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.

KAE ANGELLE of Cecilia

KAE ANGELLE of Cecilia sends a pitch toward the plate against Beau Chene last week. The Lady Bulldogs were shut out, 2-0, by the Lady Gators in their first loss of the young season.

Softball results

As softball season got cranked up last week Cecilia’s Lady Bulldogs opened the first week of play with a 1-1 record.

The Lady ’Dogs blew by Acadiana on Wednesday but suffered a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Beau Chene on Thursday.

Flag football in Magnolia Park

St. Martinville – The Ten-N-Out Bengals will hold a flag football tournament, the first “Bash on the Bayou,” this weekend, Feb. 23 and 24, at Magnolia Park.

The entry fee is $100 with a deadline of Feb. 20, after which there will be a $10 late fee.

CHS, SMSH secure post-season berths

The Cecilia Bulldogs close regular season play with a 19-12, 7-2 record and earn the No. 2 seed for the District 6-3A playoff bracket.

Les Vieux Temps

As one drives around Acadiana, a common sight in people’s yards is a statue of the Virgin Mary. While visiting the Vatican Mosaic Exhibition at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans, I was reminded of miracles of Mary.

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.


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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.


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.



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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