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.


GULF SHORES, AL -- Ville Platte is on the national softball map once again.

No justice; no peace

Reverend Raymond Brown (center) delivers a passionate message to an audience outside of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse on Wednesday. The civil rights leader came to Evangeline Parish to seek justice for an individual recently killed during a deputy-involved shooting. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Evangeline Parish Courthouse lawn was filled with parish residents urging that justice be served in what the group consider the uncalled for death of Dejuan Guillory at the hands of an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.

The Gazette receives 23 awards from LPA

BILOXI -- The Ville Platte Gazette earned a whopping total of 23 awards, including six first-place honors, from the Louisiana Press Association’s Better Newspaper Competition held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi on Saturday.

VPGSA 10U Select All-Stars get in one more tournament

LAKE CHARLES -- For the Ville Platte Girl’s Softball Association 10U Select All-Star team, preparing for their appearance in the USSSA National Tournament beginning on July 19 is a big must.

Showing off their talent

SHREVEPORT -- To break a record, any record, is a tremendous feat. To set a record is even more impressive.
That is just what the Ville Platte Dixie Youth T-Ball All-Stars did here this weekend at the State Tournament.

Showing off their talent

Ville Platte head coach Lance Chapman gives his team instructions during a game at the Dixie Youth State Tournament this past weekend held in Rayville. Ville Platte went 6-1-1 in the tourney. (Photo courtesy of Julie Lafleur)

RAYVILLE -- Going 6-1-1 in a tournament usually puts a team in the thick of things for shot at a championship.

Rotary heads to the putting green

Nickie Toups (center) addressed the Ville Platte Rotary Club about the Eunice Rotary Golf Tournament benefitting the EuniceCommunity Health Center. She is pictured here along with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left) and Rotarian Dan Poret (right) (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Nickie Toups serves as administrator of Eunice Manor Nursing Home and chairs the Eunice Rotary Golf Tournament, and she was the guest of Dan Poret at this week’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.


EUNICE-Funeral services for Mr. DeJuan Markeis Guillory, 27, will be held on Saturday July 15, 2017, at 11:00 A. M. with the visitation beginning at 9:00 A. M. at Zion Traveler’s Baptist Church in Mamou, LA. Burial will be in Word of Faith Memorial Gardens in Reddell, LA. Rev.

Deputy-involved shooting update: Bond set for Dequince Brown

A bond was set for Dequince Brown who was arrested following an incident that resulted in a deputy shooting and killing Dejuan Guillory. During her bond hearing on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Brown's bond was set at $75,000 by 13th Judicial District Judge Gary Ortego.


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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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