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KVPI's Jenn and Steph Were Guest Speakers at Chamber Meeting

January 21, 2015


The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting today at noon at Nick’s on Main.  There was a very nice turnout of Chamber members.  KVPI’s Jenn Meylian and Stephanie Ware of The 2 Non-Blonde’s Café were special guest speakers and they spoke about their broadcasting careers and the birth and growth of their morning show.  Winky Aucoin, Lyndsey Young and Tony Davoren with Prairie Heritage, LLC were also guest speakers and spoke about the upcoming event “Le Grand Hurrah” to be held at Chicot State Park on April 10th and 11th.  They are working very hard to make this a grand event and ask that everyone support their efforts in putting it all together.  It’s a great event for our area.

Executive Director, Camille Fontenot announced that the Christmas Parade was a great success and was happy that they were able to get the Coca-Cola truck this year.  She thanked those and City Hall and Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, for helping with those efforts.  She also thanked Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel, for the use of his beautiful home for the After Hours chamber event.  She announced that the Chamber Banquet is going to be held April 29th at the Ville Platte Civic Center.  At that time, the Man & Woman of the Year, Agriculturer of the Year along with other awards will be given.

Chamber Member, Susan Fisher with St. Landry – Evangeline United Way, announced that the Women with Heart event will be held at the Opelousas Civic Center on February 6th.  She also announced that the Harley Ambassadors will again be visiting Pine Prairie and Ville Platte High School on February 11th speaking with 4th, 5th and 6th graders about “real life and how to make smart choices”. 

The next Chamber meeting has been scheduled for February 25th.

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Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from Family Tree Spokesman


JANUARY 21, 2015


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Kelli Landry, a case worker  with The Family Tree Information, Education and Counseling Center in Lafayette.  Kelly is involved in the “Healthy Start” program, a federally funded program designed to reduce infant mortality. The program targets high risk African American women who are pregnant or who have young children.

    The program is designed to help women in Evangeline, Lafayette, St. Martin, Iberville and Acadia parishes. She reported that the infant mortality rate in Evangeline Parish is at 9 percent which is three times the national average. She is currently going to the library, health unit and other public places to meet with women in need. The program also assists with depression screening, anger management and basic health.

     Rotary Club President Elect Mitch Fontenot reported on last weekend’s Mid Year Assembly for Rotary District 6200. He announced that the annual District Conference is scheduled for April 16-18 in Crowley and urged rotary members to attend.

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Pedestrian Killed in Evangeline Parish


Evangeline Parish- On January 16, 2015, shortly before 5:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a crash on LA Highway 13 north of LA Highway 374 that claimed the life of a Eunice man.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 64-year-old Keith Stakes of Eunice, LA was walking in the southbound travel lane, when he was struck by a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 46-year-old Billy Hubbard of Ville Platte, La.

Stakes was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.  Hubbard and his passenger were wearing seat belts and were not injured.   

Toxicology samples were taken from Stakes and were submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  Hubbard submitted to a chemical test and was not impaired.  

This crash remains under investigation.

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Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting January 14, 2015

The Evangeline Parish School Board held its bi-monthly meeting tonight in the School Board Media Room.  Attorney, Betsy Jackson, swore in School Board Members, President, Wayne Dardeau, Vice President, Scott Limoges, Peggy Foreman, Georgianna Wilson, Wanda Skinner, Arthur Savoy, Lonnie Sonnier and Ellis Guillory.  Board Members, Mike Fontenot and Darrin Vidrine were in attendance, but had previously been sworn in.

Supervisor, Linda Lafleur, addressed the board with proposed changes to the “Remediation” program for 4th and 8th grade students.  The Board approved the change of making the remediation period 4 days in May instead of the 6 days leading into June as it is now.  Normal Summer School will remain the same.


Chief Financial Officer, Amy Lafleur, gave the sales tax comparison and reported that collections for the month of December of the 2014-15 school year were $548,027.73 compared to $455,345.25 for the 2013-2014 school year.  That is an increase of $92,682.48.


Again, discussions turned to the PARC Assessment and the Common Core program as the Board was presented with two Resolutions from other parishes asking the State of Louisiana to grant a moratorium on sanctions being imposed if a school district is not ready in time for the PARC testing (St. Mary Parish School Board); and asking the State to remove itself from the Common Core Standards and charge the Louisiana Board of Education with developing a new standard (St. Tammany Parish School Board).  After discussions were had, the Board adopted the Resolutions.  They will have no effect on Evangeline Parish.


Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, congratulated newest Board Member, Mike Fontenot from the Mamou area for being with the Board.  She also announced the first Executive Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the Media Center.  Peggy Foremen has agreed to head that committee again this year.  This Friday will be a staff development day so educators can continue to receive up-to-date training.


Ms. Hamlin also congratulated Mamou High School for receiving two grants this week.  The School received a $5,000.00 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement for beautification and improvement to the campus; and also a $1,000.00 grant from the new Walmart Express newly opened in Mamou.

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Ville Platte City Council Meeting - January 13, 2015

January 13, 2015

Ville Platte City Council


The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting this evening at City Hall.  Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, officially welcomed the newest member of the City Council, Bryant Riggs, and presented him with his official name plate. 


Jumping forward to the end of the meeting, Mayor Vidrine and the council surprised Councilman, C.J. Dardeau with a cake, plaque and celebration for not only his 79th birthday for his 38 years as as a public servant.  His family was there to surprise him as well.


CPA, Vic Slaven reported good news to the Council and the Mayor by announcing his findings during the recent city audit.  The Mayor and Council were very pleased when he reported a surplus of $512,906.00.  The good news kept coming as the Mayor reported expenditures for the month of December were $164,491.08 compared to $189,013.58 for the month of November.  The city spent $24,522.50 less in December.  The Mayor thanked all of the City Hall staff and supervisors for doing such a great job and doing what they needed to.


The Summer Feeding Program will take place again this year for any child age 1 – 18.  It will start the 1st Monday in June and will take place daily at Ville Platte High School.  The City sponsors the program; however, spends no funds on it as they receive grant money to fund the program.  No one will be required to fill out any paperwork in order to take advantage of the program and there will be buses on both sides of town to pick children up to go and eat, and then bring them back.


The Mayor and City Council congratulated and presented a plaque to Carlton “Duece” Doucet for his 16 years of faithful service as a city employee.  “Duece” retired in November.


There were two donations presented to the Mayor for The Boys & Girls Club.  The first came in the amount of $200.00 from the Evangeline Community Theatre who are celebrating their third anniversary this month; and the second was in the amount of $100.00 from the Veterans Foreign War.  The Mayor reminds everyone that you can always go online and make donations at  Go to The Boys & Girls Club and it will allow you to make donations.  In order to gain a charter from The Boys & Girls Club of America, there is a requirement to have $150,000.00 in the bank.


There were some very happy employees in the council chamber this evening, as the council approved the holiday schedule for 2015, which included an extra holiday which is Christmas Eve Day.  That brings their total paid vacation days to 16.  They were also excited when the council approved a 3% pay raise for all employees, and that includes part-timers.  The Mayor stated: “For the last four years, we have been able to provide an increase and our employees are working hard.”  There was also council approval for Longevity Pay for those employees with the city five years of more of service.  That bonus comes in a separate check.


Prairie Heritage, Inc., was granted a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement for an event being scheduled at Chicot State Park called “HOORAH”.  The event is planned for April 10th & 11th


City Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau, reported that they have just about wrapped Phase II of the water project and are now patching the holes in the streets that were created to do the work.


Police Chief, Neal Lartigue, requested the council’s approval of hiring 3 new full-time officers and 3 part-time jailers.  The council unanimously approved same.

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Ville Platte Rotary Hears from Three New Members Tuesday


JANUARY 13, 2015


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard special classification talks from three new members of the organization. All three were born and raised in Ville Platte, moved away and now have moved back to their home town.

     Chris Ludeau, an attorney has been practicing law for the past two years in Lafayette. He is a graduate of the LSU Law School and Sacred Heart High School.

     Nick Monier, a 28 year old attorney, is a graduate of Sacred Heart, LSU and Loyola. He opened his practice last year here in Ville Platte. His grandfather is well known Ville Platte Barber Allen Monier.

     Nicole Wenger, a native of Ville Platte, graduated from UL-Lafayette and moved to the West Coast where she met her husband. After moving several more times, her family moved back  two years ago to Ville Platte where they provide emergency services to homes damaged by fire, water and mold. Her grandfather is the late Van Ortego, long time post office employee.

     Rotary Club President David Mayeaux showed off the new Rotary Club road signs that will be placed at various entrances into Ville Platte.

