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Evangeline School Board Recognizes Students of the Year

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting April 16, 2014

The Evangeline Parish School Board held its monthly meeting last night in the Media Center at Ville Platte High School.  The Media Center was standing room only as proud parents and students gathered to celebrate the recognition for being nominated and/or being deemed 2013-14 Student of the Year.  Certificates were presented to the following nominees:

5th Grade: Shelby Bergeaux (BHS), Kamryn West (BCE), Olivia Thibodeaux (MHS), Montavia Soileau (VE), Olivia Lacombe (VPH); and

The Student of the Year was Kamryn West (BCE)

8th Grade: Cameron Berzas (BHS), Karli Ortego (BCE), Jaylon Leday (CE), Natalie Pitre (MHS), Noah Manual (VE), Ciera Lafleur (VPH); and

The Student of the Year was Cameron Berzas (BHS)

12th Grade: Elizabeth Ortego (BHS), Mikelyn Manuel (MHS), Alyssa Jackson (PPHS), Kendall Ardoin (VPH); and

The Student of the Year was Elizabeth Ortego (BHS)

The School Board also recognized the Bayou Chicot Elementary Track Team for its 1st place win in the Elementary Parish Track Meet.  Coach Craig Magee and Coach Kim Deville announced the numerous accomplishments of the track team and spotlighted the fact that the team, even lacking enough space to practice and with no track, has taken first place in 2010, 2011, 2012, runner up in 2013 and has taken 1st place again in 2014.

  • The Board approved the 2014-2015 School Calendar and Assistant Superintendent Darwan Lazard told the board of two proposals that were sent to all of the schools.

  • Proposal 1 would give one holiday day for President’s Day; and 2 days for Mardi Gras.

  • Proposal 2 would give one holiday day for President’s Day; one day for Mardi Gras; and one for Memorial Day.

He reported that overwhelming response was in support of Proposal 1 with two days for Mardi Gras.

Superintendent Toni Hamlin had a few comments at the end of the meeting.  She reminded the members that Financial Disclosures are due 5/15 and her office would help any way they could with submitting them; Friday is the 1st day of the Spring Break and her office will be closed from then until 4/28; Employees will still be paid on the 25th of the month (like they normally do); Field Testing for the PARCC Assessment had a few glitches when testing began.  A more detailed report will be forthcoming as test scores come in; Regarding ACT scores – every high school in the parish had improved scores; and she wished everyone a nice Easter Break.

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Rotary Club Hears from Congressman Fleming


APRIL 15, 2014


    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today heard from U.S. Congressman John Fleming who paid a surprise visit to the club. Fleming was accompanied at the meeting by police juror Bryan Vidrine and Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud. The group was meeting with parish officials on economic development issues. Fleming told Rotarians that he is committed to attract new companies and industry to this district to keep our young people at home. Fleming is a physician from Minden and has been in Congress since 2012.

    Guest speaker was Susan Fisher, Special Projects Coordinator with the St. Landry/Evangeline United Way. She announced that United Way is planning their 7th Annual Day of Action June 21 and 22 in both parishes. She is asking for volunteers including organizations and school students to plan special activities on those two days. She suggests community projects like painting schools, nursing homes, students reading to children at libraries and beautifying your neighborhood. She is in need of corporate and business support through signs, t shirts and manpower. For more information, you may contact her at United Way at 942-7815. She was the guest of Rotarian David Mayeaux who was in charge of this week’s program.

    There will be no rotary club meeting next Tuesday so Rotarians can attend a fellowship meal at Dr. Jerry Veillion’s camp Tuesday night at 6;00pm;

    Rotarian Larry Lachney reported that the Sacred Interact Club will soon begin collecting ink pens, back packs and paper clips for their international project.

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Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting

April 14, 2014 Evangeline Parish Police Jury Mtg.

The Police Jury tabled the subject of assigning names to parish roads and/or the renaming of certain roads until proper notification can be sent out and a breakdown can be done regarding the roads in each of their capacities.

