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Lightning attack

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NEW ROADS -- Electricity was felt in the air and on the gridiron, as the Sacred Heart Trojans jolted the District 5-1A world with a resounding 53-27 win over the False River Gators here Thursday night. With the win the Trojans move to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in league play.

Exotic hunters

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Missy Elliott (front) poses proudly with her gun in hand and with her husband Greg behind her after killing a Cape Buffalo. Also seen with the Elliott’s are their hunting guides during the trip. (Photo courtesy of Greg and Missy Elliott)

For Missy Elliott, hunting was something she started doing as a way to keep the tradition of having female hunters in her family alive. For her husband, Greg, he started hunting as a child growing up in northern Evangeline Parish and never stopped.

For love and hunting

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Bridgette Vidrine is seen above posing with the massive deer she killed last December at Overton Hunting Club in Bunkie. (Photo courtesy of Bridgette Vidrine)

Hunting for Bridgette Vidrine may have started as a way to spend more time with her husband, but this hobby is now something she just can’t get enough of.

Miller’s memories

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Brad Launey (left) and Gene LaTour (right) check the beef tongue and smoke pounce that Launey cooked on the eve of opening teal season at their Miller’s Lake camp. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

At Miller’s Lake, hunting isn’t just about shells, shotguns, duck blinds, and camouflage. It’s more about a tradition of long time friends gathering on the eve of opening teal season to cook good food, share in lots of laughs, and tell Miller’s Lake stories from the past.

A storied career

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Outreach Director of the Evangeline Parish Library Suzy Lemoine is pictured here as she stands between racks of books that line the floor of the new building of the library’s main branch in Ville Platte. Behind her is a zen courtyard featuring a statue donated by Philip and Bonnie Hollier that is an expression of support for the library. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

The Acadiana area is known for authors and artists who create colorful pieces of art. Each year the Evangeline Parish Library showcases this art at its Book Fest which takes place at the main branch in Ville Platte.

VPPD makes two arrests for vehicle break-ins at SHS

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On Wednesday, Ville Platte Police Chief, Neal Lartigue, reported that several recent vehicle break-ins have resulted in the arrest of 17-year-old Nakaya Joseph and one black male juvenile.

East Side Water holds court ordered election

Pursuant to a recent decision from the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the East Side Water System held another round of elections for its board of directors Tuesday night.

Shady Acres residents address VP council about drainage issues

Discouraged that they haven’t seen much progress, residents of the Shady Acres subdivision returned to the Ville Platte City Council to implore the mayor and council to fulfill promises to solve drainage problems affecting them.

Mr. Vidrine, Miss Townsend plan Sept. 23 nuptials

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Mr. Jordan Cheyenne Vidrine,
Miss Lacie Nicole Townsend

The engagement of Miss Lacie Nicole Townsend, daughter of Glenn and Christina Townsend of Pine Prairie, to Mr. Jordan Cheyenne Vidrine, the son of Derick Vidrine of Kinder, and Gerald and Becky Nelson of Pine Praire has been announced by their parents.


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Three Evangeline parish football teams have worked their way into the post-season and will begin their quest for the State Championship this coming Friday night, as the LHSAA reveled the 2017 playo


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Judy Stewart is pictured here with her family in front of a wall inside The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., that bears the names of the alumni who were named to the Hall of Distinguished Educators. She along with other alumni were inducted on October 21. Pictured here in the back is Bart Stewart, Jr., and from left to right in the front are Bart Stewart, Sr., Candace Frazier, Judy Stewart, and Jeff Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Candace Frazier)

The Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., has recognized alumni who have shown outstanding professional achievemen


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Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lanell Rushing was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the Pine Prairie Christian Tabernacle. Reverends Barry Gautreaux, Johnny Wilkinson and Chris Juneau officiatied.