Willie Shillow of Mamou rings the bell inside the lobby at Savoy Cancer Center on Wednesday. Shillow was one of several cancer patients that took part in the bell ringing ceremony. The bell is to be rung by patients once they have completed their final treatments at the facility. Shillow was a patient at Savoy Cancer Center while he battled leukemia.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- The bell rung again and again. Those who walked up to ring the newly mounted bell on the wall were young and old, black and white, male and female. The individuals served as a true representation of just how the disease of cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Former Ville Platte Detective Nathaniel Savoy was sentenced to 18 months in prison last November for falsifying a police report to cover up his own involvement in a “conspiracy to burglarize” a local Ville Platte business.

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.”

Burge named interim CEO of Savoy Medical Center

Gene Burge of Basile has been named interim CEO of Savoy Medical Center in Mamou. (Photo courtesy of Jackie Riche’)

MAMOU -- Gene Burge was surprised when he was asked to serve as Interim CEO of Savoy Medical Center.

GEORGE HEBERT

Feb. 22, 1944 - Dec. 22, 2016
A Mass of Christian Burial for George Hebert was held December 24, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Hebert was laid to rest in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery.

PEARL VIDRINE

Dec. 30, 1932 - Dec. 22, 2016
Funeral services for Pearl Vidrine were held Friday, December 23, 2016 at Richie House of Prayer. Vidrine was laid to rest in the Reed Cemetery L’Anse Meg.
Vidrine, 83, passed away on December 22, 2016 in Mamou.

Lady Bengals complete split with win over Patrick Henry

Former Basile High player, Rylie James (33) goes up for a shot against a Patrick Henry defender. James is 18th in the country in scoring and has helped LSU-E to a 4-8 record. (Photo courtesy of LSU-E)

EUNICE -- The LSU-E Lady Bengals recently split games with Angelina Colleg and Patrick Henry behind the effort of former Basile standout Rylie James.
Angelina College used a strong first period and a 35-point fourth quarter to defeat the LSU Eunice Lady Bengals 85-58

Louisiana-Lafayette falls short in return to New Orleans Bowl

University of Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Anthony Jennings (11) is wrapped up by Southern Mississippi’s Korey Robinson (18) and Jay’Shawn Washington (22) in the New Orleans Bowl held this past Satruday. The Eagles defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns 28-21. (Photo courtesy of Brad Bowie)

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana-Lafayette football team can longer claim to be perfect inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

ASHes to ASHes

Ville Platte High’s Martin Jason (0) gets elevated to make a pass to a teammate, while Alexandria High’s Trey Mosley (22) and Darius Hampton (11) look on. The Bulldogs pulled off a huge 75-68 win in the final moments over the Class 5A Trojans to move to 11-4 on the year. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE -- Both the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs turned up the heat in the second half and burned down any momentum Alexandria Senior High (ASH) may have had, as they each pulled off upset wins over their top-ranked Class 5A opponents here Tuesday night.

EPSO, VPPD cited for illegal holds

The hits just keep coming for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, and this time the Ville Platte Police Department is in the line of fire as well.

Time for some Tee

Dr. TIm Fontenot pauses after he made the announcement inside Ville Platte City Hall on Wednesday that the annual rivalry football game between Ville Platte High and Sacred Heart School, known as the Tee Cotton Bowl, was being brought back in 2017. The table in front of Fontenot displayed the helmets for both teams, a photo of one of the games and the rivalry game trophy.

Dr. Tim Fontenot may not have been wearing a large red suit and sporting a long white beard, but the announcement he made on Wednesday sure did bring about plenty of holiday cheer inside Ville Platte City Hall.

Wilson, Thomas receive life sentences

Nine months after an Evangeline Parish jury found Hilton Wilson and Reokinski Thomas guilty of first degree murder and attempted first degree murder, the two Ville Platte men appeared before Judge Chuck West to be sentenced.

Chipmunk stew?

Ever walk into the hunting camp, ready for a good, hot meal after a long, cold day afield, and find chipmunk stew in the pot?
Ervin Goodman never saw such a dish on the table of his parent’s upper Pine Prairie home, but squirrel was almost always on the menu when he was a child.

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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.

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