In the first photo, Mamou Rotary Club President Valli Soileau, left, congratulates Mamou High School Principal Liz Chatelain on the excellent job of beautifying the school grounds during the summer break. The second photo is a look at the freshly-landscaped front entrance to the main high school building. The remaining photos display close up views of the matching landscaped beds located on both sides of the walkway leading to the main entrance of the school. (Gazette photos by Heather Bogard)

The Mamou Rotary Club has reinstated its Garden of the Season awards by presenting the first awards to Mamou High School and the residence of Alvin C. and Cynthia Lavigne.

Rhonda Deshotel holds a tab off a Monster Energy Drink can. With help from a large donation from an area school, Deshotel has collected more than 50 gallons worth of tabs which she had donated to the Ronald McDonald House charity in Memphis. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

By: RAYMOND PARTSCH III Managing Editor

Frosty Inn owner Brian Guillory grills up some hamburgers and onions for a customer. Guillory has been taking people’s orders at the Frosty Inn, and preparing them, for most of his life. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

By: RAYMOND PARTSCH III Managing Editor

In the first photo, Mamou Rotary Club President Valli Soileau, left, congratulates Mamou High School Principal Liz Chatelain on the excellent job of beautifying the school grounds during the summer break. The second photo is a look at the freshly-landscaped front entrance to the main high school building. The remaining photos display close up views of the matching landscaped beds located on both sides of the walkway leading to the main entrance of the school. (Gazette photos by Heather Bogard)

Rhonda Deshotel holds a tab off a Monster Energy Drink can. With help from a large donation from an area school, Deshotel has collected more than 50 gallons worth of tabs which she had donated to the Ronald McDonald House charity in Memphis. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Frosty Inn owner Brian Guillory grills up some hamburgers and onions for a customer. Guillory has been taking people’s orders at the Frosty Inn, and preparing them, for most of his life. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

breaking news

Adkins leaves Sacred Heart after one season as football coach

Sacred Heart High School will be looking for a new head football coach as Gary Adkins stepped down to take a position at Abbeville High School. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

BY: RAYMOND PARTSCH III
Managing Editor

Voorhies replacing Vidrine as Sacred Heart pastor

The Sacred Heart Church in Ville Platte will have a new pastor starting next month. Rev. Thomas Voorhies is replacing Rev. Jason Vidrine as pastor of the church. Vidrine is becoming the new pastor at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Krotz Springs. (Gazette photo by Steve Hallam)

BY: RAYMOND PARTSCH III
Managing Editor

Fontenot out at Sacred Heart High School

Sacred Heart High School in Ville Platte will have a new principal once the new school year begins this fall. Diane Fontenot officially resigned as principal on Monday. Bishop of Lafayette Michael Jarrell confirmed the resignation in a press release. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

By: ELIZABETH WEST
Staff Reporter
& RAYMOND PARTSCH III
Managing Editor

Healthcare changes, new nursing home discussed at recent Rotary Club lunches

JUNE 21 MEETING - Rotary President Mitch Fontenot, left, welcomed fellow Rotarian Trey Prudhomme as he discussed plans for a new facility for Heritage Manor Nursing Home during the June 21 meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Here, they pose with a mock up of the proposed building design.
(Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

By: HEATHER BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

A career not wasted

James Berthelot (above), the first director of the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission, is pictured sitting in front of a wall covered in photos of his children and grandchildren in his office. Berthelot recently retired after serving 30-plus years as director. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST Associate Editor After dedicating more than 30 years to the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission James Berthelot, the first and only director the commission has known has retired. The commission was formed in 1985 and since its formation Berthelot has been director.

Rebel Flag supporters hold second truck rally in parish

Jude Fontenot (far right), who led the pack of Southern Rebel Riders Saturday, stands outside of a truck flying the United States Flag and the Confederate Flag as he waited for all who were participating in the ride to arrive at the meeting spot. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST Associate Editor Southern Rebel Riders took to the roads of Evangeline Parish last Saturday with no destination set other than the place they would meet at, the Pine Prairie ballpark.

