left to right, are Interim Fire Chief Chris Harrison, Top Paid Firefighter Derek Marcantel, Top Volunteer Firefighter Zachary Estilette (115 calls), Joseph Bordelon (78 calls), Issac J. Charles Jr. (61 calls), Dwayne Soileau (53 calls), Danny Castille (44 calls), Christopher Soileau (43 calls), Jason Blanchard (40 calls), Paula Landreneau (30 calls) and Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle. Not pictured are Jesse Muse, Jude Fontenot and Mark A. Meyere Jr.

The Ville Platte Volunteer Fire Department held its Annual Awards Night in February. The awards night is something held yearly to honor the top volunteer and paid firefighters. Awards were given to the top 10 volunteer firefighters with the most calls for 2014 and to the top paid firefighter with the most off-duty calls for 2014.

Carolyn Keith

Carolyn Anne Thibodeaux Keith, author of “Saint” Charlene Richard: Her Continuous Consecration to God, will have a book signing at the Evangeline Parish Library’s main branch in Ville Platte on March 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The former director of Louisiana State Parks (LSP), Dwight Landreneau, has been asked to come out of retirement by the Jindal administration to find ways of coping with budget cuts with the help of local businesses, industry, governments and individuals.

left to right, are Interim Fire Chief Chris Harrison, Top Paid Firefighter Derek Marcantel, Top Volunteer Firefighter Zachary Estilette (115 calls), Joseph Bordelon (78 calls), Issac J. Charles Jr. (61 calls), Dwayne Soileau (53 calls), Danny Castille (44 calls), Christopher Soileau (43 calls), Jason Blanchard (40 calls), Paula Landreneau (30 calls) and Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle. Not pictured are Jesse Muse, Jude Fontenot and Mark A. Meyere Jr.

Carolyn Keith

Trojans improve district record with win Friday

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. The Trojans came into the contest with a 2-1 district record, one game behind league-leading North Central.

Lady Trojans remain in district title contention

Gabby Andrepont has been a force this year.

Going into the game against the St. Edmund Lady Jays on Friday, the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans were only one game out of first place in district 5-1A.

Bulldogs rebound with solid win over Wildcats

Ernest Ardoin shows tremendous concentration on the line.

The Ville Platte High Bulldogs went into the game against the Livonia Wildcats hoping to rebound from a tough loss to Pine Prairie on Tuesday. A win by Ville Platte would keep them in the race for the district championship.

Lady Bulldogs score district win over Livonia

Deja McKinney drives in for another uncontested layup.

For a team to have a shot at winning a district championship, two important things must happen; remain undefeated at home and be above .500 on the road. The Ville Platte Lady Bulldogs know this all too well, having won the title in 2013-14.

Pine Prairie pulls out nail biter over Northwest

The Pine Prairie Panthers hosted the Northwest Raiders Friday night. The Panthers would use a full team effort and every second of the clock to pull off a win over Northwest Raiders with a final score of 61-60.

Lady Raiders too much for the Lady Panthers

The Pine Prairie Lady Panthers took on the Northwest Lady Raiders Friday night. The Lady Panthers played hard the whole game, but fell short with a final score of 68-35.

Lady Demons dominate in win over Lady Lions

Darelzray Bellard trying to add on points

The Mamou Lady Demons continued to remain perfect in district play as they dominated the Vinton Lady Lions Friday night. The Lady Demons led from the start in a 76-23 win and pushed their record to 17-6 on the year. Most importantly, Mamou moves to 4-0 in district 4-2A play.

Ville Platte man sentenced in truck stop robbery

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.

Local man cited for game bird violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged migratory game bird violations on January 18, in Acadia Parish.

KLB accepting grant applications

Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s Healthy Communities grants program will be accepting grant application now until April 10, 2015. Non-profit organizations, youth groups, schools and municipalities are encouraged to apply. Grants vary from $1,000 to $10,000.

DeSelle added to state child predator registry with VP address

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.

Donald Clarence LeBlex

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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Sports

Ville Platte High School guard Ja’Kayra Thomas drives to the lane looking to spark the Lady Bulldogs against Abbeville.

Just like your favorite ride at an amusement park, the regional playoff game between Ville Platte and Iota came with all of the thrills one could expect.

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Obituaries

Beryl Joy Israel Cunningham

March 25, 1927 - February 7, 2015
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Funeral services were held for Beryl Joy Israel Cunningham, 87, of San Antonio, Texas, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio at 10 a.m., Friday, February 20. Inurnment followed at the Sunset Memorial Park.

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