Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 1, 1926, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Nettie Laura Plattsmier and Valery Leonard Hebert, the youngest of their five children.

Marcus Dupree prepares to yank his line with the hope of snaggin a massive catfish during a recent fishing trip he took with three of his buddies to Simmesport, La.’s Hydroelectirc dam. Dupree snagged one catfish during the trip, while one of the other fishermen caught a spoonbill. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

SIMMESPORT -- If you ask Marcus Dupree, “snaggin is always better at night,” and after a fishing trip to the Mississippi River, it might be safe to say that Marcus knows what he’s talking about.

Pine Prairie High School interim head softball coach Woody Harvey sits in the middle of the team during a batting practice session held at his home on Monday afternoon. Harvey has been serving as the interim coach for Carolyn Deville, the longtime coach of the softball program who is currently battling breast cancer. The team has honored Deville with the pink jerseys (seen in the photo) with the initals CD printed on the back underneath a cross. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

PINE PRAIRIE – The young women of the Pine Prairie High School softball team didn’t realize how much they missed it -- the yelling that is.

House fire on MLK Drive claims life

A local man lost his life in a house fire late Tuesday night in Ville Platte.
Ville Platte firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1314 MLK Drive in Ville Platte at 10:22 p.m. on Tuesday, where investigators later discovered the body of 55-year-old Jessie Bias.

West crowned 33rd Boggy Bayou Queen; Savoy awarded Ms. title at annual festival

ROYAL REPRESENTATIVES - Contenstant Jaelie Vidrine watches as Boggy Bayou Queen Lynee West adjusts her crown as Teen Miss Boggy Bayou Queen Sydie King and Junior Miss Boggy Bayou Queen Averi Perry hold her flowers and adjusts her dress. (Gazette photos by Elizabeth West)

By: TONY MARKS
Associate Editor

Woman jailed for bringing contraband into prison

The Pine Prairie Police Department recently arrested Bertha Alvarado for bringing contraband into the Pine Prairie Correctional Center.
According to the PPPD, Officer Benjamin Bordelon was dispatched to the prison facility on April 2, 2017 in reference to this incident.

Honoring the fallen

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine salutes while standing behind the grave of Oscar M. Dardeau Jr. inside Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington D.C. Vidrine, as well two other City Council members, were there for a conference and decided to pay their respects to two local men who are buried in the cemetery. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Vidrine)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine couldn’t help but be moved by the power of walking amongst the thousands of tombstones that fill Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrest made in crash that killed PPHS alumnus

On Monday police arrested 24-year-old Joseph D. Richey, who has been accused of causing a fatal crash that claimed the life of 28-year-old Chataignier native Brad Wedlock.

42 percent of Louisiana households struggle to afford basics necessities

BATON ROUGE — New research shows that in Louisiana, 723,077 households – fully 42 percent – struggled to afford basic household necessities in 2014, according to the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana released Thursday by the Louisiana Association of United Ways.

Parish teachers honored with ceremony Thursday

The Evangeline Parish School Board invites the public to an evening of celebration to honor its Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year state candidates and winners from each school on Thursday, April 13 at 5:00 pm at the Ville Platte High School Auditorium.

Jury finds Jack guilty of resisting an officer

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, an Evangeline Parish jury found Anthony K. Jack guilty of resisting an officer through use of force or violence and aggravated battery.

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 15 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:
• Larry McBride, 37, 1528 Oak St., Pine Prairie, was arrested on March 10, 2017 for failure to appear. McBride was released from jail on a $4,000.00 bond.

Early voting runs April 15-22

Evangeline Parish Registrar of Voters, Lucas Buller, has announced that early voting for the April 29, 2017 election will begin Saturday, April 15th and continue through Saturday, April 22nd excluding Sunday, April 16th.

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rojan baseball team took to the diamond to face off against Opelousas Catholic in a district contest Wednesday afternoon.

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Dr. Tanyanika Phillips, oncologist at Savoy Medical Center, was guest of Nick LeBas and addressed Ville Platte Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 4. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The Ville Platte Rotary Club welcomed medical oncologist at Savoy Medical Center Dr. Tanyanika Phillips at its weekly meeting on April 6, at Main Street Pizza.

Obituaries

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 1, 1926, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Nettie Laura Plattsmier and Valery Leonard Hebert, the youngest of their five children.

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