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.

District honors

Sacred Heart’s JT Harper gains yardage against Houma Christian earlier this season. The sophomore running back/wide receiver earned second team honors on the all-district team for District 5-2A by rushing for 841 yards and collecting 424 yards of receiving. Harper also scored 17 touchdowns. (Gazette file photo.)

The 2016 football season did not turn out the way most of the parish teams imagined.
However, for two of those teams, playoffs were the order of the day, as the Sacred Heart Trojans and the Basile Bearcats both made appearances in the post-season.

Man on the go

Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel sits behind his desk inside the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. Deshotel has served as Clerk of Court since 2012. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Randy Deshotel is seemingly everywhere.

Man wanted in Turkey Creek shooting back in parish

Leland Hamm, 42, has been transported back to Evangeline Parish after the wanted man was arrested in November in Oklahoma.
Hamm was wanted by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office after he became a suspect in a July 1st shooting in Turkey Creek that left a Shreveport man dead.


June 20, 1955 - Nov. 29, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Kim Anthony Daire, 61, were held Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery. Father Tom Voorhies officiated.

GIRL, Adley Claire Brunet

GIRL, Adley Claire Brunet was born Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. in Opelousas General Hospital, to Ross and Sara Brunet of Ville Platte, weighing eight pounds.

The reason for the season

Ville Platte Rotary Club member Wayne Vidrine, left, poses with guest speaker Father Tom Voorhies, and fellow Rotary member Bill Brunet at the December 6 club meeting. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Father Tom Voorhies shared the reason for Christmas season with Ville Platte Rotary Club members at the group’s December 6 meeting.

New leadership

Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau shakes hands with Darwan Lazard after Lazard was unanimously chosen by the board as the school district’s new superintendent. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

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Anonymous tip leads MPD to drug arrest

The Mamou Police Department arrested Sidney Jones on December 2, 2016 after anonymous tips led the department to begin an investigation into possible drug dealing going on within the city.


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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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