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.

EPSB enters agreement with ESPO; resource officer hired

During the Evangeline Parish School Board’s meeting last Wednesday, the board approved entering into an agreement with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office to provide a School Resource Officer for Evangeline Central School this school year.

Chief Imagineer

Jacob “Timbo” Fontenot (left), Co-Founder of the Tee-Cotton Bowl, poses with his dad Tim (right) and the Tee-Cotton Bowl Trophy. The Fontenot duo have put the Tee-Cotton Bowl on the national map since its inception in 1999. The Tee-Cotton Bowl is slated for September 1. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Fontenot)

A number of people know the effort that Tim Fontenot has put out for the previous Tee Cotton Bowl and the monstrous renewal game coming up on September 1.

Sales tax collections up for June

This past June was a pretty good month for sales tax collections throughout the parish, with only two municipalities or taxing bodies collecting less sales taxes than they did in June of 2016.

VP Boys and Girl’s Club, Inc. closing banquet set for Friday

The Ville Platte Boys and Girls’ Club has partnered with the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office through the Families in Need of Services Program. Over the last two years, FINS has sponsored 15 children to attend the Boys and Girls’ Club, Inc., and has sponsored mentoring projects.

Searile facing felony charges for cyberstalking incident

In court last Thursday, Rufus Searile’s cyberstalking charge was upgraded from the misdemeanor to two felony grade offenses, which are non-consensual disclosure of a private image and video voyeurism.

Looking back: Thursday, August 6, 1981

Newly elected officers for the 1981 Louisiana Cotton Festival are, from left, seated Lynn Landreneau, treasurer - historian; Sarah Webb, secretary; from left, standing, Gilbert "Winky" Aucoin, president; Kenneth Webb, first vice president; Dan Poret, second vice president; and Paul Sandau, publicity director. The officers were elected last Thursday night at a meeting of the association in the Evangeline Bank Civic Room.

• Members of the Louisiana Cotton Festival Association were informed that the 1981 Louisiana Cotton Festival is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th, through Sunday, October 11th.

Voisins celebrate 50 years

Everett and Carmen Voisin of Milton on their wedding day, July 22, 1967, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte

Carmen and Everett Voisin of Milton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 22, 2017.
Carmen, the former Carmen Smith of Ville Platte, and Everett were married in 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Fr. Joseph Brennan officiated the ceremony.

A family affair

Sacred Heart assistant coach Brent Duplechin poses with his family following the Dixie Youth Minor’s Regional Tournament. Pictured above are (Bottom L to R): Betsy, John Michael, and Caroline. (Top L to R): Christian and Brent. Duplechin has coached since he was 18. (Photo courtesy of Betsy Duplechin)

If one is to get into the coaching profession, that person must be willing to sacrifice some things in order to be the best that you can be.

Blast off to Mars

Alyssa Carson stands in front of a board showing a book about Mars and pictures of her during her time training to be an astronaut. She spoke Saturday at the main branch of the Evangeline Parish Library to a group of summer readers and their parents. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Man has always been fascinated with science fiction. Part of this fascination is finding little green men from Mars in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. Chuck Jones fed off of this when he created his popular Marvin the Martian character on Looney Tunes.


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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.


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.



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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