Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 1, 1926, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Nettie Laura Plattsmier and Valery Leonard Hebert, the youngest of their five children.

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.

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.


Feb. 14, 1948 - March 28, 2017
VILLE PLATTE -- Funeral services for Ruby Nell Skinner, 69, were held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Owens-Thomas Funeral Home in Ville Platte.

VPHS’s McKinney signs to play hoops at LSU at Eunice

Ville Platte High senior forward Miya McKinney is all smiles as she signs on to play for the LSU-E Lady Bengals in 2017-2018. McKinney was a first team all-district and all-parish pick this past season for the Lady Bulldogs. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

For almost every child growing up loving and playing a sport, reaching the goal of making it to the next level is a dream come true.
Such is the case for Ville Platte High’s Miya McKinney.

Cross-town tilt

Sacred Heart second baseman Wesley Launey lays down a bunt for a base hit to lead things off against Ville Platte High on Thursday. The Trojans defeated the Bulldogs 8-1 in a cross-town tilt that occurred because both teams had previous games cancelled due to the weather. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE -- With both teams losing games to the rains of Wednesday night, the Sacred Heart Trojans and the Ville Platte Bulldogs decided to get together for a little friendly diamond tilt at Aswell-Cappell field Thursday afternoon.

Pine Prairie wins again; Sacred Heart stumbles on the road

Pine Prairie’s Karli Ortego lays down a bunt in a game earlier this season. The Lady Panthers are now two wins away from a district title after rolling past Port Barre 7-2.

The wins keep on coming for the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers softball team, as they cruised past the Port Barre Lady Red Devils 7-2 in a District 5-3A win on the road Tuesday afternoon.
With the win Pine Prairie is now 19-6 on the year and a perfect 8-0 in district play.

Sacred Heart garners huge non-district road win over Rayne

Sacred Heart first baseman Madison Hernandez stretches to make an out in a game earlier this season. The Lady Trojans blew past Rayne on Monday scoring seven runs in their last at bat for a 14-6 non-district win

RAYNE – A seven run seventh inning was the major difference for the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans softball team, as they pulled away from the Rayne Lady Wolves in a 14-6 non-district win here Monday afternoon.

Valiant effort

Pine Prairie shortstop Jordan Ardoin makes a tag and puts out a Port Barre runner trying to steal second base. The Panthers made a great comeback attempt effort against the Red Devils, but fell short in an 11-7 District 5-3A loss. Pine Prairie is now 2-2 in district play

PINE PRAIRIE – Despite a valiant effort at a comeback, the Pine Prairie Panthers baseball team fell to the Port Barre Red Devils 11-7 at home Tuesday afternoon in a District 5-3A contest.

Music fills the air

Tim Swinnea plays a gospel song for residents, including Hattie Pouncey (seen above in purple) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte on Tuesday. Swinnea played music for the residents for about an hour inside one of the activity rooms. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The sounds of old-time gospel hymns began to fill the hallways at Heritage Manor Nursing Home on Tuesday afternoon.
The music was originating from one of the facility’s activities rooms, where inside sat an old Baldwin piano and a very grateful and enthusiastic piano player.

Tri-Parish jobless rates, work force down in February

Tri-Parish unemployment rates are down in February compared to a year ago, but the work force is also down, according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics data released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Mamou Arrests

The Mamou Police Department reported 7 recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were:
• Daniel Darbonne, 30, 1012 Hickory St., Mamou, was arrested on March 2, 2017 for domestic abuse battery. Darbonne was transfered to the parish jail.

Update: Two charged in connection to infant death

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau released an update on Tuesday, March 27, 2017 regarding the death of a three-year-old that was run over by a vehicle last Thursday:


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rojan baseball team took to the diamond to face off against Opelousas Catholic in a district contest Wednesday afternoon.


Dr. Tanyanika Phillips, oncologist at Savoy Medical Center, was guest of Nick LeBas and addressed Ville Platte Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 4. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The Ville Platte Rotary Club welcomed medical oncologist at Savoy Medical Center Dr. Tanyanika Phillips at its weekly meeting on April 6, at Main Street Pizza.


Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody

Thelma Theresa Hebert Moody passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 1, 1926, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Nettie Laura Plattsmier and Valery Leonard Hebert, the youngest of their five children.

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