Thieves steal Police Jury truck, crash it into store

The repaired cinder block wall of the Blue Junction convenience store on Chataginier Road. The building was damaged after someone rammed a stolen truck into the back wall last week. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

By: RAYMOND PARTSCH III Managing Editor A thief or multiple thieves stole an Evangeline Parish Police Jury work truck from the Mamou Yard, crashed the gate there before eventually running the vehicle into the back wall of the Blue Junction convenience store located at 3388 Chataginier Road around

Ville Platte 8U PONY all-stars win first ever World Series title in league history

The Ville Platte 8U PONY all-stars show off their hardware and banner after winning the 2015 South Zone Pinto World Series. Team members and coaches are pictured above. (Bottom L to R)- Maddie Bertrand; Laci LeBas; Destiny Lavigne; Hailey Bordelon. (Middle L to R)- Taylor Darbonne; Jodie Landry; Layla McElwee; Jenna Smith; Jenna Manuel; Catherine Larson; Rose Ardoin. (Top L to R) Kali Shiver; Head Coach Shane Darbonne; Asst. Coach Todd Ardoin; Asst. Coach Jennifer Manuel; Asst. Coach Nick LeBas. (Photo courtesy of Maria Darbonne)

BY: TRACEY JAGNEAUX
Sports Editor

Mamou 12U PONY all-stars survive tough bracket play to take home title

The Mamou 12U PONY all-stars pose for a winning picture after capturing the 2015 South Zone Bronco World Series title. Mamou was 7-1 in the tournament and outscored their opponents 45-11. Mamou was also the regional and sectional champions for 2015. Team members are pictured above. (Bottom L to R)- Camryn Douget; Taylor Douget; Tobie Deshotel.
(Standing L to R)- Abby Fusilier; Ashlyn Foret; Madison Fontenot; Angel Menier; Sophia Fritz; Tobie Landry; Kassidi Aucoin; Emily Soileau. (Not pictured Anna-Belle Fontenot) (Photo courtesy of Claudia Douget)

BY: TRACEY JAGNEAUX
Sports Editor

Youlanda La’Shawn Doucet

August 9, 1982 - July 18, 2015
Funeral services will be held for Youlanda La’Shawn Doucet, 32, of Ville Platte, at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Ville Platte at 11 a .m., Saturday, July 25. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Ruby T. Johnson

Ruby T. Johnson

January 12, 1915 - July 18, 2015
Funeral services were held for Ruby T. Johnson, 100, of Ville Platte, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 2 p.m., Monday, July 20. Burial followed in the Johnson Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

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The Ville Platte 8U PONY all-stars show off their hardware and banner after winning the 2015 South Zone Pinto World Series. Team members and coaches are pictured above. (Bottom L to R)- Maddie Bertrand; Laci LeBas; Destiny Lavigne; Hailey Bordelon. (Middle L to R)- Taylor Darbonne; Jodie Landry; Layla McElwee; Jenna Smith; Jenna Manuel; Catherine Larson; Rose Ardoin. (Top L to R) Kali Shiver; Head Coach Shane Darbonne; Asst. Coach Todd Ardoin; Asst. Coach Jennifer Manuel; Asst. Coach Nick LeBas. (Photo courtesy of Maria Darbonne)

BY: TRACEY JAGNEAUX
Sports Editor

Lifestyle

In the first photo, Mamou Rotary Club President Valli Soileau, left, congratulates Mamou High School Principal Liz Chatelain on the excellent job of beautifying the school grounds during the summer break. The second photo is a look at the freshly-landscaped front entrance to the main high school building. The remaining photos display close up views of the matching landscaped beds located on both sides of the walkway leading to the main entrance of the school. (Gazette photos by Heather Bogard)

The Mamou Rotary Club has reinstated its Garden of the Season awards by presenting the first awards to Mamou High School and the residence of Alvin C. and Cynthia Lavigne.

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