September 14, 1978- Jules Ashlock, Ville Platte attorney and former newspaper publisher, dropped this world record lion while on a hunting trip in Rhodesia in July. This is the largest lion ever killed in the world, measuring nine feet, eight and a half inches and weighing 530 pounds. It was killed with a 270 caliber rifle.

Looking Back: September ‘58, ‘68, and ‘78

September 4, 1958
•Ville Platte High School, along with all other parish schools, will open Monday morning at 8:30 for the 1958-59 session, according to Principal J.D. LaFleur.

From left to right are Ville Platte Rotary President Richard LeJeune, Rotarian Bob Buroker, and Region IV Emergency Response Coordinator of Louisiana Office of Public Health Karen Buroker. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

VP Rotary “trains” for emergencies

James “Spanky” Vidrine from Union Tank Car in Ville Platte addressed the Ville Platte Rotary Club during its last meeting in August.

The newly appointed director of Lafayette Utilities System Jeff Stewart is pictured here. He is a former resident of Ville Platte and a 1996 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. (Photo courtesy of LUS)

Powering up

Throughout its 120-year-old history, Lafayette Utilities System has always prided itself on providing electrical, water, and sewer services to the residents of Lafayette and some neighboring areas.


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