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.

Mamou cannot hold on to lead; falls in playoffs

Mamou High catcher Angel Menier waits to apply a tag to a Lake Arthur runner in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. Mamou fell 3-2 to Lake Arthur on Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

MAMOU -- After not making the playoffs a year ago, the young and talented Mamou Lady Demon softball team was ready to make some huge noise in this year’s postseason.

Momentum lost

Sacred Heart shortstop Karli Fontenot slides into home plate safely after tagging up on an Erin Fontenot sacrifice fly to score the second run of the game against Opelousas Catholic. The Lady Trojans lost 5-3 to the Lady Vikings in the regional round of the Division III playoffs. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

OPELOUSAS -- After gaining a 3-0 lead to start the game, the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans could not carry that momentum farther, as they fell to the Opelousas Catholic Lady Vikings 5-3 in the regional round of the Division III softball playoffs here Thursday afternoon.

‘Snaggin good time’

Marcus Dupree prepares to yank his line with the hope of snaggin a massive catfish during a recent fishing trip he took with three of his buddies to Simmesport, La.’s Hydroelectirc dam. Dupree snagged one catfish during the trip, while one of the other fishermen caught a spoonbill. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

SIMMESPORT -- If you ask Marcus Dupree, “snaggin is always better at night,” and after a fishing trip to the Mississippi River, it might be safe to say that Marcus knows what he’s talking about.

Turkey Creek Council celebrates making final payment on center with ceremonial burning of note

From left to right: Turkey Creek Council members Neal King, Joey Ducote and Kurry Stewart and Mayor Heather Cloud together toss the village’s bank note for their community center into a fire pit to celebrate officially paying off the facility. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

TURKEY CREEK -- The Village of Turkey Creek did things a little differently at their council meeting last Tuesday.

Area Briefs

Keep Evangeline Beautiful Electronic Recycling Project
Keep Evangeline Beautiful, in cooperation with the Evangeline Parish Police Jury and the municipalities of Evangeline Parish is sponsoring a parish wide Electronic Recycling Project.

For Coach Carolyn

Pine Prairie High School interim head softball coach Woody Harvey sits in the middle of the team during a batting practice session held at his home on Monday afternoon. Harvey has been serving as the interim coach for Carolyn Deville, the longtime coach of the softball program who is currently battling breast cancer. The team has honored Deville with the pink jerseys (seen in the photo) with the initals CD printed on the back underneath a cross. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

PINE PRAIRIE – The young women of the Pine Prairie High School softball team didn’t realize how much they missed it -- the yelling that is.

Sen. LaFleur supports proposed gas tax bill

BATON ROUGE – The promised House Bill 632, which would increase Louisiana’s gas tax by 17 cents per gallon, was officially filed on Tuesday during the 2017 La. Regular Legislative Session.

Pine Prairie Council working on improving ditch drainage

The Village of Pine Prairie is working on improving its drainage.
During the village’s monthly meeting held Thursday, April 13, Mayor Quint West informed the council of the work that has been done to the village’s drainage ditches.

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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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