LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Youngsville man pleaded guilty to distribution and possession of child pornography. Thomas Hanes, 48, of Youngsville, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna to one count of distribution and one count of possession of child pornography. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi.
According to the guilty plea, Hanes was identified through an investigation as distributing thousands of files of child pornography using an online peer-to-peer network. Law enforcement agents searched his home in Youngsville on February 26, 2016 and found sexually explicit images of children as young as two and three years of age on electronic media.
Hanes faces five to 20 years in prison for the distribution count and up to 20 years in prison for the possession count. He also faces five years to life of supervised release, forfeiture of items that were seized during the investigation and a $250,000 fine. Additionally, Hanes is required to register as a sex offender. A sentencing date of March 9, 2017 was set.
Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police and the Youngsville Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamilla A. Bynog is prosecuting the case.
Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from Sacred Heart Interact Club
November 29, 2016
The Sacred Heart Interact Club advisor and officers were the guest speakers at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.
Club advisor Kimberly LeJeune shared with rotary club members that the Interact club has 86 students enrolled. The club is involved in community projects including “maintaining the Sacred Heart Prayer Garden, conducting bingo games with seniors at Heritage Manor Nursing Home and selling family bricks at the prayer garden." LeJeune said her group is planning a joint community clean up project with the Rotary Club in the Spring at Heritage Garden near Walmart.
LeJeune said the club will be represented for the first time at a District Interact Conference in Lafayette next March.
Attending the meeting and speaking included: Interact Club President Bailey Odom; Vice President-Kaylie McCoy; Secretary- Grace LeJeune; Treasurer-Katherine Brown; Photographer-Sydney Fontenot; Historian-Amber Guillory; and Lance Costanza-Sgt. At Arms.
They were the guests of Rotarian Annette Johnson.
According to the Ville Platte Police News Release, the following individuals have recently been arrested and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail:
Effrern Drawsand of Washington, LA – Arrested for Carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon & Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and currently awaiting bond;
Miles Cormier, Age 30 of U.S. Hwy 167 N – Arrested for Simple Battery and Domestic Battery and bonded out on a $2,000.00;
Travis Perrodin, Age 31 of Lester Road – Arrested for Criminal Trespassing and out on a $500.00 bond;
Derrick Mathew, Age 24 – Arrested for No Reflective Gear, Resisting an Officer, Misrepresentation during booking and currently incarcerated;
Reonna Freeman, Age 18 of Dr. Carver Drive – Arrested for Disturbing the Peace and out with a $200.00 bond;
Christopher Wall, Age 30 – Arrested for No Reflective Gear, Prohibited Acts, Resisting an Officer, and currently incarcerated with a $3,400.00/ Hold;
Anthony Bias, Age 35 of Mamou – Arrested for Resisting an Officer by Force or Violence, Criminal Damage to Property and currently incarcerated;
Siera Wate, Age 27 – Arrested for Theft of Goods and out on a $500.00 bond;
Derrick Daughdrill, Age 29 – Arrested for Theft of Goods and out on a $500.00 bond; and
Kenneth Antoine, Age 53 of Ville Platte – Arrested for Simple Battery and currently incarcerated with a $1,000.00 bond.
The LSU SVM wants to remind pet owners to be mindful about holiday hazards
BATON ROUGE—Holidays bring families and friends together, but don’t forget to watch out for your four-legged family members. Holidays can also mean potential hazards for pets. Table foods, ornaments, and other holiday items can be harmful to cats and dogs. Every year veterinarians at the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics see an increase in a variety of digestive diseases during the holiday season.
The holidays are a great time to offer, cook with and enjoy chocolate. However, chocolate is very toxic to pets and can cause gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and neurologic disease including vomiting, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, overexcitation, and seizures. The required treatment can be expensive, therefore you should limit the risk of exposure in the home environment.
Decorating usually involves more electrical cords, so please check to make sure that your pets are not chewing on them, as electric shock may have devastating consequences. Also, some pets may try to eat batteries, so please make sure that they are put away safely.
Candy wrappers, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or ribbons can lead to serious problems if eaten by dogs or cats. Tinsel is particularly enticing to cats. When ingested in sufficient quantities, it binds into a rope that can cause severe intestinal obstruction and require surgical treatment. Any small decoration or toy poses a swallowing hazard. If a child can choke on small toys or parts, then so can the family dog or cat.
