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.

EPSO requests assistance in locating missing 3-year-old

Sophia Marie Sidwell.

MAMOU, LA – The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance in locating a 3 year old female toddler identified as Sophia Marie Sidwell (DOB 6/4/14).
The EPSO Investigative Division released a statement on Tuesday regarding this matter.

Walking to justice

Family and friends console DeJuan Guillory’s mother - Monica Fontenot (center) - during a walk for justice that was held on Friday. This was the first time the family has spoken out since their son was shot and killed by an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy on July 6, 2017. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

On Friday, the family of DeJuan Guillory spoke out for the first time publicly at a walk for justice held in Guillory’s name.
Guillory was shot and killed by an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy on in the early morning hours of July 6, 2017.

Right on Main Street in Ville Platte

Ville Platte City Councilman Mike Perron thumbs through a scrapbook of old newspaper clippings as he reminisced on life in Ville Platte during the 1950s and 1960s. He talked about his memories of the drive-ins, the night clubs, the five-and-dime stores, and G. Ardoin's and Evangeline Furniture. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Main Street is the lifeline of any city in America. It is the source that pumps out business to the rest of the city. If it dries up, then the city will follow suit.

Getting physical

Athletes from Pine Prairie, Sacred Heart and Ville Platte High wait outside of Health Works Rehab to get their free physicals. Health Works has gotten volunteer health care professionals to come and aid athletes in getting their physicals for the upcoming season for the last 14 years. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

In order to be an athlete on any level, one must be in top physical shape.
And to be an athlete for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association you must prove that you are in top physical shape.

Warranted to serve

Ronald Doucet serves the City of Ville Platte and Ward 1 as city marshal. Before being elected to the position in 2006, he served on the Evangeline Parish Police Jury for 14 years. He is pictured here with a marshal’s unit located in the parking lot located between city hall and the city court complex. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Many teenagers feel inspired to become a famous celebrity, while still others feel inspired to become a doctor or a lawyer. Few of them like Ronald Doucet, who currently holds the office of city marshal for the City of Ville Platte, feel inspired to become a public servant.

VPPD in search of burglary suspects

The Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue is requesting assistance in identifying the suspects in the above photo who burglarized a residence in the 400 block of East Wilson on July 21, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Ville Platte Police Department)

Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue is requesting assistance in identifying suspects in a recent burglary.


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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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