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

Born to be cowboys

Brother Brayden (left) and Ty (right) are the sons of Eric and Vikki Aymond from Pine Prairie. They will be competing in roping events at different national rodeo competitions. Brayden leaves today, Thursday, for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

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Virgie Mae Gradney left this world behind and joined the angels in Heaven on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the age of 84.

VPPD Arrests

The Ville Platte Police Department reported six recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were the following persons:
• Travis Ardoin, 31, 720 W. Jackson, was arrested on June 2, 2017 for Intoxication, and Sexual Battery. Ardoin is out on a $2,700.00 bond.

EPSO ends fiscal year with major surplus

From left to right sits Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor Dirk Deville, Chief Deputy Assessor Josh Fontenot, Sheriff Eddie Soileau and Mike Fontenot during the Sheriff's budget meeting on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ware)

Just two and a half months after paying off a $1 million loan, Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau adopted a budget that reflects a major financial turn around from last September when the sheriff declared his department was broke.


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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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