The Hotel Cazan is located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Mamou. After nearly six months of being closed, the hotel has reopened under a new ownership group. The hotel’s main building was built in 1911 and originally served as a bank for the small Cajun town. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU – Valerie Cahill realized that her own personal experience of Cajun culture had been limited.

Mamou head coach Mark Temple talks strategy with his team Monday night. The Lady Demons defeated Episcopal 44-34 in the second round of the LHSAA playoffs and will advance to the quarterfinals this Thursday against North Caddo in Vivian. Game time is 6 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU – If patience is a virtue, then the Mamou Lady Demons are surely a virtuous group. The Lady Demons used a 16-point fourth quarter run to pull away from the Episcopal Lady Knights and take a 44-34 regional playoff win here Monday night.

Ronnie Arnaud has been in the restaurant business since he was 17 years old. The longtime restaurateur opened up his latest eatery, Allons Manger, inside the historic Bank of Ville Platte building on Main Street. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ronnie Arnaud fell in love at first sight. The object of Arnaud’s affection though wasn’t a gorgeous woman, it was instead one of Ville Platte’s historical buildings, the historic Bank of Ville Platte located at 102 W. Main Street.

The Hotel Cazan is located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Mamou. After nearly six months of being closed, the hotel has reopened under a new ownership group. The hotel’s main building was built in 1911 and originally served as a bank for the small Cajun town. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

Mamou head coach Mark Temple talks strategy with his team Monday night. The Lady Demons defeated Episcopal 44-34 in the second round of the LHSAA playoffs and will advance to the quarterfinals this Thursday against North Caddo in Vivian. Game time is 6 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Ronnie Arnaud has been in the restaurant business since he was 17 years old. The longtime restaurateur opened up his latest eatery, Allons Manger, inside the historic Bank of Ville Platte building on Main Street. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Verna Mae Prudhomme Soileau

Verna Mae Prudhomme Soileau

December 21, 1928 - January 21, 2016
A memorial mass will be held for Verna Mae Prudhomme Soileau, 87, of Ville Platte, at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 13.

Janice Faye Thibodeaux

January 27, 1965 - February 1, 2016
WHITEVILLE - Funeral services will be held for Janice Faye Thibodeaux, 51, of Whiteville, at Church of the Resurrection in Whiteville at 10 a.m., Thursday, February 4.
LaVille Funeral Home of Ville Platte will be in charge of arrangements.

Edward Addison Beauregard

September 17, 1957 - February 1, 2016
A memorial service will be held for Edward Addison Beauregard, 58, of Ville Platte, at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Ville Platte at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 4.
Mr. Beauregard died Monday, February 1, 2016.

Top priority

Six Evangeline Parish locals made their way to Lafayette, Wednesday, to speak on behalf of the residents in the parish at a recent DOTD meeting. Pictured from left to right on the back row are: Chester Granger, Adam Janet, Charles Tate. Front row from left to right are: Bryan Vidrine, Heather Cloud, and Bernard Lebas. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

LAFAYETTE – The Department of Transportation and Development hosted a road show last Wednesday in an effort to address concerns about the condition of state and federal roads within the state of Louisiana.

Soileau’s Dinner Club’s recipe for success is fresh ingredients and experienced staff

Julia “Steppa” Thomas cooks the stuffing for stuffed crabs, while a gumbo simmers beside her, in the kitchen at Soileau’s Dinner Club. Thomas has been cooking up lunch and dinner at the restaurant for nearly 30 years and is one of eight staffers with at least 20 years experience. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

OPELOUSAS – The popularity of Soileau’s Dinner Club has been well known amongst locals and tourists alike for generations, even when the original location itself was engulfed in flames.

LHSAA approves split postseason for other sports

It was another definitive split decision for the LHSAA.
Approximately 60 percent of member principals approved expanding the select/nonselect split into basketball, baseball and softball, punctuating the final day of the annual LHSAA convention held at the Crowne Plaza.

Not quite enough

Sacred Heart junior point guard Erin Fontenot (2) puts up a shot over Notre Dame’s Sydnie Simon (21), while Catherine Poche awaits for the possible rebound. The Lady Trojans fell to the Lady Pios 39-36 to drop to 3-2 in District 4-2A, two games behind Notre Dame. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE –When a game is played that has so much on the line, the expectation of watching a spectacular contest resonates in the air.

Mamou remains undefeated in district

Mamou boys basketball coach John Jack talks to his team during a timeout on Friday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU – Coming into the game Friday, Mamou was riding a six game winning streak. A week ago the Demons beat Lake Arthur on the road 70­-56 and beat Kinder 78-­70 Tuesday night to get to 5-­0 in district.

Leza Guillory Foret

Leza Guillory Foret

January 25, 1916 - January 28, 2016
Funeral services will be held for Leza Guillory Foret, 100, of Ville Platte, at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, January 31. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum.

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Before the LHSAA boys basketball playoffs were announced on Monday, both the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Mamou Demons knew that they would draw tough first round opponents.

Lifestyle

Rick Nesbitt holds up two 45 rpm records that include Bill Haley’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” song at a recent Eunice Kiwanis Club meeting.
(LSN photo by Harlan Kirgan)

By: HARLAN KIRGAN LSN Newspapers

Obituaries

Gilbert Ray Deshotel

January 6, 1935 - February 19, 2016
Funeral services were held for Gilbert Ray Deshotel, 81, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Monday, February 22. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery.

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