Vice President Chris Stromer (left) and his dad President Harold Stromer (right) stand behind the counter of the parts department inside Boco’s, which is celebrating 85 years. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Doctor Chris Fontenot stands in front of the mural painted on the side of the old Chris’ Corner building along the railroad tracks. He is holding a copy of his book Acadian Prairie-Theodule. The book’s cover art was done by a 10th grader from Chataignier, Jada Guillory. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Nicole McGregor, inventory and marketing manager for Ville Platte Dodge, is pictured here banging the “Gong for Charity.” Each time a customer buys a vehicle and bangs the gong, the dealership will make a donation to either the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club or CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline, Inc. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Rain, rain go away

A house along Veterans Memorial Highway in the Mamou area sits in what looks like a pond for a front yard on Thursday after a second round of thunderstorms hits Evangeline Parish in just four days. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Less than a week after a significant portion of Evangeline Parish experienced heavy flooding, the area once again was blasted with severe weather on Wednesday and early Thursday morning.

Honoring the good

The Evangeline Parish School Board’s meeting held on Thursday was a night spent recognizing the good happening throughout the parish’s school district.

A promise to make your newspaper even better

From day one as Associate Editor at the Ville Platte Gazette I have always done my best to provide our readers with a newspaper they can be proud of, and tomorrow I will continue to do the same but with the new title of Managing Editor.

Rising water

A local resident stands on his front porch surveying the rising water around his Ville Platte home on Sunday, April 30, 2017, after a massive rainfall left many parts of Evangeline Parish under water. (Photo courtesy of Arthur Sampson)

It didn’t just rain last weekend in Evangeline Parish, it poured.

PARTSCH: Another embarrassment for Cajuns

Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

Mark Hudspeth is getting quite good at apologizing for his team’s behavior away from the football field, even more so than he is at coaching the group of young men on the artificial turf of Cajun Field.


March 20, 1984 - April 29, 2017
VILLE PLATTE -- Funeral services for William Michael “Mike” Dunigan, 33, will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday May 6, 2017 in the LaVille Funeral Home Chapel.


April 25, 1927 - May 1, 2017
VILLE PLATTE -- Funeral services for Howard W. Pitre, 90, were be held at 11AM Wednesday May 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial followed in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Father Tom Voorhies officated.


February 28, 1919 - April 28, 2017


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Coming into the 2017 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints were looking to upgrade a defense that has been atrocious the past three years.



MAMOU – Wayne Fontenot was a kind, caring, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, and a great friend to many. He was an excellent provider for his family; working offshore for many years as a construction foreman. Wayne was known not to waste a moment of his life.

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