13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For most hunters, their greatest memories from partaking in one of Louisiana’s most beloved sports consist of killing their first banded duck or finally bagging that buck of a lifetime.

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

That distinctive smell of ash lingers in the humid air, while an eerie silence hangs overhead. The house that is situated on the corner of Calcasieu and West Hickory Streets in Ville Platte remains taped off days after a blaze claimed the life of the man who called the house his home -- James Malveaux.

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Kaleb Jon Fontenot returned to Soileau-Landry Field at Sacred Heart School last Friday night to have his baseball jersey retired.

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Former Sacred Heart School baseball star Kaleb Fontenot poses with his mother Bridget after his baseball jersey was retired at last Friday’s football game. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

A country picker’s dream

In 1969, J.D. Soileau purchased a building in the Point Blue area that has served many purposes over the last several decades, including a country and wholesale store and as a school during the early years of integration. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

POINT BLUE — Point Blue farmer, retired teacher and vintage farm equipment collector J.D. Soileau would roll out the welcome mat if the crew from “American Pickers” wanted to check out his assortment of items.
Soileau, 73, said, smiling, “I’d let them look around.”

Looking Back at October 1969

This week, we take a look back at October 1969.
• William T. Hackett Jr., director of Commerce and Industries in Louisiana, was the guest speaker at the Cotton Festival’s Princess Luncheon.
• Alfred Lagrange of Opelousas was named Yam King of the Yambilee Festival.

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 23 recent bookings into the town jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Feeling at home

Reverend Taj Van Courtlan Glodd sits in front of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Fr. Glodd, a native of Crowley, recently took over as the church’s new parochial vicar. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Reverend Taj Van Courtlan Glodd didn’t waste any time in spreading the word of God.

Former gang member delivers message at local church

Members of several local churches gathered at Ninth Baptist Church Monday night to hear how former convict Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed turned his life around. Reed co-founded Stop The Killing, Inc., a Baton Rouge based, nonprofit organization established to end violence and killings in the state. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Members of several local churches gathered at Ninth Baptist Church Monday night to hear how former convict Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed turned his life around.

EPSB Committee OKs plan to cut 16 jobs in parish

After nearly two months of discussions, the Evangeline Parish School Board Executive Committee has reached a decision on where cuts will be made in the district to balance the school board’s budget.

VP Council talks about abandoned properties in city

During the regular monthly Ville Platte City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine warned residents about the consequences of failing to address abandoned property, including letting the grass grow too tall.

VP Housing Authority talk increased spending

At Tuesday night’s Ville Platte Housing Authority meeting, the board learned that while their total revenues are up from last year, so is their spending.

Bringing the effort

Ville Platte shortstop Jax Fontenot throws a runner out at second base, as Landon Fontenot awaits the throw. Ville Platte Dixie Youth T-Ball All-Stars competed at the state tournament this past weekend. The tournament was held at the Evangeline Recreational Complex here in Ville Platte. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

It has been a long season for the Ville Platte Dixie Youth T-Ball All-Stars. But, one thing is for sure, according to head coach Nick Fontenot, these young players have given tons of effort the entire time.

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JEANERETTE – Despite a dominant first half performance, the Sacred Heart Trojans had to come back from a three-point halftime deficit to pick up a 32-16 win over the Jeanerette Tigers here Thursday

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Obituaries

Nov. 4, 1940 - Sept. 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mr. S.W. “Billy” Prudhomme, 75, were held Friday, September 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Fr. Mitch Guidry officiated.

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