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Superintendent Darwan Lazard announced this evening at the Evangeline Parish School Board meeting that all Evangeline Parish schools, except for Basile Highschool and Basile Elementary, will  reopen tomorrow. Due to the cities low water pressure, both Basile Highschool and Elementary will be closed tomorrow and are anticipated to reopen Monday. In an effort to motivate teachers and students to return to the classrooms tomorrow, Mr. Lazard announced a jean day for students and teachers across Evangeline Parish. In other news, there will be only one School Board meeting next month and it is scheduled for February 7th at 6:00 pm. 



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   The Ville Platte City Council and Mayor Jennifer Vidrine met Tuesday for their meeting of the month at City Hall. Todd Morein with Universal Communications made a presentation to provide high speed internet service throughout the city. His proposal would include attaching his equipment to the city’s Water Towers. The council voted to take his proposal under consideration and report back at a later date.

   Five retired city employees were honored with a plaque of appreciation during the meeting by the mayor and council for their many years of service to the city. The honored retirees included: Marcus Johnson with the Gas Dept; Donna Veillon, tax collector, Kenneth Green in the street department; Joe Matte and Carroll Duos, both in public works department.

   In other business, the city council approved longevity pay for full time city employees who have been with the city for more than five years. Also, fire department employees began receiving this month their mandatory 2 percent increase in pay.

   Mayor Jennifer Vidrine commended Fire Chief Chris Harrison for applying and  receiving a $7500 grant for the fire department to be used for a new vehicle. The city is also applying for grant money to purchase a new ladder truck and new pumper truck.

   Also, Public Works Director Don White was commended for his early repair work on the city water system last year that has keep the city water system from losing water pressure during the recent hard freezes we have had.

   In other action, the city council approved a resolution to apply for the sale of 2.9 million dollars in bonds for road and drainage improvements.

   The council approved moving the dates for their February meeting to Feb. 12 due to the Mardi Gras holiday and move the March meeting date due to a conflict with the National League of Cities Conference.



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KVPI News has learned that Sacred Heart Elementary and High School as well as all Evangeline Parish public schools will be closed again Thursday because of the continued icy conditions on parish roads.Supt. of Schools Darwan Lazard stated that supervisors, principals and custodians of parish public schools are asked to checked campuses at 2;00pm Thursday. All other employees are not required to report to work.



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There will be no parish wide curfew in Evangeline Parish tonight, according to Police Jury President Ryan Williams. After an inspection of roads around the parish, it was determined that a curfew is not needed tonight.



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KVPI News has received word that due to possible severe winter weather conditions Tuesday, all public schools in Evangeline Parish as well as Sacred Heart Elementary and High School will be closed. Keep listening to KVPI and our social media for the latest word on the weather and weather announcements.



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BAYOU CHICOT, LA – The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile.

 

On Thursday, January 11, 2018 the reporting person (Jodi Sylvester) stated her son Adyn Joseph Fontenot (DOB 8-2-2004) left her residence from the 1000 block of Jeremy Cole Drive at around 7:00 pm. The reporting person stated her son was upset for being disciplined and runaway, and has still not returned.  

 

Adyn Joseph Fontenot (DOB 8-2-2004) was last seen wearing his school uniform which includes a grey colored polo shirt, khaki pants, grey jacket, and black shoes.

 

If anyone has any information or comes into contact with Adyn Joseph Fontenot is asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 337-363-2161.

                                                                                                               



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       Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Nungesser spent the night at Chicot State Park inspecting the condition and upkeep of the park. He met earlier with local, parish and state officials over the future of Chicot State Park. He was introduced at the meeting by State Representative Bernard LeBas.

      Nungesser explained that his Tourism Department had taken major cuts in funding from 167 million dollars in 2008 to just $99 million dollars in 2017. The department has 250 fewer employees in that nine year period. He mentioned that former Governor Bobby Jindal had taken 54 million dollars from the state tourism dollars that was to be used for repair and maintenance.

     The Lt. Governor is proposing working with private business and industry to begin public/private partnerships to help support the state parks around the state. He explained that Centurylink has agreed to help sponsor the Poverty Point nature area.

    For Chicot Park , he is asking for applications or resumes to hire a new Park Manager to oversee the park. Nungesser said Chciot Park needs a manager who will live at the park with a salary range of $50-70,000. He wants to hire someone who has a love and passion of the park. He is asking local residents “to help me find the right person”.

