John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

If you are a male Ville Platte native, there is one tradition that you have probably been a part of at some point in your life. That tradition is playing baseball. In particular, being part of the Dixie Youth organization.

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

What makes Jack Miller’s Bar-B-Que Sauce so unique? If you take a moment to look on the ingredients on the label of the famed sauce, produced and bottled in Ville Platte, it appears like any other Bar-B-Que sauce.

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

ST. MARTINVILLE -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the Acadians’ exile to Louisiana in the fictional poem “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.”

John B. “Cayou” Pitre (top) has passed on the tradition of baseball to his son John (middle) and his grandson Wade (bottom). Pitre has been involved in the Dixie Youth and Babe Ruth organizations for the past 40 plus years and continues to do so as an assistant coach. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Kermit Miller and his son Christian Miller hold up Jack Miller’s products inside the office in front of a painting of Kermit’s father Jack Miller, the man who created the now famous sauce. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil is seen in the foreground of the “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” mural at the Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

VPPD arrests juveniles for break-ins

The Ville Platte Police Department has arrested four juveniles in connection of multiple vehicles being broken into at a parking lot at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church during Sunday mass.

Winnie Tate Nicks

July 2, 1931 - May 3, 2016
KILGORE, Texas - Funeral services will be held for Winnie Tate Nicks, 84, of Kilgore, Texas, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore, Texas, at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Mausoleum.

Norris “Pop” Doucet

Norris “Pop” Doucet

October 13, 1942 - April 28, 2016
EUNICE - Funeral services were held for Norris “Pop” Doucet, 73, of Mamou, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Eunice at 11 a.m., Monday, May 2. Burial followed in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Walter Lee Ledoux

Walter Lee Ledoux

March 15, 1930 - May 2, 2016
LAKE CHARLES - Funeral services were held for Walter Lee Ledoux, 86, of Lake Charles, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Charles at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 4. Burial followed in the Consolata Cemetery.

Loyd Fontenot

LOYD FONTENOT
CHATAIGNIER - Funeral services will be held for Loyd Fontenot, 83, of Chataignier, at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Chataignier at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow in the St. Julian Catholic Cemetery.

Geraldine Veillon Petkovsek Polk

January 15, 1929 - April 22, 2016
BEAUMONT, Texas - Geraldine Veillon Petkovsek Polk of Beaumont, Texas, died Friday, April 22, 2016, in Beaumont Texas.

Herman Joseph Semien

Herman Joseph Semien

May 30, 1943 - May 2, 2016
MAMOU - Funeral services will be held for Herman Joseph Semien, 72, of Opelousas, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Burial will follow in the Delafosse Cemetery.

Taking a look back at February and March 1978

WINNERS OF THE 1978 COTTON CLOTH CONTEST - The Cotton Cloth court was selected during a pageant held February 18. The girl’s court consisted of, shown in the bottom row from left, Kimberly Darbonne, princess; April Shea Lejeune, lady; Desarae Fontenot, countess; Tobie Fontenot, duchess; and Melissa Lavergne, alternate. Shown in the top row, the boy’s court consisted of, from left, Jared Lavergne, prince; Joey Adam Fontenot, lord; Scott Doucet, count; Michael Fontenot, duke; and David Guy Fontenot, alternate.

By: HEATHER
BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

VP Rotary Club welcomes Camp Ryla attendee

MAY 3, MEETING - McKenzie Fontenot, center, was the guest speaker for the May 3, meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. She is shown with Rotary President Mitch Fontenot, left, and Rotarian Kip Manuel. (Gazette photo by Heather Bogard)

By: HEATHER BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

Ville Platte’s Melvin found his purpose in life with rap

Rapper Closton Melvin, who is managed by his long time friend Chris Thomas, remembered where his passion for freestyle and rap music began as he stood on the very street that he grew up on in Ville Platte recently. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At the age of nine, fighting at school landed Closton Melvin, better known today as Git Money C, in Mr. Luther Tolston’s band class at James Stephen’s Elementary.

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The official Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame painting of Rick Jones by artist Chris Brown. (Photo courtesy of the LSWA)

June 3, 2001, was a day Rick Jones had waited for his entire life.

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2016 Teen Miss Smoked Meat Zoe Anne Courville (Gazette photo by Mabel Foreman)

Zoe Anne Courville, Alison Renee Blood and Jacqueline Shiloh-Gradnigo all took home queen titles in the Smoked Meat Festival Pageants on Sunday.

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Obituaries

Chad Mitchell Dupre

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Chad Mitchell Dupre

April 25, 1966- June 23, 2016
A memorial service for Chad Mitchell Dupre will be held in Ville Platte at later date.
Dupre, 50, a resident of Denham Springs and a native of Ville Platte, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2016 in Denham Springs. He was a heavy equipment operator.

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