A discussion was had regarding a 4% pay raise for administration and those working in the parish.  After reviewing the budget, the jury voted to postpone the item until the October agenda when the 2015 budget can be viewed and further discussion will be held.  No action was taken at this time.

Public Works Director, Dustin Vidrine announced he is resigning and gave the jury a 30-day notice.

City Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau reported that the Library Project is back in swing and contracts have been signed with Patriot Construction and Star Surety.  They have 60 days to complete the inside and out of the new library.

Eric Soileau, from District 6 asked that we make a special note thanking Chris Guillory with Cleco for purchasing the pipe needed to repair Tiger Lane.

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Ville Platte Recognizes Three Teachers of the Year


APRIL 8, 2014


   The Ville Platte City Council honored three teachers of the year at their meeting Tuesday at city hall. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine recognized Kelly Bellard at Ville Platte High School, Chenile Tezeno at Bayou Chicot Elementary and Mindy Jenot with Basile High School for their outstanding dedication to the teaching profession. All three teachers received large plaques of appreciation.

    Toya King with the phone service ,Caption Call,  made a presentation to the city council. Caption Call is a free service to residents who have a hearing loss. Residents also need to have a landline phone and have internet access to participate in the program. More information on the service is available at city hall.

    Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that Channel 10 will recognize Ville Platte in a special remote broadcast on May 7. Their 5 and 6:00pm newscasts will take place in Ville Platte at the Grand Pavillion of City Park. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that Geno Delafosse will be playing music and Ha U Want It Seasonings will be cooking food for the event. The public will be invited to attend the event.

   In other action the city council:

--heard from the mayor announce that city expenditures increased $53,490 in March over February primarily as a result of the purchase of a new computer system;

--reappointed Shonda Jack and Tommy Jones and appointed Julie Lafleur all to serve on the Recreational District Board;

--received news that the city of Ville Platte was the only municipality showing an increase in sales tax collections for the past year. Ville Platte showed a 12 percent increase in sales taxes;

--watched as Ha U Want It seasonings presented the mayor with a $500 check from proceeds from the recent Gumbo cook off;

--approved  a beer and liquor permit for Ping Inc. to sponsor the Smoked Meat Festival on June 27 and 28;

--heard from City Engineer Ronnie Landreneau announce that the installation of the smart water meters should be completed in another ten days;

--received news that the city will sponsor a Easter Egg Hunt April 12 for city residents for ages 1-12 at the Hargrove Park beginning at 10:00am. There will also be a kite flying contest;

--and residents are reminded to pay your past due gas bills by May4. No resident was cut off during the cold winter months however they have until that date to pay their overdue gas bill or their service will

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Rotary Club Hears from Cleco Official


APRIL 8, 2014


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Bill Fontenot , Vice President of Utility Operations with Cleco. He, along with Sabrina Salling, Governmental Operations Supervisor, were the special guests of Rotarian Bob Manuel who was in charge of the program.

       Fontenot, a native of Ville Platte and the son of Rotarian Leonard Glen Fontenot, gave a power point presentation on the history of Cleco and its services.. He said “Cleco is more than an electricity provider, we’re a community partner.”

      The company was formed in 1945 in Bunkie after it expanded to selling electricity from its original business of selling ice. Cleco has 284,000 customers in 23 parishes. It employs 1200 workers.

      Cleco has spent 8 million dollars for a new substation in northern Evangeline Parish in the past few years and has spent 200 million dollars to ensure customers will have no brown outs during peak times during the summer.

      The company has spent 37 million dollars in taxes including over 6 million dollars in Evangeline Parish in taxes.

     Rotary Club President Bill Brunet announced that the Sacred Heart Interact Club will be sponsoring an international project to assist a mission church in Haiti. The church mission is in need of ink pens, back packs and paper clips. The club is planning a fund raiser in the near future to ship these items to the mission.