   Nungesser is also looking at possibly of having a real estate developer sell home sites at an unused part of the park and lake; and  to sell and market the canoes and kayaks and look at rebuilding the flooded cabins at the park.

   Rotary Club President Wayne Vidrine thanked the Lt. Governor for showing his concern over the condition of Chicot State Park. Vidrine called the park “the crown jewel of Evangeline Parish.” The club pays  the scholarship of two high school students each year to attend Camp Rylla , the rotary club summer camp, now being held at Chicot State Park. Nungesser was presented a special basket of local products presented by Ville Platte Mayor Pro Tem Mike Perron.

     In other action, the rotary club:

--received a report that Club President Wayne Vidrine and Eric Gil traveled to the Beaumont Rotary Club recently to present a donation on behalf of the Ville Platte club for “Operation Warmth”. The club will deliver 440 coats to victims of last year’s hurricane.

--announced the winners in the annual football pool .

  

Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Nungesser spent the night at Chicot State Park inspecting the condition and upkeep of the park. He met earlier with local, parish and state officials over the future of Chicot State Park. He was introduced at the meeting by State Representative Bernard LeBas.

      Nungesser explained that his Tourism Department had taken major cuts in funding from 167 million dollars in 2008 to just $99 million dollars in 2017. The department has 250 fewer employees in that nine year period. He mentioned that former Governor Bobby Jindal had taken 54 million dollars from the state tourism dollars that was to be used for repair and maintenance.

     The Lt. Governor is proposing working with private business and industry to begin public/private partnerships to help support the state parks around the state. He explained that Centurylink has agreed to help sponsor the Poverty Point nature area.

    For Chicot Park , he is asking for applications or resumes to hire a new Park Manager to oversee the park. Nungesser said Chciot Park needs a manager who will live at the park with a salary range of $50-70,000. He wants to hire someone who has a love and passion of the park. He is asking local residents “to help me find the right person”.

   Nungesser is also looking at possibly of having a real estate developer sell home sites at an unused part of the park and lake; and  to sell and market the canoes and kayaks and look at rebuilding the flooded cabins at the park.

   Rotary Club President Wayne Vidrine thanked the Lt. Governor for showing his concern over the condition of Chicot State Park. Vidrine called the park “the crown jewel of Evangeline Parish.” The club pays  the scholarship of two high school students each year to attend Camp Rylla , the rotary club summer camp, now being held at Chicot State Park. Nungesser was presented a special basket of local products presented by Ville Platte Mayor Pro Tem Mike Perron.

     In other action, the rotary club:

--received a report that Club President Wayne Vidrine and Eric Gil traveled to the Beaumont Rotary Club recently to present a donation on behalf of the Ville Platte club for “Operation Warmth”. The club will deliver 440 coats to victims of last year’s hurricane.

--announced the winners in the annual football pool .

  



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Ville  Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue updates report regarding missing man.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department requested assistance in locating Mr. Amos Jones who went missing on December 22, 2017.  According to Chief Lartigue that search has ended.  Mr. Jones was found deceased in an empty house not far from his residence on December 30, 2017.  There was no obvious indication of foul play but the investigation is ongoing at this time and Detectives are also waiting for the report from the Coroner’s office. 

 

 Chief Lartigue reminds residents to report suspicious or illegal activity by calling the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous. 

 



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Baton Rouge, LA – Because the state is currently experiencing a recent surge in fire-related deaths,

several due to the arrival of markedly lower temperatures, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wishes to encourage citizens to remain vigilant when using space heaters and other heating sources, while maintaining working smoke alarms in their homes.

 

Since December State Fire Marshal investigators have responded to over six (6) residential structure fires that resulted in over ten (10) deaths, six of which have occurred in East Baton Rouge Parish since January 1st.

 

Investigators believe that four (4) of the recent deaths may have been attributed to the use of space heaters.

 

When using any type of heating source, whether it is a space heater or fireplace, homeowners should incorporate a “three-foot rule,” where there should be a space of at least three feet between a heating source and any combustibles such as furniture and décor. Ovens or open flame sources, such as candles, should never be used to heat homes.

 

“With colder weather here, we should all be careful when using portable and stationary heating sources,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, Jr. Browning added, “I also want to encourage everyone to make certain to have working smoke alarms in their homes.”



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     The Ville Platte Rotary Club held a short meeting today (Tuesday) at Main Street Pizza. The meeting ended early because there was no guest speaker.

     Club President Wayne Vidrine informed club members that he and several members will be traveling Wednesday to present a donation to the Rotary Club of Beaumont whose members were impacted by last year’s hurricane.

     Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will be attended the Rotary Club meeting next week and meeting with local and parish groups over the future of Chicot State Park.

     In other business, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine informed club members that property owners can now pay their property taxes online by going to the city’s website at City of Ville Platte.com. Property owners have until January 31 to pay their taxes. On February 1, they become delinquent.

    Also, the city is collecting coats and blankets for homeless veterans anyone in the city who may be in need of coats or blankets. You can donate your items at City Hall.

   Mayor Jennifer Vidrine also announced that the new police cars should be arriving within the next 90 days.



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FIRE MARSHAL ISSUES EMERGENCY ALERT

 

Fire Marshal Browning has issued an emergency alert in anticipation of the record breaking cold and freezing temperatures currently being experienced throughout the State.

Fire Marshal Deputies have responded to 7 fire investigations during the past 12 hours. These fires were in multiple areas of the State and ranged from single family residential fires to significant commercial structure fires. There has been one reported injury associated with these fires. Fire Marshal Deputies have been placed on standby and will continue to respond in a very efficient and professional manner.

Please remain alert and aware of the following safety principles during the next several days:
*Each residential occupancy should have working smoke alarms in each sleeping area and outside of each sleeping area.
*Heating devices should only be used for their intended use. Manufacturers' recommendation for safe use should be adhered to.
*Check regularly on the family, friends, and neighbors who may need assistance during these adverse weather conditions.
*If using gas fired heating devices make sure that there is a functional carbon monoxide alarm installed in the home.

Fire Marshal Browning would like to thank the dedicated men and women of the Office of State Fire Marshal for their professional response to the increased calls for service during this holiday. He would also like to thank the dedicated Firefighters, Emergency Medical Practitioners, and Law Enforcement Officers for their unselfish commitment to Life Safety, particularly during this most significant weather event.

 



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On December 24. 2017 Pine Prairie Police received a complaint about a stolen ATV from a residence in Pine Prairie. The information on the ATV was given to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout when deputies received information on the suspect and location of the stolen ATV. Evangeline Parish Deputies located the ATV and suspect at an address on Crooked Creek Parkway. Devon Jade Chapman age 17 of 114 Tully Cloud , Oakdale  was arrested for the Criminal Trespassing and Theft of the ATV and an arrest warrant is issued for James Chad Ardoin age 37 of 1177 Rollins Road, Oakdale  for his role in the theft of the ATV. The ATV was recovered and returned to the owner.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of James Ardoin, please contact Pine Prairie Police at 33-599-2708. All calls will remain anonymous. Pine Prairie Police would like to thank the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this matter.   



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KVPI FM 92.5 is off the air this morning because of ice on its antennas. Our regular programming including French News and La Tasse de Cafe will continue on KVPI 1050 AM and on kvpionline.com . We hope to be back on the air by mid morning. We thank you for you for your understanding.



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Tune in to an interview with Brandon Arvie, age 25 of Mamou Thursday at 12;30pm on KVPI AM and FM to talk about his boxing career. Arvie went pro a few months and knocked out his first opponent in the first round. In a boxing card Friday night at the Rapdies Parish Coliseum, Arvie will be facing a fighter from Mexico. Also in the photo is one of the fight sponsors, Robert Stevens.



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Check out our special interview with Chris Russo Blackwood, author of the best selling new book "My Brother's Keeper:A Thirty Year Quest to Bring Two Killers to Justice". It is the true life story of Gary Kirgan, who along with his brother, Ted, were co owners of a chain of Sonic Drive In's in Acadiana including Ville Platte. Gary went missing 30 years ago. After a 30 year search by his brother, Ted, authorities were able to find and convict the two killers. You can hear this special interview Wednesday at 12:30pm on KVPI AM and FM. It is a great read.



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William “Bill” Fontenot named CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC

 

PINEVILLE, La. – Dec. 21, 2017 – Today, the board of managers of Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC announced William “Bill” Fontenot as the new chief executive officer.  Fontenot is a former resident of Ville Platte and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Glenn Fontenot of Ville Platte.

     Fontenot most recently served as chief operating officer of Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC and interim CEO of Cleco Power.  He will assume the role of CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC and all subsidiaries, including Cleco Power, as well as join the board of managers effective Jan. 1, 2018.   

    “Bill was selected following a competitive, nationwide search that began in March of this year,” said Peggy Scott, board chair and interim CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC.  “His proven leadership abilities and diverse utility experience will lead our company forward.” 

