John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

If you are a male Ville Platte native, there is one tradition that you have probably been a part of at some point in your life. That tradition is playing baseball. In particular, being part of the Dixie Youth organization.

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

What makes Jack Miller’s Bar-B-Que Sauce so unique? If you take a moment to look on the ingredients on the label of the famed sauce, produced and bottled in Ville Platte, it appears like any other Bar-B-Que sauce.

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

ST. MARTINVILLE -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the Acadians’ exile to Louisiana in the fictional poem “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.”

John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Mr. Soileau, Miss Menard plan June nuptials

Mr. Brandon Wade Soileau,
Miss Alyssa Nicole Menard

The engagement of Miss Alyssa Nicole Menard to Mr. Brandon Wade Soileau, the son of Wade “Bo” and Kathy Soileau of Ville Platte, has been announced by her parents, Quentin and Stephanie Perrodin and Chris Menard of Ville Platte.

Most Active Mother named

Shirley Copeland

Shirley Copeland was chosen as the Most Active Mother during Heritage Manor’s Mother’s Day celebration. She has two children and two grandchildren. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Duplechin)

Manley celebrates 10th birthday

Ja'Kylin Jantez Jabbar Manley

Ja'Kylin Jantez Jabbar Manley, the son of Kyra Simon and Joekoby Manley of Ville Platte, celebrated his 10th birthday with a party at Jump Zone in Lafayette on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Heritage Manor News: Activity participation

(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Patricia Duplechin, resident activity director at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte. This column runs every Sunday in The Gazette.)

A reel gentleman

Bryce Fontenot reels in his line while fishing recently at Chicot Lake, which Fontenot has fished at for three decades. Fontenot has caught 10 and even 11-pound bass at the lake but he always throws them back. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Bryce Fontenot doesn’t keep what he catches.

School board discusses budget cuts

At Wednesday night’s Evangeline Parish School Board meeting, the board dove right into addressing discussions that had taken place at the board’s executive committee meeting last week.

Pages

Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news from Evangeline Parish. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!

Lifestyle

2016 Teen Miss Smoked Meat Zoe Anne Courville (Gazette photo by Mabel Foreman)

Zoe Anne Courville, Alison Renee Blood and Jacqueline Shiloh-Gradnigo all took home queen titles in the Smoked Meat Festival Pageants on Sunday.

Slide_show

Obituaries

Chad Mitchell Dupre

,

Chad Mitchell Dupre

April 25, 1966- June 23, 2016
A memorial service for Chad Mitchell Dupre will be held in Ville Platte at later date.
Dupre, 50, a resident of Denham Springs and a native of Ville Platte, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2016 in Denham Springs. He was a heavy equipment operator.

Evangeline Today

P.O. Drawer 220
Ville Platte, LA 70586
Phone: 337-363-3939
Fax: 337-363-2841

Follow Us