Brother Daniel Holsomback is pictured standing in the pulpit he now preaches from as the new full time pastor of First Baptist Church of Pine Prairie. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Vice President Chris Stromer (left) and his dad President Harold Stromer (right) stand behind the counter of the parts department inside Boco’s, which is celebrating 85 years. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor

Doctor Chris Fontenot stands in front of the mural painted on the side of the old Chris’ Corner building along the railroad tracks. He is holding a copy of his book Acadian Prairie-Theodule. The book’s cover art was done by a 10th grader from Chataignier, Jada Guillory. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS Associate Editor



Funeral services for Mr. William West, Jr. were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Pine Prairie First Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel Holsomback officiating. Interment followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Pine Prairie under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale.



A Mass of Christian Burial were for Lucille Soileau Guillory, age 88, who passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Cleveland Health Care Center in Cleveland, TX, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. Interment followed in Ardoin Cemetery in Easton.

LA Smoked Meat Festival youth royalty crowned

DEB MISS - Winners were (from left to right) Ainsley Claire Quibodeaux, Queen; Claire Elizabeth Durapau, first alternate; and Ava Isabella Gauthier, second alternate. (Gazette photos by Tony Marks)

Associate Editor

Country comes to town

Nashville recording artist Aaron Tippin (pictured here) will headline the Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 10:00 pm until midnight under the new pavilion behind the Ville Platte Civic Center. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Tippin)

Associate Editor

VPPD Arrests

The Ville Platte Police Department reported four recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were the following:
• Steven Freeman, 36, 610 W. Lincoln, was arrested on May 24, 2017 for Theft of Good/ Flight. Freeman was bonded out on a $1,250.00 bond


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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.



MAMOU – Wayne Fontenot was a kind, caring, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, and a great friend to many. He was an excellent provider for his family; working offshore for many years as a construction foreman. Wayne was known not to waste a moment of his life.

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