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Becky Manuel of the Evangeline Bank and Trust Company was presented with a plaque from the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Bankers Association in recognition of her working 45 years at the bank. Manuel was presented the plaque during a special ceremony at the bank Friday morning. Pictured here from left to right are Evangeline Bank’s President Randy Chapman, Becky Manuel, and Ginger Laurent from the Louisiana Bankers Association. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The Evangeline Bank and Trust Company is known as the financial rock of Evangeline Parish, but it is only as strong as the foundation upon which it is built. Part of this foundation has been serving at the bank for the past 45 years and was honored at a special ceremony Friday morning.

Band members of the group Blue Junction are pictured here in Kerry Bourgeois’ home studio. Pictured from left to right are: Top row- Danny Guillory of Port Barre, Peter Sylvester of Grand Prairie, and David Sylvester of Grand Prairie; Bottom row- Dean Sylvester of Grand Prairie, Alex “Sonny” Chapman of Ville Platte, and Kerry Bourgeois of Andrepont. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Fathers tend to leave notes of encouragement and hope for their sons when they are going through a tough time. One local father, however, is taking a different spin on this approach and is stringing together musical notes of hope for his 19-year-old son who has a brain tumor.

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.

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.

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.

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Sports

Phase I of the Sacred Heart Trojan football season has been completed. Now it is time to begin Phase II.

Lifestyle

Ville Platte Mayor and Rotarian Jennifer Vidrine (right) spoke to the Ville Platte Rotary Club at its first meeting in September. She updated the club on new services coming to the city. She is pictured with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

During its first meeting of September, the club heard from fellow Rotarian and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine.

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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