    In other news, the rotary club is planning a fellowship meal at Dr. Jerry Veillion’s camp at 6:00pm on April 22.

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Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Announces Nominees for Man and Woman of the Year

Ville Platte Nominations - 2014

Nominees for Man of the Year:
Mark Suellentrop – Plant Manager of Cabot Corporation
Ray Pitre – Retired mechanic and shop supervisor
Jesse Muse – Retired, Volunteer Fireman
Randy Deshotel - Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court
Mark Layne – KVPI General Manager
Rev. Darwan T. Lazard – Asst. Superintendent of Evangeline Parish School Board
Mark Buller - New York Life
Dr. Thomas Fontenot - chairperson of the Recreational District Board
Gervis Lafleur – Director of Evangeline Community Action

Nominees for Woman of the Year:
Mary Foster-Galasso - Director of Evangeline Parish Library
Brenda Saucier – Retire Branch Manager ofWhitney Bank
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine – City of Ville Platte
Shounda Jack – Bus driver for Evangeline Parish
Wanda Verrette – Evangeline Parish schoolteacher
Linda Lebsack – Ville Platte Chamber, Evangeline Tourism & Friend of the Library Volunteer

Business Person of the Year:
Cody Vidrine – Vidrine’s Ace Hardware                                                
Jennifer Vidrine – Mayor of City of Ville Platte
Jude Vidrine – Evangeline Feed and Vidrine’s Grocery
Mark Layne – General Manager of KVPI
Mark Suellentrop – Plant Manager of Cabot Corporation                                                     
Mary Galasso – Director of Evangeline Parish Library             
Mitch Fontenot - Cameron
Nick Fontenot – Owner of Nick’s on Main
Randel Chapman – President of The Evangeline Bank & Trust
Randy Deshotel – Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court
Tony and Jennifer Walker – Walker & Sons, “Slap Ya Mama,” owners
Business of the Year
Cabot Corporation
Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Co.
Mayeux Wealth Partners
Medicine Chest
Nick’s on Main
Pine Prairie Energy
The Evangeline Bank & Trust Co.
Vidrine’s Ace Hardware

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Rotary Club Hears from Hospital CEO


APRIL 1, 2014


    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from  Scott Smith, new CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center. Smith  is a native of Cleveland, Mississippi. He introduced Sandy Morein, Chief Nursing Officer who attended the meeting. In a special report to Rotarians, Smith stated that the hospitals provided $3.5 million dollars in charity and uncompensated care in 2012. The medical facilities also paid $1.8 million dollars in taxes in 2012.

    Smith said plans call for expansion and improvements in their imaging department, expand and grow their cardiology departments, grow the orthopedic services, expand women’s services and physician recruitment. He reported that the area’s first female OB/GYN, Dr. Kayla Fontenot will be coming to Acadian Medical Center in Eunice  in the near future.

    The Acadian Medical Center campus was recently certified as a Safe Sleep Hospital to fight sudden infant death syndrome. Smith was the special guest or Rotarian Janice Helmer.

    In other rotary club news:

--received news that the city wide garage sale is planned for Saturday at the Allen Ortego downtown park;

--the club presented Emily Claire Soileau, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joey Soileau as the Rotary District 6200 Roteract Student of the Year and gave her a trophy;

--was notified that the Ville Platte Rotary club was awarded the membership award for the greatest increase in members at last weekend’s convention;

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Ville Platte Police Investigating Armed Robbery and Homicide

Armed Robbery Suspects at large.


On March 27, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Ville Platte Police Department received a phone call reporting an armed robbery in the 700 block of West Main Street.  Upon arrival officers learned that two masked male suspects entered the store and demanded the money from the register.  One male suspect was wearing a black jacket and the other male suspect was wearing a camouflage jacket. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money and exited the store heading East on West Main Street. 


Chief Neal Lartigue is asking citizens to call in if they may have seen these suspects running in the area last night or know any information that may relate to this robbery. 

