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.

Swamp Poppin’ produce along the tracks

Ville Platte city worker James Bordelon shows off some okra growing at the City Garden. According to Bordelon, he picks three five-gallon buckets of okra at a time. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The City of Ville Platte is known for producing goods and services that have put the city on the world’s stage such as smoked meat and Swamp Pop Music. The city is also becoming known for producing its own produce.

Hey Ole Miss, have I got a new head coach for you!!

It has happened again.
Another high profile college coach has resigned amidst controversial circumstances.
This time it is Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze that paid the ultimate price, having to resign his position because of what he claims was a “misdialed” number.

Huge experience

GULF SHORES, AL -- When a team reaches one of their pre-season goals, anything beyond that is considered lagniappe.
For the VPGSA 8U All-Stars, a trip to the USSSA World Series was one of those goals the team had set for themselves before the all-star season began.

Righting a wrong

Danielle Granger (left) holds up the new Ville Platte High School football jersey for the Tee-Cotton Bowl, while Nicki Bowen (right) holds Sacred Heart School’s new Tee-Cotton Bowl Jersey. Standing between the two ladies is the man who started this special tradition in Ville Platte - Tim Fontenot. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

It is human nature to tear down an endowment, especially one that has been generously handed down by an act of Providence. For we are mere mortals, flawed by our jealousies and our apprehensiveness toward our fellow man.

Q&A: New VPHS principal shares her hopes for the school year

Melanie Miller was hired during the summer to become the new principal of Ville Platte High School. She recently shared some highlights in her career as an educator as well as what her goals are for the upcoming school year.

Alternatively structured

The start of a new school year for Evangeline Central School, means the start of a new and more structured way of learning.

Assistance requested in moving French immersion teachers to Louisiana

Evangeline Parish is starting a French Immersion Program for grades Kindergarten through first at Ville Platte Elementary and Mamou Elementary. CODOFIL has recruited three of these teachers from France and are expected to arrive within the next two weeks.

Schooled in education

Three Jagneaux brothers and their wives have devoted their careers to instilling education in young minds. In the process, they have fulfilled their dying father’s wishes.


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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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