    He also announced that the annual Mid Year District Conference for the Rotary District 6200 is scheduled for this Saturday in Lafayette.

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Evangeline Parish Police Jury January Meeting

Monday, January 12, 2015

Evangeline Parish Police Jury


The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held its monthly meeting this evening in the courthouse.  The Jury unanimously agreed to keep Ryan Ardoin as President of the Jury and Ryan Ledet Williams as Vice President of the Jury for the 2015 term.  They also agreed to continue to hold their monthly meetings on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Police Jury room.  Committee meetings will be held the 1st Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m., also in the Police Jury room.


The Jury also voted to appoint Todd Welsh as the replacement for the deceased Louis B. Johnson in Waterworks District #1, and after receiving a recommendation from Mamou Gravity Drainage Board #5, agreed to appoint Kerry G. Fontenot to replace Minerva Baker on the Board.


There was much discussion regarding a recommended pay increase for the staff at the Police Jury Office, which includes 5 full-time and 1 part-time employee.  Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron stated “Last year, the Police Jury was unable to fund pay raises for the staff.  I instructed the staff to look at incoming bills and any place they thought we could cut back, and bring it to our attention.  The staff worked hard and was able to cut spending through contract negotiations, a cut in insurance rates and questioning bills.”  The discussion included giving raises to all of the road crews as well, but not all of the information was available to grant those during this meeting.  The Jury voted to reward the office staff with $1.00/hr. raise, as well as to Region A & B for the road crews.  Regions C & D will be discussed during the next meeting, and if the Jury elects to give those raises as well, the Jury would make the raises retroactive.

President, Ryan Ardoin, also brought of the issue of a Police Jury ordinance that requires the Jury to be responsible for stray, nuisance and/or possibly dangerous animals when alerted to same.  The Jury agreed to get with other parishes and towns who currently have animal shelters in order to gain information regarding the legality of specifics required for a facility, the expense to build and maintain a facility in our area so there can be animal control.


Stemming from the last meeting, the Limestone bid has been awarded to Jody Cloud Trucking in Turkey Creek.


And, finally, according to Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, the 2% sales tax collected in the month of December for the month of November was $321,456.38, an increase of 49.18%.


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Rotary Club Hears from 4-H Agent Todd Fontenot


JANUARY 6, 2014


    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from LSU Ag Center 4-H Agent Todd Fontenot discuss the 4-H program. The 4-H Program is a youth development program with 800 members enrolled from the 4th grade through the 12th grade. The young people learn  important life skills. He explained for example that the livestock program teaches 4-H students to be responsible for their animals, build self confidence and self esteem.

    He announced that the parish livestock show is January 22-24 where some 120 exhibitors will be participating at the Chauncey Pitre Ag Arena. The Jr. Market Animal Sale will be held Saturday January 24.

    Todd Fontenot was the special guest of Rotarian Bill Brunet.

     In other rotary news, it was announced that the club currently 54 members. Vice President Mitch Fontenot announced that the District 6200 Rotary Mid Year Assembly will be held January 17.

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Appeals Court Ruled In Favor Police Chief Lartigue


DECEMBER 30, 2014


       An appeals court panel issued a ruling today upholding a lower court decision against a challenge against Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue. The ruling released this morning by a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Judges Gene Thibodeaux, Jimmie Peters and James Genovese.

      Linton Fontenot and Glenn LeLeux had filed a lawsuit challenging the residency requirements for Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue. 13th Judicial District Court Judge Thomas Fuselier had ruled against the plaintiffs saying the challenge was too late.  The time period to challenge a candidate is during the qualifying period. No challenge was made.Both Fontenot and LeLeux , former candidates for chief of police,  filed an appeal with the Third Circuit.

    The Appeals Court affirmed the trial court ruling.

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Evangeline Parish Police Jury Special Meeting

December 29, 2014

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury opened up a public hearing tonight at 5:15 to allow anyone who would like to speak regarding the proposed amendments to the 2014 Budget and the proposed 2015 Budget.  No one chose to speak during public comments.

President, Ryan Ardoin, then opened the Special Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.  The police jury approved the 2014 Amended Budgets and discussion began on the proposed 2015 Budget.  Police Juror, Bryan Vidrine, made a few adjustments in the budget by increasing funding to the Chip and Seal projects in Wards 4 and 5, as well as including funding for a “dog pound” which would cost approximately $700,000.00 to build.  The Jury then approved the 2015 Budget, along with the Acadiana Crime Lab Budget.  They also adopted the Capital Outlay Plan for 2015-2017, and they adopted the “Monitoring Plan Resolution”.