Table food can cause dogs to suffer from acute gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and intestines) or pancreatitis. In both diseases, dogs experience severe vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and listlessness. Bones may lead to obstructions in the esophagus, the stomach, or the intestine and lead to severe digestive signs. Furthermore, grapes, raisins and onions are foods that dogs and cats should not receive. They are toxic to pets and can cause potentially fatal diseases, such as acute kidney failure, anemia, or seizures. Most ornamental plants (e.g., poinsettias, mistletoes, holly, etc.) can cause stomach upset.
The weather in December and January can be quite chilly even in Louisiana. So, please remember to bring in your outside pets overnight if a hard freeze is forecast.
If your pet becomes sick or if you think that it may have ingested something harmful, contact your veterinarian immediately. Delays in seeking veterinary help may seriously complicate the problem. If your pet requires medical care after-hours, you can bring your pet to the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital on Skip Bertman Drive; the hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and remains open even during holidays. Please call 225-578-9600 or go to www.lsu.edu/vetmed for more information about the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Other good resources are the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control or the Pet Poison Helpline http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/. Help is available through these websites and their respective phone numbers 24 hours a day.
Consider gifting your pet with pet insurance this holiday season. There are a variety of options that suit many different family situations: https://www.petinsurancequotes.com/pet-insurance/american-animal-hospital-association.html. Please help make this a safe and happy holiday season for all of the members of your family.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM SHANE DARBONNE
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Ville Platte Rotary Club members today (Tuesday) got some good tips on watching your weight during the holidays from Shane Darbonne, director of the Mercy Regional Medical Wellness Center for the past sixteen years.
The Wellness Center Director said the average person gains 5-6 pounds during the holidays. Darbonne offered ten tips on winning the weight battle during the holidays:
-Work out and get active prior to the holidays to burn a few extra calories;
-On the day of the social, eat a breakfast;
--lighten up on your recipes such as using sugar substitutes in your baked goods;
--police your portions by skipping seconds and going directly to the dessert;
-eat slowly and enjoy your meal;
-Go easy on alcohol because they are mostly empty calories;
-remember, the curse of triptophans in turkey and other carbohydrates that cause to get sleepy and take a nap after a heavy meal;
-prepare a post holiday workout the next day to begin burning the extra calories;
-be realistic and be thankful this holiday season.
--Concentrate your time on family and friends and less on the meals.
HIGH FIVE TO ALL YOU EDUCATORS!! GREAT JOB!
The Evangeline Parish School Board held its final meeting for the month of November Wednesday night in the School Board Media Center. The room was packed with school administrators, teachers and others awaiting the announcement of the District and individual school scores for the 2015-2016 school year. The State scores are not due to be released until Thursday; however, School Board Superintendent, Toni Hamlin requested permission to issue them early due to how the next meetings are scheduled and wanting to make sure she was able to present them to the School Board personally. There was great excitement as she announced that it was “one of our best years!” The previous year, the district scored 76.3 and for the 2015-16 school year that score had jumped by 19 5/10 points coming in at 95.8 for the District Performance Score. Hamlin said 7 schools moved up a letter grade. Evangeline Central was not included in the score because that school did not have enough students testing to be counted. There were 6 schools in Evangeline Parish who came in with an “A” score; 4 with a “B” score and 1 with a “C”.
The “B” Scores went to:
Bayou Chicot Elementary with an 88.9;
Chataignier Elementary with a 93;
Mamou Elementary with a 90.9;
Ville Platte High moved up to an 88.8
The “A” Scores went to:
Pine Prairie High School was the highest scoring high school in the Parish with a 101.7;
Basile High School with a 101.2;
Mamou High School with a 100.9;
Vidrine Elementary with a 101.6;
James Stephens Montessori earned a 101.8; and
WW Stewart Elementary came in with a whopping 107.7
Board President, Wayne Dardeau, congratulated all of Central Office staff, principals, assistant principals, and as he quoted “where the rubber hits the road” to all of the teachers who made this happen. The Board stood and gave them a standing ovation.
The Board also approved the distribution of the Excess Sales Tax of approximately $2,091,374 and that also sat well with the audience as professionals who work for the School System will be receiving a check – not a direct deposit – of $3,247.24 and support personnel will receive a check for $1,461.26. Board CEO, Amy LaFleur, stated she will be sending out an email to everyone with that information.
