Fr. Richard Vidrine stands in his home holding up a picture of himself that his mother Nazel had made once he had returned from Vietnam. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

As Americans we are called to give of ourselves and to help our fellow countrymen when they are in need. One Ville Platte native has exemplified this idea from serving in the jungles of Vietnam to serving the Lamb of God as a naval chaplain.

Ville Platte Rice Dryer, Inc. Manager, Felix Morein, is seen checking the grade of rice that was brought into the local rice drying facility to be dried and stored. This process includes running the rice through a machine that removes the hull and then grades the rice. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t always take the farm out of the boy. At least those words ring true when speaking about Ville Platte Rice Dryer, Inc. Manager, Felix Morein.

Dr. Brent Ardoin perched himself on an examination table in an exam room located inside his office on Poinciana Street. He spoke about his 30-years of practicing medicine in Mamou and how it has changed over the years. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The name Frank Savoy has become synonymous with medical practice in Mamou over the generations. This is particularly evident by the hospital that bears the name. However, another doctor has left his lasting footprint on the medical scene of the town.

‘FreeHi’ sentenced

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

David Lee “FreeHi” Freeman Jr. will serve 15 years in prison on drug charges, according to District Attorney (DA) Brent Coreil.

VPPD investigating shooting

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

At press time, the Ville Platte Police Department was investigating an early morning shooting on East Jackson Street.

Citizens want EPSB to put the same proposal on the July ballot

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Over 100 citizens sat through an hour-and-a-half meeting with representatives of the Evangeline Parish School Board Thursday, March 13, to discuss the proposed new construction and renovations of schools in Ward One.

Emmet Cormier

Emmet Cormier
CROWLEY – Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in Crowley for Emmet Cormier of Morse, 86, who died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Kaplan Memorial Hospital.
Rev. Lloyd Singley officiated the service.
Burial took place at Hanks Cemetery in Morse.
He is survived by his wife, Virgie Cormier of Morse

Emmet Cormier

CROWLEY – Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in Crowley for Emmet Cormier of Morse, 86, who died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Kaplan Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Lloyd Singley officiated the service.

Les Vieux Temps

Floyd Knott

Ask anyone about famous Louisiana dogs and just about everyone will mention George Rodrique’s famous “Blue Dog” art. These world-famous paintings were not based on a real dog but from a story told to the painter by his grandmother about a werewolf like creature.

Chamber to host golf classic

CROWLEY – The Crowley Chamber of Commerce and our title sponsor, Southwind Senior Community, are pleased to announce the First Annual Chamber Golf Classic to be held Friday, April 4 at Bayou Bend Country Club in Crowley.

Area schools to be connected with fiber optics

Cutline: Workers have begun the installation of fiber in between schools in Rayne and Crowley, and hope to have schools in rural areas connected sometime in the summer.

By Katherine Miller

Unemployment rate up full percentage point

The unemployment rate in St. Landry Parish jumped a full percentage point in January, according to the Louisiana Dept. of Labor’s monthly report.

Kids win big at Head Start Trike-A-Thon

Cutline: The winners for the Ross Head Start Trike-A-Thon bike decorating contest were, from left, Allen Wulk, third place; A'yjae Kneeland, second place; and Jacques Venable, first place. Standing behind them are the event's coordinators Kathy Langlinais, Ross Head Start site supervisor; Dr.

Baja St. Martin

Linda Cooke

I talked with one of the local “big” fishermen today and he said he is checking a few traps a few times a week but has not quit his main job and doesn’t plan to do so. Nobody seems to be catching many crawfish yet — wild crawfish, that is.

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Sports

Pine Prairie native Julia Johnson signs her name on the dotted line as she commits to the University of Mississippi to play golf. The first year student at Ole Miss will actually enter as a sophomore in terms of college hours acquired. Johnson wants to double major in business. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Johnson)

It has been a tremendous run for Pine Prairie native Julia Johnson.

Lifestyle

Ella Ortego sits atop of a desk as she shows off some of the different styles of jewelry that she has made. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Some children spend most of every minute of their free time in front of a television or a computer screen.

Obituaries

Brunet

October 31, 1977- August 13, 2017
VILLE PLATTE - Memorial services for Lesley Marie Fontenot Brunet, 39, will be held at 10 a.m., today, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.

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