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Phase II

Phase I of the Sacred Heart Trojan football season has been completed. Now it is time to begin Phase II.

Play ball, Chataignier

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Former Chataignier students J. D. Soileau (left) and Lee Ray Johnson (right) are pictured here in the gym at Chataignier Elementary. The two reminisced about sporting events at the school during the 1950s and 60s. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

In his book Just Taking Orders, Clyde Vidrine references six-man football played at Chataignier High School back in the 1950s and 60s. Lee Ray Johnson confirmed this historical aspect as he and fellow Chataignier student J. D.

VPHS principal explains decision to change homecoming requirements

Ville Platte High Principal Melanie Miller is standing behind her decision to change the school’s homecoming qualification requirements.
“We do not want to be one dimensional,” said Miller. “We want our academic students to be recognized as well.”

Mamou council discusses the installation of water meters

New water and gas meters were discussed at the Mamou Town Council Wednesday night.
Mayor Ricky Fontenot announced to the council the status of a water loan. “We’re continuing our efforts with USDA in applying for our water loan to redo our water system,” he said.

VPPD and Heritage Manor Halloween event

The 2017 Heritage Manor Trick Or Treat Event is being hosted by Heritage Manor Nursing Home and The Ville Platte Police Department. Here is our schedule so far.....

On the right path

VILLE PLATTE -- If Friday night’s contest between the Basile Bearcats was a measuring stick for each team before heading into district, then the 42-14 Trojan win revealed a lot for both clubs.

VPPD looking for owner of recovered four wheeler

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The VPPD is looking for the owner of the four wheeler pictured in the above photo. (Photo courtesy of the VPPD)

Chief Neal Lartigue reports 3 arrests and recovered four wheelers

Cajun life savers

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The 46th Annual Cajun Music Festival was held this past weekend at the Mamou Recreational Center Complex. The festival attracted huge crowds both days for its traditional Cajun bands, games, and workshops. Pictured here from left to right are staff members Mike Fontenot, Cajun Music Festival President Terral Fontenot, and staff members David Ardoin and Eric Soileau. The four are standing outside the center in front of an American Flag, a Louisiana state flag, and an Acadiana Flag that depicts the French and Spanish aspects of the Cajun culture along with the Cajuns devotion to Mary, the Blessed Mother. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

While most of the country is following the popular culture that is trending from New York and Los Angeles, many of the communities are losing their local cultures that make them unique.

EPPJ discusses potential leasing of Crook Creek

On motion of Sidney Fontenot, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury approved a measure at its monthly meeting Monday night to explore all options for leasing Crooked Creek.


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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.

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