Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For the first time students being assessed on the Louisiana Alternative Assessment (LAA 1) are being given the opportunity to earn the coveted high school diploma.

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For most hunters, their greatest memories from partaking in one of Louisiana’s most beloved sports consist of killing their first banded duck or finally bagging that buck of a lifetime.

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

That distinctive smell of ash lingers in the humid air, while an eerie silence hangs overhead. The house that is situated on the corner of Calcasieu and West Hickory Streets in Ville Platte remains taped off days after a blaze claimed the life of the man who called the house his home -- James Malveaux.

Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

13th Judicial District Judge Chuck West sits in his office donning hunting attire instead of his traditional black robe. Unlike your typical hunter, the thing West enjoys most about the sport is getting to participate in it with his two children. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

The house located at 724 Calcasieu Street in Ville Platte remains taped off on Monday afternoon after a fire engulfed the structure early Sunday morning. The fire claimed the life of 62-year-old James Malveaux. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Down a new path

Ronderkus Ben (front), a Junior at Ville Platte High School, stocks air conditioner filters with Cody Vidrine (back) at Ace Hardware in Ville Platte on Monday. Ben is one of the eight students at VPHS that is gaining real world experience through a new opportunity students have to earn a Louisiana Career Diploma. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

For the first time students being assessed on the Louisiana Alternative Assessment (LAA 1) are being given the opportunity to earn the coveted high school diploma.

EPSO: Missing teen girl from Easton found

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday that the juvenile girl that went missing on September 13, 2016 has been found and returned to the custody to her parents on Monday, September 26.

Basile looking for second win of season as they host Port Barre

It has just been one of those seasons for Basile in 2016. The Bearcats are now 1-3 on the year after a big 40-6 loss to Logansport this past Friday. But, head coach Kevin Bertrand knew that a slow start could be expected for Basile, especially having lost a ton of talent to graduation.

Mamou hoping to play free of mistakes against Oakdale

The Mamou High Demons have had their share of mistakes over the past four games. For example, Mamou has thrown interceptions that have been taken back for touchdowns in three of the four games played.

Ville Platte takes on Opelousas in final non-district contest

Ville Platte High linebacker Tralon Thomas makes an open field tackle against North Central this past Friday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

The final tune-up game before Ville Platte High starts their district competition will take place this Friday night when the Bulldogs host the Opelousas High Tigers for homecoming. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Testing in progress

Sacred Heart quarterback Wesley Launey (5) looks to pitch the ball to running back Alec Gotro (4) against Houma Christian. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Its exam time for the Sacred Heart Trojans and their big test comes in the form of a heated rival, Opelousas Catholic.

CLAIRE ANN FONTENOT FUSELIER

July 28, 1936 - Sept. 23, 2016
MAMOU - Funeral services for Claire Ann Fontenot Fusilier were held Sunday, September 25, at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Mamou. Burial followed at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Mamou.

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Wayne Vidrine, left, and Nicole Wenger

Flood water removal and drying, flood insurance and flooding’s impact on farming were hot topics at September Ville Platte Rotary Club meetings.

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