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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.

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.


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.


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.

2008 will be a busy year

Ken Grissom

Take a good look around if you’re the nostalgic type. Chances are things will look very different by this time in 2009.

Breaux Bridge will be taking on a decidedly more urban look as new businesses spring up along I-10.

The Employment Picture

Baton Rouge — Even though there were more people working in November 2007 than in October 2007, there were also more people looking for jobs — more people in the workforce, period — thus unemployment rose slightly between the two months.

St. Martin Parish Building Permits

The value of building permits issued by Parish Government for projects located in unincorporated areas of St. Martin Parish during the month of October 2007 totalled $7,033,955, including $2,407,705 for 11 commercial projects.

The breakdown is as follows:



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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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