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Ten of Evangeline Parish’s talented visual art students will have their work on display Monday, April 27, in honor of Artists in the Capitol Day. Artwork will be on display in the Memorial Hall of the state capitol building in Baton Rouge.
On Wednesday night, the Evangeline Parish School Board briefly discussed a proposal from the senate that would repeal business inventory taxes and leave the parish with over $1 million less in tax collections.

Faith House donation drive set for March 18

Evangeline Parish Community Coalition announced pickup for emergency supplies to benefit Faith House and domestic violence victims.

Annual firefighter awards ceremony held

left to right, are Interim Fire Chief Chris Harrison, Top Paid Firefighter Derek Marcantel, Top Volunteer Firefighter Zachary Estilette (115 calls), Joseph Bordelon (78 calls), Issac J. Charles Jr. (61 calls), Dwayne Soileau (53 calls), Danny Castille (44 calls), Christopher Soileau (43 calls), Jason Blanchard (40 calls), Paula Landreneau (30 calls) and Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle. Not pictured are Jesse Muse, Jude Fontenot and Mark A. Meyere Jr.

The Ville Platte Volunteer Fire Department held its Annual Awards Night in February. The awards night is something held yearly to honor the top volunteer and paid firefighters.

Book signing set for Charlene Richard author

Carolyn Keith

Carolyn Anne Thibodeaux Keith, author of “Saint” Charlene Richard: Her Continuous Consecration to God, will have a book signing at the Evangeline Parish Library’s main branch in Ville Platte on March 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

State parks looking for help due to budget cuts

The former director of Louisiana State Parks (LSP), Dwight Landreneau, has been asked to come out of retirement by the Jindal administration to find ways of coping with budget cuts with the help of local businesses, industry, governments and individuals.

Beryl Joy Israel Cunningham

Beryl Joy Israel Cunningham

March 25, 1927 - February 7, 2015
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Funeral services were held for Beryl Joy Israel Cunningham, 87, of San Antonio, Texas, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio at 10 a.m., Friday, February 20. Inurnment followed at the Sunset Memorial Park.

Heritage Manor News: Procrastination

Procrastination is putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. Compose a master list of tasks or projects that you have put off and would like to tackle. Separate your list by categories, such as home projects, work or personal development.

Minister’s Corner: The sanctity of life

In Genesis 1:26-27 KJV, we read, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Residents enjoy Mardi Gras outing

The staff and residents of Heritage Manor Nursing Home enjoyed a Mardi Gras outing to Mamou on Friday, February 13. Everyone had a wonderful time at the event held at the Mamou Recreational Center.

VP Rotary hears about Relay for Life event

FEBRUARY 24, MEETING - Connie Lamke, chairman of the upcoming Evangeline Parish Relay for Life, center, was the guest speaker for the February 24, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. She is shown with Rotary President David Mayeux, left, and Rotarian Benny Fontenot, right.

February 24, Meeting

Chamber members hear update on this year's smoked meat festival

Shown after the monthly chamber meeting are, left to right, Camille Fontenot, chamber and tourism director, Smoked Meat Festival organizers Renee Brown and Ava Morein and Dr. Kirk Soileau, chamber president.

One of the guest speakers at this month’s Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce meeting said another group of organizers has stepped into a leadership position to ensure “the Smoked Meat Festival is not going away.”

City looking for new tractor to clear ditches, canals

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine talks to Shane Brodnax with Southland Engine Company of Lafayette about the type of tractor would be the best for the city for clearing ditches and canals.


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Sacred Heart’s Courtney Vidrine scores against St. Ed’s.

A match-up that looked to be a thrilling showdown on paper did not disappoint the fans that came out to see the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans and the St.


Vidrine Elementary School recently announced its honor students for the third nine-weeks. They are as follows: FIRST GRADE:


August 7, 1934 - April 23, 2015
Funeral services will be held for Perry Lee Fontenot, 80, of Ville Platte, at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 25. Burial will follow in the Evangeline Memorial Park Cemetery.

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