Collin Courville spent a morning seeing if the fish were biting at Crooked Creek Recreation Area. Courville and his parents, who own The Bait Stand in Pine Prairie, have partnered with Crooked Creek to host a fishing tournament for the purpose of raising money for the Evangeline Parish park. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST Managing Editor

Ted Buller, who farms 1200 acres of rice and 1100 acres of soybeans off the Pine Point Rd, gazes out at some of his rice fields that are still under water a week after the “devastating” flooding that hit the area. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Farmers throughout Evangeline Parish took a massive hit to their crop production with the widespread flooding that inundated the area because of heavy rains that fell within a few days of each other in late April and early May.
Ville Platte Deputy Marshal Arthur Lee Phillips was arrested by Jeff Davis Sheriff’s detectives on Monday in connection with a prostitution incident that occurred over the weekend in Fenton, La.

Evangeline Parish 4-H announces award recipients

Evangeline Parish 4-H held an awards night recently to recognize recipients of a variety of 4-H awards. Following is a highlight of the winners:
Junior Award
of Excellence
Andrew Fontenot- Sacred Heart Elementary.
Key Club

Court Street brawl results in three arrests

The Ville Platte Police Department spent Monday afternoon diffusing an argument turned physical altercation, which resulted in the arrest of one male and two female subjects.

EPSO investigating theft within its department

On Friday, Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau released a statement in regards to a situation involving theft from the EPSO at the hands of one of its own employees.

A flooded state

Ted Buller, who farms 1200 acres of rice and 1100 acres of soybeans off the Pine Point Rd, gazes out at some of his rice fields that are still under water a week after the “devastating” flooding that hit the area. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Farmers throughout Evangeline Parish took a massive hit to their crop production with the widespread flooding that inundated the area because of heavy rains that fell within a few days of each other in late April and early May.

VPPD arrest two armed robbery suspects; search continues for others involved

The Ville Platte Police have arrested two individuals in connection to a shooting and armed robbery that occurred on March 19, 2017.
According to a VPPD press release, at the time of the incident “officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 600 block of East Jackson Street.”

Ville Platte City Council discusses loitering at meeting

The Ville Platte City Council played host to a packed and lively crowd at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening. City residents were focused on solving two pressing problems in the city: loitering and flooding.

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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.

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Ville Platte Rotary President Peter Strawitz and Rotarian Bob Manuel bookend guests Renee Brown and Samantha Guillory of Viande Boucanee, Inc., who informed the audience that the 25th Annual Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival is set for June 2-3, 2017. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Bob Manuel presented Renee Brown and Samantha Guillory from Viande Boucanee’, Inc., to the Ville Platte Rotary Club who discussed the 25th Annual Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival that is scheduled fo

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