The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from well known University of Louisiana-Lafayette Baseball Coach Tony Robichaux.
Coach Robichaux who has gotten more than 1000 victories in his career, explained to member of the rotary club how difficult it is for a team in Division One baseball to start as one of 307 teams to make it to the World Series where 8 teams are invited in Omaha. Last year, UL made it to the Super Regional with LSU, one tournament away from making it to the World Series.
He also shared how difficult it is to convince young players to stay in college rather than for the allure and promise of the major league. He said recruiters will offer the young players a signing bonus which is very tempting to skip college. The bonus money tempts many young players however only about three percent recruited actually play in the major leagues. Most stay in the minor league making only $1100 a month and not playing six months out of the year.
Coach Robichaux was the special guest of Rotarian Dr. Joey Soileau.
In other business, Club President Mitch Fontenot reminded Rotarians that a fellowship gathering is set for October 20 at the Cazan Lodge.
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The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from new District 6200 Governor Mike Hayes. Hayes, a resident of Westlake, shared his thoughts about Rotary and its values. He explained the Rotary 4 Way Test and how it expresses the rotary values of honesty and integrity, promote fairness and good will and how it is beneficial to the community. The Governor commented that Rotary builds leadership skills for its members.
In other business, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and the Rotary Club presented farewell gifts to longtime Rotarian Mark Suellentrop who is being transferred to Franklin. He has been the manager at Cabot, Ville Platte plan for the past seven years and has been very active in the club and community.
Also, Club President Mitch Fontenot announced that the new member induction ceremony will be held at the November 3 meeting.
Posted about three weeks ago
by State Police Troop I
St. Landry Parish - Shortly before 10:00 a.m on Sunday September 27th, 2015, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 754 near Alton Road in St. Landry Parish. The crash left a two year old dead and two others transported to local hospitals.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, operated by 33 year old Shaparia Citizen of Church Point, was traveling east on LA 754 and entered a right curve. For reasons still under investigation, Citizen ran off of the right side of the roadway, traveled through a ditch, up the embankment, and struck several trees.
Citizen and two other juvenile passengers sustained minor injuries in the crash. Citizen refused aid on scene and the two juvenile passengers were transported to local hospitals. A two year old child seated in the rear of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat, suffered severe injuries and was transported to Opelousas General. Shortly after arriving, the child succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced deceased.
Troopers determined Citizen was not impaired at the time of the crash. However, blood samples were obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis,
This crash remains under investigation
Distractions continue to cause motor vehicle crashes throughout the Acadiana area. Troopers urge motorist to pay attention on the roadway. Cellphone use, radios and passengers are just a few of the major distractions facing drivers. Remember, before putting a vehicle in drive, everyone inside of the vehicle must be properly restrained. If parents or caregivers are not sure on how to properly install a child safety seat, please contact your nearest State Police Troop. Louisiana State Police Troop I conducts child safety seats for proper installation every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., at Troop I, 121 E. Pont Des Mouton Lafayette, LA.
Tuesday night on NBC's The Voice, James Dupre, of Evangeline Parish, auditioned on the popular singing comptetition. James Dupre performed "Let Her Cry" by Hootie and The Blowfish and it was plenty enough for all four Voice judges to turn their chairs. The local favorite decided to join Team Adam, leaving Maroon 5's Adam Levine celebrating at the close of the show. Don't believe us? Watch it below! So what's next for James Dupre? You will have to tune in to NBC's The Voice Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c to find out. While you're waiting, you can enjoy James singing "Let Her Cry". It's now available for purchase on iTunes and available for streaming on Apple Music. You can also keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter. Best of luck to James from all of us at KVPI!
The Ville Platte Rotary Club Tuesday heard from special guest Mark Lacour, past District Governor and currently the District Rotary Foundation representative. Lacour talked about how important it is for club members to contribute to the Rotary Foundation each year. The goal of every Rotarian should be to contribute every year. He said 92% of all of the funds going to the foundation goes directly to help the needy worldwide. The administrative fees to run the foundation is only 2 percent.
Lacour showed a video presentation of his trip to India and Belize with other Rotarians. In India, polio has been totally eradicated with the assistance of Rotary. In Belize, Lacour showed how Rotary is helping with clean water for local residents. Lacour was the special guest of Rotarian Greg Vidrine.
Also speaking was Eunice Rotary Club President John Pucheu who invited the local club to attend the first annual Experience Louisiana festival to be held October 17 and 18 on the campus of LSU Eunice. There will be live bands and lots of native crafts and booths. He urged the local club to man a booth at the rotary sponsored festival . He also urged the local club to bring their Rotary wheel.
In other business, the rotary club:
Was reminded that their Shots for Tots program will begin in October at the Health Unit. More details will follow by Mayor Jennifer Vidrine;
New member induction ceremony will be held November 3 and the local club will sponsor a fellowship event October 13 at the Cazan Lodge.
The Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission Monday night selected Patrick Derouselle as its new executive director. Derouselle , an employee with the Louisiana Department of Transportation, will replace James Berthelot who is retiring after serving 30 years as executive director. Berthelot was the commission’s very first executive director when it was formed by an act of the legislature .
Greetings to our Classic Hits 92.5 Listener Club Members:
Thank you to everyone who came by and visited with us at the Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum this morning. It was a big success. We did a two hour remote and visited with Swamp Pop stars like Johnnie Allan, Rod Bernard, Warren Storm, Jay Randall, Willie T, Gregg Martinez and Tommy G.