You can call in anonymously and help remove these criminals from our streets.  The Ville Platte Police Department phone number is 363-1313.


On March 28, 2014 shortly before noon the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at 543 Prosper Street apartment 11.  Upon arrival officers found a male subject inside the residence with a stab wound.  The male subject was transported to Mercy Regional Medical center where he later succumbed to his injuries.


The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family.  No further information is available at this time and Chief Lartigue stated that this incident is still under investigation.

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Ville Platte Police Make Arrests

Chief Neal Lartigue reports multiple arrests, one solving a case from December 2013.


On March 25, 2014 the Ville Platte Police Department made an arrest on a case that has remained open since December 2013.  Detective Steven Deville reports that the case involved money stolen from a local business by an employee.  Upon completion of his investigation Detective Deville was unable to execute the warrant since the suspect had gone into hiding.  The warrant was executed without incident on March 25, 2014.  Arrested was Donald L. James 42, of 119 Armand Street, Ville Platte.   James was charged with felony theft over $500.00.  James was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail where he remains incarcerated on a $10,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.


On March 20, 2014 the Ville Platte Police Department received a report of a break in at a local business on East LaSalle.  Upon arrival the officers discovered damage to the building and multiple items had been stolen.   Detective Chateuse James was assigned the case and video surveillance and completion of her investigation led to the arrest of Ricky Joseph 37, of 1211 West Hickory Street, Ville Platte.  Joseph was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and charged with simple burglary, theft over $1,200.00 and simple criminal damage to property.  Joseph remains incarcerated on a $7,500.00 bond set by Judge Thomas Fuselier.


On March 26, 2014 The Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call of an employee shoplifting at a business on Tate Cove Road.  Officers responded and gathered information and arrested Jeremy Granger 34 of 3405 Vidrine Road.  Granger was transported to the Ville Platte City Jail where he was charged with simple theft and has since bonded out on a $500.00 bond.



Chief Neal Lartigue reminds citizens of Ville Platte to be diligent and continue to report suspicious activity.  All calls to the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313 will remain anonymous

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Rotary Club Hears from School Superintendent on Common Core


MARCH 25, 2014


   The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Evangeline Superintendent of Schools Toni Hamlin explain the new Common Core standards used in parish schools and throughout the state.

   Hamlin said 45 states have adopted common core standards and objectives in their curriculum. Along with the standards will come new national tests beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. She said there have been a lot of misinformation about common core from some groups who are opposed to  national standards.

   In other business, Rotary Club President Bill Brunet

-- reported that there will be a retirement party for Brenda Saucier from 5-8pm today at La Veille Banque. Saucier is retiring from Hancock Bank;

--announced that there will be a 100th year celebration for the Ville Platte Gazette April 10 from 4-6pm at the Ville Platte Civic Center;

--recognized Sacred Heart High student Emily Claire Soileau, the daughter of Joey and Kim Soileau, who has been named the Rotary Club District Student of the Year;

--received news that a mobile pantry will be distributing food to needy individuals every fourth Wednesday of the month from 11:30-1:30 at the Ville Platte Civic Center beginning tomorrow;  T here are no costs to the individual;

--heard from Mable Forman announce that the Viet Nam Veterans are sponsoring a gun raffle at $3 a ticket, and the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society is scheduled for April 3.

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Rotary Club Hears From Caption Call Representative


MARCH 18, 2014


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Toya King explain the Caption Call phone service for the hearing impaired. King said this no cost service is offered to residents who are deaf or who have a hearing loss. The program is funded through a federal surcharge on home phone service. To qualify for the Caption Call, a resident must have a land line, have a doctor certified that you are suffering with hearing loss and your home has access to internet service. If you qualify, the special phone will be installed that displays easy to read text. King was the special guest of Rotarian Mable Forman.

