From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Many Americans will spend tomorrow, Memorial Day, preparing bar-b-que to enjoy with their friends and family, but for four United States soldiers from Evangeline Parish this holiday is more than just a day free from work.

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Mayor of Ville Platte Jennifer Vidrine has experienced “a dream come true” with the opening of the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club set for June 1st. When it came to making this dream, which she said began more than six years ago, a reality, Vidrine began pulling people from the community to help her see this through.
Duplechain finishes stellar career at Mamou; moves on to next level:

From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

George Franklin “Frog” Coleman

George Franklin “Frog” Coleman

December 6, 1947 - May 25, 2016
EUNICE - Funeral services will be held for George Franklin “Frog” Coleman, 68, of Eunice, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Eunice at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 28. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Mary Louella Laneaux

Mary Louella Laneaux

May 21, 1934 - May 24, 2016
Funeral services were held for Mary Louella Laneaux, 82, of Ville Platte, at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 10 a.m., Friday, May 27. Burial followed in the Old Ville Platte Cemetery.

Moving forward

Former Sacred Heart athletic director and head track coach Robert Soileau poses in front of a Trojan and a Blue Jay. Soileau joined the St. Ed’s coaching and teaching staff in January after not being asked to come back to his alma mater last May after 15 years at Sacred Heart. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Everyone goes through major changes in their life, especially with the profession they have chosen.

LSU, UL-L advance to Super Regionals Friday

Louisiana will be well represented in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Division I softball championships this coming weekend, as perennial powerhouses LSU and UL-Lafayette moved on with regional championships this past weekend.

LSU-E softball wins another NJCAA World Series title

CLINTON, Mississippi — With their backs against the wall, the Lady Bengals came out swinging.
After fallling 9-0 in the first game Saturday, LSU Eunice responded with a 12-4 victory over Jones County Junior College to capture the 2016 NJCAA Divsion II softball championship.

LSU-E baseball ends season at Region 23 tourney

The top-ranked LSU Eunice baseball team saw their season end with a 13-9 loss to Jones County Junior College Saturday in the NJCAA Division II Region 23 tournament.

A new direction

New Mamou Chief of Police Brent Zackery is looking to protect his hometown with a stronger police presence in the community, and by reaching out to the youths to help them avoid going down the wrong path.
(Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

MAMOU — Brent Zackery felt that it was God’s plan for him to serve his hometown.
“I am a praying man and feel that I was put here for a reason,” Zackery said. “I can’t fail the town or God. I want to give my all to do everything the right way.”

Vets group holding Memorial Day event outside courthouse

The monument that honors those soldiers from Evangeline Parish that gave their lives during military combat will once again serve as the place of the Memorial Day ceremony held by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 632. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Evangeline Parish’s fallen soldiers will be remembered on Monday.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 632 will be holding its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at the war monument outside of the parish courthouse. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

VPPD makes drug arrest

The small bags of drugs, cash and firearm that Ville Platte Police Department seized during the recent arrest of Carolanda Williams can be seen on a table at the police department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

Ville Platte Police Department recently made a drug bust after receiving an anonymous tip.

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WEE BABY MISS COURT - Members of the Wee Baby Miss Ville Platte court, from left, were Queen Anna Claire Grace Johns; Brennah Norred, first runner-up; Addison Kate Lee, second runner-up; and Roque Phillips, third runner-up.

By: HEATHER BOGARD Lifestyles Editor

Obituaries

Ola Marie Thomas

November 3, 1929 - May 24, 2016
Funeral services were held for Ola Marie Thomas, 86, of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 12 noon, Friday, May 27. Burial followed in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

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