Rains from the weekend of Aug. 13 reflooded rice fields that had been previously drained in anticipation of harvest time. Several farmers began harvesting rice again a few days after the flood, and more than a week later, many were still harvesting in muddier-than-usual conditions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

POINT BLUE — Point Blue farmer Mitch Soileau started letting his rice fields drain at the end of July in anticipation of the August harvest time, but Mother Nature decided to flood the fields all over again the weekend of August 13.
With the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office experiencing major financial woes at this time, the public is questioning where all of the money has gone. In the EPSO’s most current completed audit, which was for the year ending June 30, 2015, the findings recorded prove that answering that question may be difficult.

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

PINE PRAIRIE — If a person is lucky enough in life, there is a single person that teaches them the lessons that mold and shape them for the rest of their existence on Earth. These lessons not only permeate their everyday lives but are embedded in their professional lives as well.

Rains from the weekend of Aug. 13 reflooded rice fields that had been previously drained in anticipation of harvest time. Several farmers began harvesting rice again a few days after the flood, and more than a week later, many were still harvesting in muddier-than-usual conditions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

Pine Prairie head football coach Yves Prince leans on the life lessons he learned playing football at Opleousas Catholic and then later at Grambling State for the late and legendary Eddie Robinson. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Sheriff Soileau releases statement concerning audit, layoffs

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau released a statement on Saturday afternoon concerning the recent layoffs, and audit, involving EPSO.
In the statement, which was addressed to the the residents of the parish, Soileau writes the following:

Sacred Heart passes first test with 20-0 win over St. Ed’s

Sacred Heart quarterback Wesley Launey rolls out looking to find an open receiver against St. Ed’s. The Trojans defeated the Blue Jays 20-0 in the Joe Nagata Memorial Jamboree Friday night in Eunice at Blue Jay stadium. (Photo courtesy of Tom Dodge)

EUNICE — The dress rehearsal didn’t go as planned for St. Edmund as Sacred Heart of Ville Platte earned a 20-0 win over the Blue Jays in the finale of the Joe Nagata Memorial jamboree.

Learning what’s needed

Ville Platte High quarterback Jaishaun Doucet fights for yardage against the Pine Prairie defense. The Panthers scored a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs a the Evangeline Parish Jamboree Friday night. (Gazette photo by Nick Jagneaux)

Two things were proven for all of the teams participating in the 2016 Evangeline Parish Jamboree; there were flashes of good solid football and there is a lot of room for improvement.

JOSEPH RICHARD “RICHIE” BRUNET JR.

Sept. 13, 1967 - Aug. 25, 2016
VILLE PLATTE - Visitation for Joseph Richard “Richie” Brunet Jr., will be Tuesday August 30, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church beginning at 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with a funeral service to follow.

Tournoi Festival pageant canceled

The reigning 2015 Junior Queen Meghan Miller, left, and Miss Queen Bethany Thibodeaux, both of Eunice, have accepted the responsibility of serving and fulfilling the duties of the 2016 festival year. (Staff photo)

The 2016 Tournoi Festival pageant has been canceled due to the recent flooding in the parish and across the southern portion of the state.

Sowing sorrow

Rains from the weekend of Aug. 13 reflooded rice fields that had been previously drained in anticipation of harvest time. Several farmers began harvesting rice again a few days after the flood, and more than a week later, many were still harvesting in muddier-than-usual conditions. (Gazette photo by Claudette Olivier)

POINT BLUE — Point Blue farmer Mitch Soileau started letting his rice fields drain at the end of July in anticipation of the August harvest time, but Mother Nature decided to flood the fields all over again the weekend of August 13.

Louisiana Up Close: Mud, moss and memories on display at Le Vieux Presbytere

A old painted cloth banner, that once hung in the Church Point High School, is now displayed inside the Le Vieux Presbytere, an historic building in Church Point which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

CHURCH POINT — If it weren’t for the efforts of the Cajuns Ladies of Church Point, The Le Vieux Presbytere could have very well been moved out of the small town or simply would have been demolished.

EPSO Arrests

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported five recent bookings into the city jail. Arrested were the following persons:

Disaster Assistance Programs are now available from USDA

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers disaster assistance and low-interest loads programs to assist agriculture producers in their recovery efforts following floods or similar qualifying natural disasters.
Available programs and loans include:

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Sports

Sacred Heart quarterback Wesley Launey rolls out looking to find an open receiver against St. Ed’s. The Trojans defeated the Blue Jays 20-0 in the Joe Nagata Memorial Jamboree Friday night in Eunice at Blue Jay stadium. (Photo courtesy of Tom Dodge)

EUNICE — The dress rehearsal didn’t go as planned for St. Edmund as Sacred Heart of Ville Platte earned a 20-0 win over the Blue Jays in the finale of the Joe Nagata Memorial jamboree.

Lifestyle

Juliette Plantation in Boyce provided the setting for a lovely 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 uniting Miss Kaci Danielle Willis and Mr.

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