United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Ville Platte man was sentenced to 46 months in prison for taking part in the armed robbery of a St. Landry Parish truck stop casino in which more than $11,000 was taken.

Phillip DeSelle

Phillip DeSelle, who was released from prison Thursday, January 22, after serving 24 years for the murder of 11-year-old Averie Grace Evans in Natchitoches, has now been added to the Louisiana Child Predator Registry.

Winky Aucoin discusses the new Le Grand Hurrah festival at the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce’s meeting Wednesday, January 21.

Winky Aucoin briefed members of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce about plans for a new Cajun and Creole cultural festival being planned for Chicot State Park.

Phillip DeSelle

Winky Aucoin discusses the new Le Grand Hurrah festival at the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce’s meeting Wednesday, January 21.

McKinney to extend basketball career at UALR

Seated (L to R): Coach Dot Doulet, Deja McKinney, Niki McKinney; Standing (L to R): Malcolm Mckinney, Miya McKinney, Lucian McKinney

For senior Ville Platte High basketball player Deja McKinney, the chance to play on the next level has always been something that she has worked for since she could remember. Now, after signing with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday, her hard work has paid off.

Lady Bulldogs eyeing another state title run

The Ville Platte High Lady Bulldogs have a bad taste in their mouths. A loss in the state championship game to University High has been in the back of Ville Platte’s mind all off season.

Bulldogs have high expectations

If you ask Ville Platte High Head Basketball Coach Tommy Jones, this basketball season is one of improving upon last year’s record. Last season, the Bulldogs had a very mediocre year by Ville Platte High standards.

Turkey Creek mayor claims election fraud

Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud has filed suit challenging the election results in which she lost re-election to her opponent, Bert Keith Campbell, by a vote of 110 to 106.

Mamou Council faces budget woes, financial shortfall

The Mamou Town Council received some bad, but understandable, financial news at its regular November meeting last week. There will be a public hearing on two budget proposal ordinances and on a pay raise for the mayor before the next regular meeting on December 10.

Superintendent addresses teacher concerns over salaries

Evangeline Parish School Board Superintendent Toni Hamlin met with principals and teacher representatives from each of the parish’s schools Thursday, November 13, after teachers began protesting a rumored three percent raise for Hamlin while their salaries were stagnant.

Goodley charged with murder

Christopher Goodley

Christopher Goodley, 21, who was taken into custody after the murder of his grandmother, 80-year-old Delsy Williams, has finally been officially charged with first-degree murder.

Teachers protest lack of pay increases

Teachers picket outside the Evangeline Parish School Board Office over salary concerns.

Teachers and other school staff were in front of the school district office on Te Mamou Road beginning at noon Monday, November 10, holding signs complaining of a lack of cost of living pay increases.

Bearcats enter playoffs focused and confident

The Basile Bearcats knew that the 2014 season would be a grind, especially having to play in one of the toughest 1A districts in the state. That season has taken its toll on the Bearcats, as they have faced injuries throughout the year.

Police locate missing teen

The Ville Platte Police Department has ended its search for Ville Platte teenager Olshimer McCoy, 15, who went missing Friday, November 7.
McCoy, who was suspected to have run away, returned home Tuesday, November 11, to the Gabriel Villa Apartment complex.

T-Boy wins fourth straight peoples choice first place in boudin cook-off

T-Boy, right, his son T-Brent, left, and employee Eric Soileau take a quick break from preparing meat for sale at T-Boy’s Slaughter House and Meat Market.

When you have something that’s really good and the demand for it is growing all the time, you don’t -- you probably can’t -- improve on it.

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Sports

Christopher Tate drives the baseline to start up the offense.

A win over the St. Edmund Blue Jays on Friday would keep the Sacred Heart Trojans in the hunt for a long awaited district title.

Lifestyle

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Jude Boudreaux

Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church in Lafayette provided the setting for a lovely 7 p.m. ceremony Friday, December 12, uniting Miss Madeline Kate Broussard and Mr.

Obituaries

February 18, 1952 - January 22, 2015
MAMOU - Funeral services will be held for Donald Clarence LeBlex, 62, of Mamou, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Mamou at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 24. Burial will follow in the Pine Point Cemetery.

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