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)

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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.

School Board discusses upcoming tax renewals

At Wednesday night’s Evangeline Parish School Board meeting, the school district’s superintendent Darwan Lazard took time to remind the board about the upcoming election, where residents will vote on tax renewals.

Mamou Council appoints Tate as town’s magistrate

The Mamou Town Council Wednesday night appointed Kelly Tate as new town magistrate after Timmy J. Fontenot stepped down from the position. Mayor Ricky Fontenot thanked retired Judge Tom Fusilier for serving in the interim. “He did a very good job,” Fontenot said.

Coincidental Journeys

Steve Hallam poses in front of his living room fireplace. Sitting atop the mantle are The Mayflower and USS Constitution. Nestled between the ships is a model of the Continental Army. As Hallam pointed out, “George (Washington) is over here. Here is the boyking Marquis De Lafayette and then Rochambleu with his ubiqitous maps.” (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

A series of coincidences has led Steve Hallam a world away to Ville Platte, La., and has led him to publish his father’s memoirs as a diplomat in the U.S. State Department.

Repainted pride

The reflection of light can be seen on the underneath portion of the blade of the helicopter on display at the War Memorial at Evangeline Parish Courthouse Square in downtown Ville Platte. The helicopter, as well as two artillery guns, were cleaned and repainted over the weekend by soldiers at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

J.D. Soileau is proud that he fought during the Vietnam War for the country he loved, and still does love.

Good Friday message from Bishop Deshotel

Bishop Deshotel

Hello everyone, Good Friday is observed all over the world by Christians, who recall the momentous event of Jesus being tried, suffering and dying on the cross for the salvation of the world.

Slaughter trial date set for June 19

On Tuesday, Larry Slaughter appeared before Judge Chuck West for a motion hearing where his attorney Jacob Fusilier requested that Judge Gary Ortego be recused from presiding over Slaughter’s upcoming trial for second degree murder.

House fire on MLK Drive claims life

A local man lost his life in a house fire late Tuesday night in Ville Platte.
Ville Platte firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1314 MLK Drive in Ville Platte at 10:22 p.m. on Tuesday, where investigators later discovered the body of 55-year-old Jessie Bias.

West crowned 33rd Boggy Bayou Queen; Savoy awarded Ms. title at annual festival

ROYAL REPRESENTATIVES - Contenstant Jaelie Vidrine watches as Boggy Bayou Queen Lynee West adjusts her crown as Teen Miss Boggy Bayou Queen Sydie King and Junior Miss Boggy Bayou Queen Averi Perry hold her flowers and adjusts her dress. (Gazette photos by Elizabeth West)

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Woman jailed for bringing contraband into prison

The Pine Prairie Police Department recently arrested Bertha Alvarado for bringing contraband into the Pine Prairie Correctional Center.
According to the PPPD, Officer Benjamin Bordelon was dispatched to the prison facility on April 2, 2017 in reference to this incident.


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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.


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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