Gregory Elliott is pictured here. The native and resident of Beaver was inducted into the LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction this past April. He is the son of the late Besse and Jesse Elliott. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Elliott)

Throughout history countless citizens from small towns across the country as well immigrants from lands overseas have sought the American dream of achieving prosperity and success. This dream is still alive today and is realized for a native of rural Evangeline Parish Gregory Elliott.

Danielle Granger (left) holds up the new Ville Platte High School football jersey for the Tee-Cotton Bowl, while Nicki Bowen (right) holds Sacred Heart School’s new Tee-Cotton Bowl Jersey. Standing between the two ladies is the man who started this special tradition in Ville Platte - Tim Fontenot. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

It is human nature to tear down an endowment, especially one that has been generously handed down by an act of Providence. For we are mere mortals, flawed by our jealousies and our apprehensiveness toward our fellow man. For reasons beyond our comprehension we choose to distrust rather than to embrace our diversity.

Reverend Raymond Brown (center) delivers a passionate message to an audience outside of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse on Wednesday. The civil rights leader came to Evangeline Parish to seek justice for an individual recently killed during a deputy-involved shooting. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Evangeline Parish Courthouse lawn was filled with parish residents urging that justice be served in what the group consider the uncalled for death of Dejuan Guillory at the hands of an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.

Warranted to serve

Ronald Doucet serves the City of Ville Platte and Ward 1 as city marshal. Before being elected to the position in 2006, he served on the Evangeline Parish Police Jury for 14 years. He is pictured here with a marshal’s unit located in the parking lot located between city hall and the city court complex. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Many teenagers feel inspired to become a famous celebrity, while still others feel inspired to become a doctor or a lawyer. Few of them like Ronald Doucet, who currently holds the office of city marshal for the City of Ville Platte, feel inspired to become a public servant.

VPPD in search of burglary suspects

The Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue is requesting assistance in identifying the suspects in the above photo who burglarized a residence in the 400 block of East Wilson on July 21, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Ville Platte Police Department)

Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue is requesting assistance in identifying suspects in a recent burglary.

Turkey Creek council discusses police department funds at recent meeting

On Tuesday, the Turkey Creek council once again discussed the village’s police department finances.
At last months meeting, the council approved moving $35,000 from its utility fund to the police department fund to balance the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

Hunting changes made for the 2017-2018 seasons

There have been several changes made this year that will affect duck hunters across Louisiana.
One of those changes made has been a modification to teal season, which was previously during the last three weekends of September.

Local 4-H students compete in recent Horse Shows

Several 4-H students from Evangeline Parish recently competed in the 2017 Southwest District Horse Show held at the Burton Coliseum Complex on the campus of McNeese State University in Lake Charles on June 29, 2017.
Competitors who placed on the district level were the following:

Rotary meets its legislator

State Representative Bernard LeBas (center) was the guest of Rotarian Susan Saunders (right) at this week's meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club and spoke about the past year's legislative sessions as well as some issues that are plaguing the state. LeBas and Saunders are pictured here with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

State Representative Bernard LeBas addressed the Ville Platte Rotary Club at its weekly meeting Tuesday and updated the club on issues the legislature faced in the latest sessions.

Setting the bar

Ville Platte's Destiny Lavigne comes up firing after fielding a ball during a game at the USSSA World Series. Ville Platte finished 2-1 in pool play and 2-2 in bracket play. (Photo courtesy of Sadie Ardoin)

GULF SHORES, AL -- When the Ville Platte Girl’s Softball Association 10U Select All-Stars arrived here last Wednesday, they were expecting to be placed in the Class C USSSA World Series tournament.

CHAUNCEY JAMES FONTENOT

Fontenot

MAMOU ~ It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Chauncey Fontenot announces his passing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the age of 30.

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Ville Platte's Destiny Lavigne comes up firing after fielding a ball during a game at the USSSA World Series. Ville Platte finished 2-1 in pool play and 2-2 in bracket play. (Photo courtesy of Sadie Ardoin)

GULF SHORES, AL -- When the Ville Platte Girl’s Softball Association 10U Select All-Stars arrived here last Wednesday, they were expecting to be placed in the Class C USSSA World Series tournament.

Lifestyle

Wayne Vidrine, President of the Ville Platte Rotary Club, is pictured here as he spoke at the weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon. He outlined his vision for the club during the upcoming year including corporate memberships and the future of Chicot State Park. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine advised the club he wants to bring something different to the table at each meeting such as sharing Rotary trivia.

Obituaries

Fontenot

MAMOU ~ It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Chauncey Fontenot announces his passing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the age of 30.

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