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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

There was once a public school in the LaRompe community. According to the minutes of the St. Martin School Board meeting of Sept.

SM opens 5-4A campaign with wins over BB, TCHS

The St. Martinville Tigers got off to a quick start in the 2008 District 5-4A basketball race, knocking off Breaux Bridge and Teurlings Catholic in the first week of league action.

LSU No. 1!

New Orleans – Two seniors from St. Martin Parish played key roles in LSU’s convincing 38-24 victory over Ohio State Monday night in the BCS National Championship game.

Board to elect officers for ’08

Henri C. Bienvenu

Heading up the agenda when the St. Martin School Board meets for the first time this year is the election of officers for 2008.

Sugarcane Harvest Over

Derek Albert

With the majority of sugar mills around the state processing their final loads of sugarcane, industry experts agree that the 2007 harvest yielded sweet results.

Winter Foliage

This patch of sugar cane recently harvested near Morbihan may look strange, but it’s not a strange new variety or a genetically modified crop. According to St. Martin County Agent Alfred Guidry, it’s just normal cane that was allowed some extra time in the field during a warm spell.

Hunter Still Missing

Butte La Rose — Authorities as well as friends and family of Keith Gilcrease, the hunter who disappeared Christmas morning, are on the lookout for any sign of the 16-foot aluminum crawfish skiff Gilcrease had used to go hunting down by Cow Island.

BB Chamber honoring Montesano, Broussard

Breaux Bridge — The Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce will honor Bruce Montesano and the late Earl Broussard with its Distinguished Citizen award at this year's banquet.

The annual event will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Atchafalaya Club in Henderson, starting at 5:45 p.m.


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.


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.


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


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.



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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