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School Supt. Darwan Lazard announced three priorities for new School Term

Evangeline Parish School Board meeting May 20, 2020 Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard addressed the Evangeline Parish School Board Wednesday night in a virtual meeting. Supt. Lazard said he has three priorities he wants to fullfill for the school district: #1- have more devices and chrome books in the hands of school students. He reminded the board when he became superintendent in 2017, he presented a five year plan to have a chrome book for every student. Now in year three of the plan, he said the school district is about 1000 chrome books short of achieving that goal. “We are way ahead of schedule”, he said. #2 -Improve internet connectivity for students. Connectivity to the schools is good but the internet service to student homes need a lot of improvement. The superintendent and his staff are looking at options on making improvements in that regard; #3-Training for teachers. Lazard wants to have more laptops and smart boards for teachers. The I.T. department is helping train teachers to be ready to deliver the new content required by state and federal authorities. Lazard announced that the administrative staff at the central office are working on a 50/50 schedule. Half the staff is working in the office two days a week while the other two days from home. Fridays, the offices are closed. The same thing on the school level. Under phase one, the office is open 8-4 Monday through Thursday. Those needing to do business at the central office are asked to call ahead and someone will come out to your vehicle to assist you. Schools are following the same plan. The superintendent remarked that he will not require teachers to return to schools for training. Teachers at all parish schools will be provided training in a virtual manner for their safety and get the support and training through zoom meetings. The superintendent praised all of the schools in the parish for their graduation ceremonies. He called it “a grand success.”. He attended graduations at Pine Prairie, Ville Platte and Mamou while Assistant Supt. Mike Lombas was present at graduations at Basile, Ville Platte and Pine Prairie. He said he heard much positive comments from parents and community members for the parades and special events held for the graduating class of 2020. He thanked the mayors and police chiefs from each community for their cooperation. In other action the school board approved the contract renewal for another two years to Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor Phillip Buller.

13th District Court will resume operations Monday May 18, according to District Attorney

The 13th Judicial District Court will resume operations on Monday, May 18, 2020. The judge(s) will allow up to 15 persons in the courtroom at one time and up to 15 people seated in the hallway outside of the courtroom. Prior to entering the courthouse, it will be determined whether or not the person is listed on any docket and/or essential to a proceeding. Any persons who are not essential to a proceeding (i.e., family members, friends, etc.) will not be allowed entry into the courthouse. Prior to entering the courthouse, everyone will be required to: (1) have his/her temperature taken with a contactless thermometer; (2) sanitize his/her hands; and (3) wear a mask. There will be assigned seating on the second floor of the courthouse and in the courtroom, masks must be worn at all times, and doors to the courtroom will remain open to minimize contact with surfaces, such as door handles. The seating on the second floor and surfaces in the courtroom will be sanitized after each group. Access to the DA’s Office will be structured in a way that will reduce the amount of in-person contact inside. The public is asked to conduct as much business by phone or email as possible.

Ville Platte's very first fire truck is back home in Ville Platte for 100th Anniversary of Fire Department

Ville Platte's very first fire truck is back home where it belongs. A crew from the Ville Platte Fire Department traveled to Houma to transport the 1927 American LeFrance Pumper Unit back to Ville Platte. According to Fire Department training officer Chris Soileau, the unit was purchased new directly from the factory in 1927. The unit was later replaced with a newer pumper. In the late 60;s, the unit was sold to a collector who restored it. Later, Pete and Susan Pizzolatto of Houma purchased it and used the pumper in parades and special occasions. The Ville Platte Fire Department would like to thank individuals and businesses who made donations for their fund raiser to help pay for the cost of the truck. It is not too late, if you would like to make a tax deductible contribution please call the fire department for more details. By the way, the Ville Platte Fire Department is celebrating its 100th centennial celebration this year.

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish May 5, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of Tuesday, Evangeline Parish has 63 confirmed cases of the virus and one death; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 198 confirmed cases, and 47 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 73 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 90 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 29,996 confirmed cases, 20,316 presumed recovery and 2042 deaths.

Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish May 4, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of Sunday Evangeline Parish has 60 confirmed cases of the virus and one death; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 191 confirmed cases, and 45 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 74 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 90 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 29,673 confirmed cases, 20,316 presumed recovery and 1991 deaths.

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish May 3, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of Sunday Evangeline Parish has 59 confirmed cases of the virus and one death; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 186 confirmed cases, and 45 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 74 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 90 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 29,340 confirmed cases, 17,303 presumed recovery and 1969 deaths.

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish April 30, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of today (Thursday) Evangeline Parish has 49 confirmed cases of the virus and one death; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 180 confirmed cases, and 42 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 71 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 90 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 28,001 confirmed cases, 17,303 presumed recovery and 1862 deaths.

Evangeline Parish Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish April 28, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of today (Tuesday) Evangeline Parish has 46 confirmed cases of the virus, with no virus related deaths; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 170 confirmed cases, and 37 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 71 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 90 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 27,286 confirmed cases, 17,303 presumed recovery and 1758 deaths.

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish April 26, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of today (Sunday) Evangeline Parish has 45 confirmed cases of the virus, with no virus related deaths; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 163 confirmed cases, and 34 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 69 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 82 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 26,773 confirmed cases, 14,927 presumed recovery and 1670 deaths.

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish April 24, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of today (Friday) Evangeline Parish has 44 confirmed cases of the virus, with no virus related deaths; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 157 confirmed cases, and 34 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 69 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 81 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 26,140 confirmed cases and 1601 deaths.

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish April 23, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of today (Thursday) Evangeline Parish has 44 confirmed cases of the virus, with no virus related deaths; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 154 confirmed cases, and 31 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 71 cases with seven deaths; and in Allen parish, 81 cases total and nine deaths. Statewide, there are now 25,739 confirmed cases and 1540 deaths.

Evangeline Parish Corona Virus Update

COVID 19 VIRUS UPDATE APRIL 22, 2020 The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported today (Wednesday) that Evangeline Parish has 44 confirmed cases of the Corona Virus and no deaths. In neighboring parishes, St. Landry Parish, we have 140 confirmed cases and 29 deaths, in Avoyelles Parish there are 71 cases and 7 deaths, and in Allen Parish there are 80 cases and 9 deaths. Statewide, there are now 25,258 cases and 1473 deaths. There are 1747 virus patients in the hospital around the state with 287 on ventilators.

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish

COVID 19 VIRUS UPDATE APRIL 20, 2020 The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported today( Monday) that Evangeline Parish has 43 confirmed cases of the Corona Virus and no deaths. In neighboring parishes, St. Landry Parish, we have 136 confirmed cases and 20 deaths, in Avoyelles Parish there are 69 cases and 3 deaths, and in Allen Parish there are 79 cases and 9 deaths. Statewide, there are now 24,523 cases and 1328 deaths. There are 1794 virus patients in the hospital around the state with 332 on ventilators.

Screening and Testing for Corona Virus begins at Mercy Regional Medical Center

VILLE PLATTE, LA, Now that tests are readily available, Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is now providing a call center for COVID-19 scheduled drive-thru testing. As of Tuesday, April 21, Mercy will screen calls through the call center at 1-337-363-9475. If you meet the criteria for testing, an appointment will be set for COVID-19 testing. Those who have been screened and scheduled are allowed to come to the screening station. Testing will be handled by appointment only. MRMC asked that you please bring your Photo Identification (ex. driver’s license) & Insurance Information, if available with you upon arrival. Phone screening will be available on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; call center is 1-337-363-9475 for screening and questions related to COVID-19.

Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update April 19, 2020 The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has released the latest statistics on Covid-19 Virus infections in each of the parishes. In Evangeline Parish, there are 43 confirmed cases and no death. In neighboring parishes, St. Landry Parish had 134 confirmed cases and 20 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish there are 69 parishes and 3 deaths and Allen Parish here are 79 confirmed cases and 9 deaths. Statewide, there are 23,928 confirmed cases and 1296 deaths.

