A troubling flurry of burglaries ended in late September after police stepped up night patrols, which resulted in people being charged for walking in the dark without reflective gear on their clothing, Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue told members of the Chamber of Commerce.

61TH ANNUAL QUEEN COTTON COURT - Queen Cotton LXI Karlee Leanne Ferris poses with first runner-up Caroline Frances Cosgrove-Richard.

The 61st annual Queen Cotton Pageant was held Saturday afternoon, October 11, in conjunction with the Cotton Festival. Following the introduction of all Cotton and Tournoi royalty, Karlee Leanne Farris, the 22-year-old daughter of Chad and Jill Farris of Sulphur, was crowned Queen Cotton LXI by outgoing Queen Cotton LX Kaelah Alysse Cobb.

The Sacred Heart offensive unit awaits the play from the sideline against Mamou.

The Sacred Heart Trojans and the Pine Prairie Panthers both come into this contest with a 2-2 record. Both teams have defeated Mamou and both teams have played two games on the road. This is where the similarities between the teams end. This will be a Thursday contest and will take place at Soileau-Landry field. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

61TH ANNUAL QUEEN COTTON COURT - Queen Cotton LXI Karlee Leanne Ferris poses with first runner-up Caroline Frances Cosgrove-Richard.

The Sacred Heart offensive unit awaits the play from the sideline against Mamou.


Trojans stomp Rams, move on

Keaton Tate swipes second base with a head-first slide.

In Sacred Heart’s first round game of the Class 1A playoffs, they stomped the Rams of West St. John 14-1. The win moves the Trojans into the second round, where they will hit the road. The ninth-seeded Trojans will head north to meet the Dragons of Mangham High School.

SHHS Tennis getting hot at the right time

2014 SHHS TENNIS TEAM - Standing, left to right, are Andrew Dupre, Ardyn Parks, Anne Christian Ardoin, Catherine Poche, Amy Sylvester, Moira Parks, Morgan Manuel, and Landon Fontenot. Kneeling, same order, are Ben Johnson, Alec Fontenot, Chris Vidrine, Conner Fontenot, Kyle LaFleur, and Seth Manuel. Not Shown are Emily Vidrine, Kelsey McDaniel and Grant Lee. The head coach is Debbie LaFleur and the Assistant coach is Dr. Scott Parks.

The Sacred Heart tennis unit is getting hot at the right time and the results are showing. The Sacred Heart Trojans sent five tennis teams to the state match last week at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Spring planting at community garden begins

Local officials and residents celebrated the start of the second year of planting spring crops at the Community Garden, next to the Swamp Pop Museum on Railroad Street Wednesday afternoon.

Trojans draw Rams for home opener

Caleb Soileau connects with a pitch and drives it to the opposite field in a recent contest.

After competing in a very tough district, the Sacred Heart Trojans have earned a spot in the Class 1A Baseball Playoffs. The Trojans and Head Coach Cody Vidrine picked up the ninth seed and therefore will host a first round game. The Trojans will host the 24th ranked Rams of West St. John.

Trojans work hard in district, qualify for regional events

Mary Gil placed in the shot put and she advanced to regionals.

Several hardworking Trojan athletes performed well at the District 6-1A Track and Field Meet, which was held at Port Allen High School. The boys and girls had several members place and advance to the regionals, which were held this week.

Vidrine takes McNeese Classic with javelin

John Paul Vidrine won his First NCAA meet Saturday, April 12th. Only a true freshman, he has been very competitive and successful. On May 9, he placed second in the Bob Cole Classic and May 18th Placed fifth in the Rice Inv. Throwers from all over the country competed in the Rice Inv.

Lady Demons blanked by Fisher

Mamou’s offense hit the ball hard all day Saturday. However, they hit it right at the Fisher defenders all game long.

Going into their second round game with Fisher, the Mamou Lady Demons felt as though they had a good chance to win. After all, Mamou had faced tougher competition and seemed to have the talent to win that game.

Police jury votes to re-hire Chester Granger as public works director

The police jury, during a special meeting Monday, April 28, voted five to three to promote Chester Granger to the parish public works director. Granger was public works director before resigning in May 2012. Dustin Vidrine had been public works director, but he resigned earlier this month.

Belaire Cove 25th etouffee cookoff held Sunday

Runnie and Joe Matte, original coordinators of the Belaire Cove Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff, pose with accordion player and vocalist Troy Lejeune, son of the late Felton Lejeune, who entertained the crowd at the cookoff for years.

The Belaire Cove Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff carried it’s popular local tradition into its 25th year Sunday, April 27.

Cycle Zydeco visits Mamou

Hundreds of cyclers from around the country and other countries visited Fred’s Lounge in Mamou on Saturday morning, April 26, during their four-day ride through Acadiana.

Late rally falls short for SHHS

Heather Johnson makes an out at third base.

When down 5-0 after three innings, most teams would roll up camp and call it a day. However, not if you are the Lady Trojans of Sacred Heart. The fifth-ranked team did not simply lay down when the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars took a commanding lead in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.


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The Sacred Heart Trojan blue wall defense stuffs an attempted run earlier this year.

The Sacred Heart Trojan defense stood solid in the face of adversity Friday night helping to preserve a 28-8 win over the False River Gators.


BABY MISS TOURNOI COURT - Winners of the Baby Miss Tournoi division, from left, are Gracie Marie Mayeaux, second runner-up; Queen Brezlyn Paige Bradley; and Lennon A’lise Miller, first runner-up.

The annual Children’s Tournoi Pageant and Junior, Teen and Louisiana Tournoi Queen Pageant were held Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Northside Civic Center.


May 13, 1929 - October 15, 2014
Funeral services will be held for Joseph Vernal Johnson, 85, of Ville Platte, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte at 1 p.m., today, October 17. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum.

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