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.

Christine Fontenot looks at a ceiling tile with head contractor Darrell Vallere at a property that she is helping a friend flip on Benny Street in Ville Platte. Fontenot, a retired school teacher and hair stylist, has been flipping houses since 2011. Fontenot also became a realtor for Keller Williams a little more than a year ago. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Christine Fontenot has developed an immense passion for bringing older properties back to life as a house flipper.

First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards talks to 85-year-old Pearl Godfrey, of Ville Platte, at the Ville Platte Civic Center on Friday. Edwards stopped by Ville Platte to talk to residents affected by the historic flooding. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Donna Edwards grabbed the microphone and talked about hope and faith with those inside the Ville Platte Civic Center. The First Lady of Louisiana told the story about a man she recently met, a man who despite experiencing horrific pain and suffering, that his faith in God remained strong as ever.

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)

Christine Fontenot looks at a ceiling tile with head contractor Darrell Vallere at a property that she is helping a friend flip on Benny Street in Ville Platte. Fontenot, a retired school teacher and hair stylist, has been flipping houses since 2011. Fontenot also became a realtor for Keller Williams a little more than a year ago. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards talks to 85-year-old Pearl Godfrey, of Ville Platte, at the Ville Platte Civic Center on Friday. Edwards stopped by Ville Platte to talk to residents affected by the historic flooding. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ville Platte 6U softball team makes waves at first ever World Series

VPGSA 6U head coach Sunny Lahaye and her players shake hands with Harlingen, Texas after a game in the PONY World Series held last weekend. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Good things come in small packages.
At least that is what the VPGSA 6U All-Stars proved last weekend in the PONY World Series held in Youngsville.

VPGSA 8U All-Stars give solid effort at PONY World Series Tourney

Ville Platte’s Laila Lewis looks to throw out a runner at first base after cleanly fielding a ground ball in the PONY World Series held last weekend in Youngsville. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

The Ville Platte 8U softball all-stars may not have met their main goal at the PONY World Series held last weekend in Youngsville, but according to head coach Jason Fontenot the opportunity to play on that level is something that he and his team will remember forever.

DONNA KATHRYN McCAULEY

July 31, 1962 - July 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE – A memorial Mass for Donna Kathryn McCauley was celebrated on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte with Fr. Mitchell Guidry officiating services.

Not a handicap

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Life has taught Ronald Jenkins, Jr. that “everyone has their own cross to bare,” but that doesn’t have to determine what you are able to accomplish.

Turkey Creek man arrested for domestic abuse, battery

Pine Prairie Detective Josh Estes arrested Travis Elliott outside of Tom’s Fried Chicken Wednesday for domestic abuse, battery. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

On July 20, 2016 Pine Prairie Detective Joshua Estes responded to a call involving a man beating a woman and then dragging her into a green minivan and driving away.

School Board OKs cutting 16 para positions

The Evangeline Parish School Board has officially made a decision on where cuts will be made in the district to climb out of the $1.2 million deficit that the district faces.

Mamou police officer saves life of unresponsive toddler

Following the horrific incident that could have ended the life of Pedraza Gomez, Chief Brent Zachery (left), Assistant Chief Phyllis Soileau (right), and Nicole Fontenot (center) posed for a picture with Pedraza Gomez. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Soileau)

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Mamou Police Officer Nicole Price Fontenot was dispatched to a Mamou residence in response to an unresponsive child.
Upon arrival, Fontenot said, “The child’s mother was holding the baby in her arms and the little girl was limp.”

Redemption time?

The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Major All-Stars hold their South Regional Championship trophy high in the air. Ville Platte now moves on to the state championship for a best two out of three series to be held in Alexandria beginning Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. Ville Platte is undefeated this all-star season. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Leger)

Two years ago nine of the 12 players on the Dixie Youth Major All-Stars were one out away from sealing the state title and moving on to the World Series.

Ville Platte Super 10’s fall in regional finals; turn in great season

The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Super 10 All-Stars put forth a valiant effort this past week in Morgan City at the North Regional tournament, but just could not muster the offense to finish, as they fell in the final game to West Carroll and took home the runner-up title.

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Head coach Les Miles talks to some of his players at a recent practice. LSU was picked in the AP top 5 preseason poll. (Photo courtesy of LSU SID)

With much anticipation, the AP preseason top 25 poll was released this past weekend and the LSU Tigers garnered the No. 5 spot amidst their much awaited 2016 campaign.

Lifestyle

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.

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Obituaries

July 27, 1927 - Aug. 23, 2016
MAMOU - A Mass of Christian Burial for L.D. Verrette was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery with Father Thainese as Celebrant.

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