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. Awards were given to the top 10 volunteer firefighters with the most calls for 2014 and to the top paid firefighter with the most off-duty calls for 2014.

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.
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.

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.

Carolyn Keith

Employee and Resident of the Month announced

Mona Thomas

Mona Thomas was named Employee of the Month for January at Heritage Manor, and Gary Landreneau was named Resident of the Month. Thomas has been employed with Heritage Manor for 22 years and is currently the housekeeping/laundry supervisor.

Meches welcome daughter

Camdyn Janee Meche

GIRL, Camdyn Janee Meche was born December 15, 2014, at 11:48 p.m. in Acadian Medical Center in Eunice to Lucas and Danielle Meche of Vidrine, weighing seven pounds, 11.4 ounces.
Grandparents are Daniel and Mignone Marcantel and Marlene Meche, all of Vidrine.

VP Rotary Club hears from LSU AgCenter agent

JANUARY 6, MEETING - In the first photo, Rotarian Nick LeBas, left, presents a Rotary Club flag from Guatemala to add to the Ville Platte Rotary Club’s collection. He is shown with Rotary President-Elect Mitch Fontenot. In the second photo, LSU AgCenter 4-H Agent Todd Fontenot, center, was the guest speaker for the group’s January 6, meeting. He is shown with Rotarian Bill Brunet, left, and President-Elect Mitch Fontenot.

January 6, Meeting

Sherifff's office reports 12 recent arrests

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 12 recent bookings into the parish jail.
Arrested were the following persons:
•Nathaniel V. Dicks, 19, 305 Mulberry St., Mamou, was charged January 4, with illegal carry of a firearm. Dicks was released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

Mayor, chief, city marshal and councilmen sworn in

Mayor Jennifer Vidrine is sworn in for another term in office.

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Chief of Police Neal Lartigue, City Marshal Ronald Doucet and councilmen Jerry Joseph, C.J. Dardeau, Freddie Jack, Mike Perron, Donald Sam and Bryant Riggs were all sworn into office Saturday, January 3, at Ninth Baptist Church in Ville Platte.

Sacred Heart dismantles St. Joe’s Eagles Friday

Trojan senior guard Mikey Laughlin drives in for a lay-up earlier this season.

The Sacred Heart Trojans were looking to get back in the win column when they faced off against St. Joe’s Eagles on Friday in a non-district contest. The Trojans started off slow, but began to open the game up in the second quarter, defeating the Eagles by a score of 59-25.

Lady Trojans use dominant defense in win Friday

Lady Trojan guard Kara Aguillard looks for an open player in earlier action.

It is a given that if a team wishes to earn a victory, that team must either outscore the other team or play dominating defense. The Sacred Heart Lady Trojans did both in a 61-29 win over the St. Joe’s Lady Eagles on Friday.

Ville Platte defeats Jennings in non-district tilt

Ville Platte High guard Brandon Dominick on his way to another easy two points in a game played earlier this season.

Ville Platte High took on the Jennings High Bulldogs in a home non-district contest on Friday night. Ville Platte used a 30-point final period to pull away from Jennings and take the 87-74 win.

Jones named to Honorable Mention All-SLC team

Northwestern State Demon slot receiver Cody Jones looks for the end zone and six points in a game earlier this season.

Former Ville Platte High Bulldog standout and current Northwestern Demon, Cody Jones, has earned a place on the Honorable Mention list as an All-Southland Conference performer. The Demon all-purpose player hauled in 29 receptions for 353 yards and six touchdowns.

Minister’s Corner: Are you guilty of hypocrisy

Hypocrisy can be defined as deliberate deception, trying to make people think we are more spiritual than we really are. A hypocrite is a person who is not himself on Sunday.

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Sports

Ville Platte High School guard Ja’Kayra Thomas drives to the lane looking to spark the Lady Bulldogs against Abbeville.

Just like your favorite ride at an amusement park, the regional playoff game between Ville Platte and Iota came with all of the thrills one could expect.

Lifestyle

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.

Obituaries

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.

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