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.

Rotary Club acknowledges KVPI for receiving awards

(Left to right) Ville Platte Rotary Club President Peter Strawitz, KVPI News Director Stephaine Ware, Uptown Cakes owner Lisa Crane, KVPI’s Mark Layne and Rotary Club member Jimmy LeBlanc pose for a photo after Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

At Tuesday’s Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting, Mark Layne from KVPI acknowledged that his radio station won “radio station of the year for the seventh year in a row” as well as the award for outstanding morning show the Non-Blonde Cafe.

J.Y. SAM JR.

January 13, 1974 - April 14, 2017
VILLE PLATTE – Funeral services for J. Y. Sam, Jr.,43, will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Disciples Baptist Church in Ville Platte. Burial will be in St. Matthew B. C. Cemetery in Ville Platte.

MILDRED ANN THOMAS

September 29, 1970 - April 4, 2017
EUNICE – Funeral services for Mildred Ann Thomas, 46, will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Owens-Thomas Funeral Home in Eunice.

EPSO searching for two involved in recent vehicle pursuit

On Tuesday, Sheriff Eddie Soileau released the following statement in regard to a Ville Platte Police Department vehicle pursuit that occurred on Monday, April 17, 2017.
The release stated the following:

‘A better living’

Indalecio Ramos reviews work at his desk at Pine Prairie Correctional Center. The 39-year-old, who immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of four, has been in charge of the GEO prison facility for approximately a year now. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST
Associate Editor

Easter Sunday message from Bishop Deshotel

Hello and happy Easter to everyone. Today my dear people Christians all over the world celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The essential point of all history.

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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.

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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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