Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Camille Fontenot has a passion for Ville Platte. Fontenot said, “I love Ville Platte. It’s my home. I was brought up here. I know a little bit about everything here. I know almost every family. My husband is my high school sweetheart. “I love people, and I’ve got a great love for Ville Platte. I hope never to leave here.”
It looks like Louisiana is jumping on the band wagon when it comes to growing and producing medical marijuana, and Louisiana State University will be the first to take a crack at it.

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Winning in phases

Pine Prairie High running back JJ Sims darts around the corner to pick up yardage against Mamou in the Panthers’ 25-6 win Friday night. Sims scored twice in the game, once on a kickoff return and once on an interception. Pine Prairie is now 2-2 on the season. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

MAMOU – In what seemed like a make or break game for both squads, the Pine Prairie Panthers scored in every phase of the game to take a 25-6 non-district win over the Mamou Green Demons here Friday night.

Order in the blind

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For most hunters, their greatest memories from partaking in one of Louisiana’s most beloved sports consist of killing their first banded duck or finally bagging that buck of a lifetime.

Judge denies Devillier more time to prep for theft trial

Rebecca Devillier

Former Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Civil Deputy Rebecca Devillier left the courthouse on Thursday in tears after Judge Chuck West denied her request for the defense to have more time to prepare their case.

New basketball court being built at Ville Platte park

The concrete for a basketball court was recently poured at the park behind the Northside Civic Center. Weather permitting, the court should be completed within the next few weeks. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The sounds of dribbling basketballs will soon be heard around the Northside Civic Center.

SLCC unveils automotive training program at VP Chamber meeting

Jermaine Ford ask-ed the members of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce for their assistance.
The Director of Corporate College for South Louisiana Community College was one of two guest speakers the chamber hosted at Wednesday’s monthly meeting held at Main Street Pizza and Pub.

Merritt pleads guilty to 2013 robbery

Nearly three years after robbing the Subway Restaurant in Ville Platte, Jacoby Merritt appeared before Judge Gary Ortego to plead guilty to one count of principal to simple robbery.

VPPD Arrest Reports

The Ville Platte Police Department reported 16 recent booking into the city jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Looking Back

This week, we take a look back at Oct. 1984.
• Incumbent Cal Vidrine and former Police Chief Harry Vidrine were in a runoff for Ward 1 city marshal.

Mr. Johnson, Miss Limoges plan October nuptials

The engagement of Miss Kimberlyn Nicole Limoges to Mr. Logan Alexander Johnson, the son of Jody and Leslie Johnson of Grand Prairie, has been announced by her parents, Karen Antilla of Pine Prairie and Joseph Limoges of Vidrine.

S.W. “BILLY” PRUDHOMME

Nov. 4, 1940 - Sept. 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mr. S.W. “Billy” Prudhomme, 75, were held Friday, September 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Fr. Mitch Guidry officiated.

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Sports

BUNKIE - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs earned a split decision here Friday night, as the Bulldogs blasted the Panthers 76-49 and the Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Panthers 72-67

Lifestyle

Shane Darbonne with Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Wellness Center was the guest speaker at the November 22 Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting.

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Obituaries

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

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