The Hotel Cazan is located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Mamou. After nearly six months of being closed, the hotel has reopened under a new ownership group. The hotel’s main building was built in 1911 and originally served as a bank for the small Cajun town. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU – Valerie Cahill realized that her own personal experience of Cajun culture had been limited.

Mamou head coach Mark Temple talks strategy with his team Monday night. The Lady Demons defeated Episcopal 44-34 in the second round of the LHSAA playoffs and will advance to the quarterfinals this Thursday against North Caddo in Vivian. Game time is 6 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU – If patience is a virtue, then the Mamou Lady Demons are surely a virtuous group. The Lady Demons used a 16-point fourth quarter run to pull away from the Episcopal Lady Knights and take a 44-34 regional playoff win here Monday night.

Ronnie Arnaud has been in the restaurant business since he was 17 years old. The longtime restaurateur opened up his latest eatery, Allons Manger, inside the historic Bank of Ville Platte building on Main Street. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ronnie Arnaud fell in love at first sight. The object of Arnaud’s affection though wasn’t a gorgeous woman, it was instead one of Ville Platte’s historical buildings, the historic Bank of Ville Platte located at 102 W. Main Street.

The Hotel Cazan is located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Mamou. After nearly six months of being closed, the hotel has reopened under a new ownership group. The hotel’s main building was built in 1911 and originally served as a bank for the small Cajun town. (Gazette photos by Raymond Partsch III)

Mamou head coach Mark Temple talks strategy with his team Monday night. The Lady Demons defeated Episcopal 44-34 in the second round of the LHSAA playoffs and will advance to the quarterfinals this Thursday against North Caddo in Vivian. Game time is 6 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Ronnie Arnaud has been in the restaurant business since he was 17 years old. The longtime restaurateur opened up his latest eatery, Allons Manger, inside the historic Bank of Ville Platte building on Main Street. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Paula Bordelon

Paula Bordelon

December 28, 1955 - December 27, 2015
Funeral services will be held for Paula Bordelon, 59, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 12. Burial will follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Andrus J. Chapman

Andrus J. Chapman

February 9, 1923 - January 2, 2016
Funeral services were held for Andrus J. Chapman, 92, of Ville Platte, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 5. Burial followed in the M.B. Fontenot Cemetery.

VP Rotarians present Choices program to Evangeline Parish eighth grade students

Members of the Ville Platte Rotary Club who participated in the Choices program in December are shown above, along with representatives from the Evangeline Parish School Board. In the top row, from left, are Rotarians Annette Johnson, Maggie Ortego and Dan Poret; Grace Sibley, Title One Supervisor with the EPSB; Rotarians David Mayeux and Anita Fontenot; and Darwan Lazard, Assistant Superintendent with the EPSB. In the bottom row, same order, are Rotarians Larry Lachney, Mitch Fontenot and Leonard Fontenot; Ville Platte Mayor and Rotarian Jennifer Vidrine; Rotarian John Mayeux; EPSB Superintendent Toni Hamlin; and Rotarian Ronnie Landreneau. Not pictured are Rotarian participants Mark Suellentrop, Nicole Fruge, Bob Manuel and Peter Strawitz; and Cabot Plant Manager Wayne Bordelon. (Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

Gazette Staff Report

Blue Birds celebrate Christmas with get together

The Blue Birds of Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Pine Prairie held their annual Christmas party at Mrs. Sue’s Restaurant in Turkey Creek. They are looking forward to the next year of helping Prairie Manor residents with whatever needs they may have.

Mayor Jennifer Vidrine addresses fellow Rotarians

Ville Platte Mayor and Ville Platte Rotary Club member Jennifer Vidrine addressed her fellow club members during the group’s January 5, meeting. She is shown with Rotary President Mitch Fontenot.
(Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

By: HEATHER BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

Top stories of 2015

Concerned citizens fill the gym at Sacred Heart School during a meeting with the Blue Ribbon Committee.

There was no shortage of news that occurred throughout Evangeline Parish in 2015.

Mamou Arrest Reports

The Mamou Police Department reported 37 recent booking into the town jail. Arrested were the following persons:

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s office reported 8 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:

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Sports

Before the LHSAA boys basketball playoffs were announced on Monday, both the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Mamou Demons knew that they would draw tough first round opponents.

Lifestyle

Rick Nesbitt holds up two 45 rpm records that include Bill Haley’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” song at a recent Eunice Kiwanis Club meeting.
(LSN photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Obituaries

Gilbert Ray Deshotel

January 6, 1935 - February 19, 2016
Funeral services were held for Gilbert Ray Deshotel, 81, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Monday, February 22. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery.

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