Evangeline Parish Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update Report April 16, 2020 The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announces that there are now 41 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus in Evangeline Parish as of today(Thursday). There are no reported deaths from the virus in our parish. In neighboring parishes, St. Landry Parish has now 118 cases with 17 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish, there are 66 cases with 3 deaths and Allen Parish with 78 cases and 9 reported deaths. Statewide, there are now 22,532 confirmed cases of the virus and 1156 virus related deaths.

Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update April 15, 2020 Here is the latest information on confirmed cases of the Corona Virus in Evangeline Parish according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In Evangeline Parish as of Wednesday, we have 40 confirmed cases with no deaths. In neighboring parishes, St. Landry Parish has 116 confirmed cases with 16 deaths, in Avoyelles Parish there are 64 cases and three deaths and Allen Parish there are now 74 confirmed and eight reported deaths. Statewide, there are 21,951 confirmed cases and 1103 deaths.

Ville Platte City Council Tuesday meets in a Video conference

Ville Platte City Council Meeting April 14, 2020 The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, met by video conference for their monthly meeting. In an effort to follow recommendations to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the council practiced social distancing through the video conference. The city council approved the appointment of new Interim Fire Chief Fabian Poullard replacing Chris Harrison who retired March 31. Poulllard, who was serving as Assistant Chief has been with the fire service for 19 years. Captain Jacob Demourelle was promoted to become the new Interim Assistant Fire Chief. Also, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine proudly announced that the first female firefighter has passed all necessary tests. The city council congratulated Courtney Broussard to the fire department. Interim Fire Chief Fabian Poullard announced there were 20 fire calls for March including four house fires and one vehicle call. Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue gave his monthly police activity report. For the month of February, the police department received 575 calls, 37 citations, 34 people were arrested and 12 felony arrests. The police department also worked 22 traffic accidents. Chief Lartigue said he has hired two new certified police officers that will begin work immediately. He also announced that his department has broken the recent rash of business burglaries which solved about 90 percent of all of the unsolved break ins in the past few months. He said a total of eleven suspects were arrested, both adults and juveniles. The juveniles ranged in age from 14-16 years of age. Mayor Jennifer reminds citizens that that city hall is closed to the public. Citizens can drop off their payments in the payment box on the side of city hall. Employees are working on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. She is anticipating a major reduction in sales tax revenues with the Corona Virus closing many offices and businesses. She reminded local residents to stay home and when you do your shopping wear a mask. The mayor also thanked Savoy Medical Center in Mamou for beginning a Covid-19 testing program for parish residents. The mayor reminded citizens with past due utility bills that the city will not cutoff any utility service while the Corona Virus pandemic is going on. However, the homeowner is still responsible for the payment of the bills. The city cannot forgive or waive any past due bills.

Evangeline Parish Virus Update

Corona Virus Update in Evangeline Parish April 14, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of today (Monday) Evangeline Parish has 38 confirmed cases of the virus, two more than Sunday with no virus related deaths; In neighboring parishes, St. Landry recorded a total of 114 confirmed cases, one more than Sunday’s count with 13 deaths; In Avoyelles Parish, three more confirmed cases, now up to 64 cases with one death; and in Allen parish, one more confirmed cases , now at 74 cases total and still at seven deaths. Statewide, there are now 21,016 confirmed cases and 884 deaths.

Evangeline Parish Corona Virus Update

Corona Virus Update for Evangeline Parish April 12, 2020 Here are the latest statistics for Evangeline Parish as reported by the La. Department of Health and Hospitals dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic: As of Sunday April 12, Evangeline Parish had 36 confirmed cases of the virus, two more than Saturday. There were no deaths. In neighboring parishes: St. Landry parish, there were 113 confirmed cases, four more than Saturday, with 11 deaths, in Avoyelles Parish, there were 61 cases, the same as Saturday’s total with one death and in Allen Parish, there were 73 confirmed cases, two more cases than Saturday’s numbers and seven deaths. Statewide, there were 20,595 confirmed cases with 840 deaths.

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