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.

Dr. Daniel Wiltz gets promotion in Guard

St. Martinville – Dr. Daniel J. Wiltz was recently notified by Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau of his promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army National Guard.

His promotion from major was effective Jan. 25.

Report cards to be mailed

Henri C. Bienvenu

St. Martin Parish’s approximately 7,500 public school students won’t have to suit up in their school uniforms just to ride to school to pick up their year-end report cards on Friday, May 23.

School fighting under scrutiny

Henri C. Bienvenu

School board members last week approved a program that would help some students involved in fights at school avoid suspension and possible law enforcement citations.

Simon Family Trust land to be developed

Ken Grissom

Breaux Bridge — Lafayette developer Odell Lamartiniere, whose zoning request to build up-scale townhouses was rejected by the City Council last fall, is pushing ahead with Plan B: cheaper houses on bigger lots.

Downtown eyesore clings to life

Ken Grissom

Breaux Bridge — Litigation or no litigation, asbestos or no asbestos, owners of the old Domingues Motors building downtown have 30 days to come up with a timetable for tearing it down or face yet another lawsuit — this one from the city.

Tribute for DeBlanc underway

Dan McKain

St. Martinville — Over 150 people turned out Friday to honor the late Col. Jefferson J. DeBlanc, World War II ace and Medal of Honor recipient, at the Woodmen of the World Hall.

Mr. Mills goes to Baton Rouge

Ken Grissom

Baton Rouge — In his first week on the job, state Rep. Fred Mills of Breaux Bridge has emerged a leader in the fight to polish Louisiana’s tarnished image.

St. Martinville won’t criminalize fashion

Ken Grissom

St. Martinville — With some prompting from citizens in the audience, the City Council Monday night agreed to take a more wholistic approach to the spectacle of “slabbing” — sagging pants — than neighboring cities like New Iberia and Breaux Bridge.

Time to stand up and be counted!

Breaux Bridge — The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up to count everybody in the country again and city officials here are afraid of being shortchanged by haphazard house numbers.

FOR JEFF DEBLANC

Louisiana National Guard Maj. Gen. Hunt Downer (from left), family members Barbara Romero and Frank DeBlanc, Parish President Guy Cormier, family members Michael DeBlanc and Richard DeBlanc, former pupil Henri Clay Bienvenu of the Teche News, and family member Monsignor Jefferson DeBlanc Jr.

The pulse of the parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Feb. 6 through Tuesday, Feb. 12. Some were handled by municipal police departments, some by volunteer fire companies, some by Acadian Ambulance and some by the Louisiana State Police. The majority fell to the St.

The pulse of the parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Tuesday, Feb. 5. Some were handled by municipal police departments, some by volunteer fire companies, some by Acadian Ambulance and some by the Louisiana State Police. The majority fell to the St.

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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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