KVPI’s French programming featured in French News Story
September 17, 2015
Once again, our French programming was featured in a recent radio feature story in an international news story. Radio French International Presenter Richelle Harrison Presse did a story in the French Renaissance in Louisiana. The radio feature includes clips about New Orleans, Codofil and Arnaudville. It included coverage of our popular La Tasse de Café radio show with host Jim Soileau. La Tasse de Café airs three times a week also features Charley Manuel.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Jason El Koubi, President and CEO of One Acadiana who spoke about his new economic development district that includes Evangeline and other parishes in Acadiana. One Acadiana is comprised of the 9 parish area including Evangeline, Acadia, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermillion Parishes.
El Koubi said One Acadiana comprises the third largest metropolitan area in the area behind New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In fact the area is the 108th largest metro area in the United States.
The area has a population of 680,000 and 128 miles of interstate highways. It also has 7 coastal ports and 2 airports.
The goal is to stimulate economic development throughout the district. He was the special guest of Rotarian Mark Suellentrop.
KVPI News Director, Stephanie Ware was on the scene when the news first broke out about a manhunt for Brandon Messer (28) in the Turkey Creek area of Evangeline Parish Thursday evening. “He is being accused of threatening one individual associated with a church back there and approaching the residents of that person. And the individual was not home so he shot the dog. He’s also made other threatening comments about the church.” As soon as we get anything new, we will pass that information along to you through our various forms of media including 92.5 KVPI FM, Facebook, Twitter, and here at our website. Anyone with information can call the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-363-3345 or Louisiana State Police at 225-262-5880.
You can check out Steph being interviewed by KLFY News Channel 10 for their own report on this story below:
Update: On August 24th Brandon Messer, who was being sought by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police, turned himself in.
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce met today at Noon at Nick’s on Main. Renee Brown, the new Chamber President conducted her first meeting. Trey Prudhomme with Heritage Manor Nursing Home was the guest speaker and talked about the new facility being built on the West side of Ville Platte. He said the expected date of opening would be the Fall of 2016, but he suspects that date will most likely being January or February of 2017. The new facility will offer 126 beds. The current facility offers 145 beds. There will be a secured area for those patients with dementia and those rooms will house 2 people per room. All other rooms will be private but will have the option of connecting multiple ones, if needed. There will also be a large Evacuation Center built behind the facility that will house 236 people in case of emergencies.
There were two new members accepted into the Chamber of Commerce: Le’ Academie de Arts and Lakeview Park and Beach.
The Evangeline Parish School Board met last night in the School Board Media Center. Continued discussion regarding the transportation of student athletes was had. Principals, assistant principals and coaches in attendance, all in favor of continuing to transport athletes when necessary or if needed. Ms. Peggy Foreman asked that feeder schools, Chicot, Chatagnier and Mamou be allowed to let the administrator be able to determine that if needed, a student athlete, could be transported by personnel. Mr. Arthur Savoy and Scott Limoges attempted to do away with the entire transport of student athletes. Arthur made the motion to discontinue the service and Doctor Bobby Deshotel seconded it. Superintendent Toni Hamlin, said she had sent a request to all schools and all schools said they were not interested in changing anything. The issue of “Do it for one, do it for all.” Continued to be discussed. Every principal there made a comment that only student athletes were using this service. Other extra-curricular programs take place during school. The motion of canceling the service failed by a vote of 6-5.
The budget was discussed but there will be another meeting to discuss and vote on it.
The Board voted to enter into a new service contract with Republic Solid Waste, formerly Allied Solid Waste.
Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, spoke about the critical shortage of teachers and explained that if you declare a critical shortage you are allowed to hire retirees, which is what we have done in Evangeline Parish.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Dr. Natalie Harder, Director of the South Louisiana Community College System. The 8 parish system has a campus in each parish. Here in Evangeline Parish, the campus is C.B. Coreil in Ville Platte. The local C.B. Coreil Campus Administrator is Carlene Jones.
Dr. Harder reported that her funding has been reduced by 55 percent since 2009 so it has been a challenge. “We are committed to keeping the campuses in each parish open and vibrant.” Unfortunately the system cannot offer the same courses in every campus which explains why 45 students from Evangeline Parish are taking courses at other campuses.
She announced that the C.B. Coreil campus offers the following courses: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing, Technology, General Studies and Welding. Student enrollment has increased 34 percent this fall. Many of these courses are transferrable to four year colleges.
Dr. Harder asked rotary members to spread the word throughout the community about the programs offered locally at the campus.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from State Senator Eric Lafleur discuss highlights from the recent legislative session in Baton Rouge.
Lafleur said once again, the legislature used one time money to balance the budget. By using non recurring money, lawmakers will have to meet again early next year to overcome a one billion deficit.
The senator said all of the major candidates for governor have announced if they are elected they will call a special session to help tackle once and for all the spending problem they face each year .
This year, the state balanced the budget by raising certain taxes. For example, a tax on utility bills for large companies and industries was implemented.
Senator Lafleur said Governor Jindal would not allow federal Medicaid dollars to expand Medicaid coverage for the working poor in the state. Over 30 states have expanded Medicaid coverage. He said it would provide medical benefits for low paid workers and would be beneficial to the state.