It was announced that Kelly LaFleur, the Principal of Ville Platte High School, will be taking over the Supervisor of Special Education position for the Parish; and Toby Doucet will act as interim principal until the new Superintendent of Schools is seated and ready to make the permanent decision.
There will be a special meeting on December 5th when all three candidates for the Superintendent position will be interviewed and the Board will select the new Superintendent that night.
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce held its meeting for the Month of November Wednesday at Main Street Pizza Pub & Grill.
Chamber President, Dr. Tojo Ward, introduced Rebecca Shirley from One Acadiana. She addressed the crowd and explained that their organization is going to be creating projects to bring the 9 parishes it services together, including Evangeline, St. Landry and Lafayette. One Acadiana will be coming into each of the parishes to see what they can do to make the areas more beautiful and profitable. She wanted everyone to know that if someone needs to reach them, they can contact Dr. Tojo or Director of the Ville Platte Chamber, Camille Fontenot. They are going to be working on bringing more industry to our area and Industrial Park.
The Chamber welcomed and approved a new Member. Evins Larry & Perry Family Funeral Home is a new business located on East Street in Mamou. There will be a ribbon cutting December 9th.
CB Coreil Campus will have a Holiday Tree Lighting on Monday, November 28th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. everyone is invited. There will be Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause, cookies and hot chocolate. Everyone is invited to attend.
The St. Landry Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch and Learn tomorrow at Noon at The Brisket Basket in Opelousas to learn about the new wage law.
The Chamber Christmas Parade is set for December 11th and the deadline to enter is December 8th. No horses, motorcycles or 4-wheeler are allowed. Please call the Chamber for a full set of rules and guidelines.
The Chamber Annual Christmas Social is set for December 8th from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Chamber of Commerce.
The WWII Museum trip to New Orleans has been scheduled for January 18th. Please call the Chamber at 363-1878 for further details.
ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM ROTARIAN ROB EASTIN
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
The Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from guest speaker Rob Eastin, a pharmacist who discussed vaccinations with fellow club members.
As pharmacy manager at the Ville Platte Walmart location, Eastin, said more and more physicians are no longer doing vaccinations and people are now depending more on pharmacists for vaccinations for children as well as adults.
Eastin said children ages 6 months old and above should get a flu vaccine. He said despite rumors to the contrary, one cannot get the flu from getting the flu shot. It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to begin working in the body.
Another vaccine that is given is to combat pneumonia. Some 900,000 Americans get pneumonia each year and 5-7 percent die from the illness.
There is also a vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough..
Eastin said he gets requests for the shingles vaccine. One in three adults will develop a case of the shingles in their lives. There are about one million cases of shingles each year. The vaccine is recommended for those 60 and over and helps reduce the painful attacks.
Another important vaccine is to combat polio that has been eradicated in most parts of the world thanks to the efforts of rotary clubs worldwide. Since 1985, Rotary International has spent over 1.6 billion dollars in vaccines. Currently the disease is found in three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. More than one million rotary club members worldwide have donated their time and resources in the polio eradication.
VETERANS DAY SUCCESS
NOVEMBER 13, 2016
Large crowds of people lined up and down Sixth Street Friday afternoon for the annual Veterans Day parade. With sunny skies, one of the longest Veterans Day parades took place with groups of classic cars and jeeps rolling down Sixth Street in Mamou. However there was a major change with the parade moving to the afternoon. The parade took place at 2;00pm rather than at 10:00am for many years. Marching bands from Mamou High and Basile High participated in the parade.
A large crowd gathered for the memorial program and public speaking in front of the American Legion Post Home. Among those speaking were new Post Commander Charles Perdices, Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel, Assessor Dirk Deville. Also speaking was Mamou Town Council Woman Leisa Deshotel. A.J. Benoit shared the soldier’s prayer with the crowds.
Perdices said his goal is to bring back the Veterans Day celebration to its former glory and to encourage veterans to join the American Legion.
They unveiled new Post signs during the program . Also, there was a fly- by with two crop duster planes.
Here are some of the winners in the shoe box military displays at the post home: First Grade: First Place: Carman Vidrine, Second Place: Ian Tezeno and Third Place-Kendall Vidrine; Second Grade: First Place- Maddie LeBouef, Second Place- Marilyn Hanely and Third Place- Elijah Elan; Third Grade- First Place-Enya Elan; 4th Grade- First Place- Connor Duplechain; Fifth Grade- First Place- Bella Reed and Second Place: Keri Downs
KVPI was there covering the events live as we have been doing for many years.
ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that an Alexandria woman pleaded guilty Monday to using an Alexandria clinic’s credit cards to make unauthorized purchases of $119,000.
Alaina Stansell, 35, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of wire fraud. According to the guilty plea, Stansell worked in a urology clinic in Alexandria where she had access to the office’s credit cards. She used the credit cards from December 1, 2013 to March 30, 2015 to make unauthorized purchases and expenditures totaling approximately $119,000.
Stansell faces up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, restitution and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date of February 3, 2017 was set.
The U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case.
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
In complete but unofficial election returns from Tuesday’s statewide elections, here are the vote totals from the Secretary of State’s office:
Constable in Justice of the Peace Ward Three- Charles Perdices, the incumbent defeated Michael Fruge. Perdices had 1300 votes to Fruge’s 1228 votes.
For Mayor in the village of Pine Prairie: Quint West with 424 votes was elected over Wade Deshotels who received 25 votes;
For Chief of Police in Pine Prairie: incumbent L.C. Deshotel with 360 votes beat Joshua Estes who received 54 votes;
For Alderman in Pine Prairie where three are to be elected:
Incumbents Tammy Hammond with 339 votes, Debbie Oge with 313 votes and Gilbert J. Bordelon with 301 votes were all elected. The other candidate Gregory Savant received 90 votes;
The millage tax renewal in the Ward One area for fire protection service easily won for Fire Protection District 2. Those voting y es were 2309 votes and no votes totaled 944 votes;
In the race for President in Evangeline Parish: Donald Trump received the most votes with 70 percent of the vote with Hillary Clinton coming in second with 28 percent of the vote;
For US Senator, Charles Boustany pulled the most votes in Evangeline Parish 33 percent of the votes; That was followed by John Kennedy ; Foster Campbell was next followed Caroline Fayard and then John Fleming;
For Congressman in the 4th District, Evangeline Parish voters voted for Mike Johnson with 2809 votes followed closely by Elbert Guillory with 2805 votes. Trey Baucum was next and then Marshall Jones;
For Public Service Commissioner in District 4: Mike Francis was the top voter in Evangeline Parish with 58 percent of the vote followed by Mary Werner who got 34 percent of the vote;
Constitutiuonal Amendments: Evangeline Parish voters were in favor of Amendment #1 dealing with qualifications for the Registrar of Voters, 71 percent to 29 percent; Amendment #2 voted no to establish a tuition without legislative approval, 61 to 39 percent; Amendment 3-, voters here voted no on the proposal to eliminate the deductibility of federal income taxes, 58 to 42 percent’ Amendment 4- voters in Evangeline Parish voted in favor of the proposal to offer homestead exemption for a surviving spouse, 69-31 percent; Amendment 5, voters were in favor of a revenue stabilization fund, 53 to 47 percent; and Amendment 6, voters here voted against using funds to eliminate projected deficits, 59 to 41 percent.
KVPI was there broadcasting live at the Clerk of Court’s Office with News Director Stephanie Ware getting the vote totals from Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel. We included national election returns from Fox News.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from guest speaker : Allison Bourne-Vanneck, the community liaison for Miles Perret Cancer Services. She was an award winning reporter for KATC TV 3 before moving to her current profession.
Miles Perret Cancer Services has been serving the citizens of the 10 parish Acadiana area since 2002 assisting cancer patients and their families. The non profit agency does not charge patients and there are no qualifications to use their services.
Their services include: use of a cancer research library, mastectomy products, cancer journals, pre-paid gas cards, wigs, hats and scarves and support groups.
The agency has a mobile van unit that visits cancer patients in Ville Platte, Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley and other outlying areas.
Their major fund raiser is the annual Games of Acadiana at the Cajun dome where some 10,000 people attend the events each year.
Since 2002, the Miles Perret center has assisted some 13,000 families in Acadiana.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held its November meeting Monday night in the Courthouse in Ville Platte. It was announced that they will call for a resolution to renew Parish Tax Millages at the December 13th meeting at 2:00 p.m. in the Police Jury Room.
