13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For most hunters, their greatest memories from partaking in one of Louisiana’s most beloved sports consist of killing their first banded duck or finally bagging that buck of a lifetime.

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

That distinctive smell of ash lingers in the humid air, while an eerie silence hangs overhead. The house that is situated on the corner of Calcasieu and West Hickory Streets in Ville Platte remains taped off days after a blaze claimed the life of the man who called the house his home -- James Malveaux.

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Kaleb Jon Fontenot returned to Soileau-Landry Field at Sacred Heart School last Friday night to have his baseball jersey retired.

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Louisiana Up Close: Mud, moss and memories on display at Le Vieux Presbytere

A old painted cloth banner, that once hung in the Church Point High School, is now displayed inside the Le Vieux Presbytere, an historic building in Church Point which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

CHURCH POINT — If it weren’t for the efforts of the Cajuns Ladies of Church Point, The Le Vieux Presbytere could have very well been moved out of the small town or simply would have been demolished.

EPSO Arrests

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported five recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Disaster Assistance Programs are now available from USDA

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers disaster assistance and low-interest loads programs to assist agriculture producers in their recovery efforts following floods or similar qualifying natural disasters.
Available programs and loans include:

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.

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Sports

JEANERETTE – Despite a dominant first half performance, the Sacred Heart Trojans had to come back from a three-point halftime deficit to pick up a 32-16 win over the Jeanerette Tigers here Thursday

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Obituaries

Nov. 4, 1940 - Sept. 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mr. S.W. “Billy” Prudhomme, 75, were held Friday, September 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Fr. Mitch Guidry officiated.

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