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.

VP set to sell city property for development of single-family homes

The Ville Platte City Council gave Mayor Jennifer Vidrine the authority to negotiate and conclude sales of city property for the purposes of developing detached single-family homes. It also agreed to review the fines associated with failure to wear reflective gear at night.

Weekly Rotary Minute update

Wayne Vidrine, President of the Ville Platte Rotary Club, is pictured here as he spoke at the weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon. He outlined his vision for the club during the upcoming year including corporate memberships and the future of Chicot State Park. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine advised the club he wants to bring something different to the table at each meeting such as sharing Rotary trivia.

Making their presence known

RUSTON -- Timing is everything, especially in the arena of sports.
The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Minor All-Stars found that out the hard way this past week here at the Regional Tournament.

Making their presence known

RUSTON -- Exceeding expectations.
That phrase comes off as a trite statement at times.
However, for the Ville Platte Dixie Youth Major All-Stars that statement defines the entire post-season, especially for a team with as much youth as they fielded.

Saddled up saviors

Pictured here are members of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff Posse as they present the check made out to St Jude’s Wednesday night outside the station located on the Chauncey Pitre Road . From left to right Back row: David LaFleur, TJ Campbell, Keith Jackson, Shae McDaniel, Keith Saucier, Jeret Daigle. Middle row: Daniel Fruge, Ralph Daigle, Nick Buller, Cody LaFleur. Front row: Jedd LaFleur, Alvin Rachal, Chris Meche, and Joseph Fontenot. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is a group of people who are a part of the sheriff’s crew that has a unique history and mission of serving the community. This group is called the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse of Evangeline Parish, and they have turned their goal into helping the children of St.


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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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