The Jury passed an ordinance drafted by their Attorney, Marcus Fontenot, stating that if you are not in compliance with a standing ordinance (i.e., payment of utilities that require a permit from the Jury), they will send notice providing a certain amount of time in which to get the bill(s) paid and/or make arrangements. After that time period, if nothing is done, the Police Jury can revoke your permit for electrical services. A public hearing was set for December 21st at 4:30 p.m. to discuss adding the requirement of a permit for having water hooked up as well. The ordinance would then cover non-payment of those services as well. Currently, there is over $100.000.00 in unpaid sewage bills dating back for quite some time.
The Police Jury voted 5 to 4 to appoint Doug Deville as the Right-of-Way Agent for Evangeline Parish. Mr. Deville will work up to 20 hours a week at a rate of $15.00 an hour. Public Works Director, Chester Granger, recommended Mr. Deville, although he stated all three of the candidates interviewed were qualified.
Bid opening for pest control, fuel, limestone, pipe, etc. is set for December 19th at 11:00 a.m. in the Jury Office.
The December 2016 French Meeting is set for December 13th at 2:00 p.m.
Mrs. Carlene Bellard, Executive Director of Evangeline Community Action addressed the Jury and stated she took over for Gervis Lafleur but wasn’t going to “try to fill his shoes.” She said she wants to build on the great things he did for the community and bring more programs here to make it better. She said she “looks forward to working with the Jury.”
The Ville Platte City Council and Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, held their monthly meeting a day early at Ville Platte City Hall due to the November 8th elections. City Hall will be closed the day of the elections, but will open back up Wednesday. Two public hearings were held before the regular meeting began. One was for the proposed salary increases for Ville Platte Police Chief, Neal Lartigue and City Marshall, Ronald T. Doucet. The City Council voted during the regular meeting to raise each of their salaries with Chief Lartigue’s going to $51,454.77 and Marshall Doucet’s salary to $39,382.56. The second public hearing concerned an ordinance that has now been amended regarding the placements of culverts on private property. Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, explained that the ordinance requiring residents and contractors to adhere to the proper placement of culverts has been in effect since 1987; however, some residents have been installing them by “eyeballing” the situation and because of that many of the culverts are at different levels causing water to accumulate and cause certain flooding situations. She said “Residents have taken things into their own hands without knowing the proper way of doing it.” Now, anyone who is going to be placing culverts will need to go to City Hall and retrieve a permit, which is free of charge. Then, the City Engineer will inspect the area. The resident will be responsible for purchasing the dirt and the culvert(s); however, the City will be the one to install the culverts free of charge. If you do not use this process, the City will correct the situation and place the expenses on that person’s tax bill.
Property Tax bills will be sent out on December 1st and will include a Schedule of Penalties for now paying your taxes. Non-paid tax bills will become delinquent on February 1, 2017.
Attorney, Sonny Chapman, spoke to the City Council about the Non-Reflective Gear ordinance and said he sees some “cons” with the program and even stated there may be constitutional issues with the “search” aspect of the ordinance. The mayor stated she would have the legal department look over it again.
Sales Tax Collections were up 9.96% and The Mayor thanked everyone for shopping local and businesses for continuing to serve the community.
Expenditures for the month of October were $300,867.52, which was $1,675.76 less than the month of September.
LAFAYETTE – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Lafayette man was sentenced Monday to 57 months in prison for stealing approximately $1.5 million from an insurance settlement his sister received while she was incapacitated.
Kevin Ralph Andrus, 37, of Lafayette, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of wire fraud. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and must pay $1,449,999.37 in restitution. According to the March 17, 2016 guilty plea, Andrus, after being appointed as the curator for his sister’s estate when an automobile accident left her incapacitated and unable to manager her own affairs, stole almost $1.5 million in settlement funds his sister received from a lawsuit related to the automobile accident. After partially recovering from her injuries, Andrus’ sister discovered that settlement funds had been transferred to the defendant’s own personal and business accounts, and squandered, even though he took an oath to spend the money only on approved expenses for the benefit of his sister.
The U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Myers P. Namie and David C. Joseph prosecuted the case.
The 50th Annual Louisiana Swine Festival kicks off Thursday night with a Talent Show beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Basile High School Gym. The Festival runs through Sunday with a new Swine Festival King, Evangeline Parish County Agent, Todd Fontenot, and the new Swine Festival Queen, Ms. Jennifer Smith.
Scheduled events for the weekend are as follows:
Kiddie Day at the Fair from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 p.m. with free admission for children of all ages. Admission for adults will be $5.00 all day and $3.00 for children after 5:00 p.m.
