The Hotel Cazan is located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Mamou. After nearly six months of being closed, the hotel has reopened under a new ownership group. The hotel’s main building was built in 1911 and originally served as a bank for the small Cajun town. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU – Valerie Cahill realized that her own personal experience of Cajun culture had been limited.

Mamou head coach Mark Temple talks strategy with his team Monday night. The Lady Demons defeated Episcopal 44-34 in the second round of the LHSAA playoffs and will advance to the quarterfinals this Thursday against North Caddo in Vivian. Game time is 6 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU – If patience is a virtue, then the Mamou Lady Demons are surely a virtuous group. The Lady Demons used a 16-point fourth quarter run to pull away from the Episcopal Lady Knights and take a 44-34 regional playoff win here Monday night.

Ronnie Arnaud has been in the restaurant business since he was 17 years old. The longtime restaurateur opened up his latest eatery, Allons Manger, inside the historic Bank of Ville Platte building on Main Street. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ronnie Arnaud fell in love at first sight. The object of Arnaud’s affection though wasn’t a gorgeous woman, it was instead one of Ville Platte’s historical buildings, the historic Bank of Ville Platte located at 102 W. Main Street.

The Hotel Cazan is located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Mamou. After nearly six months of being closed, the hotel has reopened under a new ownership group. The hotel’s main building was built in 1911 and originally served as a bank for the small Cajun town. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

Mamou head coach Mark Temple talks strategy with his team Monday night. The Lady Demons defeated Episcopal 44-34 in the second round of the LHSAA playoffs and will advance to the quarterfinals this Thursday against North Caddo in Vivian. Game time is 6 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Ronnie Arnaud has been in the restaurant business since he was 17 years old. The longtime restaurateur opened up his latest eatery, Allons Manger, inside the historic Bank of Ville Platte building on Main Street. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

C’est Vrai: Nothing shoddy about quake

On Jan. 19, 1870, the (Franklin) Planters’ Banner reported, “They lately had an earthquake in St. Landry, and it extended to Alexandria. Houses trembled, lamps shook on the table so that they nearly upset, families were alarmed, and it produced a decided sensation.

Vidrine holding first annual Mardi Gras Trail Ride

The First Annual Vidrine Community Mardi Gras Trail Ride will be held Saturday, Feb. 6. The ride will start (8 a.m.) and end at The Hatchery. Rules for the ride are as follows: 21 or older, male or female, full costume, no trailers, no doubling or studs. For more info call 501-9450.

Less speckbelly geese in Louisiana may lead to shorter season

Paul Link, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ North American Waterfowl Management plan coordinator, holds a banded specklebelly goose. The department is studying habitat use, movements, immigration and emigration, fidelity to wintering areas of specklebellies. (Photo by Claudette Olivier)

They fly by your house, and they honk.
No, they aren’t friends and neighbors greeting you as they travel on your street — they are migrating geese.
Of the species of geese that midwinter in Louisiana, specklebellies are visiting the state in dwindling numbers.

Dossman honored by alma mater

Curley M. Dossman Jr. was honored by Washington University in St. Louis during the college’s Founders Day celebration in November.

Ville Platte native Curley M. Dossman Jr. was honored by Washington University in St. Louis during the college’s Founders Day celebration in November.

One Acadiana hires Mouton to direct governmental affairs

Phyllis Mouton is the new Vice President of Governmental Affairs for One Acadiana.

LAFAYETTE – One Acadiana (1A) has hired a remarkable leader to direct the development and execution of 1A’s government relations strategy, including advocacy efforts, lobbying activities, and coalition building.

Ruddy Mae “Sis” Frank

Ruddy Mae “Sis” Frank

January 20, 1946 - January 14, 2016
A memorial service will be held for Ruddy Mae “Sis” Frank, 69, of Ville Platte, at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 23.
Ms. Frank died Thursday, January 14, 2016, in Lafayette.

Heritage Manor hosts LNHA Region III meeting

Heritage Manor of Ville Platte hosted the Louisiana LNHA/Region III meeting on Wednesday, January 20. Following the meeting of area nursing home activity personnel, a hat contest was held. In this photo, the attendees gathered for a group photo to show off their fun hats.

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Before the LHSAA boys basketball playoffs were announced on Monday, both the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Mamou Demons knew that they would draw tough first round opponents.

Lifestyle

Rick Nesbitt holds up two 45 rpm records that include Bill Haley’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” song at a recent Eunice Kiwanis Club meeting.
(LSN photo by Harlan Kirgan)

By: HARLAN KIRGAN LSN Newspapers

Obituaries

Gilbert Ray Deshotel

January 6, 1935 - February 19, 2016
Funeral services were held for Gilbert Ray Deshotel, 81, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Monday, February 22. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery.

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