Mamou High School senior Kade Chatelain works on a laptop inside the school’s library known as “The Den.” In the past two and half years, Chatelain has written, produced and directed 33 videos which can be found on the Facebook page MHS Vids. More than a few of the videos have been viewed thousands of times. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU – Kade Chatelain uncovered his passion for filmmaking while trying to kill some time. The Mamou High School senior football letterman had suffered an injury during his sophomore season back in 2014. The injury sidelined him for a few weeks as he was held out of both practice and games.

The front entrance to the old Heritage Manor Nursing Home location at 220 South Thompson Street. The property was donated to the City of Ville Platte last October and will be used to house the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Club, when the organization reopens for this coming summer. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The Ville Platte Boys & Girls Club will once again be opening its doors to the children of Evangeline Parish.


Illegal immigrant Arturo Olalde-Velazquez, 32, is now facing charges not only from the State of Louisiana for vehicular homicide, but also from the United States of America. On December 14, 2016, Velazquez was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with one count of re-entry by an alien following removal.

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Boy's Basketball Brackets Delayed

The LHSAA has delayed the announcement of the 2017 boy's basketball bracket announcement until sometime Wednesday evening.


May 23, 1979 - Jan. 15, 2017


Oct. 6, 1937 - Jan. 15, 2017
EUNICE-Funeral services for Lula Mae Grant, 79, were held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Word Ministries in Eunice. Burial followeed in New Pilgrim Cemetery in Basile. Rev. Greg Fontenot conducted the funeral ceremony.


April 27, 1944 - Jan. 19, 2017
EUNICE~A Celebration of Life for Mary Manuel was celebrated Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Eunice. Burial followed in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Chataignier. Deacon Chuck Ortego officiated.


Derek Foret, right, of Houma, and his daughter, Adalynn, build a bluebird house during the Louisiana State Arboretum’s Bluebird Basics program. The event was held January 14. (Below left) Landon Guillory of Ville Platte shows off his completed bluebird house. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Spring is just around the corner — flowers will bloom, rain showers will pass and birds will migrate, including bluebirds.

No holding back

VIlle Platte resident Arthur Sampson holds up the U.S. Department of Justice report, which was released in December, while addressing the council about the DOJ’s findings. After a two year long investigation into the practices at the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the DOJ reported that VPPD have performed illegal “investigative holds” at least 700 times while EPSO had done so at least 200 times. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the City of Ville Platte’s council meeting on Tuesday, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, for the first time, publicly addressed the Department of Justice’s report citing the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal “investigative holds.”

Area Briefs

Swamp Pop Reunion XII
to be held on February 27

Mamou splits with Welsh; Lady Trojans fall to Rosepine

Mamou High guard Darelzray Bellard pulls up for a shot in a game earlier this year. The Lady Demons got their second district win of the season with a 49-39 victory over Welsh. (Gazette file photo)

The Mamou Demons and Lady Demons took to the court in key district contests against Welsh High School Tuesday night.
The Lady Demons maintained their winning ways with a 49-39 victory over the Lady Greyhounds.
The Demons did not fair so well, as Mamou fell to Welsh 63-50.

Pine Prairie secures key district victories; title still within reach

Pine Prairie forward Darnell Durgin uses some acrobatics to try and score points in a game earlier this season. The Panthers took down Chuch Point 65-58 Tuesday night. (Gazette file photo)

CHURCH POINT -- Coming into Tuesday night’s game on the road in Church Point, both the Pine Prairie Panther and Lady Panther basketball teams had a mission.

Dealing with Devils

The Ville Platte High coaching staff meets with the team during a time out in Tuesday night’s district contest against Port Barre. The Bulldogs ran past the Red Devils 69-40 to remain undefeated in District 5-3A with a 2-0 record. Ville Platte will play Northwest tomorrow. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE -- Both the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs came into the game against the Port Barre Devils and Lady Devils with a hint of trepidation.


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The LHSAA has delayed the announcement of the 2017 boy's basketball bracket announcement until sometime Wednesday evening.


Ville Platte Rotary Club member Nicole Fruge, left, club President Peter Strawitz, and guest speaker Jill Stevens with Jill Stevens Architecture in Ville Platte gather for a photo at the February 14 Rotary Club meeting. Stevens, who is orginally from Ville Platte, does both commercial and residential architecture, including new construction, additions and renovations and construction documents. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Jill Stevens, owner of Jill Stevens Architecture in Ville Platte, was the guest speaker at the February 14 meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.


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