Ville Platte’s Gervis LaFleur speaks at a podium sometime during the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. The longtime Executive Director of Evangeline Community Action Agency (inset) passed away on Monday at the age of 82. (Gazette file photo)

The needs of the community is what was always most important to Gervis LaFleur.

U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany (center) spoke with Randy Jamison (left) and Scotty Fontenot during a campaign stop the U.S. Senator hopeful made in Ville Platte Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

With the November 8, 2016 election approaching, politicians are beginning to make campaign stops around the state. The first to make an appearance in Evangeline Parish was United States Senator hopeful Charles Boustany, who visited the Ville Platte Rice Dryer on Wednesday.

Ville Platte Dixie Youth Major All-Star Evan Deshotels gets ready to high five head coach Delaney Fontenot after hitting his first ever home run during last weekend’s Dixie Youth State Championship Series in Alexandria. Ville Platte won its two games by the combined score of 30-4 and advanced to the Dixie Youth World Series in Laurel, Mississippi. That tournament will begin on Saturday, August 6. (Photos courtesy of Christina Courville)

The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Major All-Stars are headed back to the World Series.

Ville Platte’s Gervis LaFleur speaks at a podium sometime during the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. The longtime Executive Director of Evangeline Community Action Agency (inset) passed away on Monday at the age of 82. (Gazette file photo)

U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany (center) spoke with Randy Jamison (left) and Scotty Fontenot during a campaign stop the U.S. Senator hopeful made in Ville Platte Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Ville Platte Dixie Youth Major All-Star Evan Deshotels gets ready to high five head coach Delaney Fontenot after hitting his first ever home run during last weekend’s Dixie Youth State Championship Series in Alexandria. Ville Platte won its two games by the combined score of 30-4 and advanced to the Dixie Youth World Series in Laurel, Mississippi. That tournament will begin on Saturday, August 6. (Photos courtesy of Christina Courville)

Cooking up knowledge

Some of Chef Terryl Jackson’s culinary students watch Fendrous “Snap” Ardoin, an employee at Paul’s Meat Market, show how sausage is done at the local store. Looking on as Snap cuts links of sausages are from left to right: Assatta Robinson, Tori Fontenot, Chyanne LeBleu and Carley Cloud. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

After 30-plus years in the food service industry, Chef Terryl Jackson can still remember the desire he had to be a chef in the kitchen at as young as eight-years-old.

Ruling made in East Side Water lawsuit

Randel Brown’s suit against East Side Water System, Inc. finally came to a close this week when a ruling by 13th Judicial District Judge Gary Ortego was made in the civil case that began last March.

Locals earns honors at NSU

NATCHITOCHES – Nine hundred forty-eight Northwestern State University students were named to the Honor List for the Spring 2016 semester. Students on the Honor List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern State and have a grade point average of between 3.0 and 3.49.

VPPD ARREST REPORTS

The Ville Platte Police Department reported three recent bookings into the town jail. Arrested were the following persons:

VPGSA 10U all-stars take title; prepare for regional tournament

It was another fantastic tournament for the VPGSA 10 and under all-stars, as they took home the PONY sectional title this past weekend. The tournament, held in Ville Platte, is a pre-cursor to the regional tournament to be held in Crowley starting on Friday.

VPGSA 6U All-Stars grab sectional title

When you consider it is the first year that the Ville Platte Girl’s Softball Association has fielded a six and under all-star team, taking home a sectional championship is a huge accomplishment.

Festival royalty crowned

DEB MISS - Winners were, from left, Layla Grace
Hall, first alternate, and Charley Marie Bieber, Queen.
(Gazette photos by Claudette Olivier)

The 24th Annual Smoked
Meat Festival youth royalty was selected during the pageant held Thursday, June 23 at the Northside Civic Center. Winners and the runners-up were announcedas follows:

Red Hots end season in sectional tourney

Ville Platte Girl’s Softball Association’s seven-year old all-star team, the Red Hots, completed their season this past weekend after participating in the PONY sectional tournament held in Ville Platte.

Partsch wins multiple LSWA Awards, including Prep Writer of the Year

Gazette Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

Ville Platte Gazette Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III brought home multiple awards for his work at the annual Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association Award Luncheon held Sunday in downtown Natchitoches.

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The Mamou Allstars capped their season by finishing in sixth place overall at the PONY Fast Pitch League 10U World Series held in Youngsville from July 12-16.

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Tatum Nicole Aymond

GIRL, Tatum Nicole Aymond was born July 7, 2016 at 9:07 a.m. at St. Francis Medical Center to Brittany Nicole Aymond of Chataignier, weighing six pounds, 14 ounces.

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