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Charred rubble is all that remained of the James Stephen Home Economics cottage following a fire Tuesday night. The severe cold hampered firemen in their attempt to save the building, although they were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the parish branch library located approximately 10 feet from the building. School officials could not estimate the loss in dollars and cents, but said the building and its contents were covered by insurance.

Looking back: January 1962

January 4, 1962

Evangeline Parish County Agent Todd Fontenot (center) is pictured here after speaking at meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club last June. He is pictured here with former Rotary President Peter Strawitz (left) and with his host Rotarian Kermit Miller (right). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

A perennial freeze

With the temperatures hovering below the freezing mark over the first days of the year, area residents are questioning how the winter weather will affect their plants and gardens.

Pictured here from a mission in 2016 from front to back are: Carol Fontenot, Sela Fontenot, Tim Fontenot, Wayne Fruge, Sylvia Fontenot, Warren Fontenot, and Winston LaFleur. LaFleur again this year is leading the group on another mission trip to Honduras. (Photo courtesy of Winston LaFleur)

Pictured here from left to right are: Back row- Sophie Fontenot, Tiffany Fontenot, Winston LaFleur, and Warren LaFleur; Front row- Terry Fitzgerald, Ann Fitzgerald, Chino, Savannah Fontenot, and Sela Fontenot. (Photo courtesy of Winston LaFleur)

Into the mission fields

For the last nine years, Winston LaFleur has been making a yearly trek to a little town that is in the mountainous country of Honduras.

Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left) is pictured here presenting Rotary pins to newly installed members Bob and Barbara Buroker at a previous meeting in November. The Burokers are the first husband and wife to be inducted into the club. They are pictured here with Rotarian Leonard Fontenot (center) who recruited Barbara, who recruited Bob. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

VP Rotary Club braves the freezing weather for its first meeting of the new year

While braving the below 30 degree weather Tuesday, the Ville Platte Rotary Club returned to Main Street Pizza for an abbreviated meeting to begin the new year.

A new access road from Chicot State Park to the Ward 1 Industrial Park was officially opened on Monday, January 7, 2002. According to Police Jury President Bob Manuel, the new road was necessary because traffic to and from the Industrial Park tended to bottle neck on Tate Cove Road, which was the only entry. Also, Manuel said, the road was across a railroad track, and if a catastrophe occured, there would be no other way for emergency vehicles to access the park. The 1.3 mile long road cost approximately $750,000 and was funded by a state capital outlay grant. The construction company was H&S Construction of Broussard. Pictured, from left, for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Parish Engineer Ronnie Landreneau, H&S Construction Supervisor Charles Chadvick, Juror Turlind Deville, Juror Bill Guidry, Juror Davis Manuel, Police Jury President Bob Manuel, Juror Richard Thomas, and Jury Secretary Dale Reed. (Gazette photo by Roland Manuel)

Looking Back: January 2002

January 3, 2002

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