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)

Former VP City Judge passes away at 75

Ville Platte bids farewell to one of the city’s well known attorneys and former Ville Platte City Judge Joffre Wendel Fusilier with his passing on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Crazy about junk

Gary Fruge of Branch and Leander Richard of Church Point look over pots and pans that are up for auction at C & C Auctions in Reddell. For more photos from the auction, visit www.evangelinetoday.com. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

From Little Debbie cakes to pick up trucks and everything in between, Wayne Cauthron auctions it all.
Cauthron, owner of C & C Auctions in Reddell, said, “People like junk.”
His wife Nanette said, laughing, “But we like to to call it merchandise.”

The Gazette takes home 15 awards from LPA

The Ville Platte Gazette took home a total of 15 awards, including three first-place honors, from the Louisiana Press Association’s Better Newspaper Competition held at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles on Saturday.

JOHNNY REED

September 19, 1951 - June 21, 2016
MAMOU - Visitation for Johnny Reed, 64, will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 9 a.m. at Richie House of Prayer in Richie until time of services at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Reed Cemetery in Mamou with Pastor Joey Reed officiating.

FLORENCE ARDOIN

November 18, 1917 - June 17, 2016
VILLE PLATTE – A Mass of Christian Burial for Florence Ardoin, 98, was held Monday, June 20, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Burial followed in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eunice with Fr. Matthew Barzare officiating services.

JERRY LEE DUPRE

November 28, 1938 - June 17, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - A Mass of Christian Burial for Jerry L. Dupre, 77, was held Monday, June 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Rite of Committal followed in the Evangeline Memorial Park with Father Matthew Bazare as Celebrant.

Forman takes over as LPA President

Garland Forman took over as Louisiana Press Association President this weekend. (Photo courtesy of LPA)

BAYOU CHICOT — Garland Forman’s passion for journalism began at an early age.

Mr. Main Street

Allen Monier is surrounded by some of his staff inside his shop, Allen’s Barber Shop, located on Main Street in Ville Platte. Pictured from left to right are: Samantha Fontenot, Emily Knowles and Rebekah Rozas. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

If you sit down in his barber’s chair, Allen Monier may share with you the story known as “The Miracle of Christmas Eve.”

Mr. Main Street

Allen Monier is surrounded by some of his staff inside his shop, Allen’s Barber Shop, located on Main Street in Ville Platte. Pictured from left to right are: Samantha Fontenot, Emily Knowles and Rebekah Rozas. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

If you sit down in his barber’s chair, Allen Monier may share with you the story known as “The Miracle of Christmas Eve.”

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Sports

Head coach Les Miles talks to some of his players at a recent practice. LSU was picked in the AP top 5 preseason poll. (Photo courtesy of LSU SID)

With much anticipation, the AP preseason top 25 poll was released this past weekend and the LSU Tigers garnered the No. 5 spot amidst their much awaited 2016 campaign.

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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