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

Area Briefs

Keep Evangeline Beautiful Electronic Recycling Project
Keep Evangeline Beautiful, in cooperation with the Evangeline Parish Police Jury and the municipalities of Evangeline Parish is sponsoring a parish wide Electronic Recycling Project.

For Coach Carolyn

Pine Prairie High School interim head softball coach Woody Harvey sits in the middle of the team during a batting practice session held at his home on Monday afternoon. Harvey has been serving as the interim coach for Carolyn Deville, the longtime coach of the softball program who is currently battling breast cancer. The team has honored Deville with the pink jerseys (seen in the photo) with the initals CD printed on the back underneath a cross. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

PINE PRAIRIE – The young women of the Pine Prairie High School softball team didn’t realize how much they missed it -- the yelling that is.

Sen. LaFleur supports proposed gas tax bill

BATON ROUGE – The promised House Bill 632, which would increase Louisiana’s gas tax by 17 cents per gallon, was officially filed on Tuesday during the 2017 La. Regular Legislative Session.

Pine Prairie Council working on improving ditch drainage

The Village of Pine Prairie is working on improving its drainage.
During the village’s monthly meeting held Thursday, April 13, Mayor Quint West informed the council of the work that has been done to the village’s drainage ditches.

Rotary Club acknowledges KVPI for receiving awards

(Left to right) Ville Platte Rotary Club President Peter Strawitz, KVPI News Director Stephaine Ware, Uptown Cakes owner Lisa Crane, KVPI’s Mark Layne and Rotary Club member Jimmy LeBlanc pose for a photo after Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

At Tuesday’s Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting, Mark Layne from KVPI acknowledged that his radio station won “radio station of the year for the seventh year in a row” as well as the award for outstanding morning show the Non-Blonde Cafe.


January 13, 1974 - April 14, 2017
VILLE PLATTE – Funeral services for J. Y. Sam, Jr.,43, will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Disciples Baptist Church in Ville Platte. Burial will be in St. Matthew B. C. Cemetery in Ville Platte.


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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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