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Ninety-five graduating seniors received their diplomas from Ville Platte High School at the school’s 52nd commencement exercises. Raymond Aucoin, parish school superintendent, delivered the principle address. Superintendent LeRoy Soileau took part in the program, and the actual diplomas were awarded by Principal Yves Soileau. Class valedictorian was Judith Fuselier, and Darryl McManus was the salutatorian. Large numbers of parents, relatives, and friends were present for the colorful exercises.

Looking Back: May 1960

May 5, 1960

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Father Conley Bertrand, the founder of the Come Lord Jesus! program, is pictured here as he celebrates the anniversary mass at the Our Lady Queen of All Saints Family Life Center in Ville Platte. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Come Lord Jesus! groups hold anniversary mass

Catholic lay people from across Ville Platte and Pine Prairie gathered Wednesday evening at the Our Lady Queen of All Saints Family Life Center for an anniversary mass of the Come Lord Jesus!

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New executive director of the soon to be named Evangeline Parish Chamber of Commerce Renee Brown (left) is pictured here with Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (right) after speaking at a recent club meeting about upcoming goings-on around the parish. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Working in local communities

Newly named executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, Renee Brown, addressed the Ville Platte Rotary Club last week on ideas that came out of meeting with business leaders from the community.

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Pictured here at the Ville Platte Civic Center from left to right are Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine, Savoy Medical Center Physician Liaison and Rotarian Jackie Riche’, Dr. Francisco Cantu, Savoy Chief Nursing Officer Laurie Manuel, and Savoy Clinic Manager for the five Savoy Family Care clinics Jeff Langtston. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Rotary gets medical attention

New medical programs at South Louisiana Community College’s CB Coreil Campus and a family practice physician returning to Ville Platte were featured at the first two May meetings of the Ville Platt

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Not a bayou is this, but the corner of LaSalle St. and NE Railroad Avenue at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 10. Few cars were able to navigate the streets where youngsters, enjoying a forced school holiday, frolicked in motorboats. The 4.5 inches of rain in less than one hour was not a record, but flooded the city in a way equalled only by the 14.55 inches of rain which fell overnight here in May, 1963.

Looking Back: May 1976

May 6, 1976


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