From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Many Americans will spend tomorrow, Memorial Day, preparing bar-b-que to enjoy with their friends and family, but for four United States soldiers from Evangeline Parish this holiday is more than just a day free from work.

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Mayor of Ville Platte Jennifer Vidrine has experienced “a dream come true” with the opening of the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club set for June 1st. When it came to making this dream, which she said began more than six years ago, a reality, Vidrine began pulling people from the community to help her see this through.
Duplechain finishes stellar career at Mamou; moves on to next level:

From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Through their eyes

From left to right are: World War II Veteran Bervic Celestine, Navy; Korean Veteran Derrel Ardoin, Navy; Vietnam Veteran Joseph J.D. Soileau, Army; and Sergeant E5 Lance Miller who has served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Gazette photos & illustration by Elizabeth West & Raymond Partsch III)

Many Americans will spend tomorrow, Memorial Day, preparing bar-b-que to enjoy with their friends and family, but for four United States soldiers from Evangeline Parish this holiday is more than just a day free from work.

Arvie returns home to create art for VP Boys & Girls Club

Thaddaeus “T.J.” Arvie stands in front of one of the spray painted art he created for the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Home. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The Mayor of Ville Platte Jennifer Vidrine has experienced “a dream come true” with the opening of the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club set for June 1st.

Area Briefs

Joseph Celestine-Rosenwald Reunion Board meeting

Ville Platte taking precautions in the fight against Zika Virus

Glenn Stokes with Mosquito Control Contractors talks with Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine outside the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Club about the mosquito traps that he and his company placed around the city on Friday. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine didn’t want to wait for Evangeline Parish’s first recorded case of the Zika Virus to start combating any possible spread of the disease in her hometown.

9-1-1 Board begins process of replacing board chairman

The Evangeline Parish 9-1-1 Board has begun the process of electing a new chairman.
At Wednesday night’s special board meeting, it was announced that longtime board member Kent Fontenot had resigned not only as chairman, but also as a member of the board.

Leading with humility

Duplechain finishes stellar career at Mamou; moves on to next level:

Ville Platte youth royalty crowned

WEE BABY MISS COURT - Members of the Wee Baby Miss Ville Platte court, from left, were Queen Anna Claire Grace Johns; Brennah Norred, first runner-up; Addison Kate Lee, second runner-up; and Roque Phillips, third runner-up.

By: HEATHER BOGARD
Lifestyles Editor

Mr. West, Miss Atkinson plan June 4th nuptials

Miss Brittany Danielle Atkinson,
Mr. Aaron William West

The engagement of Miss Brittany Danielle Atkinson to Mr. Aaron William West, the son of Quint and Roxane West of Pine Prairie, has been announced by her parents, Scott and Paulette Atkinson of Glenmora.

Heritage Manor News: Benefits of pet therapy

(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Patricia Duplechin, resident activity director at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte. This column runs every Sunday in The Gazette.)

Ola Marie Thomas

Ola Marie Thomas

November 3, 1929 - May 24, 2016
Funeral services were held for Ola Marie Thomas, 86, of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 12 noon, Friday, May 27. Burial followed in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

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WEE BABY MISS COURT - Members of the Wee Baby Miss Ville Platte court, from left, were Queen Anna Claire Grace Johns; Brennah Norred, first runner-up; Addison Kate Lee, second runner-up; and Roque Phillips, third runner-up.

By: HEATHER BOGARD Lifestyles Editor

Obituaries

Ola Marie Thomas

November 3, 1929 - May 24, 2016
Funeral services were held for Ola Marie Thomas, 86, of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Ville Platte at 12 noon, Friday, May 27. Burial followed in the Vandenburg Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.

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