Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau shakes hands with Darwan Lazard after Lazard was unanimously chosen by the board as the school district’s new superintendent. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST Associate Editor

Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Gene LeBoeuf moved to Ville Platte for a job but ended staying for a woman -- a woman that helped him become closer to his faith and God.

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau shakes hands with Darwan Lazard after Lazard was unanimously chosen by the board as the school district’s new superintendent. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

KIM DAIRE

June 20, 1955 - Nov. 29, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Kim Anthony Daire, 61, were held Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery. Father Tom Voorhies officiated.

GIRL, Adley Claire Brunet

GIRL, Adley Claire Brunet was born Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. in Opelousas General Hospital, to Ross and Sara Brunet of Ville Platte, weighing eight pounds.

The reason for the season

Ville Platte Rotary Club member Wayne Vidrine, left, poses with guest speaker Father Tom Voorhies, and fellow Rotary member Bill Brunet at the December 6 club meeting. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Father Tom Voorhies shared the reason for Christmas season with Ville Platte Rotary Club members at the group’s December 6 meeting.

New leadership

Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau shakes hands with Darwan Lazard after Lazard was unanimously chosen by the board as the school district’s new superintendent. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH WEST
Associate Editor

Anonymous tip leads MPD to drug arrest

The Mamou Police Department arrested Sidney Jones on December 2, 2016 after anonymous tips led the department to begin an investigation into possible drug dealing going on within the city.

Parish champions

Ville Platte High’s Jamal Hayward (35) battles Mamou High’s Russell Edwards (25) for the opening tip-off of the Evangeline Parish championship game held in Pine Prairie Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs took home the title again this year with a 67-57 win over the Demons. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE – It was the continuance of a streak and the end of another this past Saturday night, as the Ville Platte High Bulldogs and the Mamou Lady Demons laid claim to the 2016 Evangeline Parish hoops title.

Christmas time’s a-coming

Grant Soileau has had some wild requests in the 25 years he has played Santa in the Ville Platte Christmas Parade.

KATHLEEN EASTIN SOILEAU

Sept. 1, 1928 - Dec. 4, 2016
A memorial mass for Kathleen Eastin Soileau will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette. A memorial service and reception will be held in Ville Platte in early January.

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Lifestyle

GIRL, Adley Claire Brunet was born Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. in Opelousas General Hospital, to Ross and Sara Brunet of Ville Platte, weighing eight pounds.

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Obituaries

June 20, 1955 - Nov. 29, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services for Kim Anthony Daire, 61, were held Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Evangeline Memorial Cemetery. Father Tom Voorhies officiated.

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