Another election in Evangeline Parish is facing a challenge; this time it’s the office of Ville Platte Chief of Police.

Franco Doucet

On December 16, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call reporting shots fired on East Beech Street. Upon arrival, officers found Franco Doucet lying on the ground and learned that he had been shot.

Pine Prairie guard Josh Freeman.

The Pine Prairie Panthers and Lady Panthers opened play in their annual tournament on Wednesday. A total of seven boys and seven girls’ teams came to Pine Prairie to vie for the championship title, which will be decided on Saturday.

Franco Doucet

Pine Prairie guard Josh Freeman.


Bearcat defense stonewalls Panthers in win

To say that the Basile defense was dominating Friday night would be an understatement. The Bearcats held the Merryville Panthers to a meager 23 yards of total offense and an amazing one first down en route to a 29-8 victory. The win raises Basile’s record to a perfect 4-0 on the season.

Panthers’ record evened up in loss to Lions

The Pine Prairie Panthers hoped to make history Friday against the Vinton Lions. After a 2-1 start, a victory by the Panthers would give them the most wins in school history. Unfortunately, the Lions did not cooperate, and came away with the 39-13 win.

Trojans, Demons face-off in homecoming tilt

The Sacred Heart Trojans will take on the Mamou Demons Friday night in a very important inter-parish contest. Both teams are 1-2 on the season and both teams need a win for a most significant reason: power points. On top of that, it is Sacred Heart’s homecoming.

Bulldogs try to even record against Warriors

Ville Platte High School goes into Friday night’s contest against the Oakdale Warriors needing a victory to even their record for the year. The Bulldogs are 1-2 having dropped their last two games to Basile and Huntington.

Panthers carrying momentum on trip to Vinton

What is the best way for a football team to forget a tough loss? How about beating your parish rival? That is exactly what Pine Prairie did Friday night, as the Panthers garnered a huge win over the Mamou Demons 24-6.

Basile opens district play against Merryville

The Basile Bearcats have begun the season right on track with last year. Basile now stands undefeated after three games and imposing its will on the St. Edmund Blue Jays Friday night. The Bearcats rolled to a 42-20 victory, amassing 473 yards of offense.

Ville Platte men sentenced in truck stop robbery

A Ville Platte man was sentenced last Friday to eight years and nine months in prison for the armed robbery of the Tiger Trax truck stop and casino in Whiteville in April 2011.

Woman’s ‘suspicious death’ under investigation

Latoya Richard

The body of 29-year-old Latoya Richard was found in her home on High School Drive earlier this week after she failed to meet her daughter, who was getting off of the school bus.

Community helped with cemetery improvement project near Turkey Creek

Michael Fontenot, left, stands at the new entranceway to the McCormick Cemetery, off the Glenmora-Turkey Creek Road west of Turkey Creek, with his parents, Doris and Dillard Fontenot. Doris coordinated a project to spruce up the cemetery, including the entranceway.

Panthers defeat inter-parish rival Demons 24-6

For the second straight year, the Pine Prairie Panthers get bragging rights over the Mamou Green Demons. The final score for this important inter-parish rivalry football game was 24-6. Both teams forced a combined 10 turnovers. The Panthers defense would capitalize on three turnovers for points.

Sacred Heart earns first win against Gueydan

Most people this time of year go to Gueydan with duck stamps in hand for a guided hunt at Doug’s Hunting Lodge. The Trojans of Sacred Heart; however, went into town with something bigger in mind. They went into town looking for their first W of the 2014 campaign...


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Pine Prairie guard Josh Freeman.

The Pine Prairie Panthers and Lady Panthers opened play in their annual tournament on Wednesday.



December 7, 1928 - December 15, 2014
PINE PRAIRIE - Funeral services will be held for Louis B. Johnson, 85, of Pine Prairie, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Pine Prairie at 3 p.m., today, Wednesday, December 17. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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