Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine holds the credentials from the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions while sitting at a table filled with Ville Platte items that will be part of promotional baskets that Vidrine is taking to this year’s convention in Philadelphia. In addition to being a delegate, Vidrine will also serve as Delegate Whip. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine couldn’t help but get the chills when she first stood on the floor at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver as a delegate from the state of Louisiana.

The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

It was a most productive season for the Ville Platte Girls Softball Association 10U All-Stars. These young ladies ran through their preseason tournaments and the sectional tournament undefeated, despite all of them being one year younger than the teams that they faced throughout the summer.

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Life has taught Ronald Jenkins, Jr. that “everyone has their own cross to bare,” but that doesn’t have to determine what you are able to accomplish. Jenkins said, “My cross to bare is more obvious than some people’s because I am missing an arm, but everyone has one. It’s important that you don’t let that define you.”

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine holds the credentials from the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions while sitting at a table filled with Ville Platte items that will be part of promotional baskets that Vidrine is taking to this year’s convention in Philadelphia. In addition to being a delegate, Vidrine will also serve as Delegate Whip. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Ronald Jenkins, Jr. stands in front of the section of the Ville Platte Walmart store that he knows best, the meat department. Born with only one arm, Jenkins has never allowed that to hinder him from accomplishing the things that some people would assume are impossible for him. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Party pride

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine holds the credentials from the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions while sitting at a table filled with Ville Platte items that will be part of promotional baskets that Vidrine is taking to this year’s convention in Philadelphia. In addition to being a delegate, Vidrine will also serve as Delegate Whip. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine couldn’t help but get the chills when she first stood on the floor at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver as a delegate from the state of Louisiana.

AgCenter food incubator spurs innovation

BATON ROUGE — When the idea for the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator was first hatched in 2012, Louisiana had no facility where people who wanted to pursue the daunting journey of starting a food business could go for expert advice and production equipment.

LDWF releases dates, rules for 2016-17 season

Hunting rules and regulations for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons have been issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, including the upcoming waterfowl season dates.

Pine Prairie resident leads MPD on high speed chase

On July 7, 2016, a routine traffic stop for speeding in Mamou turned into a high speed chase.
The chase came to an end on Heritage Rd., near the Boggy Bayou Festival grounds, and resulted in the arrest of John Blake Deshotel of Pine Prairie.

VPPD Arrest Reports

The Ville Platte Police Department reported six recent bookings into the town jail. Arrested were the following persons:

A fight to the finish

The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

It was a most productive season for the Ville Platte Girls Softball Association 10U All-Stars.

Ville Platte 6U softball team makes waves at first ever World Series

VPGSA 6U head coach Sunny Lahaye and her players shake hands with Harlingen, Texas after a game in the PONY World Series held last weekend. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

Good things come in small packages.
At least that is what the VPGSA 6U All-Stars proved last weekend in the PONY World Series held in Youngsville.

VPGSA 8U All-Stars give solid effort at PONY World Series Tourney

Ville Platte’s Laila Lewis looks to throw out a runner at first base after cleanly fielding a ground ball in the PONY World Series held last weekend in Youngsville. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

The Ville Platte 8U softball all-stars may not have met their main goal at the PONY World Series held last weekend in Youngsville, but according to head coach Jason Fontenot the opportunity to play on that level is something that he and his team will remember forever.

DONNA KATHRYN McCAULEY

July 31, 1962 - July 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE – A memorial Mass for Donna Kathryn McCauley was celebrated on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte with Fr. Mitchell Guidry officiating services.

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The VPGSA 10U All-Stars convene for a meeting between innings at the PONY World Series held in Youngsville this past weekend. Ville Platte played extremely well going 5-3 and placing fifth out of 22 teams, despite the fact that all of the all-stars are playing as nine year-olds. (Gazette photo by Brianna Shiver)

It was a most productive season for the Ville Platte Girls Softball Association 10U All-Stars.

Lifestyle

VILLE PLATTE ­— More than 200 people attended this year’s Insect Day at the Louisiana State Arboretum on July 16.

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Obituaries

July 31, 1962 - July 21, 2016
VILLE PLATTE – A memorial Mass for Donna Kathryn McCauley was celebrated on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte with Fr. Mitchell Guidry officiating services.

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