    Scott will resign as interim CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC effective Dec. 31, 2017, and will remain chair of the Cleco board of managers.

    Fontenot began his Cleco career in 1986 as an engineer and has worked in various capacities at the company including business development, commercial operations and utility operations.  Highlights of his tenure include the management, development and restructuring efforts of generation projects valued at over $900 million, as well as leading the development and construction of the $1 billion power plant, Madison 3.  For the last six years, Fontenot has served as chief operating officer overseeing generation, transmission and distribution asset operations and investment. 

    “I am humbled by the board’s selection and am thankful for the opportunity to lead Cleco, the company where I have worked for over 30 years,” said Fontenot.  “With the help of our 1,200 loyal and dedicated employees, we will continue to safely serve our 288,000 customers while sustaining and growing the company.” 

    Fontenot serves on the boards of the Council for a Better Louisiana, Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, Southeastern Electric Exchange and the Central Louisiana Community Foundation.  He is a member of AEIC Power Generation Committee, Central Louisiana Manufacturing Managers Council, St. Rita Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. 

    Fontenot earned a degree in electrical engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.



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The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, during a special budget meeting Wednesday, approved a 5% raise to office and road crew workers, and by a vote of 5-3, a second motion was approved to add adjustment raises for three office employees along with a raise for Police Jury Secretary Treasurer, Donald Bergeron. A 5% increase was approved for Rachel West, a 13% increase for Karen Rider, and a 15% increase for Debbie Faught. The adjustment raises for the three employees was proposed so that salaries would better reflect years of service. Included in the salary raise is Police Jury Secretary Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, who will be receiving a 15% salary increase. Additional raises are pending performance reviews.
Other business approved by Police Jury:
-       The reappointment of Greg Monier on the Mamou Fire Protection District #1 Board for another two-year term



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    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from licensed massage therapist Michelle Sonnier.

   Sonnier is a graduate of Sacred Heart and LSU. Her office, Myohealth Massage Therapy is located in the Lemoine Brothers building. Massage therapy can help relieve neck and back pain and promote relaxation.

   Among the types of massages she offers include: Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Infant Massage, TMJ massage and body scrubs.

   Massage sessions can go from 30 minutes to 2 hours. She was the special guest of Rotarian Mable Forman.

    Rotarian Maggie Ortego reported that club members taught the “Choices” program to six classes of 9th graders at Ville Platte High last week.

    Club President Wayne Vidrine announced that he and other club members will be traveling to the Beaumont Rotary Club on January 3 to make a donation to help Beaumont families who had a loss in the flooding earlier this year.

    Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will be visiting the Ville Platte Rotary and visiting Chicot State Park on January 9.



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   The holiday spirit filled the air Wednesday as the Ville Platte Elementary French immersion students led the Evangeline Parish school board meeting with the pledge of allegiance recited in French, then treated those in attendance to a couple of French Christmas carols.

    Evangeline Parish School board members opened the floor for nominations for the election of new officers. The positions up for discussion were board President, board Vice-President and Executive Committee. It was decided that the positions would remain as is with board president Wayne Dardeau and Vice President Scott Limogis.

    Gratitude seemed to be the theme of the evening as board members heard from VPHS principal, Melanie Miller, who wanted to personally thank board members for approving their most recent project.

In other news:

— Two Evangeline Parish middle school students were recognized for their acceptance into the intermediate honors band. Sebastian, a saxophone player from Bayou Chicot Elementary, and Joshua, a flute player from Basile High School.
— EPYB & Lil’ Dribblers use of facilities approved.
— Mamou High School was approved for removal of tiles containing asbestos from four entrances to the M.H.S gym.
— Pine Prairie High School received bid approval for aluminum bleacher stadium system.
— Next meeting date is set for January 17, 201



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Grand Opening at School District Teacher Training Building
December 13, 2017

 

A large group of educators, public officials, family and friends attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the newly constructed Teacher Training and Technology Center tonight. Special Education Director Roxane West was the special emcee. The Mamou Elemenary French Immersion students did the pledge of allegiance in French as well as singing Christmas songs in French. Supt. Of Schools Darwan Lazard welcomed the large crowds that attended the meeting. Supervisors Linda Lafleur, Sherral Tezeno and Kelli Lafleur showed what some of their students were doing as far as technology is concerned. Assistant Supt. Of Schools Mike Lombas introduced all of the educators and officials who attended. KVPI FM 92.5 was there covering the event with a live remote.

 



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