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.

Bombs away!

Pine Prairie High catcher Sara Tate tries to slide safely into third base in a game played earlier in the playoffs. The Lady Panthers advanced to the state semi-finals after defeating the No. 5 seeded Winnfield Lady Tigers at the state tournament in Sulphur on Friday afternoon. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

SULPHUR -- The Pine Prairie Lady Panthers inched one step closer to a Class 3A state softball title after defeating the Winnfield Lady Tigers 7-2 in the quarterfinals of the LHSAA State Softball Tournament here Friday afternoon.

Getting top marks

Evangeline Parish School Board Superintendent Darwan Lazard hands Mamou High Principal Liz Chatelain a bouquet of flowers in her office on Monday morning. The flowers were for Chatelain being named a semifinalist for the Louisiana State Principal of the Year Award. Chatelain is in her fifth year as principal at Mamou High. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- A week-long consulting trip to Arizona would forever change Liz Chatelain’s career path.

VPPD arrests suspect in Sunday shooting

The Ville Platte Police Department arrested Tieberrious D. Wilson on April 25, 2017 after the 19-year-old became a suspect in a fatal shooting that recently occurred in Ville Platte on Sunday.

New machinery will help clean up Mamou

A town of Mamou worker operates a new CAT Excavator to tear down an abandoned home on Fourth Street in downtown Mamou last Friday. The excavator is one of two new pieces of heavy machinery the town has purchased to help with numerous projects. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

MAMOU -- The Town of Mamou isn’t wasting any time utilizing its newly purchased heavy machinery equipment.

MERLE MOREAU FONTENOT

August 31, 1939 - April 11, 2017
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Mrs. Merle Moreau Fontenot, 77, were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Sacred Heart Chapel Belaire Cove. The burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery. with Fr. Richard Vidrine officiating.

PAUL BENNETT AUCOIN

October 31, 1945 - April 22, 2017
VILLE PLATTE -- It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Paul Bennett Aucoin announces his passing on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the age of 71.

East Side Water votes for change in recent election

After a two year long lawsuit, members of the East Side Water System, Inc. have spoken and it seems they have chosen change.
On Monday, East Side Water held an election that was overseen by former District Judge John Larry Vidrine for three board member seats.

Mrs. B.I. "Te" Moody (1926-2017)

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. Visitation for family friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Geesey Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church at 2:00 p.m.

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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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