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.

The meeting place

ALL IN THE FAMILY — Carrol Sr. and Carrol Jr. with their popular French bread loaves and an old picture of the family bakery back in the Thirties.

The meeting place

HOT BREAD — Carrol Danna Jr. moves a rack of hot French loaves as his father looks on in the background.

The meeting place

TRIED AND TRUE — An old-fashioned, but still reliable, balance scale is used to measure ingredients.

Moveable feasts

BREATHTAKING — Monaco, long a playground for European royalty and international society, was the first stop in the two-week long event.

Moveable feasts

POMPEII — On the site of an ancient gymnasium, guests were treated to a bacchanal, Roman style, complete with actors in period clothes and displays of ancient musical instruments.

Moveable feasts

MOVEABLE FEAST — As planned, cutting into the roast pigs was supposed to unleash a flood of jewels and a flock of flying birds. But it didn’t quite work out that way.

Moveable feasts

LEANING TOWER — In Pisa, guests had

cocktails in a colonnade adjoining the famed landmark.

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DINNER WITH HERCULES — Costumed actors hired for the event

portrayed ancient Romans who mingled with guests.

Moveable feasts

DINNER WITH HERCULES — Costumed actors hired for the event

portrayed ancient Romans who mingled with guests.

Moveable feasts

HERMITAGE — One of the floral displays designed by Joel Theriot.

Moveable feasts

FINAL TOUCHES — Watched over by a bronze bust, Joel Theriot of Breaux Bridge adds a finishing touch to floral display at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo.

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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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