One of the items on the agenda was the discuss appointing an “Agent of Record” for Workers Compensation Insurance.  Phil Lemoine and Allan Farr both spoke before the Jury and told of their experience and offered ways to save the Jury money on their insurance.  There was much discussion between the Jury members as to whether an Agent of Record was needed and how it would benefit them compared to how things are now.  Juror, Bryan Vidrine said he did not think it was a service needed right now and that “Our staff does the work and I don’t see what anyone else is going to do different.”  Lamar Johnson suggested waiting 6-8 weeks to see other proposals.  Ultimately, Vice President, Ryan Williams made a motion to appoint Phil Lemoine as the Agent of record for the term of one year to start and a cap on commission of $2,500.00.  Juror, Rocky Rider, seconded the motion and the majority of the Police Jury passed the motion.

The Jury also awarded low bids to the following contractors in their respective category: J&J Exterminating, Guillory Oil Co., Inc., Jody Cloud, Louisiana CAT, Asphalt Products, and Coastal Culvert out of Eunice.  The low bid for Limestone will be announced January 12th.

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Suspect Arrested in Ville Platte Shooting

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports the following information and will update when more information is available.


On Tuesday December 23,2014 At approximately 10:30 pm Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 600 block of North Chataignier. Upon arrival officers found a male  with a gunshot wound in the upper part of his leg. The victim was transported by Acadian Ambulance for medical treatment and later released.  Chief Lartigue stated that they have one suspect in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this or any other illegal activity, you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

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Christmas Lighting Contest Winners


DECEMBER 22, 2014


    According to the Magnolia Garden Club, here are the results of the Christmas  Lighting  Contest in Ville Platte:

    The Overall Christmas Award  Winner was given to Dr. and Mrs. Dale Reed at 1568 East Main;

    The Christmas Spirit Award Winner for Overall Lighting was awarded to Billy Rich at 304 North Coreil;

    The Christmas Spirit Appreciation Award went to the Ludeau Family residence on LaSalle street;

    Also the Christmas Spirit award went to the Jay Aswell family residence at 1110 LaSalle street;

     The Civic Award winner was La Belle Maison at 523 West Main;

    Another Christmas Spirit Award went to the Kermit Miller residence at 210 Pecan Street and the Chris Briley home at 706 West Magnolia Street. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Christmas Lighting contest.

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Two Suspects Arrested in Shooting

Chief Neal Lartigue reports two arrested for attempted second degree murder.


As a follow up to the December 17th press release which involved the shooting of a man on East Beech Street, Chief Lartigue has stated that two men have been arrested. A warrant of arrest was issued on December 20, 2014 on the following suspects:

Kwan Divinski Anderson 30 of 1930 Marshal Frank Drive, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Anderson was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and his bond was set at $200,000.00 by Judge John Larry Vidrine.  Anderson was later transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail where he remains incarcerated.


Willie A. Jones 23 of 516 Rev. E.D. Alfred Street, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Jones was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and his bond was set at $200,000.00 by Judge John Larry Vidrine.  Jones was later transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail where he remains incarcerated.

Chief Lartigue stated that the case is still under investigation and more arrests are possible.  If anyone has any information regarding this case or any other illegal activity, you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

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Appeal Filed In Ville Platte Chief Residency Case

Police Chief Lawsuit Case Appealed to Court of Appeals

December 19, 2014


      The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing the lawsuit asking the court to throw out the results of the December 6 election because the Ville Platte Chief of Police does not reside in Ville Platte. Police chief candidates Linton Fontenot and Glenn LeLeux are the plaintiffs against Police Chief Neal Lartigue who was re elected December 6.

    A hearing on the lawsuit was heard Thursday afternoon in 13th Judicial District Court with Judge Tom Fuselier presiding. No witnesses were called. The court heard from both attorneys: Walter Clawson representing the plaintiffs and Brent Coreil representing Chief Lartigue.

    Judge Fuselier ruled against the plaintiffs saying they waited too long to file their challenge. The law states candidacy challenges must be filed within 7 days after qualifying.

    Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel confirmed to KVPI News that an appeal has been filed in his office today. The appeal will be hand delivered to the Appeal’s Court in Lake Charles on Monday. Due to the Christmas holiday break, the case will probably be heard Monday December 29

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Judge Dismisses Law Suite Against Neal Lartigue


DECEMBER 19, 2014


    13th Judicial District Court Judge Thomas Fuselier Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Linton Fontenot and Glenn LeLeux against Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue. Fontenot and LeLeux were candidates in the race for Chief of Police in Ville Platte in which incumbent Neal Lartigue won re-election. The lawsuit challenged the residency of Lartigue that he currently resides out of town. Judge Fuselier said the time had expired over challenging the residency requirements of a political candidate. The plaintiffs should have filed the challenge within seven days of the qualifying period. No witnesses were heard. The attorney representing the plaintiffs was Walter Clawson. The attorney representing Neal Lartigue was Brent Coreil.

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Ville Platte Rotary Hears ABout Rotary Foundation


DECEMBER 9, 2014


     The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Leonard Fontenot who spoke on Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellows. A Paul Harris Fellow is a designation given to Rotarians who contribute $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation is the giving arm of Rotary International that helps people all around the world. Their main emphasis is the total eradication of Polio around the world. Fontenot explained that the Ville Platte club assists  2 members  each year become a Paul Harris fellow by matching half of the cost or $500 to Rotary International.

       It was announced that the Sacred Heart Interact Club  raised about $300 in their recent fund raiser for Rotary International.

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Ville Platte City Council Meeting

Ville Platte City Council Meeting

December 9, 2014

The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting tonight (Tuesday) at City Hall.  

City Hall and the Council Room are beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, reported her staff was responsible for the gorgeous Christmas decorating and as of tonight, there are 55 Christmas trees throughout City Hall.  She invited everyone to bring the family and come and walk through.  Feel free to take pictures for the holidays.  It is well worth the trip!

The Mayor was happy to report that November expenditures came in at $189,013.58, and that is down $21,038.37 from the month of October, when expenditures were $210,051.95.  

She was also pleased to announce that the Sales Tax Comparison is UP 19.2% from this time last year.  The Mayor thanked everyone for shopping locally and especially thanked business owners for having the type of businesses that make people want to stay in our area and shop.

More good news from the meeting…Helping Hands made a donation and presented a check to Mayor Vidrine for the Boys & Girls Club in the amount of $1,000.00; and Reverend Matthew Alfred, Jr. and members of his congregation at the Eastern Seventh District Baptist Association presented the mayor with a donation to the Boys & Girls Club for $1,225.00.  City Engineer reports that modified plans have been submitted to the Fire Marshall’s office in hopes that they will be able to open the Boys & Girls Club soon.

Councilman, Taranza Arvie, was recognized for his 8 years on the council and his service to the people of his district and Ville Platte.  Councilman Arvie commented saying “I never considered myself a politician, only a public servant.  I will continue to work in the community, and I thank you for allowing me to serve.”

The council approved a resolution to approach the Evangeline Parish School Board about “studying and exploring” having a French Immersion program put into our schools.  The mayor reported they have been working with Codofil to help promote French Immersion in Ville Platte.  She said “We are doing this to help keep our French culture going.”

Also, the council voted to approve a $50,000 application for a LGAP grant to move forward with the Master Plan at the Northside Civic Center.  This grant would be used for basketball courts and then they will move onto other aspects such as walking trail, water park splash pad and playground equipment.  They should know something about the approval sometime around the beginning of the legislative session.

It was announced that the new Mayor Pro-Temp will now be Councilman, Jerry Joseph.

The council approved the hiring of two full-time and two part-time police officers for the Ville Platte City Police Department.  They also approved the painting of a new mural inside the MLK Center reflecting black history makers.  They hope to have the mural finished by February, which is Black History Month.

Phase II of the Water Project is finishing up.  They are currently “killing old lines that are still leaking”, and dressing up areas from earlier projects.  

The Mayor announced there will be an Ethics meeting on Monday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m.  City Hall will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until Noon so employees can attend.   The mayor invites any governmental employee in the parish to attend and reminds employees ethics training is mandatory every year.  You can contact City Hall for more information.

The Mayor said on behalf of herself and the City Council, “Merry Christmas, and we hope you all pass a good time!”

