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.

Parish voters pass three tax renewals

Despite a dismal voter turnout, all three tax renewals for Evangeline Parish that were on the ballot passed easily this past Saturday.

Reluctant fighter

Amateur boxing champion Brandon Arvie sits on a punching bag at his home in Mamou with a collection of trophies and championship belts he has won in his career. Arvie is competing in the National Golden Gloves tournament held at the Cajundome this week. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- Brandon Arvie didn’t like to fight.
The now 24-year-old was known as a good kid growing up in Mamou, but a quiet kid who avoided confrontations at all cost. Arvie had no desire to take part in school yard fist fights or even heated arguments for that matter.

Fatal crash on Friday ends life of 22-year-old

On Friday, Louisiana State Police Troop I released a statement in regards to a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of 22-year-old Brett Fontenot of Ville Platte.

VPE holds pep rally for LEAP test last Friday

Ville Platte Elementary fourth grade students are seen running through a sign made by faculty at the school for a special pep rally that was held for third and fourth grade students preparing to take the LEAP test this Monday. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

On Monday, third and fourth grade students across the state of Louisiana will sit down to take their biggest test of the year - LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program).

A community celebration

Ties usually go to the runner in baseball, but at the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet Thursday, ties went to award winners in Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, and Woman of the Year.

SHELIA MARIA LORIO VALURE

July 07, 1976 - April 22, 2017
Shelia Maria Lorio Valure (She-She), of Houston, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 22 nd , 2017 at the age of 40.

Saints go for defensive help in first three rounds of NFL draft

Coming into the 2017 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints were looking to upgrade a defense that has been atrocious the past three years.
In that time frame, the Saints defense has been ranked last in overall efficiency and has given up numerous yards, especially through the air.

Trojans drop first game of series in regional playoffs

Sacred Heart’s Alec Gotro looks to crush a ball at the plate in a game earlier this season. The Trojans fell to St. Charles in game one of a three game playoff series Friday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

LAPLACE -- It did not go well for the Sacred Heart Trojan baseball team Friday afternoon, as they dropped the first game of a best two out of three series to the St. Charles Comets in the regional round of the Division III playoffs by the score of 10-0.

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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.

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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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