Over 1,900 residents of Evangeline Parish cast their ballot last week during early voting for the November 4, election.

Voters of Evangeline Parish are urged to cast their early ballots for the November 4, election this week, as early voting comes to an end on Tuesday, October 28.

Christina Hartzfelds

On October 21, the Ville Platte Police Department asked the public for help in identifying a silver truck and locating the three white males and two white females involved with multiple break-ins of storage buildings on South Chataignier Road.

BEEF COOKERY WINNERS - Winners in the Beef Cookery divisions were, from left, Karina Parks, Low Calorie division; Benjamin Fontenot, Quick and Easy Main Dish division; and Emily Deshotel, One Dish Meal division. They are shown with LSU AgCenter County Agent Keith Fontenot.

The 2014 4-H Cotton Food Festival got off to a great start at the 20th Annual Cotton Festival 4-H Cotton Commodity Cookery Contest held Wednesday, October 8, at the Ville Platte Civic Center.

Over 1,900 residents of Evangeline Parish cast their ballot last week during early voting for the November 4, election.

Christina Hartzfelds

BEEF COOKERY WINNERS - Winners in the Beef Cookery divisions were, from left, Karina Parks, Low Calorie division; Benjamin Fontenot, Quick and Easy Main Dish division; and Emily Deshotel, One Dish Meal division. They are shown with LSU AgCenter County Agent Keith Fontenot.

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World War II veteran has Memorial Day memories

Iway Manual wears five ribbons and a combat star on his VFW cap. He joined the VFW in 1947.

Iway Manuel is among the dwindling ranks of World War II veterans. The Village de Memoire resident will turn 89 in September.

World War II veteran has Memorial Day memories

Iway Manual wears five ribbons and a combat star on his VFW cap. He joined the VFW in 1947.

Iway Manuel is among the dwindling ranks of World War II veterans. The Village de Memoire resident will turn 89 in September.

Dreams come alive at Sacred Heart High

Sacred Heart High seniors held fund raising events through the past school year, collecting $1,700 that was presented to Dreams Come True representative Becky Prejean, right. Also shown are two Sacred Heart students -- Sophie Gil and Josh Castille -- who have been helped by the organization, which arranges for children with life-threatening illnesses to fulfill a wish.

Dreams are catching on at Sacred Heart High School, as an organization that helps children with life-threatening illnesses found a second student at the school to make hers come true.

Police Jury holds special meeting on road improvements

Some 25 parish residents attended a sometimes contentious special meeting of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury Wednesday, May 21, called to consider what roads will be improved with a tax-funded bond issue approved by voters last year.

EPSB prepares to spend over $2 million on updates

The Evangeline Parish School Board discussed the updating of its infrastructure and technology during its meeting Wednesday, May 21, an update that will cost over $2 million.

Smoked Meat Festival set for June 27-28

The 22nd Annual Smoked Meat Festival is set for Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, at the Ville Platte Civic Center grounds.

SHHS baseball team sets new standard

Senior hurler Andy Lafleur stepped up big time in the Class 1A Championship game against Cedar Creek.

For decades, Ville Platte has been a baseball icon in Louisiana. Teams from all ages and the local high school produced great teams and even a handful of state championships.

Magazine hosts Louisiana top chefs at Chicot Park

Austin Kirzner, chef at The Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street in his native New Orleans, boils crawfish as he describes his culinary style Monday.

The publisher and editors of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine brought some of the state’s premier chefs to Chicot Stte Park to spend two nights in three newly renovated cabins from Sunday afternoon, May 19, until Tuesday morning.

Mamou students receive D.A.R.E. certificates, T-shirts

Distributing D.A.R.E. T-shirts to fifth and sixth graders Monday were Assistant Chief Katina Richard, right, Sgt. Chris Paul and Doug Fontenot, assistant principal, left.

Assistant Mamou Police Chief Katina Richard presented D.A.R.E. T-shirts and certificates to 176 fifth and sixth graders during ceremonies at the Mamou High gym the morning of Monday, May 19.

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The Sacred Heart Defense will be called upon to help bring a playoff berth.

The Sacred Heart Trojans will take their 4-4 record on the road to Bastrop as they take on Beekman Charter.

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OCTOBER 14, MEETING - Bill Rodair, center, was the guest speaker for the October 14, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. He is shown with Rotarians Mitch Fontenot, left, and Peter Strawitz.

October 14, Meeting

Obituaries

December 12, 1943 - October 26, 2014
Funeral services will be held for Clifton Marks, 70, of Ville Platte, at the Owens-Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 1. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Opelousas.

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