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.”

District honors

Sacred Heart’s JT Harper gains yardage against Houma Christian earlier this season. The sophomore running back/wide receiver earned second team honors on the all-district team for District 5-2A by rushing for 841 yards and collecting 424 yards of receiving. Harper also scored 17 touchdowns. (Gazette file photo.)

The 2016 football season did not turn out the way most of the parish teams imagined.
However, for two of those teams, playoffs were the order of the day, as the Sacred Heart Trojans and the Basile Bearcats both made appearances in the post-season.

Man on the go

Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel sits behind his desk inside the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. Deshotel has served as Clerk of Court since 2012. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Randy Deshotel is seemingly everywhere.

Man wanted in Turkey Creek shooting back in parish

Leland Hamm, 42, has been transported back to Evangeline Parish after the wanted man was arrested in November in Oklahoma.
Hamm was wanted by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office after he became a suspect in a July 1st shooting in Turkey Creek that left a Shreveport man dead.


June 20, 1955 - Nov. 29, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Kim Anthony Daire, 61, were held Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery. Father Tom Voorhies officiated.

GIRL, Adley Claire Brunet

GIRL, Adley Claire Brunet was born Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. in Opelousas General Hospital, to Ross and Sara Brunet of Ville Platte, weighing eight pounds.

The reason for the season

Ville Platte Rotary Club member Wayne Vidrine, left, poses with guest speaker Father Tom Voorhies, and fellow Rotary member Bill Brunet at the December 6 club meeting. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Father Tom Voorhies shared the reason for Christmas season with Ville Platte Rotary Club members at the group’s December 6 meeting.

New leadership

Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau shakes hands with Darwan Lazard after Lazard was unanimously chosen by the board as the school district’s new superintendent. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

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Anonymous tip leads MPD to drug arrest

The Mamou Police Department arrested Sidney Jones on December 2, 2016 after anonymous tips led the department to begin an investigation into possible drug dealing going on within the city.


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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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