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May 4, 1998 - Friendship Baptist Church in Pine Prairie recently formed a Royal Ambassador organization, registered with the Brotherhood Department of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Pictured here following the formal initiation ceremony last week of the new group are members, front row, from left, Ann Cason - director of the group, Braxton Willis, Matthias Petersen, Matthew Manuel, David Longino and Bo Sands; back row, from left, Kyle Fontenot, Cody Kordish, Buddy Deville, Peter Cheramie and Chris Willis. (photo submitted)

Looking Back: May 1969, 1979, and 1989

May. 1, 1969
• The Evangeline Parish School Board Thursday adopted a $3,783,632.58 general fund budget of revenues and expenses for 1968-69, opened bids on venetian blinds and discussed appointment of teachers for the 1969-70 school session.
The Board also adopted a resolution commending Hadley B. Fontenot, supervisor of Adult Education, after he informed the board of his intentions to retire June 1 after 42 years of service in the school system.

May 8, 1969
• Ville Platte Mayor Harold Bordelon said this week that the resurfacing and resealing of all blacktop streets in the city will begin Friday by the State Department of Highways, after a 10 month delay.
Several blocks of existing gravel streets also will be paved in the project, he said. These include Ortego Street, between West LaSalle and West Jefferson; Morein Street, from Highway 167 North to Canal Street; West Beech Street, from existing blacktop to David Street; David Street from West Beech to West Pine; Mamou Road, from Hickory south to corporate limits; and Railroad Street from existing blacktop south to Ash Street.

May 22, 1969
• At French Super Market, Value Pac tissue 10 rolls .69, Del Monte Sweet Peas 16 oz 2/.49, and Jergen’s Deodorant Soap 2/.25.

May 3, 1979
• A storm packing rain, hail and high winds raced through the area last Thursday shattering windows, uprooting trees, carrying away portions of roofs and creating a general havoc situation for a brief time.
An entire store front in Vidrine was collapsed by the storm, and the Vidrine area was the hardest hit by hail and high winds. The store was a furniture store owned by Percy Fontenot. The storm additionally collapsed power lines, knocking out power in the area throughout the afternoon and into the night until about 10 p.m.
Vidrine High School had to be dismissed once it was safe for students to go outside following a furious wave of rain, hail and wind that lasted about 30 minutes during which time about two inches of rain was recorded.
• At G. Ardoin and Company, hot dogs were .89, Boston butts were $1.39, and pork chops were $1.39
• The yet to be defeated Ville Platte High girl’s track team placed first in the Division II district meet in Eunice. The Lady Dogs scored 122 points, 82 points above second place Bunkie who finished with 40 points. Eunice scored 37 points, and Sacred Heart of Ville Platte 25.
The Lady Dogs finished first in 11 of the 13 events. Sacred Heart captured first in the remaining two events.
Bulldog Genito Tezeno was a double winner placing first in the shot put (35 ft. 2 1/2 inches) and the discus (88 ft. 8 inches).
The meet’s only other double winner was Sacred Heart’s Jessica Soileau. Soileau placed first in the high jump (4 ft. 9 inches) and the 110-yard low hurdles (17.15).

May 11, 1989
• The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday night hesitated in its support of legislation to enable the jury to recover medical and dental expenses from prisoners after Juror Freddie Dunn questioned whether jurors had sufficient information to lend their support to the move.
• At Evangeline Furniture Company, Inc, one Thomasville Triple French Dresser, King Panel Bed, One Night Stand Priced to Sell. Regular $1,649.00. Special $995.00.

May 14, 1989
• City and parish officials are uncertain exactly what effect the opening of a 35-mile section of Interstate 49 will have on traffic through the center of Ville Platte. A state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) spokesman says that “if everything goes the way we expect” the interstate from Meeker to Lafayette will be open tomorrow morning.
• The retirement of Bishop Gerald L. Frey of Lafayette and the accession of Bishop Harry Flynn as fourth bishop of Lafayette has been approved by Pope John Paul II in Rome. Bishop Frey, who was 75 on May 10, has headed the Lafayette diocese since 1973.

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