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Evangeline Parish Police Jury French Meeting


DECEMBER 9, 2014


    The Evangeline Parish Police Jury today (Tuesday) held their December meeting at the courthouse and it was conducted in the French language. There was a standing room only crowd of VIP’s, Public Officials and special guests watched as Police Juror Eric Soileau conducted the meeting. KVPI’s Jim Soileau led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance while Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel offered the opening prayer. The entire meeting was broadcast live over KVPI 1050 AM.

   Former Secretary Treasurer Wilbert Ardoin recognized guests include: former Secretary Treasurer Doug Deville, Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud, Assessor Dirk Deville, City Marshal Rondl Doucet, Library Director Mary Foster Galosso, Chamber Director Camille Fontenot, City Judge Elect Greg Vidrine, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, former school board member J.D. Soileau, Ville Platte Police Chief Neil lartigue, State Rep. Bernard LeBas, State Senator Eric Lafleur and District Court Judge Elect Chuck West.

   Gilbert “Winky” Aucoin , who spearheaded the Folk Roots Festival at Chicot Park for the past several years, announced that he and a group of young musicians are forming a new cultural organization. The aim of the group is to have a yearly festival at Chicot Park in April something similar to what Folk Roots was doing. If the group is successful, they plan to help fund a French Immersion program and to support Cajun and Creole music in Evangeline Parish.

   Charles Larocque, Director of Codofil commended the police jury in their efforts to have an annual all French meeting. “You appreciate the value of our heritage. We must recover our language. We want to encourage our young people to stay here in Evangeline Parish and South Louisiana and not move to Houston, Atlanta and other major cities out of state,” he said. He announced that Codofil will have an office in Ville Platte at City Hall.

   The police jury approved a resolution offered by State Senator Eric Lafleur requesting the Evangeline Parish School Board to consider implementing a French immersion school. Lafleur said Evangeline Parish, despite having the largest bi-lingual population in the state , is the only parish in Acadiana without a French immersion school.

    The police jury:

--approved applying for a $100,000 grant in Community Development Block funds to provide additional security measures at the courthouse and the police jury offices.

--appointed Gerald Duplechain to replace Wade Riley on the Parish Library board and appointed Glen Holden to replace Johnny Deshotel on the Industrial Development Board;

--received a report from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that sales Tax collections increased 9.4 percent to $313,000 for November.

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Stephanie Ware Named KVPI News Director

KVPI Names News Director

December 8, 2014


    KVPI General Manager Mark Layne announced today that Stephanie Ware has been named as News Director for KVPI AM and FM.

    Layne announced that Ware has been covering all of the governmental meetings for both radio stations for the past three months. In addition, she has been doing interviews with news makers and covered KVPI election returns.

    “We’re proud of her talents in such a short time with us and we felt it was time  to give her the recognition she has earned by naming her  News Director for both KVPI AM and FM”, said Layne.

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Election Results December 6

Run-Off Elections

December 6, 2014


Well, the elections are finally over and the voters once again have spoken.  Before we get to the results here locally, we would like to thank everyone who got out and voted in the primary and run-off elections.

Stephanie Ware and Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel covered the elections tonight and here are the final results:

Bill Cassidy defeated Incumbent, Mary Landrieu, by receiving 6,336 votes in our Parish to Ms. Landrieu’s 4,101 votes

City Court Judge for the City of Ville Platte – Gregory Vidrine won with 2,956 votes over Betsy Jackson with 2,476 votes

Chief of Police for the City of Ville Platte – Incumbent, Neil Lartigue kept his position by receiving 1,688 votes over Linton Fontenot’s 1,246 votes

Chief of Police for the Town of Mamou – Robert McGee won with 580 votes to Katina Richard with 496 votes

Chief of Police for the Village of Turkey Creek – Robert Glenn Leggett won with 109 votes to Louis Dale Marcantel with 66 votes

Alderman District 3 for the Town of Mamou – Charles Reed won with 129 votes over Derryl T. Glyn Brunet with 127 votes

Alderman District E for the City of Ville Platte – Incumbent, Donald Sam won with 310 votes over Jerry Botley with 249 votes

Alderman District F for the City of Ville Platte – Bryant Riggs won with 282 votes over Shounda Smith Jack with 214 votes

Town of Basille – Millage Renewal for another 10 years – 1456 Yes’s and 88 voting against


The Duralde Gravity Drainage District No. 4   8.17 millage tax renewal passing with 87 votes for and 28 votes against it.

Thanks going out to Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel and the entire staff in his office, as well as all of the commissioners who worked during this election year.

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