Collin Courville spent a morning seeing if the fish were biting at Crooked Creek Recreation Area. Courville and his parents, who own The Bait Stand in Pine Prairie, have partnered with Crooked Creek to host a fishing tournament for the purpose of raising money for the Evangeline Parish park. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST Managing Editor

Ted Buller, who farms 1200 acres of rice and 1100 acres of soybeans off the Pine Point Rd, gazes out at some of his rice fields that are still under water a week after the “devastating” flooding that hit the area. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Farmers throughout Evangeline Parish took a massive hit to their crop production with the widespread flooding that inundated the area because of heavy rains that fell within a few days of each other in late April and early May.
Ville Platte Deputy Marshal Arthur Lee Phillips was arrested by Jeff Davis Sheriff’s detectives on Monday in connection with a prostitution incident that occurred over the weekend in Fenton, La.

PARTSCH: Another embarrassment for Cajuns

Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III

Mark Hudspeth is getting quite good at apologizing for his team’s behavior away from the football field, even more so than he is at coaching the group of young men on the artificial turf of Cajun Field.


March 20, 1984 - April 29, 2017
VILLE PLATTE -- Funeral services for William Michael “Mike” Dunigan, 33, will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday May 6, 2017 in the LaVille Funeral Home Chapel.


April 25, 1927 - May 1, 2017
VILLE PLATTE -- Funeral services for Howard W. Pitre, 90, were be held at 11AM Wednesday May 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial followed in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Father Tom Voorhies officated.


February 28, 1919 - April 28, 2017


December 04, 1925 - April 26, 2017
MAMOU -- It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Firna “Lou” Tate announces her passing on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 5:30 a.m. at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs.

Basile Council amends police budget during special meeting

BASILE -- During the special budget meeting held Wednesday, April 26, the Basile town council, mayor, and police chief settled on an amended budget for the Basile police department in order to keep the entity running for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Education takes center stage at Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting

(From left to right, back row) Rotary Club President Peter Strawitz, Evangeline Parish School Board Title One Supervisor Grace Sibley, Mamou High Principal Liz Chatelain, Chataignier Elementary teacher Tim Comeaux, Elementary Supervisor Linda LaFleur, EPSB Superintendent Darwin Lazard, and interim Assistant Superintendent Michael Lombas pose for a photo at this week’s Rotary Club meeting. (Front row) Chataignier Elementary students Riley Manuel, Terrion O’Neil and Gavin James. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Education was the theme of the Ville Platte Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Tuesday as Superintendant of Schools Darwin Lazard presented Grace Sibley, teacher of the year and principal of the year coordinator, as his guest.

All EP schools will be closing early today

All Evangeline Parish public school will close at 12 noon today Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
Sacred Heart School will be closing at 10:30 a.m. today.


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Coming into the 2017 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints were looking to upgrade a defense that has been atrocious the past three years.


Ville Platte Rotary President Peter Strawitz and Rotarian Bob Manuel bookend guests Renee Brown and Samantha Guillory of Viande Boucanee, Inc., who informed the audience that the 25th Annual Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival is set for June 2-3, 2017. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Bob Manuel presented Renee Brown and Samantha Guillory from Viande Boucanee’, Inc., to the Ville Platte Rotary Club who discussed the 25th Annual Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival that is scheduled fo

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