Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Camille Fontenot has a passion for Ville Platte. Fontenot said, “I love Ville Platte. It’s my home. I was brought up here. I know a little bit about everything here. I know almost every family. My husband is my high school sweetheart. “I love people, and I’ve got a great love for Ville Platte. I hope never to leave here.”
It looks like Louisiana is jumping on the band wagon when it comes to growing and producing medical marijuana, and Louisiana State University will be the first to take a crack at it.

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Last chance for Mamou to pick up first win of season

Being without a win in the last 27 games dating back to the 2014 season, the Mamou Demons have had a rough go of it to say the least. In fact, Mamou has not won multiple games in a season since 2012, when the Demons collected two wins.

Basile fighting for chance at hosting a home playoff game

Like every other team across the state that entered the 2016 season, certain goals were set.
For the Basile Bearcats (3-6, 2-2), those goals were to win a district championship, make the playoffs and get as many home games in the post-season as possible.

Pine Prairie takes on Eunice for chance at win No. 4

With the playoffs mathematically impossible for Pine Prairie, the Panthers’ focus now becomes winning a fourth game this season and breaking a school record for victories in a season. Pine Prairie will attempt to make that happen tomorrow night as they travel to take on the Eunice Bobcats.

Sacred Heart faces Delcambre; needs win for playoff shot

Sacred Heart running back JT Harper operates in open space against Catholic of New Iberia in their district match-up this past Friday. The Trojans travel to Delcambre to battle the Panthers needing a win to secure a playoff spot in the Division III playoffs and to even their record. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Well, it all boils down to this simple fact for Sacred Heart, you have to win to be in. The Trojans are the No. 17 ranked team in the power ratings and must be in the top 16 to get a playoff berth.

Just win baby!!

Ville Platte High running back Bernard O’neail (25) looks for running room against Pine Priarie. O’neail and the Bulldogs will take on Church Point tomorrow night. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Al Davis, the former Oakland Raider owner, said it best when he said “Just win, baby”.
And, if Ville Platte High (5-4, 2-2) wishes to keep their playoff position, they would be wise to heed Mr. Davis’ sentiment. Ville Platte has made the playoffs in six of the last nine years.

Rotary leader visits Ville Platte Rotary leader visits Ville Platte

Rotary District Governor Francis Nezianya, left, and Ville Platte Rotary Club President Peter Strawitz pose at the November 1 club meeting. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Rotary District 6200 Governor Francis Nezianya of Zackary visited with Rotary Club members and spoke to the club at the November 1 meeting.
Nezianya said, “We work so hard every single year to set goals, and the two goals we work hard for each year are membership and foundation.”

ROY “BUD” ALLEN JR.

Oct. 15, 1937 - Oct. 28, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Roy “Bud” Allen Jr. were Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Bayou Chicot Methodist Church. Allen was laid to rest in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

MICHAEL “MIKE” RENE MOUTON SR.

July 7, 1969 - Oct. 28, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Michael “Mike” Rene Mouton Sr. were held Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in the Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte with Pastor Kevin West officiating. Mouton was buried in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

DUDLEY JOSEPEH MEYER

May 11, 1931 - Oct. 25, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Dudley Joseph Meyer, 85, were held Friday, October 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Fr. Mitch Guidry officiated.

Daylight Savings Time is Nov. 6

Editor's Note: On the front page of the Sunday, Oct. 30th edition of The Ville Platte Gazette it says that Daylight Savings Time was to begin today. That is incorrect as Daylight Savings Time actually begins on Sunday, Nov. 6. We regret the error and any confusion.

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BUNKIE - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs earned a split decision here Friday night, as the Bulldogs blasted the Panthers 76-49 and the Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Panthers 72-67

Lifestyle

Shane Darbonne with Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Wellness Center was the guest speaker at the November 22 Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting.

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Obituaries

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

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