Willie Shillow of Mamou rings the bell inside the lobby at Savoy Cancer Center on Wednesday. Shillow was one of several cancer patients that took part in the bell ringing ceremony. The bell is to be rung by patients once they have completed their final treatments at the facility. Shillow was a patient at Savoy Cancer Center while he battled leukemia.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- The bell rung again and again. Those who walked up to ring the newly mounted bell on the wall were young and old, black and white, male and female. The individuals served as a true representation of just how the disease of cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Former Ville Platte Detective Nathaniel Savoy was sentenced to 18 months in prison last November for falsifying a police report to cover up his own involvement in a “conspiracy to burglarize” a local Ville Platte business.

VIlle Platte resident Arthur Sampson holds up the U.S. Department of Justice report, which was released in December, while addressing the council about the DOJ’s findings. After a two year long investigation into the practices at the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the DOJ reported that VPPD have performed illegal “investigative holds” at least 700 times while EPSO had done so at least 200 times. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the City of Ville Platte’s council meeting on Tuesday, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, for the first time, publicly addressed the Department of Justice’s report citing the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal “investigative holds.”

ROBERT COLE

May 23, 1979 - Jan. 15, 2017

LULA MAE GRANT

Oct. 6, 1937 - Jan. 15, 2017
EUNICE-Funeral services for Lula Mae Grant, 79, were held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Word Ministries in Eunice. Burial followeed in New Pilgrim Cemetery in Basile. Rev. Greg Fontenot conducted the funeral ceremony.

MARY MANUEL

April 27, 1944 - Jan. 19, 2017
EUNICE~A Celebration of Life for Mary Manuel was celebrated Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Eunice. Burial followed in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Chataignier. Deacon Chuck Ortego officiated.

Learning

Derek Foret, right, of Houma, and his daughter, Adalynn, build a bluebird house during the Louisiana State Arboretum’s Bluebird Basics program. The event was held January 14. (Below left) Landon Guillory of Ville Platte shows off his completed bluebird house. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Spring is just around the corner — flowers will bloom, rain showers will pass and birds will migrate, including bluebirds.

No holding back

VIlle Platte resident Arthur Sampson holds up the U.S. Department of Justice report, which was released in December, while addressing the council about the DOJ’s findings. After a two year long investigation into the practices at the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the DOJ reported that VPPD have performed illegal “investigative holds” at least 700 times while EPSO had done so at least 200 times. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the City of Ville Platte’s council meeting on Tuesday, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, for the first time, publicly addressed the Department of Justice’s report citing the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal “investigative holds.”

Area Briefs

Swamp Pop Reunion XII
to be held on February 27

Mamou splits with Welsh; Lady Trojans fall to Rosepine

Mamou High guard Darelzray Bellard pulls up for a shot in a game earlier this year. The Lady Demons got their second district win of the season with a 49-39 victory over Welsh. (Gazette file photo)

The Mamou Demons and Lady Demons took to the court in key district contests against Welsh High School Tuesday night.
The Lady Demons maintained their winning ways with a 49-39 victory over the Lady Greyhounds.
The Demons did not fair so well, as Mamou fell to Welsh 63-50.

Pine Prairie secures key district victories; title still within reach

Pine Prairie forward Darnell Durgin uses some acrobatics to try and score points in a game earlier this season. The Panthers took down Chuch Point 65-58 Tuesday night. (Gazette file photo)

CHURCH POINT -- Coming into Tuesday night’s game on the road in Church Point, both the Pine Prairie Panther and Lady Panther basketball teams had a mission.

Dealing with Devils

The Ville Platte High coaching staff meets with the team during a time out in Tuesday night’s district contest against Port Barre. The Bulldogs ran past the Red Devils 69-40 to remain undefeated in District 5-3A with a 2-0 record. Ville Platte will play Northwest tomorrow. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE -- Both the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs came into the game against the Port Barre Devils and Lady Devils with a hint of trepidation.

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Derek Foret, right, of Houma, and his daughter, Adalynn, build a bluebird house during the Louisiana State Arboretum’s Bluebird Basics program. The event was held January 14. (Below left) Landon Guillory of Ville Platte shows off his completed bluebird house. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Spring is just around the corner — flowers will bloom, rain showers will pass and birds will migrate, including bluebirds.

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