Mamou High School senior Kade Chatelain works on a laptop inside the school’s library known as “The Den.” In the past two and half years, Chatelain has written, produced and directed 33 videos which can be found on the Facebook page MHS Vids. More than a few of the videos have been viewed thousands of times. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU – Kade Chatelain uncovered his passion for filmmaking while trying to kill some time. The Mamou High School senior football letterman had suffered an injury during his sophomore season back in 2014. The injury sidelined him for a few weeks as he was held out of both practice and games.

The front entrance to the old Heritage Manor Nursing Home location at 220 South Thompson Street. The property was donated to the City of Ville Platte last October and will be used to house the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Club, when the organization reopens for this coming summer. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The Ville Platte Boys & Girls Club will once again be opening its doors to the children of Evangeline Parish.


Illegal immigrant Arturo Olalde-Velazquez, 32, is now facing charges not only from the State of Louisiana for vehicular homicide, but also from the United States of America. On December 14, 2016, Velazquez was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with one count of re-entry by an alien following removal.

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Boy's Basketball Brackets Delayed

The LHSAA has delayed the announcement of the 2017 boy's basketball bracket announcement until sometime Wednesday evening.


Sept. 28, 1943 - Jan. 7, 2017
MAMOU – A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, January 11, 2017 for Larry Jones Fontenot at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou. Burial followed in the Pine Point Cemetery.


July 18, 1956 - Jan. 8, 2017
Funeral services for Joseph Goodly, 60, will be held Saturday January 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Duralde with burial in Ashford Cemetery.
Goodly died January 8, 2017 in Baton Rouge.


Oct. 24, 1967 - Jan. 8, 2017
Funeral services for Brian Lee West were held Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Saint Landry Baptist Church with Reverend Lester May officiating. Interment followed in Ferguson Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

NCAA Championship game a test of wills for Bama, Clemson

When the four team playoff system was implemented two years ago, no one anticipated that a re-match from the previous year would happen as quickly. In fact, there has never been a national championship re-match in NCAA history.

Ville Platte High takes two wins; Lady Trojans fall

Ville Platte High guard Martin Jason drives toward the goal in an game earlier this season. Jason and the Bulldogs are 14-5 on the year after their win over North Central. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

In non-district action this past week, the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs traveled to St. Landry Parish to take on the North Central Hurricanes and Lady Hurricanes in hoops action.

Pre-district test

Mamou High forward Lil Paul Williams goes up for two points against Pine Prairie. The Demons came away with a 65-55 win over the Pantthers Tuesday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU -- The Mamou Demons and Lady Demons hosted the Pine Prairie Panthers and Lady Panthers here Tuesday night in a very important tune-up before district play gets into full swing.

The next chapter

Mary L. Foster-Galasso stands next to shelves of books inside the Evangeline Parish Library on West Main Street in Ville Platte. Foster-Galasso has served as Library Director for more than a decade, and was one of the leaders that helped get the new library building constructed on West Main Street. Foster-Galasso is still working diligently at the library while she continues to battle Stage 3 breast cancer. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Mary L. Foster-Galasso has no plans at allowing cancer to derail her career, her life or for that matter her sense of humor.

Ex-VPPD cop settles civil suit


A settlement was reached on Wednesday in a federal lawsuit against former Ville Platte Police Officer Larry Fontenot, who was accused of forcing two women to expose themselves during an August 2015 roadside encounter.

Stabbing suspect’s trail date set back

On Thursday, Stacey M. Fontenot, who was arrested in connection to a stabbing that occurred at last year’s Mamou Mardi Gras celebration, appeared before Judge Gary Ortego.

KATHLEEN DUOS March 19, 1939 - Jan. 6, 2017

VILLE PLATTE - Kathleen Duos, a resident of Lake Charles and a longtime resident of Ville Platte, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017, in Lake Charles at the age of 77.

RALEIGH PITRE September 30, 1944 - Jan. 6, 2017

VILLE PLATTE - Ville Platte resident Raleigh Pitre passed away at the age of 72 on January 6, 2017. Williams Funeral Home of Ville Platte will be handling arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.
Fontenot, a resident of Ville Platte, passed away Thursday January 5


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The LHSAA has delayed the announcement of the 2017 boy's basketball bracket announcement until sometime Wednesday evening.


Ville Platte Rotary Club member Nicole Fruge, left, club President Peter Strawitz, and guest speaker Jill Stevens with Jill Stevens Architecture in Ville Platte gather for a photo at the February 14 Rotary Club meeting. Stevens, who is orginally from Ville Platte, does both commercial and residential architecture, including new construction, additions and renovations and construction documents. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Jill Stevens, owner of Jill Stevens Architecture in Ville Platte, was the guest speaker at the February 14 meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.


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