From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Many Americans will spend tomorrow, Memorial Day, preparing bar-b-que to enjoy with their friends and family, but for four United States soldiers from Evangeline Parish this holiday is more than just a day free from work.

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Mayor of Ville Platte Jennifer Vidrine has experienced “a dream come true” with the opening of the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club set for June 1st. When it came to making this dream, which she said began more than six years ago, a reality, Vidrine began pulling people from the community to help her see this through.
Duplechain finishes stellar career at Mamou; moves on to next level:

From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 31 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Valiant effort falls short

Sacred Heart starting pitcher Conner Fontenot delivers a pitch to the plate against Opelousas Catholic Wednesday afternoon. Fontenot gave up three runs, but struck out nine in a 3-2 loss. Sacred Heart fell to 0-1 in district play and 10-7-1 overall on the season. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Coming into the district season, the Sacred Heart Trojan baseball team knew that it was going to be playing in one of the most competitive districts in Class 2A with the likes of Opelousas Catholic and Notre Dame on tap in District 5-2A.

Sacred Heart Trojans, Lady Trojans drop key contests

The Sacred Heart Trojan baseball team and the Lady Trojan softball team both took key losses this past week.
For the Trojans, a Thursday one-run loss to Notre Dame put Sacred Heart at 0-2 early in the district season.

Pine Prairie trounces Northwest 15-0; await district fate

It has been a tough grind for the Pine Praire Lady Panthers the last seven days, as they have played eight games over that span, culminating in a 15-0 run rule win over the Northwest Lady Raiders Thursday afternoon.

2016 Jail and Bail fund raiser a huge success

The Evangeline Parish Relay For Life Committee is proud to announce that the 2016 Jail and Bail fundraiser was a huge success! The fundraiser included 35 participants and raised over $ 3,500.00 for the American Cancer Society. Those participants not pictured above are Dr.

Heritage Manor News: National Volunteer Week and Supper

(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Patricia Duplechin, resident activity director at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte. This column runs every Sunday in The Gazette.)

Chief Lartigue gives update to VP Rotary Club

APRIL 5, MEETING - Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue, center, was the guest speaker for the April 5, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. He is shown with Rotary President Mitch Fontenot, left, and Rotarian Ronnie Landreneau, right. (Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

By: HEATHER
BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

Crawford celebrates eighth birthday

Kaydence Jade Crawford, the daughter of Koon Crawford and Dana Eaves Ardoin of Pine Prairie, celebrated her eighth birthday on Thursday, March 31.

Mr. Ducote, Miss Hebert united in holy matrimony

Mrs. Christopher Matthew Ducote

St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Alexandria provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, January 2, 2016, uniting Miss Ashley Elizabeth Hebert and Mr. Christopher Matthew Ducote in holy matrimony, with Father Chad Partain officiating.

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WEE BABY MISS COURT - Members of the Wee Baby Miss Ville Platte court, from left, were Queen Anna Claire Grace Johns; Brennah Norred, first runner-up; Addison Kate Lee, second runner-up; and Roque Phillips, third runner-up.

By: HEATHER BOGARD Lifestyles Editor

Obituaries

Ola Marie Thomas

November 3, 1929 - May 24, 2016
Funeral services were held for Ola Marie Thomas, 86, of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 12 noon, Friday, May 27. Burial followed in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

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