Willie Shillow of Mamou rings the bell inside the lobby at Savoy Cancer Center on Wednesday. Shillow was one of several cancer patients that took part in the bell ringing ceremony. The bell is to be rung by patients once they have completed their final treatments at the facility. Shillow was a patient at Savoy Cancer Center while he battled leukemia.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- The bell rung again and again. Those who walked up to ring the newly mounted bell on the wall were young and old, black and white, male and female. The individuals served as a true representation of just how the disease of cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Former Ville Platte Detective Nathaniel Savoy was sentenced to 18 months in prison last November for falsifying a police report to cover up his own involvement in a “conspiracy to burglarize” a local Ville Platte business.

VIlle Platte resident Arthur Sampson holds up the U.S. Department of Justice report, which was released in December, while addressing the council about the DOJ’s findings. After a two year long investigation into the practices at the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the DOJ reported that VPPD have performed illegal “investigative holds” at least 700 times while EPSO had done so at least 200 times. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the City of Ville Platte’s council meeting on Tuesday, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, for the first time, publicly addressed the Department of Justice’s report citing the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal “investigative holds.”


(National results)
As of Nov. 9 with three states still not decided
Electoral College
√Donald Trump......................289
Hillar y Clinton.........................219
Popular Vote
Hillary Clinton.............59,623,047

VP Council talks ordinance amendment, reflective gear

Meeting a day earlier due to federal elections on Tuesday, the Ville Platte City Council approved an amendment to its culverts ordinance Monday evening. It also heard discussion of its reflective gear ordinance.

JAGNEAUX: Election not about Trump or Clinton

Gazette Sports Editor Tracey Jagneaux

As the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the Presidential election rang out through the country, one undeniable fact came blasting out of the din of 50 million joyous shouts and 50 million collective groans; this election was never about a person.

Mamou Police Department reports recent drug arrests

The Mamou Police Department has recently made three drug bust with the largest arrest resulting in the confiscation of marijuana, crystal meth, and multiple drug paraphernalia items.

Basile hits the road for first playoff game; faces Linclon Prep

Basile High running back Jarred Belle (23) will need a big game against Lincoln Prep tomorrow night if the Bearcats hope to continue their playoff appearance. Basile will travel to Grambling to face the Panthers. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The question was not whether the Basile Bearcats (3-7) would be in the 2016 Class 1A playoffs, but whether they would be able to maintain a top 16 power ranking and get the opportunity to host a first round contest.

How sweet it is

The Sacred Heart Trojan defense will be called upon in a big way tomorrow night, as they take on the No. 1 team in Division III, the Riverside Rebels for their first playoff game of 2016. Sacred Heart comes in ranked as the No. 16 team and will travel to Reserve. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

On Sunday morning a sweet sight filled the eyes of the Sacred Heart coaches and players, as they found out one of their team goals had been reached when the Division III playoff brackets were announced.

Collecting Soles4Souls

Sacred Heart Student Council President Wyatt Savant has spearheaded the school’s shoe drive for Soles4Souls. Savant hopes to collect at least 600 shoes during the event. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Sacred Heart Catholic School is hosting a shoe drive of new and used, wearable shoes now through Monday, December 5.


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Derek Foret, right, of Houma, and his daughter, Adalynn, build a bluebird house during the Louisiana State Arboretum’s Bluebird Basics program. The event was held January 14. (Below left) Landon Guillory of Ville Platte shows off his completed bluebird house. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Spring is just around the corner — flowers will bloom, rain showers will pass and birds will migrate, including bluebirds.


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