred Heart of Ville Platte earned a 20-0 win over the Blue Jays in the finale of the Joe Nagata Memorial jamboree.

Lifestyle

Juliette Plantation in Boyce provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 uniting Miss Kaci Danielle Willis and Mr.

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