    In other business, Rotarian Larry Lachney reported that the Sacred Heart Student of the Year is Interact Club President Emily Claire Soileau. The Interact club conducted bingo games at Heritage Manor Nursing Home and sold two more bricks for the prayer garden project. The student club is planning to collect flip flops and medical items to send to needy families in another country.

   In other action, the rotary club:

--heard from Rotary President Bill Brunet announce that the club will join with the Welsh Rotary Club to prepare a crawfish etoufee for the State Rotary Club convention;

--received news that the city will sponsor a city wide garage sale Saturday April 5 from 6:30am to 12 midnight at the Allen Ortego Downtown Park. Residents are urged to bring their tables, chairs and petty cash to sell their merchandise.

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Ville Platte Chamber Hears from La. Hospice Officials


MARCH 17, 2014


     The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce met today (Monday) for their regular meeting of the month. The guest speaker was Rose Campbell with Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care. Campbell along with Paul Shexnayder and Fran Guillory explained the services that their agency offers to patients facing end stage illnesses. Campbell announced that Louisiana Hospice is the only local hospice agency serving a fifty mile radius of Ville Platte. Louisiana Hospice also provides a bereavement service and grief counseling after the death of the family member. The agency has just begun a grief support group that meets the first Monday of each month. Fran Guillory urged the public to get involved as a hospice volunteer. She said it “is fulfilling and rewarding.”

     Chamber Member Ben LeBleu gave an update report on the chamber sponsored July 4th celebration. LeBleu said a committee is finalizing plans to have a parade down Main Street, followed by a Classic Car Show and a Family Fun Day at the Courthouse Square.

    In other action the chamber executive director Camille Fontenot:

- notified  chamber members that workers are replacing the roof on the Chamber building approved by the city council;

--reminded chamber members that the annual Chamber Banquet is planned for May 1 at the Ville Platte Civic Center.  Volunteers are needed to help with the silent auction and decorations;

--announced that the chamber is sponsoring a bus trip to Angola on May 21;

--reported that the city is sponsoring a Community Treasures Garage Sale at the Allen Ortego Town Square Park April 5 from 7:00am to 2;00pm.

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KVPI-FM Awarded 2014 Radio Station of the Year by Louisiana Association of Broadcasters

KVPI-FM Radio Station of the Year


    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

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Ville Platte Lady Bulldogs Honored During City Council Meeting


MARCH 11, 2014


    The Ville Platte City Council Tuesday recognized the Ville Platte High School Lady Bulldogs who ended up as the runner-up in Class 3-A basketball at the recent Top 28 tournament last week in Lake Charles. The team ended the season with a 32-2 record.

     The coaching staff and the entire team along with parents were given a standing ovation by the city council, mayor and the audience.  Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine praised the team by saying “You made us all proud. You showed everybody what girl power can do. You put Ville Platte on the map and made a positive impact .”

      Head Coach Dot Doulet was presented large plaques from Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and the entire team posed for photos from audience members. The team was treated to pizza and drinks after the meeting.

      Mayor Vidrine announced that the team will be riding in a special parade Saturday at 5:00pm on the city fire truck from Citizen’s Bank down Main street to Mercy Regional Medical Center and then on to the Grand Pavillion at city park where a special reception will be held along with a DJ and music. The public is invited to attend.

    In other news, Police Chief Neal Lartigue demonstrated the new mini cameras that city police officers will be wearing when they go out on a call. The city approved the purchase of these small body cameras for each police officer.  Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said these cameras will provide extra safety for the officer and the public. The city will pay $150 each for these cameras.

   In other business, the city council:

--approved the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce request to obtain a liquor permit for their annual Chamber banquet on May 1;

--received a report from Fire Chief Ted Demourelle that his department responded to 15 calls in the city, seven of which were structure fires during February;

--heard from Police Chief Neal Lartigue report that the police department responded to 641 calls, worked 27 traffic accidents, issued 39 citations and made nine felony arrests;

--received a report from Mayor Jennifer Vidrine that the city spent $54,395 more in February than it did in January due to quarterly payments that came due.

