Rains from the weekend of Aug. 13 reflooded rice fields that had been previously drained in anticipation of harvest time. Several farmers began harvesting rice again a few days after the flood, and more than a week later, many were still harvesting in muddier-than-usual conditions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

POINT BLUE — Point Blue farmer Mitch Soileau started letting his rice fields drain at the end of July in anticipation of the August harvest time, but Mother Nature decided to flood the fields all over again the weekend of August 13.
With the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office experiencing major financial woes at this time, the public is questioning where all of the money has gone. In the EPSO’s most current completed audit, which was for the year ending June 30, 2015, the findings recorded prove that answering that question may be difficult.

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE — If a person is lucky enough in life, there is a single person that teaches them the lessons that mold and shape them for the rest of their existence on Earth. These lessons not only permeate their everyday lives but are embedded in their professional lives as well.

Rains from the weekend of Aug. 13 reflooded rice fields that had been previously drained in anticipation of harvest time. Several farmers began harvesting rice again a few days after the flood, and more than a week later, many were still harvesting in muddier-than-usual conditions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

EPSB Committee OKs plan to cut 16 jobs in parish

After nearly two months of discussions, the Evangeline Parish School Board Executive Committee has reached a decision on where cuts will be made in the district to balance the school board’s budget.

VP Council talks about abandoned properties in city

During the regular monthly Ville Platte City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine warned residents about the consequences of failing to address abandoned property, including letting the grass grow too tall.

VP Housing Authority talk increased spending

At Tuesday night’s Ville Platte Housing Authority meeting, the board learned that while their total revenues are up from last year, so is their spending.

Bringing the effort

Ville Platte shortstop Jax Fontenot throws a runner out at second base, as Landon Fontenot awaits the throw. Ville Platte Dixie Youth T-Ball All-Stars competed at the state tournament this past weekend. The tournament was held at the Evangeline Recreational Complex here in Ville Platte. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

It has been a long season for the Ville Platte Dixie Youth T-Ball All-Stars. But, one thing is for sure, according to head coach Nick Fontenot, these young players have given tons of effort the entire time.

Mamou, Pine Prairie T-Ball All-Stars finish strong at State Tourney

Mamou’s Tyler Coward gets set to pulverize the baseball off of the tee at this past weekend’s Dixie Youth State T-Ball Tournament. Mamou finished the tourney 5-2 (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

The Mamou and Pine Prairie Dixie Youth T-Ball All-Stars brought gritty play and an endless determination to the state tournament held in Ville Platte this past weekend.

Who’s Gettin’ Married

(Editor’s Note: The following information was obtained from the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in Ville Platte. This information is printed once a month in The Gazette.)

4-H’ers attend university

At top, from left, Wyatt LaFleur, Ardhyn Parks, adult volunteer, Luke Duplechin, Iyana Freeman, Allison Bello, Moira Parks, Hope Major, Sam Gil, Lily Deville, Daniel Paul, and Todd Fontenot, County Agent; middle row, from left, Reid Eastin, Daniel Fontenot, Sean Eastin, Madison Fontenot, Samuel Hollier, Callie Pitre, Camille Bergeron, Hallie Daire, Magen Ardoin, Abigail Soileau, Kim Deville, 4-H Agent, and Tre’ Fontenot; and Andrew Fontenot, Madison Darbonne, Morgan Fontenot, Gabrielle Fontenot, Alyson Fontenot, Evan Miller, Dreu Fontenot, and Angie Fontenot, adult volunteer. (Photo courtesy of Kim Deville)

(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Kim Deville, Evangeline Parish 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent)

MILES BRILEY

Aug. 20, 1963 - July 12, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Miles Briley, 52, will be held 10 a.m. Friday July 15, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in the St. Peter Cemetery in Grand Prairie. Fr. Mitch Guidry and Fr. Tom Voorhies will officiate.

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Sacred Heart quarterback Wesley Launey rolls out looking to find an open receiver against St. Ed’s. The Trojans defeated the Blue Jays 20-0 in the Joe Nagata Memorial Jamboree Friday night in Eunice at Blue Jay stadium. (Photo courtesy of Tom Dodge)

EUNICE — The dress rehearsal didn’t go as planned for St. Edmund as Sacred Heart of Ville Platte earned a 20-0 win over the Blue Jays in the finale of the Joe Nagata Memorial jamboree.

Lifestyle

Juliette Plantation in Boyce provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 uniting Miss Kaci Danielle Willis and Mr.

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