13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For most hunters, their greatest memories from partaking in one of Louisiana’s most beloved sports consist of killing their first banded duck or finally bagging that buck of a lifetime.

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

That distinctive smell of ash lingers in the humid air, while an eerie silence hangs overhead. The house that is situated on the corner of Calcasieu and West Hickory Streets in Ville Platte remains taped off days after a blaze claimed the life of the man who called the house his home -- James Malveaux.

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Kaleb Jon Fontenot returned to Soileau-Landry Field at Sacred Heart School last Friday night to have his baseball jersey retired.

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Jagneaux: Tebow’s faith, courage are all he needs

Ville Platte Gazette Sports Editor Tracey Jagneaux

What is it with people and their criticism of Tim Tebow?
I never could understand why people continue to downgrade one of the most genuine personalities of our time.

A funny game

Team Louisiana brings in their flag after losing to North Carolina in the Dixie Youth World Series this past Monday; a tradition in the organization. Louisiana ended the season with only two loses and were sub-district, district, regional and state champions. (Photo courtesy of Christina Courville)

Reflecting back on a season can be very difficult, especially if the season did not end exactly how it was planned out.
But, for head coach Delaney Fontenot and the Louisiana all-stars, their season was not a disappointment in any way, shape or form.

Evangeline Parish Rocks!

Ava Richard, left, Seth Gautreaux and Brandy Gautreaux paint rocks for use in the Evangeline Parish Rocks movement.

Don’t throw rocks — just paint ‘em, place ‘em, find ‘em, relocate ‘em and spread a some joy around the parish.
That’s the message being thrown around when it comes to Evangeline Parish Rocks.

Estes withdraws candidacy for Pine Prairie Police Chief

PINE PRAIRIE -- There won’t be a race for Pine Prairie Chief of Police after all.
Detective Joshua Estes of the Pine Prairie Police Department withdrew his candidacy for the village’s top law enforcement official in a letter provided to The Gazette on Thursday afternoon.

Born to rodeo

MAMOU -- Nine-year-old Aubree Guillory wasn’t only born with an immune disorder, she also came into this world with a natural ability to saddle up a horse and rodeo.

Eucharistic Procession to be held on Monday

Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette invites the community to take part in a Eucharistic Procession down the Bayou Teche on Monday.

PARTSCH: Olympics ring with hypocrisy, corruption

Gazette Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

The toxic water washes up wave after wave of debris and garbage: decayed baby dolls, old television sets, deflated soccer balls, rusted washing machines and even a few severed human limbs.

Johnson to compete at Jr. PGA

Pine Prairie native Julia Johnson will be competing in the Junior PGA Championship, to be held this week August 9-12, 2016 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island.
Johnson is among 78 girls that will compete for this prestigious title.

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JEANERETTE – Despite a dominant first half performance, the Sacred Heart Trojans had to come back from a three-point halftime deficit to pick up a 32-16 win over the Jeanerette Tigers here Thursday

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Obituaries

Nov. 4, 1940 - Sept. 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mr. S.W. “Billy” Prudhomme, 75, were held Friday, September 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Fr. Mitch Guidry officiated.

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