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Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting


MARCH  11, 2014


        Barbara Thibodeaux, pre need specialist with Ardoin’s Funeral Home, was the featured guest speaker at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Thibodeaux advised Rotarians to make important decisions now instead of waiting at a time when the family is grieving . She said the average funeral expense  today is $7595-$8595. Also contrary to what is being advertised on TV commercials, not every single person will get a death benefit from Social Security.

       Rotary Club President Bill Brunet reminded club members that the annual Rotary Club convention is scheduled for March 28 and 29 in Port Allen. The Ville Platte club will join with the Crowley club in preparing a meal.

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Evangeline Police Jury Approve Health Insurance Quote


MARCH 10, 2014


       Health insurance took center stage Monday during a meeting of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday night. After much discussion following a presentation by David Broussard with Lemoine Insurance Agency, the jury approved renewing its group health insurance plan through Blue Cross at a 3.6 percent increase in premiums. Broussard said the jury’s share will increase by $1,000 a month. The coverage will change as a result of the Affordable Health Care Act especially in out of network benefits. Currently the parish pays 90 percent of an employee’s premium and 50 percent of the family  premium.

     Also, the jury approved adding Aflac as a supplemental plan for parish employees who want to purchase it through pre- tax dollars.

     Another issue facing the jury was the growing liter problem on both parish and state roads. The jury approved a resolution asking the governor to assist with funding or changing the regulations on using state inmates on litter abatement programs. Currently, the state has mandated that to use state inmates to clean up state highways, the governmental agency must have someone who has undergone a 30 day course of instruction and become certified in litter abatement.

     In other action the police jury:

--approved a resolution to award the low quote of Phillips General Contracting of  $221,700 for improvements to the Crooked Creek Pavillion; Also the jury approved another resolution to spend up to $25,000 on bridge work and improvements on Morgan Road. Both projects are being funded from the Ike/Gustav recovery fund;

--approved the low quote of Dale Trahan Backhoe and  Dozer of Rayne of $4.52 a foot to make drainage improvements to a section of Bayou Des Cannes;

--received news that the Evangeline Parish Soil and Water Conservation Service will be honoring Earl Fontenot Jr. who is retiring  after 47 years of service. A special reception for Fontenot will take place March 19 from 9-10 am at the LSU Ag Center.

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Bomb Threat at Evasngeline Parish Courthouse

The Evangeline Parish Courthouse was evacuated shortly before noon today (Friday) because of a phoned-in bomb threat. The courthouse was vacated all afternoon while fire department personnel and other investigative officials began searching each office for a possible explosive. Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac told KVPI that he is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the subject that called in the bomb threat. Brignac warns that that a person found guilty of such a crime facing a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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Pine Prairie Police Arrest Post Office Burglary Suspect

Pine Prairie Police were called to investigate a burglary at the Pine Prairie Post office Wednesday morning. Assistant Police Chief Chuncey Fontenot was notified that several parcel lockers in the post office lobby were burglarized. After further investigation, Jacob Montie of 1722 4th Street, Pine Prairie was arrested in connection with the burglary. All of the stolen items from the lockers were located at the suspect’s home. Jacob Montie was charged with Burglary of a Post Office and Theft of over $300. His bond was set at $12,500 by Judge Larry Vidrine and is currently under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspector Service.

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Ville Platte Police Make Multiple Arrests On Various Charges


Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department reports multiple arrests and asks for information to assist detectives with ongoing investigation.


