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.

A NEW KIND OF WARRIOR

Bob Ellis &

Ken Grissom

Maj. Harold Molbert has a knack for being where the action is.

The Pulse of the Parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Tuesday, Jan. 8. 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.

SPORTSMAN OF THE WEEK

SPIKE BUCK — Austin Theriot, 6, son of Darrel and Toni Theriot of St. Martinville, sits in the back of the truck with his first deer, which was taken on Dec. 15.

Pulse of the Parish

The 911 dispatch center took the following calls from Sunday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. 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.

Teachers, naturalists needed

Lake Martin — The Nature Conservancy’s visitor center here should be open for business by mid summer, according to Kacy Kobrin, program manager of the nonprofit’s Cypress Island Preserve.

DEPUTY OF THE YEAR

Blake W. Aleman (center) accepts the prestigious Deputy of the Year trophy from Chief Deputy Dannie Brown (left) and St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronny Theriot. Blake is recognized for diffusing a dangerous situation at UMC Hospital in Lafayette.

DEPUTY OF THE QUARTER

St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronny Theriot (right) and Chief Deputy Dannie Brown (left) present the Deputy of the Quarter trophy for the fourth quarter of 2007 to Lt. Roxie Broussard. Broussard was given the award for “her outstanding service and dedication to the St.

Rigs pumping dollars

St. Martinville — The drilling rig on the Terrace Highway west of town might or might not start pumping oil any day now, but it is sure to be pumping dollars into parish coffers come tax time.

A Clean Sweep

A CLEAN SWEEP — An industrial broom sweeper, more commonly found on highway construction projects, follows a Huey Dugas and Sons, Inc., cane wagon to brush aside the clumps of mud falling from the tractor tires as rain soaked fields in the last part of the harvest season.

Sportsman of the Week

SPIKE BUCK — Austin Theriot, 6, son of Darrel and Toni Theriot of St. Martinville, sits in the back of the truck with his first deer, which was taken on Dec. 15.

Tragedies are clear warnings

Ken Grissom

The sorrows of two families this past year sound clear warning peals for those of us who will listen:

•Wear a life jacket when the water is cold.

•Slow down when the river’s running.

Progress on the launch pad

Many of St. Martin Parish’s hopes and expectations for 2008 took root in the last six months of 2007. Martin Mills, St. Martinville’s former underwear factory, started turning out storm-resistant and energy-efficient homes. Wal-Mart opened a super center near I-10 in Breaux Bridge.

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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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