Evangeline Parish School Board Superintendent Darwan Lazard hands Mamou High Principal Liz Chatelain a bouquet of flowers in her office on Monday morning. The flowers were for Chatelain being named a semifinalist for the Louisiana State Principal of the Year Award. Chatelain is in her fifth year as principal at Mamou High. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- A week-long consulting trip to Arizona would forever change Liz Chatelain’s career path.

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 1, 1926, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Nettie Laura Plattsmier and Valery Leonard Hebert, the youngest of their five children.

Marcus Dupree prepares to yank his line with the hope of snaggin a massive catfish during a recent fishing trip he took with three of his buddies to Simmesport, La.’s Hydroelectirc dam. Dupree snagged one catfish during the trip, while one of the other fishermen caught a spoonbill. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

SIMMESPORT -- If you ask Marcus Dupree, “snaggin is always better at night,” and after a fishing trip to the Mississippi River, it might be safe to say that Marcus knows what he’s talking about.

Getting top marks

Evangeline Parish School Board Superintendent Darwan Lazard hands Mamou High Principal Liz Chatelain a bouquet of flowers in her office on Monday morning. The flowers were for Chatelain being named a semifinalist for the Louisiana State Principal of the Year Award. Chatelain is in her fifth year as principal at Mamou High. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- A week-long consulting trip to Arizona would forever change Liz Chatelain’s career path.

VPPD arrests suspect in Sunday shooting

The Ville Platte Police Department arrested Tieberrious D. Wilson on April 25, 2017 after the 19-year-old became a suspect in a fatal shooting that recently occurred in Ville Platte on Sunday.

New machinery will help clean up Mamou

A town of Mamou worker operates a new CAT Excavator to tear down an abandoned home on Fourth Street in downtown Mamou last Friday. The excavator is one of two new pieces of heavy machinery the town has purchased to help with numerous projects. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- The Town of Mamou isn’t wasting any time utilizing its newly purchased heavy machinery equipment.

MERLE MOREAU FONTENOT

August 31, 1939 - April 11, 2017
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mrs. Merle Moreau Fontenot, 77, were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Sacred Heart Chapel Belaire Cove. The burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery. with Fr. Richard Vidrine officiating.

PAUL BENNETT AUCOIN

October 31, 1945 - April 22, 2017
VILLE PLATTE -- It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Paul Bennett Aucoin announces his passing on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the age of 71.

East Side Water votes for change in recent election

After a two year long lawsuit, members of the East Side Water System, Inc. have spoken and it seems they have chosen change.
On Monday, East Side Water held an election that was overseen by former District Judge John Larry Vidrine for three board member seats.

Mrs. B.I. "Te" Moody (1926-2017)

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. Visitation for family friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Geesey Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church at 2:00 p.m.

Mamou cannot hold on to lead; falls in playoffs

Mamou High catcher Angel Menier waits to apply a tag to a Lake Arthur runner in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. Mamou fell 3-2 to Lake Arthur on Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU -- After not making the playoffs a year ago, the young and talented Mamou Lady Demon softball team was ready to make some huge noise in this year’s postseason.

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rojan baseball team took to the diamond to face off against Opelousas Catholic in a district contest Wednesday afternoon.

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Dr. Tanyanika Phillips, oncologist at Savoy Medical Center, was guest of Nick LeBas and addressed Ville Platte Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 4. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The Ville Platte Rotary Club welcomed medical oncologist at Savoy Medical Center Dr. Tanyanika Phillips at its weekly meeting on April 6, at Main Street Pizza.

Obituaries

August 31, 1939 - April 11, 2017
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mrs. Merle Moreau Fontenot, 77, were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Sacred Heart Chapel Belaire Cove. The burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery. with Fr. Richard Vidrine officiating.

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