On February 6, 2014 at approximately 3:15 p.m. the Ville Platte Police Department received a report of an altercation in progress in the 1800 block of Kembo Avenue, Ville Platte.  Upon arrival officers learned that an altercation had taken place between two men and one man received severe injuries which required medical treatment.  Detective Chateuse James was assigned to the case and began her investigation.  Detective James stated that she learned that one male subject repeatedly struck the other male with a machete in the area of his head, shoulders and back.  Evidence and witness information led to the arrest of Anthony Marks 50, of 803 East Street, Opelousas.  Marks was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail without incident and charged with aggravated second degree battery.  Marks was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Jail where he later bonded out on a $25,000.00 bond, set by Judge Thomas Fuselier.  Chief Lartigue stated that it is possible that the charges that Mr. Marks is facing could possibly upgraded by the District Attorney’s Office once they review the file.


On February 15, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m. three male subjects entered a residence in the 700 block of Tate Cove Road, Ville Platte and stole several miscellaneous items and left in the homeowners vehicle. During a high speed chase through the city officers from St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police became involved in the pursuit. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed on the Opelousas Road.  Detective Steven Deville was assigned to the case and arrested Christopher Washington 20, of 412 East Cotton Street, Ville Platte, Shaquille Freeman 19, of 414 North East Rail Road, Ville Platte and Reginald Freeman 21, of 414 North East Railroad, Ville Platte.  Each of the three suspects were charged with burglary, unauthorized use of a moveable and criminal damage to property.  Bond was set at $15,000.00 each by judge John Larry Vidrine.  Washington, Freeman and Freeman were transferred to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail.


On February 19, 2014 at approximately 5:20 a.m. the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call of shots fired.  Upon arrival officers learned that a male subject drove to a residence and fired multiple shots which damaged a home located on the 600 block of Reed Street, Ville Platte.  There were four people inside the residence at the time of the incident but no one was injured.  Detective Steven Deville was assigned to the case and with evidence and witness statements arrested Sandress Calvin 28, of 1214 Martin Luther King.  Calvin was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and charged with four counts of attempted second degree murder.  Calvin remains incarcerated at the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on a $500,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.



On February 21, 2014 a little after midnight the Ville Platte Police Department received multiple calls reporting shots fired in the area of East Wilson Street between Latour and Chataignier.  Officers responded and the suspects had fled the area. 


Chief Lartigue warns citizens that shooting a firearm in the city limits is not only dangerous, it is illegal.  “We intend to fully prosecute anyone caught shooting a firearm in the city limits.”  Chief Lartigue said, “People do not realize the danger of this type of behavior, when shooting a gun in the air, the bullets have to land somewhere.”    Chief Lartigue also asks residents to call and report anyone they know, see or have heard was shooting a firearm.  Reporting this type of crime could help the officers make an arrest and could possibly save a life.  Call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.



Chief Lartigue is also asking residents to be on the look out for people in the area who have been stealing air conditioners from businesses and homes.  If you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood or know of someone who may be involved with the thefts to please contact the department.   Report any information anonymously by calling the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313

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Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from State Biologist


FEBRUARY 25, 2014


     Biologist Jody David with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was the special guest of Rotarian Mitch Fontenot at the Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting today (Tuesday) at noon.

     David announced new rules dealing with the use of yo yos at Chicot Lake. The old rule called for the use of yo yo’s from Nov through March up to a maximum of 24. Now, the new rule calls for no date restrictions and up to 50 yo yo’s are now permitted.

      The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is considering removing the slot limit for large mouth bass at Chicot Lake .. After a study conducted at the lake, it was shown that 77 percent of fishermen fishing at Chicot Lake are practicing catch and release. David said the lake has been stocked every year since 1988 and there are approximately 2.4 million bass in Chicot Lake. There have been large bass up to 13 pounds caught in the lake.

    David also said other area lakes have been stocked including Miller’s Lake, Crooked Creek and Cocodrie Lake.

    State Wildlife officials plan to apply herbicide in the spring near the Landing. Also last December, the state added sterile grass carp to help control the vegetation. They are also planning to drop the lake by two feet in the fall.

    The state also has issued some 32 to 40 tags for alligator harvesting at Chicot Lake this past year. The rules call for one  per 100 acres of lake.

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