Piglet Pen Events
12:00 Noon – Piglet Pen Opens
12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Little Piglet Petting Zoo
2:00 p.m. – A Pig’s Tale Reading
3:30 p.m. – A Pig’s Tale Reading
12:00 Noon – 7:30 p.m. – DJ Skee
8:00 p.m. – Midnight – Bobby Novasad
Admission $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 5 and under
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon – Team Pork Cook-off and Judging
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Covered Dish Registration
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Fair
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Covered Dish Judging
12:45 p.m. – Auction
1:00 p.m. – Guess the Weight Results
1:30 p.m. – Cook-off Results
1:30 p.m. – Queen’s Eating Contest
2:00 p.m. – Queen’s Greasy Pig Contest
3:00 p.m. – Teen & Children’s Greasy Pig Contest
9:30 p.m. – Hog Calling and Boudin Eating Contest
Demonstration Tent Events
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Set up and prep work
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – 1st Bourcherie Demo
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – 2nd Bourcherie Demo
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon – Breed Demonstration
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon – Guess the Weight Register
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Donnie Broussard & The La. Stars
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Jam Session
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Cajun on Demand
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Perfectly Good Airplane
8:00 p.m. – Midnight – One Trick Pony
7:00 p.m. – Televised LSU Game
Admission $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 5 and under
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Swine Festival Mass as St. Augustine Church
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – George Wayne & La Revue
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Hog Pen (Bike Show)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Jam Session
1:00 p.m. – Festival Parade
Fair Grounds (Town Park)
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Fair
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band
The Evangeline Parish School Board held its first meeting for November Wednesday night in the School Board Media Center.
It was announced that as of November 1st, all schools in Evangeline Parish began again providing breakfast and lunch to all students free of charge. The school system has been in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2016-2017 school year. In September of this year, 9 schools in Evangeline Parish were included in the program. A re-certification was performed and because of the recent flooding and Evangeline Parish being declared a disaster area, the rest of the schools in the district were able to be added. Parents are still responsible for paying the meal fees for their child(ren) for the month of October which was not covered by the program. There will be another re-evaluation next school year to determine if meals will continue to be free of charge.
As previously reported, School Board Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, announced in August that she will be retiring when her contract ends on December 31, 2016. Hamlin plans to spend more time with her family after retirement. The Board advertised for the upcoming vacancy and has now collected applications that were due October 28th. The School Board is reviewing the three applications it received. As many have speculated, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Darwan Lazard, submitted an application to fill the position. Application packets were also received from Dr. Sandra Reed of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and Steve Benton, Sr. from Marianna, Florida. The School Board will perform interviews of the candidates in a public meeting sometime in December.
According to the Ville Platte Police Department, the following individuals have recently been arrested and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail:
Michael Bertrand, 34 of MLK Drive, Ville Platte – Arrested for Theft of Goods and currently incarcerated with a $500.00 bond;
Kalon Frank, 20 of Campbell Ave, Ville Platte – Arrested for Improper Supervision of a minor by parent or legal custodian; penalty and out on a $250.00 bond;
Jeremy Semien, 33 of E. Pine Street, Ville Platte – Arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and out on a $700.00 bond;
Rustin Charlie, 25 of Grand Prairie Road, Ville Platte – Arrested for Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespassing and out on a $700.00 bond; and
Darryl Riley, 33 of E. Jackson, Ville Platte – Arrested for Resisting/Flight/Aggravated Assault and Simple Battery. Riley is currently incarcerated with a $3,500.00 bond.
Those customers who were under a boil advisory in the East Side Water System in Ville Platte are now cleared. All samples have been cleared by DHH.
ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS VILLE PLATTE CLUB
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Rotary District 6200 Governor Francis Nezianya was the guest speaker at today’s (Tuesday) weekly club meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.
Nezianya serves on the Zachery City Council and owns a chain of Subway restaurants.
The district governor met earlier in the day with Club President Peter Strawitz and the club’s board of directors. He commended the Ville Platte club for their service to the community including providing scholarships, supporting the local food bank and the nursing home.
He shared his story on how he first got involved with Rotary. He said he was touched after reading stories in Rotary magazines on how Rotarians worldwide are helping the poor and needy and on the verge of eradicating polio throughout the world.
He urged club members to spend part of their time and talents in making a difference in our local community.
He ended his remarks by leading the club in singing “We are the World”.