From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Many Americans will spend tomorrow, Memorial Day, preparing bar-b-que to enjoy with their friends and family, but for four United States soldiers from Evangeline Parish this holiday is more than just a day free from work.

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Mayor of Ville Platte Jennifer Vidrine has experienced “a dream come true” with the opening of the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club set for June 1st. When it came to making this dream, which she said began more than six years ago, a reality, Vidrine began pulling people from the community to help her see this through.
Duplechain finishes stellar career at Mamou; moves on to next level:

From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Time for teachers

Evangeline Parish School District recognized its Teachers of the Year (TOY) and Principal of the Year Wednesday night at Ville Platte High’s auditorium. Each TOY was presented with a desk clock for their hard work. From left to right are: Evangeline Parish School Board Supervisor Grace Sibley, Superintendent Toni Hamlin, Vidrine Elementary Principal Sherryl Tezeno, Elementary TOY at Vidrine Elementary Katrina Ardoin, and Assistant Superintendent Darwan Lazard. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Before holding the Evangeline Parish School Board meeting on Wednesday night, school board members, faculty, students, and individuals from the community gathered at Ville Platte High’s auditorium to recognize the district’s teachers (TOY) and principal of the year.

Baton Rouge bound

Ville Platte High’s Rondrekus Ben sprints down the track at practice on Tuesday in preparation for the 2016 state track meet to be held Thursday-Saturday. Ben will compete in the 400 meter dash, after placing first at the regional meet in Abbeville last Thursday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

After a grueling track season in 2016, several area athletes have competed well enough to earn the right to go for the gold at the 2016 LHSAA state track and field meet this coming week.

EPSO arrests Dupre House fire suspect

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Patraveyanna George on April 25, 2016 after she became a suspect in the recent burning of the Dupre House, located on Main Street in Ville Platte.

Mother transported back to Mamou on kidnapping charge

Mamou Police transported Elaine Freeman to the city’s jail last Monday. Officers Brandon Stagg and Phyllis Soileau escorted Freeman into the jail to be booked. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

One week after Elaine Freeman abducted 12-year old Jalon Bradley from Mamou High School, the Mamou Police Department transported the 34-year old back to Mamou from Hinds County, Mississippi where she was being held by law enforcement.

Crowd control service leads to large drug bust for VPPD

A baby bottle filled with green liquid believed to be codeine was found during a recent drug bust by the Ville Platte Police Department. (Photo courtesy of Connie Lamke)

The Ville Platte Police Department turned a night of providing crowd control into a multiple drug arrests.

VPPD arrests juveniles for break-ins

The Ville Platte Police Department has arrested four juveniles in connection of multiple vehicles being broken into at a parking lot at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church during Sunday mass.

Winnie Tate Nicks

July 2, 1931 - May 3, 2016
KILGORE, Texas - Funeral services will be held for Winnie Tate Nicks, 84, of Kilgore, Texas, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore, Texas, at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Mausoleum.

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WEE BABY MISS COURT - Members of the Wee Baby Miss Ville Platte court, from left, were Queen Anna Claire Grace Johns; Brennah Norred, first runner-up; Addison Kate Lee, second runner-up; and Roque Phillips, third runner-up.

By: HEATHER BOGARD Lifestyles Editor

Obituaries

Ola Marie Thomas

November 3, 1929 - May 24, 2016
Funeral services were held for Ola Marie Thomas, 86, of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 12 noon, Friday, May 27. Burial followed in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

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